STS Monday Morning Observations: Week 13

Dec 3, 2012


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By: Jordan Hall, Stoppage Time Sports@jordan_hall23
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If you are still with us, tip of the cap to you. We’ve made it through 13 long weeks and now it’s on to the second season. I hope your team is still in contention, and if not, maybe the next three weeks can help you sort some things out for next year.
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We’re reaching the point in the season where everything is known already. We are no longer going on hunches, but we have 13 weeks of track record to go on. While week 13 offered up it’s surprises, on the whole things were pretty much status quo throughout the NFL. Adrian Peterson was good and Mark Sanchez was… not. Business as usual. Here are some things I noticed from Yesterday’s action.
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Bryce Brown is really good. The kid was more than a handcuff all along. This is two straight weeks of dominating performances. He has turned in virtually the same stat line two weeks in a row with 178 rushing yards last week and another 169 this week with two touchdowns in both.
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There is no way they can hand job back over to McCoy as we knew it before; Brown is running better than McCoy did at did at any point this season. When McCoy gets back, I imagine that we will see a virtual dead even time-share. Whether Andy Reid comes out and says it or not, I cannot foresee a scenario where either guy doesn’t get 10-15 touches per game.
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For fantasy purposes, I think we should approach this going forward and for next year similarly as we approach the Bills running game. Both backs can do a lot of damage with limited touches, but it’s going to be hard to trust either week in and week out. Hopefully one of these guys will be dealt to Arizona.
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Speaking of the Cardinals: wow. That game was an assault on the eyes. I don’t have any real fantasy advice from that game for you other than every single player on both of these teams, is wretched. Larry Fitzgerald is borderline droppable and Shonn Greene does the least with the most carries I have ever seen.
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Cecil Shorts is a bonafide fantasy stud. He just does it week in and week out. He had another big game on Sunday with 7 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. He seems to have found a nice connection with Chad Henne, who is at least a competent NFL level quarterback. I like Shorts a lot going forward. He is a borderline must start.
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Donnie Avery had a flash in the pan two-touchdown game. Avery has been one of the biggest question marks in the league to this point. The guy is 18 th in the NFL in targets but he never puts fantasy points on the board having scored in double digits only three times this season in standard scoring leagues. Honestly, as disappointing as he has been this year, if he finishes strong down the stretch, I can see him being a sneaky under the radar sleeper going into next year. The tools are there for him to be a top 25 guy; he’s just missing the consistency.
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Aaron Hernandez finally had the bounce back game we have all been waiting for. He had 8 catches for 97 yards on 13 targets. He is the second best tight end option for the rest of the season.
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The Bills are exasperating. I have no idea what to think about them. Chan Gailey said coming into the game that it would be 65/35 in favor of Spiller but despite Spiller killing Jackson in yards per carry, Jackson gets 25 carries to Spiller’s 14. Both end up with nice fantasy days but the uncertainty surrounding the whole situation makes me uneasy.
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I still think that Spiller is a strong RB2 option. If he continues to get 14 or more carries he going to give you days like this regularly; I just think that his upside is capped severely with Jackson on the field as much as he was.
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With all that has gone on in Kansas City, I was happy to see them get a win on Sunday. Rarely am I even remotely caring about a game like this, but tip of the cap to the Chiefs for battling through it and getting a W. My thought and prayers are with the whole situation.
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On the football side of things, I think there is one assertion we can make. When Jamaal Charles gets enough touches the Chiefs have a chance to win. When he doesn’t, they don’t. 31 touches in this one for Charles, including 27 carries for 127 yards. Slowly but surely, Romeo Crennell has come crawling back to the running game. I think the best is yet to come for Charles as the Chiefs are starting to figure it out. By the way, Brady Quinn will obviously never, ever, be in your fantasy lineup but he didn’t look awful in this one. Just an observation.
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Vincent Jackson has long been a frustrating player but he finally has turned his ways around this season. Or has he? In 4 of his last 6 games VJ has been held to single digit fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. He got off to a red-hot start but has cooled off more than anyone has noticed. It’s too late to sell high on him, but he seriously worries me going forward. The same goes for Josh Freeman. He has been held below 20 points in 4 of his last five games.
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The Giants and Redskins are the Monday night game. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now, Hakeem Nicks is going to be the top scoring fantasy receiver this week. The stars are aligning for a statement re-emergence game. The targets are there (13 last week,) the matchup is there (Redskins give up the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the NFL,) and the bright lights of Monday night are there. Eli has started to get on a roll and Nicks has been at the forefront of that. The current leader in standard league points among wide-outs is Calvin Johnson with 23. Nicks should have no problem besting that. Nicks with a 33 point game, you heard it here first.
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Hope Monday night is kind to you all. See you in the playoffs.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dr Mel
    December 3rd, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    I really hope your wrong about Nicks! I really need Cruz to have a big game along with Morris. Brady & Wells along with Julio put me in the dog house. I can’t afford to lose to the worst team in my league, I should have cinched my 1st round bye. Ugh! I’m benching Brady going forward & playing Luck…I despise Brady & he’s been a headache all season! Megatron just was my downfall yesterday, can’t compete with that! I thought I was solid too. Luck would have put me 17.8 pts ahead instead of 12.5 behind.

  2. LestersLegends
    December 3rd, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Good luck.

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