The Giants broadcast and print crew has finally decided to engage in the ultimate contest of football knowledge (and good fortune): Fantasy Football!
Each week Bob Papa, Howard Cross, Roman Oben, Paul Dottino, Jeff Feagles, Anita Marks, John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Dan Salomone and the man crunching all the numbers, Dave Melroy, will go head to head to prove who is the best (and luckiest) fantasy football player around.
Every week dollar values are assigned to each player based up on their ranking on NFL.com – and our players choose their team while maintaining a $40 budget.
Tune into Big Blue Kickoff Live every weekday morning from 9:30-10:30 to talk Giants Football and track this year’s New York Giants fantasy football league.
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The Howard Cross 87’s (Cross)
The Roman Soldiers (Oben)
|Tom Brady – $17||Peyton Manning – $7|
|Jamaal Charles – $5||Jamaal Charles – $4|
|Frank Gore – $1||Maurice Jones-Drew – $8|
|Roddy White – $6||Percy Harvin – $10|
|AJ Green – $5||Steve Smith – $4|
|Tony Gonzalez – $5||Coby Fleener – $1|
MELROYS MADNESS (Melroy)
Team Awesome (Dottino)
|Jay Cutler – $9||Matt Ryan – $15|
|Andre Johnson – $14||Jamaal Charles – $4|
|Jordy Nelson – $4||Reggie Bush – $ 1|
|Frank Gore – $1||Steve Smith – $8|
|Matt Forte – $10||Eric Decker – $ 1|
|Brandon Pettigrew – $1||Jermichael Finley – $10|
PAPAS PROVOLONES (Papa)
YOU CAN’T TEACH HEIGHT (Schmeelk)
|Phillip Rivers – $1||Cam Newton – $5|
|Darren McFadden – $18||Chris Johnson – $1|
|Reggie Bush – $1||Arian Foster – $22|
|AJ Green – $5||Dez Bryant – $1|
|Wes Welker – $1||Steve Smith – $8|
|Antonio Gates – $14||Colby Fleener – $1|
SIR LANCELOT (Medow)
The Taxi Squad (Salomone)
|Tony Romo – $11||Tom Brady – $17|
|Stevan Ridley – $1||Maurice Jones-Drew – $8|
|Alfred Morris – $1||BenJarvus Green-Ellis – $1|
|Brandon Marshall – $15||Demartius Thomas – $1|
|Steve Smith – $8||Steve Smith – $8|
|Greg Olsen – $1||Jason Witten – $4|
|Peyton Manning – $7||Robert Griffin – $13|
|Percy Harvin – $10||CJ Spiller – $12|
|Roddy White – $6||BenJarvus Green-Ellis – $1|
|Maurice Jones-Drew – $8||Percy Harvin – $10|
|Jamaal Charles – $4||Stevie Johnson – $1|
|Jason Witten – $5||Jared Cook – $1|
|3)||The Howard Cross Effect||78|
|4)||SIR LANCELOT (Mr. Medow)||68|
|5)||YOU CAN’T TEACH HEIGHT (JOHN S)||66|
|6)||The Roman Soldiers||65|
|8)||The Taxi Squad (Salamone)||54|
|9)||Team Awesome (Paul Dottino)||51|
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Worry not, Steve Weatherford is in safe hands.
In his seventh season and with 449 punts under his belt, Weatherford has never been on the wrong end of what happened to Brad Nortman last week against Tampa Bay – having one blocked.
In the Bucs’ Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib broke free on the edge and got to the rookie punter. The Bucs recovered and kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive for a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Making sure that won’t happen to Weatherford this week is Chase Blackburn, who has taken over the role of personal protector so far this season. Otherwise known as the fullback on the punt team, it was Tyler Sash’s position last season. The second-year safety was suspended for the first four games of 2012 by the NFL.
Blackburn, once the special teams captain back in 2010, has Weatherford covered as the last line of defense.
“He knows it better than anybody,” Weatherford said of Blackburn, an eight-year veteran. “I think he knows it probably even better than Sash, and that’s Sash’s position. Chase is extremely intelligent and he’s skilled, too. I feel 100 percent confident that he’ll make the right calls and make the blocks he needs to make. So we’re confident going into it. We don’t want to relax or anything, it’s pedal to the floor right now, but we’re excited for the challenge.”
Tom Quinn, who has been the Giants’ special teams coordinator since 2007, sees the same thing from the multifaceted Blackburn.
“He’s done that before for us,” Quinn said. “One game, I think it was 2010, he played guard one snap, fullback the next snap, the other guard the other snap. So he’s really versatile and he’s been here a long time and understands what we want.”
Quinn then broke down what he saw from Tampa’s special teams outfit under Bob Ligashesky, one of many new hires this season in Greg Schiano’s regime.
“It was well schemed and well executed,” Quinn said. “They are a very good punt-blocking team and they have speed and power. So it will be a big test for us protection-wise.”
Tags: Chase Blackburn, Steve Weatherford, Tom Quinn
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DE Justin Tuck
Thoughts on facing former Giants’ Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan…
“He knows our strengths and weaknesses, he knows situation football as far as what we like. I think in the same route, we know what he likes. We remember his calls, we remember what he likes to do on third and long, what he likes to do on third-and-short or first-and-ten, whatever. To certain situations, formations, so I think it works both ways. We’ll just see. At the end of the day, it comes down to who plays their keys the best and plays the best football.”
Safety Antrel Rolle
Thoughts on Coach Coughlin’s message during the time off…
“I think he pretty much stays consistent in his approach and the message he tries to deliver us, just to always get better and strive to get better each and every week. That’s pretty much our motto, to go out there and be ‘all in’ and all focus, be as attentive as you can, and go out there and put the best ball on the field that we can, come Sunday.”
DT Linval Joseph
Thoughts on leading DEs Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Osi Umenyiora in sacks…
“I mean it’s different for them, normally they have all the sacks, that’s going to push them harder…”
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph
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A total of 105.9 million fans couldn’t wait to get “Back to Football” and tuned into games on CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC (Sept. 5-10) to mark the third consecutive year with a total reach exceeding 105 million viewers.
Also for the third straight year, telecasts averaged 23 million viewers — NBC Sunday night game (Steelers-Broncos, 27.6 million), FOX national game telecast (mostly 49ers-Packers, 26.4 million) and the NBC Wednesday Kickoff game (Cowboys-Giants, 23.9 million). Those telecasts rank as three of the six most-watched non-Olympic programs among all television shows since Super Bowl XLVI, according to the NFL.
Below are additional notes from Kickoff Weekend.
» NBC’s Sunday Night Football opener (Steelers-Broncos) posted the highest rating ever for a Sunday night game (16.5). The average of 27.57 million viewers for Steelers-Broncos ranks second in NBC Sunday night history (27.62 million viewers for Cowboys-Giants on Jan. 1, 2012).
» With 26.4 million average viewers, the FOX national telecast (mostly 49ers-Packers) posted its second-best Kickoff Sunday ever (28.0 million for Packers-Eagles in 2010).
» NFL games ranked first in all 30 NFL markets for the fourth consecutive Kickoff Weekend. NFL games also topped the ratings in 55 of Nielsen’s 56 metered markets — up from 53 of 56 metered markets in 2011. In addition, the second-highest rated show in 29 of the 30 NFL markets wasalso NFL programming.
» Four teams delivered record-setting ratingsfor season-openers in their home markets led by Baltimore (40.9 rating) followed by San Diego (37.8), Seattle (27.5), and the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants (20.0).
» Five clubs (Denver, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle) posted local ratings increases of more than 20 percent for Week 1.
» Tuck has hands full with Trueblood [Alex Marvez, FOX Sports]
» New York Giants surprise middle schoolers in New Rochelle [David Neilsen, Newsday]
» Victor Cruz dealing with loss of his grandmother, who inspired his salsa touchdown celebration [Jenny Vrentas, The Star-Ledger]
Tags: Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz
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From week to week, opponent to opponent, players are given a scouting report in a white binder. You can imagine the heftiness as it has to be thick enough to fit each detail Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff have combed over in studying the upcoming team.
The aggregation of intel, however, is somewhat limited when it comes to new regimes.
That’s the case in Tampa Bay, where Greg Schiano is in his first year as an NFL head coach along with a new staff. For that, Coughlin went back to college.
“We watched all the Rutgers film,” Coughlin said about facing Schiano, who coached the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11. “In all three phases. Of course, we watched all the preseason games. They continue to have a good scheme.”
However, the NFL is a whole different ballgame, and an eight-year vet like linebacker Michael Boley has seen the curve balls when playing against a new coach.
“Facing a new head coach kind of keeps you on your toes as far as what you’re going to get,” said Boley, who played for two first-year head coaches himself with the Atlanta Falcons between 2005 and 2008. “Most coaches, from year to year, they kind of have staples as far as things they’re used to – what’s their identity, so to speak. So facing a new coach, early on it’s kind of throwing everybody off because you don’t really know what to expect.”
Meanwhile, the Giants have studied the Bucs’ 2012 preseason (Tampa went 2-2) and their Week 1 victory. So what have the Giants seen so far?
“We saw a very tough, physical team,” Boley said. “They set the tone early, saying, ‘You know what, we’re a new team and we’re going to hit you in your mouth.’ They did a good job of that.”
Tags: Michael Boley, Tom Coughlin
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The views expressed in this article are not of the New York Football Giants but those of an independent Fantasy Expert.
1. James Jones, WR, GB
Week 1: 4 Catches 81 yards, TD
Jones looks like he’ll be a crucial piece of this offense going forward, averaging over 20 yards a catch. The Green Bay receiver will be one of Aaron Rodgers’ many targets this Thursday night, when they take on the 23rd ranked pass defense in the Chicago Bears. Look for Rodgers to find Jones down the field often, as the Bears secondary focuses on trying to stop the two All-Pro Packer wideouts in Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings.
2. Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
Week 1: 3 catches, 80 yards, TD
Jeffery had quite an opening day, as the Bears cruised pass the Colts by 20. With Brandon Marshall getting 15 targets last week, Jeffery’s expected workload will rise, as Brandon Marshall will be seeing more and more cover 2 head his way. Cutler and Jeffery were on the same page last Sunday and look to continue their success vs. one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL last year.
3. Michael Bush, RB, CHI
Week 1: 12 carries, 42 yards, 2 Td’s
Bush had a ridiculous opening week with 2 rushing TD’s, making Matt Forte owners cringe all across the country. It is clear that Forte is the main guy, but when it comes to the goal line carries, Bush seems to be the clear cut favorite. I see Bush scoring another goal line TD in Green Bay (23rd ranked vs. run) in this NFC North showdown. Just know what you’re getting yourself into when you start him.
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