Tuesday, October 7, 2008

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 5 RECAP AND A LOOK AHEAD TO WEEK 6

I'm curious about something.
Has anyone out there every drafted Detroit Lions backup QB and former UConn star Dan Orlovsky of Shelton or picked him up on the waiver wire, even for just a lark?
Just wondering.

The big news for me last weekend wasn't the great performances of Carolina Panthers back DeAngelo Willimas, Giants back Brandon Jacobs or even Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton...
What got my attention in Week 5, especially since I have some of these guys in my leagues, is how some players just plain disappeared off the fantasy football radar.
What the heck is Kansas City Chiefs' back Larry Johnson's deal? Three weeks ago he rushed for 100 yards, two weeks ago he rushed for 198 yards and on Sunday he goes two yards on seven carries? Ouch!
On Sunday I was ready to drop this guy but as usual, after a day or two, I came to my senses. You just have to live with these kind of games from Johnson who historically struggles early in the season and having a coach like Herm Edwards doesn't help either. However, one of the reasons I drafted Johnson in a couple of leagues is he has great matchups late in the regular season, especially during fantasy football playoff time.
Other players who stunk up the joint were San Diego Chargers back LaDainian Tomlinson (12 carries, 35 yards), Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (13-for-28, 159 yards), Tampa Bay Buccaneers back Earnest Graham (10 carries, 59 yards), Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss who didn't have a reception, and Denver Broncos receivers Brandon Marshall (three catches, 25 yards) and Eddie Royal (three catches, 23 yards).
Watch for all these guys to pick it up next week and take advantage of decent matchups.

By the way kudos to the Giants who seem to never cease to amaze me. No Plaxico Burress and the Giants crush Seattle 44-6. At this stage all Giants receivers have to be considered potential pickups, especially Domenik Hixon (who?) who took advantage of Burress' absence to showcase his speed and ability to reel in four catches for 102 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass. I bow to all the fantasy football owners who had the foresight to not only pick up Hixon on your waiver wire but also start him.

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