An Afternoon with Rashaad San

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Fantasy Football Clique

#NFL Week 11 Match-ups!

Saturdays I like to focus on this weekend’s match-ups and throw in a few Sleepers.

Top 3 Rushing Match-ups:

vs  – I’m sorry to pick on the Browns so much, but damn is their Defense weak and always makes the opposing team’s Offense look so great on paper.

vs  – Cincinnati has been allowing a lot of FF points against them on the ground, and unfortunately for them, the Bills have Matt Forte who is primed to have a big day.

vs  – Spencer Ware is back and will be carrying the RB load against the Buccaneer’s 25th ranked Defense in the NFL against the run.

 

Top 3 Passing Match-ups:

 vs  – Tom Brady is going to make his big return to ‘the city by the bay” a memorable one.

vs  – Big day for Big Ben and Antonio Brown.

vs  – Marcus Mariota is quietly becoming one of the top FF QBs right now and the Colts don’t have a strong secondary to stop him. Don’t forget that his favorite target is TE Delanie Walker.

 

Sleepers:

QB – Joe Flacco

RB – Dion Lewis

RB – Thomas Rawls

WR – Jamison Crowder

TE – Ladarius Green

News and Notes

Rob Gronkowski is out this week with some sort of lung/chest injury. Martellus Bennett will have a good game.

Jeremy Maclin is out again this week with a groin injury. He has had a disappointing FF season this year and I wonder if he is even worth keeping on your roster.

I don’t know why, but I’m liking the match-up of Luck and Hilton vs the Titans Defense.

It’s that time to start looking ahead to the last 4 weeks of the season and the 3 FF playoff weeks. You are going to want to acquire the strong Offensive players that are matched up against the weaker Defenses. For example, during the FF playoff schedule ( weeks 14-16 ) Tampa Bay plays New Orleans TWICE! You are going to want Tampa Bay players, trust me.

Las Vegas over/under has Green Bay at Washington Redskins game as the highest scoring game of the week. Kirk Cousins should have a big day.

Good Luck!

 #FFGeek

Fantasy Football Clique

NFL Week 10 Match-ups!

Saturdays I like to focus on this weekend’s match-ups and throw in a few Sleepers.

Top 3 Rushing Match-ups:

vs  – David Johnson will have a big, big day. Like a HUGE day!

vs  – Ezekiel Elliot is on fire as of late. And the Steeler Defense is not that good against the run…..at all.

vs  – Chicago’s Jordon Howard is the new lead back and he has yet to disappoint FF owners. Great match-up here with that soft Buccaneer Defense.

 

Top 3 Passing Match-ups:

vs  – Titans seem to have a weak pass Defense. And Rodgers is starting to get his mojo back.

vs  – Dare I say start Jay Cutler? Yep, I said it.

vs  – Eagles Defense has been suspect the last few weeks. The Falcons are just rolling offensively. Don’t be scared to start any offensive players on Atlanta.

 

Sleepers:

QB – Trevor Siemian

RB – Paul Perkins

RB – C.J. Prosise

WR – Sterling Shepard

TE – Lance Kendricks

News and Notes

Almost a surprise to all, Ben Roethlisberger started last week’s game for the Steelers. But he was very rusty and lost the game. Look for him to be back to his high FF points self this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a game time decision. Watch this closely because it will affect Brandon Marshall in a negative way if Fitz can’t go.

Tevin Coleman is still out for Atlanta.

Titans RBs, Murray and Henry are both going to play this weekend despite each nursing injuries.

 

Las Vegas over/under has the Dallas/Pittsburgh game as the highest scoring match up. Antonio Brown and Ezekiel Elliot will have big FF games.

Good Luck!

 #FFGeek

Smurfs High Five

Contenders for November 9, 2016

All Star Batman #4> “My Own Worst Enemy” part four! So close and yet so far from his goal, Batman must now wrangle Two-Face out of his own assassin-filled riverboat casino before it plunges over Niagara Falls to their deaths! The Dark Knight will have to go all-in on the most deadly gamble of his life if he intends to make it out alive. (S) Scott Snyder (A) Declan Shalvey

Smurfs Take> Thank god for this title or I would have any Bat books to read

Wonder Woman #10> “YEAR ONE” part five! The world is finally introduced to the Wonder Woman, and adversaries-both ancient and new-take note. This story was previously scheduled to appear in issue #8. (S) Greg Rucka (A) Nicola Scott

Uncanny X-Men #15> Psylocke and Magneto don’t see eye to eye. Whereas Magneto is willing to do anything it takes to ensure the future of mutantkind, Psylocke believes there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed. And when she stands in Magneto’s way, he may just decide that in the quest to safeguard his race, Psylocke is an acceptable sacrifice to make! (S) Cullen Bunn (A) Greg Land

Flash #10> “THE SPEED OF DARKNESS” part one! A villain from The Flash’s history returns for the first time in years when The Shade visits Central City. But what does Opal City’s master of shadow want with Barry Allen and the newly christened Kid Flash? (S) Joshua (A) Felipe Watanabe, Kirk Albert

Scooby Apocalypse #7> Clean up on aisle “doo”! The gang is going to need all the help they can get when it comes to escaping from the shopping wasteland known as Mall Mart. Does Freddy have what it takes to lead the team to safety? Or will he need an assist from the resident team scaredy cat, Shaggy? (S) Keith Giffen (A) Howard Porter

Smurfs Take> LOVE! FUN! BUY!

Smurfs Pick

Back to the Future #14> WHO IS MARTY MCFLY? That’s what Marty’s asking himself, as it becomes abundantly clear his childhood memories don’t match up with what actually happened in this timeline. How can he and Doc Brown fix things without breaking time itself?! (S) Bob Gale (A) Emma Vieceli

Smurfs Take> Besides the fact that Bob Gale gets to continue his story from the movies it’s how perfect and seamless he has done it. I could honestly see a lot of this happening on the big screen, the characters are just what I would expect moving forward from the final moments of the third movie. It’s right in the soft spot of the heart for one of the most beloved movies of all time.

 

Hard Cover of the Week

Tales From the Darkside Scripts by Joe Hill HC> The storied history of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE winds ever darker and weirder with this collection of scripts by Joe Hill from the never-broadcast 2015 television reboot. TV’s loss is your gain as these all-new tales break out of the shadows and spring to vivid life at Hill’s command, accompanied by striking illustrations provided by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith). Fans of horror, Darkside, and Hill will not be disappointed.These scripts won’t be TV shows, but you can still experience the terror! The brand-new prose book from #1 New York Times best-seller Joe Hill! (S) Joe Hill (A) Charles Paul Wilson

Statue of the Week

 

Batman Black & White Statue Joker by Frank Miller> Designed by FRANK MILLER  Sculpted by ALTERTON From the pages of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, it’s The Joker as envisioned by legendary comics writer/artist Frank Miller! Grab this one before it sells out-and that’s no joke! Limited Edition of 5,200 Measures Approximately 7.25″ Tall

 

 

 

 

 

Video of the week

Image result for sausage partySausage Party> When a sausage falls out of a grocery cart in the middle of the market, everything he knows about his life is called into question. He just wants to know where he’s from, and he’ll go on one of the raunchiest journeys with his group of new friends to find out. Of course, they all have to make their way back to the store shelves before the big Independence Day sale, so he doesn’t have much time.

Smurfs Take> This movie is wrong on so many levels and filled with jokes you don’t know if you should laugh or just turn away. It’s absolutely brilliant!

Smurfs Take

Flash Paradox

For every action there is an opposite reaction, or if you are from the school of thought of going back in time and you kill a butterfly it could be the end of the world. Flash returns from Flashpoint to a different and odd new world that has some subtle differences and so way out there one but best of all they go head first at the time travel dilemma…thank god.

      I was starting to worry about this pattern I was seeing and also wondering how many times we had to see poor Barry’s mom get killed. Time travel is a too easy crutch for the writers to use when trying to figure out how to fix something or give the story a much needed twist. Next thing you know it’s just getting abused and you start to lose track of how things are supposed to be. Even this week I am still trying to figure a few things out where Dr. Wells is concerned and what didn’t happen and still would have in this new time line but the best explanation and reasoning came from Jay Garrett. Just when we see Barry take off again to fix the past he is intercepted by the Flash from Earth 2 for a heart to heart. Knowing full well now that he looks like Barry’s dad he sits him down to explain the problems of time travel and the consequences it carries. How even he has done the exact same things Barry is doing with the same disastrous effects that no matter how hard you try it’s never the same. What I loved about this whole moment and this made the episode for me as well, is defining what kind of hero Barry is going to be. Learning from the consequences of his actions and moving forward or trying to fix every little mistake by slipping back to fix it. This is a fantastic benchmark for the character and fixes the whole time travel issue rabbit hole they created. Now here is the twisted side….what about going into the future?

The most interesting development this week was the addition of Doctor Alchemy and his Philosophers stone as the new arch villain for Flash. This brings up a whole slew of questions, the main one of course is who is Doctor Alchemy? In the comics he was two different people, twins one of which suffered from multiple personality disorder of a sort. One side was lawful and the other was not so much but I doubt they will get that far into the character just yet and the Philosophers stone is a bit more mystic in origin. In the comics it was said to once be owned by Merlin and could affect anything on a molecular level which we got a small taste of as Doctor Alchemy started augmenting humans with it. So how does he know about Flashpoint? Did he find some way to shield himself from the effects of the time line working itself out? How does he even have memory of it? I am sure we won’t have long to wait in seeing how he pulled it off but Doctor Alchemy will be a fantastic villain and excited to see someone other than a speedster for Flash to face off against. I am going to sound off on this now and say that Julian Albert, or you may recognize him as Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series is not Doctor Alchemy. Too obvious for starters, it would never be that straight forward and in your face easy. I do believe there is something more to the character, no one could hate Barry that much just because they don’t trust him but I don’t see it playing out as Julian being the Doctor.

By the end of the episode things are back to about as much normal as we get for the show as Barry comes clean about his actions and messing everything up. We get to see another less than spectacular faceoff with Rival and Cisco come’s to the rescue this time rather than Kid Flash. Please please please do not make Vibe a full time hero on the show. I can take about anyone partnering up with Flash but this is just a lame bad idea and the only way to make it cool would be to have Cisco killed in the line of duty as Vibe. The Wests are one big happy family again and everything seems right with the world but with one slight difference. Killer Frost! Is this something that changed with the time line? Was this one of the other four transformations that Doctor Alchemy did that are mentioned and no one has any idea who they are but only have the husk left behind to show that something happened. Could Caitlin one of them and just doesn’t want to say anything? If not her then who else are we about to see give Flash a very bad day.

Smurfs High Five

Contenders for October 12, 2016

The Black Monday Murders #3 

The Black Monday Murders #3> “A FULL CONFESSION” Solve one murder, uncover thousands. (S) Jonathan Hickman (A) Tomm Coker

Smurfs Take> So very close to book of the year for me right now!

Shutter #23 

Shutter #23> NEW STORY ARC, “SO FAR BEYOND”! THE FINAL ACT BEGINS NOW! SHUTTER’s final storyline begins with Kate Kristopher in the most dangerous spot she’s been in yet, as she’s picking up the pieces in the wake of lives lost. Everything comes to a head as we learn the answer to every single question, every last mystery, and all the truths behind the lies we’ve learned. If SHUTTER’s second act finale proved anything, it’s that no one’s safe from what’s coming. PLEASE NOTE: This extended-length final arc will not be collected for some time after it ends, so readers of SHUTTER VOL. 4: ALL ROADS TP’s shocking ending are highly encouraged to sign up for the single issues’ duration. (S) Joe Keatinge (A) Leila Del Duca

 

All Star Batman #3> “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” part three! Now on the run from both bounty hunters and cops, Batman and Duke must find a safe place to hide out with Two-Face before they can continue their journey to the cure. Batman might soon realize his worst nightmare: that Two-Face is right…and nowhere is safe. (S) Scott Snyder (A) Declan Shalvey

Black Science #25 

Black Science #25> Special 25th issue of BLACK SCIENCE brings a new threat to the McKay clan, one that’s been in front of them all along. (S) Rick Remender (A) Mateo Scalero

 

Scooby Apocalypse #6> Scooby and the gang are under siege! While the minute’s tick by as they await the next wave of monsters, Velma does some soul-searching…which leads to some stunning revelations! You’ll never look at her the same again! (S) Jim Lee, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatties (A) Howard Poter

Smurfs Take> Love this book, and it written by Jim Lee!

Smurfs Pick

 

Darth Vader #25> FINAL ISSUE!
It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won’t want to miss this ending! (S) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca

Smurfs Take> Kieron decided he was done telling the Vader story and this is the last issue, will someone else pick it up from here is unknown. Of all of the Star Wars off shoots this has been my favorite and sad to see it go.   

Trade Paperback of the Week

 

Hellboy In Hell TP Vol 2 Death Card> After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of mapmakers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused by his own sister of a terrible murder, and causes the destruction of Pandemonium itself in the climactic chapter of the series that the LA Times calls “the best work of [Mike Mignola’s] career.” Collects issues #6-#10. (S) Mike Mignola (A) Mike Mignola

Smurfs Take> This have been such a surprise hit for me. Just when I thought the story was over it has been taken to a whole new level. If you have not picked this story up you are missing out on something epic and will be referred to as one of the greatest of all time.

Statue of the Week

 

SW E7 C-3PO & R2D2 / BB-8 Artfx Statue> Kotobukiya’s lineup of amazing figures from STAR WARS Episode VII: The Force Awakens continues with fan favorites C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8! Artoo and Threepio are updated to reflect their appearance in the latest film. These 1/10 scale figures assemble easily and quickly with snap-fit assembly: no glue or painting required. Artoo and Threepio feature magnets in their feet for added stability on the included base, and even BB-8 includes a magnet to help keep him in place. Display alongside other Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens snap-together figure kits from Kotobukiya.

 

 

Video of the Week

Ghostbusters> When authors Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert write a book claiming that ghosts are real, they are met with ridicule. Even though Gilbert manages to get a job teaching at Columbia University, she is teased for her book until she has to leave. Though they are mocked for believing in ghosts, their expertise comes in handy when the city of Manhattan is invaded by ghosts that can possess humans. Yates and Gilbert reunite to take on the ghosts, and they team up with a subway worker and a nuclear engineer to try to save the world from this supernatural threat.

Smurfs Take> This was so much better than Ghostbusters 2 and the got so much more flack than it should have. The jokes were good, characters solid and could have been a lot worst.

Smurfs High Five

The Contenders for July 27, 2016

EastofWest_28-1.png East of West #28> “THE FALL OF THE WHITE TOWER” The end of the Union, the fall of the Chosen. (S) Jonathan Hickman (A) Nick Dragotta

 Mighty Thor #9> Marvel’s most corrupt corporations are up to something sinister, but Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Roz Solomon are determined to stop them. At the heart of the ultimate white-collar crime? None other than the Silver Samurai and the Exterminatrix! OH! And it turns out millions of lives depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon’s own evil executive Dario Agger. (S) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman

 Red Hood and the Outlaws Rebirth #1> When a shocking encounter with Batman solidifies the Red Hood’s status as a villain, Jason Todd goes deep undercover to take down Gotham City’s criminal underworld from the inside. Along the way, Jason meets two unlikely allies: a disgraced Amazon warrior named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone called Bizarro-and the DCU’s “Dark Trinity” is born! (S) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy

Smurfs Take> Come on, I just want to see how Bizarro functions in a team, that should be worth a few issues right there and include one of the most under used Amazons of all time this has huge potential. Or it’s going to be a huge let down.

 Batgirl #1> “Beyond Burnside” Chapter One: The Batgirl you know and love is going global with Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Goldie Vance) and all-star artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE). In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery. (S) Hope Larson (A) Rafael Albquerque

 Flash #3> “LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Three: In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it’ll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does. (S) Joshua Wiliamson (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico

Smurfs Pick

ROM #1Rom #1> WE’VE BEEN INVADED AND ONLY A SPACE KNIGHT CAN SAVE US! First there was his epic return in this year’s FCBD #0, and now the ongoing tale of ROM begins in earnest! Christos Gage, Chris Ryall, and David Messina kick off the wildest new series of the year as Rom’s war with the DIRE WRAITHS hits close to home in “Earthfall, part 1!”The long-beloved and even longer absent space hero returns at long last! “First, we brought back MICRONAUTS! And Now… ROM!” As if Rom’s return wasn’t enough, wait’ll you see how this one ends!” 24-page kick-off story plus interviews, bonus sketch material and more! (S) Chris Ryall (A) David Messina

Smurfs Take> I was excited to see the return of the Space Knight (Venom is not who I was thinking of as a Space Knight by the way), for a while I thought Rom was going to be coming back in Guardians of the Galaxy and would have been a cool addition to the team. I even had the toy as a kid and always felt there could be so much more for the character but it never happened and now the IDW has him and I have loved there work so far I doubt I will be disappointed.

Trade Paperback of the Week

 Spiderman 2099 Vol 4 Gods and Women> Still fighting crime before his time! Miguel O’Hara continues his crusade against the mysterious organization called FIST, but an unwelcome distraction arrives when trouble flares in New York. A clash with Lash will put Spidey 2099 square in the middle of the Inhuman conflict! And when he learns the truth about Tempest, any chance of a happy reunion could be ruined by another very big bad: Man-Mountain Marko! Then, FIST makes its next move, and Miguel will need a helping hand. But when Tempest’s life is placed in jeopardy once again, our hero from the future will be pushed to the edge. Will a secret from her past send him tumbling over? Or will Spidey be responsible for his own downfall? His own actions may be about to bite him! Collecting SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) #6-10. (S) Peter David (A) Will Sliney

Statue of the Week

DC Comics Cover Girls Power Girl Statue> DESIGNED BY STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS Power Girl packs a wallop-and now, she’s the latest in the popular line of DC COMICS COVER GIRLS statues designed by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau! Limited Edition of 5,200 Measures Approximately 9.87″ Tall