Nerd confession; I've often created myself as a quarterback on Madden and inserted myself on to a team. Truth be told, one year I created myself in the college game, played four years at Arizona State, imported myself to Madden (I think this might have been Madden 2005) and then started tearing it up for the Cleveland Browns.
This isn't something I'm proud of, but I became obsessed with breaking the single-season touchdown record. Which, at the time, was 49. So I would often throw the ball when I was near the goal line. Even if I had a chance to run for a touchdown, I would stop short and make sure I threw a touchdown. Not only did this keep Antonio Gates happy (yes, I engineered a blockbuster trade with the Chargers to bring Gates back home and let him wear his No. 44 he wore as a hoops player), but I was headed toward the record.
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Of course, I broke the record rather easily, like Barry Bonds breaking the home run record. But I swear, the only foreign substance I was using was Coors Light.
A young Adam Rank out of ASU had the single-game mark of 10 in one of my dynasty games, but of course, nobody recognized that.
Again, back to the point, Foles had a huge ratings spike this week up to a 80 (OVR), which is an increase of five points.
Another quarterback had a huge rise this week. Case Keenum looks like the future of the Houston Texans after he threw for a ton of yards against the Colts. Keenum is up six points to 73 OVR, thanks to a five-point gain in AWR and THA. Keenum's point jump is the second-highest of the week, right behind Marcus Cannon, who improved nine points.
T.Y. Hilton has become the man in Indianapolis and he's up five points to an 84 OVR, after much pleading for the Next Gen team.
Patrick Peterson is again headed in the right direction. After a one-point dip last week, he's up two to a 91 OVR. /p>
Riley Cooper is up two points to a 73. Madden should do a thing where Cooper is a 65 when Michael Vick is the quarterback, but a 99 when Foles is the signal-caller. Seriously, look at the numbers. Cooper averages 23.1 yards-per-catch when Foles is under center. And six of his 10 career touchdowns have been thrown by Foles. We need this realism.
Cooper's numbers also remind me of the way I locked in on Larry Fitzgerald every time I played. (Again, I completed many blockbuster trades.)
We all need to apologize to the Cleveland Browns organization. Admit it, you made jokes about the Browns when they traded Trent Richardson earlier this year. (Well, not you. But one of your friends made jokes.) Richardson might be one of the biggest busts in the NFL right now. He's been a bust for two teams. Actually, the Browns can't really consider him a bust because they recouped a No. 1 pick for him. However, the Colts have to be kind of bumming right now. Richardson lost two points this week and he's down to an 83.
Ray Rice is down three points to an 87 OVR. Incidentally, three points is what you can expect from Rice on your fantasy team, too.
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Did you know that Adam Rank won last year's Expert's League title? Oh that's right, it's like the only thing he ever talks about. Well congratulations, Rank. You finally did something. What have you done for us lately? Let's worry about 2013 and stop living in the past. Typical Lakers fan, am I right? Oh, if you found this useful (as if) check him out on the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program". And follow him on Twitter, please. He's taking us to lunch if he gets 17 more Twitter followers today. And we only got 15 the last time, so step up fantasy enthusiasts!