Fantasy football column: There’s nothing worse than witnessing an injustice. Especially one seen right in front of your eyes.
There’s nothing worse than witnessing an injustice. Especially one seen right in front of your eyes.
I think we all saw that recently.
Put aside your fantasy football thoughts for just a second here.
I’m talking about Donny-freaking-Osmond winning "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday.
You’re kidding me right? How in the world does that happen?
I’m not an avid watcher of the show — honestly I only knew about the show because my mom gave me a guilt trip about how I never watch anything with her when I come back home — but it only took one show for me to see that.
It’s clear as day Mya is better dancer and is just more pleasing to watch (did she not get a perfect score more than once?) than Osmond stumble through his performances.
That was almost as much of an injustice as seeing guys like Detroit QB Matthew Stafford and Cleveland’s Brady Quinn light up the scoreboard last week, while fantasy mainstays like Philip Rivers of the Chargers and Peyton Manning of the Colts combine for just 20 points in most standard leagues.
But I’m sure you started Stafford and Quinn this week. Liars.
Be thankful you didn’t draft these players
It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means you should actually take a few minutes from stuffing your face all day with turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce to be thankful for the good things in life.
But this is also a time to rib a few of your fantasy buddies that chose to draft players that have been just awful this season.
Here’s a list you should thank your friends for drafting instead of you:
Tampa Bay RB Derrick Ward — The Bucs are awful, yet he still couldn’t keep a starting job that was nearly handed to him
Dallas TE Jason Witten — Where’d he go this year?
Chicago RB Matt Forte — Averages 3.3 yards per rush and 516 yards on the ground.
Bears QB Jay Cutler — Bad line + bad receivers + bad decisions = bad season
Carolina WR Steve Smith — There’s a better Steve Smith in New York
Buffalo WR Terrell Owens — Last week doesn’t make up for an awful season
Houston RB Steve Slaton — Drafted too high, lost starting job to a guy who didn’t get a carry on Monday
Washington RB Clinton Portis — He was bad before he was concussed.
Oakland RB Darren McFadden — Too hurt on an already awful team, featuring QB JaMarcus Russell
Pittsburgh RB Willie Parker — Saw this one coming two seasons ago.
Kansas/Cincinnati RB Larry Johnson — One word: Twitter
Ride or Rot
The Detroit special has returned, Thanksgiving style, which means you can ride with every Green Bay player from Aaron Rodgers to Jermichael Finley.
Seriously, start every Packer on your team this week.
Denver RB Knowshon Moreno has been disappointing of late and because he splits carries, you may have better options on your roster. But keep this in mind: the New York Giants are tied for third in the NFL for rushing touchdowns allowed.
Atlanta backup Jason Snelling was a fantasy stud last week because of how bad this team stops backs from reaching the end zone.
The Broncos are looking for redemption, as is Moreno. Ride with the rookie if you can afford it.
Others to ride with: Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew at San Francisco, Baltimore QB Joe Flacco at Pittsburgh, Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Vincent Jackson vs. Kansas City, New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas vs. New England, Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles at San Diego, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Washington
If no one else will, I’ll take a stand. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger should not be playing this week if he suffered anything more severe than a mild concussion.
Take this advice Steeler coaches and fantasy owners alike: let him rot this week before his brain does.
Others to let rot on the bench: Cutler and Forte at Minnesota, NY Giants RB Brandon Jacobs at Denver, Tennessee QB Vince Young vs. Arizona.
Miami RB Ricky Williams not only is on my dream team this week, he’ll be on it the remainder of the season. Have you seen his schedule?
He’ll be at Buffalo, vs. New England, at Jacksonville, at Tennessee and he’s at home against Houston in Week 16, which is usually championship week in most leagues.
Others on the dream team: Pats QB Tom Brady and WR Randy Moss at New Orleans, Titans RB Chris Johnson vs. Arizona, Saints QB Drew Brees vs. New England, Colts WR Reggie Wayne at Houston, San Francisco RB Frank Gore vs. Jacksonville Vikings QB Brett Favre, RB Adrian Peterson and WR Sidney Rice vs. Chicago,
Cleveland QB Brady Quinn at Bengals, Giants QB Eli Manning vs. Denver, Saints RB Reggie Bush vs. New England, Pats RBs Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney vs. Saints, Slaton vs. Indy,
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
Seattle QB Matt Hasselback at St. Louis, Bills RB Fred Jackson vs. Miami, Oakland WR Louis Murphy at Dallas
Joey Baskerville is a sports writer for The Journal-Standard in Freeport, Ill. He would like to hear from readers about their seasons as the playoffs are in two weeks. He can be reached at email@example.com.