More injuries + bad pass coverage + late game collapses + a hurricane
= more stress than thought possible from a hobby.
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Green Bay Secondary (320 PaYd, 5 TD
- in the first half!) - What the heck was that?!? Okay,
so you've got some injuries, and you're up against Peyton Manning
and a nice trio of receivers in their home stadium, but bloody
hell - that was down right embarrassing. Am I watching Arena football?
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Packers draft defensive
backs in the 1st and 3rd rounds this year? Yeah, good thing they
got rid of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. This new guy is
Javon Walker (198 ReYd, 3 TD)
- Oh, why not stay with the same game when it had as much impact
on fantasy games in one week as the Cardinals might have all season.
Walker was one of those pre-season "sleeper" picks that
wasn't actually asleep at all since everyone and their mother
knew who he was back on fantasy draft day. It is safe to say though
this performance exceeded all upside potential expectations by
the most blatant Packer homer. I wonder what round Walker was
drafted in Wisconsin fantasy leagues? 3rd round? 2nd round? Still
pretty good value even at that cost.
Domanick Davis (12 RuYd, 15 ReYd)
- So what we learned last week with DeShaun Foster is to start
pretty much any runner against the Chiefs. What we learn this
week is that history sometimes means...pardon me while I borrow
a Jim Mora Sr. quote..."diddly-poo" in fantasy football.
Now, I don't like to get too down on a guy who gets injured, but
Davis did play into the 3rd quarter and for what was the most
obvious starter choice of the day, this was pretty disappointing
for Davis owners.
| FF In The Groin
| FF Pts
|| Hindsight's a #%$@!
| FF Pts
|| Boss Man
||RB D. Davis
||RB D. Davis
|RB W. Green
||WR R. Smith
||WR A. Johnson
|TE E. Johnson
Not a terrible week but it had a lot more potential. Aaron Brooks
was erratic, badly missing a couple wide open receivers. William
Green was a combination hunch and strategy choice. The hunch part
I figured he might be looking over his shoulder at Lee Suggs coming
back soon and give some extra effort this game. The strategy part
because Lee Suggs was coming back and I might never get a decent
shot to use Green again. What I didn't count on was all the penalties
killing the Browns' drives (or extending the Giants' drives), including
a holding call wiping out a 49 yard TD run by Green.
The biggest thing I learned this week is to not wait until the
last minute to work on this lineup. It takes a lot of thought
to assess all the options properly. Unfortunately, I got busy
and didn't make time to set this lineup until Sunday morning,
and by that time with my daughter taking a shorter than expected
nap, I scrambled to fill it out so I could help attend to her.
For example, I had the Steelers ready to roll all week on defense,
but once I received a note from FFTOC saying we receive 0 points
if that game is rescheduled again, I went with the Cowboys until
such time I could confirm the Dolphins-Steelers game was a go.
By the time I figured that out, it was too late to change them.
I imagine this happened to a number of contestants.
Quentin Griffin was a player I planned to save until the very
end, believing he would be the featured back in the vaunted Broncos
running game. Since doing this at the last minute, I just slotted
him in for what was surely going to be a stellar bounce back game
for him. Ouch.
I actually had each of Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokley and Javon
Walker in the lineup at one time, but then caved and went with
Johnnie Morton given the Chiefs injuries, which turned out to
be not that significant, and Darrell Jackson as a "safer"
It seems like the entire FF Today crew did poorly this week at
RB, but nods to Mike K. for slotting in Walker as one of his WR.
Comments From The Couch
- From week 1 it seems the Browns figured out a way to slow down
Jamal Lewis compared to last year. The Bengals, not so much.
- Even if we all agree the Broncos got the better end of the
deal in the Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey trade, hopefully now
we've seen the end of the inane Portis versus Quentin Griffin
comparison stat charts. Well, we'll see what Portis does tonight.
90 yards Clinton! 90 yards! That's all I need from ya buddy!
- Donovan McNabb is in a zone. Eagles fans should certainly be
excited about how things are playing out right now. Still a long
way until that nemesis NFC Championship game though.
- Oh, so this was the week to start Onterrio Smith with Moe Williams
back in the lineup, as opposed to last week when Smith was all
on his lonesome. Now I get it (rolling eyes).
- Charlie Garner out for the year. Please go back to my Week
1 FF In The Groin column and read the paragraph on Curtis
Martin. I have nothing further to add on the subject except
upon completion of this article I'm going to toss this computer
monitor out the window.
- Lightbulb goes on overhead! We need some FF In The Groin merchandise!
First idea: stress relief footballs! Who wants one?
- The wife and I were ready to go 12 of 13 in her office straight
up pool yesterday until the Chiefs, Titans and Rams all blew it
late in the 4th quarter. 60 minutes guys. You need to play 60
- Kurt Warner made a nice waiver pickup and spot start for me
yesterday while Tom Brady had the week off. Even though he actually
ended up with good stats, I'm just glad to be done with Brad Johnson.
Now if I could just figure out a way to pawn off Jeff Garcia.
- I have to wonder if looking at first half stats is a better
indicator of the quality of fantasy players, before they get into
garbage time. Garcia has thrown for a whopping 41, 37 and 58 passing
yards in the first half of his 3 games with the Browns. That's
- That was some serious slop the Steelers and Dolphins were playing
in last night. Feeling under the weather myself, I went to bed
at halftime. I fully expected a 3-0 final when I woke up this
morning. Hines Ward caught a TD in those conditions? Ward defines
the word "stud".
- For those readers returning from last season, you should know
I retired the "kick 5 FG, automatically make the Groin candidate
list" rule. However, that doesn't mean we can't send an emphatic
F--- You to John Carney of the Saints.
- I really did not expect anything out of Aaron Stecker replacing
Deuce McAllister. The Rams have now given up rushing TDs in consecutive
weeks to Emmitt Smith, Warrick Dunn and now Stecker. Think Kevan
Barlow and Shaun Alexander look like good plays the next couple
- Whoever came up with the idea for that Michael Vick simulator
ride commercial, very nicely done. My compliments.
- I'm not even going to comment on the Steve McNair debacle this
And The Winner Is
Some great choices this week but the Green Bay secondary really
went above and beyond the call of duty sucking it up and helping
create stellar fantasy days for Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and
Brandon Stokley. There was still enough to go around for Marvin
Harrison and an injured Edgerrin James to get in on the act. Yep,
Green Bay secondary, and we'll throw in the coaching staff as
well, take top spot on the FF In The Groin Wall of Shame this