Welcome to the fantasy apocalypse: Rams vs. Cardinals in prime time.
The NFL Network's expanded schedule of Thursday games is without doubt the greatest addition to my weekly TV habit since Archer came on the air. But with it came the potential for great frustration when non-marquee match ups are featured in marquee slots due to scheduling limitations. Last week we were treated to the Browns (breathing prime time air for the first time in, well, a very long time) vs. the Ravens in what turned out to be a gosh darn good game of football. But going into it who wouldn't have rather seen Green Bay v. New Orleans or San Fran. v Jets as the Thursday night game?
At least going into the Ravens/Browns game last week there were fantasy implications, even if they were mostly clotted on one side of the field. Between Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ray Rice, Ravens D, Dennis Pitta there was a lot of fantasy interest on the Ravens. This week we might as well be watching the Alouettes play the Blue Bombers for all the fantasy action going on. The Rams have Danny Amendola, Steven Jackson is questionable because of a lingering groin injury, and Sam Bradford is questionable due to being Sam Bradford. On the Cardinals' side you've got Larry Fitzgerald and the D. And that's pretty much it unless bye week woes have forced owners to start Kevin Kolb, or a kicker.
Across four leagues and 35 positions I have not one player going tonight, and with 4 opponents and their corresponding rosters the only nugget of interest I could dig up was one guy starting Rams' kicker Greg Zuerlein. Not a whole lot to tune in for there in spite of the Cardinals being undefeated to this point and the Rams not being horrible. I'm a 49ers fan so I'm deeply interested in the Cardinals not going 5-0, so I'll tune in. But if you aren't an NFC West fan or Kevin Kolb's mom I can't imagine what allure this game will hold for you. Hey NFL, did you know Philly is playing Pittsburgh at 1 on Sunday?