September 6, 2014 |
Wondering whether to start Drew Brees and A.J. Green, or to bench Geno Smith and Jason Avant? If you're looking for help with your starting-lineup conundrums, read on. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 1 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Jay Cutler, QB, Bears vs. Bills. With an explosive array of weapons at his disposal, and a porous secondary in his sights, Cutler should get his season off to a rousing start. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers at Cowboys.
September 4, 2014 |
IN THE PAST, some have accused Roger Goodell of dropping the ball when it comes to issuing suspensions. Yesterday, he dropped the hammer. On an owner, no less. The NFL commissioner suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay for six regular-season games and gave him a maximum fine of $500,000 for violating the league's personal conduct policy. That's a bit more than the four-game suspension players such as Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson get for a first-time violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.
August 22, 2014 |
The Eagles acquired kicker Cody Parkey from the Colts on Wednesday for running back David Fluellen. Parkey was waived Tuesday night and Fluellen was waived Wednesday morning, although they were exchanged instead before waivers processed at 4 p.m. Parkey, a 22-year-old rookie from Auburn, is 2 for 2 on field goals this preseason with a longest of 45 yards. His strength appears to be kickoffs, and he led college football with 69 touchbacks last season. Parkey was 15 of 21 on field goals as a senior, including 5 of 6 from 40 to 49 yards and 1 of 4 from beyond 50 yards.
January 8, 2014 |
Given the fortuitous circumstances of their 45-44 comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, you have to figure that the Indianapolis Colts are big believers in luck (hey, they have a horseshoe on their helmets). So it make sense that they would add an extra lucky charm to help their postseason run - and maybe put a jinx on their next opponent, the New England Patriots. On Monday, the Colts signed former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, just days before playing the wide receiver's ex-team in the divisional round.
November 23, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 12 of the 2013 season. Watch 'em roll Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers at Redskins. He hasn't given us much to pin our hopes on lately, but Kaepernick offers significant upside in this juicy matchup. Washington has been overly generous to opposing QBs, even at home. And the Monday night factor should work in favor of Kaepernick, who relishes the spotlight. Andre Brown, RB, Giants vs. Cowboys. No defense has surrendered more fantasy points to opposing backs than Dallas'.
October 25, 2013 |
THE QUESTION of the week came from Joe Malizia, an old friend of the Fantasy Football department who is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Drum in upstate New York. He asked whether it was time to drop Colts running back Trent Richardson? Malizia, 40, grew up in Roxborough and is headed to Afghanistan for a short deployment after the first of the year. Fantasy has always been a way for him to stay tethered to family and friends back here. About 10 years ago, we wrote a story about an Oakland-based group that had a draft in 1963 and is widely considered the first fantasy football league.
October 19, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7. Watch 'em roll Cam Newton, QB, Panthers vs. Rams. I called him the most frustrating QB in Fantasyland earlier this week, and he'll probably prove me right again Sunday. But after his monster outing against the Vikings, he should - mind you, should - take advantage of another tasty matchup with the Rams' subpar pass defense. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants vs. Vikings. You're not chasing last week's stats when Jacobs' next matchup is against the defense that surrenders the most fantasy points to opposing rushers.
September 15, 2013 |
THE COLTS' PLAN to bring Ahmad Bradshaw along slowly went out the barn door when second-year back Vick Ballard tore up his right knee in practice on Thursday. Colts coach Chuck Pagano called it "a freak accident" during a non-contact drill and said Ballard will have season-ending surgery. While we all wish Ballard well, there is a very real fantasy development here, and anyone who stashed Bradshaw on their roster could benefit greatly. "I'm ready. I'm set to go," Bradshaw said yesterday.
July 27, 2013 |
Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the deal was being finalized as the Penn Charter product led the offense through practice on the first day of training camp. A source said Ryan's extension is worth $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed. Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension. The 28-year-old Ryan, the NFL's No. 3 overall draft pick of 2008, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
May 10, 2013 |
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Baltimore Ravens have acquired center A.Q. Shipley from the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2014 draft pick. The tradel, announced Thursday by the Ravens, will be finalized after Shipley passes a physical. Shipley played in 14 games last season with the Colts, getting five starts. He participated on special teams for Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game in Baltimore last season. The 6-foot-1, 309-pound Shipley was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 draft by Pittsburgh.