Week 1 NFL Fantasy Rankings

by LaDonna Williams

QB’s

  1. Ben Roethlisberger            at Was
  2. Andrew Luck                        vs Det
  3. Aaron Rodgers                     at Jac
  4. Russell Wilson                      vs Mia
  5. Cam Newton                         at Den
  6. Eli Manning                           at Dal
  7. Carson Palmer                     vs NE
  8. Drew Brees                            vs Oak
  9. Brock Osweiler                     vs Chi
  10. Derek Carr                             at NO

QBs to stay away from

Whoever starts for the 49ers. Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick have not proven they are going to have an outstanding season this year. You might not want them on your team at all.

Tannehill playing against Seattle. The blitzing defense and Sherman is regarded as one of the best shutdown cornerbacks. Thomas the best safety for tackling, coverage and helps defensive backs line up in correct places.

RB’s

  1. Todd Gurley                       at SF
  2. Lamar Miller                      vs Chi
  3. Adrian Peterson               at Ten
  4. David Johnson                   vs NE
  5. Ezekiel Elliott                     vs NYG
  6. Eddie Lacy                           at Jac
  7. Deangelo Williams           at Was
  8. Devonta Freeman             vs TB
  9. LeSean McCoy                    at Bal
  10. Doug Martin                        at Atl

Reason Jamaal Charles isn’t on the list due to his unknown status for the game. Spencer Ware will get the ball, if Charles is out.

RB’s to stay away from

SF Carlos Hyde that line has major issues.

CJ Anderson, who had a mediocre season last year, will not have awesome game against Carolina. Although, Carolina defense wasn’t the best against the run last season. They will get the job done on Thursday.

Jeremy Langford wouldn’t be a good start either. They are playing the Texans and they have one of the best run defenses in the league.

 

WR’s

  1. Julio Jones                        vs TB
  2. Antonio Brown               at Was
  3. DeAndre Hopkins          vs Chi
  4. Dez Bryant                        vs NYG
  5. Odell Beckham                 at Dal
  6. Amari Cooper                   at NO
  7. Jordy Nelson                     at Jac
  8. AJ Green                              at NYJ
  9. Allen Robinson                 vs GB
  10. Brandon Marshall            vs Cin

WR’s to stay away from

Victor Cruz, he is just coming back from injury. He will be a little rusty.

Demaryius Thomas the biggest reason his QB. Trevor Siemian isn’t Peyton nor has he had a snap in the NFL.

Josh Gordon, who hasn’t played since 2014, will be suspended for the first game.

TE’s

  1. Rob Gronkowski       at Ari
  2. Jordan Reed                vs Pit
  3. Greg Olsen                  at Den
  4. Travis Kelce                 vs SD
  5. Gary Barnidge            at Phi
  6. Julius Thomas             vs GB
  7. Delanie Walker          vs Min
  8. Coby Fleener               vs Oak
  9. Zach Ertz                      vs Cle
  10. Jason Witten               vs NYG

TE’s to stay away from

Zach Miller, I see Orton doing horrible against Texans defense. Miller may get the ball just because a double team against Jeffery but not a significant amount.

Any tight end from the Jets… plain and simple they are all horrible.

 

Defense

  1. Panthers           at Den
  2. Seattle               vs Mia
  3. Vikings              at Ten
  4. Rams                   at SF
  5. Green Bay          at Jac
  6. Denver                vs Car
  7. Arizona               vs NE
  8. Houston              vs Chi
  9. Bengals                at NYJ
  10. Patriots                at Ari

Kickers

  1. Stephen Gostkowski             at Ari
  2. Chandler Catanzaro             vs NE
  3. Steven Hauschka                  vs Mia
  4. Mason Crosby                        at Jac
  5. Graham Gano                         at Den
  6. Dan Bailey                               vs NYG
  7. Justin Tucker                           vs Buf
  8. Blair Walsh                              vs Ten
  9. Chris Boswell                           at Was
  10. Adam Vinatieri                       vs Det

Aaron Rodgers is the Man…

They want to convince you that he is washed up and overrated. That he chokes in the playoffs because he can’t handle the pressure. That he is an ordinary quarterback who just had the worst season of his career.

Why do they want you to believe that?

Because they are scared to death of him! 

 

During the regular season opposing fans are not half as concerned about what their team is doing, as they are about what is going on with Aaron Rodgers.

Why?

Because when Aaron Rodgers has a horrible season, he throws for 3,821 yards, 31 TDs, and only 8 interceptions, leads his team to the 2nd round of the playoffs and takes them to overtime against the best statistcal team in the league. 

 

Because as long as the Packers are still winning, and Aaron Rodgers is still at the helm anything can happen.

The “choke artist” covered 101 yards in 55 seconds with no timeouts to score a touchdown, even though the refs blatantly ignored a pass interference call that ate most of the time off the clock. 

 

Rodgers didn’t let them get in his head, he just kept doing what he does best. The result was the 2nd best play of the season, a 41 yard Hail Mary pass to Jeff Janis.

Who had the best play of the season?

Yep! You guessed it. Aaron Rodgers, when he threw a 61 yard Hail Mary to Richard Rodgers against the Lions. 

 

Ridiculous plays are just “old hat” for the quarterback that the rest of the league fears.

They fear him so much that even the refs have to make up new rules to keep him off the field, and rival fans have no explanation for his greatness except that he is paying off the refs. Makes perfect sense right? 

 

They wanted him off the field even though his receiving core was depleted down to just 3 players due to injury.

That’s right! James Jones, Jeff Janis and Jerad Abbrederis were all he had left in his wide receiver arsenal when he led one of the greatest drives in playoff history. 

Yes, there are still good teams, and even great quarterbacks left in the playoffs, and yes we still may witness some magic in the next few rounds. 

 
But the league undoubtedly robbed itself of the perfect ending when it took the ball out of his hands…

Because Aaron Rodgers is the Man!!!

Gotcha!

Aaron Rodgers just became the most dangerous quarterback in the NFL playoffs.
“Why?” You ask.
Well, he and the Packers have proven for most of the latter part of the season, that they are the most unpredictable team in the league, and that right when you think your safe…bam! They gotcha.

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One week, the offensive line can appear hapless, the running game ineffective, and Rodgers can seem frustrated and confused. Then the next game they’ll light you up like the 4th of July.
Hell, on Sunday that all happened in a matter of minutes. In the 1st quarter of the wild card game against Washington, the offense continued to play the stale version of football they have wallowed in ever since clinching a playoff berth a few weeks before. 
Then all of a sudden when the football world had their shovels out, ready to dig the Packers final resting place for the season, Rodgers and the offense put on a show that reminded us all of the good old days. 
It’s been so on and off actually, that people have been wondering if it’s some kind of a trick.
Are the Packers who won their first six games with very little resistance, playing possum against the best teams in the league? 
Were Mike McCarthy and his staff saving their best cards for when the games really started to matter? 
Did they actually have the wherewithal to build up the Redskins confidence in the first quarter, just to leave them standing with their pants around their ankles for the rest of the game?

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Although it’s an interesting theory, I find it fairly hard to believe.
Does a coach with the intellect to pull off a scheme that dramatic, decide to let his quarterback take a brutal beating game in and game out for most of a season.

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Would a quarterback with Rodgers competitive spirit be able to reel in his very nature to set up a ploy like that, even if he wanted to? 

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Would Eddie Lacy, one of the most punishing backs in the league, risk a concussion on a sleight of hand?
And were the powers that be really savvy enough to forsee that a road game in December gave them a better chance at advancing in the playoffs, then a negative temperature game at Lambeau field?
I guess we will find out soon enough, but some seem to think that the evidence so far, suggests that the Packers might just possibly have the best poker face in the history of the league. 
Green Bay rolled over everyone they played for almost the first full half of the season. Then they played two teams (Denver and Carolina) they were fairly certain they would see in the postseason. That’s when the wheels came off. 

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Then as soon as they found themselves in a mini losing streak, and gave up full possession of first place to Minnesota. They flipped on the switch, played their best game of the season, and destroyed the Vikings in their own stadium. 

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It was like they wanted to let the upstart Vikings know they hadn’t gone anywhere, and wanted to stay just alive enough in the playoff hunt for the time being.
Then they went back into hibernation against the Bears, and seemed to be sleeping for the first half against the Lions before pulling off a miracle comeback. img_3895
After that they woke up for two weeks (against the Raiders and Cowboys), until they had the playoff berth in the bag. Then they went back to taking a nap for two weeks.
They pulled it off so well that hardly anyone but the most seasoned Packers fan, thought this team who was being picked by experts early in the season to win the Super Bowl, had any chance against the scrappy Redskins.

All I know, is that it’s going to be hard for the Cardinals who whipped Rodgers and the Packers around like a rag doll just two weeks ago, to take the Green and Gold seriously in practice this week.

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And even if they do, what do they have to practice against? They can watch all the film they want to from two weeks ago, but what will they find to work on?
The answer is a resounding, “Nothing!” 
 The Packers have left very little evidence to show for the very solid season in which they quietly stacked up 10 wins. They were good enough to make the playoffs and yet remain the mystery men of the league. It’s like they somehow pulled off the perfect heist and then disappeared behind a smoke screen.
They say that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making you believe he didn’t exist.

Well, how about Aaron Rodgers convincing us all that somewhere along the line he had lost his magic touch. img_3882
He did it so well that even when he pulled of the most amazing play of the year with no time left on the clock in Detroit, critics had to find every other excuse in the book to justify how it could possibly have happened. 
Including trying to convince themselves that he had to have payed off the officials, or that even Rodger Goddell may be in on the action.img_3883
  Now all the Cardinals can do is wait and wonder for a week, to see what other tricks he may have been saving for them. Even if they knock him around and make him look like a fool for the first part of the game like the Redskins did, how long will it be before he pulls another rabbit from his hat and gets the last laugh.

All I know for certain, is we have seen Aaron Rodgers dominate for a long time when he has to carry the whole team on his back. How good will he be now that he actually has a defense to help shoulder the load?
What’s even scarier is the Packers have gotten this far without ever revealing their “A” game.
And we all know “A” is for Abracadabra.

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So if you are one of those football fans who lives in fear of the Packers and Rodgers returning to glory, I suggest you say an extra prayer or two the next few evenings.
Otherwise, R E LA X, kick back, pop open an “Old Milwaukee” or two and prepare to enjoy the show!

Gotcha!

Aaron Rodgers just became the most dangerous quarterback in the NFL playoffs.

“Why?” You ask.

Well, he and the Packers have proven for most of the latter part of the season, that they are the most unpredictable team in the league, and that right when you think your safe…bam!  They gotcha.

One week, the offensive line can appear hapless, the running game ineffective, and Rodgers can seem frustrated and confused. Then the next game they’ll light you up like the 4th of July.

Hell, on Sunday that all happened in a matter of minutes. In the 1st quarter of the wild card game against Washington, the offense continued to play the stale version of football they have wallowed in ever since clinching a playoff berth a few weeks before. 

Then all of a sudden when the football world had their shovels out, ready to dig the Packers final resting place for the season, Rodgers and the offense put on a show that reminded us all of the good old days. 

 

It’s been so on and off actually, that people have been wondering if it’s some kind of a trick.

Are the Packers who won their first six games with very little resistance, playing possum against the best teams in the league? 

Were Mike McCarthy and his staff saving their best cards for when the games really started to matter? 

Did they actually have the wherewithal to build up the Redskins confidence in the first quarter, just to leave them standing with their pants around their ankles for the rest of the game? 

 

Although it’s an interesting theory, I find it fairly hard to believe.

Does a coach with the intelect to pull off a scheme that dramatic, decide to let his quarterback take a brutal beating game in and game out for most of a season.

 

Would a quarterback with Rodgers competitive spirit be able to reel in his very nature to set up a ploy like that, even if he wanted to?

 

Would Eddie Lacy, one of the most punishing backs in the league, risk a concussion on a sleight of hand?

And were the powers that be really savvy enough to forsee that a road game in December gave them a better chance at advancing in the playoffs, then a negative temperature game at Lambeau field?

I guess we will find out soon enough, but some seem to think that the evidence so far, suggests that the Packers might just possibly have the best poker face in the history of the league. 

Green Bay rolled over everyone they played for almost the first full half of the season. Then they played two teams (Denver and Carolina) they were fairly certain they would see in the postseason. That’s when the wheels came off. 

 

Then as soon as they found themselves in a mini losing streak, and gave up full possession of first place to Minnesota. They flipped on the switch, played their best game of the season, and destroyed the Vikings in their own stadium. 

 

It was like they wanted to let the upstart Vikings know they hadn’t gone anywhere, and wanted to stay just alive enough in the playoff hunt for the time being.

Then they went back into hibernation against the Bears, and seemed to be sleeping for the first half against the Lions before pulling off a miracle comeback. 

 

After that they woke up for two weeks (against the Raiders and Cowboys), until they had the playoff berth in the bag. Then they went back to taking a nap for two weeks.

They pulled it off so well that hardly anyone but the most seasoned Packers fan, thought this team who was being picked by experts early in the season to win the Super Bowl, had any chance against the scrappy  Redskins.

All I know, is that it’s going to be hard for the Cardinals who whipped Rodgers and the Packers around like a rag doll just two weeks ago, to take the Green and Gold seriously in practice this week. 

 

And even if they do, what do they have to practice against? They can watch all the film they want to from two weeks ago,  but what will they find to work on?

The answer is a resounding, “Nothing!” 

 The Packers have left very little evidence to show for the very solid season in which they quietly stacked up 10 wins. They were good enough to make the playoffs and yet remain the mystery men of the league. It’s like they somehow pulled off the perfect heist and then disappeared behind a smoke screen.

They say that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making you believe he didn’t exist.

Well, how about Aaron Rodgers convincing us all that somewhere along the line he had lost his magic touch. 

 

He did it so well that even when he pulled of the most amazing play of the year with no time left on the clock in Detroit, critics had to find every other excuse in the book to justify how it could possibly have happened. 

Including trying to convince themselves that he had to have payed off the officials, or that even Rodger Goddell may be in on the action. 

   

Now all the Cardinals can do is wait and wonder for a week, to see what other tricks he may have been saving for them. Even if they knock him around and make him look like a fool for the first part of the game like the Redskins did, how long will it be before he pulls another rabbit from his hat and gets the last laugh.

All I know for certain, is we have seen Aaron Rodgers dominate for a long time when he has to carry the whole team on his back. How good will he be now that he actually has a defense to help shoulder the load?

What’s even scarier is the Packers have gotten this far without ever revealing their “A” game.

And we all know “A” is for Abracadabra. 

 

So if you are one of those football fans who lives in fear of the Packers and Rodgers returning to glory, I suggest you say an extra prayer or two the next few evenings.

Otherwise, R E LA X, kick back, pop open an “Old Milwaukee” or two and prepare to enjoy the show!

Coach McCarthy, I assume you got my message…

The game last night started out beautifully.

Besides a fake punt by the Vikings that set them up for a field goal, your defense handled their attack almost perfectly.

The front line contained Adrian Peterson well enough that Teddy Bridgewater had to force a couple of ineffective throws, and even with the trick play, you managed to escape only down by 3 points on the first drive.

No big deal.

Then you got the ball and started out looking like the genius we are used to seeing.

You ran the ball 9 times for 36 yards, sprinkling in a few safe short passes here and there and even added in a deep route to keep them honest.

It was a masterful drive until you got into the red zone and decide to get away from what had worked so far.

Instead of continuing to pound the ball on the ground, you decided to pass, and that is when your offense stalled.

 

But you still managed to get 3 points and tie the game.

Well done.

After that first set of series, it appeared as if you were going to get a similar result to the first game, where your defense would stymie AP, expose Bridgewater for the inconsistent QB he is, and in doing so, your offense would control the momentum behind a bruising rush attack.

Then for some reason Eddie Lacy was completely absent from the next possession, and you ran 5 plays for a total of 7 yards. After rushing 9 times for 36 yards on the first drive, you only ran the ball 17 times on the next 10 drives to finish out the game with a total of 64.

I’m beginning to wonder if I’m the only one who realizes, that we no longer have Jordy Nelson to bail us out on 3rd down after the previously two attempts have failed. We are now a running team who needs to only use the pass to supplement the run game.

The confusing part is your defense played stellar. They stopped Minnesota’s impotent offense (Bridgewater 99 yards passing, 0 TDs and 1 int. Peterson 67 rushing yards, for a 3.5 avg) on 6 of 9 drives, with an interception, and 5 punts, including two 3 and outs.That was a masterful display which should have set you up for a blowout.

Still for some reason you started playing with desperation. Throwing the ball 14 out of 19 plays in the next 5 drives, 4 which led to punts and 1 was a turnover on downs.

I understand you want to get Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense going, but you proved to all of us on the first drive that the best way to do that is to run Lacy.

What we learned from the 5 unsuccessful drives is that the receivers “jogged” their routes, cutting them off early, and ran at the defenders instead of away from them.

These are fundamentals that I see successfully taught to 2nd graders. That is why I’m baffled as to why these professionals are struggling with these basic concepts.

I suggested that you run screen plays, and you did run a very successful “one” to John Kuhn, but none to James Starks who is very skilled at that trade.

I also suggested letting Rodgers bootleg to the weak side so he could scramble or find his tight end in the flat. Again he did each of those once, and then for some reason you abandoned it.

Most surprisingly, whatever happened to the patented back shoulder throw that Rodgers used to use to carve up defenses? Why is that no longer a part of his arsenal?

I have to admit that once he started clicking with his receivers, Rodgers looked good, and even masterful at some points, but by then it was much too late.

Because you had failed to establish the threat of the run, Minnesota already had a comfortable lead, and was able to keep 2 safeties deep and eliminate any major big plays. They even made a stellar comeback attempt by your offense look confused and foolish.

Clay Matthews and the defense were once again the MVP of the game and they as a unit, as well as Mason Crosby, and Eddie Lacy (when you allowed him to) played good enough to win. However, your insistence to force the pass, without setting up the foundation to do so, hung them all out to dry.

I get it. Besides the division title, this was virtually a meaningless game. I can only hope that what you were doing was keeping Lacy as your “Ace in the Hole,” and waiting to show your best cards when it matters most.

I also appreciate that you drew the Redskins as your next opponents, and set the Vikings up with the “red hot” Seahawks. I agree that is your safest route to the Super Bowl.

However, if you continue to let the team play undisciplined ball, what could have been a very successful season, will be cut unnecessarily short.

If the offense had stuck with the original plan in this one, not only do I think we could have, and should have won, but I think we would have dominated this game.

So next time, please keep everything the same on defense, but run the ball with Lacy, until you have the defense back on their heels. Then run the ball some more with Kuhn. And when you think it’s time to start passing, run the ball again, and again and again.

By then you should be almost ready to win a championship.

Thanks again for your time, and once again if you have any more questions feel free to drop me a line.

I have a fairly busy schedule next weekend but if you give me enough of a notice, I should be able to make the trip to D.C. If you need me.
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Until then. Good luck, and Go Pack Go!!!

Aaron Rodgers is the Reason…

The first Packer fan I ran into this morning told me, “It’s obvious that Aaron Rodgers is the reason… 

I tried politely to cut him off before he put his foot in his mouth. “The Packers are 8-4 and a half game out of 1st place?” I asked.

He chuckled, “He can’t hit the broad side of a barn.” 

“Unless it’s 67 yards away?” I asked.

He dropped his head. “We’ll it’s obvious he’s been struggling, don’t you think? He tried.

“Twelve total touchdowns, in his last 5 games?”

I agree, Aaron Rodgers is a bit… maybe even way off. He looks incredibly jumpy, doesn’t seem to be comfortable in the pocket, and has made some awful throws, but he is still outplaying all but a handful of quarterbacks in the NFL.

He may be a little bit out of form, but Aaron Rodgers isn’t giving up any time soon, and yes, he is the reason every football fan is talking about the Green and Gold this morning. Why every team in contention in the NFC is cheering for his team to lose so they don’t have to face him in the playoffs, and ultimately, why every Packer fan should have a huge smile on their face.