Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Shout Out To Everyone Who Took Home A Fantasy Title This Weekend!

Over the weekend I won the championship in both my big money keeper leagues (Ebola in RTTO and Ha Ha Clinton's Dick in Dead Fish). It was a feat I had often dreamed about, but always seemed to slip through my fingers in heartbreaking fashion. But not this time! This year my boys fought tooth and nail til the end and everything broke my way.

I traded Odell Beckham and lived to tell about it.  I started Toby Gerhart in a championship matchup and lived to tell about it. And I used a keeper slot on Montee Ball and lived to tell about it.

Hopefully some of you were able to use my advice to reach the promised land yourself. Fantasy titles are won and lost on the waiver wire and each week I dished out a handful candidates for your consideration.

I had a blast following, studying, watching and winning this season, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to watching week 17 and beyond nice and relaxed with nothing at stake.

Europe, here I come!

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, December 19, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #17 with Miggs

Miggs and I dish some holiday cheer in the latest edition of The 2 Man Weave Podcast. The two of us discuss our holiday plans, the Jets ineptitude and the Rajon Rondo trade. We also debate Winston vs. Mariota and bring you up to speed on our surprisingly successful fantasy football season. 

Ended up rolling the dice and going with Toby. I'll sign off on 12.5 every day of the week. Thank you based rhino. 

@danye33 / @NickMiggs 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys- Week 15 Stats: 2 car, 13 rush yds

Randle skyrockets to the top of the week 16 waiver wire pecking order thanks to hand injury to fantasy MVP candidate DeMarco Murray. Murray is the league’s leading rusher by more than 400 yards, and if he misses Sunday’s tilt with the Colts Randle immediately becomes an RB1. That offense line is too good to fail, regardless of who is lining up in the backfield (though I’d love to see Trent Richardson try). Keep an eye on DeMarco’s availability at the week progresses.  

Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars- Week 15 Stats: 13 car, 54 rush yds, 2 rec, 9 rec yds

This play is strictly for the desperate for a variety of reasons. First, it’s a Jacksonville running back. But more importantly, it’s a dreaded Thursday night contest (vs. the lowly Titans). I have no problem swinging for the fences, but I literally could not think of anything worse than knowing you pissed away a starting slot during championship week by gambling on a Jags offensive player. If this game was on Sunday at 4:05 pm I could talk myself into it. But on a Thursday? Fat chance. I can’t deal with that type of regret on a work day.

Connor Barth, K, Broncos- Week 15 Stats: 5 FGs, 1 XP

Barth Vader sonned many opposing fantasy teams in week 15, kicking five field goals in the Broncos 22-10 week 15 win over Chargers. Manning’s numbers have been down in recent weeks, but that actually plays to Barth’s strengths. I also like the fact that Denver plays on Monday night this week. He’s the type of the player you can talk yourself into having a chance at winning even if you’re down 15 points after Sunday.

Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers- Week 15 Stats: 6 car, 55 rush yds

Both Hyde (ankle) and Gore (concussion) are questionable for week 16. There’s no guarantee that either of them play, but if you’re in desperate need of an RB2 and Hyde gets the nod, run with it!

Dan’s week 16 Defensive rankings-

You know what they say, defense wins championships. So if any of these options are still floating around on the wire, now is the time to pounce.

1. Bills (@Raiders)- You saw what they did to Aaron Rodgers, just wait until you see what they do to David Carr.

2.  Patriots (@Jets) - Revis Island’s return to the Meadowlands will not go unnoticed

3. Ravens (@Texans) - You’re either getting Tom Savage or Case Keenum.  There is no right answer.

4. Green Bay (@Buccs) - With Detroit hot their tails, there is no way the Pack don’t bounce back in a big way in week 16.  

5. Seattle (@Cardinals) – The reigning Super Bowl champs have finally hit their stripe. Another trip to Super Sunday may be in order.

Longshots that I like-  Giants at St. Louis, Eagles at Washington, Panthers vs. Browns

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals- Week 14 Stats: 19 car, 100 rush yds

When news broke that Andre Ellington was taking a trip to the IR list, fantasy owners flocked to the wires to scoop up Stepfan Taylor, Ellington's presumed heir. But it was Kerwynn Williams who ended up seeing the lion's share of the carries in the Cardinals backfield. Williams cracked the century mark on 19 carries, helped to ensure Arizona became the first team in the league to reach double digit wins. He has got a tough task ahead of head, and a short week of rest, but if you're happy with a starting someone who is guaranteed 12 touches, Williams is your guy. 

Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings- Week 14 Stats: 4 rec, 103 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Johnson earned the start Sunday over struggling second year wide out  Cordarrelle Patterson, and shined in his absence. The 6’2” speedster out of Grand Valley State caught four balls for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings overtime victory over the Jets Sunday. He’s now put up fantasy startable numbers in three of his last four games and appears to be Teddy Bridgewater’s most trusted target. I don’t like the week 15 matchup against the Lions stout defense, but if you are desperate, there are certainly worse options out there.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears- Week 14 Stats: 2 rec, 19 rec yds

The door for potential is definitely open for Marquess Wilson. The second year receiver out of Washington State is expected to carry much of the burden left in the wake of Brandon Marshall’s season ending rib and lung injury. He’ll get the start alongside Alshon Jeffery Monday night versus New Orleans. And though it would be foolish to bank on the Marshall’s level of production, Wilson is still an intriguing flex/WR3 play for your semifinal matchup.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers- Week 14 Stats: 20 car, 155 rush yds, 1 rush TD

Stewart ran all over a pathetic Saints defense in the Superdome last weekend, carrying the rock 20 times for a season high 155 yards a score in the Panthers 41-10 win. The win snapped a six game losing streak and shows flashes of what could have been, if not for a constant committee backfield split between Stewart and the now-injured DeAngelo Williams (finger). If Williams sits out this week’s contest again the lowly Buccaneers, have fun riding Stewart all the way to your league’s championship game.

Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs- Week 14 Stats: 1 car, 4 rush yds

This is the ultimate lottery ticket play, as first string back and fantasy savior Jamaal Charles deals with a swollen knee and ankle issues. Charles is listed as questionable as of Tuesday, but should he miss this week’s game against the Raiders Davis will immediately become an unquestioned top 10 fantasy play in week 15. At this point in the season it’s better to look for long shots that can swing a game for you, rather than dead weight depth that you’re never going to play at the end of your bench.

-fresh (@danye33

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

Kenny Stills, WR, Saints- Week 13 Stats- 5 rec, 162 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Kenny is still the Saints receiver I’d trust the most to start as we enter the fantasy football playoffs. He leads the team in yards on the year (691) and has seen a nice uptick in targets since teammate Brandin Cooks went down with a season ending thumb injury in week 11. On Sunday the second year speedster torched veteran Ike Taylor for 162 yards and a score in the Saints 35-32 win over the Steelers. He’s a locked and loaded flex play the rest of the season with WR3 upside. For comparison, I’d feel more comfortable starting him than hit-or-miss guys like Percy Harvin, Mohamed Sanu, Michael Floyd and Michael Crabtree.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans- Week 13 Stats: 24 of 33 for 358 pass yds, 6 TDs, 147.5 passer rating

Ryan Six-Patrick returned from the dead Sunday, filling in for the injured quarterback who stole his job from three weeks ago. The Harvard grad had a near perfect game, throwing a franchise record 6 touchdowns as well as 358 yards in the Texans division win over the Titans. I’d be willing to bet my salary he doesn’t duplicate these numbers at any point over the final four games, but with another plus matchup versus the Jags on Sunday he’s an enticing daily fantasy option.

Stedman Bailey, WR, Rams- Week 13 Stats- 5 rec, 100 rec yds

This is admittedly a DEEP longshot, but Bailey had Steadily produced these past two weeks so it’s worth mentioning that he’s turned 15 targets into 12 catches for 189 yards and a score. You never want to let your fantasy fate rest of the arm of a QB like Austin Davis, but targets don’t lie. One of either Bailey or Kenny Britt are going to have startable fantasy days each week, it just depends how much of a gamble you are willing to take.  

Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts- Week 13 Stats- 3 rec, 134 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Moncrief remains a boom or bust fantasy option, but when he goes off, like he did on Sunday for 134 yards and two scores, take cover. He's clearly the superior talent to an at this point in his career washed up Hakeem Nicks. The only question that remains is whether or not Chuck Pagano and company are ready to go all in on the rookie out of Ole Miss. At this point he's worth owning, but I think I'd need to see an injury to Reggie Wayne or Nicks before starting him with any semblance of confidence. 

Chris Johnson, RB, Jets- Week 13 Stats: 17 car, 105 rush yds

Granted the Jets were coddling quarterback Geno Smith to the fullest, but CJ2.0YPC looked like his old, explosive self in his season high 17 carry, 105 rushing yard performance under the lights at MetLife on Monday. This could be a sign of things to come, as the New York appears content with becoming fully one dimensional if it means minimizing the chances Geno Smith ends up on Sportscenter’s “Not Top 10.” He should see at least 15 touches per game the rest of the way, though the fact that he plays for such an anemic offense would worry to me to no end if I had to actually plug him in my starting lineup. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #16 with Miggs

In this special Black Friday edition of the 2 Man Weave Podcast, Miggs and I talk about our peers bizarre need to interject themselves into everything that is going on in the world via social media- in this case, the Ferguson riots. We also talk about the best redemption story of 2014, craft the perfect pizza slice and dish the dirt on some fantasy football drama we're both dealing with. 

@danye33 / @NickMiggs

Friday, November 28, 2014

Real World Star Ryan Knight Dead At 29

Ryan Knight, of The Real World Challenge and Real World New Orleans fame, died Thursday morning. The 29 year old reality star allegedly choked on his own vomit in his sleep following a night of partying with friends. TMZ is reporting that he had taken "some pills" earlier that night.

Knight rose to fame for his on again, off again tumultuous relationship with fellow cast mate Jemmye Carroll, and for knowing how to push the buttons of pretty much every person in the house.

One of those people was Frank Sweeney. The two nearly came to blows during their time together on Rivals II, culminating in an attack at the reunion show.

Jemmye claims drugs played a role in Knight's behavior that evening.

Prior to the reunion, the two headstrong rivals had gotten into a very heated back and forth exchange on twitter, that ended with Frank eerily predicting Knight's untimely death.

Knight is the second Real World cast member to pass this month. Diem Brown lost her battle with cancer on November 14th. They will both appear posthumously on Battle of the Exes II this January.

We'll all be watching with a heavy heart.

-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers- Week 12 Stats: 12 car, 78 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Talk about the tale of two weeks. Last week's waiver wire gem Jonas Gray followed up his 200 yard, 4 touchdown performance with a healthy DNP, and LeGarrette Blount goes from sulking on the Steelers sidelines to scoring twice for the hottest team in the league. As always, play Belichick running back roulette at your own risk, but Blount should be able to get your score high in the coming weeks.  

Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins- Week 12 Stats: 7 rec, 50 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The league’s leading return man continues to show that he can affect a game on more than just special teams. The rookie out of LSU has 24 catches and 4 touchdowns in his last four games, nearly doubling WR1 Mike Wallace’s production over that same stretch. He’s a legitimate red zone threat and someone you can start with confidence at WR3 or Flex if you’re in a pickle heading into the playoffs.

Tim Wright, TE, Patriots- Week 12 Stats: 5 rec, 36 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The Pats offense is clicking like Dorothy’s heels, which means there are plenty of points to be passed around. Wright has been inconsistent this season while working to get acclimated to a new system, but he’s still managed to find the end zone six times (6th best among all TE’s). Every eligible receiver has a chance to score every time Brady drops back. So If you’re tired of getting underwhelming results from Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Owen Daniels and the like, and feel like swinging for the fences, Wright may be your best bet.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles- Week 12 Stats: 30 of 43 for 307 pass yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 4 car, 4 rush yds

 Sanchez has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his three starts and he's averaging more than 40 pass attempts per game over that stretch. So his pension for picks doesn't worry me quite as much as it would within a different offense. But the Eagles put up points (more than 35 a game with Mark under center) and you just aren't going to find this type of volume passer sitting on the wire this late in the season. At this stage of the season I would confidently start Sanchez over Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick and Matt Stafford. 

Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders- Week 12 Stats: 4 car, 112 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Here's what I wrote about Murray last week:
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.
Here's what Murray did last week: 4 carries, 112 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns

Assuming he gets cleared from his concussion, he is a top 25 play at running back this week.  

-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

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

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. 

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. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups


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. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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. 

-fresh (@danye33)

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #15 with Miggs

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

Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

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. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #14 with Cam Lowder (Part. 1 of our NFL Mid-Season Report)

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

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #13 with Gary McClune

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

The 27 Most Basic Instagram Pictures

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

15. Sushi 

16. Brunch (mimosas included, obv)

17. "Just because" flowers from the boyfriends

18. Jumping on the beach

19. Sunsets

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

fresh (@danye33) / Jenny (@JennnLong)

Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

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. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals—Week 6 Stats: 11 rec, 120 rec yds, 1 rec TD

With both AJ Green (toe) and Marvin Jones (ankle) sidelined due to injury, Sanu starred in his leading role, hauling in 11 balls for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 37-37 tie versus the Panthers. The team placed Jones on season ending IR Tuesday and Green is expected to miss this weekend’s tilt with the Colts, meaning Sanu will once again see the lion’s share of looks in the passing game. The fact that Jones won’t play in 2014 means Sanu will at the very worst, remains a safe flex play for the remainder of the season.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals—Week 6 Stats: 28 of 44 for 250 pass yds, 2 pass TDs

The former No. 1 overall pick took the field for the first time since suffering nerve damage in his neck back in Week 1. Palmer got the job done, throwing for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 30-20 win over the Redskins. More importantly, he connected with (fading) star wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in the end zone. Two players in drastic need of quarterback upgrade after suffering through Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas for the past four games. Arizona is sitting pretty at the top of the ultra competitive NFC West, and with a few cupcake games on the horizon (Raiders/Rams), look for Palmer to put up consistent top 10 QB numbers.
I know it’s going to be tempting to hop on the Flacco train after his unreal, five first half touchdown game versus the Buccs. But their upcoming schedule isn’t as favorable and that team will always look to run first.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots—Week 6 Stats: 4 rec, 97 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

We knew one of the Patriots wide receivers was going to emerge as a touchdown threat, and through six games journeyman Brandon LaFell seems to fit the bill. Julian Edelman remains Brady’s safety blanket, but when they get in the red zone it’s been all LaFell, Gronk or fellow tight end Tim Wright. New England should blow the Jets out of the water Thursday night. Look for LaFell to continue his hot streak against New York’s depleted secondary.

Jace Amaro, TE, Jets—Week 6 Stats: 10 rec, 68 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Amaro, a second round pick out of Texas Tech, was the lone bright spot in Gang Green’s 31-17 loss to the Broncos at MetLife. The bulking tight end was primarily used as a pass catcher, hauling in 10 of his 12 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown. Head coach Rex Ryan said he would like Amaro to be “half of Rob Gronkowski,” and if that can come to fruition I’d take a flier if desperate. The Jets have no one that scares you in the passing game, including their quarterback, and are constantly playing from behind. So it would only make sense that they try to involve their prized rookie as much as possible to groom him for the future.

Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars—Week 6 Stats: 10 car, 21 rush yds, 1 rush TD

Could a storm be brewing in Jacksonville? Possibly. The rookie back out of Central Florida got the nod Sunday, leapfrogging Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson on the depth chart. Despite being on a 10 carry limit, Johnson still managed to work his way into the end zone in the Jags 16-14 loss to the Titans. This team has about as little upside as you can find (from a fantasy perspective) east of Oakland, but still it’s not everyday that a starting running back finds their way to the waiver wire. Scoop him and up and keep an eye on how the carriers get divided up moving forward.
-fresh (@danye33)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

Andre Williams, RB, Giants- Week 5 Stats: 20 car, 65 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 2 rec, 18 rec yds

Williams assumed the workhorse role in the Giants offense following Rashad Jennings’ second quarter knee injury. The former Heisman finalist came in like a wrecking ball, barreling his way into the end zone on one of his career high 20 carries. I mentioned last week how the Giants offense is really starting to click, and the fact that they didn’t skip a beat once Jennings went down bodes well for his upcoming absence. The rookie out of Boston College goes from must-have handcuff to low-end RB1 in week 6 if he gets the start.

Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers- Week 5 Stats: 19 car, 114 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 4 rec, 68 rec yds, 1 rec TD

He looks like Sproles, plays like Sproles and produces like Sproles. Oliver came out of the woodwork and absolutely shredded the Jets previously top ranked run defense in the Chargers 31-0 shutout win over Gang Green. Benefiting from a concussion to interim starter Donald Brown, the rookie made an amazing first impression, leaving San Diego fans salivating at the prospect of more. With Danny Woodhead out for the season, Oliver should continue to play a big part in this offense regardless of when Brown and Ryan Matthews return. I would be shocked if he didn't finish as a top 15 back this weekend, heading into a juicy match-up versus the lowly Raiders. 

Mike Glennon, WB, Buccaneers- Week 5 Stats: 19 of 32 for 249 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, INT

The 6’6” second year slinger out of NC State brought some much needed life back into the Buccs offense. He’s averaging 275 yards passing and two touchdowns per game since taking over for Josh McCown,  and their overall points per game has jumped nearly two touchdowns. Tampa plays Baltimore this Sunday, followed by a week off. But coming back from the bye they face four cupcake defenses in a row- Minnesota, Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington. I fully expect him to put up low-end QB1 numbers in each of those four contests.


Odell Beckham Jr, WR, Giants- Week 5 Stats: 4 rec, 44 rec yds, 1 rec TD

You down with ODB? Well, if you plan on winning some fantasy games in the near future, you should be. The first round pick out of LSU made his NFL debut in Sunday’s come-from-behind 30-20 win over the Falcons. He snagged four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown (as well as a pretty nifty end zone dance). His skill set is perfect for Big Blue’s West Coast offense and should continue to eat at Victor Cruz’s production as the season continues. I love Beckham as a high upside half or full point PPR play in week 6 versus the Eagles.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos- Week 5 Stats: 15 car, 65 rush yds

All eyes were on Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas during their record setting day in the desert, but a shake up in the backfield caught fans attention too. First string running back, and 2014 fantasy football first round round disappointment, Montee Ball, went down with a groin injury, allowing the third year back out of San Diego State to showcase his skill set. The Broncos are expected to roll with a committee of Hillman, C.J Anderson (a healthy scratch on Sunday) and Juwan Thompson during Ball's two or three week absence, but I wouldn't break the free agent budget bank for any one of these guys. Gun to my head Hillman is the guy I would feel most comfortable throwing in my starting lineup, but unless you are a Ball owner, I'd steer clear of this potentially messy situation. 

Tim Wright, TE, Patriots- Week 5 Stats: 5 rec, 85 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Wright had his first meaningful moments as a member of the New England Patriots in their 43-17 bashing of the Bengals Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. For the first time in the post-Aaron Hernandez era the Pats were able to get high-end production from both of their tight ends in the same game. Aside from Gronk and Edelman, any receiver on this team is going to come with their fair share of risk. But I think the upside makes him an intriguing add with the potential of earning low-end TE1 consideration if Belichick embraces the duel tight end attack.   

-fresh (@danye33)