Week 7 NFL Live Blog

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11:30 AM — Hey everyone, welcome to our NFL live blog for Week 7 of the NFL!  This is the first of three straight weeks with 6 teams on a bye, so hopefully, even if YOUR favorite team isn’t playing this week, you’ll still come in to chat us up.  Learn more about those other teams! Analyze those matchups for later in the season!

But until the games start, check out some of these great stories from the week gone by…

Looking for some NFL pick advice?  Tom Lea talks Halloween in his picks, and there’s a picture at the top of Where The Wild Things Are…if that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Paul Schmidt takes on Vegas and the spread again this week, looking for redemption after last week’s 0-4 debacle. His bank account would also appreciate the reprieve…

How about notes from on of the more pure football experiences you could have?  That’s right, Melissa Wollering is back with “Sidetracked” again, and she talks Wisconsin High School football.  Friday night lights, baby!

It’s like an early Christmas present here at The Bank, with our Fantasy Football Advice!

Finally, Wanda Sykes gets abused by a racist dolphin.  Presumably not Greg Camarillo.

Fantasy Gods and Boobs: Week 2

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By Peter Christian

Yes, its back. The feature in which I showcase my complete and utter lack of a life is here to remind you why you were cracking the champagne or slamming your head in your car door. Why did you pull out that unbelievable upset against the team that scored the most points last week? Why did your team fail miserably after such a good performance last week? Here are your answers.

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Why Your Team Won:

Utilizing the 10 team snake draft method it is highly likely you could have put the following starting lineup together:

Week Two Gods:

Chris Johnson – 197 Rush Yds, 87 Rec. Yds, 3 TD (1st Round Pick)

Frank Gore – 207 Rush Yds, 39 Rec. Yds, 2 TD (2nd)

Matt Schaub – 357 Pass Yds, 4 TD (7th)

Marques Colston – 98 Rec. Yds, 2 TD (4th)

Vincent Jackson – 141 Rec. Yds 1 TD (5th)

Ronnie Brown – 136 Rush Yds, 2 TD (3rd)

Dallas Clark – 183 Rec. Yds, 2 TD (6th)

Nate Kaeding – 4 FG (29, 22, 23, 25) 2 PAT (12th)

Giants Defense – 31 Points Allowed, 3 INT, 1 Fumble Recovery (8th)

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Going by the average draft position of both players I’d say it is a good chance that you are puffing out your chest and talking some serious trash on the league message board if you had a late first and an early second round pick which you selected Chris Johnson and Frank Gore respectively. The two of them alone probably won your game for you with their combined 80 points but your team total of 217 is far more impressive. It is doubly impressive compared with the projected total of 94 points that team was to get.

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Why Your Team Lost

On the flip side, there are players whose performances were less than stellar and likely combined to net you the loss. If you just set the league record for least amount of points scored in a week, your team might look like this:

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Week Two Boobs

Tom Brady – 216 Pass Yds, 1 INT (1st)

Randy Moss – 24 Rec. Yds (2nd)

Greg Jennings – 0 Rec. Yds (3rd)

Thomas Jones – 54 Rush Yds (4th)

Roy Williams – 18 Rec. Yds (6th)

LenDale White – 25 Rush Yds (7th)

Zach Miller – 0 Rec. Yds (12th)

Eagles Defense – 48 Points Allowed, 1 INT, 1 Safety, 2 Sacks (10th)

Josh Scobee – 1 FG, 2 PAT, 1 Missed FG (Final Round/Waiver Wire)

Interesting to see three of last weeks Fantasy Gods on the Boobs list this week in Jennings, Jones and the Eagles Defense. Those three players combined for a whopping 73 points last week and this week got you exactly 1 point. The rest of your team didn’t help either. The Brady-Moss combo you drafted 1-2 (let’s pretend you had the 9th pick overall) really puked all over the coffee table this week. They should have put up about 30 on your side of the scoreboard but instead netted you 8. In total this team scored 16 points of its projected 108… yes that team’s actual output was less than 15% of its expected output. It’s OK, go take that triple shot of Jim Beam mixed with Rubbing Alcohol, I’ll see you next week.

Fantasy Gods and Boobs: Week 1

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by Peter Christian

Every website, newspaper and weekly magazine does a small blurb that lists best fantasy player at each position. At The Sports Bank we like to be a little different and in doing so each week the staff here will work together to compile a realistic team of the best performances of the week. On the flip side we will also compile a realistic team of players that crapped the bed. Enjoy!

Why Your Team Won:

The top teams scoring teams this week most likely relied on Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees or the Philadelphia Eagles defense as they had monster weeks to start the 2009 season. Unless you are playing in a keeper league it is highly unlikely that you have both Peterson and Brees, however the AD-Eagles combo or Brees-Eagles combo is far more likely. Either of those two combinations on your team means there is a very high probability that you cruised to an easy victory to start your season. What, however, is the best possible team that you realistically could have drafted in a 10 team league (standard team settings)? The Sports Bank is here to find out.

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Week One Gods

Adrian Peterson – 180 Rush Yds, 3 TD, 18 Rec. Yds

Eagles Defense – 10 points allowed, 5 sacks, 5 INT, 2 Fumbles recovered, 2 TD

Tony Romo – 353 Pass Yds, 3 Pass TD

Thomas Jones – 107 Rush Yds, 2 TD

Reggie Wayne – 162 Rec. Yds, 1 TD

John Carlson – 95 Rec. Yds, 2 TD

Santonio Holmes – 131 Rec. Yds, 1 TD

Greg Jennings – 106 Rec. Yds, 1 TD

Neil Rackers – 3 FG (44, 29, 43) 1 PAT

That is a completely realistic team (that could have been drafted and started) that in most standard scoring leagues would have netted you a whopping total of 212 points! Granted you likely would have had to have the 1st or 2nd pick to land Peterson, but with your next four picks being Wayne, Jennings, Jones & Romo you would be in great shape. Holmes likely would have been taken with the 7th round pick and the Eagles Defense being taken with the 9th round pick. Carlson as a starting TE is completely believable as a 10th round pick (if the owner drafted for RB and WR depth in the 6th and 8th rounds) and Rackers is a late round kicker too. Add in the fact that those players average projected score (based on Yahoo and ESPN projections) was 105 and you would have a pretty amazing overachieving week.

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Why Your Team Lost:

Then there is the other side of the coin. The team that you were soooo excited about that made you pull your hair out on Sunday.

Week One Boobs

Matt Forte – 55 Rush Yds

Steve Slaton – 17 Rush Yds, 35 Rec. Yds, 1 Fumble Lost

Steve Smith – 4 Rush Yds, 21 Rec. Yds

Ronnie Brown – 43 Rush Yds, 10 Rec. Yds

Brandon Marshall – 27 Rec. Yds

Dallas Clark – 39 Rec. Yds

Matt Schaub – 166 Pass Yds, 1 INT

Ravens Defense – 24 points allowed, 3 sacks

Adam Vinatieri – 2 PAT, 1 Missed FG

That team with a surprising number of big names combined to put up a whopping 27 points compared to the average projection of 102 points. If your team looks anything like this (completely possible if you had the 3rd-5th pick of your draft and your draft went Forte, Slaton, Smith, Brown, Marshall, Clark, Schaub, Ravens D thru the first 8 rounds and then took Vinatieri late) you are probably bitching about your team to anyone who will listen and are currently deciding to hold on to Steve Smith until the Panthers bench Jake Delhomme or dangle him out there now for low value. The worst part is that no matter what you are doing, you are dreading the standings being updated tomorrow morning because you are going to be DEAD LAST.