Fluke plays is the topic of today's fantasy focus. Before we go any further, let me just say that you can't prepare for this type of thing. In fact, about the best you can do is to try not to put the remote through the TV when you are on the receiving end of one of these plays.
A prime example of a play that shaved the life off of many football fans — fantasy and reality — is the 30 yard reception Ray Rice got on a 4th and 29 against the San Diego defense. Basically, Rice took a little dump off pass and got the first down on some poor defensive playing from the Chargers. From there, the Ravens stayed alive and eventually won the game. The extension of that drive proved pivotal to many a fantasy owner who saw himself or his opponent get more scoring opportunities than what really should of occurred.
But hey, crap happens.
Like many other aspects of this fun game, fluke plays are just that, flukey. You can't predict them and they will at some point decide the outcome of a game for you, if not the season. It's better that you ingrain this fact into your subconscious for the next time this happens to you, for the safety of family members and appliances of course.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots: 18 for 28, 323 yards, 3 TDs. 1 rushing TD (36 points)
What can you say about Tom Brady from a fantasy football aspect that hasn't been said before? The guy is basically lights out and if you are in a keeper league and don't have him, then continue to wish for his retirement along with the majority of us. As far as numbers go, Brady has tossed 12 touchdowns to 0 interceptions the past three games. Those are numbers that win you games, period.
Adrian Foster, Houston Texans: 20 rushes, 102 yards, 2 TDs. 5 receptions, 15 yards (23 points)
Like Brady, Foster is turning into a yearly lock for a stud rusher. Nothing new to add to that without gushing, so let's just state the facts. Foster is a road warrior with six consecutive 100 yard outings. He has had four multiple touchdown games of the year. Oh, and he's on the road next week when the Texans play the Titans so definitely start the man.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: 8 receptions, 145 yards, 2 TDs (24 points)
Bryant continues our string of Thanksgiving top performances with his second straight 145 yard game. While the Cowboys themselves appear out of sync, Bryant is one of the few consistent shining spots on the team. With the Cowboys defensive woes combined with Bryant's four 100+ yard games this season, consider him a must start in all formats.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins: 6 receptions, 84 yards, 1 TD (14 points)
Clay breaks our string of Turkey-day performers with a modest effort on Sunday. As a whole, tight ends have been underachieving this season, so predicting who is the hot hand is rough at the moment. Since Clay nearly doubled his yearly total with this performance, I wouldn't sell the bard to sign him up, though he should be available in most leagues.
Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans: 4 for 5, 1 xp (13 points)
Eh, he's a kicker so there's nothing too exciting over this 13 point performance. The excitement gets even lower if you play in a league that deducts points for missed field goals! Anyway, kickers as a whole are more of a matchup orientated position in fantasy football. The standard way of dealing with them is either draft one or two and forget about them or take it week by week. If the second is the case than Bironas is worth a nod next week as the Titans face the high scoring Houston Texans.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: 21 for 27 with 224 yards and 2 TDs. 5 rushes and 38 yards (23 points)
Now I know that Robert Griffin III had the better fantasy week but some love has got to be sent in Wilson's direction for yet another respectable outing. Lost in the Andrew Luck/RG3 debate, Wilson has quietly been on a roll the past four games. He has tossed 11 touchdowns to one interception with 821passing yards and 108 yards on the ground. While not up there with the elite yet, he has been a servicable and steady QB and should continue to do so.
Free Agent Pick Up
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: 16 of 25 for 231 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 6 rushes, 27 yds, 1 TD (21 points)
Kaepernick has been impressive in his first two weeks of real action. He's an accurate passer who has good mobility outside of the pocket. Basically, he's the prototypical modern NFL quarterback. That being said, he's also in the middle of a potential battle to remain the starter with Alex Smith. If you are in a keeper league and are iffy at QB, then Kaepernick is worth a flier because he is more than likely going to be the starter heading into next year. The 591 yards and three touchdowns to just one interception he has posted the past two weeks is what you should expect.
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