Brett Favre tried his best to try and steal the spotlight from the Chicago Bears’ NFC North championship coronation. Adrian Peterson yanked the fantasy spotlight from an otherwise great week of fantasy football.

Brett Favre tried his best to steal the spotlight from the Chicago Bears’ NFC North championship coronation. Adrian Peterson yanked the fantasy spotlight from an otherwise great week of fantasy football.

And it was all going so well. Ray Rice finally broke out and had a huge week, Michael Vick’s second half was nothing short of uncanny, Vincent Jackson showed why savvy owners held on to him this long and several fantasy studs were either brilliant or solid in a crucial week in the postseason.

But nothing could’ve crushed AP owners more when he suddenly was ruled out of the game and there was little to nothing they could do about it. Just like Favre’s surprise start, there were no indications Peterson would sit, but, apparently, pre-game warm-ups were poor and he was a late scratch.

And with few options on a Monday-night game, you were pretty much stuck. Christmas came five days early for those many fortunate owners who went against AP with a slim lead.

There’s something to be said for those that think team running backs as a fantasy option could solve this problem, which is worth considering. But for now, I’ll save my thoughts on that and other issues for next week’s column.

But I’ll say this: It’s time for some changes to some standard league rules.

AP’s postseason track record

There aren’t too many players I’d take over AP in any type of league in just about any year until he turns 30. But his postseason performances leave a lot to be desired.

This year, he’s had two points in the last two weeks. Last season, AP made up for lost time with two touchdown days in Weeks 14 (97 yards rushing, 40 receiving) and 16 (97 yards rushing, 43 receiving), but that was after a 2008 campaign with no TDs for Weeks 14-16.

To be fair, he did average 115 yards those weeks in ‘08, so he wasn’t miserable. It would have been nice if he held onto the ball during that stretch, though.

His rookie season, not so much. In Week 14 of the 2007 season, Peterson had 14 carries for three yards. Three. He bounced back the following week with 76 yards and two TDs, then 48 total yards on championship week.

I’m not saying AP’s awful and should be compared with Clinton Portis, because that’s simply not fair, especially since he’s been hurt. I’m probably just nitpicking.

But this latest episode is a reminder that Peterson isn’t as reliable as you’d think. Hopefully, this doesn’t become a trend next season.

Pick Six: Waiver wire pickups

Week 15 was the rise of the backup quarterback –– Rex Grossman, Matt Flynn, Tim Tebow, Kerry Collins and Jon Kitna all scored 19 points or more.

Grossman scored the fourth-most points last week and is owned in 0.4 percent of standard leagues. As weird as this season has been, why not pick him up?

QB: Washington’s Rex Grossman
RB: Houston’s Derrick Ward (just in case Arian Foster pulls an AP), Oakland’s Michael Bush
WR: Buffalo’s David Nelson (scored three TDs in the last three weeks), San Francisco’s Josh Morgan, Washington’s Anthony Armstrong

Pick Six: Week 16 top scorers

Is there anything Michael Vick can’t do on the field? The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback overcame a very tough NY Giants defense that made him look human in the first matchup, and Vick just couldn’t be denied in the second half last week.

Vick should do just fine against a Minnesota team that looks ready for the season to end.

QB: Philadelphia’s Michael Vick vs. Vikings, San Diego’s Philip Rivers at Cincinnati
RB: Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall vs. Carolina (Worst. Thursday night game. Ever.), Oakland’s Darren McFadden vs. Indianapolis (pray Bush doesn’t vulture more TDs)
WR: Denver’s Brandon Lloyd vs. Houston, Atlanta’s Roddy White vs. New Orleans

The Purple Drank list — presented by Brett Favre’s purple hand

I’m still trying to figure out why Favre actually wanted to play in last Monday’s game on that concrete field with an arm that’s so messed up that his hand is purple.

Now he’s concussed and hasn’t been put on IR, which means he’s going to try and play again –– sounds like Favre needs a new hobby.

Hopefully, that hobby isn’t trying some Purple Drank when he actually retires.

QB: Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck at Tampa Bay, Arizona’s John Skelton vs. Dallas
RB: Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson vs. Chargers
WR: Denver’s Jabar Gaffney vs. Houston, Green Bay’s Donald Driver vs. NY Giants

Don’t sleep on my sleepers

QB: Denver’s Tim Tebow vs. Houston, San Francisco’s Alex Smith at St. Louis
RB: Buffalo’s CJ Spiller vs. New England, Miami’s Ricky Williams vs. Detroit
WR: Miami’s Davone Bess vs. Detroit, Cincy’s Andre Caldwell vs. Chargers

Joey Baskerville writes his Pick Six Weekly column every Wednesday. He can be reached at jbaskerville@journalstandard.com or @jmark79 on Twitter.