Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts
Travaris Cadet – Leg
Joe Mixon – Ankle
Melvin Gordon – Ankle
Delightfully light. Apparently, everyone is already injured by now.
We will still have all the same offerings in Week 17 even though well over 95% of all leagues and contests are done. There are a few leagues, almost always old ones, that still rely on the final week.
Next week, all games are on Sunday. We’ll have the Predictions and Projections and Start/Bench items out a day later than usual to accommodate staff and recognize the schedule difference this week.
And after the Week 17 games, the final Tunnel Vision hands out the Huddle Awards – don’t miss it!
T.Y. Hilton – He was a high draft pick back when people believed that Andrew Luck was real and would return any day. It was a disastrous season with a few big games. Hilton ends with 100 yards on six catches against the Ravens. Basically, the same as his previous three games combined.
Brett Hundley – It will be a surprise if he sticks next year. Versus the Vikes, he only threw for 130 yards and two interceptions. Without Davante Adams, no wideout gained more than 22 yards and the Packers were shutout in Green Bay.
Peyton Barber – Ran for 51 yards on 13 carries while healthy Doug Martin gained seven yards on six carries. This backfield screams for a makeover next season and maybe even a highly drafted running back. The only certainty from this year is that no matter what, Martin can never be trusted again.
Cam Newton – Threw for only 160 yards and one interception and rushed for 52 yards and one score. He was knocked out of the game for one play which brought up one thought. With the decision to go run-heavy, get rid of the top receiver, and allow Newton to become the primary rusher, the reality is that the Panthers are in huge trouble if he ever is injured. The offense is designed around him and there’s no one else similar.
Josh Gordon – Only caught two of eight targets for 19 yards. Maybe he isn’t the second coming of Josh Gordon. Among the many changes in store for 2018 is yet another quarterback. Gordon is a free agent next year but he’s not helping himself and finishes in Pittsburgh.
Corey Davis – The top-drafted wideout this year has been a disappointment this year and still has not scored a touchdown. But at least he’s stepping up production when he caught six of nine targets for 91 yards against the Rams. The passing offense fell apart most of the year but at least Davis is giving some promise to 2018.
C.J. Anderson – He ran for 158 yards in Week 15 and then gained 88 yards and a score on 16 carries against the Redskins yesterday. He also caught a season-best seven passes for 45 yards. Don’t buy into it. Last year he ended with 107 yards and a touchdown. Then was ineffective most of this season. In 2015, he ended with 100 yards and a score but struggled most of the next year. In 2014, he finished with four straight games around 100 yards and scored four times. Anderson finishes great but he kills every fantasy owner the next year.
Jimmy Garoppolo – He won each of his four starts including beating the 10-4 Jaguars and throwing for 242 yards and two scores on their defense plus ran for a touchdown. I cannot accept that a backup quarterback steps in at the end of the season, reels off four impressive wins and suddenly makes the entire team start to click including the defense. But I am going have to figure out how because it is happening.
Keelan Cole – Hard to forecast what the Jags offense will look like next year but Cole has made a case that he has to be involved. After scoring in three straight games and blowing up against the Texans for 186 yards, Cole still caught a team-high six passes for 108 yards in San Francisco.
Ezekiel Elliott – First action after his six-week suspension and Elliott ran for 97 yards on 24 carries and added four catches for 21 yards. It was like he was never gone except for the rest of the team that failed to return to previous form even with Elliott back and effective. The Cowboys have the entire offseason to decide what needs to be changed but rest assured, it is not Elliott. And he won’t have a looming suspension hanging over him either.
Duke Johnson – Winds down his 2017 season with three good showings. He scored in Weeks 14 and 15, then caught a season-best seven passes for 81 yards in Chicago. Johnson has one more year on his contract while Isaiah Crowell becomes a free agent. The Browns will likely look very different next year but it will still include Johnson who will only make $750K.
Huddle player of the week
Todd Gurley – It ends up that last summer, the guy we needed to draft certainly wasn’t David Johnson. It was that guy who usually went in the late second to middle third round – Todd Gurley. The week you needed him most was the week he ran for 118 yards and caught ten passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. In a reception-point league, that was good for 49.6 points which can, will and definitely did win a fantasy championship. Go check your league. Gurley was THE MAN.
Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry
|QB||Jimmy Garoppolo||245||3||QB||Dak Prescott||203||0|
|RB||Giovani Bernard||168||1||RB||Joe Mixon||32||0|
|RB||T.J. Yeldon||77||1||RB||Kenyan Drake||57||0|
|WR||Jakeem Grant||107||1||WR||Dez Bryant||44||0|
|WR||Josh Doctson||61||1||WR||Marquise Goodwin||37||0|
|WR||Jaelen Strong||38||1||WR||Jordy Nelson||11||0|
|TE||Antonio Gates||81||1||TE||Delanie Walker||33||0|
|PK||Randy Bullock||4 FG 2 XP||PK||Mason Crosby||nope|
|Huddle Fantasy Points = 136||Huddle Fantasy Points = 23|
Jaguars 33, 49ers 44
Err… say what?
Let me just pick up my jaw off the floor. The 1-10 49ers opted to start their quarterback prospect of the future and now they are 5-10 and just laid down 44 points on the No. 1 defense in the NFL. It feels like I am being punked.
The 49ers are for real. Granted, much, much too late to matter at all but Jimmy Garoppolo has made a profound difference. Like Brett Favre going from the Falcons to the Packers only with quicker results.
Garoppolo threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns mostly using fullback Kyle Juszczyk (5-76) and rookie tight end George Kittle (3-42, TD). Carlos Hyde (21-54, TD) and Matt Breida (11-74, TD) both turned in better than usual stat lines.
Blake Bortles passes for 382 yards and two scores but had three interceptions. Keelan Cole (6-108) and Dede Westbrook (4-74) were the top receivers and Leonard Fournette was held to only 48 yards on 18 runs and scored once.
We’ll have the offseason to decide what to make of these new 49ers.
And it may take nine months to make sense of it.
Now get to work…