Vlog Times: Secret Weapons (Week 8)
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FANTASY MATCH-UP OF THE WEEK: MIA @ NYJ
The match-up I’d like to take a look at heading into Week 8 is the Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets. There’s been a lot of jawing between these teams, which should make for some interesting on-field antics.
You see, last month, just before they met for the first time in Week 3, the Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan, quipped that his defense would be pouring a little HOT SAUCE on the Dolphins star running back, Reggie Bush. Interestingly enough, Bush went down with a knee injury in the second quarter of the game. The Dolphins would go on to defeat the Jets in overtime, but some players on the team felt that the Jets had intentionally tried to hurt Bush, which is an obvious no-no in the NFL.
A few days later word spread that Jets stud corner, Darrelle Revis, had also hurt his knee in the game and would be out for the remainder of the season. Bush responded by saying “What goes around, comes around,” insinuating that he felt as though they Jets had gotten what they deserved.
This time around both teams are fired up and out for blood… for lack of a better word.
From a fantasy perspective, I expect Bush to bring the HEAT. Yeah, I said it. The Jets are second to last in the league against the run so owners should start the Dolphins running back with confidence. The rest of Miami’s offense, on the other hand, may not have as easy of a time. Even with Revis out, the Jets pass defense has been ON FIRE. I did it again. In fact, they’re giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. This week, all other Dolphins should stay at the beach and off of fantasy rosters.
On the Jets side of the ball, QB Mark Sanchez has been erratic to stay the least. Plus, he just got dumped by Eva Longoria so I’d pass on the pretty boy. If you’re desperate to start a Jet, however, I’d opt for Jeremy Kerely who has stepped up since Santonio Holmes went down with a foot injury. I also think tight end Dustin Keller, who recently returned from a hamstring injury and scored a TD last Sunday, is a great sleeper this week. He and Sanchez have always had a budding bromance and Miami is middle of the pack against the tight end position… so if you’re interested in digging deep pick up DK.
NFL RELATED NEWS: FOOTBALL’S DIRTIEST LITTLE SECRET
Reporter Phil Richards of the IndyStar, recently published an article about the NFL’s dirtiest little secret. Can you guess what is? Steroid use? Illegal hits? Bounties? Nope, it’s actually mouthpieces. Yeah, that little plastic thing that players keep in their mouths during plays and often stick in their face mask between whistles is absolutely filthy. Richards explains that athletic mouth guards are used to, not only, protect a player’s teeth, tongue, and lips, but that they also act as shock absorbers to prevent concussions. What many pros fail to realize, however, is that this tiny piece of equipment also contains a TON of bacteria, yeast, and mold. In fact, everything from blood and mucus to other players’ DNA and animal feces (that’s right, animal feces) have been found on NFL mouth guards. Of course, most players have bigger things – like a 300lb defender barreling towards them – to worry about. Still, I know I’ll think differently the next time I see a player stick his mouthpiece in the waistband of his pants… and then put it in his mouth. Ick.
PLAYER HIGHLIGHT: COOLEY AND A COLD ONE
When Redskins fans learned that their beloved tight end, Chris Cooley, was being cut from the team back in August, they were upset. Like, really upset. After all, before the arrival of RG3, Cooley was the best thing about the Skins. The two-time Pro Bowler didn’t just show up for fans on the field, but he was a hoot off it as well. Earning himself the nickname Captain Chaos, Cooley wore many hats throughout his NFL career – including indy film producer, blogger, and potter. Last Sunday, when the Skins current starting tight end, Fred Davis, was forced to end his season due to an achilles injury, fans started whispering that the team might make a play to get Cooley back. After all, he was still living in the Washington area and hadn’t signed with a different team. Two days later, it was announced that Cooley would be re-singing with the Skins. Two days after that, it was reported that Cooley tried to negotiate a case of beer into his new contract. I guess some things never change. Cheers Washington fans.
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