All good things must come to an end, as they say.
And while we're not gonna go out on a limb and claim that all the MTV News Fantasy Football League action has been particularly, you know, "good" this year (we're looking at you, Uncle Luke), it is coming to an end as we enter week 12. This is the week in which playoff dreams will be made ... or demolished with the quickness of a LaDainian Tomlinson TD dash.
With only one team a mortal lock for the postseason — Yung Joc and Block's unstoppable Block Entertainment — and only one team that is most definitely not (sorry, Luke), there are still six squads competing for three remaining playoff spots. And four of them go head-to-head this week.
Plus, thanks to Thanksgiving, all the NFL action actually kicks off Thursday — just like the Pilgrims intended.
So, as we look toward week 12, who will stay in contention? Who will lock up their right to potentially get crushed by Block Entertainment in the first round of the playoffs? Who will turn out to be turkeys?
Let's find out.
This is a Crunchtime Firing Squad Division rematch between the two teams that battled to a 100-100 tie back in week seven. Safe to say the stakes is high. Will Cool & Dre's RB tandem of Ronnie Brown and Ahman Green be able to put their weak efforts in week 11 (combined: 30 rushing yards, two fantasy points) behind them? Will their wide-receiving corps of Steve Smith and Donald Driver continue to put up the big points? And will Wall realize that running back Kevin Jones probably isn't going to play Thursday thanks to an ankle sprain? (You know, especially since he's got Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew just sitting on his bench.) All these questions and more — like, does Wall remove his grillz before chowing down on Thanksgiving? — will be answered on the virtual field this week.
Meanwhile, in the Gridiron Gangstas Division, MTV's own Liz Hernandez and the most tattooed man in New Orleans meet in a crucial matchup rife with postseason implications. With a loss, either of these teams can pretty much pack it in for the year ... with a win, they both keep their playoff dreams alive. Hernandez will pin her hopes on the enigma that is Michael Vick, who's coming off arguably his worst effort of the season (11 of 21 passes for 127 yards through the air, just 54 yards on the ground) and will look to rebound against Wayne's hometown team, the Saints (oh, the irony!). Speaking of Wayne, he's no doubt counting on a solid day from stud RB Larry Johnson and steady QB Philip Rivers, but he's got to be holding his breath to see if Saints rookie WR Marques Colston's ankle injury will keep him off the field this week. Or maybe he's not. After all, Wayne's probably got more important things to do.
It's a must-win game for Meth, who's riding a three-game winning streak despite some rather questionable coaching decisions (like leaving Ravens RB Jamal Lewis, who had three TDs last week, on the bench ), and he can wrap up a spot in the playoffs with another win this week. But it's gonna be tough, as he squares off against Joc and Block's two-headed juggernaut, which comes in with a six-game winning streak of its own. The key to this one is — of course — LaDainian Tomlinson. If he continues his Bo Jackson-in-"Tecmo Super Bowl" ways (dude's got 12 TDs over the past four weeks), then the Block will undoubtedly come out on top. If he turns into a mortal this week, well ... this one could be interesting. Oh, and it's probably time for Block to pull the plug on QB Eli Manning, especially with rocket-armed Drew Brees just wasting away on the bench.
For only the second time this season, Luke finds himself in a rather unique position: on a winning streak. He ended a nine-game skid last week with a hard-fought W over Paul Wall's squad, and he looks to continue his winning ways this week against Team Tyrese, which can secure a spot in the playoffs with the W. On paper, this looks like a blowout, but it could be close, particularly if Bengals WR Chad Johnson continues to put up big numbers for Luke, and especially if Ty doesn't replace injured QB Donovan McNabb in his lineup (if dude's not on the field, he's not gonna be putting up any points). In his place, Ty could look to Ravens QB Steve McNair to get the job done — or maybe he can just create another streetwise, football-savvy alter ego and start him instead.