Thursday, November 18, 2010

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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