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Like/Dislike: Alex Smith over Peyton Manning

What we are talking about:

  • Alex Smith

    No, seriously

  • Cam Newton

    He's the "Wild Thing" again

  • Stanford fans

    No seriously, what was that?

Fantasy football, comic books and video games. It was only a matter of time before an Emmy Awards pick 'em contest entered my life, right? To be honest, how did it take so long for somebody who loves television and playing games?

So yes, the Emmy Awards are Sunday. Jimmy Kimmel will host. And since I have two televisions installed in my living room, I'll keep one eye on Ray Rice's fantasy production and the other on my sleeper pick of the evening, Christina Hendricks (above) for best supporting actress.

Before I move forward with the fantasy football picks, might I dazzle you with my Emmy picks? Or if you want to jump to fantasy football, I will bid you adieu. If you want to just jump ahead and tell me I should have a job writing for TMZ in the comments section, you can do that, too.

Real quick, Bryan Cranston wins for best actor in a drama series. I was really thinking of a "Homeland" sweep, but Cranston is so beloved in Hollywood right now, it's scary. The only thing that could keep him from winning would be an anti-dentite conspiracy.

Claire Danes wins best actress, there is no doubt. And "Homeland" will take the title for best drama.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Veep" take the honors for best actress in a comedy series. Larry David will be denied being the third "Seinfeld" alum to win, when he's bested by Louis C.K.

All right, you've indulged me enough. Let's get to fantasy football. Check for the bold names, and as always, consult the rankings. Besides, it's Friday, it's not like you're going to work anyway.

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

And without further ado ...

Matt Ryan is a risky play against the San Diego Chargers. Ryan has looked great this season, and it looks like he will continue to build on his fantastic 2011 when he was a top 8 fantasy quarterback. But I'm worried about this week. Ryan isn't the same quarterback on the road, he just played a huge game on Monday night and the Chargers' defense is pretty good. ...

Ryan at home had a passer rating of 102.9 last year, with a completion percentage of 65 percent. On the road, he had a 84.6 passer rating, with a 59 percent completion percentage. If you're really stuck on starting Ryan, take comfort in the knowledge he did smoke the Chiefs on the road in Week 1. ...

I would still roll with Ryan over Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Matt Cassel and Andy Luck. Ryan is really close with Alex Smith, too. But I'd sit Ryan. ...

Yes, Peyton Manning is in the dislikes. He's coming off a short week. The Falcons showed that you can rattle and beat him. There are questions about his arm strength. So if you have better options than Manning, it's time to break them out. ...

Sidebar please, Broncos fans: How did you enjoy your first taste of big-game Peyton Manning? ...

Numbers can be misleading: Manning has averaged 285 passing yards per game against the Texans with 42 passing touchdowns (the most against any team he's played against). But Manning hasn't seen this version of the Texans, who have allowed the fewest points to fantasy QBs and one touchdown pass or fewer in seven consecutive road games. ...

Matt Cassel has a lot going for him. He had more than 300 yards with two touchdowns against the Bills in Week 2. He's now going up against the Saints, who have allowed the second-most points to fantasy quarterbacks in 2012. But he's not a QB1 option for me, as he currently stands at No 13. But he should start ahead of Peyton Manning. ...

If you drafted Jay Cutler to be your backup to Manning (raises hand), he's not a great option this week. The St. Louis FC has done a pretty good job of shutting down fantasy quarterbacks this season through the air. Robert Griffin III was able to sting St. Louis as a runner. Cutler is nimble, but he's not in RG3's class. St. Louis has allowed one touchdown pass or fewer in five of its last six games. That said, he should be ahead of Peyton Manning. ...

Luck is my guy. You all know that. Can't play him this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed the third-fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks this year. ...

ImageSpeaking of Stanford, why storm the field after you beat USC? The Cardinal was ranked 21st in the country. It was Stanford's fourth consecutive win over USC. Stanford is expected to beat USC at this point. Field and court storming should be a process for the mid-major schools. For miracles. Not for a ranked, BCS school which has turned out CEOs and cabinet members. Cal State Fullerton or any Big West school knocking off UNLV back in the 1980s? That was cause for court-storming, and it was probably the last time it was used in its purist form. But the No. 21 team knocking off No. 2? No chance. ...

ImageI do understand why you would want to storm after a win over USC. I deal with a lot of USC people, so I get it. But not Stanford, which owns USC. I mean, when UCLA knocks off USC this year, I would understand why Bruins fans would rush the Rose Bowl after last year's embarrassment. I will understand it, but it won't be acceptable. ...

ImageHere are some more basic rules for court/field storming: No BCS schools (you have millions rolling in from bowl games; you have every advantage in the world). If your school has a national championship in the sport, you can't storm (looking at you Indiana for your embarrassing storm against Kentucky in hoops). And if you're ranked in the Top 25, stand and cheer. I swear, one of you BCS schools is going to do something truly stupid one time and ruin it for the rest of us. ...

Is Joe Flacco an option this week? Not really. I like Flacco for about 218 yards and an interception with a pair of touchdowns. Your typical, Flacco-leads-his-team-to-a-win-and-has-some-success, but-not-enough-to-be-a-fantasy-superstar kind of game. ...

This one is going to hurt, but I'm not playing Adrian Peterson this week. I'm captain of team "play your studs at all cost." But you can't in this instance. AD looked great in Week 1, with a pair of touchdowns. But he hasn't had more than 90 scrimmage yards in five consecutive games. Do you see that happening against the 49ers? Nor do I. ...

Willis McGahee ranks seventh among fantasy running backs this season, but you aren't starting him against the Houston Texans. You should revere the Texans in the same way you regard the San Francisco 49ers. The Texans have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 12 consecutive games. ...

Shonn Greene, you would think, has a great matchup against the Dolphins, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to running backs this year. But Greene's history against the Dolphins is less favorable. No touchdowns in six games, 40 yards per game and only two runs more than 10 yards. Look for some other options. ...

Why is Rex Ryan upset with these Tim Tebow questions? Did he not anticipate this when he traded for him? This is akin to somebody going on The Bachelor and being upset the other contestants were there for fame and now love. And really, if I were ABC, whatever the cost, you should get Tebow on the show. If Jesse Palmer was good, Tebow would be better. I bet ABC could give Tebow $1 billion and still make money off the whole deal. Am I wrong about this? ...

The Jets should have a sign in their locker room for Santonio Holmes with "Games without 100 receiving yards." The streak is up to 27 games. Don't look for the streak to end against the Dolphins. Holmes hasn't had more than 63 receiving yards in five career games against the Dolphins. ...

Avoid Steven Jackson this week. The groin injury seems a little concerning. That is, if there even was a groin injury. Check out, This Week in Shanahanigans. ...

Jackson has only one touchdown in his last 11 games. The Bears are pretty stingy to fantasy running backs (four rushing touchdowns in their last seven), so you would be best to avoid this situation. And only consider Daryl Washington if Jackson isn't playing, but don't even think about it otherwise. Wait, you're thinking about it, aren't you? I warned you. ...

A lot of fellow fantasy enthusiasts are asking about Ben Tate on Twitter. He's getting a lot of run after he had 21.70 fantasy points against the Jaguars in Week 2. Tate is at best a flex option in standard leagues. He vultures touchdowns, but last week was his first multiple-TD game in 17 contests. And when you look at the matchup against the Broncos, who have allowed the fifth-fewest points to running backs this season, you should avoid him this week. ...

This is important to note, too. Realize when a guy lands in the dislike column, it's not an absolute. Every roster is different. In most instances, you would bench Tate. But I would play Tate over guys like Peyton Hillis, Cedric Benson and Mark Ingram, for instance. ...

Ingram has little to no fantasy value at this point, even against the Chiefs who have allowed more than 200 rushing yards in two road games. Ingram currently ranks 36th among fantasy running backs, and if you watch the games, Pierre Thomas just looks better. Ingram is a touchdown vulture, but you must have better options. ...

Mikel LeShoure is a great guy to have on your roster, but not in your starting lineup this week. You have to at least see him for one week before you start him. The Chargers have to get Mathews in the mix, so he's a good play this week. The Lions have the luxury of Smith, so they can be patient. Even if most fantasy enthusiasts are not. ...

Alfred Morris, eh? I hate to beat the #shanahanigans drum over and over. OK, I really don't. But here's the thing -- Evan Royster participated in four percent of the team's offensive plays in Week 1. Royster was on the field for 24 percent in Week 2. Just keep an eye on this. If you want to start Morris, by all means. Just don't say you haven't been warned. ...

Don't release Fred Jackson if you have him. But you can't expect him to have much of an impact when he returns. Everybody fears a committee situation in Buffalo, but the Bills can't afford to take the ball out of Spiller's hands. ...

I would start Chris Johnson over the following running backs: Mark Ingram, Ryan Williams, Michael Turner and Peyton Hillis. Not exactly franchise running backs if you catch what I'm getting at. ...

Johnson is currently 49th among fantasy running backs this year. He's gained 21 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Johnson has just four touchdowns in his last 18 games, and the Lions have allowed only one rushing touchdown in their last four games. This might be the end of the road for Johnson, unless he can turn it around. ...

And if he does turn it around, I'm going to be completely chagrined because he's not in my (expletive) lineup. Actually, I've split the difference with Johnson. I have him on two teams. I will start him in one and bench him in another because I'm a fantasy "Fraidy Cat." ...

ImageHere's my movie pitch of the week. A group of fantasy enthusiasts get together to kidnap an underachieving running back (like Chris Johnson). That would be good, right? It would be a better idea than "Taken 2." Seriously, "Taken 2." Were there too many unanswered questions from the first one? We can't get a Justice League movie, but somehow the creative minds of Hollywood have come up with "Taken 2." If you're going to make a sequel to a Liam Neeson movie, can it be the one where he fights the wolves with broken beer bottles? Maybe he can get dropped in a forest of rabid ferrets or something. ...

I don't like the way Johnson has pointed the finger at his offensive line. Throwing his offensive line under the bus, who does he think he is, Peyton Manning? You know Chris, when you point your finger, you have three more pointing back at a guy who got a huge contract extension and went into the tank. ...

There was a Mike Williams sighting in Week 2, but don't expect the trend to continue. The Giants are terrible against the pass. But the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to receivers this season. ...

ImageHad to use the term "sighting" because the Buccaneers were inexplicably on television in Los Angeles on Sunday. Why? Because somewhere it's written into television contracts the Giants have to be on TV in L.A. every week. Even though I've lived out here my whole life and have never, ever met a Giants fan. I was blown away when I went to the Super Bowl last year (#humblebrag) and saw so many Giants fans. Seriously, I looked at Giants fans like Kardashian fans. Like, there's supposed to be millions of them, but I've never met one. ...

ImageWith the Giants having played on Thursday night, there's no chance of the Giants being on TV out here Sunday. Unless they just show a replay during the 10 a.m. hour. And you think I'm joking about that, but I'm not. ...

What's the deal with Titus Young? Remember when he was considered a sleeper pick? He's had six targets, two receptions and 25 yards this season. He's had fewer than 40 receiving yards in five consecutive games. And here's the thing, he's owned in 77 percent of NFL.com leagues. If he does manage to have a good week, a lot of people will be kicking themselves for not starting him. ...

Are Wes Welker and Bill Belichick going through the most passive-aggressive breakup in NFL history? When the Patriots ended things with Randy Moss, it wasn't this bad because it wasn't like Moss had a long history with the club. Welker does. This is nearly too painful to watch. If it wasn't for Aaron Hernandez's injury, my guess is Welker would be traded at some point. Who knows, he might. You never know with the hoodie. ...

ImageAnybody else notice the grey hoodie has become the heel wardrobe of choice for CM Punk? Our hero retained his title at Night of Champions because John Cena doesn't know how wrestling works. This is getting embarrassing for Cena. He thought half-heartedly slapping his lame submission hold on The Big Show (after Punk had his locked in) was enough to give him the title a few weeks ago. Now he doesn't know how to bridge. ...

ImageThere was no chance Punk was going to be able to point and laugh at Cena at RAW for not knowing basic wrestling moves. The WWE could have a killer heel on its hands, but Punk isn't allowed to say what we're all thinking. Come on, it's not like the kids care. Let us at least have the cool Punk again. Instead we get Cena trying to be self-deprecating but failing miserably. ...

Be careful with the Ravens defense this week. Even though Welker is buried, the Patriots still have the ability to score loads of points. A lot of you might think, hey look what the Cardinals did to them. But realize the Cardinals defense is really good, especially in the front seven. So don't assume the Ravens will just crush New England. ...

I'm toying with the idea of not playing a defense this week. Seriously, I've received negative six points from my defense combined. Funny, I can't recall the last time I saw an NFL team score negative points. Even during the JaMarcus Russell era in Oakland. ...

And then there's the thought interceptions and other plays don't hurt offensive players enough. Defensive scoring touchdowns should count for way more, considering the big momentum swings they produce in football. But again, I've had negative points in two weeks, I might be a little bitter. ...

ImageBTW, what the ish was up with the fake field goal the Packers pulled off. It was a great play, no doubt. But why doesn't it get credited to the Packers DST? That makes absolutely no sense. If you're going to credit Tom Crabtree with a touchdown reception, why not credit returns for touchdown runs? This is a joke. You can guarantee I will try to get this rectified. Otherwise, you might as well just eliminate the defense because it's kind of stupid for fantasy football anyway.


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