I doubt there were many Chris Johnson owners complaining about the Titans' end game strategy on Monday Night Football in a 30-3 blow out of Jacksonville.
Perhaps they can thank ESPN for that late Johnson touchdown.
According to internet rumors yesterday, ESPN asked the coaches for both the Jaguars and Titans to use their timeouts near the end of the game in an effort to extend the length of the game. And these are not your standard, made-up internet rumors: This one came directly from the mouth of Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher.
ESPN naturally refutes the rumor and Fisher has since said he was kidding.
True or not, this story goes to show you how big fantasy football has become in the United States. The game was a blow out in which both starting quarterbacks were knocked out of the game due to injuries, yet it still was watched by more Americans than the Major League Baseball playoff game between the Yankees and Rangers.
Why were people still watching in the second half, when the game was no longer in doubt? Because of fantasy football.
Owners of Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mike Sims-Walker et al watched diligently to squeeze every last fantasy point out of that snoozer. Because those points in the fourth quarter of a blow out still can be the difference between a win and a loss in the fake game.
So while the NFL generally destroys MLB in TV ratings on any given day, this football game was not being watched for the real football aspect of it.
Fantasy football > MLB playoffs.
Here are today's great reads:
- If you own Antonio Gates, the No. 1 tight end in standard scoring leagues right now, there is a good chance you are in semi-panic mode regarding his status—and your tight end situation—for the upcoming weekend. There may be a few decent waiver wire options available in your league. [FanHouse]
- Ray Rice, Steven Jackson and Rashard Mendenhall are churning up the workload out of their respective backfields. Funny that Rice is considering to be part of a RBBC with Willis McGahee. His workload suggests otherwise. [Pancake Blocks]
- More week 7 waiver wire advice, including who fantasy owners can drop from their teams this week. A few of the more disappointing names on this list: Mike Sims-Walker, Cadillac Williams and Donald Brown. I thought Brown would be able to establish himself as the Colts' RB of the future the year, but he just cannot stay on the field. [ESPN.com]
- Felix Jones was targeted 10 times by Tony Romo in the passing game last Sunday against Minnesota. And he caught all 10 of those targets. Pretty incredible target numbers, right there. If Jones can keep up half of that production and remain the team's featured tailback, there will be big fantasy days to come. [Roto Arcade]
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