Is this really how it’s going to go? Is Yung Joc packing an unbeatable lineup destined to put up triple-digit scores each week? Is Meth really saddled with the league’s lowest-scoring team? Does Liz Hernandez really know what she’s doing?
As anyone who’s ever sat in the fantasy-football seat of power and commanded a team will tell you, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The season is long, and you can’t put too much stock into what you saw in week one. Real answers come with time, and in fantasy football, that time starts in week two. The contenders are separated from the pretenders and the front-runners distance themselves from the also-rans.
Tyrese and Uncle Luke both sit on top of the Crunchtime Zone Firing Squad division, but there’s only room at the top for one (see “Kickoff Time! Check Out Our Fantasy Football League, With Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Method Man” ). Meanwhile, Yung Joc and our very own Liz Hernandez are perched at the top of the Gridiron Gangstas division. Who can hold on, and who’s about to be kicked to the curb?
Here’s everything you need to know about this week’s matchups (don’t forget to check back on Tuesday, after the dust has settled from this weekend’s games, to check out the winners, losers and latest standings):
|Tyrese “Black Ty” Gibson (1-0) vs. Uncle Luke (1-0)|
|Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia||QB||Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle|
|Tiki Barber, New York||RB||Edgerrin James, Arizona|
|Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay||RB||Kevin Jones, Detroit|
|Torry Holt, St. Louis||WR||Chad Johnson, Cincinnati|
|Hines Ward, Pittsburgh||WR||Santana Moss, Washington|
|L.J. Smith, Philadelphia||TE||Randy McMichael, Miami|
|New England Patriots||D/ST||Chicago Bears|
|Jason Elam, Denver||K||Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis|
Two undefeated teams square off for supremacy in the Crunchtime Zone Firing Squad division in our game of the week. Black Ty is bringing reborn Eagles QB Donovan McNabb and rock-solid Giants RB Tiki Barber to the table, and Luke shouldn’t count on a repeat of the 20-plus-point performances he got from the Bears defense and kicker Jeff Wilkins last week.
|Liz Hernandez (1-0) vs. Lil Wayne (0-1)|
|Jake Delhomme, Carolina||QB||Daunte Culpepper, Miami|
|Steven Jackson, St. Louis||RB||Larry Johnson, Kansas City|
|Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati||RB||Reggie Bush, New Orleans|
|Terrell Owens, Dallas||WR||Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis|
|Donte Stallworth, Philadelphia||WR||Andre Johnson, Houston|
|Jason Witten, Dallas||TE||Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City|
|Dallas Cowboys||D/ST||Baltimore Ravens|
|John Kasay, Carolina||K||Neil Rackers, Arizona|
Liz dominated Method Man last week, but is she strong enough to take down Lil Wayne (who racked up a very serious 98 points, only to be outdone by a monstrous 114-point effort from Yung Joc)? If Liz wants to hold onto a piece of the division lead, she’ll need a big day from Bengals RB Rudi Johnson, who always delivers against the Browns (but these days, who doesn’t?). Look for Lil Wayne to counter with his hometown hero, Saints RB Reggie Bush, who follows up a strong first week with a day against a suspect Green Bay defense.
|Yung Joc (1-0) vs. Method Man (0-1)|
|Eli Manning, New York||QB||Carson Palmer, Cincinnati|
|LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego||RB||Shaun Alexander, Seattle|
|Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia||RB||Willie Parker, Pittsburgh|
|Anquan Boldin, Arizona||WR||Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis|
|Plaxico Burress, New York||WR||Chris Chambers, Miami|
|Alge Crumpler, Atlanta||TE||Todd Heap, Baltimore|
|Seattle Seahawks||D/ST||New York Giants|
|Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis||K||Jay Feely, New York|
Yung Joc put up an epic 114 points last week, while Method Man stumbled out of the gate racking up only 42. The talent on Meth’s roster won’t stay quiet for long, so expect Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander and Bengals QB Carson Palmer to pull their weight a bit more this week in an effort to get Meth into the W column. Yung Joc will try to hold Meth at bay with the one-two RB punch of San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson and Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook.
|Paul Wall (0-1) vs. Cool & Dre (0-1)|
|Tom Brady, New England||QB||Peyton Manning, Indianapolis|
|LaMont Jordan, Oakland||RB||Ronnie Brown, Miami|
|Corey Dillon, New England||RB||Julius Jones, Dallas|
|Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona||WR||Steve Smith, Carolina|
|Roy Williams, Detroit||WR||Donald Driver, Green Bay|
|Antonio Gates, San Diego||TE||Jeremy Shockey, New York|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||D/ST||Carolina Panthers|
|Shayne Graham, Cincinnati||K||David Akers, Philadelphia|
Well, someone’s got to win. Both Paul and the team of Cool & Dre stumbled last week, but one of them will notch a win this week (even if we have to go to bench scoring to break a tie). Paul’s banking on big things from New England RB Corey Dillon, who will try to split the Jets defense this week. Meanwhile, Cool & Dre are hoping Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning lights up Houston (which seems more than a little likely).
|Standings: Gridiron Gangstas|
|Team||Wins||Losses||Points For||Points Against|
|Standings: Crunchtime Zone Firing Squad|
|Team||Wins||Losses||Points For||Points Against|
|Tyrese “Black Ty” Gibson||1||0||78||77|
|Cool & Dre||0||1||77||78|