Sunday, September 16, 2012

2012 Week Two Monday Night Heroes

What a second week in the NFL season. We saw the surprising Arizona Cardinals defense clamp down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the biggest upset of the year. Rookie quarterbacks bounced back in fashion as Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson all won their contests. RG3 and Brandon Weeded didn't win, but they had their teams in it until the end. In regards to fantasy, it was all about the elusive running back with both Reggie Bush (31 points) and C.J. Spiller (28 points) grabbing two of the three top spots on the day. In our league, we have some super competitive games with a few of them coming down to this game tomorrow:

Denver Broncos (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0) 7:30 PM CT

*scores are subject to change 

My Savior Brady (Nick Grays) (1-0) vs. Rymaszewski's Rebels (John Rymaszewski) (1-0)

Score: 123-55 Rymaszewki's Rebels (68 point beatdown)
Possible MNH's: None
Reaction/Prediction: John has him a potent fantasy team, posting over 100 points for the second week in a row. Anytime you can eclipse the century mark in our deep league, you have a great team. John's QB Eli Manning (26 points) threw three interceptions, but threw for an amazing 510 yards. His true hero was RB C.J. Spiller (28 points) who has been the biggest surprise in all of fantasy thus far. I don't even want to talk about my fantasy team at the moment.

Kari-Tron (Kari Klitzman) (0-1) vs. Bone Merrill's (Seth Merrill) (0-1)

Score: 83-61 Bone Merrill's (22 point lead)
Possible MNH's: WR Eric Decker (Bone Merrill's)
Reaction/Prediction: Kari just couldn't recover from QB Jay Cutler (2 points) throwing four interceptions against the Pack. I told her to start QB Michael Vick (23 points) and she was even nice enough to say "you were right." Instead of exclaiming I told you so, I held all the joy I felt at the moment inside. Seth is riding high on the weekend after his Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (his employer) won the Midwest League Championship. I almost feel like I'm stealing a win when I have easy predictions like this. Seth will be just fine with WR Eric Decker (proj. of 6) doing a victory dance.

Aaron It Out (Rory Linton) (0-1) vs. Gronk If Your Horny (Chad Breiby) (1-0)

Score: 76-70 Aaron It Out (6 point lead)
Possible MNH's: WR Julio Jones (Aaron It Out) and QB Peyton Manning (GIYH)
Reaction/Prediction: This is my first true test of the season because this match-up could really go either way. Rory was bailed out by TE Vernon Davis (19 points) who went for two scores on Sunday night. Yet Chad was also bailed out by WR Dwayne Bowe (22 points) who had two late touchdowns of his own. I'm going with Chad in this match-up because I think Manning (proj. of 16) has a huge night surpassing his projection while Jones (proj. of 15) hovers somewhere right below his. If it came down to a tie, Chad has the bench edge at 31-28, but both could still drop inactive players so we will see.

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

Score: 90-85 Team McCarthy (5 point lead)
Possible MNH's: K Matt Bryant (The Holdouts), RB Michael Turner (Team McCarthy) or RB Jason Snelling (Team McCarthy) and TE Jacob Tamme (Team McCarthy)
Reaction/Prediction: Holy RG3! Even though Jason most likely will lose this match-up, he has to be jumping for joy with his QB Robert Griffin III (30 points). It will be interesting to see if he can do the same thing against a better defense in Cincinnati. Matt had a down week last Sunday, but his depth came through today. Five of his guys went into double digits and he has Turner (proj. of 13) and Tamme (proj. of 10) still to go. I think Peyton Manning has a big night, so I like Tamme to get a possible score. Jason would have a better chance if he had a position player instead of kicker Bryant (proj. of 9). It would be a miracle for Jason to win, thus I like Matt to win in a fairly convincing manner.

Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (1-0) vs. Asians Love (Ray) Rice (Isaac Lee) (1-0)

Score: 95-70 Asians Love (Ray) Rice (25 point lead)
Possible MNH's: QB Matt Ryan (Team Grande), TE Tony Gonzalez (Team Grande) and K Matt Prater (Asians)
Reaction/Prediction: I have a feeling my perfect prediction record will change after this week because there are multiple tough calls. Grande will be in search of double points with Ryan (proj. of 15) and Gonzalez (proj. of 5), something he received last week when they hooked up for a TD. Ryan was huge last week with 31 points, but I think the Broncos are talented enough to make this team run more. And that is why I'm sticking with Isaac to move to 2-0, mostly because he has the insurance of Prater (3 points).

Quit Sinnin (Joe Selbo) (0-1) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (1-0)

Score: 90-62 Quit Sinnin (28 point lead)
Possible MNH's: WR Demaryius Thomas (Team Szombat)
Reaction/Prediction: After a tough week one loss, Joe received amazing production from the Packers D/ST (19 points) and Big Ben (19 points). Mike was hampered down with bad running back play and an injured Aaron Hernandez. I wouldn't consider a 28 point game from Thomas (proj. of 15) impossible, but I find it highly unlikely since I think the Falcons will win this game in Atlanta. If it's a shoot-out, Szombat has a chance, but I'm still taking Joe for the win.

Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (0-1) vs. Trader's Tradables (Robert Trader) (0-1)

Score: 82-56 Team Lowenberg (26 point lead)
Possible MNH's: RB Willis McGahee (Team Lowenberg), WR Roddy White (Tradables), WR Brandon Stokley (Tradables) or RB Knowshon Moreno (Tradables)
Reaction/Prediction: This is a tricky match-up because the projections don't adequately tell the story here. Lowenberg jumped out to a nice lead with the young Cam Newton (27 points) and Trent Richardson (25 points) while Robert received his highest score from Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes (15 points). With the way Robert's luck is going, it would be easy to say White (proj. of 13) and Stokley (proj. of 3) have no chance of making up a 26 point deficit, but I actually like White to get more production than teammate Julio Jones. Nonetheless, I'm still taking Nick because I fell McGahee (proj. of 12) will still have an ok day. Also have to say Stokley is the right play of Moreno (proj. of 1).

Prediction Recap: Seth, Chad, Matt, Isaac, Joe and Nick L. all winning. I've locked up the pity pot, thus that will not be picked this week.

Highest Scoring MNH:  Broncos QB Peyton Manning - He's back and with the Falcons' best cover corner Brent Grimes out with an injury, Peyton should be able to test his replacement in Christopher Owens. The Falcons are still stout with Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel, but Peyton will find any weakness he can en route to a multi-touchdown game.

*2012 Prediction Record for MNHs: 6-0
*2012 Pity or Baller Pot Prediction Record: 1-0
*2012 MNH High Scoring Player Prediction Record: 1-0

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

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