Fantasy Buyers Beware of Shady This Season; Plus An Eagle Not Named Jai Jarrett Who Struggled Against Pittsburgh

Fantasy Buyers Beware of Shady This Season; Plus An Eagle Not Named Jai Jarrett Who Struggled Against Pittsburgh

A couple of Eagles odds and ends...

Besides
Jaiquawn Jarrett's dismal performance, the other first-team defender who
struggled in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh last week was
Brian Rolle. Currently the starter at weakside linebacker, Rolle was
often pushed around or out of position, and he was already something of a
question mark entering 2012.

All of which raises the question
whether anybody is pushing Rolle for his job. The backup would be Jamar
Chaney, who missed the game due to an injury, but has since returned to
practice. Chaney is playing in the team's nickel package, but for the
moment, we're not sure there is a position battle brewing in base
personnel.

If Rolle has another shaky outing however, it would be
wise to give Chaney a look. We've seen a lot of Chaney at middle
linebacker over the past year and change, but have not been sufficiently
impressed. Still, he's a bit bigger than Rolle, and was a far surer
tackler last year according to these numbers.

At least the other two linebacker spots appear to be nailed down.

On Lots of Defensive Ends

Darryl Tapp clearly should be the odd man out if a cut must be made at
defensive end. The Eagles currently have six defensive ends battling
where they normally carry five players. Obviously Trent Cole and Jason
Babin are the starters, rookie Vinny Curry makes the team, then there is
Philip Hunt, Brandon Graham and Tapp.

Hunt was impressive down
the stretch last season, and that carried over into this summer with a
two-sack effort against Pittsburgh. The notion that Graham isn't making
the cut is astounding given the coaches need a real chance to evaluate
him coming off of that injury, and so far so good through one game. That
leaves Tapp, who is dependable enough, but doesn't do anything
particularly great.

Whether he's swapped for some depth at
another position or a late-round pick, or even outright released, this
isn't rocket science. Tapp is expendable. They could carry all six, but
it will be tough to find playing time for everybody if they do.

Andy Likes a Full Back

Andy Reid confirmed on Thursday the Eagles will use a fullback this
season, despite how little we've seen of the position. 2011
seventh-round pick Stanley Havili continues to lead the way there.

Fantasy Owners Beware of Shady

Attention fantasy football players: it's buyer beware on LeSean McCoy
this summer. While there is little doubt the fourth-year back will have
another fine season in 2012, expecting him to duplicate or exceed last
year's numbers could be a tall task.

First and foremost, nobody
is going to miss Jason Peters more than Shady. Peters is the best in the
business at creating running lanes on the outside, then getting to the
second and third level to finish off the run. Improvements from
second-year players Danny Watkins and Jason Kelce should help the ground
attack overall, but McCoy's yards per carry will likely experience a
dip without those huge gains off-tackle. Plus, the odds of him scoring
20 touchdowns or close again are relatively low, so that's another drop
in production you can count on.

We're seeing McCoy as high as
third overall in mock drafts, but I can't endorse that. If you draft
McCoy, you're guaranteed a solid back who will receive the large
majority of his team's carries and put up decent numbers. That said,
with all the prolific players that will be available at the top, I plan
on letting someone else reach for "decent."

Best of NBA: Heat stun Warriors on Dion Waiters' 3 with 0.6 seconds left

Best of NBA: Heat stun Warriors on Dion Waiters' 3 with 0.6 seconds left

MIAMI -- Dion Waiters' 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left capped his 33-point effort, and the Miami Heat beat Golden State 105-102 on Monday night to end the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

The Heat wasted a 10-point lead in the final 4 minutes, and Kevin Durant tied the game on a dunk with 11.7 seconds left. With no timeouts, Waiters walked the ball up the court and drilled what became the game-winner over Klay Thompson.

Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer as time expired for the Warriors (see full recap).

Rivers, Crawford lead Clippers past Hawks
ATLANTA -- Austin Rivers scored 27 points and Jamal Crawford broke out of a shooting slump with 19, helping the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-105 on Monday night.

Crawford had eight points in the fourth quarter, including a driving basket after Atlanta cut the Clippers' lead from 24 to five points.

Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 25 points. Dennis Schroder had 21, and Dwight Howard added 16 points and 12 rebounds (see full recap).

Wizards beat Hornets behind Wall’s 24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Wall firmly believes the Washington Wizards are a good team with plenty of playoff potential.

The key, he said, "is we just got to believe it every time we step on the court."

Wall had 24 points and seven assists, and the Wizards looked plenty confident as they continued their run up the Eastern Conference standings with a 109-99 win against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night (see full recap).

Kings snap skid with win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak with a 109-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Ty Lawson added 19 points and helped Sacramento turn the game around with a strong second quarter. Lawson scored nine points in the second, and the Kings outscored the Pistons 37-24 in the period to take a 65-62 lead into halftime.

A 3-pointer by Lawson put Sacramento up 101-90 in the fourth, and the Kings held on from there to stop Detroit's three-game winning streak (see full recap).

Jones, Holiday lead Pelicans past Cavs
NEW ORLEANS -- Terrence Jones filled in brilliantly for injured All-Star Anthony Davis, scoring a season-high 36 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking LeBron James' dunk attempt in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-122 on Monday night.

Jrue Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, and Langston Galloway capped a 12-point night with a clean steal on James' drive in the final minute, preventing the Cavs from erasing a deficit they had trimmed from 22 late in the first half to three with 1:32 left in the game.

Kyrie Irving scoring 35 of his 49 points in the second half, but the Cleveland fell to its fifth loss in seven games. James had 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Rangers over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.

Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel and Mats Zuccarello scored to help New York win its third straight since a three-game skid.

Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford scored, and Jeff Zatkoff finished with 14 saves for Los Angeles, which has lost four straight and five of seven.

Lundqvist has given up just four goals on 84 shots during the winning streak -- including a 1-0 shutout at Detroit on Monday -- after allowing 20 on 113 shots the previous four games.

The veteran goalie needed to be at his best in this one as the Kings, who last played Saturday across town against the Islanders, seemed a step faster from the start and controlled play for most of the first two periods (see full recap).

Caps top 'Canes to extend point streak to 14 games
WASHINGTON -- Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored twice and the Washington Capitals kept the offense rolling to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Monday night and extend their point streak to 14 games.

Orlov doubled his goal output for the season and Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller also scored for the Capitals, who have won three in a row and haven't lost in regulation since Dec. 27. Washington scored on six of its 25 shots on Cam Ward and handed Carolina its fourth consecutive loss.

Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his 23rd victory of the season. The only goal he allowed came from Jordan Staal on the power play in the first period.

The Capitals allowed the first goal for the first time in 11 games but scored six unanswered to continue their winning ways. They've scored 44 goals in their past eight games (see full recap).

Kadri reaches 20 goals as Leafs beat Flames
TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri scored twice to tie his career high with 20 goals this season, Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended a two-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Kadri beat Brian Elliott twice, and Andersen captured his second shutout as a Leaf.

Rookies Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto, which sits third in the Atlantic Division with 53 points.

Elliott gave up four goals on 28 shots, dropping his fourth consecutive start.

The Flames have lost three in a row and five of the past six. They are a point up on Vancouver for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference (see full recap).