For a game the Salford Bloggers were projected to win by quite some margin, it never transpired to be. Though the lead will be taken into the second round of the consolation ladder, and gladly so, it was meant to be by more than two points.
It could have been even worse if it wasn’t for Tony Romo and yet another stellar week of performance by C.J. Anderson, because it appeared that just about everyone else on the roster didn’t bother to turn up.
Jimmy Graham continued his fantasy nightmare, Demaryius Thomas laid an egg, and the decision to start Cody Parkey over Stephen Gostkowski proved to be fruitless as the New England kicker was nine points better off at week 14’s conclusion.
To make things even worse, both the Vikings D/ST and Percy Harvin combined scored 28 points, and they both sat on my bench. The Dolphins D/ST and my lowest scoring receiver, Thomas, didn’t score a single point when you add them together.
Fortunately, Kardac Kids srm were slightly worse, and even they managed to undercut their projected score for the week. Their only salvo was a good performance from Tom Brady, coupled with big days for Calvin Johnson and Shaun Suisham.
There’s still a way to go as the second leg awaits in week 15; but hopefully the Bloggers’ players will band together will guide them through to the next round. It’s better to be ahead than be behind.
Salford Bloggers – 59
Kardac Kids srm – 57
Kardac Kids srm
QB: Tom Brady (317 passing yards, 7 rushing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) – 18 points
RB: Ben Tate (15 rushing yards) – 1 point
RB: Trent Richardson (30 rushing yards) – 3 points
WR: Calvin Johnson (158 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 21 points
WR: Larry Fitzgerald (34 receiving yards) – 3 points
TE: Antonio Gates (34 receiving yards) – 3 points
FLEX: Terrance West (54 rushing yards) – 5 points
D/ST: Saints D/ST (41 points allowed) – -8 points
K: Shaun Suisham (2 field goals made, 4 extra points) – 11 points
QB: Aaron Rodgers (327 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, 3 TD) – 27 points
RB: Antone Smith – 0 points
RB: Giovani Bernard (17 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards) – 2 points
RB: Shane Vereen (1 rushing yard, 30 receiving yards) – 3 points
WR: Eric Decker (89 receiving yards) – 8 points
WR: Sammy Watkins (127 receiving yards, 1 fumble) – 10 points
TE: Mychal Rivera (109 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 16 points
QB: Tony Romo (205 passing yards, -2 rushing yards, 3 TD) – 20 points
Tony Romo rebounded from his Thanksgiving nightmare to guide his Cowboys to a week 14 victory over Chicago. He threw the ball more in this game than he did against the Eagles, and it resulted in him throwing three touchdown passes to cap off an impressive performance. He was only one of two starters this week to actually help the Bloggers out, and so I was delighted with the former undrafted player’s production this week.
RB: Mark Ingram (43 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards, 1 fumble) – 3 points
Oh dear. Ingram didn’t start the game off in the best of ways as he fumbled the ball away early on, and never really made up for it throughout the rest of the game. The New Orleans Saints had a Sunday to forget as they were crushed by Carolina, and Ingram’s performance mirrored that. He’ll have better days.
RB: C.J. Anderson (58 rushing yards, 3 TD) – 23 points
C.J. Anderson has been an awesome free agent addition for the Salford Bloggers over the last few weeks, and he continued to impress as scored three times in the Denver Broncos’ 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Despite his yardage taking a hit, the fact he scored 18 points from just ploughing the ball into the end zone was a God-send this week.
WR: Demaryius Thomas (11 receiving yards) – 1 point
All three of Denver’s touchdowns on Sunday came on the ground, so fortunately I was able to claim all the points off of those having C.J. Anderson in my starting lineup. But the downside of that was Demaryius Thomas’ worst performance of the season, hauling in two catches for a mere 11 yards and a single point. It wasn’t good enough, but Thomas has been one of the Bloggers’ top performers this year, and his outing against the Bills was quite clearly a blip on the radar.
WR: Randall Cobb (58 receiving yards, -1 rushing yard) – 5 points
Another week, another game without a touchdown for Randall Cobb. Earlier in the season he was catching touchdowns for fun, but the well appears to have dried up. Hopefully he’ll pick it up in the last few games. How Cobb fares could be crucial to the Bloggers’ fantasy chances.
TE: Jimmy Graham (25 receiving yards) – 2 points
Patience has been completely lost with my first round fantasy draft pick Jimmy Graham after yet another disappointing week. But despite his many frustrating outings in 2014, he still ranks third in scoring amongst tight ends, which shows just how shallow the position is. So whilst Jimmy Graham could be better – a lot better – it could also be worse.
FLEX: DeAndre Hopkins (49 receiving yards) – 4 points
This isn’t the way I envisioned DeAndre Hopkins to follow up his 35-point performance against the Tennessee last week, especially as the Houston Texans were taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars this time around. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, and ‘Nuk’ didn’t even make 50 yards. Poor showing.
D/ST: Dolphins D/ST (28 points against, 1 INT, 1 sack) – -1 point
The Dolphins defence are slowly, but surely declining, after scoring minus points two times in the past three weeks. It made them look even worse because the Vikings D/ST were on the bench, and they scored ten points. This performance may well knock Miami out of starting fantasy contention next week.
K: Cody Parkey (2 extra points) – 2 points
In recent times, it’s proving to be a difficult task to start the right kicker. In the past two weeks, Parkey has outscored Stephen Gostkowski significantly, and earned himself the right to start again in week 14 against Kardac Kids srm. But it didn’t work out as it should, and Parkey scored just two points, while Gostkowski kicked for 11. It’s going to be another headache of a decision over who will be the starting kicker for the Bloggers ahead of next week’s games.
QB: Philip Rivers (189 passing yards, 8 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) – 9 points
RB: Branden Oliver (1 rushing yard) – 0 points
RB: Chris Johnson (53 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards) – 6 points
RB: Jonas Gray (9 rushing yards) – 0 points
WR: Percy Harvin (124 receiving yards, 3 rushing yards, 1 TD) – 18 points
D/ST: Vikings D/ST (24 points against, 1 INT, 1 fumble, 3 sacks) – 10 points
K: Stephen Gostkowski (3 field goals, 2 extra points) – 11 points