Here Are Are Your Top Fantasy Football Performers In Week 2

After a Week 1 in which many of your favorite fantasy football draft picks got hurt and irrevocably crippled your team, the fantasy football scene calmed down in Week 2. The early games gave us a predictable result, with the New England Patriots bouncing back in a big way against the New Orleans Saints. That meant huge games for both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Meanwhile, the team that beat the Patriots last week saw its two stars continue to shine, with Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt and tight end Travis Kelce off to huge starts to the season.

A disappointing day from Antonio Brown might be the biggest surprise of Week 2, with just five catches for 62 yards and a disappointing 11.2 points on the day. And the injury bug did hit one team in particular, as Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen broke his foot against the Bills.

Below are the top fantasy players at each position, which we will update throughout Sunday as games go final. Scoring is based off of a standard PPR league on ESPN.

QB
1) Tom Brady, NE, 30.8
2) Carson Wentz, PHI, 24.8
3) Trevor Siemian, DEN, 22.6
4) Drew Brees, NO, 22.2
5) Derek Carr, OAK, 21.2

RB
1) C.J. Anderson, DEN, 30.4
2) Todd Gurley, LAR, 36.6
3) Kareem Hunt, KC, 25.9
4) Chris Thompson, WAS, 25.6
5) Javarious Allen, BAL, 21.1
6) Melvin Gordon, LAC, 20.8
7) Jalen Richard, OAK, 18.9
8) James White, NE, 17.6
9) Carlos Hyde, SF, 17.3
10) Derrick Henry, TEN, 15.2

WR
1) Michael Crabtree, OAK, 32
2) Emmanuel Sanders, DEN, 24.2
3) J.J. Nelson, ARI, 23
4) Jermaine Kearse, NYJ, 22.4
5) Mike Evans, TB, 22.3
6) Alshon Jeffery, PHI, 22.2
7) Allen Hurns, JAX, 20.2
8) Jarvis Landry, MIA, 20.1
9) Keenan Allen, LAC, 19
10) Dez Bryant, DAL, 18.9

TE
1) Jason Witten, DAL, 25.7
2) Travis Kelce, KC, 24.3
3) Rob Gronkowski, NE, 23.6
4) Ben Watson, BAL, 17.1
5) Delanie Walker, TEN, 16.2

D/ST
1) Buccaneers, 18
T-2) Broncos, 15
T-2) Ravens, 15
T-4) Bills, 11
T-4) Cardinals, 11

Hurricane Guide: Safe Drinking Water 101

Whether it’s Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Florida, or the deadly monsoons in parts of Asia, recent weather events have magnified the importance of access to clean, safe drinking water during natural disasters. Taking the following steps recommended by emergency management agencies will help ensure your supply of safe water.

Ahead of a storm

If you’re preparing for a hurricane or a flood, or if there’s a chance your power may go out, take these steps to prepare using the safe water supply you have now:

Fill containers. Fill plastic containers, such as empty (and clean) soda bottles or milk jugs, with pre-storm, safe tap water, the Department of Homeland Security advises on Ready.gov. Do not use containers that can break down, like cartons or glass bottles. Fill your tub, too, so you will have plenty of water to use for flushing the toilet should your safe water source be unusable later on.

Make sure you have enough. Most people need at least two quarts of clean water each day, and that can double in hot weather or with physical activity, according to Ready.gov. Kids, nursing mothers and sick people need more. For food preparation and personal hygiene, plan on another two quarts of clean water per person, per day. Add that up, and you’ll need one gallon of safe drinking water per person, per day. Officials recommend keeping at least a three-day supply.

Freeze it. Take some of those filled plastic containers and freeze them. If the power goes out, use them to keep food in the freezer, fridge or coolers colder for longer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends. The FDA adds that if your drinking water becomes contaminated during the storm, the frozen containers will supply clean water as they thaw. Fill ice cube trays, too — those or frozen ice packs might come in handy for minor storm-related injuries.

Buy bottles. The FDA recommends buying a supply of bottled water and storing it where floodwaters are unlikely to reach it.

During and after the storm

Ready.gov has these safety tips for drinking water during the storm:

1. Don’t ration water unless an order is issued. Authorities say you should drink the amount you need to drink, and if you need more, find it later. To cut down on how much water you need, try to stay cool and as inactive as possible. And don’t use your safe water supply to make coffee, as caffeinated drinks (and alcohol) dehydrate the body and increase the need for water.

2. Boil water. Natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods can overwhelm municipal water treatment plants and contaminate your water supply. Normally, those treatment plants take in surface water, filter it, treat it and remove contaminants like E. coli, salmonella and shigella. But they can only handle so much water at a time.

If the water safety is compromised, officials may issue a boil-water advisory or notice, which means you should boil any water meant for drinking, cleaning food or brushing your teeth, for one full minute. Since bacteria and viruses are not visible to the naked eye, keep in mind the water may look the same as it always does.

3. Treat suspicious water. Drink the water you know to be safe first, and put off drinking suspicious water, such as cloudy water from your faucets, according to Ready.gov. But if that’s the only water option left, treating it and drinking it is better than becoming dehydrated.

Ready.gov says to let the water settle in a container before treating to let any particles settle to the bottom. Strain them out through a coffee filter or layers of a clean cloth. To clean the filtered water, boiling it is one option.

Another option is regular household bleach (do not use scented ones or any with added cleaners). Add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water, stir and let stand for a half hour. The water should have a faint bleach odor, Ready.gov says. If it doesn’t, then add another 1/8 teaspoon and let stand another 15 minutes. If it still has no bleach odor, toss the water and find another source.

4. Test your well water. If you have a well that has been flooded, the FDA says the water should be tested and disinfected after the floodwaters recede. Contact your local or state health department for specific advice, the agency says.

It’s Official, 1 in 3 American Adults Need To Lay Off The Snacks

One-third of American adults and one in six children are now obese, although an annual report released Thursday by two nonprofit groups found that rates could be stabilizing.

The report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that West Virginia had the highest obesity rate at 37.7 percent. Mississippi was second at 37.3 percent and Alabama and Arkansas were tied for third at 35.7 percent.

The report says the adult obesity rate increased between 2015 and 2016 in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia, fell in Kansas, and was stable elsewhere. Colorado had the lowest rate, at 22.3 percent.

This is the first time in 14 years of conducting the annual report that any state’s rate dropped, and rates of increases in other states have begun to slow, Trust for America’s Health President and CEO John Auerbach said.

The report recommends focusing on early childhood prevention efforts, including promoting exercise, expanding investments in community-based programs, increasing health-care coverage for obesity prevention and treatment, and improving school-based efforts to provide healthy meals and physical activities.

“We conclude the report with a fair amount of optimism,” Auerbach said on a conference call. “The adult rates are showing signs of leveling off and the childhood rates are stabilizing. In our review of the policies and strategies, we found that many (states) show a lot of promise for reversing the trends and improving health if we make them a higher priority.”

The study analyzed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures and used body mass index, a measure of height and weight. Those with a BMI of 25 to 29 are considered overweight; 30 and above is obese.

The report noted that 25 states had obesity rates above 30 percent. In 2000, no state had a rate above 25 percent.

Nine of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South. States in the Northeast and the West had lower obesity rates.

Auerbach said obesity costs the nation more than $150 billion in preventable health care costs and contributes to many different health problems.

Those problems are particularly acute in the 13-state Appalachian region, which lags behind the rest of the country in 33 of 41 public health indicators, including seven leading causes of death, according to a separate study released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Obesity rates were higher among adults without a college education or with annual incomes below $15,000.

The report also found one in four young adults who tried to join the military were deemed ineligible due to fitness and weight concerns.

“Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we’ve seen in recent years is real and it’s encouraging,” said Dr. Richard E. Besser, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s president and CEO. “That progress could be easily undermined if leaders and policymakers at all levels don’t continue to prioritize efforts that help all Americans lead healthier lives.”

Fitbit Finally Released Their First Smartwatch

Fitbit’s first official smartwatch, Ionic, is finally here. At first glance, it looks like a sleeker version of the Blaze fitness watch, but Ionic is packing a lot of cool new features under the hood. The all metal unibody design with swappable bands looks great, and the construction also gives it up to 50 meters of water resistance (swim tracking!) and better sensor contact with your skin. Ionic has common features like a mobile payment platform, built-in GPS and music storage, along with the Fitbit Coach app that allows you to access dynamic workouts and personalized recommendations. Couple all those features with four-day battery life and it’s clear why this watch is going to be a real contender for the fitness minded. The Fitbit Ionic will be available in three colorways (charcoal/smoke gray, slate blue/burnt orange, blue gray/silver gray) and is currently up for pre-order through Fitbit.

2.9 Million People Illegally Streamed the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Super Fight

According to digital security firm Irdeto, an estimated 2.9 million people illegally streamed the Floyd Mayweathervs. Conor McGregor fight last Saturday. The numbers that were seen on the illegal streaming circuit for the event have made the super fight one of the most pirated — perhaps, even the most — pirated boxing matches in history. Although the event was marketed as the biggest event in combat sports history, many did not believe it was worth the $100 USD pay-per-view price utilizing illegal means to watch the fight. Alongside typical pirate-streaming sites and streaming devices, social media platforms like FacebookYouTubeTwitch and Periscope, hosted many illegal streams despite respective efforts to shut down the viewing. No word from the promoters of the super fight, but stay tuned for more details.

This Is Why You’re So Tired Around This Time Of Day

The next time you’re yawning at your desk around midafternoon, take comfort in the fact that the reward center of your brain is yawning, too.

A small study out of Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology found that the region of our brain associated with rewards — the left putamen — slumps in the afternoon, especially when compared to the left putamen’s activity in the morning or in the evening.

To come to this conclusion, researchers had 16 healthy men who hadn’t engaged in any long-haul travel — wouldn’t want jet lag messing with the results — engage in a card-guessing activity at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The participants received a financial bonus for their best guesses in each round.

The men were hooked up to a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) machine during the test so their brain activity could be monitored.

“We found that activations in the left putamen, the reward centre located at the base of the forebrain, were consistently lowest at the 2 p.m. measurement compared to the start and end of the day,” Jamie Byrne, Ph.D. candidate and the study’s lead author, said in a statement.

“Our best bet is that the brain is ‘expecting’ rewards at some times of day more than others, because it is adaptively primed by the body clock.”

Basically, the brain’s reward expectations are governed by the body’s circadian rhythms, the same way wakefulness hormones are. It doesn’t expect a reward of some kind in the morning or the evening, because of the time of day it is, but it does expect it during the day.

Byrne likened the brain’s responses to how you’d respond to two different sorts of birthday celebrations. A surprise party means your brain is working a bit more to contextualize the event — it surprised you, after all — while a planned birthday dinner is an expected activity. You’re likely to enjoy both, but your brain has to do more to understand the surprise party.

So if someone surprises you at the office with cake at 2 p.m., you brain may just think, “Well, yeah, it’s 2 p.m. That’s cake time. Whatever. Try me at 10 a.m. I won’t be expecting cake during bagel time.”

Beyond being helpful when it comes to planning office events, Byrne and her colleagues think that their findings could have mental health implications, too. Given that the left putamen is more active at certain times of the day, treatments for depression and bipolar disorder may need to be adjusted to complement those active periods.

Exercising In The Scorching Florida Heat May Not Be Giving You The Benefits You Think It Is

Are you slogging through your workouts in these dog days of summer in the hopes that all of this hot-weather exercise will earn you extra fitness points come fall? You may be in for a sad surprise. A new study found that exercising in the heat may not be giving you the benefits you think it is. In fact, you may be better off moving your workouts indoors until those temps come back down.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha looked at the overall effect of exercise in different temperatures to get a better idea of how the body responds to workouts in various temperatures. They focused on the mitochondria (if you remember from high school biology, mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells; the energy needed by every cell in your body is produced in the mitochondria.)

For the study, which was notably small, researchers recruited 36 participants and took tissue samples before and after their workouts in hot (91 degrees Fahrenheit), cold (44 degrees F), and temperate conditions (68 degrees F). Their initial results showed that when exercisers did their workouts in the heat, there was no development in the mitochondria.

“In fact, the response [in heat is] about the same as if no exercise had occurred,” lead researcher Dustin Slivka, director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

It’s important to point out that these results were compiled after just one workout. Researchers are planning to continue tracking the exercisers to see if a period of heat acclimation might show more promising results in the mitochondria. They hope to publish their research in 18 months, after they’ve had time to follow the participants for longer periods of time working out at various temperatures.

But at the moment, they noted that exercising in cool or room temperatures might just be more effective than working out in the heat.

Should you use this study as an exercise to table your workouts until the fall? Nope. But if you are melting in the heat, you might consider this verification that it’s time to move your next workout indoors.

This Fitness App Plays Music That Changes Pace When You Do

Co-creator and co-founder of Google Maps, Lars Rasmussen and Elomida Visviki have recently launched a new music app Weav Music and fitness app Weav Run built on the progression of adaptive music.

Lars and Elomida have made technological advancements that will pair music to match your speed and steps while running. This goes further than the classic algorithm and genius technology because each song changes pace as you do, matching cadences and steps. Each song then acts as a motivational tool to push you forward and make runners reach new heights and increase their abilities. The songs will continuously change tempos to real-time making sure you are always on beat.

Weav Music has made partnerships with Sony Music, Warner Music, and many of their affiliated labels. Universal Music Group has given them permission to “experiment” with songs from their catalog to have a large and diverse choice of tracks for the listeners using Weav Run.

The creators say this is just the beginning of hyper music adaptation, and will soon become a part of video games, virtual reality, meditation, and dance apps. Having the ability to go from 60 to 240 bpm will give musicians more room to blend genres and sounds into each individual track, which could and will probably make a new genre of recorded music.

For those that love to run and jam, make sure to be apart of the high intelligent and groundbreaking app Weav Run, which is now available and can be downloaded for immediate use.

Our Favorite Fitness Models on Instagram

While we’re all for ladies looking good, on Instagram, we enjoy women who value the fitness aspect over the model aspect. There are way too many “fitness models” that would rather post lifestyle pictures and selfies of themselves looking sexy than the workouts that help them maintain their bodies. Pay attention because these are the ladies who actually have a thing or two to teach you about carving out that midsection and putting on some muscle.

Emily Skye

Australian model turned fitness guru Emily Skye is a Reebok Global Ambassador and the founder of the Fitness Inspiration Transformation (F.I.T.) program. When she’s not putting proper deadlift, lateral raise and shoulder press form on display through social media she’s hanging out with The Rock, launching her own cosmetics line and being a normal human being that loves online shopping and isn’t afraid to make a joke at her own expense. And even though she’s pregnant right now she’s still keeping up with her workouts. We could all learn a thing or two from her dedication.

Lindsey Vonn

American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn has been winning awards, titles and championships for as long as the world has been paying attention. The most successful American ski racer in history wouldn’t be able to recover from injury and win titles as frequently as she does without a hardcore workout regimen, and she’s happy to share her incredible, occasionally Mission Impossible-style workouts with her million followers on Instagram.

Lauren Fisher

We all know skipping a workout is a bad idea. If you need a reason not to, look no further than Lauren Fisher. In addition to tackling all the rigors of college life, this 23-year-old student from San Diego is also a CrossFit athlete with a commitment to her workouts as strong as her commitment to hitting the books. If we spent half as much time during college crushing workouts like she does instead of crushing beers we’d be in way better shape.

Hannah Eden

If we’re being completely honest, we wouldn’t want to run into Hannah Eden in a dark alley. Her abs, arms and overall physique are so perfectly toned and sculpted that almost anyone would kill for them, which makes us think she may have killed someone for them. She’s a CrossFit athlete, founder of her own innovative training program called PumpFit Club, a Reebook trainer and a content developer for BodyBuilding.com, Reebok and Men’s Health. Sure, she could probably kick your ass if she wanted to, but she’s also willing to share her considerable repertoire of fitness knowledge with the Internet.

Alexia Clark

With thousands of attractive women exercising on Instagram, making a claim like “Queen Of Workouts” would be crazy for anyone BUT Alexia Clark. Whether she’s working on her core at the gym, hitting the bars at the beach or giving bands a run for their money on the sidewalk, Alexia Clark is a straight up dynamo that fills her feed with workouts any average Joe or Jane could use to improve their overall health and well-being. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified trainer, nutritionist, cover model and Reebok athlete is an inspiration to everyone around her, and that includes her almost one million followers on Instagram.

Christmas Abbott

CrossFit Games competitor. Olympic weightlifter. Badass Body Diet creator. National best-selling author. Online fitness coach. Motivational speaker. Transformational guru. Christmas Abbott also develops products like traveler mugs emblazoned with statements like “I run on coffee and cuss words” and beer koozies. And when she’s not doing all of that she’s also a member of a NASCAR pit crew. We honestly have no idea how she finds the time to do all of that and maintain the body that includes a killer six pack.

Jen Selter

No list of fitness models would be complete without Instagram’s most famous butt. While we’re certain that some part of it was definitely good genes, Jen Selter’s butt didn’t completely build itself, and she’s in fantastic shape because of the workouts that she regularly shares on social media. With close to 11.5 million followers on Instagram alone it’s damn near impossible to deny the impact that one piece of her anatomy has had on the world at large, but she’s also ridiculously toned and willing to share nutritional tips, exercises and motivational words with all her followers.

The Most Advanced Wearable Fitness Device Is Finally Here

We have reached the point where fitness tracking is ubiquitous in our society. For a relatively low price, it’s easy to find a wearable device that does basic tracking of how many steps you take, what your heart rate is, what your sleep patterns are, and so on. Such technology has become baseline in wearables. And if you’re just looking for help counting your steps, or some inspiration to put more effort into getting a goodnight’s sleep, the products on the market are just fine — they do the trick.

But with only one piece of equipment used to gather data, you’re not getting a full picture or really advanced reading of your body’s movements and metrics. To this end, unfortunately, wearing a popular fitness tracker is nothing like going to the doctor and getting a checkup.

Most trackers fall short for this reason: While the consumer industry leaders like Fitbit, Nike Fuel Band, and Misfit have enough technology to document steps and pulses, they don’t have the ability to put together the bigger picture of their user’s health. Essentially, they’re not dynamic enough to be clinical-quality. And when you’re looking to track your vitals, why settle for anything short of what a doctor might use?

That’s where Biostrap comes in. They assert that their aim is to change the industry standard, and to this end, they have created a device with biometrics so advanced that physicians actually use the same tech to monitor their patient’s physical health. So you can count on an accurate and dependable recording, and wearing a Biostrap feels like you’re going to the doctor.

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Investing in a Biostrap is taking a fast-track road to getting into shape. While it’s a bit more expensive than the other trackers on the market, priced at $249, it’s a serious device that’s perfect for people who want to get (or already are) serious about their health.

The Biostrap is a platform of two different devices that work in tandem to capture all of your body’s efforts. Together, the wristband and shoe clip create a precise picture of your every move. To break down the specifics, the Biostrap extracts more than 29 parameters to offer reliable accounts of user’s Heart Rate Variability, Oxygen Saturation, Respiratory Rate, and more. And because exercise is more than just “steps taken in a day” it’s programmed to recognize over 20 different kinds of physical activities. From squats, to strides on the elliptical, to butterfly strokes in the pool—the Biostrap is counting every physical activity its users engage in.

And if it doesn’t recognize what they’re doing, they can teach it to. After recording a few reps of the movement, the Biostrap will remember it for the future. You’ll never again have to wonder: if you work out and no one else is at the gym, have you even worked out at all? If you’re wearing a Biostrap, it’s always watching.