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.
May 2, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Doug O'Neill had a pretty darned good day on two courses. First he birdied the eighth hole during a Wednesday afternoon golf outing at Valhalla, then he aced the Kentucky Derby draw when Goldencents landed in the No. 8 post and was made the 5-1 third choice for Saturday's race. "It should be perfect for him," said O'Neill, who saddled last year's winner, I'll Have Another. "Perfect" was not the way last year's Triple Crown series ended for O'Neill and his colt.
March 30, 2013 |
No longer needed, Eagles fullback Stanley Havili was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts for journeyman defensive end Clifton Geathers on Thursday. With new coach Chip Kelly expected to scrap the traditional fullback from the offense, the Eagles sent Havili to a team that has its share of ex-Birds. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was director of player personnel in 2011, when the Eagles selected Havili out of Southern Cal with their seventh-round draft pick. Rather than release Havili, the Eagles managed to get another long player for Bill Davis' 3-4 defense.
March 29, 2013
This is a post by Les Bowen on Eagletarian, the Daily News Eagles blog. THE MAIN purpose of Thursday's Eagles trade of Stanley Havili to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive end Clifton Geathers was to get something for Havili, while giving the fullback a decent shot at continuing his career. Havili, 25, was a good soldier who worked his way up from the practice squad in 2011 to play in 15 games in 2012, but new coach Chip Kelly's offense is not expected to include a traditional fullback.
March 12, 2013 |
The NFL's free-agent market opens Tuesday, along with the promise of the Eagles' grabbing some big names, but the team took care of two of its own when it signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos and safety Colt Anderson to contracts on Monday. Dorenbos was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. like hundreds of other veterans who hope to cash in on the first day of the NFL year. But the Eagles locked up one of their longest-tenured players with a four-year deal. Anderson, a restricted free agent, would have become unrestricted had the Eagles not tendered a contract by Tuesday.