Hot Stove Round-up: Red Sox Trade for Kimbrel, Angels and Braves swap shortstops

Plenty has happened in just two weeks of hot stove season.  Qualifying offers have been decided and GM meetings are over, but the season has tipped off, mainly with trades.  Here’s the most important ones so far.

Red Sox Acquire Kimbrel For 4 Prospects

The Red Sox have new plans at closer.  They are moving on from the days of Koji Uehara.  They brought in star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres.  This is one step towards another miracle in 2016, hinted from a late lineup heating.  Kimbrel is only 26, so if they hold on to him, he should last a while.  Obviously they still need a starting ace but Dave Dombrowski plans to fill that need via free agency.  The prospects they traded were no major names besides Manuel Margot, who nearly hit for the cycle in Pawtucket.  But, the Padres didn’t give away Kimbrel for free.

Braves Acquire Erick Aybar, Angels Receive Andrelton Simmons

The Braves and Angels traded shortstops on the spot.  Why though?  Well, it wasn;t straight up.  Andrelton Simmons isn’t Erick Aybar on offnese, but gets the edge for his great fielding skills.  So Simmons came with two prospects, while Aybar came with three.  Starter for starter trades like this come with surprise, but they happen.

Mariners, Rays make 6 player exchange

The Mariners and Rays made the biggest trade yet this off season.  They Rays gave up Nathan Karns and C.J Riefenhauser, plus outfield prospect Boog Powell to the Mariners.  The Mariners needed more batting than pitching, but this trade didn’t make it seem that way.  The Rays received SS Brad Miller, a viable replacement for Asdrubal Cabrera, and 1B/OF Logan Morrison, plus reliever Danny Farquhar.  It really takes a hit at the Mariners infield depth, but plenty of free agents are out there that can help make that happen.

Mariners Acquire Joaquin Benoit

The Mariners have made plenty of yrades already, and in their second of three, they acquired Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit for two prospects.  The Padres have also made two trades this off season, one dealing Kimbrel to Boston.

Yankees Trade John Ryan Murphy to Twins for Aaron Hicks

The Yankees traded their backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy to the Twins.  The Yankees already have a third catcher in Austin Romine ready to take that role.  Meanwhile, the Twins have been without a relevant backup catcher for a while, pretty much ever since Kurt Suzuki took the starting job.  The Twins did not already have another CF ready though, which may cost them.  Was Aaron Hicks maybe the wrong guy for the Twins to trade, considering the Yankees are fine on outfielders, besides backup depth?  Hicks is traditionally a starter.

Phillies Acquire Jeremy Hellickson from D-Backs

The Phillies acquired Jeremy Hellickson from the D-Backs from prospect pitcher Sam McWilliams.  giving up Hellickson hurts the sub-.500 D-Backs’ pitching depth, but the Phillies needed a veteran.  Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams are both free agents, Cliff Lee declined a qualifying offer, and Cole Hamels was traded to the Rangers at the deadline, as the Phillies were clear sellers while Texas leaned towards the buying side.  Hamels helped Texas to the playoffs, and he had recently thrown a no-no for Philly.

Mariners Acquire Leonys Martin in 5 player trade

The Mariners, now onto their third trade of the off season, acquired Rangers backup center fielder Leonys Martin and reliever Anthony Bass.  Martin was the starter, until being injury plagued forced him to lose his job to Delino DeShields.  In return, the Rangers received Mariners outfielder James Jones, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, and a player to be named.

Jose Pirela to Padres

The Yankees traded their utility man, Jose Pirela to the Padres.  In return, they got prospect RHP Ronald Herrera from the Padres.  Pirela was passed on the depth chart by Rob Refsnyder last season.

Cliff Pennington Signs With Angels

Free agent Cliff Pennington signed a two year deal with the Angels.  Pennington was traded to the Blue Jays at the deadline.  The middle infielder should fill the hole Howie Kendrick left at second.  Will they possibly sign an additional 2B?

Francisco Rodriguez Traded to Tigers

The Brewers had been rumoring this for ages.  The Tigers have their closer, and his name is not Neftali Feliz.  Francisco Rodriguez was traded to Detroit for their prospect, Javier Betancourt.

 

So, as you can see, most of the moves so far were trades, but a few free agents have signed.  Some re-signing, sometimes through qualifying offers or club options, but in the end, there’s still plenty more to this exciting off season.

 

Retirement Announcements:

Note: All Retirements Effective Immediately Unless Otherwise Noted (See David Ortiz)

A. J. Burnett

Dan Haren

Aramis Ramirez

Barry Zito

LaTroy Hawkins

David Ortiz (After 2016 Season)

Torii Hunter

 

 

Lewis Out, Edelman Out, What Now?

Dion Lewis is out for the year with a torn ACL, and Julian Edelman is out until the playoffs with a broken foot.  How will they replace these two key players to the offense?

Dion Lewis

Although Brandon Bolden and James White are doing their part, they need a significant passing back.  There are a couple options, although Travaris Cadet was signed by the 49ers.  Last week, the Pats worked out with RBs Pierre Thomas and Robert Turbin.  Thomas, a powerful Saints passing back for several years, parted with the Saints this off season.  When Reggie Bush had a season ending torn MCL, with Carlos Hyde also hurt and Jarryd Hayne gone, the Niners signed both Thomas and Shaun Draughn.  Thomas was cut after a win over the Falcons, exchanged for Cadet.  Is Thomas still relevant?  If not, they can resort to their other option, Robert Turbin.  Turbin was Marshawn Lynch’s handcuff and Seattle’s passing back for a while, but after getting cut this preseason, he joined the Browns, where Isaiah Crowell and rookie Duke Johnson Jr. beat him out.   Turbin is still a solid passing back.  Will they sign somebody?

Julian Edelman

Edelman, the important slot receiver, will be replaced greatly by Danny Amendola and injury plagued Keshawn Martin.

“Martin, was enough”, Tom Brady said in a press conference.  “It’s too late in the season for another guy to learn our offense”. However, in addition, preseason sensation Chris Harper has been promoted form the practice squad.  Harper apparently may also be a slot receiver based on the fact he was promoted, and not somebody else.

So, there are options to replace our stars, but it’s still another obstacle in our Revenge Tour we need to overcome.

 

Gostkowski Perfect, Pats Perfect

Stephen Gostkowski was going for a 54 yard field goal.  He was perfect on the season.  It was 26-24 Giants.  Gostkowski attempted the kick and the Giants called a timeout.  He tried again, and it just barely made it!!!!!!!  Stephen Gostkowski’s field goal had been affected by the wind, but it just made it!!!!!  Gostkowski did a squib kick, and then the Giants started running with it, then the guy passed.  The Giants continued to toss it around until, OBJ got tackled.  It was over.  The Pats had won.

The Pats just edged the Giants in a 27-26 back and forth game.  Well, how did it get there?  Lets start back from the beginning.  The Patriots had a long winded drive, which led up to a Scott Chandler touchdown.  Then, the Giants took immediate action and Odell Beckham Jr. went 87 yards for a touchdown!!!!  Longest play of his career!!!!  Amazing play, OBJ!!!  There weren’t any more major plays soon after that.  Then Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal.  10-7 Pats.  But Edelman looked hurt.  He limped off the field with a left foot injury.  He would not return for the rest of the game.  Matthew Slater already got hurt on a punt.

A couple drives later, just after Justin Coleman had given up big yardage to a Giants sleep receiver, White, he recovered an Eli Manning fumble.  With about 5 minutes to go, Josh Brown kicked a field goal to tie the game.  Eli Manning had a couple big 31 yard passes to Rueben Randle and Will Tye, getting them into the red zone where they went to Dwayne Harris for the 1 yard TD.  17-10 Giants at the half.  The Giants were schooling the Patriots.  First by deferring, second by their scoring strategy based on deferring.  Then in the 2nd half, the Giants kept it up in a penalty filled drive by kicking field goal.  20-10 Giants.  HEY Tom Coughlin, that’s our strategy!!!

Then, the next time the Giants had the ball, Brad Wing had to punt it away, and Amendola looked like he was going all the way, nearly untouched, until he reached the 7 yard line, where he was tripped by Duron Harmon and Patrick Chung, his own teammates!!!  Then Blount Force Trauma took the rest by scoring the touchdown.  20-17.  But the Giants followed with a good drive, but penalties held them back to a long field goal.  One stupid Pats penalty though, put the Giants into field goal range in the first place.  Now it was 23-17 Giants.

Brady fumbled on the next drive to add to his struggles.  But Rob Ninkovich returned the favor by sacking Eli Manning.  Then, after the punt, the next drive was great.  They started at the 14, ran a couple plays, then Brady went long.  Rob Gronkowski kept going with it and soon he was untouched.  Rob Gronkowski was added to the list of longest career play.  76.  Yard.  Touchdown.  GRONKINATOR!!!!!!  24-23 Pats!!!

the 4th quarter continued on.  Later in the 2nd half, things got pathetic.  Brandon LaFell caught a 54 yard pass, then Brandon Bolden scored the touchdown.  But because of a penalty on the Pats, it got overturned.  Then Brady got intercepted by McBride.  After a slow next 3 minutes, Josh Brown kicked another field goal.  Then on the next drive, the Pats only had a couple minutes left, and they raced into field goal range quickly, where Gostkowski did his thing, and we won.  The Pats now have scored in guess how many straight quarters?  35!!!   All but the first quarter of the season.  They broke the record today.

Next week, the Pats face Buffalo on Monday Night.  We just have to pray for Edelman to play next week, let alone return this year.  Otherwise, our undefeated hopes, even at 9-0 and SB 50 hopes go down.  But for now, “We’re on to Buffalo.”

Star Of The Game

I was not able to choose a star this week.  I felt that everyone contributed enough for us to win, but nobody was especially good, even Blount.  Also, check out my upcoming replacing Lewis article.

Game Of the Year? Pats-Giants Preview

The Patriots and Giants rivalry continues tonight at 4:25.  The Pats and Giants have quite the history, starting with Super Bowl XLII, putting an end to an 18-0 stretch for the Patriots.  It continued in 2011.  The Pats beat the Giants in their regular season game but the Giants returned to get a surprise Super Bowl XLVI win over the 13-3 Pats.  The Giants had only gotten the 6th seed, with a 9-7 season record, but they always seem to have it going against the Pats.

Well, today, the Pats are coming off DeflateGate and are 8-0 and counting on their Revenge Tour.  If the Giants ruin another undefeated season, Pats fans will go nuts.  Brady and crew should be fired enough to challenge the Giants, especially because they helped get the Pats in trouble in the first place.  So, they’ll be especially fired up.  This is a very important game, but Week 12 and the playoffs are just as important, so it’s one of the games of the year.  If your a Pats diehard, you’d say every one is.

These modern Patriots are finally at least challenging the Giants to the throne of the northeast, and the fans of western Connecticut.  So, are you ready?  Lets go Pats!!!!

My Pick: 34-30 Patriots

Three Keys

  1. The Giants will make sure to cover Gronk, so it’s key that they throw to their receivers, and not just the Gronkinator.
  2. The Pats have to stop the run.  Shane Vereen, Rashad Jennings or whoever it is needs to go down.
  3. DON’T LOSE THE REVENGE TOUR TO THE GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pats Inactives

Jamie Collins LB

Trey Flowers DT

Marcus Cannon OT

Keshawn Martin WR

Sebastian Vollmer OT

Tre’ Jackson OG

Tavon Wilson SS

Giants Inactives

Prince Amukamara CB

Victor Cruz WR

Larry Donnell TE

Leon McFadden DB

Justin Pugh OT

J.T. Thomas LB

Uani Unga LB

NFL Week 10 Picks

NFL Week 10 Picks

Last week again was a 9 win week, but we can turn it around. I’m still comparable to the experts.

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Lock Of The Week

Steelers, 27, Browns, 20

Despite having Big Ben hurt, Johnny Manziel is not going to get another win. The Steelers defense is too good. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are against enough quality defense to have two defenders a piece. The passing game is stuck with just disappointing veteran Dwayne Bowe. Bowe was the starter in Kansas City and was going to be here but he lost his job to Brian Hartline and Travis Benjamin. Gary Barnidge and Hartline will be guarded accordingly. Well, maybe Benjamin will be open.

But the Steelers have plenty of passing options despite a worn down running game. With Joe Haden out, Antonio Brown will be joined by Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller. So, that should be enough to beat out the Browns.
Notable Locks: Panthers over Titans, Saints over Redskins

Upset Of The Week

Unfortunately, I don’t have an upset this week. If you want more game analysis, Check out my fantasy guide. It’s also a form of preview.

Notable Upsets: NONE

Other Games
Patriots, 34, Giants, 30
Cowboys, 20, Bucs, 16
Jets, 27, Bills, 21
Eagles, 42, Dolphins, 17
Ravens, 34, Jaguars, 31
Bengals, 34, Texans, 28
Panthers, 17, Titans, 16 L
Broncos, 28, Chiefs, 24
Raiders, 34, Vikings, 21
Saints, 27, Redskins, 24 L
Packers, 27, Lions, 24
Rams, 38, Bears, 27
Seahawks, 27, Cardinals, 20
Team Of The Week

1. This team has been very bad in recent years.
2. This team has gone through over ten starting QBs since 2000, including a #1 draft pick.
3. This team has played the Patriots at some point this season.
4. This team is in a coastal city.
5. This team has had a top 5 draft pick for multiple years in a row.

What team is this? Guess in comments.

Last Week: Texans

Fantasy Guide: Week 10

Fantasy Guide: Week 10

This is everything fantasy related for Sunday that you need to know to set your lineup. Look at the following games to find your players, or if you play DFS, browse the whole thing.

Dolphins @ Eagles

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Three Points

  1. Lamar Miller obviously has an issue in this game. Connor Barwin, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso, and don’t forget breakout d-lineman Fletcher Cox. But without him, how will the Dolphins work out their offense.       Jarvis Landry is a good start this week but with Landry’s recent struggles possibly continuing, let me throw out another name. Jordan Cameron. The Dolphins’ new tight end has not received the attention he deserves, and he is legitimately the next best receiver on the team.
  2. The Eagles defense is worth a start.       Despite my huge offensive score prediction, it’s more of a blowout than a slugfest, (for those of you who missed NFL Week 10 Picks, my pick was 42-17 Eagles). So the Eagles defense is worth a shot. The offense, just as good. The Cameron Wake-less Dolphins D can only cover so many. Third string running back Ryan Mathews will see extra carries and is worth the start. Likely, there will be a double RB format for Philly in this game. But throwing the ball is also important.       Jordan Matthews may have Brent Grimes, and Zach Ertz has Reshad Jones, two words. Riley Cooper. Another big game player, and with Ertz’ recent struggle, Brent Celek is also worth a sot a flex. Ertz is still the starter, just Celek is more effective from a fantasy standpoint.
  3. The Dolphins defense is falling apart.       My bold prediction is that the Eagles get a win by at least 20 points, and have a top 5 QB-RB-WR-TE combo in the league (Bradford, Mathews, Cooper, Celek), measured by fantasy points. Yup, Sam Bradford is a sack target, but with all that passing, he’ll pick up plenty of yardage to make up for it. And expect big time points if he scores the five TDs I thought would happen because of him and his receivers.

Start: Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Jarvis Landry, Riley Cooper, Jordan Cameron

Sleepers: Brent Celek, Eagles

Sit: Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, Darren Sproles, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, Caleb Sturgis, Andrew Franks

Browns @ Steelers

Three Points

  1. With Joe Haden questionable, Justin Gilbert will run the secondary, leaving nobody significant on Martavis Bryant.       Heath Miller will also be open whether Haden plays or not. So even with Antonio Brown guarded, the Steelers other receivers should share his role this week. It also leaves the Browns defense with serious depth problems.
  2. Le’ Veon Bell’s injury won’t help the Steelers running game. DeAngelo Williams has Karlos Dansby to deal with. So, who’s left? Jordan Todman and Will Johnson. No significant names. But, Big Ben will rely on his wide depth passing game.
  3. The Browns offense doesn’t have any leftover weapons besides, like, Dwayne Bowe. Bowe has been a huge disappointment to the Browns, being an ex-Chiefs veteran. So, don’t expect much. The running game is done. Lawrence Timmons and Cam Heyward have it down, covering Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. The passing game is monitored by William Gay and Troy Polamalu. That takes care of Hartline and Barnidge, leaving no major Browns offense. So, the Steelers still do have edge.

Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Heath Miller, Steelers

Sleepers: Dwayne Bowe, Jordan Todman, Will Johnson, Chris Boswell, Markus Wheaton

Sit: Johnny Manziel, DeAngelo Williams, Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Brian Hartline, Gary Barnidge, Browns

Basic Key: Start All The Steelers, Sit All The Browns!!!

Jaguars @ Ravens

Three Points

  1. The Ravens may be favorites and my pick, but that doesn’t mean to ignore the Jaguars players, especially receivers.       Kyle Arrington will be on starter Allen Robinson, but Allen Hurns is a good option as a third string receiver or flex in season-long or DFS. Look in to starting him this week if you need an extra receiver to start. Also look into starting tight end Julius Thomas, or even Marcedes Lewis.       Lewis is a free agent in some leagues, so if you need an extra tight end, look into picking him up.
  2. The Ravens may win this, but I think this one will be a team effort, and not a game to draw much fantasy attention.       Most of the Ravens players people have on their rosters, like Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Crockett Gillmore, maybe Maxx Williams, Kamar Aiken or Javorius Allen. Joe Flacco is a sack target for Sen’ Derrick Marks and Paul Posluszny, even rookie d-lineman Michael Bennett. They’ll take care of the running game too, even if they might come out with a TD or two. The receiving game has two powerful safeties to deal with, rookie James Sample, and Jonathan Cyprien. That should take care of Gillmore and Williams, while a couple TDs go to low seeded, likely FF free agent receivers like Marlon Brown, Chris Givens and Jeremy Ross. So, this win will be carried by nobody significant in fantasy. The only player on Baltimore I’d look into starting is kicker Justin Tucker.
  3. The Ravens defense is still not anything to cheer about yet. They weren’t so overrated just because the offense isn’t doing what it needs to do, it’s that the defense is truly not great without Terrell Suggs to run it. They’re left with Elvis Dumervil as MLB, and C.J. Mosley, Timmy Jernigan and Kyle Arrington to follow is footsteps as good defenders.

Start: Blake Bortles, Justin Forsett (obvious must-start) Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Julius Thomas, Justin Tucker

Sleepers: Kamar Aiken, Marcedes Lewis, Maxx Williams

Sit: Joe Flacco, T.J. Yeldon, Denard Robinson, Crockett Gillmore, Ravens, Jaguars, Jason Myers

Panthers @ Titans

Three Points

  1. Not many offensive players are good for this game. I know, fantasy is mostly about offense, but I would pay attention to the defenses in this one. Tennessee may not have a satisfactory defense, but it fits the Panthers offense well enough to guard Greg Olsen, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Tolbert or go after Cam Newton, and yes, while still guarding Stewart and Olsen. But the Panthers defense is good enough to give them the win. It has a powerful rush led by Luke Kuechly, along with Thomas Davis and Charles Johnson, enough to stop the Titans run and go after Marcus Mariota. The pass defense is good as well, and it fits. Kendall Wright will be against the best, Josh Norman.       Delanie Walker will also have someone, Roman Harper is good enough. Even Anthony Fasano has a star guarding him in Charles Tillman, unless Tillman takes Dorial Green-Beckham, which since Green-Beckham is greatly improving, he might. The point is, the defense has got this down. Stop wasting your time drafting these offenses.
  2. Despite what I said in point 1, the Panthers still have weapons, and this is a near-lock match-up for Carolina. What about the wideouts. I know Kelvin Benjamin is what they really need back, but they should be happy with what they have, especially after going undefeated so far this year.       Jerricho Cotchery, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn Jr., Corey Brown. None have a very good guard, if you have any of these guys on your roster, look into them as flex options. And lots of passing means a big game for Superman (Cam Newton), despite the sacks.       He might not run with it as much in this one, but he can still put on a show with his passes.
  3. Step away from the Titans!!!! Besides the defense, I can’t really suspect anyone major to have a big game. Yeah, maybe Dorial Green-Beckham and Anthony Fasano are good sleepers, but besides that, nobody is really worth starting other than them and must-start Delanie Walker, who I might even sit if I had a decent backup tight end, (I do DFS, my season-long is on a one year break.)

Start: Cam Newton, Mike Tolbert (as flex), Jerricho Cotchery, Devin Funchess, Delanie Walker, Panthers, Titans

Sleepers: Ted Ginn Jr., Dorial Green-Beckham, Corey Brown, Anthony Fasano, Ryan Succop

Sit: Marcus Mariota, Jonathan Stewart, Antonio Andrews, Dexter McCluster, Kendall Wright, Graham Gano

Cowboys @ Buccaneers

Three Points

  1. This will be a low scoring game. Both offenses are banged up and not so good, while both defenses aren’t so bad. This is another game that will draw more attention to the defense than the offense.
  2. What pieces of the offense are worth a shot?       Well, the Bucs pass defense is shaky, so my first two players I would advise that you start are Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Maybe also look into Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, or Gavin Escobar as a sleeper or flex option. Also, due to some suspensions and injuries to the Cowboys rush defense, Doug Martin may be a good option. Despite having Sean Lee still available, Martin really knows how to get the yards he needs for your fantasy team. Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims are good sleepers. But the Cowboys running game, and the Bucs passing game are in trouble because of defense. That means sitting Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Myers/Luke Stocker/Cameron Brate/ASJ, Darren McFadden and Christine Michael.
  3. Just because it’s low scoring, doesn’t mean kickers aren’t relevant. Due to field goals, I think both Dan Bailey and Connor Barth are worth a try for the start. Not much else said here.

Start: Matt Cassel, Doug Martin, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Dan Bailey, Connor Barth, Cowboys, Bucs

Sleepers: Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Gavin Escobar

Sit: Jameis Winston, Darren McFadden, Christine Michael, Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Myers

Lions @ Packers

Three Points

  1. The Lions have a serious lack of depth at corner. That could mean more for Randall Cobb, as long as the cornerback doesn’t get assisted by safety James Ihedigbo. It’s Jordy Nelson who would’ve been double covered, not Cobb.       Cobb is typically the end zone receiver, but with Nelson out, he now has doubled that role to also be main receiver. Even if Randall Cobb is double covered, also expect TE Richard Rodgers, and WRs James Jones and Davante Adams to help snag the win. They are all worth a try in all fantasy.
  2. Don’t expect too much more out of Eddie Lacy.       First, he’s already injured and second, he has really struggled. Losing Nelson really is starting to get to the Packers. James Starks isn’t in a great spot either. Watch out for Stephen Tulloch and Hatoli Ngata guys!!!
  3. How will the Lions run their offense?       Well, Green Bay also has CB issues. So Megatron may have Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix double covering him, but he’s an obvious must-start anyways. Also look into starting Golden Tate or Eric Ebron. They have some good sleepers too in Lance Moore, Tim Wright and washed up veteran Brandon Pettigrew. The running game will have trouble getting through Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers. Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell/Theo Riddick, taken care of. So, this is a receiver’s game in Green Bay, on both sides of the ball.

Start: Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers, Eric Ebron, Mason Crosby

Sleepers: Lance Moore, Tim Wright, Brandon Pettigrew

Sit: Ameer Abdullah, Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Lions

Bears @ Rams

Three Points

  1. Todd Gurley!!! With Pernell McPhee questionable and Jeremiah Ratliff gone, who’s left to guard him. Eddie Goldman, and he’s a rookie d-lineman, not a veteran linebacker.       Lance Briggs is retired now too. So that leaves Gurley likely to put on a show.
  2. How will Wes Welker and the passing game make an impact? Well, Kyle Fuller is on Tavon Austin, so even if the rest of the Chicago secondary is decent, no major names, and second corner Tracy Porter is hurt. So, that means if you picked up Welker when he signed earlier this week, give him a shot. Try starting him. It won’t hurt. Jared Cook is also guarded by Adrian Amos, which really puts Welker, plus other receivers Kenny Britt and Brian Quick in the spotlight.
  3. It’s the Bad News Bears!!! The Bears suddenly have a ton of injuries. I already talked about how it impacts the defense. What about the Matt Forte-less offense? Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are all on the injury report. That leaves Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett as the major players remaining. Antone Smith and Jacquizz Rodgers may also have an increased role. Jeffery may play, but if not, we will see Marquess Wilson make the start at receiver. Martellus Bennett will also be important to the offense.       But Janoris Jenkins will cover Jeffery or Bennett anyways. They also have Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald to deal with Cutler and the RBs, so the Rams have got this.

Start: Todd Gurley, Wes Welker, Martellus Bennett, Robbie Gould

Sleepers: Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick

Sit: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Marquess Wilson, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Bears, Rams

Saints @ Redskins

Three Points

  1. The Redskins lack defense. The rush defense is alright, and can probably hold up Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller for now. But Drew Brees and his receivers, oh boy. Brandin Cooks has DeAngelo Hall, but they have other good receivers.       First of all, everybody needs a Snead!!! Willie Snead will play a big role in the Saints offense for this game, just as big as in Week 9 when hosting the Titans. But not just Snead.          Ben Watson and Marques Colston should also have big games. But in the end, when it’s 24-20 Redskins in the fourth quarter, which I think it’ll be, with 3 minutes left, it’ll be Snead that shows that everyone needs him by scoring the game winning TD, with the help of Drew Brees of course.
  2. Let’s take a look at the match-ups between the Redskins offense and Saints defense. Well, the running game will struggle against a decent Saints rush defense. Alfred Morris? Cameron Jordan. Matt Jones? Dannell Ellerbe. It leaves only Chris Thompson. The pass defense may have DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jordan reed covered, sleepers Jamison Crowder, Derek Carrier and Andre Roberts may have an impact. But in the end, it won’t be enough.
  3. The Redskins defense is washed up and they could contribute to costing Washington the game. Besides, Terrance Knighton, Ryan Kerrigan and DeAngelo Hall are all hurt in some way, although they may play.

Start: Drew Brees, Willie Snead, Marques Colston, Ben Watson, Derek Carrier, Kai Forbath

Sleepers: Jamison Crowder, Andre Roberts, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts

Sit: Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Brandin Cooks, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed

Vikings @ Raiders

Three Points

  1. This match-up is much different then it would’ve been in Week 1. Now both of these teams, once very bad, are in playoff contention of opposite conference’s wild cards. Derek Carr OR Teddy Bridgewater? Amari Cooper OR Stefon Diggs? Michael Crabtree OR Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson? Guys with increasing roles and newly signed veterans have played a big role on these two teams. This is a much more intriguing game now.
  2. Adrian Peterson has the Raiders powerful rush defense, and Kyle Rudolph has Charles Woodson? Who does that leave for the Vikings? The receivers!!!! Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson can all be started in this game. Obviously, AP still should be a start, just add these guys and Teddy Bridgewater to your offense.
  3. Even if the Vikings defense is underrated, you can say that about the Raiders offense, giving Oakland the game winning edge. But due to the shape of the offense, besides Derek Carr and some sleeper receivers, the Raiders is not a big fantasy offense to look into this week besides sleepers.

Start: Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders

Sleepers: Roy Helu, Taiwan Jones, Rod Streater, Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera

Sit: Latavius Murray, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Kyle Rudolph, Blair Walsh, Vikings

Patriots @ Giants

Three Points

  1. The Giants defense is underrated. They have some weak spots, but they do have some good players. JPP and Tre McBride can take care of the running game, but the Patriots receiving game is too much for New York. The Giants have three keyt components to the secondary: Rodgers-Cromartie, Landon Collins and special for this game, (ex-Patriot) Brandon Meriweather.
  2. The receiving game is blocked in some places, but have some key guys un-guarded. Gronk will surely be guarded, maybe double coverage, maybe Edelman and LaFell. But Edelman and LaFell maybe, plus definitely Danny Amendola and Scott Chandler. Expect the Pats to heavily throw the ball to some non-Gronk receivers.       That means still start Gronk and Edelman, but also consider Amendola. In DFS, Edelman has great value, along with Amendola, LaFell, and Chandler as a flex.
  3. The Giants will pass as well. That means a huge game for Odell Beckham, Jr.       I     would also consider starting Rueben Randle. If he’s a free agent, drop a dud and pick him up!!!       Some ideas? Don’t store guys like Joique Bell, Knile Davis, Kenny Britt, Nelson Agholor, Charles Johnson, Brian Hartline, Brian Quick, Dwayne Bowe, & Roddy White. That also means huge games for both Tom Brady and Eli Manning.

Start: Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski

Sleepers: Danny Amendola, Rueben Randle, Scott Chandler, Josh Brown

Sit: LeGarrette Blount, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Larry Donnell, Patriots, Giants

Chiefs @ Broncos

Three Points

  1. The Kansas City rush defense is very good. That will make Peyton Manning want to pass.       DeMaryius Thomas will have somewhat of a guard in Marcus Peters, but he’s good enough to earn himself a start on your fantasy team. Emmanuel Sanders, if he plays, will also be a great option to start. Owen Daniels may have issues with Eric Berry, but unless Tamba Hali covers him instead of Juwan Thompson or Peyton Manning, Vernon Davis is a sleeper this week, and Virgil Green definitely also is.
  2. Denver’s mixed ability defense is perfect for the Chiefs low weapon offense. Aqib Talib is out with a suspension, but Bradley Roby has Jeremy Maclin covered.       Charcandrick West and Knile Davis have to face a fierce set of linebackers in DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller and Brandon Marshall. That leaves Alex Smith with Travis Kelce and Albert Wilson, maybe De’ Anthony Thomas. But it’s not significant enough, giving Denver the edge. And besides Kelce and Alex Smith, nobody else on the Chiefs is worth any FF attention.
  3. Despite having good defense, the defenses will give up too many TDs to be good starts. I like the defenses and all, but there are issues with these two.       Look, these are two very balanced teams, but when they clash, their good offenses rally on, makng their games into slugfests.

Start: Peyton Manning, Alex Smith, DeMaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders (if he plays), Travis Kelce, Brandon McManus

Sleepers: Albert Wilson, Cody Latimer, De’ Anthony Thomas, Vernon Davis, Virgil Green

Sit: C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Charcandrick West, Knile Davis, Cairo Santos, Broncos, Chiefs

‘Skins Offense Fails, Patriots Proceed To Victory Over Redskins

The Patriots’ offense didn’t put up the monster numbers experts were expecting, but what they did on defense was enough to demolish the Redskins 27-10. It started with a quick drive. The Pats marched down the field and fired to Edelman for a touchdown, even though his lip bled after.

Then, they tried for a surprise onside kick, and…., THEY GOT IT!!!! But Tom Brady ot intercepted off. He was heading for the end zone, but Brady made up for what he’d done by tackling the guy. But thirty seconds later it didn’t matter. Cousins threw to Garcon, and it bounces off his hands, and Logan Ryan came out with it!!!! The Pats ran it more this time. Not just to Dion Lewis, but also to LeGarrette Blount. It was Blount Force Trauma who got the touchdown. 14-0 Patriots.

The Patriots nearly had another solid drive followed by a touchdown, but they struggled in the red zone, and had to settle for a field goal.

The Redskins, however, weren’t able to get it going. It was consecutive 3 and outs, and there were more incomplete passes than completions. It was a nightmare for Kirk Cousins and his offense. Until the Patriots rush defense slacked off a bit, allowing rookie running back Matt Jones to bull through them. But they still had good consistency in the red zone, forcing Washington to also settle on a field goal. Dustin Hopkins, the Redskins kicker, got it, and it was 17-3.

The rest of the half was mostly defense, causing that to be the halftime score. But the offenses picked it back up in the 2nd half. At least later in it. The Pats rush defense had a big play finally, as Rob Ninkovich almost immediately picked up Matt Jones’ fumble, forced by Alan Branch. They then charged to Julian Edelman for 24 yards. Blount Force Trauma then carried the team to the red zone, but they yet again struggled there, and got the field goal. 20-3 Pats.

After a very lazy 3rd quarter, the Pats ran a very long drive that stretched from the end of the 3rd to a few minutes into the fourth. During the snooze-a-thon, an alarming injury took place though. Dion Lewis hurt his knee. It has been announced that he will go through MRI for a possible torn MCL. Brandon Bolden joined Blount to take his place. Blount continued to bull through the banged up Redskins defense, but it was Bolden who got the touchdown, when Blount sat down for a little rest.

Besides Duron Harmon’s additional knee injury, it was a quiet fourth quarter until Kirk Cousins fired to Jordan Reed for a late TD. But Jimmy Garroppollo came in, and all he had to do is take a knee, and New England held on. Despite slight offensive struggles and major injuries to Lewis, Harmon and Vollmer, the Pats held on to defeat the Redskins. The Pats are now 8-0 on their season long “Revenge Tour”. They face the New York Giants at MetLife stadium. Even though the Giants are only okay, they have been known to beat us, from regular season to super bowl, even preseason, if we prepare properly, we can do it and we know it!!! As Belichick would say, “We’re on to the Giants.”

Star Of The Game

I am starting a feature in all Pats recaps where I select a player that had a big day to showcase.  I have provided an image of the player.  He will always be a Patriots player, win or lose.

Star Of The Game: LeGarrette Blount
Star Of The Game: LeGarrette Blount

BLOUNT FORCE TRAUMA!!!  LeGarrette Blount put up monster stats today.  He had 29 rushes for 129 yards and a touchdown.  Blount had drives where he continuously ran for first downs, and bulled through the defense when he did.  LeGarrette Blount really proved himself as the star and impact player of today’s game, and especially because Lewis got hurt, and Brady’s running it more.  He has a bright future because of these reasons as well, which my stars of the game will have in the future.

FUN FACT

The Patriots have scored and 31 straight quarters.  Nobody has done it since 2009.  Only the Colts and Ramms have done it before, and 31 is the record.  If the score in the 1st quarter at New York, they will hold the record.