You know what’s great about fantasy football? The fact that it gives you a reason to be engaged in even the least meaningful NFL games of the week.
Not that that’s the only great thing about it but it’s definitely a perk. Think about it: before you started playing what reason would you have to watch Jacksonville play a game this season if they weren’t playing your favorite team? To that point, how would fans in San Diego, Baltimore, Miami, and Cleveland weather tough seasons?
Sure, you can say football is football but you can’t deny fantasy football gives it a little more meaning.
Speaking of a little more meaning, with this week being Thanksgiving I thought I would start off by giving you some fantasy performers we’re thankful for in 2015. Not the superstars because we know them, but some players who saved our weeks (seasons?) at one point or another and for that we’re thankful.
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints (Weeks 6-8: 333 yards, 2 touchdowns)
Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (Weeks 9-11: 170 yards, 3 touchdowns)
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (All season)
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (Weeks 5 & 11: 378 yards, 2 touchdowns)
Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (Weeks 2-4, 9 & 10: 305 yards, 3 touchdowns)
They’re in no particular order, and obviously I’m going to leave someone out (let me know about it, won’t you?), but I wanted to make sure I recognized them for their contributions in a pinch.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
We might have just witnessed a changing of the guard in Seattle. The kid is no fluke, folks. If he’s available go grab him. Potential season changer.
Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
West was playing well for a lot of you, so given that he’s not looking likely this week I’d say you want to grab the guy behind him. Those 96 yards and two touchdowns were all you should need to see about how Andy Reid will use his backs.
Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens
This season has turned into a dumpster fire for Baltimore. So gasoline in the form of Matt Schaub doesn’t change much. Allen hasn’t inspired me much, but he’s an option given opportunity.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts
Bradshaw looked good on Sunday and has been teasing us for years. He’s an eternal injury risk but great reward if he can stay on the field.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
My favorite of the two backs in Atlanta, should Freeman not pass concussion protocol you’re going to want to add Coleman immediately. Another lottery ticket down the stretch.
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