Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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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