Fantasy football can be so absurd. Consider the recent deeds of quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper and Chad Pennington and the fantasy fallout from them.
Before the start of Week 3 games, some fantasy owners were so down on Culpepper that they considered trading him or releasing him. Then on Sunday, the Vikings got three touchdown throws and 300 yards passing from Culpepper in their first win of the season.
Meantime, Pennington was laboring against the Jaguars, hardly looking like the passer who a week earlier had a 103.5 rating and two touchdowns. Then in the third quarter, Pennington hurt his shoulder and left the game, only to come back in the fourth quarter when backup Jay Fiedler injured his shoulder.
In the aftermath of Sunday's events, Culpepper's standing as one of the top three fantasy quarterbacks remains safe, and he continues to be a must-start every week.
Pennington's prognosis is grim. He is out for this season, and his future as an effective quarterback appears clouded because of a torn rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder. Pennington had rotator cuff surgery in Februrary, and his prospects for playing next season would have been considerably higher if tests had revealed no new tear.
As soon as fantasy owners learned of Pennington's injury, roster madness followed. Some owners added Brooks Bollinger, who appears set to start this week against the Ravens. Others scrambled to add Doug Johnson, who worked out for the Jets on Monday, or perhaps Patrick Ramsey or Billy Volek, both rumored to be in trade talks with the Jets.
Then late Tuesday night and early yesterday morning, fantasy owners began scouring their league home pages to see if Vinny Testaverde had been added to the list of available players for pickup. Testaverde is 41 and hasn't been a viable fantasy quarterback since 1998, yet he has been among the most sought-after players in many leagues.
It's all so silly, which is why it's small wonder that fantasy football owners, present company included, have been accused of operating in a distorted reality.
Around the League
Interest by the Jets forced the Tennessee Titans to promote quarterback Matt Mauck from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. Under NFL rules, a team can sign any player from another club's practice squad to its 53-man roster, but the original team can retain the player by promoting him to the roster. . . .
Quarterback Rohan Davey, formerly Tom Brady's backup in New England, agreed to a contract with Arizona.
Staff writer Mark Maske contributed to this report.