Like/dislike: Don't give up on Tom Brady just yet


What we are talking about:

  • Colin Kaepernick

    Born to run.

  • Brett Favre

    What a joke

  • Jason Sudeikis

    Because he's awesome

Moments after the Colts beat the Broncos last week on Sunday night football, I had a huge dilemma. Well, not who to play on Monday night. I had already sealed my victory against Dave Dameshek with solid performances from Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno.

Rather, I had to decide if I wanted to watch "Homeland" once again.

The show had been so disappointing. The Dana storyline is as annoying as it is unnecessary. Didn't Howard Gordon learn his lesson from "24" when every story revolving around a kid was terrible? And we don't even need to start in about the "Tower of David" episode.

Nobody would have questioned me had I decided to move on from the series after it went from greatness to near-nothingness. And does this remind you of anybody in fantasy football?

No, not Trent Richardson. I'm talking about Tom Brady. He's been my quarterback in my League of Record (the league I care about the most in fantasy football) this season and I nearly replaced him this week. But just as I went back to "Homeland" last Sunday, I hope I'm as handsomely rewarded as I stick with Brady again this week. Not to give away any spoilers (as I might have on Monday's episode of NFL Fantasy Live), but "Game On" was masterful and even I didn't see the plot twist coming. And I live for that stuff.

So I'm going to give Brady one more chance, just like I did with "Homeland" this past week.

And really, it's not a bad move. The Patriots have scored at least 27 points and amassed more than 400 yards in four consecutive home meetings with the Dolphins. Brady himself has scored 13 total touchdowns and turned the ball over just four times in his last six home meetings. He hasn't thrown an interception in his last three home games against the Fins.

The biggest thing is the players. The Patriots lead the league in drops this year, with 23. With Rob Gronkowski back now, and hopefully the return of Danny Amendola, maybe some of his receivers can hang on to the ball.

So I'm going Tom Brady. Who else do I like and dislike this week? Let's proceed in what our homepage editor Patrick Crawley called the best use of a soap box in world history. Or something like that.

And without further ado ...

I would avoid Michael Vick this week. He's had more than two touchdown passes just once in his last seven starts against the Giants, and fewer than 200 passing yards in three of his last four.

Sure, he did look good for about a half against the Giants in Week 5 before he went down with an injury. However, he wasn't able to play the rest of the game and I'm not convinced he's healthy enough now. There's nothing worse than starting a guy and seeing him go off with an injury. Trust me, I had Jay Cutler last week. So I know of what I speak.

When I did the quarterback rankings this week, I saw so many other guys who would be better starts this week. Even Eli would be a nicer option than Vick.

The NFL is a quarterback league, but once a starter is down, why is the first call always to Brett Favre? High school kids now run sophisticated offenses (not me, as we ran the Wing T at Corona Senior High) and they go to passing camps at the age of seven. Yet, we can't find more than 32 guys who can play NFL football?

Hate to admit this, but it would have been kind of fun to see Brett Favre get back out there for the St. Louis Football Club. I mean, they might have well have a little fun during the final seasons in St. Louis. But this (expletive) needs to stop once the Los Angeles Rams are rebooted.

Favre said he was flattered to be asked to return by St. Louis (attention seeker), but ultimately declined. Good thing, too. The St. Louis offense has thrown a touchdown pass or less in 12 of the last 13 meetings, with less than 290 pass yards in those games. St. Louis quarterbacks have thrown an interception in seven consecutive games.

Oh wait, turns out the thing was just a huge joke. Kind of like Favre's season with the New York Jets. Yes, but I certainly believe Favre and St. Louis when they said it was all one big joke. Why would the guy who had a history of sticking around the limelight way too long and a team desperate for attention not make a joke about it. No, I'm serious. I totally believe them.

They should find a way to get this Brett Favre stuff into "Bad Grandpa" this week. Wait, I know this is in the "dislike" ledger, but I'm really looking forward to this movie. I mean that sincerely. I know I'm typically facetious about this stuff, but I'm really looking forward to it. Stop laughing, I'm serious.

ImageDon't worry St. Louis, you still have the Cardinals. I really started to fear for you late in Game 2, but you delivered a rather big stomach punch to the Red Sox with the rally for a win. I'm pulling for you St. Louis. Well, not as hard as I supported you during the NLCS with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

ImageJon Lester was accused of cheating, as a Cardinals minor leaguer suggested he had a foreign substance on his glove. That's pretty bold to make that accusation. There is no way a professional athlete would battle back from cancer and then start cheating.

ImageThat reminds me, has Lance Armstrong's scene in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" become one of the funniest scenes ever, but not in the way it was originally intended? I mean seriously, how do you film that scene knowing what he knew? Oh right, he endorsed all of those "Live Strong" bracelets. And he drank Michelob Ultra.

ImageBTW, can you really get away with doctoring a baseball now anyway? I swear to goodness, you can't throw a pitch in the dirt without getting a new ball. And to think, my high school baseball coach would freak out if a "pearl" snuck into the rotation of practice balls.

And as tough as it will be to stomach another World Series for the Boston Red Sox, they do have some recent success to soften the blow. It really would have been a kick in the stomach for the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. Nobody would have wanted that. It would have robbed us of the awkward Don Mattingly press conference. Donny Baseball was in near George Costanza-like levels of insubordination. It would have been more fitting for him to be out there with a giant shrimp cocktail and boasting about inappropriate relationships.

Russell Wilson is just out of the first-tier of quarterbacks this week. The Seattle pass attack has just one total touchdown pass in the last five road games in St. Louis. Seattle quarterbacks have fewer than 230 pass yards in five consecutive road meetings.

Wilson had one of the worst games of his pro career at St. Louis last year when he threw for just 160 yards with three interceptions. Golden Tate has no touchdowns in six career meetings against St. Louis. Sidney Rice has one in four meetings. Zach Miller has not scored a touchdown against St. Louis in five career meetings and hasn't even topped 35 receiving yards.

Obviously the Seattle Seahawks defense is a pretty good play. The Seahawks have at least one takeaway in each of the 14 all-time road meetings against St. Louis. The Seahawks have recorded 15 sacks in the last four road meetings, and they have allowed 20 points or less in six straight.

Peyton Hillis looked like he was running on the beach. In ice skates. Uphill. Let's just say he wasn't fleet of foot. I would avoid him as the Giants haven't scored a rushing touchdown against the Eagles in their last three road games.

Hakeem Nicks has no touchdowns in the last four games against the Eagles, though he did have 142 yards against them in Week 5.

The best thing for Nicks right now would be a new team. And a trade to the Indianapolis Colts would be just what the doctor ordered. Nicks would be a great fit for the team which already has some burners. They need the gritty guy to get the tough yards. Though, he hasn't been able to do so this season.

Brent Celek has only one touchdown in his last five meetings with the New York Giants. Even if you're hurting at tight end, you can do better.

The Dolphins have scored 24 points or less in four consecutive games at New England.

The Dolphins offense has thrown more than two touchdown passes in a game only once in the last 13 games at new England, with less than 285 pass yards in the last 11. Tannehill passed for 210 yards, no touchdowns and an interception last season against New England.

Is it weird to think Mike Wallace has never played in New England? Brian Hartline has been targeted at least seven times in the last three games against the Patriots, but hasn't scored a touchdown.

The Patriots have allowed the seventh-fewest points to receivers at home this season. In fact, the Patriots haven't allowed a receiving touchdown in back-to-back meetings with the Dolphins. Going back to Mike Wallace, he hasn't scored a receiving touchdown in four consecutive games and he's had fewer than 80 receiving yards in three of those contests.

Lamar Miller continues to be a huge disappointment for fantasy enthusiasts. It gets tougher against New England. Dolphins running backs have not scored a rush touchdown in the last three in New England, and only two in the last seven overall meetings.

Christian Ponder said he's excited for the opportunity to go against the Packers this week. I mean, after he watched what Josh Freeman did against the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football", you have to feel pretty good right? It's like being on the first tee and watching the first guy snap-hook one into the houses. It kind of takes the pressure off, right?

Vikings quarterbacks, however, have thrown for 285 yards or less in 12 consecutive home games against the Packers. Helps that AD is running wild against this team.

Kyle Rudolph has just one touchdown in four career games against the Packers. I guess we can't expect him to score every time he plays a team, but I'm not sold on this guy.

And speaking of Notre Dame, I do like how they went with the blue uniforms to beat USC last week. And seriously, guys. Let's stick to those from here on out. There is no need for you to get into the mix that a lot of these schools need to resort to. Last year having you and Alabama in traditional uniforms in the BCS title games was a nice change of pace.

ImageOh yeah, I forgot about John Cena. He wins the world heavyweight title. And then here comes Damien Sandow to cash in, only to have Cena defeat him too because John Cena. Seriously, Cena isn't going to be the only guy to fail to cash in a "Money in the Bank" briefcase, so Sandow will continue to be pushed to the bottom of the card because the WWE feels that's what's best for business. I won't purchase this PPV because I don't want to buy into the WWE's belief Cena has to be on the card for me to order it.

Rashard Mendenhall had the touchdown we all predicted would go to Andre Ellington last week. Mendenhall has a rush touchdown in two of the last three games, but he hasn't topped 45 rushing yards in five consecutive games. It's really hard to keep him in the lineup because he can't continue to be ineffective.

And you can't really start Andre Ellington with confidence, either. Ellington has had fewer than eight rushing attempts in each games this season and fewer than 60 rushing yards in every game. Ellington has not scored a rushing touchdown in three home games and the Falcons have been especially stingy against the run, with just two rush touchdowns allowed this year. The only reason to start Ellington is if Mendenhall doesn't play.

We are getting conflicting reports from C.J. Spiller (who said he feels great) and his coach Doug Marrone (who said he is still hurting). You know, Marrone was the guy who said he was going to run Spiller until he puked. So if Marrone said Spiller is hurting, well then the running back has likely never felt better in his entire life.

Spiller has scored fewer than 13 fantasy points in every game this season. And only one touchdown in 104 offensive touches. He was fantastic running the ball last year, when he averaged six-yards-per-carry. He's down to just four this year. His 56.9 scrimmage yards per game is 74th among running backs. You would never consider starting him if he hadn't wasted a first-round pick on him.

Boy, even in a week with so many byes, it would be hard to endorse Willis McGahee. Not with this matchup against the Chiefs, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points at home to running backs. The Chiefs haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in four home games this season, and fewer than five fantasy points in four of their last five. The Chiefs have allowed less than 18 points in seven consecutive games.

If the playoffs started today (they don't, however), your Chiefs would be the top seed of the AFC and the Denver Broncos would have to go on the road to play the Colts.

Maurice Jones-Drew has had fewer than 75 rushing yards in 10 consecutive games, and he hasn't notched double-digits in touchdowns in 16 straight. The 49ers have allowed the ninth-fewest points to running backs over the last month, and have allowed only one rushing touchdown over that time period.

The Bilal Powell experiment is likely over as he's scored fewer than six fantasy points in three consecutive games. His targets are on the decline, down in four straight weeks. He hasn't scored a touchdown in five games and the Bengals have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points at home to running backs this season.

Has it come to this Cleveland? We might have an argument for Brian Hoyer to be one of the most valuable players in fantasy football right now. Because the Cleveland offense just looks awful without him. Seriously, Jason Campbell. The only thing I ask of you, young man, is that you don't ruin things for Cameron and Gordon. Cameron was able to catch a garbage-timeish touchdown last week, which was huge. But there is a lot of sweating going on.

I do like how Cleveland Browns fans had to resort to Craig's List for quarterback help. Hey, they turned down Jeff Garcia, though you can't blame the Browns for remembering how that didn't work out the first time.

Matt Ryan has scored at least 18 fantasy points in five of his last six games. He's struggled against the Cardinals in the past. Ryan threw five interceptions in his last game against the Cardinals, which was a career-high. You have to be careful with him this week. He was good without Julio Jones for one week, but it's going to be a lot to ask for him to do it week-in, week-out unless Roddy White can start to pull it together.

ImageMovie breakdown time! And this is the beloved "Swingers" that so many of you seem to love. Surprisingly, it holds up rather well over the years. The NHL 94 scene is still as great as ever. Though the scene when Sue pulls out the gun still continues to be unbelievable to this day. But that's not what ruins this movie for me. It's the whole Las Vegas thing in this movie. Now, I like to wear a nice suit when I'm in Las Vegas. And people will ask me, "Hey you're wearing a suit like the guys in 'Swingers' right?" Wrong. There was a time when it was the rule to wear a suit in Vegas. Back when Frank, Dean and Sammy ruled the strip. To have the kids from "Swingers" even compared to that just turns my stomach and has now made me hate that movie. Well that and the swing dancing. And that Vince Vaughn has played "Trent" in every movie since. It's a good thing "Swingers" came before "Rudy" or who knows how he would have played Jamie O'Hara.

As Amendola and Gronk return to the lineup, it's going to be tougher to keep Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins in your lineup, outside of some deeper leagues. So they are, in a way, being written out of the show. Much like they should do with Dana. Dang, I sure hope her new love interest leads to the conclusion we all seek for that character!

ImageAnd finally, don't think I didn't notice who is coming home to Denver this week. That's right, Mike Shanahan returns to the birthplace of "Shanahanigans" this week. Or as Hank Hill from "King of the Hill" might say, 'we're on the verge of an outbreak and you're driving the monkey to the airport.'

As much as Shanahan pulled the "Shanahanigans" last week with Roy Helu, let's not underestimate how much John Fox adheres to the system. I mean, why was Ronnie Hillman even in the game last week? So I look for Montee Ball to get a touchdown this week. Hillman will be deactivated. And C.J. Anderson is expected to be active.

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