By Andy Behrens
October 30, 2007
That Jason Elam kick with 0:01 on the clock in the fourth quarter last night was just … well, there are no words.
OK, there are words, but I'd have to use a series of symbols like *#@! as placeholders for them. Let's just say that Elam's game-tying 21-yard field goal did not benefit any of my fantasy teams.
If Jay Cutler's rush up the middle with 22 seconds remaining had succeeded, that would have helped. If his pass to Brandon Marshall with 25 seconds left had been completed, that would have helped, too. That 48-yard run by Selvin Young – yeah, the run that was negated by the holding penalty – also would have been useful.
There were 20 other penalties on Monday night. It may have been the worst great game we'll see all year. The net fantasy effect of Atari Bigby's misadventures is difficult to calculate, but I don't think he helped me.
If you lost to an owner who started Greg Jennings in Week 8, though, then you're probably feeling worse than any of us. Jennings scored 15 fantasy points on the game's final play, an 82-yard touchdown reception in overtime that bumped him from five points (59 yards, zero TDs) to 20 points (141 yards, one TD).
Brett Favre had yet another spectacular game, but the Monday Night Football announcers seemed to have that situation pretty well covered. In fact, they may have crossed the fine line that exists between football commentary and male erotica.
To no one's surprise, a Green Bay running back leads this week's list of 10 addable players owned in fewer than 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues …
Ryan Grant, Green Bay RB, less than 0.1 percent owned
All that nonsense earlier this year about DeShawn Wynn? Yeah, um … sorry about that. Grant will be the Packers starting running back in Week 9.
There are no promises beyond Week 9, but Grant was terrific on Monday night (104 yards rushing, 4.7 per carry) against a Denver defense that's really been remarkably bad against the run (166.0 yards per game allowed, 4.9 per carry). He'll face the more capable Chiefs this week, though.
Justin Fargas, Oakland RB, 2.4
Those 12 carries for 61 yards against the NFL's top run defense were certainly impressive. Fargas clearly outplayed LaMont Jordan, who's carried 41 times for just 87 yards since suffering the back injury in Week 4.
Chris Henry, Tennessee RB, 9.2
The rookie running back interrupted that Sebastian Janikowski-Rob Bironas Week 8 slugfest just long enough to score the game's only touchdown. Henry now has 105 rushing yards on only 15 attempts, and he's scored touchdowns in each of the past two weeks. "He runs hard," Jeff Fisher told the Tennessean. "He's hitting the hole with speed, and he has intensity." Chris Brown hasn't been effective since Week 1, when no one owned him.
Adimchinobi Echemandu, Houston RB, less than 0.1
I'm not crazy about recommending a player who just had an MRI on his hamstring. But the combination of the opportunity in Houston and Echemandu's 62-yard effort in Week 8 makes him a decent speculative add. The Texans face user-friendly Oakland in Week 9; the Raiders allow an astonishing 5.3 yards per carry.
Priest Holmes, Kansas City RB, 4.0
OK, now I'm really just filling out the list of 10. Holmes is the appropriate handcuff for Larry Johnson owners. (These two have been handcuffed for so long it's sweet). If you'll recall Michael Silver's Morning Rush from a few days ago, then you know how pro-Holmes many of the Chiefs truly are.
Andre Hall, Denver RB, less than 0.1
Another handcuff here. Hall ran well on Monday, though he received only three carries. Undrafted Selvin Young – that's officially his full name: "Undrafted Selvin Young" – looked great, as has nearly every Denver running back during the Mike Shanahan era.
Travis Henry can't bogart this job much longer.
Kellen Clemens, NY Jets QB, 0.4
It's kind of funny that Clemens is pictured in the waiver add video segment, because I'd intended to say – and I'm pretty sure I did say – that over the next three weeks he'll get Washington, then a bye, and then Pittsburgh. That's rough. Smells like 1-9. Carlos Rogers will reportedly have season-ending knee surgery, though, so the Washington defense is obviously weakened. You have to like the skill position weapons that are at Clemens' disposal. The best time to own him should be Weeks 12-14 against Dallas, Miami and Cleveland.
Damon Huard, Kansas City QB, 6.3
In Week 9, Kansas City is coming off a bye, playing at home, and facing a team that just played on Monday night. I'm really a big fan of that situation, and it makes Huard a reasonable bye-week fantasy option.
Um … for all you Brian Griese owners.
This isn't such a bad week for quarterback byes, actually. It's really just Eli Manning …
Sage Rosenfels, Houston QB, 0.7
… But that won't stop me from naming another QB among the addable players. Matt Schaub was knocked into Week 11 on a punishing block during an interception return on Sunday, and Rosenfels seems likely to get the start in Week 9 at Oakland. He's thrown six touchdown passes and five interceptions in relief of Schaub this season. He's clearly not afraid to heave the ball downfield and hope that Andre Davis can run under it.
David Patten, New Orleans WR, 0.6
There will, of course, be more weeks like that two-reception, 29-yard effort in Week 7. Patten is not the No. 1 wide receiver in New Orleans. But in Weeks 6 and 8, he went over 100 receiving yards, and he's clearly earned Drew Brees' trust. Patten is a decent bye-week play in Weeks 9 and 10.
Andy Behrens has written for ESPN.com, the Chicago Sports Review, NBA.com, the Chicago Reader and various other publications. In all likelihood, Andy owns more Artis Gilmore memorabilia than you. Follow him on Twitter. Send Andy a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007 4:28 pm, EDT
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