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Fantasy Football Impact of Returning Refs

Early Thursday morning the NFL and the officials Union announced they had agreed in principle to an 8 year deal.  The deal would allow the “Real” Refs to return to the field for tonight’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.  Although the agreement still needs to be ratified with a 51% vote of the officials 121 members, it is expected to be ratified.

With the return of the official Officials fantasy players have to be aware of the on field ramifications.  Of course, there will be better control of time-outs and challenges, which should limit some extra plays from happening.  But, the big impact will come on the field.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers week 2 match up

This is one of the nastiest rivalries in the sport, perhaps any sport, and can yield some truly ugly match-ups. On paper, with key injuries on both sides, notably Charles Tillman and Brian Urlacher (who will probably start) for the Chicago Bears, and Greg Jennings severely limited, if playing at all, with a groin injury.

Aaron Rodgers is a sure start, just like he always is. He is simply the most reliable player in fantasy football right now. Win or lose, he will get his. As far as the receivers are concerned, I would look for a big day from Jordy Nelson, and especially Jermichael Findley. The last two meetings between the clubs, he put up four TD’s, and the Bears really do not have a counter for him yet.

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Recap

Who likes ugly football?  Appearently the Oakland Raiders do.  The Raiders v. San Diego Chargers match-up was doomed from the moment that Raiders Long Snapper, Jon Condo, went down.  When back-up Snapper Travis Goethel came in, things started to unravel for the Raiders.  Two low snaps and a poor job of blocking on a third punt led to three punts being blocked.  The Blocked punts left San Diego in firm control of field posision with little the Silver and Black could do to recover.  The bright spot for the Raiders was Darren McFadden.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Recap

The Baltimore Ravens dominated the ball on both offense and defense.  The Ravens defense, which was questioned due to age and injury, showed that they have the same swagger that Ray Lewis brings to Old Spice commercials.  Ed Reed had a masterful interception and return for a touch down that broke the backs of the Bengals players and fans.  Joe Flacco had an amazing day against a very strong secondary throwing for 299 yards and 2 Touches (Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta) on 21 of 29 attempts. 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos Recap

So, who wants to talk about the Denver Defense?  That’s the big story coming out of the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers game right?  Its not?  Alright, we’ll mention that Peyton Manning returned to football after 20 months away, and that he looked like Peyton Manning from 20 months ago.  Peyton was efficient and totally in control of the offense, going 19 of 26 for 253 yards and 2 scores.  Manning’s stat line is not earth shattering,

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers Recap

Take Aaron Rodgers number one overall in all fantasy football formats.  Yeah we said that.  And Rodgers looked good, granted, we all want Rodgers to look great, but he did put up 303 yards, on 30/44 passing, with 2 TD’s (JerMichael Finley, and James Jones) and 1 pick.  The overall production value of Rodgers looks fine on paper, but the on field performance does live up to those pedestrian Rodgers numbers.  The Green Bay quarterback was consistently throwing the ball into small windows, giving little chance for his receivers to make a play on the ball. 

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Recap

OK, so Kevin Kolb is the starter going into preseason, till the first series, when he gets hurt, then its John Skelton.  Skelton wins the job out right until the first game, when he goes down with a low ankle sprain and Kolb comes in and wins the game.  Anyone else just running as fast as they can away from any and all Arizona Cardinals?  The Red Birds offense looked disjointed at best absolutely confused at worst.  Arizona carried the ball 20 times, for only 44 yards, as the offensive line was unable to open any holes for the backs.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Recap

How old is Ronde Barber.  I swear, this kid plays like a 22 year old, after I’m pretty sure he’s been in the league for 22 years (OK its only 16 years).  Barber had a key interception, sack and a vital stop of Cam Newton.  The Bucs defense was absolutely flying under new head coach Greg SchianoJosh Freeman controlled the ball well (not fantasy viable) throwing for 138 yards on 24 attempts, completing 16 of them.  Rookie running back Doug Martin lived up to expectations, he carried the ball 24 times for 95 yards. 

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans Recap

Rookie quarterbacks in abundance on Sunday for the opening week of the NFL season.  In Houston it was, Ryan Tannehill stepping into the fire, and man did he get burned.  Tannehill was sacked three times, and pressured 4 more, and while avoiding the stress of a dynamic Texans defense managed to throw three picks in the game.  The rest of Miami’s offensive squad was just that, offensive.  Daniel Thomas, Reggie Bush and Tannehill all fumbled balls (only 1 was lost), the receivers could not make a play down field despite a respectable 11 yards per completion.  The defensive side looked strong.  Miami’s run defense held Houston to just 2.4 yards per carry, although Arian Foster was able to punch it in, twice.

On the Texans side of the field this was a great warm up game.  There was never a point where Houston was in fear of losing the game and the play calling showed it.  Matt Shaub was able to find Andre Johnson for a 14 yard touchdown late in the second half to give Houston a 24 – 3 lead.  Once AJ put the ball in the end zone the mood of the offensive play calling changed dramaticly.  In the second half Houston played a solid clock controling strategy and great team defense.  Its important to remember that this was only Miami, and they are going through a lot of changes at the moment, but Houston seems to have all the tools to put something great together.

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Recap

A lot will be written about how great RG3 played in his career debut, and rightfully so, however Robert Griffin III did not win this game for the Redskins.  Griffin, who became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history (w. 10+ attempts) to finish a half with a perfect passer rating (158.3).  Lost in the news of the win on Sunday was the cost, Pierre Garcon left the game with a foot injury.  RG3 did look good completing 19 of his 26 attempts for 320 yards and 2 touch downs.