Brandons Starters – Week 7

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Hello all, I apologize for being absent for a few weeks from this series. My plan is to get this out again every Tuesday after the official results have been cleared and I plan to stick with that.

As for recent weeks I shall update you on what’s happened with my teams:

In my neighborhood league I have gone 2-2 since the last time I’ve updated you. Losing a close one and then losing to somebody that was 0-3, so that’s a thing.

As for my league with my girlfriend, I’m at a perfect 5-0. Not much to complain about there, except last weekend when I had beat her.. I tried giving her advice on who to play and it was bad.. That was my fault.

Anyway, lets get to this week, shall we?

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This week in my neighborhood league I am playing my Uncle who has a perfect 6-0 record and his roster is STACKED. Andrew Luck, Demaryius Thomas, Randall Cobb and so on. On Sunday I had only 2 players going in the early games whilst he had 7. At that point he was beating me 78.30-23.50 and by the end of Sunday it was 85.50-133.96. Going into Monday I had Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown going. I knew they’d get points, but I didn’t think they’d get close. They got pretty close. From Bell breaking 100-yards from scrimmage, again and Brown throwin’ touchdowns. I am now 4-3.

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In the league with my girlfriend I’m playing a guy that has seemed to give up. Leaving two players in the starting positions that are on a bye.. So it seems to be that should have been an easy win, right? Yeah, you’re right. This game was pretty boring from the start. Had all of my players go Sunday and they’re what scored me the 70(obviously). I’m hoping next week should be a bit better.

Current Rosters:

Neighborhood:

  • Drew Brees
  • DeMarco Murray
  • Le’Veon Bell
  • Antonio Brown
  • Mohamed Sanu
  • Jason Witten
  • Andre Ellington
  • Stephen Gostkowski
  • Carolina Panthers

Girlfriend League:

  • Philip Rivers
  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Branden Oliver
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Mohamed Sanu
  • Greg Olsen
  • Frank Gore
  • Adam Vinatieri
  • Buffalo Bills

With all of this being said I’m trying to get up and going in my Neighborhood League again and trying to stay undefeated in my Girlfriends League. I plan on making a roster change or two, will update in next weeks post.

Charles and the Chiefs run over the Chargers 23-20

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The Chiefs coming into the Q after their bye to take on the injury-ridden San Diego Chargers. This Sundays loss taught a lot about our rival, the Chiefs, that they aren’t a force to be taken too lightly and it also taught us some things about the Chargers’ that you think anybody would know. That something being that injuries are a very bad thing and can make a contender into what seems to be a pretender at this point.

Nothing but faith left for this Chargers’ team, but that’s exactly what it is, faith. Without that faith these Chargers’ would have not made it to the 5-2 they’re at currently and without faith they will certainly fall to the Denver Broncos this upcoming Thursday.

Playing 3 games in the time-span of 11 days is a bit hard. A lot harder when two of those teams(Raiders and Chiefs) were coming freshly off a bye and another negative is having a short week leading into Denver.. lead by none other than the NOW all-time leader in Touchdowns thrown. But there is a silver lining to this. At least he won’t break the record against the Chargers.

Watching Sunday shows that the Chargers’ were not ready for a great running back like Jamaal Charles. Hell, they weren’t even ready for Darren McFadden. Allowing Charles to run for 95 yards(4.3 AVG) and a touchdown in which he was leveled by Brandon Flowers(hurt on that same play, go figure). Jamaal Charles looked great on Sunday. Speaking of running backs, the kid Branden Oliver didn’t look too bad, either. Running for 67 yards(4.5 AVG) with two receptions for 11 yards made him seem like he is the real deal and that should make everyone exhale.

Don’t want to leave it on this note, but it is expected that Jason Verrett will not play Thursday against Denver and that means it will be a rough time. Especially if Brandon Flowers can’t get cleared.

Hopefully our San Diego Chargers’ aren’t all out of miracles yet. They need this one.

Chargers Weekly – Raiders week!

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I have not published on here for quite some time and for that, I truly am sorry. I was having some trouble with the publish button and a few errors due to a command that wasn’t working properly. But now I should be up and ready to go!

I have a few updates as well:

  1. I am now a Contributor over at ClipsNation.com(if you’re a Clippers fan, you should check out the website!) for providing the Daily Clipper every Wednesday and I’m hoping I can work my way up to a recap person or any sort.
  2. I will be heading to Canada in December. So I will not be publishing anything towards the end of the month.

Enough about me, let’s get to this Sundays match-up!

This will be the 108th time that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have matched-up against one-another. The Raiders’ hold a pretty solid lead over the Chargers’ in the win category(59-48 all-time) but I’m thinking the Chargers’ are going to come out with a win in Sundays game, despite all of the injuries for the Chargers. I’ll make my prediction now and say 34-13, Chargers.

Injury report from Fridays practice:

Out:

  • Donald Brown, Ryan Mathews, Manti Te’o, Shareece Wright

Questionable:

  • Malcom Floyd, DJ Fluker, Jarret Johnson, Cordarro Law, Rich Ohrnberger, Darrell Stuckey, Reggie Walker.

Probable:

  • Keenan Allen, Jerry Attaochu, Donald Butler, Dwight Freeney, David Johnson.

With those injuries seeming pretty hefty, especially Fluker and Jarret Johnson being out means some others will have to be stepping up. As well as Chris Watt playing in Center for Sundays game. Doesn’t seem like Philip needs all that help, anyway with the way he is playing, but It’d be nice not to have another scare like we did last Sunday with his hand. With the way Branden Oliver played, if Philip ever needs to let off, he can feel confident in his running game. Not to mention with Ronnie Brown back and hopefully doing more of those sprinkler moves.

That’s all I have for now, this will be a weekly topic I will publish every Friday. Hopefully nothing else happens with my publish button or any of that. I will also be bringing back “Brandon’s Starters” and a game recap the day after of every game.

 

 

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..