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By Joshua B, aka Generallyaware
This is the last regular season week for many of you, many more are (hopefully) entering the playoffs already. This column was designed for the Bye weeks as I described in the first week’s edition, but there are deep leagues out there and there are desperate situations that I wanted to still offer some ideas. However, I’ll likely not be writing an article for Week 14, though I may change up the format and do something a bit different. Keep an eye out.
In case I don’t see you before then, I will most definitely be writing a season review at some point in the early off season. So keep an eye out for that. I’ll try to do some deeper analysis and reflection on the process as well, and would like to share any salient observations.
Thank you so much to anyone and everyone who read the column, at any time, even if just once.
Dede Westbrook, WR Jacksonville vs Indianapolis
Sunday 12/3 @ Jacksonville at 1:00pm
He lead the team in targets last week with 10, catching 6 for 41 yards. He may not get 200 yards, but I think he could break 100 against these Colts.
- Dede getting the work
- Colts are 20th against WR over past 5 weeks
Brandon Lafell, Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh
Monday 12/4 @ Cincinnati at 8:30pm
The Steelers are quietly giving up a lot of points to receivers over the past 5 weeks. This follows the loss of CB Joe Haden in Week 10. I think this game will be a surprise shootout and Brandon Lafell is due for one of his big games across from Green. Kroft isn’t doing much these days outside the redzone and Pittsburgh has still defended Tight Ends well even in Haden’s absence.
- Steelers secondary has weakened
- Lafell consistently getting targets
Austin Traylor, TE Denver vs Miami
Sunday 12/3 @ Miami at 1:00pm
Miami hasn’t been that bad against wide receivers the past 5 weeks, but they are giving up the most points to Tight Ends in that span. AJ Derby was waived (picked up by Miami actually but now on IR), and Jeff Heuerman has been beat up (LP Wednesday and Thursday) leaving Virgil Green and Austin Traylor as the only two healthy Tight Ends. Traylor has been more active as a receiver and even barely out snapped Green last week.
These guys should really be owned, but just in case…
Corey Coleman, WR
He’s their WR1 and would be a pick if he wasn’t so close to the ownership line…and playing against Rambo this week (JAX CBs)
Julius Thomas, TE
Playing against the Broncos this week. Flashes every now and then, honestly is better with Moore though.
Devontae Booker, RB
He’s about to be their RB1
Zay Jones, WR
Kelvin is Out indefinitely, likely IR, Clay is struggling and Matthews still doing nothing (and hurt). Zay finally catching the ball helps too.
Marquise Goodwin, WR
Not sure if he’s SF’s WR1 but definitely a major target. You want him stashed in case he goes off with Garappolo starting this week.
Dontrelle Inman, WR
Matchups haven’t been kind, but he is still the Bears’ WR1. Niner’s haven’t been too bad against receivers so I’m not confident this week, but he was a early #DeepStart candidate.
Tyrell Williams, WR
Quite possible he’s available in your league. Great matchup and Mike Williams still out. Worth keeping an eye on if Rivers and Keenan keep this up team will be forced to shift their attention.
I’ll Just Leave This Here
*Terminology Rant incoming*
So I don’t understand football’s apparently completely arbitrary use of the terms “rush” and “run”.
From what I can gather, “rush” can apply to both the defense rushing the quarterback and also to the offense (how can I say this…) moving the ball forward without throwing it. To “run” the ball, or “running” the ball, also means to move the ball forward on the ground. “Run” can never apply to the defense, other than describing the defense “running” a play like a stunt or a defensive scheme of some kind. But “rush” can be one of two very different things and depends entirely on context. Many places have “Rushing Stats” while others have “Running Back Stats”.
I don’t get how or why “rush” was applied to the offense running the ball. It’s not a natural description of the action, not nearly as naturally as a defensive line rushing at a quarterback. “Rushing Stats” could just as easily be statistics about how well a team’s offense does under two minutes when they are rushed by the clock. The question “How well do they rush the ball?” in no way naturally tells me they are talking about running the ball as opposed to throwing.
Any yet it’s everywhere. “Rush” is the normal term to describe running the ball, not “run”. Except when they randomly decide to use “Run”. And who knows when or why that is.
I get it is the accepted term, but maybe we need to intentionally back away from using “rush” to describe the offense. In a statistics flooded world, we need precision to keep us on the same page. Let the defense have that term to themselves. Use the root word for running the ball that you naturally have to use to describe it: Run.
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