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5 days ago

10 Things to Take Into Your NFL Fantasy Football Draft


Note: This is a re-post of a blog that originally appeared on the CCB on August 23, 2011. The names may be a different but the information remains the same.

It’s that time of year again, friends. Have there been spikes around the office or classroom in the usage of terms like sleepers, upside, and injury risk? Armchair quarterbacks everywhere are gearing up for their league’s fantasy draft, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of being sucked into the frenzy, you’re a combination of foreign, old, or female.

But a lot’s changed since the last time we were feverishly rooting for Peyton Hillis in a game between two teams with a combined eight wins. There was a lockout, thousands of transactions happened over a couple of weeks, and Randy Moss retired. And maybe David Akers, but more on that later.

Still though, some things have remained the same, and that includes various here to read more , , , , ,

1 week ago

Fantasy Football Laws To Abide By


With the first regular season kick off just a little over a week away there are still millions of fantasy drafts waiting to happen.  All over the world average Joe’s are preparing to play both scout and general manager as they try to build a team worthy of a championship.

Everyone’s strategy or road to success might be a little different.  When it comes to fantasy football there is more than one way to skin a cat.  Over the last seven or eight years I have developed a few fantasy laws or guidelines that I abide by.  Sure there are times when I may find it necessary to break a law or two, but for the most part I stick with my “formula.”  So with time being of the essence, here is a few things to consider as you enter the 2014 fantasy football season.  I will try to keep it here to read more

2 weeks ago

Top 5 Fantasy Football Running Backs To Target


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.

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4 weeks ago

3 NFL Quarterbacks under the Most Pressure for 2014-2015


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?

Tom Brady

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 here to read more , ,

2 months ago

10 Fantasy Football High Impact NFL Offseason Moves


This has been one of the busiest NFL offseasons in recent memory. Fantasy football players need to pay attention on all of the recent moves which is why I thought I’d break down 10 on offense that are likely to shake things up next season.

Most of the big moves have come on defense but for the sake of fantasy purposes, I thought I’d stick to offense. One thing I want to point out is that not all of this impact will be positive. There are a few shakeups that could have a domino effect on the studs around him.

Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles acquired Sproles this offseason in a move that surprised me as an Eagles fan and stunned me as a LeSean McCoy owner. Unfortunately more and more teams are utilizing the two and even three-back rotation and while us McCoy owners never had that here to read more

3 months ago

Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dead At 82


On Friday, June 13, 2014, the National Football League lost a legend.  Specifically,  the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA, and Steelers fans all over (aka Steelers Nation) lost a hero Legendary Coach Chuck Noll passed away from an undisclosed illness at his Sewickley, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh) home. Chuck Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969-91.  He led the team to 4 Super Bowl victories.  Noll leaves behind his wife Marianne, their son Chris, and legions of Steelers Nation members such as myself. Noll was 82.

Chuck Noll was born in Cleveland, OH on January 5, 1932. He played running back and tackle Benedictine High School.  He became such a good player, that he received all-state honors. This earned him a scholarship at the University of Dayton.  At the University of Dayton, he was a tackle and linebacker.  He would be eventually drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1953, where he played here to read more ,

4 months ago

Draft Day Movie Review & NFL Ramblings


On Saturday, April 26th, after a couple of weeks of mourning the loss of my nearly 17 year old beagle, Ace Frehley II, I went out and saw the movie, “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner. I saw the advertising for the movie on television, and it looked good. I had wanted to see it, but I had to deal with the death of my beagle that I had since he was a puppy. It is still hard, but I am coping one day at a time.

As the 2014 NFL Draft is approaching, I thought it would be a great time to see “Draft Day.” There were a few other NFL-related items that I wanted to ramble on about as well. In this blog, I will give my readers a review of the film. I will do my best to not give away the movie, or the ending. I also will here to read more ,

6 months ago

WrestleMania XI: A Portrait in Wrestling History


WRESTLEMANIA XI From The Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT April 2, 1995

BACKGROUND Three years after raking in over 60,000 fans to nearly fill a domed stadium, the WWF experienced the ignominy of putting their biggest show of the year on display in a shopping mall.

Imagine, shunted in between your local Best Buy and Bed, Bath, and Beyond is a moderately sized civic center, and that building is housing the eleventh annual WWF WrestleMania, in the middle of one of the smallest states in America.

Coming down from the enthralling and hallowed Madison Square Garden of one year prior, perhaps Vince McMahon was better off holding WrestleMania in an actual garden.

Despite dodging a bullet in July of 1994 by being acquitted on charges of steroid distribution, Vince McMahon was still reeling. Toymaker Hasbro pulled their licensing out, declaring the WWF a “dead brand”. The stench of illicit happenings in the World Wrestling Federation was here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 months ago

WrestleMania XI: Help Me, Lawrence-Wan


-So we come upon an interesting show: one that is generally panned as one of the weaker entries in the annals of WrestleMania history, yet is also considered a show that helped save the WWF. On April 2, 1995, WrestleMania emanated inside a shopping complex at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT. The WWE at this point was in shambles, due largely to a stale and cartoony product. WCW was picking up steam due to the acquisitions of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, and would soon be knocking on Vince McMahon’s door with Monday Nitro. What to do?

-You bring in a retired all-pro linebacker, that’s what you do. But hey, we have time to get back to that. On with the show!

-Here to sing the national anthem, Kathy Huey who is a Special Olympian. She actually does a good job, given her condition, and here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 months ago

Super Bowl XLVIII Predictions and Analysis


It is finally here. The last game of the 2013/14 NFL Season, before the NFL moves into the off season, has finally arrived. Super Bowl XLVIII which will emanate from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on February 2, 2014 will kick off at 6:30PM, EST. Viewers, and NFL fans, I am sure, have been bombarded with wall to wall coverage, and I am sure they are looking forward to the Super Bowl ads(I already saw one), and the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers Half time show (they couldn’t have gotten the three living members of Led Zeppelin?). I am sure people are looking forward to the game as well.

This year’s edition of the Super Bowl features two teams who couldn’t be any more opposite. Representing the AFC, are the Denver Broncos, led by QB Peyton Manning. Representing the NFC, are the Seattle Seahawks, led by QB Russell Wilson, here to read more , ,

7 months ago

Defending Richard Sherman


It was the interview heard around the world. Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman intercepted a pass from San Fransisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick that was intended for receiver Michael Crabtree. Sherman’s heroics would seal the game and a trip to the Super Bowl  for the Seahawks. Right after the game, Richard Sherman would then go to the sidelines, and give Fox reporter, Erin Andrews one of the most memorable post-game interviews ever. The immediate reaction to the interview would also make it one of the most notorious interviews ever.The interview is right here as follows:

Richard Sherman, as many know, in a CNN interview, did apologize for the distraction he caused. He said he did not mean to distract from his teammates, and said it was “immature” to attack Crabtree. He did say that he was very shocked by the reaction to the interview, particularly by those here to read more ,

7 months ago

10 Fantasy Football Comeback Players For 2014


The fantasy football season is finally over and for some of you, it is time to put 2013 to rest and look forward. Like you, several fantasy studs will be looking to bounce back in 2014 and it is never too early to put these guys on your radar.

The wonderful thing about fantasy football is that like many NFL players, you get the chance to rebound and turn things around in under a year. So injuries and situations resulted in several bust picks in your draft. Some of those busts will be permanent while several others are poised to be undervalued in the 2014 draft.

Just take a look back at this year’s draft and you’ll see where fantasy players were evaluating backwards instead of looking forwarding and capitalizing on undervalued studs. Jordy Nelson, Josh Gordon, Matt Forte, and DeSean Jackson are just a few guys who were busts in 2012 here to read more

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