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Bears-Packers Goes From Potential Fantasy Bonanza To Just Plain Offensive

If you are in a league that deducts points for each sack taken, it was an even more dreadful night for Jay Cutler and his fantasy owners. (Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire)

I spent some of Thursday night multitasking. I watched the Bears-Packers game while participating in an FFToolbox.com podcast. Quite a workout.

Anyway, host Ben Standig spent about the first eight minutes of the show ranting about the ridiculous guff fantasy owners give him and the site for some of its weekly rankings, which Ben helps put together. For instance, people were wondering why there’s no respect for Mark Sanchez, who is ranked No. 24 among quarterbacks this week. Where’s the love for Stevan Ridley at No. 15 among running backs, they asked.

It really got Ben worked up to a surprising extent. He was rolling; I just sat there and listened (and giggled). The criticism doesn’t affect me any longer because it’s part of the deal in fantasy sports. So many people don’t understand — or don’t want to understand — that all rankings and advice are educated guesses. We pore over stats, matchups, player evaluations, injury reports and add in a dash of gut feeling to give you the best guidance possible with your lineup. I say “we” because I answer many personal e-mail questions from fantasy owners wondering whom to start or sit or whom to trade or keep each week.

More often than not, the advice works out. No one says anything, which is fine. We’re supposed to get it right.

Sometimes, we are flat-out wrong. Last week, I told a bunch of people to play DeAngelo Williams. I ended up rushing for more yards than him in my wheelchair.

I didn’t receive any flak from any people for the bad call, but a lot of fantasy “experts” end up getting castigated by people for costing them their matchup, as if they purposely chose the player they knew would fail. I’ve read about some writers getting death threats for making an incorrect prediction. In fantasy football.

But the point is we don’t make the choice. We’re just a guide. Again, it’s all an educated guess. When it all comes down to it, the decision rests with the owner. A lot of people ignore that, because it much so easier to blame someone else.

Again, no matter how good the matchup looks … WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

That leads me to last night’s Bears-Packers game. It was a pretty disgusting display, and I’d be much more upset if I had any of these guys on my team.

Brandon Marshall, an easy top-10 WR: Two catches for 24 yards on just five targets. The deepest cut was the fact that Marshall simply dropped a wide-open touchdown.

Jay Cutler, who put up 20 fantasy points in Week 1, probably would have helped you more from the bench. Four picks, one TD. And where did that one touchdown go? To tight end Kellen Davis, who is owned in a grand total of 2 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

Hey, at least Matt Forte gave you 80 total yards. Be thankful for that, because he’ll probably be giving you nothing for the next few weeks.

Michael Bush gained 54 yards and no scores. However, he should be considered an RB2 for as long as Forte is sidelined.

Things weren’t much better on the winning side of the ball.

The preseason’s No. 1 quarterback and possible No. 1 overall pick, Aaron Rodgers: 219 yards, one touchdown, one interception. And people thought last week’s game versus San Francisco was disappointing. To those who are thinking about trading him: Can I play in your league next year?

Donald Driver caught that one touchdown pass, which would have meant something if we were living in 2004. The Packers’ came on a fake field goal play and was scored by Tom Crabtree, who isn’t even the most valuable Crabtree in fantasy football.

Jordy Nelson: six catches for 84 yards. Not bad, but it could have been so much better if he didn’t have his own case of the dropsies.

James Jones: He started in place of Greg Jennings. He caught two passes for a grand total of minus-1 yard and was purely to blame for Rodgers’ pick. I am so done with him, no matter what. He has been given so many opportunities to prosper in the best offense in the league, and he keeps embarrassing himself.

Jermichael Finley: He had three touchdowns in a game against Chicago last season. He caught four passes for 26 yards Thursday.

Cedric Benson: He was the only fantasy option who actually met expectations. Twenty carries, 81 yards, and Cedric even caught four passes for 35 yards more. So there’s that.

Randall Cobb: He’s really the inspiration for this post. Maybe no player garnered more positive buzz in fantasy circles this week than Cobb. He looked great in Week 1 as the team moved him all around the formation. We read about how he is an “omnipresent mismatch” and how the Packers would try to get the ball to him as much as possible versus the Bears.

He handled the ball two times on offense, gained 48 total yards and missed some snaps after coming down with a stinger during the first half. He returned shortly thereafter, but Cobb was on the field for just 20 plays. So maybe the hype’s gone too far. But it doesn’t take back that I told many people to start him. I loved the matchup, and I felt the Bears’ aging defense couldn’t stop him in space. One neck stinger and 48 yards later, it turns out to be a pretty rough call.

But in the end, it is only an opinion.

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