Saturday, October 8, 2011
Week 5: Renal vs. Rambler
by 2010 HBFFL Champion Renal Failure
Give us the cuttlefish, Rambler!
So Renal Failure goes from knocking off the top team in the league in Week 4 to playing against a team in Week 5 that just picked up its first win of the season last week. Seems like a drop-off in terms of dramatic tension, but this week's game revives an old HBFFL grudge match between your People's Champion and the Un-Ramblers of the UnfinishedPerson, formerly the UnfinishedRambler, formerly John Cougar Mellancamp. No, we made that last part up.
But what we're not making up is that we're in the bye week section of the season where teams won't be able to field their optimal lineups, where bench depth comes into play. And this week has hit Renal Failure in some sensitive areas.
If you're kicker is on a bye week, she's available...
Renal Failure is without starting QB Tony Romo, but even more troubling is that we're without our starting TE Jason Witten. This puts your People's Champion at the mercy of Raiders QB Jason Campbell and Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham. Campbell is 12th in scoring when it comes to QB's in the HBFFL so that's not a bad drop-off, but we'll need Gresham to really step his game up considering how much we rely on production from Witten. Luckily for us Yahoo! only has Gresham projected for 4 points and we're confident he can exceed that.
Rambler doesn't have any big bye week losses to his line up, other than Felix Jones and Ryan Torain. He's depending a lot on Michael Vick (projected for 24 points) and Greg Jennings (projected for 13). And he's hoping that Andre Johnson's injury in Houston sends more balls toward TE Owen Daniels. For his running backs, he's starting MJD but also taking a gamble on Isaac Redman of the Steelers now that Mendenhall is hurt. Yahoo! is projecting Redman for 11 points, but is only giving 9 to Renal Failure's own Chris Johnson, which we don't think is right.
Our Lady of Tight Denim Victory... please grant us continued wins over Rambler who hasn't beaten us in the HBFFL since that infamous Dallas Clark game of 2008... Ines Sainz be praised...
Yahoo! has the Un-Ramblers winning 95-83 over your People's Champion, but we're not buying that. Yahoo! is severely underestimating the Renal Failure lineup (we've got Megatron, baby!), and people who underestimate Renal Failure end up with blood in their urine and another loss in the standings. Despite Yahoo!'s prognostications for a Renal Failure defeat, we expect to see the People's Champ rising to 4-1 and staying in the thick of the playoff hunt. Rambler, on the other hand... well, you take pride of your dominance in the FTWL.
Renal Failure is the defending 2010 HBFFL champion, the defending 2010 FTWL champion, and The People's Champion. Renal Failure also saw Human Centipede 2 this weekend. It was everything we hoped it would be... AND MORE!