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Cam Newton is the Blake Lively of the NFL

What we are talking about:

  • Andy Luck

    The rookie QB to start

  • RG3

    Overvalued this week?

  • Mike Trout

    Best rookie in any sport?

Blake Lively was in the news this week as she married her former co-star (more on that movie in a moment), Ryan Reynolds. And while this was huge news on the entertainment shows, it did cause you to pause to ask the question, why is she popular again?

Sure, she was downright charming in "Accepted" and really good in "The Town." But her career has been defined over the last couple of years by ruining "The Green Lantern" and some hacked nude photos. (Though, in her defense, she was all wrong as Carol Ferris. It should have been Diane Kruger, but at least it wasn't Kristen Stewart.)

The point is, Lively is still a star, just not the megastar we're making her out to be. And it got me thinking about Cam Newton. He was a fantasy star coming into this season, and really, nobody was quite sure why. Newton had a fantastic debut as a starting quarterback in 2011, but he was rather ordinary down the stretch.

In fact, if you look at Newton's last five games (including Week 1 against the dreadful Buccaneers), he's averaged 211 passing yards per game, and he threw nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Oh, and he stopped running the ball too, as he scored only one touchdown.

None of this kept me from drafting him in the first round of my Corona Football League (with my boys from The 951). And now my team is about as useless as my DVD of "The Green Lantern." I will never draft a quarterback in the first round again.

A big nod to our esteemed stat guy, Bill "Sudsy" Sudell for the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

People are so worried about missing out on the next Cam Newton (unfair and wrong according to Ron Rivera), they are in a rush to vault Robert Griffin III into fantasy superstardom. Unless you drafted RG3 to be your starter, I'm not sure who you are starting him over (maybe Cam). ...

The matchup for RG3 this week is actually bad. St. Louis FC has improved in the secondary with Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins. That defense intercepted Matthew Stafford three times in Week 1 (and held him to just 12 fantasy points). Plus, St. Louis has allowed just one touchdown pass or less in five of its last six home games. Yes, the Edwards Jones Dome will be converted to the world's biggest WalMart once the team is playing in Los Angeles next year, but the team does play good defense there. ...

This is a shocker, but RG3 has to reside on the "dislike" side of the ledger. But before you overreact and curse me out in the comments, here are some guys I would still start RG3 over. ...

Pump the brakes on Joe Flacco being an elite fantasy quarterback. Yes, he was masterful against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. I even smiled as the Baltimore Ravens continued to throw the ball with a huge lead. (Hey, more coaches should be fantasy conscious.) But let's take a small trip down memory lane. ...

Flacco torched the Pittsburgh Steelers with three touchdown passes in Week 1 of the 2011 season (and believe me, I remember because I benched him for Eli Manning). The following week? Flacco followed up his solid performance with a touchdown, two interceptions and 197 yards against Tennessee. ...

And to be honest, he plays poorly on the road. Flacco has averaged 201 passing yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions in his last six road games. Until I see this is a complete offensive makeover for the Ravens, I wouldn't rush him into your lineup. ...

If you look closer at Flacco's game from Monday, he had only 19 points, which was only two points better than Michael Vick, and nobody said the Philadelphia Eagles QB had a great game. So temper your enthusiasm for Flacco. ...

ImageSo yeah, it's one thing to say you want to throw the ball more and continue to do it when you hit some adversity. You don't get fantasy points for good intentions. I have good intentions of getting up early on Saturday morning and cleaning out the garage. And what happens every Friday night? I'm up until 4 a.m. playing NCAA 13 against some kid from Denmark. And then I end up sleeping in until noon and my whole day is shot. ...

ImageHere's a little tip for those of you playing NCAA 13 online, too: Can you pick a team other than USC? I'm always trying to get better with UNLV, Arizona State or sometimes, I'll slum it with Utah State. But come on, be cool. Actually, don't. It makes it much better when I beat you. ...

Don't look for Vick to throw 56 passes against the Ravens. I'm not doom and gloom on most of the Eagles' offensive starters, but I don't like Vick. And I don't like him as a fantasy option this week, either. The Ravens allowed the fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks in 2011, and the team was brutal on Red Dalton in Week 1. Pass. Oh wait, wrong phrasing. ...

Seriously, Andy Reid acts like that kid from Denmark with his play calling. You know your quarterback is like 5-foot-11 and weighs about a buck-60? And your top receiver, DeSean Jackson, is smaller and more fragile than your quarterback? You have LeSean McCoy. Mix in a run against the worst run defense of the past decade. ...

I don't like Ben Roethlisberger this week. And I don't like him as a fantasy option, either. Roethlisberger has averaged 183 passing yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions in his career against the Jets. The Jets allowed the fourth-fewest points to quarterbacks in 2011 and they made Ryan Fitzpatrick look like a state-school grad instead of a Harvard-educated man in Week 1. Pass. ...

Mark Sanchez was owned in just eight percent of leagues when Week 1 kicked off last week. Now he's owned in just 15 percent of leagues. Not a huge shift. I have faith in humanity again. ...

Hey, did you check out the Tebow Zone this week? It's kind of awesome. To all of you people who say, "Why are you constantly hyping Tim Tebow?" Well, you're the ones who keep clicking into things like the Tim Tebow Zone. So when you are clicking your mouse at us, it's really three right clicks at yourself. Or something. ...

ImageBTW, how come somebody hasn't come up with a remake for "Heaven Can Wait" based on Tim Tebow's life? They're remaking everything these days. Somebody had the bright idea to remake the Steve Martin-vehicle "All of Me," the movie where Lily Tomlin takes over half of his body. You know who are probably the leaders to star in this movie? Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. You know it's true. ...

Aaron Rodgers is a likable dude and he handled the Brett Favre deal so well, you can't help but admire him. But this Boyz II Men stuff really rubbed me the wrong way. I don't mind the side bets about wearing an Alex Smith jersey (I even like how it's kind of an unintended dis to Smith). But then he claimed it was blown out of proportion and not a big deal. Backing out of a bet is like the worst thing you can do. ...

Rodgers said replacement referees were frustrating because they don't know the rules. So, is that what Donovan McNabb is up to these days? He's a replacement official? Just kidding, Donovan. You can catch him on "NFL Fantasy Live" on Mondays. ...

McNabb told viewers this week to be wary of Stafford because, as he put it, you have to watch out for quarterbacks who come out of nowhere to have huge seasons. And by "out of nowhere," he must have meant first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Although, given McNabb's draft history, you can understand if he watches something else in April. ...

Kevin Smith should be on your bench this week. The 49ers have not allowed a rushing touchdown in 10 consecutive home games. The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last 20 home games, the last being Chris Johnson way back in 2009. It's kind of a bummer, considering Smith was so huge in Week 1. But even Ray Rice couldn't move on the 49ers last year. ...

What DeAngelo Williams did in Week 1 was one of the most reprehensible fantasy performances in NFL history. Everybody was high on Williams last week and he provided one of the biggest "bad beats" in fantasy history. I was trying to think of an appropriate "bad beat" equivalent in poker and this was akin to having four aces and then your opponent kicks over the table. If Williams was on my team, I would have released him on the spot. That's a joke. ...

Most of the Colts starters are great starts in Week 2, but Donald Brown is somebody to avoid. The Vikings haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in four of their last five games. Pass catchers and quarterbacks against the Vikings, not running backs. ...

Michael Turner ranked 37th among running backs in Week 1. He's not going to be a viable fantasy option for you this year. If you have him in the flex spot, you can … no, I don't even like that. Turner shouldn't be in your starting lineup. Of course, if you're in an 18-team league where you have to start at least one Falcons player, go for it. Most of us won't play him. ...

It's hard to recommend against Alfred Morris this week. The St. Louis FC allowed the second-most points to running backs in Week 1, a hangover from 2011 when it allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs. But again, #shanahanigans continues to lurk with Morris. It should be a feel-good story with Morris, who was drafted in the sixth round like Terrell Davis. But you can't trust him. ...

And before you point out, hey, he had 96 rushing yards to join some elite company of players who had at least 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their rookie debuts -- guys like LaDainian Tomlinson and Billy Simms. But he rushed 28 times for 3.4 yards per attempt. He didn't show he was a game-breaker. Great matchup this week, yes. But I need more convincing. ...

Going back to Terrell Davis, it's a joke to me he's not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis is the reason John Elway won a pair of Super Bowls. I would much rather give consideration to a guy like Davis, instead of a guy like Hines Ward who stands out because he's personable and played for a popular team. ...

The Steelers have allowed only one rushing touchdown in their last six games, and just five rushing touchdowns in their last 17 at Heinz Field. So don't look for Shonn Greene to have a huge game against them. ...

Still would take a pass on Mike Wallace as a true No. 1 guy. He had a touchdown in Week 1, to break a long streak without a real touchdown pass (instead of stealing one from Mr. Brown). The Jets have allowed only four passing touchdowns in their last eight road games. The Jets have also held receivers below 100 receiving yards in 10 consecutive games and 13 of their last 14. ...

UPDATE: Obviously, the injury to Darrelle Revis improves the matchup for the Steelers' passing game. I'm still not as high on Wallace, and have been off him for weeks. Wallace should start over guys like Justin Blackmon, Stevie Johnson and Jeremy Maclin. In fact, both the Eagles receivers Maclin and DeSean Jackson are battling injuries, so downgrade them accordingly.

Be in all-out panic mode if you have Wes Welker on your team. He's not going to be a good fantasy option for you. If you play in a league where you were able to grab him as a No. 3 receiver, fantastic. If you need him to be your No. 1 receiver? Good luck. Welker had only five targets, good for fourth on his own team. The Patriots have way too many other weapons and Welker isn't going to be a consistent option. ...

The most troubling part of Welker's fall from fantasy grace is the Patriots are already auditioning his understudy Julian Edelman to take his place. You know, we saw some ugly holdouts this summer with MJD and Mike Wallace and the like. But the Patriots are just cold. Like, is Welker just going to be cut at some point this season? Sounds crazy, but this is the Patriots. They cut Randy Moss in the middle of a season. ...

Speaking of Moss, there is no need to play him. One of our resident scouts Daniel Jeremiah noted Moss looked rather ordinary against the Packers and showed no burst. Moss will have his moments, but you can't have him in your starting lineup, not until the bye weeks start at least. ...

Sometimes trends can be so misleading. Kenny Britt for instance has scored 12 touchdowns in his last 15 games. But he missed 13 games last year. Britt will see around 15 to 25 snaps this week against the Chargers. He's a great long-term sleeper, but I would hold off on starting him just yet. ...

The Vikings are a great matchup for the Colts, who figure to throw the ball a ton. But I just can't endorse Austin Collie just yet. Collie and Luck had great chemistry in the preseason, but man, I just can't do it. Let's just cut to the chase here, too. You feel like a bad person if you put Collie in your lineup. There is something about it which doesn't feel right. ...

Kevin Olgetree was a hot pickup this week, and he should be on your fantasy roster. Here's the thing, somebody has to pick up Laurent Robinson's production. Don't expect it to come at Seattle. The Seahawks allowed the fourth-fewest points to receivers last year, and the team has not allowed a touchdown pass in four of its last six games. The Seahawks did allow a touchdown pass to Kevin Kolb last week, so should we really be giving them so much credit? ...

You should play Victor Cruz this week. No sense keeping him on the bench. You know what we can keep on the bench? All of those jokes about Cruz having salsa on his fingers. Hilarious (in opposite land). ...

BTW, glad the NFL gave the Giants another home game after playing at home over a week-and-a-half ago. The Giants will end up playing an entire season at the Meadowlands one year, I can just feel it. ...

Roddy White is a starting receiver in fantasy football. But if you're expecting him to anchor your receiving corps, it's just not going to happen. ...

Congratulations to Dustin Keller, you're the most dropped player on NFL.com this past week! Seriously Keller, you're so bad, you can't stand out on a team completely devoid of fantasy pass catchers. Heady stuff. ...

Dennis Pitta got a lot of love this week, thanks to his performance against the Bengals. But the Eagles have not allowed a tight end to catch a touchdown in six consecutive games. ...

ImageDave Dameshek provided a list of things he could go without ever hearing again. One I would like to add is the proverbial "Hey, this could be a Super Bowl preview." Yeah, every game between the AFC and NFC could be a Super Bowl preview, especially this early in the season. The Browns and Eagles last week? Possible Super Bowl preview. The Vikings and Colts this week? Possible Super Bowl preview. ...

ImageThat said, Dave and I were talking on the Dave Dameshek Football Program (available on iTunes) about how we missed the true distinction between the AL and NL in baseball. I mean, even the umpires dressed different. And it got me thinking, it would be cool if the AFC and NFC played under different rules, like the designated hitter in baseball. Like what if the offenses in the NFC were allowed 12 players on the field? And when AFC teams played in an NFC stadium, they had to switch to its rules. Yeah, I probably shouldn't have shared that.


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