Rank's 11 Sleepers: Mettenberger's looking good


I was down with Ken Whisenhunt when he benched Matt Leinart for Kurt Warner. It was the wise move to make. As evidenced by an appearance in the Super Bowl (I'm still waiting for them to review the last "fumble" by Warner).

And really, one of the most underrated sports stories of the last decade is that the Arizona Cardinals were not only in the Super Bowl, but moments away from a win. I mean, the Cardinals being in the Super Bowl is akin to a normal NFL franchise winning back-to-back Super Bowls. Well, maybe not you, Detroit. But most franchises.

Then I really grew an affinity for the Whiz when we hung out in the NFL Network green room and he admitted he liked both Van Halen and Van Hagar as it should be viewed as two different bands. Which is truly the case. Van Halen was for the 20-something group they were when they first started. The Atomic Punks who weren't talking about love. While Van Hagar was really the more sensitive older version of themselves who couldn't stop loving you. I'm not sure why more bands can't do that, even though they have lived for years to build an identity. I mean, the John Corabi-years of Motley Crue were really good, but it wasn't Motley Crue. Mostly because Vince can't sing those notes Corabi hit.

All of that being said, I was kind of bummed to find out the Whiz was taken aback by Zach Mettenberger's shady appearance. For starters, have you seen Chuck Whitehurst lately? Dude looks like he's the front man of The Black Crowes. And yeah, that's about it. Why are you so worried about what he looks like? I don't really care what my quarterback looks like as long as he can deal.

Like how Matt Shoemaker (who should be the AL rookie of the year) had that horrific beard, but Mike Scoiscia didn't care as long as the dude was able to hurl the pearl. So now I have some sort of uneasy feeling the Whiz can't work with a QB unless he's a clean-cut dude like Kurt Warner or Philip Rivers. Which might be a problem. And it kind of bums me out because I really want Mettenberger to be a thing in Tennessee.

On another note, I did kind of want to applaud Mettenberger for being the anti-Peyton Manning by having a little fun with a selfie before game. I mean, millennials got to be millennials and such. But when J.J. Watt calls him out, you should probably heed the best football player on the planet right now.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
I'm not going to bother to look up Smith's stat line against St. Louis. I'm sure it was fine. (Editor's note: not really.) But I do like the matchup this week against the Jets. I'm not sure if Smith is going to be four-touchdowns good against New York. But hey, why not? And you have like 84 quarterbacks on a bye this week (though you might want to double-check those numbers), so you could do worse.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns
See what I mean? You could totally do worse.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
This guy just hasn't shown what he can do on the field, which is a bit of a disappointment because he was viewed as the most NFL-ready of all the QBs headed into the 2014 NFL Draft. The matchup is fine. I do like a team playing on the road after a Monday night game. Norv Turner once coached Washington. There's not enough left out there to really be choosy. I've seen some of your tweets. I know this is an option for a lot of you.

Michael Vick, QB, New York Jets
Why the (expletive) not?

Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens
I know, he's been so good lately. I just wanted to let you know I kind of like him in this game. The Ravens should throw the ball a little bit more in this game, so I like him to also be a threat against this team as a receiver out of the backfield.

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots
How many times do I have to tell you? Bill Belichick is not your friend; he's a Decepticon. Just when you thought it was going to be a good night for Vereen, Jonas Gray ran the ball like 66 times (you might want to check my math on that one). Well, unless the Patriots jump out to a 50-3 lead on the Broncos like they did to the Bears, I expect Tom Brady to have to throw in this one.

Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis FC
If I didn't get to a lot of your fantasy questions over the weekend, please blame the St. Louis fans who continue to spam my Twitter feed. I asked them politely to act like civilized sports fans. I do like Mason this week. He's had some success against them in the past. Benny Cunningham will also figure into the mix, but Mason runs way too well to keep down for too long.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns
He just continued to jump off the page in a very good matchup against Oakland. And he's got another solid matchup against the Bucs this week. He might be the guy from Cleveland to hold even when you know who is going to come back. And speaking of Josh Gordon, do we not remember what he looked like in the preseason? I'm a Gordon holder, too, so it's not like I'm rooting against the guy.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles didn't play well. One of his biggest problems was throwing under pressure. He locked in on receivers, too. Which led to some pick sixes. That still shouldn't hurt Robinson, who continues to produce. Maybe due largely to the fact the Jaguars have to throw the ball so much. I like his matchup this week. Actually, that's a lie. The Bengals are very tough against opposing receivers. I just like the opportunity for him to get some chances. Remember, there are tons of teams on a bye this week.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson has to get things moving soon, doesn't he? Well, I guess that's a dumb thing to say. But I'm going to say it anyway. The Seahawks have to start throwing the ball.

Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
It's always going to be tough with the Saints receivers. One week it's Kenny Stills. The next it's going to be Cooks. And with Cooks going off last week, we should look the other way, right? Not so fast my friend. Cooks was on the field for 46 snaps, compared to Stills' 32 so I'm going to lean on Cooks. Plus they always seem to strive to make Cooks a part of the game plan.

Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Add the 49ers to the teams who are confusing for fantasy enthusiasts, as not even they know which receiver to play. But Boldin has played really well against St. Louis recently, as he's averaged close to 100 yards per game against them and has scored a pair of touchdowns. St. Louis has allowed at least two receiving touchdowns in four of their last five games. Boldin has seen his targets increased in each of his last four games. And really, I'm just throwing random stats out there now.

Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
Wow, an amazing matchup against the Jets. They might have snuck through your waiver wire last week unnoticed. They should be your top priority to pick up.

Cleveland Browns D/ST
If your league is savvy and you need to go grab somebody because the Chiefs have been snatched up, give the Browns a look because of the matchup.


Minnesota Vikings D/ST
If you're truly desperate for a D. You have the Vikings who will play host to the Washington club who is coming off a road Monday night game. Seriously, how does the current schedule maker still have a gig? This is terrible.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
With Giovanni Bernard shaken up a touch, and a great matchup, this might be the time to spring Hill into action. I know, he's not too risky because I have him in the 20s of my rankings. But he's a nice option. And really, I'm kind of desperate for running backs, yo.

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