“Gesicki’d” and other newly coined terms from the 2020 fantasy football season
By Jason Dambach
Part of my daily routine as an avid fantasy football player and NFL fan is to spend time listening to the Fantasy Sports Radio channel on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Whether I’m driving my car, doing chores around the yard or working out in the gym, there’s a good chance that I’m devouring as much of the fantasy football talk and analysis as possible.
The other day, I was listening to one of my favorite hosts, Jeff Ratcliffe, who occupies the 10 a.m. to noon EST slot on the channel.
During one of the segments, he was talking about a player — I can’t remember which player exactly — who didn’t produce for fantasy owners last week in part because he lost out on a short-yardage touchdown to the back up at his position.
He then casually coined the perfect term to describe such a scenario — getting “Gesicki’d.”
Yes, that Gesicki. Mike. The former Penn State tight end now of the Miami Dolphins.
The reference hilariously made sense considering the fact that Miami tight ends have caught four red zone touchdowns since Week 5, and not a single one has gone to Gesicki.
Case in point…
Durham Smythe 🐐 TD tracker = 2 pic.twitter.com/k8Jik4c8zz
— Paul 🐬 (@TuaT1m3) November 18, 2020
It’s been a mighty frustrating year for anyone rolling with Gesicki as their fantasy tight end because clearly Tua Tagovailoa and his predecessor as Dolphins’ starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, have a thing for throwing to the tight end position in the red zone.
If he’s on your roster, you certainly know the feeling of being “Gesicki’d” by the likes of Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen.
But this got me thinking about other NFL players whose names we can turn into action verbs that fantasy football players will instantly recognize.
Actually, there are a few from last week that come to mind immediately.
First, there’s the new phenomenon of losing your fantasy matchup — or perhaps your Vegas bet — because one of your running backs decides to intentionally run out of bounds short of a touchdown.
This would be getting “Chubb’d”…
Nick Chubb doesn't care about your fantasy team.pic.twitter.com/jLNk2Jompp
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 15, 2020
How about getting “D-Hop’d” by a game-winning Hail Mary?
OH MY 😱
Kyler Murray Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins #RedSea
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 16, 2020
And what’s with this new-fangled tight end jet sweep thing we are seeing more and more of in the NFL?
If you have Derrick Henry on your team, you found yourself getting “Jonnu’d” last Thursday.
Jonnu Smith LEAPS in for the touchdown!pic.twitter.com/dKPn7zVYzj
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 13, 2020
Going back to weeks 8 and 9, if you were playing in a match up against a certain Minnesota Vikings’ running back, you most definitely found yourself being “Cook’d.”
Dalvin Cook is obliterating the Packers defense pic.twitter.com/4AwgrxXBZt
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 1, 2020
The possibilities are endless as long as we all remember that this game of fantasy football is nothing to take seriously at all.
NFL Week 11 Fantasy Plays and Fades
(Note: These picks come from the week’s consensus Top 10 rankings at each position)
QB- Justin Herbert (LAC vs. NYJ)
RB- Dalvin Cook (MIN vs. DAL)
WR- Keenan Allen (LAC vs. NYJ)
TE- Darren Waller (LV vs. KC)
DEF- Pittsburgh (at JAX)
QB- Tom Brady (TB at LAR)
RB- James Robinson (JAX vs. PIT)
WR- Julio Jones (ATL at NO)
TE- Noah Fant (DEN vs. MIA)
DEF- Minnesota (vs. DAL)