TRUM: By the numbers

October, 19, 2008
Thoughts, Ramblings, Useless information and Musings from Sunday's games

Fantasy football is a game of numbers. Well, here are a handful of 'em from Sunday's games.

By the numbers

Donnie AveryRob Tringali/Getty ImagesDonnie Avery: Get to know him!
31: Number of fantasy points Donnie Avery of the Rams should have had. One score got called back because of a penalty, and Marc Bulger overthrew a wide-open Avery on another. More numbers for Avery: five catches, 65 yards and one score Sunday, 30 fantasy points in his past three weeks, two previous column mentions by me (Tuesday's pickups column and Thursday's Love/Hate) and two very beatable secondaries (the Patriots' and the Cardinals') in the next two weeks.

2: Number of times today I made a "Jim Haslett is the Dale Sveum of the NFL" joke.

0: Number of laughs I got following those jokes.

210: Number of entries, at last count, on the ESPN Conversation pages of the aforementioned Love/Hate column that talked about, among other things, how much I hated the Cowboys.

74: Number of comments that insulted me and defended the Cowboys.

0: Number of Cowboys fans talking now.

2.5: Number of minutes I want the apology from Bill Simmons to last for knocking the Rams and my predictions on them, especially Steven Jackson, in the previous two B.S. Reports (podcasts) I did with Simmons. Jackson now has 475 total yards and four touchdowns over his past three games. Incidentally, Bill and I are recording a new podcast Monday afternoon to announce winners of "The Man's" basketball league that we are playing in with listeners. (Remember, you can play fantasy basketball for free, with free live scoring and auction capabilities on

3: Number of consecutive weeks Bernard Berrian has scored.

5: Number of touchdown passes Kyle Orton should have had. Marty Booker dropped two sure scores, and stupid Desmond Clark fumbled just before the goal line on another (Rashied Davis recovered for the touchdown).

Reggie BushAP Photo/Rick HavnerThe Saints (and his fantasy owners) will be without Reggie Bush for the next three to four weeks.
2: Number of guys you care about who left with injuries today. Devin Hester injured a quad muscle (that's why Booker was given so many chances), and Reggie Bush tore the meniscus in his left knee and is headed for arthroscopic surgery. He likely will miss three to four weeks.

77: Ownership percentage for Deuce McAllister.

14: Ownership percentage for Pierre Thomas. One of those two will replace Bush.

0: Number of touchdowns thrown by Drew Brees in Week 7, and number of catches by Marques Colston. Colston was active; you just wouldn't know it from the box score.

5: Number of games (among the six he has played in) Trent Edwards has finished.

5: Number of weeks Trent Edwards has had between 197 and 279 passing yards and exactly one touchdown.

22: Number of fantasy points by LaDainian Tomlinson over the past three weeks. Today he had another disappointing game, with 20 touches for 67 yards.

3: Number of games, among the past four, in which Philip Rivers has had 12 or fewer fantasy points.

2: Number of times I've tuned into a major sporting event in the past two days, only to find out that technical difficulties were interfering.

134: Total number of yards by Mewelde Moore, and he scored three touchdowns. Um, yeah, he had a good day.

1,000,000: Number of times it seemed that I looked up and saw Ryan Fitzpatrick get sacked.

7: Actual number of sacks by the Steelers on Sunday.

62: Total number of yards by Cedric Benson on 15 touches. He actually looked good against a tough run defense. He also got the start over Chris Perry.

8: Number of receptions each by T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson. There are actually signs of life in Cincy. I thought Fitzpatrick looked OK at times, and both receivers are decent buy-low options.

LenDale WhiteJohn Rieger/US PresswireSheesh, are the Kansas City Chiefs just that bad, or is LenDale White that good?
41: Number of times I disgustedly shook my head while LenDale White was going nuts. White rushed 17 times for 149 yards. Fellow back Chris Johnson rushed 18 times for 168 yards. Johnson had "only" one touchdown; White had three. Yeah, the Chiefs are not so good.

1: Number of quarterbacks who had more passing yards than Chad Pennington in the early games. Pennington finished with 295 yards.

15: Average number of fantasy points per week that Pennington has had since his Week 4 bye.

20: Number of yards Kolby Smith had on 10 carries.

17: Number of yards Jamaal Charles had on three carries.

3: Number of quarterbacks the Chiefs used today. Didn't matter, though. Dwayne Bowe (seven catches, 86 yards) and Tony Gonzalez (six for 97) were still very solid against a good Titans defense.

3: Number of times in the past five weeks Terrell Owens has had three or fewer fantasy points.

21: Number of touches Willis McGahee got Sunday. He had 153 total yards and a score.

13: Number of combined touches for Ray Rice and Le'Ron McClain -- for just 30 total yards.

14,635: Estimated number of e-mails/comments I have received asking when I am going to admit I was wrong in saying Frank Gore should not be a first-round pick this year.

14,635: Number of times I have said, "Let's wait till the end of the year."

1: Number of touchdowns Frank Gore has had in the past four weeks. His best games have come against bad teams.

11: Number of rushing yards Frank Gore had in Week 7. Now, if you want to talk about my being wrong, how about Jerricho Cotchery? I loved him in the preseason, and he was terrible again today. Sigh. He's no longer start-worthy, even in leagues that start three receivers.

6: Number of crazy chick/dating stories I was going to tell today but have decided not to (for multiple reasons).

141: Number of points (fellow writer) Christopher Harris put up against me in our internal ESPN league of editors and writers. He had Clinton Portis, Brandon Jacobs, Chris Johnson and Andre Johnson. … He even got 17 points from stupid Dan Orlovsky. I had Steve Slaton, Matt Forte and not much else. Thanks, Braylon Edwards and Reggie Wayne, among others. It's a point-per-reception league, and Chris had the highest-scoring team in the league this week. I got rolled to fall to 3-3-1. Chris goes to 4-3.

98: Number of total yards Jamal Lewis had on the road (at Washington) against a good run defense.

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8: Number of times I pumped my fist and said, "Whew!" when Ryan Grant eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark this week after I guaranteed it in my Love/Hate.

11: Number of receiving yards Marvin Harrison had this week.

1: Number of touchdown passes JaMarcus Russell had. That's one more than Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre had.

154: Number of yards Calvin Johnson had.

3: Number of games among the past five in which Peyton Manning has had two interceptions.

5: Number of teams I have that could win if Sammy Morris goes off Monday night.

1,200: The "short and sweet" number of words (approximately) in this column.

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