Finally, the Washington Redskins have taken appropriate action against their defiant DT Albert Haynesworth. On Tuesday, AP sports writer Joseph White reported that Mike Shanahan suspended the two-time Pro-Bowl defensive lineman (and all-the-time insubordinate) for four games without pay — the maximum permitted under the league’s bargaining agreement.
His agent, Chad Speck, mentioned that Haynesworth would appeal the suspension because he hadn’t been formally informed that Haynesworth’s behavior was in question. HUH? Not informed? Heck, it’s been a season-long event; even I have been aware that his insubordination wasn’t proper conduct. My 11-year-old daughter is aware of unbecoming behavior! I am so tired of these spoiled-baby-millionaires.
Other news from the National Football League and week 13
Micheal Vick is leading the All-Star voting with almost 40,000 more votes than Indianapolis Colts’ struggling quarterback Peyton Manning. Online voting ends Dec. 20. Teams are picked by the fans’, coaches’, and players’ votes.
While the extracurricular activity seems to have calmed down this week, Ben Roethlisberger suffered a broken nose in the physical game against Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, and the always tough defense of the Baltimore Ravens.
The League also fined several players for illegal hits. Most notably, Detroit Lion Suh received a $15,000 fine for a controversial, and highly debated, unnecessary roughness call for a “hit” on Bears QB Jay Cutler.
What in the world?
Surprisingly missing from this week’s Fantasy Football Fantastic Five is Kansas City’s star wide-receiver, Dwayne Bowe and Peyton “trade-of-the-century” Hillis. Last week, Hillis was top-dog on my list with 37.40 fantasy points and fired up Cleveland fans with a career day. This week? Barely a peep. Hillis only had 57 yards rushing on 18 attempts. There’s always next week, as the Browns travel to Buffalo. Bowe placed second on the list with 35.00 fantasy points for me and other lucky fantasy football team owners in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football standard leagues. This week, he couldn’t catch a cold! Zero. Nada. Not one catch.
Matter of fact, there weren’t any players this week in the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football standard leagues with 30 fantasy points or more. It was definitely a strange week in fantasy football.
The Fantastic Five
Aaron Rodgers kicks off the list this week in the number five spot, earning 27.82 fantasy points. Over the past four games, the Packers’ newest “superback” is completing over 70 percent (96-of-130) and has 14 more pass attempts than future Hall of Famer, Bret “Grandpa” Favre without an interception. Rodgers’ 177 mistake-free pass attempts is second only to Bart Starr, who holds the club record with 294. The City of Green Bay might have gotten a deal for the $8.6 million they’re paying him this year. The three TDs and 298 yards passing against the 49ers may be a sign of things to come as the next two games are at home against the lowly Lions (2-10) and the Patriots (10-2). New England’s passing defense should give up another 300-yard game for Rodgers. The last two games of the season are going to be tough. Neither the Giants (12/26) nor the Bears (1/2/11) are giving away anything. The Giants defense has taken out a number of QBs this season. It should be interesting…
Surpassing everyone’s expectations and predictions this week was Seattle’s RB Marshawn Lynch. Carolina’s defense (ranked 25th vs the run) held Lynch to 83 yards rushing, but forgot to tackle him in the red zone. Lynch had three TDs in the game and provided his fantasy owners (37 percent owned) 28.00 fantasy points-good enough for fourth place on my list of Fantastic Five. Lynch and the Seahawks might have another good game this week against the 49ers (4-8). Sit ’em if you have better match ups.
Apparently Adrian Peterson’s ankle injury in week 12 has healed. Peterson showed no obvious signs of pain while rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns and into the third spot on my list. The Vikings RB tossed in 28.80 fantasy points for his owners. The real test will be Sunday against the New York Giants, whose defensive front is among the best against the run. Then, if Peterson is still healthy, he’ll face the equally tough Brian Urlacher and the Bears. To read more on these and other top rushing defenses, click here.
The first “non-winner”/ runner-up in this week’s Fantasy Football Fantastic Five, with a respectable 29.34 fantasy points, is Tom “watch the hair” Brady. Brady completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 326 yards and four TDs, and his high-flying team is averaging 31.6 points per game, according to the Boston Globe. The win against the Jets was a surprise to everyone, especially since it was a blowout! The 45-3 win was Brady’s 26th consecutive home win in a regular season and earned him the AFC’s Player of the Week honors. After the next game against the Bears, Brady should post similar numbers, maybe even make the top spot when the Pats host the Bills on Dec. 26.
Once again, Michael Vick outperformed everyone. Vick’s 29.88 fantasy points led all players in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football standard 10-team leagues. Luckily for me, I have him on one of my teams, and regret trading him earlier in the season on another struggling team.
Vick didn’t pass for the most yards in week 13, but his 302 yards and two TDs in the air, plus his 48 rushing yards and TD, gave him enough to land the coveted number one spot on my list. Vick is averaging 306 yards per game over the last four games for a total of 1,226 passing yards and has thrown eight touchdowns during the same span. Vick is always a threat when he is on the field. Start ’em if ya got ’em. Me? I’ll sit Drew Brees again this week.