Yours truly was once rejected for a game show by asking the rhetorical question, “Who am I, Kreskin?”
The interviewer told us to be funny, and I thought a wisecrack about the celebrity mentalist was humorous and appropriate, considering the clue in question displayed only two of about 30 puzzle pieces. It was meant to exaggerate that only a psychic would know the answer to that puzzle based on two clues. Nobody laughed at the retort, and the interview ended soon thereafter. There was no call-back.
Fast forward 25 years: that particular game show is extinct, the Amazing Kreskin still performs his acts of mental wonder, and my powers of deduction have been concentrated on the rewarding realm of fantasy football – sort of.
Many owners are Dizzy for Dezzy (Dez Bryant, that is) because the Cowboys receiver said he will play through the pain of a broken finger. Some had cut him at the prospect of losing his services, so he suddenly became in high demand. Still, it is a broken finger. If available, get the Chargers’ Denario Alexander or the Browns’ Josh Gordon, both of whom face more favorable matchups and have 10 working digits.
Defensively, the Seahawks will be hard-pressed to match last week’s knockout of the Cards. But playing the Bills in a neutral site “away” game makes anything possible. Many are flocking to the Lions’ defense because they play the Cards. Be wary of that, few NFL teams play back-to-back stinkers. RGIII’s injury scared a lot of people and anyone owning the Browns’ defense may be tempted to start them against the Redskins.
How long can Cam Newton stay hot? The schedule says the remainder of the year. As for QB sleepers, Josh Freeman is no Eli Manning, but he could have a big day against the Saints defense.
Beyond mainstays, running back is always a guessing game. For example: 1) Knowshon Moreno has risen to mile-high status with the Broncos, but faces the Ravens’ defense this week. 2) Joique Bell has seen more touches for the Lions recently, but remains the backup to Mikel Leshoure. So, if choosing between the two, simply go with the starter which, in this case is Moreno.
And speaking of running backs, David Wilson was a wise last-round draft choice back in August. He had such potential and figured to play behind the fragile Ahmad Bradshaw for only a while until becoming the starter.
I gave him a roster spot and, after weeks of zeroes and being surpassed by Andre Brown as the Giants’ No. 2 back, it was time to waive him. When Brown was injured, I re-obtained him only to waive him again after more zeroes. Then, last week, Wilson erupted with all those return yards and touchdowns. Now, with Ahmad Bradshaw ailing, Wilson seems like a key component to anyone’s playoff stretch drive team. The sad ending is that my secret weapon was scooped up by someone else in our league before I could re-re-reclaim him. Who saw that coming? I would venture to guess, not even the Amazing Kreskin.