2014 In-Season Accuracy: 62.7% (2nd out of 21 Experts, 65.8% Highest, 43.6% Lowest).
The lede this week is, of course, an homage to one of my favorite childhood shows Keenan & Kel. After pairing on this show, All That, and the criminally underrated 1997 film Good Burger (Sinbad, Abe Vigoda AND Carmen Electra?), Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell unfortunately went their separate ways, Keenan to an improbably long career on SNL, and Kel to do the voice of the bulldog on Clifford the Big Red Dog. What does this have to do with IDPs you ask? Well another Keenan is making an improbable rise to the top, this time in Washington.
Keenan Robinson – For the last few years, I’ve assumed that Perry Riley would take over as the LB to own in D.C. whenever London Fletcher decided to hang them up. And while Riley has put up some solid years, it’s Robinson who has started the season as a must-start LB. His 13-tackle performance against the Giants had a lot to do with the fact that they had the ball the entire game, but that’s not going to stop happening against this Washington team.
William Moore – Whoever had Week 4 in the “When will William Moore be put on the IR this year?” pool wins a pitcher of Old Millwaukee. Every year he sucks me in, and every year I get burnt. He’s like a shorter yet more talented, defensive version of Hakeem Nicks. Which is to say that he’s really not like Nicks at all, other than being injury prone and me having a fantasy crush on him.
LaRon Landry – Suspended for PED use in the most obvious new of the week that doesn’t include “William Moore” and “Injured Reserve”. I mean look at the guy. If he’s not on steroids, then I didn’t tear up during Jeter’s last at bat (We’ll miss you Captain!)
Danny Trevathan – In a bit of good news, or bad news if you snagged Brandon Marshall, Trevathan is set to return this week against Arizona. I’ve never been a huge fan of his, but he put up impressive stats last year, and he’s not going to lose his job if he’s healthy. If you drafted and stashed him, 4 weeks wasn’t too long to wait for a potential top 20 LB.
Robert Quinn – Another coming back after missing the first month is Quinn, a top-3 DL pick in most drafts this August. What’s that? He played the first three weeks? Could have fooled me with that stat line. I’m giving Quinn a pass for his early-season blues, and I expect a big game against Philly. He might not get to Foles in the Eagles’ quick-strike passing game, but I think Shady McCoy will be hit in the backfield a few times, and Darren Sproles might actually be swallowed whole.
Periodically, throughout the season, I will provide updates on the two RazzDP (IDPs answer to RCLs) leagues that we have going this year, highlighting teams and trades that help shape the season. This week’s focus is on the team that looks poised to make a championship run in RazzDP 1.
Catalina Wine Mixers (3-1) – 654.70 Point For
Read that again, six hundred fifty-four points for! That’s over 160 per week! Team owner Dominic Kopek draft a great squad on offense including Andrew Luck, DeMarco Murray and Steve Smith Sr. But his defense has been just as good, partially thanks to great work on the waiver wire. I have preached the virtues of streaming DBs for two years now, and Dominic has used that to his advantage, picking up Antoine Cason after Week 2, and Kam Chancellor this week. He dropped T.J. Ward for Chancellor, which I don’t necessarily agree with, but who am I to argue with this dominance, especially after he dispatched my team last week.
Stay tuned for more RazzDP Updates as the season wears on… Here are your Week 5 IDP Rankings: