The time and effort those "athletes" put in each week kicking the ball through those beautiful, oddly shaped goal posts is a work of art. When real and fantasy fans look up to see that 9-6 barnburner, it's like pure utopia.
Actually, as my kids would say, it's Opposite Day. There is nothing worse than a kicker's duel and I think if a game features only field goals it should be removed from history and those teams will only have 15 games on their record that season. However touchdowns, and games that feature a lot of them, are fun. If you enjoy your fantasy athletes reaching pay dirt, continue reading. If you do not, go outside and kick a football.
New England Patriots (7-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
If you have a lot of players on these teams, you will most likely win your fantasy match-up. That doesn't mean, however, everyone is worth a start.
Tom Brady, QB, New England -- 2,393 yards, 22TDs, 1 richest wife in the NFL
If you need explanation, please resign from your league now.
Start % = 100
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianpolis -- 3,085 yards, 26TDs, 1 ghastly beard
Again, I know this is a fantasy advice site, but if you don't know to start Andrew Luck just pay your entry fee each year and go fishing on Sundays.
Start % = 100
T. Y. Hilton -- WR, Indianpolis -- 56 catches, 937 yards, 3 TDs, 2 incorrect initials
His name is actually Eugene Marquis. Whatever, he's a stud. Sure he's hasn't scored at a Randy Moss-like level this year, but he's averaging more than 100 yards per game -- that's good!
Start % = 100 (unless you have Megatron, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas)
Rob Gronkowsi, TE, New England -- 49 catches, 663 yards, 8 TDs, one million sick dance moves
While the talent level of his dance moves are debatable, it is true no one wants to tango with him on the field. Forget about the fact he might injure himself at the club tonight, it's worth the risk to start him.
Start % = 100 (unless you actually see him get hurt tonight while partying)
Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, RBs, New England -- 670 yards, 3 TDs, a ton of inconsistency
Ridley has rushed for 100-plus yards twice and less than 30 the same amount. Vereen has rushed for anywhere from four to 90 yards -- yeah, good luck with that.
Start % = 33
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis -- 391 yards, 2 TDs, 1.5 disappointing seasons
So, he's not as awful as last year, but that's like saying Rocky V is not as bad as Rocky IV.
Start % = 20
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis -- 421 yards, 2 TDs, 1.5 more yards per rush than Richardson
The final stat above is enough to start him over T-Rich.
Start % = 40
Good luck this week, and if you don't have anyone to watch during this potential high-scoring match-up, it's ok. Actually no it's not, remember it's Opposite Day.