It was a big win for my fantasy football team this past weekend. I took on my previously unbeaten division rival and won by a score of 72-52. That leaves us tied at 5-1, but now I have the head-to-head advantage plus 20 points in the first second tiebreaker if it comes to that.
I benched Matthew Stafford because I didn't like his matchup and I lost 6 pts with that mistake. Cecil Shorts turned out to be a bust for the week because he got hurt in the first quarter of his game, but looking at his teammate Justin Blackmon's 190 yards you know he would have lit up Denver too.
Other than that, I got good scoring from all the big hitters. Seeing Vincent Jackson finally break out was particularly gratifying since I picked him to start over Anquan Boldin and Jordan Cameron. I think he's going to get a lot more action with Mike Glennon as QB in Tampa Bay.
Speaking of Boldin, I haven't given up on him. He can still be a decent matchup play, and if Mario Manningham comes back in the next week or two he could catch fire. Right now he's getting an awful lot of double coverage because the rest of the receiving corps in San Francisco is so weak, Vernon Davis excepted. That won't be so easy for opposing defenses when Manningham gets back.
In the real football world, the Vikings got creamed at home 35-10 by Carolina on Sunday. They were once again outplayed and outcoached. Matt Cassel threw two horrible interceptions, but it really was a dismal team effort on both sides of the line. There will be a lot pressure now to start Josh Freeman next week against the NY Giants and I think that would be a mistake. There are too many other things wrong with this team and throwing Freeman in there before a few of them are fixed will just poison the well for him too. I would give Cassel another chance while continuing to bring Freeman up to speed. Then I would hand the offense over to Freeman week 8 at home against Green Bay.
On the death of Adrian Peterson's son: I don't think we know the whole story, so caution is in order when it comes to what Peterson did or didn't do regarding his son. That said, I didn't care for his demeanor in front of the media on Friday before his son died. I don't like that he heard that boy was his son three months ago and yet he hadn't met him until the child was on life support last Thursday. I don't like that he's had three kids with three different women. I guess that's all I have to say at the moment.