Month: October 2017

Matthew Berry likes the matchups for Demaryius Thomas and Alshon Jeffery this week. (2:57)

Fantasy football rankings from Matthew Berry, Field Yates, Mike Clay, Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft for Week 8 of the NFL season.

Anyway, here are some more of the unedited questions I got back and my responses.

Eric Karabell (ESPN Senior Writer, Fantasy Hall of Famer): If your child said he or she wanted to follow your footsteps into the fantasy life as writer and personality, what would you say?

Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium has developed into the Desperation Bowl with each team urgently searching for positive momentum in the NFC South Division race.

The Panthers (4-3) have dropped two straight games, including Sunday’s punchless 17-3 defeat against the Chicago Bears, to go along with an earlier loss against the first-place New Orleans Saints.

Another Saints’ rookie besides Kamara who has made waves is cornerback Marshon Lattimore, the No. 11 overall draft pick, who has covered well and last week cut down a Green Bay screen before it got started.

“I think he’s a tackler, he competes,” Payton said. “I like his length. I think he can run and mirror.”

The Saints held three players out of practice on Wednesday: receiver Michael Thomas (knee), tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) and guard Larry Warford (abdomen). Warford is expected to miss Sunday’s game.

We’ll be celebrating the celebrations this season by keeping a running list of rankings. At the end of the year we’ll crown a winner.

The way Elliott dismantled the 49ers defense on the ground kept them honest. They had to adjust to try to limit the damage Elliott was doing in the run game. That opened things up for other players, and it helped Dallas control the clock and wear down the 49ers. The Cowboys had the ball for 32:50 of the game.

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The Miami Dolphins released veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell on Tuesday after two up-and-down seasons with the team.
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Jerick McKinnon seemed to be taking control of the Vikings’ backfield with a pair of terrific performances in Weeks 5 and 6, but it was Latavius Murray who stole the show against the Ravens in Week 7. Murray racked up 113 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, whereas McKinnon was limited to 57 yards and no scores on 17 touches. During three games without Dalvin Cook, McKinnon has 45 carries and 15 targets on 116 snaps (58 pass routes). Murray sits at 45 carries and three targets on 84 snaps (32 routes). Recent usage and effectiveness (4.3 to 3.8 YPC edge for McKinnon) suggest McKinnon remains the better play in fantasy. He’s a fringe RB2 option against Cleveland this week.

We appear to be witnessing a changing of the guard atop the running back depth chart in New England. Over the past two weeks, Dion Lewis has handled 24 carries and one target on 50 snaps. Mike Gillislee (18 carries and no targets on 23 snaps) has played a reduced role and James White (seven carries and 12 targets on 48 snaps) remains the passing-down specialist.

Pederson said the team hasn’t made a decision about who will replace Peters at left tackle, but he did note that Lane Johnson has played at a high level at right tackle, putting into question whether Womens Torry Holt Jersey the Eagles would slide him over to the left.
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Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced Peters at left tackle during Monday night’s game.

Hicks, who was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he left the field, had been dealing with ankle and calf injuries over the past several weeks.

Najee Goode and Joe Walker filled in for Hicks, who has seven interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 31 games with the Eagles.

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While declining to give details on what happened outside a San Francisco nightclub in the wee hours of Monday morning, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster acknowledged Wednesday that he and fellow linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong escaped an armed-robbery attempt.
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It was a scary moment for my family and for the organization, Foster said. I’m truly sorry to [whomever] was concerned and the organization itself and the fans that I concerned them. You live and you learn; just watch your surroundings.

That’s the real issue with the booing fans here; they’re angry that things haven’t gone back to the way they used to be. That the players haven’t shut up and fallen in line. That an illusion has been shattered. There can’t be any compromise with the protests because the only acceptable solution for those who are angry about them is for all of this to be forgotten. It’s not the form of protest that’s antagonizing; it’s that Kaepernick dared to point out a deep flaw in the country.

It was a game of relief, because the team that won it would snap its wicked skid and increase hope.

Ingram made sure that was the Chargers.

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Authentic Youth Tyler Eifert Jersey Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says the efforts of NFL players to engage in social issues shouldn’t be discredited because they’re wealthy.

Sherman made that point Tuesday while lauding his teammate and close friend Doug Baldwin. Along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Baldwin co-signed a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing support for a bill that seeks criminal justice reform. Baldwin also has been active in trying to promote change in other areas such as de-escalation training for police.

The Broncos entered their bye week with a 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS record, and their preparation for the Giants’ offense got a lot easier after Sunday’s slew of injuries. In its last 14 games coming off a bye, Denver is 11-3 SU and ATS.

Elite Youth Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey In a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Round matchup, the Green Bay Packers are a 2-point underdog visiting the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas didn’t pick up its second loss of the season until Week 14 last year, but last week’s 35-30 home loss to the Rams dropped the Cowboys to 2-2 SU and ATS in 2017. Green Bay is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games coming off a win.

All three of this week’s prime-time games opened with the road team as the betting favorite. New England visits Tampa Bay as a 6-point favorite on Thursday night, Kansas City opened as a slight 1.5-point favorite at Houston on Sunday night, and Minnesota opened as a 3-point favorite in Chicago against the Bears for Monday.

The Patriots are 38-5 SU in their last 43 games coming off a loss as a betting favorite. New England suffered another shocking loss last Sunday at home to the Carolina Panthers, falling 33-30 as 9-point favorites.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant denies that he requested trade

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said Monday that he hasn’t request a trade and that he wants to move on.

Bryant — who scored 15 touchdowns in his first 21 NFL games before missing all of 2016 over multiple drug violations — said he hasn’t told the organization that he is unhappy but has talked to coaches about getting better.

“I know my potential and what I can do,” Bryant said. “The little bit I get or whatever I get, I just have to make the best of it. Everything else is out of my control.”

Bryant said his chemistry with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming along “pretty good” since Bryant returned from suspension.

Bryant stressed he knows it’s a long season and has time to turn things around, pointing to his statement on twitter Sunday night that he plans to help the Steelers win a seventh Super Bowl. As for his playing time and role in the offense?

“The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would address many of the issues on which our players have worked to raise awareness of over the last two seasons,” the letter, which is dated Oct. 16, reads. “… If enacted, it would be a positive next step in our collective efforts to move our nation forward.”

The bill was written by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2015.

Asked Monday about a potential pushback from the White House, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said he didn’t know the President Donald Trump’s position on the bill.

“I know that this has overwhelming bipartisan support, and we think it’s the right thing to do, so that is our focus right now,” he said.

Baldwin discussed the letter after the Seahawks’ practice on Tuesday, saying the letter came about organically and is an important step in unifying the NFL community.steelers_026

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Tom Brady’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and he hasn’t made too many mistakes during his career.

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Kelvin Benjamin hasn’t exactly exploded out of the gate this season, but he now has either 77-plus receiving yards or a touchdown in four straight full games. Benjamin has been a top-22 fantasy wide receiver in each of those four weeks, and he’s seventh at the position overall during the span. With Chicago, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Miami on the slate prior to Carolina’s Week 11 bye, Benjamin will continue to enjoy terrific matchups this season. Lock him into your lineup.

The Titans’ game against the Dolphins has been a mess. Both teams have looked aggressively Not Good, and the quarterback play has been horrendous.

Phillip Supernaw (great last name!) contributed to the ugliness with two consecutive false starts.

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I guess the third time really is the charm. The touchdown tied the Titans with the Dolphins at 10 apiece.

It was the 27-year-old Supernaw’s first career touchdown.

Maybe Supernaw can relax now that he’s gotten into the end zone. Thrown into walls. Being choked to where I have to gasp for breath. Bruised everywhere, mentally and physically abused. It’s not okay. So I want each and everyone one [sic] of you girls to step away now from domestic violence. You’re worth so much more. I got told it was called tough love I’m sorry if you love someone you don’t touch your loved ones.

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Following Jenkins’ comments, Kaepernick’s attorneys issued a statement that clarified he was not invited to Tuesday’s meeting by the NFL or team owners.
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Other players wanted him present and have asked that he attend the next meeting with the goal of forging a lasting and faithful consensus around these issues, the statement read. Mr. Kaepernick is open to future participation on these important discussions.

But regardless of whether Kaepernick ever works alongside a league that won’t sign him while inferior quarterbacks collect paychecks, it doesn’t matter when future gatherings are held if he’s physically present or providing input.

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In such a climate, overheated passions can lead to the suppression of civil liberties. Pappas’ principal, Karrie Sequeria, told the Woodland High School community that the teacher was put on leave because she was out of line.

While teachers do retain certain First Amendment rights in their capacity as an instructor, such rights are limited by Education Code and case law, she said. Their personal, political or religious beliefs are not appropriately expressed at school or in the classroom. Instead, the appropriate and legal instructional role is one of neutral facilitator – one who facilitates student discussion and intelligent analysis of current events.

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The reality show Shark Tank was bro-tastic Sunday as all five Gronkowski brothers made their pitch to the shark panel hoping to land investments for the Ice Shaker.

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After the lovable meatheads made their pitch, they upped the ante by challenging the panel of investors, which included former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, to a game of flip cup.

With the taste of victory lingering on their lips, the Gronks celebrated once again after Rodriguez (making his first appearance on the show) and Cuban agreed to invest a combined $150,000 for 15 percent equity in the product.

But Hundley’s play (18-of-33, 157 yards, TD, 3 INTs, 77.5 rating) wasn’t the only reason Green Bay lost.
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A Packers defense that keeps getting further depleted on the back end is at least an equal concern without Rodgers for the long haul.

The Vikings and Case Keenum, their own fill-in QB, had their way with the Packers’ defense, which was without starting safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) and top corners Davon House (quad) and Kevin King (concussion). During the game, Green Bay defensive back Quinten Rollins (leg) also was injured. Keenum, even while he struggled for stretches, kept Minnesota in full control of the game. The Dalvin Cook-less rushing attack led by Jerick McKinnon wasn’t spectacular, either, but it was effective enough.

Marcus Smart and the lingering deadline for rookie extension

Marcus Smart once dislocated two fingers diving for a loose ball in an otherwise unremarkable summer league game, so no display of hustle should be that surprising. Smart simply does not know how to throttle down on a basketball court.

But just in case anyone needed a refresher, there was Smart on Friday night in Philadelphia, lunging at Richaun Holmes as the Philadelphia 76ers center tried to advance the ball from the backcourt in the second half of an exhibition game.

In his great “The Book of Basketball”, Bill Simmons quotes John Havlicek’s autobiography, “Hondo”, on this topic: “Wilt’s greatest idiosyncrasy was not fouling out. He had never fouled out of a high school, college or professional game and that was the one record he was determined to protect. When he got that fourth foul, his game would change. I don’t know how many potential victories he may have cheated his team out of by not really playing after he got into foul trouble.”

But it’s easy to look back at the first 8 2/3 innings of that game and wonder which at-bats might have tilted the Beltran/Kimbrel matchup to Beltran: The eight-pitch at-bat Bregman worked against Kimbrel earlier in the ninth? Or maybe the nine-pitch at-bat Carlos Correa had against Chris Sale, perhaps forcing Kimbrel into the game a couple batters early?

The prediction: You know Indians manager Terry Francona wants to use three pitchers: Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. If somebody else pitches, something has probably gone wrong. Girardi, on the other hand, will likely go full bullpen.

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According to a report by, Jones joined players and coaches in a meeting Wednesday, where he said he made his controversial national anthem comments to draw attention from his players.

Despite some serious (and hilarious) acid reflux, Kelce held out the longest without drinking any milk.

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Quite the last week-plus for Ben Roethlisberger, from lecturing Antonio Brown about composure and maturity after a blowout win to self-flagellation after his embarrassing performance in a blowout loss. Some emotional equilibrium from the franchise player might come in handy, especially against an unbeaten team on a roll in every segment of the game.

Does Derek Carr returning with broken bones in his back jump-start a stumbling Raiders team? Yes … if he can play defense, too, and play better than he did in the two games before he got hurt. The Raiders are on a three-game skid on merit 鈥?every weakness has been exposed, and they’re on the clock to patch it all up, fast. The Chargers didn’t necessarily convince anyone they’re turning it around after barely edging the Giants, though.
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