Week 2 Predictions: Panthers, Lions or Bears and 49ers? Marquee matchups

I went 9-7 last week. That was spellbinding – considering I was 1-5 before the Jets sealed the deal to ignite my win streak.

Without introduction, my Week 2 Picks:

STEELERS 06 — 26 RAVENS
The emotional week has taken its toll on the Ravens and it will show in tonight’s performance. A loss would exacerbate the negative attention surrounding a team that has been dealing with adversity since the start of the offseason. But a loss could, however, provides a spark in the locker room and the Ravens punish their next opponent, the Cleveland Browns.
Prediction: STEELERS 27 Ravens 17

DOLPHINS AT BILLS

Both AFC East teams are coming off impressive wins. The Bills de-clawed the Bears while the Dolphins confiscated the Patriots’ weapons. Neither want to play each other coming off of that high, but the Bills will make sure that the salty waters they send the Dolphins to will be saltier after they win. #MIAvsBUF

Dolphins 17 BILLS 23

JAGUARS AT REDSKINS

The Jacksonville Jaguars must not lose to the Redskins if they want to save face. I’m thinking that Washington gets swept by every team in the AFC South, so there’s a lot on the Jags’ plate. Robert Griffin III wants to prove that he still has that rookie magic — he doesn’t.

JAGUARS 20 Redskins 19

COWBOYS AT TITANS

The ‘Boys hot-air balloons were deflated last week against a 49ers team that didn’t have much air about them heading into Dallas. The Titans terrified me so bad that I had nightmares all week.

Cowboys 18 TITANS 24

CARDINALS AT GIANTS

The Cardinals won’t force the ball to Larry Fitz. The Giants are unstable and I’m almost going to convince myself that they’re going to finish 9-7 after going 3-6. Man. I can’t. …

CARDINALS 30 Giants 17

PATRIOTS AT VIKINGS

Mike Zimmer, when with the Bengals, sacked Tom Brady four times last year. Matt Cassel has waited for this day since he warmed the bench for his superstar quarterback. The reason that the Vikings don’t win this game is because they fall into a funk late in the second half. Tom Brady doesn’t down two in a row, not this early in the night.

PATRIOTS 38 Vikings 28

SAINTS AT BROWNS

The Saints and Drew Brees are pissed. Anger doesn’t help and the Browns abscond their own city with a last-second touchdown. The heavy favorite to win the NFC South make their climb even more challenging. But they thrive off of that “against the world” mentality, anyway.

Saints 21 BROWNS 27

FALCONS AT BENGALS 

This game makes my stomach hurt. The Falcons pulled a rabbit out of a hat last week, so did the Bengals. This is a toss up for two teams that were gimmicks seven days ago. Home team wins.

Falcons 27 BENGALS 30

LIONS AT PANTHERS

The Lions have a better backfield than Carolina’s.

LIONS 30 Panthers 17

RAMS AT BUCCANEERS

The Rams and Buccaneers will play two-hand-touch today.

Rams 14 BUCS 17 (OT) 

SEAHAWKS AT CHARGERS 

The Chargers aren’t ready to handle their first win, says the Seahawks.

SEAHAWKS 31 Chargers 18

TEXANS AT RAIDERS

Texans know better not to go to Oakland and win. The Raiders have the talent to take their visitors and toss them into the Pacific.

Texans 21 RAIDERS 28

JETS AT PACKERS

The Packers are flustered and cannot stomach two losses back-to-back. Sorry, Jets fans.

Jets 19 PACKERS 31

CHIEFS AT BRONCOS

Game is in Denver and the Chiefs don’t have the firepower to stop Julius Thomas, whereas the Broncos have the defense to stop Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.

Chiefs 17 BRONCOS 38

BEARS AT 49ERS 

Best game of the week? Maybe, depending on your preference. Personally I like Panther meat and Lion meat.

Bears 14 49ERS 21

EAGLES AT COLTS

Eagles win their second game in a row. Colts go 0-2 and sit behind the Jaguars’ big heads in the passenger seat. Titan driving.

EAGLES 28 Colts 24

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#REDSKINSTRAININGCAMP

The Washington Redskins gathered for the second time on Sunday for their 4 o’clock walkthroughs. Spectators oh’ed and ah’ed with each snagged, and dropped, pass.

The Redskins are getting better by the day! How they’ll fare this season is completely up to them.

Here are some pictures I took for Redskins fans, enjoy!

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MIND-BLOWING STATS: WILL PEYTON MANNING BE THE FIRST TO DO THIS? #ESPN #NFL @NFL

What’s happened only five times in NFL history?

Three wide receivers from the same team recorded 1,000-yard seasons.

Peyton Manning may quarterback for the sixth, and no it won’t be his first time (Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley in 2004 with Colts).

Would it be the first time in NFL history that three receivers AND A TIGHT END accomplish such unfathomable feat? Julius Thomas is already at 625. …

#MNF 128-point underdog: Life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy football owner episode 13

FFW13 Apologies for my hiatus. I’ve been in my car a lot recently, traveling from Springfield to Landover to Centreville to Gainesville for work — you know how bad it’d be if I were posting entries behind the wheel.

#DontPostAndDrive #Swerve Of course I’m bitter. I’m 4-8, about to go 4-9 – UNLESS RUSSELL WILSON PUTS UP 130 POINTS TONIGHT – why did I even bother to type that out?

If there is a 2014 fantasy football for Daniel (huge IF), I’ll make sure to write down a few caveats to follow and obey the warnings and traps my so-called friends set up for me to fall in.

From now on, I will be drafting the best playmakers on each team. Who cares – their city’s weather, their quarterback, their defensive woes – HooDaFudge cares.

If I had
kept Victor Cruz, Calvin Johnson, Fred Jackson and Giovani Bernard – I’d be holding not just a 7-6 record, but holding a ticket to our league’s postseason bracket.

But no, I have Adrian Peterson, Stevie Johnson and Denarius Moore. And we’ll all, yes, in reality, be watching our enemies clash in the 2013 NFL Playoffs.

I was wrong, but again, right at the same time. Fantasy Football, as much as you required me to research and prepare for the season, without luck – not Andrew – it’s impossible to win the lottery.

Maybe someday I’ll win when it matters – when I’m playing against the NFL.com’s Around the League writers. Yes Rosenthal, Hanzus, Wesseling, and Sessler and Patra … sooner than later.

Winning is sweet, if I remember the taste correctly. #Salty

In the shape of an “L” on her forehead: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy football owner Episode 12

I feel like the pathetic girl that Smashmouth is singing about in, “All Star.”

Wipes tear. …

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Play: Usher’s hit song, “There Goes My Baby”

Change “Baby” to “Season”

Belch it out. Repeat.

3-7, SIGH.

No more crocodile tears left behind my football-shaped eyes.

I’m trying not to rhyme (it comes naturally), but is sympathy too much to ask for nowadays?!

The ONLY two that could rescue Chris out of his 33-point pit … decide to, “Hey, let’s put on our superhero costumes and rescue the wrong guy.”

Gee, thanks, Drew Brees and Dez Bryant – didn’t know you supported villains.

1. What stinks: 

I couldn’t ask for more from my sterling running backs, AP and Lacy.

2. What stinks more:

Chris didn’t change his lineup (Kyle Rudolph is OUT), but Drew Davis (from my squad) lays a goose egg. What in the damnation. …

3. What stinks most:

I had nobody else on my bench to play. Literally, McCluster, Dobson, Geno Smith, Ryan Succop took the weekend off and … sadly, Joseph Randle warped back into the dungeon where he belongs.

3-7 … I pray that I win out …

A win is a win, whether it’s by 26 or .26: life of Yahoo’s (un)luckiest fantasy football owner Episode 11

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THANK YOU @FF_gods for this much-needed win! Wait, this isn’t my early Christmas present is it? Better not be. …

Who’s 3-and-6 now!?!? (All my doubters are STILL doubitng). You can’t spell haters without a, HA. Does that make any sense?

Well, give me a minute, huh? Allow me to bask in this glorious. … aroma of victory, ahh.

OK, OK, I’m done, now back to work. …

WHY I PICKED UP GENO (13) AND DUMPED RUSSELL WILSON (25):

I predicted that the Seahawks would struggle against Tampa Bay’s stout defensive front. They did – but in retrospect, the sporting-brand-names-for-a-name exploded in the second half.

Smith’s, on the other hand, was challenged more mentally than physically against the Saints. Geno’s rushing touchdown was the sole reason why I scooped him up from the waiver wire; I thought he’d run for two and pass for another.

THANK YOU TOM BRADY, I MEAN AARON DOBSON

AD scored two meaningless touchdowns, 14 of 55 points. … weren’t necessary at all, especially in a lopsided punishing of the Steelers.

Dobson’s 27-pointer covered for Drew Davis’ and Dexter McCluster’s absence.

Thanks, Denarius Moore, for exceeding my expectations.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THANK YOU AP AND EDDIE LACY…

FIRST AND FOREMOST, I wish Aa-Rod a speedy recovery.

Secondly, the Vikings played a great game against Dallas. They slipped up, and Tony Romo exploited Minnesota’s weaknesses.

Eddie Lacy rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown in a loss against Da Bears, but most importantly. … helped this unlucky writer obliterate his opponent by .26.

#boydoeswinningfeelgreat

For unto us a 2nd win is born, life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy football owner Episode 9

No venting. Let’s talk fantasy football.

FF W9

1. Sigh. I benched Russell Wilson because, well, I didn’t expect the man to surgerize the pretty-respected Cardinals defense. Their defensive line forced two Wilson fumbles, but Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu constantly got beat by Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.

Nick Foles left the game with a head injury, and Dallas’ D pounded the not-so-revolutionary-anymore Chip Kelly offense into powder on Sunday afternoon.

2. Rueben Randle showed up to work today per usual. What I hate about Eli Manning and his offense is this: any one of his talented receivers may find themselves statistically having a field day, on pace for setting another career-high. When Hakeem Nicks isn’t open, Victor Cruz is. When Cruz isn’t, then Randle is behind the secondary.

3. Joseph Randle (Cowboys) put up 13 points yesterday against the Eagles, and I’m somewhat regretting my decision of placing him on the bench. . . Adrian Peterson is a must-start, touche with Eddie Lacy . . .

#CrossingFingersNothingsHappensToAdrianPeterson

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#CrossingFingersNothingHappensToAdrianPeterson

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN ON MNF:

A) Adrian Peterson runs for 3 touchdowns, 100 yards = 20 points
B) Blair Walsh = 5 extra points
C) Giants DBs shut down Greg Jennings = 2 points
D) Rueben Randle 5 catches, 80 yards, 1 TD = 12.5 points

Fantasy Football’s Comeback of the Century starts on Monday night.

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WHAT HAPPENED ON MNF:

A) Josh Freeman couldn’t engineer a drive because of obvious reasons and Adrian Peterson was shut down facing a defense who stacked eight in the box for most of the night.
B) Blair Walsh missed a field goal from afar, and the Vikings reached the endzone once – thanks to Marcus Sherels’ punt return
C) Greg Jennings was shut down
D) Rueben Randle = 3 – 40 – 1 : 9.25 points

Pulling an upset, even against your friends, requires insanity and confidence: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy football owner Episode 8

So what if all the team owners in my League are complaining?

My commissioner reconfirmed that I’m getting banned for eternity if I don’t make the FF Postseason this year.

“My trades are too sporadic,” they cry. I do something blameless and Pontius Pilate stays fresh by washing his hands. !?Word?!

When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” – NASB, Matt. 27:24

No I’m not Jesus, but please let me walk my own plank. Shit – this could be my stairway to heaven for all you naysayers know.

They’re angry, duh. Who wouldn’t be … in hindsight?

Honestly though, if I’m sitting here with a 6-0 record (not 1-5), these people would still bemoan, “How the hell is ‘DP’ 6-0? OMG, now he thinks he knows more about football than the rest of us.”

But I don’t. I’ve told my commissioner that I despise FF prior to start of the season. I didn’t want to play, I thought it’d be a waste of cash, money I don’t have (yet). But he convinced me, and now I’m trying to turn things around, and now the cynical vultures criticize my moves. Why? I’m not scheming – that’s a promise. Daniel Park is trying to win six straight and make the postseason. That requires bold transactions.

Jack of All Trades

After trenchant deliberation and prayer, I accepted Andy’s trade offer.

Parks was sending me two “questionable” wide receivers (Williams+Johnson), the league’s best back (AP), Joseph Randle (who will spell Murray until he returns) and a non-threat wide receiver, Aaron Dobson.

Here’s why I did it:

1. Mike Williams, when healthy, is a dominant force for the Bucs offense. Tampa Bay is gradually ascending out of their ditch (Identity Crisis) with Mike Glennon behind center, and though Williams’ future matchups aren’t favorable, I could always start Denarius Moore without hesitation.

2.  Stevie Johnson, is similar to Williams. The Thad Lewis Experiment isn’t off to a bad start – they almost upended the Bengals without Johnson in last Sunday’s loss in overtime. I’m not thrilled about Johnson’s future matchups either – but it was the logical thing for me to do: steal #1 and #2 in a package deal.

3. AP / Joseph Randle for the price of one (Giovani Bernard) was an easy sendoff for me. Parks and I discussed how AP could experience a downswing due to the turbulence that he’s experiencing in his personal life. His two-year-old son passed away, and no father should bury their own child. The deciding factor in this acquisition wasn’t about the star running back’s potential depression, but Giovani Bernard’s future (@DET, NYJ, @MIA, @BAL, CLE, @SD and IND). I took into account that BJGE will share the load as the season unravels.

I am well aware that DeMarco’s return means saying farewell to Randle, but at least for now I’m less burdened with any of my “starting” running backs sharing carries with their backups. Hence the Fred Jackson release. To cut my stress in half again, I shipped F-Jax (who shares with C.J. Spiller) over to Parks so he could deal with it. Barring any setbacks or personal motives or freak injuries, Lacy, AP, and Randle won’t share the rock for a while. #CrossingFingersNothingHappensToAdrianPeterson

4. Yes, I sent Cruz and Calvin. Yes, I see the potential. But, take a look at Park’s team. Torrey Smith, Brandon Gibson, Tim Wright are weak plugs to fill in the gaps. Even Matt Ryan, his lone QB, is in a dire situation with only Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas to throw to.

This trade didn’t help his team at all, no where close to how you exaggerating drama queens are making of it. 

You do know that Roddy White is hurt, right?

My Team's New Look

The spit and rotten tomatoes are inevitable, people. I made this trade thanks to something we call “foresight.” The prescience, and not the present.

Definition of Prescience

#YouDoYouIWillDoMe

And then a Win was born: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy football owner Episode 7

Ah! Finally. 

Now that, is a-how you WIN. I sure feel raunchy, however.

My friend had to forget to update his team’s roster. #NoComplaintsHere

1-5 !!!

1-5 !!!

Thank you, Fantasy Football gods.

Eddie Royal stubbed his toe running a play. He of course, was the reason why I lost my other FF League (in which I am 1-5 as well).

Trust issues: 

Started Donnie Avery (-.90) over Denarius Moore (15.45) due to favorable matchups. Must…Learn…To…Trust…Moore… Terrelle Pryor’s development (although obviously positive), scares me.

No hair, don’t care:

Andy may have started a pair of inactive wide receivers but that – ladies and gentlemen – is his fault for not waking up before 1:00 p.m.

I know him so it’s okay for me to say this: “You can’t spell Sympathy without HA.”

No Trade Backs: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy football owner Episode 6

Man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

I’m Receiving: Cruz, Calvin Johnson and Denarius Moore

Cutting: Amendola, Welker, Gore and Smith.

Andy needs a running back (Frank Gore). I’m thin on healthy receivers (Cruz and Moore).

But remember my FF luck? After all the sowing and reaping, Johnson provided ME no food on the table.

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Austin Pettis, thank you for your services. (What a scoop.)

I am wholeheartedly relying on F-Jax, Frank Gore’s replacement, to complete the task.

Again, we are a total wreck. Alex Smith slips a 10.4-turd into my Christmas stocking, Russell Wilson chuckles his butt off from the bench (26.2), and viable options (Randle/Donnie Avery) outshine Cruz and Calvin Johnson . . . the two fantasy studs that I traded for.

My FF team is officially dysfunctional.

My bench players totaled close to 100 points.

My bench players totaled close to 100 points.

This is embarrassing – I’m confused on who to start come Week 6.

Heart Breaker 2: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy owner Episode 5

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I hate losing to Booty Call 757. Something about his username annoys me.

Ladies if you thought that you held most of the power to get your boys down –  think again.

This right here, losing by a hair, a split-end, puts me in a [expletive] mood.

Clearly. Just CLEARLY I was due for my 1st score, and now I . . .  sit here with my arms crossed and staring at this STUPID 0-4 record.

Goodness.

Whenever I bench Alex Smith (26.62) he thinks it’s funny and blows up. Russell Wilson’s matchup vs Houston, clearly enticing. Yet again trolls me (13.62) when he starts.

Giovani Bernard vs. Cleveland? Nah, I don’t trust the Bengals to run well. Wait. Of course they’d run well, they don’t allow 300-yard passers!

Who cares, when F-Jax (17.90) is screaming from the bench, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, I’VE BLOWN UP FOR YOU EVERY WEEK AND YET I’M STILL WARMING THESE SEATS!? C’MON SON!”

Get my act together…

Get my act together… I’m telling myself.

I over-studied and over-researched way too much preparing for this season.

Drastic measures . . . soon.

Together We Make Football @nfl

Before the fiery, redheaded orb makes its daily appearance my father is already awake, already driving to work in Washington, D.C.

For 15 years, the God-fearing head chef relentless work ethic and vicarious sacrifice has provided food on the table for the loves of his life: his mother, wife and two sons.

Oh the irony.

Lately I noticed the wrinkles worsening on the corners of my father’s eyes. Narrating the toil that he’s suppressed throughout the years are these marks, stretched longer than run-on sentences. The unspoken adversity he’s overcome in recent past has drawn lines on his mild-mannered palette. My father is exhausted, yet musters up the last bit of energy to laugh and smile – a grin warm enough to light a candle.

In 2000, I asked my mother for a ride to Ashburn, Virginia, where the Washington Redskins were holding Training Camp. Her response was a simple, “nope.”

I dealt with her reluctance. A week later she acquiesced, and chauffeured us to Ashburn – an hour-long trip from Silver Spring, MD. At the time this was a newsworthy headline for a woman whose excursions basically consisted of maneuvering a crusty Plymouth van to a church 12 minutes away.

I recall standing in awe while defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield, quarterback Jeff George, and little-known backup Todd Husak signed pages of my Redskins team guidebook.

“Is it clear yet?”

Joshua and Young (my best friends to this day) are watching the Dallas Cowboys game while I, as ordered, am adjusting the silver rods to improve the fuzzy images for their viewing pleasure.

I fiddle around with the antenna some more, “how about now?”

We munch on cheap, microwaved chocolate chip cookies inside Bella’s, a place most would describe as a hybrid pizza shop and a lousy convenience store. We’re the only three present.

“That’s Troy Aikman,” informs Josh, “great quarterback.”

Quarterback. This leadership role that traveled through space before landing on my lap; a position my peers beseeched me to play only because my arms flapped and stubby legs stumbled when I ran routes.

(I’m grateful for these wobbly chopsticks.)

Whether it was tackle-football in the rain during the summer months or brawls amid the November flurries, we – Josh, Young, Jee, and Da Bin – would practice for countless hours after Sunday service. On the grass or on street, “The Three Musketeers” shared a telepathy that no monitoring equipment ever created could sense. Football gave us the powers of concentration and synergy that professional players get paid for, but rarely achieve. Labeled as the PQB, or “Permanent Quarterback,” I’d captain our classic two-on-two battles – sharing half the glory and half the blame.

After my parents discovered that some kids at the elementary school were bullying me (for my Coke bottle-thick glasses), they panicked, packed their bags and moved our family to an apartment complex in McLean, Virginia. Their disposition to relocate to another state hurt; running away from the bullies meant jogging into more.

In eighth grade, to console my heartbreak, they allowed me to play football for the McLean Mustangs – 125-pound division. Fate or not, Coach Ed assigned me to start at quarterback.

We lost a majority of our games. The lone touchdown pass I threw all season – a game-winner with no time left – was called back due to a holding penalty by our center. Through every drubbing, my dad cheered from the sidelines. He, however, witnessed me return an interception for a touchdown against Braddock Road.

At a young age I learned that you can never practice enough.

To sharpen my accuracy, I threw Jenny (named my ball) at stop signs, poles, and the squirrels perched on trees trunks (no animals were hurt). For a while I fetched my own rebounds. In solitude, I challenged myself to refine my footwork – taking three, five, seven step drops – and beaming the football at the exact block on the brick wall that I hit on my first attempt. My compulsive behavior led to marked improvement. Alone I polished my skillset, believing that soon my chance would come.

An Eye for a Vision

I’ve been infatuated with Donovan McNabb ever since he and the Eagles obliterated the Chicago Bears in the Divisional Playoff Game in January 2002.

After (again) relocating to a new city, I begged my parents to let me try out for the West Springfield High School freshman squad. They complied. I auditioned for the lead role but was knocked down to fourth string. My height – no – experience was my downfall. Coach Mac placed me at cornerback, and I channeled my frustrations by destroying ball carriers.

My life however, took an intense U-turn during the middle of the season.

With a tearing retina, I could lose my eyesight with one vicious head-to-head collision. My concerned parents urged me to quit as the doctor advised me to refrain from playing contact sports.

Football

Post-retirement, my friends and I gathered at local fields to play pick-up games. Moving to three cities in a span of six years required me to build rapports with awesome people, and quickly adapt to dynamic wide receivers (Andy, Dwight, Antonio, David).

When a handful left for Virginia Commonwealth University, I served tables, studied at a community college, and attended the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii before transferring to VCU in 2008 (I was throwing around my football in Egypt). Upon my arrival, my football-loving buddies put me under center, my second home.

Better than quarterbacking for six championships, the timeless memories of hardship and happiness compiled during the four-year stint will remain with me for a lifetime. I apologize for the occasional stress I caused my teammates (especially in the huddle) and appreciate your (Chris, Joe, Danny, Brian, Joe C., Suhan, Narae, Alex, Sooji, Anna, Stephanie, Soyeon, Sonya, Abby) encouragement.

I will cherish your mentorship (all the screaming in my left ear to make smarter decisions), until I reach my career goal: to write for the NFL.

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The nightmare begins: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy owner Episode 3

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I trust in Russell Wilson (13.98) to outperform Alex Smith (24.22) in Dallas.

Right, of course starting Wilson and San Francisco Defense counterbalances each other you idiot.

😦

Nobody makes me cry more than Daniel Park does.

I start Eddie Lacy with high hopes. He leaves the game with a concussion.

Giovani Bernard is on the bench with 20.35 points vs. the Steelers, and I’m thinking … didn’t the Steelers shutout Chris Johnson Week 1 (25 carries, 70 yards)?

F-Jax runs for days against the Panthers (16.15). Thanks, C.J. Spiller, I thought you were getting the rock until “he throws up.”

Le sigh, Lance Moore’s wrist isn’t 100 percent healthy and now I can care less about points-per-reception.

I power-bomb Pettigrew off my roster and ink Brent Celek . . . who then proceeds to do nothing (0 pts.)

Whoopdee-doo, awesome sum of 63.13 points.

Pop the champagne bottles!

Three cheers — for the lowest points scored among the others that week.

Hero-we go again, losing on Monday night: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy owner Episode 2

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My mistakes:

1. Starting Zach Sudfeld (0 points) over Brandon Pettigrew (-.93). At least the Lions tight end had a chance and touched the ball.

2. Regretful that I drafted too many RBs: Eddie Lacy (14) and F-Jax (14) and Giovani (4) and D-Richardson (14.85)

Why my hopes are up:

1. Steve Smith contributes 12.6 and Wes Welker 19.49. What more could you ask for from Cam Newton and Peyton Manning?

2. I started Lance Moore over Miles Austin due to a gut-feeling.  I look forward to starting Austin Week 2.

Why I lose: 

1. Didn’t start Miles.

2. Zac Sudfeld stunk.

3. RGIII won the game for our commissioner on Monday night.

Le sigh, here we go again.

Fantasy Journey: life of Yahoo’s unluckiest fantasy owner Episode 1

League: OHHHHHHMAZING LEAGUE

Username: dp_kelly

Avatar: Head Coach Chip Kelly

Auction Draft Position: 1st overall

What went down:

1. (1) Phil Dawson (SF – K) $1 – obviously I play it cool
2. (25) San Francisco (SF – DEF) $7 – I’ll let the others do the nominating
3. (27) Steve Smith (Car – WR) $12 – Great quarterback, solid purchase
4. (37) Russell Wilson (Sea – QB) $15 – $15 for a sophomore QB coming off a Peyton Manning-rookie-type year (26 TDs)
5. (39) Lance Moore (NO – WR) $6 – Points Per Reception King
6. (49) Eddie Lacy (GB – RB) $22 – I was outbid for Reggie Bush
7. (61) Wes Welker (Den – WR) $29 – I’ve money to spend
8. (64) Frank Gore (SF – RB) $22 – Aging but fine wine
9. (71) Danny Amendola (NE – WR) $21 – Moore, Welker, Amendola looks solid on any given sheet
10. (75) Giovani Bernard (Cin – RB) $15 – No one knew
11. (97) Brandon Pettigrew (Det – TE) $1 – Desperate for TE
12. (101) Miles Austin (Dal – WR) $15 – PPR Kings
13. (104) Daryl Richardson (StL – RB) $14 – Why not, I like him
14. (109) Fred Jackson (Buf – RB) $5 – In hindsight: What a really really cheap deal
15. (121) Alex Smith (KC – QB) $1 – Sweet goodness of sweetness
16. (133) Zach Sudfeld (NYJ – TE) $8 – Overpay much?
Unused – $6

 

I’m sleeping good tonight. I like the flexibility that my team offers. It’s well-rounded, my backups could very well start any given Sunday and produce.

Toodles.

Daniel Park’s Fantasy Football Yahoo Draft 2013

“Underachieved” is an understatement.

As cozy as it sounds, a group of NFL fanatics cooped up in Mr. Brian Sato‘s living room was everything but warm and fuzzy.

I plopped down on the poofy couch but was overwrought. I tried, trust me, to take my own advice “DON’T PANIC. EVER,” but the opposition was too strong.

Reviewing my research 20 minutes prior to Draft time, I duped myself into thinking that everything would unravel perfectly. My position was indeed, what I secretly desired all this time. Yeah. Someone reading this, please create a time machine, beckon me in, and take us back 12 hours.

Enough of my dopey whining. Here’s how I did:

1st Round Sixth Pick; Seahawks RB, Marshawn Lynch
Trust me. I vomited in my mouth when Antonio took LeSean McCoy 2nd overall. It was a great move on his part, kudos, but wow no one expected him to be this ballsy. T. Rich from CLE, Ray Rice (BAL), or Arian Foster (HOU) remained, but Lynch stuck out to me like Janet Jackson‘s nipple in Super Bowl 38’s Halftime Wardrobe Malfunction Show in 2004 (welcome back, JT and N’SYNC). For starters, Russell Wilson is a quarterback under development of shepherd and head coach of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll. As a rookie, Wilson threw 26 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions in 2012. He’s proven that he’s capable of tossing nearly 2 TDs a game. My olfactory senses are picking up a sophomore slump roasting in Seattle this year, and the loss of Percy Harvin to an ACL injury does their offense no better than the previous. This means that RB Lynch will (crossing fingers) carry the load once again (315 attempts).

2nd Round; Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
My friend swiped Megatron’s pal Optimus Reggie Bush off the board right before I did, making my decision that much easier. I predicted that the best quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers, would (obviously) not be available in the 3rd round, nor did RB Stevan Ridley and David Wilson from the Giants catch my eye. The quarterback will reap in $40 million in 2013, Jermichael Finley hands look improved (for now), and if their offense establishes a running game early, then the Packers will prosper come wintertime.

3rd Round: Falcons RB Steven Jackson
My fingers slipped with this pick. Frank Gore and Darren Sproles shouted for me from the crowd – I was too busy staring at Jackson’s high rank. He was the ranked 34th, and the next runningback hovered from a distance. I don’t believe he’ll be the best value for Fantasy. In Real Life football, he will definitely contribute as a role player for the Falcons offense. But in the Fantasy World, the aging runningback who’s been on a statistical decline since 2006 (honestly, be real), won’t be rushing for 1,000 yards especially with solid QB play from Matt Ryan. 

We see Jackson being used to close out games (remember their 17-point lead against the 49ers in the NFC Championship?). That means that Jackson will run for an extra 50 yards at the end before they kneel the ball and scoring drives will result in field goal attempts (that is unless they’re within 10 yards from the endzone).

4th Round: Saints WR Marques Colston
This pick refreshed my emotions of regret from the last selection. Colston is a threat-to-score-six at least once a game, and his production’s burgeoned annually since the season he injured his thumb (2008). Look. Jimmy Graham  or not, Drew Brees’ rapport with Colston commenced when Brees was brought in from San Diego (2006), when the wide receiver was just a seventh-round pick and rookie from Hofstra. Together they endured memorable years — and barring any setbacks, 2013 could be the season that MC sets a career-high.

5th Round: Dolphins WR Mike Wallace
This one-trick pony (out of all the veteran wide receivers) is IMO, the steal of this draft. He’s been successful in freezing temperatures up in Pittsburgh, has he not? 32 touchdowns in 48 games? Drafted in 2009, Wallace has yet to play a full season since 2010 – but the electrifying receiver will light up Miami’s offense on fire (in a good way) and allow the strong-armed Ryan Tannehill to launch away under the sun. #CantWait

6th Round: Rams WR Tavon Austin
Sam Bradford’s other option is this year’s sleeper WR Chris Givens. Austin Pettis and Brian Quick are reliable, too but aren’t as sought out as Givens or Tavon Austin. Coach Jeff Fisher won’t talk about how the team will be utilizing Austin’s assets, so for now his explosiveness will be contained in the confines of today’s NFL.com article.

7th Round: Falcons QB Matt Ryan 
Life is not fair, you know that. For Matt Ryan to be available this late, I couldn’t prevent myself from adding extra icing to the cake. Of course, I’m aware I have A. Rod., which gives me leverage later when or if the Packers legend gets injured. It gives me flexibility to start either/or quarterback based on their matchups, and ultimately Ryan is great eye-candy for those in my league who want to rid an under-performing Cam, Matt Stafford, or even RGIII. #TradeBait

8th Round: Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon 
Ahem. I was away from my laptop as my pick timer waned and my sly friends, they stayed quiet. I ran over, saw 20 seconds left, foraged through the draft board like a mad man and Blackmon enticed me. Right, He’s suspended for the first four games and will be back Justin time for the Rams, a great game to regain his confidence. They then play the Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, Titans…and I’m in love with this selection.

9th Round: Patriots TE Zach Sudfield 
With Aaron Hernandez most likely out, Sudfield is a must-have.

Defense Philadelphia

Kicker Ravens Justin Tucker

Bench:

Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce, Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels, Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Cincinnati Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert, Green Bay Packers WR Jonathan Franklin

Yahoo Fantasy Football Mock Draft 2013

I have perfected my fantasy football drafting skills (for the upcoming season). Ah, that feeling.

With the ninth choice in the snake draft here are my results:

Round 1 (9) – Jamaal Charles (RB – KC)

The key to the FF draft is DON’T PANIC. EVER. You have a thousand players on the board, relax. Among the runningbacks Charles, Alfred Morris , Matt Forte, and CJ2K (the list goes on), the Chiefs (seemed) to have the easiest schedule. With new acquisition Head Coach Andy Reid, look for Alex Smith to check down his receiving options and dump it off to a wide open and super-quick Charles on his swing routes along the coast of the line of scrimmage. Rookie Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) is capable of playing multiple positions (guard, tackle) and is expected to make a huge impact on the offensive line that’ll protect former 49ers QB Alex Smith ahd open holes for Charles and McCluster.

Round 2 (16) – Maurice Jones-Drew (RB – JAC) 

I would’ve slapped myself in the face if I passed up MJD.  I’ve now two dynamic runningbacks on my team. MJD is durable and a workhorse, I expect him to bail Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne when they’re struggling late in games. And don’t forget. Runningbacks that play in warm-weather games (Jacksonville, Fl) flourish.

Round 3 (33) – David Wilson (RB – NYG)

I crossed my fingers for Reggie Bush to stay afloat. Of course not. But for insurance reasons, I picked up an extra runningback that was a hybrid of MJD and Charles. Fortunately enough, Wilson called out, and I extended my hand … and clicked “Draft.”

Round 4 (40) Wes Welker (WR – DEN) 

Flip a coin: heads, Welker, tails Decker. In Denver, every one is a primary target for Sheriff Manning. It’s true, the gunslinger doesn’t favor anyone above the others, it sometimes appears that way. He may target a wideout more than the other, but that doesn’t always mean it’s a completion. Welker is a beast until proven otherwise – don’t doubt the wise man from the slot.

Round 5 (57) Anquan Boldin (WR – SF)

I’m comfortable with my three running backs. I learned a valuable lesson last year: don’t need more than three. I confess my biases. I love Boldin. He developed and gained the trust of Joe Flacco in the quarterback’s third year in Baltimore, and I believe with the wisdom and attained from experience (and a Super Bowl ring), the wide receiver will enhance Colin Kaepernick’s development in San Francisco.

Round 6 (64) Mike Wallace (WR – MIA)

Two possession receivers are enough for me. What must I do now? That’s right. Pick up the best deep threat out there on the board. That plays in warm weather (again with the sunny weathered teams). Call it love, call it lust, whatever you want. All I know is that Wallace may blow up out of the Miami water like a huge marlin (or dolphin) in 2013.

Round 7 (81) Michael Vick (QB – PHI)

My favorite team. Not my favorite quarterback. This new Chip Kelly thing excites me. He’s looked sharp in the three preseason games that they’ve won. Intrigue me more.

Round 8 (88) Zach Sudfield (TE – NE)

I don’t know about you but, is the sky blue? This pick had to be done this early.

Round 9 (105) Emmanuel Sanders (WR – PIT)

It only makes sense when Sanders proves his worth on the Steelers with 83 receptions and 1,198 yards. Until then, don’t question my logic.

Round 10 (112) Bernard Pierce (RB – BAL)

Flaccco is sick with the Super Bowl flu and the running game might cure the offense’s/QB’s hangover this season like a bowl of boiling pho’. Never tried Pho? You’re missing out. When Ray Rice sits, the Pierce leads. I like my backups…that backup superstars.

Aaron Dobson (129)

Philadelphia (136)

Dan Bailey (153)

Brandon Lafell (160)

Tyler Eifert (177)

Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins

Really?  I mean, seriously?

Thanks to the Bills’ lack of quarterback-manship, the Redskins played a well-rounded game. well-rounded, but not solid.

LASTI(NG) IMPRESSION
40 minutes. Fine, 38 minutes and 52 seconds, to be exact. In that time frame (which is plenty of time), the fighting match for Washington’s QB3 position unraveled.

Let’s all take a moment of silence for poor ol’ Coach Mike Shanahan. Aside from notes he’s already had from watching practice and their previous two games, Coach Shanahan didn’t learn anything from today’s evaluation.

Sorry, but we’re all aware that Pat White goes to his left and runs the read-option slower than RGIII, and Rex Grossman will forever throw off his back foot and overcompensate for his “superior” arm strength.

And that’s what we spectators spectated. OC Kyle Shanahan rushed to the right hash mark to create ample space for White to comfortably run the ball into the endzone. Besides the six points from his legs, White overthrew his receivers twice when throwing to his weak side and hit his wideouts in stride when crossing through the middle.
7/14 96 yards 3 rushes 26 yards 1 TD

Rex Grossman struck gold in the endzone, hooking up with the Redskins No. 1 receiver Pierre Garcon.
Grossman’s gross performance was almost forgotten when slot wideout Santana Moss managed to catch a risky pass in good coverage and ran for an extra 30 yards on third down.

Grossman returned to poor form shorty after that and the Redskins offense again sputtered in the redzone like broken garden sprinklers.

The final preseason game tape should (hopefully) be enough for coach Shanahan to decide which link is weaker between the two.

Amerson did not impress me this evening. He clapped his hands on the play Stevie Johnson fumbled the pigskin – but the rookie cornerback missed the tackle. The rookie played like a youngster should, overdoing it on the respect (cushion between DB/WR) on X down-and-short situations.

New England at Detroit: What To Look For

Depending on coaching styles, starters may or may not see more playing time this weekend. Some quarterbacks will be behind center, in drives up until the middle of the third quarter, presumably based on the head coach’s discretion and ultimately their satisfaction with their assessments.

As players are getting weed-whacked off roster lists and personnel coaches are trimming down their depth charts, here’s what NFL Fankind needs to direct their focus on tonight in the Patriots/Lions matchup.

The Lions showed both aggressive and passive identities in their first two matches. Versus the Jets, Matt Stafford completed a lousy total of 3 passes (3/8) all to Calvin Johnson for 58 yards. That formula last season equaled a 4-12 answer. Detroit must diversify their play calling.

Ghana rookie Ezekiel ‘Ziggy’ Ansah picked off a Mark Sanchez pass and returned it for a defensive touchdown. Good for the rookie’s confidence. So-called ultra-threat Reggie Bush rushed for five yards on three carries against the Jets.

In the scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns, Bush didn’t impress. He rushed for 15 yards on eight attempts. CJ1.9K didn’t play, which is why Bush hauled in five passes for 44 yards. Again, the problem emerges: a running back shouldn’t be the leader in the Receivers stat column, even in a winning effort (they lost to the Browns). Detroit’s defense is showed problems of the past. It’s still early but when quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Kellen Moore and Shaun Hill have easily solidified their candidacies on their respective depth charts, thanks to the Lions.

Opposing quarterbacks statline: 49/65 559 yards passing 5 TD, 1 INT, 8.6 Yards per Attempt, 75 percent accuracy

The Patriots sport one of the deepest pockets in their backfield. Behind Tom Brady, men named Stevan Ridley, Legarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen are all more than capable of carrying the load. Knowing Tim Tebow‘s skillset, they may consider him a running back (with an arm!), too.

If you’re rooting for Tebow to make the team, take notes on how he drops back and throws the ball as opposed to tucking it in and scrambling out of the pocket. The quarterback definitely gets too jittery at times and Coach Bill Belichick hates (I think) his QBs with insecurity issues. Remember, this is the final season of BB’s contract and it’s a fragile time in New England right now.

It’s Belichick-Mate for the Patriots if they miss the playoffs this season, and as far as we can tell, the AFC East crown is theirs to keep. No one today affiliates the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills with “teams on the rise,” so if the Pats can steady their boats through stormy weather, they’ll creep into the playoffs.

Go long, until next time.

How great would this be?

As Christians, we are to wholeheartedly believe in the validity of this phrase: “Nothing is new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.)

Yes in hindsight, this verse guarantees me that Tom Brady is supposed to be the modern day Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers is the contemporary Steve Young and, as much as I disagree, Phillip Rivers is-uh, Dan Marino (because of their funky throwing motions?). Apparently nothing hasn’t been “seen before” and events throughout history will eventually balance out on this invisible fulcrum that we Christians simply label as, ‘faith’ (believing without proof).

I found out an amazing fact though. For some unfamiliar reason, there hasn’t been a season in which every single team finished with 8-8 records. Yes, I checked every year since 1920, when the Akron Pros finished in first place with an 8-0-3 record. Is it too unrealistic?

I wonder if it will happen in our lifetimes. Why not the 2013-2014 season? Debating if team chemistry is more important than talent is a stark issue but when you fuse both of the topics together there should be a slight chance that every team could tab eight wins and lose eight games; and confuse the world when it’s time to determine who receives their playoff-berth certificates and who unfortunately won’t.

NFL Power Rankings

NFL Top 5 Power Rankings

By: Daniel Park

October 17, 2012

1. New York Giants

Why does the best team in the NFL hold a 4-2 record?

Simply put, in the season opener, Cowboys’ wide receiver Kevin Ogletree had the best day of his career (8 catches 114 yards). Of the 114, a 13-yard reception on a 3rd-down conversion with 2:17 left sealed the deal. The Giants burned their last time-out with confidence before his clutch-grab and the remaining two minutes were enough for Romo to escape The Meadowlands.

With 10 seconds left against the Eagles some might argue that the G-men had one more play in them to progress the ball closer for Lawrence Tynes, who usually boots game-winning field goals. If it weren’t for Barden’s offensive-pass interference, he would’ve split the uprights from the Philadelphia 27-yard line, which would’ve been a much-favorable 34-yard attempt.

The Giants potentially could be sitting at 6-0 – and unlike all the other shaky teams out there – they proved last Sunday in San Francisco that they’re victorious when it comes to must-win games. How’s forcing a hot-handed Alex Smith into throwing three interceptions and sacking him six times? For a defense many proclaimed as “suspect” and “average,” those are bad numbers. How many of the sacks recorded were contributed by Umenyiora or Tuck? Another alarming statistic: 0.

2. Denver Broncos

We all know that nothing is new under the Sun.

But what is it about Monday Night Football that Peyton Manning illuminates brighter than the moon?

By halftime on October 6, 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were up 21-0 against the Manning-led Colts, feeling confident heading into their locker rooms. Brad Johnson just threw his second touchdown pass with four minutes left in the second quarter and I’m sure he, with the rest of the squad, was thinking the same thing: preserve the lead.

Enter: the great Monday Night Manning.

That plan, to protect the lead diluted faster than grocery-brand soda when the Colts’ offense hit the field. They reached the endzone on their opening possession. Tampa Bay’s lead vanished as Manning and the Colts defense went on to score 38 points, just enough to win the game by a 3-point margin in overtime, 38-35.

By halftime on October 15, 2012, the San Diego Chargers were destroying the Broncos – making it crystal clear that they were the top seed in the AFC West. Winning 24-0 heading into the half, the team and Phillip Rivers, who already threw three touchdown passes, were on the same page; Chapter 3: Protect the Lead. Peyton Manning again, struck under the first five minutes in their first drive to cut the lead by 17. The Broncos went on to score a total of 35 points, all unanswered to drill his point: we’re actually the best team in the AFC West.

Manning countenance was that of an an orchestra conductor from the marines.  The way he yelled and pointed across the field. In one of the drives, Manning changed Brandon Stokley’s route while you can hear Broncos center J.D. Walton screaming, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” because the play clock is winding down to its last second. Manning snaps the ball in time and throws a magnificent pass to Stokley towards the right rail of the endzone. Manning changed every play in the two drives that they scored on. If the Broncos can sustain their leads and most importantly, stay healthy throughout the next batch of games, they will be Super Bowl contenders.

3. Seattle Seahawks

Before anything else, I’d like to say that the Golden Tate controversy in the Packers game was a…

Catch. Them while you can. Especially when they’re not playing at home! The Seahawks lost in two close games in Arizona and in St. Louis–all within the last two minutes. Second-year receiver Doug Baldwin quietly raises his yardage totals with each game, Marshawn Lynch remains consistent and enjoys himself to an average of 91.5 yards, and Russell Wilson is 3-0 in games when he’s not intercepted. Yes I’m aware that the Seahawks offense is ranked 29th in total yardage, but when a team, any team, overcomes a thirteen-point deficit in the fourth quarter against a Bill Belichick-coached group of men, it should never go by unnoticed. I’ll bet coaches are studying that game tape right now.

The outcome against the 49ers on Thursday night will speak volumes because the Seahawks are currently 0-2 against NFC West rivals. The Seahawks need to blow out the candles at Candlestick Park this Thursday and if their defense can execute the way the Giants did last week, I don’t see any reasons to doubt a Seattle victory.

4. New England Patriots

Fourth is the perfect number for this team. In their three losses, they’ve lost by a short sum of 4 points. Remember to try and forget about the current record of a team. Looking at the upcoming schedule, the Patriots are projected to finish 13-3. Of the ten left over, they play in two dome games (STL, IND), under the sun in the west coast (SF), in the heat of Texas (HOU), and mild weather (JAC, MIA twice). The team schedule’s forecast is clear, as long as they tweak their secondary a little bit and reincorporate their running game.

I think the crisis here is an easy-fix, as it appears to me that they’ve misplaced a few holes buttoning up their shirts. Coach Belichick rarely loses in games after a loss, and with the chance to knock the pesky Jets off of the AFC East throne is looking looking favorable for the Patriots in Foxborough. Thanks for keeping the seat warm.

5. Washington Redskins

You were wrong if you assumed this last spot should be a team from the NFC South or the AFC South. Washington sticks out like a swollen kneecap on this list, but maybe because they should. This team is that special. Mike Shanahan has no more excuses to spare as Redskins fans are now evaluating him as a coach with all the pieces of the puzzle– in his hands. While we’re witnessing a sensational rookie campaign presented by RG3 and Alfred Morris, Shanahan must not get distracted and keep level-headed each week. Robert Griffin III has solidified his role as their starting quarterback in their first six games. Check: when your QB is able to complete 17 out of 22 passes–to 8 different receivers–run for 138 yards, account for three touchdowns…with a 23-year-old rookie running back contributing 47 yards and 6 points of his own…And on top of THAT, against a tough Minnesota Vikings team? I can only expect more from DC. If you’re wondering where I got these sky-high expectations check the rest of their schedule.

For 6-11, plug in any of the following teams: Ravens, Texans, 49ers, Packers, and….the Bears.