Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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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