Since when did 150 yards become the new measuring stick for a good
receiving day? I missed that memo.
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Brian Westbrook (11-156, 3 TD)
- Oh, and apparently he chipped in a few rushing plays too for
37 yards. He is a RB in case it isn't apparent from the stat line.
I don't know what to think about this guy. Back in preseason I
was high on his prospects and drafted him on a few teams. He proceeded
to do pretty much diddly for 9 weeks. I traded him (I really should
put up a huge sign in my office all fantasy season that says,
"No Trades Today!") and now he has rattled off 7 TDs
in the last 3 weeks. Typical.
Drew Bennett (3-124, 3 TD)
- So much for that new and improved Colts defense I heard a few
different sources talk about last week, at least for the first
quarter on this game. They shutout the Titans the rest of the
way, but it is still pretty annoying to see the 3 catches for
3 TD stat line for Bennett running across the bottom of every
football telecast all day, starting from what seems like 5 minutes
after you sit down, when you know your opponent has him in.
Kevin Jones (26-196, 1 TD)
- Finally some return on investment from Jones who has slowly
been creeping up the rankings the past few weeks. Let's keep it
rolling through the fantasy playoffs here Kevin! Boy, am I surprised
the Lions knocked off a team led by John Navarre and Larry Croom.
150+ Yard Receivers (7 of them,
plus Westbrook makes 8) - Since when did 150 yards become the
new measuring stick for a good receiving day? I missed that memo.
And this doesn't even include a couple players who just missed the
cut, like Eddie Kennison and Ronald Curry, or the guys who chipped
in a multiple TDs with more traditional 100 yard totals like Bennett,
Lee Evans and Antonio Bryant. Year of the TE indeed, but week of
Hey Mike, don't hate on the Steelers and Big Ben
because if they played your Bills, the Steelers would kick them
so hard you would wish Jim Kelly would come out of retirement
so you would have a decent QB. Beating up on the pathetic NFC
West is not the kind of thing you brag about.
Oh, believe me Russ I was wishing for Kelly to come back more
than once early this season, and I know the NFC West is pitiful
beyond belief. I'm pretty sure I mentioned that. I love Big Ben.
I'm envious you guys are in a great spot to watch him lead your
team for years to come. Truthfully, it might be better in the
long run if the Steelers do lose one soon to take the pressure
of "the streak" off him. Or if you want to wait until
week 17 at Buffalo, I'm fine with that too.
Mike, I enjoy your column. Regarding your comment
about watching games on tape rather than live, if you want the
ultimate: TIVO!!!! I've programmed in a 30 second skip button
perfect to blast through an entire game in about 30 to 45 minutes.
You watch a play, hit the 30 second skip, and the next play appears
instantly. Four quick pops on the skip button takes you instantly
through a 2 minute commercial break. Tivo is the greatest consumer
electronics invention ever. My wife was initially skeptical and
even now she is a believer (not because of the football benefits
mind you). Highly, highly recommended.
Pack your bags Sarah, you, me and Megan are moving South!
Comments From The Couch
- Only 3 TDs Peyton? What's with that, ya bum!
- I was doing well spinning the Brandon Stokley start or bench
roulette wheel the past couple weeks. I sat him down against
the Bears (1-7, 0 TD) and then started him on Thanksgiving (5-57,
3 TD). Sat him this week though. That's why they call it gambling
- Everyone who benched Clinton Portis this week raise your
hand. Okay, now I'm going to type the remainder of this article
with my nose as I actually benched Portis in two leagues. Sometimes
good depth is a curse I tell you. A curse!
- Not only has the AFC kicked the crap out of the NFC this
year in head-to-head games (32-18 advantage AFC), but how about
even this week with all in-conference games from an entertainment
perspective? The headline NFC games in my area, ATL-TB - Yawn!
and GB-PHI - Blowout! Plus any of NYG-WAS/SF-STL/ARI-DET - Boring!
Meanwhile DEN-SD came down to the wire, KC-OAK went back and
forth, PIT-JAC was a nail biter and BUF-MIA was just nutty.
- Went out Sunday morning with the family to get some portraits
done for Christmas, which involved an hour and a half wait so
I missed all the late breaking news before kickoff, and then
later in the day (while taping the DEN-SD and GB-PHI games),
put up the Christmas lights in freezing cold weather. Is it
just me, or do you find yourself swearing a lot more during
the holiday season? Merry Christmas!
- Last week I played against Kelly Holcomb (413, 5 TD) as my
deep dynasty league opponent suddenly pulled a starting QB out
of his hat where he would have normally taken a zero. This week,
same league my opponent chooses 2 from Drew Bledsoe, Chad Hutchinson
and Billy Volek, the 2nd, 6th and 10th ranked QBs for the week.
These friggin' guys? Nice!
- In one of my other leagues there is a unique backup QB rule,
whereby if your starter leaves the game for any reason, then
you can add points for your backup from the next quarter forward.
So yesterday I lose Marc Bulger as my starter after he mustered
only 1.78 points before his shoulder injury. A lot of good this
rule did this week though, as my backup Drew Brees had a grand
total of 2.44 for the entire game.
- Based on these last 2 points, maybe I should have less disdain
for kickers and focus more annoyance towards quarterbacks.
- John Kasay kicks 6 FGs plus 2 XPs on the day, including a
50 yarder attempted after he refused to come off the field when
the punt team was called in. This was originally a 40 yarder
but pushed back due to penalty. Never mind.
- Tatum Bell is going to start getting more carries. He quick.
- Isn't it funny how the Eagles are clearly the class
of the NFC BUT no media outlets or websites (that I've seen) are
ready to predict them all the way to the Super Bowl? Every time
you see the Eagles mentioned their playoff path is qualified as,
"should host NFC Championship game", and nothing more
due of course to their recent failures in that game. Well, I tell
you, they are going to the Super Bowl this year. There you go,
I said it. The Eagles get over the hump this time around...
- Of course, I bet the last thing the Eagles want is the Panthers
back in the playoffs this year...
- But then either one of them would subsequently lose to the
- I reserve the right to change my prior to end of the regular
season playoff predictions at any time, so if anyone emails
me saying I'm way off base, I'll probably just agree with you.
- Hey, no mention of Nick Goings in this article so far. What's
with that? He topped 100 yards for his 3rd straight game and
scored his 4th TD in that time. Between all the available waiver
pickups like Nick Goings, Derrick Blaylock, Reuben Droughns,
Mewelde Moore, Michael Pittman, Julius Jones, etc., etc., is
it really necessary to draft RBs at all?
- Of course it is. You'd be 0-4 out of the gate before you
got your backfield settled, plus what else are you doing to
draft, a QB early like Manning or McNabb? Oh, right...
- I'd love to see the Chargers go the distance as this year's
out of nowhere upstart team. It only took 4 long years and plenty
of carries, but we can finally (almost definitively) say, welcome
to the playoffs Mr. Tomlinson.
- Another Bills win! In all honesty, they didn't look
good, but it is pretty damn difficult to lose a game in which
you win the turnover battle 7 to 1. I think I'm going to send
A.J. Feeley a nice gift basket. That Pat Williams interception
and return for a TD is the funniest thing I've seen in a while.
And The Winner Is
So many choices, only one award. Can I really give it to Bennett
with only 3 catches? In fact, I'm giving it to Bennett because
he only had 3 catches. Only 3 catches and all 3 are TDs plus over
120 yards, all earned before 2:00 pm Eastern Sunday so I could
sit and stew about it the rest of the day. That is frustrating.