Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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
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
16. Brunch (mimosas included, obv)
17. "Just because" flowers from the boyfriends
18. Jumping on the beach
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
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.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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.
Everyone's favorite half-human, half-Tricorn hat doing it big per usual in this Chris Meid remix.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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.
Friday, October 3, 2014
In episode #12 of the 2 Man Weave Podcast Miggs and I get weird- hitting on a barrage of topics including sex robots, free food frenzies in the office and the dirtiest job in the world. We also break down the perils of moving and why cross country excursions on foot never end well.
@danye33 / @NickMiggs
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Not since Landon pushed Carley up the mountain in the Fresh Meat 2 finale has one man put his team on his back the way the white team's quarterback did in this touchdown run. He hit the truck stick, juke, stiff-arm trifecta, and did so with literally zero help from any of his teammates.
Also big shout out to #10 in purple who tripped on his own feet, swiping out three of his own guys in the process.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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.