Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 14. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay awhile!
If you love football as much as I do, then you just have to be watching the NFL Network’s Top 100 series. It’s a great piece of entertainment, but it’s also a wonderful construct of new and old. Having Bill Belichick as an analyst of the selections was a stroke of genius, and watching him interact– with extreme reverence– with guys like Ed Reed, Deion Sanders, even his old “nemesis” Lawrence Taylor, has been amazing.
Of course, these types of lists and shows also provide the opportunity to complain about the players that didn’t get selected… I mean, how can you leave Sam Huff, the prototype for middle linebackers, off the list of greatest linebackers? Jack Ham in at LB, but not Derrick Thomas, Ray Nitschke, Mike Singletary or Andre Tippett? Larry Wilson in at safety, but no Mel Renfro, Steve Atwater or Paul Krause? Don’t get me wrong, I think all of the players on the Top 100 so far announced deserved to be there; but there’s always someone who’ll be left out.
Also, big shout-out to Billy “White Shoes” Johnson— as Rich Eisen points out, is the only eligible player in the Top 100 to not be in the Hall of Fame.
Laughter that Makes You Think
This past summer, I asked my readers to help me achieve some personal goals, to wit: 500 new subscribers to my Twitter and Youtube channels. They’re both 100 percent free. Let’s face it, these rankings take some effort and it’d be nice to see some love heading back my way from you people … I don’t care if you actually consume any of the content at my Riot links, but your subscribing allows me to get some perks on those platforms.
Check out the latest humorous video on the channel, about the things that annoy me when I leave New York City.
Interesting Players for This Week
Straight from the flawless algorithms of Mighty Max come the top matchups at every position for this weekend’s games …
Note #1: The value associated with each player indicates the likelihood of that player having the best score at his position that week; it’s not a representation of his score for the week. A carat (^) symbol next to a player’s name indicates an injury designation negatively impacting his ranking.
Note #2: Computers don’t deal in “hunches;” all projections are data based … so only players who have at least one game of statistics are considered in my models.
Teams on bye this week: None.