I really love Thursday Night Football. Come to think of it, I really like ANY night football. It does interfere with my late night blogging session and thus I am posting tonight’s update much earlier than usual. Since this is my first article since my visit to the Arizona Fall League, there will be a wide variety of topics discussed tonight. I’ll have some thoughts on the Penn State fiasco, some week 10 predictions and a scouting report on my new love: Ray Flowers.
Passion In The Desert
I had a chance to go out to the MLB Arizona Fall League last weekend and check out some of the best prospects in all of baseball. I also got to hang out with many of my industry brethren during Baseball HQ’s First Pitch Arizona. Although Washington Nationals uber prospect Bryce Harper was too chicken to accept my HR Derby challenge, the rest of the players were incredibly generous with their time.
My favorite part of the trip however was being able to hang out with my fellow SiriusXM show hosts Kyle Elfrink and Ray Flowers. As you know, Kyle & Ray host the SiriusXM Fantasy Drive which is by far the best show on our channel. It was truly an honor to spend some time with these guys and I must admit that they are every bit as fun in the flesh as they are on the show. Although I had never actually witnessed a man order 13 different forms of daiquiri before, it warmed my heart hearing Ray whisper sweet BABPIP numbers into my ear while I vomited into the mouth of a semi-conscious Chinese prostitute.
Hopefully you have read Ray’s football work over here at Fantasy Alarm as he is honestly one of the most in tune people in all of sports. He can be found on Twitter @BaseballGuys and of course on the SiriusXM Fantasy Drive with Kyle Elfrink and Kay Adams. Good people…
I caught wind of the Penn State debacle while I was away last weekend and honestly didn’t make much of it at the time. A former coach is accused of inappropriate behavior with an under-age kid. Part of me assumed that somebody who used to be a coach at Penn State slept with a co-ed who was 17 ½ and probably lied about her age. Then I got home and started hearing more of the story and finally took a look at the Grand Jury testimony myself. Reading through those documents I began going through many waves of emotions from uncomfortable to sad to angry to downright icky. This is one of the most disgusting demonstrations that I have ever heard about in my life.
If the accusations are true then Jerry Sandusky should be put to death. There is just no use for a person that demented mentally or emotionally on this earth. The actions explained in the Grady Jury testimony are those of a sick, perverted, unbalanced individual. Everybody around Penn State who had any knowledge whatsoever of the type of deviance Sandusky was up to should be fired and imprisoned as well. It isn’t OK to not get involved when defenseless children are being abused in such a manner. It isn’t OK to not pursue justice on such people who use their power to manipulate others into fulfilling their fervent jollies.
There just isn’t enough time or space for me to express how disappointed I am in everybody at Penn State University and the people who are distraught about the ouster of head football coach Joe Paterno. If you want more of my opinions on this matter, tune into The Fantasy Alarm Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio at 5 PM EST on Saturday.
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Week 10 Sleepers
Laurent Robinson – WR – Dallas – With Miles Austin out for 2-4 weeks, Robinson becomes the starter opposite Dez Bryant. He is the top waiver wire pickup of the week so what do you do when you buy a new car? You give it a ride around the block.
Taiwan Jones – RB – Oakland – With the game about to kickoff in a little over an hour, I am predicting a big game from the rookie RB. He has incredible speed lateral quickness meaning if he gets a hole he will be able to take it to the house.
Sam Bradford – QB – St. Louis – Everybody’s preseason sleeper has had a terrible season compounded by a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss three weeks. But Bradford is healthy and has more experience in the Josh McDaniels offense now. Going against the Browns is the remedy many QB’s have found to resurrect their seasons.
David Nelson – WR – Buffalo – Nelson was a waiver sweetheart earlier this season but fell off after the Bills lost Donald Jones to injury in week 3. With Jones back, Nelson moves back into the slot where he is a mismatch for most nickel cornerbacks. Look for the Bills to use Nelson often against the Cowboys this week.
Most Disappointing Of First Half
To honor the midway point of the 2011 NFL season last week, we did a Top 5 most disappointing players of the first half. The only rule was that we could not name the most obvious choice in Titans RB Chris Johnson. Other than that, everybody was fair play. Here are my top 5, who gets your nod?
5) Zach Miller – TE – Seahawks – Expected big things after the Seahawks paid him $34 million to lure him away from Oakland. Miller has 11-99 yards this season.
4) Mike Williams – WR – Tampa Bay – Obvious choice but the second year WR has let everybody down this year by catching just 31 passes for 317 yards and 1 TD this season.
3) Montario Hardesty – RB – Cleveland – For me, I knew Peyton Hillis would be a bust this year. I ranked Hardesty ahead of Hillis before the season because I thought that when given an opportunity he would do much more with it than he has. In seven games Hardesty has 75-244 (3.3) yards rushing and just 12-113 yards receiving. Worse yet he has dropped some very catchable balls in his 4 starts this season.
2) DeSean Jackson – WR – Philadelphia – I expected huge numbers from D-Jax this year but instead of going out and racking up numbers, he’s decided to take this year and make more of a stink about his contract. Worse than his 27-487-2 this season is the amount of dropped passes he’s had this season, several of which were sure TD’s. He’s also not following through on his routes and making much of an effort in the running game either
1) Phillip Rivers – QB – San Diego – I predicted that Rivers would be the #1 fantasy QB this season and I was obviously wrong on that. Most of Rivers decline this season can be attributed to mechanical issues in his throwing motion, specifically throwing from his back foot way too much. Though not having Antonio Gates and Ryan Matthews in the fold most of the season hasn’t helped either but Rivers is not playing good football so far this season. (64% completions, 2084 yards, 7 TDs, 11 INT)
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