People who bought the Larry Johnson lottery ticket back on draft
day are smiling this week.
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Drew Brees (339 Yd, 4 TD) –
Two weeks ago we had only 4 QB throw 2 TD passes and just 2 other
QB throw 3 TD, which happened to occur in the Monday night game
as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning saved us from near fantasy QB
futility in week 9. This week, 13 QB tossed 2 or more TD, and
7 of those hit 3 or more. Trent Green? Byron Leftwich? Kurt Warner?
Guys I thought it was comfortable to say we’ve given up
on this year. Well, as much as my value draft principles tell
me he shouldn’t be a nominee this week, Drew Brees gets
the nod as he was the only QB to throw 4 TD passes. And all in
the first half no less. Nice effort Drew. Deep down Philip Rivers
must really loathe you, don’t you think? I hope Rivers decided
to rent instead of buy in the San Diego area. He probably already
has his belongings packed up and the movers booked. Destination:
Larry Johnson (211 RuYd, 2 TD) -
Every time I see Larry Johnson’s name I can’t help
but think of my worst fantasy mis-management move of the year.
Back on October 20th, after week 6, so off of three straight weeks
of LJ doing very little ... 8, 7 and 13 carries for a grand total
of 100 yards and 0 TD in the three games ... I was offered (check
that: someone else proposed) Larry Johnson, Chris Perry and Eric
Moulds for Randy Moss and Darrent Williams. Moss was injured but
expected back in week 7, which he was. As you can guess since
this is a mis-management move, I declined the trade. From my perspective,
LJ was a backup, Perry was a backup and Moulds was okay, picking
up some steam with Kelly Holcomb at QB. Man, how that trade would
have helped me in which is by far my worst league this season.
Dallas Clark (6-125, 1 TD) –
Called it. I called Clark a TE sleeper way back in the preseason.
Drafted him in a bunch of leagues. Yep, he was going to be the
value pick at TE this year. It was simple math. Marcus Pollard
2004 + Clark 2004 = Clark 2005, right? What’s that you say?
I can’t say, “called it” on a sleeper pick when
it has taken him 11 weeks to do something monumental. Well, okay,
I guess that makes sense. But at least the Colts have thrown away
that boring run, run, run game plan and are back to their high
flying passing ways. I was right about that one? Can I say, “called
it” on that one? Huh? Guys? That’s going to stick
this time, right?
Comments From The Couch
- Cadillac is out of the shop and back cruising down the open
highway. Too bad I lost all faith in him and parked him in the
garage this past week.
- I like Terrell Davis' comments on NFL Total Access as they
were watching Reuben Droughns' 75-yard TD run against the Dolphins:
"It's not the system! It is NOT the system!" Sure Terrell, sure.
In other news, 32 year old former 6th round draft pick Mike
Anderson scored 3 TD Sunday...
- It would seem if I follow the standard set by professional
football writers around the country this week I need to drop
an obligatory Reggie Bush comment into my NFL column. Note to
self: lobby an all-purpose yardage scoring category into my
fantasy league next season. At 1 point per 20 yards, 6 per TD,
Bush collected 37.65 points against Fresno State, outscoring
every pair of RB I started this week in 8 of 10 leagues, and
most of them were at a 1 per 10 yardage rate.
- If Brett Favre retires, then I think a lot of the blame can
fall squarely on the shoulders of Paul Edinger. Those last second
gut wrenching field goals are enough to make anyone hang up
the cleats. I'll say it again for the billionth time: Friggin'
- Apparently many Raven ticket holders were actively selling
their tickets for the Steelers game to Pittsburgh fans, in an
attempt to show the team how disgusted they are with the Ravens
won-loss record this season. Nicely done. I'm no bird expert,
but aren't Ravens and Crows in the same bird family?
- Although I am a Bills fan, and usually forego watching all
other games to catch the Bills game on TV, I was completely
confident the Chargers were going to roll over the Bills in
decisive fashion. Of course I thought it would be more LT and
less Drew Brees, but no matter with the marquee Colts-Bengals
matchup on the schedule I went right to it instead. Thankfully
I didn't miss a play in that one because if you blinked in that
first half, you definitely missed something.
- No need to send me an email telling me about the irony of
the last two points. Thanks, I already caught it.
- I thought it was the Bills run defense that was the problem?
Hasn't the Bills' rebuilding been going on for too many years
now? The sad thing about the Bills rebuilding is it takes them
so long to get one part of the team fixed (although what part
that is escapes me right now), another part gets broken. Back
to the drawing board.
And The Winner Is…
To make up for my poor decision to reject the Larry Johnson trade
offer above, I do own him in one league where I’m gunning
for the title. This is a new contract dynasty league and I got
LJ at auction for a sweet, sweet contract ... $7 for 4 years ...
under a 28 player roster, $250 cap system. Ready for the catch?
If a player finishes in the top 10 but is making less than one-third
of the salary of the top 10 players at his position, he will hold
out the following year for a top 5 salary. Johnson just vaulted
from #13 to #6 in the RB rankings and is definitely underpaid
relative to the other RBs. So much for that sweet contract. In
short, congrats Larry on setting a Chiefs single game record for
rushing yards. And congrats for being our Groin candidate winner