Here are my fantasy locks for this week, as well as some classic highlight reels from decades past.
Week 6 Fantasy Locks
To be informative, enlightening and 100-percent accurate each NFL weekend.
The Realistic Goal
To be informative, somewhat enlightening and accurate for 67 percent of the calls.
Quarterback: 275 Total Yards and/or 3 TD
1. Matt Ryan vs. Oakland
2. Aaron Rodgers @ Houston
3. Matthew Stafford @ Philadelphia
4. Peyton Manning @ San Diego
5. Tom Brady @ Seattle
6. Andrew Luck @ N.Y. Jets
7. Michael Vick vs. Detroit
8. Eli Manning @ San Francisco
Running Back: 115 Total Yards and/or 2 TD
1. Arian Foster vs. Green Bay
2. Jamaal Charles @ Tampa Bay
3. LeSean McCoy vs. Detroit
4. Michael Turner vs. Oakland
5. Ray Rice vs. Dallas
6. Ryan Mathews vs. Denver
7. Darren McFadden @ Atlanta
8. Frank Gore vs. N.Y. Giants
9. Trent Richardson vs. Cincinnati
Wide Receiver: 105 Total Yards and/or 1 TD
1. Calvin Johnson @ Philadelphia
2. Roddy White vs. Oakland
3. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Buffalo
4. Demaryius Thomas @ San Diego
5. Reggie Wayne @ N.Y. Jets
6. Wes Welker @ Seattle
7. Miles Austin @ Baltimore
8. Victor Cruz @ San Francisco
9. Malcom Floyd vs. Denver
10. DeSean Jackson vs. Detroit
Kicker: At Least 3 Field Goals (or 9 Points)
1. Justin Tucker vs. Dallas
2. Mason Crosby @ Houston
3. Rob Bironas vs. Pittsburgh
4. Greg Zuerlein @ Miami
5. Ryan Succop @ Tampa Bay
6. David Akers vs. N.Y. Giants
Sleepers Of The Week
QB Alex Smith vs. N.Y. Giants
RB Vick Ballard @ N.Y. Jets
RB Alex Green @ Houston
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Atlanta
WR Titus Young @ Philadelphia
Week 6 Dream Team
QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
RB Arian Foster, Texans
WR Calvin Johnson, Lions
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
RB/WR LeSean McCoy, Eagles
TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
K Ryan Succop, Chiefs
D/ST Arizona Cardinals
YouTube Trip Down Memory Lane
Check out these awesome NFL clips from the 1970s and 80s, courtesy of our friends at YouTube.
In this Monday Night Football intro, on the NFL's opening weekend, ABC's Howard Cosell laments the injury-related loss of QB Joe Namath, prior to the Jets-Chiefs clash, presumably because of the loss of TV viewers.
As you can see, Namath got injured while attempting to make a tackle during a preseason game. Can you imagine the faux-outrage that would take place on TV today (rhymes with Schmip Crayless)...if a superstar QB went down on a non-throwing play?
This clip stands out for other reasons:
**This game served as Frank Gifford's debut as an MNF analyst (and play-by-play guy), a post he would hold for the next 27 NFL seasons.
**In Cosell's pre-game interview with Namath, the Jets QB speculated he'd be back before the season ended, which was true. Namath started three games (winning two) and passed for 537 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions.
NBC announcers Charlie Jones and Hall of Famer Len Dawson walk viewers up to the Seahawks-Packers kickoff on a rainy October day at old County Stadium in Milwaukee (the main venue for the 1989 baseball classic, Major League).
A few quirky things stand out from this entertaining clip:
**Check out Green Bay coach Bart Starr's unwitting headgear tribute to the Morton Salt Girl...or THE Gorton's fisherman.
**The Packers would beat the Seahawks (45-28) and improve to 6-1 for the season, allowing Green Bay fans to temporarily dream of a third Super Bowl title (at the time). But the club disintegrated from that point, dropping six of the final nine games and losing the divisional tiebreaker to Minnesota (both teams finished 8-7-1).
**Jones refers to Seahawks kicker Efren Herrera as "the hero" in his club's 29-28 victory over the Vikings from the previous week. How did Herrera earn that "hero" status, you ask? He booted a 19-yard field goal with three seconds left to garner the Seattle win...but only because he missed two extra points earlier in the day.
**Green Bay's Steve Odom zig-zagged his way for a kick-return touchdown on the game's inaugural play. When viewing the replay, you'll see that Odom went virtually untouched for the entire return—despite cautiously weaving on the wet County Stadium grass.
On CBS's The NFL Today, Brent Musburger (my childhood TV idol) and Irv Cross happily trudge through the halftime highlights of the 4 p.m. games—with the Falcons and Packers getting top billing. But there are other things to appreciate here:
**American actor Bruce Boxleitner gets the double-promo treatment from CBS, touting this week's episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King and his world-premiere TV movie with Kenny Rogers and Linda Evans (of Dynasty/Crystal Light fame).
**During the Eagles-Redskins package, Philly's Mike Quick scores his 11th touchdown in just 13 games. For the '83 season, Quick would net 69 catches, 1,409 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. In other words, he was Larry Fitzgerald...before Larry Fitzgerald. (By the way, Fitz was born three months prior to this original broadcast.)
**Redskins rolling pin John Riggins likely becomes the first NFL player in fantasy football history to publicly acknowledge the benefits of vulturing touchdowns from teammates who got the ball down to the 1- or 2-yard line. Of course, he termed those goal-line touches as "two-foot putts"...but still, that's close enough.
A little history lesson: Wayyyyyyyyy back in 1962, two Oakland Raiders associates (Wilfred Wirkenbach/Bill Tunnell) and one American Football League reporter (Scotty Stirling) apparently spawned the concept of modern-day fantasy football, by setting up an eight-team league that used a pool of AFL players to fill the various starting slots (including offensive/defensive line).
And from what I've read, it has always been a "touchdown-only" league...meaning that Chris Johnson would be useless there, too. Oh, snap!
And finally, on a sad note...
As a Detroit native and admirer of the classic comedy Blazing Saddles, I'd like to pay tribute to former Lions great Alex Karras (a jilted Hall of Fame candidate, along with Packers icon Jerry Kramer), who died Wednesday at the age of 77.
a. The first tribute starts with a bang: Karras, as the memorable Mongo from Blazing Saddles, punches a horse (which wasn't harmed in the making of the film).
b. The animal-loving Karras takes on a stationary bull in a Schlitz beer commercial from 1975.
c. Despite a mostly forgettable stint as a Monday Night Football analyst during the mid-70s, Karras nails the opening to a 1976 game featuring the Jets and head coach Lou Holtz. Without a hint of self-loathing, Karras croons the Jets' new fight song...penned by Holtz himself.
Riveting television, for sure.
And with that, I'd like to express my heartfelt condolences to the Karras family for their loss.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.