“The Freak’s” Fantasy Football Mailbag


Here are a couple of items from the Freak’s Mailbag…here we go…

Jim wants to know:


Need input on the following:

RB: Ridley or Leshoure

WR: Boldin, Wayne or Torrey Smith

WR: A.J. Green or Gronkowski

QB: Brady, P. Manning or Ryan




“Ridley has the best possible matchup against Buffalo’s 32nd ranked defense.  I know Leshoure scored three TDs last week, but go with Ridley; it’s a much better matchup.

Reggie Wayne: He’s had no fewer than six receptions in game and no fewer than 71 receiving yards in a game. He’s playing excellent football right now and has a solid matchup against Jacksonville’s 25th ranked pass defense allowing 256 yards per game.

Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith:  Baltimore faces an Oakland defense ranked 21st against the pass (245 yards per game) and has allowed 14 receiving TDs (tied for eighth most in the NFL).  Both players have played as WR3-capability, but Smith has two TDs in his last three games while Boldin hasn’t seen an end zone since Week 1.

I’ll call it:

  1. Wayne
  2. Smith
  3. Boldin

I’d also say Green over Gronk.   Green’s matchup is better and he has far less competition for touches than Gronk.”

JL asks:

“ WR2 Hilton or Steve Smith. Flex Reece or Chris Johnson for Week 10”

I replied:

“Even though I like Reece as a sleeper this week, even with a poorer match-up you gotta play CJ over Reece.  More experience and likely more touches.

I’d go with Hilton over Steve Smith.  Carolina’s offense is unpredictable and usually lethargic this year, while Hilton is the starting back on an up-and-coming offense facing Jacksonville’s 27th ranked run defense allowing 137 yards per game.”



After a Week 9 embarrassment at the hands (or paws) of the Bears, Titans owner Bud Adams vented just a bit. “In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans. We were grossly out-coached and outplayed from start to finish today. At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches, and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.” Hmm, don’t you wish the Chiefs had such an impassioned owner? Hey Clark, if YOU don’t feel this way about the Chiefs, then SELL THEM to Adams ASAP.

Another fascinating quote from Week 10: “Now you’re playing to see who, obviously, is going to be on your football team for years to come,” stated Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan following the team’s 21-13 loss to the lowly Carolina Panthers. “Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at” added Shanny, sounding forever like a man that needs to be talked off of a ledge. Redskins fans: white flag anyone? Yes, the ‘skins are 3-6 now, but I almost preferred the unrealistic coach-speak that would normally be spouted off in a post-game presser. This was disturbing. Hey Mike, I have one word for you: Prozac.

NBC’s Bob Costas asked Cowboy’s owner/GM/Head Janitor Jerry Jones if Jones (the GM) should be fired. Jones relied yes, he probably should be dismissed. Again, CLARK, are you paying attention? If Jerry would fire himself, then kicking Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli to the curb should be easy…and the story gets better: someone actually locked the door on the Cowboys locker room, keeping Jerry Jones from getting in…”

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