Week Two, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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Whew, with only one game remaining in the second week of the season we can take a moment to catch our breath.

It was an interesting Sunday for sure, culminating with an exciting Sunday Night affair in Green Bay.

There were injuries aplenty with big names such as Tony Romo and Eddie Lacy going down.

I realize that Jay Cutler was also injured but we aren’t really calling him a big name are we? If Cutler’s injury changes your plans at QB for Week 3, then consider yourself lucky.

We know Romo will miss significant time and will await further news on the extent of Lacy’s injury.

We also saw some upsets with Cleveland, Washington, Oakland and Jacksonville notching their first wins. FUCK Jacksonville!

Is anyone else worried that Alshon Jeffery is going to be a late scratch or game time decision all season long? If I was Jeffery, I would be in no hurry to return to that dumpster fire of an offense. With the Bears already 0-2 with a pathetic looking defense and Jeffery a free agent at the end of the season. Is it possible the Bears will be in no hurry to get Jeffery back on the field as his presence will only hurt the Bears draft position and increase his stock for free agency?

Garbage time thy name is Colin Kaepernick and Torrey Smith.  Hey, all the points count so great week fellas.

How about Arizona rookie RB David Johnson! Welcome to the world of regular season fantasy relevance David Johnson, Tevin Coleman (let’s hope the ribs injury isn’t too significant) and Matt Jones. Was I the only one who breathed a sigh of relief when I heard that Coleman’s injury was rib-related? 

Fellow rookies T.J Yeldon and Melvin Gordon also had strong outings that have to bring smiles to their fantasy owners faces.

Yes, it was a good week to be a rookie running back.

There is a scene in one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies “Streets of Fire.” That came to mind watching the Denver and Kansas City tilt.  The police chief looks at Tom Cody (Michael Pare) and says, “My plan fell to shit. Let’s see what you can do.”

I have a feeling that Gary Kubiak and Peyton Manning had a similar exchange midway through the game. Coaches like Kubiak are the reason fantasy football is so popular. Because we all really could do a better job than him as an NFL coach.

Remember back in May, when there was talk about reduced production from Emmanuel Sanders in the Broncos ‘new offense’?  Bahahahahahaha!

How awesome was it to see Eric Berry back in the starting line up for Kansas City?

I loved to see the week that Larry Fitzgerald had. A lot of folks were writing him off without taking a long look at his production with Carson Palmer under center last season. Even if he has lost a step, L-Fitz makes up for it with savvy and excellent route running.

Speaking of Carlson Palmer. MVP…MVP…MVP! All right, I might be exaggerating a little bit but how different (aka: BETTER) are the Arizona Cardinals with Palmer at the helm? My take is MUCH BETTER!

I would like to thank DeAngelo Williams on behalf of every fantasy owner that drafted you to get us through the Le’Veon Bell suspension. No, really. You went way above and beyond in these past two weeks. You are now benched indefinitely but keep your jersey close by in case Bell gets hurt.

The Bishop Sankey era seems so long ago now.

Can you name the last time Dexter McCluster rushed for 98 yards? You’re correct if you guessed, never. Sometimes you just have to scratch your head.

Speaking of eras. We can officially start the timer on the Chip Kelly one in Philadelphia. You make the moves he made and put that clown-car offense out there and you get shown the door.  Oh, yeah. Please take Sam Bradford with you Chip. Thanks.

Say what you will about Troy Aikman as a color analyst but the man is honest. He hit the nail on the head with his, “This is has been a terrible game to watch.” comment during the CowboysEagles debacle. Speaking of Aikman, I love Aikman’s new commercial where he ‘doesn’t dwell in the past.’ You gotta love anyone that can poke fun at themselves.

Now that was the Adrian Peterson we were expecting to see last week.  It does appear though that a year away from football has left him a bit loose with the football. The smart money says AP gets it figured out. I still say it is because he used to holding that twitch in his hand vs. a football.

Let’s hope that Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier isn’t hurt too bad after the performance he put up today. The kid was electric and flying all over the field.

After seeing what the Buffalo Bills defense did to Andrew Luck last week and then seeing what Tom Brady did to that same defense, I’m thinking I should have had Tommy Boy ranked a little higher in the preseason. An angry Patriots offense continues to be a potent one.

I am assuming that the Cowboys are trying to remember where they put John Kitna’s number. No Tony Romo and no Dez Bryant equals no playoffs. Sorry, Jerry. Not really, but…

What gutsy effort by Charles Woodson playing with a bum shoulder this week. The man is simply an ageless wonder.

So Gio Bernard rushes for 123 yards and Jeremy Hill puts up 39.  That’s more head-shaking stuff from the Bengals for sure.

Welcome back to earth Marcus Mariota. Hate to admit it cause I dropped hot and cold Kaepernick for him. But he will be a better well rounded point producer then sir Kap.

There is the Odell Beckham Jr. we all drafted so early. Welcome back, mister!

Is it Damien Williams time in Miami if the ankle injury suffered by Lamar Miller is serious? If you can’t get Williams, don’t sleep on Raheem Mostert who lit up the preseason while with the Eagles. Or even Jonas Gray. Well, at least he may be able to average more than the 1.4 yards per carry Miller was posting before exiting the game. 

Sorry to barrage you with stats there. I try to keep it light.

Speaking of getting barraged. Matthew Stafford was a human piñata in the Lions’ loss to the Vikings today. If Detroit doesn’t get their pass protection in line there is no way Stafford plays 16 games. Heck, he won’t make 12 at the rate he’s being hit right now. Come on homeboy Reiff,  step it up!

That Amari Cooper kid may just turn out to be a decent player for the Raiders.  Which would be a nice change.

Last week, prior the Monday Night Football games there were five tight ends that had multiple touchdown receptions. This week there is one.  Congratulations to Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore who is the lone multiple touchdown man.

James Starks is an underrated running back that does an above average job when given extended carries.  That being said, the Packers can ill afford to lose Eddie Lacy for very many games. That offense has already taken enough hits.

How cool is the Dion Lewis story for the Patriots? The kid has been out of the league for a couple of years and is now tearing it up in the old Shane Vereen role. How did they even know how to reach this guy? This is why New England wins folks. It’s not the air pressure in the footballs, or the taping of opponents’ signals, or the jamming up their headsets. Or, the fact that Rex Ryan always seems to overplay his hand.

I am genuinely happy for Johnny Manziel getting his first NFL victory. Johnny, Johnny, JOHNNY!   Whether or not he ever becomes a viable NFL or fantasy football quarterback, he seems to have made great strides in becoming a better man and teammate.

The New Orleans Saints are not a good football team and it’s affecting the fantasy potential at every offensive skill position. Yes, even (perhaps especially) Drew Brees.

Yes, Cam Newton has led the Panthers to a 2-0 record and looked really good this week. No, I don’t think he can continue to carry the ball double-digit times per game and not miss a game or two.

Jimmy Graham does play for Seattle, right?

Just checking.

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