College football started, the NFL kicks off its season tomorrow and fantasy leagues have completed their drafts. With so much going on, I decided to take a quick look at all three and give you some info to prepare for this weekend.
The first weekend of college football was really exciting! The University of Michigan opened its new stadium to a sold-out crowd by demolishing Connecticut. Quarterback, Denard Robinson, set a school record rushing for 197 yards at that position. (I told you that the third year would be a charm.) Boise State traveled to the nation’s capital and legitimized its #3 ranking by defeating Virginia Tech (#13) at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins. Boise gets to rest this weekend. Michigan will go on the road to play non-conference rival Notre Dame led by new coach Brian Kelly. Both teams are trying to climb its way into the top 25. The Fighting Irish opened its season with a win over Purdue. But, I do not think that their defense will be able to handle the speed of Robinson.
The game to follow will be Ohio State (#2) and Miami (#12) at the “Horseshoe” in Columbus. Miami lost the 2003 National Championship Game (Fiesta Bowl) to Ohio State in which a controversial call was made against Miami for pass interference. The Hurricanes will be playing for all of the former players who were on the 2002 team. They seem good enough to beat the Buckeyes. I know that football is a team sport, but this is going to come down to the performance of one guy – Ohio State quarterback, Terrelle Pryor. He is good enough to contend for the Heisman, but he also makes decisions that make him look like he should be on the bench. I have been told that your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. If TP is the Buckeyes’ greatest strength they will send Miami back to South Beach with an “L.” If he is the team’s greatest weakness, there will be a serious hurricane in Northern Ohio.
Who Dat going to New Orleans?
It’s NFL Kickoff in the Big Easy! Drew Brees and the Saints start the road to defend their Super Bowl Title at home against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow. Both teams have their quarterbacks intact, but Favre’s ankle is still questionable. The last time the teams played was earlier this year in the NFC Championship game. In that game, Favre took a tough hit that injured his left ankle and threw an interception that ended the game. Favre did not come back at 41 after major surgery on his ankle to lose. I see him willing his way to victory and avenging his performance in last season’s NFC Championship game. OK, I need him to do well because he is my fantasy QB. Which brings me to…
You drafted your players and selected your defense. Don’t worry if you did not get everyone that you wanted. You can trade and draft new players throughout the season. If you are new to fantasy football these three easy things will help you be successful with your team:
1. Keep up with your players’ schedules and do not have them on your roster when they have a “Bye” week.
2. Check in on injury reports and make sure that you are starting players who are still healthy and able to play.
3. Have patience and don’t trade immediately. A player may start off slow and end up with a great season. Try benching a player before you trade.
Now turn in your rosters and kick butt! Just don’t mess up your heels.
Heels & Helmets