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Don't stare too long at that list of numbers. It's not a snap count, the measurements of Jabba the Hut's favorite Playboy Playmate, or the amount of points the Saints have given up. It's just a random set of numbers.


But if you knew them before April 26, 1989, you'd be rich.


Those were the winning Super 7 numbers for what was then the largest lottery jackpot in Pennsylvania history.


How nice it would be to go back in time and plunk down a buck on a ticket. Then, take your winnings and invest in Yahoo! and Google when they were better known as a nitwit and an obscure math concept. Mitt Romney might be shining your shoes today.


Since it's Week 8 in the NFL, it seems like a good time to take that If I only knew then … idea and use it on our fantasy draft. Who would we have taken back in August if we only had the knowledge? ….



QB: Robert Griffin III, Redskins: When he was drafted in April, he was touted as a future NFL star. Hey look, the future's here already. He's ranked among the big boys in fantasy points -- third behind some fellas named Rodgers and Brees, and one ahead of some cat named Brady. If he keeps this pace up, he'll pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 this season. That would be an NFL first.



RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings: Peterson is here only because his recovery from ACL surgery needs a Vatican investigation as a possible miracle. I was thinking 2013 as his return to elite status, not midseason this year.



C.J. Spiller, Bills: He splits valuable backfield time with Fred Jackson, and he missed parts of two games, and he still ranks fourth among RBs in fantasy points. Imagine what he'd do if he had the job all to himself.



Alfred Morris, Redskins: Remember Tim Hightower, Roy Helu and Evan Royster? The Skins' starting back was supposed to be one of those guys. See how much we know. Morris has not only had the job from day one, he's been a fantasy goldmine, ranking seventh at his position.



WR: Victor Cruz, Giants. The prevailing wisdom among fantasy experts was that Cruz was going to regress and relinquish the mantle of Best Giant WR to Hakeem Nicks. Those guys are idiots.



Percy Harvin, Vikings. Which WR has more fantasy points in 2012? A: Calvin Johnson. B: Roddy White. C: Larry Fitzgerald. D: Percy Harvin. Obviously the answer is D, since the question is in Harvin's paragraph.



James Jones, Packers. In fairness, it took an injury to Greg Jennings to boost Jones' fantasy value. But hey, all's fair in love, war and fantasy football, and his NFL-leading seven TDs count just the same.



TE: Tony Gonzalez, Falcons. Apparently, Gonzalez thinks it's 2008 again because he's been playing like his old self, rather than his OLD self. He's the top fantasy tight end and you could have drafted him after round seven. That's called value.



Heath Miller, Steelers. It makes sense now. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown were the yardage guys for the Steelers, but Hines Ward was the go-to guy in the red zone. Ward is gone, and guess who gets the goal line looks now? Why Miller, of course.


Start these guys …


Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos. Heck … start EVERY Denver Bronco. You need to score a lot to keep up with New Orleans. New Orleans gives up a lot of points. The Broncos score a lot of points. See where this is going?



Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers. The Steelers and Redskins should play a similar game to Denver and New Orleans – lots of offense. The Washington secondary has been burned repeatedly this year and Wallace should catch a few long passes with a TD or two.



Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys. This is a big game for Dallas and Tony Romo will be looking to rely on his best weapons. Austin has been the Cowboys most consistent WR.


Not these …


Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals. Time was when you played Fitzgerald no matter what the matchup. With this Cardinals offense, those times have passed.



Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford. They may have been first-round fantasy draft picks, but your backup QB probably has a better matchup – no matter who he is.



Any player, coach or front office personnel on Jacksonville. The Jaguars travel to Green Bay with a banged-up Blaine Gabbert at QB and Maurice Jones-Drew out with an injury. This is going to get ugly fast and stay there.


ONE FACT TO KNOW

There are five QBs on pace to throw for 35 or more TDs. You won't be surprised by four of the names: Rodgers, Brees, Manning and Ryan.


The fifth? Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills. If he keeps his TD rate up, he'll finish with 35.



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