Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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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