Week 8 Revelations
Drew Brees: Nick Laham/Getty Images
What more can I say about Rivers (341 yards, 3 TDs) and Brees (339 yards, 3 TDs)? They have consistently delighted fantasy owners all year, and yet Sunday's sterling duel might have been the coup de grace -- which deflates me to no end, since I started 49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan over Brees in one of my eight fantasy leagues (yes, due to weather concerns -- in any other city, under any other conditions, I would have given Saints-Chargers my highest recommendation). The other stars came out for The Game Across The Pond, as well, with LaDainian Tomlinson (170 yards, 1 TD), TE Antonio Gates (96 yards, 1 TD) and Vincent Jackson (60 yards, 1 TD) posting big numbers for San Diego and Deuce McAllister (85 total yards, 1 TD), WR Lance Moore (90 yards, 1 TD) and TE Billy Miller (7 catches, 82 yards) capably filling in for the injured Reggie Bush. All in all, the game represented the perfect union of real-life drama and fantasy goodness -- unless you fell prey to the kavorka that is J.T. O'Sullivan.
Houston 35, Cincinnati 6
As for the Bengals, what's it going to take for you to trade T.J. Houshmandzadeh (55 total yards on Sunday) this week -- thus getting a reasonably high return on a sagging commodity? Do I have to personally send a daily E-alert to your work email address, reminding you of how Chad Johnson's owners were too slow to dump him prior to Carson Palmer's elbow injury? ... and now Ocho Cinco has the approximate fantasy value of Syndric Steptoe. Or would you care for a "candygram" instead -- like this old-school gem from Saturday Night Live -- alerting you to how Housh (only 3 TDs in '08) has broken the coveted century-mark in receiving yards just once this season? Because I'll do anything -- anything! -- that'll help you unload Housh for Steve Slaton (66 total yards, 1 TD vs. Cincy) and Rams WR Donnie Avery, as part of a devilish 2-for-1 swap. In other words, help me ... help you!
New England 23, St. Louis 16
N.Y. Jets 28, Kansas City 24
If your particular fantasy league doesn't subtract points for interceptions, you could probably care less that Brett Favre was an equal-opportunity QB on Sunday, completing 28 passes for two scores to his Jets teammates ... and completing three passes for one score to the opponent. But that's the inherent beauty of fantasy football: Every time a Favre INT goes to the house for six points, it simply means that Favre (290 passing yards vs. the Chiefs) is one PAT, one network TV timeout and one kickoff away from getting the ball again. As for the Chiefs ... I'm not ready to commit to the Tyler Thigpen Experiment just yet, despite his 300-yard, 2-TD day (including 20 rushing yards) and even though he's blessed with a superhuman trio of fantasy playmakers in Dwayne Bowe (102 yards on Sunday), Tony Gonzalez (79 yards, 1 TD) and Larry Johnson (currently serving back-to-back suspensions). But I will say this: Thigpen and the Chiefs face three easy-cheesy pass defenses during the fantasy playoff slots of Weeks 14 (@ Denver), 15 (San Diego) and 16 (Miami). He'd make an excellent emergency starter in Week 15, if Drew Brees encounters 50-mph winds in the Saints' lone cold-weather game this season (against Chicago).
Steve Smith: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Dallas 13, Tampa Bay 9
Washington 25, Detroit 17
Seattle 34, San Francisco 13
1. J.T. O'Sullivan getting benched the same day I started him over Drew Brees
2. Frank Gore working his tail off to collect 159 total yards, while Vernon Davis was busy being the NFL's least-talented "diva" of all time
3. Interim head coach Mike Singletary's delicious tirade (largely calling out Davis, by the way) in the postgame presser
Brian Westbrook: AP
Why didn't you share this prized information with me last week, via SI mail?
And, on a totally unrelated note, if it's no trouble at all ... would you mind revealing the six main numbers ?- along with the all-important Gold ball -- for Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot drawing in Georgia (and surrounding states)?
All kidding aside, if Westbrook (209 total yards, 2 TDs vs. Atlanta) can remain healthy the rest of the season (and that's a big IF), he may possess Adrian Peterson- or Clinton Portis-like trade value in the coming weeks ... or perhaps yield one stud RB (like Matt Forte) and one all-world WR (like Reggie Wayne), as part of a 2-for-1 swap. But then again, Mr. or Ms. Soothsayer, you already knew I was going to suggest that, right?