Ladd Biro | Keep an eye on Vikings' Gerhart
I cant decide which is worse. The conclusion of Dancing with the Stars (I thought I was golden when I took Kurt Warner in the first round of my DWTS fantasy league), or the fact that this weekend marks the end of the regular season in most fantasy football leagues.
Admittedly, thats a ridiculous quandary; but Im still a bit doped up on tryptophan.
Come to think of it, maybe thats what happened to Philip Rivers on Sunday night. That seems a better excuse for his first non-scoring game of the season than his defense was so good, he didnt need to throw a TD pass.
Im too pooped to do the research, but perhaps tryptophan has the opposite effect on diabetics, which could explain Jay Cutlers monster performance against the proud Eagles defense.
Is Peyton Hillis diabetic too?
Nah hes just a frickin frackin stud, as my Aunt Pat might say. (Note to the IRS: The use of frickin frackin in this column justifies my write-off of the Biro familys Thanksgiving-week vacation to Indiana. Thanks for your understanding.)
And what are we to make of Houstons much-maligned defense pitching a shut-out against the Titans? Apparently we must amend our once-bulletproof hypothesis that anyone can torch the Texans secondary with the qualifier anyone but Rusty Smith.
That said, I have no explanation for Chris Johnsons stat line (5 carries, 7 yards). Or the appeal of fruitcake, for that matter.
Alas, wherever your team resides in your leagues standings, its too early to hit the couch. Whether youre cruising to the top seed, vying for a playoff berth, or playing the role of spoiler, theres work to be done.
It begins Thursday night, when the Eagles host the Texans. Free insider tip: Michael Vick is no Rusty Smith.
And Kurt Warner is no Emmitt Smith.
OK, its time for my nap.
FREE AGENT PICKS AND PANS
To win a fantasy championship, you need to start with a good draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents can also make a big difference. Heres a look at a few players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone elses line-up.
Catch em while you can
Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings. Whether or not Adrian Petersons ankle injury costs him his delicious Week 13 matchup with the Bills, Gerhart is a must-get for every AP owner. Better yet, non-owners should put in a claim as well, if only to block your competitor from doing what he should have done weeks ago.
Maurice Morris, RB, Lions. Jahvid Best was active on Thanksgiving, but he didnt get a single carry due to his lingering toe injuries. Enter Morris, who crossed the goal line twice while accumulating 75 combined yards. Though the Lions face the stingy Bears defense this weekend, Morris is worth a pickup. Theres no telling when, or if, Best will be running at full speed again this season.
Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys. With Marion Barber expected to miss two weeks (or more) with a calf strain, Choice will finally see the touches that many Cowboys fans believe he should have been getting all along. Felix Jones remains the starter, but Choice is arguably the most complete back on the Dallas roster. He has risen to the occasion previously, when injuries to Barber and/or Jones have given him the chance to shine.
Dont be fooled
Earl Bennett, WR, Bears. He scored twice yesterday on just four catches, which now gives him a whopping three TDs on the season. He hasnt totaled more than five receptions or 76 yards in any game to date, so count me skeptical that hell be anything other than a headache to anyone who picks him up for the stretch run.
Ben Obomanu, WR, Seahawks. Hes scored in three of the past four games, including Sundays 159-yard effort against the Chiefs. So why am I not impressed? Mostly because I dont trust Matt Hasselbeck, and Mike Williams should return from his foot injury soon. I simply cant envision any scenario in which Id feel comfortable starting Obomanu with postseason success on the line; so why bother picking him up?
Texans defense. Dont even think about it.