He needs a Christmas Miracle

In November of 1981, Kellen Winslow caught 13 balls for 144 yards and five touchdowns (50 fantasy points).
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It comes down to the final game in Week 16 with the championship still undecided, though in truth, it will take an "Act of God" to keep me from winning the title.

Here's why.

My team holds a 33-point lead heading into tonight's Green Bay-Chicago matchup and he has just one player remaining. Now if that guy was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers or Bears rookie phenom Matt Forte I might be concerned. But he only has 60 minutes from second-year tight end Greg Olsen to play with.

Now don't get me wrong, Olsen is a good young player, but 33 fantasy points is a lot to ask of a player, particularly a tight end.

Olsen's best day this season is a six-catch, 74-yard, one touchdown performance against Minnesota which was worth 16 fantasy points. That's the best game of his short 26-game NFL career and it's not quite halfway to what he would need to beat me.

So having a lot of time on my hands because there are no games next week for me to set my lineup, I decided to investigate just how difficult a task it is for Olsen.

I checked three Hall-of-Fame tight ends and three "future" Hall-of-Fame candidates to see how many times they have accomplished the feat.

Tony Gonzalez (91 catches for 1005 yards and 9 TDs) is having a great season, the best of all the active tight ends, but he hasn't put up 33 points this season. In fact, the Kansas City Chiefs' tight end, who is the all-time leader at tight end in receptions, yardage and TDs (911-10,887-75 as of 12/22/08), has done it just once in 125 career starts.

Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers (57-655-8) hasn't done it this year either and has done it once in 86 pro starts.

Then there is Shannon Sharpe (815 receptions - 10,060 yards - 62 TDs), who until this season was the all-time leader in receptions, yards and TDs at the position. Sharpe, who retired in 2003 and so it not yet eligible for the Hall, did it three times in 204 games.

The three Hall-of-Fame tight ends evaluated were: Ozzie Newsome, Dave Casper and Kellen Winslow.

Newsome (662 receptions - 7,980 yards - 47 TDs), who was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1999 never did it in 198 games. Casper (378 receptions - 5,216 yards - 52 TDs) accomplished the feat once in 147 games.

Then there is the case of Winslow, the best pass-catching tight end of all time, in my opinion. In just nine years and 99 games (541 receptions - 6,741 yards - 45 TDs), Winslow matched Sharpe's three games of 33 points or more. He also posted what might be the best fantasy game of all-time from a tight end when in November of 1981 he put a 13-catch, 144-yard, five touchdown beating on arch-rival Oakland (50 fantasy points).

Needless to say, if Olsen puts up 33 points tonight, I'll be in shock and in awe of what he has accomplished.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.
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