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The Herschel Walker trade happened 25 years ago this week. Which is pretty amazing to think about how that worked out. I have to believe it's one of the reasons why most NFL teams don't make trades anymore. Also because unlike sports like baseball, the worst team in the NFL could end up being a Super Bowl contender the following year.
Well, not you Oakland. I'm not sure it's ever going to happen for you. The Raiders need to find some sort of Billy Beane-type character who can help revive that team. Or wait, was that what "Draft Day" was all about?
But I wish we had more trades in the NFL. Trades are fun. However, I feel like NFL teams look at the Herschel Walker trade as a cautionary tale. Or maybe you could check the less-celebrated Eric Dickerson deal back in 1987 as blockbuster deals gone wrong.
Not that I blame them. There's nothing worse than a trade going horribly wrong against you. Like if you've been sitting on some budding prospect who ends up flourishing for another team. Which I feel like the producers of the "O.C." have to feel like now, knowing they had a young Olivia Wilde on their roster, but instead it was Kelly Rowan and Rachel Bilson who were the stars. Or something like that.
So you don't get a lot of trades anymore. Because of stuff like that. Which is too bad. Because wouldn't it be fun to see some big-name players get dealt at the trade-deadline like Walker did.
Likewise, fantasy enthusiasts operate the same way. Nobody wants to be made to look like a fool in a trade. So most of the time when you get a trade offer in your inbox, it typically borderlines on the insane.
However, if you've itched to make a trade this year, one potential trade target I would look for would be LeSean McCoy. People are absolutely tripping on this dude. Everybody is in full-blown panic mode and there might be a chance to get him. If you package a credible receiver and a startable running back to the McCoy holder, you might be in business. Just don't be insulting.
Let's proceed in what our homepage editor Patrick Crawley called the best use of a soap box in world history. If you ever saw Patrick's name in this space and wondered who he acts like in the real world, he's a lot like the dude from "Undatable". No, not the cool guy; the other guy. Not in a bad way.
And without further ado ...
If you have Russell Wilson on your team, you no longer need to carry two quarterbacks. He's become a rock-star, must-start quarterback. Part of the reason is his running ability. Nobody is better at knowing when to run, when to pass and how to avoid the big hit. Make sure he's in your lineup each and every week.
But Rank, what if I have Wilson and (awesome quarterback)? Trade one. Immediately.
Jay Cutler has played really well. He had three turnovers against Carolina. One was an interception which should have been flagged for illegal contact. The other a fumble at the end of the game during the two-minute drill.
And if I accomplish just one thing in my fantasy life, it would be to find a way to change the scoring when a quarterback kneels down at the end of the game. That's my mission.
Nick Foles might be the worst quarterback you've ever seen when you watch the tape. So many times he just floats ducks out there. Yet somehow, he continues to put up fantasy points.
ImageBut then again, I always hate the main event guys and tend to like the undercard. Like Dean Ambrose and Damien Sandow. I'd rather bump around New York City instead of tagging with John Cena, so I can feel Ambrose in that situation. He's the (expletive) best. Sandow is going to somehow be the breakout star we've wanted him to be for years. And who knew, it took mimicking the Miz to make that happen. Read the Best and Worst of RAW for more wrestling commentary. Although I like The Rock a bit more than Brandon Stroud does.
I meant to talk about Matt Asiata, but I failed. He's still the workhorse running back in Minnesota.
ImageMAJOR SPOILER "Sons of Anarchy" continued to be bananas. Though, I'm surprised the body count was so low this week. Just one innocent hotel manager, a crooked cop and four gang members? You've gone soft Kurt Sutter! Just kidding. Another great episode. I'm on board for all of this (expletive). I literally and openly rooted for Juice to pull the trigger. Had both arms raised. I'm telling you, there will be no more satisfying TV death than Gemma getting her ultimate demise. Because this whole gang war is all on her. ALL. OF. IT.
ImageSTILL SPOILING SORTA My long-time belief has been that Unser survives it all. But I'm starting to move Juice up my survival rankings. Plus, one of Jax's boys is a goner, right? The lone Teller survivor and Juice will be VP/President of the club in, what, 15 years? Maybe 20?
The scary part of Odell Beckham Jr.'s debut was that it could have been even bigger. ODB was wide open in the end zone and Eli missed him. Plus he ran past the defense and Eli overthrew him. But the dude is a talent who should be on your roster.
ImageAs a reader on Twitter pointed out, there needs to be some sort of cross promotion between Oliver and Bo Dallas. And as Brandon Stroud pointed out, is Dallas a face now? Because he's acting like it. Which would come as great news to my wife who loves Bo Dallas and typically only roots for the faces. The lone exception being Stardust and Goldust. (We have matching shirts.)
ImageEdge and Christian were just on RAW for moments this week, but dang, I still marked out like no other. I don't care for the way Christian's championship run was handled, but it was good to see them on RAW. Good to see they are still in shape, too. In a similar vein, I returned to the DDFP for an appearance.
Mohammed Sanu becomes a decent option if A.J. Green is limited and starting this week. Remember, Sanu just doesn't automatically inherit Green's numbers if the superstar is out.
Julian Edelman would be the beneficiary if there is any glimmer to Brady's resurgence. Actually, Edelman has been solid no matter what the situation.
DangerZone: Am I making too much of things to go with Devin Hester in a revenge game after seeing Triple S and DJax go crazy?
Vincent Jackson had 144 receiving yards last week. He loves his new quarterback. Who is actually his old quarterback. He just needs those #ThatHelpsNoOne TDs to go his way.
I know a lot of you folks are down on Brandon Marshall. Though I notice in most of my leagues not down enough to keep you from trading him to me. Marshall is playing through some things but he's going to be fine. Just stop panicking and overthinking this. How about you watch some new TV shows or something?
ImageFinally caught up with "Gotham." Maybe not the most amazing show I've ever seen, but it's pretty good. It's not in the same class as "The Flash" which was amazing as you'd expect. DC Comics has turned out some pretty good TV shows since "Smallville" hit the screen a few years back. So yes, occupy yourself with stuff like this instead of micromanaging your fantasy roster.
ImageI also made sure to push through on "Homeland" on Sunday after the games finished. How bad does Carrie need to be at her job for her to get a demotion? She had the love child of the worst domestic terrorist in U.S. history and she's given her own post in a war zone? Actually, that isn't a great departure from the way things work.
I will not buy into the nonsense that Martellus Bennett is going to decline because of change in the calendar. The receivers have to get vertical.
ImageWelcome to the new NHL season. Your Los Angeles Kings are your back-to-back full-season champions. And I've joined my friend Eric Young to give a full-go to fantasy hockey this year. I might need help. No, not that kind of help. The other kind of help. As in I'm close to wearing a tinfoil hat during my pursuit of hockey sleepers. Though I'm telling you, Rickard Rakell is going to be awesome this year.
Be good this weekend. And if you celebrate like Madison Bumgarner, please designate a driver. And go Kings!
ImageSo is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw the Peyton or Tony Romo of the MLB? Wow. He got roughed up in back-to-back starts against the Cardinals. Actually, Game 4 was a quality start. But he is certainly unstoppable during the regular season like Peyton. But has the Romo-like, excellence through three quarters of the game and then implodes in the playoffs.
I don't know who I have to convince here, but touchdown passes should be worth six points in standard leagues. This is my second-most pressing mission I have in fantasy football.
If you drafted Foles, he'd be somebody I would be trying to move this week. Nobody would want to take him straight-up, but I would include him in any trades you make.
Colin Kaepernick is a tough one because he played a bit better last week, as he minimized mistakes. But again, he didn't have the big stat line we've wanted from him.
The one thing that could compel me to start Kaepernick is that they will play in a near literal home game in St. Louis because you know those fans aren't going to show up.
ImageThe St. Louis FC really missed an opportunity when it didn't rename the franchise and choose a red color scheme to mimic the baseball Cardinals. Not that it matters now, seeing that it's probably the worst kept secret this team is returning to Los Angeles.
Zac Stacy should return as the No. 1 runner in St. Louis, but I would keep him on the bench, if you can.
Jerick McKinnon would be a true #DangerZone play this week. The matchup looks so doggone good, but there is going to be a lot of risk to it. Check with me on Saturday. But don't drop him by any means. He's got long-term upside.
Speaking of Moreno, he could return to the Dolphins this week. He's no lock to regain his role as the team's top runner. My guess is that he's going to need at least another week off. I actually hope the Dolphins coaching staff will continue to feed Miller to see if he's capable of being the man in Miami. Perhaps all he needed was a push. And a legitimate push, too. Not Daniel Thomas or some of the other curtain-jerkers they tried to pass off to us in Miami. Maybe this is the one thing Miller needed to be elevated to a star. It's now or never for him.
You might want to check to see if Moreno was dropped and at least get him on your roster.
Sadly, we might have come to the point where we can release Toby Gerhart into the wild. I mean can you imagine him having any sort of impact this season?
I wish Ken Whisenhunt would throw us a bone here. I've liked him all the way back to his Bird days when he wisely started Kurt Warner at quarterback. I also liked how honest he was when I asked him if he preferred Van Halen with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar. We agreed, it's two different bands and it's acceptable to enjoy both. However Ken, you can't have the best of both worlds with your running back situation. Would you please pick one guy? (Oh yeah, and I think we would both agree Gary Cherone was a miserable fit in VH.)
I'm not getting sucked into Justin Hunter just yet, either. I know I was really big on him during the offseason. But I'm going to need to see a little bit more than one great breakout week (and it was good) before I'm going all-in on this guy.
I'm not a big fan of the way Pierre Garcon pulled the hair of Richard Sherman. I know players need to do whatever it takes to get open but seriously, dude. Dang, I just realized this is truly hurting my heel status because hair-pulling is another great tactic of the heels. Maybe I would have liked it if he hit Sherman with brass knuckles.
ImageI did get asked about The Rock's surprise return to RAW on Monday. And I'm kind of indifferent. I said earlier I do like The Rock. He's been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I even marked out like no other when he returned to Anaheim years ago. But he did kind of nuke CM Punk's title reign so he could headline WrestleMania and that's always going to kind of bum me out. You could argue The Rock is a bigger star. But CM Punk still gets cheers on RAW, so it's not like he's out of the fan's minds. So I wasn't too swayed one way or the other.
What about Cordarrelle Patterson, eh? This is a tough one. As many of you know, he was my ride-or-die player this year. He's on every one of my fantasy teams. But he's continued to struggle to put it mightily.
There are also those who have said Patterson has had trouble with the playbook. And then there were reports Patterson didn't score too well on the Wonderlic test, and the concerns continue to grow there, too. We might not see Patterson grasp the offense at all this year. That's why we need to watch Jarius Wright, who could become a hot waiver-wire pickup next week.
The other player listed in that article with Patterson is Tavon Austin, who has also struggled to make any real headway in the NFL so far in his career. Just something to think about.
What Mike Shanahan did to running backs in our nation's capital, something similar is happening at the tight end position. Jordan Reed's injury history really bums me out.
ImageI, however, want what Romo is taking that made him say Witten might be the best Cowboy of all-time. I could probably name 20 Cowboys better. Actually, I will. Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Charles Haley, Jay Novacek, Darren Woodson, Roger Staubach, Bob Lily, Chuck Howley, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Don Perkins, Dez Bryant, Deion Sanders, Larry Allen, Drew Pearson, Bob Hayes, Rayfield Wright, Mike Ditka, and Lance Alworth. All right, I need to stop. Erik Williams. Mark Stepnoski. Harvey Martin. Come on Romo. Why do this to yourself?
ImageGoing back to the Dodgers and Angels, it's amazing how Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia are viewed differently here in the Southland. I don't much care about the Dodgers, so they can keep Mattingly. It's weird, he benched Yasiel Puig and yet kept Kershaw in the game for so long. I mean, didn't you see the meltdown coming in the seventh? But I'd still keep him around.
ImageThe Angels should keep Skip, too. But something must be done with Josh Hamilton who found it hilarious the Angels fans boo'd him. I know it would be a lot of money to eat. But dude, Arte Moreno, you need to do it. Shoot, you can bump up the ticket prices a few bucks to even it out. I'll pay. Don't touch the beer prices, but I'd pay for just about anything else.
ImageMadison Bumgarner has upped his game as he drank five beers after the Giants clinched a berth into the NLCS. Which I don't get. There is too much celebrating after these series. The celebration after the one-game playoff is the most egregious, but celebrations should be limited to winning the division; winning the pennant; and winning the World Series. And that's it.
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