Some Week 15 Fantasy Winners and Losers

Adrian PetersonSometimes you lose a fantasy match-up because your team sucks. Sometimes you lose a fantasy match-up because their team is just too good. But then there’s the times you lose your fantasy match-up because the fantasy gods hate you and your stinking team.

For so many people in their fantasy playoff matches this week, all they needed was a solid Adrian Peterson performance on Monday night for the win. I, for example, held a 13-point lead heading into Monday night in my semi-final in one of my leagues. My opponent had the Bears defense/special teams, and I had Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice. I felt pretty comfortable.

But AP didn’t play. Sidney Rice blew chunks. The Chicago Bears Defense forced and recovered 2 fumbles, and got 3 interceptions and 4 sacks. WR/Stuntman Devin Hester returned a punt for a touchdown. That’s good for 26 points in my league. I lost my semi-final by 9 points.

Screw the fantasy football gods. And screw you, Adrian Peterson.

Technically, AP’s absence doesn’t count as him being a fantasy “loser”, but it made me one. My crippling loss has ruined my urge to write huge amounts about the winners and losers this week, but I’ll try my best to provide some tidbits.

Some Week 14 Fantasy Winners

Ray Rice – Rice looked more like his 2009 self, with a combined 36 touches for 233 yards and 2 scores in a 30-24 win over New Orleans. The Saints had Drew Brees complete 29/46 passes for 267 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. 2 of his TD passes went to rookie tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught 5 balls for 29 yards.

Cedric Benson – In their 19-17 win over the Browns, the Bengals had just one touchdown, and it came on an 18-yard rush from Benson. He finished with 31 attempts for 151 yards and the touchdown. The Browns’ Colt McCoy had 19 of 25 for 243 and 2 touchdowns, and second-year wideout Brian Robiskie had five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Vincent Jackson – Jackson had his first big game since coming back to play this season, amassing 5 catches for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw Jackson the touchdown passes, and finished with 19 completions from 25 attempts for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Michael Vick – Vick had another ridiculous game, posting 21 of 35 for 242 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick, and rushed 10 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. Somewhat in the Vick mould of fantasy scoring was Broncos QB Tim Tebow, who completed 8 passes from 16 attempts for 138 yards and a touchdown, and rushed 8 times for 78 yards and a 40-yard score in a loss against the Raiders.

Some Week 14 Fantasy Losers

Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis – The 49ers were awful on Thursday night, and that ruined the fantasy performances of their top two receivers. Crabtree had just 3 catches for 17 yards, and Davis had just 1 for 4 yards.

Jahvid Best – Best rushed 6 times for just 12 yards, leaving him with an average of just 2 yards per carry.

Knowshon Moreno – Moreno rushed 4 times for 5 yards before leaving the game with an injury.

Reggie Wayne – Wayne punished me for not starting him the last two weeks by catching 5 balls for just 34 yards and no scores in the week I started him.


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3 Responses to “Some Week 15 Fantasy Winners and Losers”

  1. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    Oliver my man…. I feel bad you got bleeped by AP.

    So what are your honest thoughts…PPR league. You start Tebow or Freeman? The great Doc over at razzball says freeman. I say TEBOW bc I’m playing our absentee writer Scott J Pachman this week in the championship game. Gimme your gut thoughts.

    • Oliver says:

      I’d start Freeman over Tebow this week. Tebow’s yet to prove himself in my eyes. I added Tebow last week in my keeper league because I figure he’s an intriguing prospect for next year.

      In this league you have to start

      QB
      RB
      RB/WR/TE
      WR
      WR
      TE
      K
      DST

      And you keep four players. Problem is, I only really have two solid keepers this year in Adrian Peterson and Rashard Mendenhall. My other potentials are Roethlisberger, Freeman, Tebow, Tolbert, Hines Ward, Sidney Rice, Jacoby Ford, Aaron Hernandez, Maurice Morris and Brian Westbrook.

      But I’m adding Ryan Grant this week so I’ll keep three RB’s for depth.

      Thoughts?

  2. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    I’m high on Freeman since he saved my fantasy season this week scoring me 43 points. I won the coveted $2500 prize on his back. If your holding AP, Mendy, and Grant….the only person that interests me is Sidney Rice. You figure Minnesota has got to get a QB to compete next year. I don’t see them believing Jackson or Webb is for real.

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