Ferris State football has the future of their season in their own hands.
The Bulldogs beat the Hillsdale Chargers 41- 20 in last Saturday’s contest to improve to 8-2 on the season. If they can come up with a win in Big Rapids against Saginaw Valley State on Saturday then the Bulldogs will be well on their way to their third straight playoff berth.
The Bulldogs also used the stats that they racked up against Hillsdale to beat my fantasy football lineup by a slim margin of 100-97.5 and absolutely ripped my heart out. My record has now diminished from 5-1 to its current state of 5-4, just one game above .500 with one game to play.
If the Bulldogs win against Saginaw Valley State, and beat my fantasy football lineup this week, then we’ll be all tied up at 5-5. Their first-round playoff game will have to act as the tie-breaker for this series, but if I win, I’ll take home the 6-4 victory and go about my business managing my fantasy teams outside of the Torch.
If, by chance, the Bulldogs lose to Saginaw Valley State but beat me in fantasy football, then the tie will be broken by what team has the most combined points throughout the whole season.
The Bulldogs take on SVSU 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Top Taggart Field.
We’ll see how they fare against the following lineup.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers –
I know, I know. I picked Rodgers last week. I get it. But there is very good reason why I’m taking him again this week. I just simply think that he’s the best matchup at the quarterback position against the Tennessee Titans defense. Sure, Atlanta has the worst pass defense in the NFL, but I’m not down to take Carson Wentz now or any time in the future. Rodgers has the stuff and that’s what I need to close this thing out.
RB: David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals –
David Johnson is arguably the most versatile running back in the NFL. Johnson averages over 18 carries a game and still catches the ball plenty out of the backfield. On top of that, his quarterback Carson Palmer hasn’t been very good this year, which points a lot of arrows in the direction of giving Johnson the football. He also gets to play a really poor San Francisco 49ers defense in week 10.
WR1: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers –
Jordy is probably Rodgers’ favorite red zone target, and that shows, as he has caught a TD in all but two games that he’s played in so far this season. I think Green Bay will find themselves near the goal line often against Tennessee, and I think Jordy will respond well to Rodgers’ post-game press conference comments after a loss to the Colts last week.
WR2: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings –
After a streak of lackluster performance, Diggs has seen a huge uptick in production the past couple weeks, probably because he has been back to full health. Just last week, Diggs had 13 receptions against a sieve-like defense in the Detroit Lions. I don’t know if he’ll catch that many passes, but I think he’ll give Josh Norman and the Redskins secondary a run for their money.
FLEX: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints –
Ingram had -2 fantasy points two weeks ago, but popped off for 28 against San Francisco last week. He’ll take on the Broncos defense who is actually pretty good but not the best at stopping the run. This could cost me, but I think that Ingram will get some looks near the end zone and add up with a double digit week.
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals –
I like the Cardinals against the 49ers offense. Sure, the 49ers put up decent numbers last week but they also did that against a pretty bad Saints defense.
K: Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos –
The Denver offense is anemic and the Saints defense couldn’t cover a twin-sized bed with a king-sized sheet. I think Denver will move the ball but struggle to score in the red zone. This will leave McManus to pick up the pieces, and he’ll be in a dome so wind and cold weather will not be a factor.