Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus was so inspired -- so awestruck -- by sushi that he was compelled to write about it.
When he's not tying records for the most field goals made in a playoff game (five against the Steelers), McManus is engaged in a passion project of sorts: he blogs about sushi and other various foods for the Broncos' website, The Ringer reports.
And tens of thousands of people visit the site for the kicker's hot food takes (taeks).
McManus waxes poetic about myriad food options in the Denver area, like he did after being floored by offerings at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
“The light fluffiness of these donuts paired with the Vietnamese coffee ice cream had us dreaming of a bakery in France. Order extra spiced donuts to take home for breakfast the following morning," McManus wrote, asking readers to trust his recommendations.
I'm expert in finding ways to make things about me, so I won't disappoint here. McManus is clearly the universe's way of balancing my disdain for food that people rave about. Read a couple of McManus' blog posts and you can see his enjoyment of the food bleed off the page. What a weirdo. Food is food. I long for the day when science can deliver all meals via pill, so we can be rid of food lovers like the Broncos kicker.
Please hurry, science, because McManus' food takes are making me want to try new food, which would be disastrous for my brand.
Whatever you think of McManus' foodie alter ego, the Denver kicker has a plus matchup in Week 5, and highlights this week's top FanDuel kicker plays.
Stephen Gostkowski (NE) at Cleveland Browns ($5,100): The days of fading Gostkowski as the high-priced option on FanDuel are likely over, as a Tom Brady returns to the Patriots. Brady is reportedly very mad at everyone and everything and he's nice and tanned from his four-week vacation to start the 2016 season. New England thrashes opponents via the pass through most of 2015, until injuries ravaged the team's aerial attack. Cleveland's secondary is a sieve, so the Pats should have no problem picking them apart through the air -- something we look for in selecting kickers. New England is a huge favorite with one of Week 5's highest implied totals. Gostkowski averaged 2.3 field goal attempts per game in 2015, and had seven games in which he saw three or more field goal tries. Opportunity is king and Gostkowski should have plenty of it against the woeful Browns.
Chris Boswell (PIT) vs. New York Jets ($4,700): Boswell hasn't produced all that much since he was highlighted in this space for Week 1, when he notched nine fantasy points. The Steelers have scored touchdowns galore over the past three contests, and sometimes gone for two instead of kicking the extra point. That's a not-insignificant factor in deploying Boswell in Week 5, but the matchup is right. Only five defenses allow more passing yardage per game than the Jets, who are now primed to be shredded by a white-hot Pittsburgh aerial attack bolstered by the return of Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers are at home, favored by a touchdown. New York is allowing two field goal attempts per game -- 11th most through four weeks.
Brandon McManus (DEN) vs. Atlanta Falcons ($4,700): McManus, who scored 15 fantasy points last time the Broncos had a plus matchup against a leaky pass defense, is the Week 5 kicker play. Denver is at home, favored by five points against a Falcons' defense being gouged for 318 passing yards per game. The Denver passing game has shown signs of life over the past couple weeks, just in time for a juicy home matchup. The Broncos have one of the week's highest implied totals too. McManus shapes up to be a lineup-changing Week 5 option. I would deploy McManus over the other two mid-priced options mentioned in this space.
Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. Chicago Bears ($4,700): The Colts are home favorites against a shaky Chicago defense giving up a cool 2.5 field goal tries per contest in 2016. Vinatieri, despite the Colts' offensive struggles, has had two field goal attempts in each of their first four games. His Week 5 FanDuel price is more than reasonable. Opponents aren't exactly ripping the Bears through the air (they're giving up 210 passing yards per game, though their competition should be taken into account), but Chicago's defense is allowing 3.5 red zone scoring opportunities per game. Only eight teams have allowed more scoring chances inside the 20-yard line. Vinatieri made 23-of-24 field goal tries in 11 Indy wins in 2014, when Andrew Luck was upright and the offense was ticking along just fine. I would prefer Boswell over Vinatieri though.
Mason Crosby (GB) vs. New York Giants ($4,500): Crosby, once a fantasy force, is now available for the rock-bottom minimum on FanDuel, and just in time. The Packers' offense appeared to have a pulse in Week 3 after almost a full calendar year of appearing to be a zombie of its former self. I don't think it's a fluke either, as Jordy Nelson - the key cog to Green Bay's attack - appears to be at full health. The Packers come into Week 5 as a seven-point home favorite against a Giants team giving up a league-high four field goal tries per game. Crosby notched 2.16 field goals per game in Green Bay wins two seasons ago, when the offense was at full strength. He had 14 field goal attempts in five 2014 games that saw the Pack win by a touchdown or less. We have many signs pointing to Crosby having a solid Week 5 floor, and a hopeful ceiling.
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