Greetings, league members! Week 9 was a totally different shade than Week 8. We had 3 close calls and one blowout, which is definitely good for business. The celestial being above KNOWS the only way I can put out blog posts is if something happens! And luckily for me, something did!
What did we learn this week?
Philip Rivers is a walking turnover (apple or cherry…your choice!) yet can still put points up on the board. The Eagles are not the real deal….yet. Chicago is not to be taken lightly. Albert Haynesworth is officially a journeyman and I’m sure teams would rather have Mrs Buttersworth @ defensive tackle right now. Either that or one of the Bud Bowl bottles. Such a shame how money affects the mind. A lot of these players are out there killing themselves for million dollar paydays and once they get them, they bomb out like nobody’s business. Become washouts in a matter of years. I can surmise what it is that causes it….but each case is different. I feel Albert just doesn’t care anymore. Legacy doesn’t mean a thing to him when he’s got double digit millions in the bank. I could be wrong but my gut tells me that’s the case for him,..
Rant over. Onto the recap!
The Billy Squier Award (because your team got the big beat…)
18-1, it was a tough week for you. Lowest score of the week and bench full of players afflicted by injuries or catching only one pass a game. You did put your best foot forward, which is commendable. But Gr8est Show decided to step all over that foot and get the largest margin of victory in the process…
You got decent production from your position players but your main bread winners (Eli, Frank, and Mike) came in a couple of slices short of a full loaf. As well as all of those players are in real life, they let you down a bit in fantasy. Toss in Gr8est’s big time performance from Vincent Jackson vs the Pack, Romo’s 30 piece vs Seattle and Ray Rice pushing 20 and you had little shot of getting the W unless you had gotten Herculean efforts from your guys. Tough luck but sometimes we run into teams like that.
The “For Starters, I’m Unlucky” Award (brought to you by Slevin Kelevra, Ben Kingsley and the KC Shuffle)
goes to two recipients again this time, On 3…Ready Break and Dawg Pound Warriors. For 2 separate cases of bad luck.
Let’s start with the closest loss 1st, shall we? Absolute Chaos and Dawg Pound had a case of heads up football: 1 player apiece going head to head on a Monday night. Absolute had the Philly defense and Dawg had LeSean McCoy. Absolute had the lead but LeSean scores points in bunches and was projected to see 23 points. The late NE/NYG game had given Dawg a bit of a boost and he was down 26. So if the Eagles gave up the goose, yet scored a ton of points via the run game, Dawg had a shot. Well…
LeSean had a whale of a game.
…but Matt Forte’s fumble returned for a TD gave Absolute the sort of points you can’t take off the board, causing DPW to catch the loss. Unfortunate for him because he really needed that one to stay close to the middle of the rankings…
Now onto the 2nd matchup…
LXG had a bit of luck on his side. On 3 finished the Sunday Night game looking with a flourish. Flacco hit Torrey Smith on a deep throw to win the game giving him the 127 he ended with. LXG had FOUR guys going Monday night, which seems like a slam dunk but hey, we’ve seen some CRAZY stuff this year…(Side note: LXG? Jackie Battle over Mike Tolbert? Uh….Hmm…WHY!!)
So Monday comes along, and DeSean is of no use. Neither is Jason Avant. But Brent Celek’s resurgence continues to be real for another week and LXG having the Chicago kicker proved to be enough. So all four players combined gave him the margin of victory. On 3 could’ve played Finley over Dickson and won the matchup but hindsight is 20/20. The matchups favored the idea of using Dickson with the Sunday night matchup but one can expect to see Finley in the lineup from here on out. Rodgers be slingin!
(This one isn’t the standard heartbreaker type, where you consider one team to win by a huge margin but they won by less than 10. That type of heartbreaker hurts because you’ve expected to lose big but that false hope that sprouts eternal when your opponent is underperforming? That totally sucks…)
The Silky Johnson Hating Hall of Famer Awards (sponsored by Dave Chappelle) (for being the best @ what they do)
QBs: Aaron Rodgers (54 – bow to his greatness!), Drew Brees (40)
WRs: Vincent Jackson (39 – what a game!), Julio Jones (31 – sure glad his output didn’t cost me!)
RBs: Willis McGahee (28 – I dropped him), Roy Helu (26- was on waivers! Cap’n Checkdown made a star out of him!), Arian Foster(25- namaste!), Reggie Bush(23 – happy for him! – also dropped him!), Mike Tolbert (23- unplayed…yeah, that’s what I said…)
TEs: Rob Gronkowski (24- that final TD was a push-off!), Antonio Gates (23- one of the rare good games for him) Anthony Fasano (17- probably the last time his name is mentioned this SEASON on here.), Jason Witten (17 – steady as she goes), Jake Ballard (16- props for the GW catch, Jake)
Ks: David Akers (16), 3 K with 14
DEFs: Green Bay (16pts – even with 38 pts allowed, 2 pick sixes will do that for you!)
Before I go, I’ve got to make this subtle dig count. I only get one chance, considering I play Butter? only this one week…so let’s dig in the bag of tricks and see what I can come up with, yes?
If you thought you were gonna get the victory against me, you’re nuttier than Ace Ventura in a tutu…
Sometimes we get caught by the Kansas City Shuffle
And with that, we reach the end of another blog post, full of wit, mirth and humorous tidbits. Let’s keep the competition fierce, the waiver wire pickups plentiful and the trade offers fair and equal, unless someone out there offers you a beaut that you just can’t pass up!
Until next week, folks!