This week the Thurman Murmans faced off against Romo’s Mistakes. As quickly as last week started out, this week was the exact opposite. The Murmans were down almost immediately and spent the weekend playing catch up.
The quarterback battle is one I thought I would win handily as I continued with Matt Ryan and Matt Stafford, and was going against Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith. Murmans win this round.
I wrote previously about having to bench Roddy White, and move Antonio Brown to my WR2, to start with Marques Colston. My receivers ran into a tough matchup this week, facing Andre Johnson and Dez Bryant. Bryant alone posted a whopping 27.6 points, caught nine balls for 141 yards and a touchdown. Regular readers know I’m a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and man alive do they know how to disappoint me. This cancelled out the lead I had with the QB’s, and it got worse from there.
I had a feeling Adrian Peterson wouldn’t replicate his great line from week one, but you can’t sit him. After having one of the best running back tandems in week one, it really fell off this week. Peterson and Reggie Bush combined for 20.6 points. Conversely, C.J. Spiller scored 17.9 points alone. Ouch. I really took advantage of the fact that my opponent started Frank Gore and his whopping 30 yards.
I wonder how many weeks in the history of ever Greg Olsen outscores both my receivers. Since I’m pondering life’s mysteries, why is Tony Gonzalez only getting eight targets when Ryan is throwing it 43 times? I know you have to feed Julio Jones, but c’mon man! Olsen destroyed Gonzalez making it two weeks running that I run into a hot tight end. I probably could have worded that better.
Due to the White benching and Brown’s promotion to WR2, my flex spot was occupied by Jared Cook who was coming off a huge game against Eddie Lacy. A monster battle ensued as Cook had one reception for 10 yards and Lacy had 10 rush yards. Hooray! I won the matchup 1.5-1.0 points!
Not sure why, but somehow Matt Bryant was available on the wire. See you later, Randy Bullock, who missed 3 attempts, so that was a good call. Bryant connected on one field goal, and four PATs. Romo’s Mistakes started Matt Prater who should be one of the top kickers as long as Peyton Manning is around. Another positional loss for the Murmans.
In the defensive flex spot the battle was Luke Kuechly against Lawerence Timmons, I got some points back in this matchup, but it was too little, too late. Kuechly is a beast, and could finish as a top IDP option, and handily won this matchup.
I stayed with Charles Tillman as my defensive back despite limited work in practice this week. His ceiling is too high to bench. He went against Eric Berry who despite getting embarrassed by Dez Bryant, still managed to end up with eight tackles. He recovered a fumble and ran it back 22 yards and that was enough to win the matchup.
On the defensive line, it was Jason Pierre-Paul against DeMarcus Ware. Both can be absolute monsters, but on this day, Ware was better. Two sacks beats 4 tackles every day. IS THIS GAME OVER YET?
The final spot was the linebacker battle, Chad Greenway was cut this week in favor of Jordan Cameron so D’Qwell Jackson goes from bench to starting. DJ doubled up Bobby Wagner with 10 points and finally this beating comes to an end.
If I would have started Cameron and backup RB Joique Bell it would have been closer, but I still would have lost by five points. It just wasn’t my weekend.
Final score 139.58-159.46. I drop from tied for first to tied for third.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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