NFL fantasy musings for Week 9
Before I dig into fantasy football, I want to send warm congratulations to Phillies fans; well, OK, 99 percent or so of the Phillies fans, for your World Series win. When it was all over, I was a bit disappointed, but after a little reflection I walked over to my humidor, selected a 2004 Arturo Fuente Anejo Shark, (it's a very, very good cigar) toasted and lit it, then sat back to reflect on the blessings we Rays fans have enjoyed this season.
The Rays have been a phenomenal story all year. Yes, it would have been a fitting end to win it all, but the Phillies had their own great story as well. And in this particular case, there was no way both stories were going to have a happy ending. All the Rays did this year was lead the brutal American League East for nearly the entire season; they didn't choke in August and September like everyone said they would, and they took out two previous world champions, the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox to win the ALCS. Hang that banner from the catwalks at Tropicana Field; I'd say it was a pretty good year.
As for the other small minority of Phillies fans, no congratulations are in order. You know who you are ... the ones who poured beer over a nine-year-old boy and threw mustard packets at Joe Maddon's granddaughter. You don't deserve it. Oh, and you that heckled wrestler
Speaking of nobs,
One of the reasons why you don't trust rankings in fantasy football for your matchups: Carolina entered the game against Arizona this past weekend with the second-best pass defense. Some 381 yards and two touchdown passes later, they dropped to ninth against the pass. Digging deeper, they played San Diego, Chicago, Minnesota, Atlanta, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans prior to Arizona. San Diego and New Orleans are the only real passing teams on that list. Moral of the story? Don't rely on surface rankings when deciding who to start and who to sit. And for the record, with Oakland, Detroit and Atlanta following the bye, they'll likely be near the top in passing defense when they head into Lambeau Field on November 30. As my former mentor
Speaking of wide receivers who can break my heart ... yes, I'm talking to you
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Note to the Spanos family. You fired the wrong coach.
I've been riding the Titans train for the first half of the season, but when Green Bay comes to town this week, I'm predicting an upset. Packers 27, Titans 24.