Antonio Gates should be the best tight end (after Larry Donnell) in Week 4.

It’s time to get this fantasy season rolling with almost the quarter point of the season already upon us. Even with the six teams on byes this week, there are still plenty of options to choose from and it still should be a good week even if you are 1-2 or 0-3. Here are some options to start and sit.

Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Tampa Bay): After a couple touchdowns and less than 200 yards in a game dominated by the run against the Carolina Panthers, Roethlisberger is due for a game in which he throws for a ton of yards and several touchdowns. The Buccaneers defense has struggled through the first few weeks, so expect a huge throwing game from Big Ben. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4 »

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Rajon Rondo (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo fractured a metacarpal bone in his left hand after falling at his home on Thursday night. He underwent surgery at New England Baptist Hospital on Friday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Boston opens its regular season on October 29 against Brooklyn, so Rondo could miss anywhere between five and 10 games.

All things considered, the news isn’t as bad as it could have been — perhaps the worst part is that he’ll miss training camp for the second straight season after his ACL tear last year. But Rondo’s injury will also have the effect of reshuffling the backcourt depth chart for the first few weeks of the regular season, thrusting some young players into the spotlight perhaps before they’re ready. Continue reading Rondo Breaks Hand, Will Miss First 2-4 Weeks of Season »

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It was a relief to Boston fans and members of the Celtics organization alike when Keith Bogans was traded last night.  The disgruntled veteran became such a stick-in-the-mud last season that he was excused for “personal reasons”.  Those “reasons” may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he has very little talent and is too old to play for a rebuilding team that is trying to develop its young players.  So by default, the trade was a victory, if not solely for morale’s sake.  The C’s netted a $5.3 million trade exception, along with several non-guaranteed contracts which, for the most part, will be waived.

Danny Ainge knew that the Bogans contract was tradeable and that it actually had value, due to its CBA-friendly structure.  Boston got second round picks out of a player that probably wasn’t going to play a single minute this season and was inevitably going to complain the entire time.  The Cavaliers will now have cap flexibility if they can flip the contracts of Bogans, Brendan Haywood and Anderson Varejão, which could potentially clear space for an improved center, which they sorely need. Continue reading Rumors, Rondo and the Keith Bogans Trade: A look into Danny Ainge’s Plans »

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Jeterpalooza

September 26, 2014 at 7:43am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

1. Brady vs. other QB’s statistically:

* Yards…………………..632……24th….(2007 after 3 games 877)

* Completion %……..55.5%….27th….(2007 after 3 games 80%)

* Yards per attempt 5.54……30th…..(2007 after 3 games 10.12)

* TD’s………………………3……..18th…..(2007 after 3 games 10)

* QB Rating…………….82.9%…23rd….(2007 after 3 games 140.00%)

2. Offensive Line – Big isn’t necessarily better:

1976 Patriots Line: Averaged 132 yards rushing per game Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jeterpalooza »

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John Lucas III (USATSI)

Danny Ainge proved once again on Thursday that he is the master of the salary-dumping trade by sending shooting guard Keith Bogans and two future conditional second-round picks to Cleveland. In exchange, the Celtics received point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell and Malcolm Thomas along with two second rounders.

Bogans, an 11-year veteran, came to Boston from Brooklyn as part of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce blockbuster last offseason. He played in just six games for the Celtics before being excused indefinitely in January, reportedly following an argument on the team bus stemming from his lack of playing time. Continue reading Celtics Get Something for Nothing with Bogans Trade »

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And thus Derek Jeter ends his career at Yankee Stadium in story book fashion, with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. (USA Today)

Don’t hold your breath, Red Sox fans.

Something’s telling me you might not be seeing much of Derek Jeter on the field at Fenway Park in the final three games of the season and his career.

On Thursday night, in his final game at Yankee Stadium after a 20-year career as a New York Yankee, Jeter drove in the winning run with a walk-off single to right field. How’s that for a story book ending?

Continue reading Derek Jeter with Walk-Off in Final Game at Yankee Stadium »

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Bobby Valentine may not be able to count, but the 2014 Red Sox are one win away from not being as bad as his 2012 team. (ESPN)

Thank the baseball gods that there are now less than four games left in this abomination of a Red Sox season.

All are against teams officially eliminated from the MLB postseason – the rubber game against the Tampa Bay Rays, then three against Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees – meaning the Red Sox can’t even play the role of spoiler.

So why even watch if this season remains literally meaningless, with no playoff implications remaining? For one reason, and one reason only: The magic number 1, as in one win the 2014 Red Sox need to end up with a better record than the 2012 team led by a certain Bobby Valentine.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Magic Number 1 »

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