In-season, I’m pumping out content faster than editing can keep up with. I don’t want to hold the recaps for hours waiting on perfection. We will correct errors after the fact, but for now – forgive any of my gaffes. I dictate some of my notes, and the computer software or Siri interpretation can be comical. I try to correct them all before publishing it, but I miss it sometimes…in the 50,000+ words I pen each week during the season (not including all the emails). I’m moving fast, and want to get the product out there ASAP at 98% ‘good’…vs. big delays trying to get to 99.9% craftsmanship. So here you go…
A must win game for Buffalo, and it was a tight 3-3 score heading to the end of the 1st quarter, but then Buffalo scored on the final play of the first and went on to handle/crush the hapless, winless Browns 33-13. Hue Jackson continues to further embarrass himself with this group. Hue’s going to get that entire Moneyball group run out on a rail at the end of 2017 if they’re not careful.
Buffalo is still in the playoff chase but needs a miracle. It starts with beating Miami this week and then underdogs Baltimore and Denver to both lose, but favorites Tennessee or Houston to lose. There could be a five-way tie at 8-7 at the end of the week…with Miami ahead of them all by a game at 9-6, preparing to face New England in Week 17. There could be a legit seven teams at 9-7 after Week 16…one of them wins the AFC South, and one will be the final wild card. Buffalo is one of the longer shots in the various scenarios. The Ravens losing their final two would help them immensely (the Bills lost to the Ravens opening week).
— Terrelle Pryor (4-19-0/8 targets) is a fantasy no-go for Week 16 with RG3 going down in flames and Pryor with a wrist injury he’s playing through.
Taking a longer view, I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen Pryor do as a WR this season. He’s a ‘natural’. He’s such a great athlete it’s scary how good he can be. It’s all a shock because up until now Pryor has been a disappointment and his history is littered with poor choices off-the-field. Not devastating choices…just not-good ones. He’s been seen as a diva coming out of high school going to OSU, had the scandal at OSU with trading gear for ‘things’, and then as an obstinate pro refusing to consider moving to WR until he about fell out of the league. He scored a ‘6’ on his pre-draft Wonderlic test, which is frightening. There’s a lot to be concerned about with Pryor as a dynasty/NFL building block.
And then there are the ‘reminder’ comments from ex-Brown, ex-Buckeye, consummate pro, WR Brian Hartline…(link) Brian Hartline (ex-Browns WR) on Terrelle Pryor
It’s not sure thing with Pryor into the future. The talent is there all day long, but he has demons from the past…and a head coach I never cared for and a franchise that cannot attract talent or stability and/or a QB. There’s a lot of things lining up against the future for Pryor in fantasy…
— Charles Clay (7-72-1/7 targets) is not a serious option for fantasy Week 16. This great game was because the Browns are dreadful against TEs. Clay has been nothing all year…and then this best game of 2016 for him. It’s not a signal to play Clay this week, but a beacon for Hunter Henry and/or Antonio Gates Week 16.
— Sammy Watkins (1-10-0/4 targets) has been a flop the entire season.
One TD in six games played in 2016.
One game over 55 yards in six games.
2.8 receptions per game this season.
You think he’s ‘due’ this week? Maybe, but the odds say there is nothing here. This should have been a bigger game for Watkins and it wasn’t…it was his worst.
— Why I like the Bills DST so much this week…
I am banking on the Bills clinging to playoff life + facing Matt Moore. I don’t care what Moore did to the Jets last week…he’s not doing that to the Bills. He better not. The Dolphins O-Line is banged up again. Moore is a below-average QB. The Bills have a good, pressuring defense. Miami has to win. If the Dolphins get down, Moore’s throwing 40-50+ times and the pick-six probabilities are huge.
The Bills had a must win game versus a sad Browns team, and got 5 sacks, holding them to 13 points.
— Robert Griffin (17-28 for 196 yards, 0 TD, 0 ITN, 48 yards rushing and 1 TD) has been a nightmare upon his return to the starting lineup. Cody Kessler is taking more reps in practice this week. I believe Hue will start RG3 because he has sold-out to him, but then somewhere near halftime or just after – Kessler will play. Either way, it’s good news for the San Diego DST this week.