The Sports Script Fantasy DuDs for NFL Week 4

It’s that time for the dudududud DuDs of NFL week 4! This article for me this week comes with a little bit more of a happy feeling as I’ve been able to avoid the DuDs it seems this week, but I know there are some of you out there who didn’t avoid them. It’s time to call out the DuDs and let them know that we as fantasy owners are not happy!
Ray Rice (@RayRice27) – 5 carries for 17 yards! What is that? Really? If you are hurt, please sit out the game and don’t put the fantasy word through this. That is almost ridiculous of a stat for a NFL starting running back of his caliber. I can’t go too hard on Ray Rice, because I think part of this has to do with the coaching staff letting Flacco throw it a billion times. How’d that work out for you Ravens? 5 interceptions later I’m sure you can tell us it worked out great right?

Maurice Jones Drew (@Jones_Drew32) – I can’t believe I even touted you today on The Sports Script show, talking about your history against the Colts. You gained 23 yards today against a Colts run D that is not that good regardless of what we hear about them. I even wasted 5 minutes of my life watching you try to run it in from the 2 yard line today as I’m sure other owners did. I’ll just go ahead and apologize to the readers on your behalf for the letdown.

Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) – This is by far the most amazing stat I think I’ve seen in the NFL this year. Dougie carried the ball 27 times today and only gained 45 yards. The price you paid for Doug Martin you would be thrilled to see him get 27 carries, but of course that would require him doing something with the 27 carries. Come on Doug the offensive line isn’t that bad, get out of your sophomore slump bro!

Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) – Well, today on the show I said he had to get his act together or it would be time for owners to look to the bench with him. That is where I’ll be placing CJ2YPC next week after this week. He gained 21 yards on 15 carries, that’s not even 2 yards per carry. I don’t what to say other than have fun riding the pine for us fantasy owners.

HONORABLE MENTION

David Wilson – I’m not sure anyone expected anything out of him, so I’ll just place him here.

Desean Jackson – 2 catches 34 yards

The Sports Script Week 4 Picks

We here at the Sports Script are getting our writers together and give you our weekly Predictions for each game. We are going to keep track throughout the season to see how well our team does. We will also be getting a Guest Writer to join us in making weekly predictions. Week 4 Chris Kay from InsiderFantasy.com. You can also find him on twitter @insiderfantasy1. We hope you join us all season long and give us your predictions on the games.

Matt Bell was victorious in week 3 going 12-4 and our guest for the week @HardyNFL came in with the record 6-10. Lets see how our team does this week.

The Sports Script week 4 Picks

Week 4 Matt B. Matty W. Chad Mandi Ricky Chris
Rams vs. 49ers Rams 49ers Rams 49ers 49ers 49ers
Ravens vs. Bills Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Cardinals vs. Bucs Cardinals Bucs Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Bucs
Steelers v s. Vikings Steelers Vikings Steelers Vikings Steelers Steelers
Giants vs. Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Colts vs. Jaguars. Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
Seahawks vs. Texans Seahawks Seahawks Texans Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Bengals vs. Browns Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Browns Bengals
Bears vs. Lions Bears Lions Bears Bears Bears Bears
Jets vs. Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Jets Titans
Redskins vs. Raiders Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Raiders Raiders
Eagles vs. Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
Cowboys vs. Chargers Cowboys Cowboys Chargers Cowboys Cowboys Chargers
Patriots vs. Falcons Falcons Falcons Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Monday Night
Dolphins vs. Saints Saints Dolphins Saints Saints Saints Saints
37-11 33-15 27-21 28-20 22-24 26-22

Week 4 Fantasy Football Must Start/Must Sit

I am back for another edition of my Start/Sit piece. Last week was another interesting week of Fantasy with the likes of Jake Locker, Geno Smith and Antonio Brown in the top 10 of scoring. The ups and downs of some players this year has been crazy. A new guy has stepped up and showed up in the top 10 each of the first 3 weeks of the season. Before I take a look at week 4, I show you how I did in week 3.

Starts & Sits that made me look good.

Matthew Stafford (385 yards & 2 TDs), Julio Jones (9/115), Pierre Garcon (8/73) & Patriots D
Daryl Richardson (1 touch), Stevan Ridley (35 yards) & T.Y. Hilton (2/13)

Start & Sits that made me looks bad.

Terrelle Pryor (281 yards & a TD), Marshawn Lynch (69 yards) & Cecil Shorts (8/143)

Week 4 Must Start

Andrew Luck vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Luck didn’t have the best game in week 3 but didn’t need to as the run game was on fire. The Jaguars have played pretty well against the pass; they rank in the top 10. But Luck had some success last season against the Jaguars and fully expect the same this year. They aren’t a very good team; look for Luck to be a great fantasy option in week 4.

Matt Forte vs. Detroit Lions

Forte has 18 catches through 3 games, he had 44 all of last year. He is on pace to have the best season of his career. He is getting the goal-line touches and rushed for 199 yards and a TD against the Lions last season. Forte is an easy must start for the week.

Bilal Powell vs. Tennessee Titans

Powell had a coming out part against the Bills, rushing for 149 yards. The Titans D has been quite impressive in 2013 but I think they can be run on. They have yet to face a QB with the athleticism as Geno Smith does. Powell should help the Jets open up the run this weekend and should be started as a RB2/Flex.

Cecil Shorts vs. Indianapolis Colts

Shorts showed even in a touch matchup he should be in the lineup. There is concern this week as Gabbert has taken the job back from Henne but I am here to tell you not to worry. Last season Shorts caught 7 balls for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Colts and Blaine Gabbert was the QB of both of those games. Start Shorts as a borderline WR1 this week.

Denarius Moore vs. Washington Redskins

I don’t think it matters who will be starting at QB for the Raiders this weekend. Whoever it is will be throwing against a terrible Redskins pass defense. In 3 games he has 11 catches for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. The quarterback situation should not hold you back from starting him in week 4.

Antonio Gates vs. Dallas Cowboys

Are the Gates finally open again? Boy that joke sounded better in my head. Well he has 15 catches for 228 yards a TD heading into week 4. He didn’t get his 15 reception or over 200 yards until week 5 of last season. I would roll with Gates until they are closed. (Yep I did it again)

New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans

I think you could start both teams this week but if I had to pick one it would be the Jets. They are playing some really good football on defense. They are facing a Titans team that isn’t overly impressive on offense. The Jets have managed 12 sacks through 3, if they get to Locker early this defense will have a field day on Sunday.

Must Sit

Michael Vick vs. Denver Broncos

This Broncos D is playing a lot better than I thought they would to start the season. They are giving up a lot of garbage time yards and points to teams after getting up by 3 or 4 scores. I see the Broncos getting up early in this game causing Vick to throw more and making some mistakes. I would recommend against starting him this week.

Carson Palmer vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For those with Newton and Rodgers looking for a spot start for the week, Palmer is not the answer. The Bucs have 4 interceptions and 12 sacks through 3 games; he is in for a long day in Tampa.

Ryan Matthews vs. Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys are giving up 66 YPG on the ground, WOW. If they Cowboys shut down the run expect to see a lot of Woodhead and Brown this week as the Chargers are going to have to throw if they have a chance at winning this game.

Fred Jackson vs. Baltimore Ravens

Even if Spiller were to somehow miss this week’s game I still wouldn’t recommend starting Jackson. The Ravens run defense has been really good; teams are averaging only 74 YPG against them. Tough matchup = easy sit for him.

DeAndre Hopkins vs. Seattle Seahawks

I recommended sitting Cecil Shorts last weekend and it bit me in the butt. This week I say sit Hopkins, Andre Johnson doesn’t look likely for this game so Hopkins will be all alone out there. He may be Schaub’s best option this week but I would recommend if you have better options, start them.

Roddy White vs. New England Patriots

The Patriots have been really good against the pass, actually they rank in the top part against teams top receiving options. Whtie hasn’t shown to be healthy this year and until he does he shouldn’t be in the lineup.

Kyle Rudolph vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

As bad as the season has been for the Steelers they are playing fairly well on defense. The offense is what is causing the high scoring by giving up a ton of turnovers. They have yet to give up a touchdown to a tight end this year and held Martellus Bennett to 2 catches for 10 yards in week 3. If you have other options I would use them instead this week.

Houston Texans vs. Seattle Seahawks

This is just one of those weeks you have to sit the Texans defense. They are playing probably the best team in football right now and even though they are at home, the Seahawks will be coming to play.

Also don’t forget to check out our new Podcast/Show on Sunday’s at 11am (EST) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/foryourconsideration we answer questions your Fantasy Football questions live on the air.

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Prisoners Movie Review

Over the weekend I decided to pop into the movies again, this time I went to see Prisoners. The moment I saw this trailer I knew it had potential to be a great movie. The cast is star-studded with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Maria Bello. Well with all that being said lets dive right into the 9 things I liked and didn’t like about Prisoners.

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Plot: When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue leads and the pressures mounts. Just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Prisoners Movie Review

1. Denis Villeneuve was the director of this film and I had previously never even heard of the guy, which was kind of scary because this movie looked good but the thought of a director whose never really done a big style film was concerning.

But Villeneuve nailed it; from start to finish he kept you on the edge of your seat and kept you guessing throughout the movie. The pain and anguish you felt for this family was heartbreaking, you couldn’t help but want to see this family get his retribution.

2. This movie had a great story (Aaron Guzikowski penned this). They made you care about the characters, they didn’t make you feel dumb by any means and they even got you to feel for Alex Jones (Paul Dano) which that in itself was amazing. Guzikowski has a sick mind for sure to write this movie but the writing on this was just brilliant and the fact that Villeneuve was able to translate that to the big screen so well was great.

3. Hugh Jackman: It doesn’t get bigger than Jackman. He is a star and he showed why in this movie. He played an intense, caring and fight to the death father that just wanted his daughter back. You slowly watch Keller Dover (Jackman) transform from a concerned father into a guy that was willing to do anything to find his daughter. A lot of people said “Oscar talk” before this and I was like that is a big statement to make but as of right now Jackman has to be a front-runner for Best Actor.

4. Jake Gyllenhaal: Jake is easily one of my favorite actors, he has played in some really god movies over the past few years (End of Watch, Source Code & Brothers). He rivaled Jackman with his performance in this. He played Detective Loki, who was in charge of finding these little girls and knocked it out of the park.

5. Paul Dano: Dano was on the big screen with some big stars in this and held his own just fine. The way he portrayed Alex Jones, a timid scared and very creepy adult that wasn’t all there, he nailed it. His character was written so well that you couldn’t help but feel for him towards the end of the film.

6. The rest of the cast: Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Viola Davis & others. Perfect casting for this film, Howard was great for this role and was interesting to see his character (Franklin Birch) turn into the guy that Kellen Dover wanted him to be and not who he thought he should be. Viola Davis didn’t have too much screen time but one scene in particular she was amazing. I won’t spoil it, you will just know whenever you see it. I think the Grace Dover character was made for Maria Bello and nobody else. A movie is only as good as its cast and this showed it.

7. The emotion: I am a huge movie guy and will give just about any movie at least one shot. But the bad thing is seeing so many movies you find it hard to care about characters. Only really good movies get me to care and this was one of them. I was emotionally invested into each role; though it was a tad long they still kept the movie going at a steady pace. Whether it was Dover (Jackman) just beating Jones (Dano) into a bloody pulp or Grace (Bello) just crawled into a ball on a bed crying missing her kid, you felt what they felt. That is what makes a great movie and boy was this a damn good movie.

8. Kept you guessing: I love a movie where you sit through the movie and just keep trying to guess who is the killer or who is this or that. This was that movie; I was sitting there next to my brother and just trying to figure out where they were going with the movie. I would think it was going to go right and they hooked a left 4 streets before that right. They led you to believe many different things and none of which really came to fruition.

9. The payoff: I refuse to spoil any of the ending for you guys but what a freaking ending. (That is all I will say about that) If you have seen this movie, please leave a comment below on your thoughts on the ending. Would love to hear what people thought of it.

The Verdict:

5 out of 5 stars

Villeneuve & Guzikowski teamed up to bring what I think is a top 5 movie of the year so far, actually might be the best movie I’ve seen this year. Just a fun thrilling ride start to finish that keeps you guessing at every turn. Two Oscar worthy performances by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, a supporting cast and an amazing movie that will keep you talking about it for days.

Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Another Fantasy Football week is in the books. We had some surprise big hitters on Sunday (Brian Hoyer, Jonathon Franklin & Antonio Brown) and some real duds (Eli Manning, Marshawn Lynch & T.Y. Hilton). Well I am here to give you some sleepers for week 4 but before I do that I show you how I did in week 3.

Sleepers I hit

Alex Smith was the 16th rank QB, Deangelo Williams torched the Giants for 120 yards, Nate Burelson caught 7 passes for 115 yards & DeAndre Hopkins hit for 6 catches for 60 yards.

Sleepers I whiffed on

Matt Schaub was just god awful against the Ravens and Tony Gonzalez was terrible even with a great matchup (4 catches for 24 yards).

Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers (Bye weeks start this week with the Packers & Panthers)

Sam Bradford vs. San Francisco 49ers (202 yards & a TD against the 49ers on Thursday) Wasn’t great but he could’ve done worse.

Bradford has been a really good Fantasy option this year. He had a rough day against the Cowboys getting sacked 6 times. He has a matchup against a 49ers team reeling after 2 straight blowout losses to the Colts and Seahawks. Bradford’s last 2 games against the 49ers his stats are 496 yards, 2 TDs & 67% completion ratio.

Matt Flynn vs. Washington Redskins

If you are an owner of either Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton you could be looking for a bye week option this week. I would say Flyyn is going to throw for 2 TDs against this terrible Redskins D. That is enough for me to give him the sleeper tab or even start him in 2QB leagues.

Bernard Pierce vs. Buffalo Bills

Pierce led the way against the Texans with 65 yards and a touchdown. As it looks now, Rice is 50/50 to play this week but I would look for them to ease him back in if he does play. He is going to face the Bills who are one of the worst teams against the run in football. They are giving up an average of 155 yards per game on the ground. Pierce will have a field day against the Bills.

Giovanni Bernard vs. Cleveland Browns

Bernard is coming off the best game of his young career. He had a total of 14 touches turning them into 99 yards and a touchdown. What seemed like a time share with the Law Firm is turning into the Bernard show. The Browns have been pretty good against the run but Bernard will be a nice start this week regardless.

Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Indianapolis Colts

Jones-Drew provided a some solid Fantasy points against the Seahawks in week 3. He faces a Colts team in the bottom half of football against the run. The Jaguars are going to want to set up the run if they have any chance of upsetting the Colts. MJD looks healthy and looks good to go.

Donnie Avery vs. New York Giants

The Giants have been really bad this year and I don’t think they are going to get better. Avery stepped up his game this week against the Eagles. The Giants gave up 6/124/3 TDS to the pair of LaFell/Ginn, 9/87 to Decker & 10/72 to Austin. Avery could be a real sneaky play this week.

Antonio Brown vs. Minnesota Vikings

Brown spent the week gripping and complaining about the lack of targets. Well he recieved 13 targets, catching 9 of them for 196 yards and a TD. This week he has a great matchup against the Vikings who just got torched by Brian Hoyer. The Steelers looked a lot better on offense last week and Brown was a key part of that.

Heath Miller vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings defense has given up 6 touchdowns to tight ends in 3 weeks. Heath came back against the Bears and saw 4 targets. The Steelers offense looked a lot better in week 3 than the previous two. A healthy Miller is one of the better fantasy tight end options, so if you are missing on Finley (injury/bye) or Olsen (bye), he will be a good replacement.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts defense stepped up last week against a 49ers team that most thought they would lose too. They gave up only 7 points, sacked Kaepernick 3 times and forced 2 turnovers. They face a Jaguars team that is averaging 9 points a game and less than 250 yards a game. The Colts are a top 10 option in week 4.

Also don’t forget to check out the Sports Script podcast every Sunday morning at 11am (EST) as we answer any and all start and sit questions. www.blogtalkradio.com/foryourconsideration

The Sports Script Week 3 Fantasy Football Studs

If you are like me, you are sitting here on a Monday and sifting through all your lineups from the weekend and seeing how well your Fantasy Football team did. Well each week I bring you the guys that helped you win that game. I bring you the Sports Script week 3 Fantasy Football Studs.
(Check out my fellow writer Matt Bell’s Fantasy Football DuDs here: http://wp.me/p2MUTr-mt)

Week 3 Fantasy Football Studs

Drew Brees 342 yards and 4 total TDs

Drew Brees showed why he was the 1st QB off the board in most drafts this week throwing for 342 yards and 4 total touchdowns (Yes he even got a rushing TD). He just tore a pretty darn good Cardinals defense to shreds this week.

Demarco Murray 175 yards rushing and a TD

Murray just showed out against the Rams. He has the Rams number; in 2011 he rushed for a career high 253 yards against them. Fantasy owners everywhere wish that he would face the Rams every week.

Jason Snelling 111 total yards and a TD

Snelling proved to be a worth substitute for Steven Jackson this week, turning his 15 touches into 111 yards and a score. If you started him this week you got a very nice surprise from him. He may be worth a look if he is on the waiver wire while Jackson is out.

Antonio Brown 9 catches 196 yards and 2 TDs

Well Brown came out and publicly blasted the amount of targets and touches he was receiving. Well unlike Kenny Britt, Brown went out this week and showed out against a pretty good Bears defense. We can only hope going forward that Brown will continue to be a Fantasy stud.

Josh Gordon – 10 catches 146 yards and a TD

Gordon back from suspension decided to show out in his 1st game back. There was concern that Hoyer wouldn’t be able to get him the ball, well folks I don’t think there should be any worries going forward. If you stashed him in your league, job well done.

Jimmy Graham – 9 catches 134 yards and 2 TDs

Is this guy good or what? Jesus, he is a super-stud. I am not big on drafting tight ends early but this guy is making me reconsider my feelings on that.

Honorable Mentions – Jordan Cameron – 6 catches 66 yards & 3 TDs & Cam Newton – 268 yards & 3 total TDs

On Twitter @imjoshman sent us in Stephen Hill – 3 catches 108 yards and a TD. – Great eye and great start.

Don’t forget to get the guys who were studs for you each week. Hop on over to twitter (@rickygangster) and tell me who helped you win.

Also don’t forget to check out the Sports Script podcast every Sunday morning at 11am (EST) as we answer any and all start and sit questions. www.blogtalkradio.com/foryourconsideration

The Sports Script Week 3 Fantasy Football DuDs

The Sports Script Fantasy DuDs for NFL week 3

                What’s up peeps? I can say I’ve enjoyed a day away from the daily fantasy world as I was able to take my 6-year-old son to his first NFL game. I’ve come home checked my line ups from yearly league and I already know several of us are suffering from DuDs this week. I can’t say other than WOW! Here is the week 3 DuDs for the NFL fantasy world!

(KEEP IN MIND I TRY NOT TO RULE ANY PLAYER WHO SUFFERS INJURY AS A DUD)

Kenny Britt (@KennyBritt_18) – Okay, so this is going to be more of a blast since I’m a homer of the Titans. Britt tweeted this week he was upset with the Titans and was probably going to be playing his last season in Nashville. Okay that’s fine he’s frustrated, but then we get to week 3 and he drops two passes and commits a stupid penalty. The fantasy owners are probably smart enough to not start you, but geez dude get it together you have more arrests in your career than touchdowns!

New York Giants (@Giants) – I can’t decide which guy to blast, so let’s just put the whole team on blast. If you played anyone fantasy wise from that game you are probably going to lose this week. Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and David Wilson are all useless this week. I’m not going to write about the stats they had, because all you need to know is they got beat 38-0 by the Carolina Panthers.

Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) – This dude was taken with the 2nd pick in most fantasy drafts and he’s a bust already in my opinion. This week he had 12 carries for 54 yards and no touchdowns. We have to have touchdowns Foster if you are going to be worth a second overall pick. C’mon man start putting up the points you are capable of!

Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) – We loved you in week 1 as fantasy owners, but man you are making all the trash talking us fantasy owners did look really bad the last 2 weeks. This week you throw for 150 yards, 1 interception, and ran for 20 yards. That is not going to cut it as a fantasy QB. Daily fantasy owners put a lot of money on you this week to shred a terrible Colts defense, but I guess they aren’t so terrible. Get it together Kaepernick!

Honorable Mention

Carson Palmer – 18 of 35 for 187 yards and 2 interceptions

Tony Gonzalez – 4 catches for 24 yards ]

That’s all I got for you this week in the form of DuDs, but I’m pleading with the readers this week! Let me hear from you next week on twitter @mattbell211 with your guys you want to see on the DuDs edition!