Another lengthy and very therapeutic Chris Johnson rant to start, and then we conclude by observing that through two weeks of the fantasy season, Robert Griffin III has been better than Aaron Rodgers, and it isn’t close.
Please, snack on some late game notes.
Chris Johnson isn’t even frustrating anymore, he’s just sad
There will be a support group for Chris Johnson owners soon. I picture us (yep, I include myself in that group, which is the worst group to be included in this side of NAMBLA ) jogging together. On a simple level it will function as an avenue to vent our frustrations while in the crisp, open air. We’ll move along briskly, conversing about the topics of the day, and generally do the same thing that every jogger does: convince yourself that you’re doing something good, when really you’re just enduring physical pain to kill mental pain.
There’s a catch, though. It’ll be brief, and it’ll actually come with very little pain because we’ll jog for the same amount of yards as he ran. Having bonded over Johnson and our common demoralizing sin, we’ll then proceed to consume children’s cough syrup.
Through two games this season the Titans offense now has only 58 rushing yards. How many of those yards have come from Johnson’s legs? 21, 17 of which came today during Tennessee’s loss to San Diego. He needed eight carries to get that yardage, a week after Johnson had only four yards on 11 carries. So, um, progress?
He’s now averaging 1.4 yards per carry through two games, and we can use that same overall rushing number and put it in a far more depressing context to push his owners even closer to ingesting a bottle of Pepto Bismol. Let’s take one of the league’s more successful rushers through two weeks, like, say, C.J. Spiller, and put his yards alongside Johnson’s. Spiller has 292 rushing yards, while Johnson has 21.
It’s quite possible that you own both Johnson and Spiller, but you picked Johnson in either the first round or early in the second, and Spiller in the 12th. That’s at worst a 10-round difference in ADP, but it’s a gap of 271 in yardage. What’s most frustrating is that if you’re a Johnson owner and you’re in this exact situation or a similar one (Johnson owners could also own Reggie Bush), sitting a healthy Johnson this early is still difficult, and it still feels like the equivalent of folding pocket aces given the price you paid.
Resist that feeling, though, and going forward play the better option like a Bush or a Spiller on your bench if that’s available to you. You get points for taking the draft gamble, and hoping that Johnson will bounce back after a staggeringly poor 2011. But there’s history here now, and it doesn’t favor Johnson, so it doesn’t favor you either.
Danny Amendola caught all of the footballs
The Rams wideout had 15 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. With that reception total Amendola now joins a group of 14 pass catchers who have caught that many balls in a single game, putting them all in a tie for the sixth highest single-game reception total. Amendola’s name fits right in alongside Steve Largent, Isaac Bruce, and Andre Reed.
There’s some history here with Amendola, at least as far as the receptions are concerned, and if he continues to get a similar volume of targets he’ll emerge as a PPR stud. Before missing all but one game of last season with an elbow injury, he had a 12-catch game in 2010.
The yardage, though, is a complete outlier, as Amendola’s previous career high was 95 yards.
Dante Rosario doesn’t always catch footballs, but when he does they’re usually for touchdowns
When we talk about handcuffs, usually it’s only in reference to running backs, and maybe in deeper leagues some of the injury prone quarterbacks. Never tight ends, because it’s difficult to justify dedicating two roster spots to that position.
Somewhere there’s an Antonio Gates owner who was petrified of an injury and chained him to Rosario, the Chargers backup tight end who caught four balls today while filling in for the injured Gates, and he was standing in the opposing end zone for three of them.
So Rosario had only one fewer touchdown catch this week than Chris Johnson’s rushing yardage total last week. Nope, still not bitter.
We were told Kenny Britt would be limited, and he was limited
Yes, we knew this would happen. We knew that Britt would play, but that he would be very limited after finally recovering from his knee surgeries. And lo, that’s exactly what took place, with the Titans leaning much more heavily on Jared Cook, Nate Washington, and Kendall Wright, and Britt finishing with only five receiving yards on one catch.
He’ll make his true return next week against the Lions, and if he’s truly, completely, fully healthy, you could quickly get WR2 production from him in the two games before he combusts again.
Where you at, Isiah Pead?
Dynasty and deep keeper leaguers now have permission to get a little concerned and/or confused about Isiah Pead.
When Steven Jackson injured his groin early in the first half of the Rams’ win over Washington, it wasn’t Pead who replaced him. Nope, he’s still waiting to receive his first career regular-season carry.
Instead it was Daryl Richardson, who waited much later to have his name called last spring (seventh round, whereas Pead was a second-round pick). But that mattered so very little today, as he needed only 15 carries to finish with 83 yards (5.5 yards per carry). We can say with reasonable confidence now that if Jackson goes down — and he’s missed at least one game in two of the past three years — it’ll be Richardson getting the call, and not Pead.
Robert Griffin III still looks like he’s pretty good
Robert Griffin III didn’t deserve the ending delivered by Josh Morgan and his moment of idiocy when he chucked a ball at Cortland Finnegan, costing the Redskins a shot at a more reasonable 47-yard field goal attempt to beat the Rams in the dying seconds. Instead that became an impossible 62 yarder following Morgan’s 15-yard penalty. One of the dumbest penalties in the history of the yellow hankie will drastically overshadow another tremendous game by Griffin.
His 82 rushing yards and 2o6 passing yards with an interception and three total touchdowns (two of which came on the ground) added up to 32 fantasy points. The best way to illustrate exactly how awesome Griffin’s awesomeness was this week is to put his Week 2 stat line next to Aaron Rodgers’, the QB who was widely a first overall pick, while Griffin often waited six more rounds to come off the board.
Rodgers had only 12 points this week, while Tom Brady — a QB stud of a similar stature who also passed for over 5,000 yards last year — had 16.