Four score and 7 quarters ago…
Considered by many to be the best time traveling movie ever made, Back to the Future is a must see film of the 80’s. Set in Hill Valley, California, Marty McFly accidentally travels back in time (to 1955) using a flux capacitor-powered DeLorean in an attempt to escape a band of angry Libyans. While there… well you know the rest. And if you don’t, shame on you!
Another time traveling masterpiece that gets much less attention, and in many ways is much more excellent, follows the wild adventures of Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted “Theodore” Logan as they travel back in time with the help of Rufus and his magical phone booth to solicit the help of historic personalities such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig van Beethoven and So-crates, to help them pass their history class assignment. That’s right, you guessed it. I’m talking about Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. This movie was so excellent, it even had a much less excellent sequel entitled Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Believe it or not, I saw this flick in the movie theaters. Shame on me? I was only 14 years old. But even more believe it or not, a third installment to this pseudo legendary saga is currently in the works. So buckle up folks and get ready for another excellent journey!
But what’s with all of this talk of time travel. Have I figured out a way to go back in the past and change the future? Unlikely. However if I had, I think that if Bill and Ted brought back the following players for your lineup last week that you’d immediately ask me to go back in time and change it. And then once the day’s games had ended, you’d ask me to go back and unchange it. This cast of slackers would likely have beaten any other head-to-head lineup in Yahoo! half point PPR leagues by scoring 175.1 points!
QB: Austin Davis (26)
RB: Branden Oliver (32.20)
RB: Antone Smith (16)
WR: Travis Benjamin (18.80)
WR: Mohamed Sanu (15.50)
TE: Tim Wright (17)
FL: Benny Cunningham (14.60)
K: Brandon McManus (13)
DST: Green Bay DST (22)
Can any of these dudes be trusted to roster?
In back to back games, Austin Davis has thrown for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. And while those games were against the Cowboys and Eagles, those numbers are hard to ignore. This past week, in his first start since being named the starter, he was second to only Peyton Manning in fantasy points scored. I’m not saying he should become your new starter, but if I had a guy like maybe Kirk Cousins on my bench I’d be looking to upgrade him with Austin Davis.
Get your free agent dollars ready for Branden Oliver as he will be one of this week’s most expensive roster additions. And deservedly so. Oliver rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown and with Donald Brown out with a concussion, he looks to be the starter in San Diego until Ryan Mathews returns. Mathews is expected to be out for at least another 2 weeks. That gives Oliver some time to prove that he deserves a role in the offense even when Mathews is back. I’ve heard a lot of Darren Sproles comparisons which is certainly not a bad thing. I’m grabbing Branden where I can.
Mohamed Sanu now has double digit fantasy points in his last 3 games and has scored a touchdown in 2 of them. He’s not a guy I would be starting (unless desperate), but I wouldn’t be adverse to having him on my bench over say Malcom Floyd, Harry Douglas or even Cecil Shorts III.
Even though Zac Stacy is expected to be “good to go” this Sunday, I’d still grab Cunningham if I owned Stacy. If I didn’t own Stacy and had someone I could drop, I’d consider adding Benny if I was light at running back. Seven carries for 47 yards and a touchdown and 3 catches for 24 more yards is not such a bad stat line.
Antone Smith now has double digit fantasy points in 3 of his 5 games and fell just short in a 4th. However his usage is unreliable and he’s someone I’d leave dangling on the waiver wire for someone else to pickup.
Who needs studs? Not me!!! See you next week with a new list of players that will turn anyone’s bogus journey into an excellent adventure. Be excellent to each other and don’t forget… San Dimas High School football rules!