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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