The top stat producers are littered with guys pulled off the waiver
wire. It’s getting Gad-iculous!
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Roy Williams (7-117, 3 TD) –
No, not the guy who caught the late, what was McNabb thinking
on that pass, interception that claimed victory from the jaws
of defeat Monday night for the Cowboys. The other guy. That receiver
guy. Oh, you remember, he was drafted with all the promise of
a next-stud WR back in August. The guy who owns him in your league
is probably hovering around .500 or worse, depending just how
much he bought into “the Lions are one of the most talented
offenses” shtick during preseason.
Well, finally healthy and a Joey Harrington feud perhaps behind
him, Williams hauls in 3 TDs and a buck-seventeen in yardage to
finish as the top receiver this week. It would seem he was surprised
he found the end zone though as the best TD celebration he could
come up with was copying the Steve Smith pose from over a month
ago. Heck Roy, we are all surprised, but if you haven’t
got new material just hand the ball to the referee. That one always
draws praise and gives us some hint this might start to be a more
Samkon Gado (108 Yd, 3 TD) -
Oh my Gado! The Packers roll out their 5th starting RB of the
year (admittedly, ReShard Lee starting was such a blip in time
it should barely count as a full share), and it is once again
time to crank up the fantasy hype machine! Nigerian-born Gado
played for Division I-AA Liberty, and in 9 games as a senior he
carried 138 times for 901 yards and a team high 11 TDs. Well give
me Liberty or give me the Packers, possibly the best 1-7 (now
2-7) team ever. They knock off the heavily favored Falcons, in
Atlanta, and Gadzilla finds the end zone three times. Next up
is the not so stellar Vikings run defense on Monday night. While
a repeat performance is certainly possibly, we may in fact break
the fantasy hype machine at that point. El Gado!
Minnesota Vikings Defense-Special
Teams (INT return TD, kickoff return TD, punt return TD) –
Oh yeah, plus 5 turnovers and a couple of sacks to top it off.
This had to be some kind of fantasy defense record, assuming you
include special team returns in your scoring. I almost didn’t
put them up here because there were a lot of other solid candidates
this week, but 3 TDs is so above and beyond the norm they deserve
the praise. Now, anyone start these guys?
Groin Candidate Honorable Mentions
There were a lot of great candidates this week. The weekly stats
for RB in particular are a who’s-who of waiver wire wonder
Shaun Alexander - Keeps on
truckin’... until I face you in the playoffs, please.
Greg Jones - First Jaguar other
than Fred Taylor to record 100 yards rushing in a game since December
20, 2001. Other Jaguar 100 yard rushers include James Stewart
and Stacey Mack. Remember when James Stewart scored 5 TDs in a
game back in ’99? Hands down Groin Candidate winner that
Mike Alstott - Those were some
nice Larry Johnson impressions.
Adrian Peterson - For the last
time, no, I don’t know why the Bears spent such a high draft
pick on a RB!
Chris Simms - I admit, I may
be wrong about you. Maybe.
Joey Galloway - I don’t
think Joey has made the candidate list once this year, but he
is certainly in the running for a season ending award. Just keeps
producing every single week.
Lee Evans - Thank you Lee for
preventing the Bills from losing 3-0!
Matt Jones - When a 6’6”,
240 lb. guy is booting it downfield and creating separation from
defenders with his sub-4.4 speed, it was only a matter of time
before Byron Leftwich started getting him the ball more.
Mike, I faced the worst team in the league this
week but 3 Samkon Gado TDs later, I don’t like my chances
heading into Monday night. Meanwhile, as a Vikings fan, I'm supposed
to celebrate a win that featured 137 total yards of offense, a
third of that coming on the final drive? I'm going to take up
I’m going to try woodworking myself, Steve. Of course maybe
I shouldn’t be using any sharp tools until fantasy season
is officially over.
I have never done this before, but somehow I just
had to let someone know about what happened to my team this week.
I would like to nominate Gus Frerotte for Groin Shot of the Week.
Not that he put up the best numbers of anyone, but because I was
playing a team that my wife had taken over a couple of weeks ago
when the owner dropped out (record 2-7). She had to make a free
agent move at QB due to injury. The pickings were pretty slim,
so she settled for “In Gus We Trust”. I knew the Pats
secondary was in shambles, but come on, this was the guy who head-butted
a wall and has barely been hanging on to his starting job, so
I was not too worried. Well you know the rest. There cannot be
many worse things in life than losing to your wife in Fantasy
Football and having the rest of the league let you know about
it. This loss could keep me from winning my division! Keep up
the great work.
Now we all know Jeff. Was I not supposed to publish this email?
In my best Nelson Muntz voice: “Ha ha!” (Seriously
though, never put yourself in a position where you have to play
against the wife in fantasy football. Next time put the family
goldfish in charge of the defunct team.)
Comments From The Couch
- You know it is a tough league when head coaches are falling
left and right due to injury. We already have Mike Martz on
injured reserve, out for the season. Brian Billick was questionable
this week with broken ribs and now Mike Tice looks to have a
strained MCL. Adding insult to injury, anyone think any of these
guys will be employed as head coaches next year? Better get
treatment right away before the benefits are cut off.
- No joke needed. This 60 minute stat line pretty much speaks
for itself... Cody Pickett: 1 completion on 13 attempts for
28 yards, 1 INT.
- From the San Jose Mercury News, Head Coach Mike Nolan, "finally
admits Niners not ready to win the West." In other news,
it's windy in Chicago. Just ask Robbie Gould, who had one FG
attempt apparently travel further wide right than it did towards
the goal post.
- Even though I've watched the Nathan Vasher 108 yard TD return
about a half dozen times now, I still can't believe that first
wave of 49ers missed him on the spin move. Best way to describe
those guys is they lumber down the field, but spread out for
- Although there are no sure things in fantasy football, this
is close to money in the bank... Mike Krueger does the weekly
FF Today player projections. Invariably one is especially outside
the box. This
past week, Lee Evans projected as a top 5 receiver this
week (6-90, 1 TD), far exceeding any of Evans' prior week performances.
Krueger gets called out on the forums about how lousy the projections
are. Bing-bang-boom, Evans goes off to the tune of 66 yards,
2 TD and lands in the top 5. This has been happening all year.
Props to Mike's crystal noggin' ... er, I mean crystal ball,
and the call out person each week too.
- A week ago, Michael Vick indicated he is tired of the criticism
he receives as a non-conventional QB, even when they are winning
ball games. After dropping a home game to a 1 win team, brace
yourself Mike, because here comes that wave of critique once
- We can be pretty sure Gruden should not get identical praise
as Dick Vermeil received the week before for going for the win
in the final seconds instead of settling for the tie. He in
fact went for the tie, the kicker bunged it up, and got lucky
on the penalty call bringing them a yard closer. But hey, you
know what they say. You have to be good to be lucky, and lucky
to be good.
- In our FF Today staff league the average score hovers around
120. I beat Krueger this week 174-170.
Woo-hoo! Now let's see if he edits this out...
- Can the Colts go 16-0? Well, putting on my psychologists
hat on for a minute (as I do many minutes in a day), might I
suggest it better for their Super Bowl aspirations that they
do not go 16-0. There was a lot of hype (a.k.a. distraction)
last year about the TD passing record which meant nothing come
playoff time. This could turn out to be very similar. It couldn't
hurt to feel a little bit vulnerable so as not to take another
team for granted, even when they do have home field advantage.
- At least the Rams big guns - Bulger, Holt and Bruce - were
back in the fold this week. Definitely the timing was off but
it will come. Why are they faking a FG early in a 3-0 game on
the road? Is Martz back too?
- For the individual defensive players in the crowd, there
were some unbelievable high scores this week on the defensive
side. In one league I started Mike Peterson, London Fletcher,
Cato June and Will Witherspoon at LB for what had to be a league
record for one week scoring at that position. Simeon Rice, Nick
Barnett, Demorrio Williams, Darren Sharper and Darrent Williams
among others were also off the charts in fantasy scoring this
- Yeah, yeah, yeah... Losman is back in charge of the Bills
offense apparently. I can't say I'm happy about it honestly.
The first TD pass to Evans was under thrown and the second was
just an amazing catch by Evans. Too bad the Bills will not be
facing Eric "Burnt Toast" Warfield every week. The Bills really
had little business winning that game except Trent Green kept
getting the white jerseys and the blue jerseys mixed up. Ah
well, a win is a win and we'll take it. On the horizon, Chargers,
Panthers, Broncos, Bengals and each division opponent. Yikes!
Can we have last year's second half schedule back, please?
And The Winner Is…
Domo arigato, Mr. Sam Gado.
Special thanks for the FF
Today Forums Geeks for all the Sam Gado nicknames and play
on words. Thanks to Moose Knuckle for pointing me to the Mike