What a week from Gronk! Our Top five last week looked pretty good, with the exception of Jordan Cameron who left Sunday’s game against the lowly Raiders with a concussion. Other than that though, nail on the head!
Let’s get in to Week nine’s elite.
After taking their bye in week eight the 49ers look to get back on track against the Rams this week. While the Rams secondary is much improved, it’s known they can be picked apart. The Chiefs exposed big holes in the Rams defense and Jim Harbaugh was watching. Kaepernick hasn’t has the best of luck against the Rams in his career, but with Vernon Davis at 100% going in to the game he should be able to capitalize on a great matchup. Davis has been a monster most of the season if he’s been healthy – and this week he’ll have had plenty of rest.
Gates continues to get the football in this new Chargers offense and fantasy owners are loving it. He started off slow last week against the Broncos, but ended up with a nice chunk of yardage and a score. He’s a worthy start, especially against a Dolphins defense that seems to let tight ends go nuts against them.
Jimmy is still fighting that shoulder injury that caused him to miss some practice time, but he’s still getting good looks. Last week he started off a little quiet, but still scored a touchdown and was on the plus side of 50 yards. He’s a threat that defenses must focus on even if he’s not 100 percent. This week against the Panthers will be no different on Thursday night as the Saints look to take a game lead over their divisional foes.
This game is going to be fun to watch. Peyton Manning and the Broncos are still picking apart defenses and making safeties look silly. The Patriots have a better than average secondary so Thomas may actually have to work a little. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll produce though.
The big guy had three scores last week against a swiss cheese defense. This week he’ll face a defense that has fared pretty well – but he’s Rob Gronkowski – defenses have been trying to stop him for years and nobody has found the exact formula yet. He’s a must start despite what the matchup looks like on paper.
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Thursday Night Football went pretty well for most Broncos fans as they watched their team take a charge in the division by knocking off their only true threat in the AFC West, but for one family, they’ve been worried since halftime of the game.
The reason being is that one of their family members went missing after getting up at halftime and never returning to his seat. They’ve been looking for 53-year-old Paul Kitterman since and have had no luck.
The family says that Kitterman went to the game with his son Jarod and two friends. He was only carrying about $50 in cash and has no cell phone, nor medical conditions or problems with drugs and alcohol. He simply vanished and they have no idea where he could have gone.
They say it is unlike him and that he’d never up and leave his family so they’re worried sick.
If you know where Paul may be, please contact the Denver Police Department.
There’s being a fan, and then there’s being a FAN.
That’s what one Cowboys fan proved to the world this weekend as he got an image of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo buzzed and colored into his scalp by master barber Rob the Original.
Rob has done a lot of work that has turned many heads and this one is no different – a smiling Tony Romo in a ball cap is staring right at us.
Check out the insane top chop below!
You can check out more of Rob’s work here.
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“A million here, a million there, Sicilian chick with long hair” – Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers
Just kidding, those are lyrics from a washed up rapper, but Mr. Allen is BOUT DAT LYFE as he has pledged at least one hindered million dollars to the fight against the Ebola virus.
Allen is working closely with the World Health Organization to fund numerous operations including international travel and care for those fighting and assisting in the battle against the virus making its way around the world.
The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he’s supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected.
Allen said he’s working with the World Health Organization to increase its capacity for handling the logistics of transporting international aid workers, and he’s establishing a fund to help cover the costs of emergency transportation of the workers.
Money will also go to the University of Massachusetts Medical School to help provide decontamination and lab equipment to Liberian hospitals, as well as community outreach and education in Liberia.
These funds are on top of the $26.5 million his foundation has already pledged. Hats off to you, Paul!
During last night’s divisional Thursday Night Football showdown between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers, Peyton Manning was getting frustrated – and it had nothing to do with the opposition he was facing.
During the fourth quarter, Peyton had to call a timeout as the crowd was going crazy watching Aqib Talib dancing on the sidelines after a big play, and it made him visibly upset, telling the fans to “shut the f&$k up” on his way to the sidelines.
After the game was over and the Broncos reigned victorious, Peyton was asked about having to put the fans in their place. He said it wasn’t the fans fault, it was the scoreboard operator, and he’s pretty pissed off at him for it.
“I have no problems with our fans, our fans are great.” Manning said at a post-game press conference “I got a problem with our scoreboard operator. I gotta have a little talk with him. I’m not sure what he was doing, you know, he was playing music and showing players dancing, getting the crowd all fired up when we had the ball. I don’t think he should be doing that. I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline, I thought that was kind of disrespectful. Our fans are great, our fans are loud, but the scoreboard operator… it wasn’t his best night”
Way to go, Mr. scoreboard operator guy. No Bud Light real men of genius salutes for you.
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The Buffalo Bills are getting ready to face a potent defense in the New York Jets this week. While the Jets win-loss record may seem like they’re a joke of a team – they’ve been ultra competitive with the exception of one week this season. Their defense has played very well but they can’t get things clicking enough to pull out a win.
This week they’ll face the Bills, and Sammy Watkins will get his first taste of the Jets nasty defense headed by Rex Ryan.
As per usual, players took to the phone lines to gather with media members of the opponent. On Sammy Watkins’ call he heard a familiar voice – that of the Jets’ Ryan.
“Sammy, I’ve got a question,” Ryan said, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “How did you help Seth Ryan out? How’d he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn’t play this game (on Sunday). This sounds like Rex Ryan — I know it does — but this is a reporter.”
It was one of the questions that Watkins didn’t answer during the call.
Seth Ryan, Rex’s son was a teammate of Watkins last season at Clemson, so the two were pretty close. Naturally, Rex watched Clemson as he supported his son, and cringed when he knew he’d have to be playing him as the B ills moved up in the draft top grab the speedy wideout.
Ryan said Watkins has a chance to be special and likened him to A.J. Green and Julio Jones – saying they don’t come around very often.
Watkins did talk about the relationship he has with Ryan, and said that despite the Jets season thus far Rex is a great coach.
“I know Rex, I have seen him down there at Clemson a couple of times,” Watkins said. “He’s a great guy, great coach, great dad and he’s always been funny with me at times, but he’s a great coach.”
This will be a fun one to watch come Sunday.
Time again to set your lineups in time for Thursday Night Football! In tonight’s match-up, there’s two of the top tight ends in the game going at it – so let’s get started!
5. Jimmy Graham vs. Packers
Graham has been number one on the list most of the season, but due to the fact he’s battling an injury – and the Saints aren’t who we thought they’d be – he slides down the rankings this week. While we can’t deny that he’s still top-tier talent, he’s just not playing at the level we’ve known over the years. That said, he’s still a must start for good points, especially against a Packers defense that has let a few tight ends get the best of them this season.
4. Martellus Bennett @ Patriots
Bennett hasn’t seen a touchdown in a few games but continues to be a favorite target of Jay Cutler. He’s going to rack in yardage and going to be a redzone threat as per usual. His yardage alone has been sufficient enough to have him in the lineup week after week. Week eight is no different.
3. Antonio Gates vs. Denver
Gates is playing like he’s five years younger. Pair that with the fact that Mike McCoy knows what he’s doing, and it bodes well for fantasy owners (Shoutout to Norvell Turner and wherever you’re coaching these days) Fantasy owners are happy with the way that Gates has produced because most of them drafted him later on in their drafts. It’s not the best matchup on paper against a Denver defense that’s been swarming all over footballs the last few weeks, but I like Gates’ chances tonight against a team that he’s loved to own for years.
2. Rob Gronkowski vs. Bears
It’s no secret that Gronk is Tom Brady’s first, second and third look – and defenses haven’t been able to capitalize on knowing that. Gronkowski continues to do work.
1. Julius Thomas @ Chargers
The best tight end in the game as of now. He makes it look easy week in and week out and it appears there will be no stopping him as every team has learned this year.
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Tight ends are becoming workhorses in fantasy football. I remember when 7-10 points was a good day for a fantasy tight end. Now, 10-15 is a disappointment for the top pass-catching blockers.
Here’s a list of guys to start week seven that should put up great numbers!
Gates had a relatively quiet week six against a surprising Raiders defense that held him in check, but Phil Rivers knows that Gates is still his guy. The two have connected numerous times this season and have rekindled the magic that made Gates one of the best tight ends at one point. He’s still a legit threat to be able to beat a defender downfield and his size makes him a threat in the endzone. Mix that with a trio of speedy receivers and there’s plenty of ways to get the defense slipping. This week against the Chiefs, Gates should put up some pretty decent numbers in the divisional match that’s always a good one.
Jordan Cameron is finally healthy and has fought through the shoulder injury that kept him sidelined or playing decoy. Brian Hoyer is balling out and his favorite target is Cameron. The beast was targeted several times last week and should definitely be the focus once again this week against a laughable Jaguars defense.
Bennett continues to climb the ranks as one of the best tight ends this season and it appears there’s no slowing him down. The Bears have kept the ball on the ground more often than not over two weeks, but Bennett still gets his way in the passing game. He’s been held without a touchdown over two weeks but has still reeled in plenty of yardage to keep him afloat our rankings. This week against the Dolphins he should see the endzone as the Fins have given up a load of points to opposing tight ends.
Gronk hasn’t been the monster that we’ve known, but he’s still at par a better option than most tight ends in the game. He’s been consistently floating around 12 points per game (standard scoring) and has been targeted 10 or more times each game. He’s a weapon that the Jets don’t like to see as he’s owned them for years now despite their strong secondary.
THERE’S NO SLOWING THIS MAN DOWN. That was evident Sunday when Thomas caught his second touchdown of the day and his ninth of the season and ran to television cameras screaming “it’s too easy!”. Thomas has been Peyton Manning’s best friend and it’s paid off as the Broncos continue to use him in every spot on the field. He’s lined up behind 18, he’s played wideout and he’s even played a snap at running back. The freak remains the top option moving forward, barring injury.
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When you hear “America’s team” chances are you correlate the phrase with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, but that is no longer the case.
After years on top of the fandom totem pole, the Dallas Cowboys are now America’s fourth favorite team in the league, according to the latest Harris Interactive poll.
The new “America’s team” moves up two spots to claim the glory in 2014 – the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos.
After a decade of ranking in the lower two-thirds of the league, the Broncos surged to top five once they acquired Peyton Manning and have slowly taken over from there. Rounding out the 2014 top five is the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks come in at sixth after ranking 12th one season ago.
Basically, America is one big bandwagon.
You can check out the entire rankings by visiting the Harris Interactive poll’s website, where the Jacksonville Jaguars rank last once again!
It seems like forever since I had written my fantasy advice for tight ends, but due to a couple poor options on Thursday night football and my anniversary, I delayed this a bit. It’s definitely worth the wait, though!
Let’s get to the top five options for this week!
Gronk and the Pats offense couldn’t quite get going Monday night against the Chiefs – largely in part due to the fact that the Pats dressed just three wideouts and started two rookies on the offensive line. This week they should revert back to their old ways as they take on the Bengals. I’m not sure what decisions led to the roster last week, but the play was definitely impacted. This week they should at least be able to put together a couple drives and get Gronk on the board. Despite the laughs at Brady on Monday, he’s still a legit quarterback and he’ll lean on the guys he trusts, starting with Big Rob.
The Steelers are pissed off that they let the laughable Bucs come back and beat them last week. Antonio Brown said losing to one of the league’s worst teams hurt pretty bad – so they should be ready to pounce on THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE this week in the Jaguars. Heath Miller is a pretty underrated target that Bathroom Ben can take advantage of (Sorry not sorry for the pun). Through four weeks Miller has been thrown at 21 times, and when they relied on him most last week he produced well. He’s available in more than 90% of leagues and this week would be a good week to grab him and start him.
Bennett has been a beast this year and having Jay Cutler recognize that is a plus for fantasy owners. They say that their offense starts and ends with Matt Forte, but taking a look back at Marc Trestman’s past offenses, they usually make the tight end the feature player. It helps that he has Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside too. Marshall shouldn’t slow down like years past, as he has a good place in this offensive system.
Thomas and Peyton got a little heated in week three before they headed to the bye week, but Thomas wasn’t in the right place so he got a rare bitching from Manning. Usually he’s the one barking at other offensive players to be doing to the right thing at the right time. The pair has had tremendous success over the last two seasons and it shouldn’t slow down. They’ll face a tough defensive secondary in the Cardinals this week but they should be able to take advantage of some mismatches and get the ball down the field.
Graham was a bust last week and I thought he was going to break all sorts of records. The Saints offense was held in check by a rather surprising Dallas defense that came from outer space. Getting Orlando Scandrick back was huge for them moving forward – but on to Jimmy. They’ll play the lowly Bucs this week, who have no great options in their defensive backfield. They’ve spent some early picks back there and it hasn’t paid off. The Saints have won just one game this season and should they expect to get to the playoffs they’ll have to scrap the rest of the way. This should be an easy week for them to get the offense in check and get rolling.
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