Week 15 Recap: JC Amazes Yet Again
December 16, 2013 | Jeff
The Fake Football playoffs can be mighty strange. Despite our best intentions and most thoughtfully crafted plans, sometimes we simply run into Jamaal Charles and Matt Asiata. Yes, the great Matt Asiata. Week 15 was another exciting week as plenty of players stepped up and led fake squads to victory, led by the amazing Jamaal Charles. If JC sent you and your team packing, keep your head up and know that The Fake Football will be here to get you ready for 2014! Whether your fantasy team won, lost, or was deemed ineligible for starting too many Buffalo Bills, buckle up as we scope out the highlights and lowlights from Week 15:
Jamaal Charles: Well, JC only had eight carries for 20 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Mediocre performance. Hold on one second…oh, he had a few catches? Eight? For 195 yards and FOUR more touchdowns? In a performance for the ages, our main man JC Superstar gashed the Oakland defense for 215 total yards and five scores. Every fantasy owner who employs Charles on their fake football squadron is counting his or her lucky stars today, as this 51.5 point (standard league) effort surely led mountains of teams to playoff victory. This is a game that Charles owners, and more likely owners of teams facing JC this week, will remember for quite some time.
Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode had a solid outing today as Seattle skunked the New York Giants, and surprisingly did most of his work in the passing game. Lynch set season-highs in targets and receptions (six) on his way to 73 receiving yards. Tack that onto 47 rushing yards and a score and you’ve got yourself a nice fantasy effort. Lynch owners should send the San Francisco 49ers a thank you card, as their Week 15 win guaranteed that Lynch and the Seattle starters won’t be benched at all in Week 16, as Seattle still has yet to lock up the NFC’s #1 seed.
Kirk Cousins: Mike Shanahan’s safety replacement played injury free on Sunday, so let’s consider this a victory for Shanny and the ‘Skins! Hooray! Cousins played a solid game on Sunday against a pillow soft defense as he threw for 381 yards and three scores. The game was a bit of a turnover-fest, with Cousins contributing two interceptions and a fumble to Washington’s seven turnovers, but it was a nice fantasy afternoon for desperate fake footballers who started Cousins. Week 16 should be another useful week for Kirk, as the train wreck Dallas Cowboys come to D.C.
Jay Cutler: As Josh McCown and his fantasy owners sadly looked on from the sidelines, Jay Cutler had a nice return to action on Sunday, as he threw for 265 yards and three scores against Cleveland. Cutler used his crazy weapons wisely, as both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery topped 70 yards receiving and reeled in touchdown catches. Cutler and the Bears get the Philadelphia defense in Week 16 and if Philly’s putrid attempt at containing Matt Cassel on Sunday is any indication, it should be a big week for Cutler.
Trent Richardson: In the strangest recap blurb of the 2013 season, let’s take a look at the most eye-roll worthy performance of the 2013 season. Now that dear old T-Rich is buried on fantasy benches and posted up on fantasy waiver wires, he decided Week 15 would be a nice opportunity for a useful performance as he rushed for 64 yards and added another 38 yards and a score through the air. The effort was aided by Donald Brown’s early exit on Sunday with a “stinger,” so keep an eye on the health of Brown this week if you are considering torturing yourself in Week 16 by starting Richardson.
Julian Edelman: With Rob Gronkowski out for the season and the Shane Vereen rendered ineffective on Sunday, Edelman and fellow wide receiver Danny Amendola did the heavy lifting as New England fell just short of another stunning late game comeback. Edelman was targeted 19 times by hunky Tom Brady and he snagged 13 of those throws for 139 yards and a touchdown. Edelman is now averaging 9.3 catches, 103.5 yards and a touchdown over New England’s last four games. That is a 25 point per game average in PPR leagues, which is flat out nutty. A big game against Baltimore awaits the Patriots in Week 16, so expect more of the same from our guy Julian.
Matt Asiata: Every season has unheralded fantasy options emerge in during the playoff season and this season is no different. The fine folks here at The Fake Football offer our sincere condolences to anyone who faced a desperate team that started Asiata in Week 15, as the Minnesota slug rumbled for three scores as the Vikings toasted the Philadelphia defense. How good was Asiata? Well, 30 carries for 51 yards (1.7 ypc) should do a fine job of painting a picture of Asiata’s skillset as he would make 2012 Michael Turner look like Barry Sanders. However, points are points and Asiata stacked up 18 on touchdowns alone. Keep an eye on news out of Minny this week on the recovery of Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.
Jordan Todman: Like Matt Asiata, Todman was thrust into a starting role in Week 15 due to an injury. As Maurice Jones-Drew was out, Todman stepped right in and hammered out 153 total yards on 25 carries and four receptions. The young back didn’t find the endzone on Sunday, but his yardage total was very encouraging for fantasy owners desperate enough to flex Todman on Sunday. MJD and Todman owners alike (as well as Daily Fantasy Sports fans) should keep tabs on MJD’s progress this week as another opportunity may present itself in Week 16.
Dez Bryant: As the Dallas Cowboys imploded for the 1,000,000th time on Sunday, Dez put up a great stat line of 153 yards and a score on 11 catches. His early run for the locker room as the last minutes ticked off of Dallas’ improbable loss will garner plenty of media attention, but Dez was himself in between the sidelines. Tony Romo even underthrew Bryant on a couple deep routes that could have made his fantasy day even bigger. While the usage of Bryant and team mate DeMarco Murray is often curious, they are still top flight options. Just be sure to have a bucket handy while watching this team.
Kendall Wright: While Wright continued his 2013 trend of not finding the endzone, he did turn in season-highs in catches (12) and receiving yards (150) on Sunday on a whopping 20 targets. This was a huge effort on the heels of an unexpected Week 14 dud for Wright (two catches for 17 yards at Denver), so it was nice to see Kendall back on track. A trip to Jacksonville is up next.
Jimmy Graham: Big Jimbo turned his weakest performance of the 2013 season on Sunday, as he hauled in only two of six targets for 25 yards. This came at the absolute worst time for Graham’s fantasy owners, who were counting on their stud tight end for big playoff production. These, as they say, are the breaks in this crazy game we play. Graham will look to bounce back from this St. Louis stinker next week at Carolina.