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Fantasy team has solid week

October 15, 2010
By Keith Shelton

ESCANABA -Well, it finally happened. My team came out of nowhere last week and put up 168 points, a personal best.

This was about the most unlikely week for something like this to happen. I was starting Detroit's defense and had Rashard Mendenhall on the bench due to it being Pittsburgh's bye week, and I still won by nearly 50 points over the top team in my league.

This game really is all about luck sometimes.

Detroit's defense was my top point getter with a whopping 39 points. Alphonso Smith's interception return for a touchdown turned an already great performance into an outstanding one.

At this point Detroit's defense has scored over 25 points in three of their last four games. Two of those games were against Philadelphia and Green Bay, so I'm seriously considering starting them again this week against the New York Giants.

They're amazingly still available in 95 percent of leagues. Don't be concerned about the points they'll give up. You'll get fantasy points for the sacks and turnovers they're capable of producing this year.

On the other hand my Miami defense is facing a Packers team that is half scrubs at the moment. Aaron Rodgers may not even play Sunday, so I'm licking my chops at the prospect of Matt Flynn throwing a few picks.

Hakeem Nicks has emerged as one of the top three fantasy receivers this season. Fortunately for me, no one bit on my trade offers for him early in the season and I'm reaping the benefits.

Nicks had the best game of his career Sunday against the Texans and came away with 31 fantasy points, a monster game.

I had a stroke of genius when I picked up Cowboys receiver Roy Williams off the free agent wire and started him against the Titans. Williams was coming off his best game in a Cowboys uniform and my third receiver spot has been a revolving door this season so I thought, why not?

Williams had a great game, earning me 17 points, and I got the nice bonus effect of having Tony Romo as my quarterback. He had 28 points.

Williams is another player who is available in 63 percent of fantasy leagues. It looks like he's finally getting his groove on with the Cowboys and could be emerging as Romo's solid number two option.

My last diamond in the rough this week was Jacksonville's Marcedes Lewis, who appears to be this season's sleeper tight end. He gets very few receptions, but the ones he does get are often touchdowns. Lewis hauled down two touchdowns Sunday for 19 points and has now caught a touchdown in all but one game.

Lewis is available in 68 percent of fantasy leagues so if you are iffy about your tight end, now is the time to dump him for Lewis.

Although my risky move of starting both Chargers running backs didn't pan out, it didn't matter. Not when I got running back points and then some from my receivers.

With these waiver moves, I think I finally have a lineup that can compete from week to week. I certainly don't expect to score 168 points next week, but I'm in the 105-115 point range now, and for the first time since this season started, I'm not making any waiver moves this week.

My 12-man league has so much parity that at 2-3, I am now in sixth place and in playoff position. Three 4-1 teams sit at the top of the standings followed by two 3-2 teams. I lead a pack of five 2-3 teams.

I'm facing one of those 2-3 teams this week and I like my chances. It will be a tough matchup though as neither one of us has a player with a bye weekh.

If you would like your team featured in Gridirony or have tips for other fantasy players contact Keith Shelton (906-786-2021 ext. 146) or email



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