Wednesday, November 02, 2005

By The Numbers - Week 8

Time for a look at the fantasy numbers for week 8. Hope you weren’t snake-bitten, left standing at the gates or kicking yourself for starting the wrong guys.

When You're Hot

Jake Plummer – The Snake pulled out one his best performances to throw for 309 yards and 4 TDs. Top it off with 22 yards rushing and you get 31 fantasy points. Wouldn’t you know, he’s getting hot just in time for the bye week …

Antonio Gates – 145 yards receiving and three TDs = 26 fantasy points in a stellar Chargers win over Gonzo and crew. Now you know why you drafted this stud so early. BTW, Tony had a pretty good day too, with a score and 97 yards receiving for 10 fantasy points.

How many of you started Jay Feely or Joe Nedney and benefited from their respective 5 FG performances? Not a bad way to roll up 19+ fantasy points …

Skinned …

It’s not very often that an entire team turns in such a flat performance, fantasy or otherwise, but the Washington football club managed to do just that. After devastating the Niners to the tune of 52-17 and racking up a total of 57 fantasy points, the Redskins flatlined against the Giants.

If you started the fab four of Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Chris Cooley, you were rewarded with a total of negative 4 points. Brunell had 65 yards passing and a pick, Portis rushed for 9 yards, Moss totaled a measly 34 yards receiving and dropped a ball, and Cooley fell shy of 20 yards receiving and contributed a fumble of his own. I think the ’91 season stat totals are safe for another year …

Speaking of the 49ers - so much for counting on them to make your roster a lock for fantasy points. Chris Simms showed little paternal resemblance to Phil Simms, turning a 264 yard, one TD days into a 5 fantasy point stinker with three turnovers. His day was all the more painful for me personally since I turned down a trade offer of Portis for Jake Delhomme (yeah, 0 vs. 24 points, the difference in winning and losing the week).

Finally, let’s all wave a long goodbye to Mr. Daunte Culpepper. I say we officially christen this ship (the bad boat?) the SS Bust

This Week in Fantasy History

This week, we take a look at a week 9 performance by a forgotten Redskins RB and give props to a missed week 8 performance by an erstwhile Eagle.

Terry Allen, Pro-Bowler and soon-to-become journeyman, wowed the home crowd against the Colts in a 31-16 victory. Terry piled up 124 rushing yards and 3 TDs for 24 fantasy points. Just three years later, Allen was on the RB merry-go-round with successive seasons in New England, New Orleans and Baltimore.

In week 8 of the 1996 season, Irving Fryar had a career day when he hauled in 8 balls for 116 yards and 4 TDs against the Miami Dolphins – in just three quarters! That’s 29 fantasy points, and Philly needed every point he scored to hold off the Phish to win 35-28.

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