|Fantasy Dream - Or Is It A Nightmare? 9/29/08
Every year there seems to be one game that just has fantasy owners
saying either: “I wish I had someone in that game” or
“Why me?” The Cardinals-Jet game was the site of this
year’s fantasy bonanza and if you had a player in this game
you likely got some pretty good scoring out of them.
Jets 56 - Cardinals 35
Fantasy Superman: Brett Favre, Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery,
Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, Edgerrin James,
Fantasy Performers: None
Fantasy Hens: Kurt
Warner (?), Thomas
I laughed this week when I saw I was going up against Brett Favre
in one league and Laveranues Coles in another and could not understand
why these guys werenít getting benched. Iím not laughing
anymore. Brett Favre had the fantasy performance of the year only
behind Ronnie Brown, with 289 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception.
Only two players on the Jets really benefited and those were Laveranues
Coles with 8 catches for 105 yards and 3 TDs and Jerricho Cotchery
with 4 catches for 67 yards and 2 TDs. Thomas Jones had his second
straight poor performance with 46 yards and no scores.
Even Kurt Warnerís 6 turnovers could not stop him from
being a fantasy superman with his 472 yards and 2 touchdowns.
And everyone in the Cardinal offense benefited from their being
forced to air it out. Steve Breaston, Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan
Boldin had great games in a ppr league, averaging 9 catches each
(with a standard deviation of 1) for 120.5 yards (with a standard
deviation of 1.5 yards). Only Boldin however crossed the goal
line. Boldin was later carted off the field and taken to the hospital,
making Breaston look like a valuable waiver wire gem this week.
Edgerrin James finally realized that he was more helpful to his
owners if he stopped rushing for yardage and limited himself to
only 29 yards on 9 carries, two of which ended up in touchdowns.
Even Tim Hightower got into the picture with another red zone
Panthers 24 - Falcons 9
Fantasy Superman: Muhsin
Fantasy Performers: Jonathan Stewart, Jake Delhomme, Roddy White
Fantasy Hens: Michael Turner, Matt Ryan
The Panther passing game kicked it up this week with the primary
beneficiaries of Jake Delhommeís 294- yard 2-TD performance
being its starting wide receivers. Muhsin Muhammad had a monster
day of 8 receptions for 147 yards and 1 TD, while Steve Smith
got on track going 6 for 96 and 1 TD. The running attack was a
virtual split down the middle, with each running back toting the
rock approximately 15 times for 50+ yards. Jonathan Stewart paid
off in a RB2/RB3 position by punching it in for a touchdown.
The only Falcon who rewarded fantasy managers was Roddy White
with his 7-reception for 90-yard performance. Unlike Carolina,
Michael Turner ran the ball 6 times more than Jerious Norwood,
but like the Panther running backs, they each ran for only 50+
yards, neither scoring a touchdown.
Browns 20 - Bengals 12
Fantasy Performers: Jamal Lewis, Braylon Edwards, T.J. Houshmandzadeh
(only in ppr)
Fantasy Hens: Kellen Winslow, Chris Perry, Chad Johnson
Last yearís Cardinals-Jets game turned into a relative
fantasy nightmare. Derek Anderson finally won a game, but 1 TD
on 138 yards and 1 interception makes it 4 consecutive weak fantasy
performances for this 5th/6th round draft choice. Braylon Edwards
finally notched his first TD on his 17-TD prediction belt, but
he still only caught 3 balls for 22 yards. Kellen Winslow caught
5 for 54 yards. Only Jamal Lewis made fantasy owners happy with
his 79 yards rushing, 15 receiving, and 1 TD.
Carson Palmerís elbow concerns trickled down. Chris Perry
averaged a little over 2 yards per carry on 12 for 28 and 5 catches
for 15 yards. In leagues awarding negative points for turnovers,
Perry virtually neutralized his positive points with a fumble.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh only gained 50 yards on 6 catches and Chad
Johnson only pulled in 3 for 28 yards, but at least crossed the
goal line for the first time. Ryan Fitzpatrick turned the ball
over 4 times, devaluing the positive points he would have earned
from 156 yards and 1 TD.
Titans 30 - Vikings 17
Fantasy Superman: Adrian
Fantasy Performers: Bernard Berrian, Gus Frerotte, Bobby Wade,
Fantasy Hens: LenDale White
So far All Day Adrian Peterson has not had that breakout game.
But you canít ask for more out of your number one running
back with 101 combined yards, 2 TDs and a fumble. The passing
game showed some improvement and if you were forced to start Gus
Frerotte, while he did not throw for any TDs, his 266 yards and
1 interception are not a huge disappointment. Bernard Berrian
had an okay day with 5 catches for 78 yards and he was only outperformed
in ppr leagues by his teammate Bobby Wade with 7 for 75 yards.
Chris Johnson put up similar numbers to Peterson, with his 2
TDs of his own and 75 combined yards. LenDale White may be scoring
touchdowns, but he is doing little else with 11 carries for 13
yards and 1 TD. Justin Gage caught 5 for 92 yards.
Buccaneers 30 - Packers 21
Fantasy Superman: Greg Jennings, Earnest Graham
Fantasy Hens: Ryan
The battle of the Bays was a feast or famine game, mostly famine.
The two teams posted similar fantasy numbers, with each having
one star. Tampa Bayís star was on the ground with Earnest Graham
rushing for 111 yards and 1 TD. Managers who were hoping for a
repeat of last weekís air attack were left struggling for air
with Brian Griese only 30 times for 149 yards, 1 TD and 3 picks.
Antonio Bryant was the number one receiver for the Bucs, with
4 catches for 39 yards. Meanwhile Stevens was a huge bust for
anyone thinking they picked up a waiver gem, grabbing no catches.
Greg Jennings is holding strong as the number one wide receiver
in the NFL with 6 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. No
other receivers in Green Bay put up any respectable fantasy numbers
and Aaron Rodgers threw 3 interceptions to his two TDs. Ryan Grant
showed just enough sign of life against Dallas the week before
that most fantasy managers probably kept him in the line-up this
week. Much to their chagrin he had his second 15 carry for 20-yard
performance in three weeks.
Saints 31 - 49ers 17
Fantasy Superman: Drew Brees, Lance Moore
Fantasy Performers: Frank
Fantasy Hens: Reggie Bush
Drew Brees apparently likes the home cooking in New Orleans (and
anyone who likes good food could hardly fault him). Where he averages
only 1 TD on the road, at home things are quite different. For
the second time in New Orleans, Brees passed for over 300 yards
(363) and 3 Tds (he has remained consistent with throwing his
4th pick in his 4th game). The return of Deuce McAllister was
quite good, with 83 combined yards and a touchdown. However, Reggie
Bush did not fair well, even in ppr leagues, where he only gained
38 combined yards and had 5 catches. Lance Moore had a huge game
with 7 catches for 101 and 2 TDs, while Robert Meachem and Devery
Henderson respectively had 2 and 1 catches, but made them count
with Meachem going for 99 yards and a score and Henderson going
81 yards. Moore should be considered as a waiver wire pick up
if not already grabbed.
Expecting this to be more like the Cardinals-Jets game, San Francisco
let down many owners this weekend. J.T. OíSullivan neutralized
is 1 TD with 2 interceptions, while throwing for 257 yards. Frank
Gore had a combined total of 113 yards, but was of little help
in bonus leagues as he only had 2 catches, no scores and did not
have a big day individually on the ground or in the air. Arnaz
Battle caught 7 for 120, which likely were wasted in most leagues,
while Issac Bruce caught 5 for 54 yards and a TD.
Jaguars 30 - Texans 27
Fantasy Superman: Matt
Fantasy Performers: Owen Daniels, Matt Jones
Fantasy Hens: Andre Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Taylor
The Jaguar running back tandem is going to cause their owners
nightmares. Sit them down for a game and they each go off for
100 and a TD. So the next week, you canít possibly bench
them against the 0-2 Texans. Neither Jaguar running back could
do much. Maurice Jones-Drew had 32 yards rushing and 17 receiving.
Fred Taylor gained 25 yards rushing and 21 yards receiving. David
Garrard finally showed signs of last yearís numbers, passing
for 236 yards, 1 TD, and no interceptions and ran for 41 yards
and a TD. Matt Jones was his number one wide receiver, catching
5 for 71 and 1 TD.
Matt Schaub saved his job with 307 yards passing, 24 yards running
and 3 TDs. Only problem for most Schaub owners are that he was
on their bench. Steve Slaton is rewarding Gary Kubiak for his
decision to anoint him the starter for the rest of the year, with
a combined 113 yards and Reggie Bush-like numbers of 8 catches
for 83 yards and 1 TD. The Texan receiving corps seems to be highlighting
Kevin Walter (8 for 76 yards and 2 TDs) and Owen Daniels (7 for
87 yards) instead of Andre Johnson who only reeled in 3 catches
for 38 yards.
Chiefs 33 - Broncos 19
Fantasy Superman: Larry Johnson
Fantasy Performers: Dwayne
Fantasy Hens: Selvin Young
On any given Sunday, especially in Arrowhead, a nine-point favorite
can get manhandled. And donít look now, but Larry Johnson
just had his second consecutive 100+ performance with 198 yards
and 2 TDs. Dwayne Bowe had another decent day for ppr leagues,
catching 7 passes for 85 yards and Tony Gonzalez hauled in only
3 catches for 47 yards, with 1 TD.
The Denver passing game was still good, although coming slightly
back down to earth, with Jay Cutler throwing for 361 yards, 1
TD and 2 interceptions. Eddie Royal did well, especially in ppr
leagues with 9 catches for 104 yards. The two Brandons, Marshall
and Stokely, each caught 7 passes. Stokely had 80 yards and Marshall
had 77 yards and 1 TD. Owners who bought high on Selvin Young
are officially circling the wagons as Selvin Young had another
11-carry performance for only 49 yards. Michael Pittman did not
cross the end zone, but he did gain 81 combined yards.
Bills 31 - Rams 14
Fantasy Superman: Steven Jackson,
Fantasy Performers: Fred Jackson, Lee Evans, Donnie Avery
Fantasy Hens: Marshawn Lynch, Scott Linehan
No big surprise that this game would turn into a news story with
little fantasy impact. Oddly, a game where the Bills scored 31
points would seemingly be joined by some big fantasy numbers,
but this was the Rams defense the Bills were playing against and
fantasy number should have been clicking faster than calendar
pages in a fast forward sequence.
Marshawn Lynch should have multiple touchdowns and 100+ performance
- he had neither. Lynch only ran for 57 yards, caught 4 for 24,
and had no TDs. IN fact, he was outperformed by his back-up Fred
Jackson who rushed for 46 yards and 1 TD. Trent Edwards should
have thrown for over 300 yards and multiple TDs. Instead, he only
had 197 yards, 1 TD and 1 pick. Lee Evans may have had 1 TD and
88 yards, but 49 yards came on 1 catch on the first drive of the
game and he did not catch another until he hauled in a 39-yarder
on a 4th quarter catch. While Evans numbers cannot be criticized,
the Bills do not face an easy defense again until...oh wait arenít
they playing the Cardinals next week? Nevertheless, most fantasy
managers with Bills are on their team was licking their chops
this week, only to be disappointed.
On the opposite side of the ball, no managers with Rams on their
squads could have had any expectations this week given how tough
the Bills defense has been, the Linehan drama, and the negative
comments of Marc Bulger, Torry Holt, and Steven Jackson. Yet Steven
Jackson put up great numbers in any format with 110 rushing, 5
receptions for 78 yards and 1 TD. Torry Holt did not blaze but
he still caught 4 for 65 yards, which was better than quite a
few number one wide receivers. The Rams moved Donnie Avery into
the starting position and it paid off with a 37-yard run for a
TD and 3 catches for 22 yards.
Chargers 28 - Raiders 18
Fantasy Superman: LaDainian
Tomlinson (garbage TDís count in fantasy), Zach
Fantasy Performers: Antonio Gates, JaMarcus Russell, Michael Bush
Fantasy Hens: Philip Rivers, Darren McFadden, Chris Chambers
I had a momentary lapse this afternoon and forgot about fantasy
football as my Chargers were down to the Oakland Raiders 15-0
at halftime. But it passed. LaDanian Tomlinson broke 100 yards
for the first time this year and ran for 2 TDs for the second
consecutive game. LT2 owners can be optimistic, but letís
face it, with 1:17 left in the game Tomlinson had only 62 yards
rushing, 9 receiving and 1 TD and LT2 still does not appear to
be the old LT2. The 4th quarter was also good to Antonio Gates
who caught a total of 5 catches for 58 yards and 1 TD. Philip
Rivers passer rating took a hit with him throwing 2 picks to his
1 TD and only 180 yards. Chris Chambers failed to score for the
first time this year and only reeled in 2 catches for 42 yards.
JaMarcus Russell broke the 200-yard barrier for the first time
with 277 yards, 1 TD and his first interception. Michael Bush
took control of the ground game with 48 yards rushing and 80 yards
receiving on 7 receptions. Darren McFaddenís turf toe may
have hindered him to a 20-yard rushing and 17-yard receiving performance.
The Charger defense continues to be a feeding frenzy for tight
ends with Zach Miller grabbing 5 catches for 95 yards and 1 TD.
Redskins 26 - Cowboys 24
Fantasy Superman: Santana
Fantasy Performers: Jason
Randle El, Terrell
Fantasy Hens: Chris Cooley, Marion Barber, Felix Jones
Neither Santana Moss nor Clinton Portis had touchdowns, but they
seemed to have their way with the Cowboy defense today. Moss caught
8 balls for 145 yards and Portis ran for 121 yards on only 21
carries (he also caught 2 for 14 yards). Jason Campbell also hooked
up with his other receivers throwing for 231 yards and 2 TDs.
Antwaan Randle El caught 4 for 36 and 1 TD. However, Chris Cooley
would not have wanted to own himself in fantasy leagues after
going 4 for 28 yards.
The model of consistency this year, Marion Barber, had a real
let down performance with 26 yards rushing and 11 receiving yards.
However, the Cowboys passing game was consistent. Tony Romo threw
for 300 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception. Jason Witten caught 7
for 90 yards and 1 TD. Terrell Owens had similar numbers going
7 for 71 and 1 TD. Patrick Crayton returned from a zero reception
performance with 7 catches for 87 yards. Even Miles Austin made
me eat crow with a second consecutive TD receiving game and 45
Bears 24 - Eagles 20
Fantasy Superman: DeSean Jackson
Fantasy Performers: Correll
Fantasy Hens: Hank Baskett, Brandon Lloyd
Matt Forte only rushed for 43 yards and had 5 catches for an almost
equal 42 yards, without a score, but for an RB3 you cannot ask
for much more, especially in a ppr league. After a big week from
the waiver wire, Brandon Lloyd only caught 2 balls for 33 yards.
Kyle Orton threw for 199 yards and 3 TDs, but a couple of picks
made it only a mediocre performance.
Brian Westbrook was seriously missed when the Eagles had 4 shots
at the one-yard line in the 4th quarter. Correll Buckhalter could
not make it, but his fantasy numbers were not all too bad. He
had 66 yards rushing and 24 receiving, with 1 TD. DeSean Jackson
had a great first half, but did little more in the second, ending
the game with 5 catches for 75 yards and 1 TD, and 35 yards rushing.
Reggie Brown in his first game back had 6 receptions for 79 yards.
Donovan MacNabb was no Brian Griese against the Bears D, going
for 262 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception.
Week 5 Waiver Wire Players
QB: JaMarcus Russell
RB: Ryan Torain
WR: Lance Moore, Steve Breaston, Donnie Avery, Arnaz Battle, Miles
TE: Zach Miller