Wednesday, January 18, 2006

By The Numbers - Divisional Week

It’s time for a look at the numbers for the divisional playoff round (Hey 19). The Panthers continue what now appears to be their inexorable march to the XL championship, and everyone that figured SA was money ended up in the fantasy red …

Waiting to XL(I)

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer … how soon does the 2006 NFL season start?

Anybody have Jake Delhomme in the office QB pool? He passed for over 300 yards and had three TD strikes, netting a tidy 22 fantasy points (damned INTs). As for the rest, here’s the QB breakdown for last weekend:

Hasselbeck – 215 yards, 1 TD + 1 rushing TD = 17 fantasy points
Roethlisberger – 197 yards, 2 TDs, 1 pick = 13 fantasy points
Manning – 290 yards, 1 TD, 1 phantom pick = 11 fantasy points
Brady – 341 yards, 1 TD, 2 picks = 8 fantasy points
Brunell – 242 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble = 8 fantasy points
Plummer – 197 yards, 1 TD, 1 pick = 7 fantasy points
Grossman – 191 yards, 1 TD, 1 pick = 7 fantasy points

Jake is definitely playing the best QB of the remaining four. Ben’s biggest play of the day was a tackle! Too bad most FF contests don’t count IDP stats …

Steve Smith was joined by Mike “The Marine” Anderson in the two-TD club, but Smith still wins the top fantasy slot with 23 fantasy points, thanks in large part to that fabulous receiving yard total (218). Once again, John Kasay did his takers proud with his 3 FGs and 2 XPs (oops, missed one). With the three hottest offensive players going and a kick-ass defense, can their be any doubt that John Fox will be the next head coach to rack up his first SB win?

Let’s give a special shout-out to Shaun Alexander, who disappointed fantasy players everywhere with his negative 2 fantasy points performance. That’s what happens when you go down in an early heap right after you fumble! At least he gets style points for his rendition of the “Go Team! Fight!” cheer … Sadly, my Redskins simply could not take advantage of the gifts presented by the Hawx and finally succumbed to their own limitations. Here’s to XLI …

War Torn

As has been mentioned here at LOCKERROOM earlier, our beloved Southie Savant (aka jimed) is leaving today for a year to fight for freedom and democracy. My own politics aside, I just want to take the opportunity to thank him and his compatriots for putting their lives on the line for all of us. Come back healthy and whole, Jim, and send us the occasional dispatch from the other side of the world. We’ll keep everyone else informed and entertained, though with fewer probes and abductions …

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