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  • Brandon 11:59 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink
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    Weekend Wrap-Up: How the mighty have fallen 

    As a Patriots fan, I’m still trying to figure out what transpired this past Sunday. How did a guy rumored to possibly be cut from the team a month earlier single-handedly dominate the defending AFC champions? How did a team that WON one game last season destroy a team that LOST one game? Who knows the answers to these questions…maybe it’ll be fun to root for a team that no longer will judge their season on whether they win the Superbowl or not. Even winning the division or wild card would qualify as a success in my eyes at this point. Anyways, enough complaining…let’s get to the rest of the action over the weekend and what relevance it has to fantasy football…

    • Miami 38, New England 13: I don’t really want to get into the details (you can read the recap for yourself), but I have to give props to the Dolphins running game, who basically beat the Patriots all by themselves: Ronnie Brown (17 rushes for 113 yards, 4 rushing TD, 1 of 1 passing for 19 yards and a TD) and Ricky Williams (16 rushes for 98 yards.) While I agree with Matt that you shouldn’t go out of your way to trade for Ronnie Brown, I do think he’ll have some more productive games this season and can be a valuable asset to your team (remember what he did last season before his injury?) (More …)
    • talkingff.blogspot.com 3:32 pm on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure whether to be excited or not that Trent Green is taking over for Marc Bulger. Pure desperation move by the Rams. Linehan knows the gig is up.

      I’m more concerned about Trent Green’s health. One more concussion and who know what could happen. Steven Jackson can hopefully get it together and start playing like the Top6 RB many of us drafted him to be.

  • Matt 2:16 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink
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    What to make of Ronnie Brown's big day 

    Ronnie Brown’s absolutely monstrous fantasy performance yesterday made very few people happy. If you own him, you probably didn’t start him, and now you’ve got a fist- or head-shaped hole in the wall by your computer to deal with. If you’re matched up against someone who did start him, you’re obviously feeling a tad shellshocked today. And if you did start him, you’re not happy, you’re friggin’ giddy.

    Brown owners, be honest with yourselves: Come hell or high water, you’re starting him from now on. Leaving a 40-50 fantasy point player on the bench once is painful; doing it twice is unimaginable. You’re going to ignore the timeshare with a just-as-effective Ricky Williams, the shaky defense that will be playing from behind more often than not, and the fact that what was truly revealed yesterday wasn’t Brown’s talent but the vulnerability of New England’s defense (and the smarts of coach Tony Sparano, who will probably have to shelve the Wildcat for a while now). None of that matters – he’s a fixture in your lineup now, and I don’t really blame you.

    But I might just pity you by the end of the season. Especially if you’ll be leaving a better option than Brown on your bench because of this one game.

    Will Brown have a nice season? Probably. But the timeshare with Ricky Williams, which is likely to continue, puts the kibash on any realistic dreams of a season on par with the truly elite fantasy running backs. Williams could just as easily be the one to find the end zone multiple times in the next game – he’s always been an effective goal-line guy and has a better build for it than Brown. In any case, since four of Brown’s touchdowns came on trick plays that the Patriots were unable to adjust to but will obviously be prepared for by future opponents, it’s hard to look at this performance as anything more than a freak statistical anomaly.

    Since I’m not going to convince Brown owners of any of this, I’ll conclude with a message for everyone else: Be very wary of trade offers from your friendly neighborhood Brown owner until after the Fins play the Chargers in week 5. Don’t go and do something silly like trading a Marshawn Lynch, Michael Turner, or Marion Barber away for him. Repeat after me: “He plays for the Dolphins. He plays for the Dolphins. He plays for…”

    • Alex 2:23 pm on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have Ronnie Brown behind Steven Jackson and M Jones Drew. Shall I trade Brown for Addai as one person has clearly stated he is willing to do?

    • Matt 2:57 pm on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      HELL yeah you should.

    • Alex 3:03 pm on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      That’s what I thought – just needed a bit of a push to pull the trigger. I’m also a Dolphins fan which makes it more difficult.

    • Advisor 1:39 pm on September 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Better hurry up and trade him before Ronnie Brown comes crashing back to earth.

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