Former Cleveland Browns and soon-to-be-former Denver Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn is being scrutinized for comments he made about teammate Tim Tebow to GQ magazine during the 2011 season. Ravens linebacker and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs was also quoted by Michael Silver in "An Oral History of Tebow Time" -- and it seems Suggs slowly became a believer as the season progressed.
We will all scrutinize about our fantasy lineups more than ever in the fantasy playoffs, and that has less to do with us wanting to win our league and more to do with us not wanting to end up losing because we benched the wrong player. The best advice: Always, always, always start your best players.
The timing is a little peculiar, but the Denver Broncos said adieu to former starting quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday. He had a good fantasy run under Josh McDaniels, but turnovers did him in with new coach John Fox. Is he worth a waiver claim? You have to read on to find out.
Every season, a few surprise studs come out of fantasy Siberia to reward savvy owners who had the foresight to select them in the later rounds of the draft. A season ago, Adrian Foster, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Lloyd come to mind. Ray Rice, Miles Austin and Sidney Rice were unlikely heroes in 2009. And so on and so forth. Midway through the 2011 season, let's take a look at this year's biggest fantasy surprises.
What was going on with ESPN¿s ¿Monday Night Football¿ during the first quarter? The primary camera shot was so far back and wide, I thought I was looking at high-school game film shot with a Kodak from atop press box ¿ in 1967.
The first-place Ravens are one of six AFC teams with a 3-1 record as they enter their bye week, and their active roster will be deeper should Ben Grubbs, Lee Evans and Jimmy Smith be rested and ready to return. So where do the Ravens rank in the NFL¿s balance of power?
The streaking Orioles beat the Tigers, 6-5, on Thursday night, giving them their eighth win in 10 games. ... Brian Matusz could get one more start. ... Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron defended the offense¿s pace of play in the fourth quarter of Sunday¿s loss.
From the season-opening shootout between the Packers and Saints to the "Monday Night Football" double-header, we were treated to a scintillating first week of the NFL season. Let us give thanks to the football gods -- and the owners and players -- for not squandering a single game in a lockout.
The news that Peyton Manning will miss Week 1 with a neck injury -- and that his status going forward is unclear -- is good news for the Texans, Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and the other contenders in the AFC. It's bad news for fantasy football owners who were counting on Manning or other Colts to produce this year.
In early August, when I released my monthly power rankings at the start of the preseason, some of you said it was too early to gauge how the NFL's 32 stack up against each other. Too early for power rankings? Psssh. A little premature speculation has never hurt anyone. After all, it's just that -- speculation and nothing tangible.
My apologies for interruptions in this week's blog schedule. I was actually doing real reporting for a change. (I know, crazy talk.) But I have still had time to stay on top of my many fantasy football leagues. I completed another draft last week, and I have three more between now and next Thursday's regular season kickoff.
Let's jump in the time machine and flash back in time to the early 2000s when Tom Cruise wasn't a known crazy person, "Freedom Fries" were an innovation in redneck culinary circles and men under the age of 40 wearing visors in public was considered to be socially acceptable. Thanks to Al Gore's Internet invention, fantasy football was starting to blow up -- and we were advised to select running backs with our first 13 or so picks.
I'm pleased to announce that I will be bringing back my weekly fantasy football column this fall. Why am I so pleased? Because it gives me an excuse to tinker with my fantasy football teams when I'm on the clock.
Under Armour, which has built itself from a basement startup to a billion-dollar enterprise, wasn't always able to afford the big endorsement deals of its more established competitors. So, the company instead turns to up and coming athletes to push its brand.
Every time I put out one of my mock drafts -- the latest came out on Wednesday -- readers tell me they think things would play out differently (chances are we'll both end up being wrong). Well, now you get a chance to play GM in my first-ever reader NFL mock draft.
The scouting combine and most pro day workouts have been completed, and with the NFL draft just a few weeks away, there has been a significant amount of shuffling in my third NFL mock draft of the offseason. So who will the Ravens pick?
It now appears that Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert has pulled even with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in what is expected to be a two-horse race to become the first quarterback off the board -- and perhaps the Panthers' first overall pick.
I can't say I ever thought of Joe Flacco while watching Cam Newton terrorize SEC defenses this past fall. But based on Newton's pro day workout at Auburn this week, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock thinks a compasion can be made between the Ravens quarterback and the Heisman Trophy winner.
You don't have to strain your eyes to see the similarities between quarterbacks Cam Newton, a sure-fire 2011 first-round pick, and Tim Tebow, a first-rounder in 2010. Which of these two young quarterbacks would you rather build your team around?