Fantasy Football Begin Em Or Sit Em 7 Days 3: Broad Receivers
National Football League has a flexible schedule for the last seven weeks from the regular season. The game between the New England Patriots vs. New York Jets have played face to face is more or less as a team of two rivals. New York is 2-2 against teams in 0500 and struggled to beat some of the cupcakes on their schedule that need last-minute heroic side Broncos, Lions and Browns. For New England, they can improve their status as a legitimate contender with a win over the Jets after the game against Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Baltimore.
Greenway finished cheerleader websites with tackles seven solo tackles and one fumble recovery on Sunday as the Vikings got their second win of the season against Carolina. Angerer, who plays for the winless Colts, recorded 10 tackles — five solo tackles — in Indy’s loss to the Titans.
The biggest news coming out of the game, however, was the Mayo injury. The Patriots beat the Dolphins in Week 1, but lost center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Myron Pryor for the season. The Patriots beat the Chargers in Week 2, but lost safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, and tight end Aaron Hernandez to injuries. And now, the Patriots have lost Jerod Mayo and, perhaps, running back Danny Woodhead for an extended period.
In the 2009-10 season, the Ravens upset the Patriots in the playoffs in Foxboro, 33-14. The Patriots never had a chance in that game. Ray Rice raced 83 yards on the first play from scrimmage for a touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, the Ravens led, 24-0. Flacco only needed to complete four passes in ten attempts. Brady threw three interceptions and only threw for 154 yards.
Brady completed only 8 of 17 passes at the half. As Gary Marbry of WEEI (@nuggetpalooza on Twitter) pointed out to me, last year there were only two games which Brady had completed less than half his passes at halftime. Brady would finish Sunday with 16 completions in only 30 attempts for a modest 226 yards and two touchdowns.
Lance Kendricks-Tight End: This is the player that you should be jumping on after the elite tight ends are gone off the board. Kendricks has had a tremendous camp and looks like he will be a huge part of the Rams’ offense. Kendricks could put up a season like http://www.diamonds-cheerleader.com/ did for the New England Patriots. Expect Kendricks to put up about 40 catches for about 400 yards, but expect about 6-8 touchdowns from him. He is a real sleeper.
The Patriots are already thin in the secondary thanks to the surprise release of veteran cornerback Leigh Bodden on Friday. A few fans have argued that the Bodden release is no big deal because Bodden’s name has not been heard that often on broadcasts. I would argue, that similar to umpires and officials in baseball and football, if you don’t hear a cornerback’s name mentioned often, that means he’s doing his job. There is no way anyone is going to tell me that Bodden is not one of the top four or five cornerbacks on this abysmal secondary unit.
Prediction: Sergio Brown will emerge as the starting strong safety. He has the most experience. I actually think he will be serviceable, and will prove to be a playmaker. There will be moments of miscommunication where receivers run free deep downfield which will result in finger-pointing among the Patriots’ secondary. But I expect a lot of big hits and a decent amount of turnovers from these physical safeties.
Eagles TE Brent Celek was one of the most disappointing fantasy performers in 2010. After exploding for 971 yards and 8 TDs in 2009, he regressed to just 511 yards and 4 scores last year. With QB Michael Vick taking the reins of Philly’s offense, Celek’s role diminished. He was targeted just 80 times after seeing 112 looks in ’09. But Pro Football Weekly is hearing that Vick and Celek have been working on their chemistry in offseason workouts. And the Eagles are scheming new ways to get the ball to Celek. I doubt that Celek will return to ’09 levels this year, but he’s definitely worth a shot at his current ADP of 17.08.
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