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Monday Morning Breeze: The Revolution Will Be Caught One-Handed

[(MOST IMPORTANT NOTE: The Breeze will recap CFB’s Alabama-Clemson National Championship game on Tuesday, so this will be Professional Football-heavy, or College-Deflated, depending how you choose to see the glass re: -imisms) It’s near impossible to miss the unfolding humor in a reality that pits America’s Most Traditionally Revered NFL team against the steaming pile of toxic that has been Daniel Snyder’s Washington Trumps, in D.C., for a wild-card playoff game.

When you add the fact that a prominent Packer player is named “Ha Ha Clinton-Dix” while Hillary stumps for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination, I mean, clearly Fate’s got a warped thing for the wickedly absurd. So what could prepare us for an NFL Wild-card weekend that lived up to its name? Where Ace Ventura jokes became re-relevant (“laces out”) making my heart gently weep for Minnesota’s Blair Walsh Project, where it seems everyone wants to be like ODB Jr whether it’s receivers vying for his “Best Ever Catch ‘Til Tomorrow” crown, or Vontaze’s Burfict crime-ing for his “Grossest Cheap Shot” frown, where all he does is Russell Wilson Seattle to wins (or perhaps Faith’s wind), while the Bengals missed Double-Deuce Dalton more than the time it takes to restore sore thumbs, Pack Nation slumbers well ’cause Aaron Rodgers remembered how to kinda throw again, some.

To playoff football let’s succumb. Enter to the beating drum of your heart’s hum and maybe find fun…

NFL PLAYOFFS PORTION OF THE PROGRAM

NFL Playoffs Games of the Week (Wild-card Round) Kansas City Chiefs 30 @ Houston Texans 0 So it was, ho hum, on the very first kickoff of the very first ho hum playoff game KNILE DAVIS EXPLODES THROUGH A MASSIVE HOLE AND ho hum RETURNS IT ONE-HUNDRED AND SIX FREAKING YARDS FOR THE TD. Houston was never really close on the majority of this play or for the rest of the game as Kansas City would never relinquish that lead, with the helpful, steady hand of Alex Smith leading the way and the woefully unsteady hand of Bryan Hoyer (4 picks, yikes!) leaving the Texans exposed like a butterfly filet of poor play.

Jon Gruden quote of the day: “JJ Watt’s battling a bad groin injury.” Look, Watt’s an incredible player, but even he can’t fight a Kansas City O-line AND tangle with one of those “bad groin injury” things at the same time.

Pittsburgh Steelers 18 @ Cincinnati Bengals 16 An enchanting, angry contest. Part 1 of “Insane Catches by Incredible Wideouts,” and Vontaze’s Rage. This story told with the help of Vine’s visuality. We’ll start with the uglier portions of the game and finish with the beauty of Martavis’ gorgeous holy-roller TD catch. In all, it seems Andy Dalton will still get blamed for another 1st round exit, even though he wasn’t playing. We begin with one Vontaze Burfict losing his famously hot-tempered mind, producing a near clone of the ODB Jr. cheap-ass headshot, this time on Antonio Brown…

..but “Oh by the way” Burfict was way more egregious, disgusting, with this cheap headshot on Maxx Williams in a previous game versus the Ravens. Careful, it’s disturbing…

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…and continuing the ugly parade, Pittsburgh ASSISTANT COACH Mike Munchak, yes, a coach, ripping some of Reggie Nelson’s dreads, rightfully pissing him right off…

…but thank all that’s True and Right in the world for Martavis Bryant’s incredible athleticism, focus, and brilliance all on display on this catch in the 3rd quarter, possibly trumping Beckham’s one-handed stab heard ’round the world…

Seattle Seahawks 10 @ Minnesota Vikings 9 This game will forever be remembered (by me) as “The Blair Walsh Project,” but it also included Part 2 of “Incredible Catches by Amazing Wideouts” and one of the more unlikely turning-point plays in recent history. First off, it looked cold as freezer burn in Minn-eh-sot-ah, -3 degrees for much of the game, with breath bursting from the entire stadium’s mouths like 80,000 proud vapers.

While their defense was its usual stout self, Seattle came out slightly resembling a steaming crater of ineptitude on offense. Then the play below happened, which appears to foreshadow more terror for Wilson and the ‘Hawks offense. Except he’s Macklemore uncommonly composed Russ Wilson, even in the face of certain peril, proving once again on this play why he’s so valuable to Mr. Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks. For a little forced imagination, think of how 99.9% of the time the QB/center shotgun exchange is botched like this it results in, at best, a sack.

Instead, picture this reality where Wilson recovers smoothly, calmly baseball slides, retrieving the ball and springing back up in one swift motion, rolls away from oncoming defenders, looks downfield and fires a strike to a wide-open Tyler Lockett for the game-changing play. Seattle would go on to a TD and huge momentum swing, injecting life into their moribund offense and turning the tides of what was shaping up to be a certain Viking victory.

Yeah, I believe in momentum, F Nate Silver on this topic, and this was a huge swing in a game largely dictated by field position.

…then Adrian Peterson fumbles on the ensuing Viking possession, and SEA recovers with 10:30 left in the 4th.

…oh by the way Doug Baldwin becomes a bent Beckham-like wizard and makes this incredible one-hander…

…although Chase Coffman proves there should be some kinda permit receivers have to earn to attempt one-handed catch, like a driver’s license, ’cause he tries to be like Doug B. but instead makes an interception so easy…

Trailing Seattle 10-9 very late in the 4th quarter, Kyle Rudolph beat Kam Chancellor in man coverage for a huge first down catch (vindication for Chancellor getting away with a clear hold on Rudolph earlier), putting the Vikings in money-FG position for the certain game-winner. It was a kick that 99.6% of the time would’ve been a Blair Walsh layup 3-pointer. In a kinder, gentler reality Walsh nails the kick, the Vikings win, slay the 2-time Super Bowl Seahawks and move on to the next round.

In this harsher, cruel, coooold reality Walsh shanks the kick so badly left of the uprights, like a boomerang that didn’t go where it was supposed to and never came back, allowing America to brush the 8-inch thick dust off every Scott Norwood and Ace Ventura joke no longer forgotten to mankind. I understand Walsh is a professional, paid a ton of money to make that kick. He has to make that kick. But damn, I just feel bad for him.

Green Bay Packers 35 @ Washington Cousins/Trumps 18
This game started with a bizarre “DeSean Jackson scores but doesn’t” on a catch and run where he crossed the goal line near the pylon but crossed too far and stepped first out of bounds while holding the ball back pre-goal line. Green Bay went on to hold Washington to a field goal and early momentum. However, Green Bay’s offense was dormant for much of the first half until Aaron Rodgers started hooking up hardcore with Davante Adams and James Jones (don’t worry, Olivia Munn) and headed into halftime up 17-11 after giving up a safety.

In the second half, the Packers could not cover Washington’s Jordan Reed, who played incredibly (9 catches, 120 yards) with Kirk Cousins putting the Washingtons up 18-17 with a QB run. As the second half wore on though, Green Bay wrested control away, shutting down Washington’s attack, pounding Washington’s D with a steady diet of Lacy and Starks, and squeezing just enough juice out of A-Rod’s recovering air raid to coast comfortably into the next round. Kirk Cousins and the Washingtons were kinda like Leo here, at the Golden Globes: they won their division, had home-field against the Pack, everyone was lauding them for pulling through the RGIII fiasco.

They’re laughing, they’re having a good time, sitting nearer the top than they’ve been in a while. Meanwhile Rodgers and the Pack were like Lady Gaga: they just hadn’t looked like their typically dangerous self after blazing to a 6-0 start to the season before dropping 4 of their next 5 and finishing 2nd in the NFC North.

But oh, never forget about the beautiful power of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack, as they approach laughing Leo/Washington all the way from the forgotten back, shimmering the entire way as they (purposefully?) knock the Snyder’s over-extended elbow out of the way, smirking a triumphant return to the next round with a future full of promise, leaving Leo and the Snyders meekly grimacing in their wake.

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THIS WEEK’S SIGN SOMETHING’S ASKEW IN THE WORLD

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Selfishly Sprayed Tweets Peak at Past Week

11-on-11: Put Me Out of My NFL Missouri

Show me state, eh?

Rumor has it that a suburban St. Louis town is going to hear from a Grand Jury about a relatively controversial incident, but we’re not going there. Across the state, the Royals were in the playoffs for the first time, and we came very near getting an all-Missouri World Series, but Giants from the left coast swooped in and stomped on all championship dreams from Branson to Effingham. At least baseball fans have some decent barbeque to eat this winter.

Speaking of the state missing out on things, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium was initially slated to be the site of this season’s Super Bowl, which was ultimately awarded to the dome named after the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona. While both the Rams and Chiefs have been to the big game twice apiece as residents of Missouri, they’ve each only come away with one victory and I’m sure fans will agree they’d prefer to see their team win the damn game than to see their stadium host it.

Last year, the part of New Jersey that hosts the New York professional football organizations also hosted the champions of the AFC and NFC. On Sunday, the state of Missouri had the honor of hosting the reigning AFC Champion and the defending champions of the World. Unlike Rocktober or whatever MLB Marketing renamed the tenth month of the year, teams from time zones west of the Central Standard, did not get their pound of flesh from Abraham Simpson’s favorite state.

Game I Anticipated Most

The best thing about Brady versus Luck is that it’s not Manning versus Luck. The Colts have turned the page and they’re writing a new chapter with a new character; dare I say a potentially better character? Meanwhile in New England, it’s business as usual. The Patriots have one or two big names on both sides of the ball, but quite a few anonymous figures that make big plays at the right times.

Gray

This week and arguably this season, the unknown figure has gone by the name Jonas Gray. In my former life as a College Football guy, I vaguely recall Gray getting a few touches at the school in South Bend, Indiana, but there was nothing remarkable about him then. His last season with the Fighting Irish was under Brian Kelly, but he was recruited to Notre Dame by Bill Belichick’s old buddy Charlie Weis. He’s now played in 4 NFL games, all this season, but he ran for 199 yards in New England’s 42-20 win over a decent Indianapolis team.

Not All Thursdays Are Created Equal

Thursday night football has been a target of ridicule in 2014, but it was worse early in the year when the average margin of victory was in the high 20s and low 30s. In every sense of the phrase, they were “throw-away” games. Things got better when you put division rivals on the field in games that meant something towards who we’ll see on Saturdays and Sundays in January, but close scores don’t always make for decent watching.

If you like kickers, last Thursday offered a game for you. The highlight of the evening for you kicker-lovers came on Dan Carpenter’s 46-yard shot, which put the visiting Bills up 9-3 in Miami. The Dolphins managed a 3rd quarter touchdown and were awarded an additional 2 points for Kyle Orton’s intentional grounding ways, helping them cling to a 12-9 lead entering the game’s final 15 minutes. A Miami touchdown and field goal represented all of the fourth quarter scoring and the Bills headed back to Buffalo with a notch in the L column after a 22-9 defeat.

Musical Clocks

Losing is one thing, losing track of time is a different story altogether. Viking head coach Mike Zimmer went as far as to say, “Clocks here are bullshit”, after not having the time remaining made available to them in the second half of their 21-13 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday. Can you really blame the clock operators at Soldier Field for giving the Bears a little aid? Chicago had given up at least 50 points in each of their last two outings, both losses.

Watt The Hell

In the NFL, there are certainly times you don’t like hearing your number called. If you’re an offensive lineman, it means you’ve been penalized. If you’re a defensively lineman, it could be much of the same, unless your name happens to be JJ Watt. I’ll give him this much credit; he’s done more than Redskins linebacker/GEICO commercial guy to earn the publicity.

Houston Texans v Cleveland Browns

In the Texans 23-7 win over the Browns in Cleveland, the giant man from Wisconsin gave Browns’ right tackle Mitchell Schwartz fits all day, hence aggravating quarterback Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland fans in the process. In his day job, on the defensive side of the ball, he made three tackles for loss, registered a single sack, recovered a fumble, and hurried Hoyer all day. Moonlighting as a tight end, he split out from his standard spot as a tight end and caught the first touchdown pass of Ryan Mallett’s NFL career. You could see it coming before the ball was snapped when he drew one-on-one coverage from Browns linebacker Chris Kirksey.

11 Men Will Be Just Fine

Seattle fans will tell you about how important their 12th man is in an effort to pat themselves on the back for the success their team has had at the place they demolished the Kingdome for. It has a name, but it’s one that is constantly changing, so we simply refer to it as House of SeaChicken. They’re still pretty good up in Washington state, where they haven’t lost more than one game in a season at home since 2011.

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Sunday, they had to go to Arrowhead. And while I’m sure the fans didn’t make it easy on Russell Wilson when the SeaChickens had the ball, the 11 men on the field are to be praised for stuffing Marshawn Lynch on 4th-and-1 late in the fourth quarter. The two men who carried the ball for the Chiefs, Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, put in work on Sunday, picking up 169 yards on the ground and combining for all three touchdowns in a 24-20 win over the defending Super Bowl champs.

What’s Wrong With Denver?

In some weeks, the Broncos can do no wrong, but get them out of the Rockies and away from the pot dispensaries, and all bets are off. Everyone beats the Jets and the Raiders, regardless of venue, but after that, the fighting Elways are 0-3 away from Sports Authority Field. In their previous road defeats, Manning and company put up 20 in Seattle and 21 in New England, but the Rams held them to a single touchdown in their 22-7 loss in the dome on Sunday.

You don’t want to freak out too much about a 7-3 team dropping a game in a season where the playoffs and a Super Bowl run are inevitable, but Emmanuel Sanders future is in doubt with a concussion and the Broncos are very much the walking wounded right now.

Credit the Rams Kenny Britt for making the most of his 4 catches. The former Tennessee Titan hadn’t done much in nine games before Sunday’s action, but he picked up 128 yards against Denver, 63 on his first quarter touchdown to put the Rams up 10-0. The second half belonged to Greg Zuerlein, who solely owned the second half scoring with kicks of 22, 55, and 53. He scored 16 of the game’s 29 total points. Hope you bet the under in this one.

Who is randy for Randy?

Do yourself a favor and watch Nebraska play the next couple of weeks, specifically #4 on the defensive side of the ball.  Randy Gregory could be the guy for Oakland at #1, unless they really think Marcus Mariota is that much of an upgrade from Derek Carr.  PS: I do not.

There’s a possibility that Gregory returns to Lincoln for his senior year, and no matter what his college coach says, it’s not going to happen.

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Acutal Worst Game

A year ago today in Houston, the Raiders won a game. They failed to do that in San Diego on Sunday, or any other time in the last 365 days, and they fell to 0-10 on the year. It doesn’t get much worse than a 13-6 game that includes Oakland, but I’m sure the Chargers will take it.

Dirty Laundry Award

Nothing special or devastating about this week’s most penalized team, Tampa Bay, who was penalized 11 times for 111 yards in their 27-7 win over the Redskins at FedEx Field. What’s remarkable is Kansas City’s 3 penalites for 6 total yards, that’s 5 yards for Ron Parker’s illegal use of the hands, a half-the-distance yard on Mike McGlynn for a false start on his own 2, and negligible yardage was marked off when the Chiefs false started on the next snap.

For The Degenerates

Pittsburgh is headed to the Music City to rebound from their wet fart against the Jets last week. Somehow, the Titans beat the Chiefs in Week 1, and then squeaked one out against Jacksonville in Week 6. They’re not a very good football team. I say Pittsburgh covers the 6 and a half, but this one stays under the 46 because Tennessee won’t score enough to put it over.

Random, Perhaps Unimportant

Nice play by Joe Haden to take a touchdown away from Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins. That’s what fans expect to see from their $60M shutdown corner.

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Now, the Packers look weird in their Acme throwbacks always, but seeing Julius Peppers wearing any Packers jersey is strange to me.

The Lions caught the Cardinals sleeping at the wheel when Jeremy Ross picked up a ball batted out of the endzone by their punt coverage team and ran it back to mid-field, but the officials bailed the home team out, saying Arizona “possessed” the ball inside the five. I call bullshit.

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How are Carolina and Atlanta both this bad? Both entered Sunday’s game in Charlotte seeking their fourth win in Week 11 of the season. Neither team ran the ball very well on Sunday, and these quarterbacks just aren’t good enough to win with their arms, if they don’t get the requisite ground support.

I no longer believe the Eagles are among the NFC’s elite. On the strength of their 53-20 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday in Wisconsin, I appoint the Packers to join the Cardinals on that plane.

Cross me off the list of believers in this year’s 49ers. The Giants aren’t very good this year, and San Francisco doesn’t appear to be much better. Consider the window of opportunity to be closing in Northern California.

Shame on the Saints fan who stole the ball from the female Bengals fan at the Superdome. Just because Good Andy Dalton comes to the Bayou and smokes your team by 17 points doesn’t mean you can abandon all decency.

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Pickups Week Three

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Let’s face it, Week 2 of the NFL Season was one of the wackiest NFL weeks we have seen.  Putting aside the off-the-field noise, Week 2 had everything: dramatic wins, meltdown losses, huge upsets, missed field goals, and injuries, upon injuries, upon injuries.

Running Backs

This is why running backs are so valuable.  By the time the Eagles were finishing their improbable* comeback win at Lucas Oil Field, the following NFL teams had finished their Week 2 games without their lead dog at running back: Panthers, Chargers, Chiefs, Saints, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Browns, Vikings, Cardinals.  Whether due to suspension or injury, that is nearly one-third of the entire league.  But hey, we do not need to tell you that, because more than likely, you sat an AP, or suffered through 1.2 points from a Jamaal Charles, or 0.4 points from week 1 stud Knowshon Moreno.  If you were fortunate enough to survive the weekend unscathed, congratulations on your victory.  If not, here are the guys you need to look to immediately.

  1. Knile Davis – Will be the lead dog in KC’s backfield until further notice on the heels of Jamaal Charles’ high-ankle sprain and a 22-79-2 line posted by Davis in relief.  High ankle sprains are bad dudes, so Davis is more than a one week option here and should be a solid RB1 for the next several weeks.
  2. Khiry Robinson – Should handle the bulk of early-down work for the Saints as Mark Ingram is expected to be out about a month with a hand injury. Robinson, whose name you may remember from the Saints 2013 playoff game against the Seahawks (70 total yards and 2 TDs), averaged 4.2 YPC and scored a TD on 14 carries through New Orleans first two games.  We are sorely disappointed for Ingram, who looked great. Robinson will be a flex play at best next week, but is definitely worth the roster spot.
  3. Donald Brown – With Ryan Mathews projecting to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain – shocker – Brown should get the majority of his work as he heals up. Danny Woodhead‘s role should expand a tad, but everything else figures to go to Brown.  With a stout Bills front 7 on the horizon, Brown is a flex play at best this week, but the sledding improves thereafter with Jacksonville and Oakland sandwiched around a home tilt against the Jets.
  4. Bobby Rainey – With the Muscleless Hamster being inactive for Tampa Bay’s game with St. Louis, Rainey rolled up 174 yards from scrimmage. Lovie Smith has subtly talked about Martin returning for week 3, but we will have to see considering Tampa Bay has a short week and even if Martin straps it on, Rainey has shown that he deserves more touches.  Quite frankly, we think it should only be a matter of time before Rainey becomes the feature back in TB, regardless of Martin’s health.
  5. Matt Asiata – Asiata didn’t look great starting for Adrian Peterson Sunday as he averaged 2.8 YPC on 13 carries, but he have 5 catches for 48 yards and a TD. All Day will practice with Minnesota this week but we will have to wait and see if any political pressure will be put on the Vikings front office to not let him start week 3, especially in light of the previous child abuse claim that was reported Monday night.  So despite Asiata’s ineffectiveness he is worth a stash if he is going to start. However, keep an eye on combine stud Jerick McKinnon, a rookie RB out of Georgia Southern.
  6. Isaiah Crowell – In Ben Tate‘s absence, Crowell served as a COP back to fellow rookie Terrance West, running for 54 yards on 11 carries. Although Crowell was out-touched 21-12, he fits Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme like a glove, and Cleveland’s dedication to running the football makes him an interesting option.
  7. Johnathan Stewart – Stewart received 16 touches and scored a TD Sunday against Detroit in a game that DeAngelo Williams sat out with a thigh injury. Frankly, it’s just nice to see that Johnathan Stewart is actually a real person. If Williams cannot go again – he is expected to return to practice Wednesday, so monitor closely – Stewart should be a fine RB in a plus matchup against the Steelers.
  8. Dexter McCluster – Although McCluster saw only five touches on Sunday and was later spotted in a walking boot, he averaged 7.8 yards on said touches and played on 67% on Tennessee’s offensive snaps. Now there was no report on an injury for McCluster so we will have to wait and see just what the meaning of the walking boot is.
  9. Damien Williams – After Knowshon Moreno left Sunday’s game, Williams came in and ran for 19 yards on 5 carries, serving as the COP back to Lamar Miller. With Moreno projecting to miss 4-6 weeks, Lamar Miller should be the main guy, but Williams is worth stashing until we see how Miami carves out roles for he and Orleans Darkwa. Of course, Miller left the game in the 4th quarter with an injury and did not return, although the Dolphins have indicated he could have.  If Miller’s late game injury turns out to be more than we expect, Williams’ stock on this list increases dramatically.
  10. Alfred BlueArian Foster has 55 carries through 2 games.  That is a lot of carries for a guy with a history of injuries.  Blue is his backup and has looked serviceable in the limited time that he has gotten (11 carries, 40 yards in week 2).
  11. Silas ReddRoy Helu left the Redskin’s game against Jacksonville in the fourth quarter with and apparent knee injury, ascending Redd to number two on the depth chart on a team whose number one running back can’t catch or block. The UDFA rushed for 41 yards and a TD on eight carries.

Wide Receivers

Injuries also hit wide receivers over the weekend. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall (although you’d never know it) played banged up, while AJ Green, DeSean Jackson, and week 1 flash Allen Hurns left their games and did not return.

  1. Mohamed Sanu – On the heels of A.J. Green‘s toe injury, Sanu came out with a 3-84-1 line after Sunday’s game. Sanu, who is available in more than 90% of Yahoo! Leagues, should be Cincinnati’s number one WR if Green misses time.
  2. James Jones – Coming off of a game in which he saw 14 targets, Jones has 146 yards and 2 touchdowns through two games with Oakland and looks to be their number one option.  We do not like anything about the Raiders offense, really, but someone in the receiving corps will have to make some catches.  Right now, James Jones looks to be that someone.
  3. Andrew Hawkins – With Cleveland’s WR corps in shambles, Hawkins drew 12 targets Sunday after seeing 10 in week one. With 14 catches for 157 yards through two games, Hawkins is a must-own in PPR and approaching WR3 status in standard.
  4. Brian Quick – Quick has been the clear guy in St. Louis’ passing game drawing 18 targets for 14 catches and 173 yards through the Ram’s first two games.  Similar to the situation in Oakland, we are not a fan of any of the St. Louis wideouts.  But, Quick is filling up the stat sheet right now, and we anticipate he will find paydirt this weekend against Dallas.
  5. Andre Roberts – Will fill in for DeSean Jackson if he misses time. In D-Jax’s absence in week 2, Roberts played all over the formation on almost every down.
  6. John Brown – Brown has been Arizona’s primary slot receiver. With 5 catches for 47 yards and a TD so far through two games, Brown would thrust into an every-down role if Floyd or Fitzgerald were to miss any time.  The Cardinals like John Brown.  We do to, but I would not want to have to play him immediately.
  7. Davante AdamsJarrett Boykin was AWFUL on Sunday (1-6-0 on 3 targets, with a bad drop), and he lost time in 3 wide sets to Adams, who saw 6 targets and reeled in 5 passes for 50 yards.  In that Green Bay offense, you know that the third receiver will get a lot of looks.  If you have a roster spot available, we highly recommend stashing this second round wideout out of Fresno State.
  8. Robert Woods – Not a serious option yet as the Bills run the hell out of the ball, but Woods started over Mike Williams in week 2, so he’s a wait-and-see until we learn what shape his role will take.
  9. Miles Austin – Yep, THAT Miles Austin.  Look, Austin is a pretty old, but with Cleveland not having its top three offensive weapons, he finds himself number 2 in the Brown’s targets pecking order. He also posted a 6-44-1 week two line.  With the Browns returning home to host a Ravens team that ranks 23rd in pass defense, we like Austin as a solid WR3 this week.
  10. Eddie Royal – Royal inexplicably saw 10 targets as the Bolts worked underneath the Seattle secondary all day Sunday. Playing the slot, Royal can be a WR5 until San Diego wises up and implements an expanded role for their freakishly talented TE Ladarius Green.
  11. Nate Washington – Washington has been relatively ineffective through two games, but Locker continues to look to him over and over.  Until that changes, Washington too can be a WR5.

Tight Ends

Continuing the M.A.S.H. unit theme, Vernon Davis, Jordan Reed and Marcedes Lewis were injured this past week.

  1. Larry Donnell – Leading the Giants in receiving through two games with a 12-137-1 line and quickly becoming a favorite target of Eli Manning, Donnell is starting to peck around the TE1 conversation.
  2. Travis Kelce – Saw his snaps and production almost double from week one to week two.  We expect that trend to continue.
  3. Niles Paul – Has posted lines of 4-86-0 and 8-99-1 in two contests with Jordan Reed sidelined.  If you need a TE to plug-and-play, Paul is a great option.
  4. Delanie Walker – Has seen 18 targets and caught touchdowns in each of the Titan’s first two games.
  5. Charles Clay – Although not yet producing, Clay led Miami in targets and catches in week two.

Plug and Play D/STs

  1. Cleveland vs Baltimore
  2. Miami vs Kansas City
  3. New Orleans vs Minnesota
  4. NY Jets vs Chicago
  5. Atlanta vs Tampa Bay
  6. Chicago @ NY Jets

 

*TRANSLATION: aided heavily by refs who swallowed their whistle on a blatant defensive pass interference while at the same time inexplicably whistling a horse collar on the ensuing possession on what was a patently clean tackle.