Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Ten's Freshman of the Year comes down to Scheelhaase and White


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Four weeks ago, The Sports Bank's founder and senior writer Paul Banks named the Illini's freshman QB Nathan Scheelhaase the most likely candidate to win 2010 Freshman of the Year. Deservedly so as Scheelhaase grabbed Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the week after a magnificent win over Purdue where he went for 118 on the ground and tossed four touchdowns through the air.

But, that was all before the Wisconsin Badgers took off as one of the hottest teams in the country behind one of the most potent rushing attacks in all of college football. An instrumental piece of the Badgers' rushing attack is freshman RB James White who has run for 1,029 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Together, Scheelhaase and White have combined for nine of the twelve Big Ten Freshman of the Week Honors given out throughout the season. When the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award is given out Monday night, one of these guys will surely be the recipient. The question is, which one?

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wisconsin Badgers Are Rose Bowl Bound



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

With a 70-23 trouncing of the Northwestern Wildcats, the Rose Bowl committee has seen enough. They should and most likely will invite the Wisconsin Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

An invitation would mark the Badgers' first trip to the elite New Year's Day Bowl since beating Stanford 17-9 in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Ironically enough, the Badgers may face off with #6 Stanford who appear to be a legitimate at-large option for a BCS bowl this season.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Week Twelve Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (37-40 overall) (3-19 in points predictions) = 43 points (4-3 in week eleven)
Chad's Record (46-31 overall) (2-20 in points predictions) = 50 points
(4-3 in week eleven)

1.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (6-5) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (6-5)
Nick's Outlook: Joe is on a surprising three-game winning streak including a baller pot in week eleven. That's not too bad for a guy who has avoided the waiver wire all year long. Greg Jennings (proj. of 22) may be a little over-projected against a decent Falcons secondary, but Steven Jackson (proj. of 19, pictured above) is due for a big day against the Broncos. On the other side, Rory has this year's fantasy MVPs in Peyton Hillis (proj. of 25) and Michael Vick (proj. of 20). This one will most likely be close because of Joe's current streak, but I'll stick with Rory on a hunch.
Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

Chad's Outlook:
It’s interesting that Rippin is currently a #2 seed, but theoretically speaking could miss the playoffs by losing the next two weeks and having a lower point total for the tie breaker. It’s a safe bet that if the Rippin wins one out of the next two, he’s in. The same goes for Wizard Killer. He has the 3rd best point total out of the 6-5 teams, so the playoffs look promising if at least 1 win can be achieved.
Chad's Prediction: Rippin secures a playoff spot

2.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-3) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (4-7)

Nick's Outlook: Jason can have fun on Thanksgiving because he will have four fantasy players in action. Calvin Johnson (proj. of 23) is one of them against a super soft Patriot's secondary. Kari hopes Frank Gore (proj. of 21) can rebound from a bad game against Tampa Bay. Against Arizona, I expect Gore to more than make-up for his pitiful five fantasy points last week. For that reason, I take Kari in this one to make next week's matchup with Team Grays really interesting.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Outlook:
Szmanda has obviously locked up a playoff spot, but has not locked the #1 seed. Breiby needs to make up only one game in the next two weeks to overtake the #1 seed assuming Szmanda doesn’t make up for the 101 points that he’s behind on their season’s head-to-head total. Of course any 6-5 team could overtake the number one seed with 2 Szmanda losses, 1 Breiby loss, and a whole lot of points. Team Klitzman is in the same boat as the Sad-asses with one major advantage. She has about a 60 point lead over her potential competitors, Merrill and the 2 other 4-7 teams. She also has to beat out her baby’s daddy and hubby in week 13, Grays. Team Klitzman has the best chance out of the 4-7s, but will need a lot of help.
Chad's Prediction: Klitzman upsets and keeps her playoff hopes alive.

3.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (4-7) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-6)

Nick's Outlook:
Is this the week we will see Free Victory's Reggie Bush (proj. of 10) return from his broken leg? I think it is, meaning Tim has a good chance in this one with the hot Steve Johnson (proj. of 15) playing as well. The Bill's Johnson is averaging 12.2 fantasy points a game. However, Johnson also alternates good and bad games much like his fantasy team. For the first time all year, my entire team has double-digit projections. I'm not sure that's a good or bad thing. I'll side with good seeing I was able to snag the Browns D/ST (proj. of 13). I have a feeling Ray Rice (proj. of 19) and Jamaal Charles (proj. of 16) want to be in the fantasy playoffs.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
Grays’ chances aren’t horrible to make the playoffs. He needs to beat Victory and Klitzman the next two weeks and needs Merrill to drop one of the next two while maintaining his point lead over Merrill. Grays has a pretty decent point total, so if any of the current 6-5 teams drop 2 straight, he could win a tie breaker with them instead of Merrill. Free Victory needs to straight up win out if he wants to make the playoffs. All those pity pots are coming back to bite him because he will lose any tie breaker thrown his way with a league low 767 points scored.
Chad's Prediction: Grays keeps his playoff hopes alive while destroying Free Victory’s

4.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (5-6) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (6-5)

Nick's Outlook: A must-win for Team Merrill as he doesn't want to fall down to the seven loss mark. Luckily for him, Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 17) and DeSean Jackson (proj. of 15) are two of the hottest fantasy options in the game right now. Meanwhile, Isaac's team has completely collapsed. Drew Brees (proj. of 21), Rashard Mendenhall (proj. of 18) and Dez Bryant (proj. of 11) is all the little man really has. I'm thinking Team Merrill takes this one, essentially putting Team Lee's season in jeopardy.
Nick's Prediction: Team Merrill

Chad's Outlook:
Merrill has just an average season point total of 895 so 2-0 would be the safe route to the playoffs but 1-1 could do it with some big points in the next two weeks. The safe route for Lee is going to be at least one win in the next two because he also has just an average point total at 895. I think Lee secures a spot this week with a win, also giving more hope to grays’ playoff chances.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lee

5.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (7-4) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (4-7)

Nick's Outlook: Team Breiby is the only fantasy team in the league to eclipse 1000 total points this season and Peyton Manning (proj. of 20) and Arian Foster (proj. of 19) are big reasons why. Couple them with LeSean McCoy (proj. of 17) and you're talking some serious firepower. Bobby's Sad Asses have won two straight with solid production from the odd couple, Kyle Orton (proj. of 19) and Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 16). However, I think the Rams' defense is better than advertised, so I'll take Team Breiby because St. Louis will limit the odd couple. That will officially end Robert and John's chances are the playoffs.
Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Outlook:
Mathematically, Breiby cannot miss the playoffs. For the Sad-asses, Merrill and Victory both need to lose this week (which would give Team Grays a win). Merrill and Victory play each other week 13 giving one of the two a 6-7 record. If the Sad-asses’ season point total is more than the winning team of the Merrill-Victory match in week 13 (and more than Team Grays' point total pending a week 13 win for him also), he can make the playoffs as a # 9 seed. Team Klitzman could also win out, achieving a 6-7 record (knocking Team Grays out of the playoffs). In that case, Sad-asses would need to eclipse Klitzman’s point total on the season. This case is assuming that the current 6-5 teams don’t lose their last two games. If such case were to occur, the sad-asses would have a better chance. In a nut-shell, the sad-asses had a sad ass season and their chances of making the playoffs are just as bad as the viking’s chances of making the playoffs.
Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby wins and the Sad-asses miss the playoffs.

6.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (7-4) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-5)

Nick's Outlook: Both of these teams are most likely in the playoffs, but nonetheless this match-up remains an important one for seeding purposes. Not sure if anyone can stop Team McCarthy right now who has reeled off five straight wins. His Tom Brady (proj. of 18) will be thinking Turkey on Thursday while Mike Wallace (proj. of 20) will be thinking touchdown on Sunday like he has many weekends before. Team Lowenberg has sputtered after a hot start. Adrian Peterson (proj. of 20) is still waiting for another break-out game after being limited to only 15 points in the last two weeks combined. Roddy White (proj. of 16) will also try to exploit the Packers' secondary. I'm not sure that will happen, so I'll stick with the streak.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy

Chad's Outlook:
McCarthy is in the playoffs already. Lowenberg can pretty much guarantee a playoff spot unless he puts up two hideous scores this week and next. Lowenberg closely follows Rippin in highest point total out of the 6-5 teams. So if Lowenberg drops the next two, he will most likely win a playoff spot because of the tie breaker. I think Lowenberg wins this week to lock up the spot.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

7.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-8) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (6-5)

Nick's Outlook: Team Szombatfalvy looks to play spoiler behind Chris Johnson (proj. of 24) and Philip Rivers (proj. of 19) while Team Grande tries to avoid a hideous ending to the season. The Giants' officially hate Ahmad Bradshaw (proj. of 17) after naming Brandon Jacobs the starter and Sam Bradford (proj. of 16) should finish the game unlike Vince Young. The new scary trio consists of Andre Johnson (proj. of 15), Terrell Owens (proj. of 15) and Danny Amendola (proj. of 12). Even if Marshall is out of the equation, I like those three to put up some numbers. Give me Grande to clinch his playoff spot this weekend.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook:
Szom has the number one QB in the league and number 14 record. He is the only one that is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Grande needs to scrape at least 1 win to feel good about his playoff hopes because he is the third worst in scoring this year behind SZOM and the pity pot champ. If he loses out, a different 6-7 team will surely win the tie breaker against him. Grays and Klitzman will be rooting for a big SZOM win this week to brighten their playoff hopes. I think SZOM pulls off the upset, just to keep things interesting.
Chad's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Highest (Team McCarthy) and Lowest (Team Szombatfalvy)

Chad's Prediction:
Highest (The Rippin and the Tearin) and Lowest(Bobby's Sad-Asses)

9.) Playoff Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda, The Rippin and the Tearin, Team Breiby, Team Lowenberg, Team McCarthy, Team Grande, Wizard Killer, Team Merrill, Team Klitzman (Team Klitman beats Team Grays in Week 13)

Chad's Prediction:
Team Szmanda, Team Breiby, The Rippin and the Tearin, Team McCarthy, Team Lowenberg, Team Lee, Wizard Killer, Team Merrill, Team Grays (Team Grays pulls a magical finish while Grande drops two straight.)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Week Eleven Fantasy Awards: Playoff Race Creating a Frenzy

By: Nick Grays, The League Commissioner

Baller Pot Winner: Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo, pictured above)
After scoring a league-high 129 points this past week, Joe decided to hit the town to spend $5 which he will eventually receive for winning the weekly baller pot. Since he was straight ballin in fantasy football, he decided to bring out his "inner-pimp." A picture of what he probably looked like on Monday Night is above! At 6-5, Joe seems to be a playoff team, but hasn't mathematically clinched yet.

MVP of the Week: WR Greg Jennings (7 REC, 152 YDS and 3 TD = 33 points)
Who said Greg Jennings is overrated? Yes, the Packers' 31-3 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings was the first time Jennings reached the endzone more than once in a game, but did you know he has scored a touchdown in seven of his ten games. Not many wide-outs can say that. The Falcons rank 26th in the NFL while allowing 25.4 fantasy points to wide-outs. That means another good day for Jennings is very possible.

Honorable Mention: WR Steve Johnson (31 points), QB Aaron Rodgers (30 points), QB Peyton Manning (25 points) and WR Santonio Holmes (24 points)

Worst Performance of the Week: Raiders D/ST (35 PA and 1 FR = -3 points)
After recording three straight double-digit performances, the Raiders D/ST seemed like a decent pick-up. That was no where near the case as they had no answer for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. The climax of a bad performance occurred when Richard Seymour socked Roethlisberger in the face. For his actions, he was ejected from the game and subsequently fined $25,000.

Wasting Away (Best Bench Player): QB Ben Roethlisberger (18/29, 275 YDS, 3 TD, 55 YDS and 1 TD Rushing = 34 points)
As previously mentioned, the Raiders had no answer for Roethlisberger. Not only did he zip the ball around to WR Mike Wallace, he looked like Michael Vick by running in a touchdown to go along with three passing touchdowns. Through six games, Roethlisberger has 12 touchdowns compared to only four interceptions. With a match-up in Buffalo looming, I would guess he's going to get at least a few touchdowns this Sunday.

Best Free-Agent Pick-Up: K Billy Cundiff (3/3 FG and 4 XPM = 14 points)
With bye weeks gone and teams attempting to position their selves for the playoffs, it was a slow week on the waiver wire. But for those who picked up Baltimore Ravens' kicker Billy Cundiff, they were more than delighted. Not only did he get four extra-points due to a surging Ravens' offense and defense, he oddly kicked three field-goals against a bad Carolina Panthers team. It's all good when you can get 10+ from your kicker.

Somebody Pick Me Up (Best Free Agent): Browns D/ST (24 PA, 4 INT, 2 FR and 1 TD = 21 points)
The rookie QB Colt McCoy is turning some heads in Cleveland, but this past Sunday was all about the defense. Despite giving the game up to Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars, they induced a season-high six turnovers. At an average of 8.3 fantasy points per week, the Browns have the fifth best fantasy defense (bet you didn't know that.) It gets even better, they're available in over 90% of leagues and have a dream match-up with the Panthers in Week 12.

Hurts So Bad (Worst Injury): Austin Collie (Concussion)
Wide-receivers are becoming a hot commodity in fantasy football as many team's first couple of options are going down with serious injuries. Collie continues to struggle in overcoming a concussion sustained in week 9. Even though he grabbed five balls for 60 yards in Sunday's contest, he was not able to finish the game because of a head injury. This just goes to show you how serious concussions really are. Collie remains questionable for the Colts' game with the San Diego Chargers.

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, November 22, 2010

Week Eleven Monday Night Heroes!


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Now that I'm done composing a paper on why the rest of American should follow California in outlawing cattle tail-docking, I can finally turn my attention to the lovely week eleven edition of MNH! After this week, we only have two more regular season match-ups. For some, that means fighting for a playoff spot while others are trying to get what they can out of two final tune-ups. My top headlines for this Sunday in football are 1.) Houston Texans pass defense perhaps the worst in history 2.) Brett Favre (pictured above) officially regrets coming back this season 3.) Every division in the NFC is up for grabs.

If that's not enough excitement for you, make sure to check out the following Monday Night Game:

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos 7:30 PM CT (ESPN-HD)

1.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (5-5) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-7)

Score: 103-40 The Rippin and the Tearin (63 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Philip Rivers (Team Szombatfalvy)
Reaction/Prediction: Not even Rivers (proj. of 20) can save Mike and Team Szombatfalvy from officially being eliminated from playoff contention. With the parity in our league, it's pretty close to a sure thing that a 5-8 record will not grant you one of the nine playoff spots. As for Rory, he's one step closer to clinching one of those spots behind a huge day from Marques Colston (23 points). I bet Rory is saying "it's about time," when it comes to Colston.

2.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (4-6) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (5-5)

Score: 129-76 Wizard Killer (53 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Mike Tolbert (Team Klitzman) and K Nate Kaeding (Team Klitzman)
Reaction/Prediction: This one hurts as Tolbert (proj. of 13) and Kaeding (proj. of 10) would need some help from Superman to get over the hump in this match-up. Joe and Wizard Killer left no mercy similar to what Greg Jennings (31 points) did to the Minnesota Vikings defense. The baller pot seems to be Joe's to lose while Kari and Team Klitzman's playoff chances hang by a thread.

3.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (4-6) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-2)

Score: 110-99 Free Victory (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction: Tim continues his bizarre year in fantasy by doing what only two have done in the previous ten weeks; that's beating the top dog Team Szmanda. Tim even had the confidence to do it a player down as Reggie Bush (0 points) decided to give the broken leg another week to heal. The Bills' Steve Johnson (31 points) did more than enough to pick up the slack to overshadow an unbelievable performance from Jason's Aaron Rodgers (30 points). Team Szmanda can only hope his fantasy defense hasn't run out of gas a mere three weeks before his opening playoff game.

4.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (6-4) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-7)

Score: 95-90 Team Lee (5 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Malcom Floyd (Team Grays)
Reaction/Prediction: Floyd (proj. of 15) seems to be healthy and ready to go Monday Night, so my team should be alright. Team Lee is on a major slide since starting the season 4-0. It doesn't help when Rashard Mendenhall (9 points) and Brandon Jacobs (3 points) fail to produce in any way possible. Meanwhile, my fantasy players are continuing to rack up the yards, but they avoid the end-zone like they're allergic to touchdowns. Jamaal Charles (11 points) has produced five double-digit performances where he didn't grace the end zone. In the end, I think I sneak out with the win, but from a playoff perspective, I would say my chances are still slim.

5.) Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (3-7) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (5-5)

Score: 69-50 Bobby's Sad-Asses (19 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Kyle Orton (Bobby's Sad-Asses), WR Brandon Lloyd (Bobby's Sad-Asses), TE Antonio Gates (Team Merrill) and WR Patrick Crayton (Team Merrill)
Reaction/Prediction: Mark this win up for Robert and John because I see no reason Orton (proj. of 18) and Lloyd (proj. of 21) don't outscore Gates (proj. of 12) and Crayton (proj. of 4). That's too bad because Seth's Maurice Jones-Drew (23 points) is on a roll. Bobby's Sad-Asses can say the same about Fred Jackson (24 points) who is single-handily keeping them in the playoff race. Team Merrill takes a step back, but is still alive.

6.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-4) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-4)

Score: 118-73 Team Breiby (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction: Chad and Team Breiby can punch their tickets to the playoffs because they have arrived. If not for the big zero from Anquan Boldin (0 points), Peyton Manning (25 points) and Arian Foster (23 points) could have possibly brought $5 home. On the other side, Team Lowenberg's team looked atrocious with six players in single digits. With the loss, he's still most likely in the playoffs, but there is a mathematical chance he can miss out on the big dance.

7.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (6-4) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (6-4)

Score: 78-65 Team McCarthy (13 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Knowshon Moreno (Team McCarthy)
Reaction/Prediction: Similar to the previous match-up, Matt and Team McCarthy can pop the cork as they will be in the playoffs. Michael Turner (19 points) was magnificent and his other running back Moreno (proj. of 11) can do the victory dance this Monday. Anthony has to be absolutely furious with Ahmad Bradshaw (0 points) who had the case of the dropsies on Sunday Night. Moreover, Vince Young (6 points) left the game with an injury, what a surprise? Similar to Team Lowenberg's situation, Team Grande is most likely in the playoffs, but has not yet clinched.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Badgers Three-Headed Monster of Ball, Clay and White


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

For the second consecutive week, the Wisconsin Badgers' starting running back John Clay missed a game while nursing a MCL injury. It didn't matter as Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards and six touchdowns en route to a rare 48-28 win over Michigan in the Big House.

With the win, #7 Wisconsin improved to 10-1 for just the third time in school history (1998 and 2006) and will clinch at least a share of the Big Ten Title with a win over Northwestern at Camp Randall next week.

In addition to having the luxury of running behind one of the best offensive lines in the county, each of the Badgers' running backs bring their own unique style to the gridiron.

John Clay is the powerful back who looks to run through the tackles and over the competition while James White likes to use his shifty moves to break it to the sidelines. Montee Ball who has most recently broken on the scene is like a combination of Clay and White in that he can use his speed and power to elude tacklers. Together, they form what is known as the Badgers' Three-Headed Monster.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Week Eleven Fantasy Predictions From Nick and Chad


Nick's Record (33-37 overall) (3-17 in points predictions) = 39 points (3-4 in week ten)
Chad's Record (42-28 overall) (2-18 in points predictions) = 46 points
(3-4 in week ten)

1.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (5-5) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-7)

Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin
Chad's Prediction:
The Rippin and the Tearin

2.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (4-6) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (5-5)

Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman
Chad's Prediction:
Team Klitzman

3.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (4-6) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-2)

Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda
Chad's Prediction:
Team Szmanda

4.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (6-4) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-7)

Nick's Prediction: Team Grays
Chad's Prediction:
Team Grays

5.) Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (3-7) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (5-5)

Nick's Prediction: Team Merrill
Chad's Prediction:
Bobby's Sad-Asses

6.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-4) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-4)

Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby
Chad's Prediction:
Team Breiby

7.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (6-4) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (6-4)

Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy
Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Highest (The Rippin and the Tearin) and Lowest (Free Victory)
Chad's Prediction: Highest (The Rippin and the Tearin) and Lowest (Wizard Killer)

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Week Ten Fantasy Awards: Mommy Domination

By: Nick Grays, The League Commissioner

Baller Pot Winner: Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman, pictured above)
Yes, Kari is five weeks away from having our first son. In the spirit of pregnancy and fantasy football, I thought it was only appropriate Kari be pictured holding Dwayne Bowe (30 points), her fantasy star this past weekend. Just a month ago, Kari threatened to drop the receiver. Since then, he's reeled off 91 fantasy points in five weeks, including a season-high 30 this past week to help mommy dominate the fantasy league with an astonishing 135 points. Not only will she take the $5 prize, she has aspirations for more at 4-6. In the three remaining weeks, she will look for one of those nine highly-sought out playoff spots.

MVP of the Week: QB Michael Vick (20/28, 413 Total YDS and 6 TD = 49 points)
I've come accustomed to giving the MVP award to a player on a winning fantasy team, but this week is an exception. Wait, Vick's 49 points didn't help someone win in week ten, that's pretty crazy? Nonetheless, Vick looks like a new man after his stint in prison. Not only does he continue to make defenders miss on the ground, he's zipping the ball to DeSean Jackson and company in a manner we've never seen before. Not sure what he did behind bars, but it helped him put together one of the greatest fantasy performances ever. The lefty accumulated 22 fantasy points in the first ten minutes of the game. Expect crazy numbers for Vick once again when they welcome the G-Men to Philadelphia.

Honorable Mention: QB Tom Brady (32 points), QB Matt Cassel (32 points), WR Dwayne Bowe (30 points) and QB Kyle Orton (27 points)

Worst Performance of the Week: Steelers D/ST (39 PA = -7 points)
Allowing 39 points to Tom Brady and the Patriots was downright embarrassing for one of the top five defenses in all of football. Expect the squad to respond in a big way when Jason Campbell and the Raiders come to town.

Wasting Away (Best Bench Player): QB Matt Ryan (32/50, 316 YDS, 3 TD = 24 points)
Not sure if it's Ryan's ability to avoid the mistakes (only 6 INT in 10 games) or Roddy White's immense talent which leads to these kind of games. Nonetheless, Ryan is the 8th best quarterback in fantasy and continues to help the Falcons roll. Don't fall into the trap this week as Ryan plays a better-than-average St. Louis pass defense which ranks 11th in the league.

Best Free-Agent Pick-Up: QB Troy Smith (17/28, 356 YDS and 1 TD = 19 points)
Smith has opened eyes in his two starts this season with 17 and 19 fantasy points against Denver and St. Louis respectively. Next up is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are a surprising 6-3. One of the reasons they have that mark is due to their 6th ranked pass defense. I'm thinking the Ohio State alum should ride the bench this week.

Somebody Pick Me Up (Best Free Agent): RB Keiland Williams (139 Total YDS and 3 TD = 31 points)
Even though Williams dominated the leader board when it comes to free agents, there are two reasons he shouldn't be picked up in most leagues. Firstly, fellow running back Ryan Torain was scheduled to make the start before having a warm-up setback. Secondly, another fellow running back Clinton Portis is set to make his presence known very soon. Plus, Williams capitalized on a lot of garbage time for the Redskins in a game Michael Vick and the Eagles did whatever they wanted.

Hurts So Bad (Worst Injury): Percy Harvin (ankle)
The only thing holding back Brett Favre from current retirement has to be Adrian Peterson because he literally has no wide receivers left. It all started with the hip injury to Sidney Rice (still unknown if he will be this week), departure of Randy Moss and now another injury to Harvin. When he plays, he looks great, but from a fantasy perspective, the guy is just too injury-prone. The most recent injury is a re-aggravation of the same ankle which bothered back him in week eight. Expect Harvin to play against Green Bay, but don't be surprised if he's limited or leaves the game early. If you're a Vikings fan and/or super desperate, grab Greg Camarillo or Greg Lewis.

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, November 16, 2010

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 85 North Dakota 53


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

The Wisconsin Badgers handled the North Dakota Fighting Sioux by the score of 85-53 at the Kohl Center. The Badgers have never dropped a game at home in November under Bo Ryan, extending that streak to 26 on Tuesday.

It was no surprise the Badgers were the first ranked team the Fighting Sioux have played since transitioning to Division One because North Dakota (1-1) really had no chance in this one. Wisconsin (2-2) currently ranks #25 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and received the 27th most votes in the AP Rankings.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Week Ten Monday Night Heroes!


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

What else can I do? I only spend half of my life researching fantasy; I guess I'm just that unlucky. For another week in a row, I'm stuck in the worst spot in fantasy football while allowing the most points to be scored on me. Don't worry guys, I will continue to cover fantasy football with the same kind of enthusiasm because that's what I love to do. Just think of me as the Carolina Panthers (pictured above) of the fantasy league, you think their beat writers quit writing when the playoffs are out of the picture?

For those of you pumped for some more football, don't miss out on the following game:

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)

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

Score: 99-48 Team McCarthy (51 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: K David Akers (Team McCarthy), QB Michael Vick (The Rippin and the Tearin) and TE Chris Cooley (The Rippin and the Tearin)
Reaction/Prediction: Put this one in the books because there is no way Vick (proj. of 20) and Cooley (proj. of 4) go for 50 plus on Monday Night. Matt put this one out of reach when Tom Brady (32 points) and Mike Wallace (25 points) flashed their skills on Sunday Night. Akers (proj. of 6) could miss a few field goals and still call hisself a winner.

2.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-6) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-6)

Score: 135-65 Team Klitzman (70 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Donovan McNabb (Team Szombatfalvy)
Reaction/Prediction:
Considering the circumstances, this has to be the fantasy performance of the year. Kari's Mike Thomas (21 points) caught a crazy hail-mary to win the game for the Jaguars while Dwayne Bowe (30 points) went nuts in a game the Chiefs were handled by the Broncos in a 49-29 loss. That just goes to show you no matter what the result of a game is, a fantasy player can break out. McNabb (proj. of 9) may get his projection, but he won't be able to make up for bad days from Jason Witten (0 points) and Chester Taylor (3 points). Hmmm, what will Kari do with her $5?

3.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (4-5) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (4-5)

Score: 93-35 Wizard Killer (58 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Santana Moss (Free Victory)
Reaction/Prediction:
There's the Tim we all know and love; a sealed and delivered "free victory" this week. After dropping a slew of games, Joe is right back on track behind big days from Ben Roethlisberger (26 points) and Steven Jackson (20 points). Tim is hoping Moss (proj. of 14) can reach double-digits because the Patriots D/ST (12 points) were the only to do so on his team. If your not hoping for that, I'm sorry to let you know the pity pot no longer yields any money.

4.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-1) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-4)

Score: 75-67 Team Szmanda (8 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: Eagles D/ST (Team Lee)
Reaction/Prediction:
Finally back to reality after talking about three games revolving around domination. Isaac has more than a fighting chance with the Eagles D/ST (7 points) against a Donovan McNabb led Redskins' offense. The league's best Team Szmanda can only sit back and hope Calvin Johnson (18 points) did just enough in his late touchdown to sneak by with another win this week. Meanwhile, Isaac needs this win to avoid slipping to a .500 record. Don't worry little man, I think the luck is on your side this week.

5.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-6) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (2-7)

Score: 112-80 Bobby's Sad-Asses (32 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: Redskins D/ST (Bobby's Sad-Asses)
Reaction/Prediction:
Anyone remember that trade involving Dustin Keller (2 points) and Fred Jackson (26 points) a few weeks ago? Well, I do since I ended up on the wrong side of that deal. About to improve to 3-7, Robert and John have made the best of a bad situation by trading for three studs in Kyle Orton (27 points), Brandon Lloyd (21 points) and the previously mentioned Jackson. Do I even mention the Redskins D/ST (4 points). Oops, just did! Good game Bobby's Sad-Asses.

6.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (4-5) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-3)

Score: 110-65 Team Merrill (45 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR DeSean Jackson (Team Merrill) and WR Jeremy Maclin (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction:
Wait, am I seeing this right? Matt Cassell (32 points) threw for 469 yards and four touchdowns. Add that to an unbelievable day from Maurice Jones-Drew (24 points) and you have a great day like Team Merrill had. Team Lowenberg didn't even know what hit him as he thought he had a leg up with Roddy White's (25 points) Thursday Night effort. Seth has an outside at the baller pot, but that's being fairly optimistic. I still expect Jackson (proj. of 15) to outperform his teammate/opponent Maclin (proj. of 12).

7.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-3) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (5-4)

Score: 73-55 Team Grande (18 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB LeSean McCoy (Team Breiby)
Reaction/Prediction: In a crazy turn of events, Grande's number one defense, the Steelers D/ST (-7 points) may be the cause of a loss this week. Team Breiby's McCoy (proj. of 19) has the projection to get the job done, but I'm not so sure it will be that easy. Chad has been in this situation before, needing an Eagles running back to perform on Monday Night (Brian Westbrook in 2008). I expect McCoy to fall just short as Westbrook did because the Eagles have too many weapons in Michael Vick's legs, arm and DeSean Jackson. Grande should be very grateful for Andre Johnson (20 points) because he remains to be the most mature wide-out in his scary trio (Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall had very uninspiring days).

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 99 Prairie View A&M 55


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Badgers Basketball Beat Writer!

The Wisconsin Men's Basketball team defeated the Prairie View A&M Panthers by the score of 99-55 to improve to 9-1 in season openers under Head Coach Bo Ryan.

More importantly, the basketball team outscored the Wisconsin football team who put up an astonishing 83 points on Saturday. Wisconsin's 99 points are the Badgers' most in a game since a 98-40 win over Gardner-Webb on Dec. 27, 2006.

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Four Reasons Why The Badgers Didn't Run Up the Score


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

This Saturday, the Indiana football program literally became the doormat for the Big Ten Conference when the Wisconsin Badgers defeated them 83-20 at Camp Randall Stadium. The Hoosiers are now 4-6 and have yet to win a conference game in six tries.

Forget about the Hoosiers though, the big story is how #7 Wisconsin tied the mark for the most points in a Big Ten Conference game ever. The 83 points is also the most points scored in school history since 1915.

At first glance, the 45 points in the second half may look like the Badgers ran up the score, but here are four reasons why the 83 points were appropriate and warranted.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Week Ten Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad


Nick's Record (30-33 overall) (3-15 in points predictions) = 36 points (5-2 in week nine)
Chad's Record (39-24 overall) (2-16 in points predictions) = 43 points
(5-2 in week nine)

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

Nick's Outlook: With such a quick turn-around, I think I'll keep it to a few sentences in this week's predictions. A juicy match-up here as both of these teams seem primed for the playoffs. There are too many bye week issues for Team McCarthy, so I'll stick with the favorite in The Rippin and the Tearin behind some stellar play from Michael Vick (proj. of 20, pictured above) and Cedric Benson (proj. of 17).
Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin
Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

2.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-6) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-6)

Nick's Outlook: If you thought Team McCarthy's team had some bye week woes, don't even look at Mike's roster. Yes, he does have Chris Johnson (proj. of 21) back, but fantasy's #1 quarterback Philip Rivers will be sorely missed. His 18.9 fantasy points a game is a lot better than anything Donovan McNabb (proj. of 9) can do. Meanwhile, Kari welcomes back Frank Gore (proj. of 16) with open arms. She can also watch Joe Flacco (proj. of 16) attempt to jumpstart her team on Thursday Night football.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Prediction: Team Klitzman

3.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (4-5) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (4-5)

Nick's Outlook: I declare this battle the match-up of the week because Joe's motivation behind his team name ("Wizard Killer") arose from a dispute with Tim Harwood himself. Making things even more compelling is the fact that both teams own a 4-5 record. Unfortunately for Joe, avoiding the waiver wire is not helping his team as eight of his fantasy players have some kind of injury. On the flip side, Tim might just look like a wizard after Matt Forte (proj. of 15) and Reggie Wayne (proj. of 23) perform their magic on Sunday. Expect no wizards to be harmed in this one!
Nick's Prediction: Free Victory

Chad's Prediction: Free Victory

4.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-1) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-4)

Nick's Outlook: After shuffling a few players in a trade, Jason's team looks like an entirely different entity than it did a few weeks ago. Maybe this is the trick to stop his fantasy defense because he has cruised to an astonishing 8-1 record with an unheralded six straight wins. With Drew Brees on a bye, Team Lee is rolling the dice with Derek Anderson (proj. of 10) in the starting spot; I guess you have to do something when you've lost three in a row. Expect two long streaks to come to an end when Team Lee's Rashard Mendenhall (proj. of 16) and Dez Bryant (proj. of 10) pull off the miracle on the gridiron.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lee (UPSET Special)

Chad's Prediction: Team Lee

5.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-6) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (2-7)

Nick's Outlook: Here's one of those match-ups you can avert your eyes away from. Team Grays and Bobby's Sad-Asses are so bad, they just might miss out on the playoffs. However, one reason you should watch this match-up is due to the double-digit projections galore. Between the two teams, there are a surprising 11 players projected to post up some nice numbers. Team Grays boasts Jamaal Charles (proj. of 19) while Bobby's Sad-Asses showcases Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 19). Personally, I think it's a sin to pick against your own fantasy team, so let's just say there will be no confession this week. (I'm not knocking religion, so don't freak out!)
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Prediction:
Team Grays

6.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (4-5) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-3)

Nick's Outlook: I hope Seth and Team Merrill brought two guns because Team Lowenberg is definitely ready to defend his first-place standing in the Western Division. Nick's Eli Manning (proj. of 20) will try to make it three games in a row with 20+ points while Adrian Peterson (proj. of 19) attempts to establish his self as the sheriff in Minnesota. Even though Lowenberg is coming off a huge week (week nine baller pot), Seth shouldn't worry because Maurice Jones-Drew (19 points) and DeSean Jackson (15) pack the firepower to make this closer than advertised. Even though I provide a little more optimism for Seth than the ESPN fantasy crew, I'm still going to side with them on picking Team Lowenberg here.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

7.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-3) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (5-4)

Nick's Outlook: If it wasn't for Joe's team name and the fitting match-up with Tim, this would have to be the "hands-down" match-up of the week. Thirteen players projected in double-digits is insane. Chad has to be licking his chops with Arian Foster (proj. of 27), Peyton Manning (proj. of 22) and LeSean McCoy (proj. of 19). I'm sure Anthony is a little scared, but with Andre Johnson (proj. of 22), Ahmad Bradshaw (proj. of 17) and Terrell Owens (proj. of 14) rocking his line-up, he knows anything can happen. Just because I need to gain some ground in the fantasy predictions, I'm going with my buddy Anthony on this one.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Highest (Team Lowenberg) and Lowest (Wizard Killer)
Chad's Prediction: Highest (Team McCarthy) and Lowest (Wizard Killer)

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Week Nine Fantasy Awards: New Leader in the West!


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Baller Pot Winner: Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg, pictured above)
Team Lowenberg dropped a 121-spot this week to grab the baller pot and the $5 prize. He edged out Team McCarthy who posted a respectable 120 points this week. In the battle of the Nicks, I ended up on the wrong side of the dual as you can see above. Team Lowenberg is now first in the West Division and is primed to make a run at the championship this season. A champion two years ago, Lowenberg will turn his focus to Team Merrill this week.

MVP of the Week: RB Peyton Hillis (220 total yards and 2 TDs = 31 points)
Just when you thought this guy was overachieving, Hillis drops 31 on a better than average New England Patriots rush defense. It's hard to believe this guy wasn't even drafted as he is now averaging 15.1 fantasy points a game. His next match-up appears to be a bad one (New York Jets), but I wouldn't fret because this guy can also catch the ball. I wouldn't expect anything less than double-digits considering he's 7/8 in that category this season.

Honorable Mention: Packers D/ST (28 points), QB Aaron Rodgers (27 points), WR Terrell Owens (26 points) and RB Adrian Peterson (26 points)

Worst Performance of the Week: WR Steve Smith (1 REC for 9 YDS = 0 points)
This is a perfect example of why every Carolina Panther should be avoided when it comes to fantasy. Not only did Smith post a huge goose-egg, his fantasy owner, Team Lee, could have really used a point because he lost due to having less bench points in a tie. One point from the elite receiver could have given him the win. The truth behind Smith's lack of production all ties back to the Panthers unstable quarterback situation. That situation doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon, so Smith's 4.6 fantasy points a week is best due on your bench.

Wasting Away (Best Bench Player): QB Matthew Stafford (20/36, 240 YDs, 2 TDs = 24 points)
It's ironic how Stafford sat on a fantasy bench because that's where he went in the real game as well. For what seems the millionth time, Stafford has injured his shoulder. This time, he's most likely out for the season. For those of you out there who benefited from Stafford at some point in the season, kudos to you. In his only two games with a significant amount of snaps, the young signal-caller posted 24 points each time. Now, we can only think what would have been in Detroit.

Best Free Agent Pick-Up: WR Seyi Ajirotutu (4 REC, 111 YDS and 2 TDs = 20 points)
I'm still trying to figure out why this guy sat on the bench in our league. Regardless, he was still the best free agent pick-up of the week. For some very obvious reasons, Ajirotutu was picked up in many leagues because the Chargers are down to only a few receivers. QB Philip Rivers career year can only continue if he throws to someone right? The only problem I have with Ajirotutu going forward is the health of TE Antonio Gates, WR Malcom Floyd, the return of WR Vincent Jackson and the fact he received only five targets. Despite the low number of targets, Ajirotutu did what he did. I suggest waiting through the bye week and contemplate his fate on the fly.

Somebody Pick Me Up (Best Free Agent): WR Jacoby Ford (6 REC for 148 YDS and 1 TD = 20 points)
The Oakland Raiders are one of those teams who fantasy owners have to be frustrated with. Every game has a new star. Two weeks ago, it was WR Derrius Heyward-Bey and now Ford. What did Heyward-Bey do this week, not much of anything with zero points. Will Ford buck this trend and have two big weeks in a row? Definitely not when you consider the Raiders Week 10 bye. Week 11 includes a trip to Pittsburgh, so I would suggest staying away for now.

Hurts So Bad (Worst Injury): RB Jonathan Stewart (Head Injury)
I know Stewart hasn't done much this season, but I wanted to rant a little more about how bad the Carolina Panthers are. The only thing they do have going for them is a decent pass defense. With DeAngelo Williams and Stewart ailing, I have no idea who will take the unsexy running back spot in Carolina. Tyrell Sutton or Mike Goodson? When those guys are the candidates, you know it's not a good thing. I think it's safe to say the Carolina Panthers are the second worst team in the league, right behind the Dallas Cowboys of course! (Buffalo Bills are slightly better than the Panthers)

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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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Week Nine Monday Night Heroes!

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

A good week for football in the state of Wisconsin. Not only did the Badgers improve to #7 in the BCS Standings, the Green Bay Packers routed the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 for their second consecutive embarrassment. Even though those were very nice, my game-ball goes to Peyton Hillis (pictured above) who helped the Cleveland Browns pull off the big upset over the New England Patriots.

For those of you still hungry for more football, don't miss out on the possible Monday Night Heroes in the following game:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)

1.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-4) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-2)

Score: 82-81 The Rippin and the Tearin (1 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: K Mike Nugent (The Rippin and the Tearin)
Reaction/Prediction: Rory is not quite in the clear, but close enough. Nugent (proj. of 10) has missed only two field goals and hasn't recorded a negative fantasy total all year. Expect Rory to get the big win this week thanks to Peyton Hillis (31 points) and Michael Vick (25 points) who neutralized a great day from Arian Foster (31 points) of Team Breiby.

2.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-5) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (4-4)

Score: 103-79 Team McCarthy (24 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Mike Wallace (Team McCarthy)
Reaction/Prediction:
Kari had no chance this weekend as Michael Turner (22 points) and the Saints D/ST (21 points) helped Team McCarthy leave Team Klitzman in the dust. Even though it doesn't mean anything, Kari's Joe Flacco (18 points) and Hakeem Nicks (18 points) continue to provide solid contributions. Matt and Team McCarthy are on a roll, maybe the deep-threat Wallace (proj. of 14) can bring a baller pot home.

3.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (3-5) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-5)

Score: 70-57 Free Victory (13 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Hines Ward (Free Victory)
Reaction/Prediction:
Ward (proj. of 14) can do the victory dance because Tim is actually the recipient of a free victory this week. Team Szombatfalvy literally dropped the ball this week as Marcel Reese (0 points) and Miles Austin (1 points) were no-shows this Sunday. To go along with a nice W, Tim's Brett Favre (21 points) had a career day with 446 passing yards.

4.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-3) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-5)

Score: 56-55 Team Lee (1 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: RB Rashard Mendenhall (Team Lee) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (Wizard Killer)
Reaction/Prediction:
When it comes to Monday Night Heroes, this is what I'm talking about. Will it be Isaac's Mendenhall (proj. of 16) or Joe's Big Ben (proj. of 15) on Monday Night? I'm leaning towards Roethlisberger because he loves to connect with Wallace on the deep ball and quite frankly, the Bengals defense is susceptible to that kind of thing. The Packers D/ST (18 points) and Greg Jennings (14 points) didn't bring Wizard Killer back from the dead for nothing.

5.) Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (2-6) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (7-1)

Score: 60-53 Team Szmanda (7 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Chad Ochocinco (Bobby's Sad-Asses)
Reaction/Prediction:
I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I'm pretty sure Jason would be O.K. with Bobby's Sad-Asses getting a win here. Ochocinco (proj. of 6) basically needs one touchdown against a scary Steelers defense. If Jason is to secure the come-from-behind win, it should be credited to Aaron Rodgers (27 points) who really carried the team this weekend. Unfortunately for Robert and John, I think the bad luck continues and Ochocinco is held out of the end-zone with only a few catches. With no players in double digits, all I can say is keep pushing Bobby's Sad-Asses, keep pushing.

6.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (5-3) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-5)

Score: 113-64 Team Lowenberg (FINAL)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction:
Wow, I think this week officially made me the unluckiest team. I've had the most points scored against me. Kudos to Lowenberg for getting 49 points from Eli Manning (23 points) and Adrian Peterson (26 points) alone. While Ray Rice (17 points) tore it up with almost 200 total yards, he scored no touchdowns, a recurring theme when it comes to my whole team each and every week. I'm not willing to admit I'm done just yet, but it may be gettting close.

7.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (4-4) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (4-4)

Score: 81-71 Team Merrill (10 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Terrell Owens (Team Grande) and Steelers D/ST (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction:
Team Grande must be getting used to this Monday Night Hero thing because each and every Monday, he has relevant fantasy implications. Owens (proj. of 17) and the Steelers D/ST (proj. of 7) should be more than enough for Anthony to pass up a banged-up Team Merrill this week. It was fun ride while it lasted as DeSean Jackson (18 points) and Jay Cutler (18 points) came back with a bang for Seth's squad.

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Badgers Wquinton Smith To See An Increased Role This Season


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

The Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball Team improved to 51-4 all-time in exhibition play with a 84-59 defeat of UW-La Crosse at the Kohl Center on Saturday.

If you look past the spectacular dunks and double-double from Jon Leuer (15 points and 10 rebounds), it was evident that back-up point guard Wquinton (pronounced QUIN-ton) Smith should be a key reserve for Bo Ryan's squad in 2010-11.

It's been a long road for the 5-10 senior from Milwaukee, WI as he joined the team in 2007 as a walk-on after winning the spot in an open tryout. While Smith has appeared in only 18 games in his career, his 14 minutes in the first exhibition might indicate an increased role for the little guy.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Week Nine Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad!

Nick's Record (25-31 overall) (3-13 in points predictions) = 31 points (3-4 in week eight)
Chad's Record (34-22 overall) (2-14 in points predictions) = 38 points
(5-2 in week seven)

1.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-4) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-2)


Line: -28 Team Breiby
Nick's Outlook: After losing three weeks in a row, the outlook doesn't get any better for Rory's team as he goes up against a healthy and bye-week-less Team Breiby. Chad's QB Peyton Manning (proj. of 25) and RB LeSean McCoy (proj. of 20, pictured above) face off in the same game. There's no doubt there should be a lot of points scored in that affair. Rory has to hope QB Michael Vick (proj. of 16) will get a rushing TD of his own and possibly limit McCoy from reaching the end-zone. As good as that sounds, not sure it's going to happen, I'll stick with Team Breiby this week. A fourth consecutive loss could send Rory into panic mode at 4-5.
Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Outlook:
It’s been a while since Team Breiby has been full strength with his big three (Manning, Foster, and McCoy). Also pretty scary that Boldin is back from bye and we saw last week that Fitzgerald can produce points with no QB. Also back this week, Breiby’s favorite player, M. Vick, projected at 16. Rippin has 3 mediocre RBs started that shouldn’t overwhelm Team Breiby. Vick will need a huge day in his return to Eagle’s starter if Rippin wants a chance to pull off the upset.
Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

2.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-5) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (4-4)


Line: -30 Team McCarthy
Nick's Outlook: From a match-up at the top of the standings to one at the bottom of the standings.Team Klitzman needs to win in the worst way and will have to do it without her best fantasy option in Frank Gore who is on a bye. Kari has to be getting quite frustrated with RB Mike Tolbert (proj. of 2) vulturing scores away from RB Ryan Mathews (proj. of 14), so she decided to go ahead and start both of them. Meanwhile, Matt has won two match-ups in a row and has the luxury of seven double-digit projections. Most notably, the resurgent Darren McFadden (proj. of 18) and Michael Turner (proj. of 17). Personally, I'm not high on McFadden this week, but I see no reason Turner doesn't turn on the burner this weekend. Kari will need a breakout performance to stay in this one and I don't see it happening, so I'll stay with the line on this one.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy

Chad's Outlook:
McCarthy picked up the surprise early 1st rounder in the 09 nfl draft, Heyward-bey, in waivers this week. He had his first productive game last week with the Raiders. The hot Oakland player will start along with his teammate, Mcfadden, to take down a Klitzman Team trying to rebound off a Monday night slaughter from last week. Kenny Britt’s production would have most likely had an increase similar to that of P. Harvin’s with the addition of Moss. Unfortunately for Kari, Britt will be out for a while. Both teams are playoff contenders needing a win this week.
Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

3.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (3-5) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-5)


Line: -20 Free Victory
Nick's Outlook: One of these teams will most likely make the playoffs and this may be the week to decide which one of them does. Call it bad luck for Team Szombatfalvy because his best player in Chris Johnson is on a bye week. Mike must rely on back-up RBs John Kuhn (proj. of 2) and Marcel Reese (proj. of 3) in an attempt to vulture some touchdowns. On the other side, Tim has some favorable match-ups this week with WR Reggie Wayne (proj. of 22) versus the Eagles and RB Matt Forte (proj. of 19) against the worst run defense in the Bills. I also like Free Victory's WR Steve Johnson (proj. of 6) who came out of nowhere to score at least 9 fantasy points and a touchdown in his last five games. Expect Johnson to keep rolling and give Tim a much-needed victory. Team Szombatfalvy is not out of it, but will surely hurting at 3-6.
Nick's Prediction: Free Victory

Chad's Outlook:
Free Victory had one of the worst fantasy weeks last week that I’ve ever seen (38) with all 9 players posting single digit numbers. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that the pity pot award was over after week 7. This week, Favre’s tight end, Shiancoe (11), is projected to have more points than Favre (8) himself. Free Victory might not be a free victory for a weak Team Szom. His combo of receivers and running backs are projected at only 28 combined. He will need a huge week from P. Rivers to pull off the ironic win against Free Victory.
Chad's Prediction: Free Victory

4.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-3) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-5)

Line: -4 Team Lee
Nick's Outlook: Joe and his Wizard Killer are in the midst of one of the worst demises in fantasy history. After a quick 3-1 start, Joe has lost four in a row and now is fighting to stay in the middle of the pack. Luckily he faces off with Team Lee who have a losing streak of their own. At two games, Isaac looks to buck the trend behind QB Drew Brees (proj. of 16) and RB Rashard Mendenhall (proj. of 16). Joe will counter with QB Ben Roethlisberger (proj. of 15) and WR Greg Jennings (proj. of 22). Forget the stars though, I think this game comes down to Wizard Killer's RB Jonathan Stewart (proj. of 5) who will get another start due to the ailing Deangleo Williams. Stewart will put forth a decent effort this weekend to keep Joe's season alive.
Nick's Prediction: Wizard Killer (UPSET Special)

Chad's Outlook:
Wizard Killer still has playoff hopes and a win this week is crucial for them to occur. With S. Jackson on bye, Killer will have to sub in D. Sproles who he can’t expect much from. G. Jennings is set to have a huge day against a weak Cowboy pass defense that will try to survive this week without T. Newman. Team Lee’s BREES has had a down year, but much better than most QBs in the league. Steve Smith out of Carolina hasn’t been able to put his mighty talents to use because there are no QBs in the area. Him and Fitzgerald should talk about their similar problems.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lee

5.) Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (2-6) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (7-1)

Line: -37 Team Szmanda
Nick's Outlook: Can't get more interesting than the worst team against the league's best team. At the same time, it couldn't get any worse for Bobby's Sad-Asses who happen to be without their best combo in QB Kyle Orton and WR Brandon Lloyd. This week's bye is significantly hurting teams that are lower in the standings. More luck for Jason, did you expect anything else? It may be closer than the line suggest, but I still like Team Szmanda with QB Aaron Rodgers (proj. of 19) and WR Calvin Johnson (proj. of 21). Robert and John's LaDainian Tomlinson (proj. of 17) will make it close for a little while, but that's about it. At 2-7, it could be the end of Bobby's Sad-Asses playoff chances.
Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda

Chad's Outlook:
Team Szmanda has been scoring an average amount of points this year, right in the middle of the pack. I can’t help but notice that points scored against him is the lowest in the league (467) BY FAR, over 100 points lower than the second lowest in the league. Luck does play a role. Ask the Sad-asses. They have scored a mere 30 points less than Szmanda this season and hold a record of 2-6 because of a league high, 709 points against. In terms of points scored on the season, these two teams are pretty well matched. This week, Johnson and Rodgers will carry Szmanda.
Chad's Prediction: Team Szmanda

6.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (5-3) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-5)

Line: -5 Team Lowenberg
Nick's Outlook: For the third consecutive year, we have the "Battle of the Nicks." This season, they have opposite records, but both would love to get another win. I'll just put it out there now; I'm not going to pick against myself. I like the balance I have this week with seven players projected in double digits. RB Jamaal Charles (proj. of 17) is arguably the most elusive and fresh back in the NFL and RB Ray Rice (proj. of 14) will have a statement game this week to disprove the naysayers. Don't get me wrong though, I'm quite scared of Team Lowenberg's RB Adrian Peterson (proj. of 27) and WR Roddy White (proj. of 15) who are two of the best fantasy options in the game. This one should be a barn-burner that I can only hope I end up winning.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
This is the league commissioner’s big week. A win here is needed to keep the playoff hopes alive. He will be starting the 4th quarter wonder, Josh Freeman. Another big week out of J. Charles would be nice, but he isn’t playing Buffalo again. Hopefully a 2 week rest for R. Rice will spark an underachieving season for him. Grays will be facing a force that he passed up in the draft, ALL DAY A.P. He should post some numbers playing against the Cardinals. R. White also started to shine before his 2 week break with a 32 point outing. I expect a high scoring match here.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

7.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (4-4) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (4-4)

Line: -35 Team Grande
Nick's Outlook: Team Merrill has been amazing in the last two weeks, but most likely will hit the wall this week. Not only are last week's stars, MJD and Mike Sims-Walker out of commission this week (bye), but his All-Star TE Antonio Gates (proj. of 11) is doubtful to play. This could be very detrimental, seeing that RB Shonn Greene (proj. of 4) and RB Chester Taylor (proj. of 4) don't seem like the kind of players to pick up some slack. Meanwhile, Team Grande should be quite happy because for the second week in a row, they will deploy the nastiest WR-trio in all of fantasy football. Brandon Marshall (proj. of 14), Andre Johnson (proj. of 16) and Terrell Owens (proj. of 17) combined for 40 fantasy points last week, expect them to do the same if not more this week. I'll take Team Grande and the line this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook:
Battle of the .500s. Grande favored by quite a bit will be making a risky start at QB with C. McCoy. He also has a Hall of fame line up in the Wide out position, starting T. Owens, B. Marshall, and A. Johnson. The only thing Merrill has going is his TE, A. Gates. A healthy DeSean Jackson could break out, but we can’t expect much after the devastating concussion he took a few weeks back. Grande should put a show on here.
Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

8.) Points Predictions
Nick's Prediction: Lowest (Team Merrill) and Highest (Team Grays)
Chad's Prediction: Lowest (Team Merrill) and Highest (Team Breiby)

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