It's all on the line in week nine.
By the time all the games are over, there will be one team that can claim the best record in the league. (Click here for the MTV News Fantasy Football League standings). But this doesn't mean that teams in second or even third place in their divisions can slack. Virtually everyone in the league still has the chance to make the playoffs. The Gridiron Gangstas division has a three-way tie for second place right now, for crying out loud!
Let's check out the matchups — and don't forget to check back on Tuesday, after the dust has settled from all of this weekend's games, to check out the winners, losers and latest standings:
You can almost hear David Ruffin singing in the background, "Don't look any further!" The game of the week is right here. Both Yung Joc/ Block Entertainment and Tyrese have the most wins in the league, and after this week, one of the two sides will be able to boast best record overall. With LaDainian Tomlinson running like he is, his fantasy team has to have the edge. Block Ent. picked him on draft day and have been riding high ever since. This week should also prove to be big for Block's QB and WR tandem of New York Giants Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress. The G-Men play the lowly Houston Texans at home. The Manning/Burress chemistry equation should prove big numbers. Black Ty also has a Giant on his squad, Tiki Barber. Chances are that Barber will come up strong on Sunday, but with Tyrese's starting QB, Donovan McNabb, having a bye week, Ty may be kissing his best record bye as well.
Luke definitely has had a dismal season, and this week, a win isn't any more likely. His starting QB Byron Leftwich may play, but his ankle isn't 100 percent. One of his wideouts, Chad Johnson, plays against the Ravens and their nearly impenetrable (at least at times) defense. Potential bright spots for Luke, however, could be Warrick Dunn, who plays against a spotty Lions defense; and Desmond Clark, who takes on the Miami Dolphins, who have been just about useless on the field this year. Meth, who's currently in a three-way tie with Liz Hernandez and Lil Wayne in the Gridiron Gangstas division, doesn't look like he'll have another 100-point game this week, but he should be able to squeak out enough for the victory. His running back, Willie Parker, might be the X factor.
Some will be up in arms over this pick, but look for Liz to upset Cool & Dre. Don't think so? Listen to how the stage is set for her win: First of all, she has Michael Vick starting at QB. He plays the Detroit Lions and should have no problem breaking their defense down. Vick is always dangerous, and the last two weeks, he's been letting the world know that he should still be considered one of the elite QBs in the league. Liz also has T.O. on her side. Yes, Terrell Owens. Owens has been doing great with Tony Romo throwing him the pigskin, and this week, Owens' Cowboys play against division rivals the Washington Redskins, who are about as scary as your baby sister dressed up as a kitten on Halloween. Cool & Dre are going to suffer this week with their wide receiver Steve Smith sitting out due to a bye and their running back Ahman Green "probable" with a knee injury. Any other week, you could say the duo's QB Peyton Manning could potentially have a monster game, but he's going against the New England Patriots this week. Manning should be good to great, but not monster. It's going to be tough.
It's a toss-up at best. Wall has so much momentum right now, but Weezy has Larry Johnson on his side. L.J. is in the zone right now. He plays against the St. Louis Rams this week, who aren't exactly awe-inspiring when it comes to stopping the run. Rex Grossman is the starting QB for Wayne's fantasy team as well. The Dolphins will probably put the clampdown on him in real life this week — yeah right! Wall's X factor is going to be running back Fred Taylor. He's hurt, but still could play. Don't look for wideout Andre Johnson to do too much playing against the Giants either. Their defense has been "balllin' " hard the past few weeks, and Johnson will have a tough time catching the ball with his quarterback getting sacked all afternoon.