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THE FIRE SALE: Week 2 – Up and Down

Here we are. Back for another season of fantasy advice, coach ripping and wondering when Jerry Jones will retire. What a time to be alive.

I had my chance. Back in 2006, I was at the NFL Combine. I walked out a side door and Jones was standing there waiting for a car to pick him up. It was just me and him.  I could have ended all the misery but instead I did nothing. Why? Because I’m a gutless coward. That fact can’t be disputed.

Oh well, the Cowboys won’t win another Super Bowl title in my lifetime. At least I got three. Imagine rooting for the Bills or Lions. That’s no way to go through life.

Finally, I want to congratulate Hue Jackson. I admit, I’ve been calling for Hue’s head but he finally shut everyone up. A tie. It doesn’t get any better than that. Hue getting a tie is like other coaches winning the Super Bowl. At least it’s not a loss. 1-31-1. Nice work.

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Now, on with the Fire Sale

Going Up

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB 49ers

Garoppolo had an awful Week 1 matchup in Minnesota against what I think is the best defense in the NFL. The 49ers’ offense struggled as I expected and Garoppolo finished with 261 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

I own Garoppolo is almost every league and I’m not one bit concerned. There will be much better days for the 49ers’ offense. This will likely be the best defense they face all season. Garoppolo will rip the Swiss cheese Lions defense apart this week.

This may surprise you but the media tends to overreact from week-to-week. There will be a lot of anti-Garoppolo talk going around. If you can get Garoppolo, now is the time to do it. He’ll still be an elite fantasy quarterback.

Geronimo Allison, WR Packers

Allison is an interesting player because he’s the No. 3 receiver on the Packers but unlike many other third receivers, he has fantasy value. I thought that game was a bit boring Sunday night. Not much going on there at all. By the way, the Bears’ defense is nasty. I know Aaron Rodgers got them in the fourth quarter because he’s an all-timer but that Bears’ defense will make life miserable for teams this season.

In the opener, Allison caught five balls for 69 yards and a score. That could be a typical stat line for Allison because Jimmy Graham is the most overrated player in the NFL right now. Graham is still a factor in the red zone but he does next to nothing between the 20s.

Allison is a strong bench receiver with the potential to be a WR2/3 if Randall Cobb or Davante Adams goes down. Plus, he plays with Rodgers so that means he has more fantasy value than the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver, whoever the hell that is.

O.J. Howard, TE Buccaneers

Howard got off to a fast start with two catches for 54 yards in just over a quarter. Then I jinxed him by tweeting this:

Sorry, that’s on me.

Howard and Trent Taylor are my top two sleepers this year and I was encouraged by both guys in the opener, especially Howard. He made the most of his two opportunities and Howard was open many other times during the game.

Here’s the problem: Howard faced the Saints. He was open for 8-12 yards, while the Buccaneers’ receivers were open 50 yards down the field. The Mad Bomber Ryan Fitzpatrick kept airing the ball out to wide open receivers all day. Can’t blame him.

Howard is a stud and his time will come. I know some people will get concerned with him seeing only two targets but that was a weird game. The important thing is Howard showed once again he’s one of the most athletic tight ends in the NFL and he out-snapped Cameron Brate 43-24.

Howard just needs more opportunities. If he gets them, Howard will be an every-week TE1.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and