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Chiefs QB Alex Smith: QBs ‘particular’ about their footballs 05.13.15 at 9:26 am ET
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Alex Smith was the latest starting QB asked about Deflategate and Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Alex Smith (right) weighed in on Deflategate and Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that while he has yet to check out the specifics of the Wells Report and Deflategate, he knows that signal-callers can be “particular” when it comes to the state of the football and how it’s broken in.

“As far as breaking a ball in, I’ve never heard a quarterback ever altering the inflation of a football,” he said. “But certainly some quarterbacks prefer brand new balls and some guys prefer them to be worn in a little more. It’s kind of team to team, quarterback to quarterback.”

“I like them right out of the box,” Kansas City backup QB Chase Daniel said. “That’s just how I throw them. That’s how I have my entire life. I just haven’t paid much attention to it.”

Smith and Daniels are just the latest current quarterbacks to weigh in on the situations. Peyton and Eli Manning have acknowledged fellow QB Tom Brady as a friend, but mostly steered clear of any sort of definitive statement. Meanwhile, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick gave a clear defense of Brady via Twitter late last week, saying, “Let it go and let Tom be great.”

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Colin Kaepernick throws support behind Tom Brady: ‘Let Tom be great’ 05.08.15 at 11:51 pm ET
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Colin Kaepernick was the first starting quarterback to weigh in publicly on what Tom Brady is going through, and it appears that the Niners’ quarterbacks is firmly in Brady’s corner. Kaepernick tweeted out the following Friday evening:

Later in the evening, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, speaking at a fundraiser in Indy, was asked about Brady’s situation.

“Like I said, I’ll speak it as clearly and slowly as I can. He’s my friend, he’ll always be my friend,” Manning told reporters before a fundraiser for the Indianapolis children’s hospital named in his honor. “I don’t know what happened, I don’t have much more than that for you.”

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Fantasy Football: Week 16 starts, sits 12.19.14 at 9:15 am ET
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It’s bowl week for most fantasy footballers, and we’re back with a fresh batch of starts and sits for your perusal. I’ve posted three starts for the four major positions and a player to avoid for each as well. As always, for information on players not listed in this article, I encourage you to check out my full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you want to keep track of all our fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh articles and chats as well.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Mark Sanchez, Eagles at Washington

The top nine quarterbacks are pretty well locked in by my math. After that, I see Sanchez as a good option because he has a nice matchup and because of the weapons around him.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks at Cardinals

He’s a big-game player, and he’ll make enough plays to give you QB1 output. The Cardinals are not fully loaded on either side of the ball right now, so stick with Wilson unless you have a higher-ranked option.

Eli Manning, Giants at Rams

The emergence of Odell Beckham has changed Manning’s fortunes for the better. He’s a viable quarterback this week in all leagues if you are in need. The Rams are tough, but I expect low-end QB1 output, so start him if you have the need.

Sit

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers vs. Chargers

There’s just too much going wrong in San Francisco to try him this week. The Harbaugh situation has gone from bad to worse, and it’s showing up on the field. You can do better on the average waiver wire. Check the Week 16 rankings for options.

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Fantasy Football: Week 10 starts, sits 11.07.14 at 9:15 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 10 starts and sits. It’s money time in most leagues, as weaker teams begin to fall by the wayside and playoff scenarios get more defined. And isn’t it annoying that Week 10 features as many byes as any week this season? Six teams are off. Just when you need Rob Gronkowski, T.Y. Hilton and Arian Foster the most, they are kicking back and chilling out. Hopefully you’ve been reading the waiver wire and accumulating depth because this is the week most of us need it. If you are looking for information on players not listed in this space, head on over to Rotobahn and check out my full lineup rankings.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my buddy Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon every Sunday.

If you want to keep track of all my fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh content.

QUARTERBACKS

Starts

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Saints

He can run on this team, and it’s a game that should force the 49ers to open up the offense somewhat. And that could lead to good output because the matchup is pretty good for San Francisco’s offense.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Panthers

Sanchez is a capable player, as Patriots fans have seen at times, but he has some obvious flaws. Those flaws will hurt him a lot less in Chip Kelly’s offense than they did in Brian Schottenheimer‘s offense. He’ll get better protection and he’ll have a better ground game to draft behind. He also has a deep group of receivers to target. You can play Sanchez this week and get solid numbers.

Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Titans

It’s a nice home matchup and I expect Flacco to post good numbers against a mediocre Titans defense. He’s got enough healthy weapons and a productive ground game to set up some big plays downfield. He’s a good Week 10 play in all leagues.

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Adam Schefter on MFB: ‘It probably ends when Tom Brady says it ends’ in New England 10.10.14 at 1:37 pm ET
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ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter joined Middays with MFB on Friday to talk about the Patriots and a potential trade of Tom Brady. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Schefter recently was involved in a discussion on an ESPN program about what Brady would be worth on the trade market, after he heard speculation about the quarterback’s future. Schefter noted that it was a hypothetical discussion, and that he has no knowledge of Brady being on the market.

“I happened to speak to a lot of different people about that topic last week because I was just curious about it,” Schefter said. “That’s not to say that New England ever would trade him, that he would agree to go. We were playing the hypothetical game, and if that were to happen after the season. I think that there was one — one executive who told me that he thought that New England would get back two [first-round picks].

Now, again, we debated that, and I spoke to some other people and they were like, “Two ones, no, no, no, no, no.’ He was in the minority, clearly. I think I spoke to about a half-dozen front-office/GM types in charge of those kind of things. After talking to them, the conclusion I reached was that if New England were to try to trade Tom Brady, which I don’t see happening, if he were to agree to go somewhere, which I don’t see happening, if all these things were to come together and somehow all this did happen — and he followed the same path that Joe Montana took one day for the Niners, going to Kansas City, or some of the other great players like that — I think New England would get back at least a one, and maybe something else like a four or a five, a conditional kind of pick.”

Schefter said he doesn’t know how Brady’s tenure will end in New England, but he hopes it’s ultimately up to Brady.

“You’re talking about such an extraordinary career, arguably the greatest football player of all time, somebody who is immersed in that city and its culture and everything,” Schefter said. “How does it end? It probably ends when Tom Brady says it ends.

“It’s a different kind of case. Could he be traded? Yeah, that can always happen. I don’t think it would surprise me. Could he be cut? It would surprise me, you cut Tom Brady, I don’t see that. At some point he’ll decide, ‘I’ve had enough.’ That would be my favorite for how this plays out. But there are a lot of different ways it could go.”

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts, sits 09.19.14 at 11:22 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 3 starts and sits. Between injuries, suspensions, deactivations and the like, the average fantasy football GM’s head is spinning. I know mine is. As always, I will avoid the easy calls. I’m not here to tell you what to do with players you’d never consider benching.

I’ll be back Sunday morning with my partner in crime, Jim Hackett, for another Fantasy Football Hour. Check it out! We’re on air from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on 93.7 FM. If you sleep in, you can listen right here on WEEI.com. In addition, I’ll be here, as always, with a chat on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Head on over if you have any lineup questions.

If you are looking for info on players not listed in this article, go to Rotobahn and check out my full Lineup Rankings. I’ll be updating them over the weekend, as always. And, to keep track of all things fantasy football at both Rotobahn and WEEI, feel free to follow me on Twitter. I always tweet links to new articles.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Broncos

He’ll shine in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. Wilson’s an underrated fantasy QB and he’ll give you some touchdowns this week. He’s playable in all formats.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Cardinals

Kaepernick’s always a solid play and should get it done this weekend in a tough divisional matchup. Yes, he has some injuries to his tight ends, but San Francisco has more offensive depth than in the past. Start Kaepernick if you normally would.

Kirk Cousins, Washington at Eagles

He’s not an ideal option because he’s got injuries to his tight ends and receivers, but he’ll also be playing in a high-scoring game and his team will not be in close-it-out mode at the end. Washington is far more likely to be throwing the football in the fourth quarter. Cousins can help you in deep formats.

Sit

Joe Flacco, Ravens at Browns

He’s playing decent football, but the Browns are looking tough at home and can take his receivers away for much of the game. Flacco is playable, but this is a week to look for other options if you can.

Derek Carr, Raiders at Patriots

It may be tempting to start him in a deep league because he’ll be throwing a lot and playing from behind, but I hate playing rookie quarterbacks against Bill Belichick defenses. I’d avoid doing so if possible.

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Fantasy Football 2014: 20 high-value targets 07.17.14 at 11:50 am ET
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Let’s take a look at draft value based on a player’s average draft position. It’s a good way to get a quick feel for where the big values might be in drafts when August rolls around. As we like to do at Rotobahn, we’ll be counting the values down from late selections to the early ones. Jim Hackett and I will get into some of these players in Friday’s podcast, so be sure to check that out. For a look at our take on the top 200 fantasy options for 2014, head on over to Rotobahn.com, where you will also find scouting reports on over 60 rookies and early projections for the upcoming season.

ADP data was obtained at Fantasy Football Calculator.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns — ADP 224

He’s not being drafted at all in smaller leagues, and you can get him very late in large formats, as his ADP indicates. That’s not bad for a player who could be the Browns’ top receiver in 2014. Frankly, if he stays healthy, I can’t see anybody else on the roster outplaying him. In fairness, that speaks to how underrated Hawkins currently is, but it also speaks to how woefully thin Cleveland is at receiver.

Odell Beckham, WR, Giants — ADP 163

Do not wait until 163 to draft this guy. Beckham, for whatever reason, is being ignored in fantasy circles and we think he’s a potential WR3 in 12-team leagues. As we said in his Rotobahn scouting report, Beckham has perhaps the best hands we’ve seen since we scouted Michael Crabtree. He’s also got all the skills you want a receiver to have, including outstanding agility and speed. He should fit right into the Giants offense and could be a fantasy force from Day 1. He’s a steal at his current ADP.

Justin Hunter, WR, Titans — ADP 159

Hunter’s ADP has risen about 10 spots over the last month … and he’ll jump a bit more before most of us draft, but he still projects as a value this season. He should be ready to take a step forward in 2014, and with Kenny Britt now gone, Hunter’s snap totals should more than double. We expect him to be a starter or an in-effect starter. He has a chance to post double-digit scores if things go well in Tennessee. Hunter is by far the most explosive athlete the Titans have on offense. He has WR1 upside in long-term leagues and has the upside to be a WR2 this year. He should be off the board somewhere around the 100 mark in our opinion. He’s a potential steal right now.

Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots — ADP 138

This could change, and you may pay a bit more for him in this part of the country, but Dobson is a pretty solid WR3 option in 12-team leagues if he’s healthy — and the news on his foot has been positive lately. If he’s starting at split end, he’s worth a pick closer to 100 overall, and he’d still have some upside there due to his touchdown potential.

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals — ADP 129

As with Hunter, Jones’ ADP has risen a bit this summer and he’ll move up another round, and perhaps more in the coming weeks, but we still like him at that price tag. He’s a much more complete player than he gets credit for, and he should have no problem holding on to the starter’s spot opposite A.J. Green. He looks like a borderline WR3 to us in 12-team leagues with upside to be more.

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