Decision time: Michaels of note
In 1954, Michael was the top name for a boy born in the U.S. Five decades later, it is the third most common name behind Jacob and Ethan. It is a biblical, angelic and majestic name. The greatest basketball player in the world made us all want to be like Mike and the greatest pop star made us want to dance like Michael. The baddest fighter was Iron Mike and the coolest rock frontman was Mick.
I see Michaels everywhere. It's always GTL time according to
To honor this great namesake, even though it isn't as cool of a football name as Dez, Knowshon, Roddy or D'Brickashaw, here are the Michaels worth noticing in your fantasy leagues.
What's not to like about Mike Wallace? He shares the same name as a legendary news correspondent, he rocks a Mohawk-style haircut and even more relevant to fantasy football, he's got
Earlier this season, Wallace's speed was largely wasted without his strong-armed quarterback. In his first four games, he caught just nine passes for 211 yards, though he did have one standout game in Week 3 against Tampa Bay when he tallied 100 yards and two scores. In Big Ben's return from suspension on Sunday, Wallace immediately had an impact, pulling down a 29-yard strike in the first half. He finished with three catches for 90 yards.
The second-year receiver is a rising commodity in fantasy circles. Going forward, expect Wallace to surpass his '09 numbers of 39 catches for 756 yards and six scores. Treat him like a No. 2 receiver in TD-only leagues but don't value him over his cohort
I've touted Tampa Bay's rookie of the same name this season and completely ignored Seattle's version. That was until the Seahawk squawked on Sunday against the Bears with 10 receptions for 123 yards.
Maybe I don't like him because he's a former Trojan (go Bruins!) who Detroit drafted too early in the '05 draft. Maybe I only see a guy whose best year was his rookie campaign when he had just 29 receptions for 350 yards and a score. Maybe I'm not convinced his aging quarterback
But there are some things to like about this Mike -- his massive 6-foot-5 height, the trade of receiver
Bush had fantasy momentum entering this season in part to a strong '09 campaign (589 yards rushing, 4.8 average) and because his teammate,
Now Run-DMC is injured again with a hamstring injury and Bush is doing everything he can to keep the job. He totaled 135 yards and a TD against the Chargers in Week 5, though he struggled against San Francisco on Sunday with just 59 total yards and no scores.
Oakland's last great season was the '02 Super Bowl run. Since then, it's been unbearable for Raider Nation under
Crabtree had a productive '09 rookie year considering he missed most of the season due to a contract dispute. Once he got on the field, he had 48 receptions for 625 yards and two scores in 11 games. The first-round pick was supposed to take off this year, yet like the rest of the 49ers, he stumbled out of the gate. In his first three games, which were all losses, Crabtree recorded no more than three catches for 37 yards in a game and never found the end zone.
However, there are plenty of reasons not to give up on this Michael. Since offensive coordinator
Like Williams, Crabtree will see plenty of weak pass defenses in his future -- Tampa Bay, Arizona (twice) and Seattle. Now is the time to get him before he breaks out.
Let's start by being pessimistic: Turner has only one score in six games this year, averaging just 77.7 yards per game and a career-low 4.3 yards per carry. His last game was his worst performance of the year -- 45 rushing yards on 15 attempts. He'll never be the workhorse that he was in '08 when he rushed 376 times for 1,699 yards and 17 TDs.
Now, let's be positive. Turner has a pair of big rushing games this year: 30 carries for 114 yards and a score in Week 3 against New Orleans and 19 carries for 140 yards in Week 5 at Cleveland. He hasn't been a complete liability as a receiver out of the backfield, having already surpassed his '09 totals with seven catches for 50 yards.
Also, his poor output on Sunday was partially due to the Falcons falling behind 21-0 in the second quarter.
You're probably kicking yourself if you invested a high draft pick on Turner since he is playing more like a No. 2 fantasy back rather than an elite one. Still, in this age of timeshares, be thankful he isn't in one. Expect his TDs totals to improve soon.