Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Week 4 Heroes and Zeros

This was a great week to start…

David Garrard, QB, Jaguars -- Passed for 323 yards and a TD trifecta, adding 38 yards on the ground.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants -- Threw 3 TDs with 292 yards before leaving with a heel injury.
Brett Favre, QB, Vikings – Another legendary performance, with 271 passing yards and 3 TDs.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers -- His 254-yard, 3-TD performance wasn’t enough against the Steelers.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers – Came up short on Monday night, but still tossed 2 TDs and 384 yards, plus 16 rushing.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers -- Rumbled out of the dog house with 165 powerful rushing yards, 2 TDs, and 2 catches for 26 yards.
Kevin Smith, RB, Lions -- Injured earlier in the week, he amassed 51 yards and 2 TDs.
Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins -- Scored twice and ran for 115 yards.
Steve Slaton, RB, Texans -- Rewarded his owners’ patience with 89 total yards and a TD rushing and receiving.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears -- Finally got off the schneid and in the end zone, with 140 combined yards.

Steve Smith, WR, Giants -- Scorched the Chiefs with 11 receptions for 134 yards and 2 scores.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars -- Signaled that he’s for real, with 7 catches for 91 yards and 2 TDs.
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins -- Caught 10 passes for 178 yards and a score.
Chad Johnson, WR, Bengals -- Reeled in 3 passes for 24 yards and 2 TDs.

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers -- Was a beast, accounting for 124 yards and a pair of TDs on nine catches.
Heath Miller, TE, Steelers -- Hauled in 8 passes for 70 yards and 2 TDs.

This was a great week to play against…

Drew Brees, QB, Saints -- Failed to throw a TD pass for second consecutive game. Just 190 yards.
Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys -- Passed for 255 yards and no TDs, plus two turnovers.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders -- Lost three yards on six rushes, and picked up just five yards on a solitary catch before leaving with a knee injury.
Fred Taylor, RB, Patriots -- Rushed for 25 yards and caught a 13-yard pass.
Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks -- Ran just 20 yards and 3 catches totaled just 10 receiving yards.
LenDale White, RB, Titans -- Amassed less than 10 total yards rushing and receiving.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams -- Ran for 79 yards and didn’t sniff the end zone.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers -- Only generated 15 yards on the ground.
Darren Sproles, RB, Chargers -- Had no runs and only one 16-yard reception.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns -- Targeted five times, including at least twice in the end zone, but caught zippo.
Lance Moore, WR, Saints -- Got a single yard on his single catch.
Justin Gage, WR, Titans -- One 15-yard catch won’t cut it.
Ted Ginn, WR, Dolphins -- Had one four-yard reception.
Devin Hester, WR, Bears -- Caught one 2-yard pass before leaving with a shoulder injury.
Laveranues Coles, WR, Bengals -- Just 2 receptions for 24 yards.
Marques Colston, WR, Saints -- Two catches equaled 33 yards.
Greg Jennings, WR, Packers – His two generated 31 yards.
Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys -- Brought down 3 passes for 35 yards.
Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos -- Caught two balls for 16 yards. Time to wave goodbye.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs -- One catch totaled 11 yards.

Kellen Winslow, TE, Buccaneers -- Just 21 yards on 2 catches.

I didn’t see that coming…

Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers – I’ve been waiting for his breakout game, and this was it. He scored and hauled in six catches for 128 yards.
49ers D/ST -- I know the Rams are awful, but five sacks, three TDs and a shut out is a little ridiculous.
Saints D/ST -- Scored on both a fumble recovery and interception, added 4 sacks and 4 turnovers and held the Jets to 10 points.


  1. Hey Ladd,

    Is trading Roddy White for Michael Turner a good idea at this point in the season?

  2. Ladd,

    Thanks for the help last week. I got a W with 3 of my 4 RB's out due to either bye or injury. Picking up Mewelde, as you suggested, was huge! Anyway, this week I have Rodgers, Ryan Grant, Hester, and Gates on bye. Do you think Beanie is worth a start this week or is it too soon? He's got a nice matchup (Hou) and supposedly is going to be more involved in the offense. I could also see that game turning into a shoot-out, though. Thanks!

  3. Joe,

    I would absolutely make that trade for Turner. A little shocked you could swing that, but go for it.

  4. rjfrank,

    I'd like to think Beanie would be a decent option this week, but I thought he would be two weeks ago vs. Indy and was way wrong on that. So, I wouldn't count on it.

  5. Ladd, I just traded Romo, Forte, and Jennings for Brees, Pierre Thomas, and Ochocinco.

    How did I do?

    Also (in another league), I'm looking at dealing Flacco -- my backup, McGahee, and Welker for Roethlisberger, Jacobs, and Breaston (really just a throw-in to keep rosters even).

    What are your thoughts?

  6. Black n Gold,

    I'd say you should be arrested for highway robbery! That's a great deal! You arguably upgraded at every position, though that's debatable on the RB and WR spots. But the Brees-Romo swap makes that a no-brainer!

    I'd hold tight in your other league. Though I'm not convinced McGahee will keep up his scoring streak, that's a downgrade at at least 2 positions (QB, WR) and probably at all 3.

    Be content with grand larceny on the first one!

  7. Maybe I could be more clear though about the 2nd trade. My RBs are Tomlinson, Pierre Thomas, McGahee, and Glen Coffee (whose value is high for this week but no longer than that).

    My QBs are Schaub and Flacco so losing Flacco wouldn't be a big deal to me.

    My WRs are Calvin Johnson, Cotchery, Driver, Welker, and K. Walter (so I'd argue that Welker is my 4th best right now).

    I see WR as a strength and RB as a slight weakness for (depending on LT) so Jacobs would just be LT insurance. Does this info make you think differently about it?