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LADD BIRO: If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are stepping into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term.
LADD BIRO: Wondering whether or not to start LeSean McCoy and Jordy Nelson, or to bench Alfred Blue and Jerricho Cotchery? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
Is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton changing his stripes? Do panthers even have stripes?
I’m no zoologist, but my extensive research turned up exactly zero panthers with stripes, making my analogy pretty lame. But you’ll get my point.
In his first game back from a rib …
Few rookie receivers have been as productive as the Chargers’ Keenan Allen was last season. In fact, he became only the fourth rookie in history with 70-plus receptions, 1,000-plus yards and eight touchdowns.
He might have more company after this season.
Rookie wideouts popped up …
JEFF AGREST: Whether you’re looking to add depth or make up for draft-day mistakes, watch how these six guys fare in Week 1.
JEFF AGREST: The big question in the first round of fantasy-football drafts isn’t when the run on running backs will end but when tight end Jimmy Graham will be taken.
Fantasy football is different from reality football. Look no further than the first round of your basic 10-team fantasy draft.
Despite the NFL becoming a passing league — the 18,136 total passes last season were the most in league history — the round will be …
LADD BIRO: In an ideal world, my starting NFL Fantasy Football lineup this season would feature Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green and Jimmy Graham.
A Bears fan awaits his turn to make his first-round pick in a fantasy-football draft. He has the sixth pick, a potential turning point in many drafts. Does he continue the run on running backs that begins many drafts? Or does he stem the tide …
LADD BIRO: Who are this year’s hidden gems in NFL Fantasy Football? Let’s take a look at my Sleeper Picks of 2014, broken down by position.