Fantasy advice: Use Jerome Simpson, Brandon Jacobs, Greg Zuerlien

Pierre Garcon scores a touchdown, but he neither rushed it in nor caught a pass, so . . .
Pierre Garcon scores a touchdown, but he neither rushed it in nor caught a pass, so . . . –Brian Blanco/Associated Press

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Back in the dark ages of the 1990s, when fantasy football matchups were scored by hand, Pierre Garcon’s touchdown against Tampa Bay during Week 4 wouldn’t have been an issue.

In the electronic age, though, when Garcon recovers a fumble in the opponent’s end zone, things get complicated. Garcon, a wide receiver for Washington, didn’t catch a touchdown pass, and he didn’t rush for a touchdown, but his name was part of the official record as having a touchdown. How should this be handled?

If I were scoring by hand, I would have given Garcon a rushing touchdown. On the CBS Sports fantasy website, however, a box entitled “Individual Fumble Recovery Touchdown’’ under a category called “Miscellaneous Offense’’ had to be checked in order for Garcon to be credited with a score.


You know where this is headed. I’m commissioner of a CBS league, and that box was not checked. The person who started Garcon lost by 1 point, and did not receive credit for Garcon’s touchdown.

I didn’t feel comfortable telling the winner that they suddenly lost because I had to change a rule, and thankfully Garcon’s owner graciously accepted defeat. Scoring by hand never seemed so efficient.

Three up:

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota: Simpson caught four passes in his first game of the season against Detroit and also drew two defensive pass interference calls. He has a great matchup against Tennessee Sunday.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco: Remember him? Jacobs is set to return, and could be in line for goal line carries. The 49ers backfield is crowded, but short-yardage situations have been a concern.

Greg Zuerlien, K, St. Louis: If Zuerlein is available, particularly as a bye-week replacement, he is worth a look. The rookie is 12 for 12 on field goals and nailed a 60-yarder and a 58-yarder against Seattle. He is 3 for 3 on kicks of 50 yards or more.

Three down:

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit: With just three touchdown passes in four games, Stafford won’t be missed as he sits out on a bye.


Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville: You can’t expect the featured back in the league’s worst offense to produce much against a Chicago defense that allows 67 rushing yards per game.

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England: By now he is owned in every league. Do you dare start him?

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