This is the biggest rivalry of week 2. After 18 years of friendship, it could all come crashing down if Dokk’s superstars on the mighty purple overcome Carston’s squad in a tight matchup. Celebrities are even talking about this matchup. East High Wildcat superstar Troy Bolton says “I hope Carston wins, based on his look, I like his Steez”. But New York baller Barney Stinson chimed in as well, adding “Dokk is bringing the party, and parties supply woo girls, so I think he will take this matchup. Woo.” With the country seemingly split on these friends and rivals, it should be a show no matter how it turns out.
QBs: It’s all about matchups to determine who has the advantage in the Quarterback scenario. Dokk is bringing out Matt Ryan who is going against the Giants secondary that allowed Tony Romo to throw for 3 Touchdowns and 356 yards last week, albeit a lot of that was in the two minute drill late in the game. Ryan should find success again this week, especially when targetting his superstar receiver Julio Jones. He also has Teddy Bridgewater who although he struggled last week in San francisco, will have his chances against a Lions secondary that made Philip Rivers look like god last week. Hurricane Ditka also has some favorable matchups this week as Romo should be able to continue his hot start of the season with a matchup with the Eagles who Ryan killed with ease last week. And the well traveled, largely hated, always inconsistent Eli Manning will go up against the Atlanta secondary who came back down to earth in the second half of Monday night football last week after a great start against the high flying Philly defense. I’ve gone back and forth on who has the advantage, and I just cannot decide. Push.
RBs: Last week, Chris Ivory showed that he is a legitimate fantasy starter this year for the Jets, running for 91 yards and 2 TD’s on the way to 23 points. His success should continue against a Colts defense who has struggled against the run in the recent past. Jonathan Stewart was Carston’s other starter last week, but with a porous offense around him, couldn’t find his way even while being the sole running back in Carolina. He will not be starting this week as Atlanta Rookie Tevin Coleman gets the nod against the Giants. Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead combined for 129 total yards and 2 touchdowns against the Lions defense last week. Detroit now plays Adrian Peterson, who should have a huge week because, well, he is much better than the San Diego duo. Add in that Everton has Justin Forsett who should get a lot of carries in the beloved Garbage Time against the raiders to put up a good score and the Everton Hawkeyes have the advantage.
WRs: Here is a stat for you. In the last 8 regular season games, the Carolina Panthers Defense has not allowed the leading pass catcher on the opposing team to achieve more than 60 yards once in those 8 games. The list of guys they have shut down: Jimmy Graham, Jeremy Maclin, Julio Jones (twice), Mike Evans, Charles Johnson, and Josh Gordon. Things don’t look great for DeAndre Hopkins this week. But with Carston’s other receivers being Brandin Cooks going against the lowly Buccaneers, and Amari Cooper with the pass happy raiders offense back, the group as a whole should have a fine week. Dokk on the other hand has dealt with the injury bug. His receivers this week are Julian Edelman vs. the Bills defense that has been pretty stout, Marques Colston who may be the third receiver on that team, and Donte Moncrief who is subbing in for the injured TY Hilton. They will be better than the seem at first look, but not enough to overcome Carston’s guys. Advantage Ditka.
TE: Heath Miller (EVTN) or Jordan Cameron (CHI)? Does it really matter? Both guys have TD potential, or bust potential. Add in the fact that I still don’t know the difference between Jordan Cameron and Cameron Jordan and I don’t really have much to write about. Let’s give it another Push. Sidebar, Miller is that guy that every team should have. You know, that guy who whenever he does something the whole crowd yells out “Heeeeeeeeath”. Yeah, that’s awesome.
Flex: Here is where I believe there could be a separating factor between the two teams, it’s just not clear which way yet as both selections are high reward, high risk guys. Ditka is playing Steve Smith who although is old, and didn’t perform last week, has a favorable matchup with the raiders this week. How favorable you ask? The bad news is their starting safeties and best secondary players are Nate Allen and Charles Woodson, and as painful as it is for me to say it, neither are that good anymore. The worse news? Both of them are hurt. That means a clear passing scenario for the Ravens, meaning their leading receiver Smith, should get plenty of action. Dokk is using Lance Dunbar, the running back for the Cowboys who is used predominately in the pass game. With Dez Bryant out, he could get a lot of action. Overall, I go with the known commodity, Advantage Ditka.
Overall, I think this is another good matchup, but the injuries are just too much to overcome for The Everton Hawkeyes. Ditka wins this one 139.0- 122.4