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)

Monday, September 15, 2014

AP's Mugshot Looks Just Like Holy Wayne From The Leftovers



Those eyes. Those crazy eyes, man. AP pull yourself together. I know this isn't a Ray Rice-type deal breaker where the whole nation is against you, but how about showing a little remorse in your mugshot? You look like you're about to hug the pain out me, and quite frankly, it's freaking me out. 

P.S. I know it's none of my business how another man chooses to discipline his kids, but if I'm being objective I will say those bruises seemed a tad aggressive. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, September 12, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #9 with Gary McClune



In episode #9 of The 2 Man Weave Podcast Gary and I react to week 1 of the NFL season from a fantasy perspective, before looking ahead to week 2. We also discuss the Ray Rice debacle and make fun of the San Diego @Chargers twitter account. 


@danye33 / @lebronaldreagan  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

R.I.P. Richard Kiel





Famed Bond villain (but lets be honest, he will always be Mr. Larson to you) Richard Kiel passed away Tuesday at a Fresno, California hospital. The 7'2" henchmen is responsible for spawning one of the most in-effective 007 characters and making Shooter McGavin quiver in his golf spikes. I can only hope that he'll be waiting for us in heaven's parking lot someday.

-fresh (@danye33)

Weave Gotcha Covered- Andrew Huang "99 Red Balloons"



"99 Red Ballons" played with 99 red balloons. The internet truly is an incredible place.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups


Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens- Week 1 Stats: 11 car, 70 rush yds, 1 rush TD,  5 rec, 14 rec yds

It looks like journeyman back Justin Forsett has found himself a comfy new home. The seven year NFL vet racked up 84 total yards and a score Sunday in the Ravens 23-16 loss to the Bengals. Forsett got the green light after interim starter Bernard Pierce fumbled away his chance at fantasy glory. The former seventh round pick is expected to get the start Thursday against the Steelers, and possibly longer, in the wake of Baltimore’s decision to part ways once and for all with Ray Rice. Rice was originally only slated to be suspended two games this year following a domestic abuse incident with his then-fiancĂ© in an Atlantic City casino. But after video emerged of the brutal attack itself, it became clear that he could never step on the field in purple and black again.
Forsett has flex upside, but will have Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro breathing down his neck, waiting for him to slip up.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers- Week 1 Stats: 23 of 34 for 365, 1 pass TD, 1 INT

Unless this is your first year playing, chances are you’ve added and dropped Big Ben from your fantasy team no fewer than a dozen times over the course of his 10+ year career. He’s always been the steady, not sexy, pick. The guy you know you can plug in on a bye week or when injuries strike. But this year feels different. Roethlisberger started out his contract year campaign on the right foot Sunday, torching the division-rival Browns for 367 yards in the Steelers 30-27 victory. He’s got an slew of weapons to throw to including last year’s #6 fantasy receiver Antonio Brown (5 rec for 116 yds and a TD on Sunday), second year speedster Markus Wheaton (6 rec for 97 yds), bruising back Le’Veon Bell (197 all-purpose yards and a score) and the always reliable Heath Miller at tight end. There’s a good chance he may already be rostered in your league, but if he’s still sitting there than Romo, RG3 and Brady owners should definitely be putting in their insurance waiver claim come Tuesday.


Terence West, RB, Browns- Week 1 Stats: 16 car, 100 rush yds

The third round pick out of Towson University cracked the century mark in his NFL debut Sunday, filling in nicely for first string running back Ben Tate, who (predictably) went down with knee injury early on in the team’s loss to the Steelers. Teammate Isiah Crowell made the most of his five carries, finding the end zone twice, but it was West who saw the majority of the post-Tate workload. He remains in line to get the start in week 2 should Tate miss any time. Knowing his injury history, that seems like a safe bet to make.

 

Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars- Week 1 Stats: 4 rec, 110 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The undrafted rookie from The U got the start for the Jaguars this week, after Cecil Shorts’ dental floss-thin hamstrings sored up heading into the weekend. The 6’3 receiver caught four balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns, putting Jacksonville up big early, and putting everyone’s Survivor Pool on red alert. Ultimately, the Eagles soared back to win it, scoring 34 unanswered points in the process. But Hurns left his mark on his coaches and fantasy owners across the country in the process. He’ll undoubtedly be the most universally sought after waiver wire add this week, and though there’s no guarantee he will repeat his week 1 numbers anytime soon, the potential is there. But I’d like to see it one time before entrusting him with a WR3 or Flex start.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers- Week 1 Stats: 4 rec, 50 rec yds, 1 rec TD

M-80 went off Monday night in Arizona, catching four passes for fifty yards and a touchdown in San Diego’s heartbreaking 18-17 loss to the Cardinals. It was clear that Rivers’ trusted Floyd from the get-go, targeting him early and often,  connecting on a handful of drive-extending plays. This was Floyd’s first game back from a broken neck, but his fearless play makes him a passable WR3 heading into a brutal week 2 battle versus Seattle.  

Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts- Week 1 Stats: 4 rec, 64 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Despite seeing two less targets than teammate Coby Fleener, Allen was the most productive Colts tight end in their week 1 loss to the Broncos. The third year man out of Clemson caught four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, but most importantly didn’t seem at all bothered by a hip injury that cost him the 2013 season after just 32 snaps. Allen has big time upside as the potential #3 target in Indy’s high powered offense and is a high end TE2 fantasy play. Perfect insurance for owners of injury risk guys like Gronk and Gates, or unproven up-and-comers like Travis Kelce and Ladarius Green.

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns- Did Not Play Week 1 (suspended)


Are you sick of the Josh Gordon “Will He Or Won’t He Play?” carousel? Well, that makes two of us. However, the ride is picking up steam again after word got out that the NFL and NFL Players Association are working to negotiate a new drug policy. If an agreement is reached, current drug related suspensions could possibly be reversed. Josh Gordon and Wes Welker have the most to gain from this revelation, and you’ve got nothing to lose by stashing last year’s #1 fantasy wide out at the end of your bench until this legal matter is straightened out. 

#YOLO 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, September 5, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #8 with Miggs- NFL Mega-Preview


In episode #7 of The 2 Man Weave Podcast Miggs and I spend an hour and a half previewing the 2014 NFL season. We go division by division talking storylines and picking winners. We also dish out our choices for MVP, rookies of the year, offensive & defensive player of the year and our Super Bowl picks. We finish up with some fantasy football drama and "The Fappening."



If you don't have time to listen to the whole thing, feel free to jump from topic to topic by clicking on the time codes listed below.

AFC
1:22 - East 
15:15 - North 
26:48 - South
33:52 - West

NFC
42:04- East
54:47 North
1:02:46 South 
1:06:59 West (held down the "Y" button and went into hurry up mode)

1:08:08 Awards and Super Bowl predictions

1:13:20 Fantasy Football drama



1:24:46 "The Fappening"

-@danye33 @NickMiggs

Want to hear your question answered on-air? Fire an e-mail to dan.chiavetta@gmail.com. No topic is off limits. 

Music Videos That Don't Suck, Vol. 21



Because all MTV airs nowadays is Twilight rip-offs and poor man's recreations of Tosh.0, I've taken it upon myself to present you, the reader, with worthwhile music videos to watch. This installment features the song "Stay High (Habits Remix)" by Tove Lo and boy is it a trip down college memory lane. The video alternates back and forth from slow motion to rapid cut party shots, chronicling her wild night on the town. Shots, ciggs, hook-ups and hangovers, the video has got it all.

-fresh (@danye33)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

God Bless Whoever Put This Always Sunny "God Dammit" Montage Together



God dammit, Frank 

Keytwitty's Week 1 CFB Power Rankings


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Real Football is back (bye bye World Cup soccer). The great tradition and rivalries of college football have return for the fall. Hot new freshman ready to enroll and seniors looking forward for their last big party. I am super excited to get back in the swing of Saturday college football games. Gone are names/phrases like "Johnny Football" and BCS. However, there will be a playoff for the first time ever. YES PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS (Jim Mora voice).

The College Football Playoff system now means that every game truly counts for every team in every conference. There will be a four team playoff, selected by a committee of 14 well diverse individuals including former players, coaches, politicians, military personnel, athletic directors and a female Secretary of State. The committee’s task will be to select the best teams and rank them for inclusion in the playoff and selected the remaining bowl games, as well as assign the teams to sites. The four teams in the playoffs will play their semi-final games on New Year’s Day. The winners will play in the National Championship game the following week, which will be played  this year at Cowboy Stadium aka Jerry World.


Now for what I do best- ranking college football teams. Let the “Fall Madness” begin.

The Mad Hatter always has some tricks up his sleeve

#10 LSU- Not a lot of star studded players returning on this roster. LSU comes into the season losing a lot of talent to the NFL draft. However this team does not rebuild they reload. Head coach Les Miles reloaded with 5-star freshman running back Leonard Fournette. LSU also has one of the toughest schedule in the nation, as they open up the season against their mighty Big 10 foe Wisconsin.


#9 Baylor- The Bears might have the highest powered offense east of the Pacific time zone. The School will also open up a brand new stadium with a Robert Griffin III statue. An early Heisman name to watch out for is quarterback Bryce Petty. Last Season Petty threw for 4340 passing yards with 33 TDs and only 3 INTs. Petty might be playing for a different type of statue this season. 

#8 South Carolina - Bye Felicia to  Jadeveon Clowney and lets say hello to running back Mike Davis. The Gamecocks are the favorite to win the SEC East. The Gamecocks will also have the first college football game on ESPN’s SEC Network (call your local cable subscribers for coverage).  The ol' ball coach Steve Spurrier has been in the SEC for over 30 years, so he has seen it all and would love to add one more SEC trophy to his office.


#7 UCLA- The other college football team in Los Angeles has a major talent at quarterback. Brett Hundley has NFL scouts excited for next years draft already. He's got the size, arm strength and mobility to dominate at the college level and put butts in the Rose Bowl seats. If Hundley can put together a season like Cam Newton or Vince Young finished up with, UCLA will win a national championship and he will be on someones fantasy football roster next year.

#6 Michigan State- The reigning Big 10 champs and Rose Bowl winners. This team might have the easiest road to CFB's Final 4, especially now that Big 10 rival Ohio State lost their quarterback, Braxton Miller, for the season to a shoulder injury. MSU might have the toughest team in all of college football and they listen to Rich Homie Quan.



#5 Auburn - The Tigers were so close to winning a BCS championship last year but ultimately fell short. Head Coach Gus Malzahn looks to fire up that high scoring offense once Quarterback Nick Marshall returns from suspension. Auburn had one of the best runs ever in recent college football history.





#4 Oklahoma- Boomer Sooner may be back after a huge Sugar Bowl win over college football power Alabama, but I have my doubts about the Sooners. They score a lot of points but they are destined for a bad upset at some point during the season. It's not easy to get to the Final Four but Oklahoma has all the talent in the world to win a national championship.


#3 Oregon- The fastest team with the fliest uniforms in college football. The Ducks are probably the happiest team with playoff system. The Ducks coined the phrase "one loss BCS team." Now a loss to Stanford doesn't put an end to their national championship aspirations. However, the Ducks can only go as far as Marcus Mariota can take them. Mariota in his career has 63 Touchdowns and only 10 INTs.

#2 Alabama -  The Tide have a lot of talent all over the football field, but they have yet to name a starter at QB. Head coach Nick Saban is a mastermind when it comes to recruiting and game planning. #RollTide

#1 Florida State- This time last year Jameis Winston was a college football unknown. Winston was able to put FSU on his back and lead them to a BCS Championship. The two sport star had a year for the ages, taking home the Heisman and a national championship. On the field he is an unquestioned leader. Off the field there are some things he needs to work on to become a better citizen in the FSU community. With Winston FSU is my favorite to win it all heading into the season.


-Keshon (@keytwitty)