October 24, 2009
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 or less of Yahoo! Plus leagues.
Poke your head outside a pub in downtown London and you'll likely hear Paul McCartney shouting from the top of a double-decker bus, "The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!"
Trudging through the wind, rain and snow last week against the dreadful Titans, Laurence Maroney(notes) recaptured the hearts of many in Fantasyland rushing for 123 yards on 16 carries, his first triple-digit performance since 2007. Added in millions of Y! leagues this week, he, like Rashard Mendenhall(notes) and Tashard Choice(notes) before him, has become the latest must have wire grab.
However, overlooked in last week's Boston Massacre, Maroney's backfield "brother," Benjarvus Green-Ellis(notes), was also effective. Many would write-off his 78 total yards as circumstantial, but Bill Belichick, who is dedicated to a committee approach, deployed the Law Firm throughout the game. Expect a similar strategy to be implemented against the Buccs.
Green-Ellis, pressed into action due to excessive injuries, was surprisingly useful a year ago. The midseason diamond-in-the-rough totaled four touchdowns and averaged a commendable 62.8 total yards per game from Weeks 7-10, including a 100-yard effort against the Bills. Though he was almost a roster casualty this past summer, his successful audition was reason enough for Belichick to keep him around. With Fred Taylor(notes) and Sammy Morris(notes) sidelined, rostering the second-year back around was a sage move. From the Boston Globe:
"BenJarvus did a good job for us in preseason, but he did a good job for us last year, too," coach Bill Belichick said this week when explaining the decision to keep Green-Ellis on the roster. "I think that carried a lot of weight, his performance in the '08 season. He's done a good job across the board and it's kind of been like that since Day 1. He's been very impressive since the first time we had him here in rookie minicamp and then in the spring minicamps."
Tampa Bay's transition from the Cover 2 to a base 4-3 has been rocky. Picked apart through the air and pounded on the ground they've surrendered 4.8 yards per carry and 171.5 total yards per game to rushers equal to the fifth-most fantasy points allowed.
Because Tom Brady(notes) will be able to operate unrestricted vertically, several wide avenues will be created for Patriots RBs. Green-Ellis, who could accumulate roughly 10-12 touches in what quickly could become a lopsided game, has favorable odds of posting sizable gains. More enticing, his role could expand further if Maroney struggles early or can't find his way to Wembley Stadium -- apparently he's concerned with the language barrier.
Deep-thinking owners saddened by the bye week blues should consider employing the six percent-owned (two percent-started) tugboat.
Fearless Forecast: 9 carries, 48 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Who is your Week 7 Shocker Special? Post your pick with projection below.
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Each week one lucky aspiring fantasy prognosticator is chosen to go toe-to-toe against the Noise. If you want to be a guest "expert" submit your Week 7 flames, lames (1 QB, 3 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE for each, 16 total) and shocker special (one player at any position) along with a valid email address and your location here no later than 7 PM central time on Thursday. Oh, and please, no long dissertations to justify your picks. All that's required are your player selections and projections. Winners earn a league spot to compete against yours truly next season. Good luck!
Week 7 contestant: Tom from Holtsville, NY
QB: Mark Sanchez(notes), NYJ, 20-34, 220 yards, 2:1 TD:INT
RB: Ryan Grant(notes), GB, 25 rushes, 110 yards, 15 receiving yards, 1 TD
RB: Leon Washington(notes), NYJ, 15 rushes, 75 yards, 65 receiving yards, 1 TD
RB: Kevin Faulk(notes), NE, 10 rushes, 45 yards, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD
WR: Steve Smith, NYG, 8 catches, 95 yards, 1 TD
WR: Chris Chambers(notes), SD, 5 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD
WR: Michael Jenkins(notes), Atl, 6 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD
TE: Brent Celek(notes), Phi, 4 catches, 40 yards, 1 TD
QB: Brett Favre(notes), Min, 20-35, 210 yards, 1:3 TD:INT
RB: Michael Turner(notes), Atl, 20 rushes, 70 yards, 0 TDs
RB: Carnell Williams(notes), TB, 18 rushes, 65 yards, 0 TDs
RB: Cedric Benson(notes), Cin, 16 rushes, 55 yards, 0 TDs
WR: Vincent Jackson(notes), SD, 4 catches, 40 yards, 0 TDs
WR: Bernard Berrian(notes), Min, 3 catches, 45 yards, 0 TDs
WR: Steve Smith, Car, 4 catches, 60 yards, 0 TDs
TE: Owen Daniels(notes), Hou, 3 catches, 25 yards, 0 TDs
Shocker Special: Mark Bulger, StL, 25-45, 265 yards, 2:2 TD:INT
Week 6 results: Micah from Shelbyville, TN
Flames (3-7): W - (Chris Johnson, Dwayne Bowe(notes), Torry Holt(notes)); L - (Matt Cassel(notes), Willie Parker(notes), Knowshon Moreno(notes), Jeremy Maclin(notes), Jermichael Finley(notes), Kenny Britt(notes) (Shocker))
Noisers Season: Flames (15-31, 32.6%), Lames (21-18, 53.8%)
Winners: Matthew in Colden, NY, Micah in Shelbyville, TN
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