Happy Monday everybody. What a weekend we just had. “The Avengers” set all sorts of records, and will even get this DC-loving comic enthusiast to see a Marvel movie. Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the season. The Los Angeles Kings swept the Blues (we’re waiting for St. Louis to honor its obligation in a civic bet to send over its football team). And we got our first glimpse of some of the newest NFL stars. There is so much going on, let’s take a look at some of the top fantasy storylines.
An end to Shanahanigans? Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan wasted little time as he installed Robert Griffin III as the team’s starting quarterback. “Obviously any time you pick a player with the second pick in the draft and you give up two No. 1s and a No. 2 to move up four spots, you’ve got a game plan in mind,” Shanahan said at the conclusion of this weekend’s rookie minicamp. “We’re going to put him with the first team, when we come back.
“He’s the starter, period.”
Yes, that kind of stuff is obvious to most NFL coaches, but not Shanahan. So please, forgive us if we were a little bit skeptical. That said, it still wouldn’t surprise me to see RG3 benched at some point. (Oh, and be sure to check out the Gridiron Breakdown Hulk vs. RG3.)
Addai to the New England Patriots: New England is expected to sign veteran RB Joey Addai, as the Patriots continue to hold veterans in high esteem. At first blush, this would seem to nuke the sleeper appeal of Stevan Ridley, but I’m not going to give up so quickly. Addai will likely only see the field as a third-down specialist, so expect Ridley to be in the mix in the early downs and be the Patriots running back to target in the coming weeks.
Seattle Seahawks slow to select starting QB: If you followed Pete Carroll at USC (as I did), then you know he likes to stress competition at every position. So it should come as little surprise he’s going to let the debate wage between QBs Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, who took the first snap in minicamp this week. But I don’t expect there to be much to stand in the way for Flynn to be the starting quarterback this week. Flynn is even a pretty decent sleeper when you look at the success the Packers have had turning out backups into starting QBs — Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Warner to select just a few.
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