Like/Dislike: Go big or go home, like St. Louis


What we are talking about:

  • Nick Foles

    One more chance for you!

  • Jay Cutler

    Time for some tough love

  • "Marry Me'

    Actually a pretty good show

I'm really digging what the St. Louis Football Club is all about right now. Did you not see the way it totally duped the defending world champions in Week 7? That was the perfectly executed game plan against that team. The fake punt was a thing of beauty, too; a truly daring call. Plus the fake punt return that even fooled the cameraman. I mean a FAKE PUNT RETURN! When have you ever seen something like that? I mean, if Pete Carroll calls it cool, then you know it's rather awesome.

I was told this week the majority of teams have plays similar to the fake punt St. Louis pulled off. They even practice the thing, too. Few have the guts to really go and do such a thing. But St. Louis certainly had no problem with it.

And can you blame them? The team is likely moving to Los Angeles. (And you can save your ridiculous tweets. If you're going to be a person who wants to hold on to the opinion Los Angeles doesn't support its pro teams when you consider the Angels and Dodgers draw three million per season, the Los Angeles Kings and Ducks draw really well, the Lakers and Clippers both sellout on the reg and USC football has a waiting list for season tickets, then for [expletive] sake, save it for the beer-soaked brains of the millennials you hang out with at the South Broadway Athletic Club and not me. I have some fantasy questions to answer on Twitter and I cannot be bothered with your ignorance for the nuances of the Southern California sports market. And so help me if one more person says the Jaguars should move to L.A. First of all, their stadium has a pool. So they are awesome. And second, check the numbers; they draw better than the Steelers.)

Where was I? Oh yes.

So the team is likely moving. Jim Harbaugh has been my pick to coach the Los Angeles Rams since Jeff Fisher is going to be canned because, a) His teams continually underachieve, b) folks thought this team would be great and 3) Fisher hasn't had a winning season since like 1968. Though you might want to double-check my facts on the last one.

So this is the perfect time to start trying all of the crazy (expletive) you have wanted to try over the years but have never had the footballs to do because the league is way too conservative. I'm mean to the right of Sean Hannity conservative.

Fisher is suddenly like the dude who has started to do all the things he's ever wanted to do on the job like wearing sweatpants on a Monday because he just gave his two weeks' notice. He's like the brazen dude who just threw back a shot of Fireball Whisky and decided to go chat up Cristin Milioti at the local Chili's because it seemed like a great idea at the time. (And you thought she was better for Ted than Robin.) I like that guy. The NFL needs more of this stuff, and less of the, "I'm going to run the ball into the pile three times to try to kill the clock at the end of the half/game."

Though, Houston found out the hard way that sometimes it's not always a bad thing to avoid the hero's way out. Actually, forget all of that noise. I applaud Bill O'Brien for trying to score some additional points against the Steelers at the end of the first half. The loss was inevitable. I mean, it's not his fault Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't great when you compare him to other NFL quarterbacks and Arian Foster decided to fumble for the first time in like 2,500 carries (again, you might want to double-check that).

You want to go for it, people. Kind of like the risk you took reading this even though you knew it was like 30 minutes you would never get back and was going to have a haphazard reference to a Hollywood starlet that has no bearing on what we're trying to do here. And we haven't even gotten to the likes and dislikes yet. Just be glad I tabled the Star Wars dissertation. (I lied, it's below but abbreviated.)

Let's proceed in what our homepage editor Patrick Crawley called the best use of a soap box in world history. Patrick is a huge Bills fan and was stoked when I tabbed Sammy Watkins to have a big Week 7. Wait until he sees what I wrote this week!

A big hand to stats mavens Careen Falcone and Bill "Sudsy" Sudell for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

Cam Newton hasn't been as bad as you think. He's had six touchdowns in his last three games and the Seahawks have allowed at least two touchdown passes in five consecutive games. I'm just feeling the Seahawks going all Seahawks to deliver a serious beatdown here in Carolina.

If you waited on a quarterback and ended up with Matt Ryan, you probably felt rather good after your draft. But he has lingered around 13 fantasy points in each of his last three games. Mostly because the offensive line is just miserable.

Ryan is like the biggest "Decepticon" quarterback right now. You always think of him as this stud who will end up putting up huge numbers for you. Yet, he always ends up kind of flat. I guess we know how Falcons fans feel right about now.

Ryan Tannehill is a nice sleeper option at quarterback this week. I wouldn't necessarily rush him out there, though. As folks who used Brian Hoyer against Jacksonville found out last week (me).

I'm doing this for your own good, Jay Cutler. But I'm here to proclaim your run in Chicago is over! (Now let this inspire you to go out and put up some monster numbers against the Patriots, much like I motivated Brady weeks ago.)

Raise your hand if you're ready to play Colt McCoy this week! None of you? I don't blame you. Even Kirk Cousins looked great for a half before, you know, all the unpleasantness started.

What a roller coaster for RG3. He was being moved out of Washington a few weeks ago (by me) and now he's the toast of the town and the savior of this franchise once again. At least add him.

Alex Smith is another sleeper option if you're in a league where you're desperate for a quarterback. I also like Derek Carr as an option, too. I just have to put them on this side so I don't get any should I play Carr over Brees tweets this week. Just so you know.

I had Joe Flacco slated for my team in my League of Record. Then a mass-hysteria broke out on the set of NFL Fantasy Live when there were reported high winds in Baltimore. Like a moran (sic), I benched Flacco and promptly lost my week (and probably my season). Sorry, just had to share that. But just so you know, I sometimes feel the same pain as a lot of you. This also goes to show that, at some point, you need to trust your gut.

ImageAnd I don't want to nitpick the Death Star conspiracy video (here) that I liked so much (not enough to keep me from doing it, mind you); but Grand Moff Tarkin was really the commander of the Death Star, not Darth Vader. I mean, it's just a small thing and maybe nobody but the most ardent of "Star Wars" fans would understand this, but it's clearly worth noting.

Don't you all have that friend who will be on the wrong end of a trend (like Matt Asiata) and then will be all about the other dude (McKinnon) when he realizes he's wrong? My old pal from junior high does that all the time. Same guy who tried to tell me "The Shield" sucked is now the biggest Ambrose fan in the world.

Stepfan Taylor was one of our deep, deep sleepers for 2014 (as was Tim Cornett, sorry) so it wasn't a surprise to see him snake two touchdowns last week. Not quite at the point where he's a viable option, however. He's like Rob Schneider. Fine as a backup, not a leading man.

Remember when Antone Smith was a thing? Yeah, he's scored on a handful of plays and doesn't get the ball enough to matter. Plus he's got the Lions this week which is a must-bench.

Shoot, I already did quarterbacks but I'd leave Matthew Stafford on the bench. The Lions should run the ball heavily against the Falcons suspect run defense. There isn't going to be much of a need for him to step back there and fling the rock. I can envision Stafford throwing like one touchdown pass but less than 300 passing yards because it's been that way for the Falcons.

Danger Zone: Travaris Cadet had 18 snaps in the loss and could end up being the beneficiary of Pierre Thomas' 26 snaps last week. I'm not confident in Khiry Robinson who had just three snaps compared to Ingram who had 26 in his return. So I'd have the Saints backfield ranked Ingram, Cadet and Robinson. Which means Sean Payton will find a way to screw us. Right?

So is Steven Jackson still a thing? You might want to take a look at Devonta Freeman as a stash at some point in the future when the Falcons wisely start to play for 2015.

If you just want to look at the Bills depth chart, you can go with Anthony Dixon. He's a cool dude, but he's never really made the most of his chances in the league. So I go with Brown.

Benny Cunningham has made some nice plays in spurts. He's not a bad PPR option. I don't see much value for him in standard leagues, however. Other than a vulture to the guy we actually want to start.

You know I like my friends down in Duval County, Florida. I like the pickup for Denard Robinson this week. I just don't want you to chase the fantasy points this week.

Danger Zone: Jonas Gray is somebody to have on your roster right now. Look we give a lot of obvious suggestions of guys probably already gone in your league during a Fantasy Live show. I'm giving you Gray right now.

Bishop Sankey did get the most snaps of the Titans running backs against Washington, but he failed to really do anything with it. The opportunity is there, but I would have a hard time trusting him this week even with a decent matchup.

I have Terrance West or Isaiah Crowell on numerous teams across my fantasy universe. And I can't bring myself to drop either one of them. Because you know the moment (and I mean moment) I do, Tate will do his typical Tate thing and I would have to fight to reclaim them on the waiver wire. That would be just my luck, right?

Danger Zone: Yes, I listed Darren McFadden as a like. But I have to balance this out because I don't want to jinx folks who will actually play him.

Serious question. When can I legitimately make a Lacy and Trent Richardson comparison? It's only fair, right? If you look at the current landscape of the NFL, Buffalo > Alabama. #JustSaying

But seriously, why is Trent Richardson trying to take a dent of my man Ahmad Bradshaw's production?

I just don't see if happening for Alfred Morris this week. To think, I was trying to swing a deal with Akbar to get Morris and or Frank Gore (bye) but was repeatedly turned down. Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make.

ImageAnother serious question: If you lived in the town of Charming, Calif. would you patronize Teller and Sons automotive? I probably would. I mean, there would be the threat of you being ripped off. But at the same time, I would have to believe they know their (expletive). Plus it's not like they have a beef with you. I feel they would try so hard to get in good with the town folk they would offer real competitive pricing.

ImageI'm so pot-committed to "Homeland" I just can't bring myself to stop watching. There would have been no shame to taking the hero's death after the second season and let it go. Now it's just needless. I might just take a desperate measure and cancel Showtime to keep me from watching it.

A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson are going to be so limited, you almost hope this is an instance where they are benched so you don't have to decide.

A.J. Green is one of my favorite guys in the league. When he and LeSean chose sides to play "Halo" this summer, Green threw me a bone. And I sucked. So I will always like him for that. But dude was downright morose when he was on NFL AM this week. He even admitted he will be in a lot of pain going forward, too. I'm afraid this situation isn't going away.

The tough thing about Calvin Johnson is that we're going to need to get up super early on Sunday to make this call. Or those of us on the West Coast need to stay up super late.

If you ever needed a reason to vilify Cordarrelle Patterson more this season, he nearly killed Akbar. My man said he would drink raw eggs on NFL Fantasy Live if CP didn't get at least 10 fantasy points last week. Well, I'm pretty sure you all saw this play out on the show. What you might not have seen was my man getting an IV because he was all sick and stuff.

Although you could reason all of the clean living Akbar does didn't have him prepared for what he did on the show. I mean, if you've thrown down a Taco Bell Mexican pizza after a bender, your stomach is trained for just about anything. When you have a personal chef cooking all of your meals, well, you just can't adjust like the rest of have to.

ImageI guess that's why I don't care for John Cena so much. He seems like such a cartoon character to me. I mean, who is that jacked and rides around in those expensive cars? He's not relatable. I expect his match with Randy Orton to be one of the worst things going. I guess that's why I can identify with guys such as Ambrose.

ImageAgain, my guy Brandon Stroud never steers me wrong. I liked Dean's interactions a little bit more than everybody else on Monday night. Brandon and I are typically sympatico, but I will pretty much eat up whatever Ambrose is putting out there. I don't know if that's a character flaw or not. Read more here.

Imagine a few years ago if you had a team with Green, Megatron and Larry Fitzgerald. You would think it would never lose, right?

Marques Colston and Kenny Stills are two of the riskiest plays this week. The game with Green Bay should be a shootout. And I can see Brees with multiple touchdowns. You just don't know who to pick in this case.

I feel like DeAndre Hopkins is making me try not to like him. The fumble was brutal on Monday night, man. And no touchdowns in three games is very Andre Johnson-like.

Roddy White led the NFL with 15 targets in Week 7. I really don't like the Lions front against the Falcons offensive line so that leads me to believe the numbers will be down across the board for Atlanta's wideouts. This might end up hurting Julio Jones more, though. If Roddy can get open in the middle he might be the better option. Man, this sucks.

DeSean Jackson has one touchdown in 10 career games against the Cowboys. Of course, he would have had one if he hadn't dropped it on the goal line. But again, I hate to use stats like that but what's scary is the Cowboys are better equipped to handle him this year.

This is the week to pick up Josh Gordon if he's still available in your league. I worry for you, though. To just assume he's going to come out and be 2013 Josh Gordon is a dangerous game.

Jordan Cameron has just two touchdown receptions in his last 13 games. Actually, I kept typing 14, so I guess the skid extends another game this week, too. Bummer, I like him as a person.

Washington has been brutally tough on tight ends this season. So this makes me feel so much better for the consecutive dislike for Jason Witten.

All this negativity around Kobe Bryant. I don't care for it. The key for this team was not going after Phil Jackson when they had the chance. Dwight Howard would be here. Paul George might, too, without a (expletive) broken leg. But stop blaming Kobe for (expletive) sake.

Breaking: Zach Mettenberger is going to start for the Tennessee Titans. About time, guys. I liked him an awful lot at LSU. Feel he could really be something in this league. I won't play him in the immediate future. But I truly believe the Titans have a good one here.

That's going to be it for me this week. Be good to one another. And if you're going to celebrate, make sure you dance like Alex Wright. And as always, designate a driver.

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