Monthly Archives: September 2016

NFL Stock Watch: Melvin Gordon rising, Eddie Lacy falling

Melvin Gordon: He looks like a completely different back this year compared to his rookie campaign, as Gordon has improved his YPC, has yet to fumble and has already scored three touchdowns after failing to reach the end zone last season. Moreover, he secured all three of his targets in Week 2, and he should be a much bigger part of San Diego’s passing offense with Danny Woodhead (ACL) out for the year (although it’s worth noting the team signed Dexter McCluster, who will help out some in that capacity). Gordon is second in the NFL in first down runs and is going to be treated as a true workhorse now, and with a highly favorable upcoming schedule (@Ind, N.O., @Oak), he’s locked in as an obvious RB1. There’s a real argument fantasy owners should prefer Gordon over Todd Gurley at this point.

DeVante Parker: He saw 13 targets during his first action of the season in Week 2, producing 106 yards while getting open at will. Parker claims he’s still not fully recovered from the hamstring woes he’s dealt with all preseason, which reveals even more upside once he gets there. The window to buy the former top-15 pick low is gone, but he should be viewed as a top-25 WR moving forward.

Jerick McKinnon: Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus that will likely keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, and while Matt Asiata will get work (and likely the goal-line carries), McKinnon is now firmly on the fantasy radar. He’s an explosive back, and Minnesota’s offense looks plenty competent with Stefon Diggs emerging as an elite wide receiver. The Vikings’ offensive line has struggled run blocking this season, but McKinnon is a dangerous receiver out of the backfield.

Dennis Pitta: He secured 9-of-12 targets for 102 yards Sunday and was frequently Joe Flacco’s first read. Pitta remains an injury risk, but tight end continues to be an extremely thin position, so he’s already a TE1 for fantasy purposes and is well worth using your FAAB if he’s still available in your league.

Some fans have heckled Kaepernick at 49ers games. The Chronicle wrote that some gave him the middle finger in Charlotte at halftime of the 49ers-Carolina Panthers game.

Kate Upton already chimed in, so we had crossed that off the “buzzy internet figures” bingo card. President Barack Obama gave his opinion too, so Thanks Obama! Donald Trump did too, of course. We pretty much just need the “Game of Thrones” cast, Brangelina and Kanye West to put out a joint statement and we’ll be totally covered.

And if you were waiting around to see what Tebow thought of the matter, now you can sleep peacefully tonight knowing Tebow might not believe Kaepernick is doing his protest “the right way.”

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer talks Tom Brady, Deflategate

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — While acknowledging that he didn’t know all the specifics about Deflategate, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t strike an empathetic tone Wednesday when asked his thoughts on how the NFL treated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“It’s why we drafted him where we drafted him,” he said. “It’s why we [traded for] DeMarco. DeMarco is as good as I thought he was, too. So we’re pretty fortunate. Nobody’s shown that they are not capable of being pretty darn good for us.”

The Titans don’t plan to designate anyone as the third-down back, and feel comfortable with either player being on the field when he is more likely to be asked to block or run a route.

“I was just seeing if you guys looked at it,” Mularkey joked with reporters, before saying not to read too much into the switch and that it was partly a hat tip to fullback Jalston Fowler.

After Wednesday’s practice, Mularkey reiterated the same theme about the way Tennessee plans to divide carries Sunday in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

“It’s DeMarco,” Mularkey said. “It’s DeMarco, and when DeMarco needs a blow, it’ll be Derrick. And maybe if I feel like we need a change of pace, I’ll put Derrick [in]. … They are going to both get opportunities for sure.”

Mularkey said he’s pleased with Henry’s work.

The Ravens have more depth at running back than they’ve had in years. Coach John Harbaugh said he wants to get all of his running backs involved, and that could lead to a running back by committee with Terrance West, rookie Kenneth Dixon (who is currently injured) and Buck Allen.

Forsett, who played in only two preseason games, insisted he is ready to carry the ball 20 to 25 times in a game if called upon.

“I’m excited,” Forsett said. “Feed me.”