Justin Verlander struggled in his 2014 debut allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking three batters and striking out two in the no decision.
Hopes were high for JV to get off to hot start after a solid spring training where he did not allow a single run in 20 innings pitched. In Verlander's defense he has a track record of starting slow, but the Royals made plenty of hard contact against him and the three walks in the fourth inning are worrisome, but do not panic just yet as you already knew there was a chance he would pitch more like a number 2 starter than the consistent ace he had been before last season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Tom Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots 30-24 OT loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Brady turned in one of his better games of the season and Sunday and while he's certainly had better numbers in previous games it is hard to ignore the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that he had at his disposal with injuries to Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola over the last three weeks. Brady tossed three more touchdown passes on Sunday night, connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon Bolden for the scores. Late in the fourth quarter the Patriots passing attack suffered another tremendous blow as Rob Gronkowski was carted off with a knee injury which at the time appeared to be severe and yet Brady still managed to drive the Patriots down the field for a game tying field goal try to send the contest into OT. If Gronk is forced to miss any extended amount of time the fantasy impact for Brady will take another big blow as the available offensive weapons will be reduced to the very bottom of the depth chart. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba