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Week 14 Results
2013 NFL Season Week 14
On Thursday the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Houston Texans winning their first home game of the season and effectively ending Gery Kubiak's tenure in Houston. The Texans have now lost 11 in a row extending their own franchise record.
After going down 26-14 to the Browns late in the game Sunday, Tom Brady led the Patriots to a comeback victory with touchdown passes to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. In that game Josh Gordon recorded 151 receiving yards. That makes 649 receiving yards over the last three weeks for the second year pro from Baylor. There are only 46 players that have recorded more than 649 yards throughout the entire season (stat true prior to Monday night's game). Gordon currently leads the NFL with 1,400 receiving yards.
In Cincinnati's win over Indianapolis, Andy Dalton tossed three scores through the air and added one on the game. Over their last nine games the Bengals have gone 7-2; the only two losses came in overtime.
In an effort to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for the 6th spot in the AFC playoffs, the Miami Dolphins beat the Steelers 34-28. Miami relied on Ryan Tannehill who threw three scores. It was the fourth straight road game in which Tannehill has thrown for at least two scores. That road success could come into play when the postseason rolls around.
There were five go-ahead touchdowns in the final 2:05 in the Ravens/Vikings game. The game ended on a Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown touchdown pass with four seconds left. It's the first game in NFL history to end with five different go ahead touchdowns in the final 2:05.
The Eagles took down the Lions this week in a battle of Division leading teams. Philadelphia kept Matthew Stafford from throwing a touchdown and held him under 150 passing yards. It was the first time since his rookie season that Stafford failed to throw for over 150 yards in a game that he did not leave early due to an injury (on 9/12/10 he threw for 83 yards but left the game prior to halftime due to a shoulder injury). For the Eagles, LeSean McCoy rushed for 217 yards. The 217 rushing yards is an Eagle record.
The two teams totaled 54 points; none scored by field goals or PAT's. It was the most points in a game that did not include a field goal or PAT in NFL history.
On Sunday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their fourth game in the last five weeks by beating the Bills 27-6. The Bucs defense intercepted rookie EJ Manuel four times. Manuel had four interceptions on the season entering the week.
The Bucs have now recorded...
6 interceptions over the last two weeks.
10 interceptions over the last three weeks.
12 interceptions over the last four weeks.
13 interceptions over the last five weeks.
15 interceptions over the last six weeks.
In the Chiefs blowout victory in Washington, Kansas City relied on their defense and special teams. The Kansas City defense recorded one interception, one fumble recovery, six sacks and seven tackles for a loss. The Chiefs also scored on a punt return (Dexter McCluster 74 yards) and a kickoff return (Quintin Demps 95 yards).
In their 51-28 win over the Titans, Peyton Manning threw four scores (41 on the season). It was the seventh time this year Peyton has thrown at least four touchdowns in one game. Manning is on pace to throw 55 touchdowns this year (Brady threw 50 in 2007). In the game Matt Prater hit a 64 yard field goal - an NFL record.
Larry Fitzgerald caught 12 passes Sunday in Arizona's 30-10 win over the Rams. Fitz's 12 catches were a season high and his most since Week 6 of the 2009 season. Carson Palmer's five game streak of throwing at least two touchdowns per game came to an end this week. The Cardinals have now won five of their last six games. Their only loss in this streak was a 3-point defeat at the hands of the Eagles in Week 13.
With 26 seconds left, Phil Dawson hit a 22 yard field goal to help the 49ers beat the Seahawks. Seattle's only two losses have come on the road this season.
In Sunday night's game Drew Brees and the Saints took care of the Panthers 31-13; ending their eight game winning streak. In the game Drew Brees passed the 50,000 career passing yard mark. He now becomes the fifth player in the history of the NFL to have at least 50,000 yards joining John Elway, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
If you have any Fantasy Football questions feel free to post them in the comment section below. Here's a look back at my Week 14 Fantasy Football Player Rankings
and some Fun Facts from Week 13
December 9th, 2013Archives
Is Iman Shumpert's Time in New York
Coming to an End?
This season has been a disastrous one for the New York Knicks thus far and turning it around does not look to be on the horizon. One person who has been under fire constantly is third-year guard/small forward Iman Shumpert. Shumpert has been in the middle of trade rumors for the better part of the season thus far, even having at least one trade with the Denver Nuggets for Kenneth Faried in exchange for Shumpert being turned down. This all has began to weigh on Shumpert on the court it would seem but even through all the negativity surrounding him he has found a way to bring it on the court night in and night out. But Sunday he may have finally punched his ticket out of here.
The Knicks were playing quiet well Sunday through the first half and caught quite a break with budding New Orleans Pelican superstar Anthony Davis suffering a displaced fracture in his left hand. Things looked to be adding up to a Knicks victory but Knick killer Ryan Anderson was forced into more playing time and he did what he does best; knock down three pointers and send Knicks fans home upset.
Anderson went off on the Knicks, something that has become common for him, knocking down seven three pointers and grabbing six rebounds. The only person who seemed to care that the Knicks were crumbling again in the third quarter and letting an opponent go off on them was Shumpert, who during a timeout went off on Carmelo Anthony for not playing lackadaisical defense on Anderson, resulting in him knocking down a three pointer and Shumpert picking up a foul attempting to cover up for him. Check out the video of what happened during that Knicks timeout:
You can see Shumpert and Anthony having a disagreement about what happened and Mike Breen hits the nail on his head about the effort and reaction of both players. In most cases this is something that would be lauded; a player showing some passion on a team lacking in it and calling out the best player to be better than what he is giving. Shumpert showed guts in doing so but it may also result in nothing but more negativity towards him.
Coincidentally Shumpert did not see the court for the remainder of the game after the timeout. Shumpert did what he thought was right being one of the better defenders on the team, he most likely lost his cool a little bit taking all things into account and looking at it in hindsight. Anthony is by far and away the most powerful person in the Knicks organization outside of owner James Dolan. Anthony has more power than any coach or front office person being Dolan’s handpicked player to bring the Knicks back to prominence.
Shumpert on the other hand has seemingly been in Dolan’s doghouse for the better part of his career, hitting its high point this past summer when Shumpert did not want to take part in the NBA Summer League against Dolan’s wishes. Shumpert appeared in only one game and Dolan became incensed to the point that he attempted to trade Shumpert because of his actions.
Both players downplayed the incident, with Shumpert calling it a “defensive miscommunication.” Anthony has stated in the past that he would like for Shumpert to remain on the team but Knicks management might not see it the same way as their main goal is to make sure Anthony is retained once he either opts out of his contract or is free agent eligible after next season. From a purely basketball standpoint keeping Shumpert is a no-brainer. He is the best perimeter defender the Knicks have and does not demand the ball on offense, instead feeding off his teammates which are what you need on a team led by Anthony. He also helps in all areas of the game and has the makings of a Tony Allen-type player, something the Knicks should love to have as Allen is a winner and respected player around the league. But once again this is the Knicks we are talking about and them making decisions based solely on basketball does not happen.
Another layer to this story is the play of Tim Hardaway Jr., someone the Knicks organization is very high on; high on to the point they feel trading Shumpert wouldn’t hurt them much with Hardaway Jr. ready to step in right away. Hardaway Jr. took advantage of the opportunity given to him Sunday with what looked like Shumpert’s benching, scoring a career high 21 points in his extended minutes and knocking down five of eight three point attempts. Hardaway Jr. looks to have the makeup to be a good NBA player but right now he does not help the Knicks anymore than Shumpert does. He is not the defender that Shumpert is and he does not have the discipline on offense to perform night in and night out; his shot selection needs work and there are times he looks like another J.R. Smith who will shoot you out of as many, if not more, games than he shoots you into you.
All in all Shumpert took a chance in calling out Anthony during a timeout for his lack of defense and he suffered for it. A benching for the better part of a second half could be the least of Shumpert’s problem though as it would not be shocking to see Hardaway Jr. start getting more consistent minutes while Shumpert’s wane. How Smith still gets away with what he does on the court is a question for another day but it looks more and more likely with each passing day that Shumpert’s time with the Knicks may be coming to an end with the Anthony timeout incident being the last straw.Kenneth Teape
December 6th, 2013Archives
2013 MLB Awards
Midseason - Postseason Comparison
Back at the All-Star break I wrote an article about the midseason award leaders, breaking down who was ahead in the MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year races; we also added some of the least valuable players through the first half the season. With the award winners being announced recently, what better time to check back and see how we did? Here we will compare the midseason award winners to the real award winners announced at the end of the season. Follow the link here to check out the full midseason awards recap.
Midseason Pick: Miguel Cabrera, Third Baseman Detroit Tigers
Actual Winner: Miguel Cabrera
This was probably the least surprising pick of the award winners. Cabrera actually put up better numbers than his triple crown MVP season in 2012 finishing with .348/.442/.636 slash line with 44 homeruns and 137 RBI. It is hard to imagine that he would have actually had better numbers had he not been dealing with injuries towards the end of the season.
He played in 148 games on the season but plenty of those were through injury as he toughed it out for his team. Cabrera is easily the best hitter in baseball right now and it is a pleasure that we get to see the greatest hitter of our generation and maybe in the history of baseball.
Midseason Pick: Andrew McCutchen, Centerfielder Pittsburgh Pirates
Actual Winner: Andrew McCutchen
This award was given to McCutchen not solely based on stats as he epitomized what an MVP really is; the most valuable player to his team. McCutchen is the heart and soul of the Pirates and was the leader on a team that broke their 20 season playoff draught. He also put up good stats are while playing outstanding defense at a premium position in centerfield. McCutchen finished the season with a slash line of .317/.404/.508 with 21 homeruns, 84 RBI and 27 stolen bases. For the first time in his career McCutchen had some help in the lineup and it resulted in the highest individual honor a player could receive in baseball. Next season he will look to help the Pirates advance even further in the postseason.
AL Cy Young
Midseason Pick: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Actual Winner: Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Here is the first midseason pick that did not turn out the same at the end of the season. Darvish had a solid season, finishing 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 277 strikeouts but he did not compare to Scherzer, who finished the season with a 21-3 record, 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 240 strikeouts. Scherzer became the ace of a loaded Tigers staff that also included former MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, AL ERA leader Anibal Sanchez and more than serviceable Doug Fister and Rick Porcello. Scherzer was great in the postseason as well, starting three games and giving up seven earned runs in 22.1 innings pitched to go along with 34 strikeouts. Scherzer will be in line for a massive extension when he becomes a free agent in 2015.
NL Cy Young
Midseason Pick: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Actual Winner: Clayton Kershaw
This one was right up there with Cabrera as the easiest pick of the awards. Kershaw was the most dominant pitcher in the majors all season despite the struggles the Dodgers had for most of the first two months of the season. Kershaw finished the season 16-9 with an astounding 1.83 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 232 strikeouts. How he ended the season with just 16 wins and nine losses is mind boggling by just looking at his stats but goes to show just how poorly the Dodgers played at points this season. Kershaw is a big reason for any success the Dodgers had this season and will have in the coming years as he looks poised to sign the biggest contract in MLB history not only for a pitcher but for any player.
AL Rookie of the Year
Midseason Pick: Jose Iglesias, Shortstop/Third Baseman Detroit Tigers
Actual Winner: Wil Myers, Outfielder, Tampa Bay Rays
Iglesias was the best of the bunch at the halfway mark but his hitting fell off to the point the Red Sox felt comfortable enough shipping him out in the trade that brought Jake Peavy into town. Myers showed why he was thought to be one of the hottest prospects in baseball with a slash line of .293/.354/.478 with 13 homeruns and 53 RBI. Keep in mind that was in barely half a season for Myers, as he appeared in only 88 games as the Rays are very meticulous and careful in promoting prospects. Myers is the third Ray to bring home the award since 2008, following in the footsteps of Evan Longoria and Jeremy Hellickson.
NL Rookie of the Year
Midseason Pick: Jose Fernandez, Starting Pitcher Miami Marlins
Actual Winner: Jose Fernandez
At the midseason point this was the most scrutinized pick that was made as most of the baseball community was swept up in the craze that was Yasiel Puig; in reality this was never really a race. The flame-throwing Fernandez, who turned only 21 years old in July, shut down lineup after lineup throughout the season. At the beginning of the season many baseball pundits thought this was a move being made by the Marlins as a publicity stunt, as Fernandez was one of the top prospects in their system and the team was expected to struggle again.
But he quickly quieted the doubters showing ace quality stuff and looking like he will be a lynchpin in anything positive going on with the Marlins along with power hitting Giancarlo Stanton. Fernandez finished the season with an impressive 12-6 record, 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings pitched over 28 starts. The Marlins watched him closely this season but next year the reigns should almost be off as Fernandez will continue what looks to be a very promising MLB career.
AL Manager of the Year
Midseason Pick: John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
Actual Winner: Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians
Each manager deserved the award as both turned around teams that had poor 2012 into playoff teams in 2013, with Farrell leading the Red Sox to the World Series. For Francona, he led what had been a cellar dwelling Indians franchise to a 24-game turnaround in 2013 from 2012 and into the AL Wild Card game. He got the most out of what was thought to be an underachieving roster as the Indians were one of the top offensive teams in the majors to help an average pitching staff. Francona looks to have the Indians heading in the right direction as another franchise turnaround under his watch looks to be underway.
NL Manager of the Year
Midseason Pick: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
Actual Pick: Clint Hurdle
There were a couple of other managers that deserved some recognition for the work they did such as rookie manager Mike Matheny but he was dealing with an already loaded deck; Hurdle was facing a 20-year losing season and no playoff draught in Pittsburgh and he conquered it. That is really all the qualifications needed for Hurdle to take home manager of the year. The Pirates had been the first half Cinderella for two seasons prior but were finally able to put it all together this season for a full season. The future is bright in Pittsburgh with Hurdle at the helm and players such as McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte and Gerrit Cole not even hitting their primes yet.Kenneth Teape
December 6th, 2013Archives
MLB Bold Predictions Recap
Earlier in the week I looked back at an article from the midway point of the MLB season and compared the award winners chosen then to the people who actually received the awards. This time I’ll take another article from the summer, my bold predictions from the All-Star break for the second half of the season and compare it to how the season actually ended. They aren’t called bold predictions for nothing as the end results of these are a little more off than the predictions made for the MLB Regular Season Awards.
Alex Rodriguez will hit double-digit homeruns and the New York Yankees will still miss the playoffs, finishing last in the AL East.
There are two definitive results that happened here; the Yankees did indeed miss the playoffs but they did not finish in last place. The Rodriguez double-digit homeruns is up for debate. If you include his minor league stats he hit 10 on the season but if you count only his time in the majors he knocked only seven out of the park. The Yankees turned it around a little bit once they started getting a little healthier but they just did not have the talent that teams ahead of them like the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians, the two teams who won the AL Wild Card spots.
The winter will be an important one for the Yankees as they have a lot of holes to fill on the team including finding a player capable of replacing Derek Jeter and Rodriguez if they are unable to stay in the lineup because of injuries or suspension. For this bold prediction I will split it down the middle and call it half right.
Miguel Cabrera will win a second consecutive Triple Crown after MLB went the previous 45 seasons before last without one.
When the All-Star break rolled around Cabrera was leading in batting average, RBI and was right behind Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis in the homerun race. Unfortunately for Cabrera though he was unable to stay healthy in the second half of the season and Davis ended up taking homeruns and RBI from Cabrera despite going through some slumps of his own. Cabrera ultimately came out on top as he was named AL MVP but he fell two RBI and 10 homeruns short if taking home a second consecutive Triple Crown. Much like the first prediction this one is half right as well as Cabrera brought home some hardware, just not all of it.
Max Scherzer will have more losses than wins in the second half of the season
and will not break 20 wins.
This was the least accurate of any of the midway bold predictions as Scherzer actually improved in the second half of the season, finishing the year up with a 2.90 ERA compared to the 3.19 he went into the All-Star Break with. His win total did not suffer much as he racked up another eight wins compared to only two more losses in the second half, finishing the season with a win-loss record of 21-3. Scherzer, deservedly so, took home the AL Cy Young award for the efforts he put forth throughout the season. He is the second Detroit Tigers pitcher to take home the award in the last three years as Justin Verlander took home both the Cy Young and MVP awards in 2011.
The Atlanta Braves will finish with the biggest division lead margin
but lose in the first round of the playoffs.
The Braves fell short of having the biggest division lead margin by one game as the Washington Nationals turned things around in the second half of the season to finish 10 games out of the NL East lead. The team that took home the biggest division lead margin was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were virtually unstoppable in the second half of the season and got to feast on a poor NL West division that had only one other team even finish with a .500 record.
It would have been interesting to see how either the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cincinnati Reds would have fared if they had not resided in the same division along with the St. Louis Cardinals. Even though the division lead part was not right, the playoff prediction was spot on. The Braves were handled pretty easily by the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs, losing by deficits of five and seven and being vanquished in four games.
Of the six division leaders, at least half will not be leading their respective divisions
by the time the season ends.
If not for the Arizona Diamondbacks this prediction would have been a disaster. Of the six teams leading their division at the All-Star Break only the Diamondbacks lost their lead, to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The five teams who were leading at the All-Star Break and held onto their spots at the top of their respective divisions were the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. The Tigers and Cardinals were both able to hold off upstart and unexpected challenges from the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates respectively. The Red Sox Athletics took their divisions with more ease than anyone could have expected, holding the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers at bay throughout the second half of the season. The Atlanta Braves were never in any real danger of losing their division lead as the Nationals put things together a little too late into the season to present any real threat.Kenneth Teape
December 6th, 2013Archives
Mr. Fantasy Freak vs. Mrs. Fantasy Freak
Week 14 Fantasy Football Player Rankings
If you disagree with our Player Rankings feel free to post questions in the comment section below. If you would like more advice, please Tweet Holly or Alex. Here's a look back at last week's rankings
Alex Wiesner's Flex Rankings
1. Jamaal Charles KC
2. Adrian Peterson MIN
3. Calvin Johnson DET
4. Matt Forte CHI
5. Reggie Bush DET
6. Marshawn Lynch SEA
7. LeSean McCoy PHI
8. Knowshon Moreno DEN
9. Demaryius Thomas DEN
10. Brandon Marshall CHI
11. Eddie Lacey GB
12. Dez Bryant DAL
13. A.J. Green CIN
14. DeMarco Murray DAL
15. Andre Brown NYG
16. Rob Gronkowski NE
17. Jimmy Graham NO
18. Josh Gordon CLE
19. Frank Gore SF
20. Zac Stacy STL
21. Alfred Morris WSH
22. Victor Cruz NYG
23. Andre Johnson HOU
24. Giovani Bernard CIN
25. Chris Johnson TEN
26. Torrey Smith BAL
27. Le'Veon Bell PIT
28. Shane Vereen NE
29. Ben Tate HOU
30. Antonio Brown PIT
31. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC
32. Julius Thomas DEN
33. Vernon Davis SF
34. Alshon Jeffery CHI
35. Wes Welker DEN
36. Vincent Jackson TB
37. Donald Brown IND
38. Pierre Garcon WSH
39. Ray Rice BAL
40. Jordy Nelson GB
41. Larry Fitzgerald ARI
42. Fred Jackson BUF
43. Keenan Allen SD
44. Greg Olsen CAR
45. Jason Witten DAL
46. Ryan Mathews SD
47. Danny Woodhead SD
48. T.Y. Hilton IND
49. Eric Decker DEN
50. Kendall Wright TEN
51. Anquan Boldin SF
52. Chris Ivory NYJ
53. Antonio Gates SD
54. Rashard Mendenhall ARI
55. C.J. Spiller BUF
56. Rashad Jennings OAK
57. Bobby Rainey TB
58. Percy Harvin SEA
59. Harry Douglas ATL
60. Dwayne Bowe KC
61. Riley Cooper PHI
62. Steven Jackson ATL
63. Roddy White ATL
64. Tony Gonzalez ATL
65. BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
66. Lamar Miller MIA
67. Pierre Thomas NO
68. Stevie Johnson BUF
69. Cecil Shorts JAC
70. Montee Ball DEN
71. Steve Smith CAR
72. Danny Amendola NE
73. Jarrett Boykin GB
74. Coby Fleener IND
75. Tavon Austin STL
76. Darren Sproles NO
77. Joique Bell DET
78. Marques Colston NO
79. Jordan Cameron CLE
80. Bernard Pierce BAL
81. Michael Floyd ARI
82. Benny Cunningham STL
83. Stevan Ridley NE
84. Mike Wallace MIA
85. Bilal Powell NYJ
86. James Jones GB
87. Rod Streater OAK
88. Rueben Randle NYG
89. Nate Burleson DET
90. Darren McFadden OAK
Alex's News & Notes
I know there isn't any Quarterbacks in my Flex Rankings but if you're in need of a spot starter take a look at Joe Flacco. The Vikings have allowed at least 300 passing yards each of the last two weeks. Flacco has a great match-up playing at home where he's thrown seven scores and three interceptions this year.
Although it's been an up and down year for DeMarco Murray, the 25 year old should continue to get scoring opportunities this week against the Bears.
Chicago has allowed the most rushing yards to Running Backs this year. The Bears have also allowed 12 touchdowns to Running Backs this year; tied for the 3rd most in the NFL. Murray is an acceptable #1 RB in standard leagues this week. Which is good news for my Fantasy team.
Nate Burelson should end up being a solid #3 WR this week as the Lions take on the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed the most Fantasy points per game to opposing Wide Outs this year.
If you want a sneaky Tight End play this week, go after Jared Cook or Delanie Walker. Both have favorable match-ups that could end up in shootouts.
Holly Murray's Flex Rankings
1. Adrian Peterson MIN
2. Jamaal Charles KC
3. Matt Forte CHI
4. Calvin Johnson DET
5. LeSean McCoy PHI
6. Reggie Bush DET
7. Dez Bryant DAL
8. Knowshon Moreno DEN
9. Marshawn Lynch SEA
10. Brandon Marshall CHI
11. Rob Gronkowski NE
12. DeMarco Murray DAL
13. Eddie Lacey GB
14. Demaryius Thomas DEN
15. Chris Johnson TEN
16. Jimmy Graham NO
17. Josh Gordon CLE
18. A.J. Green CIN
19. Andre Brown NYG
20. Ben Tate HOU
21. Le'Veon Bell PIT
22. Zac Stacy STL
23. Frank Gore SF
24. Andre Johnson HOU
25. Alfred Morris WSH
26. Giovani Bernard CIN
27. Alshon Jeffery CHI
28. Torrey Smith BAL
29. Wes Welker DEN
30. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC
31. Vincent Jackson TB
32. Antonio Brown PIT
33. Julius Thomas DEN
34. Pierre Garcon WSH
35. Larry Fitzgerald ARI
36. Shane Vereen NE
37. Vernon Davis SF
38. Victor Cruz NYG
39. Jason Witten DAL
40. Donald Brown IND
41. Keenan Allen SD
42. Percy Harvin SEA
43. Ryan Mathews SD
44. Kendall Wright TEN
45. C.J. Spiller BUF
46. Fred Jackson BUF
47. Greg Olsen CAR
48. Jordy Nelson GB
49. Riley Cooper PHI
50. T.Y. Hilton IND
51. Bobby Rainey TB
52. Eric Decker DEN
53. Chris Ivory NYJ
54. Danny Woodhead SD
55. Antonio Gates SD
56. Ray Rice BAL
57. Rashard Mendenhall ARI
58. Rashad Jennings OAK
59. Anquan Boldin SF
60. Pierre Thomas NO
61. Roddy White ATL
62. Dwayne Bowe KC
63. Steven Jackson ATL
64. Cecil Shorts JAC
65. Mike Wallace MIA
66. Danny Amendola NE
67. Harry Douglas ATL
68. Stevie Johnson BUF
69. Montee Ball DEN
70. BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
71. Steve Smith CAR
72. Coby Fleener IND
73. Jarrett Boykin GB
74. Jordan Cameron CLE
75. Lamar Miller MIA
76. Rueben Randle NYG
77. Tony Gonzalez ATL
78. Michael Floyd ARI
79. Hakeem Nicks NYG
80. Julian Edelman NE
81. Bernard Pierce BAL
82. Charles Clay MIA
83. Joique Bell DET
84. Willis McGahee CLE
85. Trent Richardson IND
86. Nate Burleson DET
87. Mike Tolbert CAR
88. Scott Chandler BUF
89. Darren Sproles NO
90. Stevan Ridley NE
Holly's News & Notes
With one week until the Fantasy Football playoffs begin I'm giving you five players (under 70% owned) that are going to blow your mind for the rest of the season.
For those of you that are still in the playoff hunt I suggest you listen closely.
Donald Brown next three weeks: @ CIN - vs. HOU - @ KC
Joique Bell next three weeks: @ PHI - vs. BAL - vs. NYG
Kendall Wright next three weeks: @ DEN - vs. ARI - @ JAC
Julian Edelman: next three weeks: vs. CLE - @ MIA - @ BAL
Scott Chandler next three weeks: @ TB - @ JAC - vs. MIA
2013 NFL Season Week 13
On Thanksgiving day the Lions earned their first victory in ten years on Turkey day. Detroit relied on Reggie Bush as he tallied 182 yards on 25 touches. It was the third time he's put up at least 150 total yards in a game this season. Calvin Johnson also had a big game recording his third straight 100 yard receiving game; his seventh on the year.
After going down 21-7 last Thursday, the Cowboys pulled off the comeback and beat the Raiders 31-24. Dallas needed all three scores from DeMarco Murray in order to win the game. It was the first game in Murray's career that he scored multiple times.
DeMarco joins Emmitt Smith as the only other Cowboy's player to rush for three scores on Thanksgiving.
Last Thursday night the Baltimore Ravens held off the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 as a Big Ben two point conversion failed with 1:03 left on the clock. Even though the Ravens won, Ray Rice failed to rush for over 46 yards for the ninth time this season. He failed to rush for over 46 yards just five times last season and only four times in 2011.
This week Josh Gordon became the first player in the history of the NFL to have back-to-back 200+ yard receiving games. He's totaled 498 yards and three touchdowns over the past two weeks.
In the Vikings overtime win over the Bears, Adrian Peterson recorded 211 rushing yards giving him over 10,000 for his career. Peterson is the third fastest to reach the 10,000 yard mark as he did it in 101 games. Adrian has now carried the ball 67 times over the past two weeks for 357 yards.
In Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Dolphins, the New York Jets benched Geno Smith for Matt Simms. Both Quarterbacks combined to go 13 for 28 with two interceptions and one fumble.
Despite beating the Titans 22-14, Andrew Luck failed to throw a touchdown for the fourth time this season. The Colts are 3-1 in those games. In that same backfield Trent Richardson recorded 19 rushing yards in the win. He now has 306 rushing yards in ten games with the Colts (average of 30.6 rushing yards per game).
In Philadelphia's win over the Cardinals, Nick Foles continued his hot streak as he threw three scores and did not turn the ball over. Foles now has 19 touchdowns and no interceptions this season. One more touchdown and Foles will tie Peyton Manning's mark from earlier this season of throwing 20 straight touchdowns without an interception.
After going down 17-7 at halftime, the New England Patriots came back and scored 28 points in the second half to give the Houston Texans their tenth straight loss with a score of 34-31. For the Texans, it's their six straight loss by seven points or less. For the Patriots, the game clinched their 13th straight winning season.
The Carolina Panthers won their eighth consecutive game Sunday as they blew out the Buccaneers. Two of the Panthers final four games are against the New Orleans Saints.
In Atlanta's 34-31 overtime win over the Bills, Steven Jackson scored twice equaling his total from the previous seven games.
In Sunday's battle for the AFC West division lead, the Denver Broncos took down the Kansas City Chiefs for the second time this year 35-28. Montee Ball rushed for a career high 117 yards; he ran for 85 yards the previous three weeks combined. Eric Decker caught four touchdowns giving him seven on the season. Decker now gives Denver four Receivers that have at least seven receiving touchdowns this season. In the game Manning broke his own single season touchdown passing record from last season as he now has 42 touchdown passes on the season.
The Bengals earned their 8th win of the year with a 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers. In the game A.J. Green hauled in his 7th touchdown of the season giving him 25 for his career.
In Sunday night's win over the Redskins, the New York Giants won for the fifth time in their last six games. Andre Brown scored twice on 17 touches. That makes four straight games with at least 17 total touches.
In Monday night's shellacking, the Seahawks held Drew Brees under 150 passing yards since December 31st, 2006. In that game seven years ago Drew Brees was pulled halfway through the first quarter as the playoffs approached.
On the offensive side of the ball Seattle put up 429 total yards and three touchdowns. Seattle has been on a tear recently as they've outscored their opponents by 71 points over their past three games.
Fantasy Football Weekly Sleeper Picks
Week 13 Results
NFL Power Rankings
3rd Quarter Rankings
32. Houston Texans (2-10) -3
The Texans are riding a ten-game losing streak.
31. Atlanta Falcons (3-9) -9
It took the Falcons thirteen weeks to earn their third win of the season. Last year they won their third game in week three. I know they lost several key players to injuries but 3-9, seriously?
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) +2
The Jaguars have won three of their last four games #HereComeTheJags
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9) +2
Take your pick: Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota or Johnny Manziel?
28. Washington Redskins (3-9) -8
Every week it seems we blame a different person for Washington's woes.
27. Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1) +3
Adrian Peterson is now one of 28 players in the history of the NFL to rush for over 10,000 yards.
26. Cleveland Browns (3-5) -5
The Browns are currently riding their second three-game losing streak of the season.
25. Oakland Raiders (4-8) -1
Just win baby #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat
24. Buffalo Bills (4-8) -1
After a 2-2 start - the Bills have lost six of their last eight games. I was in attendance/witnesses their last defeat at the Rogers Centre.
23. New York Giants (5-7) +5
What a joke!
22. Tennessee Titans (5-7) -5
A four point win over the Raiders in week twelve and a seven point win over the Rams in week nine are the only two things that kept the Titans from being on an eight-game losing streak.
21. St. Louis Rams (5-7) +5
Two of the Rams final four games are against the Saints and Seahawks.
20. New York Jets (5-7) -5
The Jets have lost three straight and bench Geno Smith last week.
J - Just
E - End
T - Their
S - Season Now
19. Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) -11
Obviously they weren't going to win without Aaron Rodgers.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) +9
The Steelers have not had anyone rush for 100+ yards in any game this season.
17. San Diego Chargers (5-7) -6
Since their bye-week, the Chargers have lost four out of five games. Their one win was against the Chiefs in week twelve when Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards in an upset I predicted
16. Baltimore Ravens (6-6) +3
The Ravens are 5-1 at home and 1-5 on the road. That won't fly in the playoffs.
15. Miami Dolphins (6-6) +3
The Dolphins only have two wins against teams with winning records this year.
14. Chicago Bears (6-6) --
They might as well call themselves the Chicago "Grizzly" Bears because they've clearly gone into hibernation.
13. Arizona Cardinals (7-5) +3
Carson Palmer has thrown at least two touchdowns in his last five games. Arizona is 4-1 in that span.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) +13
The Eagles made the switch to Nick Foles and have now won four straight games. Foles has yet to throw an interception this season.
11. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) +2
A Thanksgiving Day win over the Raiders may have saved their season and Jason Garrett's job.
10. Detroit Lions (7-5) -1
That week twelve loss to the Bucs may come back to haunt them.
9. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) -4
What happened to Trent Richardson?
8. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) -1
"Dalton to Green" will one day be considered one of the most historic phrases in Bengal's history. #DaltonToGreen
7. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) -5
The Chiefs have lost three straight games. On top of that, they were all division games. On top of that, they lost by a total of twenty points. #Ouch
6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4) --
The Niners are going to be one of the most dangerous Wild Card teams in the league come playoff time.
5. New England Patriots (9-3) +5
Somehow Tom Brady has the Patriots in line for a First Round bye. How does he do it? #GOAT?
4. New Orleans Saints (9-3) -4
The Saints are just 3-3 on the road this year. Drew Brees has thrown ten touchdowns on the road this year compared to nineteen at home.
3. Carolina Panthers (9-3) +9
Carolina has now won eight straight games. Cam Newton has thrown for thirteen scores and rushed for five more during the streak.
2. Denver Broncos (10-2) +1
The Broncos should cruise to home field considering their final four games are against the Titans, Chargers, Texans and Raiders.
1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1) +3
Seattle is the only team to clinch a playoff spot so far this year.
With only four games left in the regular season – what’s your Super Bowl prediction? Comment or Tweet me your thoughts! Holly Murray
December 3rd, 2013Archives
NHL Power Rankings
30. Buffalo Sabres (6-20-2) --
There are nineteen teams that have at least twice as many points as Buffalo's fourteen right now.
29. Florida Panthers (7-15-5) --
Who's even on this team?
28. Edmonton Oilers (8-17-2) --
The Oilers lost twenty-two games in regulation all of last season. This year they already have seventeen L's.
27. Calgary Flames (9-13-4) -4
What's the difference between a bra and the Calgary Flames?
A bra has two cups #WaaWaa
26. Philadelphia Flyers (12-12-2) +1
I mentioned Claude Giroux last month because he had yet to score. He's now scored four goals in his last eleven games. If Giroux heats up, the Flyers could climb back into the playoff picture - but don't count on it.
25. Winnipeg Jets (12-12-4) --
The Jets have lost five of their last seven games. All but two of those games were won or lost by one goal or in a shootout.
24. Carolina Hurricanes (10-11-5) -4
The Hurricanes are on pace to disappoint a lot of fans this year.
23. New York Islanders (8-15-4) -5
The Islanders have now recorded six straight losses and sit dead last in the Metropolitan division.
22. Columbus Blue Jackets (10-14-3) --
Dalton Prout and Jared Boll have combined for ten of the Blue Jackets seventeen fighting majors.
21. Ottawa Senators (10-12-4) -4
How many Senators does it take to win a Stanley Cup?
Nobody knows and we won't be finding out this year.
20. Nashville Predators (13-11-3) +1
These Predators have no killer instinct. #Zing
19. New Jersey Devils (11-11-5) +7
The Devils rank 6th in the NHL in terms of goals allowed. If you add that to their second ranked penalty killing unit, they'll have a chance to make noise in a few months.
18. Dallas Stars (12-9-3) +4
The Stars have won six of their last seven road games.
17. New York Rangers (14-13-0) +2
Rick Nash has scored one goal in three straight games. #LookOutForTheRangers
16. Tampa Bay Lightning (16-9-1) -6
The Lightning will continue to fall as Stamkos recovers from a broken leg.
15. Vancouver Canucks (13-10-5) -6
The Canucks have scored three goals or more just three times in their last eleven games. Vancouver's been on the losing end in eight of those eleven games.
14. Washington Capitols (14-11-2) +2
Alex Ovechkin is the only non-Penguin in the MVP discussion right now.
13. Phoenix Coyotes (15-7-4) -1
Mike Smith has lost his last four starts.
12. Minnesota Wild (15-8-5) +3
The Wild are 10-3-2 at home, but just 5-5-3 on the road.
11. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-10-3) --
Nazem "the dream" Kadri needs to step it up. He's our X-Factor moving forward.
10. Detroit Red Wings (13-7-7) +4
After losing seven straight, the Wings have won four of their last five games.
9. Montreal Canadiens (15-9-3) +4
The Canadiens have the 3rd best power play unit in the National Hockey League.
8. Los Angeles Kings (16-7-4) --
Ben Scrivens has kept this team in the hunt for the Pacific division as he currently has a .944 save percentage and a 1.52 goals against average.
7. Boston Bruins (18-7-2) --
The Bruins have won ten of their last thirteen games. In those thirteen games Boston has allowed just four power play goals in thirty-nine opportunities.
6. Pittsburgh Penguins (18-9-1) -3
James Neal will be a key factor for the Penguins moving forward. He's already scored eight times in twelve games since he's returned from injury.
5. Anaheim Ducks (18-7-4) -1
The Ducks have a 1-4-2 record in their last seven road games. #RoadWoes
4. Colorado Avalanche (19-6-0) +2
The Avs have already won three more games compared to what they had all of last year.
3. St. Louis Blues (18-4-3) +2
The Blues have lost back-to-back games just once this season.
2. San Jose Sharks (18-3-5) -1
The Sharks +32 goal differential is tied with St. Louis for the best mark in the NHL this year.
1. Chicago Blackhawks (20-4-4) +1
The Blackhawks 102 goals are ten more than anyone else in the league.
So, you’re telling me I have a chance? Let me know what you think. Holly Murray
December 1st, 2013Archives