Cleavie Wonder

Weekend Observations

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The NFL certainly didn’t stick to the script for the first week of the season.  There were more than a few unexpected surprises.  Alex Smith threw for 400 yards, Mike Gillislee scored 3 touchdowns, Andy Dalton threw 4 picks, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams both won by double digits on the road.  As you might expect those freak occurrences caused some ripples throughout the fantasy football world, but I was able to weather the storm and keep my head above water.

In my trash talking league I’m up by 5 points heading into tonight’s games.  Antonio Brown and Marcus Mariota both had decent games to help me absorb the body blow I suffered from Baltimore’s defense.  25 special teams points is a lot to overcome!  My opponent has Melvin Gordon going, but I have Emmanuel Sanders.  Should squeak this one out by a point or two.

In my hurt your feelings league I’m trailing by 40 points because the Seattle offensive line can’t protect their franchise quarterback and the Dallas Diva wide receiver didn’t get enough targets.  Help is on the way though, my team has Emmanuel Sanders, Melvin Gordon, Denver’s defense, and Kyle Rudolph to bail me out.  If Sanders does great and Gordon does good (he’s my friend and my enemy this week) I should be in first place by the end of the night in both leagues.  Wish me luck.  Here are some observations over the weekend.

The Deshaun Watson era started 9 games too early.  The rookie quarterback went 12 for 23 for 102 yards and a touchdown as the Texans fell to the Jaguars 29-7.  Can Deshaun lead the Texans to the playoffs this year?  I don’t think so, but only time will tell.

After pummeling Ohio State 31-16 Baker Mayfield planted the Oklahoma flag at the Buckeyes 50 yard line.  The move wasn’t politically correct, but it made a statement.  THE SOONERS ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AND THEY DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!  Somewhere Jimmy Johnson and Michael Irvin are grinning from ear to ear.

Rookie head coaches went 3-1 over the weekend including a victory from 32 year old Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams.  I guess all that experience and preparation is overrated!

Sloane Stephens became the 4th African American woman to win the US Open and Rafael Nadal won his 5th Grand Slam outside of Roland Garros.  I predict 3 more Grand Slam titles for Sloane and 2 more for Nadal.  Stay tuned.