FF week 15: Second Guessing

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Call it what you like. Second guessing, hindsight 20/20, Monday morning quarterbacking. If your team lost in the semifinals of your league’s playoffs (like mine) your are probably doing it. If I only started this or if I only benched that, It doesn’t matter. You are in the playoffs because you had great players that got you there, now is not the time to start plugging and playing players like Mike Tolbert, Leonard Hankerson or Sam Bradford.

 

FF Week 15 was full of unlikely stars. You probably didn’t start players like the aforementioned or players such as Russell Wilson, James Jones and Dennis Pitta. All of them scored more points than many “must starts”.

 

Here is the recap of week 15 followed by a recipe for grilled Turkey Legs with A1 BBQ sauce.

 

Week 15 Recap

 

Wilson rushed for three TDs and threw for one against the Buffalo Bills in the first half and in all rushed for 92 yards and threw for another 205. Jones scored three TDs for the first time in his career. Pitta had two long TDs on broken plays — with awful tackling — once his team was losing to the Denver Broncos 31-3, and put together a line of seven grabs for 125 yards. Tolbert had two short TDs, Beanie had three, Bradford threw for 377 yards and three TDs on 55 pass attempts. Hankerson only had two catches, but both went for scores.

Then there were your typical starters having nice games for your teams, like Adrian Peterson, Megatron, Julio Jones, Alfred Morris, and Aaron Hernandez. AP continued his march toward 2,000 rushing yards and Eric Dickerson‘s single-season record in Minnesota’s 36-22 Week 15 win over the Rams, carrying the ball 24 times for 212 yards and a touchdown. Megatron is the first receiver to post back-to-back 1,600-yard seasons. Johnson had 1,681 yards last season and has 1,667 through 14 games this year. “It’s an accomplishment,” he said following Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. “To be able to average 100 yards a game for a season has definitely been a goal.” Julio Jones hauled in six receptions for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added an 18-yard run to lead the Falcons to a 34-0 blowout victory over the Giants in Week 15. Alfred Morris now owns the Redskins’ record for both rushing yards and touchdowns by a rookie after rushing 27 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ Week 15 win at Cleveland. Aaron Hernandez caught 10 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in New England’s Week 15 loss to the 49ers. Hernandez drew an eye-popping 19 targets, racking up looks both before and after the Patriots fell behind 31-3 early in the third quarter.

 

And when it mattered the most, there were the duds.

 

If you liked the matchup enough to start Josh Freeman, this is what he did for your team, 26-of-47 for 279 yards, 0 TDs and 4 INTs. His teammate Doug Martin had 35 yards on 12 touches. Jamaal Charles had 12 touches for only 28 yards in a dream matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Reggie Wayne had three grabs for 14 yards. Ray Rice touched it 15 times for 41 yards and Anquan Boldin put up a donut. Danario Alexander put up a similar bagel, on three targets. Roddy White played on his injured knee, and caught two balls for 16 yards, while Demaryius Thomas had 13 yards on four catches. Matthew Stafford went 24-of-50 for 246 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTs. And the Detroit Lions DST, with a dream matchup against the hapless Cardinals, racked up only three fantasy points. Sunday’s biggest group disappointment was the New York Giants offense in a 34-0 thrashing at the hands of the Falcons. Eli Manning was 13-of-25 for 161 yards and two killer first-half INTs deep in his own territory. Victor Cruz had three catches for 15 yards, Hakeem Nicks caught three passes for 40 yards. Martellus Bennett had one grab for 15 yards. And while David Wilson began the game with a promising 44 yards rushing on the Giants’ first two possessions (on five carries), his team was so far behind thereafter he only saw seven more totes for 11 yards. Then there was Ridley (I had him on my bench until I fell way behind and because I started the STEELERS defense, benched DeMarco Murray late, hoped for a shut out in Dallas and then a couple of goaline TDs from Stevan in the nightcap). I knew he had a tough matchup and was due for a stinker, but I had to do what I had to do. There goes the second guessing again. Stevan had an awful performance Sunday night: nine carries for 23 yards and a lost fumble. He actually fumbled twice, but the first was overturned by replay. It was the second fumble, a third-quarter lulu after a strong 9-yard run, that basically ended the second-year RB’s night. Danny Woodhead took over and had 12 carries for 61 yards and two TDs.

 

Fantasy-relevant injuries from Sunday

 

Ryan Mathews, left the San Diego Chargers’ humiliating home loss in the second quarter because of a broken right collarbone. Considering that Ronnie Brown missed Week 15 with a bad hamstring, we may be looking at Curtis Brinkley and Jackie Battle carrying the rock next week…Meanwhile, Torrey Smith took a hard fall trying to catch an errant Joe Flacco pass, suffered a concussion and didn’t return. Bernard Pierce was given two series nearly entirely to himself in the first half, but he then suffered a concussion himself; going forward that could mean a fuller workload for Ray Rice. Packers coach Mike McCarthy declined comment on Jordy Nelson’s (hamstring) status in his presser. Nelson is looking like a long-shot for Week 16. … Rob Gronkowski (forearm) was spotted without a cast at Patriots Park. Although he most likely will not suit up until week 17, keep an eye out this week and hold on to him for your finals J.I.C… According to coach Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III (knee) will only suit up for Week 16 if he’s 100 percent, but Bobby Tre said that he was “not happy” with the Redskins’ decision to hold him out on Sunday, adding that “I feel like I could have played this week, next week, the week after.”Dez Bryant insists his finger is “fine.”Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) expects to return this week, but coach Tom Coughlin isn’t so sure. Bradshaw’s status will be hard to gauge before the weekend since he’s unlikely to get in any practice reps. … LeSean McCoy (concussion) has a “chance” to play against the Redskins. The lukewarm endorsement suggests he’ll sit out another week, and likely the season. … Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday, but is still “questionable.” Even if he does take the field against the Patriots, his workload will be extremely limited. … Jay Cutler had his neck examined on Sunday, and it briefly looked like Jason Campbell was going to enter the game. “I just told Jason Campbell to be ready,” Cutler said, “because I don’t know what’s going to happen.” … Isaac Redman appeared to injure his foot or ankle near the end of the third quarter. … Ravens backup RB Bernard Pierce sustained a concussion. … Rams RG Harvey Dahl (biceps) is expected to miss the rest of the season… 49ers DL Justin Smith left Sunday night’s game with an elbow injury.

 

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Grilled Turkey Legs with A1 BBQ sauce

You grill them over indirect heat, although you could prepare them in your smoker as well.

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 Turkey Legs, about 1 pound ea.

 

A1 BBQ sauce:

2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup bottled chili sauce
1/4 cup A-1 steak sauce
1 1/2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

 

PREPARATION:

In a medium saucepan, warm the oil over medium heat. add onion and garlic, cook until translucent.

add remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Lightly coat the legs with sauce.

Place a disposable pan in the center of your grill with water and place hot coals around it.

Cook Turkey legs above the pan on an oiled grate and cook, turning and basting every 30 minutes or so until juices run clear and temperature reaches 180. (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).

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