Wednesday, November 16, 2005

By The Numbers - Week 10

It’s time for a look at the fantasy numbers for week 10. The 23 Club was very popular, and descendants of ancient and mythical people (Gado!) ruled the football world. Poor Giants …

Gado Rules!

Samkon Gado, that mythical creature from the land of cheese, saved my bacon this week with a stunning 23 fantasy points (108 combined yards rushing & receiving, 3 TDs) . Oh yeah, Shaun Alexander wasn’t too shabby either. He ran for 165 yards and 3 TDs, piling up 26 fantasy points. How ‘bout that tunapounders, three deathmatch wins in a row!

How many different ways can a QB come up with 23 fantasy points? Peyton, Ron Mexico and Chris Simms all found a way, each of which involved three TDs. Honorable mention in the 23 Club goes to Roy Williams for his 3 TD + 117 receiving yards bonanza against the pitiful Cardinals.

From stellar to outstanding, the Carolina defense did it again. They rolled up three sacks, four picks, two fumble recoveries and a TD for 28 fantasy points, tops for the week. These boys are for real, and if they can get past Da Bears this weekend, I smell home-field advantage comin’ …

Football Fools

Trent Green fell with a thud, with three picks and a fumble to go with no TDs and 220 yards passing. Hooray, negative 4 fantasy points! Where’s that second-half surge, KC?

Oh yes, we had more crappy QB play from the likes of Kyle Orton (sleeper or asleep?), Brooks Bollinger (walking dead) and Kyle Boller (somebody knock this guy out again). Each one had at least 3 picks and all were in negative fantasy point country. I pity the fool who started one of these three wannabes …

Everyone marvel at the New York Giants’ inability to close the deal. They shut down the Minnesota Vikings’ offense (12 yards rushing, love that RBBC) and still managed to lose 24-21 on three returns for TDs (INT, kickoff, punt) and a last second FG by Paul Edinger. The NFC East is truly up for grabs …

This Week in Fantasy History

This week, we take a look at a week 11 performance by a quarterback who some would argue is the greatest of all time. For reference, we fast forward one year to one of the weirdest QB performances in recent history.

In the 1995 season, the Green Bay Packers rode the arm of Brett Favre to a 35-28 victory against the Chicago Bears. Brett’s numbers for the day: 336 yards passing and 5 TDs for a tasty 30 fantasy points.

In the 1996 season, the Arizona Cardinals were in the process of recycling Boomer Esiason. Now, anytime a QB throws 4 picks in one game, you’re thinking “thud”. Our boy Norman, however, also threw for 522 yards and 3 TDs for tidy total of 20 fantasy points. The desert denizens beat the Redskins (waaaahhh!), 37-34 in OT. And to think that this game was tied 3-3 after the first 20 minutes!

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