Social media giveth and social media taketh away. I’m generally amused at how people handle social media on holiday weeks. For some reason, Thanksgiving food takes seems to be a hot topic and 2021 was no different.
As a dad, I’m quite familiar with macaroni and cheese. If my son could, he would eat it 300 days a year or more. Granted, it’s not the special side that many families enjoy in a casserole dish during holidays, but I expressed my opinion that mac and cheese wasn’t a great side because of the frequency that we eat it.
I want really unique holiday food. Things we don’t eat but once or twice a year that gives these last two months of the calendar that special appeal. Just how I feel….you know….an opinion.
Needless to say, I was quickly ridiculed by a Twitter mob, many of which were people I’ve never interacted with and had no followers in common. Miserable people out seemingly searching ‘mac an cheese’ just so they could go tell strangers why their own opinion was, in fact, wrong.
You’d have thought I said Mac and Me deserved the 1988 Oscar over The Last Emperor.
I’ve been dealing with this for years so it was no problem, but slightly annoying. On the bright side, I wasn’t about to be one of those people that make a controversial statement on purpose to drum up attention then paint myself as the victim when I received backlash.
I’m sure your grandma’s extras super duper special recipe is awesome and clearly, all I know is the stuff in the blue box, but I’m entitled to my opinion, as are you. And, I’m owning what I said: Mac and cheese is just ok.
See, I believe in being accountable.
Where We Were Right
Speaking of correct, we did well with Thursday’s second game. Our projections placed Michael Gallup and Hunter Renfrow inside our top-20 wide receivers for the week and that’s precisely where they are entering Monday. Renfrow, in fact, is WR5 in PPR formats.
Leonard Fournette was our RB8 in PPR projections. After a four-score game, Fournette wound up posting the top overall fantasy numbers from the entire slate but few sources listed Tampa’s starting running back inside their top-12 backs for the week.
It would feel wrong not to talk about the main theme for this week, Mac Jones, who we ranked as our QB15. Jones and the red-hot Patriots continue to get better each and every week, with Jones playing like a seasoned veteran and hitting some impressive throws in each contest.
Where We Were Wrong
Ugh, what an ugly week for quarterbacks. No signal-caller had posted more QB1 performances this season than Jalen Hurts, who seemed poised to have another stellar outing against a Giants defense that ranked in the bottom-10 against opposing quarterbacks. Hurts was awful, throwing three interceptions and having his worst outing of the season.
And Hurts wasn’t the only quarterback we missed on. Cam Newton was even worse, posting an abysmal 23.8% completion percentage and tossing 4(!) picks. Should have known that a guy whose name is Mac spelled backward was going to be a poor choice.
Running back wasn’t much better. Normal every-week studs like Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, David Montgomery, and Nick Chubb topped our projections and all finished far lower than that. CMC and Cook could even be sidelined for multiple weeks after exiting their respective games with injuries. That will shake things up in a major way as the fantasy playoffs approach…but maybe that’s precisely what we need after Week 12.
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