Monday Night Observations

Normally, I watch the 40-minute condensed version of the standalone night games when I wake up in the morning and immediately write them up on the blog. But this game was so bad, I watched it, then got caught up in other things and forgot to do the post until midway through the SXM show (4:00 pm my time.)

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Week 14 Observations

I thought it might be a bad week, and in some ways it was. I’m 7-8 ATS heading into Monday night, lost my best bet (Chargers) got knocked out of the playoffs in one league and am a 2:1-ish favorite to advance in another pending Monday night. My NFFC playoff team with George Kittle and Amari Cooper blew up, but realistically without Kareem Hunt and A.J. Green, that performance is probably wasted. And the one team I had on bye also had Hunt as its first pick. It could have been worse, though.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Fantasy Playoffs Pt. 1

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

For many of us, the fantasy football season is over. For some of us, the playoffs have only just begun. For some unfortunate souls whose playoffs stretch through Week 17, the final stretch is in sight. Without further ado, let’s go through which offensive lines are trending up and down across the league — and how that influences out lineup decisions.

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Monday Night Observations

Had I known Mark Sanchez would be quarterbacking the Redskins for most of the game, I probably would have laid the wood. Like his predecessor, Colt McCoy fractured his fibula early in the game, and that was pretty much it for the Redskins offense, other than Adrian Peterson’s 90-yard TD run.

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Week 13 Observations

What a disastrous week of fantasy football. It started with the news Leonard Fournette was suspended, then Thursday night the Saints scored only 10 points with Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara doing next to nothing. Saturday, there was the Kareem Hunt news – that completely healthy first-round pick you had who was facing the Raiders this week? Yeah, he’s out of football now. On Sunday, A.J. Green, Greg Olsen and possibly James Conner were lost for the fantasy playoffs too. Of course, “disastrous” is a matter of perspective – if you had none of those players on your teams, your chances just got a lot better.

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Thursday Night Observations

That game was not as close as the score. The Cowboys should have had a sack-fumble on Drew Brees, but Randy Gregory, who did not affect the play, lined up in the neutral zone to negate it, and the Cowboys also lost a possession after a roughing-the-punter call on Gregory which resulted in the Saints only touchdown. There were other ticky-tack penalties, mostly on Dallas, that continued drives, too. As someone who had the Cowboys +7.5, it was a tougher game to watch than it should have been, but in retrospect, the Saints never moved the ball consistently at all with only 176 total yards to the Cowboys’ 308.

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