With so much drama in the NFC, it’s kind of hard keeping my positivity. But I, somehow, some way, keep coming up with fantasy wins like every single week. Ah, if only I lived what I tried (and failed) rapping about. Then again, that hasn’t stopped most hip-hop artists from doing the same thing, but I digress.
With so much drama in the NFC, it’s kind of hard keeping my positivity.
But I, somehow, some way, keep coming up with fantasy wins like every single week.
Ah, if only I lived what I tried (and failed) rapping about. Then again, that hasn’t stopped most hip-hop artists from doing the same thing, but I digress.
More and more injuries to top fantasy players have me a little down this Thanksgiving. Adrian Peterson (MIN) is the latest victim of the injury bug to fantasy backs, only making it harder to have faith in any backs this year.
Fred Jackson (BUF) has a calf injury that could keep him out this week. Also, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a thumb fracture on his throwing hand that will force the Santa Claus, Ind., native to miss reportedly 6-8 weeks of football.
Happy flippin’ holidays!
I’m not so sure Matt Forte’s (CHI) increased workload is a good thing or not, considering how he’s played in recent weeks.
With as many injuries as there’s been this season, along with the volatility of fantasy players as a whole this season, I’m not sure how people have been able to pull off wins lately without a few keys guys on the roster.
Dealing with the unfamiliar this year has become the new familiar. It’s almost like jumping into a new relationship and going to your significant others’ Thanksgiving festivities for the first time.
You could either come out the winner or loser without ever really having a reason of why or why not. Or at least that’s the way I’ve chosen to think of it this year.
The fortunate thing is, at times your waiver wire pickups have been your salvation, just like finding your favorite member of your partner’s family that can smooth over that first family dinner.
So as a special Thanksgiving edition of Pick Six Weekly, I’ll again compare fantasy football players to family or family entrees, just on your significant other’s side.
Thanks, I guess
DeMarco Murray (DAL) — The way Murray has played overall since Week 7 has been the most comforting player that probably wasn’t on your radar until Felix Jones was injured and Murray ran for a franchise record 253 yards.
He’s like the brother of your significant other that you find out you have a lot more in common with than you thought. He’s made your day a little easier.
Josh Freeman (TB) — Freeman is a bit of a wildcard. One week, he’ll remind you of why you like him. The next, he’ll remind you why you have to be on your toes. Eleven weeks into the season, I still don’t know week-to-week how he’ll do and if he’ll hurt or help your fantasy team.
He’s like your significant other’s aunt or uncle whose jokes are either hit or miss. You just kind of have to go with it.
Willis McGahee (DEN) — There’s always that one uncle who you need to keep the tension down and potentially save the night from a big argument. He’s the one who turns on the Electric Slide or makes the one joke to break some family drama you know nothing about. Uncle McGahee may not completely end your fantasy woes, but he’ll do just enough to keep you and your mate from seeing the ugly side of the family.
Victor Cruz (NYG) — Easily the father or father-figure type of the list. Has been dependable from the start and you almost don’t want him instead of it being the other way around. He’ll do his part. Just make sure you do yours, or the whole family will start wondering why your significant other wants anything to do with you.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) — There’s always the one relative who makes a quick appearance, picks up some grub, then is gone before you know it. This is Ryan Fitzpatrick. You barely knew him and just like that, he’s gone.
Tim Tebow (DEN) — He brought the adult refreshments — and the other stuff no one wants. But he’s the cousin that brought the one thing you’re looking for. Ignore the porous mash potatoes and brick-hard mac-and-cheese. He’s brought the one thing everything will enjoy.
Can’t Wait! Waiver Wire Pickups
There are plenty of fantasy studs hurt. Pick these guys up ASAP as the postseason draws near as stop-gap solutions or perhaps permanent ones.
By the way, Kyle Orton (formerly of Denver) was just released. He may be picked up on waivers in real life, so it could be in your best interest to get him if you’re in need of a QB. He’s worth a grab.
QB: Matt Moore (MIA), Rex Grossman (WAS)
RB: Kevin Smith (DET), Toby Gerhart (MIN), CJ Spiller (BUF)
WR: Riley Cooper (PHI)
Breakin’ Bread List
While all of you break bread over the dinner table with your family and loved ones, hopefully this selection of players will be breakin’ bread beginning Thanksgiving.
QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB) at Detroit, Drew Brees (NO) vs. NY Giants
RB: Arian Foster (HOU) at Jacksonville, LeSean McCoy (PHI) vs. New England
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET) vs. Green Bay, Greg Jennings (GB) at Detroit
The Purple Drank list — presented by Josh Scobee & DeSean Jackson’s Twitter Beef
Not only was it not particularly entertaining, the fact that a kicker called a wide receiver a punk is humorous for a tone of reasons.
The funniest being, in terms of fantasy, Scobee has actually outscored Jackson in fantasy points this season.
QB: Blaine Gabbert (JAC) vs. Houston, Tarvaris Jackson (SEA) vs. Washington
RB: Donald Brown (IND) vs Carolina, Felix Jones (DAL) vs. Miami
WR: Deion Branch (NE) at Philadelphia, Demaryius Thomas (DEN) at San Diego
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
QB: Caleb Hanie (CHI) at Oakland, Sam Branford (STL) vs. Arizona
RB: Beanie Wells (ARI) at St. Louis, Lance Ball (DEN) at San Diego
WR: Antonio Brown (PIT) at Kansas CIty, Steve Breaston (KC) vs. Pittsburgh
Joey Baskerville writes his column every Wednesday. He can be reached at email@example.com or @jmark79 on Twitter.