Most people recognize O.J. Simpson as the guy that most likely killed his wife and her lover and got away with it. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit. Old school football fans know “The Juice” as the running back for the Buffalo Bills that became the first player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season back in 1973. While six other players have since accomplished that feat, Simpson remains the only player to have done so in a 14-game season. He also holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average, with 143.1 yards per game.
But how many of you remember him as T.D. Parker, the veteran running back that transitions from player to coach to help lead the California Bulls in HBO’s glorious sitcom from the late 80’s entitled “1st and Ten”? I don’t know about you but that show was awesome. Starring Delta Burke (in her prime), the show included many guest appearances from NFL legends such as Fran Tarkenton, Marcus Allen, John Matuszak, Brian Bosworth, John Riggins, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Eric Dickerson, Roger Craig, Jim Everett, Herschel Walker, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon, Ted Hendricks, Bubba Smith, and more! And let’s not forget about Leslie ‘Dr. Death’ Crunchner, played by none other than Donald Gibb who is best known for his role as Frederick Aloysius Palowakski (aka Ogre) in Revenge of the Nerds. Well done HBO. Well done.
And then there are those that think O.J. is just the douche bag running through the airport in those old Hertz commercials.
Just like the cast of 1st and Ten here is a motley crew of players that you’d never expect to succeed. However, combining for 184.8 points these guys would likely have won any head-to-head match-ups in half point Yahoo! leagues.
QB: Mike Glennon (18.10)
RB: Jeremy Hill (28.80)
RB: Bobby Rainey (12.60)
WR: Allen Hurns (26.70)
WR: Martavis Bryant (18.20)
TE: Chase Ford (15.10)
FL: Jarvis Landry (13.10)
K: Caleb Sturgis (13)
DST: Miami Dolphins (22)
But how many of these players are worth rostering now that the show has gone off the air?
Giovani Bernard who? While that was meant to be a joke, especially to his owners (me included), Jeremy Hill did not disappoint in Bernard’s absence with 24 carries for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. Well perhaps he did disappoint Bernard owners as he has proven his ability to be the man in Cincinnati. He is not going to take the job from Gio, but I do expect his level of participation to keep him very relevant in fantasy play. Jeremy spoke in class today and he said “I should be owned in nearly all formats”.
Can we finally stick a fork in Doug Martin? He sucks. And more importantly Bobby Rainey does not. In 81 carries this season he has averaged over 4.6 yards per carry. Martin has averaged a pathetic 2.9 per carry. He’s ineffective, injured and he sucks. Did I say he sucks already? My bad. Until Charles Sims is ready to play it should be Bobby’s World in Tampa. And when Sims does return, I still expect Rainey to have a role.
Allen Hurns made the first ever “Who Are These Guys” list after week 1. Since then he has been relatively quiet until last week catching 7 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite this valiant effort, like Marvelous Marvin Hagler, I have no interest in having Hurns on my team.
This makes it two weeks in a row for Martavis Bryant making this list. I hope you listened last week and added him to your team. In his 3 games played he now has 167 yards and 5 touchdowns. Unless you are in a very shallow league, I can’t imagine he is still available in your league. You snooze, you lose.
While the Dolphins are 1 point behind the Eagles for the most points for a DST, given their upcoming schedule, I cannot advocate running with them for the rest of the season. Besides, I’m more of a streaming defenses kinda guy. You may say I’m a streamer, But I’m not the only one…
Who needs studs? Not me! I’ll be back next week with a new cast of HBO actors that will be sure to entertain your opponents.