AFC North Blog
For those who thought Johnny Manziel would rebound from an awful debut as an NFL starter, well, his body didn't give him much of a chance. Manziel was injured on a rush late in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He strained a hamstring and did not return.
Granted, it's not like Manziel was on his way to a big day prior to the injury. He completed three of eight throws for 32 yards. He ran twice for 3 total yards. Brian Hoyer replaced Manziel and went 7-for-13 for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was placed on season-ending injured reserve by Baltimore on Tuesday due to a sprained foot. The Ravens' runner had a small amount of success for the team that cut lead running back Ray Rice in September amid the media firestorm created by the domestic violence case involving him and his then-fiancee and now wife, Janay.
Week 15 represents the semifinals in most leagues. Today is for a chance to play for that brass ring. As such, many owners probably spent a lot of hours this week parsing over every bit of information available, dissecting matchups and breaking down statistical trends. A response: Don't overthink it. That's a difficult concept to comprehend with so much on the line, but the reality in fantasy is that this week is really no different than the previous 14. The reward for winning is greater, but that doesn't mean you have to make drastic changes to your strategy. You were trying to win before the fantasy playoffs and now you're trying to win in the fantasy playoffs. Do what you've been doing to get here. Nothing else matters. Keep deploying the best lineup you have and understand that once those kickoffs begin, it's all out of your hands.