Oct 6,2012

Blog Times: Secret Weapons – Week 5

As I do most weeks, I had planned to post SECRET WEAPONS as a vlog. However, due to some Are you &*$#% kidding me?!?! technical difficulties, I’m forced to share it with you in lowly black and white print. Think of it as a throwback… or just a regular old blog.

SECRET WEAPONS – WEEK 5:

Hey Fantasy Football Fans, I’m The Fantasy Football Girl and this is SECRET WEAPONS – the show that keeps your fantasy team and football talk on target!

FANTASY MATCH-UP OF THE WEEK:

In my opinion, one of this week’s most intriguing match-ups, and one that has a lot of bounce-back buzz surrounding it is… the Tennessee Titans @ Minnesota Vikings game.

The Titans Defense is giving up an average of 38 points per game to opponents. More specifically, over the past four weeks they’ve allowed 10 touchdowns through the air and another 5 on the ground. Simply put, they’re as effective as the rhythm method. This, of course, means good things for the Vikings offense. Assuming Minnesota actually throws the ball this week, Christian Ponder should have a decent game. He’s got the incredibly versatile Percy Harvin, not just lining up as his number one wide receiver, but also making plays on special teams. Additionally, he’s developing nice chemistry with second receiver Jerome Simpson, who made his debut as a Viking last week against the Lions and was Ponder’s most targeted weapon. In the middle, Kyle Rudolph is beast of a player, and with Tennessee giving up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, I expect him to have a huge outing on Sunday. Plus, let’s not forget Adrian Peterson, who is looking better than ever after recovering from knee surgery and definitely returning to Purple Jesus form.

On the Titans’ side of the ball, things don’t look as promising. Starting QB Jake Locker will be out this week and maybe even the following week, while he nurses a shoulder injury. That means that veteran QB, Matt Hasselbeck (yes, View fans, that’s co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s brother in-law), will be under center for Tennessee as they try to move the chains against Minnesota’s respectable defense. The Titans receiving core – made up of the easily distracted Kenny Britt, rookie Kendall Wright, and slot receiver Nate Washington – has frustrated fantasy owners with its completely consistent inconsistency. Assuming Britt doesn’t play due to an ankle injury, I think Washington is the safest play and might sneak into the end zone, but I wouldn’t expect a monster performance. On the ground, RB Chris Johnson – who lit up fantasy benches everywhere last week – is as likely to repeat his 141 yard performance as Katie Holmes is to reconcile with Tom Cruise.

NFL TEAM NEWS:

NFL fans everywhere were shocked and saddened on Tuesday morning when it was announced that Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia and, as a result, was taking a leave of absence. Doctors reportedly told Pagano that he’d need to be hospitalized for 4-6 weeks in order to treat the disease. To show their support of Pagano, the Colts organization has launched a CHUCKSTRONG campaign, which will raise funds for leukemia research through the sale of t-shirts and wristbands. The team is also planning a blood drive to be held at nine different donor centers from October 9th – 13th. For more information please visit the Colt’s official website. And Coach… we hope to see you back on the sidelines in Week 11 against the Pats.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER HIGHLIGHT:

Is it me, or does Peyton Manning have EVERYTHING? Let’s see… he has a Super Bowl ring (that my Bears basically gave him in 2006), a baller salary as the starting QB in Denver, endorsement deals with Master Card, Direct TV, Papa Johns Pizza, Oreo Cookies and Gatorade (to name a few), a laser rocket arm, and apparently a bionic neck too. So what’s missing? Well he doesn’t own a professional sports team. That, however, may change. According to ESPN.com, Manning is part of a proposed ownership group, led by former Apple Engineer Robert Pera, who plan to buy the Memphis Grizzlies. Truth be told, the ownership stake is actually in Ashley Manning’s name, but sources say that Peyton is expected to be involved. Why do I have a feeling that the Grizzlies are just 3 seasons away from becoming Western Conference Champs?

Thanks so much for watching. This has been Secret Weapons and I’m The Fantasy Football Girl reminding you to always WIN BIG.

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