Each week there are some surprising fantasy performers.  I’m going to take a look at them and see if you should go get ‘em or not.

 QB
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Rex Grossman – Sure, he came in and led the Bear victory.  However, you remember his poor decisions.  He won’t help your team.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RB
Chester Taylor – If Adrian Peterson can’t go, Chester isn’t a bad substitute.  He’s not going to put up AP numbers, but he’ll be solid.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Greg Jones – He scored two touchdowns last week.  I don’t expect him to repeat.
Ruling - Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WR
Mark Clayton – He grabbed 8 balls for 107 yards.  They face Cleveland next week, so you could see a repeat performance.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
James Thrash – Scored twice last week.  Revenge may have been a factor since he played his old team.  I’m not buying it.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.
Ruvell Martin – He also scored twice last week.  One was a fluke INT gone wrong that he lucked into.  Although he is in a pass-happy offense, there are too many WRs (Driver, Jennings, Jones, KoRo, Donald Lee) on Green Bay to trust Martin.  Not to mention, an increased rushing attack.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Leonard Pope – He also scored twice last week.  He hasn’t done much this year, but his five receptions last week, and the fact that he plays Cincinnati next week leads me to believe he can have another productive outing.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
L.J. Smith & Alge Crumpler – Both have battled injuries this year.  Both scored TDs last week.  If they are available, get them.
Ruling – Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

NFL Week 10 Fill-ins

9 November 2007

 

 

QB

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Steve McNair – If he can stay in one piece he can put up some numbers against Cincinnati.
Kurt Warner – I’m beating the same drum.  Start borderline QBs against Detroit, who allows plenty through the air.
J.P. Losman – OK, I mentioned him last week, but you can trot him out again against Miami.

 

RB
Priest Holmes – With LJ missing this week, Priest should be a solid play against a weak Denver run defense.
Warrick Dunn – Jerious Norwood will likely miss this week’s game against Carolina.  That said, Dunn becomes startable this week.

WR
David Patten – He’s had at least 81 yards in three of his past four games.  He’s got an easy matchup against St. Louis.
Derrick Mason – He’s catching a ton of balls (almost 8 a game) for decent yardage (just over 70).  He’s only reached the endzone twice.  That could change this week because Cincy is bad.

TE
Tony Scheffler – He’s averaging almost 5 grabs for 41 yards over the past three games with two TDs.  If you’re really hurting at TE, maybe he can help.

K
Jason Hanson – He’s averaging 3 FGs a game the past three games.  Gotta like that out of your kicker.

D
Chicago – They have not lived up to the hype this year.  However, against Oakland, they can come back to form.
Atlanta – Carolina is treading on thin ice at QB.  They are using old man Vinny Testaverde, who’s hurting.  This may be the week to see what ATL D can do for you.

Friday Tidbits 11/9/07

9 November 2007

Adrian Peterson broke the single-game rushing record with 296 yards. He’s scary good. His teammate, Troy Williamson, got docked a game’s pay for attending his grandma’s funerual. New England remained undefeated as Tom Brady (3 TDs)brought them back to hand the Colts their first loss. There was a little hype for this game. There were some big name injuries as Frank Gore missed SF’s game, Chad and Larry Johnson left their games with
neck and foot injuries, and Jay Cutler left with a leg injury
.Drew Brees continued to storm back with 445 yards and 3 TDs. Reggie Bush had over 100 rushing and receiving. The Lions improved to 6-2 by destroying the Broncos. Brett Favre tossed for 360 yards. MeO torched the Eagles for 174 yards, and got fined $10K for waiving a towel on the sidelines. Big Ben tossed 5 TD passes. Look out people, Chris Henry has been activated and ready to play. Hopefully, he doesn’t get arrested before game time. Tank Johnson has also been cleared to play. He just needs to get through the metal detector first. PacMoron Jones was told he’s not getting an early release from his suspension. 

Torre looks weird in Dodger blue. Seattle declined the option on Jose Guill*n. Tough week as his name has been linked to steroids, along with Matt Willi*ms. The Red Sox picked up Tim Wakefield’s. Sammy S*sa wants $7 million to play steroid-aided baseball next year. Joe $ource$ $ay A-Rod wanted $350 million to $tay with the Yankee$. I don’t like this guy. Greg Maddux is returning to the Padres for $10 million. I really do like this guy. Curt Schilling will be back with Boston one more year. I really, really like this guy. Andy Pettitte declined his option with the Yankees. Ryan Zimmerman broke a bone in his wrist swinging a bat. Big Papi had his knee scoped. Greg Maddux won a record 17th Gold Glove

KG was brilliant in his Celtics debut with 22 points and 20 rebounds. LeBron bounced back from his poor opener with 45 points. He messed around and got a triple-double this week. Amare Stoudemire missed a game because of a sore knee. Jason Kidd picked up his 50th triple-double with New Jersey. It was his 88th of his career. Peja Stojakovic’s 10 three pointers and Chris Paul’s 21 assists set team records in a win over Kome BrIant and the Lakers. Denver’s Nene is out six weeks with a thumb injury. 

Mike Modano became the all-time leading American scorer. San Jose signed D Sandis Ozolinsh. Ottawa signed C Jason Speeza to a seven year, $49 million extension. This week’s shutouts: Phoenix’s Mikael Tellqvist against Dallas. Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire against St. Louis. Carolina’s Cam Ward against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Dany Sabourin against New Jersey. New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist for against Philly. Dallas’ Marty Turco against Anaheim. Montreal’s Cristobal Huet vs. Buffalo. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, Carolina’s Cory Stillman, and Phoenix’s Peter Mueller netted hat tricks. There were five shutouts on Monday night. Buffalo will be without Tim Connolly and Adam Mair with abdomen and ankle injuries. Todd White scored his 100th career goal. Eric Lindors officially retired. Ottawa and Detroit have league best 26 and 25 points respectively. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg leads with 25 points, but some Sid Crosby kid is nipping at his heals. Pascal Leclaire has a ridiculous 1.12 GAA for Columbus. 

#1 Ohio State took care of #21 Wisconsin. Florida State upset #2 Boston College. #3 LSU beat Nick Saban and #17 Alabama. #5 Oregon beat #4 Arizona State. #8 Kansas hung 76 on Nebraska. Cincinnati upset #18 South Florida. #23 Virginia barely got by #24 Wake Forest. Arkansas RB Darren McFadden tied an SEC record with 321 rushing yards against South Carolina. He combined with Felix Jones for 487 yards, which is an NCAA record . Virginia lost RB Cedric Peerman for the year. Big games this weekend are #10 Georgia vs. #18 Auburn, #11 Virginia Tech vs. 6-3 Florida State, #12 Michigan vs. 7-3 Wisconsin, #13 UConn vs. 7-2 Cincinnati, #14 Texas vs. 7-3 Texas Tech, #17 USC
vs. 6-3 Cal, #21 Clemson vs. 6-3 Wake Forest, and #24 Tennessee vs. 6-3 Arkansas.
 

Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of abscence. UCLA will be without G Michael Roll for a month or so after tearing his plantar fascia. UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough, Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert, Tennessee’s Chris Lofton, Michigan State’s Drew Neitzel, and UCLA’s Darren
Collison have been named preseason All-Americans
. Kentucy lost F Ramon Harris indefinitely with a foot injury. Divison II Grand Valley State beat Michigan State and Findlay beat Ohio State in exhibition games. Kentucky got beat by Gardner-Webb. Maryland will be without James Gist and Landon Milbourne for their season opener because of NCAA violations. UW-Milwaukee kicked leading scorer Avery Smith to the curb for rule violations. Florida State extended coach Leonard Hamilton’s contract.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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I’m going back out on that fantasy football limb. I will pick five players I believe will score more points this week than a higher profile player. The scoring will be 6 points for rushing or receiving TD, 4 points for a passing TD, .1 points per yard for rushing or receiving and .05 points per passing yard. I will also do a Super Stretch Pick where I take a real longshot. First, I’ll recap last week.

Last Week
Drew Brees 34.95 beat Matt Hasselbeck 25.6 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Adrian Peterson 49.5 Marshawn Lynch 26.4 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Brian Westbrook 21.5 tied Larry Johnson 21.5.
Lee Evans 22.5 beat Anquan Boldin 4.0 as I predicted.
Donald Driver 9.9 beat Reggie Brown WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Super Stretch
Brandon Marshall 9.6 beat Roy Williams 3.6 as I predicted.

Regular Picks: 1-3-1
Super Stretch Picks: 1-0
Overall: 2-3-1
Breakdown: QB: 0-1, RB: 0-0-1, WR: 2-1

Season Record
Regular Picks: 21-23-1
Super Stretch Picks: 7-2
Overall: 28-25-1
Breakdown: QB: 5-6, RB: 15-6-1, WR: 8-13

This Week’s Picks
Drew Brees over Peyton Manning
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Brees beat me last week so I’ll see if he can win for me. His matchup with St. Louis is much better than Eli’s big brother against San Diego.

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Willie Parker +3 over Adrian Peterson
OK, I’ll take the rookie on again, but I want three points. Peterson has been unreal.

Priest Holmes over Cedric Benson
Man, it’s fun to see Priest getting the starting job. I hate to see LJ get hurt, but I’ve always liked Priest. Benson has been a stiff.

Larry Fitzgerald over Terrell Owens
Fitz has been coming on. He has a sweet matchup with Detroit. MeO is coming off a great game, but I the G-Men present a tougher challenge.

Santonio Holmes over Braylon Edwards
I must be nuts to go against Braylon, but I see Holmes winning this head-to-head matchup because of the difference in the defenses.

SUPER STRETCH
Greg Jennings over Steve Smith
Jennings has been Favre’s go-to-guy lately. Smith is downright struggling. Going against MN should be a breeze for Jennings. The QB situation has gotten so bad in Carolina that I am the emergency QB.

What did you think of my predictions? Do you have any fantasy upsets in mind? Please leave your comments.

Previous Out on a Limb Picks
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NFL Picks – Week 10

7 November 2007

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I was 10-4 last week. I lost with Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, and Oakland. My Lock pick on Tampa Bay worked out.

Last Week: 10-4 (.714)
Overall: 81-49 (.623)
Lock Picks: 5-4 (.556)

Lock Pick: Green Bay
Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W), TB (W)

Week 10 Picks
Pittsburgh over Cleveland
Green Bay over Minnesota (Lock Pick)
Washington over Philadelphia
Tennessee over Jacksonville
Atlanta over Carolina
Kansas City over Denver
Buffalo over Miami (Virtual Lock Pick)
New Orleans over St. Louis (Virtual Lock Pick)
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Chicago over Oakland
Dallas over NY Giants
Detroit over Arizona
Indianapolis over San Diego
Seattle over San Francisco

Those are my picks. Any differences?

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There are always guys that are hot right out of the gate.  The question is whether they are going to keep it up or are they going to come back to Earth?  Here are some guys to grab while they are hot.

G
Ronnie Brewer, Utah – Ronnie has scored in double digits all season (16.3 ppg).  He hasn’t contributed many rebounds or assists, but his steals are off the charts.  Plus, he’s shooting over 60% from the field.  He also qualifies as F in many leagues.

Damien Wilkins, Seattle – Wilkins has dropped at least 20 in two of his three games this season (18.3 ppg) with 7.0 rpg and 4.0 apg.  His 86.7 FT% is real nice.  He also qualifies as F in many leagues.

F
Martell Webster, Portland – Martell is finally living up to the hype.  He has also reached double digits in every game thus far (16.3 ppg).  Unlike Brewer, he’s adding some boards (4.3 rbg) and three pointers (2 per game).  His FG% isn’t great ( 47.4%), but he’s money at the line (87.5%).  He also qualifies as G in many leagues.

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando – Turkoglu has scored at least 17 in his games so far (22.0 ppg).  He’s also firing in 5.7 rpg and 4.3 apg with 2.67 threes per game and 77.8% FT%.  He also qualifies as G in many leagues.

C
Brendan Haywood, Washington – The key is whether or not he can stay healthy.  However, he’s been a beast on the boards (13.7 rpg).  He’s been steady with 10 points each game.  His 52.0% from the field is nice.  He needs to improve on his 44.4% from the line.  His 3 blocks per game is solid.

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Fantasy Football Forum

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How did you do? I faced Adrian Peterson. Enough said. I did get good games from Brett Favre, Donald Driver, Brandon Marshall, and Josh Brown. Kevin Walter sucked. So did Shaun of the Dead Alexander. Vernon Davis was solid. Wash D was worse than I expected. Newly acquired Marion Barber III did his part scoring only my 3rd TD from a starting RB all year. I made a move for the future as I sent Edge and soon-to-be-returning Andre Johnson for MB3 and Javon not-soon-to-be-returning Walker. It’s a keeper league, and having MB3 is an improvement over Edge. I dropped my 5th straight after starting the year 4-0. I left LenDale on the bench. He would have been a vast improvement over SA, but it wouldn’t have mattered.

That’s how my weekend of fantasy football went. How did you do?

Tracking My NFL Preseason Predictions
I made a bunch of predictions in the preseason. I profiled guys I thought would do well. I also profiled guys I thought wouldn’t meet expectations. Here are my preseason predictions are going.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury/benching cost me, but a 295 yard, 1 TD peformance helps a little. Take on 21 rushing yards for good measure.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury hurt, but a 149 yard, 3 INT game didn’t help much. SF stinks.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 660 total yards, 2 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury has made my predictions go down the tubes.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 908 yards, 2 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
39 yards isn’t cutting it.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury made ruined my prediction, but a six catch, 58 yard, 1 TD game helps.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 672 yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
He’s been banged up, but he’s just been terrible.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 700 yards, 10 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
He only had 17 yards, but he scored again.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 1710 yards passing, 330 rushing yards, 6 TDs, 4 rushing TDs, 16 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
He won again, but he threw for only 110 yards with 2 INTs. He did rush for 25 and a score though. Still, that’s garbage.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1284 total yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
Sure, he returned a TD, but that doesn’t help you in most leagues. 59 total yards. That stinks.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1152 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 9
Had a bye.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1230 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
I busted big time here. Gonzo isn’t done. His 109 yard, 1 TD game is proof.

Injuries have hurt, but at least some of them are returning to form. The busts have been fairly solid. This is a wacky year.

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Each week there are some surprising fantasy performers.  I’m going to take a look at them and see if you should go get ‘em or not.

QB
Kellen Clemens – 226 yards passing with a TD and no INTs.  Throw in 48 rushing yards for good measure.  The Jets will likely be playing from behind, and with two solid WRs, he may be able to help you in upcoming matchups with Miami and Cleveland.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Quinn Gray – I told you not to Sweat ‘em previously.  Sorry about that.  His 354 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs.  He did play the Saints though.  I’m still not sold.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat Him (well, maybe a little).

RB
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Priest Holmes – Not sure how bad LJ’s ankle is.  However, Priest is a must grab.  If he gets meaningful carries, he could have decent value.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Michael Robinson – Had 69 total yards filling in for Frank Gore.  Not bad.  Not great.  If Gore is expected to miss any more time, he has some value.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Maurice Hicks – He had 49 yards and a TD against Atlanta.  Gore should be back, and Michael Robinson had the bulk of the carries.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WR
D.J. Hackett – He was one of my favorite sleepers this year.  An ankle injury ruined that prediction.  He did, however, have 58 yards and a TD last week.  Maybe, just maybe, he can salvage my good name.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Reggie Williams – This week:  6 catches for 128 yards and a TD.  Previous six games:  12 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs.  He’s scoring TDs, but averaging 20 yards before this week’s breakout performance.  I think it’s a fluke.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Donald Lee – He’s been hot for Green Bay reaching at least 75 yards in two of his last three games.  Tight Ends are hard to come by.  Might as well add him to your arsenal.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Robert Royal – He score this week so his fantasy points look good.  He caught only two balls though for 35 yards.  That’s the most he’s had all year.  Don’t get fooled by this one.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Friday Tidbits 11/2/07

2 November 2007

The Red Sox claimed Game 3. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Matt Holliday and the Rockies got within one before Boston made it a 10-5 final. Jacoby Ellsbury (4 hits) and Dustin Pedroia (3 hits) led the charge. Dice-K picked up the victory. The Sox finished the sweep in Game 4. My imaginary brother Jon Lester got the win. Jonathan Papelbon got his 3rd save. Mike Lowell took home the MVP. Marcus Giles was released from San Diego. Craig Biggio went out in style winning the Roberto Clemente Award. A-Rod cho$e to re$cind hi$ contract with the Yankee$. He up$taged the World $erie$ to do $o. Hank Aaron said he stayed away from the B*nds’ home run chase because he didn’t want to talk about steroids. I understand. Joe Girardi has become the next Yankees manager. Have fun Joe. Detroit got SS Edgar Renteria from the Braves for prospects. Carlos Guillen will move to First Base. Grady Little got canned as the Dodgers manager. Joe Torre will replace him. Milwaukee did not pick up an option on Geoff Jenkins. The White Sox did the same with Darin Erstad. Curt Schilling said there are 13 teams he’d play for next year. Mike Cameron got suspended 25 games for testing positive for a banned stimulant. Joel Zumaya hurt his shoulders while moving stuff during the San Diego fires. The Orioles didn’t pick up the option on Kris Benson. Barry B*nds says he’ll boycott the Hall of Fame if they put the asterisk ball in. I say, two birds with on stone.

The Rich get richer as the Patriots activated Richard Seymour and the Poor gets poorer as the Jets lost Jonathan Vilma for the season with a knee injury. Marvin Harrison missed a game for the Colts. Old Man Vinny Testaverde got the start. The Pats ran it up against Washington 52-7. Classy. The Colts remained unbeaten as well setting up a dream matchup for ESPN. I’m sure most of you are sick of the talk already. Drew Brees is back. So are the Saints. The Chargers are also back. The Lions are 5-2. Kitna doesn’t seem so crazy now. St. Louis and Miami remain winless. Green Bay beat Denver in OT on a 82 yard TD pass from the ageless wonder Brett Favre. Washington will be without CB Carlos Rogers for the year following a knee injury. The Jets are going with Kellen Clemens at QB. Dallas locked up Tony Romo for six years. Oakland kicked Mike Williams to the curb. The Pack put DeShawn Wynn on the IR ending his rookie campaign. Jacksonville DT Marcus Str*ud tested positive for steroids. If he was an MLB player, this would be front page news. Jon Kitna dressed up as a naked guy and his wife as a fast food employee at a Halloween party. He was poking fun at Joe Cullen. Sorry, but that’s funny. Rod Smith is gone for the year with a hip injury. Hang ‘em up Rod. It was a great run. Don’t drag it out.

F Kris Draper signed a three-year extenstion with Detroit. Washington signed LW Alexander Semin to a two-year deal worthy over $9 million. Rod Brind’Amour recorded a hat trick for Carolina on Saturday against the Islanders. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk also had a hat trick. His came against Ottawa in a loss. Rick DiPietro did the same for the Islanders against Tampa Bay. The other NYC goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, shutout Washington. Nashville’s Dan Ellis shutout Vancouver. San Jose put F Ryane Clowe and D Rob Davison on the IR. RW Dustin Brown singed a six-year deal with the Kings. Calgary reached a six-year deal with Miikka Kiprusoff. Philly will be without D Derian Hatcher for a few weeks following knee surgery. Rick Tocchet got the green light to return to the NHL in February. I wonder who took that month is his pool? I’m guessing Gretzky’s wife. Detroit and Ottawa are your top teams with 23 and 20 points respectively. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg is your points leader with 24. Pascal Leclaire has the lowest Goals Against Average for Columbus with a 1.25 GAA.

Mike Bibby has a bad thumb that will keep him out a couple months. Denver will be without Chucky Atkins for over a month with a groin injury. To nobody’s surprise Eddie Griffin had a 0.26 blood alcohol content when we died a few months ago in a fiery crash with a train. His demons got him. The Timberwolves bought out Juwan Howard’s contract. He signed on with Dallas. The Wolves will be without Randy Foye for a month with a knee injury. Tim Duncan signed a two-year extension. Kobe dropped 45 in a season-opening loss to Houston. Sasha Pavlovic signed a three-year deal with the Cavs. He’s back. Referee Joey Crawford is back. Dallas held LeBron to ten points. Yuck. The T-Wolves signed Al Jefferson to a big extension. The Sixers couldn’t do the same with Andre Iguodala nor the Bobcats with Emeka Okafor. Rip Hamilton missed the Piston opener. T-Mac dropped 47. Kevin Durant scored 27 in his 2nd NBA game.

#1 Ohio State had no problem with #25 Penn State. #4 Arizona State beat #21 Cal. #5 Oregon dropped #12 USC. #23 UConn beat #10 South Florida. #18 Georgia handed #11 Florida their third loss of the year. Mississippi State upset #14 Kentucky. NC State upset #15 Virginia. Tennessee got by #16 South Carolina. Jamaal Charles ran for 290 yards as #19 Texas got by Nebraska. The Huskers lost QB Sam Keller for the year with a shoulder injury. Top games this weekend include #1 Ohio State vs. #21 Wisconsin, #3 LSU vs. #17 Alabama, #4 Arizona State vs. #5 Oregon, and #23 Virginia vs. #24 Wake Forest.

Georgia’s leading scorer from last year, Takais Brown, got kicked off the team. Oral Roberts suspended F Marchello Vealy for team violations. Cal will be without PG Jerome Randle for a month following a kidney biopsy. Texas G Dogus Balbay will go under the knife to fix a bum knee. Washington G Ryan Appleby fractured his thumb and will miss over a month.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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Week 9 Fill-ins

2 November 2007

Is the bye week hitting you hard?  How about injuries?  How about just plain bad matchups?  Here are some guys you can plug-in this weekend.

QB
Jay Cutler – He’s been pretty solid lately (at least 248 yards the past two weeks with 4 TD passes), and facing a weak Detroit secondary.
Jason Campbell – He hasn’t done much lately (only 757 yards passing the past four weeks), but a meeting with the Jets could change that.
J.P. Losman – He’s back.  Witness the 82 yard bomb to Lee Evans.  Just in time to face Cincinnati. 

RB
Rudi Johnson – He should be back.  Maybe you can justify your 1st round pick again.
Ryan Grant – Have the Packers finally found their guy?  Not sure, but he looked good against Denver.  Although, hasn’t everybody?

WR
Jerricho Cotchery – Laveranues Coles will likely miss the Washington game because of concussion.  Cotchery will likely be targeted more.
D.J. Hackett – He’s back.  At least we hope he is.  He could be a solid play against Cleveland. Just pay close attention to this one.
Santana  Moss – I’ve been burned by him twice so I don’t have much faith, but he should be able to turn it on against the Jets.

TE
Vernon Davis – He caught six passes for 71 yards and a TD last week.  I think he’s safe to play.  Knock on wood.

K
Sebastian Janikowski  - He had three FGs vs. Tennessee last week.  I expect more of the same against Houston.

D
Washington – Did someone drop them after allowing 52 to the Patriots?  If so grab em.  They are still a good defense, and get to face Kellen Clemens and the Jets. 
Oakland – Things would have to be pretty bad, but they have a decent matchup against Houston (minus a slew of weapons) at home.

There you have it.  If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment.


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