Sunday, October 31, 2010

Week Eight Monday Night Heroes

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Packers win 9-0, is that right? What a game in New York for the Packers' defense. I can't say enough about Charles Woodson (pictured above) and Tramon Williams and their leadership on a squad decimated by injuries. In my opinion, Packers' punter Tim Masthay was the MVP of the game with eight punts, five of which pinned the Jets inside their own 20 yard line. Can't wait for the Packers next game with the Dallas Cowboys who are struggling to say the least.

What a fantasy day as well. For those of you hoping for production from Monday Night Heroes, make sure to check out the following game:

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)


1.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (3-4) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-3)


Score: 95-65 (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction: Not sure this result was expected, but Seth and his Team Merrill have to be happy with the days of Maurice Jones-Drew (14 points) and Mike Sims-Walker (18 points). The Jaguars embarrassed the Cowboys who have now lost four straight games at Cowboy Stadium. Rory's team is on an extended slide and now is faced with a .500 record. Randy Moss (0 points) did not do anything versus his old team in New England and the Seahawks' Mike Williams (2 points) was a non-factor against the Raiders. Seth is pumped to get to .500 while Rory feels the opposite. "My team sucks," texted Rory after a disappointing day on Sunday.

2.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (5-2) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-4)

Score: 70-58 Team Klitzman (12 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Peyton Manning (Team Breiby) and RB Arian Foster (Team Breiby)
Reaction/Prediction: Barring injuries, Team Klitzman is good as done as Manning (proj. of 27) and Foster (proj. of 18) have some huge projections. Not only will Chad receive the win this week, he has an outside shot at winning the baller pot. Chad received some unexpected production out of Mercedes Lewis (17 points) while Kari is depressed over Kenny Britt's (0 points) first-quarter injury and Kellen Winslow's (0 points) goose-egg on the day. On a positive note, the Bucs' defense (14 points) was a great pick-up and Frank Gore (17 points) continues to do what he does, score fantasy points.

3.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (3-4) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (3-4)

Score: 55-29 Team McCarthy (26 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Derrick Ward (Free Victory) and WR Reggie Wayne (Free Victory)
Reaction/Prediction: I don't know which is worse, this fantasy match-up or the Dallas Cowboys' defense? Darren McFadden (13 points) and Tom Brady (13 points) were the only players to do anything for Matt's team and even though most of Tim's team is on a bye, he could still win this match-up. With Ward (proj. of 5) and Wayne (proj. of 25) set to deploy, it's going to be a close one on Monday night. Seeing that Ward is rumored to receive more of Foster's carries and the propensity for Wayne to shine in the national spotlight, I actually like Tim to pull off the big upset here.

4.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (2-5) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-2)

Score: 95-69 Team Szombatfalvy (26 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: K Adam Vinatieri (Team Lee)
Reaction/Prediction: Notch a win for Mike and his Team Szombatfalvy because it's pretty much a sure thing that Vinatieri (proj. of 10) will not eclipse 26 points. I mean he's no Dan Carpenter (19 points) who has racked up ten field goals in the last two weeks. Carpenter was only one of Mike's standout players this Sunday as Philip Rivers (18 points) and Jason Witten (15) both shined as well. With Mike improving to 3-5 on the season, the standings are set to become very jumbled.

5.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-4) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-6)

Score: 65.5-54 Bobby's Sad-Asses (11.5 lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: K Neil Rackers (Bobby's Sad-Asses)
Reaction/Prediction: This will be Wizard Killer's fourth straight loss. This one really hurts as Bobby's Sad-Asses stepped up in a big way behind production from Kyle Orton (13 points) and Brandon Lloyd (22 points). Joe had only two fantasy players over 5 points, both of them being Packers; Greg Jennings (8 points) and the Packers D/ST (18 points). Rackers (proj. of 6) can do a victory dance for Bobby's Sad-Asses who stay alive in the playoff chase.

6.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (6-1) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (5-2)

Score: 113-52 Team Szmanda (61 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Kevin Walter (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction: Alright, let's no longer use the fantasy defense excuse because Jason's Team Szmanda blew up this past Sunday. In a large part due to Calvin Johnson (28 points) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (24 points), Jason exploded for a league-high 113 points. He will be rooting against teams with possible Monday Night Heroes because as of right now, the baller pot is his to lose. Meanwhile, Team Lowenberg must feel like he has fallen under the fantasy defense curse as Marshawn Lynch (0 points) and Zach Miller (0 points) were simply disappointing. Walter (proj. of 4) can try all he can, but no way he even makes Team Lowenberg's deficit respectable.

7.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-4) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (3-4)

Score: 54-50 Team Grays (4 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Matt Schaub (Team Grays), RB Donald Brown (Team Grays), WR Pierre Garcon (Team Grays), RB Mike Hart (Team Grande), WR Andre Johnson (Team Grande) and TE Jacob Tamme (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction: I'm pretty sure this is some kind of record with six possible Monday Night Heroes. I would know because I've only been doing this feature for almost two years. Wholy Jamaal Charles (23 points) who put up big numbers without any touchdowns. Team Grande countered with great days from Terrell Owens (18 points) and Sam Bradford (15 points). In regards to the outlook of this match-up, I'm really not sure. Great dynamic between Brown (proj. of 11) and Hart (proj. of 7) who will be competing for carries. Johnson (proj. of 16) will surely get his catches, but how much will that benefit Team Grays' Schaub (proj. of 15). Garcon (proj. of 15) and Tamme (proj. of 4) are wild-cards so you just never know. There are so many conflicting interests in this game, it just might be must-watch TV. That's why it's quite unfortunate I must miss this one. Like last week, I'll cross my fingers and hope for the W come Tuesday!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Week Eight Fantasy Predictions From Nick and Chad (Special Halloween Edition)!


Nick's Record (22-27 overall) (2-12 in points predictions) = 26 points (4-3 in week seven)
Chad's Record (29-20 overall) (1-13 in points predictions) = 31 points
(4-3 in week seven)

Considering the holiday, I think it's only appropriate to tie my predictions in some way to Halloween. In the spirit of the day, I will relate each fantasy team with a specific candy or treat

1.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (3-4) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-3)

Line: The Rippin and the Tearin -17
Nick's Outlook: We start with The Rippin and the Tearin who leads the entire fantasy league with 635 points scored this season. Rory's team is like the "100 grand" candy bar of fantasy. Not many kids know about this type of candy bar, but those who have tasted know it's for real. Team Merrill is the most ordinary of fantasy teams as he ranks 12th in total scoring. Keeping him in the game is being 3rd in points allowed. This is why Team Merill represents the traditional "tootsie roll." Kids get a ton of them, but they avoid them until everything else is gone. This week, 100 grand definitely trumps the tootsie roll as I love Randy Moss (proj. of 14) in a revenge game versus the Patriots while Seth puts a lot on the line with Antonio Gates (proj. of 20).
Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin ("100 Grand" Candy Bar)

Chad's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

2.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (5-2) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-4)

Line: Team Klitzman -8
Nick's Outlook: Kari is rolling with two straight wins. Team Klitzman reminds me of the popular and awesome "Jolly Ranchers". Frank Gore (proj. of 22) is wild cherry, Felix Jones (proj. of 16) blue raspberry and Mike Thomas (proj. of 2) green apple. Chad may have Peyton Manning (proj. of 27) and Arian Foster (proj. of 18) back, but that's about it this week. Unfortunately for Chad, he can not get any more pity pots when he loses, something he did twice before to earn the designation of the "Pay Day" candy bar for this fantasy league. I'm thinking trick-or-treaters will prefer fruity goodness over the nutty candy bar this time around.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman (Jolly Ranchers)

Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

3.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (3-4) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (3-4)

Line: Team McCarthy -20
Nick's Outlook: Matt's team finally found their way last week as Team McCarthy could have went for 130+ points if they had started Darren McFadden (proj. of 16). That's why Team McCarthy is "candy corn" because the end of October has been good times. No one wants the candy corn before Halloween and they most certainly don't want it after. Enjoy the wins while you can. Meanwhile, Tim's roller-coaster of a fantasy team reminds me of "pop rocks." Just when you think you forgot about the phenomenon, they pop up out of nowhere and stay in style for about a week followed by another disappearance into the abyss. This is what Free Victory does in the fantasy schedule. For example, Tim won last week, meaning the pop rocks go out of style while candy corn is in style for now.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy (Candy Corn)

Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

4.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (2-5) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-2)

Line: Team Szombatfalvy -30
Nick's Outlook: Team Lee appears to be screwed this week with some tough match-ups for Drew Brees (proj. of 16) and Michael Bush (proj. of 3). Despite last week's upset loss and bad projections, Team Lee has been solid. As the winner of the "Best Draft," how can his team not be the legendary "Snickers" bar. Every week, Team Lee is bound to have a couple go for double digits, similar to how there's always a couple of Snickers in the trick-or-treat bag. Team Szombatfaly always has big projections, but finds a way to under perform. His team is like the "Almond Joy," of fantasy. The wrapper looks cool and the name suggests hype, but how many kids like coconut? Kids will like Team Szombatfalvy this weekend because Chris Johnson (proj. of 20) and Philip Rivers (proj. of 17) headline seven players projected in doubled digits. Maybe it's time to try the Almond Joy and save the Snickers for later!
Nick's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy (Almond Joy)

Chad's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

5.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-4) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-6)

Line: Bobby's Sad-Asses -10
Nick's Outlook: The theme of this match-up is salty. After losing last week to a Monday Night Hero in dramatic fashion (WR Steve Smith scored exactly 16 points to beat Joe 110-109), Joe is feeling really salty like a bag of pretzels. No one wants a bag of pretzels on Halloween, like no one wants a team which has lost three straight games. Bobby's Sad-Asses have some salty feelings of their own while managing only one win and allowing a league-high 655 points on the season. That's why they are the no-name brand of potato chips. It's a no-name bag of chips because Kyle Orton (proj. of 17) and Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 22) were no-names when it came to fantasy at the beginning of the season. This is one heck of a match-up, I'll have to take the potato chips because they will provide a little more crunch with LaDainian Tomlinson (proj. of 17) than will Wizard Killer with Jonathan Stewart (proj. of 5).
Nick's Prediction: Bobby's Sad-Asses (No-Name Potato Chips)

Chad's Prediction: Bobby's Sad-Asses

6.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (6-1) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (5-2)

Line: Team Szmanda -2
Nick's Outlook: This one is no doubt the match-up of the week, don't be surprised if these two play again during the playoffs. Team Szmanda's amazing fantasy defense continues and that's why he's the "Sour Patch Kids" of the fantasy league. They are all good until they numb your mouth and you can't taste them anymore. Just wait, Team Szmanda will eventually tire on the defensive side. Until then, enjoy the sour and yummy play of Aaron Rodgers (proj. of 17), Calvin Johnson (proj. of 22) and Vernon Davis (proj. of 13). Team Szmanda is the first place team in the East as Team Lowenberg is tied for first in the West. Team Lowenberg is another one of those solid teams week in and week out. Adrian Peterson (proj. of 18), Marshawn Lynch (proj. of 14) and Ronnie Brown (proj. of 13) will show why Team Lowenberg is the "Butterfinger" candy bar of this fantasy league. If I had to choose, I'll chill with Bart Simpson and have a Butterfinger opposed to numbing the tongue with the Sour Patch Kids.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg (Butterfinger)

Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

7.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-4) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (3-4)

Line: Team Grays -16
Nick's Outlook: Team Grande has been decimated by injuries this season. Dallas Clark to IR, Vince Young randomly leaving games with minor injuries and who knows what's wrong with Pierre Thomas. Team Grande is the "Apple" in kid's trick-or-treat bags. We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Unfortunately for Team Grande, the Apple works for only one day and it could be poisonous. Would you let your kid eat an apple from some random stranger? I know I wouldn't; I feel confident in Jamaal Charles (proj. of 18), Ryan Torain (proj. of 16) and Pierre Garcon (proj. of 15) to guide me to my third straight victory, even if Team Grande has the best trio of wide receivers in all of fantasy football. Andre Johnson (proj. of 16), Brandon Marshall (proj. of 14) and Terrell Owens (proj. of 14), oh my! Luckily for Team Grays, they are the "Reese's Fastbreak" of the fantasy league. This comes about because I'm always reading and analyzing everything. My research won't let me down this week. Who wouldn't choose the Reese's Fastbreak over an apple on Halloween?
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays (Reese's Fastbreak)

Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Lowest (Pop Rocks) and Highest (Almond Joy)

Chad's Prediction: Lowest (Free Victory) and Highest (Team Lowenberg)

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Packers Accept Unfamiliar Role in Week 8



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Unless you're one of those ballers who bet stacks of money on NFL games every week, the spread appears to have no real significant meaning. In the case of the week eight battle between the Green Bay Packers (4-3) and New York Jets (5-1), the spread does have meaning, particularly in regards to the status of the Packers.

At +6.5, week eight marks the first week the Packers are officially considered the underdog in terms of the spread. The fact that the Packers played seven straight games from the favored side just goes to show you the high expectations placed on a team picked by many to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fantasy Trade #4: Team Grays Fulfills Tight-End Need


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

For the second trade in a row, there has been a swap of fantasy players within the same division in the NFL. This time the AFC East is the culprit as Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) sent TE Dustin Keller over to Team Grays (Nick Grays) for RB Fred Jackson.

Nick's Perspective: Team Grays may have scored the two highest fantasy totals in week six and seven, but I still haven't quite recovered from TE Jermichael Finley's season-ending injury. I'll be the first to admit TE Todd Heap's 27 points the last two weeks makes me one of the luckiest fantasy players around (especially considering how I won by only one point last week). What it doesn't do is set me up for the long-term at the tight-end position because Heap is nothing but an injury concern and almost leaves every game with some kind of ailment. With six running backs on the roster, I felt I could make a trade instead of dropping a player and giving him up to free agency. That's exactly what I did to bring in Keller who is definitely a fantasy starter in most leagues, barring any significant issues with the injured wrist.

Robert's Perspective: What does Robert have to lose at 1-6? He most likely needs to win out the rest of the season to make the playoffs, so why not take a risk? No one needs two tight-ends anyways. Plus, Fred Jackson has a lot of upside as the number one running back in an improving offense. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the passing game lit up the Baltimore Ravens last week, so expect to see a balancing act with Jackson and C.J. Spiller seeing a little more action in the running game. Jackson's 14 fantasy points in his last two starts are not huge, but at the same time, they're not anything to shy away from. With LaDainian Tomlinson and DeAngelo Williams, Fred Jackson is more than worthy of competing with Danny Woodhead for Bobby's Sad-Asses' flex spot each and every week.

Advantage: After two massive wins and a surging 3-4 record, you have to like Team Grays in this deal. Not only did he trade for the second-ranked TE, he gave up a player he hasn't started all season. It's been a busy year for Bobby's Bad-Asses on the trade market as this marks their third trade this season. As most people know, fantasy is about 70% luck and 30% skill. They have the skill (7th in fantasy scoring at 80 points per game), but terrible luck (1st in fantasy points allowed at 93.6 points per game). Don't get me wrong, the deal definitely improves Bobby's Sad-Asses' team. However, it's fairly obvious Team Grays has more to gain out of the deal in the long-term with playoff implications on the line and all.

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Week Seven Fantasy Awards: Benchwarmers Shine!

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Pity Pot Winner: Team Breiby (Chad Breiby, pictured above)
The last pity pot was awarded to Team Breiby for his pitiful 47 points. Without his top scorers, Peyton Manning and Arian Foster, Chad's team looked lost on Sunday. Anquan Boldin and the Titans D/ST led the way with 15 points while no other player reached double digits. Chad should be alright as he is 5-2 and tied for second in the standings. Depth is a question though. Let's see what happens this week versus a streaking Team Klitzman. For those of you not aware of the league rules, the pity pot will switch over to the baller pot, meaning the team with the highest score every week will receive $5. This includes the playoffs, so if you're one of those five teams who miss out on postseason play, keep plugging away because $20 is on the line.

MVP of the Week: WR Roddy White (11 REC for 201 YDS and 2 TD = 32 points)
White received 13 more targets from QB Matt Ryan to stretch his league-lead to an astonishing 82 targets. The Bengals tried to double-team White with lock-down corners Leon Hall and Adam "Pacman" Jones, but had no luck as he scorched another defense for his sixth double-digit fantasy day. His owners will have to look somewhere else in week eight as the Atlanta Falcons are on a bye. White also leads all fantasy receivers with 102 points, good for an average of 14.6 points per game.

Honorable Mention: WR Lee Evans (28 points), RB Michael Turner (26 points), RB Adrian Peterson (23 points) and WR Hakeem Nicks (22 points)

Worst Performance of the Week: QB Max Hall (4/16 for 36 YDS, 1 INT and 1 FUM = -3 points)
I can't emphasize enough how much of a risk it is to start a rookie quarterback. Yes, the Rams' Sam Bradford is an exception, but he's had his fair share of bad games already too. Just look at the Panthers' Jimmy Clausen and Browns' Colt McCoy for more examples of rookie quarterbacks in bad fantasy situations. I know he was a bye week filler for most owners, but the truth is, there was probably a better option available.

Wasting Away (Best Bench Player): RB Darren McFadden (196 total YDS and 4 TD = 43 points)
WR Kenny Britt (7 REC for 225 YDS and 3 TD = 40 points)
I had to give this award to two guys because they were both simply amazing while sitting on the bench. Not only did they lead all fantasy players by a considerable amount, they did all of their work in only three quarters of play. McFadden is finally looking like the fourth-overall pick he was in 2008. DMAC is back! Don't hesitate to put McFadden into your line-up either because teammate Michael Bush was clearly the back-up this past weekend. McFadden has 557 rushing yards through seven games while playing in only five of those. Britt is a "straight baller" (Kerry Collins quote) as the wideout has seven touchdowns in his last five games. Maybe he should get into some more bar fights because it obviously lit a fire under the young Rutgers alum. Britt is a must-start next week against the San Diego Chargers.

Best Free Agent Pick-Up: Redskins D/ST (14 PA, 4 INT, 2 FR and 1 TD = 23 points)
Has anyone told QB Jay Cutler that DeAngelo Hall does not play for the Bears? Hall picked off Cutler four times and scored a touchdown to add to an already good day for the Redskins. They also sacked Cutler four times and created havoc all afternoon in the Windy City. With a juicy match-up against Detroit, the Redskins could be a good play two weeks in a row.

Somebody Pick Me Up (Best Free Agent): WR David Gettis (8 REC for 125 YDS and 2 TD = 24 points)
Has anyone even heard this name before? I know I hadn't, but with Matt Moore back at QB, the Panthers will seek to utilize the passing game a bit more. Fellow wideout Steve Smith should draw double coverage which will create opportunities for Gettis. However, I'm still weary of relying on any Panthers when it comes to fantasy. If you're badly in need of a WR, take a chance on Gettis because he could burn the St. Louis Rams this weekend.

Hurts So Bad (Biggest Injury): QB Tony Romo
The nightmare in Dallas continues as Romo broke his clavicle in front of a national audience on Monday Night. The initial prognosis does not look good as he's expected to miss at least six weeks. Most fantasy owners were banking on Romo in their line-up because he was one of the first guys drafted after the so-called "elite" QBs. The good news is that last week proved there are many quarterbacks with some mad-skill available in free agent pools. Of course, that could also be bad news if you're in a deep league or one which starts more than one quarterback. Veteran Jon Kitna will take over the duties in Dallas and could be worth a look if Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Sam Bradford are already owned. Kitna did put up 19 fantasy points in limited time after Romo's injury. With the horrible Jacksonville pass-defense coming to town, it seems like perfect timing in week eight.

Let me know what you think about this week's awards. Were there any snubs or how do you feel about anything going on in the fantasy league or the NFL?

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Badgers Need Keaton Nankivil to Produce in More Ways Than One



By Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Jon Leuer is the obvious play-maker for the Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball team, but don't discount the senior Keaton Nankivil as an important cog in Bo Ryan's well-oiled machine known as the swing offense.

We all know Nankivil can shoot. This is evident from his career shooting percentage of .483 (157-for-325) in three seasons with the Badgers. Where he looks to improve his game is in the rebounding department. Nankivil averaged only 4.7 rebounds per game as the primary big man on a team which lives or dies on the boards.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week Seven Monday Night Heroes!

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

If I have to trade a fantasy win for a Packers win, I guess that's what I'll do. Not the prettiest of wins, but it does put the Packers in the driver's seat in the NFC North. Here are my initial positive observations and also my initial negative observations:

1.) Positive - Aaron Rodgers and the Packers finally came out on the right side of a close game.
2.) Positive - Greg Jennings (pictured above) looked great when called upon.

1.) Negative - Injuries still remain; defense was merely O.K. and Donald Driver could have sat this one out.
2.) Negative - The Packers can most likely take down the Lions, Bears and Vikings, but can they stack up with the Jets and Patriots who they meet in the near future?

Enough of that, more will come later this week. If your fantasy game is still in limbo, watch possible Monday Night Heroes in the following game:

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)

1.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (3-3) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (5-1)

Score: 83-42 Team Szmanda (41 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Team Grande) and Giants D/ST (Team Szmanda)
Reaction/Prediction: Jason's good luck continued this Sunday as Team Grande put up an uncharacteristic 42 points. I think it's fair to say Jason plays the best fantasy defense in the nation. With Team Breiby and Team Lee trailing, Team Szmanda could become the best team in this league. I find it highly doubtful that Bradshaw (proj. of 10) will outscore the Giants D/ST (proj. of 4) by 41 points, so chalk up the win for Jason. Big day for Team Szmanda's Thomas Jones (18 points) and Aaron Rodgers (16 points).

2.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (2-4) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-3)

Score: 109-94 Wizard Killer (15 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Steve Smith (Team Grays)
Reaction/Prediction:
What a day for Joe? Lee Evans (28 points) scored more than he did in his first five games combined (22 points). Joe benefited from a good week in Wisconsin as Evans is a former Badger and Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings (13 points) put in a clutch performance. Wizard Killer is not in the clear as I still have Smith (proj. of 12) to go, but it just doesn't feel like a win. Joe has been on the wrong side of a Monday Night Hero before, but he won't this time.

3.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-2) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (4-2)

Score: 93-92 The Rippin and the Tearin (1 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Tony Romo (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction:
Here's a sure Monday Night Hero bet as Romo (proj. of 16) needs only one point to give Team Lowenberg the win. Roddy White (32 points) was unbelievable against the Bengals and we all saw what Adrian Peterson (23 points) did against the Packers in a loss. Lowenberg has a strong team with a lot of momentum and should improve to 5-2. Rory's team put forth a courageous effort, but his Matt Ryan (23 points) yielded too many points to teammate Roddy White.

4.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (2-4) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (2-4)

Score: 86-44 Team Merrill (38 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Miles Austin (Team Szombatfalvy) and TE Jason Witten (Team Szombatfalvy)
Reaction/Prediction:
Seth and Team Merrill finally received a decent day from his Jaguar duo of Maurice Jones-Drew (17 points) and Mike Sims-Walker (9 points). I don't even want to do any name-drops on Team Szombatfalvy because it was that bad. Luckily, he still has a small chance with Austin (proj. of 13) and Witten (proj. of 7). However, I don't see the Cowboys scoring 40+ to enable a great comeback, so I'll say good week Team Merill. Mike has a tough hill to climb to the playoffs.

5.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (2-4) vs. Bobby's Bad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-5)

Score: 85-74 Team Klitzman (11 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Hakeem Nicks (Team Klitzman)
Reaction/Prediction:
Do the victory dance Hakeem Nicks because Team Klitzman is rolling with two straight wins behind solid scoring performances. Dwayne Bowe (20 points) also looked good again and has completely revived his fantasy relevance; I guess playing the Texans and Jaguars pass defense will do that for ya. Sorry to Bobby's Bad-Asses' Kyle Orton (13 points) and Brandon Lloyd (4 points) who were man-handled by the Raiders. Who saw the Raiders winning 59-14?

6.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (5-1) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (2-4)

Score: 91-45 Team McCarthy (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction:
Hmmm, this seems like it's happened before? Oh yeah, when Team Breiby dropped their other game, they won the pity pot. I'm alright with it as long as Tim doesn't win his fifth award. Team McCarthy didn't even need Darren McFadden (43 points) because Michael Turner (26 points) and Knowshon Moreno (20 points) were magnificent. Matt is very dangerous with a healthy backfield, let this week be a warning!

7.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (2-4) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-1)

Score: 84-56 Free Victory (28 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Brandon Jacobs (Team Lee) and WR Roy E. Williams (Team Lee)
Reaction/Prediction:
This one is really interesting because it appears Tim and Free Victory have pulled off the huge upset. Not so fast as Jacobs (proj. of 9) and Williams (proj. of 11) have been great in their last couple of contests. In their last two games, they are averaging a combined 26 points. That's pretty close to the 28 point deficit. However, I'm tending to lean towards the upset staying intact because Tim's year is a roller-coaster. Only Tim can pull off three wins and four pity pots in the first seven weeks. On a positive note, Team Lee proved that any defense versus the Chicago Bears is a must start because the Redskins D/ST (23 points) ate Jay Cutler alive.

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Badgers Rose Bowl Hopes Still Alive!



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Who knew the Wisconsin Badgers only blemish would be a loss to Michigan State after back-to-back games with Big Ten powers Ohio State and Iowa? After an exhilarating win over Ohio State last Saturday, the Badgers came up huge with a come-from-behind 31-30 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

The barnburner at Kinnick Stadium had it all including the Heartland Trophy (a statue of a bull). More importantly, the Badgers kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive as they now sit tied for second in the Big Ten Standings behind only the Spartans who squeaked out a 35-27 win at Northwestern. In a quick turn of events, the Badgers will now become Hawkeye fans when Michigan State takes a trip to Iowa City next weekend.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Week Seven Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (18-24 overall) (1-11 in points predictions) = 20 points (6-1 in week four)
Chad's Record (25-17 overall) (1-11 in points predictions) = 27 points
(5-2 in week four)

*Lines are subject to change


1.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (3-3) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (5-1)

Line: Team Grande -9
Nick's Outlook: The luck continues to build for Team Szmanda as he's allowed only 59.6 fantasy points to opposing teams which is just crazy. However, his fantasy players have hit a patch of unluck because of the Indianapolis Colts' plethora of injuries. Team Szmanda's Austin Collie and Joseph Addai are out for a few weeks. Team Grande also feels the pain as TE Dallas Clark (pictured above) is out for the season. Putting the injuries to the side, I like Grande because his players are simply a tad better. This will be a low-scoring affair, that's for sure.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook:
Kolb gave the Eagles great reason last week to give him his starting position back with 23 fantasy points for Grande. He also hopes to see a hot T. Owens continue what he started the two games before bye (44 points). Can Szmanda’s A. Rodgers elude the man who sacked him 8 times in two games last season (J. Allen)?
Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

2.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (2-4) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-3)

Line: Team Grays -37
Nick's Outlook: I'm so glad I guaranteed the playoffs because my team looks like it's on the rise. After scoring the most points last week, my projections look great this week because of Ray Rice (proj. of 24) and his amazing match-up with the lowly Buffalo Bills. Joe's sliding while losing two straight, but does have Steven Jackson (proj. of 20) who will be going for his sixth straight double-digit effort. Unfortunately for Joe, Jackson is the only star poised for a big day besides the risky Greg Jennings (proj. of 14). That's nothing compared to my seven double-digit projections. I should win big this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
The only blemish in Grays’ lineup this week is a Schaub on bye. This team looks primed and could be dangerous if they sneak into a playoff spot. R. Rice should continue to show why he was a top 5 draft pick against a horrific buffalo team. Wizard killer must be happy that Big Ben showed that his time off didn’t effect his play at all and S. Jackson is not on a losing team!
Chad's Prediction: Team Grays

3.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-2) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (4-2)

Line: Team Lowenberg -19
Nick's Outlook: This would be my match-up of the week, but Rory's team doesn't look as good without Jahvid Best and Chris Cooley. Other than that, Peyton Hillis (proj. of 16) will be a workhorse against the Saints and Randy Moss (proj. of 14) always plays well against the Packers. Team Lowenberg's team is ready for the battle as Adrian Peterson (proj. of 18) and Tony Romo (proj. of 16) will put up killer numbers once again. It won't be those guys who win the match-up though, watch out for last week's fantasy MVP Jeremy Maclin (proj. of 13). Maclin should get a lot of looks with DeSean Jackson out because of a concussion. Lowenberg wins his third straight after starting 2-2 on the season.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

Chad's Outlook:
I'm convinced that R. Moss is going to have the biggest game of his season this week against the packers. It only seems fitting that B. Favre comes to Green Bay and fires Tds to the player that he vouched for so much while he was in Green Bay. For team Lowenberg, that may leave lots of yards for Peterson. It’s relatively interesting that T. Romo has some huge numbers and his team is only 1-5. Then again, the same situation has presented itself in San Diego.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

4.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (2-4) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (2-4)

Line: Team Merrill -3
Nick's Outlook: You have to be kidding me, Team Merrill's Antonio Gates may not play and still gets a projection of 11. I know he's the top tight end by far, but he has a toe injury that I believe is being looked over with a little too much haste. On the other side of the argument, they do play the Patriots who suck against the pass. Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 15) will be looking for a bounce-back game against the Chiefs while teammate Mike Sims-Walker (proj. of 9) will look to change his entire season around. Team Szombatfalvy is hoping the Chargers/Patriots game will be a shootout because Philip Rivers (proj. of 18) and Deion Branch (proj. of 11) both represent the big man on Sundays. Even if those guys don't perform, I can't see Chris Johnson (proj. of 16) and Miles Austin (proj. of 13) laying duds this weekend. I like Team Szombatfalvy to win and really put Team Merrill's playoff chances on life support.
Nick's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy (UPSET Special)

Chad's Outlook:
Cutler’s interceptions have been down this year, but his fumbles have been up. Either way, he has disappointed Merrill a whole lot. Crabtree is finally starting to look like the receiver he was back at Texas Tech. Szom sure must be happy that C.J. is a stat hog, gaining an extra 9 points at the end of last weeks game even when he should have been on the bench.
Chad's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

5.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (2-4) vs. Bobby's Bad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-5)

Line: Team Klitzman -10
Nick's Outlook: This game will most likely be closer than advertised. I love the match-ups in front of Team Klitzman's Frank Gore (proj. of 19) and Dwayne Bowe (proj. of 14). Hakeem Nicks (proj. of 11) seems to be dealing with a hamstring injury, but most certainly wants to play on Monday Night and if he does play, he will come through in a big way against the Cowboys. On the other side, this is a must win for Bobby's Bad-Asses. A lot rests on Kyle Orton (proj. of 19) and Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 15). Robert and John are really hoping they can shred an Oakland Raiders defense who hasn't been very good to say the least. Regardless, with Gore against the Panthers and Bowe against the Jaguars, I can't pick against Kari this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Outlook:
I like any Ravens offensive player this week against Buffalo and Klitzman has two (Flacco and Mason). F. Gore against Panthers looks really juicy too. Who would have thought B. Lloyd would have been the number 1 receiver? And that the 5’8” D. Woodhead would have an impact on the Pats offense. Both will contribute this week to the Bad-asses. They should also find a kicker.
Chad's Prediction: Team Klitzman

6.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (5-1) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (2-4)

Line: Team McCarthy -14
Nick's Outlook: Team Breiby not favored is something we don't see very often. In a week where Team Breiby's two best players in Peyton Manning and Arian Foster are on byes, I would hope Matt can put up a fight. Team McCarthy has Tom Brady (proj. of 17) who takes on a Chargers defense who has been humiliated lately and Michael Turner (proj. of 15) in an interesting game against the Bengals. Breiby won't have a horrible week as LeSean McCoy (proj. of 20) will get a lot of work versus Seattle. With Manning on a bye, starting the rookie Max Hall (proj. of 10) is a huge risk for Chad, so I'm going to play it safe and pick Matt to get the win.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy

Chad's Outlook:
Team Breiby owns the top two fantasy scorers through week six, but fortunately for Team McCarthy, they are both on bye this week (Manning and Foster). On the upside for Team Breiby, Team McCarthy is the lowest scoring team in the league. Hall will have to hold Team Breiby up this week and McCarthy will attempt to take #1 down.
Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

7.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (2-4) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-1)

Line: Team Lee -30
Nick's Outlook: Tim might just give Team Lee a "free victory" this week. With only two players in double-digit projections, Matt Forte (proj. of 16) and Hines Ward (proj. of 14), Tim will most definitely go for his fifth pity pot award. Meanwhile, Team Lee will keep rolling behind strong days from Drew Brees (proj. of 21) and Rashard Mendendall (proj. of 16). Isaac might as well book his ticket to the fantasy playoffs because his team should be more than safe with six wins.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lee

Chad's Outlook:
Just as is says. Free Victory.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lee

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Lowest (Wizard Killer) and Highest (Team Grays) (That's right, same game!)

Chad's Prediction: Lowest (Team Szmanda) and Highest (Team Lowenberg)

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Thoughts on Badgers Basketball Media Day


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

On Thursday, the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll debuted with the Wisconsin Badgers coming in at #24. Thursday was also declared Media Day for the basketball team which featured a twenty minute press conference with Head Coach Bo Ryan.

Ryan had a lot to talk about including the new ranking, Jon Leuer and replacing two key senior guards from last season.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Badgers J.J. Watt to Become a Household Name



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Prior to the Badgers' 31-18 win over the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, not many outside of Madison were aware of the name J.J. Watt.

Now, just ask the Buckeyes' quarterback Terrelle Pryor and he can tell you all about the name.

Watt came up huge this past Saturday by sacking Pryor twice and collecting four tackles. Three of those four tackles resulted in a loss in yardage. Not bad for a guy who was attending community college and delivering pizzas less than three years ago.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NFC North Review: Minnesota Vikings Gain Ground

By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but a win nonetheless as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 in the hyped-up "Panic Bowl." The Vikings were the only team in the NFC North to grab a win this past Sunday while the other three teams all lost in close games decided by single digits.

If Week Six provided any message about the NFC North, it was regarding the division title being up for grabs.

Here's a look at each team in the highly competitive NFC North:

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Week Six Fantasy Awards: Pity Pot Award Should be Named After Tim Harwood


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Pity Pot Winner: pity pot partyboy (Tim Harwood)
This is just crazy. For the fourth time in six weeks, Tim's fantasy team has scored the lowest amount of points. A little more drama this week as Tim and Rory's teams both tied with 64 points. However, rules state the team with the highest amount of bench points wins by tiebreaker. This was a bad thing for Rory as he had 23 to Tim's 8 bench points. I'm making a big push to name the pity pot after Tim somehow. Any suggestions are definitely welcome!

MVP of the Week: WR Jeremy Maclin (7 REC, 159 YDS and 2 TDs = 27 points)
I'm not sure Maclin would of had such a big day if it wasn't for DeSean Jackson leaving with a concussion in the first half of the game. Jackson's concussion is a blessing in disguise for Maclin as he now becomes the undisputed lead dog in a high-flying Eagles offense. A trip to Tennessee next week will most likely cut Maclin's production in half. Even with the tough match-up looming, he's still a must-start until Jackson returns.

Honorable Mention: QB Kevin Kolb (23 points), WR Dwayne Bowe (22 points) and Ryan Torain (22 points)

Worst Performance of the Week: WR Hakeem Nicks (3 RECs for 8 YDS = 0 points)
This was not the way to represent a number-one fantasy wide receiver ranking. Prior to the Lions locking down Nicks, he was averaging 15 fantasy points a game. Fellow wideout Steve Smith was the benefactor this week with seven fantasy points. More frightening for Nicks' owners was the success of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in the red-zone. Expect Nicks to be a much more integral piece of the offense versus the Dallas Cowboys next week.

Wasting Away (Best Bench Player): QB Kevin Kolb (23/29, 326 YDS, 3 TDs and 1 INT = 23 points)
As is the case every week, the plot continues to thicken in Philadelphia. Head Coach Andy Reid continues to stick with Michael Vick as the starter when healthy. However, Kolb was sensational in an unbelievable display of accuracy. Something to think about is how Reid and the Eagles may be stirring up a quarterback controversy in order to throw opposing teams' gameplans out of whack. Until Vick is at 100%, feel free to plug in Kolb to your fantasy line-up.

Best Free Agent Pick-Up: WR Pierre Garcon (4 RECs, 103 YDS and 1 TD = 16 points)
Garcon has been going back and forth from free agent pool to owned in many fantasy leagues across the nation. With what started as a fantasy sleeper candidacy, Garcon has finally stepped up in the last two weeks with 10 receptions and 21 fantasy points. Even with Austin Collie in the game against the Redskins, Peyton Manning looked Garcon's way many times. Expect the same against a horrific Houston Texans secondary in week eight after a week seven bye week for the Colts.

Somebody Pick Me Up (Best Free Agent): RB Chris Ivory (175 total YDS and 1 TD = 16 points)
Ivory may have looked like a beast against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he's not selling me on the New Orleans' running game. One thing is for sure, Ivory looked much better than Ladell Betts and Julius Jones who combined for only 52 yards on 15 carries. In a deep league, Ivory is worthy of a look because of the high demand for running backs. You could do a lot worse than a match-up with the Cleveland Browns in week six.

Hurts So Bad (Biggest Injury): TE Antonio Gates
With all of the big injuries this weekend, I chose Gates because he currently has an 85 game-starting streak that may be at risk because of a toe/ankle injury. Gates attempted to play through the injury, but he had to stop after failing to put pressure on his ankle. Not only does he have a nice iron-man streak going, Gates is the number one tight end in fantasy football. At an average of 17.4 fantasy points a week, Gates is not only an important piece to the Chargers, but also to many fantasy owners. With the Chargers struggling mightily, they need Gates more than any other player because QB Philip Rivers success directly correlates with the success of his favorite target Gates. Expect him to make the start on Sunday, just don't know how effective he will be against a confident New England Patriots team.

Let me know what you think about this week's awards. Were there any snubs or how do you feel about anything going on in the fantasy league or the NFL?

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Badgers' Coach Bret Bielema Finally Notches The Big One

By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

The fourth time is a charm as the Wisconsin Badgers and Head Coach Bret Bielema stunned the nation by knocking off the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes by the score of 31-18 in front of an electric atmosphere at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.

The Badgers were well prepared for the Buckeyes and dominated from the ensuing kick-off which saw David Gilreath run 97 yards for a touchdown and quick 7-0 lead.

Many critics believed Bielema was unable to take the Badgers to the next level because of his track-record in big games versus Big Ten opponents (5-8 vs. ranked Big Ten Teams and 0-3 vs. Ohio State). They can now look elsewhere because Bielema coached his Badgers to one of the biggest wins in school history.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week Six Monday Night Heroes

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

When the Badgers pull the biggest of upsets, you pretty much know the Packers are going to let you down. It can't all be good in Wisconsin sports. The Packers have now played in two overtime games in a row, both losses to game-winning field goals. This one hurt even more because it was in front of Packer Nation at Lambeau Field. With a huge game against the Vikings looming, the Packers need to pull their team back together. How that's going to happen, I'm not exactly sure.

On the plus side, I've earned a win in fantasy! For those of you who still have the win in doubt, make sure to check out the following possible Monday Night Heroes in the following game:

Tennessee Titans (3-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)

1.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (3-2) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-2)

Score: 89-73 Team Lowenberg (16 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: K Josh Scobee (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction: Scobee (proj. of 8) can do the victory dance because Team Lowenberg's Jeremy Maclin (27 points, pictured above) took care of business after fellow wideout DeSean Jackson left the game with a concussion in the first half of the Eagles' 31-17 thrashing of the Falcons. Nick also received great production from Tony Romo (20 points). This is now two losses in a row for Joe who's fantasy team was basically jinxed when Tim changed the name to "Brian's ....." (I won't finish it because it's definitely not PG-13)! On the plus side, Ben Roethlisberger's (20 points) return was nothing to shy away from.

2.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (2-3) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (4-1)

Score: 85-58 Team Szmanda (27 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Chris Johnson (Team Szombatfalvy)
Reaction/Prediction: Mike needs a huge day from Johnson (proj. of 24) to come back in this one. Miles Austin's (1 point) stock came back down to reality against the Vikings and Earnest Graham (0 points) left with a hamstring injury. Team Szmanda wants some respect if he pulls out the win because at 5-1 with offensive juggernauts Aaron Rodgers (21 points), Joseph Addai (16 points) and Calvin Johnson (20 points, Jason's bench), his team is a force to be reckoned with. By the way, Jason can go out and get a wideout for tomorrow because Kevin Walter did not play today.

3.) Bobby's Bad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-4) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (2-3)

Score: 79-74 Team Grande (5 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Vince Young (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction:
Team Grande continues to play some good fantasy football while Bobby's Bad-Asses will become the worst team in the league. As long as Young (proj. of 16) doesn't get -6 which is probably impossible against a terrible Jaguars pass defense, Grande will move to .500 and take momentum into week seven. How bout that trade for Kevin Kolb (23 points)? Vick may sit on the bench until he's 100 percent healthy which could be a good thing for Anthony. Robert and John can only do one thing, that's hit the waiver-wire on Wednesday and try to improve the team. They have to like what they see from LaDainian Tomlison (18 points), who has risen to a top-ten fantasy back.

4.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (2-3) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (1-4)

Score: 84-77 Team Grays (7 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: K Rob Bironas (Team Grays)
Reaction/Prediction:
I would like to thank the Colts' defense for their awesome mis-tackles of Redskins RB Ryan Torain (22 points). It made my night as I just laughed because Torain is neither shifty or fast, the Colts just couldn't bring him down. Bironas (proj. of 7) should bring my total into the 90s which is not too bad at all. The return of Knowshon Moreno (2 points) for Team McCarthy was not positive at all, but Mike Wallace (15 points) did benefit from Big Ben's return in Pittsburgh.

5.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (4-1) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-1)

Score: 79-64 Team Lee (15 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Nate Washington (Team Lee)
Reaction/Prediction:
Who said Drew Brees (20 points) lost a step? He looked spectacular with his sixth straight double-digit performance (Peyton Manning can't even claim that). Rory's team looked nothing like his 4-1 record as Matt Ryan (14 points) and Johnny Knox (13 points) were the only bright spots. Marques Colston (5 points) looks to be at a great disadvantage in New Orleans because Brees likes to share with everyone. Team Lee's Nate Washington (proj. of 13) should make the match-up look even more lopsided as Isaac holds onto his first-place tie in the league.

6.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (4-1) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (2-3)

Score: 95-63 Team Breiby (32 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Team Merrill) and WR Mike Sims-Walker (Team Merrill)
Reaction/Prediction:
Team Breiby's Arian Foster (21 points) has to be the early front runner for biggest surprise and fantasy MVP on the season. He's recorded a fantasy game in the 20s, 30s and 40s; the only player to do so this season. Even with the great bounce-back week, Chad hasn't secured the win yet as Team Merrill will try to win on Monday night once again by deploying MJD (proj. of 11) and Sims-Walker (proj. of 5). For both of these guys to overcome a 32 point barrier, Seth will have to hope the game is high-scoring and emphasized around Jones-Drew and Sims-Walker. For some reason, I don't think that will happen. Chad should join Team Szmanda and Team Lee at the top of the fantasy standings.

7.) pity pot partyboy (Tim Harwood) (2-3) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (1-4)

Score: 76-64 Team Klitzman (12 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Kenny Britt (Team Klitzman)
Reaction/Prediction: It took six weeks, but the curse is finally over. I picked Kari in my weekly predictions and she actually won this week. I'll also take credit for suggesting the start of Dwayne Bowe (22 points) who was only projected at six. Quick story short; Kari actually said she would drop Bowe because he had been so worthless this season, but I told her to stick by him and good things would happen. Tim's squad was lackluster as expected, headlined by Derrick Ward (12 points). You know it's bad when the top-scorer on your team is a back-up running back who only received three carries (which he did break off for 58 yards and a TD). In a crazy turn of events, Tim has locked up his fourth pity pot because he has less bench points than Rory's The Rippin and the Tearin. Maybe next season, we will name the pity pot after Tim!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Week Six Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (12-23 overall) (0-10 in points predictions) = 12 points (3-4 in week four)
Chad's Record (20-15 overall) (1-9 in points predictions) = 22 points
(3-4 in week four)

*Lines are subject to change

1.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (3-2) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-2)

Line: Team Lowenberg -32
Nick's Outlook: When everything looked all and dandy for Joe last week, Matt McCarthy sneaked up and grabbed a win with Monday Night Hero Percy Harvin (pictured above). Things don't get better this week as Wizard Killer must depend on Darren Sproles (proj. of 2) because of Tim Hightower and Jonathan Stewart who are on bye weeks. Team Lowenberg should cruise to a win this week with great productions from Adrian Peterson (proj. of 20) and Roddy White (proj. of 14).
Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

Chad's Outlook:
Battle of the 3-2s. Team Lowenberg has R. Brown rushing against a depleted packers defense, Romo passing against a hurt vikings secondary, and Peterson running hard and fast because he’s pissed his team is 1-3. On the other side of the ball, Wizard Killer is having some Bye week issues. 4 on bye will cause him to sub in his last option at running back, D. Sproles who has 11 points on the season. This could turn out to be a rough week for Wizard Killer.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

2.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (2-3) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (4-1)

Line: Team Szombatfalvy -14
Nick's Outlook: Mike had a huge week last week by putting up 115 points, the high for the week. His team should keep rolling as Chris Johnson (proj. of 24) plays a bad Jaguars team and Miles Austin (proj. of 15) may just be the best fantasy wideout in the game. Team Szmanda's team is full of Q's meaning there's a chance four of them might not even play and if they do, how effective will they be? Team Szombatfalvy should shake the league up a bit!
Nick's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

Chad's Outlook:
So Miles Austin will be on the receiving end of Romo throwing all day against the Vikings and P. Rivers for MVP maybe? C.J.s match up against Jacksonville should turn out real swell. Good thing for Szmanda, Rodgers should be playing this week and against a mediocre Miami defense. Other than Mr. Green-Ellis, Szmanda has some running back concerns. Sitting a hurt Calvin Johnson is probably a good idea against a wicked Giants pass defense that sacked Cutler a 100 times a few weeks ago.
Chad's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

3.) Bobby's Bad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-4) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (2-3)

Line: Team Grande -28
Nick's Outlook: I hate to keep picking the favorites, but Team Grande looks primed to win after a tough loss last week. I have a feeling Bobby's Bad-Asses are really reaching with Danny Woodhead (proj. of 1) and Dexter McCluster (proj. of 3) this week. I like McCluster as a player a lot actually, but he's not quite fantasy relevant yet. Vince Young (proj. of 17) may have his best match-up of the year and Ahmad Bradshaw (proj. of 18) is finally healthy and ready to run over a Detroit Lions team.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook:
Team Grande has some pretty decent projections with all his players sitting in double digit territory, BUT we all know projections can be very wrong. Andre Johnson and P. Thomas should both finally be healthy enough this week to post up some numbers for Grande. The reason why I thought A. Rodgers going as the 1st overall pick (or any QB) was so absurd is because undrafted Kyle Orton has more Fantasy points than him. Now show me an undrafted running back that has more points than A. Peterson or C. Johnson. I don’t think so. With Ochocinco and D. Williams on Bye, it looks like BOBBY is going to have to sub in someone on his very thin bench. D. Brown, J. Ringer, and J. Jones are all deep in the shadows of their team’s super stars and also all projected at 1.
Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

4.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (2-3) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (1-4)

Line: Team Grays -33
Nick's Outlook: Once again, I have some great projections. Let's hope this week goes a little better, as last week saw two of my fantasy starters leave the game in the first quarter. They have both been ruled out for the season. Matt pulled out a win last week, but still has some injuries to deal with, most notable Knowshon Moreno (proj. of 2) who hasn't played in three weeks. Conversely, my running backs are ready to go off. Ray Rice (proj. of 15), Ryan Torain (proj. of 14) and Jamaal Charles (proj. of 17) SHOULD lead me to a win!
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
Mr. League Commissioner sure wouldn’t be happy if he didn’t make the payoffs in his own league. At 1-4, he looks to crush Team McCarthy in week 6. Good news for Grays though, R. Rice finally woke up last week and is starting to look very good. He’s getting great productivity out of J. Charles and can’t complain about back up R. Torain for Washington. It looks like Grays will also be starting Freeman over a struggling Schaub this week. Both are projected at 12 and both match up against decent pass defenses (Schaub- New Orleans #10 and Freeman- Kansas City #11). For McCarthy, will T. Brady’s productivity be devastated by the loss of Moss? I also think P. Harvin’s projection of 5 is very shy. With Moss on the team, the doors are wide open for the 2nd year to produce yards and TDs, just like last week.
Chad's Prediction: Team Grays

5.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (4-1) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-1)

Line: The Rippin and the Tearin -3
Nick's Outlook: Match-up of the week here. The winner of this game moves one game closer to locking up a playoff spot. I'm thinking seven wins and possibly six will earn a team a playoff spot at the end of the regular season. With the departure of Randy Moss (proj. of 12) who happens to be on Rory's team, I think Isaac's Wes Welker (proj. of 11) falls into a nice spot fantasy speaking. Give the little man the win this week because I think Rory's Peyton Hillis (proj. of 12) is a little more banged up than the Cleveland Browns are admitting.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lee (UPSET SPECIAL)

Chad's Outlook:
I was pretty excited to see Team Lee lose last week because it allowed me to pick up a quick 5$ pity pot and still maintain first place in the league. R. Williams for Team Lee is finally starting to show why Dallas payed so much for him out of Detroit last season. M. Bush did some work in last week’s first win over the Chargers in 7 years and Drew Brees rolled over for rookie Max Hall in his first NFL start. For Rippin, Randy Moss had his second best game of the season for his first start with Brett Favre at the Jets with less than a weeks practice together. Lets see what they can accomplish at home together against Dallas.
Chad's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

6.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (4-1) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (2-3)

Line: Team Breiby -38
Nick's Outlook: No way Peyton Manning (proj. of 27) fails to reach double-digits two weeks in a row. His seven fantasy points last week made me realize the Chiefs defense is the real deal. Nice pick-up of Anthony Armstrong (proj. of 4) because he appears to have the tools to become a nice #2 for the Redskins opposite to Santana Moss. Team Merrill may have lucked into a win last week, but this week, he'll need more than Antonio Gates' (proj of 16) 17.4 points a game to pull the upset here. Who knows though, it is fantasy, two of Chad's players could fall into season-ending injuries in the first quarter of their respective games (I'm still a little bitter if you can't tell)!
Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Outlook:
It looks like Grays’ predictions of me losing the first five weeks in a row finally came true for the first time last week. Despite LeSean McCoy’s broken ribs and Foster’s 2 point performance last week, they are still ranked 1 and 2 for fantasy running backs in terms of points scored. ESPN doesn’t think they will slow down at all this week, projecting both at 18. Jay Cutler will return this week shooting against a 28th ranked Seattle pass defense. Peyton Manning (Proj. 27) will be trying to bounce back from a 7 point performance against a terrible Washington Secondary. Antonio Gates has almost 500 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns in 5 games and is Team Merrill’s scariest player. Team Breiby shouldn’t have a problem bouncing back from a Pity Pot win from last week.
Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

7.) pity pot partyboy (Tim Harwood) (2-3) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (1-4)

Line: Team Klitzman -35
Nick's Outlook: Alright, maybe I am jinxing Kari by picking her. Rory's fantasy team pulled the biggest come-back of the year (29 points down with a WR and D/ST to play on Monday Night). Superstition has to play in a loss like that, right? Nonetheless, after a breakout performance from pity pot partyboy last week, it's time for the team to go on a three-week hiatus, so I still like Team Klitzman. I love the receivers this week; Dwayne Bowe (proj. of 6), Hakeem Nicks (proj. of 16) and Kenny Britt (proj. of 13). Bowe and Britt play two of the softest pass defenses in the league in Houston and Jacksonville while Nicks flaunts his #1 fantasy-WR status against the Lions. Tim has way too many question-marks including the elbow of Brett Favre (proj. of 9) to pull out the win this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Outlook:
How much does the League Manager’s baby’s momma hate B. Favre now? He happen to throw a late pick 6 in last week’s Monday night thriller to give the Jets defense 16 points and Linton a 1 point win. This week she’s coming back strong and Partyboy hopes to reclaim his pitty pot award from me. Actually, after Tim adjusts his line up, this could be a match. M. Forte and R. Wayne are clicking on all cylinders. B. Favre is showing life as of late 3rd quarter last week and H. Ward finally has Big Ben back. If Tim goes and picks up D. Carpenter for Miami kicker and the Bucs Defense instead of the Ravens(proj. at -3), he may have a decent chance to take this down. Kari might get some good productivity out of Flacco this week against the Patriots in what could be a shootout. Frank Gore had a terrible week 5, but still pounded out 9 points. 20 this week wouldn’t be asking too much.
Chad's Prediction: Team Klitzman

8.) Points Predictions:

Nick's Prediction: Lowest (pity pot partyboy) and Highest (Team Klitzman)

Chad's Prediction: Lowest (Wizard Killer) and Highest (
Team Breiby) (ya... I did just do that)

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