A few years back I can remember arguing the point that a team of all former Miami Hurricanes could not only contend for a Super Bowl, but would also make a hell of a Fantasy Football squad. A few years later and the words may not ring quite as true, but the U is still very well represented on NFL and Fantasy rosters.
If you don't believe me, just ask Jason Feldman, who exclaimed the following via Facebook,
"Willis McGahee saved my season last night in fantasy football. I was an underdog even before Aaron Hernandez got hurt. This is why I draft and play my 'Canes!"
To celebrate victories like Jason's, as well as bring you up to speed on all Miami Hurricanes NFL news, each Tuesday we will publish "NFL Fantasy Football Update: "Canes Edition."
Let's take a look at how the U did this weekend around the league.
Here's where things get a little bit tricky. The well has dried up for "QB U" in recent years. But we do have a surrogate in Cam Newton. I know what you're thinking, Newton never stepped on Miami's campus. (And thankfully so, we had our own controversies to deal with, with out Daddy Newton's pockets to fill.) But some of Newton's success is owed to former Miami stand out Ken Dorsey. So for the interest of not leaving the QB position empty, we'll adopt big 'ol Cam.
Newton finished Sunday 14-20 for 253 yards with a TD, no INTs and 71 yards rushing.
The aforementioned McGahee was a total stud Monday night. He finished with 22 carries, 113 yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 2 catches for 11 yards.
Lamar Miller also opened some eyes, picking up 65 yards on 10 carries and a TD in garbage time as the 'Phins romped the Raiders. Miller could be a nice pickup for fantasy owners looking to back up the oft injured Reggie Bush.
No Peyton Manning? No problem for veteran wide out Reggie Wayne. Andrew Luck's favorite target racked up 6 receptions 71 yards and a TD.
The man everyone will be comparing Luck to for the next 30 years, Robert Griffin III, also loves UM recievers. Griffin connected with Leonard Hankerson on 2 occasions, including one bomb, for 68 yards and a TD. For owners seeking depth at WR, Hank is worth a look.
It was a pedestrian day for both Andre Johnson (3-21) and Hankerson's Redskins teammate Santana Moss (3-14). Both, however, are more then capable of exploding in the upcoming weeks.
The best tight end in the business just keeps doing his thing. Jimmy Graham was a solid target for Drew Brees all day long with 7 catches for 71 yards, and a TD for the 2nd consecutive week.
Future Hall of Famer Ed Reed had an INT for the 2nd straight week, and continues to make the Baltimore Ravens defense exceptional in both the fantasy and real world.
Please keep an eye out for future editions of "NFL Fantasy Football Update: 'Canes Edition."
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