Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness, Week 2, Presented by DraftKings: A Weekend of Shocking Wins


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It’s football season, and you know what that means — it’s FANTASY FOOTBALL SEASON! And one thing we know about you, our beloved MetalSucks readers: it’s that you’re just as passionate about fantasy football as you are about metal!

That’s why we’ve decided to partner with DraftKings — the internet’s #1 destination to play daily and weekly fantasy sports for cash prizes — for our NFL column, “Necessary Roughness” with Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner. Here’s what DraftKings is offering this week:

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Will you take Paul’s rants and raves into consideration when drafting your team this week? Well, that’s entirely up to you; get his top three picks for the week at the end of this post. 

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Excluding the delicious fruit-filled baked pastries, there are really no good turnovers. But poor Jamaal Charles managed two lost fumbles in the absolute worst of scenarios; one in the red zone, and one deep in the Chiefs’ own territory, the latter of which cost Kansas City an early-season home win against a divisional foe. And in case anybody was wondering, Peyton Manning is still nasty when it matters most, orchestrating an 80-yard, game-tying touchdown drive to keep the Broncos alive. The AFC West is a tough division and these two teams will likely be at each others’ throats all season, but I think everyone in Arrowhead Stadium knew they let one get away. November 15th can’t come soon enough for Chiefs fans.

Did the Oakland Raiders really put up 37 points on the Ravens? I knew a Suggs-less defense would be a problem for Baltimore, but I didn’t expect Derek Carr to go completely ham and throw for 350 yards. I think it’s official: the Ravens are in serious trouble. Cleveland looked like a real, actual, professional football team yesterday and Pittsburgh bounced back from a tough Week 1 loss to eviscerate the Niners. Could Baltimore be the cellar-dwellers in the AFC North this year? The season is young and only time will tell, but it ain’t looking good in Charm City. Congrats to Raider nation though. After being thrashed by the Bengals last week, your boys bounced back and gave you something to cheer about.

Sunday was chock full of shockers around the league. Did anyone foresee Jameis Winston getting his first win as a pro on the road against the Saints? I sure as hell didn’t. And how about the Kirk Cousins-led Redskins whooping up on the Rams? The Jags beating the Dolphins? What the hell is going on here? Yet another riveting storyline is that Jerry Jones, in a totally unprecedented move, is trading potentially season ending injuries to All-Pro players for wins. A strange strategy for sure, but the Cowboys are 2-0. Looks like Brandon Weeden will be under center for a while, which might not bode well as the season wears on. In Philly, how committed to Sam Bradford is Chip Kelly? Dude was awful. Three turnovers including an INT in the end zone. You can’t win in this league if your QB does that, and I think Chip Kelly knows it. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Bradford on the bench if the Eagles don’t get things figured out next week against the Jets.

Speaking of the Jets, they are going to lose to the Colts tonight. That is all.

A couple other notes from yesterday:

The Seahawks just don’t look right to me. Not having Kam Chancellor out there is leaving quite a void in the middle of the field and short passes are turning into big gains. They just aren’t the same team they were a year ago, which is fine with me. I’m sick of them, and I like seeing Pete Carroll look perplexed and defeated.

And finally, don’t look now but the Carolina Panthers are 2-0. I did some quick math and determined that we are on pace to go 16-0 in the regular season. This is terrific news for Panther Nation. And if you haven’t seen the highlight of Cam Newton’s touchdown run from yesterday, do yourself a kindness and watch it below. It was nothing short of remarkable, albeit irresponsible on Cam’s part. Don’t get hurt, Cam!

Paul Waggoner’s fantasy football picks for the week:

  1. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions ($3,300). He’s becoming a favorite target of Matthew Stafford and should continue to put up big numbers in Week 3 since the Lions will likely have to pass the ball often to keep up with the Broncos’ high powered offense. 
  2. Brandon Weedon, QB, Dallas Cowboys ($5,200). Even with Romo and Dez out this is still a good offense. Weedon proved more than capable as he went 7-7 against a good Philadelphia defense. Don’t be surprised if he performs at a high level at home against the Falcons. 
  3. Demarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($6,600). Something tells me that being relatively held at bay by his former team last night isn’t going to sit well with Demarco. That, coupled with the fact that Sam Bradford may be on a short leash, is why I think Murray will have a lot of carries and a lot of yards against the Jets. 

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