Well, week 9 has come and gone, and there was definitely some drama and action in the games this weekend. The Raiders not only took the 1st place Chiefs to overtime, but beat them on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Speaking of overtime games, the Minnesota Vikings scored the final 14 points in regulation, and then kicked a field goal in the extra frame to beat the Cardinals. And even though Ndamokung Suh saw action as a kicker (see, I told you they were a crap shoot), he missed his extra point attempt, allowing the Jets to tie the game up in regulation and then win it in OT.
My Team's Performance
So how did I do this weekend? I'm glad you asked. I ended up beating my opponent this weekend, running my win streak to 6 games. I'm now at 6-3 and sitting in 2nd place in our league. What's remarkable about winning this week is not the fact that I now have 6 straight wins - my opponent had Green Bay's D/ST (what a game that was - 2 return TDs, 7 points allowed), Mason Crosby (6 PATs and 1 field goal), and Dex Bryant (9 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD). Enough about my opponent - here's how my team did:
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) - 17/27, 163 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 5 carries, 13 yards. Would have been better had Antwaan Randle-El not vultured a TD pass.
Rashard Mendenhall (RB1) - 22 carries, 99 yards, 1 TD; 3 catches, 31 yards. Mewelde Moore is still getting some carries, but Mendenhall is the guy in Pittsburgh.
LeSean McCoy (RB2) - 16 carries, 95 yards; 3 catches, 8 yards. Not a great performance, but still serviceable.
Calvin Johnson (WR1) - 1 catch, 13 yards. It really does suck sitting on Revis Island, doesn't it?
Jacoby Jones (WR2) - 4 catches, 41 yards; 5 kick returns, 122 yards. Again, not bad, but it could have been better.
Mike Williams (WR3, Tampa Bay version) - 4 catches, 89 yards, 1 TD. Not bad for a last second waiver wire pickup.
Neil Rackers (K) - 2 PATs, 3 FG. He's a kicker.
New York Giants (D/ST) - 162 yards allowed, 7 points allowed, 2 INT, 1 fumble recovery. I knew the Seahawks were bad, but that's a shellacking.
My Next Opponent
This next week is going to be tough for my team. I'm going up against our league commissioner, and he is currently in 1st place and riding a 4 game winning streak. Thankfully the Raiders are on a bye this week (did I really just say that?), so Darren McFadden will be riding the pine. He has no RB depth to speak of, but he does have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson on his team. This is going to be a tough match. Unstoppable Force? Meet Immovable Object.
Start 'Em/Sit 'Em Results
Most fantasy football pundits and writers tell you who to start, but they don't come back and say how they did in their predictions. Not me. I'm man enough to show you all how I did when making my predictions over the past weekend. So how did I do?
Hits - Start 'Em
Aaron Rodgers - 27/34, 289 yards, 3 TDs; 5 carries, 41 yards
Eli Manning - 21/32, 290 yards, 3 TDs
Jay Cutler - 17/30, 188 yards, 2 TDs; 5 carries, 39 yards
Darren McFadden - 17 carries, 89 yards; 4 catches, 25 yards
Jacob Tamme - 11 catches, 108 yards, 1 TD
Baltimore Ravens - 289 yards allowed, 10 points allowed, 3 INT
Hits - Sit 'Em
All RBs, Cowboys - 14 total carries, 39 total yards
Lee Evans - 3 catches, 31 yards
Jeremy Shockey - 1 catch, 7 yards, 1 TD. So he caught a TD. That's the only thing he did.
Detroit Lions - 437 yards allowed, 23 points allowed, 1 INT, 2 funble recoveries
Houston Texans - 367 yards allowed, 29 points allowed, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
Misses - Start 'Em
Wes Welker - 4 catches, 36 yards
Roddy White - 4 catches, 49 yards. In my defense, he got hurt in the 1st quarter and was out of the game for a while. But I still missed.
Brent Celek - 0 catches. That's right - goose egg.
New England Patriots - 404 yards, allowed, 34 points allowed, 1 fumble recovery
Misses - Sit 'Em
Carson Palmer - 22/36, 248 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
All RBs, Packers - Brandon Jackson alone had 13 carries, 42 yards, 1 TDl, as well as 4 catches, 26 yards, 1 TD. Wow, was I wrong.
Larry Fitzgerald - 7 catches, 107 yards
Matt Schaub - 21/32, 266 yards, 1 INT; 2 carries, 1 yard
LaDanian Tomlinson - 15 carries, 55 yards; 6 catches, 47 yards
[b]Greg Olsen - 3 catches, 29 yards, 1 TD
I'd say not bad for my first ever start/sit column. There are 10 starts (2 each for QB, RB, WR, TE, D/ST), 10 sits (same as starts), and 1 start of the week. That's 21 players, and because I'm a math guy, we can figure out how I did.
I hit on 11 of my predictions, which is just over 50% (it's 52.38%, but who's counting?). 3 of my predictions were a coin toss (the 50/50 raffle), which is 14.29%. I like to count the coin tosses as hits as although they were just about in the middle, they weren't entirely bad. So that's 14 out of 21 that I was either dead on or just a little off-center, bringing my total to 66.67%. Two-thirds is a pretty good average when your making predictions.
The 2 predictions that I would really like to take back are Brent Celek and the Packers RBs. Celek has been pretty good this year, but to put up a goose egg is just not good. He had some balls thrown his way, and he just put them on the ground. Not good for a guy who was supposed to be a security blanket for a QB coming back from injury.
As far as the Packers RBs go, I was totally off. I watched the game, and as soon as Jackson caught the first TD pass I knew I was wrong. His 2nd TD of the game sealed it for me on being dead wrong on this one. And then you add in John Kuhn's 13 carries for 50 yards, and you can see how off I was.
This week starts the Thursday Night games on NFL Network, so everybody has to have their lineups done by Thursday. If you don't have anybody playing in the game (Baltimore at Atlanta), you've got a few days. But it's always a good idea to get them done early.
Don't forget to check my mailbag column tomorrow. If you have any burning fantasy questions, you can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care, and thanks for reading!