Week 14 Fantasy Busts: Waiver pickups Raheem Mostert, Darwin Thompson worry us in bad matchups

first_imgWEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWe also are staying away from other backfield committees, with Chris Carson and Darwin Thompson both worrying us. Then we’ll stay away from the Bills-Ravens game a bit, with both Josh Allen and Marquise Brown making our busts list while Mark Andrews would have a decent case against him, too.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endOur Week 13 bust picks had some big hits. There was Carlos Hyde, struggling against New England on Sunday night, and Baker Mayfield putting up a stinker against the Steelers. But there were also some misses, as James Washington and Rashaad Penny both had big days for their fantasy owners.MORE WEEK 14: Sleepers | Start ’em, sit ’emWeek 14 Fantasy Busts: Running backsChris Carson, Seahawks @ Rams (Billy Heyen). Carson got dinged up a couple times Monday night and will continue to contend with Rashaad Penny for backfield touches. The Rams’ front seven still worries me just enough to think Carson will have a relatively quiet Week 14.Raheem Mostert, 49ers @ Saints (Vinnie Iyer). What if Matt Breida (ankle) returns to make this an absolute mess with him and the sputtering Tevin Coleman? And you can never count out Kyle Shanahan randomly deciding to use Jeff Wilson Jr. again. The matchup is also as bad as it gets for running backs.Darwin Thompson, Chiefs @ Patriots (Matt Lutovsky). Thompson will see touches with Darrel Williams (hamstring) out and Damien Williams (ribs) possibly out, but even if it’s just him and LeSean McCoy in the backfield, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll score much. On the top of the usage concerns and overall question marks about his ability to produce in big games, there’s also the matchup. Perhaps he’ll pick apart the Pats in the receiving game the way Duke Johnson did last week, but that’s a big risk to take in the fantasy playoffs, especially in standard leagues.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 14 Fantasy Football Busts: QuarterbacksDrew Brees, Saints vs. 49ers (Heyen). Brees just threw for 184 yards and a lone touchdown (on a season-low 60 percent completion percentage), so I’m not really sure how we can expect him to do much against the vaunted San Francisco defense.Jared Goff, Rams vs. Seahawks (Iyer). Don’t go chasing his big game against the Cardinals. He’s only been great of late in really favorable matchups against bad teams. The Seahawks and their improving pass defense don’t qualify.Josh Allen, Bills vs. Ravens (Lutovsky). Allen is generally a steady producer, in part because of his rushing ability, but the Ravens defense has been clicking on all cylinders lately, allowing fewer than 213 passing yards in each of the past four games. Even more impressive is that they’ve allowed multiple quarterback TDs just once all year (Patrick Mahomes) and just one QB rushing touchdown all season (Andy Dalton). Counting on Allen is basically counting on a 70-plus-yard rushing day, which he hasn’t done this year.MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receiversMarquise Brown, Ravens @ Bills (Heyen). I’ve been throwing receiver after receiver facing off with Tre’Davious White in here as busts, and that generally holds true. Brown also hasn’t seen more than seven targets since Week 3, and only once seen more than four targets since returning from an ankle injury in Week 9.Brandin Cooks, Rams vs. Seahawks (Iyer). He might get the speed treatment on the outside, but regardless, he’s been a blip since his return vs. the other wideouts and more tight end usage.Allen Robinson, Bears vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). Robinson is generally solid and receives a lot of targets, but he’s had two total duds in his past five games (1-6 in Week 9 against Philadelphia, 4-15 in Week 11 against the Rams). The Cowboys have allowed one WR1 receiving touchdown all year (Terry McLaurin), so Robinson is in a tough spot on Thursday night.Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight endsTyler Higbee, Rams vs. Seahawks (Heyen). Higbee’s going to go down as a one-week wonder. Between the possible return of Gerald Everett (knee) and the fact that no one is as bad at covering tight ends as the Cardinals, Higbee should come down to earth this week — there are at least 12 better tight end options.Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Bills (Iyer). Don’t be fooled by the Jason Witten touchdown. The Bills are really tough on the position overall.Jared Cook, Saints vs. 49ers (Lutovsky). Cook has been more heavily involved lately, but the 49ers have allowed only one TE to go over 50 yards (Jacob Hollister) and just three to score (Tyler Eifert, Hollister, Mark Andrews) all season.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOS Week 14 Fantasy Busts: DefensesNew England Patriots vs. Chiefs (Heyen). Patrick Mahomes has been human at times in recent weeks, but it still feels foolish to start the defense against him. But if you must, it’s not as scary as it may have seemed 10 weeks ago.New Orleans Saints vs. 49ers (Iyer). They’ve been doing a lot of damage of late, but the Niners will play another rather clean road game and maybe win it, too.Los Angeles Rams vs. Seahawks (Lutovsky). Seattle has been turning it over at an uncharacteristically high rate lately, but a good chunk of that has been in the form of lost fumbles, which is always fluky. The Rams won’t kill you if you start them, but the ceiling is lower than you think. Week 14 means the fantasy playoffs are here in the majority of leagues, and it’s never been more important to avoid busts when you’re making start ’em, sit ’em decisions. The last thing you need is a week like the one Jonathan Williams just had, which could end your season early. (Raheem Mostert and Darwin Thomopson, we’re looking at you.)There are always a couple of games that worry us on both sides each week, and the one that stands out this week is 49ers @ Saints. It’s a tough rushing matchup for San Francisco against a strong New Orleans front. Add to that the complicated committee and possible return of Matt Breida (ankle), and high-ranking waiver wire pickup Mostert might be in for a tough one. On the other side of that game, we’re extra worried about the Saints’ passing game outside of Michael Thomas. Drew Brees has been quietly not that great, so the strong San Fran defense should cause him issues, and that will extend to Jared Cook, too.last_img read more

Barcelona also sweeps the individual awards

first_imgThat Barcelona has been the finest crew in the First Iberdrola till its suspension has no doubts. And actually, his numbers haven’t solely made him the fifth crew to take the title undefeated, nevertheless it has also swept the individual awards. The Barça gamers take the high positions in the statistics. The utmost win, the zamora and the most assistant also have a blue colour.Jenni Hermoso, yet another 12 months, has grow to be the high scorer in the championship. The Madrilenian has been in recent times apart from the season she performed at PSG. Final 12 months he already gained the rojiblanco award and this one as a azulgrana. Complete, He scored 23 objectives, three of them with a penalty and 6 to open the scoring. Not far behind was her teammate Oshoala. The Nigerian with 20 objectives, none from a penalty, stayed in second place, removed from the third categorised, Peke with 14. Between the two Barça gamers they scored 43 objectives, the similar as Atlético’s total crew and three lower than Depor, the second-highest scoring crew in the championship behind Barça, with 86. The work of Sandra Paños also has a prize. The Catalan objective solely conceded 5 objectives in 19 video games. That’s, it fitted considerably each 342 minutes. The objective has solely been misplaced two video games of the First Iberdrola, which Pamela Tajonar performed. In reality, Barcelona in the total championship has solely conceded six objectives.Caroline Graham Hansen has been one in all the nice protagonists of the championship. His sport has impressed and has left prime quality particulars. In reality, it also has its personal specific prize. The Norwegian has been the most assistant of the championship with 9 objective passes, yet another than the Swedish Jakobsson del Tacon. The winger not solely assists, however also scores. Seven objectives have scored in the fourteen video games he has performed. After the Norwegian and the Swedish, two extra azulgranas: Alexia Putellas with eight assists and Marta Torrejón, with seven.last_img read more

Calabar still awaiting answer from ISSA

first_imgCalabar High School is still awaiting an explanation from the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) on the reasons for allowing Aryamana Rodgers of Uganda to represent Kingston College at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships set for March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium.Representatives of the school handed over the Mortimer Geddes Trophy it won last year to ISSA’s competitions officer George Forbes at the association’s head office yesterday and repeated a call for a full explanation from the governing body of high-school sports.Rodgers, a Ugandan middle-distance runner, is regarded as one of the favourites for the boys’ Class Two 1500m and 800m events at Champs.Rodgers joined KC in October last year, missing ISSA’s registration deadline of September 30, 2016. ISSA has cleared him to compete, citing what is being described as “extenuating circumstances”.Calabar’s vice-principal, Calvin Rowe, who handed over the trophy, dismissed rumours that the earlier-than-usual handing over was a mark of protest.”We are not making a protest. We are returning the trophy. This is no protest; we saved ISSA the trip of coming to Calabar for the trophy,” Rowe said.After the trophy was handed over, Rowe read an official statement from the school on the matter.’ONGOING DISCOMFORT'”Following on our press release of March 14, 2017, in which we stated our intention to employ various modes of expression of our ongoing discomfort with the still unexplained ISSA decision to admit the ineligible Ugandan athlete (Rodgers), we are using this occasion, the public return of the trophy which we won at the 2016 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, to make the following comments:”We call upon ISSA to pay us the courtesy of a response to, or at least an acknowledgement of, our letter requesting a copy of their written ruling or statement on the matter in question.”We again urge ISSA to reflect on the ways in which their decision may be interpreted as jeopardising the level playing field to which all participants in this championship are entitled, thereby calling into question the very integrity of the organisation of this proud showpiece of Jamaican junior athletics.”We believe that the issues of governance which have been highlighted as a result of the juxtaposition of this particular ISSA decision against former decisions to which we are privy, are serious issues which, if left unacknowledged and unaddressed, have implications for our participation in activities surrounding this year’s staging of the Boys and Girls’ Championships as well as other ISSA-organised competitions going forward.”As a consequence, we regret that Calabar High School will not be in attendance at the launch of the Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for later today,’ the statement concluded.last_img read more

A Pats fan’s true confession

first_imgThe team used a cameraman to record opponents’ signals – a violation of NFL rules, to be sure, but differing only in degree from what all teams do all the time. Sending scouts to spy on opposing franchises, monitor hand signals, decode audibles – this is all part of the modern game. Still, cheating is cheating, and Patriot Nation is duly disgraced and disgusted. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick – a disagreeable genius who puts winning above all else – has always been a master at finding new ways to get an advantage over other teams. At last, his constant pushing of the envelope seems to have caught up with him. Say it ain’t so, Bill. How can we keep on rooting for you? Well, it’s not as though I pulled for the Patriots because I thought they were the most virtuous team in the world. Heck, it was abundantly clear they weren’t when they ruthlessly cut fan favorites to save money, drafted a guy who once stomped on an opponent’s head, traded for the NFL’s biggest prima donna, and got busted when one of their best defensive players was caught using a banned substance. No, I rooted for the Patriots because they were my hometown team; because I grew up rooting for them; because, despite living 3,000 miles away, cheering for the red, silver and blue helped me feel connected to a region I’ll always love. I first took interest in football back in 1985, when my hometown team, the New England Patriots, had a Cinderella season that landed them, against all odds, in the Super Bowl. All of Massachusetts went gaga watching that team’s rise to glory, and it was hard not to get caught up in the excitement. From that time on, I was a loyal Pats fan. For most of these 22 years, maintaining that loyalty hasn’t been easy. With the exception of tremendous success over the past few years, the Pats have traditionally been an NFL doormat. Early on, I learned that being one of their fans meant accepting humiliation. But I never expected humiliation like this. Over the past week, the team has been busted – and severely punished – for cheating. Patriots fans everywhere now find themselves humiliated once again. This is why, as a fan, it’s hard to be objective about such matters. Our emotional investment tends to preclude rational thought. I find that I must consciously resist the urge to downplay the charges against the team. Yet if it were, oh, the hated Indianapolis Colts that committed this infraction, I’d probably be calling for heads. Fans are like that. We really do think every referee’s call against our team is a miscarriage of justice. And a ball that lands outside the lines really does look like it’s in play when your team’s victory depends on it. So, I can admit my biases. Still, damning though the litany of the Patriots’ abuses – dating well before the videotape scandal – may sound, it’s hardly aberrational for today’s NFL. Which points to the bigger problem: Pro football itself. I love the action and the lore, but there’s much about the game not to love: Celebrity egos. Crippling injuries that result in decades of arthritis or worse. Severe head traumas and concussions that can lead some players, like ex-Patriot Ted Johnson, to get early Alzheimer’s. A win-at-all-costs mentality that turns coaches into workaholic, absentee husbands/dads. A billion-dollar industry that’s fueled by and fuels the worst kinds of consumerism and greed. Sleazy halftime shows and sleazier commercials on TV between plays. The games are great, but at what cost? More and more, I feel like the NFL – and the Patriots – are a guilty pleasure. I enjoy watching the games, but I increasingly wonder if I should. I delight in sharing the sport with my young children, and yet I find myself wondering if it’s really a healthy influence. Sports can teach a lot about some important virtues – discipline, sacrifice, sportsmanship, teamwork – but in pro sports today, the NFL in particular, those virtues seem to be increasingly clouded in vice. Still, my loyalty, though tested, endures, at least for the time being. I’ll watch the Patriots’ much-anticipated matchup against the San Diego Chargers tonight, and I’ll root for the red, silver and blue. Old habits and affections die hard. Besides, misery loves company, and now I can connect with millions of fellow Pats fans back East in our shared sense of shame. Plus, in the big scheme of life, it’s only a game, right? And did you see how good this year’s team looks? Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. He blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire, and can be reached at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TRAFFIC CONGESTION FOLLOWING LETTERKENNY CRASH

first_imgThe scene of the crash this evening.There are heavy tailbacks in and out of Letterkenny after a crash close to the Polestar Roundabout just before 6pm.It appears that the crash is as a result of a two car collision.The gardai and he emergency services including ambulance personnel are at the scene. There are no details if anybody has ben seriously hurt.Traffic builds up coming into Letterkenny. TRAFFIC CONGESTION FOLLOWING LETTERKENNY CRASH was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdonegalGardailetterkennylast_img read more