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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…
The most impressive thing I saw from Week 15, quite possibly, was the Carolina Panthers’ defense. Honestly, ever since Luke Kuechly went down…they’ve been terrific…holding San Diego to 16 points last week, and Washington to 15 points here. The prior two weeks to they got blown out by Seattle (allowing 40) and Oakland (allowing 35). I say that not to note that Kuechly is a problem…but that this surrounding cast is coming together and a Kuechly return may push Carolina back as a top 10 DST…this season or next.
Rookie corner James Bradberry is the key. He’s showing signs of becoming a lock down corner already. You think a lot sweet WR talent is flooding the NFL…guess what else is to go along with it – guys who’ve been covering them back to 7-on-7 camps, etc. Bradberry might be better than Josh Norman in another year…making Carolina look like geniuses for moving on from him.
Washington is that better-than-average, but not great, pesky 9-7 type team that stammers around the playoff hunt each year. Always dangerous but not a title threat. Washington needs to win out to have a chance at the wild card this year…I wouldn’t be surprised if they were upset by the upstart Bears in Week 16, and thus ending their playoff hunt.
— Ted Ginn (4-64-1/8 targets) has a TD in four of his last 5 games. He’s become the main target for Cam. Kelvin Benjamin (2-20-0/4 targets) has disappeared. Ginn, effectively, is a taller Tyreek Hill/Taylor Gabriel…with worse hands…for fantasy right now.
Ginn’s scored 11 TDs in his last 20 games. 14 TDs in the last two seasons (29 games). Why is Ginn still such a shoulder shrug or fear to start as a WR3 for fantasy?
— Vernon Davis (4-23-0/9 targets) results since Jordan Reed got hurt…
Catches in games: 5-1-4
Yards in games: 47-1-23
TDs in games: 0-0-0
4-5 catches for 40-50 yards and you pray for a TD…that’s your Week 16 hope for Davis with Jordan Reed very likely out. I will say, Davis has missed about 2-3 TDs the past two weeks…just-missed throws or drops.
— Robert Kelley (9-8-0, 4-47-0/4 targets) is starting to see some more targets the last few weeks, but his rushing results have been dying at the same time. Like I’ve said…not much here talent-wise.
Last 4 games of rushing totals: 37-63-63-8
I’m not a fan, but he is an RB2 with hopes he punches in a TD.
— The Redskins WRs for Week 16…
DeSean Jackson (7-111-0/10 targets) is turning back into ‘good’ DJax for a spell. Three 100+ yard games the past 4 games. 3 TDs in his last five. DJax is giving 3-4 catches for 50-100 yards and hopes of a TD the past several weeks. He has a good matchup with the Bears this week – no one on CHI is as fast to cover him.
Pierre Garcon (7-78-0/11 targets) has become Jordan Reed in Reed’s downfall. Garcon has 5 or more catches in a game in six of his last 7 games. Garcon is consistently giving you 5-6 catches for 70 +/- yards per game and a TD every third game or so for most of this season. Stead.
Jamison Crowder (4-24-0/5 targets) has been more erratic. He was hot several weeks ago with 100+ yard games and the toast of the town, and then DJax perked up and Crowder is fading away. His last three games…
You have to play the WR group as – Garcon for stable PPR numbers. DJax boom or bust, but more boom hopes of late. Crowder as a wild card hope.
— Martrell Spaight (15 tackles, 0.5 TFLs) was not terrific in this game, but he was energetic and made 15 tackles. He’s not a future star…just decent and got a start with Will Compton out.