Are y'all really ready for some football? 'Cause it's game time now, homie.
With three weeks left in the regular season — for our fantasy leaguers, that is — only two things are guaranteed at this point: Yung Joc is in and Uncle Luke is out. But for the rest of our hopefuls, particularly MTV News' own Liz Hernandez and Method Man, week 11 could mean the difference between watching the playoffs from home or ballin' in the postseason. Liz and Meth have been running neck-and-neck in the standings the past few weeks, and something's got to give. Now the two square off on Sunday, both coming into the game riding two-game winning streaks.
Paul Wall and his Lone Star Monsters have been anything but scary lately. The Houston rapper has dropped his last two and is locked into a second-place struggle with Cool & Dre. Joc and Tyrese both sit comfortably atop their divisions, and Luke, believe it or not, looks ready to pencil one in the win column again!
Last week, Liz and Meth broke out of a three-way tie with Lil Wayne for second place in the Gridiron Gangstas division by putting up W's to Weezy's L. So far they've split their regular-season meetings with Liz, with Wayne getting the season-opening win and Meth getting his revenge in week six. This meeting, however, has huge implications. With both teams facing Wayne and Block Entertainment (the two-headed fantasy beast of Yung Joc and company CEO Block) to close out their respective seasons, this battle could knock one of them out of the playoff push.
Cool & Dre have a chance to shore up second place in the Crunchtime Firing Squad division, but besting Tyrese won't be easy, despite him having dropped three in a row recently. Team Block has owned Wayne this year, beating the N.O. resident by an average of 46 points per game. Weezy F. may be on his final legs. And Luke, expect him to be sunnier than his home state of Florida this weekend. Let's see how the teams stack up. Hut, hut, hike!
Liz climbed back up the standings largely on the play of Mike Vick, but her out-of-this world QB has come crashing down to earth the past two weeks. He's turned the ball over six times in his past two games. But Liz has gotten consistency out of T.O. and back Stephen Jackson and should expect more of the same this week. Meth on the other hand has ridden the hot hand of Carson Palmer, who put up a whopping 440 yards in the air last week. And Willie Parker ran for 213 on the ground last week and faces a Broncos D giving up 143.6 yards per game this season. Look for Mr. Meth to cough up one in the win column.
At this point, Joc is just toying with folks. L.T. is going insane as of late. Call him Abe Lincoln, 'cause last week he had everyone talking about four score with his end zone exploits. Joc and Block's other weapons, though, have been struggling. This one could be close. Wayne's back, Larry Johnson, has been equally impressive, but last week he managed a meager 75 yards and one touchdown. The difference could be Ahman Green and the resurrected Green Bay offense. If Joc isn't too careful, he may be the one going down!
Cool & Dre are making a hard playoff push. Peyton Manning continues to produce, but look for Dallas to limit the all-pro's attempts downfield, so the fantasy number might be down. Stephen Smith, though, is coming up big each week. In a showdown with wideout Marvin Harrison, Smith should bring his A-game. Brown will be facing a tough D in Minnesota, but the Miami duo are looking good overall. Black Ty has been in a tailspin, and his picks are in a funk. If he's not careful, his lock on first place could be in jeopardy.
Luke's been this close as of late to notching his second win and shaking his nine-game losing streak. With Paul dropping his last two, and Luke banking on a strong performance from Hasselbeck, who's scheduled to return to Seattle, this one is unpredictable. The Miami don also has Ocho Cinco, Chad Johnson, fresh off an amazing performance last week as he topped 200 yards in receiving. If you think Johnson is going back to being second fiddle, think again. Put it in the books, folks: Luke wins!