This week was a good one. There were good story-lines, great performances, and at least one historically brilliant single play. There were unexpected results from some teams and more of the same from some others. Plus, there was Josh Gordon. Finally.
Don’t you just hate it when you spend all week toiling over creating the perfect lineup, weighing one roster move for hours on end (or at least it feels that way) and finally, you land on your starter. For this week, let’s call him Isaiah Crowell, or LeSean McCoy, definitely players who had some risk. And then, after you decided to take the risk, take the plunge and get that guy in your lineup, he goes off! Your brilliance is paying off, finally! And then you realize, after all your back and forth, 30% of everyone on DK made the same call. Boo.
Isaiah Crowell ($3,800, Week 12 price) and LeSean McCoy ($6,200, Week 12 price):
Why You Started Them: And a lot of you did. And it was because of matchup in Shady’s case, and a potential increased workload for Crowell with West doing nothing the last few weeks and Tate shipped out of town. Oh, and because of the price. Relative to what we’ve seen from these guys before, those are some low dollar amounts.
20/20 Hindsight: Jackpot. You (and everyone else) really nailed this one. And hey, maybe almost a quarter of all lineups featured McCoy, but he really helped you against those other 75%. Worth it.
Going Forward: Crowell is probably getting more expensive, but he has got manageable matchups going forward. Manageable, but not great, at least other than the Panthers in Week 16. Shady has got the Cowboys twice, the Seahawks, the Redskins and the Giants. And all that is my way of saying, both of these guys are match-up plays for the rest of the way, not players you can just trust implicitly if they happen to fit nicely into your cap constraints. For Crowell, that’s great, considering we had no idea who he was a few months ago. For LeSean, that represents a downgrade from basically every other point in his fantasy career, when he was always a #1 option, no matter who he was facing.
Josh Gordon ($6,300, Week 12 price):
Why You Started Him: Almost a quarter of you knew. You knew this guy was a beast, and $6,300 was going to be his cheapest price tag of the year. And, honestly, it was more of a fluke than anything that he didn’t score a TD here, which would have made you look even smarter, if possible.
20/20 Hindsight: He’s a beast. He was a beast last year. He got all the targets then, and he got all the targets yesterday (16). He wasn’t always on the same page as Hoyer, which will improve. In the meantime, they just threw to him short and let him do his own thing.
Going Forward: He’s not going to be $6,300 ($8,300 next week), but you’re still going to consider him. You missed your chance, but while he was a no-brainer halfway down the list this week, now he’s in the correct group, right between Jordy Nelson and A.J. Green and you’re just going to need to know which one you like the most.
Trent Richardson ($4,900, Week 12 price):
Why You Started Him: The price. The potential workload with Bradshaw out. The high-powered offense.
20/20 Hindsight: He’s not that good. He just is not that good. The opportunity is increased with Bradshaw out, but the Colts know he’s not that good, too. He was never going to just take over all of the work, and he didn’t. Because he can’t.
Going Forward: He is a more attractive option than he was with Bradshaw healthy, but a significantly less attractive option than Bradshaw was. Because he’s not as good as Bradshaw, and truthfully, might not be as good as Dan Herron… so watch out for that.
LaGarette Blount ($4,400, Week 13 price):
Why You Didn’t Start Him: Because right now, and all afternoon Sunday, he was occupying the space reserved for Jonas Gray last week. Why would you have started him? He was on the Steelers last time you looked (and kind of acting like a buffoon).
20/20 Hindsight: You found out on Friday that Jonas Gray slept through practice. Yeah, no. That’s not going to work out well for you, rook. And there is no one else there, except Blount. And Blount KILLED it on the Pats down the stretch last year, back when they were running an offense led by… yeah, the same guys. It was the same offense.
Going Forward: You. Can’t. Trust. Partriots. Running. Backs. But if you’re going to start one of them, it’s this one. Sorry if you burned through your FAB budget on Gray last week. Also, there will be a seminar and self-help group held midweek in Foxborough titled “Shane Vereen – Is He Actually Any Good?” If you’re interested.
C.J. Anderson ($6,900, Week 13 price):
Why You Didn’t Start Him: Honestly, I am not sure. Miami’s defense is pretty good, but that’s because of their pass rush. Running the ball made a ton of sense for the Broncos this week. And who else was going to do that?
20/20 Hindsight: Run it they did. Anderson had 27 carries, and 31 total touches. The word coming out of the Broncos’ facilities is that the coaches love him, and so does Peyton. Watching him play, he runs hard, he catches fluidly, and he seems stout enough to take on the biggest, angriest linebackers out there as a pass blocker. I’m not sure why we didn’t see him out there any earlier.
Going Forward: It’s C.J. Anderson’s gig to lose. Who knows when Hillman and/or Ball will come back, or even if they’ll reclaim their jobs when they do. From Edgerrin James through Knowshon Moreno, Peyton has a habit of making running backs look good. And that, my friend, can make you look good.