Like/Dislike: A week for revenge


What we are talking about:

  • Da Bears

    This could be rough

  • Ameer Abdullah

    The kid looks amazing

  • Carlos Hyde

    I missed the boat

This is going to be a tough week for Chicago Bears fans. I mean, the loss last week against Aaron Rodgers and the dreaded Green Bay Packers is never easy. But this week should smart even more. If you're not aware, the Bears had a chance to hire Bruce Arians. They went with Marc Trestman.

We all know how this story ends.

So this is going to be tough to see the high-flying Cardinals offense come into Soldier Field to show Bears fans what could have been. So while losing to the Packers is brutal, this is going to be much, much worse.

I'm curious to see if Arians will use this opportunity to really put it on the Bears. I know Arians seems like a genial guy. The kind of person who would have a Werther's Original at the ready for you. Just one, though, lest you spoil your appetite!

But don't be fooled. Arians is cold-blooded. At least on the field. And he's going to do everything in his power to show the Bears they made the wrong choice. (Not that the Bears needed reminding.)

Don't overlook revenge as a factor when you set your fantasy lineup this week, too. And it's not the only game, either.

DeMarco Murray will go up against his former team this week. Again, you would think Chip Kelly would have other things on his mind, other than getting his running back a few extra carries against his former team. But that's exactly what I expect Kelly to do. I really expect him to want to show the Cowboys they made a bad move when they let Murray go last year.

And for all of you who freaked out about Murray's "bad game" last week. You need to relax. Murray struggled last week, and yet he still scored 12 points thanks to two touchdowns. I hope all of my other running backs struggle so mightily.

You think your running backs have struggled? I had to start Darren McFadden in a league last week. I'm serious. And since you are probably wondering how I could have ever got myself into such a situation, I have Le'Veon Bell, Arian Foster and Todd Gurley as my other running backs. I'm going to have running backs swimming out of my ears by the middle of the season. But it certainly sucked last week.

(Although I would have won that week if Kelly had challenged the Jordan Matthews touchdown. But I can get into that a little bit later on in the 'likes'.)

A big hand to stats maven Careen Falcone for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

If you see me out in public with a Bears shirt on, maybe a Bears hat, it doesn't give you the right to strike up a conversation with me about Jay Cutler. I know our Sunday show producer Heather Pink has the same lament. But honestly, I don't care what you think about Cutty. He might be a jerk, but he's our jerk, damn it.

Jameis Winston has played football before, right? The biggest difference between him and Mariota has to be the head coach. Mariota has the benefit to play with a head coach with an offensive background. Bucs coach Lovie Smith comes from a defensive background and he never groomed a QB during his time in Chicago.

Matthew Stafford, a word please. How in the name of Great Caesar's Ghost can you allow a tight end to be the most-targeted pass-catcher on your team? You have Megatron on the field with you. He needs to get about 80 percent of your targets. Maybe more. Of course, the remainder of them should go to my guy, Double A.

Joe Flacco is one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the game. Seriously, there aren't many quarterbacks I would want in a pinch during the playoffs. But what the hell last week? When the game is on the line and you think Crockett Gilmore is your best option, dude, I don't know what to think. Not like he has more options, though.

Ryan Mallett is about to come in for the Texans and really throw the rock. But I'm going to wait a few weeks to see what this dude is able to do. He's a tempting DFS prospect, but I would rather go with somebody who is a little steadier. My confidence is almost shaken on Teddy Bridgewater, too. I said almost.

ImageI already hate the new extra point rules. The NFL surely has their finger on the pulse of society if they believe screwy extra points are something NFL fans want. And you fantasy enthusiasts should start to think about cold-weather kickers who could miss out on an extra point or two in the back half of this season. This stuff hurts my brain.

ImageI would imagine if you gave fans the choice of rules changes, the extra point would be one of the lowest priorities. Seriously, they should just get rid of it instead of constantly tinkering with this. The new NFL extra point rules are something George Lucas would come up with if you gave him a chance to tinker with the league.

Anybody regret the way the Vikings used Adrian Peterson during the preseason? The guy didn't play a snap after Week 1 last year and then he didn't play any during the preseason, either. So I guess it's not much of a surprise he didn't break a sweat until late in the fourth quarter. Get your (stuff) together over there Norv Turner.

I see you working, Bishop Sankey. Congratulations on a great game last week. Truly amazing. I'm scared, however, because Terrance West and Dexter McCluster were the goal-line backs. If you get a chance to move Sankey this week for somebody like Arian Foster, I would make the most of that opportunity.

Melvin Gordon was actually pretty good during his debut for the Chargers. He scored just 4.7 fantasy points, but he barely missed on a touchdown run that was rather impressive. The only bummer is that Danny Woodhead will get all of the goal-line work for the team in the immediate future. I don't see that changing soon.

Frank Gore had a tough debut with the Colts. But a lot of running backs are going to struggle against that Bills defense. The only rub here is (stuff) won't get easier for Gore with the New York Jets. I hope you kept Gore on the bench last week. Go with the guys you started over him instead. At least for another week.

Don't fall for the Dion Lewis (stuff). This is exactly what Bill Belichick wants you to think. If he benched Jonas Gray after he scored four touchdowns against the Indy Colts last year, do you think he's going to give Lewis the benefit of the doubt after a decent performance against the Steelers? Plus Leggy Blount is back, people.

I was impressed with Darren McFadden out there on Sunday night. He looked pretty good. He was given limited opportunities, but he averaged five yards per touch. That's not bad. But it's going to take him a bit of time before he gets a chance because the other two guys looked pretty great as well. Or maybe the Giants suck.

ImageI will never watch "Big Brother" again if Vanessa wins. How could she do that to my man Austin? I know exactly what her strategy is going to be if she makes it to the final two. She's going to point out that she had a hang in every eviction and really "out-played" everybody. It's really her best hope. And to a point she's right. But I really hope the players look at how conniving she is and hold it against her.

ImageCongratulations to Nikki Bella who is now the longest-running Divas champion in WWE history. Good for her. She really has developed into one of the better WWE wrestlers right now and she looks great in the ring. But the Dusty finish? Are you kidding me? Using "Twin Magic" to boot? I wish WWE would have been more creative. Maybe start a program where Charlotte couldn't beat her and then eventually go over her when it would be special. But who am I to say?

Dude! Didn't I tell you James Jones was going to be nothing more than a TD vulture? He's already started. But don't start him. I mean, he was still cut by the Raiders.

Terrance Williams is going to be an alright start this week because of the matchup. But don't assume he's going to go out there and put up Dez Bryant-type production.

You should also scour the waiver wire in all of your leagues to see if some itchy manager dropped him into the wild. Scoop him the hell up right now if so.

I'm not ready to punt on Nelson Agholor just yet. But damn, dude, what was up with that horrible pick play against the Falcons? That (stuff) will land you on the bench.

Amari Cooper is going to be good. I don't go with him this week. The Ravens allowed 175 receiving yards with no touchdowns against the Broncos last week.

The Lions provide a pretty enticing matchup for the Vikings this week. But I'm not very enthusiastic about Mike Wallace. I'd rather go with Chuck Johnson there.

Andre Johnson looks like a veteran receiver out for one last chance at glory. He has just three receiving touchdowns in his last 23 games. One 100-yard game in his last 19.

ImageCongratulations to all of the nominees for the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Well not you, Tiki Barber. Who let that one slip through? I mean, let's be serious for a moment. Barber played roughly the same time as Terrell Davis. Is there anybody in the entire world who would have taken Barber over Davis during the prime of their careers? Anybody? I feel that's a fair question to ask.

Hey remember when I advocated Josh Hill? That's on me. If it makes you feel any better, I had Hill on a host of my traditional fantasy leagues as well as every one of my DFS leagues. I know that doesn't really make any of you feel better, but I thought I would throw it out there.

Kyle Rudolph didn't do anything. I have the strong suspicion that I have backed the wrong former Notre Dame tight end. Damn it. This is why I'm not a fan of Notre Dame.

ImageDo you think there is any chance Vinny Testaverde can sneak into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? I mean, the guy just seemed to linger in the NFL forever. (Honestly, I thought he played in a game last year. It kind of surprised me that he is eligible for the Hall of Fame at all.) So wouldn't it stand to reason that Testaverde just kind of slips through the induction process? And then all of a sudden next year in Canton, Ohio, Testaverde is up there in a gold jacket and we are all left to ask, "How did all of that just happen?"

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 300K followers. Me? Just 14. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook (if you're RG3). And if you follow me on Sundays, I'll quote "The Wolf" from "Pulp Fiction" and then it's game on! Although, it's tough to catch me on Facebook. Twitter is your go-to. Plus seriously people, I'm not taking your tweets after midnight. I'm into the #HashtagWars via @Midnight. I've started to mute people who ask me questions at that time.