Aaron Rodgers throw
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 2 quarterback rankings.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
7. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
9. Marcus Mariotta, Tennessee Titans
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
12. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
13. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
14. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
15. Eli Manning, New York Giants
16. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
17. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
18. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
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Kerwynn Williams
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters
Get ‘em
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – Caught 6 of 8 targets for 86 yards and a score. Is he ready for the third year leap?
Buck Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens – 21 carries for 71 yards. Will have a big role with Danny Woodhead sidelined.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings – 346 yards and 3 TDs. Plenty of weapons and good line play.
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 49 total yards, playing the most snaps of the Seahawks backs. It’s a crowded backfield, but he could be worth a look.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears – Cohen looked explosive. He ran for 66 yards and caught 8 of 12 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions- Caught 4 of 7 targets for 69 yards and two scores. Worth an add in case this wasn’t a fluke.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 42 yards, but is worth an add with Allen Robinson being hurt.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers – Caught 6 of 8 targets for 41 yards and a pair of scores. He’s a solid TE2.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals – 5 of 6 targets for 43 yards and a score. He could see more looks with David Johnson out.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals – 12 total yards and a touchdown. Worth a look because of David Johnson’s injury.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 34 yards, but with Kevin White now injured as well, someone has to get the targets.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Travis Benjamin, WR, Los Angeles Chargers – 3 of 4 targets for 43 yard, TD.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams – 306 yards, TD. 117.9 passer rating. Great start for Goff though.
Demetrius Harris, TE, Kansas City Chiefs – Caught both of his targets for 15 yards and a touchdown. He’s not a feature option in the offense.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams – 4 of 6 targets for 76 yards and a score.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts – 45 total yards and a TD. Score came in garbage time.
Russell Shepard, WR, Carolina Panthers – 2 catches for 53 yards, TD.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos 219 yards, 2 TDs and 19 rushing yards and a score. Only a two-QB league option or weekly league option.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs – Sure he lit up the Patriots for 368 yards and four touchdowns. He is a decent backup QB as he doesn’t make many mistakes, but he won’t typically put up these types of numbers. That said, the Chiefs offense did look dynamic.
Mike Tolbert, RB, Buffalo Bills – Tolbert had 12 carries for 42 yards and a scores. He should be owned in 14-team leagues or touchdown heavy leagues.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – Garbage time touchdown on his only carry. Only targeted once in the passing game. It’s Kareem Hunt’s show. West would be merely a handcuff.
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Tom Brady Intense
Remember when Brady and the Patriots were losing 28-3 in the Super Bowl? Brady led the charge back for his fifth Super Bowl victory.
Remember in 2014 when Brady averaged 197.8 yards and a touchdown in the first four games, including an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs? Brady went on to throw for 4,109 yards and 33 touchdowns en route to his 4th Super Bowl victory.
The Patriots will take some time to get the offense in sync. You’ll need to be patient with your Patriots on your fantasy roster.
The Chiefs are good. They have a strong defense. Eric Berry played Gronk exceptionally well. Not many teams (including the Chiefs now) have a player that can go toe-to-toe with the big man. The Chiefs have a good pass rush. They made things uncomfortable for Brady, eventually getting to them when the Patriots became one-dimensional.
As for the Patriots defense, as you heard ad nauseam, has new pieces and injuries last night. Plus, the Chiefs offense is pretty darn dynamic. They’ll be better. Before you go dumping them, remember they’ll face the Jets and Jay Cutler twice.
Go ahead and fire some offers for Brady and Gronk. Who knows they may have a skittish owner. If you have them though, know when to hold ‘em. The Pats will be back in business. With the extra prep time look for Belichick to get things turned around quickly.

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Marvin Jones
Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
Mike Glennon, QB, Chicago Bears – Likely playing from behind, which translates into a lot of pass attempts.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns – Same deal for Kizer. He ran for 992 yards and 18 touchdowns in college. His rushing ability aids his fantasy prospects.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots – The Pats backfield is a mystery as usual, but Burkhead could see a slew of targets in the passing game.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – I know the Bengals have a crowded backfield, but Hill is likely to get the short touchdown opportunities. He has 29 TDs in three years.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – Kareem Hunt will get the first crack, but if he struggles West could find himself in a bigger role.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers – If converted WR Ty Montgomery struggles, Williams could see additional looks.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots – There are targets to be had with Julian Edelman out.
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions – He’s pretty overlooked or a guy that has improved each year, including 930 yards last year. If Patrick Peterson shadows Golden Tate, Jones could be a preferred target.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants – Odell Beckham could be out of limited (ankle) so Shepard could find himself busier than usual. He scored a TD against Dallas last year.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears – Glennon will have to throw to someone. Wright figures to lead the team in targets. Volume based option.
Dwayne Allen, TE, New England Patriots – Anytime you have Brady throwing it to you and Gronk to draw attention away, you’re a good bet to be open in the red zone.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants – The Cowboys struggled against tight ends last year. The rookie could make a splash in his debut.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears – As long as he’s healthy he should give you some low-end value based on volume.
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There’s a month left in this season of baseball. Why does that matter? It matters because the trade deadlines have left the wild card in a mess. It feels like the aftermath of the trade deadlines has thrown a bunch of the online baseball odds for the season into the air.


Things do not make complete sense, but only with the Wild Card. There is still order in a couple of corners. The Astros, Nationals and the Dodgers have their respective divisions in a virtual lock.


Only the NL Central and the AL East division seem set to go right down to the wire. But none of that matters much in light of the wild card race in both leagues. Things seem to be winding up instead of down.


The Diamondbacks and the Rockies seemed set to stay atop the NL Wild card standings until the end. But with the way the Rockies have been fading, it won’t be so surprising if they lose out to the Brewers who are 1.5 games behind them.


With their 4.5 games lead, the Diamondbacks are also struggling to pull away. But they are not in as dire a position as the Rockies who must also worry about the Cardinals who are just 2.5 games back.


And it will only take a few bad series for the Marlins, who are within striking distance, to also close that gap. So the people in the Rockies camp cannot be getting that much sleep.


Of course, anyone who thinks that situation is insane hasn’t yet peeked at the hullabaloo manifesting in the AL Wild Card. The Yankees might be leading the standings but they are not rejoicing, what with their measly one game lead.


And the Twins are closely following them. But that is nothing compared to the race that is playing out between the Orioles, Rangers, Angels, Mariners, Royals and the Rays all of whom are clustered over a 5-game spread.


Simply put, any seemingly full proof prediction you might have with regards to the teams that will go to the playoffs this year has a high chance of being very wrong. There is no predicting the wild card, at least not now.


And remember that there is only a month left to the season. With that many clusters, it might be time to raise the possibility of a tie bringing the regular season to a close. Think about that. Fans would be treated to game 163, which might make 2017 one of those years that go down in history.


Every piece of news coming out of baseball has added meaning these days because one can never tell how it will impact the game in the next month. There’s still some buzz over C.C. Sabathia’s conflict with Eduardo Nuez. He isn’t happy that the Red Sox made him field a bunt after he came back from his knee injury.


The issue isn’t raising as much noise as the Thursday night game that saw the replay umpire royally mess up. But that controversy is unlikely to bloom into anything serious, not while everyone is busy scrutinizing the consequences of the trade deadlines.


It is worth noting that no managers have been fired this year. So that says something.

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J.J. Watt
Football’s back. Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 1 team IDP rankings.
1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
3. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
4. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
5. Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers
6. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
7. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
8. Telvin Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
10. Landon Collins, New York Giants
11. Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys
12. Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
13. Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings
14. Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans
15. Jamie Collins, Cleveland Browns
16. Christian Kirksey, Cleveland Browns
17. Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
18. Olivier Vernon, New York Giants
19. Navorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
20. Jerrell Freeman, Chicago Bears
21. Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
22. Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals
23. Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
24. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
25. Johnathan Cyprien, Tennessee Titans
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J.J. Watt
Football’s back. Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 1 team defense rankings.
1. Houston Texans
2. Los Angeles Rams
3. New England Patriots
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Denver Broncos
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Buffalo Bills
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Arizona Cardinals
11. Cincinnati Bengals
12. Seattle Seahawks
13. New York Giants
14. Minnesota Vikings
15. Los Angeles Chargers
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Football’s back. Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 1 kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
5. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
6. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
8. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts. Blair Walsh, Seattla Seahawks
10. Steven Hauschka, Buffalo Bills
11. Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs
12. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
13. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
14. Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia Eagles
15. Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins
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Gronk Catch
Football’s back. Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 1 tight end rankings.
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
4. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
5. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
6. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
7. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
8. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
10. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers
11. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
12. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
13. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
14. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
15. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
16. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
17. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans
18. Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers
19. Evan Engram, New York Giants
20. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
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Antonio Brown Grab
Football’s back. Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 1 wide receiver rankings.
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
7. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
8. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
9. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
10. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
12. Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins
13. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
14. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
15. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
17. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
18. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
20. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
21. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
22. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
24. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
25. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
26. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
27. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
28. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
29. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
30. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
31. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
32. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
33. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
34. Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens
35. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
36. Ted Ginn, New Orleans Saints
37. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
38. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
39. Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans
40. Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns
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