Vlog Times: Secret Weapons (Week 11)
Hey Fantasy Football Fans, I’m The Fantasy Football Girl and this is SECRET WEAPONS – the show that keeps your fantasy team and football talk on target – because let’s be honest, if you want to get a decent bird for Turkey Day, you have got to get on that NOW. So if you’re looking for some key fantasy tips or a few NFL related talking points – you know so you can spend the weekend shopping for an ultra-chic pair of elastic waist band pants while also nabbing the last box of Stove Top… instead of spending hours online prepping for Sundays match-ups – then this is the show for you.
BUSTS, BOMBS, AND BONUSES
BUST: Philip Rivers
Most of you have heard me talk up Philip Rivers BUST potential since the preseason. Since he had a big game in Week 10 vs Tampa Bay, however, I want to make sure to warn fantasy owners against riding what they think might be the hot hand in Week 11. This Sunday the Chargers QB will travel to Mile High Stadium to take on the Denver Broncos. Not only is Denver’s pass defense much better than the Tampa Bay’s – the Broncos are ranked at number 11 whereas the Bucs are dead last in the league at number 32 – but, back in Week 6, the Broncos sacked Rivers four times and forced him to turn over the ball a whopping six times. Given how easily Rivers has been flustered this season, I’d steer clear.
BUSTS, BOMBS, AND BONUSES
BOMB: Marcel Reece
With both of Oakland’s lead running backs, stud Darren McFadden and his back-up Mike Goodson, playing the part of “booty buddies” on the sidelines and expected to sit out the Raider’s Week 11 match-up vs the New Orleans Saints, fullback Marcel Reece should have a BOMB-TASTIC game on Sunday. In fact, he might be the best thing about the Raiders offense right now. Last week vs the Ravens, he was targeted a team high nine times by quarterback Carson Palmer. Of those nine targets, he caught seven balls and added thirteen rushing attempts for a total of 104 all-purpose yards. Plus, the Saints are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs – an average of 22 points per game. If you were lucky enough to scoop Reece up last week or if he’s still available on the waiver wire in your league, go ahead and start him with BOMB-like expectations.
BUSTS, BOMBS, AND BONUSES
BONUS: Dwayne Allen
The Colts Tight End, Dwayne Allen, has been spotty since fellow tight end Coby Fleener went out with a shoulder injury. Allen surprised in Week 9 vs the Miami Dolphins, but wasn’t able to continue with that momentum in Week 10 vs the Jacksonville Jaguars. And that is precisely whey he’s a bonus, rather than a bomb this week. With Fleener out for a third straight game, I think Allen should get plenty of looks from his quarterback, Andrew Luck. Moreover, in Week 11 the Colts will draw the New England Patriots who are giving up the 4th most fantasy points – an average of almost 10 per game – to opposing tight ends. I like the match-up so assuming Allen can get it together he’s a bona fide BONUS.
ROBBIE GOULD IS PISSED
Anyone who watched last Sunday night’s game between the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears were, not only, bored out of their ever-loving minds, but could also see that the playing surface at Solider Field was an absolute mess. It was raining, players were slipping, there were plenty of turnovers, and Bears QB Jay Cutler was – once again – concussed. Now I’m not sure if those last two things had anything to do with the field conditions, but Bears kicker Robbie Gould certainly had an opinion on things. This past Tuesday night, Gould griped about the field saying that it was “really bad,” “tore up,” and had “sunk to a new level.” The Chicago Park District, which is responsible and pays for all maintenance and repairs to the natural grass surface, did not take kindly the Gould’s words, saying his statements were “ridiculous” and basically calling him a pain-in-the-butt-whiner. Apparently the Bears organization got to Gould because he later issued a statement apologizing to the Park District for his off-the-cuff remarks. Things seem to have been smoothed over for now… and let’s hope they stay that way because Robbie Gould is my fantasy kicker and heading into the playoffs, I need every point I can get.
TIKI BARBER FOR HIRE
In this special edition of “Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen,” it appears as though former New York Giants’ all-time leading rusher and three-time Pro-Bowl running back, Tiki Barber is so hard up for cash that you – yes, you – can hire him to play on your intramural flag football team… for the rock bottom price of $1,950 per game. SI.com is reporting that Barber and his athletic abilities are this week’s special on UrbanDaddy.com. The deal site appeals to potential takers by explaining that they’d get, “Tiki Barber for an afternoon of flag football.” Once purchased, all you’d have to do is simply tell him your preferred when-and-where, and he’ll be on your team. Or the other team, if you feel like a challenge. Oh, and in case football wasn’t your thing, the writers at Urban Daddy are quick to point out that Tiki also excels at badminton and dodge ball.
Thanks so much for watching. This has been Secret Weapons and I’m The Fantasy Football Girl reminding you to always WIN BIG.