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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