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Bears players react to fight during practice in not-so Patriot way 08.15.16 at 6:52 pm ET
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FOXBORO — To the Patriots, fighting is a bad thing and should never happen on the practice field.

This is why Bill Belichick has a rule when you get into a fight, you are ejected from the practice, which is what happened to Malcolm Butler when he got into it with Bears receiver Alshon Jeffrey on Monday.

The two players got into it the corner of the end zone with each player pushing on the other player’s face mask during after a play in 11-on-11s. It escalated when the two shoved each other drawing members of both teams to come over.

“He enjoys stuff like this,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said of Jeffrey. “He’s a competitor. He likes games. He likes big moments. He wants the ball in those types of situations. He’s not going to back down from guys. He’s going to up and he’s going to make the catch. If you get in his face, he’s not going to take it lightly.”

“It’s tough,” he added. “It’s a contact sport. You’ve got a lot of pride out there with a lot of guys. So, it’s going to happen from time to time. We’ll clean it up in meetings tonight and we’ll try to eliminate it tomorrow.”

During Butler and Jeffrey’s altercation, Bears tight end Greg Scruggs was the third-man in and afterwards he said he was just trying to be the peacemaker.

“I love my teammates,” he said. “Obviously I don’t want my teammates getting injured or hurt in any way, but I am not going in to start ganging up on somebody else.”

“That’s what happens when you have a joint practice,” he added. “Sometimes tempers flare. Best thing we can do as teammates is not add fuel to the fire, more so just alleviate the situation the best we can.”


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Jay Cutler on criticism from Martellus Bennett: ‘Hopefully Tom [Brady] can do a better job of finding him than I did’ 08.04.16 at 5:29 pm ET
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Asked about the criticism he faced from the Bennett brothers in a recent ESPN: The Magazine piece, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler failed to take the bait.

Martellus Bennett, who played with Cutler in Chicago before an offseason trade sent him to the Patriots, said of Cutler, “I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage.” His brother Michael went all-in, adding that Cutler was the “worst quarterback” in the NFL.

“Most receivers and tight ends [think they] are always open,” Cutler said of Martellus, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Hopefully Tom [Brady] can do a better job of finding him than I did.”

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 starts, sits 12.04.15 at 9:20 am ET
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It’s money time for fantasy owners. If you are reading this article, you are either very bored or, more likely, you are playing for your life this week — or at least a better playoff seed. Maybe you need a win to get a Week 14 bye. Yes, things are getting serious, and I’ll be around the next few days if you are in need of  some help or a second opinion.

Jim Hackett and I will be doing a podcast later Friday and it will be all about Week 13. That will continue on Sunday morning with the this week’s edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. And, as always, I will be ready for your lineup questions when I host our Sunday morning chat at 11 a.m., so head on over if you want a little clarity. I will tweet a link to the chat when it becomes available on Sunday morning.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. 49ers

Cutler is a good Week 13 option at home in a plus matchup with his key weapons ready to go. He’s come up light the last few games, but this week projects to be different. He’s a fringe QB1 option, and you still can add him in more than half of Yahoo! leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets at Giants

Fitzpatrick has been about what you would expect as a quarterback so far, but his stats have been a little better than expected and there are two key reasons for this. They are Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Both veteran receivers are playing very good football, and it’s making the little bearded quarterback a viable fantasy play when the matchup is right. This most certainly is one of those weeks, as the Giants defend the pass poorly yet handle the run pretty well.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Ravens

It’s the matchup. The Ravens can play the run but have serious weaknesses in pass defense. While I expect the new regime in Miami to run more consistently than the last, I also expect the Dolphins to scheme for the defense in front of them, not generically. The way to move the ball against Baltimore is by throwing. Expect volume and a decent fantasy outing.

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 waiver wire 11.24.15 at 10:01 am ET
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On Sunday, Chris Price asked me if this was the worst season I had ever seen in terms of injuries to top skill players. I said it was and since then we have lost a few more weekly starters, including Marshawn Lynch. This is a brutal season for starting running backs and it just seems to be getting worse. The good news is that there are so many injuries that most fantasy teams have some issues. There’s trouble all over and it’s how you walk through the fire that will determine how far you can take your team in the coming weeks.

I have the most relevant pickups listed below and I will be adding more players at Rotobahn this afternoon, so stop by if you play in a deep league.

Did you catch the Fantasy Football Hour last Sunday? You can listen here.

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Jay Cutler, Bears, 45 percent

He was mediocre against the Broncos, but that’s to be expected. As I said last week, Cutler’s closing schedule is friendly and he can start for you the rest of the way if you need a quarterback. He plays at Green Bay on Thursday night.

Jameis Winston, Bucs, 25 percent

With the return of Vincent Jackson, Winston now has his two primary weapons back. As I have been saying for weeks, he has a very nice closing schedule and he can be your starter on most weeks in most leagues. The rookie should be owned in all leagues.

Marcus Mariota, Titans, 44 percent

He’s been very good in two out of the last three games with the bad game coming against the Panthers, who have shut down a lot of passing offenses this year. Mariota’s closing schedule has some choice matchups, so he should be owned in most leagues and certainly in all 12-team leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits 11.20.15 at 11:59 am ET
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Welcome to the starts and sits for Week 11. As always, I have tried to find some matchups that have some intrigue and that are not terribly obvious. If you need a second opinion on a player not listed in this space, head over to my site, Rotobahn, and check out my full Week 11 lineup rankings.

As always, I will be here Sunday at 11 a.m. for our weekly chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’ll do my best to help. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. when Jimmy Hackett and I will discuss the trending Week 11 topics and crucial game day information.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Derek Carr, Raiders at Lions

Carr has been good in road games lately, and this is a plus matchup against a team that played over its head in Week 10 at Green Bay. A letdown is coming, and Carr will do to the Lions what Aaron Rodgers and company did not. He’s a QB1 option in all leagues.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Buccaneers

You throw to beat the Bucs, and I suspect that Sanchez will get plenty of chances this week. He’s been productive in the past for Chip Kelly’s team, at least from a statistical perspective. Sanchez can start for you this week if you need him.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Broncos

It’s not a good matchup at all, but Cutler is playable in big leagues if you are in need because he is spreading the ball around very well. Denver will have Aqib Talib back from suspension. That said, the Broncos still will be without DeMarcus Ware. The Bears are not likely to post the numbers we’ve seen in recent weeks, but Cutler is a viable play, because he is playing about as well as any quarterback out there right now.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 waiver wire 11.17.15 at 9:48 am ET
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Welcome to Week 11! The waiver wire is not as stocked with talent as it was a few weeks back, so I hope you have done most of your shopping already. That being said, there are a few nuggets out there for the taking and a few talented players showed flashes in Week 10.

As always, I will be watching game film throughout the day and I will be adding talent to the expanded waiver wire at Rotobahn. If you play in a really deep format and need more player recommendations, head over there this afternoon. I’€™ll also be adding a few matchup defenses for Week 11.

Did you catch the Fantasy Football Hour last Sunday? You can listen here.

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Tony Romo, Cowboys, 65 percent

He could return this week and he’€™s a QB1 the moment he is back on the field. Add him in any league where you can, unless you are fully loaded at quarterback.

Jay Cutler, Bears, 40 percent

Cutler has really stepped up his game in recent weeks and I was shocked by how easily he sliced up the Rams defense on their home field. This week’€™s game against the Broncos is the last time this year where I am sitting Cutler. He could be your starter the rest of the way, starting in Week 12 at Green Bay. Add him in all leagues if you need a quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 46 percent

He has QB1 appeal every week as long as he has healthy weapons and right now he does. He’€™ll give you the big play with his arm and with his feet, which helps his floor. He can be your starter on most weeks in all leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 starts, sits 10.30.15 at 8:53 am ET
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It’s another good week to be a Patriots fan. With a nice blowout divisional win in the books, you can focus on your fantasy fortunes and look forward to next week’s inevitable win against Washington. Good times. As usual, I have done my best to try to find some worthwhile recommendations. And if you need some advice on players not listed in this space, check out my full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.

I will be here Sunday at 11 a.m. for our weekly chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’ll do my best to help. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. when Jim Hackett and I will discuss the trending Week 8 topics and crucial game day information.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Vikings

He’s fully armed again with Alshon Jeffery back in the fold. Cutler can help you as a starter this week if you need him. The Vikings are no pushover, but it’s a home game and Cutler should give you serviceable numbers when all is said and done.

Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings at Bears

Bridgewater, like Cutler, can be plucked off the waiver wire in a great many leagues. He’s been playing better ball the last few weeks with the emergence of his top weapon, Stefon Diggs, and this is a very nice road matchup.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets at Raiders

Nobody is ever happy about starting Ryan Fitzpatrick. He often ends up looking like fool’s gold at the end of the day and he is not aesthetically pleasing in any way. That said, he has weapons and a good matchup this week. If you play in a deep league, and Fitzpatrick is on the waiver wire, you have an out at least. He can keep you competitive.

Sit

Alex Smith, Chiefs vs. Lions

I no longer trust Smith without Jamaal Charles. There’s just not enough play-making ability. The upside is no longer there. Out of 2QB formats and desperate situations, I am avoiding Smith right now.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Rams

He always has upside for fantasy because of his wheels and his ability to hit the long ball, but I am not rolling the dice with Kaepernick on the road against such a nasty front seven. None for me, thanks.

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