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What we are talking about:

  • Jay Cutler

    Moving towards QB1

  • Mark Ingram

    Want to believe the hype

  • John Cena

    Prepare yourself; he's winning

Oh man, I hate it when my DVR gets near capacity. That means it's time to delete some shows we never got around to (sorry, "Undatable" but I think we're better off seeing other shows), and some binge watching of shows we actually like, but have fallen way behind on. I mean, we need the space for "Hard Knocks" already!

I hope you'll forgive me if I've been a bit behind on my recent "Big Brother" viewing. (And if you're not hip to "Big Brother" and think I should just stick to the fantasy football, then you should totally go down and make mention of it in the comments section because I clearly care. I mean, you were so outraged by my defense of Andy Dalton last week, I have no recourse but to open with 800 words on "Big Brother". And that's right, it's 800 words. (I have Microsoft Word and I know how to use it.)

All of that being said; I've been blessed to be witness to some of the greatest moments in sports history. The 2007 Fiesta Bowl, when Boise State knocked off Oklahoma. Adam Vinatieri and the New England Patriots knocking off the St. Louis FC in Super Bowl XXXVI. Scott Spiezio and his dramatic homerun in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series which kick-started the Angels' rally. But I don't think I've ever seen anything like I saw when Frankie Grande won a recent "battle of the block" competition.

(Before you ask, yes, Frankie Grande is the same YouTube sensation and brother of pop singer Ariana Grande.)

If you haven't watched "Big Brother" this is going to be hard to explain, but I'm going to give it a shot here. Frankie had kind of alienated many of the folks in his alliance. So when he and Caleb were picked to compete together in the "battle of the block" he figured he was cool. Except Caleb, the self-professed Beastmode Cowboy* of BB, was going to throw the competition. However, Frankie was able to read the simpleton Caleb before the game and tried to persuade him not to throw the comp for two reasons. The first, they would win immunity for the week if they win, duh. The second, they were competing for a chance to have a tailgate party prior to the Thursday night Ravens vs. Steelers game in Week 2 of the NFL season, which will been seen on CBS and NFL Network. (I know, "Big Brother" used a skills comp to promote "Thursday Night Football"! Can I get some relief?)

But Caleb instead called out Frankie in front of all the other house guests and the world. Caleb called him all sorts of names before he sat crisscross apple-sauce on the field (like CM Punk on the ramp at the Thomas & Mack the night of his infamous "Pipe Bomb") to leave poor Frankie to fend for himself in this two-person game.

Can you imagine this happening in professional sports? Like if a player ran out of the tunnel just prior to the Super Bowl and then said, "You know, I don't like my quarterback, so I'm just going to sit this game out and let you fend for yourself." And before you even bring it up, I do not believe Eric Decker did this in the Super Bowl, though it might have just seemed that way.

So, it looked pretty grim for Frankie, who was obviously rattled by all of this. Sure he had kind of made other alliances with people, but this is "Big Brother." People do that kind of stuff all of the time. In the game, Frankie started slow, I mean, this was a team game and he was left on his own. But then something truly amazing happened. Frankie somehow managed to rally to win the thing, which seemed impossible just moments ago. Honestly, I've watched a lot of sports over the years (and game shows), this was truly amazing.

Frankie has certainly worked his way into the top five of the best "Big Brother" contestants of all-time. If I'm spit-ballin' here, I'd go Dr. Will, Janelle, Dan and Evil Dick as my other four. Britney and Jordan probably need to get a look, too.

All right, for all of your "Big Brother" fans who have stuck with me, I appreciate it. Don't feed the trolls who have skipped over this thing entirely and jumped to the comment sections to talk about how stupid reality TV shows are (but playing games based on the statistics of players is completely normal). All right, let's go to the fantasy football.

*Self-glossed nicknames are the worst. And Caleb has taken both Marshawn Lynch's and Bob Orton's nickname to become the Beastmode Cowboy? Don't you have any self-respect? As the Ringmaster/People's Champ of NFL Fantasy Live, I don't care for that one bit.

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 really do like what Cleveland and Jacksonville have done to build respective teams and defenses. But there is no reason to start Brian Hoyer or Chad Henne.

Besides, both of the rookies have looked rather impressive when given the chance. Manziel still looks down receivers a bit much, and there will be growing pains. But get these guys on the field right now.

I mean, will you open up your copy of Madden NFL 15 and start playing right away? Or will you pick up the guide and study for weeks or maybe even a year before you start playing? We are all players, man!

Robert Griffin III is going off the board as the ninth QB, typically in the eighth-round. Way too risky.

RG3 has been able to live off his reputation of the first six games of his NFL career when he ran for six touchdowns. He's had one rushing touchdown since. He had just 16 touchdown passes last season. But he's living off those first six games from 2012. But he likes comic books!

Tony Romo is a better fantasy quarterback than people give him credit for. He finished 10th in fantasy points among QBs in 2013. He's had at least a touchdown pass in 28 consecutive games. But there is no way I can feel comfortable with him this year.

The big reason is the back surgery. It's something that has felled a ton of great athletes at the peak of their game. Guys like Larry Bird, Mario Lemieux and the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels were done in by back injuries. It's kind of sad.

The Raiders fans were jeering Romo during a joint practices in Oxnard. Seriously Raiders fans; never stop being you. Never!

Magic Johnson said he envisions an NFL team playing in Los Angeles in the next two years. Wow, I've never heard that before. Ever!

ImageThe Raiders are oft-rumored to return to Los Angeles. How about we don't do that? The Raiders belong in Oakland. The two are synonymous and it would be a shame to break them apart. And don't even think about San Antonio, either. Keep the Raiders in Oakland. The Chargers in San Diego. And if it's not the Rams, don't even bother with a franchise in L.A.

ImageAnd for the record, Raider Nation is truly the only "nation" in the sports word. They were the first to coin the phrase and it's rather accurate considering the team still draws well despite not playing well over the past decade. So stop embarrassing yourself Steelers Nation, Red Sox Nation and Marina High School Vikings Nation. (Actually, you're cool MHS.)

Steven Jackson has rushed for fewer than 85 yards in 17 consecutive games. That includes 12 games in 2013 with Atlanta. And yes, I said he was going to be the fantasy MVP last year.

Jackson had a lot of mileage on him last year and I didn't heed the warning signs. Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch carry equally as damning warning signs headed into 2014.

Doug Martin had one touchdown in 139 touches last season. He scored 12 times on 368 touches as a rookie. He's also got a pretty bad offensive line in front of him, so be wary.

Ray Rice averaged a career-low 3.1 yards-per-carry last season, which was below his 4.5 career average. His 214 carries and 58 receptions were also the lowest of his career since 2008.

It's strange to me, folks flat-out refused to take Michael Vick after he returned to the league. But folks seem to draft Rice with no crisis of conscience at all.

Arian Foster scored two touchdowns in eight games played last year. That's just one in every 72 touches. Now his beloved zone-blocking scheme is in Baltimore, where it might help Pierce.

Trent Richardson rushed for at least 70 yards seven times during his first 12 games of his career. His single-game best is 64 yards since that time.

C.J. Spiller is poised for a bounce-back this year. And then the Bills o-line coach has compared Cyrus Kouandjio to Venus de Milo after a recent practice when he was smoked again.

Bills GM Doug Whaley said that nobody has called to inquire about a possible trade for Spiller. After having Spiller on my fantasy teams last year, yeah, been there man.

Don't bother going to the Google, either. Venus de Milo is the Greek statue without any arms. Yes, I'm as surprised as you that an NFL offensive line coach made such a reference.

It's like the scene in "The Rock", when Stanley Goodspeed understands John Mason's quote. You can almost hear Connery say, "An educated man. That rules out being a line coach." But then you recall Goodspeed turned out to be a badass.

Gerhart's YPG average as a starter would also best that of Knowshon Moreno, Johnson and Spiller. Don't sleep on my boys from Duval County. I'm telling you.

I would pass Montee Ball in the second round to take a top-tier receiver and then target Ellington. Ball is in just his second season, but he lost the gig outright last year and it always seems to be something with him.

Fitzgerald has a very similar value to Wes Welker if you sample most ADP sites around the interwebs. I'd take a chance on Fitz in the fifth round. But Welker is somebody I would avoid all together. All of those receiving options in Denver will pass Welker this season.

Marques Colston has scored one total touchdown in his last 12 road games. But he has 12 touchdowns in his last 14 home games. He's just too wildly inconsistent. I'll roll with Cooks.

Victor Cruz ended the season with no touchdowns in his last 10 games and only one in his final 13. Any optimism will evaporate if you see Eli Manning work this brand-new offense.

New Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has asked the Giants to take a "leap of faith" with this offense. Sorry, dude. But the Giants used up all of their "leaps of faith" when David Tyree caught a pass pinned to his helmet. So all of those leaps have been used up already.

Percy Harvin has an ADP of 57th overall, which would put him in the sixth round. He's missed 22 games because of injury since 2012. He does have some skills, though. He's scored 12 total touchdowns in his last 17 games (nine receiving, two rushing, and one on a return).

Mike Williams has refused to shave until the Buffalo Bills make the playoffs again. Does he have to keep that pledge if he's traded and/or released? That would be a bummer, right? Hey Mike, you're cut. Oh, and we're not going to make the playoffs so you have to keep the beard.

Michael Crabtree has no TDs and has averaged less than 35 yards-per-game in nine September games. And now he's battling hamstring injuries so expect another slow start.

The thing to remember with Crabtree is he's never played a September game with Kaepernick as his starting quarterback. Still, hamstring injuries are the kind of things that tend to linger, especially with receivers. Miles Austin anyone?

If I needed to pick one between Crabtree and Harvin, I'd lean towards Harvin because of the upside. What's weird is Crabtree's ADP is higher than Harvin's. Which I don't get.

Terrance Williams had a touchdown catch in five of his six games from Week 5-10. He didn't score a touchdown from Week 11-19.

Steve Smith is a familiar name, and somebody we all like. But he has been held below 75 yards in 18 consecutive games.

And it pains me to say this because Smith was a friend of the program. But then again, he's a Los Angeles Clippers fan, so I don't feel too bad about it.

ImageCongratulations to the Clippers and the end of their ownership nightmare. But dude, have you seen Steve Ballmer's record at Microsoft? Why don't you look that up on your Kin? Don't remember what Kin was? Why don't you use Bing to look it up?

I was stoked on Jeremy Maclin earlier in the offseason, mostly because of Kelly's innovations. Maclin is one of nine players in NFL history with at least 55 receptions and 750 yards in each of his four seasons. But injuries, man. Too hard to trust him.

Dwayne Bowe has fewer than 80 receiving yards in 24 consecutive games. He had more than 80 yards 15 times in the 32 games prior. Bowe has scored five touchdowns since Week 5, 2012. That tied him for 90th in the NFL over that time span. Even Hakeem Nicks feels bad for him.

ImageThe thing that bums me out about SummerSlam is John Cena is going to win this thing. Yes, I just explained earlier, Heyman has made a lot of cogent points as to why a Lesnar-title reign makes a lot of sense. But that's just it. Lesnar as champion does make sense. But sometimes the WWE does things a little differently than most of us fantasy bookers on the interim believe would be "best for business." So that is why I'm going out on the most-stable of limbs to say Cena wins the title to conquer the beast. And I'm not just saying this as a defense mechanism, either. I really believe it's going to happen this way.

ImageWhen Heyman built up Lesnar prior to his match with The Undertaker, we all kind of dismissed him with a wanking motion, as none of us believed Lesnar stood a chance. He was just another obstacle for Taker, who we figured would retire with a perfect 25-0 mark. But Lesnar broke the streak, and we were all stunned. So now when Heyman builds up Lesnar to beat John Cena, we believe it can really happen. Which will make it just as shocking when Cena ends up winning.

Tim Tebow said this week that he's the best quarterback he's ever been in his life. But that's still not very good, though.

All right, that might be a shot at Tim Tebow. But I'm not trying to be mean. I'm just saying he's not very good at playing quarterback when compared to other NFL quarterbacks. Well, not you Blaine Gabbert. What's funny to me is folks always point out Tebow's huge win over the Steelers in the playoffs. And it was amazing. Yet, those same folks never note how he was exposed the following week by the Patriots. But even saying all of that, I must ask; can he not at least get a chance with the Texans?

If for no other reason. No other reason; it would put the Tim Tebow thing to rest once and for all. Maybe.

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 120,000 followers, and Fabiano has 150,000. 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.