Like/Dislike: Sam Bradford is the real fantasy deal


What we are talking about:

  • Sam Bradford

    We're sticking with him

  • Eli Manning

    Is this the beginning of the end?

  • "Bachelor in Paradise"

    About this season ...

I was doing the walk of shame on Sunday afternoon. And no, not that walk of shame. I'm talking about when you're walking around for the 1 p.m. games, still wearing the jersey of your team, even though you already lost in the morning. It's the NFL fan equivalent of walking around in your clothes from the previous night.

So I'm making the walk to Trader Joes in my Matt Forte Bears jersey (hey, he's still my guy!) and I'm expecting to hear the catcalls that come with losing. But the strangest thing happened. I got a lot of double takes when I walked around the corner, mostly pretty nice, mostly pretty all right. Some head nods. A thumbs up. And even a slap on the back.

Although, there was one Packers fan who had to run his mouth, mostly because they are the saltiest winners in the NFL. Not that I can blame them; if I had 30 years of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers with just two rings to show for it, I'd be rather bent, too. And really, can we stop with the praise of Aaron Rodgers for quick-snapping teams when they are trying to get players off the field? He's like that dude you see in pickup basketball. He yells "ooh ooh" to his opponent, trying to trick him to pass him the ball. Which isn't illegal. But also not very chill. Actually, kind of a jerk move. But whatever. He wins and makes funny commercials so everybody gives him kudos. I'm fine with it.

But people were giving me daps because the Bears played pretty well. Or mostly because Tarik Cohen looked like a freaking superstar on Sunday. On a weekend where Kareem Hunt ethered the New England Patriots and Leonard Fournette rushed 87 times against the Texans, it was Cohen who was the rookie de jour in Week 1.

A number of people wanted to know if Cohen was for real. He is.

Can he keep it going next week? He will.

And is this the best Bears running back since Walter Payton? No.

Be realistic, people. The Bears haven't done very well in the quarterback department in quite some time. But the lineage of Bears running backs is pretty outstanding dating back to Gale Sayers and going through Payton, Neal Anderson, Tom Jones (why did we draft Cedric Benson?), Forte, Jordan Howard and now this guy.

Howard and Cohen could be a pretty good combination, too. I get it, they both play running back. But the Bears could use some playmakers. Also some people to cover the tight end when it's third-and-forever. Seriously, how do you let Austin Hooper score an 88-yard touchdown reception? HOW! (I saw the tape, I know how. You don't cover the dude.)

And realize Bears offensive coordinator Donal Logue was, damn it, I always do this. Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was on the Titans staff in 2008 when Chris Johnson rushed for 1,228 yards and nine touchdowns, while LenDale White went for 773 and 15 scores. Both are going to be fine, people.

But look, people. The Bears weren't terrible. Which seems damning with faint praise. But when the best moment of the last half decade was ruining Brett Favre Appreciation Night (which was actually the first Thanksgiving we had with my daughter), then you're going to take the small wins and moral victories when you get a chance. Now if we can just close a game or two, that would be pretty rad, too.

All right, maybe I need to calm down a bit.

And without further ado ...

I dislike the Sam Bradford haters of the world. All of the dudes who have brushed off his first start with "Saints defense, lawlz!" or whatnot. The Bradford tape is pretty good. Damn good. And we're seeing what he can do with two healthy receivers and a rushing attack. Keep disrespecting him, fools.

Trevor Siemian will at some point be a reliable streaming option. He moves well in the pocket and made some great throws against a tough Chargers defense. The thing is, this week, there are better options. But don't sleep on him in the future.

I'm not about to chase the fantasy points with Alex Smith this week. Hunt and Hill made him look like Norm Van Brocklin last week, but I'm not counting on it again. I don't want to go into full "we've seen this movie before" with Smith. But I'm just saying there are a few better options.

Eli Manning wasn't great. I don't want to overreact and scream "DEAD ARM" but it looked pretty bad. No pressure, Eli, but you need to do something against the Lions.

Carson Wentz is 4-0 in September with seven touchdowns, one pick and a 101.8 passer rating. Which is an awesome nugget to drop on your friends when you're watching games. I'm not starting him, though. Two QB leagues, super-flex notwithstanding.

I know about the Ben Roethlisberger home-road split nonsense. I still don't feel great about him this week. The Vikings defense looked good. I have him as my QB15.

Matthew Stafford was amazing. But he did this stuff last year. Three touchdowns against the Colts in Week 1 and just as we all got hyped on him, he had one TD against the Titans. You aren't going to get me again this year, Matt!

I was thrilled with Jared Goff's debut last week. That's right, I said thrilled. But Goff struggled with a 39.6 passer rating against the blitz last week, and the Redskins were second in the NFL with 20 blitzes in Week 1 (behind Carolina).

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All right, Melvin Gordon stuck it to me again, as he scored a touchdown and double-digit fantasy points against the Broncos. So, I guess you're welcome for all of that.

However, if you watched the game (I know you didn't), he left some points on the field. Even coach Tony Lynn stated as much after the game. The good news for Gordon is there is nobody behind him chasing for PT. And the Chargers do want to run the ball. So that's good.

Robert Kelley was the lead back for Washington last week. But boy, was he less than impressive when you compare him to other NFL running backs.

I'm going to put my guy Rex Burkhead here. But only because I feel this is the kind of jump-start he needs to really get his season going. (Don't worry Rex, I still love you.)

For the record, the Chiefs did a great job of tackling the Patriots receivers near the end zone to prevent them from getting receiving touchdowns. If Brady connects with one or two of those plays (or Gronk's TD isn't overturned) then nobody is scared about it for this week.

T.Y. Hilton was not great on Sunday. I didn't expect it to be that bad. Actually, we kind of did. I can't trust him until Andrew Luck returns.

Sammy Watkins was actually fifth in yards of separation when pressed, which is pretty great. But his matchup with Josh Norman has me a touch concerned this week. Just a touch.

I'm not about that Jarvis Landry life. I know, Jay Cutler tunnel vision walka walka. I really fear Landry gets left out because he's not a Jay Cutler-like receiver.

Speaking of former Cutler targets, I'm not starting Alshon Jeffery this week. The Chiefs allowed the fifth-fewest points at Arrowhead last year. And some dude tried to trade me Alshon this year. I'm like, dude, you know I'm not trading for a former Bear. Come on now.

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My LoR does waivers a bit differently. Your initial waiver wire spot is based on draft position and you don't lose your spot until you use it. So people were too scared to put in a bid for Kenny Golladay. And since I'm up at 4 a.m. to get to work, I was able to swoop in and grab him before anybody got up (I also got Cohen). Sorry, I just wanted to brag. If you got KG, congrats. But the Giants defense is pretty legit, I'd shy away from starting him this week.