“…Don’t trade this guy for no pizza hut!”
Sir Fantasy Drake’s Weekly Trip Around the NFL
By: Sir Fantasy Drake
Wow what a week in the NFL! We had close games and upsets everywhere you looked! There was the Redskins competing in a shootout with the Patriots, the Cardinals topping the Niners, and a former 3rd string quarterback and still rookie, T.J. Yates throwing a game-winning TD pass with 2 seconds left! Things we learned include: Marion Barber now realizes that running out of bounds STOPS the clock… and that with 5 minutes left in the game, Tim Tebow literally transforms into Joe Montana. Side note, it still looks like Barber will get the start this week but how could Lovie Smith really trust him? Expect Kahlil Bell to have an increased role. But anyway, it’s time for my weekly trip around the NFL for week 15 and there are a few people I’d like to talk about.
Who woulda believed at the beginning of the year that in week 15 Reggie Bush would still have fantasy value? Well I’m telling you that not only does he have fantasy value, but you are gona want to start him this week. He is playing at Buffalo on Sunday, who just gave up 114 yards on the ground to Ryan Matthews and 150 total to the struggling Chargers. Another factor in your decision to start Bush is his consistency. He has had either 100 yards or a score or both in 6 of his last 7 games. He proved this again last week, when his team got rolled by the Eagles, but he still managed to get his, with 103 rushing yards. It seems more and more clear that he is the #1 back in South Beach, with Daniel Thomas only getting 7 carries for a mere 4 yards, and I fully expect Reggie to continue his career year… Don’t trade this guy for no pizza hut!
The next guy I like has had a very down year, but seems to be coming on of late and he has just about the best matchup in the NFL today in the Indianapolis Colts. I am speaking of course about Chris Johnson. He has had 130 rushing yards or more in 3 of his last 5 games and finally looks like the old CJ2k. In those other two games, his production has dropped because his team has been playing from behind, not a problem this week. Also the Titans will be more inclined to give the Colts a heavy dose of Johnson with Matt Hasselbeck playing hurt or a rookie quarterback in Jake Locker stepping in. Not to mention the fact that Javon Ringer is on IR so there is nobody to steal carries from Johnson. Plus, at this point how hard can the Colts really be playing? So this is an easy one, Chris Johnson is still the same guy who ran for over 2,000 yards and he’s playing a team that already has Andrew Luck jerseys in their stands.
Lastly, you are definitely gona want to avoid the Lions D/ST for this week. Last week they gave up a whole 28 points to the Vikings. The Vikings! And oh yeah, Adrian Peterson didn’t even play! This week they get the Raiders who, after being embarrassed last week by the Packers, are sure to try and bounce back if they hope to have any shot at catching God’s favorite mile-high team. The Raiders have also shown a consistent running game throughout the season to hurt the Lions as Joe Webb did last week, running for 109 yards. Also, Carson Palmer has added a new dimension to the Raiders’ offense with his ability to throw the ball accurately downfield and all the speed the Raiders receivers possess. And although the Lions are getting back arguably their best defender in Ndamukong Suh, I would say he’s pretty distracted coming off his 2 game ban and ensuing car crash.
-Sir Fantasy Drake is one of the Fantasy staff writers for MaddenArena.com. He resides in Chicago and has been a die hard Bears fan since birth. He has also been playing Fantasy Sports since 5th grade. You can ask questions to him, and any of our experts, for any fantasy advice by signing up on the forums or posting below.