Ah yes, here we are with yet another article full of regrets. Week 16 is (mainly) in the books, as well as the regular season! As usual, I reached out to the Twitter universe and asked for their opinion. Regardless of how you did in DFS, it was a lot better than the coaching decisions of Mike Tomlin. Let’s jump into the regrets for Week 16 and as always, you can send along your own on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
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Ezekiel Elliott ($9,000), DAL vs. TB, DKFP Total: 15.9
Zeek!! Dead to me!— Subliminal Sports (@SubliminalSport) December 24, 2018
We may have a been cursed by Mama Elliott, who sent out the following on Twitter last week. “Ezekiel has been playing football since 2002 (ever since he was 7). It just occurred to me that Sunday was the first game, in his entire career, that the team he’s played on didn’t score.” So while his team DID score, we’ve now seen Elliott held without a touchdown for three straight weeks. Elliott ended his day with 18 rushes for 85 yards and just 24 receiving yards on five catches in six targets. As the second-most expensive running back on the slate, it was even more tilting when we saw Christian McCaffrey ($8,800) go off for 32.8 DKFP at $200 less.
I don’t want to start getting into it with Zeke’s mama, as I’ve seen “The Waterboy” and what football players do to people who insult their mamas. Not wanting to go down that route, we can just chalk this up to another unfortunate roster choice in what should have been a massive opportunity for Zeke. Who knows, maybe something was wrong with his medulla oblongata.
Julio Jones ($8,700), ATL at CAR, DKFP total: 12.8
So, I’m a bit on the fence on if I wanted to include Jones in this article. It’s kind of like when a girl on Instagram posts a selfie and she’s like, “Was feeling cute, will probably delete later!” Whatever.
Anyways, Jones did come into this game having not practiced much during the week. So, maybe it was OUR fault that we instilled our trust into him if he’s not 100%. He ended catching four of his five targets for 28 yards and a touchdown. Mohamed Sanu ($4,400) was the star receiver in this one, drawing eight targets in which he caught five for 81 yards and a touchdown, good for 22 DKFP. My buddy Geoff Ulrich on DK Live’s “The Sweat” said it best this morning: All the attention was on Jones and DeAndre Hopkins ($8,600), both of whom entered this game banged up. And yet, Antonio Brown ($8,300) was cheaper than both, seemingly fully healthy, and ended his night with 47.5 (!) DKFP. Was this simply bad judgment on our part? I think the majority of us fell into the Jones trap and got caught this week. I don’t regret it but it certainly makes a lot more sense sitting here after the slate is over with, doesn’t it? Anyways, let’s take a look at some players who outscored Jones at a much lower salary to rub salt in the wounds.
Nelson Agholor ($3,700): 25.6 DKFP
Chester Rogers ($3,200): 18.4 DKFP
Zay Jones ($3,700): 17.7 DKFP
Jake Kumerow ($3,000): 15.8 DKFP (I guess this guy is on the Packers?)
Marlon Mack ($5,500), IND vs. NYG, DKFP total: 10.8This is MY personal regret for this week. This is honestly getting annoying now. I can’t for the life of me figure out Mack. He goes and scores 30 DKFP against a solid Cowboys run defense in Week 15 but can only manage 10.8 DKFP against the Giants? The Giants have been anything but a stellar run defense, allowing over 100 rushing yards seven times this season heading into this matchup. Mack accounted for 94% of the Colts rushing yards this week … all 34 of the 36 they had. Thankfully he was able to score to salvage his day, which could have been a lot worse I suppose. Even worse was Nyheim Hines ($3,700) vultured a touchdown here and ended with 14.3 DKFP at a $1,800 discount. Don’t get it twisted, I was NEVER on Hines at any point, but you just hate to see that.
That’ll do it for the regrets for Week 16! Catch you all for the finale next Sunday!
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