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ckle Trent Brown has been doing since his trade to New England: pretty damn well. He’s starting at left tackle Sunday in the Super Bowl Terrell Owens Color Rush Jersey , favored to win, and heading into free agency with a big payday likely. A day-two mid-draft trade last spring swapped the last year of Brown’s rookie contract plus the 49ers’ second of two fifth-round picks (#143 overall) for the Patriot’s 3rd round choice (#95). Those picks turned into cornerback Tarvarius Moore, who showed strong late in the season for San Francisco, and linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, who won a starting job at LB for New England and was playing great (14 tackles and an interception) before a torn bicep ended his season after 3 games.Once he arrived in Foxboro,Brown immediately moved to left tackle and took over the starting job from the first day of training camp. New England saved a lot of money this year by letting their previous left tackle Nate Solder walk; the veteran made $10 million this year for the Giants, going up to $17 million next year. He’s now the NFL’s highest paid offensive lineman. In contrast, the Patriots are paying a grand total of $1.9M for Brown this year. That changes after this season, since he’s now a free agent, and there are no guarantees Brown will stay with the Patriots. He has a big spotlight in Atlanta to pump up his free agent value, and Belichick is great at getting the most out of inexpensive players.Then again, New England is a great spot for a young lineman, with a pretty decent quarterback famous for getting rid of the ball quickly, a legendary position coach (Dante Scarnecchia), and talented colleagues on the line. PFF ranked this rebuilt line as fourth best in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers both have great pass rushes, but neither got a sack against Brady in these playoffs.Brown has improved steadily all season, and has been a stud in the playoffs , holding both Melvin Ingram and Dee Ford to no sacks and one pressure each. He is PFF’s top-graded tackle in the playoffs this year.Even in the run game, which has always been his weakness, the Patriots have figured out how to make the most of his unique combination of size and mobility: in goal line packages. Zack Cox of New England Sports Network points out that:He had a star moment in crunch time in the AFC Championship game, luring Ford into lining up offsides, which wiped out a game ending interception. Some fans thought Brown was lined up illegally off the line himself, but photos show that he’s so huge (6’8”, 360 lbs.) that it just looked that way. He helmet broke the plane of the center’s hip, as required, but his back foot was two yards behind any of the other offensive linemen.That isn’t to say that the Niners made a bad trade. Brown was not a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s outside zone running game, and only played ten games in 2017 before going on injured reserve. He was called for 18 penalties in 31 games on the Niners, versus only five this entire season, where he’s played 97.3% of the Patriots offensive snaps.Clearly he’s fitting in better with New England, but San Francisco’s OL also improved by subtraction when Brown left. I don’t think there’s any way that Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson would have been racked up so many rushing yards in Shanahan’s scheme with Brown still on the team.If Tarvarius Moore develops into a solid cornerback, this may be one of those rare trades where both teams benefit. Add in the financial implications with Brown headed to free agency, and that could be further noteworthy for the 49ers. That said, I predict that when Bill Belichick retires George Kittle Jersey , New England will miss his work as a GM as much or more than his coaching.In any case, Trent Brown is looking forward to a Super Bowl bonus check and maybe a ring, plus a big second contract as a starting left tackle somewhere in the NFL next year. Life is good. Week 2 was another high scoring slate in the NFL and another week when daily fantasy sports contests were won by rostering the passing attack from just a handful of games.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 300-plus yards and six touchdowns in a 42-27 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, including two scores to tight end Travis Kelce. Behind early and forced to play catch-up, Ben Roethlisberger aired it out 60 times, leading to a 450-yard performance to go along with three passing and one rushing touchdown. Wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster and TE Jesse James both cracked the 100-yard threshold and found the end zone.In total there were more than 180 fantasy points scored in the Chiefs-Steelers game. Meanwhile at Lambeau Field, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins connected with WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for 90 combined fantasy points.Game stacks have been pivotal to winning daily tournaments this year. The Bucs-Saints shootout in Week 1 and the Chiefs-Steelers shootout for Week 2 both led to millions in prizes.Here are game stacks to target for Week 3:New Orleans at Atlanta (Over-under: 53, Falcons favored by 3 points)The Falcons-Saints game has the second-highest Vegas total this week. Matt Ryan and the Falcons host Drew Brees and company in a game that could make a perfect game stack opportunity with the duo of Ryan and Julio Jones plus New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara. Jones has been targeted 28 times to start the season for nearly 500 air yards, a metric that balances target volume with the depth of those targets. Jones has a 40 percent market share of the Falcons passing attack. On the flip side, Alvin Kamara gets to face a Falcons defense that funnels targets to opposing running backs and gave up 14 catches for 100-plus yards to Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey last weekend. Kamara has 18 targets through the first two weeks and is in a prime spot to make a fantasy splash if the game in Atlanta turns into a shootout. Fantasy owners who are building multiple lineups could also consider mixing in Saints WR Michael Thomas and Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu to their stacks.San Francisco at Kansas City (Over-under: 56, Chiefs favored by 6 1/2 points)While a lot of the attention will be on Patrick Mahomes this week because of his 10 TDs through two games, winning daily fantasy tournaments requires separation from the crowd.Jimmy Garoppolo is in a bounce-back spot against a Chiefs defense that has allowed more than 1,000 yards per game of total offense and given up more than 400 yards passing in back-to-back games. While the Chiefs defense should benefit from a home game at Arrowhead, Garoppolo is still in great position to throw for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns and will look to connect with his favorite target as Marquise Goodwin hopefully returns to the 49ers lineup. Garoppolo-Goodwin stacks can also be mixed with 49ers tight end George Kittle — who could be lower owned after disappointing players as a popular pick last week. He will return value for fantasy owners if he can even replicate half of Jesse James’ stat line from last week. Chiefs players Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins are all candidates to “bring it back” and should be inserted into your lineups to make a full-on game stack.

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