Fact or Fiction: Week 7

Bobby & Kevin Sansone, Senior Argumentative Analysts

October 21, 2004

Fact or fiction, Daunte Culpepper is the most valuable player so far this season.

Kevin: Fact. How can you argue with a guy who has thrown for 5 touchdowns three times this season? This race is so far out of reach already that I think it would be better to look at the MVP other than Culpepper. That would be Curtis Martin of the White Guys. Martin is having a great season and has singlehandedly rejuvenated that team.

Bobby: Fact. I hate Daunte Culpepper more than anyone (including Bri) but let's face it, he's a TD machine. My online sportsbook offered me a free $10 bet that I just couldn't pass up: Over/Under Culpepper TD passes vs. Saints: 2.5. I mean, please, is that even debatable? I naturally took the "over" and pocketed my $10. Good thing Culpepper is having an MVP season because the Merry Men's WRs are the worst in the league and they will be exposed by the Buddies come playoff time.

Fact or fiction, the Refugees, Poop and Brothers are done for the year.

Kevin: Fact. They are done. The Refugees have some good young receivers for the future but lack a quarterback and running back depth right now. The Poop have good quarterbacks and underachieving receivers like Chad Johnson and Santana Moss. The Brothers are done, but they have to be excited about Ben Roethlisberger who could become a YFFL superstar by next season.

Bobby: Fiction. The Brothers are done but not the Refugees and Poop. The AFC East is so horrible that I am personally offended that my two teams are playing in the two toughest divisions in the last two years (NFC West in '03 and AFC West in '04). The Refugees and Poop could turn things around and catch the 'Tangs but they better start winning soon.

Fact or fiction, Byron Leftwich should be starting over Jake Plummer.

Kevin: Fact. At the start of the season I would've said Fiction, but now all of a sudden Leftwich is looking like a winner. I would keep him in the lineup from now until the end of the season (or until a bye week).

Bobby: Fact. The Broncos run the ball too much now to consider starting Plummer. The Jags are now pass happy with random guys like Earnest Wilford and Cortez Hankton catching the ball (who are these guys anyway?). Leftwhich will still go through his growing pains but he's consistently around the 300 yard passing mark and looks like he could be the poor man's Daunte Culpepper.

Fact or fiction, the White Guys are for real this season.

Kevin: Fact. I don't know how you could think otherwise. At 5-1 they have quietly risen to the top of the NFC East. I love their running back corps of Martin, Staley, Taylor and Foster. The Guys will continue their successful ways and win the division easily. It should be a battle with the Chickens for the best record in the NFC.

Bobby: Fact. The White Guys are clearly the second-best team in the NFC and very much for real. And while we're on the routine fact or fiction subject of Anthony Aceto, let's talk about Aceto and his bizarre talent of signing great TEs. I mean go back the last 5 years or so and chances are Aceto has 4 of the top 6 TEs in the league. Todd Heap, Eric Johnson, Daniel Graham!?!?!? It goes back to the days of Wesley Walls and Cam Cleeland. How does Aceto stockpile Pro-bowl TEs????? I'm surprised I didn't find Antonio Gates on his roster.

Fact or fiction, Travis Henry has been the most disappointing player in 2004.

Kevin: Fiction. That title has to go to either Clinton Portis or Deuce McAllister. Portis is not even in the Top 25 in points and McAllister looks like an average running back even when he is not injured.

Bobby: I'll say Fiction but not because I own him but because I knew his numbers would drop this year. That's why the injuries to Marcel Shipp and Justin Fargas have been multiplied by 10. Speaking of Fargas, is there any injury more annoying than turf toe? For the rest of the season I'll look at Fargas and he'll be on the injury report as: Questionable: Justin Fargas (toe). Then throw in the fact that the Raiders are READY to hand him the starting RB job. That just makes me want to vomit. Anyway, no, Henry isn't the most disappointing player this year because I expected him to suck. The most disappointing player has to be Santana Moss. Curtis Martin's fantasy success is killing other Jets' fantasy value with Moss suffering the most.