Welcome to yet another new feature, which I’ve decided to call “Thanks and Shanks”. The goal of this new weekly feature, to be published every Monday morning, is to make me, Jon, Andy, Zach, Drew, and anyone else who offers fantasy football advice here at MSF even more accountable for our recommendations than we already always try to be.
Here is how it will work: I will run down some of the recommendations I gave leading into the previous Sunday that worked as well as some that didn’t; then, more importantly, the comment section will then be yours to dole out “thanks” to any MSF writer who gave you a good recommendation or to call out a “shank” of a recommendation that hurt your team that week.
Hopefully this can be done all in good fun and serves as a way to crystallize lessons that can be learned from picks that worked and from those that didn’t. Just remember when you call us out for a “shank” that the ultimate decision was yours, so try to be fair in doling blame. But know that we do take our recommendations seriously and work hard to make good ones, and we’re happy to be temporary online pinatas if you need to do a little venting.
Here are a few of the Week 2 recommendations that I bet people will be thanking me for:
- I told numerous people to start Devery Henderson over the likes of Plaxico Burress, Percy Harvin, and others because of Marques Colston’s absence and Henderson’s superb Week 1 performance. He responded by having a decidedly Devery day: 3 catches, 103 yards, 1 touchdown.
- Despite an awful Week 1 performance and the presence of the Eagles’ superb cornerbacks, I recommended Matt Ryan to a number of people based on his excellent history at home. Ryan responded with only 195 yards but four touchdowns. Overall, a very solid fantasy day.
- LeGarrette Blount owners were readying themselves to jump off of tall building all week, but I implored them to not overreact. Blount only got five carries in Week 1 because Tampa Bay fell behind early and was facing the juggernaut that is the Lions’ front four. Still, Blount own coach admitted it was a mistake to abandon Blount so early. All signs pointed to a bounceback performance, and it happened. Blount still only got 13 carries but he turned them into 71 yards and a two touchdowns, a great fantasy day.
- Even after he only caught one pass in Week 1, I think I recommended Jeremy Maclin to anyone who asked me about him. Maclin responded by catching 13 balls for 171 yards and 2 TDs. Have patience with proven players, my friends.
- Fred Davis snared six passes for 86 yards and a TD. I recall recommending him to a number of people.
Week 2 “Shanks”
But, as always, even the most logical and well-thought out recommendations did not turn out as planned. Here are a few of my Week 2 recommendations I shanked and that I’m sure more than a few people would like to bop me on the head over:
- I really thought Jay Cutler was going to have a good day for the Bears. The Saints’ D had been getting torched, and I knew Cutler would have to throw to keep up with Brees and Co. Unfortunately, I underestimated just how crappy the Bears’ O-Line would play on the road against a blitz-happy defense. Cutler finished a putrid 19-45 with 1 TD.
- I recommended Buffalo’s D to a few people after picking them up for myself in a few leagues. I thought the West Coast-to-East Coast jet lag and the Raiders’ lack of a passing attack would keep their scoring down. How wrong I was. I regret this decision because it violated my own tenets of logic and making players/units prove it on the field. What had Buffalo really proven against Kansas City? Nothing.
- I told anyone who would listen that I don’t trust rookie WRs and wouldn’t start AJ Green even though he caught a TD in Week 1. Green responded by catching 10 passes for 124 yards and a TD from his fellow rookie QB. I don’t regret this recommendation because distrusting rookies works more than it doesn’t, but it may be time to start considering Green an exception to that rule.
- I told a number of people that I thought Brandon Lloyd would play and be a good start option. He didn’t even play. Now that’s a shank.
- Felix Jones. There, I said it. Let’s just move along before I get angry and throw something.
Those are just a few of the recommendations, good and bad, that I remember giving multiple times before yesterday’s Week 2 action. The comment section is now yours to thank me or shank me, or to do either to any other writer on this site.
Let’s get it out of our system now so that as soon as the Rams-Giants MNF game ends tonight we can turn our collective attention to Week 3.