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    Shall we rename the Winners section the Newtons?Cam Newton seems to have a stranglehold on the fantasy leaderboard these days, but Sunday didnt present only good news for Week 1s members of the 20-point club, as Antonio Brown, A. Wholesale China Jerseys .J. Green, Carlos Hyde and Alex Smith let their owners down.As we do each Sunday right here, we recap the weeks winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. Check back after the conclusion of the 1 and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for our picks of the weeks best and worst.WinnersCam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Ho-hum. Another week, another spot atop the fantasy leaderboard, as Newtons 29 fantasy points were tops through the Sunday 4 p.m. ET games. If his lead holds, it would mark the fourth time in the past seven regular-season weeks that he has been the top scorer, as he also led in 2015 Weeks 13 (tied with Marcus Mariota), 15 and 17. Since the beginning of last season, the only other players to top the leaderboard multiple times have been Devonta Freeman (2015 Weeks 3-4), Matthew Stafford (2015 Weeks 6 and 12, though he was tied for the lead in Week 12) and Russell Wilson (2015 Weeks 12 and 14, tied with Stafford in Week 12).Fantasy owners who made Newton the No. 1 quarterback off the board -- many of them bold enough to spend as high an overall selection as the No. 13 indicated by his ESPN ADP -- have been pleasantly rewarded thus far.Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers: No Keenan Allen, no problem. Benjamin, signed to a four-year, $24-million contract by the Chargers during the offseason, became the teams de facto No. 1 wide receiver in the wake of Allens season-ending injury. In Week 2, he made a statement in his first full game in the role, topping all wide receivers through the 4 p.m. ET games with 23 fantasy points. It sure seems that Benjamin has a thing for Week 2s, as his career-best score, and only one greater than his total on Sunday, came with the Cleveland Browns, 29 fantasy points in 2015 Week 2. He also made the most of his targets, catching all six for a 29-point PPR day. To put that into perspective -- and perhaps cast some light on the Chargers wide receiver pecking order going forward -- Benjamin saw at least six targets in eight of his 16 games for the Browns in 2015, and he matched teammate Tyrell Williams (12 fantasy points on six targets) for the team lead in the category.Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers: Benjamin has played a big part in Newtons success these first two weeks, following up his 15 fantasy points in the NFL Kickoff game with 22 on Sunday, matching Corey Coleman for second among wide receivers through the 4 p.m. ET games. After whispers that Benjamin might be on a snap count to begin his first season since recovering from a torn ACL, he played 49 of 68 offensive snaps in Week 1. Well soon get a final snap count for his Week 2, but the 37 fantasy points he has in consecutive weeks shattered his previous best of 35, set in Weeks 10-11 of 2014. Its quite an encouraging comeback so far for the 2014 first-rounder.Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: He certainly justified his No. 15 overall selection -- first among wide receivers -- in the 2016 NFL draft on Sunday, scoring 22 fantasy points to match Benjamin for the positions second-best score through the 4 p.m. ET games. To put Colemans effort into perspective, only six different Browns wide receivers (rookies or not) have scored more than that in a game since the team rejoined the NFL in 1999: Travis Benjamin, Antonio Bryant, Braylon Edwards (four times), Josh Gordon (four times), Quincy Morgan (twice) and Dennis Northcutt.Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots: One could make the claim that Garoppolos week warrants more of a negative spin, but he did score 21 fantasy points for his owners who were bold enough to start him in 9.6 percent of ESPN leagues, that all before getting injured roughly four minutes shy of halftime. In doing so, Garoppolo, still a free agent in 83.8 percent of leagues, exceeded the magic 20 threshold we demand from the position. Its the most scored by a quarterback in the first half of a game since three managed more in 2015 Week 15: Brock Osweiler (27, en route to 28), Cam Newton (24 of 41) and Kirk Cousins (22 of 35).Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: Through two games, its apparent that Crowell is the Browns starting/go-to running back, and he concluded Sundays 4 p.m. ET games with 20 fantasy points, second so far for the week and tops among Sunday players. More importantly, though, he had 18 carries and 19 touches to Duke Johnson Jr.s three and seven, after winning those battles in Week 1 by margins of 12-3 and 15-6. Three of Crowells best single-game fantasy-point totals have come in his past six regular-season games (26 in 2015 Week 14 was his best; this weeks 20 is now tied for his second-best; 14 during 2015 Week 16 was his fifth-highest total).Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: After dropping 24 fantasy points on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, Ryan followed it up with another 27 in Week 2, giving him a league-leading 51 through two weeks. Scaling the 25 point fantasy plateau is a rarity for Ryan, as he had gone 20 games between performances of at least that many (2014 Week 14 was his last one). Perhaps more importantly for future-matchup evaluation, Ryans game came at the expense of the extremely disappointing Oakland Raiders defense, which has now afforded a league-leading 57 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (they allowed 30 to Drew Brees in Week 1).Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: For the second consecutive week, Gordon scored a touchdown -- remember that he didnt have a single score in 2015 -- and he managed exactly 17 fantasy points for the second straight game. That gives him 34 for the season, which is more than he had in any six-game span in 2015. He might also be in line for a more prominent role in the coming weeks following Danny Woodheads early departure due to a knee injury.LosersFantasy owners of Doug Martin, Thomas Rawls, Arian Foster, Danny Woodhead and Ameer Abdullah: All five running backs made early exits from Sundays games due to injury, with none reaching 10 carries and only Rawls totaling 10 touches before his departure. For suggestions on who to pick up and/or how to deal with this rash of running-back injuries, check out Eric Karabells blog later this evening.Rawls stat line was the one that stood out: He ran seven times for minus-7 yards, finishing with one fantasy point merely thanks to his three catches for 15 yards. Thats the worst rushing yard total by a running back who had at least five attempts in a game since LaRod Stephens-Howling had minus-14 yards on eight carries in 2012 Week 3, and Rawls three stuffs (held to a loss) matched his 2015 Week 4 career high.Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Well, at least he wasnt one of the many running backs injured in Week 2, but Gurleys six fantasy points on Sunday were only three more than Abdullah (the leader from the previous group), and they gave him back-to-back games in single digits for only the second time in his career (2015 Weeks 12-13). Queue the panic amongst Gurleys owners, and while its seemingly outrageous to remind them that this was a wretched matchup for him on paper and that they should remain patient, there are some who might have their doubts about him.To give you a sense of how special a talent Gurley is, consider that even with these two stinkers, he now has 186 fantasy points through his first 15 career games, comparing favorably to the running backs in the chart to the right.Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Queue panic among Browns fantasy owners who made him the No. 1 consensus pick during the preseason. OK, OK, thats exaggerating -- no one should be that reactionary -- but after he was started in 99.9 percent of ESPN leagues, Browns mere three fantasy points (seven in PPR) mightve sunk a lot of his teams. He managed 11 targets in this one, and only one other time in his career did he score so few or fewer fantasy points in a game where he was targeted at least that much: two (six in PPR) on 11 targets in 2012 Week 6.A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Browns counterpart across the field didnt fare much better, converting his eight targets into three fantasy points (and just five in PPR). Such a low score is even more unusual for Green than it is for Brown, as this was only the 10th time in Greens 78 career games (12.8 percent) than he scored three or fewer fantasy points; Browns was his 18th in 88 career games scoring three or fewer (20.5 percent).Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: One of five running backs to reach the 20-point fantasy threshold during Week 1 -- he had exactly 20 -- Hyde was promptly started by owners in 58.4 percent of ESPN leagues on Sunday, but provided his teams one-tenth of that, or two points. Hyde takes a lot of flak for playing on a losing team, a point more strongly made in 2015, but bear in mind that in only one of his eight games played last season was he held to as few as two fantasy points (Week 4).Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Only a handful of fantasy owners -- he was started in 7.6 percent of ESPN leagues -- absorbed Smiths three-point fantasy disaster on Sunday, but those who did probably play in deeper or two-quarterback leagues, where the impact was more severely felt. It was an unusually poor performance for the game-managing, typically-low-risk Smith, as he hadnt had a game with that few fantasy points since 2012 Week 6 (two) when he was a member of the 49ers.Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Known more for his PPR-scoring prowess rather than in standard, Tate let owners down in both formats on Sunday, scoring only one fantasy point (and three in PPR) for the owners who started him in 52.8 percent of ESPN leagues. Through two games, Tate has just five fantasy points on 16 targets; he had scored more than five points in 18 of his 32 career Lions games entering the 2016 season.Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Though Andrew Lucks Weeks 1-2 drop-off ended up being the greater of the two (a 24-point decline), Winstons fantasy point total dropped from 25 in Week 1 to a mere three this week, fueled by four interceptions and a lost fumble. It was by far a career-worst for the sophomore, who never scored fewer than 12 fantasy points in a game in 2015 (Weeks 3, 4 and 10). Wholesale Cheap Jerseys . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. NFL Jerseys Outlet . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- In the final minutes of his life, Odin Lloyd sent a series of texts to his sister. "Did you see who I was with?" said the first, at 3:07 a.m. June 17. "Who?" she finally replied. "NFL," he texted back, then added: "Just so you know." It was 3:23 a.m. Moments later, Lloyd would be dead in what a prosecutor called an execution-style shooting orchestrated by New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez because his friend talked to the wrong people at a nightclub. Hernandez was charged Wednesday with murder. Hernandez was cut from the NFL team less than two hours after he was arrested and led from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs, and nine days after Lloyds body was discovered by a jogger in a remote area of an industrial park not far from Hernandezs home. The 2011 Pro Bowl selection had signed a five-year contract last summer with the Patriots worth $40 million. His lawyer, Michael Fee, called the case circumstantial during a Wednesday afternoon court hearing packed with news reporters, curiosity seekers and police officers. Fee said there was a "rather hysterical atmosphere" surrounding the case and urged the judge to disregard his clients celebrity status as he asked for Hernandez, 23, to be released on bail. The judge, though, ordered Hernandez held without bail on the murder charge and five weapons counts. If convicted, Hernandez could get life in prison without parole. Hernandez stood impassively with his hands cuffed in front of him as Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley laid out a detailed timeline of the events, cobbled together from sources including witnesses, surveillance video, text messages and data from cellphone towers. Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player with the Boston Bandits, had known Hernandez about a year and was dating the sister of Hernandezs fiancee, the mother of Hernandezs 8-month-old baby, McCauley said. On June 14, Lloyd went with Hernandez to a Boston club, Rumor. McCauley said Hernandez was upset Lloyd had talked to people there with whom Hernandez had trouble. He did not elaborate. Two days later, McCauley said, on June 16, Hernandez texted two unidentified friends. He asked them to hurry to Massachusetts from Connecticut. At 9:05 p.m., a few minutes after the first message to his friends, Hernandez texted Lloyd, telling him he wanted to get together, McCauley said. Later, surveillance footage from Hernandezs home showed his friends arrive and go inside. Hernandez, holding a gun, then told someone in the house he was upset and couldnt trust anyone anymore, the prosecutor said. At 1:12 a.m., the three left in Hernandezs rented silver Nissan Altima, McCauley said. Cell towers tracked their movements to a gas station off the highway. There, he said, Hernandez bought blue Bubblicious cotton candy gum. At 2:32 a.m., they arrived outside Lloyds home in Boston and texted him that they were there. McCauley said Lloyds sister saw him get into Hernandezs car. From there, surveillance cameras captured images of what the prosecutor said was Hernandez driving the silver Altima through the city of Boston. Wholesale NBA Jerseys China. As they drove back toward North Attleborough, Hernandez told Lloyd he was upset about what happened at the club and didnt trust him, McCauley said. That was when Lloyd began sending texts to his sister. Surveillance video showed the car entering the industrial park and at 3:23 a.m. driving down a gravel road near where Lloyds body was found. Four minutes later, McCauley said, the car emerges. During that period, employees working an overnight shift nearby heard several gunshots, McCauley said. McCauley said Lloyd was shot multiple times, including twice from above as he was lying on the ground. He said five .45 calibre casings were found at the scene. Authorities did not say who fired the shots or identify the two others with Hernandez. At 3:29 a.m., surveillance at Hernandezs house shows him arriving, McCauley said. "The defendant was walking through the house with a gun in his hand. Thats captured on video," he said. His friend is also seen holding a gun, and neither weapon has been found, McCauley said. Then, the surveillance system stopped recording, and footage was missing from the six to eight hours after the slaying, he said. The afternoon of June 17, the prosecutor said, Hernandez returned the rental car, offering the attendant a piece of blue Bubblicious gum when he dropped it off. While cleaning the car, the attendant found a piece of blue Bubblicious gum and a shell casing, which he threw away. Police later searched the trash bin and found the gum and the casing. The prosecutor said it was tested and matched the casings found where Lloyd was killed. As McCauley outlined the killing, Lloyds family members cried and held each other, and two were so overcome that they had to leave the courtroom. The Patriots said in a written statement after Hernandezs arrest but before the murder charge was announced that cutting Hernandez was "the right thing to do." "Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation," it said. Hernandez, originally from Bristol, Conn., was drafted by the Patriots in 2010 out of the University of Florida, where he was an All-American. During the draft, one team said it wouldnt take him under any circumstances, and he was passed over by one club after another before New England picked him in the fourth round. Afterward, Hernandez said he had failed a drug test in college -- reportedly for marijuana -- and was up front with teams about it. A Florida man filed a lawsuit last week claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February. Hernandez became a father on Nov. 6 and said he intended to change his ways: "Now, another one is looking up to me. I cant just be young and reckless Aaron no more. 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