That disappointing production came despite only running seven routes against Josh Norman. Watkins has now caught all seven of his targets for 88 yards in his two games in Los Angeles. On the plus side, Watkins was on the field for 97 percent of the Rams’ pass plays, which was way up from 68 percent in Week 1. Watkins’ target share will inevitably rise, and though he still has a very tough schedule as cornerback matchups go this season, he will benefit from good matchups against the 49ers and Cowboys the next two weeks. Fire him up as a flex.
Don’t make Tom angry. You wouldn’t like Tom when he’s angry.
On second thought, fantasy players most certainly would like Tom Brady when he’s angry — or in this case, reeling from an embarrassing, unexpected loss in the Thursday night Week 1 opener — as we’re the ones who reap the statistical rewards. Brady lit up the New Orleans Saints’ defense, leading his New England Patriots to a 36-20 victory in which he managed 30.8 fantasy points — best-among the early Sunday games.
As we do each week, we recap the week’s winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. Check back after the conclusion of the 1 and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for our picks of the week’s best and worst.
Sherman didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he returned as a limited participant Friday.
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Sherman has never missed a game since entering the league in 2011; Carroll said Sherman has reminded him of that this week.
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The Packers quarterback found comfort against the Seahawks’ defense last season, and Wilson, fully healthy, will be have his team at full speed to match. It’s an opening thriller worthy of the late window with Wilson, back near his final college stomping grounds, making the big decisive play late against the weaker defense. Seahawks win 27-24.
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This was a back-and-forth game, as Philadelphia dominated the first half, but only led 16-14 at halftime. Washington took a 19-17 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Eagles scored 11 points in the final 2:02, including a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to cover the spread.
Detroit ran off 26 straight points in the second half to rally from behind and beat the Cardinals. Miles Killebrew’s 35-yard interception return capped the flurry by the Lions and made Carson Palmer’s late touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson meaningless.
This was one of a handful of games that changed favorites in the weeks leading up to Sunday. The Lions opened as small favorites, but the Cardinals closed as consensus 2-point favorites. This was the only game to go over the total in the early kickoffs.
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J.J. Watt’s drive to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief passed a remarkable milestone Thursday, pushing past the $10 million mark, the Texans defensive end tweeted.
Absolutely incredible, he wrote in a post accompanied by a video. The $10 million represents 50 times more than Watt’s initial goal of raising $200,000.
In the video accompanying the news, Watt thanked those who have donated and said some of the money already is being used to help those affected in Texas.
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We’re filling the semi trucks as we speak. Many people have donated their trucks, their time, donated food, water, clothing, generators, things like that, Watt said. We’re going to get those trucks down here by this weekend. … The tentative plan is Sunday we’re going to have a bunch of my teammates help me out in a few different locations around town to be determined, and we’re going to hand out those supplies.
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We’re basically trying to find, A) the safest areas we can get to — obviously we don’t want to put anybody in danger — but then, B) the areas that need it the absolute most. So, we’re going to try and set up — literally, it’s going to be open up the back of a semi truck and start handing out water, start handing out clothes.
A team can never have enough depth on the defensive line (especially with the recent injury history of the Bears), so it will be shocking if Robertson-Harris isn’t on the final roster.
The Leos get little respect as a returning playoff team with Jim Caldwell, but there’s plenty of reason to keep respecting counterpart Bruce Arians. Detroit’s defense doesn’t have answers for Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald or David Johnson. Matthew Stafford faces a much trickier pressure package and secondary, especially when Ameer Abdulllah and the running game are contained. The Cards’ desert drive to Ford Field is fruitful. Cardinals win 27-23 and cover the spread.
Quarterback Cam Newton played one drive in the preseason for the Panthers. His head coach thinks that was enough for the 2015 NFL MVP.
“I think he’s ready,” Rivera said Sunday (via ESPN). “You wish he’d had a few more snaps and played a little bit earlier in the preseason so we’d have more to go on. But what we saw, we liked. We liked how everything seems to be meshing together as an offense. We’ll see how it goes as we continue to work this week.”
Both Hageman’s exemption and release came after he was investigated by the NFL for a domestic violence incident in March 2016 in Georgia. According to NFL.com, the criminal proceedings in the case concluded in late August, leading to his move to the exempt list.
Hageman pleaded guilty to the charges.
The charges stemmed from an incident in which Hageman “pulled the hair of the mother of his child and pushed her down in the parking lot outside of her apartment, causing her to sustain lacerations on her left hand and elbow. Hageman then took her phone, preventing her from calling 911. This incident happened in front of the couple’s child.”
Hageman was fined $7,500 for the misdemeanor charges of interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree.
Did Tony Romo have a crystal ball in the CBS broadcast booth Sunday?
The former Cowboys quarterback, who made his highly anticipated broadcast debut over the weekend, predicted several plays from the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans game.
Elliott was able to remain with the Cowboys and practice until the regular season begins. He was also permitted to play in preseason games.
On Friday, Sept. 8, Judge Amos Mazzant, a federal court judge in Texas, ruled on a motion for a temporary restraining order or an injunction to block Elliott’s suspension until Elliott’s lawsuit against the NFL is completed. Mazzant ruled in Elliott’s favor and issued the injunction.
Mazzant said that he issued the injunction because this is not a matter of guilt or innocent, but whether or not the disciplinary process was applied properly.
The Court finds, based upon the injunction standard, that Elliott was denied a fundamentally fair hearing by Henderson’s refusal to allow Thompson and Goodell to testify at the arbitration hearing, Mazzant said in the ruling.
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The following Monday, the NFL filed an appeal of the injunction.
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So now the court case continues, and the resulting case law could have a big impact on NFL player discipline moving forward.
In the category of not surprising at all, the Colts officially have a quarterback controversy. Scott Tolzien, who has been working with the first team since April, was benched in favor of Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Tolzien had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and nearly had a third right before he was taken out the game. The Colts traded Brissett on Sept. 9. The Colts will likely use the week to evaluate the quarterback position before a decision.
As you probably know, Martin was suspended for four games at the end of last season for a violation of the NFL drug policy. He subsequently checked into rehab this offseason. On a personal level I’m happy for Martin; he sought out help to address his issue. But there is no denying that, from a football standpoint, his suspension has now opened the door to him getting replaced as the starter by Rodgers.
Authentic Kids Carl Nassib Jersey You have to understand that no matter how impressed you are with Rodgers’ 560 rushing yards and 4.3 yards per carry average last season (both career highs for him), you ought to be even more impressed by how he got them.
I can’t tell you how many times I watched Rodgers on film having to dodge defenders in the backfield when toting the pill last year. And yet somehow he found a way to still make sugar out of shit on a lot of those plays by juking one guy right in his face and then getting north and south in a hurry with good body lean so he could get as much yardage as possible.
People are punching you in the face. No matter how tough somebody is, when they have pads on them, the game changes a whole lot. — Eryk Anders, MMA middleweight
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Johnnie Morton racked up 8,719 receiving yards over 12 seasons in the NFL. He’s behind only Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore on the Detroit Lions’ all-time franchise list in the category.
Still, both sports bring the risk of head injuries in a way that other sports don’t. That alone can be enough to dissuade other former football players from fighting professionally.
Even though he had more catches last season, his average yardage per catch went down from 19 yards to 13.3 yards. It might not get back to 19 this season, but it should be a hell of a lot closer than it was. That means his overall production should increase even if he only gets the same amount of catches. But I think his catches are going to shoot up to this season.
Parker was starting to develop some chemistry with Ryan Tannehill, but Tannehill’s injury and the subsequent signing of Cutler has me even more convinced that he will break out this season. Cutler’s problem has never been his arm, but rather his decision making. I don’t think he has ever seen a window he didn’t think he could fit a football into, no matter how small it was.
His decision-making off the field is another story.
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I will be honest and say that it’s hard to have any confidence in Bryant that he will able to stay clean and play this season without issue, considering how many guys have not been able to get right after this many suspensions.
Anders, 30, currently has an 9-0 record as a professional fighter. He earned a first championship belt in June with a unanimous decision victory that made him Legacy Fighting Alliance’s middleweight title holder. Four weeks later, he made his UFC debut against Rafael Natal, a tough veteran with 16 previous UFC fights on his resume.
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The big stage didn’t intimidate Anders, though. It took him less than three minutes to knock Natal out and formally announce himself as one of the most promising up-and-coming contenders in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Still, he manages to do it in a way that merely forces even the squeaky clean Derek Carr to shake his head and laugh.
“Ah, it’s been so fun,” said the Raiders’ Pro Bowl quarterback. “We have such a great time. We like to talk trash to each other. I do it in my way, he does it in his, but we have a great time just getting to know each other.”
There’s always been a magnetic force between Lynch and Oakland. His NFL journey started in Buffalo and continued in Seattle, but flights back to Oakland for off days were common.
Parkey joined the Browns in Week 3 last season after Patrick Murray injured his knee in practice. Parkey missed three of six field-goals in his debut — he met his holder and long-snapper only in pregame warm-ups — but recovered to make 17 of his next 19 attempts.
He was with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Browns and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 when he made 32 of 34 field goal attempts and was perfect on 54 point-after attempts. His 150 points broke the record for points scored by a rookie.
Franks, 24, has been the Dolphins’ kicker for the past two seasons, converting 29 of 37 field goal attempts and 74 of 78 extra-point attempts.
Franks had a solid preseason, including a 56-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third exhibition game. He was 2-for-3 overall.
Parkey made both of his field goal attempts for the Browns this preseason.
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Chris Long stood in the space Thursday night. But, again, anybody can. Just like Peter Norman did.
And fear of potentially undermining an established starting quarterback with a long-term contract and the potential fallout both financially and otherwise if the offense struggles and locker-room support shifts Kaepernick’s way. Why else would Seattle choose Austin Davis — Austin Davis!!! — as Russell Wilson’s understudy even when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised Kaepernick as capable of being a championship guy?
Conversely, Kaepernick shouldn’t be expected to take just any offer that may come his way, even with the temptation of a seven-figure payday for 2017.
As unfair as it may be, there will be some who equate Kaepernick’s on-field success to his off-field agenda. Kaepernick’s image among his supporters will remain strong if there’s a perception that he’s being blackballed by NFL owners.
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Again, as unfair it may be, that can’t be guaranteed should Kaepernick struggle if thrust onto the field without the benefits of having the same prep as his peers.
Julian Edelman is feeling the love.
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I haven’t made any determination on that, Stafford told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press).
Stafford said last month he was honestly pretty tired of talking about his contract negotiations. When asked Monday if he was surprised the contract talks have gone on this long, he said he’s not worried about the issue.
I told you guys the last time we talked about this, I had no expectations going into it, Stafford said. I’m doing myself and our team a disservice if that’s what I’m worried about. I truly am letting the guys upstairs here and my agent hash it all out and I’m just trying to be as good a football player as I can be and help our team.
It’s quite likely Cutler would have ranked higher had he not spent the 2017 offseason as a retired player. (To be fair, we can’t be entirely certain whether this made any difference in his training.) When the Dolphins called following the loss of starter Ryan Tannehill to a knee injury, could anyone have predicted it would take a single day as an active player for Cutler to give the internet the gift of a meme that would reinforce why he is so loathed by so many? Well, of course. He may let down his teammates and receivers, but never his haters.