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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