Thursday, October 2, 2014

INJURY UPDATES WEEK 5 2014



INJURY UPDATES WEEK 5 2014

Joique Bell – Suffered a concussion. Not participating in Wednesday’s practice.

Teddy Bridegwater – Suffered an ankle injury and was carted off the field. He did rejoin the team on the sideline. Didn’t practice on Monday, and plays on a short week this Thursday. Questionable.

DeAngelo Williams – Extremely doubtful this week with a high ankle sprain.

Derek Carr – Claims he should be able to play this Sunday.

Mike Evans – He could miss several weeks. Out this week.

Cecil Shorts – We should just keep his name here. He seems to be constantly banged up. This time it’s a hamstring. It’s looking like he will miss this week’s game.

Vernon Davis – Back injury. Did not practice Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.

Atlanta Offensive Line – 3 starters left the game, and they had to bring their TE in to play right tackle. Could lower the fantasy value of all the offensive players a bit.

Arian Foster – He is at less than 100% with a hamstring injury, and sat out Wednesday’s practice.

Jerick McKinnon – Was limited in practice, and plays in the Thursday game.

Jake Locker – Practiced Wednesday without limits.

Carson Palmer – Healing slower than expected from the nerve problem, and is expected to get a second opinion from Doctor’s.

Jordan Cameron – He has said the shoulder injury is lingering, but he will try to play through it.

Ben Tate -  Is practicing and should get the start this week.

Jordan Reed – He is practicing, but his outlook for playing this week is not good.

Brandon Marshall – Practicing in full.

Marvin Jones -  now has an ankle injury unrelated to his foot surgery, but wasn’t limping afterwards, even though he didn’t practice.

Andre Johnson – Hurt his ankle, but says he is fine and will play.

Jarret Boykin – Out for Thursdays game.

Harry Douglas – Did not practice Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.
 
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

IN DEFENSE OF COACH’S EVERYWHERE




                IN DEFENSE OF COACH’S EVERYWHERE

 By Tim Wutz!

This article will not be for everyone, but I know there are many people that are not full time sports/ beat writers or analysts that have had the same thoughts as I had recently. This is for the casual fan that does not follow sports for a living, and simply watches it for enjoyment or who dabbles in fantasy sports games.

 I was watching the Monday Night Football game while Travis Kelce was having his breakout game. There must have been others out there, besides me, wondering why his coaches didn’t see his talent sooner. I know I have been talking about him since early August and have seen numerous posts on Twitter about him as well. My thoughts then turned to Ladarius Green and his abilities. It seems every year, fans and analysts spot athletes with elite attributes and qualities and talk them up long before they actually come into their own for the teams they play for.  I am sure some of you said, as I have; if I can see this kids talent, why can’t his coach?  He does this for a living for goodness sake. To get a little better understanding about this, I turned to Mr. James Cobern, the self-named “keeper of the giant metric spreadsheet.” His Twitter handle is @Jmcobern1, and his very informative website is allprofootballsource.com. That site is a must visit for a better understanding of metrics. He was kind enough to give me some of his time and answer a few questions for me.

The conversation with him gave me some great insight.  There are many reasons an obviously talented young man may not start right away and takes time to develop. One is the coach’s preference for the position in question. Each coach has a unique idea of what and who he wants at a given position. Another is the type of offense and playbook they implement. A WR type tight end obviously may not be a good fit for a power running offense. At least until they are sure he is going to be playing, and they can add some plays to the playbook to take advantage of that. 

When a tight end reaches the NFL level, the game is much faster, and the players much stronger. Many playbooks and schemes are also much more complicated. All this takes time for a rookie or young player to absorb and grow into. Even if you have an athletic stud, many of the finer points of the game have to be picked up. Earning the trust of your coach can also be problematic. For instance, in San Diego, you have Antonio Gates, a future Hall of Famer, ahead of Green. He is a true pro that has earned the trust placed in him over many years. I am sure there is also a bit of deference given to a veteran player such as Gates, or even KC’s Anthony Fasano. In Fasano’s case, he is a veteran and also a much better run blocker than Kelce.  That is the type of tight end that fits the power running game of J. Charles better.

This article has concentrated on just two players and teams, but can be used in general terms to explain most situations. In summary, there are many things that we do not see that the coaches do on a daily basis with these players. All we see are the few plays that the players stand out. We do not see the film where they missed a block, lined up out of position, or ran the wrong routes. In short, we see their highlights, when the coaches see the entire picture. Before jumping to conclusions about a player or coach, take the time to think about the unknowns. Or talk to a guy like I did, Mr. Colbern, who knows the finer points of the game and can give you things to think about.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

WEEK 3 WAVIERS by TIM WUTZ



Waiver Wire Watch

1. Asiata/McKinnon -  With Peterson out, one of these will be the back to own.  Neither asserted themselves today. My take is Asiata for the short term, but McKinnon is the superior talent and should win the starting job for the long term.

2. Kirk Cousins – Filled in admirably for RG3, as he has done in the past. Tossed for 250 yards and 2 TD’s. As it looks like the injury to RG3 could possibly be season long, he is a high upside QB2 or a suitable streamer option.

3. Delanie Walker – Had a great day, snagging 10 passes for 142 yards and 1 touchdown. We keep hearing about his breakout, but perhaps this was the start.  He is in a very TE friendly offense.

4. Knile Davis – A waiver wire speed dial guy, unless you have an open roster spot. The X-rays on Charles’s were negative, but he seems to be dealing with issues this year, and the status of the OL does not help. His YPC was not great, but he did score two TD’s. If Charles misses significant time, he will be an RB1.

5. Brian Quick – Led team in targets, catches, and yards. He has quickly become the favorite target for his team. Better in PPR, but if you are thin at WR, could be a re-draft stash for a bye week.

6. Niles Paul – Had a very productive day with 8 catches for 99 yards and 1 TD. We have no idea how long Reed will be out, but even if he comes back soon, keep in mind he tends to miss games with injury. Also,  it appears Cousins and he have chemistry from their time together on the second team offense.

7. M. Sanu -  If  the injury to Green proves to be a long term thing, Sanu could be  fantasy relevant. He line today was  3/84/1, with a big play for  TD.

8. Donald Brown – Ryan Matthews was carted off the field today, and he is the guy that will benefit if Matthews misses time. Monitor the status of Matthews, and keep him on WW speed dial.

9. Larry Donnell – Had a pretty decent line today of 8/81/0. It looks like the Giants . It looks like Eli will be looking for his check down guy a lot in this offense, and that will be Donnell.

10. James Jones -  He I the Raiders clear #1 WR. His line Sunday was 9/112. Could be a WR3 or flex during a bye week.

11. Travis Kelce – He is a great talent that the chiefs  are slowly working into their offense.  Has great potential, but is still a bit risky as a weekly start.