Week 10 is upon us, and it's a logjam in the standings for our fantasy football contest.
Yung Joc and Block Entertainment (the two-headed fantasy beast of Yung Joc and company CEO Block) are still making it rain on their peers, tossing them aside like dollar bills in the strip club. Aside from their Southern reign, however, the rest of the contestants are running neck and neck. And as the playoffs approach, seed positioning is going to become crucial.
In the Gridiron Gangstas division, Lil Wayne, MTV News' Liz Hernandez and Method Man are tied for second place, with each sporting identical 4-5 records. Over in the Crunchtime Firing Squad division, Paul Wall's Lonestar Monstars are holding onto a slim one-game lead in the W column over Cool & Dre's squad, and both teams have a tie under their belts after locking horns in week seven. This is where the fun begins, folks.
Liz and Paul Wall's showdown highlights this weekend's matchups. The Houston spitter is only a half-game behind Tyrese "Black Ty" Gibson in his division, and Liz seems to be getting it together at the right time, as she's won two of her last three games. First-place Tyrese better be careful against Meth and his team. The Wu-Tang man was in the basement for the better part of the season, but he's crept up in recent weeks and is now in the playoff hunt after dismantling Uncle Luke's team last weekend.
As for Luke? Well, losing eight in a row has to be tough. But matching up against Team Block has to be even tougher. To the Miami pioneer's credit, his opponents the past three weeks haven't been putting up superb numbers as much as his squad has sputtered out with weak performances from running back Edgerrin James. Cool & Dre face off against Lil Wayne for the first time this season. Both teams feature high-octane offenses and stone-wall defenses. Who's gonna win? It's anybody's guess.
And that's why they play the games, folks. Let's check out this week's matchups:
Forget Young Dro: Michael Vick has been the best thang smokin'. Although his numbers last week were off with two interceptions and a fumble, Vick has been a dynamo for Liz this past month, including a three-game stretch where he tossed a combined eight touchdown passes. Wall has had plenty of steady QB play as of late from Marc Bulger. But in this pairing, expect defense to be the difference. Wall has a, er, wall of a D selected in Dallas, and it should be the points he doesn't give up that lead him to victory.
Method, how quickly can you eat your words? On draft day, he mocked Tyrese's selection of Donovan McNabb only to watch as the Philly Eagle has been the league's top point producer. Add in Black Ty's running back and wideout threats in Tiki Barber and Torry Holt, and it's easy to see why he's on top of the standings. Watch out for a big weekend from Holt matching up against a Seattle D he torched for 154 yards and three TDs in week six. Meanwhile, Meth will try to keep it close with WR Reggie "Insane" Wayne.
Cool & Dre have to be geeked about their QB, Peyton Manning. The All-Pro signal-caller has passed for 300 yards in three consecutive weeks for the first time in his storied career. Facing a weak D in Buffalo, expect Manning to add number four to his belt by halftime. Weezy, on the other hand, has been riding Larry Johnson to big numbers lately. The back has been putting up an average of 153 years on the ground the past three weeks. This one may be too close to call.
LT has been on an absolute tear lately. You might have to start calling him "Candle Guy," because he's definitely been on fire. The back has rushed for 183 and 172 yards in the past two weeks, respectively, with five touchdowns to boot. His point total the past two weeks for Joc and Block Entertainment has been enough to beat Luke's team by himself the past two games. Even worse for Luke, his stellar Bears defense is without heart-and-soul linebacker Brian Urlacher this week. How's that saying go? When it rains, it ...