An abbreviated version this week! Ah, the fantasy playoffs... when
studs disappoint, early season duds go nuts, and we pledge to retire
from this hobby for good. And this time, we mean it! (Until next
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Matt Hasselbeck (226 Yd, 4 TD) –
For a team that can score at will against one of the worst teams
in the league. For a team that has a RB chasing the record for
rushing TDs in a season. For a team that completely stifled their
prior week opponent with a shutout, and is playing against a rookie
QB who apparently has never held an NFL size football before (rolling
my eyes), why the flip is Hasselbeck playing bombs away here to
the tune of 4 TDs?!? For the love of God Holmgren, get Alexander
that record! NO! I just checked my schedule... do NOT get him
the record this week. That’s a no-go on the Alexander Express.
Keep it going with Hasselbeck until I get into week 16. Why do
I feel this cry for help is falling on deaf ears?
Ryan Moats (114 Yd, 2 TD) –
You know the old fantasy theory, draft from good offenses? Hard
to believe way back in pre-season the Eagles qualified as one
of those good offenses. And now, all of QB Donovan McNabb, RB
Brian Westbrook and WR Terrell Owens are rehabbing, rehabbing,
and, well, throwing himself a big birthday bash. At any rate,
who was desperate enough at RB this week to pull Ryan Moats off
the waiver wire? Uh oh, still looks like a RBBC to the max. Okay,
who was desperate enough to start this guy? All 11 carries later
Moats has a buck-ten in yardage plus a pair of TDs. I’ll
bet the LaDainian Tomlinson owners out there who played against
Moats this week weren’t expecting quite that result, now
Chris Chambers (8-121, 2 TD) –
This guy is starting to get on my nerves. I’m getting a
bad Billy Volek-Drew Bennett déjà vu memory (shudder)
from a year ago, without the Volek side of things as Chambers
has excelled with 2 different QBs. And wouldn’t you know
it, I face Chambers this week. Now I’m definitely getting
a sinking feeling about Chambers. Remember when I banned any mention
of Volek or Bennett on the forums last year? Expect more of the
same next week! ... that is, if we can get our forums back up.
Comments From The Couch
- Down by 4 points with 2:09 remaining, crucial 4th-and-2 for
the Cardinals from the Redskins 29 yard line. The absolute worst
rushing team in the league. (Would you believe over 15 yards
per game worse than the 31st ranked rushing team?) "You know
Denny, I think we should run the ball here. You know, fool 'em."
- Texans tanking? If you aren't at least a little skeptical
after witnessing that FG "attempt" (and I use that word loosely)
by Kris Brown, then I don't think anything is going to convince
- For the current (or perennial, in the case of the Bills)
lower echelon teams in the NFL, and the idea of tanking, it
brings up an interesting question about whether, as fans, we
should be okay with the fact our home team loses what amounts
to a meaningless game so they can get a better rookie draft
pick position next April. My motto has always been: Win you
idiots... and draft better than the other teams no matter where
you're picking from!
- Gado's forward pass Sunday night. Yeah, I think that was
his intent. Seemed like I was rolling my eyes at a lot of the
football I witnessed in week 14.
- I'm about done discussing the Bills in this column. I don't
think I need to explain why.
And The Winner Is…
On the advice of our very own resident Gut Check, I drafted Ryan
Moats as a late round flier for pretty much every one of my teams
this year. He is no longer on any of those teams. Congrats on
your first Groin award Mr. Moats.