University of Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley is a proud Star Wars nerd. As a kid he was mesmerized by lightsabers, Jedi Knights and stormtroopers, and he has been a die-hard fan ever since. Last February, Conley was seen in a Jedi costume at a Bulldogs' gymnastics meet, and his Twitter account is full of pictures combining his two passions: football and Star Wars.
In July, Conley took his passion to a new level when he released Retribution, a 26-minute Star Wars fan film starring himself as "the fallen Jedi Khari Vion." Conley had 45 catches and 651 receiving yards for the Bulldogs last season. But the most impressive number on his résumé is 378,000. That's the view count Retribution had on YouTube by the end of July, which was more than Conley, or anyone working on the project, ever expected.
Legitimate worry was the theme of the early games in Week 3. It all starts with Tom Brady and the New England passing game. Brady underwhelmed yet again, in what should have been a great matchup. He had just 234 yards, 6.3 yards per attempt, and one touchdown against the Raiders. There’s little to no explosion in the passing attack, evidenced by Brady’s 5.54 YPA on the year.
Injuries have created a wealth of opportunities, mostly for backup running backs, as well as huge holes in fantasy starting lineups. Last week, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Ryan Mathews and DeSean Jackson were started in about 100 percent of fantasy leagues. All of them left their respective games with injuries, and only Jackson appears likely to start this week. Robert Griffin III, Mark Ingram and Knowshon Moreno are also on the shelf, leaving their owners scrambling to find replacements.
All that tumult makes for a very interesting week of start/sit decisions. Do you immediately trust Knile Davis in Kansas City and Donald Brown in San Diego? Is Khiry Robinson worth a shot against the Vikings this week? Could Mohamed Sanu be a sneaky play if Green is forced to sit because of his foot injury? All of that and more will be answered in SI.com’s recommendations on who to start and who to sit for Week 3.
The following recommendations are based on 12-team leagues that start one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, one RB/WR flex, one tight end and one defense. However, to accommodate slightly deeper leagues, they extend to 14 quarterbacks and tight ends, 30 running backs and 40 receivers.
Between Week 1 and Week 2, most fantasy football owners were a little reluctant to shake up their roster -- and rightfully so -- for a lackluster group of guys who may have been one-week wonders. But following Week 2, the waiver wire has suddenly turned into a battle zone for the best available players because of how many injuries/suspensions we saw this past weekend.
Owners of Jamaal Charles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Doug Martin, Knowshon Moreno and DeAngelo Williams will all look for waiver-wire warriors. While Adrian Peterson is supposed to play in Week 3, his owners would be wise to buy some fantasy insurance, too. Also, owners of Eric Decker, A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson will be in an add/drop frenzy, too, looking for wide receiver help.
If you don’t own any of the above players, consider buying a lottery ticket. You should still be active on the waiver wire, especially if you have a player or two ready for dumping (looking at you, Cecil Shorts’ owners). By grabbing some of the most valuable waiver-wire replacements, you could gain major trade pieces, even if you don’t plan on starting the player you pick up.
Last week, we steered you right on Bobby Rainey, Brian Quick and Larry Donnell, but we missed the boat on Jake Locker, Benny Cunningham and the Dolphins defense. Let’s correct that.
There are a number of teams with a record – good, bad or somewhere in the middle – that no one expected to see after the first two weeks of the 2014 season. But we should have a better idea of how good (or bad) teams are after this weekend. The ones that have shined early have tough games to play, while others have struggled early have games that could indicate the severity of their problems. How will your team fair after Week Three?
(The Forgotten Four (clockwise from top left): Marion Motley, Bill Willis, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode)
The story of how Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 is the stuff of legend. But there’s another story about the desegregation of a professional sport that hardly gets told.
A year before Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, four black football players broke the football’s color barrier. Kenny Washington and Willie Strode played for the Los Angeles Rams and Marion Motley and Bill Willis played for the Cleveland Browns. And it’s their journey to the NFL that’s the focus of the new documentary Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football.
The Kirk Cousins Era might be upon us. After completing two of his first three pass attempts for 38 yards (the only incompletion was a drop), Robert Griffin III suffered a non-contact injury to his ankle that turned out to be a dislocation and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. That won’t be a killer for Washington’s playoff hopes if Cousins plays the way he did on Sunday.