I just had two Monday night comeback miracles. I went to a movie (Doctor Strange, of course) with some friends, thinking that there was no way I could come back and win in two of my fantasy leagues. In one league I was down by 27 points, with Russell Wilson and C.J. Prosise left (yes, bye week hell and injuries made me start Prosise, don’t get me started). In the other league, I was down by 26 points, with LeSean McCoy and Jimmy Graham left, and my opponent had the Seattle defense. I was ready to take the L.
After the movie ended, I checked my scores and was shocked. Russell Wilson had 26 points and Prosise had 1.5, which gave me the victory, and in the other league, I was only down by three. By the end of the game, I won by three, and both comebacks were complete (deal with it, Josh and Nate!)
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I freaked out. I can’t remember a time where I was down by that much going into the Monday night game and ended up winning, let alone in two different leagues. Miracles do happen, people.
WEEK 9 COMEBACKS
While my teams’ comebacks were awesome, there were also several comebacks by key NFL players this week that were even more awesome. I wrote about some of these same players in last week’s article, because they had me spooked (read it here), but they proved me wrong this week.
Ingram is angry. After his fumble and benching last week, Ingram had something to prove, and he showed it. Even though Tim Hightower out-snapped him 23 to 15, Ingram had more yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run. Remember: this was against the worst run defense in the NFL, so don’t expect these numbers every week. For some reason, Sean Payton LOVES Hightower. I’m not sure why, but it’s looking like a RBBC for now, probably until one of them gets hurt.
As you know, I started Russell Wilson (mainly because I didn’t have a choice due to byes), and it paid off. After weeks of letting down fantasy owners, Wilson finally found the endzone, and he found it three times (his last touchdown was in Week 4). It looks like he’s finally healthy (so long, knee brace), and I think he’s going to continue to put up quality points from here on out.
Chief Crief is back. After suffering a shoulder injury in Week 2, Moncrief made a nice return in Week 8, and kept it rolling this week with 55 yards and a touchdown. He is a talented WR2 that is consistent enough to start week-to-week.
All year, fantasy owners have been trying to figure out the Raiders backfield. Who is the lead back, and which one should I start? Murray started out hot at the beginning of the year, but then his carries were cut back to make way for Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. On top of that, he was out two weeks with turf toe. Since he returned in Week 7, Murray has reclaimed his throne as the lead Raiders running back, and he just destroyed Denver with 114 yards and THREE touchdowns. Now that is a comeback! Keep him in your starting lineup.
I’m hesitant to put A-Rob in here as a comeback player, because I don’t trust Blake Bortles. However, A-Rob redeemed himself a little bit from previous weeks, with seven catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. It’s still hard to trust A-Rob, but this week showed that A-Rob still can shine, and that’s enough of a comeback for me.
Last, but definitely not least, is the Monday night star. Graham showed up in a big way last night with TWO one-handed touchdown catches (read the rest of this and then go watch the highlights). It looks like the Jimmy Graham that dominated on the Saints is finally back, because he looks like his old self. This comeback has been over a year in the making, and those who believed in him have themselves a Top 5 tight end again.
Did you bet on any of these players this week? How did it work out? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for tuning in to another week of the Fantasy Hangover, and make sure to follow us on Twitter and check out our weekly podcast.