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Wakeup Call: Will Jets cut their losses with Tebow?

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Wakeup Call: Will Jets cut their losses with Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 1:

AUTO RACING
The Chase for the Cup looks like a two-man battle between Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. (AP)

BASEBALL
It was a parade of love in San Francisco for the World Series champs. (AP)

The confetti was still lining the streets when free agents-to-be Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Affeldt began pondering their futures. (CSN Bay Area)

Speaking of Pagan, he helped pass out some of the tacos he won for everyone in the country with his Game 2 stolen base. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Angels checked one item off their offseason to-do list, trading Ervin Santana to the Royals. (AP)

Let the A-Rod rumors begin. Today's entry: The Phillies. (CSN Philly)

Rafael Soriano figures it's time to cash in on his 42-save season as Mariano Rivera's replacement. (AP)

Dan Duquette says he likes Mark Reynolds, but doesn't like his 11 million price tag for 2013. So he'll see if he can't bring Reynolds back for a little -- or a lot -- less than that. (CSN Baltimore)

The Rays are keeping James Shields, Fernando Rodney and Jose Molina -- or at least they're picking up their 2013 options -- and letting Luke Scott go. (AP)

The Marlins' managerial search continues. The latest interviewee: Tigers coach Lloyd McClendon. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Michigan has suspended leading scorer Trey Burke for its exhibition opener because of what coach John Beilein is calling "out-of-character" decisions. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Pete Carroll on Steve Spurrier's claim that Alabama could beat some of the worst teams in the NFL: Get real, will ya? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

But not to worry there, Saban: Alabama's playing LSU this weekend, not the Jaguars or the Panthers. And it looks like Amari Cooper will be good to go. (NBC's College Football Talk)

To keep him away from the general prison population, Jerry Sandusky's going to serve his sentence on death row. (AP)

GOLF
Phil Mickelson can't shake that horrific Ryder Cup defeat. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
I know it's early, but what a Dwightmare it's been for Lakers so far. (AP)

They're certainly making Mark Cuban's wish come true. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Nice takeoff for James Harden with the Rockets. (CSN Houston)

Stephen Curry has a four-year, 44 million contract extension to take his mind off his bum ankle. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Even when the Jets have a bye week, Tim Tebow's in the news. (AP)

The Giants say they aren't going to let the damage and destruction of Hurricane Sandy take their minds off preparation for this week's game against the Steelers. (AP)

The Redskins figure no news is good news regarding a possible suspension for DeAngelo Hall after his blowup with the referees last week. But they haven't taken into account the hurricane, which closed the NFL offices in New York this week. (CSN Washington)

The NFL office also wants to talk to Emmanuel Sanders about that convenient leg cramp -- remember when he dropped like he was shot while the Steelers were trying to avoid using a time out in the fourth quarter against the Bengals, then returned one play later? -- he suffered a few weeks ago. (AP)

Told you this was coming! (CSN Baltimore)

The '85 Bears are remembered as one of the greatest teams of all time, but some -- like Richard Dent -- think they're actually a symbol of unrealized potential . . . and that it's Mike Ditka's fault they didn't win more than one Super Bowl. (CSN Chicago)

You may have to pass a faith test if you want to play for the Colts. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy beat: Trubisky a streaming option this week vs. Patriots?

Fantasy beat: Trubisky a streaming option this week vs. Patriots?

Fantasy football owners seem to get smarter every year. The leagues seem to get deeper. The competition seems to get better. That's partially because of the sheer amount of information available to fantasy geeks willing to put the time in. But it's not always easy to find sound fantasy advice on players filling out the back ends of fantasy depth charts. 

That's where we'll try to help fill in the gaps. Every week, we'll look at the Patriots matchup and try to help you decide which players to start and which to sit -- or which to invest in if you're playing in a daily format. You know you're playing Tom Brady every week. You know you're playing Rob Gronkowski, when healthy. But this is where we'll delve a little deeper with the information we've gleaned by being on the beat. Hopefully someone somewhere finds it helpful.

START

JOSH GORDON, WR, PATRIOTS: We are officially in it's-safe-to-start-Gordon territory after what we saw last weekend. His workload saw a massive bump, from 18 snaps in each of his first two games to 63 against the Chiefs, and he was thrown to as many times as he had been in his three previous games (one with the Browns) this season. There are still some chemistry issues there with Tom Brady, particularly on back-shoulder throws, but the team is doing what it can to make sure that connection develops. He's been targeted 15 times in 99 snaps with the Patriots. He's a solid WR3 or FLEX option this week. Of course, you're starting Julian Edelman as well as a No. 2, but that's so obvious it's barely worth mentioning. 

SONY MICHEL/JAMES WHITE, RB, PATRIOTS: The Patriots offense is such that it has plenty of room to support two relevant fantasy backs, which has been the case each of the last three weeks. Michel is handling the between-the-tackles load, and White is still primarily a receiver. Both are valuable. Michel has gone over 100 yards in three consecutive weeks, and White has seen the ball at least 13 times (between targets and handoffs) each of the last three weeks. I'd call both RB2 options this week. 

TARIK COHEN, RB, BEARS: The formula isn't complicated. Teams are throwing against the Patriots lately. Because they're down. That means targets, catches and yards for backs. And in PPR leagues, pass-catching backs against the Patriots have feasted lately. Nyheim Hines had seven catches for 45 yards two weeks ago. Kareem Hunt had five for 105 and a touchdown last weekend. In his last two games he's been targeted 17 times and caught 14 for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Roll with the formula. Cohen is an RB2. 

TAYLOR GABRIEL, WR, BEARS: Gabriel is in the WR3 conversation this week because over the last three weeks he's produced like Chicago's No. 1. He has 22 targets in that span (to Allen Robinson's 17), and he has over 100 yards in each of the last two weeks (which Robinson has yet to do). He had just two catches for 24 yards when he saw the Patriots last year, but he's hot, he's in a pass-happy offense, and his speed -- while not at the level of Tyreek Hill's -- could give the Patriots secondary some issues. I think he's a WR3 or FLEX play this week. 

TREY BURTON, TE, BEARS: It's ugly out there on the tight end scene, which means if you own Trey Burton . . . you probably have to start him. I don't love the play since he's only caught six passes in his last two games and he's been targeted just eight times in that span. But Burton's a threat to score (two touchdowns in each of the last two weeks), and the Patriots have had their problems with tight ends until they opted to double Travis Kelce all over the field last weekend. Burton won't get the same treatment because he's not the same player. But that could mean more fantasy production. 

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SIT

ALLEN ROBINSON, WR, BEARS: Forget about the fact that Gabriel has been the one producing like an WR1 for the Bears of late. Forget about the fact that Robinson's quarterback struggled to crack 200 yards in the first three weeks of the season and could be due for a regression after posting 670 passing yards and nine touchdowns in his last two contests. Robinson would've been in the mix for me as a FLEX option if not for the matchup. If Robinson ends up being matched up with Stephon Gilmore, he'll have a hard time getting free. If you remove the 33-yard touchdown allowed to the Lions -- a score that Duron Harmon later admitted he should've helped thwart -- Gilmore has been a lockdown defender since Week 3. He's allowed six catches on 16 targets in four games for 47 yards and a touchdown. That's a quarterback rating allowed of 66.7. Last week Gilmore allowed Sammy Watkins 18 yards on two catches and four targets. I'd say the same type of day is in play for Robinson. Run away. 

JORDAN HOWARD, RB, BEARS: This is another play I'd avoid at all costs if possible. Howard is trending in the wrong direction after fumbling at the goal line last week. He's not a threat in the passing game. He's scored just one touchdown this season. The 69 yards he ran for last week were his most since he had 82 in Week 1. The issue is you might not be able to avoid Howard if you own him. You're sitting there, as a Howard hopeful, saying, "Hunt just went for 8.0 yards a pop against the Patriots last week!" Howard's not the same kind of talent Hunt is. And Hunt isn't losing carries to a more athletic back who can double as a receiver the way Howard is. Sit him down.

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Patrice Bergeron's two 2nd-period points are simply incredible

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Patrice Bergeron's two 2nd-period points are simply incredible

So, the Bruins got off to a pretty rough start in Calgary, nearly getting run out of the Scotiabank Saddledome after spotting the Flames a 3-0 lead after 16 minutes -- including two goals within 48 seconds of each other.

But, boy, did Patrice Bergeron shift into overdrive coming out of the first intermission. These are two of the prettiest plays any Bruins player has put together so far in the early goings of the season:

It's going to be tough to keep pace with Toronto's Auston Matthews for the NHL's lead in points, but Bergeron came into Wednesday night's contest tied with Toronto's John Tavares for fourth-most points in the league. Boston's top line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak has so far combined for a flammable 30 points through the first five games of the season.

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