When I awoke Monday morning, I momentarily believed it to be Sunday. Maybe all that transpired in football yesterday had merely been a brain overtaxed by a long Saturday night exacting revenge.
What else but a nightmare could explain the Ravens defense giving up a second 100 yard rushing performance in as many weeks, or the Jets allowing an anemic Bills squad to defeat them at home?
Unfortunately for me it was Monday and these seemingly improbable scenarios actually occurred. So enough with the introduction. On to the horrors of fantasy football Week Six.
In an effort to prove themselves to be the worst team in the NFL, the Tennessee Titans lost in spectacular fashion yesterday. One year removed from a 13-3 season, Tennessee was blanked in Foxboro, tying the record for largest margin of defeat in football history.
Even Patriot head coach Bill Belichick showed mercy to the Volunteer State franchise. Known for unrelentingly running up the score, Belichick pulled quarterback Tom Brady in the third quarter.
Apparently Bill was confident rookie signal caller Brian Hoyer couldn't squander a 52 point lead.
Speaking of backup quarterbacks, why didn't the Titans hand the reins over to Vince Young earlier? Either play him or trade him, Tennessee.
From a fantasy standpoint the Patriots were a goldmine. Obviously the buy-low period for Brady is officially over. But with running back Sammy Morris leaving yesterday's contest with an undisclosed injury (surprise!), look for his counterpart Laurence Maroney to be the hottest pick-up of next week.
I know the Cardinals led by two touchdowns before Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck even took a snap, but this is no excuse for his abysmal performance against Arizona.
The desert Redbirds are the worst pass defense in the NFL. They surrender over 300 air yards per game. With no help from an absent offensive line, Hasselbeck mustered only 112 passing yards, throwing for no scores and one pick.
I was banking on Matt to build on last Sunday's dismantling of Jacksonville and planning on trading him while he was hot. Now I'm stuck with a superfluous quarterback on a bye next week.
Sticking with the QB theme, I will be the first to say no way Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers finishes this season. The open door policy the Packers offensive line is giving to pass rushers is painful even to watch.
Yesterday the lowly Lions sacked Rodgers five times, raising the grand total to 25 times in five games. At this rate, Aaron is on pace for 80 sacks by season's end.
I'm quickly selling on Rodgers, for no human can endure that amount of punishment.
Now for a few random ramblings...
The once reliable Matt Forte fumbled not once, but twice on consecutive rushing attempts from the one yard line last night. Meanwhile, Cedric Benson continues to be one of the best backs in the NFL.
How is it that not one member of the Eagles defense was able to catch up to Zach Miller on his 86 yard touchdown reception? It took him what seemed the entire first quarter to labor to the end zone.
So much for the Giants defense being considered an elite fantasy option.
Why is Willis McGahee still getting so many touches? He ran for a whopping three yards on seven rushes while teammate Ray Rice accumulated 77 yards on 10 attempts.
Finally, Ryan Succop received two safety insurance points from the Chiefs defense in his win over Shaun Suisham.