Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap: The Tuesday Rant

by Howard Bender on October 22, 2013

TRichSo you’ve been reading these rants with nothing to add, huh? Your fantasy football season has been running smooth as cream cheese, you say? Not anymore, I bet. If you didn’t get ‘got’ within the first few weeks of the season, I’m willing to bet the fantasy gods reached down this past weekend and smacked the crap out of you. I do a Depth Chart Watch article for RotoWire every late Sunday night/early Monday morning that covers all the injuries and position battles around the league  and that sucker was long. Like painfully long. This was, without question, a week that destroyed many a playoff hope and kicked a world of owners right in the fantasy groin.

And with that, the complaints have been rolling in. I was getting emails from people Sunday afternoon after the first wave of games was over. The weekend hit so many people so hard that I actually had to get a jump on the bitching and complaining in a piece I did for Fantasy Alarm yesterday discussing how Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and ruined so many Sundays. I just couldn’t help myself. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more to complain about because there is. There’s tons.

So let’s get to it…

Before I get to the meat of the weekend, let’s just mention one thing about last Thursday’s game – if you’re complaining about being told that Andre Ellington will soon supplant Rashard Mendenhall as the lead back in Arizona and did something stupid like start him against the Seahawks, then you’ve got no one to blame but yourself. I mean, seriously, why would you start a guy who doesn’t even have the starting job against one of the fiercest defenses in the league? I can’t imagine that if you asked me whether or not you should start him, that I would have said anything but a flat-out no. Ellington will eventually take the job, but until you hear it actually happen, everything else is just speculation. No excuses for bonehead moves here.

Ray Rice, are you kidding me? What kind of a first-round pick are you? Forty-five rushing yards with 27 receiving yards and no touchdowns and that’s actually one of your better weeks? You better take a long, hard look at yourself during the bye week and really ask yourself if you still want to be a part of my fantasy team. My patience is wearing thin.

The only thing saving Doug Martin from being on every ‘Biggest Bust of 2013’ list is the fact that he’s now likely done for the year with a torn labrum. Had that not occurred, he and Rice would be at the top of my list for each and every site I write for. What a waste of a first-round pick. Can you believe that this guy went third in most drafts? Crazy.

Those who started Bilal Powell this weekend took it on the chin as the Jets finally turned the ground game over to Chris Ivory. I say finally, because that’s what has been expected for most of the season. Late in the spring the Jets actually said they wanted to make Ivory their lead back with Powell getting the fill-in work on passing downs. The plan got delayed when Ivory had trouble with his ankle and Powell filled in fairly well, but there was no indication that the original plan was being scrapped. Now it’s welcome to the Ivory era, folks.

OK, so not a complaint, but more of a ‘SUCK IT‘ to all of you who bailed on Matt Ryan after Julio Jones went down. Matty Ice is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s been posting rock solid numbers without a decent ground game for most of the season and now without his top two wideouts. I happily played him in three leagues this week and didn’t think twice about doing so.

I hit on this in the Fantasy Alarm piece, but let’s just turn the bitching up a notch here. Wasn’t this game supposed to be a battle of the leagues worst pass defenses but with also two of the most potent passing attacks? WTF? This game was supposed to have a final score of like 63-56, right? Nick Foles got hurt, Tony Romo was below average, Dez Bryant couldn’t find the endzone, DeSean Jackson flew the coop and no running back seemed to want to represent. Sure Dez went over 100 yards and yes, Terrance Williams scored a touchdown, but is that what we’ve resorted to? Celebrating a Terrance Williams touchdown? This game was crap from both a real and fantasy perspective.

So long, Reggie Wayne, my little PPR dynamo. It’s been a fun 13 years. Good luck in your job as an analyst for CBS, the NFL Network, Fox, or whomever is going to hire you.

Trent Richardson blows. Can you name a more overrated running back this season? Remember when we all laughed at the Browns for dealing him to the Colts? Another first-round fantasy disaster.

How many of you are fed up with Cam Newton? Two bad games in his last three and what’s worse is that both bad games were against weak teams — Arizona and St. Louis. He’s got the Bucs up next and while they’re a bad team on the whole, their pass defense is actually pretty good. Looks like it’s going to be another long week for Newton owners.

Come on, Washington. Roy Helu? If he was really worth something, he’d have at least been getting carries all year long. The poached touchdown in Week 4 seemed to be a rarity, and that’s fine, but three touchdowns this week with two of them coming on runs from inside the three-yard line? You’ve got to be kidding me. Alfred Morris’ value was tenuous at best, but now you’re just turning him into garbage. Another pick from the first three rounds going in the toilet.

It’s a good thing the Chargers have a bye this coming week. If you wanted to know the definition of a ‘trap game,’ it would have been the one where every Ryan Mathews owner started him after two straight 100-yard performances. He is exactly who we thought he was.

Dwayne Bowe-ned. ‘Nuff said.

Time to go fill out some waiver claims now.

Bender out.





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