By JIMMY D / World Series odds, picking the wrong Williams | Jimmy's archive
It’s the fantasy equivalent of getting slapped on both sides of your face by different women.
Week 7 of the fantasy football season called for some bye week juggling by Jimmy D and the name Williams became central to two of Jimmy’s key decisions.
First, the running back situation. Leave Ricky Williams out against the tough Saint defence? Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Second, the wide receiver situation. Put struggling Roy Williams in against Atlanta? Given that Mike Sims-Walker and Nate Burleson were both on bye weeks, it seemed like a good idea at the time and he was curiously available on the waiver wire, despite being owned by 81 per cent of Yahoo! leagues.
You probably watched Ricky run for three scores against the Saints, who nonetheless rallied to win in Miami. It was good for 27 wasted fantasy points, which was the best total of any RB all week.
And if you didn’t watch – it wasn’t like he did anything to show up in the highlight reels – my pal Roy caught one pass for 16 yards. That was good for one fantasy point. Maybe there’s a good reason for him being on the waiver wire, which is where he ended up after that performance.
And thanks to the Chicago defense, picked up for bye week coverage, which was shredded for 45 points by the Bengals and Cedric Benson (whom we touted last week as a player whose fantasy time has finally arrived). Chicago offered Jimmy’s GridIron Gremlins a whopping minus four points – yes, that’s four less than had we put nobody there at all.
In addition to introducing Jimmy to some cruel lessons on dudes named Williams, Week 7 also introduced the fantasy community to Shonn Greene. Who’s that, you ask?
He’s the Jets’ third-string RB, a third rounder in the April draft and the owner of the second-best RB total of the week (28 fantasy points on 144 rushing yards and two scores as the Jets destroyed Oakland).
And if Hakeem Nicks was not on your radar, he is after Week 7. The Giant WR, another draftee from 2009, caught four passes for 80 yards and a score in New York’s upset loss to the Cardinals. He went over 100 yards receiving in Week 6, as Eli Manning looks to find reliable threats in the absence of jailed Plaxico Buress.
Across from Domenik Hixon, you have a confusing bit of name-calling for opposing secondaries.
‘Hey, I got Nicks.’
‘Did you say Nicks or Hix?’
‘Who the heck is Nixon? I got Nicks and you got Hixon. You take the high road, I’ll take the low road and we’ll meet at the 40-yard line.’
World Series odds favor Yankees
They might be the defending champs, but the Phillies are not the World Series favorites.
Vegas oddsmakers made New York -220 favorites to win their umpteenth World Series, while the Fightin’ Phils opened as +175 underdogs.
This is intriguing given Philadelphia’s penchant for coming through in the clutch. It’s also intriguing because the Phillies can throw three excellent southpaws at New York’s lefty-heavy lineup. And we’re all waiting for A-Rod’s dream post-season to turn into a nightmare.
What better place for it happen than the World Series? And who better than the pompous, overrated A-Rod for it to happen to.
Game 1 goes Wednesday with CC Sabathia firing against Cliff Lee. Ironically, both were ditched by the cost-cutting Indians in the past two seasons. They would look pretty good at the top of Cleveland’s rotation.
Get the latest World Series odds and fun prop bets today before the action start.