The Colts saw all 50 shades of Jonas Gray Sunday night. The undrafted rookie, and former standup comic, put up the best fantasy game of the 2014 season, carrying the ball 38 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win. Starting a Belichick running back can be a dicy proposition, but if you strike gold on a night where that’s their game plan it can win the week for you. At this stage in the season Gray must be owned in all formats, though his low floor puts him more in the RB2/flex discussion until we start to see some consistency.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos- Week 11 Stats: 9 car, 29 rush yds, 8 rec, 86 rec yds
This seemed almost unthinkable just two weeks ago, but C.J. Anderson is without question the Broncos starting running back for the foreseeable future. With Ronnie Hillman out 2-6 weeks with a foot injury, and Montee Ball sidelined indefinitely with a groin injury, the job is his to lose. Anderson was effective in the Denver’s shocking 22-7 loss to the Rams, catching eight balls for 86 yards out of the backfield, but sub 3 YPC rushing leaves lots of room for improvement. Aside from the aforementioned shelved running backs, the Broncos are banged up in the passing game too with Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders going down on Sunday, so look for Anderson to continue to play a prominent role in their week 12 showdown versus the Dolphins. C.J. is a sure fire RB2 with RB1 upside until his competition heals.
Coby Fleener, TE, Colts- Week 11 Stats: 7 rec, 144 rec yds
Fleener had what was by far his most productive game of the season in Sunday’s 42-20 loss to the Patriots. The third year man out of Stanford served as Luck’s de facto check down option after running back Ahmad Bradshaw fractured his fibula and fellow tight end Dwayne Allen left the game with an ankle injury. Both Fleener and Allen are in the midst of respectable fantasy campaigns, and if one should miss any time (in this case Allen) the other should immediately sky rocket to TE1 production levels.
Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots- Week 11 Stats: 38 car, 199 rush yds, 4 TD
Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders- Week 11 Stats: 4 car, 47 rush yds, 3 rec, 16 rec yds
This move is purely speculative, but one would think that it would behoove the 0-10 Raiders to see what they’ve got in Latavius Murray, the second year back out of Central Florida. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Dew have both been hot messes this season, leaving Oakland with nothing to lose by looking to the future. Murray averaged more than 10 YPC in the Raiders 13-6 loss to the Chargers. They’ve got a brutal schedule coming up from a rushing perspective (K.C. twice, San Fran, St. Louis and Buffalo for the remainder of the fantasy season) but he is someone to keep an eye on in the event he catches lighting in a bottle as their pitiful year trots to a close.
Daniel Herron, RB, Colts- Week 11 Stats: Did Not Record Any Offensive Stats
It's not going to be easy to replicate Ahmad Bradshaw's stellar production as a hybrid receiving-back in the Colts high octane offense, but Daniel Herron should at least get a crack at it to see if he is capable. If he can achieve 75% of Bradshaw's stats it would make him a serviceable start in PPR formats. Indy has a much needed cake matchup against the Jags in week 12, look for them to throw Herron the keys and see if he is up for the drive.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins- Week 11 Stats: 5 rec, 46 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Landry has long been owned in all leagues that reward points for return yards (he leads the NFL with 798), but he's been slowly climbing his way up the Fins wide receiver depth chart. In recent weeks Jarvis has solidified himself as a top 3 option on the passing game- hauling in five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in their week 11 win over the Bills. There's no denying his boom or bust potential, but if you're feeling froggy, this is the guy to take a leap on.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles- Week 9 Stats: 15 of 22 for 202 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs
I honestly never thought I’d write these words, but Mark Sanchez is worthy of a roster spot on your fantasy team. After Nick Foles went down broken collarbone early in the Eagles 31-21 win over the Texans, Sanchez came in and got dirty, throwing for 200+ yards and a pair of scores. The fact of the matter is he has never been surrounded by this caliber of weapons, and he’s never had an offensive coach worthy of shining Chip Kelly’s shoes. Sanchez has the talent, and now he has the opportunity to redeem himself from the “butt fumble.” A perfect plug and play for Brady, Luck and Rivers owners dealing with byes in week 10.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers- Week 9 Stats: 3 rec, 44 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
In case you skipped last week’s column, here’s what I had to say about the 6’5” rookie from Clemson:
“Anytime your quarterback throws 6 touchdowns and passes for more than 500 yards his receivers stats are bound to be inflated. But don’t let Sunday’s once-in-a-season (if you’re lucky) outburst scare for you from dropping some serious waiver budget on Bryant, the rookie out of Clemson. He’s now scored three times in the last two games, emerging as a big time red zone threat.”
Bryant followed up his breakout performance by catching two more touchdown passes in the Steelers Sunday night bashing of Baltimore. He’s now got five scores in his last three games, and is not-so-quietly surpassing Markus Wheaton on Pittsburgh’s WR depth chart. Until proven otherwise, I’d happily move Martavis to my WR3 slot and not look back. This is only the beginning of what is sure to be a bright fantasy career.
Terrance West, RB, Browns- Week 9 Stats: 15 car, 48 rush yds, 1 rec, 2 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Look, I’m not going to sugar coat this. I would be lying if I even pretended to know the rhyme or reason behind Mike Pettine’s bipolar backfield. But with that being said, Ben Tate has looked broken down and decrepit in recent weeks, Isaiah Crowell has been missing in action, and Terreance West has been slightly above average, so in this case I say ride the lukewarm hand. He out-touched Tate 16-14 in their win over the Bucs and his role should continue to grow. I don’t think West is a guy who is going to win you your league, but a flex fill in during the heart of bye weeks? Sure, why not.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars- Week 9 Stats: 7 rec, 112 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
It’s hard to trust anyone whose fantasy production rests solely on the arm of Blake Bortles, but Hurns production does not deserve to go unrecognized. He was targeted a team high nine times in the Jags 33-23 loss to the Bengals, hauling in seven passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. This was the rookie’s second multi-score game of the season. I know it’s not saying much, but he’s got a much higher ceiling than Cecil Shorts at this stage of their careers.
Mychal Rivera, TE, Raiders- Week 9 Stats: 8 rec, 38 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
Gronk owners rejoice! Your savior is here and his name is Mychal Rivera (assuming you don’t already own Travis Kelce or Heath Miller). Rivera flowed into the end zone twice in the Raiders closer-than-expected 30-24 loss to the Seahawks. He was targeted a team high 11 times and should continue to be heavily utilized while playing from behind against the Broncos this at Mile High. It’s no secret that bad quarterbacks rely heavily on their tight ends as safety blankets, and I fully intend on wrapping myself up in some Mychal come Sunday.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Cowboys Fan Handles Loss to Redskins With Class and Elegance... Just Kidding, He Destroyed Everything In Sight Including The TV and Fish Tank
Why the hell would anyone voluntarily chose to live with this guy? I get if it's your brother and you grew up in the same house, or if you got assigned as roommates in the dorms at college, but as an adult you've got to be kidding me. I don't feel bad for anyone in this video. This is what they signed up for. They brought the tornado upon themselves. If this nutcase is smashing TV's, TiVo's and fish tanks over a week 8 game, I can only imagine the shit he's pulled over the course of their friendship.
There's literally a 0% chance he hasn't punched a hole in the wall at some point in his life over a lost beer pong game.
In a special Halloween edition of the 2 Man Weave Podcast, Miggs and I talk about some of our favorite memories, movies and costumes from what is indisputably the best college holiday. Nick Van Sexel also talks about his follies from last weekend's visit to the frat house.
We finish up by touching on a barrage of topics, including, but not limited to, pooping at work, babies taking selfies and a Teletubbie who got a bad case of the munchies.
@danye33 / @NickMiggs
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers- Week 8 Stats: DNP (IR)
You don’t have to read too deep into the teas leaves in Tampa to see that something is awry in their offense. They are the fourth worst rushing team in the league, averaging just a hair over 86 ypg, and their “bellcow” back Doug Martin has been nothing more than a calf. Enter Charles Sims, the third round pick out of West Virginia has yet to play a down for the Buccs, but could become their defacto #1 back as early as week 10 versus the Falcons. He is set to return from the team’s IR list this week and will have to do little more than tie his shoelaces to surpass his completion. Sims could be the type of midseason fantasy lottery ticket owners dream about.
Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots- Week 8 Stats: 17 car, 86 rush yds
Jonas Gray saw a lot of green on Sunday, stampeding for 86 yards, while filling the Ridley role to perfection, in the Pats 51-23 win over the Bears at Gillette Stadium. It’s always a dice roll anytime you start a Patriots back, but Grey should see the majority of the work between the tackles in games they’re expected to win big (ex: every AFC East game for the remainder of the season). I doubt he’ll play much of a factor in what is sure to be a shootout with Denver this weekend, but look for him to bounce back with some big games when New England returns from their bye in week 11.
Josh Brown, WR, Cardinals- Week 8 Stats: 5 rec, 119 rec yds, 1 rec TD
The third round rookie out of Pittsburg State was the unsung hero of Sunday’s come-from-behind win over the Eagles. Brown hauled in a 75 yard score with just over 1:20 to play in the fourth and the team trailing by three points. He was targeted 10 times, catching five of those balls for a career high 119 yards, and has the same amount of targets on the year as Michael Floyd. Having Carson Palmer back increases his value tenfold, though he remains a flex player at best from a fantasy standpoint.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots- Week 8 Stats: 11 rec, 124 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Unlike the Aaron Dobson’s and Kenbrell Thompkins’ of the world, it appears Brandon LaFell will not fade into Patriots wide receiver purgatory. LaFell set his career high in receptions (11) and yards (124) in New England’s 51-23 bashing of the Bears. He’s now surpassed Julian Edelman as the go-to receiver on this high potent offense and you can start him at WR3 with confidence.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers- Week 8 Stats: 5 rec, 83 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
Anytime your quarterback throws 6 touchdowns and passes for more than 500 yards his receivers stats are bound to be inflated. But don’t let Sunday’s once-in-a-season (if you’re lucky) outburst scare for you from dropping some serious waiver budget on Bryant, the rookie out of Clemson. He’s now scored three times in the last two games, emerging as a big time red zone threat. He’ll be no higher than the Steelers third option at best the rest of the way, but definitely an intriguing process who should continue to grow as the season moves on.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts- Week 8 Stats: 7 rec, 113 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Moncrief caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown while filling in for the injured Reggie Wayne, and far outperforming the healthy Hakeem Nicks, in the Colts 51-34 loss to the Steelers. This offense has a lot of mouths to feed with their duel-running backs (T-Rich/Bradshaw), duel-tight ends (Allen/Fleener) and T.Y. Hilton, but the upside for Moncrief is definitely there. If Wayne sits out Monday’s game versus the Giants I’d have no problem plugging and playing the talented rook.
Friday, October 24, 2014
In part 1 of The 2 Man Weave Podcast's NFL Mid-Season Report, Cam and I defend the Percy Harvin trade, followed by a headfirst dive into our Top 10 Power Rankings. Afterwards we each make our case for MVP of the first half of the season.
Come back next week for part 2!
@danye33 / @CamboScoots
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
In episode #13 of the 2 Man Weave Podcast Gary and I talk about his experience at the Vikings-Bills game and the time I prank called Golden Tate. We also break down the Percy Harvin trade and bring you up to speed on everything you need to know from a fantasy perspective heading into week 8 of the NFL season.
@danye33 / @LeBronaldReagan
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app that sounds more like a delivery weed service, has embedded itself deep into the psyche of narcissists everywhere. It’s a cultural phenomenon that exists only to stroke our own egos and quantify our self-worth with each received double-click. But despite all the possible places, poses and filters in the world, we so often retreat to what we know. The #basics. The guaranteed ‘like.’
I don’t know if it’s the drop in temperature, or the drop of pumpkin in your spiced iced latte, but something about the fall makes Instagram users lose all sense of originality.
That’s not to say autumn is the only season where creativity heads into hibernation. Sunsets in the summer. Graduation gowns in the spring. NYE poppin’ bottles with mah bitches!! But for whatever reason the fall is undoubtedly the biggest culprit, and the inspiration behind our list.
So without further ado, we present to you, the 27 most basic types of pictures you are bound to see while scrolling down your smartphone.
1. Apple Picking
2. Spiced Pumpkin everything
3. Christmas tree at Roc Center
4. Starbucks cup with misspelled name
5. Hot dog legs at the beach
6. Sorority letters
7. Ray Ban reflections
8a. Workout gear
8b. Post workout selfie
9. Northface/Leggings/Uggs combo
11. #nomakeup (but really #yesmakeup)
12. Their dog
13. New haircut
14. Blurry concert pic accompanied by song lyric
16. Brunch (mimosas included, obv)
17. "Just because" flowers from the boyfriends
18. Jumping on the beach
20. Their clean car
21. Yoga pose
22. #tbt from early childhood
23. Screen shots of convos with their S.O.
24. Names written in the sand
25. Birthday collages
26. Boardy Barn stickers
27. Graduation cap group hugs
Tre Mason, RB, Rams- Week 7 Stats: 18 car, 85 rush yds, 1 rush TD
Mason’s name came up on “Rams Running Back Roulette” in week 7 and the rookie out of Auburn did not disappoint. Tre thrashed the Seahawks defense for 85 yards and a score in St. Louis’ stunning 28-26 upset win over Seattle. This backfield is going to undoubtable cause owners to sprout grey hairs as the season progresses, but if you feel like taking this ride there is a chance Mason becomes this year’s Zac Stacy, winning the job over and never looking back. Though far from a certainty, he has the highest upside of any back on the waiver wire this week.
Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars- Week 7 Stats: 22 car, 127 rush yds, 1 rush TD
It looks like our “Storm warnings” were a bit off last week, as the Jags instead decided to run with former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in their win over the Browns. Robinson carried the ball 22 times for 127 yards in a score- by far the most productive game of any Jacksonville running back this season. Head coach Gus Bradley says the job is his to lose, making him an exciting addition to this week’s waiver class. Any time you can snag a starting RB this late in the season you’ve got to do it.
Bryce Brown, RB, Bills- Week 7 Stats: DNP (healthy scratch)
Brown wasn’t active in the Bills come-from-behind, last second victory over the Vikings, but he’s expected to see a lot of action over the next few weeks. Buffalo lost C.J. Spiller for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, and Fred Jackson for upwards of a month with a groin injury. The Bills gave up a fourth round pick for Brown last May and now it’s time for them to get some return on their investment. Their two-back system is not expected to change, which means Anthony Dixon will remain in the picture, but from a talent perspective it’s not even close that Bryce is the back you want on your team. If he excels in the Spiller role, he could be flex worthy even after the always reliable F Jax returns.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks- Week 7 Stats: 7 rec, 123 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Baldwin seamlessly snuck into the Seahawks WR1 slot Sunday in Seattle’s loss to St. Louis. He grabbed seven balls for 123 yards and touchdown- much better numbers than anything his former teammate Percy Harvin had put up all year. Baldwin should continue to see the lion’s share of the targets in this offense moving forward. From a fantasy perspective he is a feel-good flex play with WR3 upside.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals- Week 7 Stats: 10 rec, 48 rec yds (12 targets)
The Bengals got beat down badly in their 27-0 shutout loss to the Colts. Indy completely neutralized Gio Bernard and made Andy Dalton look like Raggedy Ann, but that didn’t stop tight end Jermaine Greshman from hauling in 10 of 12 targets for 48 yards. Star wideout A.J. is easing his way back from a toe injury, and fellow tight end Tyler Eifert is still a few weeks away from returning from an elbow injury, meaning now is the time for Gronk, Gates and Kelce owners to capitalize on Gresh during their byes.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings- Week 7 Stats: 19 car, 103 rush yds, 2 rec, 4 rec yds
I’ve been telling you to add McKinnon for weeks now, but if he’s still sitting there on waivers he should be your top priority. The days of Matt Asiata being fantasy relevant are over. The future of Vikings backfield starts now.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins- Week 7 Stats: DNP (injured)
RG3 could be back in action as early as Monday night, and since Kirk Cousins did everything in his power to kill any possibility of a quarter back controversy in our nation’s capital, the job belongs to the Subway spokesman. If you’re desperate at QB, or perhaps a Matt Ryan owner in peril, it would be behoove you to take a flier on the former rookie of the year.