Ricky O'Donnell: November 2009 Archives

1) Brett Favre - Vikings
Vs. Bears

Ugh. I'd add more, but I think I pretty much covered everything at the Full Court Press blog. Go over there and check it out. You know, I really love these Vikings.

1. QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers
Vs. Baltimore

Fantasy owners have been monitoring Roethlisberger's post-concussion status all week, and the last few days has given us nothing but conflicting reports. Yesterday, Roethlisberger's Yahoo! player page said he was expected to start. Today, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is saying Big Ben will be out, and former Oregon signal caller Dennis Dixon will be taking over the Steelers' offense.

You'll have to watch this one up until game-time on Sunday, but, assuming you have a halfway competent backup (ie: not Bruce Gradkowski), it's probably for the best that you sit Roethlisberger this week. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with (for Ben's sake, I hope the Steelers realize this as well), and playing the Ravens is always tough, even when fully healthy.

1) Brett Favre - Vikings
Vs. Seahawks

Favre only played three quarters on Sunday, but no matter: he didn't need the fourth quarter to score more points than anyone else on Sunday. Favre finished with 213 yards and four touchdowns. He hasn't thrown an interception since Week 7.

Love him or hate him (and, yes, I hate him), Favre is really have a phenomenal season. He's leading the league in QB Rating, he's second in touchdown passes, he's 11th in yards. Favre is, without question, one of the steals of this fantasy football season.

I expect a big game from him next week, as well. The Bears don't stand a chance.

I hate to use this as a vehicle for saying something stupid like "Now fantasy football has finally arrived!" because, let's be honest, fantasy football is probably more popular than real hockey at this point. But you have to admit, this story is pretty cool.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was lauded for making a heads up play on Sunday by taking a dive to let the clock run out instead of scoring a meaningless touchdown. Teammates, coaches, announcers...they were all singing Jones-Drew's praises. But what about fantasy owners? Shades of Brian Westbrook, eh? I can only imagine MJD owners who lost by a few points this week can't be happy.

Jones-Drew, of course, foresaw all of this this. So after the game, he issued an apology to his fantasy owners.

"Sorry to my fantasy owners," Jones-Drew deadpanned. "I apologize. I had myself today. It was a tough call, but whatever it takes to get the victory, that's what counts."

What a fantastic quote. I have MJD in my biggest league, and I couldn't be happier with him. I did win by double-digits this week, though. Maybe I wouldn't be so kind if he screwed me over.

1) RB Chris Johnson - Titans
Vs. Bills

It appears we have a bit of a misunderstanding here. As I explained a few weeks ago, that "Running backs to like" feature isn't a "sit or start" thing, more of an "expect this dude to go ballistic" thing. And, how 'bout it, Johnson did indeed go crazy on Sunday.

132 yards rushing, 100 yards receiving, two touchdowns. Not surprising but surely impressive. If these numbers hold up, we're going to have a hell of a debate on our hands for the 2010 No. 1 overall pick between Johnson and Adrian Peterson.


1) Chris Johnson - Titans
Vs. Bills

"Man crush" is such a terrible term, isn't it? As such, I need to find another way to describe my love for Chris Johnson, so let's just go with "I think he's the coolest running back in the NFL". Is that good?

Johnson has been a tear lately, and this will only continue at home against Buffalo on Sunday. The Bills can't stop the run. By that I mean, they are the worst team in the league at this particular aspect of football. Buffalo gives up 173 yards per game on the ground. Johnson averages 120 yards per game.

I smell lots and lots of yards, and a touchdown or two.

1) Kurt Warner -- Cardinals
Vs. Bears

Not that I need to repeat these numbers to you, Chicago, but just for fun, let's take another look at at just how bad Warner torched the Bears on Sunday: 260 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions. Feel free to start playing defense whenever, Bears.

Warner's big day now places him in a tie for third for touchdown passes with 16. He hasn't been as good as last year, but Warner is still more than an adequate fantasy quarterback. Expect his numbers to continue to go up as receiver Anquan Boldin should be ready to return to the Arizona lineup.

The breakout fantasy star of Week 8? It's got to be Houston running back Ryan Moats, who took advantage of Steve Slaton's incurable case of fumble-itis to rescue the Texans in Buffalo. Moats' final line was shocking: 126 yards, three touchdowns. Not bad for a five year veteran with just one 100 yard day in his entire career.

So now everyone should rush to their computer and pick up Moats, right? Well, not exactly.

First, consider the opponent: the Bills are woeful at stopping the run. This week's enemy, the Colts, are just a tad bit better than Dick Jauron's bunch.

It's not like the Texans have committed to Moats, either. Coach Gary Kubiak seems set to deploy a running back carousel including Moats, Slaton, and local product Chris Brown.

All of this is to say don't expect Ryan Moats to score two more touchdowns again this week. With a bye week coming after the Colts game, Moats probably isn't worth your time.

1) RB Chris Johnson -- Titans
Vs. Jags

Vince Young will probably grab the headlines in Nashville, but he maybe had 1 percent as much to do with the Titans' first victory of the season as his running back did. We throw around the "he's like a video game player!" tag too much these days, but really, Chris Johnson is awesome. Dude may be the fastest running back I've ever seen.

Did you see his highlights from Sunday? If not, check them out after the jump. The clips are even more impressive than the numbers, and the numbers (228 yards rushing, two touchdowns) were about as good as anything we've seen this year.

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Matt Wood is a web editor for suntimes.com and editor of CenterstageChicago.com. He is also a contributor for satirical sports publication The Heckler. Have a fantasy question? E-mail him.

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