Dr Pigskin: Week 13
I am shocked that I have made it through the past week without hearing one reference about Cheddar Bob. Yes, Cheddar Bob. We all know you have seen Eight Mile starring Oscar Award winning actor Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem. You don’t remember the scene where Rabbit’s knucklehead friend (Cheddar Bob) shot himself in the leg? Just remember, Plaxico Burress did not get Plaxico Burressed, he got Cheddar Bobbed.
Let’s take a look at some studs and duds.
Donovan McNabb, QB, Philiadelphia Eagles: McNabb proved that you don’t need to know the rules to throw for four touchdowns in an NFL game.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Mr. Simpson is back at it with a 300+ yard passing day which included three scores.
Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: B-West straight balled to over 100 yards, in addition to two rushing scores, while also catching two of McNabb’s touchdown passes.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: Who scores four touchdowns but only has 72 yards rushing, and is not named LenDale White?
Mark Clayton, WR, Baltimore Ravens: I think Clayton is definitely one to watch over the next couple of years. Seems like he has developed some chemistry with Joe Flacco, as the two combined for 160 yards through the air and which included a touchdown.
Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts: If you were to tell me that Manning would score fewer fantasy points than his commercials would air during the game, I would say the Colts would lose. Well the stud QB had an awful game, but the even more awful Browns found a way to lose it.
Matt Cassel, QB, New England Patriots: If you were delusional enough to start Cassel against the Steelers, you met your deserved fate. Just because you can carve up (thanksgiving pun…) the Jets and Dolphins, does not mean you can run away from the Steel Curtain sackmasters.
Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins: The Giant defense rendered the league’s second leading rusher ineffective.
Frank Gore, RB, San Franciso 49ers: Fantasy owners expected a bit more from Gore in this spot. His team won the game and he gained close to 100 combined yards, but he did not score and put the ball on the turf (if your IQ is below 90, that means he fumbled).
Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Boldin only had 63 yards receiving with a fumble.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: If you have Peyton Manning, hopefully you did not have Wayne as well.
Call of the Week
My call of the Week at QB is to sit Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys in Pittsburgh. Romo and the crew take on the Steelers and their effective pass rush. I think Romo will have a poor game and you should look elsewhere for a starting QB this week.
My call of the week at RB is to start Peyton Hillis of the Denver Broncos at home against Kansas City. After last week’s breakout performace, Hillis has the confidence of the coaching staff to get 20 carries a game. The Broncos face the Chiefs this week and should be able to move the ball and have chances in the red zone.
My call of the week at WR is to start Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver. The Chiefs face a very poor defense this week in the Broncos and Tyler Thigpen should have plenty of opportunities to hook up with Bowe. Bowe’s production has been down lately, but I am high on him this week.
Sleeper of the Week
My sleeper of the week is WR Mark Bradley of the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver. Bradley has had some decent games this year and he gets another chance this week going against a weaker Bronco secondary.