As we sit hours before giving thanks for everyone and everything we have in our lives we pause ever so briefly to thank (or not) the players that have put our teams in a position to achieve Fantasy Victory.
It typical FV fashion, we'll do it a little differently, we're going to match the player up with an item on most Thanksgiving Day dinner tables.
When I think about a perfectly made turkey, I think of a juicy, tender bird that is perfectly seasoned. In short, this is the centerpiece of the meal. For that, I've got to go with Peyton Manning. I really put some thought into this and almost put Drew Brees here for the mere fact that turkey is just as good cold as it is out of the oven. After watching Manning against New England, I'm not sure, he is built for outdoor football in the cold. That said, he is without question fantasy football's MVP and if you have him on your team, you are likely headed into your fantasy playoffs.
When I think of a good mash, I think of something that is "stick to my ribs" good and no question Marshawn Lynch is a mashed potatoes kind of guy. Lynch is fourth in rushing yards (925) and tied for second in rushing scores with 9. Plus, he plays for the best team in the NFL which doesn't hurt.
I'm going Calvin Johnson here. He has the most receiving yards (1,198) and touchdowns (11) and he missed a game due to injury. Megatron has continued to transform the receiving position and is just too sweet. Please pass the marshmallows.
Stuffing is the one thing on the table, you hate to eat because it fills you completely, but just can't pass on because it is so freaking good. Is there a player this season that fits that bill more than Adrian Peterson? After his MVP season, you just want some more AP and while his offense has been in a constant state of suck, AP is three yards shy of another 1,000 yard season and has a league best 10 rushing touchdowns. The bottom line is no batter how bad the spread is, you can't screw up stuffing. Give me another scoop.
Bitter, like the attitudes of those owners who drafted Trent Richardson in the first round. We jokingly said Richardson was programmed to move three yards forward and then immediately topple over earlier in the season, but that isn't a non-truth. When it comes to the biggest disappointment in fantasy football this season, it's Richardson hands down.
For some reason, everyone loves this dish. It's beans, cream of mushroom soup and dried onions for the love of all things simple. Sort of like Jimmy Graham. Despite his injury woes, he is still the unquestioned top tight end in football. He's not complicated and just goes about his 70-90 yards and a score every week.
Cottage Cheese Jello Salad-
I never understood the combination and laugh every year when the bowl is about as full as it was when it entered. People pass on this during left overs too…Chris Johnson is the cottage cheese jello salad of fantasy football. Yuck.
I could go multiple ways here, but I look at pumpkin pie as the sweet perfect finish to my meal. Knowshon Moreno has been the sweet perfect finish to most fantasy rosters. Selected in late rounds (if at all), Moreno is second in rushing scores (9), and 7th in yards with 824. He plays in a rock star offense that is pass focused, yet he continues to produce.
Now as I push away from the table and ready for my nap thanks to the multiple helpings of turkey I give thanks to all of you who made Fantasy Victory your first choice for a second opinion this fantasy season.