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Thrown for a win

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s three-touchdown night against the Steelers shouldn’t be expected every time out. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s three-touchdown night against the Steelers shouldn’t be expected every time out. (Robert Klein/File/For The Globe)
By Ed Ryan
Globe Staff / November 19, 2010

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I saw a friend from my fantasy league in the Globe cafeteria Monday afternoon and asked him how he fared in his weekend matchup.

“I lost,’’ he said with certainty.

Back at my desk, I looked up his score. The “loss’’ wasn’t official because he had players active for the Monday night game and his opponent didn’t, but I understood his look of defeat. He was trailing, 131-58.

His quarterback, though, was Michael Vick.

Vick’s legendary performance against Washington gave this guy an unheard of 56 fantasy points (if you get 20 from your quarterback, you’re happy), which was still not enough for him to take the lead. But Vick’s effort directly affected the statistics of other Eagles, and my friend also had receiver Jeremy Maclin (14 fantasy points) and kicker David Akers (14 fantasy points).

Toss in 2 points from Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and it amounted to an improbable 144-131 victory.

Great moments in fantasy football history, for sure. But imagine being the guy with the 131?

Three up:

Troy Smith, QB, San Francisco: What Smith has going for him is a lack of mistakes (zero interceptions in two games) and a wealth of offensive talent around him (Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree).

Santonio Holmes, WR, NY Jets: Holmes has been relatively quiet since returning from his four-game suspension, with just one touchdown and one game with more than 100 receiving yards. That will change when he’s matched up against Houston’s dreadful secondary.

Keiland Williams, RB, Washington: Williams started at the last minute Monday and responded with 89 yards and two touchdowns, an effort lost amid Vick’s explosion. With Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain still hurting, Williams is a nice addition if your running back depth has been decimated.

Three down:

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England: Three touchdowns against Pittsburgh forces everyone to notice, but don’t be fooled and plug in Gronkowski expecting him to come close to matching Sunday night’s performance.

Mike Williams, WR, Seattle: Williams is in for a tough week. The Seahawks are matched up against the Saints’ stingy pass defense, and Seattle has been a terrible scoring team on the road.

Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit: Best had four touchdowns in the season’s first two games but hasn’t scored since. A turf toe injury that is unlikely to get better this season has limited his productivity.

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