This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Just like any fantasy enthusiast, I listen to podcasts occasionally to help fill me in on news that I might otherwise miss and hear different takes on players. A trivia question from Wednesday's "The Fantasy Record" podcast with Brad Evans and Brandon Funston gave me an immediate flashback to what I personally feel was the best introduction I ever wrote for this column.
The question (paraphrasing): What player piled up a monstrous 37/201/4 line four years ago tomorrow (11/16/2014)?
First clue: He played for four teams, including Miami twice. Second clue: a one-time Sports Illustrated cover boy. Third clue: Notre Dame alum. Final clue: Super Bowl champion.
As a proud Notre Dame alum myself, I immediately new the answer when I heard the stat line, and just like that, this week's introduction was written.
An anomaly of a performance by New England's fourth-string running back, Jonas Gray, a thumping of the Colts on Sunday Night Football remains my favorite fantasy football memory and a topic of conversation to this day in my Simpsons-themed Max Power keeper league. That performance brought my older brother back from a huge deficit to beat my now brother-in-law and gave him an unexpected bright spot in an otherwise awful season that finished 5-11. Yes, his team was that messy that he started Gray (also, as a Notre Dame fan, he knew Gray was talented, though bias may have had a teensy influence).
And that shocking comeback inspired these exact words in the following week's introduction: