January 8, 2016 |
NOT SURE whether it's parity or parody, but three of the four road teams are favored to win this weekend's games. Can Andy Reid keep dabbing the Chiefs to victory? Will the Bengals ever win another playoff game? And will Kirk Cousins keep providing the only smiles these days down in Washington? If it's January, it must be frigid in Minnesota and dark down at Lincoln Financial Field. Welcome to Week 1 of the NFL postseason. Chiefs (11-5) at Texans (9-7) Seeds: Chiefs 5; Texans 4. When: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. TV: ESPN & 6ABC (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
September 23, 2015 |
Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup. Catch 'em while you can Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills. It's hard not to be impressed by how resilient the athletic quarterback has been in his first two starts in Buffalo. Though Taylor coughed up the ball four times and was sacked eight times by New England, he also amassed four TDs, including one on the ground. Just as important, he got Sammy Watkins involved this week. The Bills' schedule is favorable moving forward so Taylor is worth a backup spot on your roster if you're in need of QB help.
November 4, 2014 |
Who's that under center in Pittsburgh and what have they done with Ben Roethlisberger? That can't be the Big Ben who has cracked the top 10 fantasy QBs in just three of his first 10 seasons. That's not the same guy who has followed nearly every masterful fantasy performance throughout his career with a dud the next week. I know it can't be him, because who else could pass for 522 yards and six TDs and still be benched by half his owners the next game? Roethlisberger isn't even owned in about 15 percent of all fantasy leagues.
November 2, 2014 |
When the Eagles run The Eagles put together another solid rushing performance last week, when they averaged 4.2 yards per carry, their third straight game with at least 4 yards per carry after struggling during a two-game stretch in September. The running game will be bolstered this week with the likely returns of center Jason Kelce and running back Darren Sproles. It's unknown how right tackle Todd Herremans will hold up while playing with a torn biceps in his left arm. LeSean McCoy rushed 21 times last week and sounds eager to shoulder the load for the offense.
October 31, 2014 |
Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans was a full participant in practice Wednesday despite a torn biceps. His left arm was wrapped with a brace and tape. Herremans will try to play Sunday against the Texans in Houston. Herremans was unavailable for comment. Coach Chip Kelly, who has never had a player take the field with this injury, said the decision will be up to Herremans. "A lot of it will be Todd's determination of what he can do and can't do," Kelly said. "A lot of it, we'll just sit down and visit with him at the end of the week and make a determination . . . From a guy like him, a veteran like him that understands himself . . . that has been through a lot, a lot of that is on him and our doctor staff.
October 8, 2014 |
TEXANS RUNNING back Arian Foster says the NFL talks a good game when it comes to player safety, but is really only interested in one thing: money. He cites "Thursday Night Football," which forces team to play on 3 days' rest, as a prime-time example. "They emphasize concussions when they start getting hit with lawsuits and they care about the players' safety, but 'Thursday Night Football' is putting every player on the football field in danger," Foster told the Houston Chronicle.
September 24, 2014 |
If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles have stepped into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, a certain uber-hyped freshman QB still awaits his turn, perhaps because his achingly short "highlight" reel features as many yellow flags as red ones.
August 6, 2014 |
Quick: Name Cam Newton's new starting wideouts. Who's expected to be the workhorse rusher in Jacksonville? How about Cleveland? Whose jersey is Stevie Johnson wearing now? More than 60 fantasy-relevant players switched ZIP codes this year. And while this year's merry-go-round spun no more quickly than in recent years, there's one thing we can always count on: Precious few players have boosted their fantasy stock by moving to a new team. Last year, only Alex Smith and Anquan Boldin measurably improved their fortunes in different uniforms.
February 14, 2014 |
Fantasy football has been the closest fans have come to making money off a team athlete's individual performance. But a new company, whose initial public offering road show for one athlete came to Philadelphia on Wednesday, is making it even more of a reality. Fantex, a San Francisco company, offers an opportunity to invest in an athlete's future earnings. An investor would ride the same roller coaster that the athlete experiences, with a lucrative contract and broad marketability as a potential boon, and injury or image problems presenting risk.
November 1, 2013 |
ONE OF THE themes to this season is the underperforming running back. Like loud ties and bad breath, they are impossible to hide. LeSean McCoy, admirably taking responsibility even though his offensive line can't open a can of tuna right now, is on the list. But he's certainly not alone. Let's look at the top consensus running backs entering the season and how they've fared halfway through. Adrian Peterson, Vikings: The tragedy he has endured with the murder of his son makes criticizing his inconsistent fantasy production heartless.