Ready ... set ... no!
There are certain things in this world that we become programmed to accept as fact. For example, some people believe that salads from McDonald's are healthy. Other people are convinced that dating strippers is a great idea. Whether it's because we're incapable, or because we simply don't want to acknowledge reality, sometimes we miss out on things that should be obvious to the unbiased eye.
This principle is never more apparent than when dealing with our favorite (or least favorite) fantasy players. It's easy to write a single occurrence off as a statistical deviation. When it happens two, three times in a row? Chalk it up to a run of either good or bad luck, depending on your viewpoint. But when the numbers and your observations keep smacking you in the face like an illegal block from
Kyle Orton: Believe me, the last player that I thought I'd be touting entering this season was Orton. His receivers were too lackluster, his previous numbers too uninspiring, and his neck beard is just too damn comical for me take the guy seriously. I ignored the two-touchdown, 268-yard performance in Week 3. His three touchdowns against the Eagles didn't even cause me to raise an eyebrow. Sure, he put up a league leading 334 yards the following week, but it was against a Lions defense that has been rumored to be using area high school players in their secondary. Clearly, I still wasn't buying it. Orton didn't stop there; he went out and put up two more 280-plus yard outings before he was finally shut down by the only thing seemingly capable of doing so, a bye week.
Crazy as it seems, the Bears are actually averaging the second most points-per-game in the league, which is exactly where they were ranked in 2006, the year they went to the Super Bowl. Of course, that was also the year that
Chad Pennington: OK, I'll say it. I think Pennington's taking performance enhancers. I mean, isn't it a little suspicious that a quarterback who's been described as having a wet noodle for a right arm (and was traded by his previous team for a 39-year old Wrangler Jeans spokesman) has put together three consecutive games with at least 284 yards passing and is averaging more yards-per-attempt than
It's pretty obvious to me that Pennington has been taking some sort of experimental drug that acts roughly in the same manner as Viagra, only it targets his previously incurable "limp-arm" syndrome. Assuming
Ronnie Brown: Hey, I was right there with you. After his Wildcat-riffic five touchdown outing, Brown followed it up with 125 rushing yards and a score, and I was ready to anoint him a medical miracle. Forget the fact that it's taken every running back who's sustained an ACL injury a minimum of a year-and-a-half to begin performing like their previous self. Brown was only 11 months removed, and yet there he was averaging over 5.0 yards-per-carry and scoring at will. As expected, it was too good to be true. The real Ronnie already had rushed for 602 yards and had 39 receptions at this time last year. The '08 incarnation has 200 fewer rushing yards, has made 12 catches, and is averaging 6.8 fantasy points a contest when you subtract his back-to-back anomaly games.
Now, I'd be a fool if I told you to bench any running back against the Broncos defense, but what needs to be emphasized is that Brown isn't the sure thing that you think he is. If he's normally your RB3, then that's what he should stay as this week.
Edgerrin James: If James were a basketball player, he'd be
There comes a point when you just can't deny reality. And the reality is, James is simply not good enough to be an NFL running back anymore. He's already been replaced by
DeSean Jackson: I've heard the arguments over and over again.
I've watched Jackson get shipped off by many an owner this year, usually accompanied by a dismissive "Ah, no way he keeps it up," comment. Well, I'm here to tell you, that's crazy talk. Fellow owners may be drooling over
T.J. Houshmandzadeh: You know how some things aren't as bad as you originally thought? Like a Great Clips haircut, or a minor fender bender? You also know how some things are a lot worse than you originally thought? Like, for instance, a drunken e-mail sent to a co-worker?
Well, the Houshmandzadeh/Fitzpatrick combination fits into the "worse than you thought" category. It's easy to be seduced by "Housh's" 54 receptions, and while the yardage total doesn't take your breath away (512), it's adequate, as are the three touchdowns. Unfortunately, 301 of those yards and all three scores came with
On the heels of his nine catch, 91-yard performance in Boldin's first game back, Steve Breaston's value has reached its maximal level. Warner was forced to throw 49 times, and Boldin didn't take on his typical full load, which helped to keep Breaston disguised as a WR2 for one more week. It's time to get on the horn and do some selling before this Halloween weekend comes to an end ... It should be back to the bench for Walter; as the last year and half has taught us, he's the classic good-game followed by a bad-game player. Don't expect anything more than a couple receptions and under 40 yards receiving ... Did anyone else see Joey Galloway standing on the sidelines two weeks ago wearing
Quick update on my unnatural obsession at the tight end position,