Wednesday, December 21, 2005

By The Numbers - Week 15

It’s time for a look at the fantasy numbers for week 15. For true believers, three Redskins delivered big in the fantasy and reality worlds. Cowboy lover? Maybe next year … now which rookie receiver will make his mark on fantasy history this week?

Hail to the Playoffs

Mark Brunell put together the best QB performance of the week (4 TDs, 163 mistake-free passing yards) and rewarded his owners with 27 fantasy points. To sleep, perchance to dream … of the playoffs! Playoffs?

Of course, someone had to be on the receiving end of Brunell’s magic, and this week’s lucky winner was Chris Cooley. This combination RB/TE pulled in three of Mark’s missives for TDs, totaling 71 receiving yards and 21 fantasy points. Yes, I did start him at TE in Fanball’s BTE!

Finally, there’s the Washington defense. With 7 sacks, 4 turnovers and only 7 points allowed, Griffin, Daniels and company rewarded fantasy starters with 19 fantasy points.

For honorable mention, we can throw in Tiki Barber (24 fantasy points) and the Ravens defense (26 fantasy points). But hey, it’s my column, so we’ll talk about my Redskins!

Awww Hail

Let’s see, three INTs and a fumble recovery for the Redskins defense, who was so generous with his gift-giving? Ah yes, it was Boo-hoo Bledsoe who rewarded his owners with 1 fantasy point, though that was a late-gift from the Redskins on a cheapo TD …. Grrr.

For real stinko fantasy performances, how about Brett Favre & Aaron Rodgers? Between the two of them, they made every Packer fan cringe in embarrassment with their 209 combined passing yards, three picks and two fumbles. Not that anyone started both QBs, but negative 7 fantasy points between them? Favre owners should be thankful for Sherman’s mercy killing …

Speaking of dishonorable mention, it looks like we have four RBs in a pie this week. Taking advantage of their limited opportunities, Ciatrick Fason, Dominic Rhodes, Hedley Lamar Gordon and Obafemi Ayanbadejo each managed a fumble combined with zero or negligible yards for negative two fantasy points. For those of you thinking about slipping in Rhodes for your fantasy championship sleeper … don’t do it!

This Week in Fantasy History

This week, we take a look at a memorable week 16 performance by a now ancient wide receiver.

In 1996, rookie Eddie Kennison had a career day in the St. Louis Rams 34-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. With 226 yards receiving and three TDs on only 5 catches, Kennison racked up a total of 29 fantasy points. Hard to believe the old man has been around that long … hope his current owners aren’t expecting anything similar this weekend. After all, he doesn’t have Tony Banks throwing the football to him now, does he?

BTW - Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

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