FIRST DOWN – GO LONG!
Ever wonder how quarterbacks stack up statistically based on the length of their throws and length of their completions? Not surprisingly you’ll find Alex Smith dead last with an average pass length of 5.55 yards. Check out the chart below to see how Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and all other qualifying QBs rank in Avg. Pass Length, Avg. Pass Completion and even how much YAC (Yards After Catch) their receivers are netting from their passes.
SECOND DOWN – GIVING THANKS
Since the name of this article is “Beyond TDs & Tackles” I thought Thanksgiving week would be a great week to thank some of the players that setup 1-yard TDs this year. Tune in next week for a list of all the thankful 1-yard TD recipients.
|Thanker(s)||Giver(s)||Setting The Table|
|Darrell Young||Alfred Morris||21 yards|
|Tony Moeaki||Marshawn Lynch||3 yards|
|J.J. Watt & Fitzpatrick||Arian Foster||0 (previous carry 41 yds)|
|Josh McCown||Bobby Rainey||10 yards|
|Mychal Rivera/Derek Carr||James Jones/Derek Carr||4 yards|
|Lance Kendricks/Austin Davis||Zac Stacy||0 (previous carry 8 yds)|
|Lance Kendricks/Austin Davis||Bennie Cunningham/Austin Davis||8 yards|
|Steven Jackson||Roddy White/Matt Ryan||4 yards|
|Ronnie Hillman||Demaryius Thomas/Peyton Manning||21 yard pass interference|
|Shonne Greene||Kendall Wright/Jake Locker||28 yards plus 15 yd face mask|
|Ryan Fitzpatrik||Andre Johnson/Ryan Fitzpatrick||incomplete pass|
THIRD DOWN – Steve’s Seven Sleepers
The bye weeks are finally finished but there’s still room for sleepers; be it due to injuries or just a lack of performance. Check out my seven sleepers that I think can put up solid production this week. To qualify the player can’t rank in the top-36** at their respective position based on the season long rankings in the Huddle IDP Expert League. I thought it’d be nice to show how my sleepers did the previous week so you’ll also find last week’s sleepers with the amount of points that they scored. I also want to add that I’m trying to target players that should be available on waivers, which at this time of year is a very difficult thing to do at the running back position.
*Top-12 for QB & TE. **Top-15 for QB & TE.
|Week 13||Week 12|
|QB||Zach Mettenberger||QB||Josh McCown||18.84|
|RB||Tre Mason||RB||Isaiah Crowell||20.80|
|WR||Donte Moncrief||WR||Kenny Stills||17.60|
|TE||Charles Clay||TE||Vernon Davis||5.10|
|DL||Justin Tuck||DL||Vinny Curry||2.00|
|LB||James Thomas||LB||Anthony Hitchens||11.00|
|DB||Pierre Warren||DB||Louis Delmas||17.00|
Even if I took a pass on Isaiah Crowell, last week would have been a very productive week…outside of Vinny Curry that is. I know you don’t get points for penalties but two penalties wiped out two sacks by Curry. Had those sacks not been wiped out he’d have booked a very respectable 11 points. As they say, it’s a game of inches. Moving on to this week, I’m going back to rookie Zach Mettenberger. If you don’t want to go the rookie route there’s a bunch of solid streaming options at the QB position. Guys I considered plugging in were Josh McCown (again), Kyle Orton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Colt McCoy and even Blake Bortles. At RB I could cherry pick C.J. Anderson (37th) but decided against taking the easy way out. Instead I’ll tab Tre Mason. Another option, as long as he’s active, is Latavius Murray and if you really feel like gambling then Joe Banyard is your guy. At WR, I’m going to gamble a bit and go with Donte Moncrief. I did give consideration to both Charles Johnson and Cecil Shorts. TE is always a tough position to pick and as much as I want to go with Vernon Davis again, I’m not. Instead give me Charles Clay against a Jets team that’s given up the 3rd most points to TEs this season. If Jordan Reed is inactive then Niles Paul is a TE you can plug in too.
For my DL I’m going to go with an old guy I‘ve bashed a bit this year…Justin Tuck, but I did give some consideration to boom/bust DL Ryan Davis. At LB a lack of assisted tackles will likely limit his upside but James Thomas should prove to be a solid play this week. Rounding things out give me Pierre Warren of the Saints.
FOURTH DOWN – TRENCH WARFARE
The Broncos have one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL…of course everyone knows that. What they may not know is that their run defense is pretty formidable. The Chiefs and Jamaal Charles will have their work cut out for them in week 13. If Charles and company are going to have any success running the ball it looks like they’ll need to attack Denver up the middle.
CHIEFS RUSHING OFFENSE
BRONCOS RUSHING DEFENSE