Fantasy Clicks: Niners stumbling, sneaky benchwarmers, more
Is it possible to watch a four-hour chalk outline get drawn? It's games like the Chargers and woeful 49ers last night that give ammunition to the old fogies who ask, "Do we really need football on Thursdays?" It's hard to believe the same NFL showcase that gave us the Falcons-Ravens masterpiece of a few weeks ago mustered that. When they weren't playing the role of the Washington Generals, the 49ers looked like a walking fantasy wasteland. All the while, the Chargers ran roughshod even while all-world Antonio Gates mends in street clothes. There were a few fantasy football takeaways to be had, however.
Here are some prominent fantasy players primed for a comeback this week.
There are always some hidden points out there to be found from benchwarmers or fantasy free agents who that can plug a spot in any lineup. Here are three to focus on this week.
The last two weeks have been a roller coaster ride for fantasy owners of some of this year's top players ... right off a cliff. With teams on the playoff bubble or starting the first round of the postseason, the past two weeks have been miserable, soul-sucking experiences in futility. Some standout players have gone down the tubes with either terrible performances or tough injuries. With that, here is my all-dartboard group of suspects who must pick it up for those of us with championship hopes still breathing, to stay alive. The Dirty Dozen of Disappointments are in (fittingly) descending order:
12. RB Matt Forte, Bears
1. Texans at Titans
While confidence pools reign supreme during bowl season, don't be afraid to shake things up by trying college fantasy football. Any number of owners can take part, drafting multiple QBs, RBs and WRs. My league's position limits were five QBs, five RBs and seven WRs, but any batch of position numbers is usable. There is no setting lineups, everyone plays. Settle on a scoring system, break out the calculator and box scores, and keep a running tab on each team's total score with the highest total winning with old school pen and paper or on computer.
My seven-team college bowl group got together for a draft yesterday and here is how the first five rounds went in order.
1. QB Cameron Newton, Auburn