I was hoping to get through this week unbruised and unbattered. So much for hoping. Three byes, one injury and a late scratch absolutely did me in. I was beaten up pretty bad this week, dropping my record to 6-5 on the season and a four-way tie for third place.
I had to know that my week was going to go poorly from the start. James Conner reaggravated his shoulder injury and was limited to only 13 offensive snaps in the Steelers’ loss at Cleveland. Myles Garret’s antics aside, that was the beginning of the end of my Week 12 performance. Conner carried the ball five times for 10 yards and hauled in a reception for 6 yards. That’s it! Conner, who was supposed to be my workhorse while Aaron Jones was on the bye, gave me 2.6 fpts. It does not get much better.
For some reason, Robert Woods was a non-injury scratch on Sunday night against the Bears. That forced me to put N’Keal Harry into action, as both Geronimo Allison and Darius Slayton were on the bye. I did not expect much from Harry, but he hauled in three catches for 18 yards. Good enough for 4.8 fpts. Woods’ status will need to be reviewed as the week goes on as he missed the game due to a personal matter.
I did have two shining spots this week with solid performances from both Dak Prescott and Austin Ekeler. Prescott torched the Lions defense with 444 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also went interception free for the first time since week 6.
444 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also went interception free for the first time since week 6.
Ekeler continues to put up points for me, but as a receiver. He totaled 132 yards in the Chargers loss in Mexico City; only 24 of them were on the ground. This whole scenario puts me in a pickle. If Conner cannot go in week 12, Ekeler has the bye. I may be suiting up myself as my RB2. My waiver wire participation will spike tremendously this week.
Guess what? Julio Jones didn’t get in the endzone – again! He has not caught a touchdown since Week 3. He did haul in six receptions for 91 yards, good enough for 14.7 fpts.
Darren Fells, Cole Beasley and Matt Prater’s performance were not even worth mentioning, as they total 15 fpts combined. My head hurts just saying that out loud.
A lot of soul searching this week as I need to figure out my lineup and roster. Here is my lineup as of today before any free agent pickups.
QB Dak Prescott Ride or die. I have no reason to play Baker Mayfield over him
RB Aaron Jones I need you man. You have to carry the load now
RB James Conner I am not confident you will play, so I will be putting someone that will only give me 2 points here
WR Julio Jones Please score a touchdown this week. Just one
WR Robert Woods If he gets his personal matter taken care of, he plays, if not it will be Darius Slayton
Flex Darius Slayton If he moves up to WR2, Beasley will get the call again
TE Darren Fells Bottled up by the Ravens D, I’ll be looking for him to break out against Indy
K Matt Prater Because he’s my kicker
Def Titans I don’t have anything to add to this
Players not on my team that I like:
QB Matt Ryan The Falcons have been clicking lately on both sides of the ball. Going up against a Tampa Bay team that gives up a lot points is prime picking for Ryan. On the flip side of that, Jameis Winston could have a big day too.
RB Nick Chubb Chubb was very disappointing last week against the Steelers. Look for him to bounce back against the Dolphins at home. It still is not clear how much impact the return of Kareem Hunt will impact Chubb, but look for him to have a big game. I hate to say it, but Ezekial Elliot against the Patriots may not be a terrible play.
WR Chris Godwin This kid has been lighting it up. Look for the Falcons to concentrate on Mike Evans, which will open some targets for Godwin.Jarvis Landry has been the most consistent receiver for the Browns. I like him against the Dolphins, too.
TE Dallas Goedert He scored the Eagles’ only touchdown against the Patriots. Zarch Ertz is still the man in Philadelphia, however, as depleted the offensive options are because of injury Goedert stands to produce more.
Good luck this week! Follow me on Twitter @nicoladandrea.