Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups


Larry Donnell, TE, Giants- Week 4 Stats: 7 rec, 54 rec yds, 3 rec TDs

The 6’6” undrafted free agent continues to take the league by storm, scoring three times in the Giants nationally televised, Thursday night slaughter of the Redskins. Chances are he comes back to Earth eventually, but his current production puts him on pace to catch 100 balls for nearly a thousand yards and 16 touchdowns. 75% of that the rest of the way and he easily finishes up as a top 3 fantasy tight end. His connection with Eli Manning is undeniable and seems to be benefiting more than anyone from Ben McAdoo’s new offense in New York.

Jerik McKinnon, RB, Vikings- Week 4 Stats: 18 car, 135 rush yds, 1 rec, 17 rec yds 

Lets pour out a 40 oz. for all the former AP owners out there who watched in horror as the Vikings erupted for 241 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground versus the AFC South leading Falcons. Matt Asiata got all the goal line work, but what Jerik McKinnon was able to accomplish between the 20's has dynasty players salivating at the mouth. The talent gap between Minnesota's two backs is unquantifiable, but Asiata's existence all but assures their will be frustration from fantasy owners debating on which back they should start each Sunday. Regardless, McKinnon is a must add this week, and will be a boom or bust flex play whenever you are feeling froggy. 

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals-  Week 4 Stats: Did not play (bye)

Jones is set to make his 2014 debut in a primetime, week 5 matchup against the Pats. The third year 
receiver out of Cal is coming off a 10 touchdown season, and a broken foot that has kept him on the sidelines since early August. The 3-0 Bengals are looking like an AFC juggernaut, and despite their unwavering commitment to the run, their stout defense makes sure the offense gets enough touches for everyone. I wouldn't start him from the jump just because I want to see if that foot is back at game speed, but look for him to settle into a serviceable WR3. 

Eli Manning, QB, Giants- Week 4 Stats: 28 of 39 for 300 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, 1 INT, 1 rush TD

DON'T FEAR THE REAPER! After three weeks of at best mixed results, and at worst a dumpster fire, Eli Manning finally has the Giants offense clicking like Dorothy's heels. Saving his best work for prime time, the two-time Super Bowl MVP reminded Kirk Cousins that he still has a lot to prove before being mentioned in the same breath as his fellow NFC East quarterbacks. Eli accounted for 5 touchdowns, while the heavily started Cousins accounted for 5 turnovers in Big Blue's big romp. 

The Giants play the Falcons, Eagles and Cowboys in their next three games. Drew Brees and Nick 
Foles owners should take note with bye weeks approaching... 


Matt Prater, K, Broncos- Week 4 Stats: Did not play (suspended)

For the record I do not endorse rostering two kickers at the same time…BUT if you have a spot to burn and feel like adding last year’s #2 fantasy foot, now is your chance. Prater returns from suspension week 6 and is expected to pick right up where he left off. The Broncos offense has struggled (by their standards) so far this year, and interim kicker Brandon McManus has attempted just three field goals thus far. But don’t let that scare you off. The opportunities to score will certainly be there and his big leg/mile high air combo makes for an enticing ad. There is no harm in waiting until next week to put in a claim for him, just understand that you run the risk of missing out on a potential top 5 kicker the rest of the season.

Devin Hester, WR, Falcons- Week 4 Stats: 5 rec, 70 rec yds, 1 rec TD

This suggestion is aimed more towards bigger leagues (16, 14, deep bench 12's), but there is no denying Hester's resurgence in Hotlanta. He has somehow managed to score double digit fantasy points in three of the first four games, and hasn't lost a step in the return game either. There are a lot of mouths to feed in that passing game, but so far he's managed to eat just about every week. There are worse WR5's you could roster. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Britt and Kelly Talk About Their Experiences With Catcalls



Over Labor Day Weekend our good friend Kelly came to visit us for my girlfriend's birthday. One of the things on our weekend bucket list was to lay out and have some drinks in Central Park, so Saturday afternoon that's exactly where we went. About an hour into our time there the ladies were approached by two bros with a microphone and vape pen made out of an old Nintendo controller asking if they wanted to be interviewed about their experiences getting "catcalled"?



The duo said they ran a YouTube page called Wasted Tuiton and that the video would be posted "in a few days." I had completely forgotten to check until just now, but sure enough the video exists! The audio quality is pretty shitty, but aside from that the video actually came out pretty good! So show them some love by taking a look, and keep an ear out for Kell Ann's TLC lyric drop at the five minute mark. 



-fresh (@danye33)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #11 with John Fontanelli


In episode #11 of the 2 Man Weave Podcast John and I discuss his time in Alaska shooting for the Discovery Channel, the various levels of "realness" in reality tv and the power of social media. We also pay homage to Derek Jeter, examine the peculiar circumstances of former Titans kicker Rob Bironas' death and ogle over Niykee Heaton's Instagram.



0:00- Introduction / Font's Alaska experience
7:53- Reality TV (how "real" is it?)
17:17- Baseball (Jeter's legacy, what went wrong, how to make the game more watchable)
32:36- NFL (crime and punishment, how should we gauge our heroes?)
51:17- Rob Bironas mysterious death
55:05- Music (Niykee Heaton, Lil Dicky)



@danye33 / @JohnAnthony37

Rapid Reaction- Joe and Dan Discuss the Bill Simmons Suspension


ESPN laid down the hammer Wednesday, suspending Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons three weeks for a heartfelt (though profanity ridden) rant against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on Monday's edition of his popular podcast The B.S. Report.



Simmons lashed out at the Ginger Hammer, emphatically claiming that Goodell lied during last Friday's press conference while addressing the Ray Rice situation.
"Goodell, if he didn't know what was on that tape, he's a liar," Simmons said Monday. "I'm just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn't know is such fucking bullshit. It really is — it's such fucking bullshit. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was."
He then dared his bosses to punish him for speaking his mind.
"I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I'm in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell, because if one person says that to me, I'm going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner's a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast."

Anyways, Joe and I decided this breaking development called for an emergency podcast, which you can watch in full below. In it we predict Simmons' next move and debate what he meant by "going public." Does Bill Simmons have proof that an ESPN higher-up beats his wife? Who knows! But that's what makes speculating so fun.




-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups


 Alfred Blue, RB, Texans- Week 3 Stats: 13 car, 78 rush yds, 1 rec, 10 rec yds

Blue became the red hot pick up Sunday morning after it was announced that Arian Foster was going to miss the game with a hamstring injury. He showed flashes of skill in the Texans 30-17 loss to the Giants, including a 46 yard second half scamper. It took a little while for Houston to get anything going on offense, which was largely a result of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s three drive-stopping interceptions. But the fact remains this team stays committed to the run, making Blue a must own handcuff, who could be in line to see more starts as the season progresses and Foster’s body continues to deteriorate.

Miles Austin, WR, Browns- Week 3 Stats: 6 rec, 51 rec yds, 1 rec TD

After being injured or irrelevant for the better part of the past three season, Austin is in the midst of a full-on resurgence in Cleveland. He has six catches and a touchdown in each of the past two games and is still available in more than 80% of all leagues. Brian Hoyer (716 passing yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) has done the unthinkable- got fans to forget about Johnny Manziel. And if Austin keeps performing the way he has been playing they may forget about Josh Gordon next!

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens- Week 3 Stats: 18 car, 91 rush yds, 1 rush TD

The rookie out of Coastal Carolina turned heads Sunday while filling in for the injured Bernard Pierce. Taliaferro was the workhorse back, carrying the rock 18 times for 91 yards and a score. Head coach John Harbaugh is on the record saying they will ride the hot hand as their Ray Rice-less season continues, and there is reason to believe Lorenzo will have as good an opportunity as anyone (Pierce/Forsett) to earn his stripes. There’s no way I would throw him in my starting line-up week 4 against Carolina, but with an enticing week 5 game in Indy, owners should act now and pay extra close attention to how this backfield shakes out.  


Cody Parkey, K, Eagles- Week 3 Stats: 3 FGs (1 50+), 3 XP

I’ve suggested using your waiver priority on a kicker in the three years that I have been writing this column, but Parkey’s start has been too special to ignore. The undrafted rookie didn’t win the starting job in Philly until after most leagues had already drafted, resulting in the NFL’s top scoring kicker to going unowned in the majority of all leagues heading into week 4. That is simply unacceptable. I know they say it is hard to predict kickers scoring from week to week, but this is a no brainer. High octane, fast paced offense that scores a ton of points to go along with the leg strength to hit from 50+.

Through three games he has outscored Tom Brady.  

Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles- Week 3 Stats: 8 rec, 59 rec yds, 2 rec TD

The Eagles are firing on all cylinders right now and have scored the second most points in the league through three games, so it should come as no surprise that there is fantasy value to be found deep down their depth chart. Thus far it’s been rookie Jordan Matthews, not Riley Cooper, who has shined alongside Maclin in their receiving corp. Matthews caught eight balls for 59 yards and two touchdowns in Philly’s 37-34 come from behind win over the Skins. At this point in time I would not feel comfortable starting him as a fantasy WR 1,2 or 3. But at flex during a week when you are short on guys due to byes? Sure, why not. Always better to take a flier on a guy whose team can move the ball (added bonus what that team’s defense sucks too!).

Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers-  Week 3 Stats: 4 rec, 42 rec yds, 2 rec TD

The oft-dropped Eddie Royal once again finds himself at the top of some poor fool’s waiver claim. He’s now scored 10 touchdowns in his last 18 games, and appears to have leap-frogged Malcolm Floyd as the #2 WR in San Diego. There are a lot of mouths to feed the Chargers passing game, with Gates, Green, Allen and the aforementioned Floyd all stealing looks, but I don’t think Royal’s production will fizzle out like in years past. He’s sitting just outside the top 25 in targets and should continue to excel as their slot receiver. Especially with the rate at which running backs on his team are going down.

Owen Daniels, TE, Ravens- Week 3 Stats: 1 rec, 8 rec yds

Daniels was not fantasy-relevant in the Ravens 23-21 win over the Browns, but look for that to change moving forward. First string tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a non-contact hip injury that some fear could sideline him for the remainder of the season. Daniels stands to reap the benefits from this devastating blow to Baltimore’s middling offense.  He won’t put up top 10 tight end numbers the rest of the way, but he has high end TE2 potential. 


-fresh (@danye33

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lil Dicky "Lemme Freak" Heading Into The Weekend



"I just turned off The Departed for a movie bout a bee"


The 2 Man Weave Podcast #10 with Gary McClune



In episode #10 of The 2 Man Weave Podcast Gary and I react to the Adrian Peterson abuse allegations and look ahead to week 3 of the NFL season from a fantasy perspective. We also discuss Derek Jeter's farewell commercial and Gary comes clean about how many times he's watched the "Anaconda" video.

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@danye33 / @lebronaldreagan  

This Derek Jeter Farewell Commercial Gives Me Chills



Touching tribute (and free corporate advertising) for one of the most iconic New York athletes of all time. You don't have to be a Yankees fan to appreciate what Jeter meant to this team, this sport and this city. I'll be forever thankful that I was able to follow his career from start to finish, and for the one week of no homework my class was granted following the Yankees '96 World Series win when I was in 3rd grade.


Also, this kid is freaking adorable. 

RE2PECT

-fresh (@danye33


Herm Edwards Picked The Buccs To Make The Super Bowl

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(ESPNOne thing coach Lovie Smith has said several times is he wants to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relevant again. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007 and haven’t won a postseason game since their Super Bowl victory more than a decade ago. They are coming off a 4-12 season and have a bunch of new faces and a new coaching staff. But one expert already sees the Bucs as relevant. That is ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, a former Tampa Bay assistant. Edwards predicted the Bucs and the Pittsburgh Steelers as his two Super Bowl teams for the upcoming season

Talk about a blow to your credibility. The team you predicted to win the AFC just gave up 56 consecutive points en route to getting curb stomped on national television to the Falcons, one week after losing at home to an Austin Davis led Rams team. I know some people thought they would be a sexy sleeper pick (Bill Simmons picked them to win the division) heading into the season with their new coach, quarterback (LOL) and a healthy Doug Martin, but this team is a dumpster fire. They couldn't make a tackle or hold on to the ball to save their life last night, and their center tried using the football as a butt plug. 

Be sure to tune into Sportscenter this weekend for more of his "expect" analysis. 

-fresh (@danye33)

P.S. Somewhat related, Josh McCown hates porn.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups



Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs- Week 2 Stats: 22 car, 79 rush yds, 2 rush TDs, 6 rec, 26 rec  yds

I don’t think there was a single Jamaal Charles owner in the world who didn’t curse out their television or twitter feed on Sunday thinking “THOSE TWO TOUCHDOWNS BELONGED TO ME!” But alas here we are, another consensus top 4 pick sidelined, this time with a high ankle sprain and an unknown timetable for his return. In the meantime fantasy players should be licking their chops to get their hands on Knile Davis, the heir to the Chiefs RB1 throne. If you can beat out your league mates to him on the wire, start him with confidence until Charles returns.

Bobby Rainey, RB, Buccaneers- Week 2 Stats: 22 car for 144 rush yds, 3 rec, 30 rec yds

Rainey got the start for the injured Doug Martin (knee) Sunday and made the most of it, accounting for close to 175 yards of offense in the Bucc’s 19-17 loss to the Rams. Tampa Bay plays division the division rival Falcons on a short week Thursday, and if Martin isn’t 100% by then you can expect another big day from the speedster out of Western Kentucky. After a poor showing week one on the ground and from the o-line I didn’t think Rainey was going to be an essential handcuff heading into week 2, but things have certainly changed since then. In a week that saw Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Ben Tate all hit the sidelines for various medical and legal reasons, Rainey now finds himself in the #1 waiver wire request discussion.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins- 22 of 33 for 250 pass yds, 2 pass TDs

Well, it looks like (the majority of) Redskins fans will finally see their wish of having Krik Cousins line up under center come true. Cousins replaced the highly scrutinized Robert Griffin III, who left the game five minutes into the first with what could wind up being a season ending dislocated ankle. Kirk meshed quickly, connecting on his first 14 pass attempts before finishing up the day a respectable 250 yards and two touchdowns, in the Skins 41-10 rout of the Jags. Analysts and fans have long raved about Cousins potential as a starter, and now we’re going to have another chance to see it. A week 4 matchup versus the Giants makes him a great plug and play option for Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer and Russell Wilson owners during their bye week.


Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings- Week 2 Stats: 36 rush yds, 5 rec, 48 rec yds, 1 rec TD

In lieu of his recent child abuse allegations, Asiata got the nod in replace of the deactivated Adrian Peterson in week 2. He wasn’t able to get much going on the ground, averaging just 2.8 ypc against the feisty New England defense. But he was a factor in the passing game, snagging five balls for 48 yeards and the Vikings only touchdown. AP’s healthy scratch from the lineup certainly isn’t what most owners banked on when they took him with their first pick in this year’s draft, but if they can get their hands on Asiata on the waiver wire it will serve as a small consolation prize while Peterson’s legal mess sorts itself out. On Monday, the Vikings said Peterson would be back in pads this week and on the field Sunday, but as we have seen in recent weeks, if the public takes a strong enough stance and sponsors start to pull out, harsher punishment may follow. Asiata is worth an add in all formats.

Niles Paul, TE, Redskins- Week 2 Stats: 8 rec, 99 rec yds, 1 rec TD

The former fifth rounder out of Nebraska is flourishing in Jordan Reed’s absence. He is second among all tight ends in receiving yards with 185 and has proven to be a viable goal line option as well, scoring on a 2 yard fade in Sunday’s blowout win. Cousins seems to favor his tight ends and backs in the passing game, which is bad news for Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson owners, but good news for those lucky enough to scoop Paul off the waivers.


Delanie Walker, TE, Titans- Week 2 Stats: 10 rec, 142 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Walker was the lone bright spot in the Titans let down loss to the Cowboys, hauling in 10 balls for 142 yards, including a 61 yard score. He is easily Jake Locker’s favorite target and could provide stability at a position where aside from the top guys, there is not much. Delanie has now passed the pylons in consecutive weeks and should be 100% owner across the board.

Donald Brown, RB, Chargers- Week 2 Stats: 7 car, 21 rush yds

First string running back Ryan Mattews is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with an MCL sprain, leaving plenty of carries up for grabs in the San Diego backfield. Brown wasn’t that effective against the Seahawks stout d-line, but should have an easier go of things with upcoming games vs. the Bills and Jaguars. Expect to see more of Danny Woodhead, especially in the passing game, but Brown should still put up low end RB2/flex numbers in Matthews’ absence.

James Jones, WR, Raiders- Week 2 Stats: 9 rec, 112 rec yds, 1 rec TD


We knew someone would wind up catching balls in Oakland, and after two weeks it would appear James Jones is the wide receiver to covet. He caught 9 of 14 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Riaders 30-14 loss to the Texans. Jones continues to excel in the red zone, and in garbage time, and is making a strong case for WR3 consideration. Especially once bye weeks start rolling around. Don’t love the offense, but I do love the volume of work he is seeing. 

-fresh (@danye33)