NFL Fantasy Football Week 1: Will Tom Brady Start and More Key Questions
According to several sources, Patriots QB Tom Brady was involved in a two-car accident Thursday morning.
The accident reportedly happened at Commonwealth Gloucester Avenues near Brady’s home around 6:30 a.m.
Brady did not go to the hospital but was described as "shaken." Other witnesses of the crash said he was "pretty banged up."
But instead of going to the hospital, ESPN said Brady left and was headed to work at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The Patriots host the Bengals in the season opener this weekend.
How bad was the wreck? The Boston PD confirmed a Boston Globe story that one person was removed from a car via the Jaws of Life and then taken to a hospital.
One of the cars hit a pole, which then fell over.
The video of the wreck and other fantasy questions inside.
Will Tom Brady Play?
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I know what you are thinking. Of course! He is Tom Brady.
But think about this for a second:
A) Brady has no contract after this year.
B) The Patriots are great at playing hardball with their veterans.
C) This car crash just reminded Brady of his mortality.
D) Brady is probably sore from being "shaken" and "pretty banged up."
Okay, he'll probably play and play well. He is Tom Brady. But the Pats NEED to get that contract done ASAP.
By the way, here's video of the accident.
What If You Don't Like Your QB Matchup?
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Okay, if you are like me, you drafted the receivers and the running backs you wanted so you had to sacrifice and miss out on a top five quarterback.
So I have to choose between Flacco versus that cocky, swaggering Jets defense.
Or Jay Cutler against Detroit.
And I choose Cutler. I drafted him because I think Mike Martz has made a difference and I knew I would have to start him if the matchup was right.
Detroit Lions in Week 1 might be as right as it gets.
Which Carolina Back Do You Start?
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You would have to be a really smooth operator to have been able to handcuff DeAngelo Williams with Jonathan Stewart, but if you didn't and you have one you should be okay this week.
Last year Stewart went crazy against the Giants since Williams didn't play.
He put up over 200 yards and probably could have had more.
This year Williams is back, but I am thinking they both will eat well.
And Stewart will probably get some end zone love.
Which Defense To Start?
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If you have the San Francisco 49ers defense. chances are you had to go higher than you wanted in order to get them.
Or you had to pay a couple extra dollars in an auction draft. I missed them, but I am going to try and trade for them.
Start them against Pete Carroll's Seahawks. New Coach, old(er) quarterback, new starting receiver...
You have Mike Singletary on the sideline and Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes on the field.
Hell you might have Singletary on the field, if you need him.
Which Sleeper Tight End Should You Grab?
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I'm not saying play one of these guys now, but unless you live in New England, there is a good chance no one picked up their two rookie tight ends.
Both Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have shown promise in the preseason. The problem is they are different types, so no telling yet which one Brady will gravitate to more.
Gronkowski seems to be a Todd Heap, big red zone target, good blocker type.
Hernandez seems to be an Antonio Gates catch first, and break one at any moment type.
Keep an eye on them or take a guess and grab one.
What to Do With Brandon Jacobs
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Brandon Jacobs was the starter, and now reports say he is not.
But you drafted him and he does weigh over 260 pounds, so you might be thinking he is the goal line back.
I would think that too, except that even though he is barely 200 pounds, Ahmad Bradshaw runs hard. Real hard.
So I'm wondering if Bradshaw will get the first crack at the end zone first before Jacobs comes in.
And if that happens, you might have to try and trade Jacobs to that guy in the league who doesn't keep up with stuff and just joined up to have something to do.
Sink Or Swim Pick
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You want a pick that will make you look like a genius (or an idiot if it doesn't work out)?
Then I have one word for you...Plastics.
Okay, that didn't make any sense and neither might these picks. But I am thinking Cleveland.
I am thinking Jake Delhomme to Mohamed Massaquoi. All year.
ESPN and the other "pros" won't tell you to invest in those two, but I will.
Of course they're paid so they probably know what they are talking about.
How awesome would that be if we were right about these two?
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No, not Kareem. Jabar Gaffney.
He has gone from fourth string in New England to starter in Denver.
Must be the elevation, homes.
Anyway, he is suddenly a not-so-sleeper pick to do big things this year.
I play in a league of scavengers so he was gone after the fifth round, but if you play in a more reasonable league, snatch him off waivers for future use.
Backs Against The Wall Guy
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Roy E. Williams has been treated worse than Alfred E. Neuman.
The Cowboys fans are waiting patiently for Dez Bryant's foot to heal, like a kid at Christmas.
Michael Irvin hates the guy and the worst kept secret in the league is that he is just keeping the spot warm.
Soon people will be mumbling that he isn't even the best of the "Detroit Williams wide receiver" busts!
(Welcome back, Trojan Mike.)
But here's something nobody is considering: What if the guy plays so well that they have to keep him in the lineup?
Sort of like a middle finger to the world as his motivation. And that big Friday check.
I grabbed him just in case.
For The Guys in The Return Yard Leagues
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I have a name for you that you might want to add to the team now. Use return yards as the excuse, but I figure he is going to find ways to get on the field for regular downs as well.
Yes, I know he has a late night pastry fetish, but Tate is backing up Deion Branch and Mike Williams. Not exactly Swann and Stallworth. Not even close to Ocho and TO if you really want to get technical.
And Tate is one of their return guys. If you remember how dynamic he was for the Irish in college, you'll want to give him a look.