I went to high school in Converse, Texas, at a 5A football powerhouse where our lives every fall revolved around Friday Night football. This week, all of you have an opportunity to get a glimpse into this world.
I heard a rumor on local radio this morning that ESPN will be broadcasting the rivalry game this week between Odessa Permian and Midland Lee. I checked the ESPN website but didn’t find it – so watch your local listings just in case they do show it. These boys play the game with more pride, tradition, and team spirit than I’ve ever seen in the pros. Then this weekend, Friday Night Lights comes out in theaters. It’s the story of Odessa Permian’s 1988 season. I was a senior in high school that year so I remember it well – don’t worry, I won’t tell you how it ends.
On to my fantasy leagues… I’m 4-0 in one and 1-3 in the other. Even though I missed our softball game last week, I found out that my opponent had to buy beer for the team for being the “first guy to lose to the girl”. Other than that, the “guys vs. the girl” topic has been pretty quiet around here. I may be stirring up trouble, though. I posted my issues with our first-come, first-serve waiver system on the board. Hee hee hee…
Who to start – Artose Pinner or Richie Anderson?
Your choices are a starting back that’s playing against a tough Atlanta defense or one of many Cowboy backs that could see action against San Francisco. I watched Pinner in the preseason and really liked his running style. He is a hard one to bring down, even though he’s missing the speed of some of the better backs. I’d go with him over Anderson, but don’t expect much from either back.
I’m in last place in my league and can’t figure out how? What would you do with this line up and scoring system? Help please!
TD based scoring, Yahoo basic league
Why can’t this team win?
QB Tom Brady
RB Fred Taylor, K. Jones, T.J. Duckett, D. Rhodes, L. Henry
WR M. Harrison, D. Mason, P. Burress ,R. Gardner
TE M. Pollard
K J. Carney
With an 0-4 start you may have to shake things up a bit. You’ve got a consistent QB – he’s no Manning, but will get you about 200 yards and 2 TDs on an average week.
Your running backs:
Don’t give up on Fred Taylor yet; he’s a late bloomer Two of the last 3 years that he played all season, Fred had a slow start. The only year he was solid all season was 2002, Last year he was twice as strong in games 9-16 as games 1-8 (989 yards and 4 TDs vs. 583 yards and 2 TDs). So don’t sell him short if you can find a way to ride out the storm. The bad news is that you are in a TD heavy league and he’s not a TD monster like Priest or LT.
Your #2 RBs are pretty weak. Kevin Jones is injured and was not very impressive in his first 3 games. T.J. Duckett showed a spark this week, but will only be of value if Dunn goes down. L. Henry is a decent fill in start but will soon be in a RBBC at best, and Rhodes will only help later in the season if Edge gets hurt. So you don’t have much RB wise that will get you points for the next couple of weeks.
For your Wide Receivers:
Harrison’s a stud, period. Mason will generally get you yardage but doesn’t get into the endzone a lot. Plexi is a conundrum. He started out sucking but got a lot more action this week, including a pass interference call that would have been a TD, an overthrown 60-yard TD pass, and a 57 yard pass that was called back because Roethlisberger was down before the throw. In my opinion, he’s going to turn it around and you’ll be glad you have him. Rod Gardner had a stellar game against Dallas but then came back to earth. He is still Brunell’s target on downfield shots so remains a match up starter, just doesn’t count on repeats of week 3.
For tight ends and kickers, unless you have Gonzo or Akers they are pretty much interchangeable. You can watch the match ups and switch them out if you want to go through the effort. As for Atlanta, it is one of the more opportunistic defenses and should do well for you.
My conclusion here – look into giving up Harrison and one of your bench RBs for a solid RB and a decent WR. Cruise the Trade Forum to see what kind of trades are going with Harrison in them to get an idea of who to target. For instance, try for Santana Moss while his value is low. Trading Harrison is a risk, but in your situation you’re going to have to take a risk and hope it pays off in order to salvage the season.
In closing, I thought I’d pass along this joke I recently heard:
A guy took his blonde girl friend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench… After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. “Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.”
Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, I saw them flip a coin and one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was: ‘Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!’ Hel-LLLO! It’s only 25 cents!”