Sunday, September 26, 2010

Week Three Monday Night Heroes!

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Sundays when the Packers don't play can be kind of boring. This was not the case this Sunday as I had the opportunity to watch some great games. I started out by watching the Tennessee Titans take out the New York Giants. The Titans definitely take advantage of having Chris Johnson as they gave him a game-high 32 touches. I followed that game up with the Denver Broncos vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Kyle Orton (pictured above) is no joke even though the Broncos fell to the Colts. The final game of the night was the best as the Jets and Dolphins went back and forth in a Sunday Night thriller. I didn't like seeing Braylon Edwards score a lengthy touchdown after receiving a DUI earlier this week. Keeping him out one quarter is not an appropriate punishment in my opinion. The next page in this week's fantasy chapter concludes tomorrow with the following Monday Night game:

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)

1.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (1-1) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (0-2)

Score: 85-63 Team Grays (22 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Donald Driver (Team Szombatfalvy) and TE Jermichael Finley (Team Grays)
Reaction/Prediction: Philip Rivers (24 points) and Chris Johnson (24 points) were impressive, but now Mike must rely on Donald Driver (proj. of 4) to score 22 points more than Team Grays' Jermichael Finley (proj. of 13). I'm pretty sure that won't happen since Finley usually garners a significant amount of targets. Jamaal Charles (14 points) was electric with every touch; it won't be long until he's the guy getting more carries than Thomas Jones (15 points) who ended up with the rushing touchdown this weekend. Team Grays has to be somewhat worried about Ray Rice's (9 points) so-called knee sprain. Initial thoughts are that it's a minor injury, but you just never know. Team Grays should improve to 1-2 while Team Szombatfalvy falls into the same record.

2.) Harwood's Howitzers (Tim Harwood) (1-1) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (2-0)

Score: 95-49 Team Breiby (46 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Matt Forte (Harwood's Howitzers) and K Mason Crosby (Team Breiby)
Reaction/Prediction: Team Breiby produced another fantasy player with 30+ points for the third week in a row. This time it was the resilient Anquan Boldin (32 points) with eight receptions for 142 yards and three touchdowns. After receiving huge projections, it looks like Tim must once again root for his possible Monday Night Hero to have a horrible night in order to receive the pity pot. Unfortunately for Tim, Matt Forte (proj. of 18) is averaging 20 fantasy points in two games and most likely will have a good night against an up-and-down Packers defense. Just not good enough to be a Monday Night Hero; good start for Team Breiby at 3-0.

3.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (0-2) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merill) (1-1)

Score: 87-58 Team McCarthy (19 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Jay Cutler (Team Merrill)
Reaction/Prediction: Team Merrill's Cutler (proj. of 10) will have to score a ton to make up for lackluster performances from Michael Crabtree (3 points) and Mike Sims-Walker (3 points). On a positive note, DeSean Jackson (21 points) showed some effective chemistry with Michael Vick. Matt missed out on another breakout performance, this time from Mike Wallace (20 points). Matt will most likely forget about that though when he picks up his first win of the year because of clutch performances from Tom Brady (22 points), Michael Turner (18 points) and Darren McFadden (17 points). I think it's safe to say McFadden is a legitimate threat in the NFL and no bust by any means.

4.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (2-0) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (0-2)

Score: 87-72 Team Lee (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction: Team Lee was running away with this match-up until Louis Murphy (11 points) pulled Team Klitzman within 12 points with the Dolphins D/ST left to play the late game. However, the Jets put up enough points on the Dolphins to secure the win for Isaac and his Team Lee. On his side, Team Lee can credit the win to Reshard Mendenhall (20 points) and Drew Brees (22 points) who combined for 4 of Team Lee's 5 fantasy touchdowns on Sunday. Kari goes back to the drawing board with the top waiver-wire pick-up in the upcoming week. It will be interesting to see what positions she goes for as Team Klitzman is only a spark away from being a decent team. Kudos to Isaac for starting the year 3-0.

5.) Bobby's Bad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (0-2) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (2-0)

Score: 118-111 The Rippin and the Tearin (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: NONE
Reaction/Prediction: You have to feel bad for Robert and John. They scored over a 100 points and still couldn't pick up their first fantasy win. Meanwhile, Rory and his The Rippin and the Tearin broke the 100 point mark for the second consecutive week. Not only that, but Rory's Michael Vick (32 points) is establishing his self as 2010's hidden gem in real life and fantasy. Jahvid Best (3 points) came back to reality. However, Rory received great production from his other running back Peyton Hillis (23 points) who took advantage of Jerome Harrison's injury in Cleveland. Kyle Orton (22 points) and Brandon Lloyd (22 points) were the keys to success for Bobby's Bad-Asses; they just didn't have enough help from DeAngelo Williams (6 points) or Chad Ochocinco (3 points) to get the win. Rory joins Chad and Isaac with 3-0 records in the fantasy league.

6.) Vader Time (Joe Selbo) (1-1) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (2-0)

Score: 50-38 Vader Time (12 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Greg Jennings (Vader Time), Packers D/ST (Vader Time) and QB Aaron Rodgers (Team Szmanda)
Reaction/Prediction: Here's a low-scoring affair. Vader Time's Carson Palmer (7 points) looked terrible against a mediocre Panthers team and Steven Jackson (11 points) was forced to leave the game with a groin injury. Meanwhile Team Szmanda has to feel bad for not starting Austin Collie (29 points) who looked liked Manning's best friend on Sunday. His other three receivers had only 17 points combined. Jason needs the Bears to put up a bunch of points on the Packers defense while Aaron Rodgers (proj. of 18) scores touchdowns that don't involve Jennings. That seems rather unlikely, so I expect Vader Time to improve to 2-1 while Team Szmanda gets hit with their first loss.

7.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (1-1) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (1-1)

Score: 118-89 Team Lowenberg (29 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Brandon Jackson (Team Lowenberg) and K Robbie Gould (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction: My match-up of the week turned out to be not very close. Lowenberg received amazing days from Adrian Peterson (31 points) and Jeremy Maclin (20 points) en route to a sizable fantasy total. With Brandon Jackson (proj. of 9) left to deploy, Team Lowenberg probably has their eyes set on Team Breiby's single-game record of 124 points scored in Week One. On the flip side, Anthony shouldn't be distraught over his performance. The Steelers D/ST (18 points) is unstoppable and Ahmad Bradshaw (15 points) as well as Brandon Marshall (22 points) looked like fantasy studs. Robbie Gould (proj. of 8) should give him a 90+ week, but a 1-2 record as well.

Let me know how you thought the match-ups went this Sunday by commenting below! Follow Nick on twitter by clicking here.

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