Strap on that cup boys. The way this season is quickly shaping up,
we're going to need it!
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
DeShaun Foster (174 RuYd, 1 TD)
- Quentin Griffin goes to town on the Chiefs to the tune of 3
TD so Foster is going to have a banner day, right? Well, let's
think about it. The Panthers lose their best receiver and bring
in a rookie so the Chiefs can concentrate more on stopping the
run. The Panthers didn't lose Stephen Davis until Friday practice,
so there was little time to prep with Foster. The Panthers' OL
still has its problems. Surely, the Chiefs are already focusing
all their attention on run stopping anyway, given the poor week
1 outing, right? Starting Foster is way too obvious. No way can
he meet expectations fantasy owners are placing on him. The Chiefs
know it is coming. They'll stop it.
That my friends, is a perfect example of paralysis by analysis.
Everyone raise their hand who got caught in it. I'm now writing
the rest of this column typing with one hand.
Daniel Graham (21 ReYd, 2 TD)
- I'm not sure why, but this guy just bugs me. It must be the
inconsistency he displayed in the past, like the bad route he
ran last week resulting in a Tom Brady INT. Apparently Brady holds
no ill will towards him though. Props are now due when through
two weeks this 13th or so round draft pick has out fantasy scored
Tony Gonzalez (3rd round pick), Todd Heap (4th), Jeremy Shockey
(5th) and Kellen Winslow (6th). Almost combined I might add.
Deuce McAllister (1 RuYd) -
Hey, weren't you on this list last week Deuce? Something about,
"value crashing through the floor"? I'm psychic! Right...
I don't mean to pull out the Major League references in
back-to-back weeks, but this one just begs, "one yard? One
G-D yard?!?" "You can't say G-D on this website."
"One look at the injury report and I can say G-D and then
some." A lot of good that blocking fullback is going to do
Honorable Mention: Roy Williams
running an early campaign for rookie of the year votes and the
Giants D with 4 sacks, 7 turnovers and a TD, but who in their
right mind would have started them anyway!
Pass The Antacid
Two weeks in and we can already tell, it's going to be one of
those years. One of those injury plagued seasons. Star players
falling by the wayside every week. Those who already have
high blood pressure, which should only be about 80% of us, had
better just bail on this season of fantasy football right now
before things get any worse.
Already down Steve Smith, Charles Rogers, Lee Suggs, Stephen
Davis (late-week) and getting a scare from Shaun Alexander and
Chris Brown after week 1, let's run down the week 2 list.
Deuce McAllister, high ankle strain expected out 5 weeks. Quickly
jumps to head of the pack in "worst 1st round pick of 2004"
Kellen Winslow, broken fibula on an onside kick attempt, which
wasn't really much of an attempt at all. That gives me a pair
of broken fibulas on one team between Smith and Winslow. Nice.
Tommy Maddox, strained or torn muscle in his elbow. Ouch. His
arm looked like Mr. Fantastic of Fantastic Four fame in the replay,
but there is a reason rubber limbs only work in the comic books.
Warrick Dunn, strained knee and awaiting MRI results. Nice start
for him too. Do you hear that low rumble? It's a horde of T.J.
Duckett supports heading over to the message board rapidly keying
in their "I told you so" posts.
Todd Heap, sprained ankle. I'm just going to start listing guys
who are in question because this is getting ridiculous.
Deion Branch. Eddie Kennison. Mark Brunell. Cedrick Wilson (late
scratch). Kevan Barlow didn't finish the game but seemed okay
on the sideline.
Mike Brown, torn Achilles', for you IDP guys. That represents
the second defensive back I've lost in back-to-back weeks in the
Red Eye Masters league (Mike Doss). I still contend this is the
worst injury a player can get. It sends shivers up my spine.
What the hell? I just now see Edgerrin James is doubtful for
week 3 with a second-degree hamstring strain. I can't even get
finished typing this list and another one goes down! Someone put
a stop to this horror!
Holy crap! This is scary, but there's another one! Julius Jones,
broken shoulder blade and now out for 6-8 weeks! Hope you got
in on the ReShard Lee stock early and cheap.
Uh oh. Say it ain't so but I'm hearing some rumblings coming
out of Kansas City, home of the undisputed best fantasy player
in the land, 2 years running...
FF In The Groin (MacGregor) vs. Hindsight's
a $%&^! (Waldman)
| FF In The Groin
| FF Pts
|| Hindsight's a #%$@!
| FF Pts
|| Boss Man
|RB D. Davis
||RB O. Smith
||WR A. Johnson
||WR Key. Johnson
I've added in Mr. FF Today, Mike Krueger, along side Matt and myself
so we can compare this thing 3 ways. For me it was a poor week.
When guys don't get in the end zone it makes it extremely difficult
to stay competitive. Here are my justifications (excuses):
Took a calculated risk that most teams would choose DeShaun Foster
and Onterrio Smith so I went another direction hoping those players
did not meet expectations. Betting against Foster actually was
going pretty well until the 71 yard run followed up by 3 more
yards into the end zone. We'll see what Monday night brings for
Thanks to the message board for the late note on Cedrick Wilson
getting scratched. I had him in and then had to scramble to find
a replacement and I went with Donald Driver. Not a great choice
given Favre's poor day, but better than nil. Too bad I didn't
think about Curtis Conway replacing Wilson as an option.
The Ravens defense was primed to pitch a shutout until I turned
to my wife Sarah through 3 quarters and said, "hey, my defense
has a shutout so far." Seriously, I did say that. I should
have my head examined.
I hate kickers.
FF In The Groin Mailbag
A buddy and I pooled our money and got in one of these high
flying 14-team Vegas leagues. Our first four picks were Shaun
Alexander, Lee Suggs (massive run on RBs), Steve Smith and Steve
McNair. We also have Jim Kleinsasser as our TE. Now we have
a stud back with a bum knee, a running back with an obscure
spine disease, a receiver with a broken leg, a QB with no one
to throw to and a bad tight end on the bench. Can you say do
St. Paul, MN
All I can say Erik is, don't give up the fight! Alexander is
okay and McNair is bound to throw a TD pass...one of these weeks...
Comments From The Couch
- Thank you Mike Sellers - honestly, thank you - for getting
tackled at the 1 yard line early in the Redskins-Giants game,
perfectly setting up the 1 yard plunge attempt. Thank you Clinton
Portis - a sarcastic thank you - for getting stuffed on two
straight plays after which the TD went to Chris Cooley.
- And speaking of the Redskins-Giants game, I'm not a fan of
either team so I wasn't planning on watching them much at all
on Sunday, but figured I would watch the first few minutes to
check out Clinton Portis and to see just how bad the Giants
D really was. Everything was going exactly according to plan.
The Giants D was like Swiss cheese as the Redskins stormed down
the field. Change channel. What the begeezus happened?
- I know Chris Brown is running roughshod over the Colts all
day, but really, when the Titans are 4th and 1 or even worse,
4th and an inch from the Colts 4 yard line, why are they pitching
the ball back on those rushing attempts? Brown has to make up
7 or 8 yards to get the 1st down.
- You know how some guys are just born "winners".
They possess some kind of mutant X-factor winner gene that helps
them rise to the top through means above and beyond pure talent
and hard work. It's a combination of instinct, and luck, and
it is tough to tell which of instinct and luck is more prevalent.
Tom Brady is the best NFL example of this. Jake Delhomme possesses
the same qualities. How else to explain the spin-o-rama TD pass
to Kris Mangum against the Chiefs?
- I'm feeling some terrible déjà vu with Jeff
Garcia from last season. I bench him, he does good. I start
him, he stinks it up. 71 freakin' yards! Against a team with
no decent second cornerback!?! Are you kidding me? All right
Garcia, I'm starting you the next 3 weeks no matter what and
we'll see what happens. And don't go using the loss of Winslow
as an excuse because you weren't throwing to him enough anyway.
- Consider this advance warning a gift to all of you who have
Garcia. You might strongly consider benching him the next 3
- I'm not ready to give up on Quentin Griffin just yet, after
a poor outing against a tough Jaguars run defense topped off
with a fumble in winning FG range with under a minute to go,
but his hold on the starting RB job just got a little more...shall
- The Jags are one messed up team statistically. Byron Leftwich
has completed exactly 50% of his passes in each game for a grand
total of 267 yards. Fred Taylor has no catches and hasn't broken
120 yards for the season yet. They have 2 TD, only 2 TD, to
rookie Ernest Wilford, not highly touted rookie Reggie Williams.
The team is 2-0.
- It's about time I start giving Lovie Smith a little more
credit than I have been. Nicely done Lovie. The Thomas Jones
signing looks like pure genius right now.
- One of the popular preseason sleeper team picks, the Texans,
are not looking too hot right now. Someone needs to investigate
if Domanick Davis' hands shrunk in the offseason. He has already
surpassed his fumbles lost total from all of last year.
- I'm going to have to push back the publishing deadline on
this article every week as I now need to double and triple check
how to spell Ben Roethlisberger.
- The Rams apparently called a deep pass play out of the end
zone from which Marc Bulger was stripped of the ball by Brady
Smith for a simultaneous sack, fumble recovery (or was in an
INT?) and TD in a Rams 34-17 loss. Bulger was sacked 5 times
in the game. Do you think Kurt Warner cracked a bit of a smile
about this today?
- All of you Kevan Barlow owners can step down off the ledge
you were so ready to jump off of last week. Of course, him failing
to finish the game is still a bit of a concern...
- Remember what a great "value" pick Brad Johnson
seemed in your draft when he was picked so late?
- Curtis Martin found the fountain of youth! He looks like
LaDainian Tomlinson, only on a better team.
- Dolphins-Bengals: This game is so bad the mind really starts
to wander. Does A.J. Feeley have blonde highlights in his hair?
That would be reason enough to reject the idea of spending a
2nd round pick on the guy. As a QB no less?!?
- Here are two teams that got absolutely gashed by Chris Brown
and Curtis Martin in week 1. So, did these teams really "fix"
their defense or is the Sunday night performance more an indictment
of the talent level for each of Rudi Johnson and Lamar Gordon.
I'll take Door B, Pat.
- Hats off to Jerry Rice.
- I'm not even going to comment on the Bills debacle this
And The Winner Is
DeShaun Foster, because I saw it coming and talked myself out
of it. DeShaun Foster, because I'd already have one of my games
wrapped up going into tonight had I dropped him into the lineup.
DeShaun Foster, as a reminder to not outthink ourselves, and the
obvious play really is sometimes the right play.