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Week 2 Observations

I knew the Texans were a slam dunk in Survivor. Don't know why anyone would have sweated it when Matt Schaub gave up a pick-six down one with three minutes left. Actually it was one of the more harmless pick-sixes I've ever seen, since I think it was third and long, and had they punted, Tennessee would have gotten the ball back with great field possession and a chance to run out the clock. It's the flip side of letting the other team score so you can get the ball back.

Andre Johnson was absolutely unconscious on that play at the one-yard line that led to the tying score. Dude can make that catch in his sleep! Pretty crazy they initially called it no catch and no penalty after the defender hit him in the head, concussed him and then only got the ball away from him after he was down on the field.

Arian Foster looks healthy, and Ben Tate's strong play isn't a huge threat so long as Foster stays that way.

Gary Kubiak twice attempted 50-plus-yard field goals on fourth and short. Why are NFL coaches not required to study basic probability? The worst was Greg Schiano who attempted (and missed) and 47-yard field goal up one with a minute left against the Saints. If you want to be ballsy, go for it. If you want to be a coward, punt. But don't try the FG - that's beyond stupid.

DeAndre Hopkins is like Aaron Dobson with hands.

David Wilson will be a monster if he holds onto the ball and stays healthy. Be patient.

I might have under-projected Eddie Royal.

One interesting thing about the Chargers that only occurred to me once I say how tight the game was: on Monday night, their coach, Mike McCoy was profiled as a workout nut. He does some crazy pre-game routine, and I bet he got his team in good shape this summer, too. In other words, maybe it wasn't so surprising the Eagles couldn't run them out of the gym.

Julian Edelman made the best case against PPR scoring Thursday night with 13 catches on 18 targets for 78 yards. The guy averaged 4.3 YPT, didn't score, but managed 20.8 PPR points.

Aaron Dobson would have had a monster game if he could catch. Until Rob Gronkowski is 100 percent and Danny Amendola comes back, the Pats could need him, though.

Stephen Hill made some errors, but he also adjusted well to a deep ball in the air. There's upside here if Geno Smith continues to improve.

Knowshon Moreno actually looked explosive Sunday and not just reliable. Expect him to see the bulk of the work in the near term.

Speaking of which, there was an error before the late games saying Maurice Jones-Drew was a scratch. So I put Moreno in my lineup in two important leagues. Too bad I got wind of the correction. Even with Chad Henne, the Jaguars couldn't block anyone, and now Jones-Drew said he felt "looseness" in his ankle, the same foot on which he had the Lisfranc injury last year. Plus, Jacksonville is in Seattle this week.

During the Giants-Broncos game, Phil Simms remarked on how fast Victor Cruz looked and attributed it to him missing some of training camp due to his contact issues (and later he missed due to a heel injury). Setting aside that Simms is wrong nine times out of 10, why do teams even bother with training camp given that players get hurt, and they're fresher and faster when they miss it. Maybe training camp should be for fourth stringers and the starters can just work out and practice their timing. Of course, when RGIII is terrible, it's because he missed preseason games.

What a dud SEA-SF was. An hour delay and a million penalties for that slop? The other game with an hour delay (NO-TB) was equally bad. If the game is that crappy, just call it.

I doubt anyone will win the NFC East this year.

Aaron Rodgers is better in real life than Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Fantasy, too.

Rashard Mendenhall still looks pretty quick, caught some passes and saw work at the goal line.

The Jaguars travel to Seattle in Week 3. Anyone want to guess where that line will go off? It opened around 16 before the SEA-SF game, but I think it'll end up close to 20. One Twitter follower @antborse suggested the O/U should be whatever the line is.

Comments

By: gooklaw
On: 9/16/2013 11:56:00 AM
Chris - About coaches' idiocy...how about when with 3 seconds to halftime and the ball on their own 30, they always take a knee - do they think if they try a Hail Mary that the OTHER team is more likely to score than THEIR team?????
 
By: bkbounce53
On: 9/16/2013 5:16:00 PM
How about jets talking about starting Simms, will the circus ever end?
 
By: bkbounce53
On: 9/16/2013 5:18:00 PM
And would you recommend trading for Wilson? I can try to get him for Gio, the owner in my league needs someone immediately, and may be giving up on him.
 
By: jnowak2799
On: 9/16/2013 10:41:00 PM
Grab these guys this week and thank me later...1) Jordan Todman 2) Andre Ellington 3) Beanie Wells, yes Beanie Wells....he's 25 years old, he deserves another shot, there have been a lot of injuries to RB's around the league (Green Bay, Jax, Atlanta, and Detroit) . When all the other Lemmings in your league are scrambling and spending all their Free Agent Money on James "Raiders of the Lost" Starks, RUN the other way, far away, don't be stupid and hate yourself for the rest of the year.

Can I be the one person to stick up for Greg Schiano, I will do it, I like being different than everybody else, especially when I know I am probably right. First off, Tampa Bay should be 2-0 right now, It wasn't the coach's fault a defensive player pushed Gino Smith out of bounds with 7 seconds left, the player was stupid, not Schiano. Now against the Saints yes, he chose to attempt a 47 yard FG with about a minute left, if Lindell makes the kick it puts Tampa Bay up by 4 points, well I tried, I can't defend Schiano on this one, you are playing the Saints, the only way you beat the Saints is that you don't give Drew Brees the ball....Tampa failed.....I can see Schiano and Tampa Bay rebounding this week, beating New England, Schiano doesn't believe in the kneel down and give up play, I love that, and I love that he doesn't care what anyone else thinks.

After week 1, which was not a horrible or great week for all my fantasy teams, it was just so-so.......I sat back and wondered was what I seeing REAL or REALLY FAKE....We saw a week where Anquon Boldin had over 10 catches for over 200 yards, Jared Cook had almost 200 yards receiving, Jerome Simpson had 140 yards receiving, Miles Austin, not Austin Miles was a Beast, Harry "Houdini" Douglas was nice, then on the other hand Dez Bryant couldn't get open, Calvin Johnson doesn't know how to complete a catch, TY Hilton is not used, Jimmy Graham was virtually invisible etc... I kept on saying to myself....REALLY? Did this all really just happen, but I was still pretty confident........I had a pretty bad week 1 in an NFFC Classic 14 Team draft that Chris Liss was in, My first four picks were 1st Rd. Dez Bryant, 2nd Rd. Jimmy Graham, 3rd Rd. Aaron Rodgers, and I reached but love TY Hilton(4th Rd.) this year.....well week 2 was Super Nice......the best thing to do is trust your instincts and decide who is real and who is really fake.
 
By: jnowak2799
On: 9/17/2013 8:18:00 AM
Sorry Chris, I already picked up Andre Ellington Last week, always trying to stay a week or two ahead of the competition. Also, if you are hurting at WR, pick up Ace Sanders now.
 
By: Red Star Rising
On: 9/17/2013 11:18:00 AM
Watching David Wilson break 4 tackles and show amazing balance and strength give me hope. But it was for a 2 yard gain and he is getting NO play....I am sad. 20 touches would make him a good option but I dunno if he is gonna get that anytime soon....
 
By: jnowak2799
On: 9/17/2013 9:30:00 PM
I'm trading for David Wilson right now, for pennies on the dollar, all you can eat baby.....Tom Coughlin is a stubborn old man, he isn't a retarded old man, don't bail on David Wilson now, you have held on for this long. The Giants NEED David Wilson, plain and simple......They are going nowhere with Brandon Jacobs and De'Rell Scott.......THINK ABOUT THAT SON, THINK..It is so obvious it hurts. Hey if you drafted Josh Gordon, you gonna drop him now? Gordon has zero points in the first two weeks.
 
By: Chris Liss
On: 9/20/2013 10:21:00 AM
I traded Marques Colston for Wilson this week.
 
By: jnowak2799
On: 9/20/2013 1:47:00 PM
I might throw in the towel on Beanie Wells very soon, what better situation for Beanie Wells to get a job than in Cleveland? Where he played college ball right down the road at Ohio State, Beanies name was NEVER mentioned and the Browns were so eager to sign ancient Willis McGahee. Beanie is either out of shape or he can't pass a physical.......The guy played in Arizona, EVERYONE deserves another shot after playing in Arizona, right? Tim Hightower got another shot? LaRod Stephens-Howling got another shot too, But Beanie doesn't get one, why?
 
By: jnowak2799
On: 9/21/2013 7:56:00 PM
I don't understand the common misuse and blatant disregard for the FLEX position. I see and hear it all the time....Darren Sproles is my flex, Daryl Richardson is my flex, James Jones is my flex, etc... My response to these statements is why?
The Flex position should be used as a "Wild Card" it should be used in a specific manner, and as a "Weapon". Novices to the fantasy game will just throw any player in the FLEX position regardless of their health status, game time, and position....Sharps will use the FLEX position as a tool, a much needed tool that just might give you that edge you need to win your game, lets call this tool the "Hammer"

I'm not going to bore you to death, sorry if I already have, but if you want to beat your competition use your FLEX wisely, what I mean by this is lets say you have TY Hilton on your roster, earlier this week he was listed as questionable, You want to put TY Hilton in your line-up but with him being questionable a smart owner would put him in their Line-Up as a FLEX and not as a WR, because you don't want to LIMIT yourself to your options if you hear at 3:50pm that TY Hilton is a scratch, now you can replace him with a RB, WR, or TE instead of being limited to only a reserve WR, get it? You will see more misuse of the FLEX when we start hitting the bye weeks. Please note: TY Hilton has been upgraded to Probable, this was just an example.

You may say its not that big of a deal, well if it gets you 2 extra points it might win you your game, winning is everything in Fantasy Football, Think of how many times you win or lose by 1 or 2 points every year, its probably not a lot of times but 1 win can be the difference between you making the playoffs and getting that shot at a championship or not making the playoffs and just watching from the sideline.
 

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