The Countdown to October 9th Starts Now

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In the shocker of the century, the all-mighty Lord Goodell wins and continues his reign of absolute power over the league. After appeals had revoked Goodell’s initial 4-game suspension handed to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just over a year ago, the NFL’s appeal of the appeal has won. Tom Brady’s original 4-game suspension will be reinstated and effective starting in week 1 of the upcoming 2016 NFL season. It is a sad day for all of patriot nation…

After going to court last year and winning the appeal that vacated his 4-game suspension, it always worried me that Brady was never out of the troubles of Deflate Gate. Although Judge Richard Berman found that Goodell over-stepped his powers in giving Brady his suspension, today we witnessed the reinstatement of Brady’s 4-game suspension, despite the fact that nothing about the case has changed. If there was some sort of new evidence presented of this alleged occurrence or any proof that something actually happened, then fans would have no right to question this decision made by the court today. But regardless of this horrible mistake of a court ruling, as of today, we will have to see the Patriots play their first four games of the 2016-2017 season without their star quarterback and franchise leader, Tom Brady.

I have complete faith in the Patriots and likely starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. We will obviously not see the same offense in these first four games as we would with Brady under center, but I look for the Patriots defense to carry them through these first four games. A young defense that ranked 9th last year in overall defense and allowed only 19 points per game will be much improved this year after bringing in free agents Chris Long and Terrance Knighton, and having a healthy roster going into next season, specifically the linebackers who were heavily injured last season.

Along with this top 10 defense, the Patriots have brought in many veterans to strengthen the offense, like TE Martellus Bennett, RB Donald Brown and WR Chris Hogan. That, along with the already proven Patriots passing threats of Gronkowski, Edelman and Amendola, plus the return of both Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to solidify the back field, has me feeling very confident in Jimmy Garoppolo in this four game stretch to start the season. The Patriots will open the season with a tough game in Arizona against the Cardinals, but after that, they have very winnable games against Miami, Houston and Buffalo. I believe if all things click early on with the offense, we could see the Pats sitting at 3-1 when Brady returns to unleash hell on the NFL. Worst case scenario, I see this team losing no more than two of these first four games.

Fast forward to week 5 of the 2016 NFL season: the return of the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, from a suspension given because of a scandal that was the biggest waste of time in sports history. A pointless investigation that turned into a web of lies from the NFL that is now regarded in the two words we all hate… Deflate Gate. We will see the revenge-filled quarterback come out of this suspension with more fire than ever, and more to prove than ever before. Brady is going to go on a rampage against any and all opponents he faces, and who better to start it than the Cleveland Browns. Mark your calendars folks. Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 pm, the revenge tour begins.

– J. Horrigan


Week 13 Daily Fantasy Update

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Fitzpatrick-playing a soft giants pass D with one of the best receiving duos in Marshall and Decker with a good running game to keep the Giants d on their toes, $7500
Dalton- playing the 32nd ranked D in the league and always has big play potential with Eifert as a security blanket underneath, high end at $8000

Stewart- playing a saints D that gives up a lot of points and a panthers offense that is a run first
CJ Anderson- after a big game against New England and a young QB under center, look for the Broncos to use a big running game and is a bargain at $6800

Aiken-with practically no one left, Aiken is #1 receiver for the Ravens and is a bargain at $6100
Jeffrey- jay cutlers #1 target is a physical specimen and playing a less than stellar San Fran D will get his touches and big touchdown potential
Hilton-finally clicked with hasselbeck last week for the tune of 2 tds, has big play potential and at $7300 is a steal
Amendola- listed as questionable, but if he plays, will be Brady’s #1 target, Brady loves to throw short passes and amendola is an elusive guy that is a bargain at $6700

Olsen- with Gronk out, it’s no surprise the one TE you can trust for sure this week is Greg Olsen, at $6600 he is the highest amount to spend on a TE but in a PPR league he will get loads of points being Cam Newtons #1 go to guy, especially in the redzone

Cardinals-at $5400, they are the highest amount at D but if you have the money left, great pick with a stingy D playing a one dimensional Rams team, they stop Gurley then they force Foles to throw and make plays, which will cause turnovers
Chiefs-at $4700 I love this D because the Chiefs the past 5 weeks have been a playoff team, with a strong defensive front look for them to be the backfield with Derek Carr all day long

Gano- just as with Jonathan Stewart, playing the saints D that gives up a lot of points, look for Gano to get a lot of action, and had the leg to line up from 50 or beyond.

-B. Braswell