2013 Fantasy Football: Flint Michigan Megabowl’s Thurman Murmans Week Five Results

By Dustin Manko

As promised, I bring you the results from the Flint Michigan Megabowl Fantasy Football League. Click here if you want to recap last week’s game. This week the Thurman Murmans (3-1) faced off against America’s Most Wanted (1-3). On paper this game seemed like it should be a walk in the park as I thought I had the better of multiple matchups.

Josh Gordon started the week off right for AMW with four receptions for 86 yards and a score on Thursday. Marques Colston couldn’t keep up on Sunday, managing only two receptions for 15 yards.

Jordan Cameron had his first down game of the season, being held to only three receptions for 36 yards. On Sunday, Jermichael Finley had fewer yards, but with an extra three catches would win the matchup.

On Thursday, D’Qwell Jackson had a solid 11 total tackles but was outdone by Lance Briggs, who had a monster day with 11 solo tackles, three assists and a sack en route to almost tripling Jackson’s seven points with 19.5 for Briggs.

After the Thursday game the Murmans were down 12.10-16.60.

Sunday didn’t start off any better. Matthew Stafford’s fantasy value took a significant hit when news that Calvin Johnson wouldn’t play. Consequently, the Green Bay Packers stacked the box against Reggie Bush (69 total yards), forcing Stafford to throw to his second and third stringers. Stafford finished with a paltry 11.38 points and got smoked by Aaron Rodgers (19.76 points).

While Bush struggled, Knowshon Moreno had perhaps his best day of the season with 150 yards and a touchdown, almost tripling Bush’s fantasy production.

The QB2 battle was Matt Ryan against Philip Rivers. Both had productive outings, but Rivers’ 411 yards and two touchdowns was enough to get past Ryan’s 319 yards and two touchdowns.

Charles Tillman faced off against Richard Sherman in the defensive back position. Tillman shook off whatever ailments he was dealing with and in one of the few positional wins for the Murmans, beat Sherman with seven and a half points to Sherman’s three.

I really need to reexamine if I’m going to continue to roll with Jason Pierre-Paul as he is currently outside the top 50 in defensive line scoring. With only once tackle and one pass defended, he has underperformed all season. Needless to say that his three points was not enough to win the matchup against Ndamukong Suh, who factored in on four tackles to win the battle.

Due to Antonio Brown being on bye week, Roddy White was called into action against Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey had his best day with 218 yards and a touchdown. White would later go on to four receptions and only 45 yards. He still isn’t healthy.

The RB2 battle I actually prevailed on. AMW started Maurice Jones-Drew who with 86 yards performed decently. With Adrian Peterson on bye, I had to choose between Joique Bell or Jacquizz Rogers, who I picked up this week after dropping Jared Cook. I went with Rogers, who despite only having 58 yards, managed two touchdowns and almost 20 fantasy points. By this time, it was too little, too late however.

The flex battle was Tony Gonzalez against Eddie Royal. Royal has cooled off, and Gonzalez is heating up. Royal only managed 6.1 fantasy points, and with Gonzalez catching 10 passes for almost 100 yards easily won the match. Again, too little, too late.

At kicker, Matt Bryant lost the positional battle with only four points to Adam Vinatieri’s 10.

Wesley Woodyard stayed in my defensive flex position against Daryl Smith. Woodyard was injured and left the game after recording only two tackles. Smith had a decent day with six tackles, one for a loss and a pass defended.

A week after setting the league record for biggest margin of victory, I got thoroughly crushed, with only four of my 13 starters getting double digit points. Final score 115.14-185.50. I stay in second place.

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.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko,”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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