Brandons Starters – Week 2

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If you’re new around here, Brandons Starters is a weekly sum-up of what happened in my fantasy leagues. From wins to losses.

Well, now that week 2 has come to an end I am happy to say that my Chargers beat the Seahawks and I am now 2-0 in my neighborhood league and 1-0 in the league with my girlfriend(as well as 2-0 in my ESPN leagues, but those don’t matter).

 

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My neighborhood league this week was a bit of a roller coaster ride. I had said last week that Tammi was a bit better when it came to roster changes, I was wrong. She left Doug Martin in and still almost came back to bite me in my ass. Her having Brandon Marshall and Aaron Rodgers was almost enough to come back and knock me off my high horse. But I still came out on top thanks to having DeMarco Murray go off Drew Brees actually do something this week. The final score being 108-84

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In the league with my girlfriend I thought I had no chance of winning, at all. My roster I didn’t think was all that great. And I did the draft in a car on my phone in a hurry, accidentally drafting 2(not so very good) tight ends, later dropping one. My roster on this fantasy team consists of:

  • Philip Rivers
  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Frank Gore
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Vincent Jackson
  • Greg Olsen
  • Bernard Pierce
  • Adam Vinatieri
  • Buffalo Bills

Bench:

  • Andy Dalton
  • Carlos Hyde
  • Ryan Mathews
  • James Starks
  • Rueben Randle
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With that being my roster, I didn’t think I had a snowballs chance in hell of being any thing of relevance in this league. But what came as a shock, Philip Rivers played damn near perfect and the Bills went OFF against the Dolphins. And at the end I thought I had lost. I was at 96 points with only Vinatieri going and HE WON IT FOR ME! I had faith that he could get me close and maybe a win, but he actually did it and I was beyond surprised.

I am excited for next week. I play my Dad in the neighborhood league and he has a stacked roster. It should be for a fun game, especially because he’s played fantasy for several years compared to my 2 years playing. I will update next week with any roster updates and overall outcomes of the game.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews sprained MCL in right knee

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With multiple reports stating that Ryan Mathews spraining his right MCL in Sundays game against the Seahawks. When it had happened, it looked like it could be so much worse, I’m glad to hear he’s going to be able to suit up again. Go ahead and add this to the list of terrible injuries from Sunday.

He may miss anywhere from 4-5 weeks. Although, Rams WR Tavon Austin has the same injury and they’re saying he is looking to miss 2 weeks. So it looks like we’re going to have to let this one take it’s course and hope to see Ryan back out there to play for his new contract.

Chargers beat Seahawks 30-21 with near perfect game

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The news that everyone had hoped for has come true. The Chargers put on a near perfect performance out of the gate, in their home opener to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

With this as a headline, it seemed to shock everyone. It shocked everyone almost as much as that Percy Harvin “touchdown” or that Marshawn Lynch only got 6 touches for 36 yards. Yesterday the Chargers rediscovered what they were last year. Philip Rivers wasn’t a nervous wreck like he was in Arizona a week ago. Himself throwing 37 times time, with 28 of those completed. Should also note that he was only sacked once(he also ran the ball for 17 yards, yeah, that’s a thing).]

Biggest headline has to be that the old man, Antonio Gates still has it. He can’t break off for 20+ yards, but he is still that 3rd down-Red Zone threat he always has been. The Seahawks didn’t know how to play him. I mean, they threw Chancellor on him, a freaking linebacker! Everyone knows you can’t do that with Gates. Not to mention he had 7 targets and all 7 were caught. 3 being those amazing touchdowns.

Eddie Royal. Nothing much to say about this except, when you give him routes in open field, he’ll make things happen and that’s exactly what he did. Reich took those Keenan Allen type routes he had last week and gave them back to Keenan Allen. Eddie Royal should never catch a ball only 5 yards from the line of scrimmage and that’s exactly what he didn’t do.

Keenan Allen. Well, welcome back you crazy kid. He made one of the leagues best CBs look like he was just coming out of college. Having 5 catches on 6 targets(3 of those being on Shermans side) makes for a big headline. And it’s a lesson to the Seahawks on why you don’t put your best corners in Man-to-man.

Everyone thinking because Brandon Flowers(groin) and Jarret Johnson(family emergency) were out, that the Chargers D would not be as great as they were, inconsistent, but great. Pagano put on a good game plan that helped the weaknesses get away from the spotlight. Melvin Ingram, Dwight Freeney and Shareece Wright shined like no other. Ingram, taking Jarret Johnsons spot for this game showed that either: 1) he belongs in that spot. Or 2) Seattle didn’t prepare for his speed as much as they did for Johnson. A lot of pressure from Dwight Freeney that made it near impossible for the Seahakws to break through that defensive line. And Shareece Wright, who played fantastic in that Zone defense. He’d only defend one pass, but had 7 tackles. Les not forget to mention the rookie, Jason Verrett he allowed the 4 catches that went to him, but didn’t allow much. He loves to hit and will make offensive coordinators think twice before going to that side in the future.

There were some players that didn’t do all too well. Malcom Floyd who had no targets and could barely get off the line as is, DJ Fluker who couldn’t handle the speed rush and Troutman keeps getting pushed back like a ragdoll. These two need to find themselves from the last season and quick.

Very real and very bad thing, as you all know Ryan Mathews went down pretty hard yesterday and after being carted off the field yesterday, you don’t know if we’ll see much of him again. Being in his contract year, we don’t know if we’ll see him as a Charger again. I hope he gets well soon, because losing him and Hardwick is not something you want to see going into the later weeks. With that being said, the Donald Brown signing looks even greater. He just has to pick up that work load and push through it on the field and show why the Chargers chose to sign him.

In the end, the Chargers played a damn-near perfect game on Offense and Defense. They showed how to exploit their corners exactly for what they were and I think going forward, the Seahawks will get out of that Man coverage phase. But the Chargers have to get back to work to prepare for the 2-0 Buffalo Bills back at their house on Sunday. This is what I picked as my trap game before the season started, so I hope they prove me wrong.

Chargers CB Brandon Flowers and OLB Melvin Ingram could miss Seahawks game

Brandon Flowers dealing with a groin injury could miss week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. If he plays, he’d be hobbling around at best. And having a hobbling around Flowers on the speed of WR Percy Harvin is just not good. If Flowers is out, the Chargers could lean on Rookie CB Jason Verrett on Percy Harvin. Verrett proved himself in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals and with his speed and ability to tackle it may be a better look than an injured Brandon Flowers. We will have to see.

On this ‘questionable’ list, also includes OLB Melvin Ingram. He was not able to practice today due to Hamstring injury. If out, Jarret Johnson, Dwight Freeney and Jerry Attaouchu will play the Linebacker roles.

Sundays game will be a war either way. Just have to sit back and try and enjoy..

Chargers sign Doug Legursky in place of injured Nick Hardwick

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Earlier reported by Adam Schefter, Chargers had plan to sign this interior Offensive Linemen in place of Nick Hardwick who was placed on IR with neck injury. Well reported by NFL.com, the Chargers have indeed signed Doug Legursky. Details of the contract are unknown at this point, but I’m thinking a 0ne-year.

The 28-year played 11 games for the Bills in 2013, but has also played center in his 5 year career. Although having 5 years in the league, only 2 of those years he can say he started every game. So stepping up and having to protect Philip Rivers in the pocket may show challenge to Legursky. We shall see come Sunday when the Chargers take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Chargers season opener at Qualcomm.

Earlier post with more information regarding Doug Legursky: http://metriq.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/chargers-plan-to-sign-ol-doug-legursky/

Chargers “plan to sign” OL, Doug Legursky

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Today Adam Schefter tweeted out the following:

 

Legursky who sometimes started at Center for Pittsburgh and LG for Buffalo has started a combined 28 games over the course of 5 years in the league. He’s done nothing too jaw-dropping in his career and the only reason Chargers seem to be interested is due to starting Center, Nick Hardwick was put on IR yesterday due to an injury to his neck he suffered in Monday nights loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Chargers who have, sixth year man(2nd year as a Charger) Rich Ohrnberger. Ohrnberger who started last year at center heading into the playoffs for then-injured Nick Harwick, did a great job of giving Philip Rivers the time he needed.

No real reason as to why they would want to sign Legursky. My only thoughts are with Fluker having an MRI done a couple of days ago and no real word on that, the Chargers could move Legursky or Ohrnberger over into that position while one still starts at Center. Just a lot of speculation at this point. Legursky also practiced for the Jets yesterday along with other Veteran guard, Jeff Baca. So the Chargers may not even see the likes of Doug Legursky come along to the West Coast. We will have to see. I will update as soon as I hear anything on the matter.

Brandons’ Starters – Weekly recap of my Fantasy Football adventure

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Hello all, and welcome to my new weekly series I like to call “Brandons Starters.” This is where I will talk about my experiences in this season of Fantasy Football. As well as some advice on what I think may be a good idea, either from pickups from the Waiver-Wire or just Starters in general. Well, shall we get started?

My roster consists of these players:

  • Drew Brees
  • Matt Ryan
  • Andre Ellington
  • Le’Veon Bell
  • Jonathon Dwyer
  • Knowshon Moreno
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Antonio Brown
  • Percy Harvin
  • Emmanuel Sanders
  • Jason Witten
  • Kyle Rudolph
  • DeMarco Murray
  • Stephen Gostkowski
  • Carolina Panthers

This week in my neighborhood league I played my neighbor, who we will call Tim. Tim had Cam Newton in his lineup days before we new of any seriousness to his ribs, I kept track of him to let him know if anything would happen to him, but he said he was also, so I figured he was good. Well, long story short, he started him and I still only beat him by 40 points. It wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine for me, either. On the Thursday I heard Andre Ellington, my 3rd round pick had apparently hurt his foot, and it may have been bad.. So i was scrambling, picked up Jonathon Dwyer(don’t recommend him) off waivers just to be safe. But just like that, my guardian angel was looking out for me. My Dad(who is also in this league) for some reason dropped Le’Veon Bell and I put him in as my number 1 Running Back and oh boy, did that save me.

Starting Drew Brees seemed like the best idea, right? Well, having Matty Ice on the bench may have costed me this weeks win if Tim had started his backup, Jay Cutler, instead of fractured rib Newton. Drafting Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson as my Wide Receiver duo is just perfect. Matthew Stafford showed on Monday that no matter where, when and how, he can get the ball to Calvin; nobody is safe from Megatron. Brown doing the Karate Kid impersonation on the Browns punter was great. Percy in the flex this week was great and he showed, when healthy, he is a force to reckon with. But leaving Knowson on the bench hurt a little, too. Loved him in Denver and glad to see he may be getting more touches than Lammar Miller. Jason Witten I couldn’t blame too much. Romo was just AWFUL this week. Like.. I can’t even put to words, but I’m hoping he gets better because I think I’m going to be dumping Kyle Rudolph for Kelvin Benjamin(if he’s on your wavier-wire, pick him up! Cam needs somebody to throw to and this guy looked like a stud).

Either way you look at it, I was bailed out this week. This is the Final for the week.

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And as you can see, it wasn’t all that close, but it could have been much closer he subbed Cutler or Cam played. I mean, Julius Thomas himself brought Tim within 20 points at one point. But thank god for Calvin Johnson. Next week should be a lot more fun. I play my neighbors wife(?) and we’ll call her, Tammi. Tammi is a Sophomore to Fantasy Football(just as I am) but does not watch near as much football as I do. So this should be fun, her team is pretty stacked as well. AND she knows how to sub in-and-out players! As well as starting next week, I have a league starting with my girlfriend that I finally convinced to play Fantasy Football with me. I shall be recapping that as well. Hope everybody has a great fantasy week ahead of them and if you need any help or advice on players or game match-ups, let me know in the comments! See you next week!