The dog house is not a welcoming place. Although I must say, often it has a comfy couch, and an unlimited supply of Kraft Dinner. Manly men can survive on dog house goods for weeks.
David Wilson was tired of the dog house confines, though, and he wanted out. And now he wants your fake employment.
David Wilson would like to be your waiver claim this week
In a game that featured 10 total touchdowns and a combined 613 passing yards between Eli Manning and Drew Brees, you’ll need to remember a running back over the coming days. Yes, remember thy name of David Wilson, because after you felt super awesome for making him a late-round flier during your draft, he could be a bargain claim and a flex play next week.
Wilson received an opportunity when Ahmad Bradshaw left the Giants’ win over the Saints briefly with an injury, and he seemed to look like a first-round pick as he reminded us that, yes, he was a first-round pick. He needed only 13 carries to finish with 100 rushing yards (7.7 yards per carry), over half of which came on a 52-yard touchdown run when the Giants were trying to grind down garbage time during their 52-27 Saints snot kicking.
Wilson is especially appealing in leagues that count return yardage and scores, as when we include his 97-yard kickoff return touchdown and all of his return yards (he averaged a ridiculous 56.8 yards on his four returns), he set the Giants’ franchise record for single-game all-purpose yards (327) while scoring three times.
Prior to today on nine game appearances and very limited usage after his opening night fumble (just 28 carries), Wilson only had 111 rushing yards. Yep, that means he came 11 yards short of equaling his rushing total for the year in one game.
He’ll still be on the low end (think 60/40 at the very best) of a split with Bradshaw, but Tom Coughlin won’t be able to ignore this performance and keep Wilson chained. With two poor run defenses lined up over the next two weeks that are giving up over 120 rushing yards per game (Baltimore and Atlanta), Wilson will retain low-end flex value.
Michael Crabtree has enjoyed the Colin Kaepernick era
We have too, Mike, because that’s what happens when a quarterback is otherwise somewhere far below average for about 58 minutes of a game, and then suddenly on one play (Kaepernick’s 50-yard touchdown run) he gets 11 fantasy points, and the world seems like an OK place again.
Crabtree has enjoyed Kaep’s company in the huddle for an equally simple reason: he throws him the damn ball.
With Alex Smith at quarterback for the first eight and-a-half games of the year, Crabtree had only one game with more than 90 receiving yards, and his production dropped to as low as 15 yards (Week 2). He targets never exceeded six in a game, a pace that remained during the first few games of Kaepernick’s tenure too. But over the past two weeks, something changed, and we like this something.
Including the 49ers’ 27-13 win today over Miami, Crabtree has now been targeted 11 times in two straight games. Remarkably, more opportunities to catch footballs often leads to more footballs caught, and Crabtree has 194 receiving yards over those two games, which represents a significant increase from his overall season per game average of 55.7 yards.
He’s still a WR3, but if he can sustain his new-found connection with Kaepernick, he may become the best WR3 throughout the fantasy playoffs.
Don’t start Vernon Davis ever again
I won’t dedicate many words to Davis this week, because then this spiral into the same anti-Davis rant I give nearly every week. But while many expected a decline from Davis this year, we’ve long passed the point where “decline” is an appropriate adjective to describe his season. I’m not convinced that an accurate word exists.
With his four yards on one catch today, Davis logged his third game of the 2012 season with less than five yards, and that includes two games when he also had zero catches.
Who the hell is Anthony McCoy?
He’s the Seahawks’ backup tight end, is what you’re saying. Similar to Wilson’s rushing totals for the Giants prior to today, he had seen very little usage this year, and that’s reflected in his 131 receiving yards over 10 game appearances. So then of course this afternoon he had 100 yards on just three catches, 67 of which came on a first-quarter bomb. That catch was 45 yards longer than his season long before today.
This is only notable because it’s unique, and odd, and different, and therefore interesting in a game that was hardly a game at all (final score: 58-0), with John Skelton throwing four interceptions while completion only 11 of his 22 pass attempts. Unless you’re in a league where a starting roster consists of four tight ends (and surely that league exists, because everything you’re campable of imagining exists on the Internet), then you’re not adding McCoy, and you’re definitely not starting him during the fantasy playoffs.
This is the part when I would write something about Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin combining for 236 rushing yards. But this Cardinals-Seahawks game was essentially a pre-season game. Nothing that happened on that field in Arizona matters anymore, and it never will. Barely anyone watched, and those who did can never get their three hours back.
Here’s the only stat with meaning from that game: Larry Fitzgerald had one catch for two yards. Let’s all chip in and buy that man a quarterback.