This is the time of year when fantasy owners are either elated or exacerbated. The first week of the fantasy playoffs had lots of ups and downs. Hopefully you’re on the up side, and not the down side, like I am. My fantasy seasons came to a tragic end in all my leagues, so put me down on the exacerbated side of the ledger. Here are the Week 14 Game Ball awards:
Cam Newton, CAR (287 PaYd, 2 PaTD, 116 RuYd, RuTD) – I’ve been a proponent of Cam all year. He’s had his ups and downs, but he’s still a viable fantasy football quarterback. In fact, Cam is now tracking to put up similar numbers to his breakout rookie performance. For all those who wrote him off, well, you weren’t paying attention, and to all those owners who stayed patient, well, congrats. Your patience is paying off.
Eli Manning, NYG (259 PaYd, 4 PaTD) – Manning has been very frustrating this year, and is a two-time Game-Used Sock winner here in this column space. So, during the fantasy playoffs, he stepped it up for his owners. Hopefully they started him to reap the benefits of his 4-TD game.
Adrian Peterson, MIN (154 RuYd, 2 RuTD) – He occupied this space last week, and he’s back for an encore. What more needs to be said about the best running back in the NFL (which is not even up for debate). Peterson is a fantasy stud. Wish I had taken the chance on him, as I’d probably still be playing now if I had.
Marshawn Lynch, SEA (128 RuYd, 3 RuTD) – Lynch proclaims himself to be a beast, and his 3-TD game against the hapless Arizona Cardinals showed why he is a fantasy beast.
Brandon Marshall, CHI (10 catches, 160 ReYd, ReTD) – Marshall is consistently good week to week in fantasy football. He’s an elite WR and one of the best fantasy options in all formats.
Danario Alexander, SD (7 catches, 88 ReYd 2 ReTD) – DX is one of the best waiver wire grabs of the year for owners. Performances like this, against an allegedly tough Pittsburgh defense, make his owners smile from ear to ear. Alexander has escalated himself from the waiver wire to must-start status.
Greg Olsen, CAR (4 catches, 55 ReYd, ReTD) – Olsen has always had potential, but has only started becoming viable during the last 5 weeks. Keep him in your lineup for the rest of the fantasy playoffs.
Martellus Bennett, NYG (5 catches, 32 ReYd, ReTD) –The Giants tight end has had an up and down year, but right now he’s up. He’s had back-to-back weeks with TDs, and is averaging 6 targets per week since Oct. 21.
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Bryce Brown, PHI, 12 total yards – From rags to riches to rags again. What a couple of weeks Brown has had. His two previous weeks filling in for Lesean McCoy have been nothing short of spectacular. He gave his owners no choice but to start him this week, likely benching other players who’d normally be started. So, that makes his AWFUL performance this week that much more disheartening. He gets the Game-Used Sock Award for knocking many fantasy owners out of the playoffs with one of the worst performances in fantasy playoff history. Just unacceptable. Enjoy the stinky socks Bryce, it’s a much deserved award for you.
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