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Fantasy Football Believe It or Not: Add Cam Newton, drop Dalton Schultz, start A.J. Dillon and DeVonta Smith



How much fun was Week 10? Cam Newton returned and produced touchdowns on his first two plays back for the Panthers and Tom Brady retur… oh, that wasn’t Tom Brady? Then we probably need to have a serious talk about Mac Jones, as well as the terrible tight end position, and a couple of potential league-winners who had major breakouts in Week 10. But I think we have to start with Cam.

Cam Newton is going to be Fantasy relevant in one-QB leagues

The Case: The Panthers coaching staff made a concerted effort to get Newton involved despite the fact that he only had a couple of practices with the team this week. That’s a pretty great sign for the future. While they haven’t named Newton the starter, I’d say it’s a fair bet he’ll start Week 11 and his next three games will be against the Washington Football Team, the Dolphins, and the Falcons. All three of those defenses rank in the bottom third of the league against quarterbacks. 

The Verdict: Believe it


At the very least, Newton is a bye-week replacement in any of these three matchups. But nobody has given up more Fantasy points to QBs than Washington and Atlanta, so he could be much more than a bye-week replacement.

With Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, and Robby Anderson, this is arguably the best set of weapons Newton has ever had. And he clearly has a coaching staff that is invested in using him the right way. Newton could absolutely be what Jalen Hurts has been this season, and Hurts currently ranks QB9 in Fantasy points per game. 

If Newton is available in your league and your quarterback situation isn’t settled for the next month, he should be a priority.

Mac Jones will be the best QB from the 2021 class

The Case: It’s probably not fair that Jones lives in the shadows of the quarterback he displaced in training camp, but that’s kind of been the story for Jones since the NFL draft. And all he’s done is prove people wrong. He has the Patriots at 6-4, currently in the playoffs, and his 94.1 passer rating ranks fifth amongst all first-year QBs since 2000. 

I made the joke in the open about Brady returning to New England, so I want to be clear: I’m not saying Jones is Tom Brady. That’s not fair. I will say that when watching Jones’ cook on Sunday, that it was impossible to not notice similarities. He has full command of the offense, which is remarkable for a rookie quarterback.


The Verdict: Do not believe it.

To be clear, there’s a reason I used “will be” instead of “is”. Because there should be no debate who is currently the best quarterback in this class. It’s Mac Jones. But quarterbacks generally take a big leap in Year 2, so I’m not ready to say Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields are what we’ve seen from them so far. And we haven’t seen near enough from Trey Lance yet.

From a Fantasy perspective, I’d still put Jones fourth in this class, ahead of Zach Wilson, behind Lawrence, Fields, and Lance. But the gap is shrinking.

A.J. Dillon is a top-5 RB if Aaron Jones misses time

The Case: Jones sprained his MCL in Week 10 and Dillon didn’t skip a beat. The second-year back delivered 128 total yards and the only two touchdowns in a 17-0 win over the Seahawks. It would not be surprising at all if Jones is out until at least the Packers‘ Week 13 bye, which would open up the door for more games like Sunday, where Dillon received 23 touches. As long as Jones is out, Dillon isn’t just a starter, he’s one of the most valuable backs in Fantasy.

The Verdict: Believe it.


The Packers are already without Kylin Hill for the rest of the year, so Dillon should get a much bigger share of the running back touches than we normally see from Packers’ running backs. And there are few offenses that lean on their running backs like the Packers. 

Of course, this isn’t just a volume thing. From a size/speed perspective, A.J. Dillon is the closest thing we have to Derrick Henry. And Dillon has surprised even his biggest supporters with how good he’s been in the passing game, picking up 196 yards on just 18 targets so far this season. 

As Adam Aizer said on Sunday night’s podcast, top-five might be too low.

DeVonta Smith is a top-20 WR rest of season

The Case: It’s not uncommon for rookie wide receivers to break out in the second half of the season and that’s exactly what Smith appears to be doing. He has nine catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games. More impressive is the fact that he’s done this on just 12 targets. 

Smith has a tough matchup in Week 11 against the Saints, and he has a bye in Week 14, but outside of that, he has one of the best remaining schedules of any wide receiver. He could absolutely win some leagues in the Fantasy playoffs.


The Verdict: Don’t believe it.

The 12 targets really concern me. Especially since the Eagles have been so consistently run-heavy in their past three games. Jalen Hurts’ 23 passes in Week 11 were way below league average, but also his most since Week 7. 

There will be teams that force the Eagles to throw more. The Saints, with their league-best run defense, may do it this week. But the Eagles don’t have a good offense on their schedule until Week 18, so it’s hard to imagine them being down two scores very often. So I’m not sure how many times we see Hurts throw even 30 passes.

I would sell Smith at a top-25 value based on volume alone.

Dalton Schultz is droppable

The Case: In the Cowboys‘ first game with Michael Gallup back, Schultz saw just two targets. He hasn’t reached 60 yards since Week 6 and he hasn’t scored since Week 4. There are simply too many mouths to feed in Dallas once again, so Schultz is relegated to touchdown-or-bust status. He did have a red zone target in this game, but you see how bad things go when he doesn’t cash in that one opportunity.


The Verdict: Believe it.

But only if Dan Arnold is available, and he is in half of Fantasy leagues. If you can’t get Arnold, I’m probably holding Schultz. Because, while he is a touchdown-or-bust tight end, he’s also playing the Chiefs this week in a game that should have many touchdown opportunities. 

This position, while it has teased us otherwise, is still a complete wasteland. Arnold and Evan Engram are the only two tight ends who have scored even 10 PPR Fantasy points in their last three games. T.J. Hockenson just gave us a zero. If you can get Arnold, go do it. Otherwise, hope for a TD in a high-scoring game.


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Mike McDaniel told Dolphins’ GM to ‘trade everything’ when he heard Tyreek Hill was available for trade



Mike McDaniel was planning to take his first afternoon off since becoming the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins. McDaniel had surprised his wife by telling her he was already heading out the door and would be home to spend some quality time with her and the couple’s young daughter. 

Things quickly changed, however, when Dolphins general manager Chris Grier came into McDaniel’s office to deliver news that the team had possible interest in Tyreek Hill, the six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro wideout with the Kansas City Chiefs

“This is why I’m not a GM,” McDaniel said during an interview on “The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz.” “I’m like, ‘Tell them they can have everything.’ … I thought he was untouchable.”


An early day at the office turned into McDaniel spending the next five hours consuming footage of Hill, a member of the NFL‘s most recent All-Decade Team who in 2019 helped the Chiefs end their 50-year championship drought. McDaniel said he watched every pass that was thrown Hill’s way since the 2019 season. McDaniel, who eventually went home after getting himself out of the black hole of Hill’s tape, left the office needing, not wanting, the Dolphins to acquire Hill. 

McDaniel and the Dolphins then went through the ups and downs that come with trying to acquire an elite player. At one point, Grier told McDaniel that things weren’t looking terribly good, as several other teams were also in play. At one point during the process, McDaniel began to go into recruiting mode, watching more tape in order to possibly convince Hill to choose the Dolphins. 

Not too long later, McDaniel was handed the phone, with Hill on the other side of the call. McDaniels didn’t waste any time trying to convince Hill that Miami was the place where he needed to continue his career. 

“I’m shooting every shot that I have,” McDaniel said. “Deep into it, and like 20 or 30 seconds of me not giving him an iota of time to speak, then all of sudden he said, ‘Oh coach, I’m coming.’ It was already done. I was like, ‘What!’ I just freaked out. I think I yelled. It was the only time I yelled in the office. It was a cool time, (but) I just would have liked a little forewarning before I just went straight recruit mode to seal the deal.”

The Dolphins didn’t trade everything, but they did give up quite a bit to land the talented wideout. Miami ultimately acquired Hill after sending five draft picks to the Chiefs that included the 29th and 50th overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. The haul was more than worth it for McDaniel, who is chomping at the bit to roll out an offense this season that will feature Hill, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wideout Jaylen Waddle, tight end Mike Gesicki, and a stable of running backs that includes Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Sony Michel and Myles Gaskin

“I quite honestly thought he was one of the untouchable guys that you couldn’t get,” McDaniel said. “When (Grier) comes in and tells me that the Chiefs have talked to him, I said, ‘Chris, that’s one of the only non-quarterbacks where you do whatever it takes.’” 


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Watch Tottenham vs. Wolverhampton: How to live stream, TV channel, Saturday’s Premier League game start time



The Premier League is back in action on Saturday.

Who’s Playing

  • Wolverhampton @ Tottenham Hotspur
  • Current Records: Wolverhampton 0-1-1; Tottenham Hotspur 1-0-1

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What to Know

Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Tottenham winning the first 1-0 on the road and Wolverhampton taking the second 2-0.


On Sunday, Spurs and Chelsea ended up with a point apiece after a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton and Fulham tied 0-0, good for one point each.

The ties rounded out Tottenham’s record to 1-0-1 and Wolverhampton’s to 0-1-1. Three points is up for grabs, so we’ll see if either team can snatch them up this time.

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How To Watch

  • Who: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton
  • When: Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET
  • Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Online streaming: Catch select Premier League matches on fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Caesars Sportsbook odds: Spurs -260; Draw +375; Wolves +750

Featured Game | Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton

Series History

Tottenham Hotspur have won four out of their last eight games against Wolverhampton.

  • Feb 13, 2022 – Wolverhampton 2 vs. Tottenham Hotspur 0
  • Aug 22, 2021 – Tottenham Hotspur 1 vs. Wolverhampton 0
  • May 16, 2021 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 vs. Wolverhampton 0
  • Dec 27, 2020 – Tottenham Hotspur 1 vs. Wolverhampton 1
  • Mar 01, 2020 – Wolverhampton 3 vs. Tottenham Hotspur 2
  • Dec 15, 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 vs. Wolverhampton 1
  • Dec 29, 2018 – Wolverhampton 3 vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1
  • Nov 03, 2018 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 vs. Wolverhampton 2

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Jacoby Brissett shares funny story about Eagles’ Nick Sirianni trying to fight fans when two were with Colts



Nick Sirianni has showcased himself as a passionate head coach since being hired by the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago. Sirianni demonstrated how passionate he can be toward his team when a bouquet of flowers was thrown at him after a November loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last year, a moment he doesn’t like to reminiscence about. 

Turns out, Sirianni has unleashed his passion towards his team prior to his days in Philadelphia. Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was the signal-caller for the Indianapolis Colts when Sirianni was the offensive coordinator, shared a good story regarding his former coach and his encounters with fans ahead of the Browns-Eagles preseason matchup Saturday night.

“Remember he was trying to fight fans one time they were booing us,” Brissett said with many laughs from the media in attendance. “A lot of good memories. A great friend. A great coach obviously. I am extremely happy for him and the opportunity that he has been presented. I think he did a great job last year. Excited to see where he goes. I am a big fan of him.”


Sirianni’s second year as the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis was the year Andrew Luck shockingly retired (2019), forcing Brissett into the starting role. Brissett started 15 games for the Colts that season, going 7-8 in his starts while completing 60.2% of his passes for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions for an 88.0 passer rating. Brissett didn’t throw a touchdown pass, nor did he throw for more than 200 yards in his last three games played in 2019, finishing with a passer rating lower than 70 on all three occurrences. 

Brissett and Sirianni were together in Indianapolis for three years before the Eagles hired Sirianni and Brissett signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2021. Sirianni was flattered Brissett shared those fan stories, going into detail why he’s ultra passionate toward his players. 

“He’s teasing and making that up a little bit,” Sirianni said with a laugh. “I think one thing that, to a fault, maybe, even with me is — and I’ve been this way since I was a little kid with my brothers, we’re a family. My brothers and my dad and my mom were a family and I’m the youngest. One brother is nine years older than me and one is six years older than me. When they would have a bad game or say something bad about them or talk bad about them, I was quick to be defensive of them because I love them.

“Now as a coach, I feel like I have that. I was like that as a teammate I would like to think. As a coach, I definitely know I have that, like, protective (instinct) — like I know these guys are the biggest, strongest men in the world and they can protect themselves, but I love these guys. 

“That’s just an instinct that you have. That’s how I was raised, and I was like, this is our family, and I just have that protective instinct to defend them, and that’s been like that with every team I’ve ever coached.”


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