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October is a month characterized by fall foliage, amber beers with full-bodied tastes and, of course, gruesome slasher movies.
The Slasher's piercing stare
Over the years, the bloodstained genre has produced several memorable movie monsters known for their systematic victimization of naive teenagers, mostly with primitive weapons. Michael Myers assaulted youth with a kitchen knife. Jason Voorhees used a machete. And dream manipulator Freddy Krueger favored a switchblade glove.
Like Hollywood's psychopathic icons, the NFL also has its own serial "slasher." His name: Steve Slaton.
Different from Tinsel Town's fictionalized killers, the Texans' rookie terrorizes individuals with a far more dangerous device: his feet.
Over the past two weeks, the midnight hour fantasy flier has frightened opponents with several spine-tingling runs. On the road against two respectable defenses (Tennessee and Jacksonville), Slaton averaged a robust 5.3 yards per carry, totaled 120 yards per contest and scored twice, once by ground (vs. Ten) and the other by air (vs. Jac).
Owned in less than two-thirds of Yahoo! Plus leagues three weeks ago, the former West Virginia standout has become an invaluable lineup staple.
For Slaton, success has never come this easy.
From the time he was a toddler until the first grade, the Philadelphia native was almost entirely deaf. Severe head congestion clogged his ear canals temporarily ceasing his ability to hear. Four years later, while a fifth grader, Slaton sadly lost one of his sisters to leukemia.
On the collegiate gridiron, he also had to overcome adversity. After dominating the Big East his freshman and sophomore seasons, expectations for his junior year were incredibly high. However, he failed to live up to the hype. Too often, Slaton appeared tentative and timid. Instead of hitting the hole hard, he habitually danced around in the backfield hoping to break a big play. More problematic, he became fumble prone, which eventually cost him playing time.
A reluctant entry into this year's draft, Slaton's underwhelming '07 labeled him a risk in the eyes of numerous scouts. Due to his diminutive frame, lack of strength, between-the-tackles shyness, questionable toughness and durability issues, many experts said he was incapable of being a reliable grinder, which explains why he slipped to the third round in April's draft. In the minds of skeptics, Slaton, like Brian Westbrook before him, suffered from Skee-Lo Syndrome. His NFL.com scouting report is littered with perceived negatives:
"Lacks size and bulk you look for in a running back who will need to carry the ball 20-25 times per game."
"Does not have the power to move the pile or break many arm tackles (relies more on his quick feet, fakes and hip snap to elude), as he will generally be captured on the initial hit"
"Seems to struggle on long patterns trying to locate the ball in flight and has just marginal timing leaping and attacking the ball at its high point."
With brittle geriatric Ahman Green sidelined, Slaton, who was projected by the Noise to be "late-round gold" in mid-August, has seized opportunity by the horns. As the featured back, he's shown rocket burst, tenacity, determination, elusiveness in space and marvelous hands, characteristics naysayers had questioned. His eagle-eye vision and spectacular cutback moves have helped him excel in Houston's zone-blocking scheme. More importantly, his versatility has shown he can beat enemies a variety of ways. As teammate Kevin Walter told the Houston Chronicle earlier this week, he's a total back:
"He's showing he's not a rookie. He's mentally and physically there. He's the whole package."
Michael Griffin, just another poor, unsuspecting soul
"He's going to be a great player. He'll open up doors for the rest of us. He made some real good runs. One time he came up out of a pile, where it seemed like the whole field had stopped playing, and he just kept on running. He's our guy now, and we'll rally behind him. Hopefully he can go out and give us another 100 yards."
For fantasy purposes, the rookie will continue to be that great player.
This week, Houston hosts Indianapolis in their first post-Ike contest at Reliant Stadium. In what will surely be an emotionally-charged atmosphere, the 22-year-old will gash an undersized Colts frontline that has surrendered 5.0 yards per carry, 236 total yards per game and three scores to backs, equal to the fourth-most fantasy points conceded. Gary Kubiak will likely take a page out of the Jags' playbook from Week 3 and feed Slaton some 20-plus times in order to control the clock and keep Peyton Manning, who has dominated the Texans in his storied career (274.3 YPG, 29:4 TD:INT in 12 games), off the field.
Don't expect Slaton's serial slayings to suddenly cease anytime soon. On paper, only three contests on his remaining schedule could be classified as unfavorable (at Minnesota (Week 9), vs. Tennessee (Week 15) and vs. Chicago (Week 17)). With clashes against Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Oakland upcoming, he could develop into one of the most consistent producers in fantasy.
Run. Hide. Pray.
The Slasher is about to dig his spikes into another innocent victim.
Week 5 Fearless Forecast: 22 carries, 111 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 27 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Here are this week's flames, lames and stars of video games:
Each week the Noise highlights five somewhat obscure, unobvious names who he believes are destined for flame madness or lame sadness. In honor of waiver wire hero Ron Dayne's legendary three-game dominance late in '06, the "Shocker Special" segment spotlights one player owned in less than a third of Yahoo! leagues who is poised for instant greatness. The Noise, an accountability advocate, will tally his hits and misses and post the results, whether genius or moronic, each week using the scoring system listed at the end of the lames segment.
*BNRK = Big Noise weekly position ranking
*Y!% = Percentage owned, started in Yahoo! Plus leagues
|Week 5 Fantasy Flames|
|Ben Roethlisberger||QB||8||98, 50|
|Lowdown: In his first four games, Big Ben has performed as an amateur contortionist. Uncomfortably twisted to the ground by defenders, he's been sacked 15 times. Battling through shoulder and hand injuries, he's averaged just 20.8 attempts, 159.5 yards and 1.0 touchdown per contest. This is the week Roethlisberger vents his early season frustrations. Because the injury imp has swallowed Steelers running backs whole, Roethlisberger will spearhead an aerial bombardment in Jacksonville. Premiere cover corner Rashean Mathis, who is gimpy with a deep shin bruise, is expected to play but could be limited. Mathis' vulnerability means the towering quarterback will connect often with lethal weapons Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward downfield. Even when Mathis has been 100 percent, the Jags have surrendered 16, 20-yard pass plays, the second-most in the NFL. For weeks Big Ben has begged Bruce Arians to allow him to run a no-huddle offense. Seeing his QB find "a rhythm" in that setup against Baltimore , Arians will likely keep the offense fluid, and his quarterback satisfied, by going hurry-up. Start Big Ben with confidence in all leagues.|
|Fearless Forecast: 21-35, 236 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception|
|Le'Ron McClain||RB||15||72, 29|
|Lowdown: By game's end, bits and pieces of Titans will be lodged in the Freight Train's grill. Arguably the biggest surprise sensation over the season's first four weeks, the bulky fullback has totaled three scores and averaged 93.3 total yards per game, good for a top-11 RB ranking in standard leagues. McClain's nimble feet and brawny 260-pound frame will bulldoze through an aggressive Tennessee frontline that has shockingly yielded five touchdowns to tugboats in four games. Yes, Albert Haynesworth is a beast in the trenches, but John Harbaugh's dedication to the run combined with Willis McGahee's uncertain availability due to bruised ribs are positive indications McClain could tally strong RB2 totals. In the battle between two defensive giants, the Freight Train will bellow the biggest steam cloud offensively. Anticipate a minimum of 15-20 touches en route to a top-15 RB day.|
|Fearless Forecast: 19 carries, 76 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 18 receiving yards, 1 touchdown|
|Warrick Dunn||RB||20||61, 26|
|Lowdown: Dunn may be miniature in size but his heart and intestinal fortitude are enormous. Quietly, the Little Engine That Could has chugged his way to 4.7 yards per carry and 69.8 total yards on 14.3 touches per game. Slippery in space, his contributions in Jon Gruden's West Coast offense are often overlooked. Dunn has indicated he would like to be more involved, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 14, "I want to challenge Gruden. I want to challenge myself to always be open-minded to different things and get the football in space and go out and make plays." Considering the Broncos have allowed 208.3 total yards per game and seven touchdowns to rushers, Dunn's concession will be met. Expect Chucky to feed his backfield beasts in an attempt to gash Denver's undersized frontline. Insert the spry veteran into your Flex or RB2 slot in 12-team and deeper leagues.|
|Fearless Forecast: 15 carries, 74 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 27 receiving yards, 1 touchdown|
|Bobby Engram||WR||21||68, 25|
|Lowdown: The steady rock in Seattle's receiving battery over the years, Engram could be molten in his return. A season ago the 35-year-old was Matt Hasselbeck's bosom buddy averaging 8.4 targets per game. In an interview with 95.5 The Game in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Hassy said he expects Engram to be a "major factor" in New York. The savvy wideout should garner plenty of wiggle space against a Giants secondary that has yielded four 70-yard receivers and three touchdowns to wideouts, equal to the 11th-most fantasy points allowed. Protection will be problematic at times for Hasselbeck, but with the return of right tackle Sean Locklear he should be able to stave off New York's relentless pass rush to connect with Engram 5-7 times. The Giants have been occasionally burned by quick-hit passes, which when coupled with their exceptional play against the run, bodes well for the elder receiver's chances to produce profitable numbers. Count on Engram as a WR2 in 12-team formats, especially those that score points per reception.|
|Fearless Forecast: 7 receptions, 76 receiving yards, 1 touchdown|
|Vincent Jackson||WR||17||90, 57|
|Lowdown: In his maddening four-year career, Jackson has been the Jeremy Hermida of the gridiron. Ultra-talented yet consistently inconsistent, San Diego's premiere downfield striker has never been one to be trusted, until this week. Miami's pass defense inadequacies are laughable. They've conceded five 50-plus yard receivers and six wideout scores in three games. That's equal to the most fantasy points allowed to WRs. More importantly for Jackson backers, the flexible Fins have surrendered three 40-yard bombs this year, the second-most in the league. Breakdowns in coverage are a certainty. Given the friendly matchup and Philip Rivers' rapid cerebral advancements, the Chargers' long-strider should thrive against Miami's two-deep man and zone schemes. Anticipate top-20 WR numbers from him this week.|
|Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 88 receiving yards, 1 touchdown|
|Shocker Special of the Week|
|Kevin Jones||RB||34||13, 2|
|Lowdown: Mike Martz sought and gained revenge from the Lions two weeks ago. Now, it's Jones' turn. Dismissed by the Kitties as damaged goods this past offseason, Detroit's first-round pick in '04, despite his humble remarks that they're just "another team," would be thrilled to find pay-dirt for the first time this year against his old employer. Because local Chicago reporters have clamored for Ron Turner to limit rookie Matt Forte's workload – he's currently on pace for 368 carries – this could be the week Jones finally eases the burden. The Bears offense has surprisingly clicked over the past two weeks, mixing ground and air schemes beautifully. Given Detroit's repulsiveness in all defensive facets, look for Turner to pound Chicago's NFC North rival into submission via the run. The Lions have surrendered 6.2 yards per carry, 205 total yards per game and five scores to backs this year, equal to the third-most fantasy points conceded to rushers. Jones has averaged just five touches per game, but this week he'll net at least 10-12 carries. Owners with uncomfortable Flex options in insanely deep leagues (14-teams plus) should give the Bears backup a long look.|
|Fearless Forecast: 12 carries, 62 rushing yards, 1 reception, 10 receiving yards, 1 touchdown|
|Week 5 Fantasy Lames|
|Jason Campbell||QB||17||94, 50|
|Lowdown: It's already been a rollercoaster year in Washington. Santana Moss drafted an abominable fantasy team (Carson Palmer in Round 1, awesome pick). Jim Zorn's offense took longer than expected to take hold. And Chris Cooley left more than his playbook on the table. But riding a three-game winning streak, the Skins are blossoming, largely due to Campbell's rapid development in Zorn's West Coast offense. Netting nearly 18 fantasy points per game, the third-year QB has tossed six TDs and zero picks in four games. Despite his meteoric rise, expect him to struggle in Philadelphia. The Eagles have allowed just 215 passing yards and 1.5 air strikes per game, equal to the 13th-fewest fantasy points yielded to signal callers. Philly defensive coordinator Jim Johnson will successfully confuse Campbell by pressuring him with a variety of blitzes. The 26-year-old has posted appreciable totals versus Philadelphia in his career (202 YPG, 5:4 TD:INT) but this week the Eagles' dogged defense will prove too troublesome.|
|Fearless Forecast: 19-33, 202 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions|
|Larry Johnson||RB||21||100, 92|
|Lowdown: Grand-ma-ma has taught us all an important lesson: express disdain and you shall gain. After LJ pouted to the media two weeks ago that "the writing was on the wall," Herm Edwards has backed his "confidence" claims in his star back by calling his number numerous times. Over the past two weeks, LJ has ripped opponents to the tune of 159.5 total yards per game and three scores. However, those matchups, Atlanta and Denver, are Charmin soft in comparison to this week's foe, Carolina. Even with Kris Jenkins devouring backs in New York, the Panthers' interior defense has played remarkably well. They've surrendered just one rushing touchdown and the ninth-fewest fantasy points to an impressive list of rushers (LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte and Michael Turner) this season. Edwards will continue to feed Johnson some 20-plus times in an attempt to wear down Carolina's trench warriors. But with left tackle Brandon Albert expected to roam the sidelines, it will be tough sledding for Johnson to extend his 100-yard streak in hostile territory. Obviously, he's unbenchable, but marginal totals are in the forecast.|
|Fearless Forecast: 23 carries, 89 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns|
|Marshawn Lynch||RB||22||100, 98|
|Lowdown: Normally, Beast Mode uses his Lando Calrissian/Incredible Hulk-fused looks to render defenders powerless. But this week, Arizona will wear blinders. The Cardinals were absolutely pummeled by the Wrangler Wonderboy (Brett Favre) last week, but again held their own up front. Darnell Dockett and company have limited backs to a mere 3.5 yards per carry and have allowed just one 70-plus yard back (Frank Gore Week 1) in four contests. Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert has increased Lynch's involvement in the offense by using him more in the passing game. The second-year ground pounder has mustered 89 total yards per game and four scores, but has only averaged 3.5 yards per carry. Arizona's secondary, which had allowed two passing TD in the three games prior to the Favre massacre, is better than their abysmal showing last week, which means Cards defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergrast may overload the box to entice Trent Edwards and cage the Beast. Buffalo running backs coach Eric Studesville told Yahoo!'s own Jason Cole this week, "Marshawn just has a different way about him." For fantasy owners used to his consistency, that "different way" will be a parched effort in the desert.|
|Fearless Forecast: 18 carries, 66 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns|
|Andre Johnson||WR||22||100, 91|
|Lowdown: Andre 3000 has been a monumental disappointment for his owners thus far. However, unlike Whine-O, he's held himself accountable for his team's fruitlessness. He's dropped touchdown passes (in Tennessee) and received minimal looks (in Jacksonville) without complaint. The 28-year-old is obviously seething underneath his skin but he's not openly lambasting anyone but himself. But, as he remarked to the Houston Chronicle this week, the frustration is mounting, "You want to get involved in the game. You want to go out there and make plays. You just try to do your best when the ball is thrown to you. You know other guys go through it. Other guys on other teams go through it. It's part of the game." Even without Bob Sanders in the lineup, this week's matchup won't get any easier for the underachieving wideout. Without Sanders in uniform, Indianapolis shackled Jacksonville receivers Week 3. Matt Jones led all Jags targets with 32 yards. Although they've faced a number of suspect passing attacks (Chi, Min and Jac), the Colts have not allowed a receiver to surpass 50 yards or find the end zone yet this season. Johnson, who has yet to find pay-dirt, will likely again see double-digit looks, but the emphasis of the Texans game plan will be to attack Indy at the line, not vertically. Keep him active in all PPR formats, but anticipate lackluster totals in standard leagues.|
|Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns|
|Roddy White||WR||30||98, 76|
|Lowdown: Despite dealing with a broken toe, Charles Woodson will slash Hot Roddy's tires. Playing through the pain, Woodson has performed magnificently. Last week in Tampa, he masterfully contained Antonio Bryant, holding him to four catches for 39 yards. Other injuries have battered Green Bay's secondary. A ruptured spleen has sidelined Al Harris indefinitely. Meanwhile, safeties Atari Bigby (hamstring), Aaron Rouse (knee) and Nick Collins (back) are limited. Including all of the setbacks, the Packers have remarkably allowed only two 50-yard receivers this year. Since White is Matt Ryan's most trustworthy aerial threat, Woodson, even operating at 75 percent capacity, will blanket him. Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey plans to institute more no-huddle plays to enhance Ryan's skills, which is good news for White's future returns, but the focus of the Falcons attack this week will be to pound the pigskin. Michael Jenkins could profit from Green Bay's injury woes, but as long as Woodson's on the field, White will be repressed.|
|Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 61 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns|
Do you ever question why on earth you're not a fantasy expert? This is the place for you to vent your thoughts, tirades and frustrations. Can you bring the noise?
I'm switching over to Funston as my guru, you have just cost me too many points (and wins). Brett Favre (lame), Steven Jackson (lame), DeSean Jackson (lame), Oh and let's throw Laveranues Coles in for good measure. If you think you're beating Funston three weeks in a row, that beard is going to be a permanent fixture. No way man, no way!!– Ray, North Wilkesboro, NC
Noise: Unfortunately, the beard died a slow, painful death. Due to domestic pressures and advice from Yahoo! management, facial concessions had to be made. If you noticed on Sunday's "Fantasy Football Live" broadcast, the patchy beard was transformed into a stylish Van Dyke. Now everywhere I walk the Spanish Armada follows. Maybe for this week's show, I'll sport a plumed helmet, Ponce de Leon-style to match the scruff.
Despite my spectacular misses – they're never close – the Noise was the only Y! "expert" to rank Brett Favre in the top 10 last week. My confidence in him was so high the ranking was considered an "outlier." Grizzly Behrens should've listened.
As for the little vampire, Funston, don't worry, the Noise will drive a stake into his heart soon. Chris Liss on the other hand is invincible to everything.
Brad...just wanted to let you know that I think you have good fantasy advice but your writing stinks. Your jokes are not funny and you use way too many "big" words. I swear when you crack a joke like "ocho stanko" or refer to a guy as prepubescent I want to stab you in the kidney with a potato peeler. Just write a freakin' review every once in a while with out giving a nickname to every player or using stupid, old as dirt jokes about every match up. You are one of those too smart for your own good nerds, who probably has never seen a woman naked. (your aunt mary in the shower when you were 13 doesn't count) Now don't think I'm just some dumb hick or something and I can't appreciate your witty banter. I am actually a lawyer. I (and I think the rest of the country would agree) just think you try way to hard and just need to tone it down a bit. Stick to stuff your good at- stat keeping, role playing video games, crying yourself to sleep at night, etc., and leave the jokes to the funny people on this planet.– Brandon, Dallas, TX
Noise: Under normal circumstances the Noise would never openly criticize an emailer's poor grammar. My grasp of the English language is hardly impeccable. However, Brandon, who obviously isn't the Perry Mason of his law practice, ridicules my arugula-eating intellect by submitting a terribly written note. Even in an email, lawyers are supposed to be smarter than that. Evidently at the Star Jones School of Law, where Brandon surely earned his degree, passing courses meant consuming 10 or more Jagerbombs under an hour without puking.
Congrats Brandon. You're the Numbskull of the Week. Enjoy your autographed headshot of Chris Cooley.
Your Quinn column overlooks a key fact – Anderson has a very strong arm, which was responsible for many of Edwards' long gains last year. The conventional wisdom last year was that Anderson was responsible for spreading the Browns offense because he found receivers for long gains (with great help from the offensive line). Quinn's arm is unproven. Sure, he can hit receivers on quick routes for 10-yard gains. But that won't help open the Browns' offense. In order to be successful, Edwards has to get hit on long passes, or in open lanes where he can run. That's tough for any QB when the offensive line gets run over and you have no run game.– Zach, Oakland, Calif.
Noise: Anderson may indeed have a strong arm, but if he can't hit the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man square between the numbers on a slant route, it's irrelevant to mention. Also, keep in mind D.A. has averaged a pathetic 4.6 yards-per-attempt, the lowest mark in the league among current starting quarterbacks. If his gun packs so much firepower why doesn't Romeo Crennel tell him to take it out of the holster?
Yes, Quinn's arm is unproven and it may be weaker in comparison to Anderson's, but when the guy running your offense has completed an appalling 49.6 percent of his passes, it's time for a change, regardless of the offensive line's state.
Unfortunately, Anderson, who received a vote of confidence from Browns GM Phil Savage on Monday, is on a somewhat long leash. Sadly, it seems Cleveland is following the Al Davis Handbook on Franchise Destruction word for word, minus the delusional Chris Mortensen/Lane Kiffin conspiracy theories.
Normally I love your column. Especially the Flames vs. Lames section. But man c'mon, Voldemort? Did you really just reference Harry Potter? Your readers are football fans. Give us Office Space, Run DMC or even Stephen Colbert and I won't complain. But Harry Potter? You're fired– Mike, Seattle, Wash.
Noise: Mike, the Y! Fantasy sports team is making a conscious effort to write columns that appeal to prepubescent users (Whew! My kidney barely dodged lawyer Brandon's intimidating potato peeler). Personally, the Noise has never read the Potter series but given its inescapable presence in pop culture, it's hard to not pick up a few HP references here and there.
Mendenhall's bulging biceps and debonair smile will not be forgotten
Seriously Brad, your man-crushes are man-crushing. Every time you picked someone as your crush, that person gets hurt. Even monstrously built machines like Jacobs and Mendenhall can't stand your cursed affections. Your unconscious evil power can't be denied. If I were you I would use that plague-like ability to devastate my opponent's entire fantasy team.– Marshall, Alabasta, Egypt
Noise: Yes, King Tutankhamen or Yahoo!'s own cover athlete curse ain't got nothin' on the Noise. Every year a player is extolled greatly by yours truly (e.g. DeAngelo Williams (2006), Brandon Jacobs (2007), Rich Hill (2007) and Billy Butler (2007)), physical and/or mental distress is sure to follow. Hey, at least I'm consistent at something.
Rashard Mendenhall's fantasy demise has been incredibly painful to endure. Upon hearing the news of his IR placement, it kind of felt like someone kicked me in the throat. Tears have flowed. Gallons of Haagen-Dazs ice cream have been consumed. And cases of Budweiser have been emptied. In other words, what Rams fans normally do on Sundays.
From now until the end of the season, a single candle vigil will remain lit and Boys II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" will play on repeat in Mendy's honor outside the Noise's compound in Champaign, Ill. And on FFL, a black patch with the initials "R.M." will adorn the front of my collared shirt in his value's memory. Thankfully, the fond memories of Illinois' Rose Bowl run last year will help extinguish the anguish. We'll miss you Rashard. Sniff.
Dear Mr. "The Big Noise", I am sick of reading words like "plowshare" in your articles. It is annoying when you write that. I get it; you don't even need a thesaurus to come up with alternative words for commonly used words in the sports world. Who cares? I'd rather read "running back" or even "RB" than read your cute little term that nobody thinks is funny anymore. – Frankinshare, Detroit, MI
Noise: If just reading the word "plowshare" makes Frank ill, imagine what a Brandon Jacobs combine harvester description would do to his bowels.
Look, no thesaurus was needed to come up with "plowshare." Because cornfields are located a mere two blocks from my house, agricultural terms have seeped into the Noise's vernacular over the years. The smell of fresh manure at dawn is very influential. On the bright side, be thankful I use "micro machine" instead of "hog oiler" to describe pint-sized backs (e.g. Darren Sproles).
SILENCE THE NOISE CHALLENGE
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 flames, lames (QB, 2 RB, 2 WR/TE) and shocker special (any position) along with a valid email address here no later than midnight central time on Tuesdays. 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 5 contestant: Bill from Rumbai, Indonesia
Brian Griese, TB (at Den): 225 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Jonathan Stewart, Car (vs. KC): 18 carries, 150 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Steve Slaton, Hou (vs. Ind): 20 carries, 120 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Visanthe Shiancoe, Min (at NO): 4 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Lance Moore, NO (vs. Min): 5 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Kyle Orton, Chi (at Det): 275 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Donovan McNabb, Phi (vs. Was): 175 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Larry Johnson, KC (at Car): 23 carries, 70 rushing yards, 0 touchdowns, fumble lost
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac (vs. Pit): 12 carries, 40 rushing yards, 0 touchdowns
Santana Moss, Was (at Phi): 5 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns
Larry Fitzgerald, Ari (vs. Buf): 4 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns
Week 4 Results: Joe from Oakland, Calif.
Flames: 2-4, 33.3% (W - Jonathan Stewart, Lance Moore; L - JT O'Sullivan, Selvin Young, Antonio Bryant, Brady Quinn (Shocker))
Lames: 2-3, 40% (W - Michael Turner, Hines Ward; L: Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings)
Noisers YTD - Flames: 12-12, 50.0%; Lames: 10-10, 50.0%; Shocker Special: 3-1, 75%
Challenge Winners: (Brian from Dallas, Noah from Kansas City)
Quick Apology: If you watched this week's RB Sit/Start video I mentioned Kris Jenkins is the reason why Carolina's defense has performed well in the trenches. Jenkins has played exceptional football, just in New York with the Jets. Sorry for pulling a Hochuli.