Nick Shook on fantasy football: Weird week leaves little in the way of suggested moves

By Nick Shook
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What an odd week it was in the NFL.

The Philadelphia Eagles, left for dead by everyone including me, stunned us all by earning their first win of the season against a New York Jets team that looked surprisingly strong after two weeks.

Ryan Mathews, starting in place of injured and beleaguered DeMarco Murray, rushed for 108 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Sam Bradford was pedestrian but didn’t hurt the Eagles’ chances like in weeks prior. It was a weird win for the Eagles, epitomized by Brandon Marshall’s inexplicable attempt to lateral the ball after catching a pass with the Jets trailing 17-0.

That play alone explained Week 3. Continue reading

Seahawks’ Cliff Avril (concussion), Jeremy Lane (arm) hurt

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Cliff Avril became the second Seahawk to make a trip to the locker room for evaluation during the New England Patriots‘ 28-24 win over Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX.

The defensive end left late in the third quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, the team announced. Avril had two tackles before he appeared to go helmet-to-helmet with New England’s Brandon Bolden while trying to shed a block in the third quarter. Continue reading

Kam Chancellor (knee) injured in Seahawks practice

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The Legion of Boom might need a name change to Legion of Bruised.

Seattle safety Kam Chancellor is the latest defensive back to need the attention of trainers after he went down on the second-to-last play of practice on Friday. The hard-hitting captain of the defense was helped up, missed the final play of practice and was seen leaving with his left knee wrapped, per the Pro Football Writers of America practice pool report. Continue reading

Earl Thomas to ‘play fearless’ despite shoulder injury

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Earl Thomas isn’t the same man as he was two weeks ago, and he isn’t afraid to acknowledge it.

The safety suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second quarter of Seattle’s NFC Championship victory over the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 18, forcing him into the locker room before coming back to play the rest of the game. Almost immediately upon returning, Thomas made a tackle on bruising running back Eddie Lacy, proving a dislocation wouldn’t keep him from still using his physical capabilities.

One would be hard-pressed to find a player who isn’t willing to sacrifice much in order to play in the biggest game of his career. Thomas is no different, even if he’s admittedly not at 100 percent. Continue reading