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Borrelli's championship

Today's Fantasy column reveals that the late Tom Borrelli, founder of the column and this blog, won a wonderful posthumous honor: the championship of The News' sports department fantasy football league.

Tom's Oxen Train team won the title game with this lineup (fantasy points from our league in parentheses):

Broncos QB Jay Cutler (19)

Packers RB Ryan Grant (9)

Steelers RB Willie Parker (1)

Titans RB LenDale White (7)

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (4)

Giants WR Steve Smith (0)

Colts TE Dallas Clark (11)

Eagles K David Akers (3)

Saints defense (4)

Tom's draft picks last August also included Andre Davis (as the 182nd pick!) and Matt Ryan. We will miss his fantasy mastery.

---Greg Connors

Postseason planning

Bleacher Report has a nice list of "10 Things to Do After Fantasy Football Ends."

Our favorites:

1. Stop neglecting your significant other.

6. Go outside.

7. Spend some quality time with your family.

8. Play video games.

Video games? Guess we don't want to take that family stuff too far.

---Greg Connors

Lucky Pierre

Today's fantasy column in The Buffalo News features Saints running back Pierre Thomas, whose role has been magnified after teammate Reggie Bush went on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Brian Jonas at Roto Times wonders if Thomas is a mirage or the real thing?

In the video below, Thomas talks about life as an NFL player.

---Greg Connors

Cassel is back

Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel returned to the team on Thursday, after taking time off following the death of his 57-year-old father.

Teammates hinted to the Boston Globe that they were expecting Cassel to suit up and play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders?

We'll know more as the weekend goes on, but if Cassel is on your team, how concerned are you about putting him into your fantasy lineup? Of course, it depends what your other options are. If my only alternatives are J.P. Losman or Ken Dorsey, then I'm sticking with Cassel.

If I had Eli Manning or Kerry Collins, I would probably give Cassel the week off.

---Greg Connors

Head for the Hillis

81706772jm034_denver_bronco_4Where did Broncos rookie Peyton Hillis come from?

The answer is the University of Arkansas, where he did a lot of blocking at fullback for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, both of whom were first-round NFL draft picks last spring.

Denver took Hillis in the seventh round, and this month he has rocketed up the fantasy charts to become an elite running back.

Hillis last week became the first running back to top 100 yards against the Jets this season. He pounded out 129 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Denver's 34-17 victory.

Hillis is the first Bronco since Floyd Little (1968) to record both a 100-yard rushing game and a 100-yard receiving game in the same season.

"He's done a lot of good things to help our team win," coach Mike Shanahan told the Associated Press.

---Greg Connors