Every season we see a first round bust in fantasy football leagues. I think we are well on our way to giving that award to San Diego rookie Ryan Mathews. It just goes to show that just because you are replacing one of the best running backs in NFL history, it doesn’t mean you will have the same luck.
Through 10 games, Mathews has rushed for just 382 yds and has lost the majority of carries to FB Mike Tolbert. Tolbert has outcarried, outrushed, and outproduced the rookie in every way possible. Now that Mathews is battling an ankle injury, it seems like Tolbert’s role in the offense will continue to grow, even when Mathews is fully healthy.
This of course goes along with one of my cardinal rules of drafting: never draft rookies in the first round. Also, those who took Shonn Greene within the first 12 picks need their head examined, but we’ll discuss another day.
- Mr. Bad Attitude, Vince Young, is officially done for the season after leaving Sunday’s game with a thumb injury on his throwing hand. It really didn’t matter since Young’s latest stunt (throwing his pads into the crowd) would have gotten him benched anyway. Rusty Smith will take over as starter.
- More injury news for Giants wide receivers as Hakeem Nicks will miss three weeks with swelling in his right leg. With Nicks and Steve Smith out, Mario Manningham’s role just got a lot bigger.
- I hope you Malcom Floyd owners weren’t getting your hopes up after his return on Monday night. He aggravated his hamstring and is a game time decision for this Sunday against the Colts.
Who’s Making Noise
- The Tolbert Report keeps on trucking as FB Mike Tolbert exploded for 153 total yds and a TD in Ryan Mathews’ absence. He is now 3rd in the NFL with 8 rushing TD.
- The Jon Kitna experience in Dallas is looking better every week. The veteran QB has thrown for 6 TD and 1 INT in his last two games.
- When Calvin Johnson is neutralized, Nate Burleson has proven to be effective. He racked up 97 yds and a score on Sunday and this makes 257 yds and 2 TD in his last three games.
- Let’s face the fact that Carolina is the worst team in the NFL. That being said, both of their 1,000-yd rushers are injured, so no-name Mike Goodson has been filling in…and doing a good job. He has back-to-back 100-yd games in his two starts, bring the Panthers season total of 100-yd games to…two!
- Frank GORE! GORE! GORE! wasn’t much help to owners with his 60 total yds and no trips to the endzone. In fact, Gore only has 3 rushing TD this season. Oh, and if you get the reference in the beginning of this blurb, then you’re just as awesome as I am.
- He may be in the top 5 in rushing yds, but Ahmad Bradshaw laid an egg against Philadelphia as he rushed for 29 yds on 12 carries. He even threw in -5 receiving yds for good measure.
- How did Andre Johnson follow up 9 receptions, 146 yds, and a score in Week 10? With 4 catches, 32 yds, and no scores! He’s going to need some luck to reach that third straight season of 1,500 yds.
- 10 games are done and Chargers WR Vincent Jackson will make his season debut in Week 12 against the Colts. With Malcom Floyd, Patrick Crayton, and Antonio Gates all banged up, this might be a huge coming out party for Jackson.
- It seems like Austin Collie is still showing signs of a concussion, so he will most likely be ruled out for this Sunday. Rookie Blair White caught 2 TD passes against New England in Collie’s absence and will start in his place.
- The Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress, but it won’t effect Brett Favre’s playing time. Favre will still be starting despite putting up 10 TD and 17 INT in 10 games this season. The return of Sidney Rice will do little (if anything) to raise Favre’s stock.
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