One common-sense rule change that could at least contribute to preventing hits like this would be adapting the college rule: Once your knee hits, you’re down. If Flacco dives head-first, he has a first down.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: He enjoyed the week’s highest score, at least through the 4 p.m. ET games, with 36.4 PPR and 28.4 non-PPR fantasy points. Amazingly, neither threatened his personal bests (44.8 and 35.8, in 2014 Week 13), and in fact Hopkins’ PPR score was only his third best in 71 career games. Still, it marked his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown, and it put him on pace for 337.4 PPR and 234.5 non-PPR fantasy points, which would shatter his previous career highs of 331.1 and 220.1, set in 2015.
Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks: Well, few people saw that coming, evidenced by the fact that he was active in a mere 5.05 percent of ESPN leagues on Sunday. Richardson broke through for a career-high 28.5 PPR fantasy points, fueled by two touchdowns as well as a remarkable 48-yard catch on the game-winning drive.
“I love the way that A-Rod does things,” Ortiz says. “He’s a guy that works extremely hard at what he does. I have learned so much from him. To me, that’s my goal, to be able to get to his level. He’s been doing this for a while, and he’s extremely smart.”
On air, Rodriguez has subjected Ortiz to only good-natured hazing. In fact, he spends much of his time putting him in position to succeed – teeing up a point for him, then allowing him to connect with it.
Taylor rejoined the Giants on Wednesday. The strike officially ended the following day, the players union capitulating on all major issues. But the league decided that only the players who had crossed before the union folded would be allowed to play in that weekend’s games.