The volume of fantasy transactions, trade proposals and roster shuffling is never higher than it is in the days following Week 1. An unexpected breakout star will suddenly find himself owned in nearly every league, while desperate fantasy owners will rush to shop veterans who looked like they'd lost a step in the season-opener. In this week's roundtable, SI.com fantasy experts Michael Beller, Alex Hampl, David Gonos, Ben Eagle, Bette Marston and Eric Single make the case for players whom you'd be wise to sell high on now.
If you’re a soccer fan and you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend, you might want to check out Believe.
Based on a true story, the film focuses on 11-year-old Georgie, a gifted soccer player in 1980s Manchester who dreams of winning the Manchester Junior Cup. His friends and teammates want to win, too. Only problem is they don’t have a manager. And they’re not really that organized, as teams go. But everything changes when Georgie steals the wallet of Sir Matt Busby. Sir Matt was a legendary Manchester United coach who survived a tragic plane crash that killed eight of his players. After Georgie pinches Sir Matt’s wallet, Sir Matt tracks him down, sees he has some skills, and decides to come out of retirement and coach the kids in the tournament.
The film is loaded with drama and comedy, which you can see in this exclusive clip and the movie's trailer:
Last-second kicks, overtime games and several surprising upsets. And that’s all in the very first week of NFL action. Here’s how the rankings look after every team got some real playing time under their belts.
The Phoenix Mercury is one win from clinching a championship and becoming one of the greatest WNBA teams ever. And while Diana Turasi and Britney Griner’s play has provided inspiration at times, the Mercury have also had a guest on their bench who has provided extra inspiration this postseason.
The Mercury introduced 11-year-old Mia McPoland as the team’s “honorary” assistant coach a pre-playoff press conference in Phoenix. Head coach Sandy Brondello said she was searching for someone with strength, determination, and perseverance to help move her team through the playoffs. And Coach Mia fit the bill.
It's the top of the 5th last night and the Pirates are down 3-2 to the Phillies. Star centerfielder and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen steps up to the plate. On the first pitch he sees blasts a shot to deep center, and with a lucky bounce (and some bad positioning from the Philadelphia outfield), Cutch turned on the jets and extended a sure-fire triple into his first career inside-the-park homerun. And it's probably the best inside-the-park homer you'll ever see.
When pitcher Mariano Rivera retired after the 2013 season, he played 19 years in the majors and left the game with 652 saves — the most all time. Mo is a modern legend, and a lock for the Hall of Fame. But there’s more to his story than baseball. Rivera, the son of a fisherman, grew up in Panama, and when he tried out for the Yankees he did with mismatched clothes and a hole in his shoe. If baseball didn’t work out, he wanted to be a mechanic. Rivera documents the life he had as a youth — as well as his experiences as a pitcher — in his book The Closer. And now there’s a Young Readers Edition just for kids.
Rivera stopped by the SI Kids offices last week to talk with Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch about the YA version of The Closer, his life in and out of baseball, and what he misses about the game. Watch the full interview below:
Some predictable names rose to the top of the Week 1 fantasy rankings, with Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning, Matt Forte and Julius Thomas among the leading scorers. They were joined atop the leaderboard by second-tier players like Matt Ryan and Le’Veon Bell, and late-round draft day fliers like Allen Hurns and Knowshon Moreno. You never know who is going to bust out and lead fantasy owners to weekly glory.
What will Ryan do for an encore after his career day against the Saints last week? Is Bell the breakout running back of 2014? Can Hurns keep alive his Week 1 momentum? Find out in our fantasy football projections for Week 2.