Manic Monday: Week 6

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I love late October. Around here, there are only about two weeks during the year where I can open the windows and let the air in. It’s generally the last two weeks of October when the plants are all still blooming and I’m not quite yet having to climb up a ladder and clean out my gutters daily.

Of course, the local air show is also usually taking place on one of those open-air weekends, which has its own ups and downs.

Backup Bonanza

Speaking of ups and downs, Week 6 had plenty of them.

A lot of the ups came from backup running backs. I think backup backs scored the first four touchdowns of the slate. And how about the Baltimore backup backs…not one, not two, but three different Ravens’ reserve runners punched in scores, and these weren’t even normal backups. None of these guys were even on the roster this summer. jon moxon

There’s just something heroic about a player normally spending his time on the bench coming in and making a heroic play. As impressive as Baltimore’s feat was, they still have nothing on my guy Jon Moxon, the greatest backup performance in football history.

Mox was really dedicated to his team. Not only did he lead the revolt against Bud Kilmer’s tyranny, but he was also so loyal to Lance that he turned down the whip cream bikini.

I’ve always wondered why football movies are so bad. Don’t get me wrong, some are serious and well done, but mostly there’s a goofy comedy approach to football films.

Baseball movies are almost always better. I guess it’s the history of that sport or that there’s so much downtime in a game that it’s easier to write a believable love story.

Football movies almost always have zany lineman or whacky antics that make it hard to take the film seriously. For every Love of the Game there are 2-3 The Replacements or The Waterboy.

I wonder if an NFL club found a gig for Shane Falco? As a backup, of course.

Where We Were Right 

Our tight end projections overall were very good. We like Mike Gesicki as a top-5 option and were much higher than the consensus on Noah Fant, Hunter Henry, and Mo-Alie Cox. We also had Zach Ertz as our No. 9 tight end for the week, and that’s precisely where he stands.

Once it was confirmed that Damien Williams would miss Week 6, we boosted Khalil Herbert into RB1 territory and Herbert delivered. He was the only Chicago running back to touch the ball against Green Bay and currently stands as the RB10 heading into Monday. In all, Herbert turned 21 touhces into 112 yards and a score.

We were cool on the Vikings traveling to Carolina, with mixed results. One that hit was Justin Jefferson, who we had all the way down at WR22. Jefferson currently stands as the WR20 after only corraling 8-of-14 targets for 80 scoreless yards.

Where We Were Wrong

Other than Ertz, that Eagles game was rough. We were way too high on Philly’s offense. As bad as Jalen Hurts was for real, he had a decent fantasy outing thanks to a pair of rushing scores. But 115 passing yards isn’t going to get it done any week. DeVonta Smith took the biggest brunt of that performance, and we took it on the chin.

Should have known that we’d see the Chargers drop off quite a bit but we weren’t expecting THAT bad of a performance. Justin Herbert was poised to shred a Ravens’ secondary that just submitted 402 passing yards to Carson Wentz six days ago. Nope. Herbert was ineffective, which led to a lousy outing not just for him, but for Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler who we pegged as out RB4. I personally listed Ekeler as my RB1. I struck out worse than Sam Tuttle with that one….that was a hidden baseball movie reference.

No team had allowed more points than Kansas City, so we were expecting Washington to light up the scoreboard. With that, Terry McLaurin topped out wideout projections but that isn’t exactly how things played out. McLaurin had his worst game of the season and the Football Team just couldn’t keep up with the Chiefs. Maybe things will improve if/when Ryan Fitzpatrick returns and sends Taylor Heinicke back to the bench. Potential movie idea…

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