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Fantasy Intelligence Report — Week 10

B.D.N. — Breaking Down News

In Tennessee, Randy Moss broke his silence this week surrounding his sudden release from the Minnesota Vikings. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune Moss insists that Minnesota is now behind him.

“I’ve been through a lot in the last couple of weeks,” Moss said in his opening statement. “Like I said, I’ve got these broad shoulders. I can carry a lot of weight. The process of getting here has been kind of crazy. I left a lot of good friends, a lot of good guys in Minnesota and I’m sorry it didn’t work out. The show must go on.”

“I made Minnesota my home,” he said. “I love being there. It just didn’t work out. I have my own beliefs and what I believe in and Coach [Childress] had his. Am I bitter or mad that he let me go in the organization? No. You never know what the future holds, but right now I’m a Tennessee Titan and I’m here to do whatever coach [Jeff] Fisher wants me to do.”

The questions still linger — Is he going to practice and play hard? Will he run his mouth and turn on his team? Will he revert back to his old “Randy” ways when and if the Titans start losing and he’s not getting the ball?

“Randy’s going to play hard,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Yeah, he’s going to look around and watch everybody play and play hard. There is not going to be a double standard here for anybody, there never is. If players aren’t playing hard, they’re corrected — constructively corrected.”

What are the fantasy implications? Well, for one Chris Johnson owners shouldn’t be affected much. The Titans are Johnson’s team, and Fisher knows that.  Most assume that Nate Washington will be a beast with Moss on the field, but don’t count out tight end Bo Scaife.  He could be an intriguing piece for fantasy owners to pick up in the coming weeks.  Having Moss on the field will attract safety help, and should open up some passing lanes down the middle of the field where Scaife can do some damage.

In Carolina, and according to the Charlotte Observer, running back Mike Goodson is drawing similar comparisons to former Panther Nick Goings. Why? Well, like Goings, Goodson was at the back of the depth chart, but due to injuries to both Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams he will be the lead man. It’s something he seems to be ready for.

“Whatever they give me,” Goodson said, “I’m ready for it. I’m going to be in there. I’m going to be that guy.”

Listed at 6-0, Goodson reportedly has breakaway speed and can get to the edge, but how good is he in between the tackles?

“Everyone thinks I’m a small guy, but I can run between the tackles, too,” Goodson said. “I was 185-190 pounds when I came in as a rookie, and I’m 215 now. That represents a lot of work.”

Goodson sounds like he’s ready, but there’s one big problem. Because the Panthers lack a true passing attack opponents have been able to load the box with eight and nine guys on first and second down when they have suspected a run this season, and it shows in the numbers.

Carolina is averaging 90.8 rushing yards per game, and has scored just two touchdowns on the ground. Add in the fact that Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback until Daunte Culpepper is recruited from the UFL, and it’s safe to say that Goodson will have his work cut out for him.

Are you wondering why Terrell Owens has seen so much success in Cincinnati this season? Well, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer diva wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been seeing a lot of double coverage situations, and it’s starting to wear on the star pass-catcher.

“They double me every week,” Ochocinco said. “… It’s not flattering because they do the same thing every week. It doesn’t become flattering – it becomes frustrating.”

The frustration was all kick-started during Ochocinco’s one catch for 15 yards performance against the Steelers on Monday night. In the fourth quarter No. 85 was pulled from the game, and afterwards was seen chatting with quarterback Carson Palmer in the locker room.

“He wants to catch the ball and he wants to make an impact in the game,” Palmer said. “He’s an emotional player and I’m an emotional player. That’s part of football. That’s part of what happens in this game. I love his competitiveness. I love his fire, and his want and his desire for the ball and to contribute. He just got frustrated, and that’s part of the deal.”

Ochocinco recorded a combined 22 receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots and Falcons. In the other six games he has combined to catch 18 passes for 206 yards and zero touchdowns. Yeah, it’s been a frustrating season for fantasy owners to say the least. However, I wouldn’t go jumping off his orange and black ship quite yet, as some have already. He certainly isn’t making in to my starting lineup though, at least until he shows a little more consistency.

M.T.C.– Making The Call

The Bears are allowing just 83.9 rushing yards per game this season. Running back Adrian Peterson is averaging 122.2 yards per through six career games against Chicago. Which number will best represent Peterson’s Sunday production? I’m leaning towards the 122.2. It’s hard to bet against Peterson, especially considering the Vikings must win this week, and he’s their best shot at just that.

The last time the Eagles and Redskins played wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught three passes for 19 yards in a 17-12 loss. The last time the Redskins defense played two weeks ago against the Lions Calvin Johnson lit them up for nine receptions, 101 yards and three touchdowns. Which path is Jackson headed down this week? I’ll take triple digit yards and the slim possibility of the end-zone hat trick. Jackson has unbelievable chemistry with quarterback Michael Vick right now, and the Redskins secondary can be undisciplined at times. I’m definitely starting D-Jax if I have him.

In his first game against the Houston Texans last season quarterback David Garrard could not locate the end-zone with his arm. In his second outing he found it twice. How many times will Garrard’s right arm find paydirt in the Jaguars first game against division rival Houston? I’m on the fence with this one, but am leaning towards a multi-touchdown bid. The Jaguars gunslinger is coming off a four touchdown performance, and has the ability to come up big in big games. I think he’s definitely worth a spot start, especially if you a bye week to cover.

R.F.W.W.H.S. — Rapid Fire Who Would Huber Start

(Scoring Format — PPR Performance)

Jamaal Charles or Thomas Jones — Charles

Steve Johnson or Mike Williams (Tampa Bay) — Johnson

Larry Fitzgerald or Hakeem Nicks — Fitzgerald

Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Freeman — Fitzpatrick

Andre Johnson or Brandon Marshall — Johnson

Reggie Wayne or Terrell Owens — Wayne

Jay Cutler or Kyle Orton — Orton

Bo Scaife or Kellen Winslow Jr. — Scaife

Peyton Hillis or LaDainian Tomlinson — Hillis

Marshawn Lynch or Chris Wells — Lynch

S.O.V. — Speaking Out Violently

Last Sunday night I have to admit that I was enjoying the Cowboy slaughter at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. That was until Dallas cornerback Mike Jenkins pulled a Randy Moss and decided to give up on a
touchdown
run after the catch by wide receiver James Jones. It was highly disgraceful, and pretty much the final slap to his former head coach’s face.

The next day Jerry Jones said goodbye to Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett officially started the take over, for now. Not far behind Garrett’s hiring, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, NFL Network’s Jim Mora Jr. came out and insisted that the Cowboys new head coach dispose of the starting cornerback.

“To me, this is high treason,” Mora said. “An NFL football player does not turn down a play like that. And if I’m Jason Garrett, the first thing that I’m doing when I take over as the head coach of this team, is I’m getting guys like that — No. 21, who absolutely committed treason, let his team down by passing up a tackle and let the ball get in the end zone — I’m taking him and I’m getting him out of my locker room.”

Jenkins responded to Mora’s rant with this….

“The only person I’m worried about right now is Jason Garrett,” Jenkins said. “Jim Mora is not my coach. I don’t think I will ever be on his team since he said something like that, so I really don’t care. People can say what they want. We are losing right now and everybody is going to point fingers.”

Jenkins also sugar coated his mistake with a, “I came back and made a few plays later.”

Now it’s my turn (rubbing my hands).

Indeed, Jim Mora Jr. may have gone a little overboard, but Jenkins responding with “I don’t really care” is kind of like telling fans to piss off with Gordon Ramsay style. Sorry Mr. Jenkins I’m not on board with that.

See, you should care, because you’re the performer. You should be taking everything that critics and analysts like Mora Jr. are saying to heart, admit your faults instead of sugar coating them, and insist to your teammates and new head coach that you’ll never give up on a play again.

As far as I’m concerned Mikey, you’re not a football player. Instead, you’re a poser with great athletic ability and no heart. And until you earn back the respect of those who watch you play, you’re going to need a big heart to fend off all those snarky remarks and thoughts people are going to make and have. It’s either that or you can become a UFL washout. Either way, I really don’t care.

Good luck.

Thanks for reading!

Eric Huber is a staff writer for Fantasysharks.com

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