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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC


“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.


09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again


Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.


09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week


Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper


Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion


Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.


09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats


Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.


09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...


Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.


09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

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Off The Top Of Our Heads - 2016 Kickoff

Posted by d-Rx on 09/09/16

by   The Archer


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An introduction to Off The Top Of Our Heads

The 2016 NFL season started last night, which is absolutely remarkable for all of us fantasy football nuts! So for this season we have decided to dust off an old piece of content that we did in the early years of Pyromaniac.com. Off The Top Of Our Heads will be a multi-contributor weekly article that will come out on Monday of each week in-season. It'll be fun, random, heady and something to fill your NFL minded brains on Mondays while we reboot each week for the upcoming week of Pyro content. It's a work in progress, and will evolve and improve over the course of the coming weeks, but here is our 2016 Kickoff version. Hope you enjoy!


 

 

 

PyroLytics Thoughts

 

 

Kickoff

After a long offseason of questionable franchise moves and surprising roster cuts. It’s finally the beginning of week 1. Come kickoff time for the Thursday night Super Bowl rematch, it will have been 214 days and 2 hours since the last meaningful NFL game kicked off back on February 7, 2016, but who’s been counting? It’s not like I’ve waited 18,503,800 seconds for this moment. Hell, I’ve been waiting for this moment since midway through last season and it looks like I’ll be waiting for the 2017 season right around the same time. The joys of being a Rams fan. C’mon guys, get your heads out of your asses and just can Fisher already. Instead, you pull up Rotoworld and see the organization is trying to extend Fisher’s contract. You can’t be serious. A perennial .500 coach and we’re over here treating him like a God, all because of one great season in Tennessee, ridiculous. Here’s to another 6-10 (at best) season my fellow Rams fans.

 

 

Expect a late season surprise

This offseason has lingered with many different injuries, some serious and some on the lighter side, but nothing is worse than the soft tissue issue. This 2016 class isn’t very deep at talent compared to what’s to come next year, but one of the guys I’m most excited for is Josh Doctson. He was the number 1 wide receiver on my big board coming into the draft and walked away just the same. He came away with the soft tissue bug late into training camp and missed all of the preseason but rest assured he’s been caught running full speed. IN PADS! Nonetheless. He’s got a steep climb for playing time but the cream always rises to the top. At 6’4” this dude will be a beast in the red zone and we could see him in red zone packages early on in the season. Trust me when I say Doctson will be one of those guys that comes on strong late in the year and delivers you your fantasy title.

 

 

RBS for the 2017 NFL Draft are giving me a Chubby

Nick Cubb still looks like the old Nick Chubb. Coming off a “significant” knee injury to miss the back half of the season, Chubb was questionable most of the summer as to whether or not he would open week 1 as the starter. Chubb came out of the gate with a fire under him, amassing 222 yards on 32 carries while crossing the goal line twice against UNC. Chubb looks like he hasn’t lost a step since the injury back in October of last year and looks to add onto his already impressive resume. Some have toted Chubb as a better prospect than Gurley, so the hype is there. Currently sitting as the number 1 running back on my college big board among a very viable class of 2017 backs, I’m all aboard. You think people are butt hurt about Elliott going in the first round this year? Just wait until next year. We’re in for a historical draft next year.

 

 

Philla!

This past week Philly won out the rights to host the 2017 NFL Draft and what more of a Philly move than to go out and trade for a first round pick to get their fans excited to attend next year. In case you hadn’t heard, the Eagles traded Sam Bradford who currently sat atop their depth chart at the quarterback position to a quarterback needy Vikings team. That’s not the first time a first round pick has been wasted on Bradford. The original plan for the Eagles all along has been to get Wentz that “redshirt” year and let him learn under two fairly serviceable quarterbacks. As we know in the NFL nothing goes according to plan, Allah Blake Bortles sitting out a year. That’s all fine and dandy, we’ll let Chase Daniels man the reigns until Wentz gets his feet under him, since he barely got any pre-season playing time before injuring his ribs and being sidelined. Wait… you’re telling me the Eagles paid $21 million to Chase Daniels to play backup for a rookie who threw for 24 total passes in the preseason? And were giving the rookie the start week 1 if his ribs are ready to go. Ok. Someone needs to let the Eagles know that their 2017 1st round pick isn’t based off how they finish as a team. All in on full tank mode?


 

The Bills will surprise

The Buffalo Bills are my dark horse Super Bowl team. The Bills get to face the AFC West and the NFC West this season alongside their regular division opponents. With Brady missing the first four games, the Bills could find themselves in position to outright win the division or sneak in as a wildcard. It also helps they face the Patriots in Foxborough against the Brady-less Patriots in week 4, so they could potentially steal one on the road. Tyrod Taylor is in for a magical year and is out to get the money he rightfully deserves. LeSean McCoy continues to dominate as a runner and is fresh free from the nagging tissue issues of last year and Sammy shows why he’s deserving of top 12 status. My prediction is the Bills finish the season with a record of 10-6 and make a strong push for the Super Bowl.


 

Kenny Stills is going to be the real deal

New reports say Parker has been nursing a hamstring strain in both his left and right knees. Parker known for soft tissue issues doesn't seem like a lock to play this weekend against Seattle. In 2010 Adam Gase was employed as the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, the same year Brandon Lloyd came out of the middle of nowhere. Adam Gase loves to feature an X receiver, giving plenty of opportunity for Stills to emerge as that option while Parker falls farther and farther behind. Pick up Kenny Stills before it's too late.

 




d-Rx® Thoughts


 

Yeah Boykin!

If Russell Wilson gets inured this season, an un-drafted QB out of TCU in Trevone Boykin is the only other quarterback on the Seahawks roster after narrowing the team down to 53. The Jets kept 4 QBs on their roster, in FitzMagic, 2 players they drafted highly in the second round over in the last few years and Christian Hackenberg who they grabbed in April in the 4th round. It’ll be interesting to see if Pete Carrol sticks with this approach. I think Geno Smith will be traded to another team before Week 5, and the Seahawks will go after another QB as an insurance policy in case DangRuss get’s busted up. Remember how quickly the Cowboys went from Super Bowl contenders to bottom dweller last year without a serviceable backup quarterback. Not saying Boykin can’t play, but this team is in their prime, they can’t throw caution to the wind.



I think Eiferted

I’ve drafted injured Tyler Eifert in every league I am in this year. Not expecting those TDs when he finally returns, but he’s too good to pass up in the 14th round of drafts. He’s my backup in each instance (behind Jordan Reed in my oldest league and Kelce/Fleener in my big money league), and someone that could become an amazing start at TE, or trade bate or a flex position gem by season’s end. The Notre Dame stud will continue to make pro-bowls, but something tells me he’ll chose not to play in them considering this injury is a result of an injury in the Pro Bowl in February.


If you need a reminder on how talented this fellas is, check out the Vines here:

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2016/7/26/12273142/top-5-reasons-tyler-eiferts-injury-really-hurts



Justin Forsett Deja Vu

So let me get this straight, the Ravens cut Justin Forsett from a crowded backfield of running backs only to resign him for the say exact amount of time and money his contract originally had, 2 years and $6mil. Why did they feel the need to do this? I’m staying away from that whole team this year in fantasy football - I like Flacco as a third QB in deeper leagues, but that’s about it.



Vivid Seats APP is where it’s at for finding NFL tickets and more

A great app for tickets to football games and concerts! If you like to buy last minute tickets to sporting events and concerts like I do, then you have to check the Vivid Seats APP out. It’s like the Hotwire of event seats! Stub Hub shuts down at noon the day of the event, which can be a real bummer when you want a last minute ticket to a sporting event, Vivid Seats you can buy tickets even after the game has started. Get on board now while you can, it’s legit and so much cheaper than going through a ticket agent.



I live in the murder capital of the world.

There have been more murders in Chicago so far this year than in both New York City and Los Angeles combined. I think it’s time to call in the National Guard to be honest, the issue is getting worse, not better. 



Le’Veon Bell is younger than David Johnson.

Hard to believe, but it’s true. Le’Veon Bell was born Feb. 18th, 1992 and is going into his 4th season in the NFL while David Johnson was born on December 16th, 1991 and is entering his second year. Both are top tier running backs in fantasy football, but one is injury prone and the other is unproven - should be nice to track their careers as the years pass on.



The effects of no longer having a the probable injury tag…

Getting rid of the probable tag is going to be a headache in #FF this year. Everybody and their brother will be listed as questionable now. 




PK Ripper's Thoughts



Troy Aikman is apparently less than thrilled that Skip Bayless has joined the team at Fox sports

“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman said.
He Also went on to say "I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”

The roots are deep here, all the way back to 1989 when Skip thought Steve Walsh should start ahead of Aikman. Then in his book from 1995 repeatedly referencing rumors to Aikman being gay and mentioning he had an AIDS scare...Rumor has it that Skip had spread alot of Rumors about Aikman back in the 90's that weren't true .. To this day Skip hasn't apologized.
Skips job is to talk shit, piss people off, and get viewers. Like him or not he knows what his role is and he does it well.He's the Conor McGregor of announcing, haha. Everyone loves to hate him and wants to know what's gonna come out of his mouth next.

But one thing is for certain these two will be working under the same umbrella what I would give to be around that water cooler...


Sit for something or stand for nothing

Eagles rookie to stand for national anthem after saying he'd sit like Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick's stand against racial injustice briefly inspired one of his NFL comrades to follow his lead. So that promted, rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres said that he wouldn't stand up for the national anthem, like the 49ers quarterback, before the Eagles' fourth preseason game Thursday.

 

Speaking with media Tavarres revealed his initial intentions.

 

"Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it," Tavarres said of sitting down Saturday. "And usually I'm front and center on the line with the rest of the guys, and that's since pre-K all the way up. Saturday's game, I stepped back, I was in the background, and it didn't feel right to me at all, and so I will be taking a stand -- or sitting down -- for the fourth game."

 

However, Tavarres then changed his mind -- rather, his agent changed his mind.  

 

Tavarres' agent admitted that he advised his client to stand for the anthem. And now, Tavarres won't be sitting down and taking a stand with Kaepernick because he doesn't want to be a "distraction." 

 

"He plans on standing for the national anthem," Corey Williams (agent)said in a statement, "Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl."


It's clear why Tavarres won't be sitting down on Thursday: He's afraid it will jeopardize his roster spot. 

Tavarres, who went undrafted, noted in his interview that he had "nothing to lose." His agent apparently didn't agree.
"In this situation, I've really got nothing to lose," Tavarres said. "I'm a rookie free agent, haven't signed any major contract, so there's not a lot of money on the line, I don't have any big endorsement deals on the line. Really what's at stake is my pride and what kind of man would I be and what kind of African-American would I be if I didn't stand my ground on this issue we have today?


"It needs to be done. Will there be backlash? Probably. I don't think anyone has bought my jersey yet, so I don't know if it's going to be burned, but it's a major issue and I'm definitely going to stand my ground for this one."
So, as you can see, Tavarres made a total 180. 

But Kaepernick's message clearly resonated with Tavarres. 
"We've got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up".

 

 

 

R.I.P. Sam Foltz  

During A game against Fresno State this past weekend Nebraska honored their fallen teammate by voluntarily taking a delay of game penalty by lining up without a punter on the field for a fourth down.


Sam Foltz, who would have been a senior at Nebraska this fall, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in July.


It was a classy move by officials to give the crowd a moment of silence to pay respect for the lost student athlete as well as the Fresno State coaches to decline the penalty.


It's times like these when you realize that sport is not just entertainment but a platform to observe humanity and a place to come together in honor and tradition.



 

 

Feeling Minnesota or The Bradford Exchange. 

You been sleeping under a rock for the past week you would have missed this news Sam Bradford has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round and conditional fourth round draft pick.

I think this move bodes well for both sides first the Eagles get rid of a disgruntled player who really didn't want to be there since the drafting of QB Carson Wentz. Plus they get to recoup some of those picks the used to pick up the rookie signal caller who by the way is touted to be the week 1 Starter.

For the Vikings this is an easy replacement for the freakishly injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who we all hope can at least make a miraculous recovery back onto the field eventually.
Now those of us who know about Sam to say the least that he's a little bit fragile is an understatement and has not really shown Great Signs of being a top-tier NFL quarterback in previous seasons. And I believe that he has his best chance and best years ahead of him in Minnesota he'll be playing with the best running back in his career that ever played behind him with the best receiving Corps he's had,as well as a formidable defense all he has to do is not screw it up. This should be Sam's last hurrah and I for one hope he makes it count.

 

Bradford rules by Vikings staff



Johnny Football has returned to college.

 

Don't get it twisted I really don't wish him any ill but knowing his track record I'm expecting a Van Wilder back to school experience.

Johnny Manziel's 1st semester course schedule at Texas A&M

- Keg Stands 101
- Intramural Flag Football
- Dealing w/PTSD after playing in Cleveland.
- Hotel Room Deconstruction 
- Don't forget the course in chemistry. His drugs will be a lot cheaper when he can run his own meth lab.

 

You might ask why is he not taking Bong Etiquette 101?

 

That's a freshman level course. He's taking Improvisational Bong Making II.

What's next? Will we see Johnny Foosball on the Dean's List??????

I imagine it would go something like this," Mr. Football, 0.0"

All joking aside I bet he's a beast at intramural football.

 


Peyton Roasting Tastes So Good

Peyton Manning shines as he shows off his comedic chops at comedy centrals roast of Actor Rob Lowe.He showed good sport as he was the brunt of some good jokes as well.

 
One of the jokes on Peyton was His mom used a super bowl to cut his hair..... Lol!


Another good one was that he looks like what football players evolve to when they no longer need helmets.....

He could even dish out some snaps himself like when he said," I'm not the only athlete up on stage tonight Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby earlier this year." 
Then he gets Rob Lowe by responding to a tweet he had put out about prematurely announcing Peytons Retirement "You tried to take the air out of my retirement so fast, you can probably get a job as Tom Brady’s ball boy." Hilarious 

If you watched him over the years on SNL and his numerous television commercials you knew the Sheriff would be great after football sky is definitely the limit for him no doubt about it.....


 


Shane's Thoughts


Sam Bradford to Vikings

We opened training camp season this year with reports out of Philly that Carson Wentz might not be active on game days. When Bridgewater’s leg decided it liked his kneecap in a slightly different arrangement that changed everything. Sam Bradford finally got what he wanted and landed somewhere not Philly, making Wentz the eventual starter by default. For now Philly hasn’t commented on whether Wentz or Daniels will open the season as the starter, but you have to imagine that Wentz will get the nod eventually. I guess his 50% completion rate for 90 yards and an interception in the preseason was enough to convince the team he’s ready to roll. Bradford wasn’t really fantasy relevant anyways, but the guy loved to throw to his tight end. My expectations for Ertz are definitely tempered now, but we’ll see how the offense looks with the rookie at the helm. Maybe the move makes Kyle Rudolph a guy to look at, but for me the move just makes AP look even better. Bradford doesn’t have the same athleticism he had prior to two ACL tears, but his arm is still elite. I just get the feeling that the Norv Turner and the Vikings are going to go all-in with AP and the non-shotgun run game. Norv’s got a long history of running the ball and he’s done so very well at times. Diggs had a good offseason, and with a ninth round ADP the value is there, but we really don’t know which (if any) receiver will have good chemistry with Bradford. Maybe Treadwell starts to creep back onto the fantasy radar, who knows?



Ravens RB situation

Am I crazy or is Buck Allen getting completely overlooked in Baltimore. The first thing I thought when Forsett was released is “people are about to go crazy for West”. That looked like it was going to be the case, then reports emerged that Forsett would likely return and take the starting gig back by game one (which happened just now). The West hype died right away, but I still don’t get how Allen isn’t getting any love in Baltimore. Their entire offense is muddy, but the guy did have 45 catches last year. A running back in this Trestman offense is going to be good, but who? Forsett was actually pretty good last year, PPR RB12 through the first ten games before going down with the broken arm. You can’t imagine Forsett will be healthy all year though, and Allen was pretty awesome at the end of last season on just volume alone. Starting in week 11 when Allen took over as the guy he saw at least five targets in every game but one. Twice Allen was targeted ten times or more, including a thirteen target day with twelve catches. Those are the types of numbers I think you can expect from the back in Trestman’s offense, and Allen fits that role. Dixon has the build and playing style of a good back for Trestman too, but his injuries are slowing things down. For what it’s worth Peter King thinks Dixon will be the lead dog in the backfield by mid-October. Right now though my money’s on Allen being a factor at some point this season.



Don’t flex Thursday night guys!

Just a reminder now that we’re FINALLY getting real life football, don’t flex guys that play in Thursday night games! Start Thursday night guys in their position instead so you have some flexibility in case there’s a last minute surprise injury.


 

Jamaal Charles

You know what’s frustrating about the most recent Jamaal Charles news? Spencer Ware went from being a reasonably priced necessary handcuff to a guy other owners are willing to draft just to stick it to the Charles owner. Ware’s ADP according to FantasyPros (do we use them as a reference officially?) is in the fifteenth round, but that’s not up to date. Ware went before round ten in all five drafts I did this weekend after the Charles news broke. I’m not actually worried at all about Charles being a major contributor and top back again… he’s never been a volume dependent or short yardage guy anyways.

 



 

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