November 08, 2008
Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent or started in five percent and less of Yahoo! leagues.
The ex-Bear, who returns to Chicago for the first time since 2006, remarked to the Nashville City Paper Thursday he was never fond of the constant hustle and bustle of the Windy City:
"There's a lot going on in the city, a lot of people there, and a lot of friends. But it's packed. It's congested and it's just busy. It is what it is, and I'm more of a slow city kind of guy."
In terms of his recent fantasy productivity (or lackthereof), Gage is more of a Slow Loris kind of creature.
Plagued by a troublesome case of banana hands, a nagging knee injury and the Titans' ground-centered offense, the slender wideout has recently vanished into thin air. Over the past two weeks, he's been targeted nine times catching just one pass for six yards. Mass dropped in Y! leagues several weeks ago, owners have all but written off the once serviceable WR3. Jeff Fisher isn't overly concerned with his No. 1 receiver's modest production. Per the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
"We haven't done an awful lot in the passing game on the outside. Overcoming that injury is difficult, especially in the receiver position, but I'm confident he [Gage] will make plays for us and become productive."
This week against his former employer, the temperature Gage's mercury will rise.
Injuries and inadequacy have tarnished the Bears' once feared secondary. No team has yielded more receptions or yards to receivers this season than Chicago. Through eight games, Lovie Smith's loose Cover 2 has surrendered ten 70-yard receivers and seven touchdowns to wideouts, equal to the second-most fantasy points allowed.
Charles Tillman, who suffered a setback this week in his recovery from two shoulder injuries, is very questionable and hard-hitting safety Mike Brown, who is probable, has been hindered by a pulled calf. Because the Bears are trench stalwarts (3.8 YPC to RBs since Week 6) its likely Fisher will use Kerry Collins' arm to set up the run. If the Lady Tickler does unleash Collins, Gage stands to benefit greatly. He's averaged 6.4 targets per game, the highest mark on the team.
PPR-minded owners in very deep leagues or managers in shallower formats who are seeking an upside bye-week filler should pick-up and plug-in the 16 percent-owned (four percent-started) Gage.
Week 10 Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 77 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Who is your Week 10 Shocker Special? Post your selection with projection in the comments section below.
Previous Shockers: Hank Baskett (2-102-TD), Brian Griese (160-1-0), James Jones (1 drop, injury), Lance Moore (7-101-2TDs), David Martin (1-25-0), JaMarcus Russell (159-0-1-11 rsh yds), Donnie Avery (4-55-TD), Ryan Fitzpatrick (155-0-2-42 rsh yds, FL), Rashied Davis (6-64-TD)
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