Man, am I on a roll! 5 straight wins, keeping me in 3rd place after starting off the first three weeks at the bottom of the league. And the outlook for week 9 is pretty good too.
My WRs once again carried my team. Terrell Owens had a pretty good day (5 catches, 65 yards, 2 TDs), and Jacoby Jones did all right (2 catches, 6 yards; 7 kickoff returns, 172 yards; 3 punt returns, 11 yards). But Calvin Johnson was the man - 9 catches, 101 yards, 3 TDs. I love getting RB production out of WRs.
Speaking of RBs, I didn't do all that well. Rashard Mendenhall had a pedestrian evening (15 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 14 yards), while Ryan Torain (9 carries, 10 yards; 3 catches, 19 yards, 1 TD) ended up leaving the game in the 1st half with a leg injury. No reports yet on his health, but thankfully the Redskins have a bye this week, which gives him time to heal.
Matt Cassell was almost ineffective until the extra frame (14 of 26, 152 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 2 carries, 13 yards), Neil Rackers barely got on the field (2 PATs, 53 yard FG), and the Jets D/ST wasn't its usual self against the Packers after the bye week.
All in all, a win is a win, so it was a good week.
As for Week 9, things might be getting better than they already are. I had to drop the Jets D/ST because the Lions are playing the Jets, and I can't start a WR (Calvin Johnson) against my own D/ST. So I picked up the Giants. From New York A to New York B. And because the Giants play the Seahawks this week, this may be the pickup of the week right here.
I'm also getting Roddy White back into the lineup after his bye week, which only helps my WRs. My starting lineup now includes White, Calvin Johnson, and TO. I never would have thought that when I drafted these guys (TO I picked up off the waiver wire a few weeks back) that I'd be getting this much production out of them.
So my starting lineup looks like this:
QB - Matt Cassell (Sam Bradford is on a bye, so I have no choice)
RB - Rashard Mendenhall, LeSean McCoy
WR - the aforementioned trio of Johnson, White, and TO
K - Neil Rackers
D/ST - New York Giants (hereafter to be known as New York B )
I don't need to get other-worldly production out of my team this week, but they do need to be on their game. My opponent's starting lineup (as of this morning):
QB - Josh Freeman
RB - LaDanian Tomlinson, Ronnie Brown
WR - Wes Welker, Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant
K - Mason Crosby
D/ST - Green Bay Packers
The only guys I'm really concerned about in that lineup are LT and Dez Bryant. LT seems to have (with the exception of this past weekend against GB) re-captured some of that magic that made him the man in San Diego, and Bryant has evolved into Jon Kitna's favorite target in Dallas. The Cowboys are a mess, but in fantasy you can still get a big game even if the real team loses.
I'm also in the middle of trying to pull off a blockbuster trade in my league. I won't give details now as I don't want to jinx it, but my QB carousel may be coming to a full stop. I'll let you all know how it goes.
That's it for now. Come back Thursday for my mailbag segment and see what my thoughts are on what's on everybody else's mind. If you have a burning question, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll do my best to answer it.
Take care, and thanks for reading!