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    I have to get a fantasy lineup set but I still have one more draft to do tonight. Considering what has happened in the past week with Romo, Teddy Bridgewater and several other big name players, not to mention deals that moved Sam Bradford from Philadelphia to Minnesota this late breaking draft is actually coming at the perfect time. I have maintained since I started playing fantasy football that the draft should not be held until after the 3rd preseason game in case of injuries to starters. It never seems to fail that some high profile players get season ending injuries in the 3rd preseason "rehearsal" game and sure enough it happened again with Tony Romo among others who bit the big one and will at very least be lost for a big chunk of the coming season.

    Final cuts also present odd problems. On Saturday the Ravens cut RB Justin Forsett who had a big breakout season for the Ravens last year. It was a surprising move to say the least all things considered but the Ravens had ulterior motives behind the move. Forsett was slated to make $3MM this season so resigning him would indicate he will make less than that so in the end it was all about the Benjamins. It should be noted that Terrence West had a very good preseason and could be much more involved in the offense this season.

    Check your fantasy rosters because the Eagles threw a big monkey in the wrench over the weekend. First, the concluded a deal with Minnesota that sent their starting QB to the Vikes for a 1st and conditional 4th round picks. This was done a mere week before the season starts which is an unprecedented move by a football team. Then, the Eagles, instead of naming veteran Chase Daniel as the starter they came out and announced the Eagles 1st round pick, 2nd overall, Carson Wentz was going to be the starter in Week 1. This is totally crazy town stuff because Wentz suffered a cracked rib in the 1st preseason game and he hasn't played a down since. That's like grabbing a 5 year old by the seat of the pants and chunking him into the water to teach him to swim. Good luck Carson, you're going to need it.

    The Bears dropped veteran kicker Robbie Gould after he gave them the best years of his career. Gould will be leaving Chicago and the Bears all time leading scorer, and that's for a franchise that's been around since 1920, and the most accurate kicker in franchise history. Gould struggle some last season and his struggles continued this summer with him missing several field goal attempts and even a couple of extra points. The Bears have signed Connor Barth who has spent time in Tampa Bay and New Orleans in his career. How many of you picked up Gould on your fantasy team?

    Back from the legion of the missing Arian Foster will be the starter over Jay Ajaya in Miami. Foster has now made a successful comeback up to this point from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered early in the season while with the Texans last season now it's time to complete the comeback. Unfortunately, it is coming against one of the toughest defenses in the league in Seattle this weekend.

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    It's about to begin. The 6 month odyssey to Super Bowl LI is about to begin with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in Denver. It sure seems like it's been longer than the 7 months it's been since the Broncos won an unlikely victory allowing legendary QB Peyton Manning walk off into the sunset of his NFL career with a Super Bowl Ring in one of the few storybook endings to a sure fire Hall of Fame career. The Broncos have pretty much the same cast as last year except for Manning and his backup Brock Osweiler who left for Houston as a free agent. The Broncos will be trying to defend their title with 2nd year player Trevor Siemian under center and the Broncos highly touted 1st round draft pick Paxton Lynch waiting in the wings. Cam Newton and the Panthers feel they have some unfinished business that has nothing to do with tonight's game. What they want is a SB ring of their own and tonight is just the first step in that quest. The ballyhoo over the rematch of the Super Bowl is fun for the media but the Broncos and Panthers are probably looking at this game as Week 1. Still, it will be interesting to see what happens and it I won't delay the start any more. I'm going to watch some football people, It's finally here!

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    Anyone pick up Trevor Siemian in your fantasy league? It's looking like he is going to be a good play for both the Broncos and fantasy team owners. He threw for 178 yards and a TD and added another 20 yards on 5 carries for a decent fantasy night. That line score is not bad considering the Carolina Panthers have a pretty darn good defense. CJ Anderson was the Broncos fantasy star last night gaining 92 yards on 20 carries and a TD and he added another 47 yards receiving on 4 catches with another TD. Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos in receiving with 5 grabs for 49 yards with Demaryius Thomas next with 4 catches for 48 yards. You could easily see the Broncos offense be even more effective against teams who don't have a defense as good as Carolina. It's a testament to the job John Elway has done building this team that they can lose their starting QB to retirement and his backup to free agency along with LB Danny Trevathan and others to free agency and they are still this good. For those who were ruling the Broncos out as division and playoff contenders should rethink that notion. If someone else wins the AFC West they are going to earn it because Denver is here to play. The Broncos 21-20 win over the Panthers was not just a really good game to kick off the 2016 season it was yet another case where the "experts" don't necessarily know what the hell they are talking about.

    That's the high point and why we all love pro football. This article that was sent to me by boy Boomer talks about the ugly underbelly of the NFL as the teams routinely use a drug called toradol is used to keep players on the field even though they probably shouldn't be. The article comes from SBNation.com and talks extensively about the drug and it is a warning to all athletes who take this drug because it is likely not just confined to the pros. It could very well be a prevalent presence in college and maybe even high schools.

    http://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/3/123...it-barely-knew

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    The original intend of this thread way back when was to give fantasy football advice. I can and will give my humble opinion from time to time but I figured I would give you a snippet of info from some other locales. This week comes some definite starts in the ever-so-humble opinion of none other than the New York Times.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/sp...tart.html?_r=0

    There is some news, like the fact that Rob Gronkowski will miss the game vs the Cardinals tomorrow. The Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is also out.

    There is a lot of politics going on this week to talk about including remembrances of 9-11. This is the 15th anniversary of 9-11 and there will be memorials to the fallen across the NFL. One such remembrance has become a bit of a cause celebre centering around Tennessee Titans LB Avery Williamson who plans to wear a special pair of cleats memorializing the victims of 9-11. In a show of support several Police Unions have offered to pay any reasonable fine levied on Williamson for wearing the cleats. The NFL has a strict dress code that they will not budge from for any reason. Case in point, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to wear decals on their helmets honoring the 5 slain police officers in Dallas but the NFL league office refused their request. This is a good story and I hope Williamson does go through with wearing the cleats tomorrow. BTW, Williamson intends to auction off the shoes after the game and donate the proceeds to Operation Warrior Wishes. Nice move Mr W.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...for-911-cleats

    On the other side of the coin protests continue by athletes to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. There is a report from the Ft Lauderdale Sun Sentinel that some Miami Dolphins players may do something during the National Anthem. The paper is also reporting that the Dolphins' opponents, the Seattle Seahawks may be planning some sort of protest but there has not been any news of a common protest with each team considering it's own agenda in the pregame ceremonies. I'm sure there will be others around the NFL who will also join in this protest. I hope the steam runs out of this boycott of the Anthem loses steam soon, I am really tired of this agenda which is basically an indictment of police related shootings in America. I support their right to do it but I absolutely disagree with the spirit of it.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/m...909-story.html

    On the Seahawks side they are planning something that is a positive message of peaceful protest. As this article from Bleacher Report reports the plans of the Seahawks is a show of unity and respect for justice, the National Anthem and the fallen who have died protecting this country at home and abroad. This is a form of protest I can get behind. Unless I missed the point it is not a bashing of authorities or the country we live in, it is a call for a peaceful solution to our problems. Yep, I can definitely get behind something like this.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...ation-of-unity

    Here's is NFL.com's Cheat Sheet listing injuries to be on the lookout for and who may or may not play tomorrow. There is also a brief 'what to watch' for every game tomorrow.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-1-cheat-sheet
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    Here's todays injury report including the debut of Chicago Bears 1st round pick in 2015 Kevin White out of West Virginia was drafted #7 overall last year but he missed all of the 2015 season with a stress fracture in his leg. Also, Kansas City will be without RB Jamaal Charles as he is still rehabbing from yet another knee injury last year which obviously makes Charcandrick West the play today. It depends on how things go but Spencer Ware could see some touches as well.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-to-make-debut

    Another move fantasy team owners may want to consider is putting TJ Yeldon in since it is being reported that Chris Ivory checked into a hospital last night for an unknown health reason which means Yeldon is getting the start today for Jacksonville against Green Bay.

    My super sleeper pick for today would be Saints tight end Colby Fleener. He is an athletic receiver with good hands taylor made for Sean Payton's offense and with Drew Brees at QB. He's no Jimmy Graham but Jimmy Graham hasn't been Jimmy Graham since he left Brees and Saints which means he is the best tight end prospect in NOLA since the last time Graham was actually healthy. Last season, which was not a great season for Brees big, plodding TE Benjamin Watson was 2nd in receptions for the Saints gaining 825 yards and scoring 6 TDs. Fleener can do much better than that if he can stay healthy.

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    Yesterday was the day that featured QBs almost to the exclusion of all others. On the one hand you had more than a half dozen brand new starters for their teams. Some, like RGIII and Brock Osweiler had started elsewhere but they made their first starts for their new teams. They you had the rookies like Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott with varying degrees of success. Wentz led his Eagles to a victory while Prescott and the Cowboys were not able to overcome their own issues to beat the Giants. You had New England's Jimmy Garopollo who made his first NFL start subbing for a suspended Tom Brady. His test was the most daunting of any of the first time starters because there really aren't any clear cut stars on the offensive side of the Patriots team and they were facing one of the best defenses in the NFL and they were able to prevail in large part because Garoppolo played his ass off. Throw in the absence of the Pats best offensive player, Rob Gronkowski, because of injury and the fact the Patriots were on the road in Phoenix Arizona. There were just plain stellar performances as well with KC's Alex Smith, Oakland's Derek Carr, Andrew Luck and all were led by the old man of the NFL, Drew Brees, who threw for 423 yards in a losing effort if you believe that! There were also a couple of significant injuries. Cleveland's RGIII suffered a severe left shoulder injury that has him off to the IR/Scheduled to Return list. The Browns say they will not trade for a QB but they will ride with veteran Josh McCown who has only gotten better with age with yet another rookie Cody Kessler from USC as his backup. The Seahawks Russell Wilson injured his ankle late in yesterday's win over Miami in what was a tough defensive game in which only 22 points total scored in the game with the 'Hawks winning 12-10. Wilson claims he will play in next week's game against the Rams but players always say stuff like that. The truth is, it is being reported that Wilson's availability is very much in question.

    Yesterday of the 13 games played 3 of those games were decided by just one point. 7 others were decided by 7 points or less. Only three games were so-called easy victories and that would be the Texans who beat the Bears by 9, Philly's 19 point win over Cleveland and Minnesota's 11 point victory over Tennessee. All in all it was a great beginning to the season unless you favorite team lost. There are still two games left and the first, Washington vs Pittsburgh is already in progress with the Steelers owning a 7-6 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. The second game of this MNF doubleheader will be between the Rams and 49ers.

    For fantasy football fans only one RB rushed for 100+ yards so far and that would be Houston's Lamar Miller who rushed for 105 yards on 28 carries. Matt Forte was next with 96 yards followed by Denver's CJ Anderson who had 92.

    As for WR's the top of the list so far was AJ Green (180 yds) , and two Saints (Willy Snead (178 yds) and Brandin Cooks (143 yds)), with six other receivers topping 100 yds for the game.

    TE Zack Ertz is out with a dislocated rib and Chargers lost Keenan Allen for the year with a torn ACL. Here's some more injuries that may be of interest.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-displaced-rib

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    The Texans won largely because their defense shut the Bears down in the second half of the game. The halftime score was 14-10 Chicago but that was just the Texans teasing the Bears. The defensive coaches made some adjustments and the result was Jay Cutler was battered by the relentless pressure brought be the Texans. Houston only recorded one sack in the game but they must have knocked Cutler down a dozen times. They also shut down the Bears run game holding the Bears to 73 yards rushing for the game. All this without Brian Cushing who left the game on the first defensive series with what was later learned was a torn MCL. The injury will not require surgery but it will mean Cush will miss 8-10 weeks at worse.

    The offense was efficient with Osweiler passing for 231 yards, 2 TDs and a pick. Lamar Miller led the rushing attack with 106 yards on 28 carries as he led all rushers up to this point in the NFL. Rookie Will Fuller V led the receivers with 105 yards on 5 catches but he dropped a sure TD on a long pass from Osweiler in the first half. The ball couldn't have been placed any better as Brock continues to show he has a strong and accurate arm when he goes downfield. Fuller knew he blew a great opportunity but that was the scouting report on him when he was at Notre Dame. Fast, dynamic receiver with so-so hands. Hopefully, he gets better with time.

    Yesterday the Texans showed what I suspected. They are a strong team with an offense that is only going to get better as Osweiler and the receiving corp get to know one another better and the talented rookies gain more NFL experience. Also, as much as the ESPN Blitz guys diss the Texans O-line they got after it yesterday paving the way for Miller's 100 yard plus day. I'm confident when Houston takes the field this season for the first time ever that they can beat anyone who lines up against them. That's how I used to feel about the Cowboys when they were actually good. I am loving it because Houston is long overdue for a team like this.
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    Last night the Steelers proved they don't need Martavis Bryant who is on IR or Le'Veon Bell who is suspended 4 games they have a good enough team to step on the field with anybody. I don't know how the Steelers do it and I both hate them and I am jealous of them for their consistency. They kicked the crap out of the Redskins last night and they are poised to roll through yet another season as a playoff contender. The final score, in case you didn't hear was Pitt 38 Wash 16 and folks it wasn't even that close.
    At the opposite end of the spectrum the folks at MNF gave us two teams who likely won't even smell a .500 record this year. The Rams and 49ers faced off against each other in what I like to call "The Overrated Coach Bowl". I think both Jeff Fisher and Chip Kelly are overrated and I don't like either one of them. I sort of like the Rams as a franchise, don't ask me why because I don't know but I do but it's clear that Fisher doesn't know what the hell he is doing. I still can't explain how he led the Titans to the Super Bowl and was just a half yard short of winning the thing over, ironically enough the Rams team known at the time as the greatest show on turf. My dislike of Fisher as a head coach was cemented when I saw Hard Knocks. Fisher and his staff never really showed any great leadership qualities. The best they could do was threaten players jobs and drop F-bombs all over the place. The Cardinals and Seahawks are going to just beat both of these teams to a pulp this season and personally, I will be glad to watch the carnage. It's one of the reasons that makes have Directv and NFL Sunday Ticket worth having so I can see these two overrated gentlemen get their asses handed to them.

    It looks like Jacksonville is finally getting it's money's worth out of TE Julius Thomas. After Thomas signed with the Jags a couple of years ago he hasn't been a factor for them at all because he has been injured. This season began with him finally healthy and you could see the difference as the Jaguars gave the Green Bay Packers they wanted before finally losing 27-23. Thomas caught 5 balls for 65 yards and a TD in his best game since he left Denver. He was the third leading receiver for the Jags behind the Allen brothers, Robinson and Hurns. TJ Yeldon may get another week as the bell cow because the status, like his mysterious illness, of Chris Ivory is up in the air. The Jags have said only that Ivory checked into the hospital on Saturday night with a general health issue and that's as far as the explanation goes. Yeldon wasn't much of a factor in the run game because the Packers sort of negated the Jags run game. Yeldon gained just 39 yards on 21 carries but he did score a TD rushing. He also added 30 yards receiving on 4 catches. The road doesn't get any easier as they play San Diego who blew a 2nd half lead to lose to Kansas City on Sunday.

    If you keep track of such things in the NFC East the Giants and Eagles won while the Cowboys and Redskins both lost. In the AFC South every team but the Texans lost but Houston can't enjoy the win and the division lead too long because those aforementioned Chiefs will be coming in to play the them on Sunday. As for the Colts, are they really that bad or is Detroit suddenly that good? We'll see as Indy will play Denver in Denver on Sunday.

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    Last night the Steelers proved they don't need Martavis Bryant who is on IR or Le'Veon Bell who is suspended 4 games they have a good enough team to step on the field with anybody. I don't know how the Steelers do it and I both hate them and I am jealous of them for their consistency. They kicked the crap out of the Redskins last night and they are poised to roll through yet another season as a playoff contender. The final score, in case you didn't hear was Pitt 38 Wash 16 and folks it wasn't even that close.
    At the opposite end of the spectrum the folks at MNF gave us two teams who likely won't even smell a .500 record this year. The Rams and 49ers faced off against each other in what I like to call "The Overrated Coach Bowl". I think both Jeff Fisher and Chip Kelly are overrated and I don't like either one of them. I sort of like the Rams as a franchise, don't ask me why because I don't know but I do but it's clear that Fisher doesn't know what the hell he is doing. I still can't explain how he led the Titans to the Super Bowl and was just a half yard short of winning the thing over, ironically enough the Rams team known at the time as the greatest show on turf. My dislike of Fisher as a head coach was cemented when I saw Hard Knocks. Fisher and his staff never really showed any great leadership qualities. The best they could do was threaten players jobs and drop F-bombs all over the place. The Cardinals and Seahawks are going to just beat both of these teams to a pulp this season and personally, I will be glad to watch the carnage. It's one of the reasons that makes have Directv and NFL Sunday Ticket worth having so I can see these two overrated gentlemen get their asses handed to them.

    It looks like Jacksonville is finally getting it's money's worth out of TE Julius Thomas. After Thomas signed with the Jags a couple of years ago he hasn't been a factor for them at all because he has been injured. This season began with him finally healthy and you could see the difference as the Jaguars gave the Green Bay Packers they wanted before finally losing 27-23. Thomas caught 5 balls for 65 yards and a TD in his best game since he left Denver. He was the third leading receiver for the Jags behind the Allen brothers, Robinson and Hurns. TJ Yeldon may get another week as the bell cow because the status, like his mysterious illness, of Chris Ivory is up in the air. The Jags have said only that Ivory checked into the hospital on Saturday night with a general health issue and that's as far as the explanation goes. Yeldon wasn't much of a factor in the run game because the Packers sort of negated the Jags run game. Yeldon gained just 39 yards on 21 carries but he did score a TD rushing. He also added 30 yards receiving on 4 catches. The road doesn't get any easier as they play San Diego who blew a 2nd half lead to lose to Kansas City on Sunday.

    If you keep track of such things in the NFC East the Giants and Eagles won while the Cowboys and Redskins both lost. In the AFC South every team but the Texans lost but Houston can't enjoy the win and the division lead too long because those aforementioned Chiefs will be coming in to play the them on Sunday. As for the Colts, are they really that bad or is Detroit suddenly that good? We'll see as Indy will play Denver in Denver on Sunday.

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    Man, when you talk trash and get paid a butt load of money it doesn't take long for people to throw you under the bus when you lose a game because a player you would normally cover goes off and burns you for an entire game. I'm talking about the way Steelers WR Antonio Bryant torched the Redskins on Monday and the fact that everyone is bashing Redskins CB Josh Norman. It's a bit shocking that there are so many New York Giants players chiming in on the Josh bashing. Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz and even fellow defensive player and Giants CB Janoris Jenkins are critical of Norman referring to the $70MM deal Norman got in the offseason from Washington and he didn't even cover the other team's best receiver. As for Norman he responds to questions by the media by saying he did what the coaches asked him to do all the while Bashaud Breeland was getting torched by Brown. Did the Redskins not give Breeland any help? Why would you not play Norman on Brown if you weren't going to double team Brown while Norman took away the other side by himself? This sounds like a Washington coaching failure that Norman is taking the heat for. Do I care? Hell no, because Norman is an abrasive, cocky so and so who has no problem talking smack when he does well. My hope is Washington continues to depend on Bashaud Breeland this week and he plays Dez Bryant. The Redskins don't like to have their CBs "travel" meaning they don't focus one guy on an opponent's guy because it gives away how they are playing. They don't want to give away whether they are playing zone or man in the secondary so I look for Dallas to isolated Dez on Breeland and throw away from Josh Norman. If that's what happens and the Cowboys beat the Redskins look for Norman to continue to be bashed but some of that venom should start to spill over on to Jay Gruden and the rest of the Washington coaching staff. For the record, Nate Newton a guard during the Cowboys great 90's teams, said the way Dallas used Deion Sanders was to put him on the other team's second best receiver and he took away one side of the field. The other team's best receiver would get double covered. It didn't hurt that Dallas had a top 5 defense and a fierce pass rush. That's something the Redskins don't have so it may be just a bad ride for Norman in Washington. Isn't that the history of the Redskins under Daniel Snider? Pay a player a crap load worth of money and misuse him and he ends up a total bust. No offense, but as a Cowboys fan I hope that continues.

    What generally happens when a player holds out in a contract dispute? I know, right? That player almost always gets injured when he comes back and it's almost always is the player's hamstring. That's what happened to Chargers #1 pick, third overall, Joey Bosa. Bosa and Chargers finally ironed out his deal and got into training camp with about 10 days left in the preseason and he hurt him hamstring about 2 days later. You would think Bosa would have helped the Chargers avoid a 17 point forth quarter collapse that allowed Kansas City for force the game into overtime but we'll never know. Bosa didn't get to play last Sunday because of the hamstring and it looks like he will be a scratch in Week 2 against Jacksonville and there is some doubt he will be available in Week 3. Bosa is probably pretty happy because one of the things he held out for was a fully guaranteed contract so he's getting paid while the Chargers who gave in to Bosa's demands have to be wondering what the hell happened.

    Here's what you don't want your starting QB to say the week after his team didn't score a point in a regular season game, "I think I was seeing ghosts," Keenum said of his struggles against the 49ers," via The L.A. Times. "I was seeing things that weren't there. I wasn't trusting myself and my abilities." Isn't your first thought that Keenum needs to go get tested for drugs saying something like that? Especially not a veteran guy who has played in enough NFL games to not hallucinate like that. The fact that a Jeff Fisher coaching staff has failed to mentor a young QB in his entire tenure is tangible proof that Fisher is highly overrated as a coach.

    If you need to know how your fantasy players ranked this past week and look for free agent pickups here's the list of the top ranked players from last week. The first page lists the best QB performances in Week 1. There are links at the top of the page to check out the top RBs, receivers and any other category you like. I would prefer if the wide receivers and tight ends had their own tab but you take what you can get. It is worth noting that a RB, Spencer Ware from Kansas City, was top five in receptions last week with 7 grabs for 126 yds. He didn't have a TD so that is one down to this guy's numbers.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/statistics/p...stat/receiving

    Broncos defensive players, Brandon Marshall and Darian Stewart were fined by the NFL for helmet to helmet hits on Panther's QB Cam Newton. Marshall was fined $24,309 while Stewart has to pay $18,231. What would have been more meaningful was if the refs in the game had flagged both players for illegal hits. That would have been a more satisfying outcome because the Panthers would have gotten 15 yards and a 1st down in both cases which is a much more tangible benefit than seeing the Broncos fined after the game is long over. There was an argument that big, strong QBs like Cam and Ben Roethlisberger don't get protected under the rules the way other QBs get protected. On Mike and Mike this morning Greeny had a stat that it had been well over a year, 662 days to be exact, since there was a penalty called for a roughing the passer on Cam Newton, when the Broncos did actually get flagged last Thursday. Greeny also pointed out that Cam went the entire 2015 season without one single roughing penalty called for him. That is a truly unbelievable stat. There are concerns over Cams health and considering evidence like that I would tend to agree.

    Week 2 begins tonight with the Jets and Buffalo. Last week the Jets were edged out by Cincinnati 23-22 in NY while Buffalo lost to the Ravens in the 2nd most boring game of the week 13-7. Neither team was impressive on either side of the ball, it was just a nice game to take a nap to. The Bills are playing at home but you wonder if they have enough firepower to keep up with the Jets. Chicago decide to let Matt Forte go and the Jets used him in much the same way as the Bears did. He ran for 96 yards and added another 58 receiving. He was the Jets leading receiver on the day with 2nd year WR Quincy Enunwa second with 7 catches for 54 yards and a TD. The Bill can counter with LeSean McCoy but he didn't do much against the Ravens and Sammy Watkins is dinged up both personally and with a so-so QB in Tyrod Taylor. Rex Ryan is proving he is an equal opportunity loser. He took a good roster put together by Eric Mangini with the Jets and ran them into the ground and he's doing the same thing in Buffalo.

    Here's the starts and sits from NFL.com for Week 2. The main article is about QBs but there are links at the bottom of the page to the other position as well along with the top 11 sleepers from Adam Rank.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...2-quarterbacks
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    Man, when you talk trash and get paid a butt load of money it doesn't take long for people to throw you under the bus when you lose a game because a player you would normally cover goes off and burns you for an entire game. I'm talking about the way Steelers WR Antonio Bryant torched the Redskins on Monday and the fact that everyone is bashing Redskins CB Josh Norman. It's a bit shocking that there are so many New York Giants players chiming in on the Josh bashing. Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz and even fellow defensive player and Giants CB Janoris Jenkins are critical of Norman referring to the $70MM deal Norman got in the offseason from Washington and he didn't even cover the other team's best receiver. As for Norman he responds to questions by the media by saying he did what the coaches asked him to do all the while Bashaud Breeland was getting torched by Brown. Did the Redskins not give Breeland any help? Why would you not play Norman on Brown if you weren't going to double team Brown while Norman took away the other side by himself? This sounds like a Washington coaching failure that Norman is taking the heat for. Do I care? Hell no, because Norman is an abrasive, cocky so and so who has no problem talking smack when he does well. My hope is Washington continues to depend on Bashaud Breeland this week and he plays Dez Bryant. The Redskins don't like to have their CBs "travel" meaning they don't focus one guy on an opponent's guy because it gives away how they are playing. They don't want to give away whether they are playing zone or man in the secondary so I look for Dallas to isolated Dez on Breeland and throw away from Josh Norman. If that's what happens and the Cowboys beat the Redskins look for Norman to continue to be bashed but some of that venom should start to spill over on to Jay Gruden and the rest of the Washington coaching staff. For the record, Nate Newton a guard during the Cowboys great 90's teams, said the way Dallas used Deion Sanders was to put him on the other team's second best receiver and he took away one side of the field. The other team's best receiver would get double covered. It didn't hurt that Dallas had a top 5 defense and a fierce pass rush. That's something the Redskins don't have so it may be just a bad ride for Norman in Washington. Isn't that the history of the Redskins under Daniel Snider? Pay a player a crap load worth of money and misuse him and he ends up a total bust. No offense, but as a Cowboys fan I hope that continues.

    What generally happens when a player holds out in a contract dispute? I know, right? That player almost always gets injured when he comes back and it's almost always is the player's hamstring. That's what happened to Chargers #1 pick, third overall, Joey Bosa. Bosa and Chargers finally ironed out his deal and got into training camp with about 10 days left in the preseason and he hurt him hamstring about 2 days later. You would think Bosa would have helped the Chargers avoid a 17 point forth quarter collapse that allowed Kansas City for force the game into overtime but we'll never know. Bosa didn't get to play last Sunday because of the hamstring and it looks like he will be a scratch in Week 2 against Jacksonville and there is some doubt he will be available in Week 3. Bosa is probably pretty happy because one of the things he held out for was a fully guaranteed contract so he's getting paid while the Chargers who gave in to Bosa's demands have to be wondering what the hell happened.

    Here's what you don't want your starting QB to say the week after his team didn't score a point in a regular season game, "I think I was seeing ghosts," Keenum said of his struggles against the 49ers," via The L.A. Times. "I was seeing things that weren't there. I wasn't trusting myself and my abilities." Isn't your first thought that Keenum needs to go get tested for drugs saying something like that? Especially not a veteran guy who has played in enough NFL games to not hallucinate like that. The fact that a Jeff Fisher coaching staff has failed to mentor a young QB in his entire tenure is tangible proof that Fisher is highly overrated as a coach.

    If you need to know how your fantasy players ranked this past week and look for free agent pickups here's the list of the top ranked players from last week. The first page lists the best QB performances in Week 1. There are links at the top of the page to check out the top RBs, receivers and any other category you like. I would prefer if the wide receivers and tight ends had their own tab but you take what you can get. It is worth noting that a RB, Spencer Ware from Kansas City, was top five in receptions last week with 7 grabs for 126 yds. He didn't have a TD so that is one down to this guy's numbers.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/statistics/p...stat/receiving

    Broncos defensive players, Brandon Marshall and Darian Stewart were fined by the NFL for helmet to helmet hits on Panther's QB Cam Newton. Marshall was fined $24,309 while Stewart has to pay $18,231. What would have been more meaningful was if the refs in the game had flagged both players for illegal hits. That would have been a more satisfying outcome because the Panthers would have gotten 15 yards and a 1st down in both cases which is a much more tangible benefit than seeing the Broncos fined after the game is long over. There was an argument that big, strong QBs like Cam and Ben Roethlisberger don't get protected under the rules the way other QBs get protected. On Mike and Mike this morning Greeny had a stat that it had been well over a year, 662 days to be exact, since there was a penalty called for a roughing the passer on Cam Newton, when the Broncos did actually get flagged last Thursday. Greeny also pointed out that Cam went the entire 2015 season without one single roughing penalty called for him. That is a truly unbelievable stat. There are concerns over Cams health and considering evidence like that I would tend to agree.

    Week 2 begins tonight with the Jets and Buffalo. Last week the Jets were edged out by Cincinnati 23-22 in NY while Buffalo lost to the Ravens in the 2nd most boring game of the week 13-7. Neither team was impressive on either side of the ball, it was just a nice game to take a nap to. The Bills are playing at home but you wonder if they have enough firepower to keep up with the Jets. Chicago decide to let Matt Forte go and the Jets used him in much the same way as the Bears did. He ran for 96 yards and added another 58 receiving. He was the Jets leading receiver on the day with 2nd year WR Quincy Enunwa second with 7 catches for 54 yards and a TD. The Bill can counter with LeSean McCoy but he didn't do much against the Ravens and Sammy Watkins is dinged up both personally and with a so-so QB in Tyrod Taylor. Rex Ryan is proving he is an equal opportunity loser. He took a good roster put together by Eric Mangini with the Jets and ran them into the ground and he's doing the same thing in Buffalo.

    Here's the starts and sits from NFL.com for Week 2. The main article is about QBs but there are links at the bottom of the page to the other position as well along with the top 11 sleepers from Adam Rank.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...2-quarterbacks

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    Jets beat Bills in what was a better game than I expected. It was a see-saw game that featured a lot of big plays. I can't decide if either team is really good or just good against each other. I guess that will have to be decided when they play more games. The 37-31 featured a lot of fantasy worthy players the chief among them was Ryan Fitzpatrick who threw for nearly 400 yards last night. He had two 100+ yard receivers in Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall but the Jets also have another really nice receiver in Quincy Enunwa who put up some nice fantasy numbers, 6 catches for 92 yards. It would have been nice if he got a TD in there but the guy is good and he made some nice catches last night. Matt Forte had a great fantasy night with 100 yards even on 30 carries with 3 TDs!
    The Bills Tyrod Taylor bounced back from a lousy game against the Ravens in Week 1 to throw for 297 yards and 3 TDs. Buffalo's LeSean McCoy didn't do much for fantasy owners but two new WRs were pretty good. Marquise Goodwin (2/112/1TD) and Greg Salas (4/89/1TD) were the main targets for Taylor on the night. Sammy Watkins, who is still limping around after offseason foot surgery, didn't get but 2 catches for 20 yards. McCoy had 4 catches for 31 yards to pad his fantasy stats a little. The fact is Buffalo is probably better than they've shown the last couple of weeks but the Ryan brothers, Rex and Rob just area that great as coaches. Unless Buffalo comes back strong and makes the playoffs I look for the blowhard twins to get fired.

    Here's a very incomplete injury roundup from NFL.com. The one thing of note is that RB Chris Ivory is out again this week meaning TJ Yeldon will again be the featured back when Jacksonville travels to San Diego to face the Chargers.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...mara-ruled-out

    The Chargers, by the way, lost Keenan Allen in the first half last Sunday to a torn ACL which means the Chargers lost their best WR for the season. For Allen it sucks and there's nothing more to say about that. You have to feel bad when these players go down. It sucks for fantasy owners of Allen because a player as productive as he is aren't readily available so you have to take chances for you would've had to draft well. Obviously, the sure choice is somebody on the Chargers roster who will have to step up. Would that be Travis Benjamin who had 7 catches for a meager 32 yards or go with fantasy guru's newest hot ticket, Tyrell Williams. You choose, I tried to replace Allen with either one and they were both gone. You could try to pick up the Jets Quincy Enunwa or Pittsburgh's Markus Wheaton who is slated to return from injury soon or Eli Rogers who had 6 catches for 59 yards and a TD as the second best receiver for the Steelers on Monday night against Washington. Rogers may just replace Martavis Bryant who did get a lot of touches last season.

    Want an upset this week? How about Cleveland over the Baltimore Ravens? Josh McCown has shown he can be an effective QB in the NFL and I don't think anyone was terribly impressed with the Ravens in their 13-7 win over Buffalo in Week 1. There may be some legit fantasy prospects with McCown under center. No offense to RGIII but he wasn't really impressive in preseason and I just feel like McCown is fully capable to making Cory Coleman, Andrew Hawkins and Terrelle Pryor viable fantasy options. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr can be better too. I'll throw this out there -- Cleveland over Baltimore on Sunday.

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    NFL.com's cheat sheet is an injury roundup for the coming games. In this edition of Week 2's cheat sheet includes items like Panther's RB Jonathan Stewart will play for Carolina. There is also a weather report for today's games which is helpful when you are deciding who to bet on and a brief preview of today's games. Just a little fun facts and a way to help you set your fantasy lineup.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...wboys-find-dez

    This start 'em and sit 'em from NFL.com is linked below. They are saying Eli Manning should have a big day against the Saints after the way Derek Carr and the Raiders lit the Saints up last week. What you have to remember is that Drew Brees led all passers last week throwing for over 400 yards. The Giants confused and pressured rookie Dak Prescott of the Cowboys but I doubt if the G-men can do the same thing to Brees. There is a menu bar that you can choose any position you need to find out about. In running backs a note worth start is Chicago's Jeremy Langford who struggled against Houston last week. He is facing the Philadelphia Eagles this week and they allowed some running room to the Browns (the Browns?) last week. Chicago is my 3rd favorite team this week behind Dallas and Houston. I am also a Saints fan today as well. The biggest news at WR is Miami's Jarvis Landry as the Dolphins play the Patriots. NFL.com points out that NE allowed a lot of fantasy points to Arizona's WRs. Hello, NFL.com, that was Arizona who are really good. Miami is not Arizona talent-wise and this is a play that needs to be thought about. The rest of the article is linked below to help you decide what your fantasy lineup should be.

    http://www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball/s...m-quarterbacks

    Sam Bradford will start today for the Vikings so there could be some Minnesota players that will be more in play for fantasy owners today.

    Rams #1 pick Jared Goff will be the backup to Case Keenum when the Rams face the Seahawks today so if Keenum stinks it up like he did last week in an embarrassing loss to the 49ers then Goff might get his first NFL experience. Nice, that is what most guys want to do, make their official NFL debut against the Legion of Boom.

    The biggest news is how NFL.com's staff thinks that the biggest upset of the weekend won't be Louisville over Florida State it will be Cleveland beating the Ravens. These and other bold predictions from NFL.com are linked below.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-in-gritty-win

    Week two is 4 hours away. Don't forget to set your fantasy lineups and good luck, that is of course if you are playing me then you and suffer like a dog!

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    The Bears will likely be without QB Jay Cutler for what being called a lengthy bit of time, whatever that means. There is talk of the possibility of surgery which should shut the haters up about Cutler's toughness for a little while.

    Along the same lines the Eagles are preparing for life without without OT Lane Johnson for up to 10 games for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. His appeal is scheduled to take place during the Eagles Week 4 bye. Johnson can play until the appeal is settled but if things don't go their way the player the Eagles selected him with the 4th pick in the 2013 draft will be out until Week 16. Bad for the Eagles, great for Cowboys fans.

    Sam Bradford has been with the Minnesota Vikings for 15 days but it was long enough for him to get his first win as a starter vs the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. The Vikes beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers by a score of 17-14. It wasn't without a cost though because Adrian Peterson will be out for several weeks at least with a torn meniscus.

    Josh McCown was hurt. You could see it if you watched the game between the Browns and the Ravens. Something was wrong with his left shoulder, you could tell by the way he carried it when he walked. It turns out the Browns have reported that McCown has a sprained shoulder and will be out for an undetermined amount of time. A side sidebar to the story is poor old Cleveland will be starting their 5th different QB in their last five games dating back to Week 6 of last year. Week 16 the Browns started pre-meltdown Johnny Football and in Week 17 it was Austin Davis to close out the Browns 2015 season. Week 1, just 9 days ago Robert Griffin III started for Cleveland but he injured his shoulder in the game against Philadelphia. RGIII is slated to miss 10-12 weeks so the Browns have placed him on the IR/Scheduled to return list. This past Sunday McCown led the Browns to an early 20-2 lead before the injury rendered him totally ineffective in a 25-22 loss to Baltimore. This week the Browns 3rd round pick out of USC will get the start on Sunday which makes 5 QB's in 5 games. If that isn't a record it should be and it's another testament to the black hole that is the Cleveland QB position. Kessler joins fellow rookies Carson Wentzm Dak Prescott and New England's Jacoby Brissett as yet another rookie starter in the NFL. The Browns should have beaten the Ravens but the whole game started going to hell when Cleveland just scored their 3 TD of the game, all in the first quarter, and were lining up to kick the extra point when the Ravens broke through and blocked the PAT attempt and rookie DB Tavon Young scooped up the ball and raced the length of the field for the 2nd ever 2 points scored off a blocked extra point in NFL history. The first 2-point defensive score came in New Orleans last December when the Saints blocked a PAT against Carolina and scored on the play. It remains to be seen if Kessler will join the likes of Brady Quinn, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy and Tim Couch as high Cleveland draft picks who ended up on the scrap heap of failed Browns QB's. I can tell you, Shaw was no great shakes at USC and Collin Cowherd is right when he says the 6'1" 215 lb SoCal young man is just not built right to play in a cold, windy stadium like the one in Cleveland, and Baltimore, and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. When the wind comes out of the north and the temps plunge into the 20's and 30's we'll see how great an arm Kessler really has. I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Browns and I really hope Kessler or somebody can come in and save this team from perpetual mediocrity. On Mike and Mike this morning the boys were talking about Kessler starting when they said the Browns will sign "Clipboard Jesus, Charlie Whitehurst" as his backup.

    KC's Andy Reid is accusing the Texans of "flopping" to get a call on what would have been a kickoff return for a TD in the Texans 19-12 win over the Chiefs last Sunday. I will agree the call was a bad call but blame the ref not the flop. C'mon Andy, you're better than that.

    The Chargers lost a major weapon last Sunday in their big win over Jacksonville. RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL and will be lost for the rest of the season. The Chargers have signed former Kansas City Chief Dexter McCluster to try to fill Woodhead's shoes. We'll see if McCluster has anything left in his tank quick, fast and in a hurry. Woodhead lead all Chargers in targets, catches, receiving yards and TD's so his loss will be huge if McCluster can't cut the mustard. For fantasy purposes you may take a chance on McCluster but you could also take a flier on rookie RB out of Houston Kenneth Farrow who did a nice job in preseason. Tough call here but I would probably lean towards the veteran player.

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    The Bears just keep getting one great item of news after another. First, they get pummeled by the Eagles on Monday Night Football and during the course of the game Jay Cutler injures his thumb bad enough they are considering surgery to fix it. Next LB Danny Trevathan injures his thumb and it will require surgery and on top of that LB Lamarr Houston found out he has a torn ACL and is done for the season. On the offensive side of the ball T Eddie Goldman suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss 4 weeks or more. Losing 2 starting LB's in Eddie Fangio's 3-4 defense is a huge blow to the Bears defense. One thing the Bears were doing right is rushing the passer as they had recorded 8 sacked in the first two games. Now, there's no telling if the Bears have the quality of depth behind Trevathan and Houston to keep the sack train rolling. It doesn't help that the Bears are facing a top O-line in Dallas this week as the Cowboys try to build on their road win in Washington last Sunday. Who knows what the Bears are getting with Brian Hoyer at QB. Will they get good Brian Hoyer who helped lead the Texans to the playoffs last year or will they get evil Brian Hoyer who threw 5 INT's in Houston's playoff loss to Kansas City in January? The key will be whether or not Dallas can put pressure on Hoyer for if they don't they will get gashed the way Kirk Cousins did to them on Sunday throwing for 364 yards and a TD. Hoyer can be a pretty good QB and almost any NFL QB will look good if the defense lets him sit in the pocket and pick them apart. Dallas did step up in big ways against Washington but you'd rather see Brian Hoyer buried under a sea of Cowboys humanity. That is if you're a Cowboys fan.

    The Patriots are being their usual tight-lipped selves when talking about their injury situation. The Pats reported that both Jimmy Garoppolo and Rob Gronkowski were limited in practice yesterday. Now you know when I say the Patriots are tight lipped I'm really talking about Bill Belichick? A block of granite has more personality than Belichick shows in media interviews and he's about as informative as granite when it comes to his team's injury report. At one point Bill responded to a question of what was wrong with Garoppolo by saying he's not a medical staff guy and he doesn't perform surgery and the medical staff doesn't call plays and it has worked out pretty well like that. Best guess is Garoppolo is out, Gronk is a maybe and the Texans better start preparing for Jacoby Brissett.

    The Chargers signed RB Dexter McCluster yesterday to replace Danny Woodhead who was lost for the season with a torn ACL. McCluster has been in the NFL for 6 years prior to 2016 and he's played for the KC Chiefs (2010-2013) and the Tennessee Titans for 2 seasons (2014-2015). The Titans waived McCluster with their final cut down on Sept 2. McCluster is well suited for filling the Woodhead role. He can run from the backfield and he's good in the passing game. He's fast and elusive but probably not as tough a runner as Woodhead. Woodhead is fearless to the point that the Chargers were comfortable running Woodhead in short yardage and goal line situations. I don't think McCluster is that guy but he's faster than Woodhead so it makes him more of a breakaway threat. I'm not sure how much he will be able to grasp of the Chargers offense in just a few days but RB is a position you don't necessarily need a lot of time to prepare for. McCluster is an experienced player so he should pick up his assignments pretty fast and he will know how to work in pass protection. This could be a great fantasy pick up considering how important Danny Woodhead was to San Diego prior to being hurt.
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