When I first started playing fantasy football over a decade ago my draft strategy was to take the two best RB I could with my first two picks. Even though the NFL has evolved, my draft strategy has not. I believe to win in fantasy football you have to have a consistent stable of running backs.
The problem with that is I feel there are only five consistent fantasy running backs in the NFL this year. Without a top five running back, your team could be in trouble. Teams today are going to less of running attack and more of a passing vertical game. The days of the I-formation are like dust in the wind. The spread offense is taking over. Therefore, unless you are happy with 10-15 points combined from your running backs, you should target these five RB’s with your first pick.
Adrian Peterson: I know it is a no ..click here to read more
Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte
What happens when arguably the greatest pro wrestler of all-time meets his female counterpart in the MMA world? Ric Flair and Ronda Rousey met for the first time at WWE SummerSlam and Middle Easy cameras captured that magic moment for all of us to see.
This is a very cool video as Middle Easy took video of Rousey and her friends throughout the night at SummerSlam. What makes the meeting between Rousey and Flair so special is that Rousey and her friends travel in a group known as the 4 Horsewomen with Rousey of course known as the Ric Flair of her group.
I am not a big Ronda Rousey fan but I did come away with a more favorable opinion of her after watching this video. Rousey is a big WWE fan and it was great to see her having fun as a “person in the crowd” at SummerSlam, cheering her ..click here to read more
ric flair, Ronda Rousey, Stephanie McMahon, WWE SummerSlam 2014
UFC fans will have to wait for the biggest fight of the year. An injury to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has delayed his upcoming grudge match with Daniel Cormier until January 2015 and take place at UFC 182.
News broke on Tuesday of the delay which comes a week after some pundits predicted blockbuster numbers for the fight coming off of a press conference brawl and a couple of verbal scraps on television. Tensions boiled over last week when Jones and Cormier got into it at a presser. A satellite feed of ESPN’s interview with the two showed a side of Jones none of us had ever seen where he mocked Cormier and called him “p*ssy” several times. By week’s end interest in this fight had grown to levels not seen since Sonnen vs. Silva 2.
Jones is pulling out of the first due to an injury ..click here to read more
Daniel Cormier, Gina Carano, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, UFC 182
There is a big rumor swirling around the world of MMA today. Bellator MMA is expected to make a big announcement later today and the word on the street is that Scott Coker will announce the return to Gina Carano to MMA.
Wait a second, didn’t Dana White all but guarantee that Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey would happen in December in the UFC? Well he did and this will go down as another one of his long list of super fight guarantees that he couldn’t get done. Carano has been negotiating with the UFC for the last several weeks so Bellator stealing her away from White and company is a big, big story.
At first read you’d wonder why Carano would opt for Bellator over the biggest MMA company in the world. Yet once you take a step back you can completely understand her choice and I am ..click here to read more
Bellator, dana white, Gina Carano
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon recently took part in a chat with investors and were asked about the UFC. The WWE execs not only dismissed the UFC as competition and explained why the WWE is much better than its non-competition.
This is going to stir a lot of people up today. The happy couple participated in a “Fireside Chat” with Senior Business Analyst Laura Martin at the Needham Interconnect Conference for investors. The UFC was brought up as potential competition which Triple H was quick to dismiss and here is why.
“They aren’t really a competitor to us and I explain this to our talent this way in the Performance Center and every time I say it people will say to me oh, that made it very clear for me: people like UFC, they like boxing, but it’s completely different from what we are. We are like the ..click here to read more
Stephanie McMahon, triple h
This has been a strange, and very nerve-wrecking, free agency summer for National Basketball Association (NBA) fans. I was NOT expecting things to turn out the way they did. In fact, at the beginning of the summer I wrote a nice little post telling Cleveland fans to get over it. I listened to radio heads Amy Lawrence (CBS) and Dan LeBatard (ESPN) calm people (including myself) down, as they thought the same thing I did about the supposed Decision 2.0. They (like I and a lot of people) thought that this guy would not walk away from a team that had just been to four straight NBA Finals, and won two championships.
Of course, we were all wrong.
Full disclosure: I am a Miami Heat fan. Not a bandwagon fan either. I do not live in Miami, and was a fan of the team back when Shaq quit on them, ..click here to read more
Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Miami Heat
I chose to not take the fish-in-a-barrel route with this piece. You’re not going to find slam dunk names such as Geno Smith, Jake Locker, Mike Glennon or Robert Griffin III on this list. What if the Quarterbacks I discuss have a combined 5 Superbowl titles between them?
When you initially look at Tom Brady the last few years and compare him to anyone else on this list, he seems the furthest stretch to even be considered like this. Since 2002 the worst 3 records on the Patriots resume are a 9-7 in 2002, 10-6 in 2005 and 10-6 in 2009. Brady is assuredly going to finish in everyone’s eyes as one of the greatest QB’s of all time. His obvious declines this past season have really only been in consistent throws and a slight slip in completion percentage. During the 2013 season, Brady would consistently overthrow or underthrow wide ..click here to read more
Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady
The UFC has finally got a blockbuster on its hands. Fireworks erupted today between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones in a brawl that has everyone talking. The buzz is now in place to turn this fight into the biggest rivalry since Sonnen vs. Silva.
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones don’t like each other. That isn’t news. What is news is that a fight broke out at a UFC press conference for the first time I can remember. Jones put his head on Cormier, Cormier put his hands on Jones, and chaos ensued on the MGM Grand floor in a video that has quickly become viral.
To say that the UFC needed this is one of the biggest understatements you will ever read on here. 2014 has shaped up to be a grim year for the UFC with no grudge matches, cancelled cards, and one super fight signed that won’t even happen until ..click here to read more
Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, UFC 178
While most of the pro wrestling community was surprised to learn that TNA Wrestling would not be renewed by Spike TV, one former TNA star was not. Rampage Jackson says he saw the writing on the wall which is why we won’t ever be seeing him in TNA again.
Rampage was the first major MMA star to agree to work with TNA and earned TNA some much needed publicity when he came over. Many were skeptical but a hot confrontation between he and Kurt Angle created enough buzz to quiet any doubters. Fortunately for those doubters TNA immediately dropped the able creating frustration among fans and the former Pride FC champion.
Rampage recently appeared on The Fight Nerd and talked about his frustrating tenure in TNA. Jackson opened up for the first time about his frustrations and the lost opportunity between him and Angle.
“To be honest ..click here to read more
Impact Wrestling, Rampage Jackson, TNA Wrestling
The UFC are wasting no time announcing their biggest fight on the docket. The UFC announced the return of two of its biggest stars this week and have signed the biggest fight of 2014 on January 31 in Vegas.
Anderson Silva is planning on making a miraculous return next year as he takes on Nick Diaz in a middleweight fight. The fight was signed shortly after Nick Diaz signed a new contract with the UFC a couple of weeks ago. Both fighters are coming off of a loss, one coming off of one of the most brutal injuries in UFC history.
I have to admit that I am surprised by this one. I never expected Silva to come back after suffering that horrific injury against Chris Weidman. It wasn’t the desire I questioned but at his age I never thought he would be able to rehabilitate to an elite level that quickly. ..click here to read more
anderson silva, nick diaz
There are way too many UFC events to keep track of these days. Some will disagree and call me out on not being a “true fan” but with television ratings and pay-per-view buy rates on the decline, the results speak for themselves. After looking at the totality of events from years past, the problem doesn’t simply lie in the number of events, but the lack of stars. I think the reason why there are so many UFC shows is because they’re hoping to create new stars.
Until now, the UFC has always possessed a number of star attractions to attract an audience. Gracie, Shamrock, Severn, Abbott, and Coleman boosted the company during its inception to mythological proportions. During the dark ages, Ortiz, Randleman, Rizzo, and Miletich kept the company afloat. One reality show later and business boomed like never before. Hughes, Penn, Liddell, Couture, Griffin, Mir, Lesnar, GSP, and A. Silva ..click here to read more
On Saturday night the Octagon touched down in San Jose, California for the 12th installment of the UFC on FOX. The fight card was filled with exciting matchups including a main event where the winner would be next in line for Johny Hendricks welterweight championship. Here are my lessons learned from a fun night of fights on FOX.
Lesson 1: New Number 1 Contender
Robbie Lawler is the new number one contender to the UFC Welterweight Championship. That means we will get to see a rematch of the awesome fight between Johny Hendricks and Lawler from March. Since coming back to the UFC, Lawler has been simply dominant and I did not see this coming.
Lawler lost 5 of his 8 fights in Strikeforce, so there where not many expectations when he made his return to the UFC. In his five fights back, he knocked out Josh Koscheck, Bobby Voelker and Jake Ellenberger. ..click here to read more
Anthony Johnson, Matt Brown, Robbie Lawler