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 20.3 beat Matt Schaub 13.55 as I predicted
LaDainian Tomlinson 45.5 beat Maurice Jones Drew (30.4) & Shaun Alexander (3.5) 33.9 as I predicted
Jason Wright 15.8 beat DeShaun Foster 4.9 as I predicted
MeO 14.6 (12.6 actual +2 spotted points) beat Randy Moss 11.9 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Dwayne Bowe 4.6 beat Torry Holt 3.3 as I predicted

Super Stretch
Tony Romo 17.85 beat Kurt Warner 1.05 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Regular Picks: 4-1
Super Stretch Picks: 0-1
Overall: 4-2
Breakdown: QB: 1-1, RB: 2-0, WR: 1-1

Season Record
Regular Picks: 16-14
Super Stretch Picks: 4-2
Overall: 20-16
Breakdown: QB: 5-3, RB: 11-4, WR: 4-9

This Week’s Picks

Jeff Garcia over Ben Roethlisberger
Jeff gets to square off against Detroit. They suck against the pass. Big Ben may have Hines Ward back, but going up against Denver won’t be easy.

Shaun Alexander over Frank Gore
Last week I knocked SA down by, this week I’m picking him up. He’s been struggling the past couple of week’s.  St. Louis is just what he needs to get back on track. Gore gets to face a suddenly potent Giants defense.

LenDale White over Marion Barber III
LenDale probably won’t have to split carries with Chris Brown. I think he has a decent game against Houston. MB3 has to share with Julius Jones, play second fiddle to the passing attack, and oh yeah, face a tough Minnesota run defense.

Joey Galloway over Roy Williams
Garcia has to pass to somebody while burning the Lions. Roy will be locked up with Ronde Barber.

Patrick Crayton over Larry Fitzgerald
MeO and Witten will draw the attention. Crayton will reap the rewards. Fitz will have Rattay or a busted up Kurt Warner throwing to him. Can you say long day?
SUPER STRETCH
Kevin Walter
over Marvin Harrison
Walter is coming off a huge game. Houston is still short receivers, which means they’ll call his name often. Marvin is still a little banged up and facing Jacksonville.

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
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

Fantasy Football Forum
Did you win your matchup this week? What’s your record? My team is struggling big time. Brett Favre sucked. Ronnie Brown was solid, but his stupid QB vultured two TDs. Edge was solid. Kevin Curtis was great. Ocho was decent. It’s bad enough that sucky Santana Moss didn’t catch a pass, but the moron fumbles and actually gets negative points. Soft Todd Heap didn’t score a point. CHI DEF also got me negative points. Between Favre, Moss, Heap, and CHI DEF I got 2.32 points. That’s awful.

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 mypreseason predictions are going.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Injured
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had a bye.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Injured
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had a bye.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1056 total yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
26 yards. Yuck.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1003 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
138 yard, 1 TD performance on MNF puts him back on target.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Injured
Did not play because of ankle injury.
Right-O-Meter: 1

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 940 yards, 5 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
No stats this week.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yard, 8 TDs
On Pace for: 771 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
Was on a bye

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2250 yards passing, 413 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 3 rushing TDs, 19 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
120 yards passing, 6 rushing, a fumble, and a pick. See.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1446 total yards, 10 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 2
Two straight great weeks knocked me off pace with him. 184 yards and 2 TDs was great.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1024 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
33 wimpy yards.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1173 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
102 yards and two scores. Nice.

I’m sucking at my predicitions, although my bust picks are half good still.

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NFL Picks – Week 7

16 October 2007

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I was 7-6 last week. Tennessee, Chicago, Miami, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Seattle tripped me up. My Lock Pick Kiss-of-Death continued with the Chicago loss.

Last Week: 7-6
Overall: 52-37
Lock Picks: 2-4

Lock Pick: New England
Previous Lock Picks: PITT, CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (barely), CHI (L)

Week 7 Picks
Tennessee over Houston
Tampa Bay over Detroit
New England over Miami (lock Pick)
New Orleans over Atlanta
New York Giants over San Francisco
Baltimore over Buffalo (Virtual Lock)
Washington over Arizona
Kansas City over Oakland
Cincinnati over New York Jets
Philadelphia over Chicago
Seattle over St. Louis
Dallas over Minnesota (Virtual Lock)
Pittsburgh over Denver
Indianapolis over Jacksonville

Those are my picks. Any differences?

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Fantasy Football Forum
Did you win your matchup this week? What’s your record? My team is struggling big time. Brett Favre sucked. Ronnie Brown was solid, but his stupid QB vultured two TDs. Edge was solid. Kevin Curtis was great. Ocho was decent. It’s bad enough that sucky Santana Moss didn’t catch a pass, but the moron fumbles and actually gets negative points. Soft Todd Heap didn’t score a point. CHI DEF also got me negative points. Between Favre, Moss, Heap, and CHI DEF I got 2.32 points. That’s awful.

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 mypreseason predictions are going.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Injured
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had a bye.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Injured
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had a bye.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1056 total yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
26 yards. Yuck.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1003 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
138 yard, 1 TD performance on MNF puts him back on target.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Injured
Did not play because of ankle injury.
Right-O-Meter: 1

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 940 yards, 5 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
No stats this week.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yard, 8 TDs
On Pace for: 771 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
Was on a bye

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2250 yards passing, 413 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 3 rushing TDs, 19 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
120 yards passing, 6 rushing, a fumble, and a pick. See.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1446 total yards, 10 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 2
Two straight great weeks knocked me off pace with him. 184 yards and 2 TDs was great.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1024 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
33 wimpy yards.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1173 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
102 yards and two scores. Nice.

I’m sucking at my predicitions, although my bust picks are half good still.

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Friday Tidbits 10/12/07

12 October 2007

Manny Ramirez smashed a 3 run homer in the 9th to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win in Game 2. Curt Schilling, aided by Papi & Manny back-to-back jacks, finished the sweep. Cleveland got a hand from Mother Nature as bugs swarmed The Jake. They irritated Joba Chamberlain into game-tying wild pitch. Cleveland won it in the 11th. Johnny Damon saved the day as the Yanks struck back. Cleveland put the Yankees to bed in Game 4. Paul Byrd was the word and got the series clinching win. Chicago could have used some luck as they found themselves swept by Arizona. They can’t blame Bartman this time. Joining them will be Colorado, who swept the Phillies while winning their 17th game in 18 tries. Tom Glavine decline a $13 million option with the Mets. Pittsburgh gave manager Jim Tracy the axe. Charlie Manuel earned a two-year extension with the Phillies. Atlanta GM John Schuerholz is moving on to team President. Colorado took Game 1 of the NLCS. They have won 18 of their last 19 games.

Week 5 saw Green Bay fall out of the undefeated ranks. It was basically a must win for Chicago. Brett Favre did throw for 322 yards in the loss. New England, Indy, and Dallas stayed perfect. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdowns for the 5th straight game. Indy won without Addai or Marvin Harrison. Tony Romo tried to give away the game with 5 INTs and a fumble, but Nick “Stick a” Folk “in ‘em” drilled a 53 yarder following a successful onsides kick. Dramatic stuff. Matt Leinart fractured his collarbone. He’s out for the year. Tim Rattay was brought in for when Kurt Warner gets hurt. Larry Johnson got a whopping 12 yards on the ground. Hines Ward missed another game. Trent Green got another concussion. New Orleans, St. Louis, and Miami lost again. Jake Delhomme will miss the rest of the year with his elbow injury. Vinny Testaverde was signed for QB depth. A spinal injury is forcing Seattle FB Mack Strong to retire. Michael Pittman got hurt for the Bucs so Zack Crockett was brought in. Kellen Winslow said that Joey Porter is too angry and needs a hug. I love it.

Golden State’s Monta Ellis had a scare. He hurt himself in practice. It was thought that he might have been paralyzed. Thankfully, he’s OK. Charlotte’s Sean May will miss another season, this time for microfracture surgery. He sure gets injured a lot. KG had a solid Boston debut. He had 19 points and 16 rebounds as they won their preseason opener in Italy. San Antonio signed Bruce Bowen to an extension. This just in. Michael Finley finally let go of the NBA trophy. Eddy Curry has a tear in his shoulder. Ouch. He won’t need surgery though. Sacremento C Spencer Hawes will have knee surgery. No word on when he’ll return. Allan Houston is going to attempt a comeback with the Knicks. Washington Wizard C, and former Syracuse Orangeman, Etan Thomas underwent heart surgery.

Alexander Ovechkin picked up his 200th point. Columbus G Pascal Lecliare shutout Anaheim last Friday. He got his second one on Wednesday. The Wild’s Niklas Backstrom also recorded his 2nd shutout Wednesday. Martin Gerber recorded a shutout on Saturday. Ray Emery, who? Nashville’s David Legwand recorded a hat trick against Dallas. The Islanders signed D Radek Martinek to a three-year extension and C Richard Park to a two-year extension. Nashville lost D Shea Weber for a month or so after he dislocated his knee cap. Ouch. Detroit will be without F John Franzen for a month with a knee injury. New York Ranger F Sean Avery separated his shoulder, and will miss a month. Toronto F Jason Blake has chronic myelogenous leukemia, but it’s treatable, and he should be able to play through it. Dallas C Mike Ribeiro was activated from the IR. Columbus got C Michael Peca back from the Injured Reserve. Toronto’s Mats Sundin set team records with his 390th goal and 917th point. Darryl Sittler previously held both records. Buffalo’s Tim Connolly shutout Atlanta to drop them to 0-4. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun shutout New Jersey.

#1 LSU had a come from behind victory over #9 Florida 28-24. #4 Ohio State beat #23 Purdue. It was Florida’s second straight loss. #10 Oklahoma got by #19 Texas. #15 Virginia Tech beat #22 Clemson. #17 Missouri blasted #25 Nebraska. #20 Cincinnati squeaked by #21 Rutgers. Now to the upsets. #2 USC got dropped by Stanford, ending USC’s 35-game home winning streak. Illinois bumped #5 Wisconsin. Tennessee smoked #12 Georgia. Finally, Kansas upset #24 Kansas State. Virginia Tech will be without leading tackler LB Vince Hall for a month or more after he broke his wrist. Texas lost WR Limas Sweed with a wrist injury. This week’s top games are #1 LSU vs. #17 Kentucky, and #6 Oklahoma vs. #11 Missouri. Mark Sanchez will start at QB for USC this week. Wake Forest upset #21 Florida State last night.

New Mexico’s Tony Danridge had surgery on his broken leg. Stanford C Brook Lopez was ruled academically ineligible. Georgia suspended F Takais Brown, C Albert Jackson, and G Mike Mercer for violations. Texas freshman Gary Jackson has been cleared to practice despite a heart condition.

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
Peyton Manning 20.45 beat Jon Kitna 5.6 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Edgerrin James 9.7 beat Frank Gore 7.5 as I predicted
Cedric Benson 12.9 beat Michael Pittman 1.5 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Braylon Edwards 11.0 beat Brandon Marshall 7.2 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Steve Smith 10.7 beat Roy Williams 3.6 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Super Stretch
Gus Frerotte 25.2 beat Matt Hasselbeck 5.8 as I predictedRecap
Regular Picks: 1-4
Super Stretch Picks: 1-0
Overall: 2-4
Breakdown: QB: 1-1, RB: 1-1, WR: 0-2

 

Season Record
Regular Picks: 12-13
Super Stretch Picks: 4-1
Overall: 16-14
Breakdown: QB: 4-2, RB: 9-4, WR: 3-8

This Week’s Picks
Drew Brees
over Matt Schaub
How bad has this year been for Brees? He has 929 yards and only 1 TD, which makes him an Out on a Limb candidate vs. Schaub (1299 & 5 TDs). I have no reason to think he snaps out of his funk, but I’m going on a hunch. Schaub should have his hands full with Jacksonville.

LaDainian Tomlinson over Shaun Alexander and Maurice Jones-Drew
LT always destroys Oakland. I am doing my first two for one special of the year. LT will outscore SA & MJD combined in a battle of the Initial RBs.

Jason Wright over DeShaun Foster
Jason Wright may or may not get the start. Jamal Lewis missed last week with a foot injury. Miami has a bad run defense, so Wright may get some work either way. Foster faces a quietly tough Arizona defense.

Randy Moss over Terrell Owens +2 points
Let’s face it. New England-Dallas is the best matchup this season. Moss-MeO is the most intriguing WR matchup this weekend. I’ll spot MeO 20 yards. Moss will prove he’s Boss.

Dwayne Bowe over Torry Holt
The rookie has looked pretty darn good. I think his size will be a factor against Cincy. Holt has to face Baltimore with a backup QB.  

SUPER STRETCH
Kurt Warner
over Tony Romo
Romo looked horrible on Monday. This week it doesn’t get any easier against New England. Warner should do decent if he doesn’t get hurt. I just hope his wife isn’t doesn’t get her typical coverage.

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

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Week 4
Week 5

NFL Picks – Week 6

10 October 2007

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I did well last week. Reached double digits in a bye week. I lost with KC, NO, DET, and GB. My lock pick, Dallas, barely won. I really would have thought my kiss of death was real if they lost.

Last Week: 10-4
Overall: 45-31
Lock Picks: 2-3

Lock Pick: Chicago
Previous Lock Picks: PITT, CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (barely)

Week 6 Picks
TENN over TB
CHI over MINN (Lock Pick)
JAX over HOU
MIA over CLE
BAL over STL (Great Survivor Pick)
GB over WASH
CIN over KC
PHI over NYJ
ARI over CAR
SD over OAK (Great Survivor Pick)
NE over DAL
SEA over NO
NYG over ATL

Those are my picks. Any differences?

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Fantasy Football Forum
Did you win your matchup this week? What’s your record? I got beat to fall to 4-1. Tom Brady was solid. Dallas Clark scored my only TD. Larry Johnson made me throw up in my mouth. I was afraid of Travis Henry so I started LenDale White. He put it on on the carpet, which cut down his carries. I was short on WRs with Ocho on bye and Andre Johnson still hurt. Coles was solid, as was my free agent pickup of Andre Davis. Roddy White, another waiver wire guy, was junk. I thought I found a kicker, but Jeff Reed sucked major backside. Not my best week.

I shook up my team. With Travis “9 kids and a pound a weed” Henry facing suspension, I dealt my top commodity. Well, top 2 I guess. I packaged Tom Brady, Larry Johnson, and Cedric Benson for Brett Favre, Ronnie Brown, and Edgerrin James. Hopefully it doesn’t blow up in my face.

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 mypreseason predictions are going.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: 816 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 1
Hurt. Did not play.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: 1475 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 1
Hurt. Did not play.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1216 total yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
Only 34 total yards, but found the endzone.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 761 total yards, 0 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
Only 27 total yards. Yuck.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: 22 yards
Did not play because of ankle injury.
Right-O-Meter: 1 – An ankle injury will keep the Right-O-Meter low all year long.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 1008 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
84 yards and a TD. That’s what I needed.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yard, 8 TDs
On Pace for: 771 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
44 yards and a score. Nice.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2332 yards passing, 492 rushing yards, 12 TDs, 4 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
157 yards passing (with 3 picks) and 27 rushing. But he did win.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1072 total yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
Had 112 total yards and a score, but he’s still way off.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1123 yards, 10 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 2
89 yards and a TD. Nice.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1082 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 2
Had 100 yards. His team sucks
I’m sucking at my predicitions, although my bust picks are pretty good still.

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Friday Tidbits 10/5/07

5 October 2007

The Red Sox and Cubbies won their divisions on the same night. How sweet is that? The Mets historic collapse led to a division title for the Phillies. Willie Randolph won’t get the axe though. Arizona wrapped up the AL West. Colorado knocked off San Diego in a one game playoff. Magglio Ordonez and Matt Holliday won the batting titles. A.J. Pierzynski signed a two-year extenstion with the White Sox. C.C. Sabathia joined the 19 win club. Jim Leyland will be the Tigers skipper through 2009. Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young won Comeback Players of the Year. The cynic in mean wonders about Pena’s amazing breakout season. Speaking of which, Scott Schoeneweis is the latest name to be implicated for steroid use. The Braves are moving on without Andruw Jones. Florida’s Hanley Ramirez had shoulder surgery. So did Gary Sh*ffield. Carlos Beltran had knee surgery. Tim Wakefield, Bartolo Colon, and Gary M*tthews, Jr. were left off the playoff roster for the Red Sox-Angels series. Adam Eaton was left of the Phillies roster. Josh Beckett pitched a beautiful complete game shutout to give the Red Sox Game 1. Colorado stayed hot stealing Game 1 from Host Philadelphia. Kazuo Matsui’s 5 RBIs and near cycle gave Colorado a 2-0 lead. Brandon Webb struck out 9 as he allowed just 1 run over 7 innings to beat the Cubs. Chris Young’s 3 run jack helped give Arizona a 2-0 lead. Cleveland bombed the Yankees 12-3. Kenny Lofton, of all people, led the attack with 4 RBIs.

Brett Favre became the all-time TD pass leader. The Browns knocked off Baltimore. New England, Indy, Dallas and Green Bay remained undefeated. Atlanta and Buffalo picked up their first wins. San Diego, Baltimore, Chicago, and Pittsburgh were upset. Daunte Culpepper ran for 3 scores and passed for 2 more against his former team Miami. His former teammate, Randy Moss, grabbed two more touchdown passes. Tony Romo threw 3 TDs and ran for another one. Griese didn’t play any better than Grossman. Justin Fargas and Patrick Crayton were the latest to have breakout games. Denver lost G Ben Hamilton for the season because of concussions. Hines Ward missed a game. McNabb probably wishes he missed the Giants game as he was sacked 12 times. Tampa lost Cadillac Williams and tackle Luke Petitgout “Junction” for the season with knee injuries. Ricky “Puff, puff, give” Williams has applied for reinstatement. SF QB Alex Smith will miss this week’s game. He’ll likely be out longer, but it doesn’t look like he’ll need surgery. Keenan McCardell signed on with Washington. Miami will be without Vonnie Holliday this week after he broke a bone in his ankle. Michael Vick took a PETA class on animal cruelty. Shoot, he could have taught the class. He knows all sorts of ways to be cruel to animals. Oh wait, it was prevention of cruelty. That makes more sense. While he was in class, Atlanta decided to ask for $16 million in signing bonus money back from the dog killer. Indy lost LB Rob Morris for the year after knee surgery. Cincy lost LB Lemar Marshall. St. Louis is benching Marc Bulger and his broken ribs for Gus Frerotte. Rodney Harris*n is back fort eh Patriots following his steroid suspension. The rich get richer. Denver RB Travis Henry, the league’s leading rusher, may have to shut it down because he was smoking weed. What an idiot. I’m waiting for the Chris Crocker YouTube video. “Leave Travis alone. He’s going through some tough times. His knee and ankle are hurting. He was just medicating his football injuries. Leave Travis alone. He lives in Colorado. Marijuana is the state flower there. Leave Travis alone. He had nine kids from nine nagging women. Of course he needs an escape. LEAVE TRAVIS ALONE RIGHT NOW. I mean it. Otherwise you have to deal with ME.”

The LA Kings smoked Anaheim in the season opener in London. Anaheim took Game 2 to earn the split. Detroit welcomed them back to the U.S. with a shootout loss. Philly’s Steve Downie was suspended 20 games for a nasty hit on Dean McAmmond. Dany Heatley signed a six-year, $45-million extension with Ottawa. He celebrated with 2 goals and an assist to start Ottawa off in the Win Column. Saku Koivu scored a pair of goals in Montreal’s season-opening win. Paul Stastny trumped them both though, as he scored a hat trick for Colorado as they beat Dallas. Nashville’s Chris Mason and Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom recorded shutouts in their team’s openers.

New Jersey’s PG Marcus Williams will be out a while with a broken foot. The Cavs signed G Devin Brown and traded David Wesley for Cedric Simmons. Minnesota traded Trenton Hassell to Dallas for Greg Buckner. The Knicks traded for the rights to Jared Jordan. Speaking of the Knicks Isiah Thomas was found guilty of sexual harassment. Amare Stoudamire got his knee scoped. The Bulls will allow Ben Wallace to wear his headband next year. Oh boy. San Antonio will retire Avery Johnson’s number. Kwame Brown was with disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer after his friend got pullled over for driving drunk the wrong way on a one way street.

What a wild weekend of college football. It started with #18 South Florida beating #5 West Virginia. Then #3 Oklahoma fell to Colorado, #4 Florida lost to Auburn, #7 Texas fell to Kansas State, #10 Rutgers lost to Maryland, #13 Clemson lost to Georgia Tech, #21 Penn State lost to Illinois, and #22 Alabama fell to Florida State (I really do like it when Saban loses). Some things don’t change though as Notre Dame lost again. I must have jinxed Oklahoma and Florida because in last week’s tidbits I said “Is it just me or is it weird that South Florida and Rutgers became good while Auburn, Colorado, and Ole Miss have become bad”. Ole Miss must not have gotten the memo. Memphis DL Taylor Bradford was gunned down. His teammates beat Marshall for him. Florida S Tony Joiner was charged with burglary. This week’s top matchups are #1 LSU vs. #9 Florida, #4 Ohio State vs. #23 Purdue, #10 Oklahoma vs #19 Texas, #15 Virginia Tech vs. #22 Clemson, #17 Missouri vs. #25 Nebraska, and #20 Cincinnati vs. #21 Rutgers.

Duke named G DeMarcus Nelson as their captain. Bud Mackey, a Indiana recruit, was arrested for trafficking cocaine. UCLA gave Ben Howland a seven-year contract extension. Cincinnati will be without F Mike Williams for the season following an Achilles injury.

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
Brian Griese
23.1 beat Jeff Garcia 15.8 as I predicted.
Marion Barber III 7.2 Willie Parker 6.6 as I predicted.
Brian Leonard 5.9 beat Jerious Norwood 4.5 as I predicted.
Braylon Edwards 15.7 beat Kevin Curtis 2.1 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Marvin Harrison 0.8 beat Javon Walker 0.0 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Walker didn’t play. Harrison got hurt. Pretty much a wash.

Super Stretch
Larry Fitzgerald 12.3 beat Wes Welker 4.9 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Season Record: 11-9 Regular Picks, 3-1 Super Stretch Picks, 14-10 Overall
QB: 3-1, RB: 8-3, WR: 3-6

This Week’s Picks
Jon Kitna over Peyton Manning
Bring on the Big Gun. Kitna should be airing it out aginst Washington. Tampa will slightly slow down Manning. That’s my thought anyway.

Edgerrin James over Frank Gore
St. Louis is falling apart. Look for Edge to roll over them. Gore gets to face Baltimore. Any questions?

Michael Pittman over Cedric Benson
Pittman will have to share carries with Earnest Graham, but he still hould outproduce sucky Cedric Benson.

Brandon Marshall over Braylon Edwards
With Javon Walker and Travis Henry banged up, Marshall will be called upon heavily. Edwards gets to deal with Asante Samuel.

Roy Williams over Steve Smith
Roy will run wild against Washington. Steve Smith is in a major slump.

SUPER STRETCH
Gus Frerotte over Matt Hasselbeck
Gus is getting the nod because of Bulger’s rib injury. Matt travels to Pittsburgh. It’s going to be a long day for Matt.

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

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