WEEK 8: Need a RB? How about a tissue instead?

What I learned last week:

I wasn’t so stupid after all by picking the Bears defense in the sixth round. Four straight weeks of 15-plus points. Check it!

Play the man:

Colts QB Andrew Luck. Luck is facing the Tennessee defense, which has allowed 16 touchdown passes this year.


Put him on the pine:

Any Carolina Panther. Cam Newton and the gang are in Chicago.


One BIG thought:

I took a big risk in the high-dollar league I play in this year when I drafted a defense in the sixth round. Yup. Defense. Round six. Immediately following that pick, I found myself on the end of several draft-room jabs, poking fun at me for taking a defense so high in the draft.

But this wasn’t just any defense.

This was Da Bears.

You know, the old-timers, geezerville and a defense of the past.

Huh. Really?

Well, let us take a gander at the stats the old-timers have racked up over the past four games alone: 99 fantasy points for an average of nearly 25 points a game; five touchdowns that included back-to-back games of pick-sixes from both Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs;10 interceptions; four fumble recoveries, including two in the red zone in Monday night’s win over Detroit and 13 sacks.

These numbers are eye-popping. Heck, the Bears’ defense has outproduced many of the so-called top position players in Fantasy Football this year. Yet, I supposedly was a fool to take them so early.

I remember when, even a few years ago, never drafting a defense until the late rounds was protocol for drafting needs. I think those days are gone, evidenced by the Bears this year, the Packers last year and the Ravens and Titans a few years ago.

There’s a lot of money at stake in this high-dollar league I’m in, and drafting smart each round is essential, but taking risks may be the 
X-Factor. This year’s X-Factor may be a group of oldies but goodies, and they rest comfortable in the Vegas Sinners’ lineup each week, racking up points the way Michael Vick racks up turnovers. Snap!


Two smaller thoughts:

■ I’m hoping for a decent game from Rashad Jennings this week with Arian Foster on a bye. While on the “hope train,” I really hope Trent Richardson can play at the level he was playing before his rib injury. Dear Santa ...

■ I was stunned to see Chris Johnson do what he did last week. I’ve been a CJ2K hater all year. This doesn’t change my mind at all. Do that twice in a row, then we’ll talk.


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