It’s the week off Thanksgiving and not only do you get a ton of food and family, but the NFL as well. The NFL gave us three games to watch, but sadly none of them ended up being close games. The first game had the Detroit Lions beating the Chicago Bears 34-17. If you only saw the 1st quarter of this game you wouldn’t believe that the Bears didn’t win the game. It was 14-3 after that 1st quarter and it looked like the Bears had the Lions defense figured out and would cruise to a victory. As you can tell by the final score the game didn’t go that way as the Lions defense stepped up and held the Bears down while their offense got going. After the Lions took the lead the game was never in doubt and they cruised to a 17 point victory. On the fantasy side of the game Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Joique Bell where the top two scorers in our yahoo fantasy league titled Next Year is Here 13. Johnson had 11 catches for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns and that was good for 35.10 points in our league. Bell gained 91 yards on 23 carries scoring 2 touchdowns and also caught 2 passes for 16 yards which totaled 29.95 points. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford cracked the Top 10 for the day coming in as the 7th highest scoring player for the day with 390 passing yards and those 2 touchdown passes to Johnson, but he was sacked twice and did fumble once. Stafford ended the game with 18.05 points. On the fantasy side for the Bears tight end Martellus Bennett led all tight ends in scoring for the day with 17.15 points. Bennett had 8 catches for 109 yards against the Lions. While Bennett did lead all tight ends Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery led the team in fantasy points with 25.85 points. Jeffery caught 2 touchdowns passes and ended the game with 9 catches for 71 yards. The second game had the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Dallas Cowboys 33-14. Watching the game it seemed like the up tempo Eagles offense just ran the Cowboys defense out of gas. Tony Romo also seemed to struggled and this will bring up the questions of what kind of shape is his back in. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was the highest scoring fantasy player in this game finishing 3rd on the day with 26.80 points. While Murray didn’t get 100 yards rushing he did put up 73 yards rushing on 20 carries scoring a touchdown while also catching 6 passes for 40 yards. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had his second good week in a row for his fantasy owners. McCoy finished 4th for the day right behind Murray with 26.15 points. McCoy had 25 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown, but he did fumble. If you’ve held on to McCoy through the rough games he’s had this is the second game in a row that it’s paid off for you. Murray was the only Cowboys player to make the Top 10 in fantasy scoring from this game, but McCoy has two teammates join him in the Top 10. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin joined McCoy in the Top 10. Sanchez scored 20.39 points throwing for 217 yards and a touchdown; he also ran the football 7 times for 28 yards and picking up a rushing touchdown for his fantasy owners. Sanchez was sacked one time, but that didn’t prevent him from finishing as the 6th highest scorer for the day. Maclin caught 8 passes for 108 yards and 17.05 points which put him in 9th for the day among fantasy scorers. So we had an NFC North match up to start. Then we went to the NFC East for the second game. So the night ends with an NFC West match up as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 19-3. The odd stat from this game is the fact that Seattle won last week by the exact same score, but as far as fantasy owners go this game isn’t going to help you in Week 13. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch did finish on the Top 10 for the day in the 10th spot. Lynch had 104 rushing yards on 20 carries and a touchdown; he also caught 1 pass for 7 yards. This was good enough for 16.85 points and that 10th spot. Fantasy scoring wise the first 49ers player comes in at 17th for the day and it’s Carlos Hyde. If you’re not in a deep fantasy football league yards and added ague Hyde probably wasn’t in your line up, but he scored 10.44 points. Hyde got 5 carries for 19 yards, caught 3 passes for 38 yards and added 62 return yards for the day. Another fantasy surprise from this game would’ve been Seahawks back up running back Robert Turbin. Turbin picked up 14 fantasy points in the game with 4 rushes for 8 yards and 2 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. If you took a chance on Turbin yesterday it might pay off for you this week with him finding his way into the end zone.
There where some big signings and a surprise kind of trade in Major League baseball this week. The surprise trade came through last night as the Oakland A’s traded 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie and three minor leaguers. Pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto. Just looking at this trade Mr. Fantasy questioned on last nights (Friday) podcast how this made the A’s better. This trade will depend on what the A’s can get out of Nolin, Graveman and Barreto. Nolin was 97th among prospects by Baseball Prospectus in 2013. Last season the left-handed throwing Nolin made 20 minor league start on three different level for the Blue Jays. He was 4-7 with a 3.43 ERA in 97 innings adding 88 strikeouts while walking 39. Graveman a right-handed pitcher threw at four different level for the Blue Jays last season. He made 27 starts covering 167 1/3rd innings going 14-6 with a 1.83 ERA striking out 115 batters while walking 39. Barreto is an 18-year-old shortstop who spent 2014 in Class A for the Blue Jays. He hit .311 in 73 games with 6 home runs and 61 runs batted In adding 29 stolen bases. He made 26 errors with a fielding percentage of .913 last season. The A’s saved some money swapping Donaldson for Lawrie and at the major league level it looks like the Blue Jays got the better end of the deal. The A’s need one of these prospects to turn into something to take this deal; so only time will tell. Most if not all baseball fans know that Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez will be with the Boston Red Sox in 2015, but the surprise signing for me this week was the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas on a six-year deal. While I’m not surprised by Tomas getting signed or the money he got, but by the fact the it was the Diamondbacks that landed him. Arizona’s name never really came up in talks about Tomas. The Philadelphia Phillies where the early front-runners and then the San Diego Padres where the rumor landing spot, but it was Arizona who came in late and got Tomas signed. It’s been reported that Tomas has major league power and may hit 30 home runs a season, but it is also reported that he’ll strikeout a lot in the big leagues. Fans will have to wait and see if Tomas is the next high quality Cuban player or if he’s the first bust from Cuba. In what has to be the under rated trade of the week the Miami Marlins picked up Aaron Crow from the Kansas City Royals for P Brian Flynn and P Reid Redman. Crow could turn into a top-level set up middle reliever for the Marlins as they try to build their team around GianCarlo Stanton and his new contract. I also don’t want to leave out the Seattle Mariners agreed to terms with third baseman Kyle Seager on a seven-year extension.
So how was your Thanksgiving?