This week there were a lot of clutch plays, and a lot of not so
clutch plays, plus 2 Redskins in our top 3.
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Clinton Portis (113 Yd, 3 TD) –
Clinton Portis is a Hungry Man. Hungry for some touchdowns. And
what team provides the perfect recipe for solving a TD drought
right now? How about the 49ers, who are fast tracking to earn
back-to-back number 1 overall draft picks. [Aside: The Texans
will have something to say about that. Interesting enough they
do play each other in week 17. Do you think Reggie Bush and Matt
Leinhart will be watching that one?] By the way Clinton, loved
the cart wheels! I must admit I’ve never done cart wheels
at my job.
LaMont Jordan (162 Yd, 3 TD) –
This is what we like to see. A guy asks to shoulder the load,
the team, with their season slipping away and top offensive weapon
unable to get out of first gear, lets him shoulder the load, and
he delivers... big time! Unfortunately I pulled out the completely
irrational, highly controversial “he’s playing against
my favorite team so I don’t want him to do well” start/bench
strategy, sitting Jordan down in place of Brian Westbrook. Fortunately,
it didn’t cost me the win, just a couple more notches upward
on the stress-o-meter, which is par for the course ‘round
Mark Brunell (252 Yd, 3 TD) -
You know what I like about this pick, is that normally when Team
A blows out Team B, then Team A’s RB probably went crazy,
but Team A’s QB throws hardly any passes and ends up with
pedestrian fantasy output even though he is playing against a
bad defense. Not so in this case. Brunell did only throw 20 pass
attempts. He did only have 13 pass completions. But... wow! Over
250 yards and 3 TD as Brunell continues his push for Comeback
Player of the Year. He’s got my vote. Brunell has thrown
for over 250 yards in 4 of his 5 starts (226 in the other) and
2 or more TD in every one of his starts. No wonder we haven’t
heard many over the hill Joe Gibbs jokes lately.
I received some more mail last week in support of fathers everywhere
trying to keep the kids in line so we can manage our fantasy football
teams, and maybe even watch a game or two, if we’re lucky.
Here is a great one from Brian:
Hey Mike, Here is a tip a number of the Dads in
my league have come up with: We get together to watch the games,
follow our teams and watch our kids... ala Daddy Day Care. This
accomplishes a couple of things:
1. Strength in numbers... We're able to play a pretty strong
zone on the kids and still keep up on what's going on with our
2. Good opportunity for in-game and family taunting: "I
can't believe you took Holmes ahead of Alexander... oh, yeah...
and your kid crapped his pants."
3. The wives leave the house during this and go shopping,
making us look like heroes (hopefully adding "action"
to the post-game festivities).
Love the website... keep up the good work.
Great idea Brian! Hmm... are you more or less enthusiastic for
the post-game “action” after a big fantasy win or
loss that day? For anyone out there who did not answer, “I’m
just as enthusiastic either way,” then it might be time
to re-evaluate the priorities.
I have a 5 year old, two 3 year olds, and a newborn.
Luckily, my wife is super understanding and gives me Sunday as
my one day of a break. Needless to say, I’m working hard
in the morning so that I can watch the games during the day, but
I’ll take that tradeoff. Occasionally, I’ll give up
the Sunday night game and just catch bits and pieces of it with
her. So, the trick is having a wife that can tolerate the craziness
of a football fanatic.
Oh believe me Travis, considering how much time I spend working
on this “hobby”, my wife fits the bill for understanding.
With 4 kids under 6 though, it sounds like you are also a proponent
of Brian’s post-game “action” ritual. Maybe
the wife gives you a day of football to slow down on the kid producing,
but hey, whatever works...
Honestly, these are the 5 WR I drafted:
1. Javon Walker
2. Darrell Jackson
3. Michael Clayton
4. Derrick Mason
5. Charles Rodgers
Have more sex, Bruce. That’s all I can suggest at this
Comments From The Couch
- After a couple sub-par games by Larry Johnson is appears
the committee approach is back in full force in Kansas City.
That's just dandy.
- If it wasn't for fantasy football, no one in the entire country
would have sat up and taken notice of Sage Rosenfels' 77 yard
TD pass to Chris Chambers with under 3:00 minutes in the ball
- Call me crazy, but I think Ricky Williams came back for the
money instead of love of the game.
- Props to the Cleveland Browns fan who brought out the sign:
"Thanks Detroit for taking our trash", referring to former Brown
and new Lion starting QB Jeff Garcia. Then the Browns current
QB Trent Dilfer throws for less than 100 yards, 3 INTs, all
the entire offense can muster is a FG, and Garcia working without
the team's top 3 WR (although this is debatable) and coming
off a broken leg scrambles to score a TD in the game. Back to
that particular fan... you loser.
- If it is any consolation to Mike Martz, I've tried to call in offensive
plays from my living room to lots of different teams in the past and been
rejected every time.
- I should have known Dallas Clark was due for a TD - his first
this season - this week after I unceremoniously dumped him onto
the waiver wire last Thursday. Works every time. Don't even
get me started about CB Sheldon Brown who got the heave-ho after
week 3 only to score a TD in back-to-back games and recovered
a crucial fumble off Reche Caldwell to seal the win over the
Chargers this week.
- Which brings me to the Chargers... oh, man, what a disaster.
Last year in the playoffs Nate Kaeding missed a 40-yard game
winning FG try in overtime. This one this week, up by 4 points
and a 40-yard FG attempt blocked and returned for an Eagles
TD with less than 3:00 minutes remaining, was in fact Kaeding's
first miss since the playoff gaffe. I didn't know kickers used
the philosophy, "if you're going to miss, miss big".
- There were some really clutch kickers this week. The anti-Kaedings
if you will. Detroit's Jason Hanson from 50-yards for the win.
Seattle's Josh Brown from 50 for the win. And last but certainly
not least, Minnesota's Paul Edinger's from 56 for the win to
end the game! How will the Vikings celebrate that one?!? Ah,
maybe just a quiet night at home...
- Remember Drew Bledsoe's criticism of Keyshawn Johnson for
a late but ultimately meaningless fumble against the Eagles
because the Cowboys had the game in hand a couple weeks back?
Bledsoe's message was something to the effect, "we can't have
those mistakes." Very true, Drew. Very true. Nice pass right
to Justin Babineaux by the way. Did the funny colored Seattle
jerseys camouflage him amongst the field turf?
- For those that didn't see it, just take my word that the
Rams defensive TD was a joke.
- For the love of all that is holy, I know David Carr spent
his custom 5 times on his ass against the Colts, but how in
a game the Texans ultimately lose by 18 does the QB throw only
9 pass attempts, 6 completions for 48 yards?
- The Steelers only had 2 different receivers catch passes,
yet 4 different players run for positive yardage. That is a
- There were some truly horrible QB performances this week,
as 10 starters didn't even crack 150 yards passing. The distinction
of good to bad QBs though - Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick
- is that they still manage to score 2 TDs and win the game.
Josh McCown was the only other to grab a win thanks mostly to
a defensive TD.
- Nice, nice clutch effort by Eli Manning and the Giants in
their come from behind miracle win. That is back-to-back weeks
no one has covered Jeremy Shockey in the waning minutes of the
ball game. You'd think someone would pick up on that.
- Is Mike Anderson the main guy for Denver? Is Tatum Bell?
Your best bet is to start either one against a bad defense and
look for a good reason not to start either one against a good
defense. And overriding all that is, trade them if you can.
It will save you the headache in the long run.
- Do the Patriots lead charmed lives, or are the Bills, Dolphins
and Jets just idiots? I'd say a little from column A and a little
from column B. The Patriots do absolutely nothing this week
(bye week), and come out of it all alone in 1st place in the
AFC East. Nicely done boys. Nicely done.
And The Winner Is…
How is it there is a team in one of my leagues with Steven Jackson
and Clinton Portis as his top runners, and his record is 1-5?
Better question: Why am I playing him this week of all weeks?
I outscored that team every week for the first 6 weeks, but needless
to say, he is now 2-5. All good choices again this week. Actually,
Tomlinson could have got some recognition this week for far underachieving
expectations. We didn’t even touch on that. Let’s
go with Portis. Unfortunately (or fortunately) they don’t
play the 49ers again so whose to say if we will see any more cart
wheels in the near future from him.