Scoring was down this week folks, at least it was for those players
in most peoples starting lineups.
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Emmitt Smith (127 RuYd, 1 RuTD, 1
PaTD) - The starting RB that no one wanted back on draft
day. Over the hill or not, playing in a brutal offense or not,
count this as the third game in four tries that "old"
Emmitt has scored a TD. That is way better than a lot of RBs that
fantasy owners have been frustrated and suffering with since opening
kickoff back in week 1. And not only that but Emmitt also tossed
a TD and topped 120 rushing yards in this game. Washed up? Not
yet. Not against the 'Aints anyway. Whether by keen insight or
bye week cover (i.e. dumb luck), here's hoping he was in your
starting lineup this week.
Jonathan Wells (105 RuYd, 1 TD)
- Who was desperate enough at RB to take a stab at Wells and insert
him in the lineup? You had to be pretty desperate. Domanick Davis
was questionable so still a possible start up until Friday. Highly
touted Tony Hollings was lurking in the background waiting for
his opportunity to start and show what he is made of. Certainly
Wells, unceremoniously shoved down the depth chart last season
when Davis and Hollings (and Stacey Mack) showed up, was not expected
to be anything but a distant memory for fantasy owners from the
Texans inaugural season. So I understand the Texans implemented
a new zone blocking scheme this year. Apparently there is something
Priest Holmes (125 RuYd, 2 TD)
- Why is FF In The Groin late this week? Well, I had a terrible
gnawing feeling in my gut yesterday that bad things were going
to happen, and I was pretty sure Priest Holmes was going to be
the culprit. So I left this slot "open" and ready for
him to justify earning it on Monday night. Sure enough here he
is. See, when I awoke Monday morning and cruised through all my
fantasy scores, I had to check them 3 or 4 times. In all of my
head-to-head leagues I was staring at a 9-0 record for week 4.
9-and-0! That is unprecedented!
Of course it wasn't official yet. In three leagues I was playing
against Holmes. Mind you, my lead was still pretty comfortable
in all of them. As long as he only had an average Holmes game
of 100 yards and 1 TD, I'd be fine. He was playing the Ravens,
so I couldn't really ask for better timing to face him outside
of the Chiefs bye week, now could I? OMG, what the hell was that?!?
Almost 40 minutes of possession for the Chiefs? Against a run
first team with Jamal Lewis facing the sieve like Chiefs run D?
How many long 3rd downs did the Chiefs convert with the likes
of Chris Horn and Johnnie Morton at WR? Friggin' ridiculous.
Hey, I'll take the 7-2 record for the week and not complain too
much, but it was still a kick in the groin. I'm sure it was for
a lot of you guys too, whether you faced him or, Heaven forbid,
This contest is not for me. Just let me draft and play the waiver
wire and I'm happy. Barring a 3 TD night from Priest Holmes -
hey, I'm not saying it can't happen - then I am looking at registering
9 wins and 0 losses in my head-to-head matches this week. (Wrote
this prior to MNF. Turned out 2 TD and 125 yards did the trick.)
A rare result for sure, but one that highlights my frustration
with this FFTOC contest picking a new lineup every week. It is
not my cup of tea right now. I didn't even check Waldman's and
Krueger's lineups as I'm sure they topped my score.
First of all, kickers and team defense have always been the bane
of my existence. I don't like them, and they don't like me. It
is that simple. But, to play the game I've got to roll the dice
like everyone else. For the love of all things holy, how can the
Packers only score 1 TD coming off a loss, in which they scored
31 points, playing at home in a quote "must win" game
to avoid falling to 1-3. Yep, that's my kicker this week, Ryan
Longwell and all 1 point he brought to the table.
The defense? Well, let's just say a team that scored a grand
total of 25 points in their prior 3 games dropped 34 on them all
of a sudden. Why I picked up the Jets off waivers in one league,
yet went with a different team here, I cannot explain.
Further more, it's not like I didn't know there was some risk
with the lineup, because I have approached this thing with the
idea of saving some players for later, but the guys I've gone
with just have not capitalized on their opportunities. There should
have been 2 more TD for me that I know about. I wasn't even watching
much of the Giants-Packers or Saints-Cards games, but by sheer
coincidence I flipped channels just in time to watch Kurt Warner
throw a poor fade pass to Amani Toomer in the end zone. That was
one lost TD. Then I amazingly watched Aaron Brooks throw the exact
same, poor, fade pass to Aaron Stecker. That was another lost
TD. Is someone laughing at me up there? It sure seems like it.
Anyway, only a quarter of the way through the season in this
contest and I'm not giving up. My optimism is waning however.
Comments From The Couch
· CBS' StatTrax or GameTrax or whatever they called it.
Honestly, it was just too much having constant rolling player
stats on the screen. I must have seen "A. Davis - 37 yards"
about 200 times as the leading Browns receiver in that game until
he finally caught his second pass in the 4th quarter.
· If Lee Suggs has to prove himself to win the starting
job back from William Green, he isn't wasting any time doing so.
82 yards and 1 TD on 22 carries is pretty impressive for his first
game action in over a month.
· There's a reason Jonathan Quinn, now in his 7th year
in the NFL, had less than 130 pass attempts in his entire career
prior to making his first start since 2001 Sunday against the
Eagles. That was Ugly with a capital "U".
· If this keeps up then heads will roll in Green Bay.
The Giants did what they could to lose the game and the Pack still
couldn't take advantage. Memo to Kurt Warner: There is a time
and place for a hook slide, but inside a yard from the end zone,
· How would you like to be the pint size trainer guy for
the Jags asked to smack big 6'7" 325+ lb. DT John Henderson
across the face before the game? I would take the upstart Jags
more seriously except I can't get out of my head that some of
them, as pointed out by my wife, made a guest appearance on TLC's
While You Were Out. Married guys should know what this is. Single
guys who don't know, keep it that way. (Yes, I'm being intentionally
vague on whether I mean stay single or not knowing what that TV
· Only 2 catches for Jerry Porter and 3 interceptions
plus 2 fumbles later, that was a very short ride on the Kerry
· What do you mean why isn't Amos Zereoue a Groin candidate
this week? No one in their right mind actually started him this
week, right? Note I thought you guys were desperate who used Jonathan
· Byron Leftwich more than doubled his high passing yards
for the season with 318 and 1 TD. The new rule is, start any QB
facing the Colts. Not only does the Colts D blow, but just seeing
Peyton Manning chuck the ball everywhere around the field seems
to inspire some confidence that these opposing QB can actually
do what they are paid for - throw the damn ball - instead of playing
so close to the vest all the time.
· And the rule of defense is, start any team against the
Dolphins no matter what QB they decide to throw in there. Oh wait,
we've been on this one since week 1. Fantasy owners are getting
so tuned into this rule, the Jets were probably a high waiver
pick 2 weeks ago, heading into their bye.
· From the "no one saw this coming" file, the
Chargers have scored the 3rd most points in the league.
· One of the more interesting games of the day for me
was watching 2nd year QB Ben Roethlisberger and 1st year QB Carson
Palmer meet in a key division game. Ha ha ha. I said that wrong,
didn't I? Well, Ben Roe did look more poised of the two. Bengals
fans are calling for Palmer to get the hook but both these guys
are going to be quality players for years to come.
· Kevan Barlow owners, I now give you the official go
ahead to PANIC!
· Much to my surprise, the Bucs Michael Pittman looked
invigorated returning to his first action off a suspension. The
Bucs offense is so dismal though, I'm sure that extra enthusiasm
will wear off soon enough.
· I would be remiss if I failed to mention that awesome
one handed grab by the Chargers Reche Caldwell over the head of
Samari Rolle, turned into a 58 yard TD. That was sweet. Think
Caldwell wants to see Drew Brees head to the bench in favor of
Philip Rivers? I think not.
· Things were looking okay heading into the 4th quarter,
but other than that I'm not even going to mention the Bills debacle
And The Winner Is
While Priest Holmes was my personal winner this week (and please,
feel free to choose your own as I'm sure Barlow owners have already
done 3 of 4 weeks so far this season), he seems too obvious a
choice for the big award. Using a complicated formula combining
unexpected fantasy production and the probability of being in
fantasy starting lineups this week, our winner is Emmitt Smith.