If you’re even a semi-regular listener to the Fantasy Focus Football Podcast, aka the 06010, you are likely aware that Matthew Berry and Field Yates occasionally will disagree on a player’s fantasy output, whether it’s for the season or a specific week during the NFL season.
With a nod to faithful listener and board bet historian, Nick Scott, who created the original 06010 board site, we’ve decided to give you a place to check the tally board throughout the season right here on the pages of ESPN.com.
We’ll keep it simple and just state the proposition bet, along with which side Matthew and Field took. Once there is a winner, we will add that, and change the “leaderboard” below. Good luck in your leagues this season!
Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders: For the second consecutive week, Cooper was held in single digits, following up his 7.3 PPR fantasy points with 1.6 on Sunday night. That was the third-lowest total in his 35-game NFL career, and he was started in 91.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
Justin Tucker, K, Ravens: Kickers can be wholly unpredictable, at the mercy of their offense, such as in Tucker’s case in a game his Ravens lost 44-7. His one-point fantasy score qualified for the “losers” list, though, as he was started in 93.8 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 3. Only five times in his 83 career NFL games has he scored one or zero points, and this was the first time that Tucker did so since 2015 Week 10 (also one).
Kickers are the IT professionals of football. They tend to work outside of a traditional team structure, do a job everyone understands in theory but not at all in actual execution, and when they fuck up, everyone gets very angry indeed.
I love them. I love everything about them. I love their lone wolf status. I love that they’re essentially uncoached, leaving it up to them to figure out how the hell they’re supposed to kick a misshapen lump of pig upwards of 60 yards.
It doesn’t seem like this would be an orchestrated scenario Alex Smith like I attributed the Blount situation of 2014 to being. But it could be. It also could be hypocritical to want a player to do the same thing Blount did to the Steelers to another franchise. But I can live with some hypocrisy on my record.
Will this happen? Originally I found it very unlikely of a scenario. I figured that Timmons would likely only get a 1-game ban from his new team and eventually all would be forgiven. Or I thought the Dolphins would wait and cut him in the off-season and the Steelers could sign him back at the vet-minimum, but now with the suspension now in play, this could actually come to fruition.
As off-base and improbable as all this might still be, it’s sure fun to speculate. I would love to see No. 94 back at the veteran minimum, and he might accept it to get back to the Steel City.
Doubtful to occur, but nobody expected Joe Haden to ever be in black and gold either. But we need to remember that the Steelers have done nothing but prove they are all-in for 2017, so anything can happen.
Not only that, but, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Gronk’s stats are actually littered with 69s. The touchdown isn’t all we have to celebrate: He’s also at 69.4 yards per game, and his catch percentage is 69.6 percent. What are the odds? I can only chalk it up to divine intervention. If Gronk’s story truly is a Greek myth, Zeus is up there on Mount Olympus, drinking a High Life in his La-Z-Boy with his feet up on the coffee table, watching football and patting himself on the back for orchestrating such a momentous occasion.
Look, I know this sounds like one big joke, and that’s probably because it is.
Reid became head coach in Philadelphia in 1999, took the franchise to a Super Bowl but never won one. He was fired in 2012 and now is in his fifth season in Kansas City. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie decided the Eagles needed a new voice, a new style, a new plan. Lurie is on his second coach since — first Chip Kelly, now Doug Pederson — who happens to have been Reid’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City and who spent 12 years in the league with Reid as a player or coach.
Reid disagreed with Lurie’s decision. It hurt him to leave Philadelphia, a team and a town with which he shared special bonds. He has built a fast and strong team in Kansas City.
Gruden and Washington seek to avoid a huge 0-2 hole.
This game should feature plenty of offensive wizardry.
The sting of losing it for Gruden would be severe. No veteran NFL coach wants to lose to a guy who is in only his second NFL game as a head coach. Especially one he tutored. Especially considering a Washington fan base that is already fretting and antsy.
Two games into the season — both at home — and the Bengals still haven’t scored a touchdown. They’re the first team to “achieve” that feat since the Bears … in 1939. Good job, guys!
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick gave the most honest assessment of the team — “We suck.”
For all their faults as a team, at least Bengals players were pretty honest about who they are after losing one of the ugliest Thursday Night Football games we’ve ever seen:
Maybe. Cincinnati held another awful team to 266 yards, TOTAL yards. The Texans didn’t even top 100 yards passing. The Bengals prevented the Texans from converting their only red-zone opportunity and had them 0-1 on goal-to-go. Houston only converted four of 15 third downs.
Kizer left the Browns’ loss to the Ravens on Sunday with a migraine, but was able to return to the game. He didn’t play well, though. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 182 yards, no touchdowns, three interceptions, and he also lost a fumble. Why, he played so poorly that he looked like a bona fide Browns quarterback.
Hue Jackson said after the game that he’s not concerned about Kizer’s confidence. And there’s probably some validity to that.
“He didn’t play as well yesterday, but the sky isn’t falling down by any stretch of the imagination,” Jackson said Monday via the team’s website. “This guy is everything I think he is.”
The Ravens defense has been a force so far. They dominated the Bengals, shutting them out 20-0, with four picked Andy Dalton passes and a forced fumble. So the way Baltimore played against the Browns is just par for the course so far.
So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.
The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.
“We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do,” Stafford said.
Immediately after Monday night’s loss McAdoo began his news conference by declaring the blame should be placed on his shoulders. The delay of game — and lack of a timeout — was later placed primarily on his quarterback.
McAdoo began his conference call Tuesday by saying “it’s my responsibility” to make sure the team gets out of its own way and avoids the costly mistakes that plagued the Giants against the Lions.
While Manning took some blame after the game, Flowers appears to remain off-limits. Instead of being critical of Flowers’ play the day after a rough outing, McAdoo was again complimentary of his young tackle.
When asked if Flowers would remain the team’s left tackle moving forward, he didn’t even flinch.
“Yes, absolutely,” McAdoo said. “Ereck is a young player, he did some good things in the ballgame yesterday. He gets singled out and that’s the way it goes in this league. Again, the breakdowns are spread out. It’s not just one player making breakdowns. The breakdowns are spread out and I am included. Throw me in there.”
In 2016, the Minnesota Vikings ran out to a 5-0 start before falling back to earth like a malfunctioning satellite, ending their year at 8-8 and outside the playoffs. On Monday, they’ll look to recapture that early season matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The first Monday Night Football game of the fall kicks off at 7:10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN (live stream).
The Vikings and Saints will each look to shake off last season’s mediocrity as they embark on a blossoming new campaign. For Minnesota, this fall will be about following up on 2016’s abandoned promise. For New Orleans, the upcoming season could be the team’s last chance to cement Drew Brees’ legacy with a second Super Bowl championship.
As brutal as the loss was Monday, he continued, it was different: “It wasn’t just like, they just went out and played terrible. We fought, we battled — I’m sure it was a heckuva game to watch, those who weren’t asleep, or didn’t turn it off when it was 24-7 (Broncos).”
“There are a couple of series in there that I would love to have back, but you can’t take those back,” Lynn said. “You have to take advantage of those moments when you have those opportunities.
Pittsburgh is willing to bet Haden at 100 percent is still capable of being a game-changer. The Steelers could desperately use one if they hope to get past the Patriots and reach the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is 10-2 in his career against the Steelers (including the playoffs), most recently carving up their zone schemes in the 2017 AFC championship game (32 of 42, 384 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions). You aren’t beating Brady without capable corners.
So, what can Haden bring to Pittsburgh after seven seasons in Cleveland? And what happens when Haden returns to face the Browns in Week 1? The 28-year-old covered that and a lot more with reporters Thursday.
Phillip Rivers and the Chargers made things interesting late in Monday night’s AFC West showdown with the Broncos but the patented Denver defense came up big with the game on the line.
Trailing 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Chargers rallied for 14 points in just over two minutes as the Broncos offense managed just 13 plays in the final 11:58 of the game. Four Broncos drives resulted in an interception, fumble, missed field goal and a punt, giving the Chargers every opportunity to rally for their first win since relocating to Los Angeles after last season.
It’s a formula that worked wonders for the Jaguars, and it’s a defense that might make the rest of the NFL a little worried about Jacksonville.
No, Oakland didn’t suddenly go to “Beast Mode” to ground and pound past the Titans. Carr still dropped back 34 times (22 of 32, 262 yards passing, two TDs, two sacks, 114.3 rating). And beyond Lynch rushing 18 times for 76 of those scrimmage yards, the Raiders averaged only 3.9 yards per carry behind their mighty offensive line.
But he was mixed in, with even greater volume than expected in his first game back following a brief retirement. He also ran hard in his vintage way, setting the tone in a gritty matchup that became a field-goal fest instead of the expected shootout between Carr and Marcus Mariota.
The Raiders played with a more physical streak up front on both sides of the ball than the Titans, who pride themselves on having that kind of identity around Mariota. Lynch was particularly key in the second half, catching a 16-yard pass that set up a field goal in the third quarter and helping his team whittle the clock in the fourth quarter.
Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested Monday in Los Angeles County on suspicion of criminal threats, a felony.
Los Angeles County Jail records show Browner, 33, was arrested at 8:29 p.m in La Verne and was released almost three hours later after posting $50,000 bail.
Senio Kelemete replaced Strief on Monday and held up fairly well, although it was a rough night overall for the Saints’ offense. Veteran offensive tackle Bryce Harris, who has already been on and off the Saints’ roster three times over the past two weeks, re-signed Tuesday and could be a candidate to replace Strief before the team hosts the New England Patriots on Sunday.
To make room for Harris on the roster, the Saints released linebacker Adam Bighill.
It’s unclear when Armstead will be back, although it should just be a matter of weeks since the Saints elected not to start him on the physically unable to perform list. Rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Ramczyk started in place of Armstead and allowed one sack. Ramczyk could slide over to right tackle when Armstead returns.
NFL Network first reported on the nature of Strief’s injury.
Su’a Cravens surprised the Redskins this weekend by informing the team of his plans to retire before being talked out of the decision. Newscom
An article on SI.com this spring stated that Cravens left teammates wondering about his desire when he didn’t push through harder with a bruised biceps injury. In training camp, linebacker Will Compton was miked for CSN Washington and was heard prodding Cravens about his motivation for being on the field. Compton told him, “I haven’t felt it from you. The last two [practices], you haven’t gave me anything.”
Compton wanted to know what helped him push through the tough part of camp, and Cravens later told him, “I can’t fake it, though.”
Donald’s absence makes it seem unlikely that he will be available for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. McVay, however, said Donald is “not ruled out,” and he wouldn’t impose a firm deadline on when Donald would have to arrive to play in Week 1.
Rams coach Sean McVay jokingly compares his pursuit of Aaron Donald to “chasing a girl in high school,” as Donald has yet to report to the team.
“It’s hard to say,” McVay said when asked about a deadline. “Until we come to a solution, then that’s when I think you have a chance to really put a specific plan in place, out of respect for Aaron and the team. Our mindset right now is if we have to go play a football game, guys are ready to go. And Aaron hasn’t been here as a part of the preparation.”
“I would just prefer his name be Caylin. He’s deserved that right.”
Caylin (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) pales in size compared with his big brother (6-5, 245 pounds). Because of his size, Caylin wasn’t highly recruited out of Grady High School in Atlanta, winding up at the historically black university in Washington, D.C.