Fantasy Football 2013: Week 15 Reactions
#ThanksJamaal is currently trending worldwide on Twitter.
Need I say more?
Fantasy football is one of the most popular games on the planet, and running back Jamaal Charles is the most popular kid in school. During the first nine minutes of Sunday’s action, Charles caught two short screens and took them to the house. Hmm.. Two long touchdown receptions? That’s a pretty strong fantasy outing. There’s just one problem.
He wasn’t done.
Charles finished the first half with four (count ‘em) total scores, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish that feat. He still wasn’t done. During the second half. Charles caught another short pass and took it to the house, becoming the 10th player ever to cross paydirt five times in a single game. Charles only had eight carries for 20 yards and a touchdown, but his eight catches for 195 yards and four touchdowns made up for it.
And then some.
JC Superstar was inches away from making history. His 51 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues is among the seven-most of all time, and with an entire fourth quarter to play, he could have easily set the record, but the Chiefs wisely rested him. Take a look at where Charles’ monster day ranks in fantasy history, compliments of the Sultan of Stat, Tristan Cockroft.
Pretty solid company, no? Charles may have established himself as the fantasy MVP after this outstanding outing, passing the likes of one Peyton Manning. One thing is for sure, however. There is no doubt that come next Summer, Charles will be the unanimous number one overall pick in fantasy land.
Here’s more from Week 15.
Since Week 11, Alex Smith is fantasy’s QB1
This is perhaps the greatest stat you will find all week. According to Josh Dubow, Smith’s five touchdown passes against the Raiders traveled a combined 13 yards downfield. That, my friends, is what we call Alex Smith ball. But seriously, he has been outstanding in this offense, and as the headline says, no fantasy signal caller has been better than Smith since Week 11. He is averaging 27.9 fantasy points per game during that span, and has thrown 14 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions. I mentioned he’d be the top streaming/bye week option, and he’s paid dividends for those who rostered him. He’s taken a step forward with his arm this season, but has also provided upside with his legs, as well, averaging five rushing attempts per game. Colin Kaepernick who?
Todman fills in admirably
With Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (groin) sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Bills, backup Jordan Todman was expected to step in and play a major role for the Jags offense. He did that and then some, touching the ball 29 times for 153 total yards, more than MJD has posted in any game this entire season. Rumblings out of Jacksonville indicate that Jones-Drew’s hamstring isn’t where it should be, and if he were to miss Week 16′s game, Todman would get his second straight start, as well as his second straight favorable matchup against the Titans. Tennessee is coughing up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing rushers, surrendering 22 rushing scores on the season, which is also the second-most in the league. Keep Todman on your fantasy radars.
The Dallas Cowboys hate DeMarco Murray
I’m not a Cowboys fan, so I can’t imagine the frustration they are feeling right now.
Sure, they blew a 23-point lead to the Packers, resulting in an embarrassing loss. But what’s more embarrassing is the offensive playcalling. For the third straight week, Murray dominated the opposing defense. He shredded Green Bay’s run defense to the tune of 134 yards and a touchdown, averaging a stellar 7.4 yards per carry. You’d be hard-pressed to find 10 more talented running backs in the NFL, but apparently, the Cowboys don’t see it that way. Dallas had a 23-point leaf at half time, but only ran the ball seven times from then on. Seven carries for a guy averaging over seven yards per carry. One word comes to mind when I hear that.
The Cowboys are 2-0 when Murray carries the ball 20 or more times this season. Coincidence? I think not. Anyway, Bill Callahan is obviously confused, but to get away from the Cowboys meltdown, Murray is an outstanding fantasy back. Over the last three games, Murray is averaging 114.3 yards per game, has scored four touchdowns and is averaging a healthy 20.3 fantasy points per game during that span. In standard scoring leagues, he is fantasy’s number 10 overall running back. Now imagine if he was in an offense that ran the ball more than 21 times per game, the second-fewest in football.
Don’t chase Matt Asiata’s points
Fluke. There’s no other way to describe Asiata’s Week 15 performance.
Filling in for both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, Asiata ran terribly, carrying the ball 30 times for 51 yards (that’s 1.7 YPC). However, he capitalized off a shaky pass interference call and plowed his way in for a one-yard score. Then after, he scored another touchdown from one-yard out, and then after yet another pass interference call, Asiata eventually scored from five yards away. The odds of both Gerhart and Peterson being sidelined next week are slim, but even if they are, don’t chase Asiata’s points in a tough matchup against the Bengals.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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