I’d rather take a sledgehammer to the nuts than watch that Cowboys game again. I knew they’d piss the game away against the Lions after one particular situation.
Coming into the fourth quarter, the Monte Kiffin led defense had to take a freakin’ time out because they only had 10 men on the field. Are you effing kidding me? They just came off the commercial time out in between quarters! How do you not have at least the right number of players lined up? These people are professionals. Blows my mind. There was no way that team deserved to win after that.
After I cried in the shower and chloroformed myself, I woke up and decided there’s something better to do… provide you, the fantasy football people, with week 9 waiver wire targets. Here they go.
Jason Campbell, Cleveland
He’s not flashy or sexy, but he had a surprising game against a vaunted defense. Campbell completed 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. All of this was even more impressive as it was against Kansas City. If you need a bye week fill in who is on most waiver wires, Campbell is a nice play against the Ravens in week 9.
Andre Ellington, Arizona
Never mind, he’s probably not on your waiver wire. If he is, ask that league to up their buy ins next year. There’s still a time share in the desert, but he gives you great upside each week. Ellington is a viable weekly flex option or low end RB2.
Montee Ball, Denver
Ronnie Hillman has fumbled his way down the depth chart. Ball has claimed the clear cut back up roll behind Moreno. Ball is a great stash and wait guy. If Moreno goes down with an injury, Ball has the talent to be a high end RB2. For now, he probably doesn’t make your line up other than desperate situations or in deep leagues.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati
122 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Jets will earn you some attention. However, Jones has been showing out the last couple games. He has gone for 15 catches for 250 yards the last three weeks. As long as Andy Dalton can keep up the consistent play, Jones is a WR3.
Kenny Stills, New Orleans
Stills made the most of his 3 receptions on Sunday going for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He’s on the field enough, second in snaps for WR’s behind Colston, but his lack of targets will keep him from being a consistent threat. Likely boom or bust production from Stills.
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City
Kansas City wanted to get McCluster the rock this week. He posted an impressive stat line of 7/67/1. Definitely worth a look in PPR leagues. However, getting into the end zone is a rarity for McCluster. He has become the go-to possession receiver and has led the Chiefs in receiving in back to back weeks.
Now back to crying about the damn Cowboys…
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NFL Latest News
Maclin Returns to the Eagles
WR Jeremy Maclin, coming off an ACL tear that caused him to miss all of 2013, has signed a prove-it deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for one year at $5.5 million. While this is great for the Philly offense as a whole, it doesn’t bode well for Maclin’s fantasy value in 2014. He will join a crowded receiving corp featuring DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper. Cooper will likely be the WR2, and the offense will still be centered around LeSean McCoy. Maclin will have some great games next year, but will likely struggle to provide consistent production.
Dennis Pitta Resigns With the Baltimore Ravens
TE Dennis Pitta signed a 5-year, $32 million dollar deal, putting an end to what could have been a long negotation. The absence of Pitta due to injury was one of the main reasons why the Ravens’ offense sputtered last year. Entering 2014 he’s got a ton of upside, as he’ll be QB Joe Flacco’s safety blanket. While he has the size of a TE, he plays the majority of his snaps in the slot. This creates matchup problems for smaller DBs who try to cover him. Look for Pitta to be one of the trendier sleeper TEs this offseason.
Break Out Candidate: Tyler Eifert
Tyler Eifert will become a dynamic weapon from the tight end position in his second season in Cincinnati. He has the athletic ability and size to dominate as a pass catcher. The Bengals could utilize him in the slot even with Jermaine Gresham lined up in the typical tight end position. The Bengals need an option to go opposite AJ Green and Eifert will be that guy. Eifert’s improved blocking ability should help be on the field for more snaps and have the chance to make more plays.
Value plays are a must in DFS. Here’s a few guys with low values on the up swing with values all under $5,400 on Draft Kings: Brian Roberts – $5,400 It can still be a Holiday with no Jrue! Over last 7 games 15PPG, 5APG, 2RPG, 1.5 SPG, & 2TPPG. Kent Bazemore – $3,200 2 games with new team. 16PPG, 2.5APG, 1.5RPG, 2SPG, & 1.5TPPG. In Mike D’s system expect numbers to climb. Kyle Singler – $4,100 Over last 7 games 12PPG, 4RPG, 1.5APG, 2SPG, while playing around 37 minutes a game. Thomas Robinson – $3,000 No Lamarcus means it’s Thomas time. February 23rd stat line. …
The State Of The Sixers
Don’t be scared by the big dump in Philadelphia, still tons of value which equal fantasy gold. Thaddeus ” The Beast” Young – $7,800 DK- Young has been a beast, averaging 60 fantasy points over last 2 games. Enough said! Tony Wroten – $4,700 DK- Tony very productive when he gets minutes. Over last 2 games he is averaging 20PPG, 3RPG, 3.5APG, & 1SPG. James Anderson – $4,100 DK- Over last 2 James averaging 11PPG, 2RPG, 3APG, & 1.5SPG. More minutes better numbers. Byron Mullens – $3,000 DK- Been riding pine in LA, conditioning inproves expect big things. In only 14 minutes on Feb …
As the regular season draws closer, Cruz seemed ready to bring down his asking price. Cruz could be a great fit in the middle of Baltimore’s lineup. If he pans out it could be one of the best lineups in the AL. Cruz is looking at the majority of his at-bats as the DH. Cruz could get an occasional start in the OF, whenever Markakis or David Lough need a day off. Source: Enrique Rojas on Twitter
There was some speculation that the Rockies “checked in” on Santana, on Monday. This speculation was due to the Rockies shutting down Chacin. However according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com “The hope is Chacin’s right shoulder-biceps issue is not serious enough for the Rockies to need to make a signing. The official said the club reached out to Santana early in the free-agency process, but it backed away and does not have renewed interest for several reasons.” So for now, the Rockies seemed content with their current pitching staff. Source: Thomas Harding MLB.com
Eto’o was forced into action today after being set to start the match against Tottenham on the bench. After Fernando Torres left warm ups with an apparent groin injury, Eto’o was called upon for the start in his place and took full advantage. The two sides went scoreless until the 56th minute until Eto’o intercepted an errant pass from Spurs defender Jan Vertenghen to net the first goal of the match. The goal essentially opened up the scoring for the home side who took a 4-0 result to push their lead at the top of the table to seven points.
Fernando Torres, Chelsea – Forward
Torres left the pitch during warm ups before Chelsea’s match with Tottenham on Saturday. Samuel Eto’o came on to replace Torres in the starting XI. The injury is initially being reported as a groin injury, but stay tuned as we will have further news as the injury is assessed by the team. Source: NBCS
Steven Caulker, Cardiff City – Defender
Caulker all but locked up the EPL fantasy player of Matchweek 29 with a two goal performance at home against Fulham. Caulker found himself unmarked for a tap in off a deflection in the 45th minute and then again free on a delivery from the corner by Jordon Mutch in the 67th minute to win a very important three points for his club. Cardiff City is not out of trouble just yet as they move up just one spot to 18th in the table.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 will debut March 9 on UFC Fight Pass. The show, which features Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) as opposing Head Coaches, recently wrapped up filming in Brazil. Sonnen and Silva will headline a UFC card on May 31 in a yet to be determined city in Brazil.
Bart Palaszewski, a former WEC and UFC fighter, has officially announced his retirement from MMA. One of only two fighters to beat current UFC Champion Anthony Pettis, Palaszewski (36-17) most recently fought at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, where he was submitted by Cole Miller. Soon after that loss, he was released from his UFC contract. He hadn’t fought since.