Shonn Greene; case and point why fantasy football is king of tearing out hearts and overloading exuberance in the exact same moments. It all depends on which side of the game you sit. Hopefully more of you here reading this were more on the side of enjoying it than the taking it. Regardless of whether or not you were involved in the Shonn Greene circus, week 6 in the NFL fantasy football season saw a lot more of the great quarterback play. Rookie Russell Wilson put it on the Patriots, Josh Freeman had his best game of the season against the Chiefs, oh and some guy names Aaron Rodgers decided his name should belong in the Packers record books for passing TDs in a game not just Matt Flynn. It really could be included in a note, but I thought it deserved special praises so I will extrapolate my thoughts on Rodgers performance a little more. Can anybody fill me in on why the addition of Cedric Benson made the Packers feel like that was deserved of changing their offensive identity? I mean it’s not like they acquired Barry Sanders or Jim Brown over here. It was Cedric Benson. And yet somehow the first game he’s out, and while everyone is worried what they Packers will do, they go out against a top 5 defensive and play exactly how they did when they were undefeated and steamrolling teams last season. And it isn’t like they didn’t attempt to run; Alex Green had 21 carries for crying out loud. It is just a reminder to me that while I know we are fans and they are experts and our amount of knowledge is nowhere near the same planet, sometimes logic really trumps genius. Everyone always looks for the extra edge in fantasy and we try to provide that as much as possible, but like Mike McCarthy found out, sometimes the answer comes from simplifying your variables. Fascinating right? Fine, let’s get to week 6 notes:
Note 1: AJ Green, wow
- I actually got into an argument with a couple buddies this past week about the best receiver in the NFL. They said AJ has ascended already and I refused to agree with their claims. I am starting to come around. Yes, he is the top receiver in fantasy right now and it’s not even close, which is saying something considering wide receiving was the one position everyone said there was only one player in tier one, and it wasn’t AJ. But in real life, it’s not like the Bengals have weapons all over the field to take pressure off Green, or top ten pick at QB. What AJ Green is doing is unreal. It had to be acknowledged.
Note 2: Injuries
- Ray Lewis’ career might be over. This doesn’t hugely affect the fantasy landscape but for maybe the greatest linebacker, and my favorite player, he deserves a special shout out. If anybody could come back next year and do big things it would be Ray Ray, but if not, it was truly special watching you work.
- Jermichael Finley did not reinjure himself this week, but his performance has become so atrocious that it injures my eyes. So I felt it necessary to put it in here. Not even considering the fact that he continues to throw his quarterback under the bus, the league MVP by the way, he cannot catch the football! What is your job dude????? If I was the Packers, I would trade him for a construction company’s agreement to build new parking stalls at the team complex. It would build team moral a ton.
- DeMarco Murray hurt his foot in week 7 and the early word is he has some ligament damage. The severity is not yet know although week 7 is not looking great. Felix Jones would be a nice pick up in the short term as he ran well for the first time in a very long time in Murray’s absence. We have seen what playing for your job has done for Bradshaw and our boy Shonn Greene recently. Maybe Felix has a similar uptick.
- Trent Richard has a right rib cartilage injury and I day to day. It appears he should be fighting the pain, but good to go next week. Montario Hardesty did perform admirably in his absence and should be picked up, especially by Richardson owners, in case there are any setbacks.
Note 3: Dez…….
- Dez has been my kryptonite. I have refused to give in on him, he is on every team I have this year and he is the one guy in the “breakouts” section of my preseason stuff who has refused to breakout still. Well, I think we have reached critical mass. Yes he dropped the two point conversion on a tough play, but he absolutely dominated the Ravens secondary all day. He caught 13 of his 15 targets and now has 28 targets in his last 2 games! I think he and Romo are starting to get on the same page and that could mean huge things ahead for Dez. It might be too late to buy low, but if it’s still possible, I would recommend trying.
Note 4: Tom Brady…
- His name is Richard Sherman, in case you hadn’t heard yet. Good fantasy game though. U made bro?
Note 5: Ahmad Bradshaw
- I give respect where it is due and that is two VERY impressive performances in a row. This one against the 49ers front was almost unfathomable. Andre Brown, please sit down, please sit down.
Note 6: Brian Hartline
- Look when you are expecting a lower talent level wide receiver catching passes from a rookie quarterback, there are going to be ups and downs. This Sunday was a down. It’s why Hartline is a number 3 wide receiver and not a 1 or 2.
Note 7: Andrew Luck is human
- I still stand by taking him for my future. He’s young people.
Note 8: Parody
- A little less fantasy oriented but the parody of the NFL is awesome right now. The Texans got smashed at home against a 3-3 Packers team. The Bills beat a previously 4-1 Cardinals team. The Jets were left for dead and beat the Colts 35-9 as the Colts were coming off that impressive Green Bay win. As crazy as fantasy performances can be, Shonn Greene aka the star of this COM, the NFL is just as crazy. Crazy, I meant awesome.
Week 9: Arizona Running Backs
- Powell looked far better in the role than LSH did. I don’t know if the Cardinals will give Powell enough carries going forward but he looked shifty and strong on his 13 carries for 70 yards. If he is still available, great possible lotto ticket.
Christian Ponder***** (needs to be owned in all leagues now)