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

Dropping Like Flies!

By LaDonna Williams

What a week this has been in the NFL. There has been some major injuries this week as well some very interesting news. Since injuries and suspensions effect your team. Let’s start with that this week.

Injuries, suspensions

Cowboys quarter back Tony Romo went down after the third play in the Thursday night preseason game. The team is saying he is fine, but for precautionary reasons he will not play in weeks 4 game. Update Romo got a MRI Saturday and it revealed he has a broken bone in his back. He will be out 6-10 weeks. Dak Prescott will be the Cowboys starter.

Patriots running back Dion Lewis will be out 8-10 weeks, after getting surgery on his knee.

Chargers defensive line man Damion Square four games for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a concussion Tuesday in practice. He has been ruled out for this week’s preseason game.

Chargers right guard D.J. Fluker got hurt at practice on Monday. He did get a MRI and the tests came back negative. How long he will be out is unknown at this time.

Texans rookie center Nick Martin expected to be out for the entire 2016 season after undergoing ankle surgery.

Falcons first round safety Keanu Neal out 3-4 weeks after minor knee surgery.

Bears  backup quarterback Connor Shaw carted off Saturday night vs the Chiefs. He has a broken leg.

Colts left guard Jack Mewhort out for the season with a knee injury. He believes he tore his ACL.

Ravens tight end Ben Watson out for the season after tearing Achilles tendon.

Bills tight end Chris Gragg suffered a torn ACL on Friday night vs the Redskins.

Giants tight end Matt LaCossee to undergo surgery on right knee, he maybe out the whole season.

Chargers running back Branden Oliver went down in the Sunday’s game vs Vikings. He had to be carted off the field. Update: he has torn his Achilles and will miss the season.

Bengals running back Cedric Peerman has a left forearm fracture. Left Sunday’s night game vs Jaguars.

Redskins rookie running back Keith Marshall suffered a sprained elbow vs the Bills Friday night.

Cardinals safety Mike Jenkins suffered a non-contact injury today during the game vs Texans. He had to be carted off the field.

Signing/extensions

Rams and wide receiver Tavon Austin agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension.

Falcons sign safety Dashon Goldson

Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny signs a two-year extension.

Colts and corner back Antonio Cromartie agree to a 1-year deal worth $13 million with $250k guaranteed, $50k available in incentives. He was signed due to Vontae Davis has to miss the first month due to ligament damage.

Since, Giants kicker Josh Brown is out for game one. The team signed former Texans kicker Randy Bullock.

Eric Berry reported to Chiefs and signed $10.8M franchise tender.Will join the team Monday.

Colts signed running back Steven Ridley

Things that make you go hmm?

Hmm when did Josh Norman become Josh Gordon? 


On Wednesday, the Chargers offered Joey Bosa the best deal. It consisted of

 

 

Well Bosa rejected this offer as well. Chargers have pulled the offer off the table. Bosa has come out to the media that the Chargers are manipulating the facts to the media.

Another week, another Josh Norman being himself, well this week he came out stating how he shut down Demaryius Thomas during the superbowl. Well that may be true, but who has the ring?


Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo, their second round pick, is doing horrible. How horrible? He looks like me out there kicking the ball. He is getting booed at practice. Yes, you read that right, at practice.

Other NFL News

Packers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers to meet with the NFL on August 24th and Steelers James Harrison on the 25th.   All three men met with the NFL and were not presented with any new evidence. All of them are expected to get their name cleared.

Free agent Devin Hester told TMZ  14 teams are interested in him.

Cowboys Orlando Scandrick likely to be out for the rest of the preseason.

Texans released defensive end Alex Carrington, after only being on the team for a week.

Suspended Jags wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI, given 1-year suspended sentence and probation

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field this week.

Rumor has it, New England plans to cut veteran wide receiver Nate Washington.

Former Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey has announced his retirement.

The Hall of Fame lawsuit has been refiled in California after being dismissed in Ohio.

Suspended Jags wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI, given 1-year suspended sentence and probation.

Niners Colin Kaepernick is throwing again, but not a lot. He did play in this week’s preseason game.

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins in exchange for conditional draft pick. Now he is thinking retirement. After retirement talks Stork did show up for practice on Friday.

Lions released veteran running back Steven Ridley

Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots. In return the Browns get a fifth round pick.

Jets coach Todd Bowles stated that Geno Smith is still the teams number two quarterback.

Multiple teams have reached out to the Browns about a trade for Josh Gordon. The team has come out and stated they are not trading the wide receiver at this time.

49ers trade cornerback Kenneth Acker to the Chiefs for future draft picks.

NFL has already handed out $18,231 fines for roughing the passer during this preseason.

 

Question of The Week.

If you were a GM, would you give Karlos Williams a chance on your team?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Weekly Review of Aug 1st-7th.

By LaDonna Williams

What a week in the NFL pre-season this week. This blog will be a weekly round-up of what has happened in the NFL every week.  Let’s take a look at key injuries that happened within the past week.

  • On July 28th, Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant out for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle.
  • On Aug 1st, Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson tore his meniscus, his season is doubtful. We won’t know his timetable until he has surgery.
  • On Aug. 2nd, Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson season ended before it even started. He had surgery at the end of July, on his shoulder. He will be out for the rest of the year.
  • On Aug 3rd, Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore broke his ankle and he is more than likely done for the season.
  • On Aug 4th, Bengals William Jackson tore his pectoral muscle his season is done, but Coach Marvin Lewis is hoping otherwise.
  • On Aug 5th, Redskins linebacker Steven Daniels tore his labrum (shoulder) he is out for the season. Ravens defensive end Bronson Kaufusi broke his ankle, done for the season.
  • On Aug 7th, Bills linebacker Reggie Ragland went down with an injury to his knee. The Bills haven’t released to the public the severity of the injury yet, but they already signed Brandon Spikes to the team. This injury doesn’t sound good for the rookie.

 

Things that make you go hmm?


What is going on in San Diego? The season starts in a month and they still haven’t signed their number 3 pick Joey Bosa. The talks between the two are at a stalemate. He is the last NFL draft pick to be signed in the NFL.

For the last few weeks there have been articles stating the Los Angeles Rams couldn’t find their running back Tre Mason. Family member were worried about his mental well-being. Over this weekend Mason was found at his mother’s house in Florida.

Key moves around the NFL

The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney. The Falcons needed this pickup, because the team as a whole had the lowest number of sacks (19) out of the whole league.  They also signed veteran wide receiver Lance Moore.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed quarterback Nick Foles to a one-year deal. Foles is reunited with Coach Andy Reid, who drafted him to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hall of Fame Weekend

This past weekend was the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. On Saturday, we all saw the 2016 class give their speeches and receiver their gold jackets. This year’s class included coach Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.

On Sunday, the Hall of Fame Game between Green Bay Packers Vs Colts was cancelled. The game was cancelled due to poor field conditions. What happened was someone painted the center of the field with the incorrect paint. Made the field feel hard and made it dangerous. The NFL cancelled the game, because they were afraid of player’s safety.

 Check out next week’s blog for this week’s updates on what is happening in the NFL.

 

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Do all championships matter?

January 15th, 1967
Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi enjoy a cigar together. They have just won their 4th championship together, it’s a back to back championship  (they would 3-peat a year later) they had just won a game they had considered a formality. To us now it was a way more important game. It was Superbowl I. This date divides NFL fans like no other. Imagine what Vince and Bart would have thought if this game, that meant so little to them at the time, would matter more then the 3 championships they had already won. That this one was more real then then the one they had won just the year before.

…do all championships deserve to be counted in any sport?

In 2020, just 4 years from now, the NFL will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary. That NFL season will crown a champion at Superbowl LVI  (56). That leaves 44 championships that happened before the Superbowl. Do those presuperbowl championships count? This question divides many NFL fans. If you enjoy a good argument go to a group with a Packer fan (the NFL leader with 13 if you count presuperbowl) and a Steelers fan (the NFL leader if you only count Superbowls with 6) and ask them if championships count before the Superbowl era. 

This begs the question; do all championships deserve to be counted in any sport? Should we count World Series titles from before the league was integrated? NBA championships from before the NBA and ABA merged? Stanley cups from the original 6 days? College football National Champs from before the playoff system (or before the BCS)? Any heavy weight boxing champion since Lenox Lewis? 

Here’s the argument for why they shouldn’t count in the various sports. 

Baseball

So we can talk about how pitchers pitched in 3 and 4 man rotations on 3 day rest. Or how there was no such thing as specialized relief pitchers, set-up men, or closers. Let’s focus on the integration of the league. 

Stars like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson would have dominated in any league or era. Had they not been stuck in the negroe leagues, how many MLB records would these two hold? How much would the influx of these stars affect who won world series? How can you say you’re the World Champs if half the best players in the world play in a different league?

Basketball 

Which  NBA team drafted drafted Dr.J? The Milwaukee Bucks. Thing is he signed with a team from the ABA. As did so many of the stars of basketball. The two leagues champions both can legitimately claim to be the world champs. They didn’t play each other so who is the true champ?

Hockey 

Six teams. “6.” How can you call yourself the champion of anything in a 6 team league?

College Football

Here’s the one the argument is easiest. Before the BCS sportswriters just picked a champ. The top 4 teams rarely had played each other in the season. There were multiple champions in several seasons. There were years that a one lose team was champ over an undefeated team. 

Even the BCS era can be debated. Could the 2007 Florida Gators really have beaten the USC squad thats almost entire defense has made a nfl pro bowl? How can anyone justify having the championship game being two teams from the same division of the same conference? 

The NFL

Really there is no reason other then calling it the superbowl to start counting then. It started at the end of the second Packer dynasty, how can you say that the 66 or 67 Packers are intrinsically better then the 65 or 63 Packers? Many will tell you 1932 is the true start of modern football. You can make the argument that football wasn’t the game we know until 1981, when the west coast offense proved that a pass first offense can win, and transformed the league from a running back driven league to a quarterback driven league. You can even argue that nothing before 1993 and fee agency really can count. Deion Sanders, Charles Haley, and Reggie Whites free agent moves definitely changed who would win the championships for the next few seasons.

This all seems legit. The athletes back then weren’t as big or fast as today. The number of teams they had to play was so small how can they be considered champs? There were other leagues playing so how can one leagues team be the true champ?

So why should all championships count?

Simply put those other leagues weren’t as good. The NFL and AFL had agreed to merge in 1962. They had drafted as one entity from that point forward. The AFL (then the AFC) wasn’t able to actually compete with the NFL until 1969. That’s 8 years of building on equal terms before they compete with the NFL. When the NBA and ABA merged the ABA contracted 2/3rd of its teams. They entered the nba as essentially ABA all star teams. They didn’t dominate, these all star teams didn’t even win a championship in the NBA. 

It comes down to this you play the teams they put in front of you. You beat them and you are the champion.

Can players play in any era? I’m sure Dick Butkus  would still be a pro bowl middle linebacker today. Jim Brown would still be a star. Deacon Jones could lineup with JJ Watt.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robinson or Bill Russell would still dominate.

With their style of play, Jerry West and Pistol Pete Maravich would probably be bigger stars today then in their era.  Lou Gehrig and Ted William’s bats would have been feared in any era. 

You can only play the teams they put in front of you. You beat them and you are the champion. Period. If you win a NFL championship in 1941 and you win a championship playing in the NFL in 2011 you’ve won the exact same thing. What would you say if in 2027 they decide that all championships before instant replay don’t count, since they cannot be accurate?

You can’t pick and choose. You can’t say that college football championships only count from the BCS on and then say that all World Series count. You can’t say that all NBA championships count but only Superbowls count for the NFL. 

Either all championships count in all sports, or you have to draw a line in every sport. How does that line change if those teams were the best in the world in their time? 
J.Russell Zinn 7/28/16

This is What Happened The Last Time Tom Brady Played the Kansas City Chiefs…

There are still people who think that the Chiefs 11 game winning streak, which includes the last 10 games of the 2015 season and the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, has been a fluke.

That is most likely because they don’t realize that Kansas City has had one of, if not the best defense in the NFL dating all the way back to last year.

The Chiefs who were 9-7 in 2014 and narrowly missed the playoffs, gave up less points to opponents then any other team in the league.

Their second greatest accomplishment that year, was a 41-14 destruction of the New England Patriots on Monday Night in week 4.   

 
 
  

The game ended so poorly for the Patriots, that Tom Brady was sent to the bench in the 4th quarter, after throwing an interception which was returned for a touchdown.  

 

This was just the culmination of a horrible night for Brady, who had thrown one previous pick and also lost a crucial fumble earlier in the game.

 It was such an “Unterrific” performance for Tom as a matter of fact, that people started questioning if he would be the starter for the Patriots going forward. 

 
 

To top it off, Kansas City handed the Patriots that loss with an offense that didn’t have a passing touchdown to a wide receiver all season. 

That was the main reason the Chiefs decided to reunite Jeremy Maclin with Head Coach Andy Reid in 2015.

Maclin answered with 87 catches, for 1,088 yards, and 8 TDs this season.  

  

Couple that with a defense who only allowed an average of 12 points a game over their last 10, and shutout the Houston Texans in their playoff game, to beat their opponents by a total of 330-167.

And you have a team that is geared up to not only have Tom Brady once again riding the pine, but has hopes to send him home for the season.

How Good Are the Kansas City Chiefs?

 The Chiefs have the 2nd longest current win streak in the NFL right now with 8 wins. They are the only team in NFL history to do so after losing 5 straight in the same season.

Over the course of that streak their defense has been dominant as they have held opponents to an average of only 12 points per game.

Over that same period, the Carolina Panthers who are still undefeated this year, have allowed 21 points a game to their opponents.

The major knock against the Chiefs coming into this season, was their inability to throw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. This has changed dramatically over the course of the streak, as Alex Smith has thrown a touchdown to a receiver 9 times in the last 8 games. Ironically, this offense came alive right around the same time Jamaal Charles was lost for the season.

The knock on the Chiefs this year, is that they haven’t beat anyone good, although the streak started when they beat the Steelers who are currently 9-5. 

They have also beaten the Broncos and the Texans who currently sit in 1st place atop their respective divisions, and the Chiefs have out scored their opponents by a ridiculous 238-98 during the streak.

The Chiefs have crept quietly to just one game behind the Broncos in the AFC West with just 2 games left on the schedule.

Besides the fact that their defense is playing lights out football, and their offense is red hot at just the right time, the biggest advantage the Chiefs have right now, is that no one is taking them seriously.

With the 2 remaining games on their schedule being at home against the Browns and the Raiders, the Chiefs have the ability to keep their momentum and anonymity alive as they cruise into the playoffs. 

How good are the Chiefs? It’s almost impossible to put a value on what they’ve done, but it’s clear that they have completely turned the corner on the beginning of the season. 

If the other teams don’t become aware of them soon, the Chiefs could find themselves fighting for a ring in February.

Kansas City Chiefs: Making a Run for it!

The way Kansas City started the year, it was hard to believe they were on the path to anything but a high pick in next year’s draft.

However, after outscoring their last 5 opponents by an average of 32 -13, they have managed to put together a 5 game winning streak, and have put themselves in a position to not only secure a wild card spot, but to make a solid bid to win the division outright.

After defeating the Buffalo Bills 30-22 today, their remaining opponents have a record of 20-35, with their toughest matchups coming from 2 games with the Raiders who are currently sitting at 5-6. 

 On the other hand, Denver’s  opponents have a combined record of 36-28, and they face 3 opponents with at least 6 wins starting with the undefeated Patriots tonight. The Broncos got off to a torrid start to the season behind their defense who has cooled off drastically while losing 2 out of their last 3 games, including a 29-13 home loss to the Chiefs.

If the running game  can continue to lead the way for this Chiefs offense, who also got solid performances from QB Alex Smith (255 yds, 2 TDs,) WR Jeremy Maclin (9 rec, 160 yds, 1 TD), and TE Travis Kelce (4 rec, 69 yds, 1 TD) the sky is the limit for this team. If the defense can continue to play shutdown footbal, the Chiefs will be an absolute nightmare for anyone who dares to get in their way.