Originally created 09/22/05

Upside-down is normal this far in fantasy season



If this fantasy football season were mentioned in a Seinfeld episode, this truly would be Bizarro World.

In case you need an explanation, Bizarro World was created in the Superman comic books. It was a place where everything was backward. Up was down, left was right and everybody from the real world had a Bizarro World opposite. The Terrell Owens version would be a mime.

Through two weeks of the season, we've definitely seen instances of Bizarro World intruding upon the once stable universe of fantasy football.

I know it's still early, but Trent Dilfer has thrown for more touchdown passes and yards than Peyton Manning, Daunte Culpepper, Trent Green, Brett Favre and Marc Bulger.

Two relative newcomers lead the league in rushing. Rookie Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Pittsburgh Steelers sensation Willie Parker are at the top of the heap, while such proven fantasy studs as LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes and Curtis Martin don't even have 100-yard games under their belts yet.

The only stars that haven't yet been affected seem to be the receivers, where Randy Moss and Owens have flexed their muscles with consecutive 100-yard games and are tied at the top of the league with two touchdowns.

In the end things should return to normal, but these instances have sent antacid sales through the roof for some owners.

There is major concern in the Culpepper owners camp. Last season at this point he had thrown six touchdowns and only one interception.

To this point Culpepper is averaging a putrid five turnovers per game. He threw five interceptions last week and had three picks and two lost fumbles the week before against Tampa Bay. He also hasn't thrown a single touchdown.

Whether he returns to his first-round draft pick form is yet to be determined. Maybe Moss' departure from Minnesota freed him from the Bizarro World effect in Minnesota. It certainly hasn't freed Culpepper.

GREEN LIGHT

Drew Bledsoe, QB, Dallas: The Cowboys should find ways to get him out of the pocket against a surprisingly tough 49ers front four.

Eli Manning, QB, N.Y. Giants: The Chargers' secondary has been at the lower end of the league and Manning, who has outperformed his brother so far this year, could have a big game.

RED LIGHT

Trent Dilfer, QB, Cleveland: If you're looking for a return to the real world for the Browns' starter, it should come this week against a vicious Colts defense.

JP Losman, QB, Buffalo: The Bills' defense could get a huge break because Michael Vick's injury could keep him out. The Atlanta defense might knock Losman out, too.

WAKE-UP CALL

Brian Griese, QB, Tampa Bay: If the Packers' defense can make Dilfer look like an All-Pro, then Griese should have no trouble.

ROOKIE WATCH

Troy Williamson, WR, Minnesota: With Nate Burleson doubtful with a knee injury, the Silver Bluff grad, who saw more time last week, could be featured a lot more as a downfield threat.

Reach Raymond Beasock at (706) 823-3221 or raymond.beasock@augustachronicle.com.