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.
New York Comic Con is happening this weekend in Manhattan, but over on Disney XD the characters of the show Lab Rats have their own pop culture convention going on. At the show, Leo and Davenport compete to win a walk-on role in a sci-fi movie. Meanwhile, Adam, Bree, and Chase go looking for the star of one of their favorite movies, Alien Gladiators (in costume, of course).
That star happens to be played by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. And for any Dodgers fans bummed that the team lost to the Cardinals in the NLDS, seeing Ethier get caught up in some Lab Rats hijinks might be a good way to lighten the mood.
Here's an exclusive clip from Ethier's guest starring role in the show:
We’ve made a slight change to Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em this week that will hopefully make this column more useful for all the fantasy owners out there. After reading over last week’s version, it felt a bit too inclusive. The point of this exercise is to serve as many owners as possible. The best way to do that is to be more restrictive, not by lumping in a WR39 with a WR21.
As such, here are the new parameters for the Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em on SI.com. The top-12 quarterbacks, tight ends and defenses are listed as start recommendations. To better help you with your flex decisions, there are only 60 combined running backs and receivers listed in the start column. There are at least 24 at each position, with the final 12 spots occupied by the best remaining overall players, regardless of position. Rather than giving you 30 running backs worth starting and another 40 receivers, this should give you a better gauge of the players truly worth plugging into your starting lineup.
Teams on bye: Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints
Conventional NHL wisdom states that the Stanley Cup playoffs are a trial by fire, a test only the most grizzled veteran is prepared to face. But last season, it was Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, an 18-year-old rookie phenom, who brought the heat.
In the Avalanche's first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, MacKinnon posted 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over seven games. The real story, though, is inside the numbers. In the series opener, MacKinnon set up the tying goal with only 14 seconds left in regulation, then set up the winner in overtime. In Game 2's 4–2 Avalanche win, he figured in on all four Avalanche goals, assisting on three and scoring one himself. And in Game 5, he netted the overtime winner to give Colorado a 3–2 series lead.
Ultimately, the Wild kept MacKinnon off the scoresheet in Games 6 and 7 and eliminated the Avs. Still, the series was a showcase for MacKinnon and the skills that made him such a closely watched prospect for most of his life: explosive speed, great hands, and a wicked shot.