Heading into Week 7: One for the Money, Two for the Show, and Three to Let Go
From Brady’s snowdown throwdown to Brees’ Giant beat down, week 6 was full of offense. There were also a few surprises (really Philly?) and a Monday night stunner (Neckbeard topples Cry Baby). So without further ado, let’s get to this week’s edition of One for the Money, Two for the Show, and Three to Let Go!
Up until a few weeks ago, Visanthe Shiancoe was known for two things: being Jeremy Shockey’s former back-up and freely expressing himself in the locker room. Initially I was more impressed by the second thing, but that was before he was known for a third thing: showing up as Brett Favre’s favorite end zone target.
This love fest seemed to start about three weeks ago when the Vikings topped the Packers 30-23. While Shank’s numbers weren’t fantastic (three catches for 18 yards and one touchdown), he made plays that counted, allowing Favre to ponder a playmaking future together. In the following weeks, Visanthe’s opportunities have only grown. Last Sunday against the Ravens, Shank managed to rack up 48 yards on four receptions, and to score twice. In fact, in the past 6 games #81 has scored 5 TD’s. Look for this red-zone romance to continue next week against the Steelers. And remember, this is a TE who appreciates a little exposure.
Miles Austin has been with the Dallas Cowboys since 2006. Up until very recently, he spent the bulk of his time as a kick returner on the specials teams unit. Last year season, however, he began to show sparks of promise as a deep threat. Despite limited usage, Miles managed 13 catches for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns.
With Owens traded to Buffalo and Roy Williams injured, Miles got his first NFL start two weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs. Not only did he have 10 receptions for 250 yards, but he also scored two touchdowns including the 60 yard game winner in OT. It seems Wade Phillips and crew were so impressed that they spent their week 6 bye sketching out new ways to get #19 involved. Their solution? Bench Patrick Crayton and start Miles Austin as the No. 2 receiver.
While I doubt Austin will set another franchise record, I am curious to see what he does starting alongside the veteran Williams. Much like the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the possibilities and the hype are endless.
To Let Go:
Believe it or not, there are still some fantasy owners waiting on Delhomme to show up. More shockingly, there are some FF analysts who actually advised said owners to start Delhomme last week against Tampa Bay. Their theory was pretty basic: the Bucs defense is so full of holes that even Delhomme was bound have a good game. FALSE!
Delhomme’s only TD was a pathetic 4 yarder to an understandably frustrated Steve Smith. Beyond that, he completed a measly 9 of 17 passes for 65 yards. Plus, and this is the best part, he was picked off twice. Boo-Ya.
Here’s the deal. Delhomme is in a bad place mentally. Sure, he’s always had trouble holding onto the ball and loses his sh*t every time there’s pressure in the pocket, but his most recent showing on the field is apocalyptically bad. He may not be worried about his confidence. John Fox may not be worried about his confidence. But you should definitely be worried about his confidence. This guy is so wrapped up in his own struggle that he can’t properly lead a team. While I like him has a person, I don’t like him as a starting QB.