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Everyman's Fantasy

Dec. 02, 2013
Dec. 02, 2013

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Dec. 2, 2013

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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
The MMQB
  • Why do you doubt Tony Romo? Is it because he's a choker? (Statistically, he's not.) Because he lacks Peyton's public passion? (Eye roll.) Because he doesn't have rings? (Is that really his fault?) The Cowboys' quarterback has stepped from obscurity to the brightest spotlight—and he can make you think twice about what you expect from the position

  • AFTER A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAREER ON THE FIELD, MATT MILLEN SET RECORDS FOR INEPTITUDE IN SEVEN-PLUS SEASONS AS THE LIONS' GENERAL MANAGER. BUT EVEN AS HIS NAME BECAME A PUNCH LINE, HIS SELF-ESTEEM NEVER SUFFERED

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • AFTER USC AND FLORIDA ATLANTIC LOST THEIR COACHES, THE REPLACEMENTS—ED ORGERON AND BRIAN WRIGHT—LOOSENED THE REINS. THE RESULT HAS BEEN SIDESPLITTING SUCCESS, WITH COOKIES

WINTER OLYMPICS
THE SHOT
  • THE VIDEO OF KHALIL EDNEY'S LAST-SECOND BASKET WENT VIRAL NOT JUST BECAUSE IT WON A HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF GAME, BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT SHOWED THAT GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO PERSEVERE

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Everyman's Fantasy

Turning last week's box scores into this week's waiver-wire magic

ACTION REACTION

This is an article from the Dec. 2, 2013 issue

ACTION

Rams RBs Zac Stacy (fifth-round pick) and Benny Cunningham (UFA) combine for 196 yards and two TDs in a 42--21 defeat of the Bears.

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Chicago's banged-up D allows 4.9 yards per rush. The Bears play the Browns in Week 15, making Willis McGahee and Chris Ogbonnaya strong stash options.

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Dennis Johnson runs for 74 yards on 13 carries in relief of Ben Tate as Houston hits rock bottom, losing 13--6 to the Jaguars.

REACTION

It's been a nightmare '13 for the Texans; they might as well see what they have in Johnson. Looking for the annual random fantasy playoff stud? Could be him.

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Andrew Luck throws for just 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Colts' 40--11 loss to the Cardinals.

REACTION

Luck has struggled without WR Reggie Wayne. With tough defenses looming (Titans, Bengals, Chiefs, Texans), he's no longer a QB1.

ACTION

Arizona WR Michael Floyd tops 100 yards for the second straight game, catching seven passes against Indianapolis.

REACTION

Floyd's getting going at just the right time, and the Cards have favorable matchups (Eagles, Rams) the next two weeks. Snag him if he's free.

RISERS

MIKE WALLACE

WR, DOLPHINS

At last, a big game: five catches for 127 yards and a TD—enough to suggest a fantasy playoff run to come.

TIQUAN UNDERWOOD

WR, BUCCANEERS

After a 108-yard, two-TD outing (and with the Bills' and Rams' poor secondaries on the horizon), he's worth a speculative add.

STEVEN JACKSON

RB, FALCONS

After battling hamstring and toe injuries all year, he finally showed signs of life with 79 total yards and a TD.

FALLERS

CHIEFS DEFENSE

A once invulnerable unit, K.C.'s D has floundered the last two weeks. Up next: a second go-round with Peyton Manning. Uh-oh.

CHRIS IVORY

RB, JETS

This applies, really, to anyone on New York's O, which has scored 14 points or fewer in four of its last six games.

VICTOR CRUZ

WR, GIANTS

Facing Dallas's poor pass D and with WR Hakeem Nicks out, Cruz was destined for big things. Instead, he caught just two balls for 27 yards and lost a fumble.

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THEY SAID IT

"I don't worry about them. I've made it to one Sweet 16 in two years, and he's made it to one Sweet 16 in 18 years."

Andy EnfieldUSC's first-year basketball coach, on how he feels about crosstown rival UCLA and its new coach, Steve Alford.