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Like/Dislike: Ride-or-die with Cordarrelle Patterson

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We are going to ride or die, Cordarrelle Patterson.

It seems that no matter how many leagues you do, there is always one player who will remain a constant among all of your rosters. My guy is Cordarrelle Patterson.

I don't have one single, solitary dupe in my quarterback ranks. I've got everybody from Peyton Manning to Aaron Rodgers to Philip Rivers to Tom Brady to Nick Foles on down. But my one guy on each and every team is Patterson.

Even when it wasn't prudent to take Patterson, I still did it anyway. For instance, I drafted Patterson in the League of Record, even though I already had Adrian Peterson on the roster and I don't really fancy the idea of doubling-down on a team. Especially a team quarterbacked by Matt Cassel.

Funny story about that, however. We conducted the draft for the LoR on Wednesday night before the season started. Just about the last possible moment, which was good news when you consider players are being suspended right up to this very moment. Well, not this one, but you get the gist. I had the fourth pick in the draft and I ended up with Peterson, which might be a surprise to some of you.

I mean, that would be like being in a draft for the gals of NBC and figuring you were going to land Gillian Jacobs with the fourth-pick, except Alison Brie landed there any way. I mean, most people would be excited for you and can't believe the luck that you landed Brie, even though you kind of favored the underrated Jacobs anyway. (She was the bomb in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" right?

So that was my deal, I ended up with Peterson and I guess I'm kind of happy. Norv Turner has overseen some of the best rushing seasons of prolific NFL running backs, so why not? But the point is that even though I could have done something different with my fifth pick, I went with Patterson. Again. I had my sights set on Rob Gronkowski, but my man Frank nabbed him two picks in front of me. Roddy White went just before me to Mark D. I looked at Michael Floyd, but said no, I'm going to put my chips on the table like Jim Fassel and go all-in on Patterson.

If you're curious, my league of record team looks as follows:
QB Nick Foles
RB Peterson, Toby Gerhart (a huge roar happened when he was picked because Toby played for our rival high school.)
WR Jordy Nelson, Alshon Jeffery
Flex Patterson
TE Martellus Bennett (look at his early-season numbers)
K Stephen Gostkowski (yes, Seabass goes off the board early)
DST Detroit Lions (I shuffle defenses. I missed on Houston, so I took the Lions)
Notable bench guys: Joique Bell, Terrance Williams, Knowshon Moreno

My draft grade was a B, but I have to believe the computer isn't as big of a fan of Patterson as I am. He's the glue. And there's a strong possibility I could end up with Dez Bryant. Though those chances have dwindled because I had hoped to take advantage of a guy who was throwing back some Coronas. Which, incidentally, sponsors the TV version of Like/dislike.

So before we get started here, leave me a note in the comments or on Twitter who your "ride-or-die" player is for this season.

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.

If you aren't hip to the lingo of "The League of Record" here's the deal; all of us have multiple fantasy leagues we participate in. And if you don't, what the hell are you waiting for? Sign up for another one right now. But in all of the leagues, there is always one league that stands out as your most important league. For me, it's the Corona Football League I do with my chums from my hometown of Corona, Calif. The league has all of my life-long friends.

And without further ado ...

Cam Newton will wear a thick flak jacket. He's had a history of success against the Bucs. But coming off the injuries and the lack of weapons have made me skeptical of his success.

The Panthers have had a passer throw for more than 300 yards only once in 27 all-time meetings with the Bucs. But watch Newton burn me on this.

Robert Griffin III is another guy I won't feel good about starting, not until we at least see something from him. RG3 had six rushing TDs in his first six games. He's had once since.

I'm not sure Jay Gruden will be able to salvage RG3 so quickly. He's getting a lot of credit for Andy Dalton's success, but if you remember Gruden favored Dalton to Kaepernick because Red fit his system better.

Do you ever get the feeling Dan Snyder thought he was interviewing Jon Gruden, but was total thrown off when Jay Gruden walked in the door?

I'm not sure Tony Romo will be able to stand up for 600 pass attempt this season. The offensive line is better, but I worry about his long-term health. Think of all the big-time athletes who have had their careers ruined by back problems; Larry Bird, Mario Lemiuex, Shawn Michaels.

What? Shawn Michaels was a big-time athlete, though he did return to have a pretty good run after his initial hiatus. Although his 2006-07 DX run was kind of forgettable. Seriously.

But if this was a week when, in a vacuum, you could convince yourself to sit Luck, this would be the week. The Broncos defense could be trouble for people this year.

You would think the Cardinals would be tough on quarterbacks, but they were right in the middle in fantasy points allowed to QBs last year. Still, I'm a little worried about Philip Rivers.

But can you imagine sitting there with egg on your face when Palmer throws three interceptions during the late Monday Night game, and you're sitting there like a sucker because you decided to roll with him? Can we talk about it Monday?

At some point we're going to put in a waiver claim for Khiry Robinson, right? Sean Payton has gushed about him and Bill Parcells compared him to Hall of Famer Curtis Martin.

You hear a lot of people say don't draft on last year's stats. But I guess that's only when a player has a career year, right? Why wouldn't the same principle apply for a guy poised for a breakout. This is why I don't quite get the disdain for Ingram right now. No matter, it's good for us.

The last Falcons running back to have more than 100 rushing yards in a home game against the Saints was not Steven Jackson. (It was Jamal Anderson way back in 1998. 1998!)

And yet, you were all but way too happy to draft Marshawn Lynch this year, even though he reached the dreaded 400 touch mark last year. Yes, that was the guy you had no problem with this year.

I would like for Bernard Pierce to take over the top spot for the Ravens and push the A-shirt down the depth chart. Not this week against the Bengals.

The good news for Pierce is the Falcons are on the schedule in Week 2. So if you can roster Pierce for a week, he'll pay off then.

BTW, a ton of you freaked me out when BenJarvus Green-Ellis was relieved. I mean, was this something you didn't expect to happen after the team selected Hill so high up in drafts? This was going to happen.

The problem with the Patriots is no matter how great you believe Vereen could do this season, we're talking about Bill Belichick. And Stevan Ridley is still the most talented dude on the roster so there's that.

Did you ever think we would come to the point in our lives where you would see the Steelers as a solid matchup? Because that's totally happening. I don't see the Steelers making the playoffs.

Andre Williams looked pretty good in preseason and he conjures images of Brandon Jacobs. But it's going to take time for him to get into the mix.

Rushing for 2,000 yards was the worst thing to happen to CJ's career because it spawned the idiotic CJ2K nickname. A moniker he's never going to be able to live up to and then we all believe he's a failure.

I'm most concerned about Arian Foster this season. The Texans' offense has really become a bother. When you think Ryan Mallett is an upgrade, well, that's pretty much all I need to know. Bummer for Foster. He seems like a cool guy and he's somewhat unintentionally hilarious on Twitter. But that won't cut it for my fantasy team. For my Twitter feed? Yes. Fantasy team? No.

ImageYou know what doesn't have me excited? More of those Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas ads. I love the actor and everything. But I've found myself walking around the office, and pretty much everywhere, singing Lionel Richie's "All Night Long." Is there any way to make it end?

ImageWhy does the WWE get us all excited with the best SummerSlam in recent history, and then follow it up with the worst RAWs anybody can remember. The Brock Lesnar win has turned John Cena into some sort of super Superman (because he was always Superman) who has neutered the Wyatt Family, Seth Rollins and just about everybody right now. Its' awful.

ImageUnless the long-play here is Cena looked super-strong and undeniable only to get his head handed to him at Night of Champions, then you've essentially made The Undertaker loose his streak to a fireman's carry because JOHN CENA. That can't be it right? Best scenario: Lesnar kills him. Not best: Cena wins. Not great but I'll take it: Rollins cashes in MITB and wins the title.

If there was ever a stretch where you would be concerned about Allen, it would be this week. He's got the Cardinals this week, followed by the Seahawks. But he's a legit No. 1, start him.

Tavon Austin is the best bet for the St. Louis FC. And the matchup is favorable as the Vikings gave up the second-most points to WRs last year. But would you be willing to play him this week? Me neither.

About the only guy I wouldn't want to start from the Cowboys and 49ers game is Steve Johnson. The reports haven't been favorable for him, so it would be a rather huge leap of faith to start.

Each week, I'm going to select some #DangerZone guys you have no business starting but do have the matchup everybody will be talking about. I can just see Carlos Hyde doing something amazing this week against the Cowboys. Because Cowboys D.

When I was drafting, I'd see Andre Johnson on the board and I would dread having to draft him for value. But then I would have the ultimate fantasygasm when somebody else took him.

Are we ever going to talk about Brett Favre for Copper Fit? Have you seen those commercials yet? There are so many jokes I have for this, but most of them are blue, so you're just going to have to hit me up on Twitter.

A lot of people want to get into the hand-wringing of, "What does this all mean for Peyton Manning?" Well, stop. This is the guy who was able to make Blair White and Austin Collie household names around fantasy circles. And because I spend a lot of time lecturing the wife and dog about fantasy football at the dinner table. And by dinner table, I mean on the couch in front of the TV during dinner.

Andre Caldwell has very limited upside. He played fine in spurts when Wes Welker was out last season. But Latimer is going to be my guy here.

There's been a lot of buzz about T.Y. Hilton recently, but I just don't get it. He didn't score a touchdown in 14 of his 16 games in 2013. Folks seem to remember the game when he smoked the Seahawks, but seriously that was just one game. Of the two he scored in.

Hilton didn't have a lot of success against the Broncos at home last year, either. He had 11 targets which he turned into two receptions for 27 yards. Do I even need to mention he didn't score a touchdown?

It's time to take Wes Welker down to Front Street. Because what are we going to do with the guy? He had limited value to me headed into the season because of the injury concerns and other guys in the offense would assume bigger roles. Now he's going to be gone a month. The Broncos have a bye in Week 4, so the soonest you'll see him is Week 6. It might be time to part ways. You can pick him up later if you're desperate back then, but it's time to let it go.

ImageI don't know why Welker makes me think of this, but I'm not a huge fan of "The Wire." Please tell me the series gets better, because I'm close to not watching any more episodes. I feel like a bunch of people get together and feel like the "smart" thing to say is "The Wire" is so amazing, and people just kind of go along with it. And now as somebody who has seen both "The Shield" and "The Wire" I'm one of the few who can say which is better. "The Shield" is like the Super Bowl 48 Seahawks, and "The Wire" is Norco High School. I'm sorry to all of you I have offended.

My biggest fear in fantasy football right now is the Giants are going to roll out and be some sort of dominant offense. Like the whole preseason was a mirage or something. You can just see them turning it on. That'd be the biggest heel turn ever.

ImageStrike that. My biggest fear is that there is a freaking albino cobra roaming the streets of Los Angeles right now. A cobra! How are you people calm? I'm calm? I'm at DEFCON 5! Wait, or is it DEFCON 1? Whatever the worst one is, I'm at that!

Seriously, a cobra is on the loose in Los Angeles. I'm not sure how I'm going to enjoy the games.

ImageI have the full season of "Hard Knocks" sitting in my DVR right now, and I don't have the interest to watch it. Has the "Hard Knocks" franchise lost me? I was going to binge watch during a rare Angels off-night on Monday, but instead watched the best of WCW Nitro. The NFL needs to dictate who is on the show. How can you even turn that down? But I have a feeling I'm going to delete "Hard Knocks" before I even watch it.

ImageBTW, Jerry Jones keeps talking about passing on Johnny Manziel in the draft. Uh, I'm sure that makes Romo feel great. But again, shouldn't the ultimate blame go to the commissioner? Like when Roger Goodell was up there, he should have been all, "the Dallas Cowboys select Zaaaaac, I mean Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M". I mean, he's ultimately the boss, can't he do what's best for business?


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." But make sure not to bother him after midnight ET because he likes to play #HashtagWars with the show @Midnight.

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