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Fantasy Intelligence Report – Week 5

Fantasy Intelligence Report – Week 5

B.D.N. – Breaking Down News

Are you ready for some mooning?

There’s nothing like starting the week with a little Randy Moss talk, after all he is the hottest topic to hit the NFL since Brett Favre’s escapades. Oh wait, that’s every week. At any rate, according to the
Associated Press, Moss claims to be excited to get another opportunity to pull over the purple and gold No. 84.

“I’m very fortunate to be back home where it all started,” said Moss, the West Virginia native who referred to Minnesota as home seven times Thursday. “It’s been a hectic last 48 hours. I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m back home.

“The people that I meet on the regular outside the state of Minnesota, all they know is me being in the purple 84,” Moss said, adding later: “I still have a lot of love for the Minnesota Vikings, man. Just luckily I did get traded here. For what reasons, I still don’t know to this day. But I am back.”

Sounds like Moss left a Pringle on his shoulder. Then again, coach Brad Childress believes that’s a great motivating tool.

“The great thing about this business is you have to do it every week. For anybody that is saying anything bad about Randy Moss, he gets a chance to show them wrong. That’s never a bad motivator.”

To be perfectly honest I’m more excited about the purple drama that is almost guaranteed to follow than I am about Moss’ potential. Yeah, at times Moss and Favre will be like Leif Ericsson and Erik the Red – warriors – on the field, but when things start to break down they’ll turn in to rebel women like Sigrid “the Haughty.”

I mean let’s face it, as great as Moss is from a talent standpoint, as a fantasy owner I’m crossing my fingers every week in hopes of getting the No. 84 who actually wants to play. You kind of have to ask yourself why, though, especially considering that he’s supposed to be one the greatest ever. Then again, he hasn’t won a Super Bowl yet.

Next Stop: Washington D.C.

When the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins take the field this Sunday, many fantasy owners and Redskins fans will be on the edge of their seats with train whistles in the ready position. Why? Well, according to
Yahoo Sports, head coach Mike Shanahan believes the NFL world is about to get a taste of a “top back,” saying that Torain is a “

top back in the NFL if he can stay healthy.”

The question is: are you ready to climb aboard the Ryan Torain train?

I know plenty of sharks are, as they’ve expressed here.

However, as the
Washington Post recently pointed out, Torain will have a daunting task this week of helping pick up exotic blitzes that one of the top pass rushing defenses in the league will employ. And with Clinton Portis – perhaps the best among NFL runners in reading and diverting blitzes – sidelined, Torain will be counted on to keep quarterback Donovan McNabb off the turf. The good news is that apparently it’s an aspect that the Redskins signal caller believes the “Torain” is already grasping.

“He’s been continuing to progress, as these games have continued on, ever since he was moved up (from the practice squad),” McNabb said earlier in the week. “We feel confident, no matter who’s in there, that they’ll do their job.”

Overall, expect Torain to produce similar numbers to last week (70 yards and a touchdown). Yes, I know the Packers are allowing an average 5.2 yards per carry, and are down a few good men on defense. At the same time, Aaron Rodgers has had his way with opposing defenses this season, so there is no guarantee that the Redskins will play with the lead this week.

It’s okay to expect good things from the Redskins runner, but let’s keep the greatness and “top back” talk out until he actually proves it. Besides, wasn’t that said of Cowboys running back Felix Jones not that long ago?

San Diego
, Super Charger!

I have a message for all the fantasy owners who are currently shopping Chargers’ tight end Antonio Gates in hopes of filling some gaps – STOP! Well, that’s if you believe like I do that the Chargers will continue on their offensive “charge.”

I have news for you – Gates and Philip Rivers’ chemistry right now is unbreakable, even against a defensive back like Nnamdi Asomugha. In fact, according to the
North County Times, Gates is on pace to annihilate plenty of team records, and then some.

In his first four games, he has caught 24 passes for 386 yards, and has scored six times. If you project that out over a 16-game season, Gates would finish with 96 catches for 1,544 yards and 24 touchdowns. Coincidentally those are similar numbers that one Randy Moss produced when he was pretty much Tom Brady’s only target back in 2007.

“He could have been content with where he was at four years ago, but he’s elevated his play to an even higher level,” Rivers said. “He’s as explosive as he’s ever been and consistently gets yards after the catch. He’s worked both mentally and physically, and it’s clearly paid off.

“We’ve gotten to know each other pretty well over the past seven years, which I think helps the on-field relationship between quarterback and receiver,” the Chargers quarterback said. “It’s not something we developed overnight and not something we developed this year. We’ve had it for some time, and it certainly helps with confidence and trust when you get ready to pull the trigger.”

I think you get the point here. Plus, as I’ve learned over the years having the top tight end makes it so much easier come game day. I mean let’s face it, as fantasy owners we have enough match-up concerns in our starting lineups to be worrying about. The last thing we need is a should I start Todd Heap or Visanthe Shiancoe?

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