17 Sep
2020

Struggles for Packers

first_imgRebuilding.It’s a term fans of Wisconsin sports have become used to hearing. The Bucks have spent the better part of the last three years rebuilding their program — and it seems to be paying off early this year — the team looks damn good. Milwaukee Brewers fans have been dealing with rebuilding for over a decade, holding out hope that the Nick Neugebauers and Ryan Andersons of the world would bring them out of the cellar. Well, it took a little longer than advertised, and it wasn’t Neugebauer or Anderson that brought the Brew Crew to glory — but the days of rebuilding appear to be over in Milwaukee.Although the Bucks and Crew have been rebuilding the past few years, there’s always been one constant for the Wisconsin football fans — the Green Bay Packers. Well, at least until this season.A 1-7 start wasn’t exactly what anyone — fan or pundit — expected from the Packers this season. They were an aging team, and their defense was suspect, but with Brett Favre at the helm and an offense solid at the skill positions, much more was expected of the Packers this season.After all, this was a team that went 10-6 last year, with the only major offseason losses coming at the two guard positions on the offensive line. This team was supposed to find a way to get into the playoffs with Favre’s Hall-of-Fame career winding down. But it has just not materialized.Obviously injuries have taken their toll. It’s hard to put points on the board when you lose three of your top five wide receivers and your top three running backs for portions of the season. Let’s face it, names like Chad Lucas and Samkon Gado don’t exactly strike fear into opposing defenses.Which brings about the question — is it time for rebuilding in Green Bay? Well, I’m not jumping off of any bandwagons yet, so I’m going to have to answer “no” to that question.For starters, it’s hard to believe the Packers would be where they are right now if it weren’t for the injury bug. I realize it’s pretty much a copout to blame injuries — after all, shouldn’t teams be deep enough to overcome the inevitable?That’s true, but replacing a Javon Walker is just not the same as replacing, say, an injured Bill Schroeder when he was a starter for Green Bay. The same can be said for replacing a tailback like Ahman Green (though I realize he wasn’t exactly tearing it up before his injury, he’s still a better option the Packers’ current starters).These players are Pro Bowl-caliber individuals in the NFL and for any team to replace them with players of comparable talent is nearly impossible. Not to mention the backups that stepped up in each case, Robert Ferguson for Walker and Najeh Davenport for Green, who both suffered injuries as well. If Walker and Green were healthy all year, it’s plausible the Packers could be at least a .500 club and challenging for the NFC North crown.Plus there’s still Favre. Is it fair to him to start rebuilding while he’s still rebuilding? Absolutely not. Favre has been the face of the Packers for years and is arguably the greatest player in franchise history, not to mention the guy is never willing to lose.Favre brought Green Bay its first Super Bowl win since the late 1960s and has led the resurgence of a franchise that was a perennial NFL doormat prior to his reign. If for no other reason than out of respect for the Kiln, Miss., native, Green Bay should do everything within its power to field a respectable team while he’s on the field.Not to mention, when was the last time the Brewers, Bucks and Packers were respectable at the same time? Wouldn’t that be something?last_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Jameis Winston could affect Week 15 QB rankings

first_imgWEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerPatrick Mahomes injury updateA hit in the first half Sunday had Mahomes getting up and shaking his right (throwing) hand. He never left the game, though. Andy Reid said afterward that he could tell Mahomes “wasn’t gripping all that well,” while Mahomes added, “It doesn’t feel great right now but it’s something that you play with.”Kansas City plays a tricky Denver defense in Week 15, and no, you’re not sitting Mahomes, but maybe you’d consider sitting a secondary weapon like Sammy Watkins if it seems like Mahomes won’t be playing at 100 percent.WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsTom Brady injury newsBrady attended his postgame press conference Sunday with his right elbow heavily wrapped. “I just got hit right on my elbow, it’s fine,” Brady told reporters. “Probably be on the injury report, but I’ll be there next Sunday (against the Bengals).”Brady’s elbow might not be enough to keep him off the field, but his play should probably keep him out of your fantasy lineups. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns just once in the Patriots’ past five games and often looks on a different page than his WRs not named Julian Edelman. Even with the great Bengals matchup, you might be able to do better than Brady in Week 15.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Jameis Winston injury statusWinston missed the first series of the second half Sunday as the television broadcast showed him throwing on the sideline while Ryan Griffin was in at QB. Bruce Arians said after the game that X-rays revealed a tiny fracture in Winston’s right (throwing) hand. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPIt was classic Winston on Sunday – 456 yards and four touchdowns paired with three interceptions. Assuming Winston is active in Week 15 against the Lions, he remains a maddeningly productive QB1. What’s more notable might be Mike Evans’ hamstring injury, but that didn’t seem to slow down Winston in the second half Sunday. Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Jameis Winston all look likely to play in Week 15 despite getting dinged up Sunday. Things could change as we get additional injury updates throughout the week, but you can probably count on these three quarterbacks the same as you always would in QB rankings (although there’s a case to be made against Brady that you’ll see below). The fantasy playoffs would be a bad time for these QBs to sit out and force us to watch Chad Henne, Jarrett Stidham or Ryan Griffin.For news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy.last_img read more

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