Fantasy Football On Target: How Week 14 weather ruined many fantasy teams

by Tim Heaney on December 10, 2013 @ 07:08:11 PDT

 

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Bull's eye

Weather had its way with the first round of the fantasy playoffs.

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
See ya in '14?

Adrian Peterson (foot), Eddie Lacy (ankle) and Reggie Bush (calf) were among those who sustained injuries, with Bush going down during pre-game warm-ups. (More on these later.)

Calvin Johnson (four targets) and Matthew Stafford (10-for-25, 148 yards, zero TDs) were among the big names that suffered because of aerial limitations. Slippery terrain gave way to the run game -- and play-calling that accentuated after-the-catch yards -- and as a result padded many box scores. (See Baltimore Ravens-Minnesota Vikings.)

It's a reminder to take into account why Megatron only saw five targets on the day and not to hold it against him, and others who went sledding, the rest of the way.

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Though weather didn't play a part in it, Sunday's biggest casualty so far was Rob Gronkowski, who tore the ACL and damaged the MCL in his right knee (not to mention sustained a concussion) and will miss the rest of this season.

Gronk owners must scramble for a replacement, but this could be Danny Amendola's chance to reclaim his fantasy value. Tom Brady will have to reconnect with the intended replacement for Wes Welker. Lately, that has been Julian Edelman, who has a more extensive history and rapport with No. 12.

Look for Amendola to assume some of Gronk's work. New England's backup tight ends, Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan, aren't worth chasing.

Shane Vereen was already safe given his perfect fit as a receiver out of the backfield. Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) will likely continue to rotate their offensive roles, if they can get away from the sideline.

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