QB: Joe Flacco, 5pts
In a game that the Ravens had to win to keep their hopes of repeating as Super Bowl champions alive, Flacco threw more interceptions than touchdowns against a the division rival Bengals. Flacco was clearly ailing and you have to admire the guts, but one has to hope that the Ravens franchise QB didn’t do lasting damage to his leg trying to salvage a lost season. If you made it to the finals, it was likely in spite of Flacco. So let’s hope that you survived this stinker too.
RB: Andre Brown, -1pt
Andre Brown has managed to turn 56 carries into ten points over the past 4 weeks, which if you weren’t already aware, were the fantasy playoffs. Brown had a great matchup with a similarly struggling Redskins team and couldn’t manage to even turn in positive points, in a game decided by a point you probably would rather have taken the zero than putting him out there and costing you a game with his fumble.
RB: Frank Gore, 1pt
13 for 14. Those aren’t passing stats, Frank Gore facing a stout Arizona front could only muster one yard a carry. For someone with the label of a workhorse back his workload has been diminishing rapidly and hopefully you saw the writing on the wall in time to play a better option in your title game. One little tidbit for those of you in playoff leagues Gore may be a buy-low candidate as his previously described workload issues were by design to keep him fresh for the playoff run.
WR: DeSean Jackson, 2pts
The Eagle’s leading receiver facing the league’s worst defense in a game for all the marbles? Sounds like a recipe for fantasy gold right? Wrong, Jackson was held in check once again and only hauled in 3 catches for 28 yards, this is probably still a blip more than a regression to his boom-or-bust days and Jackson has to be in consideration to be one of the top ten wideouts off the board next season.
WR: Vincent Jackson, 3pts
V Jax should have done more in a game that saw his team playing catchup from the word go, 4 catches for 35 yards in a game that the Bucs could have played spoiler and in a title tilt for any of his owners lucky enough to still be alive just won’t cut it. Looking forward some stability at running back and maybe a partner in crime on the outside could see Jackson return to his big game days.
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TE: Martellus Bennet
So I owned Bennett and Pitta in a two week playoff, last week I started Pitta, this week I started Bennett because the week prior he had 5 catches for 85 yards, this week? One for fifteen. The Bears tight end just couldn’t seem to get any looks this week and his absence couldn’t have helped those of you still in title contention.
D/ST: Buccaneers, -7
Let’s be honest, if by some fluke you actually owned the Tampa Bay Defense, if you chose to start them against a desperate Saints team at home you got exactly what you deserved here, costing yourself seven points and possibly the league trophy.
K: Sebastian Janikowski, 1pt
1 kick, one miss, and only one extra point attempt meant that Sea-bass didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard this week.
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