Wow. Inspired much? Scenes like that can make grown men weep (not speaking from experience). Luckily for me, Razzball doesn’t take things that seriously… mostly because I cry easily, and Jay can’t just threaten to take me out at any moment in time. Have you seen what’s been happening in the NFL? Razzball would cut him… aaaand Fantasy Sports Network would drop their sponsorship. That would be after a series of varying reports about him being suspended for 2 weeks, then fully reinstated, and then barred from fantasy sports writing altogether. Am I bitter about Adrian Peterson? Nope (sarcasm). Let’s get on with it:
Ryan Fitzpatrick (10%) v NYG: Fitzpatrick [Jay’s Note: For future reference, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s actual name is Ryan Fitzmagic.] is currently second in the league in yards per attempt among QB’s averaging 8.4 YPA, and he’s completing over 68% of his passes. Fitzpatrick isn’t throwing for a ton of yards, but he’s being extremely efficient, and he’s already proven he can beat marginal (read: Washington Football Team, Raiders) defenses. An added bonus is the Texans aren’t afraid to call passes in the Red Zone. Don’t expect a plethora of yards, but count on passing TD’s (and this guys can still use his legs!)… and if he gives you 3 touchdown’s on Sunday, rejoice and be glad, for we will now call him Ryan FitzHatTrick.
Ryan Tannehill (41%) v KC: Two Ryan’s, One QB Pickup. Decisions, decisions. What we once thought would be a dominant Chiefs defense in 2014 has turned into a disappointment thus far. Their 5 sacks are misleading with 4 of them coming against Tennessee’s awful OL. Miami’s offensive line will offer much better protection for RyTan (can we make that stick?). Additionally, the Chiefs’ secondary hasn’t been playing well, and the loss of Eric Berry won’t help. That brings us to Tannehill. Last Sunday’s game became extremely pass-heavy after the loss of Moreno, and Tannehill still held his own. His receivers just need to hold onto the ball (7 drops over 80 attempts). At home, against a weaker opponent, I think you’ll see more of what we saw against the Patriots in Week 1.
Jared Cook (15%) v DAL: Lining up in the slot, TE’s like Cook can take advantage of size and coverage mismatches. Cook has been in the slot almost two-thirds of the time he’s lined up, and 10 of his 12 targets have been from that position. That puts him at 3rd overall in slot targets behind Jimmy Graham and Delanie Walker, so he’s keeping good company. He also has a good matchup against Dallas, who just let up 142 yards and a TD to Walker last week.
Dwayne Allen (27%) v JAX: We all know how much Jay loves Dwayne Allen, and we all know Allen dropped a big fat goose egg on Monday night, but there’s still hope. Indy goes up against a Jacksonville defense that hasn’t been effective in defending tight ends AT ALL. Zach Ertz and Niles Paul tore up the Jaguars D in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. Look for the same in Week 3. Allen has 2 red zone targets with 2 receptions and a TD on the season, while Coby Fleener has 1 target with 0 receptions and 0 TDs in the same situation (in case you’re deciding between the two). Luck favors Allen in the red zone (no pun intended), so I favor Allen in my lineup.
Defense & Special Teams
Baltimore (40%) v CLE: Even with the absence of the purple camo in the stands, Baltimore can get the better of Cleveland in this game. The Ravens have had a few extra days to prepare, since they played on TNF last week, and the Browns are coming off a pretty huge week. Not that the Browns really have “letdown weeks”… they’re more of “letdown seasons”… but let’s say this week has “letdown potential” after the last-minute heroics this past Sunday. Baltimore can slow down the run and force Hometown Hoyer to sling the ball around enough to where I think they’ll create some turnovers and get good pressure on him. See the blurb on Cundiff below so I can further bore you with Ravens defensive stats!
Billy Cundiff (1%) v BAL: The Baltimore defense may not be what it used to be, but they’ve been successful in limiting the opposition’s scoring from 30 yards and in. They’ve prevented opposing teams from scoring a single touchdown, which has resulted in 6 field goals within this range. Cleveland isn’t exactly the electric offense we’re akin to seeing these days, so there’s a good chance Cundiff will have to bail out the Browns’ offense when they can’t convert.
Dan Carpenter (51%) v SD: He’s the highest scoring kicker right now… Why is he on the wire? If you’re looking for a more consistent kicking option, snag Carpenter, and maybe he’ll build you a nice pine bench for your other garbage kicker to sit on!
Week 2 Recap
Once again, I’m using the standard RCL scoring, which is Yahoo 0.5 PPR:
Jake Locker: 234 yds, 1 TDs, 2 INT = 12.26 pts (25th QB)
Alex Smith: 255 yds, 5 rush, 42 yds = 14.40 pts (19th QB)
Travis Kelce: 6 tgt, 4 rec, 81 yds = 10.10 pts (12th TE)
Brandon Myers: 2 tgt, 2 rec, 33 yds = 4.30 pts (28th TE)
MIA: 29 PA = -1.00 pts (T-31st DST)
TB: 19 PA, 2 sacks, 1 INT = 5.00 pts (T-14th DST)
Shaun Suisham: 1 20-29, 1 40-49 = 7.00 pts (17th K)
Mike Nugent: 1 30-39, 3 PATs = 6.00 pts (T-18th K) – Note: Nugent missed 3 FG’s, so the opportunities were there, he just didn’t convert…womp womp.
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