Junkie’s Week 4 – Hits and Misses

29 09 2011

Lets start this by recapping an amazing week 3 H&M. I went 5-1 for week three only missing on Ed Dickson. I did well on all of the rest, hitting on Matt Hasselbeck (9th), Joseph Addai (11th), Nate Washington (7th), Dane Sanzenbacher (24th) and the Dallas Cowboys DEF (4th). All finishing much better than the experts at ESPN had ranked them for the week. And since that’s the goal of this article, a pat-on-the-back for the Junkie!

Before moving on I really need to thank Dane Sanzenbacher for showing up in that game for the Bears. It was a glorious moment watching the game and hearing your name announced for a touchdown. I was more excited you scored and validated that pick, than I had been all fantasy season. What a sweet feeling it is to get that correct. In this game, everything is unpredictable, kudos to those that go out on a limb weekly. Speaking of those that go out on a limb with picks, cough Vick, cough Gates…

For this week I am going to mix it up a bit. Instead of taking the cumulative rankings of ESPN’s top fantasy experts, I’m going to dissect my favorite experts rankings only. That would be none other than, the TMR, Matthew Berry. Since he is by far the one fantasy expert I can stand to read/listen to constantly, he deserves to be the first “guest” on this article. If you have a suggestion on whose rankings to use next week and beyond, leave a comment!

1. QB: Josh Freeman – TMR Rank 21

Way too low IMO, especially since the Colts just put two of their better defenders on IR. I expect the Bucs to run first to help set up the big pass plays to Mike Williams. I also like Josh to maybe get a score using his feet in this one. I wouldn’t be surprised to find Freeman higher when Matthew updates his rankings on Friday.

Friday Update: Mr. Berry did in fact move Freeman up to 18.

2. RB: Roy Helu – TMR Rank 41

Up against St. Louis, the Redskins should be able run the ball at will. The Rams are just so beat up right now. I think the Skins win convincingly which means more time on the field for Helu. I can see him cracking the top 25 easily this week. Of course, if Steven Jackson comes back close to 100% this week, all bets are off, as the Rams automatically become better on offense with SJAX at full speed.

Friday Update: Helu moved down one spot to 42.

3. WR: Pierre Garcon – TMR Rank 41

While I hate owning Garcon I believe Painter starts in this one. And for the time that Painter saw action against the Steelers, he and Garcon had some chemistry going. They just missed on a surefire touchdown and I think Garcon benefits the most in this change. Now if only he can figure out how to catch the balls that come into his break basket…

Friday Update: Garcon dropped four to 45.

4. TE: Leonard Pope – TMR Rank NR

Not ranked by Berry this week isn’t a big deal but I go with Pope because of the matchup and lack of weapons for the Chiefs. Pope has played decent filling in for Moeaki and has a good matchup against the Vikings. While Pope is no Pettigrew, Brandon scorched the Vikings for his best game of the season catching a bunch of short passes. I guarantee the Chiefs have watched that film. Also a plus, the guy is 6’8″ tall!

5. DEF: Detroit Lions – TMR Rank 14

Really TMR? Really? This is the kind of ranking that has me shaking my head. And not just because I’m a biased Lions fan. But because everyone else had them ranking waaaaay higher. I’m sure Nate will grill you on this during the 06010 podcast. But since I’m dissecting your picks this week, it was staring me in the face. Curious to see if they move up on Friday’s re-ranks.

Friday Update: Not surprisingly, Matthew moved the Lions up to 7 on his ranks. But I still picked them when you had them at 14. I’m not touching it! GO LIONS!

Stay tuned for the Sunday Lighting in a Bottle, coming up on… Sunday. Duh. And as a long time listener to the Fantasy Focus, I will eat all sorts of crow if these go down badly for myself.


To qualify as a hit the players must get to certain benchmarks within the weekly scoring leaders of ESPN standard leagues. Quarterbacks must reach the top 10. Running backs must reach the top 25. Wide receivers must reach the top 30. Tight ends and defenses must reach the top 10. The rankings I use next to the players names are the ranks as of the writing of this article. 




2 responses

4 10 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you for putting Garcon on as a hit. Because of you, I played Garcon, came back from 28 points down, and won my game by one point. You truly are the Gu-ru!

4 10 2011

Thank You! Garcon had some nice after-the-catch moves. Only two catches but he made the most of it. Congrats on starting 4-0 in the Junkie league!

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