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Week 2 Rankings:         Top-20 Quarterbacks   1 ) Tom Brady (NE)   2 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB)   3 ) Matt Ryan (ATL)   4 ) Drew Brees (NO)   5 ) Derek Carr (OAK)   6 ) Jameis Winston (TB)   7 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN)   8 ) Cam Newton (CAR)   9 ) Philip Rivers (LAC)   10 ) Matthew Stafford (DET)   11 ) Russell Wilson (SEA)   12 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)   13 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS)   14 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF)   15 ) Alex Smith (KC)   16 ) Carson Wentz (DAL)   17 ) Dak Prescott (DAL)   18 ) Jay Cutler (MIA)   19 ) Carson Palmer (ARI)   20 ) Joe Flacco (BAL)   Top-40 Running Backs   1 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT)   2 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF)   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)   4 ) Kareem Hunt (KC)   5 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC)   6 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA)   7 ) Ty Montgomery (GB)   8 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN)   9 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL)   10 ) Todd Gurley (LAR)   11 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK)   12 ) Mike Gillislee (NE)   13 ) Leonard Fournette (JAC)   14 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN)   15 ) Jordan Howard (CHI)   16 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR)   17 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB)   18 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE)   19 ) CJ Anderson (DEN)   20 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI)   21 ) Lamar Miller (HOU)   22 ) Mark Ingram (NO)   23 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ)   24 ) James White (NE)   25 ) Terrance West (BAL)   26 ) Jonathan Stewart (CAR)   27 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL)   28 ) Javorious Allen (BAL)   29 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA)   30 ) Carlos Hyde (SF)   31 ) Kerwynn Williams (ARI)   32 ) Robert Kelley (WAS)   33 ) Theo Riddick (DET)   34 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI)   35 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET)   36 ) Alvin Kamara (NO)   37 ) Joe Mixon (CIN)   38 ) Jeremy Hill (CIN)   39 ) Adrian Peterson (NO)   40 ) Frank Gore (IND)   Top-50 Wide Receivers   1 ) Julio Jones (ATL)   2 ) Jordy Nelson (GB)   3 ) Mike Evans (TB)   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT)   5 ) Amari Cooper (OAK)   6 ) Brandin Cooks (NE)   7 ) AJ Green (CIN)   8 ) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)   9 ) Keenan Allen (LAC)   10 ) Michael Thomas (NO)   11 ) Tyreek Hill (KC)   12 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA)   13 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)   14 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)   15 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN)   16 ) Golden Tate (DET)   17 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN)   18 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK)   19 ) Dez Bryant (DAL)   20 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT)   21 ) Davante Adams (GB)   22 ) Devante Parker (MIA)   23 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)   24 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS)   25 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL)   26 ) Adam Thielen (MIN)   27 ) Randall Cobb (GB)   28 ) DeSean Jackson (TB)   29 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI)   30 ) Danny Amendola (NE)   31 ) Cooper Kupp (LAR)   32 ) Sammy Watkins (LAR)   33 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC)   34 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA)   35 ) Corey Coleman (CLE)   36 ) Corey Davis (TEN)   37 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS)   38 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)   39 ) Pierre Garcon (SF)   40 ) TY Hilton (IND)   41 ) Ted Ginn (IND)   42 ) Chris Hogan (NE)   43 ) Eric Decker (TEN)   44 ) John Brown (ARI)   45 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI)   46 ) Kenny Golladay (DET)   47 ) Allen Hurns (JAC)   48 ) Rishard Matthews (TEN)   49 ) Paul Richardson (SEA)   50 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG)   Top-20 Tight Ends   1 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE)   2 ) Zach Ertz (PHI)   3 ) Jordan Reed (WAS)   4 ) Greg Olsen (CAR)   5 ) Travis Kelce (KC)   6 ) Martellus Bennett (GB)   7 ) Delanie Walker (TEN)   8 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA)   9 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN)   10 ) Charles Clay (BUF)   11 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN)   12 ) Jared Cook (OAK)   13 ) Austin Hooper (ATL)   14 ) Jason Witten (DAL)   15 ) Julius Thomas (MIA)   16 ) Hunter Henry (LAC)   17 ) Coby Fleener (NO)   18 ) Benjamin Watson (BAL)   19 ) Cameron Brate (TB)   20 ) Zach Miller (CHI)   Top-15 Defenses   1 ) Seattle   2 ) Arizona   3 ) Baltimore   4 ) Oakland   5 ) Carolina   6 ) Houston   7 ) Denver   8 ) Pittsburgh   9 ) Los Angeles Rams   10 ) Philadelphia   11 ) Cincinnati   12 ) Jacksonville   13 ) Kansas City   14 ) New York Giants   15 ) Tampa Bay   Top-15 Kickers   1 ) Justin Tucker (BAL)   2 ) Stephen Gostkowski (NE)   3 ) Matt Bryant (ATL)   4 ) Giorgio Tavecchio (OAK)   5 ) Will Lutz (NO)   6 ) Blair Walsh (SEA)   7 ) Dan Bailey (DAL)   8 ) Mason Crosby (GB)   9 ) Cairo Santos (KC)   10 ) Graham Gano (CAR)   11 ) Younghoe Koo (LAC)   12 ) Brandon McManus (DEN)   13 ) Matt Prater (DET)   14 ) Dustin Hopkins (WAS)   15 ) Chris Boswell (PIT)  

Fantasy Politics: Donald Trump Betting Lines for March 13th – 20th

The week started with a bang and ended with nary a whimper, in the world of President Donald J. Trump. Granted, besting the following tweet last weekend would have taken a Herculean effort even for our tweeter-in-chief:

A quick aside: You gotta love how Trump hedged here on describing Obama. Maybe, his predecessor isn’t sinister. Perhaps, he’s just mentally impaired. That’s responsible tweeting there.

Since last weekend, though, his Twitter feed has been relatively tame. Except for the odd tweet ripping Arnold Schwarzenegger for his “pathetic” ratings on “The Apprentice,” Trump was uncharacteristically restrained on Twitter.

Not happy: In response, the President Donald Trump and former star of the show lashed out in Twitter rant, saying he was fired due to 'pathetic ratings'

So what’s next?

That’s exactly what we’re going to try and predict, and then make into a game, here at The Roto Street Journal. Sure, it’s a departure from football,The Bachelor” or WWE. It’s the staid world of politics. Yet, if there’s ever a time to bring fantasy into politics and carryout our mission of “spreading the thrill of fantasy as far and wide as possible,” it’s now.

So whether you need a fantasy fix, or just want to make better of a presidency where the only sure thing is its unpredictability, we’re going to give it a go.

Rules and a framework? We’re working on it. Feel free to send suggestions, or if you hate the idea let us know, too.

For now, we’ll start on some simple bets that you’ll be seeing every Sunday here:

Donald Trump Betting Lines for March 13th – March 20th

Over/under tweetstorms from Trump = 2.5 

Bang the over all day here. Trump’s been eerily quiet this past week, so the law of averages calls for him tweeting with a vengeance. And the source of his ire? Pushback against the bill introduced to replace the Affordable Care Act. Tea party conservatives, think Ted Cruz, and more-moderate Republicans have already raised reservations about the proposal. It’s likely Trump’s patience will wane this week culminating in an outburst on Twitter. 

Note – A “TweetStorm” is a rapid succession of four or more tweets centered around the same topic

Over/under Trump tweets that end with an adjective!  =   7.5

Sad! Bad guy! This is Trump’s equivalent of a mic drop, and he’s liberal in their use. Given my prediction on a Twitter-heavy week, we’ll set the bar high, with seven. For comparison’s sake, last week he only used these zingers three time: Weak!, A NEW LOW, and my personal  favorite Bad (or sick) guy!

Who will have the worst week in the Beltway? 

Sean Spicer -150

Reince Priebus Even

Kellyanne Conway +150

Stephen Bannon +200

Ivanka Trump +500

Sean Spicer might have the toughest job in Washington, parsing the president’s oftentimes bizarre musings for the news media. He’s recently responded to a question saying it’s “above his pay grade.” He also celebrated the recent jobs numbers that painted a rosy picture for the U.S. economy. Reports of upticks in employment “may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now,” he said, almost in a self-deprecating way. Trump raised doubts with the validity of positive jobs numbers in the past under President Obama. Now, that’s he’s president and the numbers are good, there are no problems. Spicer’s in an untenable situation, dealing with the dogged press and a boss who takes PR into his own hands without giving his underlings any heads-up. Most weeks, it’ll be a safe bet Spicer is in the thick of it.

What to look for in the week ahead: Trump’s first meeting Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a study in contrasts.

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