Adam Rank | Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Andre Johnson, Austin Collie, Ben Roethlisberger, Blair White, Brian St. Pierre, DeSean Jackson, Drew Brees, Dwayne Bowe, Fireman Ed, Isaac Redman, Kerry Collins, Michael Vick, Mike Wallace, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Richard Seymour, Rusty Smith, Steve Johnson, Tyler Thigpen, Vince Young
Poor Chargers QB Philip Rivers, four touchdowns and nobody is going to bother to notice. Not after Eagles QB Michael Vick set the bar so high. At least he’s in the mix for Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino‘s single-season passing record.
But let’s look at the fantasy highlights.
Raiders DE Richard Seymour made the play of the week when he decked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. Like the Redskins defensive backs who taunted Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, this unsportsmanlike conduct seemed to further inspire the Steelers. So much so, that Roethlisberger was still throwing the ball in the waning moments. Big Ben’s toss to Isaac Redman came after the two-minute warning with the Steelers holding a commanding lead.
Not that fantasy enthusiasts are complaining. In fact, more teams should use this approach. Remember, one of the NFL playoff tiebreakers is net points.
Best player nobody was playing
Colts QB Peyton Manning continues to make stars of unknown players. Undrafted rookie WR Blair White had a pair of touchdowns. White was started in less than 1 percent of leagues. And even fewer in leagues outside of East Lansing, Mich. White could be a solid play if WR Austin Collie is held out because of concussion symptoms.
Worst player that everybody was playing
This is rather amazing, but Texans WR Andre Johnson was started in 83 percent fantasy leagues on NFL.com. (Not the 100 percent as I previously mentioned. I believe that I was merely wishing 100 percent of us had started him.) Still, with 83 percent of us starting Dre this week, I certainly don’t feel as bad about the next entry.
By the numbers
93 – That is the combined score (in my league’s scoring) of the guys I benched: Roethlisberger, Bills WR Stevie Johnson and Bengals RB Cedric Benson. And my team is named the Benson Burner.
24 – The points from the guys I started ahead of them: Vick, Dre, and Raiders RB Darren McFadden.
Here’s why you should heed your own advice and follow your gut.
When did you become so good?
Remember when Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was on the verge of being labeled a bust? Me neither.
Who are you, and why are you impacting my team?
There are a number of high-profile quarterbacks putting up huge fantasy numbers this season. Vick, Roethlisberger, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers are a few of the signal callers who have been fantasy gold. Not to mention the old reliable guys like Peyton Manning and Saints QB Drew Brees. Even Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been solid.
But while the highs are soaring, the league is also putting out guys like Panthers QB Brian St. Pierre and Dolphins QB Tyler Thigpen — the Rooster, for whom I still have a soft spot. And now QB Rusty Smith will likely start for the Titans this week with Vince Young on IR and Kerry Collins a week or two away.
And I joked about it on Sunday, but I would almost consider starting Smith against the Texans this week. However, you would have to be in a pretty dire situation.