Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Week Five Fantasy Awards: Forte Runs Over the Worst Team in the NFL

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Pity Pot Winner: Team Breiby (Chad Breiby)
Quite the fall for a team which was downright dominant in the first four weeks. Team Breiby's 42 points was one of the lowest outputs of the season and will bring his out-of-this-world scoring average to a more respectable 98 points a game. To show how bad his week actually was, LeSean McCoy's 19 points on the bench would have still given Chad the $5 from the pity pot. Next week, he will try to bounce back against Team Merrill who is bowing to Shonn Greene (11 points) for his Monday Night Hero effort against the Vikings. Early projections seem to favor Team Breiby.

MVP of the Week: RB Matt Forte (188 total YDS and 2 TDs = 30 points)
Somebody had to score in the Chicago Bears' 23-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers looked by far the worst team in the NFL. Bears' QB Todd Collins (-7 points) probably had the worst fantasy performance in a win in fantasy history. Despite the signal-callers four interceptions, Forte still found time to get 22 carries for 166 yards (7.5 average) and two touch-downs, including a 68 yard scamper in the first quarter. Forte also caught two of Collins' six completions for 22 yards. Coming into the season, few speculated Forte could bounce back from a horrific sophomore slump. He's done more than that as his performance on Sunday was his second 30-point effort in five games. Next week, the Bears host the Seattle Seahawks who rank 2nd in the league at limiting opposing rushers to 72.8 rushing yards a game. Expect Forte to still have a decent game because the Bears really have no other option right now.

Honorable Mention: RB Ray Rice (27 points), WR Brandon Lloyd (25 points), RB Chris Johnson (25 points) and WR Hakeem Nicks (25 points)

Worst Performance of the Week: WR Demaryius Thomas (2 REC for 12 YDS and a fumble = -1 points)
The rookie Thomas was blasted on a kick-off return, resulting in what has been classified a head/neck injury. The rookie hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's contest with the Jets yet, but just the sound of a head/neck injury is never a good thing. Five Broncos have already been ruled out for week six, so that could be encouraging. Either way, Thomas doesn't look like a good start after his bad performance against the Ravens.

Wasting Away (Best Bench Player): WR Malcom Floyd (8 REC for 213 YDS and 1 TD = 27 points)
This one really hurts because I lost my fantasy match-up by a meager three points. Not only that, one of my wide receivers, Mark Clayton (0 points), left the first quarter with a season-ending knee injury. It doesn't end there as I actually had Floyd in the line-up until I realized the Raiders might clamp down on him as the number one receiver in a pass-happy Chargers offense. Let's just say Floyd might be a lock in my line-up from this point on. If Floyd doesn't record double-digits versus the Rams next week, this is not my year.

Best Free Agent Pick-Up: K Jason Hanson (3/3 in FG and 5/5 in XPs = 16 points)
Not too bad for Joe's first free agent pick-up of the year. The Lions annihilated the Rams by the tune of 44-6. When's the last time the Lions won a game by 38 points? I'm not sure, but Hanson was probably there as he's been one of the league's most consistent kickers while in his 19th season with the Lions. That's a lot of miserable years; raise a glass to Hanson this week!

Somebody Pick Me Up (Best Free Agent): Lions D/ST (6 PA, 2 INT, 1 FR and 2 TD = 26 points)
More media time for the Lions? Deservedly so as the Lions made FOX Sports' Terry Bradshaw look stupid for his pre-game interview with Rams' QB Sam Bradford. In my opinion, the Lions are vastly improved from last season and make the NFC North quite interesting. Not only have they been in every game they've played in, they look better and better each week while the Packers, Bears and Vikings seem to be falling in the other direction. This division is up for grabs. Don't get me wrong, the Lions are in no position to win the division, especially considering how the injury to Megatron (Calvin Johnson) seems like it could be serious. Big-Ups to the Lions for putting on a show in front of a sell-out crowd (that never happens).

Hurts So Bad (Biggest Injury): QB Aaron Rodgers
When the number one fantasy draft pick goes down, you know you're dealing with some significant injuries. Concussion. We've all heard the word before and the context doesn't change any here. Rodgers will most likely miss at least the next week for cautionary reasons. It might be time for the Packers to panic. Did you know back-up QB Matt Flynn has never started an NFL game in his short NFL career. That could be a problem against a decent Miami Dolphins team coming off a full week of preparation. It should be a good one or possibly an ugly one at Lambeau Field this Sunday!

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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