At this point in the NFL season, rookies are starting to get up to speed and seeing more opportunities to shine, while some veterans, who have had plentiful chances, haven't done enough to secure their jobs. While rookies are wildly inconsistent, we learn more about them — and the veterans whose snaps they’re taking — each week. Don’t stay married to players who haven’t shown you anything this season.
Also, we have just two more weeks of two-team byes before six teams go on byes in Weeks 9 and 10. Note that Week 9 is going to be very tough on the quarterbacks position (Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford), while Week 10 is a little tougher on tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates, Dwayne Allen and Jordan Reed). So make a move a week ahead, if your roster depth allows it.
Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were three outs away from losing to the Oakland A's in the American League Wild Card Game. Today, they're four wins from a World Series title.
Last night, the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, to complete a sweep of the O's in the American League Championship Series and earn a trip to the World Series. It's the Royals' first trip to the championship round since 1985.
The wide receiver position is as robust as ever, which means fantasy owners potentially have too many guys floating around on their roster to start in flex spots. Who is one non-obvious receiver you would start this week, and who's another that you would sit?
Last week, Nike invited Sports Illustrated Kids to HyperSchool, a fun and interactive experience, to teach us how weather impacts athletes. With a recreated classroom (chalkboard, desks, bulletin boards, and bespectacled teacher to boot) and a makeshift research lab, HyperSchool also highlighted the science behind the company’s pro combat baselayer apparel.
Our classmates were pretty cool, too. HyperSchool’s star athlete, err, student, Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, joined us in discussing gridiron action and braving the elements. We also met Hal, a copper-sweating mannequin who helps Nike scientists develop active wear.
There was lots to cover during our school session. We made sure to pay careful attention and take diligent notes to share some of the innovative ways Nike is helping athletes to bring their A game even in the most extreme weather conditions.
New Yorkers are used to seeing some stuff on the subways. Mariachi bands. Pop-up theater. Breakdancers. Ghostbusters. Rats. But on Friday, commuters on the 7 train (which runs from Times Square to Citi Field and Queens) got an unexpected surprise: the Harlem Globetrotters.
Nine members of the team boarded the train at Mets-Willets Point, the next-to-last stop on the Queens end of the 7 line, and proceeded to do some cool basketball tricks on the platform and then the train. Fortunately, this was all captured on video and uploaded to YouTube today:
Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning were two of the first three quarterbacks off the board in nearly all fantasy leagues this season. Rodgers and Manning each had nice games on Sunday, but they didn’t come close to matching Joe Flacco. Actually, they didn’t come anywhere near keeping pace with Flacco’s first quarter.