November 15, 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.
Now when Koren Robinson parties, he reaches for an ice-cold O'Doul's.
Courageously overcoming alcoholism, the 28-year-old has resuscitated his career in a second tour of duty with Seattle. Released by the Hawks in 2004, Robinson was reacquired September 16 to help fortify a receiving corps decimated by injuries. When Robinson was resigned Mike Holmgren stated, "Desperate times call for desperate measures."
But the former 2001 first-round pick has made the most of his fourth opportunity. Playing in a West Coast offense that made him a 1,000-yard receiver back in 2002, Robinson is once again producing, something many pundits previously thought improbable. Just two short years ago he was locked-up in a Washington jail serving a 90-day sentence. A heavy-hearted Holmgren is especially proud of the veteran's unthinkable turnaround:
"I'm pleased with how he's playing. So I guess it is a pleasant surprise, yeah. I even like more how he's living his life these days, believe it or not."
Over the past two weeks, fantasy owners, too, have been equally surprised by Robinson's miraculous transformation. Against two above average defenses (Phi and Mia), he totaled two scores, nine receptions and 143 yards, including a 90-yard TD connection with Seneca Wallace, the longest play from scrimmage in Hawks history. His 9.8 FPPG average since Week 8 ranks No. 21 among WRs.
Yes, Matt Hasselbeck (and Deion Branch too) will likely be rusty in his first action since Week 5, but K-Rob is expected to be targeted often against a beakless Arizona defense which has been torched repeatedly downfield. Since Week 6, the Cards have surrendered seven touchdowns and four 80-yard WR performances, equal to the third-most fantasy points yielded to wideouts. Plus, Seattle has conceded 25.7 points per game, meaning an exchange of vertical blows is probable.
Desperate deep leaguers hoping to score a wildcard off waivers should plug n' play the 13 percent-owned (five percent-started) reformed receiver.
Week 11 Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Who is your Week 11 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), Justin Gage (4-47-TD)
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