Sunday, September 11, 2011

2011 Week One Monday Night Heroes

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaack and it's time for another installment of your favorite fantasy feature, the Monday Night Heroes. It was a great opening Sunday and this Monday, we have not one, but two games for some possible jockeying to determine if your team starts 1-0 or 0-1. The following games contain the possible MNH's:

New England Patriots (0-0) @ Miami Dolphins (0-0) 6:00 PM (ESPN-HD)
Oakland Raiders (0-0) @ Denver Broncos (0-0) 9:15 PM (ESPN-HD)

*Scores are subject to change

The Hellmuthinators (Rory Linton) (0-0) vs. Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (Nick Grays) (0-0)

Score: 116-79 The Hellmuthinators (37 point lead)
Possible MNHs: K Dan Carpenter (The Hellmuthinators)
Reaction/Prediction: This game is over, so you know what that means. Dan Carpenter (proj. of 5) can do his victory dance on an emphatic performance from Rory's The Hellmuthinators. I guess it really did mean something when I decided Rory had the "Best Draft." Lions dynamic duo of Matthew Stafford (22 points) and Calvin Johnson (20 points) were enough to do in my team as I was dealt a brutal blow after Steven Jackson (11 points) left the game after a 47 yard touchdown on his first carry. I can only imagine what could have been if he stayed in the game.

Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (0-0) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (0-0)

Score: 83-57 Team Merrill (26 point lead)
Possible MNHs: WR Davone Bess (Team Merrill), K Stephen Gostkowski (Team Merrill), WR Brandon Marshall (Team Szmanda) or RB Michael Bush (Team Szmanda) and D/ST Raiders (Team Szmanda)
Reaction/Prediction: Jason currently sits in an odd situation as he is still in contention for a win or the weekly pity pot, but cannot have both. Seth's Davone Bess (proj. of 5) and Stephen Gostkowski (proj. of 9) should be enough to hold off Brandon Marshall (proj. of 11) and the Raiders D/ST (proj. of 6). However, I also think Marshall and the Raiders D/ST will do just enough to prevent Jason from winning the pity pot, in essence making it a disappointing night for Team Szmanda.

Banana Fosters (Kari Klitzman) (0-0) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (0-0)

Score: 84-58 Banana Fosters (26 point lead)
Possible MNHs: WR Brandon Lloyd (Team Grande) and D/ST Patriots (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction: Here's one of the more interesting match-ups of the night as Kari received solid production from Cowboys' Felix Jones (10 points) and Miles Austin (15 points) to pull ahead to a 26 point lead. Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 15) and the Patriots D/ST (proj. of 7) are projected to make it close, but let me tell you why they will not. The Broncos have a new coach who loves to run the ball, opposed to former head coach Josh McDaniels who made Lloyd a star in 2010, and for that reason, I think it's the running game who flourishes tonight. The Pats defense did put up 33 and 19 against the Dolphins last season and I can't really see that happening again, thus I like Banana Fosters to hold on by a sliver of luck.

Side-Note: Grande has an outside shot at the pity pot.

Dog Fighters (Chad Breiby) (0-0) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (0-0)

Score: 88-45 Wizard Killer (43 point lead)
Possible MNHs: RB Darren McFadden (Dog Fighters), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Dog Figthers), WR Eddie Royal (Dog Fighters) and WR Wes Welker (Wizard Killer)
Reaction/Prediction: Wow, two Monday night games can make things so confusing. Chad has great players going tonight: Darren McFadden (proj. of 19), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (proj. of 13) and Eddie Royal (proj. of 10) while Joe deploys Wes Welker (proj. of 11). This could be a back-and-forth affair, but I'm going to give the slight edge to Joe just because I expect Wes Welker to receive a lot of targets. On the flip side, I could really see McFadden having a huge game, but I'll side with my initial impressions on this fantasy match-up.

Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (0-0) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (0-0)

Score: 77-72 Team Lowenberg (5 point lead)
Possible MNHs: WR Deion Branch (Free Victory), TE Rob Gronkowki (Free Victory) and WR Chad Ochocinco (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction: Here's arguably the most intriguing Monday Night Heroes situation. Tim started out as the hottest team this week and looks to continue the trend with Deion Branch (proj. of 10) and Rob Gronkowski (proj. of 2). Meanwhile, Nick sends out sleeper pick Chad Ochocinco (proj. of 6) in an attempt to sneak out of week one with a win. I love Ochocinco's moxy and I feel he's a perfect Monday Night Hero, mark up Team Lowenberg for the win.

Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (0-0) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (0-0)

Score: 74-68 Team Szombatfalvy (6 point lead)
Possible MNHs: QB Tom Brady (Team McCarthy) or QB Jason Campbell (Team McCarthy), RB Knowshon Moreno (Team McCarthy) and RB Reggie Bush (Team Szombatfalvy)
Reaction/Prediction: Unless Reggie Bush (proj. of 14) goes Tedd Ginn (12 points) plus Darren Sproles (13 points) times two, I don't think there's anyway Team McCarthy goes down with the favorable Tom Brady (proj. of 18) and Knowshon Moreno (proj. of 16) set to be focal points for their respective teams. Let the champ be champ as Matt improves to 1-0 on the season.

Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (0-0) vs. Arthur's Arsenal (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (0-0)

Score: 93-73 Arthur's Arsenal (20 point lead)
Possible MNHs: K Sebastian Janikowski (Team Lee)
Reaction/Prediction: Barring a miracle, Arthur's Arsenal will enter week two with a perfect 1-0 record. Sebastian Janikowski (proj. of 10) may have been the best kicker last season in fantasy, but there's a slim chance he boots 20 or more fantasy points this week. If the Broncos can keep the Raiders from kicking field goals, Isaac could come out with the $5 pity pot.

Pretty good stuff huh? Let me know what you think by commenting below!

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