March 18, 2016 |
JUST ABOUT the only pressing need Howie Roseman didn't address in the first week of NFL free agency was his team's inexperienced wide receiving corps. The Eagles' de facto general manager checked off that box Wednesday with the signing of former Ram and Raven Chris Givens to a 1-year contract worth $840,000, including an $80,000 signing bonus, a league source said. The source said $100,000 of Givens' base is guaranteed. Givens, 26, has played four seasons in the league, which might not sound like much, but puts him at the top of the Eagles' ensemble, now that Riley Cooper is gone.
January 28, 2016 |
SEVEN SOMEWHAT related observations . . . 1) I'm not sure Zach Ertz has the big-play ability to ever be a star in the NFL, but he is a solid tight end with good hands and the kind of mentality and work ethic that usually translates into steady improvement. In fact, when you put it that way, he sounds a lot like the guy who Tuesday restructured his deal in the wake of Ertz's new contract extension. Brent Celek knows firsthand what kind of numbers a tight end can put up in an Andy Reid offense.
December 20, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 15 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Saints. Stafford is a high-volume passer even against good secondaries, partly because the Lions can't run worth a darn. Expect Calvin Johnson to play a much bigger role in the Monday nighter as well. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars vs. Falcons. All indications are that T.J. Yeldon will miss this game with a knee injury, giving Robinson an opportunity to reprise his role as Jacksonville's dual-threat workhorse.
December 13, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills at Eagles. Philly's defense and special teams embarrassed the Patriots last week, but it wasn't like they shut down Tom Brady. Taylor, meanwhile, racked up four TDs while basting the Texans secondary. He and Sammy Watkins should have another very productive outing on Sunday. Shaun Draughn, RB, 49ers at Browns. Out of nowhere, Draughn has quietly become fantasy relevant thanks in large part to his heavy involvement in the passing game.
December 6, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 13 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals at Browns. Dalton tossed three TDs with no interceptions when these teams faced off in Week 9, and was nearly as sharp last week against a solid Rams secondary. Meanwhile, Cleveland's pass defense is one of the softest in the league. Time to load the Red Rifle. Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens at Dolphins. Allen got his feet wet as a starter on Monday night and acquitted himself well.
November 25, 2015 |
You made it. You soldiered through the gauntlet of bye-week absences, undoubtedly with the additional burden of replacing injured stars along the way. Hopefully your postseason aspirations are still intact, and you can now get back to the business of managing your roster without the random nuisance of starting backups in lieu of perfectly healthy players that just happen to have the week off. And none too soon, with yet another week of mass...
November 15, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 10 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars at Ravens. Bortles has been airing it out nicely (even lighting up the solid Jets secondary last week). Now he'll be facing one of the NFL's most generous pass defenses in Baltimore. James Starks, RB, Packers vs. Lions. Though Eddie Lacy will still get some carries (assuming he plays with his sore groin), Starks will be the biggest beneficiary of Detroit's sievelike run defense on Sunday.
November 1, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 8 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Jets at Saints. Fitzpatrick has been steady at the helm for the Jets, but this could be his best game yet. Oakland has coughed up an NFL-worst 304 net passing yards per game, along with 11 TDs through the air. Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker should find their way into the end zone. Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals at Browns. He is still, somewhat remarkably, the lead dog in Arizona's backfield committee.
October 25, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals vs. Ravens. On Monday night, Palmer and his playmaking receivers face a Ravens secondary that has made Colin Kaepernick and Josh McCown look like Hall of Famers over the past two games. Frank Gore, RB, Colts vs. Saints. It will be interesting to see if Ahmad Bradshaw poaches more of the workload this weekend; but for now, this is still Gore's backfield.
October 11, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 5 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans vs. Bills. The ahead-of-schedule rookie has had an extra week to prepare for a defense that has already coughed up 10 passing TDs and nearly 300 passing yards per game. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants vs. 49ers. Though he's not piling up the rushing yards, he's contributing nicely as a receiver. And Sunday night, Jennings will be facing one of the league's true defensive doormats.