Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Waivers



WEEKLY WAIVERS



                I know with the latest injuries, some of us are trying to decide which Denver receiver will be getting more reps with Welker out (if he's out at all), or if Shaun Hill is worth a pickup in a pretty good offense. Others of us may have watched a game over the past weekend, and saw some young players having big games.  My advice to you is to take a deep breath and relax a moment; take time to think things over. 


                I am not a proponent of changing rosters this early after a draft based on a knee jerk reaction. As yet, we don’t know how much, if any time Welker will miss. You may drop a useful player now, for a guy that may not even be on the field much. Stop and look at your roster. Unless you enjoyed a few too many adult beverages, and see a name there that perplexes you, it may be best to stand pat. There had to be a reason you drafted the players you did. Think about those reasons, and if the guy you may pick up definitely has a chance to exceed the potential of the one you are dropping, go ahead.  Also keep in mind someone like Alshon Jeffrey. Many people drafted him late last year, and after the 4th week, when he had seen very little playing time, dropped him. When he exploded weeks later, and you saw him on another roster, your stomach had to be in knots. 


                I totally agree we should constantly monitor our rosters, adjust them when necessary, but always with a level head. Remember, as soon as you click on that link, the player you drafted for a reason is gone. Think it over,  then act intelligently. That said, if you truly think that the player you have your eye on improves your team, consider the reasons, and if you have say a WR4/5 that you think has very limited potential, make your move. Just remember why you drafted the guy you are dropping in the first place.


Some names to keep on waiver wire speed dial for the future:


Allen Hurns, WR Jags – Having a great pre-season, and the most consistent receiver on team so far


Daniel Herron, RB Colts – Has Richardson and Bradshaw in front of him-enough said


Cody Latimer or Andre Caldwell – Everyone assumes Latimer is the guy to take, just remember Manning’s connection with Caldwell last year. Do some research on Welker and the team’s usage, and make up your mind which one is the better choice.


Benny Cunningham, RB Rams – May end up as the backup, and get more carries than many think.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mankins/Wright Trade



Mankins/Wright Trade Write-Up
It seems like every year the New England Patriots make a head-scratching transaction around this time. I’m not, however, referring to their respectful, early release of veteran players in the hopes that they still have time to catch on elsewhere. I am referring, of course, to their buzz-worthy trades that make fantasy football players totally reevaluate their draft boards.  Most fans would see the Logan Mankins for Tim Wright and (as Adam Schefter reported, a 4th-Round Draft selection) trade as a “giant” steal for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers- giant pun totally intended.

I mean, come on, Logan Mankins has been a six-time Pro-Bowler for the Patriots, and has only missed 14 games in nine seasons with New England.  He is an absolute beast on the field, having bolstered the blind side of Tom Brady’s for the past nine seasons. 

But maybe we are looking at this trade the wrong way.  After all, Bill Belichick is a genius.  We have seen him part ways with other veterans on the wrong side of 30 (think Lawyer Milloy, Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, etc.). 

And don’t forget, the Patriots lack of tight end depth is well documented.  Tim Wright is 24 and has shown signs of real talent.  

With a new OL Coach this year, the New England Patriots have moved on from Dante Scarnecchia and on to Dave DeGuglielmo (after spending the last 13 years with Scarnecchia there). 

When most fans trust Belichick to zig, he zags, sending his most dependable guard to the NFC.  Mankins’ career has been incredible since being selected in the first round by the Patriots in 2005.  One story that will always resonate was the 2011 season he spent on a torn ACL (he played that season at LG, LT, and I believe even some RG). 

When all is set and done, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will have another young weapon to feed into their always-evolving offense.  They haven’t used the 2-TE set since Aaron Hernandez departed and their 2-RB sets haven’t had the same intimidation factor that BB hoped for (though once Stevan Ridley is out of the picture, maybe James White will step up).   

In addition, Logan Mankins was set to make $10.5M in 2014, $11M in 2015, and $7M in 2016 before becoming a RFA in 2017.  Tim Wright, however, is making the league minimum in his second year in the league.

Wonder what this frees up for the 2014 New England Patriots and notorious hustler Bill Belichick?  This newly free money will be used for contract extensions for Devin McCourty, Shane Vereen, and most importantly Darrelle Revis. 

The obvious beneficiary out of this deal is Tampa Bay Buccaneer running back Doug Martin.  Though he gets a slight bump in the ratings, I still wouldn’t pay a second-round price tag for him, go for a guy with a higher floor.  Wait for him to drop ‘til the third round and snag him then.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

PODCAST: GETTING BETTER AT FANTASY FOOTBALL

In this episode we discuss different ways to take inventory of your own fantasy play. Admit your weakness and get better and stronger.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

THE RANT! PODCAST (Pre Season Week 1)


THE RANT! (Pre Season Week 1 Review)
In this episode I go over the pre season week 1 nuggets via THE RANT. Its an exciting episode mad just for you and to give you an edge on the competition. DON'T JUST WIN DOMINATE!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GET BUSY TODAY AND GET AN EDGE ON THE COMPETITION!


In this episode we make suggestions that can help give you an edge during the downtime between mini camp and training camp. GET BUSY now and win your 2014 Fantasy Football League!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ROOOKIE RUNNING BACKS FOR REDRAFT



 ROOOKIE RUNNING BACKS FOR REDRAFT

Jeremy Hill, Cinn. - Has had character issues in the past, but is very talented. He is quick, with great size. Runs with power, and can run people over. Does not have great speed, and can be caught from behind, especially with the speed of the NFL. Has the ability to be heavily used, even if he is not a bell cow. Has the power and talent to slowly take over for BJGE, if he stays out of trouble. He could start by taking  over the short yardage and goal line carries. Could possibly get 7-9 TD's even in a limited role like that, thus hurting the potential of G. Bernard a bit

Terrence West, Cleve. - A big back in the Carlos Hyde mold.  In 2013 he rushed for 2519 yards, averaging 6.1 YPC. Big enough to pound it between the tackles, running with a lot of power, but does not have great burst. He does however, have enough speed to break off the occasional long run, if given the room.  Has had a lot of carries, and needs to work on his pass protection a bit.  Just an average receiver. Has had fumbling issues and needs to work on that.  He has more sheer talent than Ben Tate and should end up the starter, sooner or later, even without an injury to Tate. A very good mid round pick and a better value than Tate given where you have to take him and his injury history.

Charles Sims, Tampa - Has good burst, and decent speed. A very good receiver and a good fit for a one cut blocking scheme.  Doesn't have the size or durability to be a three down back, however he is quick and fast. Would be better utilized as a change of pace or third down back.  The most talented RB Tampa has, behind Doug Martin.

Bishop Sankey, Tenn - In 2013 he rushed for 1870 yards, averaging 5.7 YPC and 20 TD's.  Instinctive and hard runner. Was a bell cow in college while with a team that ran a pro style offense.  Has very good strength but needs to work on his pass blocking. Follows his blocks very well.  Will probably be the first rookie drafted in fantasy this year. Should earn his keep as an RB 2, while running behind a very good offensive line. The teams QB situation may force them to be a running and ball control team.

Devonta Freeman Atl - Averaged 5.9 YPC in his Senior year, (1016 yards) and 14 TD's.    Has great balance with a natural ability to find the running lanes. Has very good strength  and runs hard through the holes. A very good receiver, but does not have elite speed.   Could immediately push to be the backup behind Steve Jackson, especially given Jackson's age and usage over the years. A better fit for a zone blocking scheme than Atlanta's power blocking.  Could be a high upside middle round pick. A good pass blocker that has the ability to be a three down back.

Carlos Hyde, SF - Big and very powerful, but not extremely fast. Has size and power, but is also very quick for such a big man. Can easily become a three down back that does not tire as the game wears on. Can pass block, and also catch passes out of the backfield, a necessity in SF's style of offense. The downside is he is in a very talented and crowded backfield that could easily turn into a committee.

James White, NE - A tough back who runs low to the ground.  He has very good speed, but is undersized to be a three down back. In New England's  scheme however, that is not necessary to have success.  Not a very powerful guy, but has good balance and great moves.  Even in college he was in a RBBC.  He is the classic change of pace or third down back.  As we all know, any back could start and have a huge game in New England. On the other hand, one fumble and you could sit for three weeks as well.

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