Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 5. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!
Kicked to the Curb
The Chargers just cut their rookie kicker Younghoe Koo after he missed 3-of-6 FG through four weeks, including a game-tying FG against the Broncos (it was blocked) and the potential game-winner against the Dolphins. And I’m pretty sure that Nick Folk won’t be playing his trade in Tampa Bay this time next week after he missed three FGs against the Patriots on TNF. This is on top of the injuries to kickers thus far, with guys like Sebastian Janikowski, Cairo Santos, and Caleb Sturgis being on the shelf.
Being an NFL kicker could be the worst job in all of sports: the other players don’t really consider you a real football player, the fans are merciless towards you, you’re in a contact sport against guys twice your size, your job performance is super-scrutinized– and worst of all, odds are you’re a former soccer player.
The only job in sports that might be worse than being an NFL placekicker is being the guy who collects the urine samples for unannounced drug tests.
But not by much.
This week, Cam Newton told a female reporter that he thought it was “funny to hear a girl talk about routes” (it wasn’t Keith Olbermann) . Cue the social justice warriors, angry feminists, and NFL apology machine.
Look, I’m not saying the comment was the brightest thing Newton could have uttered; but can we stop with all the manufactured outrage? Just because he said something politically incorrect, doesn’t make him a sexist. It’s like this: if a Japanese dude walked up to me out of the blue and started having a conversation with me in Greek, I might turn to a friend and say something to the effect of “I’ve never heard a Japanese guy speak fluent Greek, and it’s kinda weird” (something similar did happen to me a few years ago). Does it make me a racist? I don’t think so. Rude and mouthy, yes. Racist? No.
There’s been plenty of times I’ve crapped on Newton for the way he’s handled himself with the media. This shouldn’t be one of them.
Interesting Players for This Week
Not necessarily the players in line for the biggest games this week, but rather some players that caught my interest and upon whom I shall cast my gaze…
1. Aaron Rodgers, GBP (vs. Dal) – 40.76
2. Alex Smith, KCC (vs. HOU) – 40.42
3. Russell Wilson, SEA (vs. LAR) – 38.84
4. Jay Cutler, MIA (vs. Ten) – 38.08
5. Carson Palmer, ARI (vs. Phi) – 36.88
6. Josh McCown, NYJ (vs. Cle) – 35.74
7. Carson Wentz, PHI (vs. ARI) – 35.57
8. Deshaun Watson, HOU (vs. KCC) – 34.96
9. Brian Hoyer, SFO (vs. Ind) – 34.65
10. Philip Rivers, LAC (vs. NYG) – 34.26
Seems like Week 5’s QB rankings are being driven more by the shoddy opposition than the actual play of the quarterbacks; hence the appearances of Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Brian Hoyer… Philip Rivers is like the Energize bunny: he just keeps going and going and going. I wonder how many fans truly appreciate his consistently good play, instead of focusing on his lack of post-season success.