The toughest stretch for fantasy owners is coming to a close. This week there are six teams on bye and next week the final four teams take their week off. After Week 10, there are no more byes, which means 16 games per week and owners having full access to their rosters for the stretch run.
There were a few strange developments last week. The Washington Redskins decision to bench QB Donovan McNabb for backup Rex Grossman in the final two minutes of a winnable game was stunning.Even more stunning was head coach Mike Shanahan's explanation that he felt Grossman had a better grasp of the two-minute offense. He backtracked on that Monday, saying that with McNabb's hamstring and stamina that Grossman was more physically able to handle the two-minute offense. His quarterback either is out of shape or cannot grasp the two-minute offense he has been studying since the spring. I find both explanations hard to believe given McNabb's track record in the NFL. Clearly, Shanahan does not have faith in McNabb right now and it will be interesting to see how that plays out going forward.
Also stunning was the release of WR Randy Moss in Minnesota. The Vikings acquired Moss just four weeks ago by sending a third round pick to New England. To waive him after just four games is a testament to what the Vikings think of his work ethic and his post game news conference where he all but said that he wished he were still with the New England Patriots. Either way, the Vikings' season is falling apart before their eyes, and they need to start winning games quickly.