What we are talking about:
Use him each and every week
This is bad ... Like really, really bad
Waiting to see chemistry with Vick
Seriously. There wasn't a player I looked forward to seeing more this year than Gurley, though Ameer Abdullah was a very close second. But Gurley was my man. He was my "Star Wars Episode VII" for me. While I have been super excited, a lot of people have been more skeptical, or maybe cautiously optimistic might be a better word for it. But I've been all about him all season.
So the first month of the season had been a little tough, fantasy wise. I'm one of those guys who eschewed running backs early in my drafts as I loaded up on guys like Abdullah and Gurley. You can imagine the pain of seeing Gurley's name waiting for me as I started the season with Lance Dunbar and Duke Johnson. It wasn't pretty.
But now we've gotten a pretty decent glimpse at Gurley. He did nothing in Week 3 (you'd better believe I started him), but he really dominated in Week 4. Did you not see that game? Normally, I'd be super (upset) at a guy who didn't take a sure touchdown to do the right thing. But I can't be mad at Gurley. If anything, I was impressed by his presence of mind to do the right thing. (Yep, I'm that enchanted with him.)
So the question is what do you do with him going forward? The answer in traditional leagues is rather easy. You roll with him every week. You can't afford to have him on your bench. I know St. Louis needs to play at Seattle one week. I don't care. He's going to be in my lineup.
I just hope I'm as right about "Episode VII" though I feel that will be the case. Seriously, J.J. Abrams did a great job with the "Star Trek" franchise, but to be fair I've never been into "Star Trek" at all. I liked some of the movies, and love to yell "Kahhhhhn!" like everybody else. But it was never really my bag.
And without further ado ...
Better late than never for Drew Brees. Even if he needed overtime last week, he's still scored at least 16 points in two of his last three games this season.
ImageIt took me a few moments, but that was Adam Copeland (Edge of WWE fame) who starred as the Atom Smasher on the season 2 premier of "The Flash" on CW. Another great episode with a pretty big surprise reveal at the end of the show. I won't spoil it for you here, but I'm pretty stoked for the second season and the fact the show is going to get super nerdy. They aren't dumbing it down. Which means I'm going to have to keep pausing the show to explain the characters to my wife each week.
T.J. Yeldon has 80 touches this year and he's got a great matchup against the Bucs who have allowed more than 20 fantasy points to running backs this year.
ImageJust so we're all clear, Pete Davidson is the best thing going on "Saturday Night Live". You can check out his stint as the show's resident young person here. What's still amazing to me is that he's a "featured" performer. He's not even part of the cast yet. That makes no sense to me. But he's probably going to be off to better things in the future.
I ended up with Hurns and Allen Robinson in a league. I give the slight lean to Robinson. I'm actually trying to move Hurns to upgrade at running back.
Antonio Brown was a bit of a disappointment last week. That's fair. But 11 days to hang out with his new quarterback should get him back in double digits.
Kamar Aiken is a super-talented guy who is going to make the most of his chance to be a top receiver. He's had at least 75 receiving yards in two of his last three games.
Leonard Hankerson has graduated from Danger Zone University and is fine to play in all leagues. Washington has allowed 10 receiving touchdowns in three roadies.
Kaepernick has zero touchdown passes in three of his last four games. The 49ers have averaged just 158.8 pass yards per game so far this year. That's miserable. (Not like you needed me to point that out.)
Image My mind wants to be excited for The New Day and I want the new serious tone of the group to mean something. But thankfully my mind isn't a (expletive) idiot and knew John Cena was going to go over them in typical Cena-like fashion. There really isn't a challenger to Seth Rollins' title, so why not have Cena jump into that? But Big E as the U.S. Championship (especially after the title has been elevated by Cena) would have been amazing. But now I will brace for the Dolph Ziggler heel turn. Oh well, at least we have Sasha Banks.
Melvin Gordon had a great matchup and did nothing with it last week. He even got a goal line look and did nothing. I hate the matchup for him this week. Watch this be his breakout game.
I want to really believe in Devonta Freeman. And there is no way I would bench him on one of my traditional teams. But I can't trust him in daily fantasy leagues.
If (by some miracle) you have Freeman, Duke and Abdullah, I would rank them in that order. Watch these guy be this week's leading scorers.
Stedman Bailey was fined for pretending to sleep on a football during his touchdown celebration. The league certainly has its finger on the pulse of fan outrage. We only ran the Bailey highlight on "That Helps No One" because the celebration was hilarious. I don't want to go into full "Baseketball" mode, but that was rather amusing.
I'm trying find some positives about Brandin Cooks. There aren't many. But I do like that he had eight targets. But I really whiffed on this one and I apologize to all of those affected.
I've had more than a few people ask me about whether to keep Dez Bryant or not. Look, you've come this far. He could return after Week 6. Why not ride it out a little longer?
ImageI love baseball. And I love to party. But enough with the endless celebrations. Oh my lord. You want to celebrate after you win the division, that's fair. In fact, I would reason a division title is even more impressive than a World Series title because a division title means you are the best for 162 games, instead of one series. But even with that said, you celebrate to get into the playoffs. You celebrate to get to the World Series. And you celebrate when you win the World Series. That's it. Other than partying on Opening Day. And the first day game of the year. And your birthday at the ballpark. And every Sunday game. But that's it.
Image I write this every year, but I'm going to keep writing it until somebody finally listens. The NFL bye-week schedule is whack. It makes no sense. Nobody should have a bye in Week 4. Here's what you do (and it's simple). The NFL bye weeks should occur during Weeks 9-12. Two divisions are off, and are rotated every year. Simple. But the NFL doesn't do that. But that's not a surprise when you consider how complicated the catch rules are. Or when an official just whiffs a penalty at the end of a Monday night game and so on. But this is the easiest fix to make in all of the NFL. Seriously, how am I not the commissioner yet? Or at least the director of operations or something like Corporate Kane?
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