Wednesday, September 21, 2005

By The Numbers - Week 2

Time for a look at the fantasy numbers for week 2 – prepare to be swayed, disgusted and reminded …

The Pendulum Swings

What do Donovan McNabb, Trent Dilfer and Santana Moss have in common? They all reversed their previous weekend’s performance, and all three led their respective teams to excellent fantasy and real-life performances. Here’s a look at the game and fantasy numbers (using standard Yahoo scoring):

Donovan McNabb (5 points in week #1) – 5 TDs, 342 yards passing, 1 fumble = 34 fantasy points in a 42-3 dismantling of the 49ers.

Trent Dilfer (5 points in week #1) – 3 TDs, 336 yards passing = 24 fantasy points in a thrilling 26-24 road victory over the sinking Packers.

Santana Moss (4 points in week #1) – 2 TDs, 159 yards receiving = 19 fantasy points in a stunning 14-13 MNF comeback over the hated Cowboys.

Abandon Ship?

What do Peyton Manning, Jamal Lewis and Michael Bennett have in common? They all disappointed fantasy players everywhere with incredibly bad numbers. Here’s a look at the fantasy numbers (using standard Yahoo scoring):

Peyton Manning (2nd greatest QB never to win the big game): 122 yards passing and a pick for a total of zero fantasy points. Good thing for his owners that he only plays against Jacksonville twice a year!

Jamal Lewis (ex-con and ex-stud): 9 yards rushing, 32 yards receiving and one fumble for a total of -1 fantasy point. You expect more from the guy who holds the record for most rushing yards in a game.

Michael Bennett (oft-injured RB of the worst RBBC in the league): 36 yards rushing, -1 yard receiving and two fumbles for a total of -3 fantasy points.

Honorable mention goes to Daunte Culpepper: 236 yards passing, 5 picks. One rushing TD at the end of the game saved him from a second consecutive week in negative fantasy territory.

This Week in Fantasy History

This week, fantasy football history leads us to a game that most fantasy players involved would rather forget.

In week 3 of 2000, the Philadelphia Eagles traveled to the land of cheese to take on the Green Bay Packers. The final score was 6-3. Total fantasy points for the non-kicking offensive players on both rosters combined: 14 (164 yards rushing, 243 yards receiving/passing, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble). The starting QBs were Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre.

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