By Sal Capaccio
Welcome to another edition of Sal’s Friday Six-Pack. Why? Because it’s Friday, which means you got through another week, and you deserve a six-pack. Don’t drink beer? No problem. Me, neither (well, very rarely, at least). Crack open whatever it is you drink.
In this week's Six-Pack, as always, I'll start with some fantasy football tips for the weekend. Also, midseason NFL Awards, the Bills MVP so far, scary movies, and clutch performers:
Six Fantasy Football Tips for NFL Week 9:
1. Cam Newton is fantasy hot! In most "regular" scoring system leagues, he's had at least 27 points in three of his last five games. In his last three games, the Panthers QB has thrown six TDs, run for two more, and has not thrown an interception! Newton gets the Falcons defense this week. He's coming off ten days rest and game-planning, and Atlanta's defense is 21st in the NFL against the pass and has already allowed 16 TD passes.
2. Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is averaging 7.4 yards per RUSH, which leads the NFL. He's also top-20 in the league in overall rushing yards, with 391. He faces the Eagles defense this week. Philly isn't bad against the run, but they are 31st in the league against the pass, so Pryor should be able to have pretty good all-around numbers when this game is all over.
3. The Minnesota Vikings allow big fantasy numbers to QBs every week. This week, it's Tony Romo's chance to feast. Romo is always a solid QB play, anyway, but even moreso against a Vikings defense that has allowed at least 282 yards passing in five of their seven games, and has already allowed 16 touchdowns through the air.
4. Yes, the Steelers are only 2-5. But they're not getting beat through the air. They're doing a nice job against opposing QBs. They're #2 in the NFL against the pass and have only allowed five touchdown passes all season. It feels weird even writing this, but Tom Brady is probably not a great play this week. As it is, Brady is struggling more than ever before. He's only cracked 60% completions TWO TIMES all season, and has only two TD passes vs. four interceptions over his last four games.
5. In his past four starts, Titans quarterback Jake Locker has completed 62.9% of his passes (83 of 132) for 922 yards, 8 TDs, and only 1 interception. He has a QB rating of 100.6 during that stretch. Locker is also averaging 9.5 yards per rushing attempt on the season.
6. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has been getting more and more work each week. In San Diego's first five games, he never topped 19 carries. In each of their last two he's had at least 21. He also gained at least 100 yards rushing in each of those games. And this week, the Chargers play a Redskins defense that is allowing over 123 yards per game on the ground and has given up the 4th most fantasy points to running backs.
My Top Six College Football Teams Right Now:
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
In honor of Halloween Week,
The Top Six Movies That Scared The Heck Out of Me:
1. The Blair Witch Project
2. The Shining
3. The Exorcist
4. Paranormal Activity
6. The Omen
My Top Six College Football Games This Weekend:
1. Miami at Florida State
2. Michigan at Michigan State
3. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
4. Georgia at Florida
5. Auburn at Arkansas
6. Mississippi State at South Carolina
David Ortiz had an incredible World Series with some extremely clutch hitting.
My Six Most Clutch Athletes I've seen in Professional Team Sports (of course, they don't ALWAYS win ):
1. Michael Jordan
2. Joe Montana
3. Patrick Roy
4. Derek Jeter
5. Tom Brady
6. Mark Messier
At the midway point,
Six NFL Midseason Awards:
1. Most Valuable Player - Peyton Manning (QB, Broncos)
2. Coach of the Year - Andy Reid (Chiefs)
3. Offensive Rookie of the Year - Eddy Lacy (RB, Packers)
4. Defensive Rookie of the Year - Kiko Alonso (LB, Bills)
5. Offensive Player of the Year - Calvin Johnson (WR, Lions)
6. Defensive Player of the Year - Richard Sherman (CB, Seahawks)
At the midway point of the Bills season,
My Top Six BILLS Most Valuable Players Through Eight Games:
1. Fred Jackson
2. Mario Williams
3. Kiko Alonso
4. Aaron Williams
5. Marcell Dareus
6. Cordy Glenn
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