November 11, 2015 |
I'm starting to understand NFL fans who think that fantasy football has ruined the game they love. Because the daily fantasy sites are ruining fantasy football. In case you've been living in the Amazon for the last several months, these sites - dominated by DraftKings and its evil twin, FanDuel - are spending like a Bush/Clinton PAC to convince you that $5 and your encyclopedic fantasy knowledge can make you an instant millionaire. After all, how hard can it be to pick the best player at each position in any given week, under a not-that-restrictive salary cap?
September 25, 2015 |
HOPE THAT joint was worth it, Le'Veon. Because you missed a ton of news during your two-week marijuana suspension. The Arizona Cardinals lead the NFL in points. Somebody made the joke on Twitter that DeMarco Murray's output wouldn't be so bad if it was measured in inches and not yards, and has anyone seen Jimmy Graham? Since the first two weeks have been typically unpredictable, there is one fantasy certainty heading into Week 3. Le'Veon Bell is back with the Steelers after a two-game ban. Now the question becomes how Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will use him. "I'm going to play Le'Veon Bell," Tomlin said.
September 20, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 2 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals vs. Chargers. San Diego's secondary gives up plenty of TD passes, so Dalton should have a fine outing in his home opener. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions at Vikings. We expected Abdullah to overtake Joique Bell at some point this season, but not quite this quickly. Against the defense that just made Carlos Hyde the darling of fantasy football, Abdullah is a must-start.
November 12, 2014 |
The Eagles modeled their 3-4 defense on the great Steelers units from the 1990s and 2000s, and while they aren't quite in that category, the unit has finally started getting pass-rush pressure like an odd-man front should. The 3-4 is designed to feature the linebackers, and the Eagles have been excellent all season, but especially so in the first half against the Panthers. Connor Barwin notched three sacks (he added a half-sack in the third quarter). Trent Cole picked up his fifth sack before the break.
October 16, 2013 |
Is Cam Newton the most frustrating quarterback in Fantasyland? Not to me. Not anymore, at least. You see, I drafted him last year, on the heels of his stellar rookie campaign. Newton got off to a slow start, accumulating just 10 total TDs over the first half of the 2012 season with relatively modest passing and rushing statistics to offset his scoring deficit. In fact, through his first eight games, Newton had amassed 464 fewer yards and eight fewer TDs in 2012 vs. 2011. To be sure, he came on fairly strong over the second half; but I had long stopped risking him in my starting lineup by then.
December 3, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Against the backdrop of an unthinkable tragedy, the Kansas City Chiefs gave themselves a reason to be proud Sunday - and perhaps the impetus to let the healing begin. Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamaal Charles ran for 127 yards in the Chiefs' 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak during one of the most difficult seasons the franchise has ever experienced. The game was played one day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times at a residence near Arrowhead Stadium, then drove to the team's practice facility and turned the gun on himself as general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel looked on. "As far as playing the game, I thought that was the best for us to do, because that's what we do," Crennel said, tears forming in the corner of his eyes.
November 25, 2012
When the Panthers run The Panthers averaged an NFL-best 5.4 yards a carry in 2011 but they have plummeted to only 4.0 yards this season. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, who combined for 1,597 rushing yards last year, have been unspectacular this season. Stewart is averaging just 3.6 yards; Williams is at 3.4. The loss of Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 5, has hurt. His replacement, Geoff Hangartner, has not done well opening holes.
November 5, 2012
Looks like Andrew Luck is making the transition from college to the NFL all right. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw for 433 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, breaking Cam Newton's year-old record for yards passing in a game by a rookie (422). Oh yeah, he also became the second rookie signal-caller in the history of the NFL to produce four 300-yard games in a season. The other guy? Somebody named Peyton Manning, who now plies his trade in Denver. Probably no coincidence that the rebuilding Colts are essentially reconstructed and a suitable topic for playoff conversation at 5-3. An added highlight: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, 52, who is battling leukemia and is scheduled to begin a second round of chemotherapy this week, was in the stadium to see Luck's feat.
November 5, 2012 |
LANDOVER, Md. - With his leadership abilities in question and his team in desperate need of a win, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton stepped up in the first NFL matchup between the last two Heisman Trophy winners on Sunday. Playing with a bloody thumb, Newton led his team on a 98-yard drive in the second quarter and got the better of Washington's Robert Griffin III as the Panthers broke a five-game losing streak, beating the penalty-prone Redskins, 21-13. Newton threw for 201 yards and ran for 37. DeAngelo Williams, dealing with a recent demotion to second-string, tiptoed down the sideline for a 30-yard score, and Steve Smith had his first TD catch of 2012.
December 2, 2011
Wondering whether to start Tom Brady and Calvin Johnson, or to bench T.J. Yates and Ryan Torain? The networks specialize in that kind of advice. If you need help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 13 of the 2011 season. Watch 'em roll Cam Newton, QB, Panthers at Buccaneers. Some of the shine has worn off the rookie sensation recently, as Newton has failed to keep up the ridiculous pace he set at the dawn of his NFL career.