|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘Our expectation is to go out there and be a great offense’||08.25.14 at 9:25 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about his confidence in the team’s offense, NFL injuries, doing brain exercises and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots offense struggled at times last season as Brady got used to a new group of receivers. There remains concern that this offense has some issues that will limit its effectiveness, but Brady said the Patriots continue to tune out criticism from outside Gillette Stadium.
“Truthfully, we’ve never really paid attention to the external voices that are out there,” he said. “We just try to focus on what we need to do, what our job is. Because the only people that can really affect what we do are the people that are inside that offensive meeting room.
“We have high expectations. We’ve had some great offenses over the years, and our expectation is to go out there and be a great offense, and that’s one that doesn’t turn the ball over, one that plays physical and smart, makes great decisions and plays great situational football. I think we did a great job of that — we’ve always done a great job of that over the years.
“Coaches talk a lot about situational football, making the plays when it really counts. There’s a lot of games that are decided by three points or less, and the teams that are the ones that win those games — the ones that are three points or less — those are the ones that are the ones that you’ve got to look out for. Teams that really find a way to win, teams that find a way to lose — hopefully we’re one of those offenses that finds ways to win when we have the opportunity.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that have made contributions thus far over the course of the OTAs and the preseason games. We’re going to need that over the course of the year, because it’s a long year. All the guys that are active in that skill group are going to need to be performers for us at whatever level, whatever role they make for themselves. Hopefully we can be one of the top offenses in the league. But we’ve got to go out there and earn it. No one’s going to make it easy for us.”
One of the keys to the Patriots offense clicking early is the players staying healthy, something Brady noted has been a positive in the preseason.
“We’ve done a really good job over the course of the preseason. I think one of the most important things we’ve done is that we’ve all been out there practicing. I think there’s guys that have really made a great commitment over the offseason to get ready and prepare themselves to be out there every day to make the improvements,” Brady said.
“All the skill guys, the receivers have all been out there almost every day practicing, had a lot of opportunities over the summer to work, and the spring, and it’s the same thing. Hopefully we can get some other guys who haven’t been out there back in the mix so that they can incorporate themselves into the offense and we can really see where we’re at — guys like [Aaron Dobson] and [Rob Gronkowski].
“It is fun for all of us to go out and execute well. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
|Fantasy Football: Week 7 waiver wire||10.15.13 at 9:57 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 7 waiver wire. Things start to get more challenging this week as the byes hit in full force. We also had injuries to some major players over the weekend, which will have some fantasy GMs searching for answers. For those of you who play in deeper formats, head on over to Rotobahn.com for even more free agent options. I will be adding names throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 6 game film. I’ll be back here at WEEI on Friday with my starts and sits. I’ll also sit down with Jim Hackett for the Fantasy Football Podcast brought to you by our friends at Mohegan Sun. You can find the podcast in our audio on demand section.
Jay Cutler, Bears
You can still get him in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’s looking more and more like a weekly starting option, even in smaller leagues. The new coaching staff has really improved things in Chicago, and the personnel has been upgraded as well.
Andy Dalton, Bengals
He’s available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he can be a strong play when the matchup is right. Dalton’s weapons are all young and improving, and that includes rookies Gio Bernard and Tyler Eifert.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
You can still get him 63 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He can be your starter on most weeks if need be because he gives you extra points with his feet and he has underrated weapons around him.
Sam Bradford, Rams
He’s got a lot of good receivers to work with, and the running game has been stabilized in recent weeks by our guy Zac Stacy. Bradford can help you when the matchup is right, and you can still get him in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Nick Foles, Eagles
We’ve always liked Foles, and now he may have stolen the starting gig from Michael Vick. He’s a much more accurate passer than Vick and he runs the offense the way Chip Kelly wants it run. Foles is definitely worth a speculative add right now if you have a roster spot for him and a need at quarterback. Foles can be had in 71 percent of CBS leagues.
Josh Freeman, Vikings
He could end up starting as soon as this week, and he is the most talented quarterback in Minnesota at this point. In larger formats, he might be worth adding now. You can get him in 84 percent of CBS leagues.
|Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire||10.08.13 at 10:52 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 6 waiver wire. As always, these are strong pickup options in typical 10-team leagues. Obviously, they are even better options if they happen to be available in larger formats. The ownership rates have been obtained from Yahoo! and represents ownership rates in all its leagues. If you are looking for more obscure talent, you should head on over to Rotobahn.com, where we cater to those who play in larger leagues. I’ll be adding talent throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 5 games. I’ll be back on Friday with my starts and sits column and the Fantasy Football Podcast with Jim Hackett. If you need any last-minute lineup help, feel free to join our Sunday morning chat here at WEEI. It’s all sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’s still unowned in 41 percent of leagues, and he should be owned in almost all leagues. The new offense has allowed Cutler to post fantasy-viable numbers even in defeat. With Alshon Jeffery starting to establish himself, the Bears are becoming very hard to defend on the outside.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He’s playing well and he’s over his recent concussion. You can still add him in 71 percent of leagues, and I’d be adding him if I needed more upside at quarterback. Pryor is getting it done with his arm and with his feet.
Sam Bradford, Rams
He’s not perfect, but he can post very good numbers when the matchup is right. Bradford has the 10th-most points in fantasy football among quarterbacks. He makes a nice QB2 for sure, especially if he has a nice matchup when your QB1 has his bye week.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
You can get him in 40 percent of leagues, and he has a home start against Green Bay this week. That’s a decent fantasy play if your starter is on the bye or if you were starting Michael Vick.
Nick Foles, Eagles
If you own Vick and all else fails, you can turn to Foles and get decent play. Foles looked up to the task last week when he filled in for the injured Vick, and that’s expected to continue in Week 6. In fact, if Foles plays well enough, he could steal the gig.
|Fantasy Football: Week 5 starts, sits||10.04.13 at 9:13 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 5 starts and sits. As usual, I have tried to avoid the obvious choices. These are players that I like for the this week plus a few that I’d rather leave on the pine. If you are looking for more rankings or if you have questions about players not listed here, go to Rotobahn.com for our full weekly lineup rankings, which I update every Saturday. You can also stop by our Sunday morning chat right here at WEEI when I’ll be answering all of your lineup questions. Later today, Jim Hackett and I will doing our weekly podcast sponsored by Mohegan Sun. You’ll be able to find that in our audio on demand section.
Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders
He’s been very good so far, with only Tennessee slowing him down at all. It’s hard to imagine the Raiders holding Rivers down. He makes a solid QB1 in any format in Week 5.
Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Saints
He may have been off in Week 4, but the fantasy numbers were still there. He should be better this week against the Saints. The Bears have enough diversity on offense to cope with New Orleans’ attacking defense.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Chargers
His concussion symptoms have subsided and he’ll be let loose in this game as Oakland tries to keep up with the Chargers. Who wins? Who knows, but there should be plenty of offense, and Pryor obviously scores points with his feet and his arm.
Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Jaguars
Things have been ugly for Bradford the last few weeks, but this looks like a get-well game to me. Expect better results from Bradford. He’s worth a start in most formats if you need him.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Patriots
The Patriots have enough talent to make Dalton work for his numbers. While Dalton is playable this week, I see more risk than usual. There are 17 better quarterbacks in the Rotobahn Week 5 rankings, so you may have a better option.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. Panthers
The Panthers are a formidable defense, but the real problem is the inconsistencies with the Arizona offense, and Palmer is at the heart of those inconsistencies. Other issues include a struggling offensive line and ground game. Finally, don’t forget that Larry Fitzgerald is still nursing a tender hamstring and is less than full strength, though he will play. Palmer is a QB3 in my Week 5 rankings.
|Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts, sits||09.20.13 at 10:48 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 3 starts and sits. I have added a few extra running backs with all of the injuries at the position. If you require further assistance, check out my complete lineup rankings at Rotobahn.com, which are posted on Thursdays and updated on Saturdays. As always, I’ll be back at WEEI on Sunday morning for a chat to answer all of your lineup questions. Check back later Friday for the WEEI Fantasy Football Podcast sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun.
Sam Bradford, Rams at Cowboys
Ride him while he’s rolling. As I have said many times, the weaponry in St. Louis is outstanding, and Bradford is playing well enough to exploit his matchup advantages. He makes a solid start in any format this week.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Packers
This is the best matchup he’s had so far this year, and he hasn’t really posted a stinker yet by fantasy standards. Dalton, like Bradford, has matchup advantages all over the field. He may not be pretty, but the numbers should be there at the end of the day. He can play for you in any format this week.
There’s some risk here, but Manning is going to throw the ball a lot. You can bank on that being the case when you look at the state of the New York backfield. Fringe QB1 numbers are expected for those in 12-team leagues.
Philip Rivers, Chargers at Titans
Rivers is rolling right now, and his offensive line has played far better than we projected it to. Though the Chargers have lost some significant weapons, Rivers still has a healthy Antonio Gates and a smoldering Eddie Royal. I also expect more production from Vincent Brown, who is playing better than his statistics show. Rivers is a viable play this week in larger formats.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders at Broncos
We like his fantasy potential, but this is a brutal road matchup. You should have a better option available to you. If not, you can roll with Pryor, but temper expectations this week.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Bears
Big Ben is just fine. It’s what surrounds him that is giving me pause and giving Steelers fans indigestion. His offensive line is falling apart at the seams and his receivers are not winning enough battles outside, but most of all, there is no ground game until Pittsburgh gets Le’Veon Bell up to speed. He’s close, having practiced in full Thursday, but his return is unlikely to be this week. Oh, and the Bears are a nasty matchup.
|Fantasy Football: Week 3 waiver wire||09.17.13 at 10:18 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 3 waiver wire. I have a lot of free agent targets for you today. These are all players who should help you in typical 10-team leagues, and there are plenty of options to choose from. If you play in deeper leagues, please feel free to check out my expanded wire over at Rotobahn.com. I’ll be adding players throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 2 games.
As usual, I’ll be back again this Friday with the Week 3 starts and sits. Jim Hackett and I will be doing another podcast later this week and I’ll be hosting our Sunday morning chat here at WEEI.com, so bring your lineup questions.
Sam Bradford, Rams
Wake up, people. Bradford is playing solid football and he’s got an absurd group of receivers to work with, giving him some of the easier pre-snap reads you’ll ever see. It’s easy to play quarterback for the Rams right now. He should be owned in all formats but is still available in 52 percent percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Jay Cutler, Bears
Things are going to keep getting better in Chicago. Cutler has a better offensive system and coach, but he’s also got the best set of receivers he’s ever worked with and much improved pass protection. He’s a player to own in all formats and you can still add him in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
The Dolphins sure look like a team intent on throwing the football. It’s almost as if they are allergic to running the football at times. While I do expect more balance than we’ve seen so far, Tannehill makes for a strong backup going forward and can start for you on most weeks. He’s available in most 10-team leagues.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He’s got a lot of upside, and teams will have to start honoring Darren McFadden more than the Jaguars did last week. Pryor should be owned in all formats right now, but he’s only taken in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
|Fantasy Football: Week 2 starts, sits||09.13.13 at 2:08 pm ET|
Welcome to the Week 2 starts and sits. I’ve got a solid list of suggestions this week, and for those of you who have further questions, please feel free to join me for a Sunday morning chat right here at WEEI.com where we’ll discuss all of the Week 2 injury situations as well as your key lineup choices. For those of you looking for updates on our content at Rotobahn.com and here are WEEI, I strongly suggest that you follow us on Twitter. I tweet links to our fresh content every day as well as key injury information on game days. Good luck to all this week.
The younger Manning will have no choice but to throw and throw often in this game. With his trio of quality receivers, that should point to a good fantasy day.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Jaguars
The matchup is solid, and Pryor’s style of play is fantasy gold, as we’ve been saying for years. Unlike a lot of the other read-option-style quarterbacks, Pryor is not being saved for later. The Raiders are letting it all hang out with the young QB and will let him get first downs by any means necessary. That’s good for you if you start him.
Sam Bradford, Rams at Falcons
It’s a road matchup against a quality opponent, but it’s indoors, which is good for all the Rams’ speed weapons, of which there are many. Look for Bradford to have another solid day. The Rams have more quality options than the Falcons can cover.
Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Vikings
The offense looked good last week, and Cutler will have some good one-on-one matchups in this game. The new Bears system is a very good change for Cutler, who seemed comfortable last week against a quality Bengals defense. He should provide QB1 level production in this plus home matchup.
There’s just too much bad karma in Tampa right now. Freeman always has upside in this matchup because the Saints will post some points, but you should have at least one stronger option on your roster. Freeman could go either way this week. You can do better.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Bengals
It’s very rare that I’d even consider Big Ben on a sits list, but he’s lost his best offensive lineman and has a broken backfield and still no healthy Heath Miller. If you factor in the road matchup against a very formidable defense, you have a player to avoid in Week 2.