Sunday, September 12, 2010
Week One Monday Night Heroes!
By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner
What a day! I don't know what to be more surprised by: Arian Foster's (pictured above) 41 point fantasy day, Michael Vick almost leading the Eagles to victory, the Texans' upset of the Colts, Calvin Johnson's game-winning catch being ruled incomplete or the return of Wes Welker and his two touchdowns on the day. Nonetheless, I'm ecstatic to say Sundays are back. For those of you not familiar with my "Monday Night Heroes," installment on Sunday nights, here's the deal: I take a look at each match-up and react/predict what will happen during the Monday Night Football Game. After the Monday Night Game, stay tuned to the blog for the Weekly Fantasy Awards. Enough talking, here are the possible Monday Night Heroes for the following Monday Night Games:
Baltimore Ravens (0-0) @ New York Jets (0-0) 6:00 PM (ESPN-HD)
San Diego Chargers (0-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) 9:15 PM (ESPN-HD)
*Scores are subject to change
The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (0-0) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (0-0)
Score: 62 to 53 The Rippin and the Tearin (9 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: D/ST Jets (The Rippin and the Tearin), RB Ray Rice (Team Grays) and WR Malcolm Floyd (Team Grays)/RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Team Grays)
Reaction/Prediction: This fantasy match-up seemed reminiscent of the Bears-Lions game, a lot of mediocre football. With only one player in double-digits on each team, Team Grays seems to have the inside edge with offensive powers Rice and Floyd set to take the field on Monday Night. Rory needs a miracle from the Jets defense/special teams to hold onto his small lead. It's not impossible because the Jets could contain Nick's Rice, however, Rory still needs to hope the ball stays away from Floyd in Kansas City. On a positive note, Rory won't be the low-scorer this week. Rice and Floyd should emerge as Monday Night Heroes for Team Grays this week.
Team Merrill (Seth Merill) (0-0) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (0-0)
Score: 58 to 34 Team Szmanda (24 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Shonn Greene (Team Merrill), TE Antonio Gates (Team Merill) and RB Darren Sproles (Team Szmanda)/RB Thomas Jones (Team Szmanda)
Reaction/Prediction: Here's a match-up with a couple of implications. If Greene and/or Gates have a good night, they could lead Team Merrill to a victory. However, if their not able to do this, Seth could benefit from a low-low score to win the pity pot ($5). In order to do this, he must end with less than Team McCarthy's 51 points. Jason has to choose between Sproles and Jones (thus the slash above) to try to hold onto the lead. In the end, I think Greene and Gates are good enough to make it close, but Sproles or Jones will do just enough to conserve the huge upset for Team Szmanda. Seth cannot be happy with his receiving corps who combined for only four points.
Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (0-0) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (0-0)
Score: 79.5 to 54 Team Grande (25.5 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Ryan Mathews (Team Klitzman), WR Dwayne Bowe (Team Klitzman)/WR Derrick Mason (Team Klitzman), K Nate Kaeding (Team Klitzman)
Reaction/Prediction: Who's Arian Foster? Team Klitzman had a breakout sophomore of her own in Hakeem Nicks. The second-year receiver out of North Carolina caught four balls for 75 yards, three of them being touchdowns. His 25 fantasy points on the day puts Kari in an interesting situation. She has an army of fantasy options on Monday Night while Team Grande must hope his half-a-point is a sign. Wouldn't it be something if Kari could only muster a total of 79 points. Don't get too excited Anthony, Kari should have no problems with a couple of number-one options in Mathews and Bowe plus the number-one rated kicker Kaeding. Despite the predicted loss, Grande appears to have some depth on the bench and a fairly consistent team.
Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (0-0) vs. Vader Time (Joe Selbo) (0-0)
Score: 113 to 75 Team Breiby (38 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Anquan Boldin (Team Breiby)/ WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Team Breiby)
Reaction/Prediction: If Chad can take anything from this fantasy-explosion, it's to be grateful for what he has. Because if you take a look at the bench, it's pretty bare. That means Chad must do some searching or hope Foster and Manning can carry the team each and every week. Nonetheless, Foster's franchise-record 231 yards and Manning's 433 yards through the air is "pretty sick" as Chad would say. Joe will put his head down and take the lick this week. My advice would be to avoid watching Boldin or Houshmandzadeh do the victory dance on Monday Night.
Harwood's Howitzers (Tim Harwood) (0-0) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (0-0)
Score: 108 to 66 Harwood's Howitzers (42 point WIN)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction: Not to brag or anything, but this was my upset pick of the week. Tim benefited from the resurrection of Matt Forte in Chicago. Forte looked like Marshall Faulk from Mike Martz' "Greatest Show on Turf," by catching seven balls for 151 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 17 times for 50 yards. Forte's touchdown catches went for 28 and 89 yards respectively. Tim can also dance for joy after winning his first game and already breaking Chad's bold prediction of a winless season for Harwood's Howitzers. Not only that, Tim layed the beatdown on Chad's favorite team. Team Lowenberg has lost some of his mojo from last season, maybe it was due to not changing the team name?
Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (0-0) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (0-0)
Score: 76 to 51 Team Szombatfalvy (25 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Philip Rivers (Team Szombatfalvy)
Reaction/Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy has clinched the first win of the season unless Philip Rivers throws twenty interceptions on Monday Night. Unfortunately for Matt and his Team McCarthy, that ain't gonna happen. All Matt can do is root for Team Merrill to score more than 51 points, so he can snatch the pity pot and $5 award this week. Mike's Chris Johnson continued where he left off last year by rushing for 142 yards and two scores.
Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (0-0) vs. Bobby's Bad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (0-0)
Score: 91 to 52 Team Lee (39 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: D/ST Chargers (Team Lee), RB Jamaal Charles (Bobby's Bad-Asses)/WR Patrick Crayton (Bobby's Bad-Asses) and TE Dustin Keller (Bobby's Bad-Asses)
Reaction/Prediction: The "Best Draft," award seems about right for Team Lee as he received double-digit performances from five starters and two bench players. Bobby's Bad-Asses needs a Foster-esque night from Jamaal Charles and something decent from Keller in an attempt to catch the little Asian. Issac looks like a genius after drafting come-back players Steve Smith and Wes Welker who combined for three scores on Sunday. Meanwhile, Robert and John may have to get together to talk over their quarterback plans after this match-up. Kevin Kolb was knocked out with a concussion and Chad Henne was not very impressive as predicted.
Let me know what you think by commenting below!