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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?
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 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.
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.
And without further ado ...
Don't sleep on Mike Tolbert, either. If you are in a huge bind for a running back, you can add him to your roster. I would have added him to the Experts League, too, if Matt "Money" Smith hadn't beat me to it.
Wait, Money didn't get him! But Jon Stewart will return this week. This is going to be a game-time decision for me.
Torrey Smith has a receiving touchdown in two of his last three meetings, and was targeted 32 times during those three games.
Jordan Cameron leads NFL tight ends in receptions (49) and ranks second among tight ends in receiving yards (596). He continues to put up great numbers despite the matchup.
ImageSpeaking of the WWE, I'm not ready for The Shield to split just yet. But I'm going to be cool with it if this means the Wyatt Family is going to feud with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series. The WWE might be content with letting the top of the card be miserable, but I love the idea of this potential beef they set up on RAW. Well done, it almost makes me forgive you know what. (Don't worry, you just have to look at the other side to see what I'm referring to.)
More on Pryor, however. The Eagles have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the road this year. Hmm, I might roll with him. This is going to be a tough call. I'd start Pryor in standard leagues.
If you do want some good Jordy news, during his career against Peanut Tillman, he's been targeted seven times with six receptions for 75 yards. No touchdowns, but not bad numbers.
T.Y. Hilton is a great play, and he should be started in all formats. The deep-sleeper name you need to remember going forward is Lavon Brazill.
ImageGoing back to what I said about San Diego at the top, SDSU should play its home games at PetCo Park. I love The Murph and everything, but it's jarring to watch a game there, even when a team like Fresno State travels in with all of its fans. But a football game at PetCo, right there in one of the best downtowns in the country in the Gas Lamp District, would make it an event each and every week. Plus there is enough public transportation to make it work. This needs to happen.
Hit me up on Twitter with this one, too. Who is the bigger SDSU legend, Marshall Faulk or Tony Gwynn? To be honest, this one isn't as close as you think and probably not the guy you would pick, either.
ImageI'm so excited for "Anchorman 2" which comes out this Christmas. This movie will likely escape the sequel doldrums because so much time has passed since the original first premiered. They likely put a lot of thought into this one and it will likely dominate just like the original did.
ImageGoing back to uniforms, did anybody catch what the Los Angeles Kings wore at home last Sunday? Wow, you talk about your all-time great uniforms, this might be the best of all-time. Our stats-maven Bill Sudell said those uniforms would be great if they had a white version. Dare to dream. But the Kings throwbacks are the best throwbacks of all-time. Sorry Chargers' powder blues.
Don't be afraid to work in a little Marshawn Lynch, too. The dude was downright disappointing against the St. Louis FC this past week.
ImageDare to dream what a Monday Night Football game would have looked like for the Los Angeles Rams instead of St. Louis last week. The only thing that might have derailed the momentum would have been the Los Angeles Lakers season opener, but that was the next night. Oh well, maybe next year when Derrick Favors and Andrew Wiggins join the club.
ImageAnd as weird as this might sound, I'm really looking forward to this Los Angeles Lakers season. When I was a youngster, I was offended by my schoolmates who rooted for the Lakers and rode the band wagon with other teams. I always insisted they support one of our crappy local teams like the Angels, Kings or Rams. Well, now the Lakers are our crappy team, but this should still be a lot of fun. And the opener was great. Go ahead and cover our banners, Clippers.
Jake Locker could be a nice sleeper for a team in a pinch for a quarterback in Week 9. Locker has scored at least 19 points in three consecutive games. He's also had only one interception in 152 attempts.
Kendal Wright has had eight targets in four consecutive games and now he's at St. Louis, which has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points at home to wide receivers. I mean, Golden Tate torched them.
Antonio Brown has the most receptions in the NFL since Week 3 (45). But has he ever done something to win you a fantasy week? No, he hasn't. He's had at least 80 receiving yards in four of his last five games.
Jordan Reed has scored the most points among fantasy tight ends over the past two weeks. He's had at least 50 receiving yards in four consecutive games and is clearly the top receiving option for Washington.
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."