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Everything posted by Gopher

  1. Least Mode

    Just read the article about Lynch and Peters. So bizarre, and so many pieces that make absolutely no sense. So, he was trying to protect Peters from who.... his own O-Line? And Lynch is a "mentor" for Peters? Good luck with that. If Lynch's actions are those of a mentor, I'd had to see what a bad influence might do. Not to mention the comments about Lynch being smart, and that he's going to learn from this (like he's a rookie or something). And how does Carr feel about his #1 RB being a guy who is willing to protect the guy who basically hit him (Carr) with a late hit (and borderline cheap shot)? What a mess. I honestly think that's the fastest I've ever seen Lynch run.
  2. Least Mode

    Thankfully, I couldn't bring myself to draft him in 15+ drafts this summer. I grabbed Washington and Richard in a few..... Wished I would have grabbed them in more. I'm honestly not sure what he was thinking. My first thought was that he must not have realized that the guy he grabbed/shoved was a ref. But, maybe he did. Is he really that stupid? Having lived in the greater Seattle area for a couple of years, and listening to a ton of sports talk radio, I always had the impression that Lynch didn't get enough credit (that he's a much smarter guy than most give him credit for). After last night, I have no idea. Pretty difficult to defend those actions, regardless of what was going on in his head.
  3. Least Mode

    Unfortunately for Lynch owners, that is also the fastest we've seen him move in years.
  4. James White

    By higher/upward, are you saying his ranking is getting better or worse? If he's dropped in the rankings, my guess is that it's because Lewis seems to be getting a decent share of the touches lately, which takes away from everybody else in the backfield... A little bit of Gillislie, a little bit of White, etc. Unfortunately, if you own White and/or Lewis, you're better off when only one is healthy. When they both are healthy/playing, it makes it difficult to predict which one is the better play (unless you're in a really deep league and can start both). Add in the Belicheck factor, and it really becomes a guessing game on a weekly basis.
  5. Milk Carton Week 6

    Stew should at least get an assist for that pick that he basically handed to the Philly DB.
  6. How's everyone's season going so far?0

    I think I'm always in the "expected better, but it could be worse" mindset at this point in the season. Don't think I have any 5-0 (or 0-5) teams, but definitely multiple of everything in between. What is really bizarre is that, between Nick Folk's general suckiness, and kickers either going on IR or getting cut (and me not being able to replace them quickly enough), I have literally lost several matchups due to having no kicker (or a kicker who does nothing but miss field goals). I lost at least one, and maybe two, matchups this week alone because I started a zero at the kicker position. Aggravating. As for who I've lost, Cook and Olsen (and now Beckham) come to mind immediately. Every year, I'm more and more convinced that this hobby is simply a war of attrition. In order to win, you have to cover your bases with backup options, and backups to the backup options. Then, if you have that, cross your fingers and hope luck is on your side.
  7. Beckham with broken fibula

    I'm assuming it's the bottom of the fibula, which is basically the ankle area. My wife broke her fibula stepping off the bottom step of a stairway in July, by severely twisting her ankle. She thought she had just a severe sprain for about 3-4 days, then decided to go to the doctor (at which point X-rays showed a fracture in the fibula). No case was needed, as it is not a weight-bearing bone. Ironically, a month later, I did basically the same thing stepping off of a curb, except that I broke the larger of the two lower leg bones (tibia), which is the weight-bearing bone. So, while my wife was basically in a walking boot for a month, I was in a cast for a month, followed by walking boot/crutches. Needless to say, I cringed when I saw OBJ's replay.
  8. Rob Gronkowski...Week 5...uh oh

    I grabbed Allen in several leagues, mostly as a flier (3rd TE option, etc.). Figured he might be gold if Gronk went down. What a joke. I'm sure I'll drop him in every league, and he'll score at least two TD's next week. Likewise, I loaded up on Nick Folk this year. Not in drafts, but off the wire. Some leagues it was to replace Vinatieri (when I realized Luck might be out a while), others it was because I had originally drafted Santos or Sturgis, etc. I figured, with his bye out of the way early, and the Bucs being a fairly high-scoring team, he would be money. Boy, was I off on that one. Yikes. I haven't even bothered to look at the scoring after tonight, but I'm fairly certain I have negative points in at least one league, thanks to him. I'm not sure I've ever come to the conclusion that a kicker might cost me a win after Thursday night's game, but I'm fairly certain he could do so in multiple leagues this week. Brutal.
  9. Rob Gronkowski...Week 5...uh oh

    Debating whether or not this makes Dwayne Allen a sneaky play, at least in certain formats.
  10. Davin Cook

    The loss of Cook will certainly hurt, but let's not forget that last year's mess was 95% related to the fact that the offensive line was terrible, not to mention decimated by injuries. The Vikings completely revamped the O-Line, and it seems to be significantly improved. I don't mean to imply that they can just plug in Murray/McKinnon and get the same production as they did from Cook so far, but I don't think it will be like last season repeating itself, either. That is, as long as the O-Line can stay relatively healthy. Put it this way.... I would much rather have this year's O-Line with last year's RB group than the other way around. Cook would have had nowhere to run last year, just like anybody else, and they couldn't protect the QB to save their lives. As for the others, Murray seems like nothing more than a 3.0 YPC plodder type of guy. McKinnon at least has some explosiveness. That said, I don't know if McKinnon can be a guy who can sustain that explosiveness with more than a dozen touches or so per game, so I'm guessing we see a complete split in time/snaps, at least in the near future.
  11. Sounds like he may suit up next week. I'd be looking for other options, regardless... Taking a goose egg this week is bad enough. Taking one two weeks in a row (if he plays, but re-aggravates the injury) would be brutal. Montgomery injury may not be serious
  12. Who is the worst 2-0 team?

    Not sure Carolina looks any better. Brutal showing at home against what was an inept Saints team the first two weeks.
  13. Milk carton time

    Apparently, this is the week when all of the Week 1 and 2 milk carton guys make an appearance and score TD's. I should have known that once I bench them, they would show up.
  14. Baltimore - Jacksonvillw

    Maclin did leave and was under concussion protocol at one point, I believe.
  15. Baltimore - Jacksonvillw

    The Jags have done this before in London games, in each of the last two seasons. They typically get out to a huge lead, then nearly blow it at the end. This one, though, looks pretty bleak for BAL. And, the Jags defense is definitely better than in years past.
  16. Who is the worst 2-0 team?

    I guess I answered the second part of the question, regarding playoff chances. As for which team is the worst, I think it's hard to say. BAL defense has been great, turnover-wise in particular, yet the CAR defense is ranked as the top defense in the NFL through two weeks. Part of that is who they've played, obviously (for both BAL and CAR). Don't sleep on the DET defense, especially if Ansah and Davis can stay healthy. DET might be the best of the three teams, in terms of having both a legitimate offense AND defense. But, they can't run the ball. Meanwhile, BAL and CAR can run, but they don't score like DET can. I think it's a toss-up between BAL and CAR. The problem with CAR is that Cam was special when he was a running threat. If he doesn't run as much (which he hasn't so far), he's really nothing special. Flacco may not be elite, either, but for whatever reason I trust him to win games/play mistake-free football more than Cam. But, again, I think it's very close.
  17. Who is the worst 2-0 team?

    Detroit's next 3 games should tell us a lot about how "for real" they are. Hosting ATL, @MIN, and hosting CAR. They follow those three with a home game against the Saints before their Week 7 bye. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Lions are 5-1 or 4-2 going into their bye. They should beat the Saints, they should beat Carolina at home, and they're capable of beating MIN anywhere. Not to mention, they will give Atlanta all they can handle next week, in my opinion. Detroit also plays both BAL and CAR, so those games might be key in determining which of the three gets a playoff spot (if any), even though BAL is obviously in the AFC. BAL has played two fairly weak opponents so far. Their schedule in the middle of the season is brutal. In the six-game stretch between Weeks 5 and 11 (they have a bye in Week 10), Baltimore has four road games against relatively tough opponents.... MIN, OAK, TEN, and GB. Sandwiching those games are meeting with the Steelers in Weeks 4 and 13, as well as the Lions in Week 12. CAR has a slightly easier schedule, facing the AFC East. They travel to NE and DET, but host MIN and GB. They also have four games against ATL/TB, obviously, and anybody can beat anybody within the division (except maybe the defense-less Saints?). I don't think any of the three have a chance of doing much damage in the playoffs, but any of them can get there. I see them all finishing right around 10-6. But, if I had to rank them, in terms of playoff chances, it would go in this order: DET - Hosts CAR, which would be the tie-breaker if they need one. CAR - Easier schedule than BAL. BAL - Not only a tough schedule, but it's quite possible that both wild cards come from the AFC West (DEN, OAK, and KC are all 2-0 as well), which would mean that Baltimore needs to win the division to get in.
  18. What happened to the Min D??

    Last year, the MIN defense started the year with a huge game (@TEN?), where they had two defensive touchdowns. After that, they had some really good games, but when the offense truly started to struggle (after the 5-0 start), their defense did as well. There was a MNF game against the Bears that particularly comes to mind.... The offense couldn't keep the defense off of the field, and the defense couldn't stop the Bears, either. But, it all stemmed from the ineptitude on offense. A few other thoughts..... - It's early. Two weeks don't tell us much. I would definitely not drop them, but they're probably not an every-week start, either. - There is a difference between good defenses and good fantasy defenses. You can be a good defense without an offense. It's more difficult to be a high-scpromg fantasy defense when your offense can't move the ball (like we saw yesterday with Case and company). - They actually held the PIT offense pretty much in check yesterday. Brown and Bell had below average games, and neither one scored. But, the MIN offense couldn't move the ball, get first downs, etc. And, penalties absolutely killed them. Offsides on the D-Line on 4th and 1 led to a PIT TD (would have been a punt). Another long pass interference call led to a PIT TD. Offensive plays negated by penalties, etc. It was a rough day all around, but it was mostly the offense that killed them. - They're typically better at home, with the crowd behind them. I would expect better results going forward. Now would be the worst time to cut bait, as four of their next five games are at home.
  19. Best and worst of week 2

    Best - Grabbed Hurns in a couple of leagues, and he came up big. I also grabbed and started the TB defense in a couple of leagues, which worked out well. Crabtree was a beast for me in a couple of PPR leagues. Worst - In one league, I lost by a point with two zeroes in my lineup. Lawrence Timmons was announced to be MIA sometime on Saturday (MIA stands for not Miami, but missing in action). Between his goose egg, and Jordy Nelson's, that's a tough loss to swallow. I managed to get Timmons out of my lineup in two other IDP leagues, but completely forgot about him in this one. As a result, I'm 0-2. Nelson - Heavily invested in Jordy in all formats. I think I have him in about a half-dozen leagues. I can already see the game-time decision happening next week. Hopefully, it doesn't turn into a nagging several-week injury dilemma. Bilal Powell - Another guy I have in multiple leagues. On my bench until further notice.... I need to see him get more than 5-7 touches/targets per game. Didn't foresee Forte getting the bulk of the work this year, after the way Powell finished last season. Cameron Brate - It's only one week, and it was an easy win for the Bucs, so I'm not going to panic yet. I'm guessing he gets more involved as they get into more closely contested games. Ted Ginn - Without Snead, I thought he would be a factor this week, in what most expected to be a high-scoring game. Well, it was high-scoring.... at least for the Patriots. Clearly, Ginn is going to be a boom or bust guy like he was prior to last year. And, with Snead coming back in a couple of weeks, Ginn is going to have to do something sooner than later to prevent me from cutting him loose. Cooks - I'll give it another week or two, but I'm leaning towards the thinking that he's simply not a WR1. Should have known better.... He was all or nothing last year. I won't drop him, obviously, but I have better performers (at least so far) on my bench. I'm sure there are others, but those are the ones off the top of my head.
  20. The "WR" Ty Montgomery

    Yeah, thanks a lot. He is almost guaranteed to get hurt now.
  21. Week 2 Injury Thread

    Jesse James limped off the field on the very first play of the game. Adam Thielen appears to have hurt his ribs on his first catch of the game. Of course, both are in multiple lineups for me.
  22. Shane Vereen

    He's not going to catch 9 balls every week, but I could see 7-10 targets. If healthy, I don't think it's all that unreasonable to think that he could catch 80+ passes (5-6 per week). Eli is going to need somebody to dump off to quickly. The arguments against that, I suppose, would be a couple of things. Number one, OBJ didn't play. He'll eat up some of those targets, if there's time. Secondly, we already saw Engram get a few looks in his first game. His involvement (and how much Eli looks to him) will only grow as the season progresses, in my opinion. Lastly, there is the question of Vereen vs Perkins on third down. If the 3rd down role is securely in Vereen's hands, that's one thing. But, if Perkins takes some of those snaps from time to time, it will be tough for Vereen to keep up last week's pace. Personally, I think Vereen is an intriguing hold in PPR leagues, waiting to see if he can stay healthy as much as anything else. If he does, I think he's a serviceable RB3/flex play, particularly in leagues larger than 12 teams.
  23. Can you trust Beckham?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't he been in this position before, and ended up having a pretty good game? Like at least a TD, if not more than one? I can't remember if it was last year, or the year before, but I think it was another SNF or MNF game. I think he'll play, and if he does, there's no way he's just a decoy. I don't think the Giants send him out there unless he's healthy enough to be at least 80-90% effective. That said, it depends on what my other options are. In one league, I'm basically going to have to start him. My other options are longshots to do anything, so I'll take my chances. In another league, I probably have decent options if I sit him, but I'll probably wait until the last minute to decide. Of course, it always helps if you have another MNF option (that you wouldn't otherwise start).... Somebody you can plug in for him at the last minute if he's a no-go. Unfortunately, I don't have that in any of the leagues where I own him. Lastly, I don't typically spend a lot of time looking at my opponent's lineup, but it may come down to that. If their lineup looks stronger than mine, I might roll the dice. If it looks like I can probably beat them, I might take the conservative route, and go with another option (even if that option will likely only get me a few points).
  24. Kareem Hunt predictions for week 2

    Sounds about right.