Probably the most unique InGamer feature is the captain. How does the captain feature work you ask? The easy answer is you choose one of your original 6 roster picks as the captain. While the act of entering your captain is simple to execute selecting who to captain is entirely a different story. Captain points are doubled both positively and negatively and to increase the importance of your selection this player cannot be changed during the game.
Let’s take a look at some simple strategies, by position, to help you make your choice for next Sunday’s Superbowl.
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh. Mendenhall will be a very popular captain’s pick next Sunday. Why? Quite simply he gets a lot of touches, scores touchdowns and doesn’t fumble very often. Take a look at his stats from this years regular season. 324 carries for 1273 yards, 13 touchdowns with only 2 fumbles. Those kind of numbers transfer to big InGamer points! The only drawback to captaining Mendenhall is the potential impact to the offense line run blocking schemes if injured starting center Maurkice Pouncey isn’t able to play next Sunday.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers. If you knew who James Starks was before the postseason began than this blog is insulting your football intelligence This is truly a risk reward pick as Starks only rushed for 101 yards with no touchdowns during the regular season but his postseason production more than doubled with 263 rushing yards and 1 TD. What James Stark’s will we see in the Superbowl? Time will tell but only captain him if you feel the postseason version will be showing up in Dallas next Sunday and keep in mind he will be facing the best run defense from the 2010 regular season.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh. Big Ben has recovered nicely from the turbulent start to this years season. The problem with Ben isn’t necessarily college coeds (sorry couldn’t resist) but rather he doesn’t always put up big statistical numbers. Take this years postseason stats, 359 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and he has been sacked 8 times. These numbers spell disaster for InGamers especially if the interceptions and sacks points are doubled. What Big Ben does well is make big plays in key situations. While his stats don’t scream out InGamer captain his history of winning big games bodes well for the terrible towel nation.
By contrast Aaron Rodgers Green Bay, has thrown for more yards (679), touchdowns (6) and has been sacked less (5 times) than his counterpart from Steeltown. Rodgers is called by many the best quarterback in the NFL right now and on paper is the better option if you are choosing to captain a QB in the Superbowl.
While doing research for this article it occurred to me that you could flip a coin between the top wideouts, Mike Wallace from Pittsburgh and Green Bay’s Greg Jennings. Both had respectable regular season statistics (10 TD’s and 1257 yards from Wallace, 12 TD’s and 1265 yards from Jennings) and both have been fairly quiet in the post season. For some reason I can’t help but think Greg Jennings will be the more productive player and the better captains choice. This is strictly based on the hot arm of Aaron Rodgers and the uncertainty of the Packers rushing game.
Picking a defensive player out of the collection of stars from both teams lineups is like having first pick in a shinny hockey game with Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier and Crosby standing in a line waiting for their name to be called. No one is a poor choice and all you can hope for is your captain making the game deciding play. Pittsburgh has big play stalwarts like James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and Ike Taylor while Green Bay boasts sack monster Clay Matthews Jr and former defensive player of the year Charles Woodson. For my money I like Ike Taylor. Green Bay is going to be throwing the ball more which gives Taylor more interception opportunities and he is healthy something that Troy P can’t say. For you die hard Cheese heads I’d go with Clay Matthews Jr. especially considering the injury issues on Pittsburgh’s offensive line.
So who am I going to captain? All season long I have lived and died with captaining a quarterback and I am not about to change strategies now. I am going to ride the hot arm of Aaron Rodgers and hope that he throws for 300 plus yards, 3 touchdown with no interceptions and no sacks against. Is it next Sunday yet?