Tom Brady only threw the ball 53 times last night as he used Blue Steel to freeze the Bills defense and make a miraculous comeback by throwing two TD’s to Ben Watson in about .3 seconds. Ben Watson!  That guy is the biggest TE tease and I will never pick him up.  Let some other schmo drop someone of value for Watson who will have zero catches against the Jets next week.

I’m a fan of good football and Tom Brady can throw the ball. That back shoulder strike to Watson in the back of the end zone was awesome. The Patriots didn’t look unstoppable, but it will be hard to beat Brady in a close game.  He needs to get beat down and beat down often to have a chance against him.

After the game Suzy Kolber was brushed aside by Brady, but she persevered and ran with him toward the locker room, but then was blindsided by Giselle, who, even pregnant, weighs 34 pounds.

LT: He seemed to be doing a whole lot of nothing on the sidelines when the game was on the line.  He wasn’t horrid, but compared to Sproles he looked like he was going in slow motion, but so would about anyone except Usain Bolt or that kid on The Incredibles or someone really, really fast.  But it did look like a time share last night, and I’m not too optimistic that LT will be anywhere worth where he went in drafts.  Yes, I had him up there too.  That kool aid is tasting bitter.

Philip Rivers: Well, they beat the Raiders and they looked pitiful doing it.  The Raiders D manhandled the Chargers which I’m not used to saying about the Raiders D.  Rivers looked a bit like a douche canoe as usual, but not as bad a Kanye West so at least he has that going. Rivers didn’t look great, but neither did most of the Chargers.  I’d worry more about the injuries to his lineman.

Trent Edwards: He had 2 TD’s and 212 yards with no picks. The no picks are a good sign. The Patriots aren’t the best defense in the league, but they aren’t the worst either.  Edwards isn’t really fantasy worthy yet, but it’s a good sign.

Fred Jackson:  The guy is quick.  If the Bills can keep a semblance of a O-line together they could be a potent offense with Lynch and Jackson teaming up.  Of course that sucks for fantasy, but hey, we hardly ever get what we want anyway.

Darren McFadden: He is fast and good and if Russell wasn’t as accurate as your Grandpa around the can after a few snorts he’d have had a huge game.  Michael Bush looks to be the goalline back which makes me unhappy.

Louis Murphy: The rookie should have had 2 TD’s, but did have one long TD to put the Raiders up late.  He’s worth keeping an eye on, but Russell is really not a good QB which is usually helpful if you are a receiver.

Zach Miller: He looked good as usual.  The Chargers were horrid against TE’s last season, but Miller should be able to have similar games against non TE friendly teams.

  1. salipp says:
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    Doc, I also had LT drafted in the 2nd. Now I know that it is only one game but he looked slow. So do we cut our losses and try to trade him before everybody sees more of him or pray. I have a quality back up in McFadden, but could a WR.

  2. Fade says:
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    @Doc: I’m still drinking to kool-aid for two reasons. 1.) I watched the entire game and that Oakland line just threw SD’s O-line all over the place. They were able to plug each hole and seam up the middle and forced LT to the sideline each play (even Lou Feriggno couldn’t have run up the middle). The only chance for SD to really cause any damage was to try and turn the corner – and obviously the best bet would be Sproles. But even then, Sproles ended the night with a worse YPC than LT. 2.) Reports are that LT turned his ankle during that shovel pass where he fumbled. He said it tightened up on him pretty bad in second half.

    Personally, I think LT could be the biggest buy low opportunity of the year – if people jump off the bandwagon as quickly as a lot of people are.

  3. darren lobo says:
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    Id trade LT, but for good value. Dont lower him for anyone.

  4. AdamH says:
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    Can I get some sympathy? Last night, I had Rivers and Gates while my opponent had LT. Gates not getting in on that pass was an 18 point swing. Cost me the week as I lost by 10.

  5. Dad says:
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    @Doc: Would you drop James Davis for either Pontiac Williams or Mike Bell?

    Also, drop Steve Smith (NYG) and/or Harvin for Henderson and/or Clayton?

    Much appreciated. Also, if you add back all the yards that the offensive line took away from Fred Jackson with penalties last night, that’s a big game.

  6. Dingo says:
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    I was disappointed by both LT and the Charger’s D last night. They managed three turnovers against the Raiders, but their run defense was practically nonexistent. Now with the injuries to the offensive line, I worry that the defense is going to be spending more time on the field, getting tired and allowing long drives. Is it worth sticking with them, or should I pick up an upstart like Atlanta? They do face Jake Delhomme next week…

  7. Plainview says:
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    I have Ahmad Bradshaw and Glen Coffee on the bench as backup RBs. Marshawn Lynch is available – drop Coffee and hold Lynch until he’s eligible?

  8. Dingo says:
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    @Plainview: I’d say that’s a strong YES. Coffee’s only got value if Gore gets injured, whereas Lynch will be a starting RB as soon as week 4.

  9. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Plainview: What size league is this where Lynch is available? I took him in the 4th round of a 12 teamer.

  10. steamer says:
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    LT sprained his ankle in the 1st half, which is why he didn’t play much in the 2nd half. It’s in the SD papers. Don’t jump off a cliff if you’re an LT owner, it’s more the ankle than a timeshare. He’s still the guy, just hope you drafted Sproles too.

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @salipp: The news of his ankle is a little better, but he still didn’t look that spry beforehand. I agree not to sell low at this point though. I’m not buying low though. Hold steady and hope he can stay healthy and hold off Sproles.

    @AdamH: That sucks

    @Dad: I would drop him for Bell. But I still like Davis a lot.

    @Dingo: Yeah, it was painful. I’m going to old for now. They seemed to underestimate Oakland. If there is a juicy matchup on the wire though I’d comtemplate it. I’m all about playing matchups on D unless you have the Steelers.

    @Plainview: Do that.

  12. sickmangarner says:
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    Trade proposal:

    I send Kellen Winslow (my starter) and Favre (back up to Schaub), for Antonio Gates.

    It feels like a huge win for me but then I worry about giving up too much for a TE (though he’s no run of the mill TE)

  13. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @sickmangarner: The critical question is what quality of QB is available on your free agent list? I’m not betting on great numbers from Favre anyway, but you definitely need a decent backup with Schaub.

  14. Dad says:
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    @Doc: Thanks. I’ve got a 5 RB limit in a 12-teamer so you can’t go too deep. Annoying rule.

    2nd qustion: Steve Smith (NYG) and/or Harvin for Henderson and/or Clayton?

    My WR needs help with only Moss, Driver, Walter and the 2 above. Keep up the good work.

  15. sickmangarner says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Waivers pickings are so slim, I’d never want to go there. I should’ve mentioned I do also have Palmer and Sanchez (and, from reading this blog, am starting to think that we have a weirdly large roster limit in our league).

  16. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @sickmangarner: I’d do it then, if it’s a 1 QB league. Palmer is capable starter/backup, and Sanchez looked decent enough in Week 1.

    Winslow might have a good season, but Gates is a much better bet. I wouldn’t worry about losing Favre.

  17. nick says:
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    Would you trade Jones and R Williams for Hightower, R Brown and Harvin ?

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @sickmangarner: Yeah, do that trade.

    @Dad: I’d stick with Smith and Harvin.

    @nick: Roy Williams? I think it’s a pretty fair trade, not a huge win. Who would you have to drop?

  19. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Shoot all questions to the new post. Check it, don’t wreck it just for the heck of it!

  20. Donruss says:
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    Here is my roster. Looking for options at RB & WR for Week 2. This is a PPR league. I got burned by not starting Welker, Johnson, Forte, LT, and Bironas all underperformed big time for me. Thinking of going with Forte, Grant, Johnson, Wayne and Welker. I’m concerned about Houstons lack of offense and how awful LT looked last night. Thanks in advance.

    QB-Brady
    RB-Forte
    RB-Tomlinson
    RB-R. Grant
    RB-P.Thomas
    RB-R. Rice
    WR-A. Johnson
    WR-Wayne
    WR-Welker
    WR-Harvin
    TE-Gonzalez
    TE-Winslow
    PK-Bironas
    DEF-Giants

  21. Donruss says:
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    should be a period not a comma after Welker. He was the only one I did not start. Sorry for the confusion.

  22. Steve says:
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    Hey – Trent was worthy enough to win my week 1 matchup in the RCL Virgins league!

    Take that, BSA!

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