In my Knights of the Passover table league, I have a pretty good team with a 5-4 mark, but the two biggest thumpings I have had were against Jillian Kweller, whose "Jewfro" team leads the league at 6-3, and Jesse Shusit-Garcia, whose last place team had a big Week 9, clobbering me by 70 points.
It is funny in that Jillian and Jess are essentially the next generation--I have been doing Passover with their parents for 37 years--in fact Jesse now has two kids of her own to drag to our annual April ceremony and food orgy. As for Jillian, she finished college and now works for ESPN.
I have to say it is fun enough to play, let alone be included with these kids, and I do love it that commissioner Zach Kweller's partner, Sarah Williams, is also in the league, meaning women own 25% of the teams.
As for me, I was up, carefully watching the pre-game shows yesterday, adjusting my rosters, but not doing a very efficient job, for even though I picked up players to replace Julian Edelman and Doug Martin--on bye and injury respectively--somehow my transactions failed and I started the week in the hole.
Since this has been a tough year for all my teams, I think maybe I should start consulting Jillian and Jesse to make sure my rosters are right.
OK, to this week's edition of who I have my eye--mostly looking at next year--on.
Chris Borland (LB, SF): If you should be in a league that rewards individual defense, grab this guy. Borland, a rookie who has been subbing for Patrick Willis, has 35 tackles over the past two weeks along with a sack. Even when Willis returns, that is too good to ignore. I am going after him in my Gifford League.
Zach Mettenberger (QB, TEN): It is deep enough into the season to start looking for next year, and if you can pick up a free agent and freeze him at a reasonable slot, LSU rookie Mettenberger might be a nice gamble, especially in a league where you can--or must--play a couple of signal callers. Mettenberger has not really dazzled, but he only has three games under his belt, and was pushed to starting. With three TDs to three picks, I am certainly going to watch him as a consideration in my deeper leagues.
Charles Sims (RB, TB): Speaking of which, Tampa is not really going anywhere, and their first rounder from last year, Sims, just played in his first game. He is another guy I am tracking, and though his 23 yards on eight carries might not seem like much, Sims led the team's running backs in both carries and yards. I think he will get the ball.
Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR, NYG): The Giants played the Seahawks close for the first half, and a lot of that was thanks to the rookie Beckham. After bagging a pair of TD passes Week 7 against Dallas, Beckham has established himself, catching 16 balls for 264 yards since the Cowboys game. Another grab guy, especially with an eye on 2015 (keeper leagues do rule).
Tre Mason (RB, STL): Finishing up with the eye on next year, Mason looks like he is leading the backfield pack on the Rams as we move to the last third of the year. Like Sims, he led his team in carries (14) Sunday against Arizona, and though he only gained 48 yards, that was against the tough Arizona defense. Things will get better for him.