In honor of Election Day, here’s a five-question ballot up for vote.
1. Darrius Heyward-Bey, BenJarvus Green-Ellis or LeGarrette Blount?
Welcome to the midseason emergence of un-Fantasy-drafted offensive players who have had at least one monster week with at least 15 letters in their names (bonus points for hyphens).
I haven’t been drinking the Green-Ellis Kool-Aid only because the Patriots have been known to be a throwing team. Green-Ellis also shares carries with Danny Woodhead, and while he’s good at the goal line, he hasn’t been impressive on the rest of the field.
Blount took advantage of Cadillac Williams’ injuries and almost doubled his fantasy production in Week 8 when compared to the previous seven weeks. He looked strong running the ball (save for that ugly fumble) and will only help Tampa Bay moving forward.
Heyward-Bey, like Blount, took advantage of an injured starter. Louis Murphy has been busy coughing up blood while Heyward-Bey coughed up 105 yards and a touchdown...helping pretty much no one, as he’s still on waivers. Murphy is unlikely to play in Week 9 when the Raiders play the Chiefs.
My vote: LeGarrette Blount, followed closely by Heyward-Bey.
2. The wind in Kansas City or Mark Sanchez?
Both essentially cost their teams the game (yes, I am blaming Sanchez...any time a team puts up zero points, the blame falls on the offense; you need to score points in order to win the game).
The wind ruined Buffalo’s chance to win (along with a timeout called with the kick). The wind ruined Kansas City’s chance to win. Instead of ending in a tie, KC got a second chance. Ryan Succop learned his lesson, kicked way right and watched the ball curve in and get the W. Sanchez just hung his head and called it a “bump in the road.”
My vote: the wind.
3. Tarvaris Jackson or Brett Favre?
If I decide the criteria is highest fantasy points in Week 8, I have to choose Jackson (4-of-6, 36 yards, one touchdown, plus 33 rushing yards) over Favre (22-of-32, 259 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception). However, if Jackson had started, I don’t think his numbers would have been as solid as Favre’s.
If the criteria is the QB with the fewest broken bones, I have to choose Jackson. Favre has two fractures in his ankle, tendinitis in his elbow, eight (or 10, depending on which report you listen to) stitches in his chin, a possible concussion and a 292-game starting steak. Jackson, to the best of my knowledge, has no fractures, no tendinitis, no stitches, no concussion and no starts.
Favre may have looked like a defeated man curled almost in the fetal position being carted off the field, but at the end of the day, football is his life. He believes he can still go out there and play like he did 10 or 15 years ago. And you know what? For the most part, he can.
My vote: Brett Favre
4. Mike Singletary, Wade Phillips or Brad Childress?
The vote is for who deserves to go the most. Singletary is delusional in thinking his 49ers can still make the playoffs. His quarterback issue is a giant problem and one that doesn’t look to be solved this season.
Phillips has all but given up (and who can blame him when the Cowboys were thought to be in contention and are 1-6).
Childress must have been daydreaming and missed the clear reception early on Sunday when he threw the challenge flag. He has a knee-jerk reaction and gets rid of Randy Moss. He doesn’t listen when Moss reportedly tries to tell him about the Patriots’ game plan. He clearly is losing the respect of the locker room (even Percy Harvin was looking for appropriate words on Sunday to describe why the Vikings didn’t change their game plan in the second half).
My vote: Brad Childress. I can’t penalize someone for childish optimism or for an underperforming team.
5. Kenny Britt or Minnesota defense?
What do these two have in common? They both put up a big donut if you played them on Sunday. Britt, yes, was injured on his first play of the game. He says he heard a pop in his hamstring, and pops on the field are never good.
Minnesota...let the Pats run and throw all over them. No sacks, no interceptions, and if your league is mean enough, you even lost points because they allowed the Patriots to put 28 points on the board.
Britt is on a bye next weekend, but I wouldn’t play either one in any upcoming weeks.
My vote: Kenny Britt, only because if he doesn’t show up, you can’t lose points.
Extra Credit Write-in: Who will win the Super Bowl?
The Steelers, who just lost to a New Orleans team that lost badly to Cleveland at home? The Giants, who lost to the Colts and the Titans? The Jets, who just lost to Green Bay, 9-0? The Patriots, who lost to the Jets? The Ravens or the Chiefs, who both barely beat Buffalo? You tell me.