Fire Sale: Alexander excites Rams, Branch's happy return, Turner's fall
I have a question for all of you Fireaholics (That's the name I came up with for my small but devoted cult-like following): when did we stop living in the United States of America?
If any of you can pinpoint the exact year and let me know I would greatly appreciate it. Lately, I've seen things in the world of sports that have really disturbed me. It's not even that it made me angry; it kind of made me sad to see these things going on.
First, let's go to college football. Remember the days when one team would beat a highly ranked opponent at home and then the students would storm the field? It was one of the things I saw growing up that made college football my favorite sport. You may have noticed, you rarely see this ritual after a big win now.
Let me take you back to the South Carolina/Alabama game as the primary example of what I'm talking about. In the history of South Carolina football, they had NEVER beaten a No. 1-ranked team. So what happens when the Gamecocks finally accomplish this feat? Well, let me tell you what happened.
The school brought the goal posts down themselves so they couldn't be torn down. Then I saw something that still isn't sitting well with me. I saw armed guards all around the stadium pushing people back from getting on the field. Really? Armed guards? Are we now living in a police state? To me that sounds like something that crazy monster from North Korea would do but it's going on right here in the United States. If you try to rush the field after your school defeats a rival or the top ranked team, you will be met by armed guards. America the Beautiful, huh?
In a bit of irony when Kentucky upset South Carolina on Saturday, Wildcat fans were allowed to pour onto the field. Perhaps it was a bit of Karma brought down from the football Gods for South Carolina officials acting like dictators and not letting their students bask in such a big win.
Next, let's talk about the Cowboys/Titans game in Week 5 in which a player was penalized for falling and rolling over. First, let me say that I'm a Dallas fan and that call wasn't the reason why the Cowboys lost the game. Dallas lost because it is a bunch of heartless, poorly coached frauds. That's the bottom line.
Also, I worked in the NFL, so I get this whole thing of "It's a business." I have no problem with owners and players making as much money as they can. However, you tell me how an offensive linemen spiking the ball and falling negatively effects cash flow? I actually enjoy watching fat guys fall and roll over. What's wrong with that? I fell in love with football because the sport is so much fun and today players get flagged for looking at somebody wrong.
I don't want to hear this garbage about rules either. How can a bunch of guys sit in a room and say grown men making millions don't have the right to celebrate while playing a sport? That's not a rule, it borders on Communism if you ask me. Is this China? This isn't China, is it? I didn't think so.
I'm about to have a son and it saddens me that he won't get to grow up watching all the great things that made me fall in love with sports. Watching Michigan fans storm the field after they defeat Ohio State. Watching
Now all the fun has been sucked out of sports. Rushing the field has been replaced by armed guards. Touchdown celebrations have been replaced by yellow flags. Rivalries and bad blood have been replaced by a politically correct society where no one wants to ruffle any feathers.
This is sports in 2010. This is America in 2010. What a shame.
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Now, on with the Fire Sale:
Crayton had the bigger game on Sunday, catching six passes for 117 yards. I'm very familiar with Crayton from his time in Dallas, and while he has some physical skills, his problem is between the ears. Crayton has always been inconsistent and his sloppy route running led to Dallas parting ways with him. While Crayton will see more work in the slot, I wouldn't expect big numbers from him every week.
To me, Davis has more upside. While never reaching the expectations of being a first-round draft pick, Davis is now entering a good fantasy situation. Floyd and
Neither of these guys is a likely long-term answer at receiver but with all the injuries the Chargers are dealing with right now, both Davis and Crayton are worth picking up this week. In that offense you never know who will put up big fantasy numbers.
The Rams took a chance on Alexander and he rewarded them Sunday by catching four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. I thought
Alexander is an intriguing guy. Anyone who watched him play at Missouri knows he has impressive physical tools. It's a little early to tell if Sunday was an aberration or if Alexander is going to become a big part of the Rams passing game. I do know the coaches in St. Louis love Alexander but I think even they were a little surprised of how quickly he made a splash in the NFL.
At this point in the season I like to pick up receivers I think have upside. Maybe not guys you are going to start right away but someone that has the possibility to be big later in the season. I think Alexander could be one of those players. He's certainly worth picking up this week if you are looking to add depth at receiver. However, like the Rams, you may just need to be a little patient before Alexander really starts paying off.
Last week I said I had a hunch
When I was watching the game on Sunday I remember what me and others with the Patriots thought back when Branch was holding out. We all liked Branch a lot but it was our opinion that some people are a perfect fit in certain places. None of us thought Branch was a true No. 1 receiver, but in New England's system, with Brady throwing him the ball, he excelled.
I really didn't believe Brady and Branch would rekindle that old magic and I certainly didn't think it would happen this fast. But the timing between Brady and Branch was perfect and Brady still trusted him enough to go Branch's way during key moments in the game.
If you picked up Branch after he was traded to New England, then good job. I didn't even consider it. There may be a chance Branch is still available in your league. If that's the case grab him quick because it looks like
I have to admit I may have been wrong about
When Winslow is right he's one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL. He still needs to find the end zone a little more but that comes with playing on an inexperienced offense like Tampa Bay. Winslow has some nice match-ups in the coming weeks and I think his fantasy production is only going to increase.
Winslow is probably already taken in your league, but if you are looking for a tight end with upside to trade for and one that won't cost you a lot in return, Winslow is your man. In my opinion, he has a chance to be one of the top fantasy tight ends over the second half of the season.
The Colts are never going to replace Addai as long as he's breathing. Despite his 3.3 yards per carry average every season, Addai is probably the best pass protector at the running back position in the NFL. The bottom line is the Colts will tolerate an average runner as long as he is going to protect
I won't say anything about Addai's toughness. The guy is as tough as they come. Addai did look pretty hurt when he re-injured his shoulder against the Redskins, but the Colts are on a bye, so he gets an extra week to get healthy, as does original backup
Here is why I took a chance and picked up Hart: it looks to me that when Hart is in the game he gives the Colts' offense a jolt. I think he's a bit quicker through the hole than Addai and that's a big deal because the Colts offensive line isn't the best when it comes to run blocking. Maybe it's just me but I think Hart looks better running the ball than the consistently average Addai.
Like I said, Addai will have to be half-dead before the Colts ever replace him but his shoulder injury is a concern. If you have the room, I would advise grabbing Hart and see what happens next week. If Hart gets the start he should put up good fantasy numbers. It's pretty obvious any running back with a heartbeat can excel in the Colts offense. Again, just ask Addai.
I think Davis is one of the most talented backup tight ends in the league and we all know how much
If you are looking for a tight end, nab Davis off the waiver wire. My guess is Cooley will at least miss this week's game due to his concussion.
I've never really been a huge Turner fan. For instance, I had the ninth overall pick in my league this year and I didn't even have Turner on my draft board. I wanted nothing to do with him. People who did are now regretting it because he's killing fantasy owners right now.
Turner has scored just one touchdown this season and has three games with 50 yards rushing or less. That just isn't good enough for a guy taken at the end of the first round in most fantasy drafts. Predictably Turner has done next to nothing in the passing game either, catching just seven balls through six games.
Turner isn't in danger of losing his starting job yet, but I think we will start seeing more and more of Snelling as the year goes on. As for Turner, you can expect him to follow the trend of doing well against the Browns of the world and struggling against the better defenses the Falcons face.
Last year when Brown was injured, Williams became a top-flight fantasy running back. I think either of these guys could be fantasy studs but with the way Miami likes to use them, it simply isn't going to happen unless Brown or Williams goes down with an injury.
I don't really agree with the way
Again, this is just an unfortunate fantasy situation. It's unfortunate that we have to hope for an injury for either of these guys to be a major factor. Until then, I really wouldn't use Williams or Brown beyond a flex starter.
Think about this for 20 minutes: on Sunday Campbell completed a pass to
Raiders fans were happy when they traded for Campbell. That just goes to show how bad Russell really is. Campbell has been a disaster since he was drafted, and he appears to be regressing. Campbell is a turnover machine and he has the pocket presence of
As a Miller owner I never thought I would ever write the following sentence: I can't wait for
Seahawks defense -- Like Cassel, I'm going back to the Seahawks defense this week. Seattle has quietly built one of the better fantasy defenses and this week they get