FRAUD – Doug Pederson
It’s clear what the real problem is in Philadelphia, and we've actually been saying it for weeks now on this column. It’s the head coach, Doug Pederson. This Eagles team has done nothing but slide to the bottom of the NFC East barrel with the departures of other quality coaches that once coached for them. Nowadays, it’s one head-scratching play after another, and it’s getting worse with each passing week. Pederson has put his team in countless negative EV situations, basically to the degree that the Eagles need a miracle to win most games. Yes, the offensive line is bad. But the play-calling to compensate for a bad offensive line is that much worse. If this keeps up, the Eagles will move away from Pederson by the end of 2021.
FRAUD – Cam Newton
Who is this guy? One week, it’s a 365-yard outing in a triumphant win. The next week, it’s a 84-yard outing in an embarrassing loss. Cam Newton loves to act like he is breaking out his Superman costume at times, but it’s actually hard to know what action figure Cam will be from one week to the next. The 2020 season stats don’t lie either. Cam is performing to a degree that is borderline cuttable on most NFL franchises. You simply can’t argue that with a miserable QBR of 50.8. To make things worse, Cam has now played in 10 games this season and has just 4 passing touchdowns and 9 interceptions to show for it. It’s no wonder why no team wanted him on its 2020 roster. It now looks like a career of backup roles is on the horizon.
FRAUD – Vic Fangio
Although Vic Fangio has now made this column for the second time this season, he might in fact rank at the very top of the fraud’s heading into Week 13. We all understand what Fangio had to deal with going into last week’s game given the Denver Broncos' "quarterback situation." Yes, a late curveball was thrown to the Broncos by the NFL, and it left Denver desperately searching for a quarterback replacement on its practice squad. But the Broncos had no plan to even move the ball in Week 12, let alone score points. The Broncos offense put up a total of 12 yards passing, but the worst part is that we saw zero passes to the running backs and no misdirection type of plays for the wide receivers. It was like an offense that was sent out to chew the clock and take the L. It could’ve been a great look for the Broncos as a whole had they made the game competitive, but it looked more like a pre-school team playing the New Orleans Saints.
GOD – Tyreek Hill
"Ty-Freak" Hill had a ridiculous 13 catches against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, as well as three receiving touchdowns and 269 yards receiving. When we stack rank the best game for a wide receiver in the history of the league, this one goes in the pile of the all-time best games. Hill torched the Buccaneers' Carlton Davis early and often, and he finished the game with a whopping 20.7 yards per catch. With Hill on the field, he becomes the most dangerous man in the entire Kansas City Chiefs offense, one that already boasts arguably the best quarterback and tight end in both Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, respectively. Hill's elite level volume makes him arguably fantasy's #1 WR down the stretch, too.
GOD – Nick Chubb
We all know by now that the Cleveland Browns prefer using two running backs on offense. But Nick Chubb doesn’t waste a single touch, despite splitting work with Kareem Hunt on a weekly basis. If you look at his stats - had Chubb not missed any games this season - he could be the league's leading rusher. Chubb has rushed for 100+ yards in 5 out of 7 games this season, and it’s clear that the Browns will use Chubb to get them to the playoffs just like the Titans do with Derrick Henry seemingly every December. Chubb has now ran for 384 yards in his past three games while averaging an elite 6.3 yards per carry. That's a higher clip than when Eric Dickerson broke the NFL rushing record, a record that still holds to this day. If the Browns continue to use this approach with Chubb, we have to consider MVP wagers and rushing records heading into next season for the third-year back out of Georgia. The guy is THAT good, timeshare or not.
GOD – Antonio Gibson
Let’s give this guy some credit here. Antonio Gibson has been rock solid all year long and he, just like the aforementioned Nick Chubb, is also splitting reps out of the backfield. Gibson is a three-down back and his stats currently suffer from splitting reps with J.D. McKissic. However, Gibson will surely break 1,000 yards for rushing and receiving combined for the 2020 season. The real question is, what will he do next season? As of right now Gibson has a 4.6 yards per carry average and 7.3 yards per catch average. Gibson has two games this season in which he has touched the ball 20 times, and in both of those games the Washington Football Team has won by 22 points and 25 points. It’s clear that this guy will be a top two or three round target on everyone’s draft boards for the 2021 season, and maybe even higher.