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