Sunday, September 18, 2011

2011 Week Two Monday Night Heroes

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

So much for NFL offenses slowing down! The year of the quarterback continued as we saw guys like Tom Brady (28 fantasy points), Cam Newton (26), Matthew Stafford (25) and Jason Campbell (25) light up opposing defenses. Benefiting immensely from these QBs are their WRs as they grabbed the top three spots in fantasy through Sunday. If you have Miles Austin (32), Vincent Jackson (29) or Jeremy Maclin (29), you're most likely ballin. If not, maybe you have some possible Monday Night Heroes (MNHs) in the following game:

St. Louis Rams (0-1) vs. New York Giants (0-1) 7:30 PM (ESPN-HD)

*Scores are subject to change

1.) Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (Nick Grays) (0-1) vs. Dogfighters (Chad Breiby) (0-1)

Score: 99-98 Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (1 point lead)
Possible MNHs: RB Cadillac Williams (Dogfighters) and K Josh Brown (Dogfighters)
Reaction/Prediction: Another solid week from myself, but Chad's WR Vincent Jackson (29 points) and RB Darren McFadden (24 points) were sensational. Williams (proj. of 11) and Brown (proj. of 10) are automatic MNH's. As I move to the dangerous 0-2, I have to stay positive and focus on my next match-up with Team Szombatfalvy.

2.) Banana Fosters (Kari Klitzman) (1-0) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (1-0)

Score: 90-64 Banana Fosters (26 point lead)
Possible MNHs: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Team Merrill) and WR Hakeem Nicks (Team Merrill)
Reaction/Prediction: Deja Vu for Kari as she went into last week's Monday Night games with a 26 point lead. I'm not so sure she has the same luck this time around because Bradshaw (proj. of 16) and Nicks (proj. of 6) are two of the Giants best offensive weapons. The one thing Kari has going for her is that Nicks is going into the game with a bruised knee and is iffy whether he will be a factor or not. Seth had a bad day with Jamaal Charles going down with his torn ACL, so I think the fantasy gods keep him interested by giving him a win this week.

3.) The Hellmuthinators (Rory Linton) (1-0) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (1-0)

Score: 99-97 The Hellmuthinators (2 point lead)
Possible MNHs: WR Mario Manningham (Free Victory)
Reaction/Prediction: How about the play of Tim Harwood this year? He's two points away from moving to 2-0 and taking down arguably the best team in the fantasy league. If Nicks is hurt, as I talked about above, Manningham (proj. of 13) will be Eli Manning's main man tonight. I know it sounds crazy, but yes, this will be the third straight match-up this week featuring Monday Night Heroes.

4.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (0-1) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (1-0)

Score: 79-65 Team Szmanda (14 point lead)
Possible MNHs: RB Brandon Jacobs (Team Szmanda) and WR Mike Sims-Walker (Team McCarthy)
Reaction/Prediction: Unlike the previous three match-ups, this is where it gets interesting with opposing MNH forces happening at once. Jason holds the 14 point lead, but has Jacobs (proj. of 5) and must hold-off Matt's Sims-Walker (proj. of 9). I like projections in this one and think Jason really has no problem at coming out with the win. Moreover, I'm not so sure Sims-Walker has learned how to play with Sam Bradford and will help Matt win the Week Two Pity Pot.

5.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (0-1) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (0-1)

Score: 96-75 Team Lee (21 point lead)
Possible MNHs: WR Brandon Gibson (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction: Due to WR Brandon Lloyd's inactive status, Anthony was able to initiate a prayer with Gibson (proj. of 8) who goes up against a bad Giants secondary tonight. I've seen weirder things happen, but Isaac shouldn't worry much because his balanced attack of five double-digit fantasy players has him in a winnable position.

6.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (1-0) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (0-1)

Score: 74-70 Team Szombatfalvy (4 point lead)
Possible MNHs: QB Eli Manning (Wizard Killer)
Reaction/Prediction: If I was Mike, I would be very worried going into tonight. Manning (proj. of 10) didn't have the best week against Washington, but still posted 14 points. With Tim's Free Victory, Joe looks to be the second "auto-draft," team to move to 2-0. Maybe we all should have ESPN help us pick our teams. Mike should be rooting for Team McCarthy's Mike Sims-Walker to score more than five points, so that he can walk away with the $5 pity pot award.

7.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (0-1) vs. Arthur's Arsenal (Robert/John) (1-0)

Score: 122-98 Arthur's Arsenal (FINAL)
Possible MNHs: N/A
Reaction/Prediction: Lastly, we have our only match-up of the week not affected by the Monday Night game. Team Lowenberg is also the only team in the fantasy league to make the playoffs in each of the last four years, but has now moved to 0-2 and desperately needs a win next week (plays the expected 0-2 Team Grande). Kudos to Arthur's Arsenal for having a MONSTER week, it's a nice thing to see after their fantasy struggles in the last couple of years. RB Fred Jackson (25 points) looks poised for a breakout year with the Bills.

What are your thoughts on this week's match-ups? Let me know by commenting below!

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