Like/dislike: Thankful for another Boston win!


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  • Philip Rivers

    Let it fly

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  • John Cena

    He will never lose, ever

Congratulations to the city of Boston. I'm happy the Red Sox won the World Series. No, I'm totally serious. I'm happy about this. Because only Red Sox fans could win a pair of World Series titles in the past decade and still feel like the most bedeviled team in the world.

Seriously, all you heard from these poor fans was they hadn't won a World Series at home in 100 years. Are. You. (Expletive). Kidding. Me?

So congratulations, Boston. After all of those years of misery watching the Celtics win 17 titles and the Patriots winning three Super Bowls in four years, you finally got your sough-after title. I don't know how you were able to survive all of these years.

But it does bring up an interesting point. We kicked around the topic on the premiere edition of the NFL Weekend Guide with Dave Dameshek. What NFL city does deserve a title the most?

I know Cleveland is often viewed as the most "snake-bit" sports town. They have John Elway, the Tribe's failures and not to mention LeBron James.

Seattle has the Seahawks' lone Super Bowl appearance marred by what the 12th Man perceives as some questionable calls. The Mariners have never been to a World Series. And of course, Kevin Durant and the Sonics became the Johnny Thunders (or something). Plus, the Sacramento Kings were dangled in front of them.

Great contenders, but you have nothing on San Diego.

The Chargers were blown out in the one Super Bowl they played in. The Padres have been to two World Series and have faced juggernauts. Plus you have marauding Raiders and Cowboys fans filling Qualcomm during Sundays, plus all of the East Coast (and Dodgers) fans at PetCo. It's a nightmare.

The Browns have struggled in recent NFL history, but they won about 65 NFL titles during the Paul Brown era. Yes, the Sonics sting, but most San Diego fans have to watch the Clippers play in Los Angeles now. Plus, Seattle fans have the University of Washington. I can't remember the last time San Diego State won a national title in any sport. I'm sure it has, but I can't recall.

And to make matters worse for San Diego, for some reason the NFL hasn't given the Chargers a Halloween game in three years. If there was one tradition in San Diego which was good, it was Chargers Girls in Halloween costumes. Oh well, I guess there must be some penance for living in San Diego.

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.

A big hand to stats mavens Bill "Sudsy" Sudell and Careen Falcone for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

I welcomed Robert Griffin III back to fantasy relevance last week, but he was a huge disappointment. Even before he was injured. And if he has lost any sort of confidence, this is going to be a problem going forward.

One thing in RGIII's favor, the Chargers have allowed the most-fantasy points this season. But, the Chargers have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month. Started terrible, but the Chargers' D is playing well right now.

You should have Kirk Cousins on your bench if you have RGIII, he could be a nice sleeper. The Redskins quarterbacks will have the second-easiest schedule down the stretch, based on FPA.

Ben Roethlisberger has done pretty well against the Patriots in his last two meetings. He's thrown for at least 365 yards in back-to-back games. He's had seven touchdowns and three interceptions in his last three against them. But he's just on the outside of No. 1 quarterbacks for me. The Patriots have been especially tough on quarterbacks in recent weeks.

Though, I have a feeling this Steelers vs. Patriots game is going to be a shoot-out, so Roethlisberger isn't the worst option in the world. But the game plan, according to the scouts here, is to run the ball to beat the Patriots. That's where they are the most vulnerable.

Funny story, with Colin Kaepernick on a bye, I put in a waiver claim for Red Dalton. I felt pretty good about that. But I spaced on making the change. Hahaha, well that sure worked out, right? Well, not so much. Since everybody did such a bang-up job reading Rank's 11, I had to add Roethlisberger to my team. Wait, why was this funny again?

ImageCheck out his in-depth look at Andy Dalton in a new feature by my guy, Alex Gelhar. It's a little heavier than you would expect here, but it's damn good.

Matt Ryan has a great history against the Panthers as he's thrown for at least 320 yards in three consecutive meetings. He's had nine touchdowns and just two interceptions in those three games, too.

So you're likely asking what's the problem with Ryan this week, right? I feel you. Realize this Panthers' D is completely different this year. The Panthers have been tougher than even the Chargers over the last month. If you saw Ryan against the Cardinals, he was just miserable.

Also consider the Panthers will have three extra days to prepare for this game. This is a point where the Falcons are going to need to make a statement to get back in the NFC South race. But this is also a huge opportunity for Carolina. I give the final verdict to the ATL boys who stuck a fork in the Falcons this week. Good enough for me.

I'm kind of bummed the Chiefs didn't get one last ride from Tony Gonzalez. It would have been fun to have Gonzo get a chance to run in the playoffs with his original team. The NFL needs more trades. This is ridiculous. Some real trade-deadline deals would have been fantastic. This is probably the only place where the NFL fails to meet the competition, and it's the trades.

Speaking of the Chiefs, I like Alex Smith a lot. The Bills have allowed a league-high 20 touchdown passes this year. But I've liked Smith before in the past and he's let me down tremendously. I'm hesitant to endorse him. Especially after he came off a huge week. I'm hoping he plays well and hands the ball off to Chuck a lot.

Going back to Gonzalez, he's had no touchdowns in his last four meetings. He's had fewer than 85 receiving yards in 10 consecutive games against the Panthers.

Have you ever gone home from work on a Friday content to kick it on the couch and watch a movie? And then you have some friends convince you to go out, you do and you end up having a miserable time and you wish you would have followed your original instincts? That's Tony Gonzalez right now. Gonzalez was going to live the good life in Huntington Beach, Calif. where he would be a local celebrity for years. I mean, the dude helped save somebody's life in one of our downtown restaurants. But he wanted "One More Match!"

ImageWell, I did it. I called John Cena beating Damien Sandow so he couldn't be the only one who failed to cash in "Money in the Bank." I could spend much time here explaining to you why this is wrong on so many levels. But my man Brandon Stroud does it much better for you here, at With Leather. My only request, Brandon, printable versions so I can read this on the can.

For the record, I did lie to you, I ended up getting the PPV. I was overruled by the wife and a couple of the neighbors. But in my defense, I was next door watching the Sunday night game because I had some fantasy action working. But when I got home, the wife told me to not watch the thing, which told me everything I needed to know. (I still did it. You know, because I'm the same guy who still plays Tom Brady.)

Steven Jackson returned last week and the Falcons went to him immediately for 14 touches. So that is awesome. His 13 yards were not. And the matchup doesn't get better for the Panthers who have allowed the 11th fewest points to running backs.

I almost feel like Jackson needs to go back into a time machine to find his fountain of youth. And speaking of going back into time, this might be a chance for the movie rant of the week, and right now I'm going to take aim at "Hot Tub Time Machine" and not for getting "The Drive" game wrong in the movie, either. Just an homage to it (without real NFL footage) is good enough.

ImageI'm not going to give you a spoiler tag here because if you missed the genius of "Hot Tub Time Machine" I'm not going to indulge you. But in the movie, Lou stays behind and alters the future. And the rest of the gang returns home to different fortunes. For most of these guys, life turned out pretty well. Except for the part where they missed twenty (expletive) years of their lives. Yes, it must be good to run a record company. But it would have been better to live it. I'm sure it's something about a new start which is refreshing, but for the love of Zeus, you missed out on your best years. Adam is married to somebody now, and he's missed out on that, even though there are photographs. But those photos mean nothing if you don't have the memories. It's the only thing that bugs me about this great, great film.

Harry Douglas has not scored a touchdown against the Panthers, ever. But sometimes you have to throw out those numbers because he had to defer to Julio Jones and Roddy White. So you have to take those numbers with a grain of salt.

BTW, I finally had to dump Roddy White from my Experts League team because I needed the room for McCluster this week. As it turns out, Roddy was never going to pan out for me this year. Boy, I really missed the mark from picks two-through-four this year. Though Fitzy is starting to play well.

Remember the buzz when Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts? And Richardson isn't even good at NFL football. Seriously, the Colts were applauded and the Browns were panned for that deal. Have you apologized to Mike Lombardi yet?

I got a question on Twitter about the Josh McCown situation. The kid reasoned McCown combined with Marc Trestman against the Packers defense (11th-most points to fantasy quarterbacks this year). And that's a nice thought, but consider this next nugget.

Bill Sudell's Nugget of the Week: In 88 all-time road games vs Green Bay, Chicago has had ONE 300-yard passer (Erik Kramer in 1995) and one touchdown pass or less in five consecutive games and nine of the last 10 meetings.

Marc Trestman will be the coach of the year if he can find a way to make a Bears quarterback play well in Lambeau Field. It just doesn't happen.

I kind of miss the days when the Packers would play some games at County Stadium in Milwaukee. I know the stadium was razed to make way for Miller Park, but do you think we could play at least one game in Milwaukee? Is that too much to ask?

There is no way you bench Matt Forte. You just can't do it. But he hasn't scored a rushing touchdown in his last seven overall games against the Packers. He has no touchdowns in the four roadies. Again, you can't afford to bench the guy. I mean, I'm playing Mike Tolbert in a league for (expletive) sake. Just wanted to warn you.

In fact, the Bears have scored only one rush touchdown in the last three meetings against the Packers. Green Bay might not be able to stop everybody, but they do well against the Bears.

Same goes for Brandon Marshall. You can't bench the guy. He's still an elite receiver, even with McCown in there. The guy I wouldn't be so hot to start is Alshon Jeffery. He's had one reception for seven yards in two career games against the Packers.

This Monday Night game has really set itself up for a low-scoring affair, right? Like I can almost imagine many of you needed huge games from the elite players from this game (I'm one of them) and it not happening. Ugh.

The Ravens have scored 25 points or less in eight consecutive meetings against the Browns. It's hard to imagine what is going on with the offense. Oh that's right, Joe Flacco keeps calling his own number.

Flacco has thrown for fewer than 160 passing yards in four consecutive road meetings against the Browns. He's had 17 completions or less in five career road meetings.

Very encouraged Jason Campbell was able to get the ball to our two major receiving threats for the Cleveland Browns. Which was huge. Even though Fozzy Whittaker got into the "That Helps No One" segment of the Monday fantasy show.

Browns quarterbacks have thrown no touchdown passes in the last three meetings with the Ravens. They have thrown one touchdown pass or less in nine consecutive games. And I have both of those Browns receiving studs. Don't make me choose, Jason Campbell.

Don't look for Willis McGahee, either. The Browns have had no touchdowns in the last five home meetings. The Browns have four total rush touchdowns in 14 all-time home meetings. They've had 100 rush yards just twice in 14 all-time home meetings.

Darren Sproles had a bummer game last week, when he was completely shutout. He's second on the team in touches, but the Jets have allowed the third-fewest points to running backs this season.

Be careful with Kenny Stills this week, too. He was fantastic as a member of Rank's 11 in Week 8. But that was because of a very good matchup against the Bills. The Jets have allowed 15 touchdown passes this year, but just three of those have come at home.

This is why you need to be careful on the waiver wire. Too many times, fantasy enthusiasts like to chase the points with guys who had a big week. So Stills shouldn't be your top priority this week, unless you're truly stung with byes and injuries.

Vincent Brown can be a nice sleeper for you, because the Redskins have allowed the fifth-most points to receivers this year. But he's still the second -- and sometimes third -- option in the Chargers' pass attack. Need more out of him.

I'm going to jump off the Rueben Randle bandwagon. I've even had to release him in a couple of leagues. His fantasy points have decreased in two weeks. And his targets have declined in three consecutive games. So if you need to make room for a guy, you can feel free to drop Randle.

I'm also rather confident Randle will still be available next week if you're in need for a receiver. He's a guy you can stash on the waiver wire. And if somebody picks him up, then you're fine with it, too.

Greg Jennings has more than five fantasy points just once in his last five games. He has no touchdown receptions in six of his last seven games. And here comes the even better news, Josh Freeman isn't starting everybody!

Even with a great matchup against the Cowboys, it's not happening. Let this be a lesson to those receivers who want to leave an elite quarterback to make a money grab. Wait, why is Mike Wallace not making eye contact with me?

Weird fact of the day, as we go beyond the Darrelle Revis vs. Richards Sherman storyline in the Bucs and Seahawks game is the battle of former N.C. State teammates, Wilson and Mike Glennon. The two were teammates at North Carolina State from 2008-2010. Wilson, of course, left to go play minor league baseball before he returned to finish his college football career at Wisconsin.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 100,000 followers, and Fabiano has 100,000. Me? Just four. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. And if you follow him on Sundays, he'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. Also be sure to catch the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program."