, Port Arthur, Texas


September 27, 2013

It's still early in 2013 NFL season

Gabe Pruett's Fantasy Football column

PORT ARTHUR —   If you are like me and sit with a 1-2 record or even a 0-3 record, it seems like this NFL season has been going for three months instead of three weeks.

  Remind yourself it is still early and things could be worse. You could be Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.

  This is no time to freak out and start dropping players left and right in hopes of taking on a whole new identity.

  I am sticking with players like Arian Foster and CJ Spiller even though neither have performed up to expectations in 2013. Foster is playing the tough Seattle Seahawks this week but putting a player like Foster on the bench is not an option.

  The main reason for me though is I will be in attendance at the game and watching one of your fantasy players in person is, simply put, as good as it gets.

  If you can pick up a solid free agent, do so with a little caution. Great players are great players for a reason. Do not give up on guys you drafted in the early rounds for a guy who has a surprise start to the year and is still unproven.

  As far as league news for the week, keep an eye on Houston receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson suffered a leg injury against Baltimore. Johnson left that game early and Coach Gary Kubiak said recently he would be surprised if Johnson did not play.

  Seattle’s secondary, though, makes it tough for any receiver in the league to have a great week. Guys like Richard Sherman and West Orange-Stark graduate Earl Thomas make it tough for quarterbacks to find openings.

  Dallas receiver Miles Austin missed his second straight practice Thursday due to a hamstring. Austin did say the injury is not as serious as past hamstring injuries.

  Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson is dealing with a double whammy. Jackson did not practice Thursday due to ailing ribs and will have a rookie quarterback throwing him passes if he plays. Tampa Bay benched former starter Josh Freeman this week.

  Leg and rib injuries are tough to overcome in the NFL for receivers. I am not expecting much out of these three guys this week.

  If you are unlucky enough to have Minnesota’s Christian Ponder on your team,

then do yourself a favor and pick up his backup Matt Cassell. Ponder is off to a very slow start and the calls for Cassell to take his place are becoming louder and louder.

  One more bad game from Ponder could send the starter toward the bench and Cassell could find himself under center.

  Like I said in the beginning, do not rush to judgments and let the season start to play itself out over the next couple of weeks.

  Enjoy the games and good luck.

  Gabriel Pruett is a sportswriter for the Port Arthur News.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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