After 5 weeks of the NFL season, let’s take a look at our early season fantasy MVP award winner.
If listening to the media and all the hype, the award for Player of the Year easily goes to Tony Romo. Depending on what kind of scoring your league has Romo has been awesome. Thanks in part, because of long TD passes, a few rushing TDs and bonus points for 300 yards passing. If you mix in the fact that he was chosen after most of the top rated QB’s, any team that has him now has either found themselves at the top or near the top of their league.
However, just before the ink dried on the announcement card for the award, Tom Brady crossed the mind of some of the voters. Then they looked at his stats and said, "wait a minute, 16 TD passes with only 2 INT’s is pretty good, I had no idea”¦”¦.."
Though Brady doesn’t get the MTV hype of Romo, his numbers and consistency are reminiscent of what Brady’s childhood hero, Joe Montana, used to do in fantasy leagues. We all wondered what it would be like if Brady got a good WR and now he finds himself with three plus a TE who has emerged amid all the open arms of WRs. Romo may get the hype, but we’ll give Brady the hardware.
The two players that may have been the riskiest prior to most drafts have turned their teams into fantasy winners. Ronnie Brown has been one of the biggest disappointments each year for early draft picks but now he gets to play LT’s role in Cam Cameron’s offense. His multi-purpose yardage and scores have owners from the past cursing him more now than when they had him on their team.
Randy Moss’ past has always made him a player GM’s know they can do some damage with in their league. But the same past is also what makes a lot teams weary about his mindset. Moss was taken deep in many drafts and the GM has been rewarded nicely with 7 TDs and 551 yds. His numbers could make a great case for fantasy MVP just because of the turnaround he’s had and the impact made being a fifth round choice. Sometimes it pays to gamble.
ON THE RISE
Kurt Warner QB (ARZ) Matt Leinart’s injury officially closes the QB rotation for the Cards. WR’s Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who should return this week from a hip injury, make Warner a must start this week vs Carolina’s 24th ranked pass defense. He makes a great start for owners of bye week QB’s Manning, Kitna, and Roethlisberger.
Willis McGahee RB (BAL) McGahee has posted respectable numbers through 5 weeks on the ground but has failed to reach the endzone. He does have a receiving touchdown and had 7 catches in last week’s games vs the 49ers. Look for 100+ yards on the ground this week vs the Rams, but more importantly his first Raven rushing TD!
Brandon Jacobs RB (NYG) Tiki Barber’s departure opened a huge door for Jacob’s to shine but unfortunately he got hurt early in week 1. His backup Derrick Ward came in and showed he deserved to play. Both scored TD’s in last week’s win over the Jets, but Jacob’s had 20 carries to Ward’s 13. Look for Jacobs to make a statement on Monday Night vs the Falcons and regain the top spot in the Giants backfield.
Reggie Brown WR (PHI) Brown was selected as a top 20 WR in most drafts this year. The departure of Donte Stallworth to the Patriots made Brown the go-to guy for Donovan McNabb. After 4 games Brown has just 8 grabs for 81 yards and Kevin Curtis has emerged has the #1 WR in Philly. However, this week vs a Jet defense that has allowed 9 passing TD’s and an extra week to figure out why they had such a poor start, expect Brown to haul in 6 balls and a TD.
Antonio Gates TE (SD) The Super-Chargers abused the Broncos like a Washington Generals type of practice squad. Phillip Rivers got his act together, looked poised and confident, despite facing two very good DB’s at Denver. Vincent Jackson even came to the aid of Rivers which makes gates chances of busting out even greater. The wake-up call sounded last week and it looks like they might be a team similar to what we saw out them last season. LT still is the focus, but if Gates doesn’t get the ball the team struggles. Look for the division leading Raiders (what?) to get a heavy dose of Gates.
Thomas Jones RB (NYJ) Together, Jones and Cedric Benson made a nice combo at Chicago. For Jones, he was forced to play hard every week to keep his carries and for Benson he was forced to run harder to get more carries. Somehow it worked and both reaped the rewards with Jones getting a nice deal with the Jets and Benson handed the starting job in Chicago. Jones faces the Eagles this week in what may turn out to be the game that makes you liquidate Jones in a blue-light special as a manager of your squad. I like his chances against the Eagles. Look for 140 total yards with a score.
Cedric Benson RB (CHI) The workhorse last week in a huge win for the Bears over the Packers. Benson is averaging about 20 carries a game but only 3 yards a pop. The Vikings stout No. 1 rushing defense heads to Chicago this week and the Bears will need to win on Griese’s arm because they will be lucky to rush for 50 yards.
Jeff Garcia QB (TB) With several QB’s in bye weeks many teams will be looking for a replacement this week. Stay away from Garcia. He has thrown for under 200 yards in his last 3 and the Titans defense he’s facing this week has only allowed two TD passes this year and have 7 INT’s. A healthy Damon Huard QB (KC) could be an option vs the Bengals but check his status closely.