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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood


Cooper Kupp was 4th in the NFL last year in red-zone targets. Kupp and Goff have the most chemistry of all the receivers on the team as Goff targeted him more than anyone last year. Everyone is expecting Cooks to lead these receivers in points this year, but Kupp will be the receiver to own. Sammy Watkins had eight red-zone touchdowns last year. Cooks is not a red-zone target receiver, so Kupp should see more targets and could sneak into the WR2 with massive upside.


08/13/18, 09:39 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!


Mckinnon has been a super divisive player this offseason. Especially after the first preseason game where he didn't amass many yards and the following day he injured himself in practice. I constantly hear people question his ability to carry the ball 200+ times or that he can’t run between the tackles, or he’s unproven in a lead role. This is all NONSENSE and you shouldn’t believe any of it. Shanahan had his pick of players that he could’ve signed instead of Mckinnon, including Dion Lewis, Carlos Hyde, or drafting a rookie. He chose Mckinnon cause he felt he fit his offensive system in the same way that Devante Freeman fit his scheme. The 49ers just signed Alfred Morris today as a safety net, but I’m taking all the Mckinnon I can this year. I see him carrying the ball 205car/950yds/6td while also amassing 60rec/500yds/5td making him an RB1 this year. Don't be scared, and steal him away from people that are.


08/13/18, 09:24 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast


Marquiae goodwin has been targeted like a number one in camp. With Pierre Garcon likely squaring off with one of the toughest schedules against number one DBs, Goodwin could break out even more than he did last year. I wouldn't put it past him to put up T.Y HIlton numbers this year. Pick him up in the 6th and 7th round and pile up the points.


08/13/18, 09:11 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly


In 2016 Ajayi racked up 1272 yards on 260 carries and 8 TD’s and finished as the RB11 in both standard and PPR scoring. Last year Miami ran him out of town when he struggled in an anemic offense. He was not heavily used when he got to Philly, but his touches did increase every week until the Superbowl. He was also hyper efficient gaining 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. Despite the general perception Clements usage went down with Ajayi’s arrival, even with Smallwood going down with injury. The Eagles have the number 1 offensive line as graded by PFF, and 18 RB targets and 192 carries vacated. Ajayi is a safe pick in the fourth round and a steal in the fifth.


08/02/18, 06:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride


He is coming off a season that produced only 57 receptions for 520 yards, his fewest since his rookie season. With that said, Graham remains a big-time weapon in the red zone. He led the league last year with 27 targets in the region, which led to 10 touchdowns. You can bet Rodgers and play-caller Mike McCarthy will be utilizing his skills early and often when knocking on the door of the end zone.
Look for McCarthy to use a variety of personnel groupings with his new tight end group and expect to see Graham split out wide as a receiver much more than as a traditional in-line tight end.

This goes right along with what I was saying on Pyro podcast 308. I expect Graham to be used as a wide receiver and not a tight end. When Graham was negotiating his contract in his last season in New Orleans he wanted to be paid on scale with wide receivers because he rarely lined-up as an in-line tight end. When Seattle paid him, he did whatever they asked, and they asked him to block more. He was out for five games that year, but averaged one less reception per game and only scored two TD’s, after having at least nine TD’s in the previous four years. Overall Graham saw about 25% fewer targets while in Seattle compared to New Orleans and his fantasy numbers reflect it. I see Green Bay using him more like he was used in New Orleans, and even though he has obviously lost a step or two I see him as the major replacement for the Jordy Nelson targets.


07/22/18, 01:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packersnews.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top


Jones’ 5.55 YPC on first- and second-down carries trailed only Alvin Kamara (6.24) for best in the league last year. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.80 YPC on first- and second-down in 2017.

He’s slid two rounds since the announcement of his two game suspension, he is a screaming value if you can get him in the ninth round. We already knew he was going to be competing in a crowded backfield so missing two games really shouldn’t be a big hit to his overall production. The likelihood of either of the other two backs taking over the role is slim, Jones should be able to carve out 10 touches a game when he gets back with fresh legs. They are all high risk for injuries so I’m hoping this added rest will help Jones in the long run.


07/21/18, 06:51 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role


In 2017, Nelson Agholor had 62 recs, 768 yds, 9 TDs and 7 games of WR2 or better. There is no reason he wouldn't maintain this output, even with additions in the offense. Agholor had to carve out a role for himself and beat out incumbent Jordan Matthews. This year he'll be the main slot receiver and have an established role from the start.


07/21/18, 06:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense


Sterling Shepard is currently 24 years old with a 124/1,414/10 career line, in two seasons. He finished 2017 as the WR42 in 11 games (WR22 in FP/G) with only a 13.9% target share. He finished 2016 as the WR36 as a rookie. He's currently being drafted as the WR42 in MFL10’s.

Shepard does see more targets (+2.7), get more receptions (+2.3), more yards (+28), and get about three more PPR points per game when Beckham is out. But he still averages over 11 PPR points per game when he is playing. Apparently Shepard is more open in the end-zone when Beckham is playing, as he averages three times as many TD’s when they are both playing.


07/21/18, 06:47 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas


He’s been hampered by injuries over the past couple of years, but when he has stayed healthy and gotten the targets he has been successful. His best season was in 2015, he had 105 Targets for 64 Receptions at 1031 Yards for 10 TDs, that’s 16.11 Yards Per Reception and a 61% Catch Rate coming from Blake Bortles. He finished as the WR14 in Standard Scoring and WR18 in PPR.

He's an amazing value in the 11th round of current best-ball drafts.


07/21/18, 06:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE


Outside Brady, Luck is the only other QB to support 2 TE's, both Fleener and Allen had 8 TD's with Luck. Frank Reich runs 2 TE sets very successfully - see: 2018 Eagles. TE1's for Coach Reich have never finished worse than 12th. Yes, Doyle would seem like the obvious choice after last season, but that was with Brissett who needed a quick dump off outlet. Luck isn't a check-down machine.

Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. Without a strong WR2, Ebron could see a large number of targets. The Colt's line-up in two TE sets more than any other team in the NFL.


07/21/18, 06:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role


“One guy who stood out at Niners practice to me was RB Matt Breida. No one talks about him, but the dude is gonna get some run this year. Fast downhill player.”

This is just some more camp hype from a beat reporter, but if they don’t get another running back through trade or free-agency Brieda is going to see plenty of touches to pay off being picked in the 15th round of fantasy drafts. McKinnon has never had over 205 touches in a season, that leaves plenty of opportunity in a Shanahan offense.


07/21/18, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty


LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.


06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.


Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.


06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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Off The Top Of Our Heads - 2016 Kickoff

Posted by d-Rx on 09/09/16

by   The Archer


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An introduction to Off The Top Of Our Heads

The 2016 NFL season started last night, which is absolutely remarkable for all of us fantasy football nuts! So for this season we have decided to dust off an old piece of content that we did in the early years of Pyromaniac.com. Off The Top Of Our Heads will be a multi-contributor weekly article that will come out on Monday of each week in-season. It'll be fun, random, heady and something to fill your NFL minded brains on Mondays while we reboot each week for the upcoming week of Pyro content. It's a work in progress, and will evolve and improve over the course of the coming weeks, but here is our 2016 Kickoff version. Hope you enjoy!


 

 

 

PyroLytics Thoughts

 

 

Kickoff

After a long offseason of questionable franchise moves and surprising roster cuts. It’s finally the beginning of week 1. Come kickoff time for the Thursday night Super Bowl rematch, it will have been 214 days and 2 hours since the last meaningful NFL game kicked off back on February 7, 2016, but who’s been counting? It’s not like I’ve waited 18,503,800 seconds for this moment. Hell, I’ve been waiting for this moment since midway through last season and it looks like I’ll be waiting for the 2017 season right around the same time. The joys of being a Rams fan. C’mon guys, get your heads out of your asses and just can Fisher already. Instead, you pull up Rotoworld and see the organization is trying to extend Fisher’s contract. You can’t be serious. A perennial .500 coach and we’re over here treating him like a God, all because of one great season in Tennessee, ridiculous. Here’s to another 6-10 (at best) season my fellow Rams fans.

 

 

Expect a late season surprise

This offseason has lingered with many different injuries, some serious and some on the lighter side, but nothing is worse than the soft tissue issue. This 2016 class isn’t very deep at talent compared to what’s to come next year, but one of the guys I’m most excited for is Josh Doctson. He was the number 1 wide receiver on my big board coming into the draft and walked away just the same. He came away with the soft tissue bug late into training camp and missed all of the preseason but rest assured he’s been caught running full speed. IN PADS! Nonetheless. He’s got a steep climb for playing time but the cream always rises to the top. At 6’4” this dude will be a beast in the red zone and we could see him in red zone packages early on in the season. Trust me when I say Doctson will be one of those guys that comes on strong late in the year and delivers you your fantasy title.

 

 

RBS for the 2017 NFL Draft are giving me a Chubby

Nick Cubb still looks like the old Nick Chubb. Coming off a “significant” knee injury to miss the back half of the season, Chubb was questionable most of the summer as to whether or not he would open week 1 as the starter. Chubb came out of the gate with a fire under him, amassing 222 yards on 32 carries while crossing the goal line twice against UNC. Chubb looks like he hasn’t lost a step since the injury back in October of last year and looks to add onto his already impressive resume. Some have toted Chubb as a better prospect than Gurley, so the hype is there. Currently sitting as the number 1 running back on my college big board among a very viable class of 2017 backs, I’m all aboard. You think people are butt hurt about Elliott going in the first round this year? Just wait until next year. We’re in for a historical draft next year.

 

 

Philla!

This past week Philly won out the rights to host the 2017 NFL Draft and what more of a Philly move than to go out and trade for a first round pick to get their fans excited to attend next year. In case you hadn’t heard, the Eagles traded Sam Bradford who currently sat atop their depth chart at the quarterback position to a quarterback needy Vikings team. That’s not the first time a first round pick has been wasted on Bradford. The original plan for the Eagles all along has been to get Wentz that “redshirt” year and let him learn under two fairly serviceable quarterbacks. As we know in the NFL nothing goes according to plan, Allah Blake Bortles sitting out a year. That’s all fine and dandy, we’ll let Chase Daniels man the reigns until Wentz gets his feet under him, since he barely got any pre-season playing time before injuring his ribs and being sidelined. Wait… you’re telling me the Eagles paid $21 million to Chase Daniels to play backup for a rookie who threw for 24 total passes in the preseason? And were giving the rookie the start week 1 if his ribs are ready to go. Ok. Someone needs to let the Eagles know that their 2017 1st round pick isn’t based off how they finish as a team. All in on full tank mode?


 

The Bills will surprise

The Buffalo Bills are my dark horse Super Bowl team. The Bills get to face the AFC West and the NFC West this season alongside their regular division opponents. With Brady missing the first four games, the Bills could find themselves in position to outright win the division or sneak in as a wildcard. It also helps they face the Patriots in Foxborough against the Brady-less Patriots in week 4, so they could potentially steal one on the road. Tyrod Taylor is in for a magical year and is out to get the money he rightfully deserves. LeSean McCoy continues to dominate as a runner and is fresh free from the nagging tissue issues of last year and Sammy shows why he’s deserving of top 12 status. My prediction is the Bills finish the season with a record of 10-6 and make a strong push for the Super Bowl.


 

Kenny Stills is going to be the real deal

New reports say Parker has been nursing a hamstring strain in both his left and right knees. Parker known for soft tissue issues doesn't seem like a lock to play this weekend against Seattle. In 2010 Adam Gase was employed as the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, the same year Brandon Lloyd came out of the middle of nowhere. Adam Gase loves to feature an X receiver, giving plenty of opportunity for Stills to emerge as that option while Parker falls farther and farther behind. Pick up Kenny Stills before it's too late.

 




d-Rx® Thoughts


 

Yeah Boykin!

If Russell Wilson gets inured this season, an un-drafted QB out of TCU in Trevone Boykin is the only other quarterback on the Seahawks roster after narrowing the team down to 53. The Jets kept 4 QBs on their roster, in FitzMagic, 2 players they drafted highly in the second round over in the last few years and Christian Hackenberg who they grabbed in April in the 4th round. It’ll be interesting to see if Pete Carrol sticks with this approach. I think Geno Smith will be traded to another team before Week 5, and the Seahawks will go after another QB as an insurance policy in case DangRuss get’s busted up. Remember how quickly the Cowboys went from Super Bowl contenders to bottom dweller last year without a serviceable backup quarterback. Not saying Boykin can’t play, but this team is in their prime, they can’t throw caution to the wind.



I think Eiferted

I’ve drafted injured Tyler Eifert in every league I am in this year. Not expecting those TDs when he finally returns, but he’s too good to pass up in the 14th round of drafts. He’s my backup in each instance (behind Jordan Reed in my oldest league and Kelce/Fleener in my big money league), and someone that could become an amazing start at TE, or trade bate or a flex position gem by season’s end. The Notre Dame stud will continue to make pro-bowls, but something tells me he’ll chose not to play in them considering this injury is a result of an injury in the Pro Bowl in February.


If you need a reminder on how talented this fellas is, check out the Vines here:

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2016/7/26/12273142/top-5-reasons-tyler-eiferts-injury-really-hurts



Justin Forsett Deja Vu

So let me get this straight, the Ravens cut Justin Forsett from a crowded backfield of running backs only to resign him for the say exact amount of time and money his contract originally had, 2 years and $6mil. Why did they feel the need to do this? I’m staying away from that whole team this year in fantasy football - I like Flacco as a third QB in deeper leagues, but that’s about it.



Vivid Seats APP is where it’s at for finding NFL tickets and more

A great app for tickets to football games and concerts! If you like to buy last minute tickets to sporting events and concerts like I do, then you have to check the Vivid Seats APP out. It’s like the Hotwire of event seats! Stub Hub shuts down at noon the day of the event, which can be a real bummer when you want a last minute ticket to a sporting event, Vivid Seats you can buy tickets even after the game has started. Get on board now while you can, it’s legit and so much cheaper than going through a ticket agent.



I live in the murder capital of the world.

There have been more murders in Chicago so far this year than in both New York City and Los Angeles combined. I think it’s time to call in the National Guard to be honest, the issue is getting worse, not better. 



Le’Veon Bell is younger than David Johnson.

Hard to believe, but it’s true. Le’Veon Bell was born Feb. 18th, 1992 and is going into his 4th season in the NFL while David Johnson was born on December 16th, 1991 and is entering his second year. Both are top tier running backs in fantasy football, but one is injury prone and the other is unproven - should be nice to track their careers as the years pass on.



The effects of no longer having a the probable injury tag…

Getting rid of the probable tag is going to be a headache in #FF this year. Everybody and their brother will be listed as questionable now. 




PK Ripper's Thoughts



Troy Aikman is apparently less than thrilled that Skip Bayless has joined the team at Fox sports

“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman said.
He Also went on to say "I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”

The roots are deep here, all the way back to 1989 when Skip thought Steve Walsh should start ahead of Aikman. Then in his book from 1995 repeatedly referencing rumors to Aikman being gay and mentioning he had an AIDS scare...Rumor has it that Skip had spread alot of Rumors about Aikman back in the 90's that weren't true .. To this day Skip hasn't apologized.
Skips job is to talk shit, piss people off, and get viewers. Like him or not he knows what his role is and he does it well.He's the Conor McGregor of announcing, haha. Everyone loves to hate him and wants to know what's gonna come out of his mouth next.

But one thing is for certain these two will be working under the same umbrella what I would give to be around that water cooler...


Sit for something or stand for nothing

Eagles rookie to stand for national anthem after saying he'd sit like Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick's stand against racial injustice briefly inspired one of his NFL comrades to follow his lead. So that promted, rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres said that he wouldn't stand up for the national anthem, like the 49ers quarterback, before the Eagles' fourth preseason game Thursday.

 

Speaking with media Tavarres revealed his initial intentions.

 

"Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it," Tavarres said of sitting down Saturday. "And usually I'm front and center on the line with the rest of the guys, and that's since pre-K all the way up. Saturday's game, I stepped back, I was in the background, and it didn't feel right to me at all, and so I will be taking a stand -- or sitting down -- for the fourth game."

 

However, Tavarres then changed his mind -- rather, his agent changed his mind.  

 

Tavarres' agent admitted that he advised his client to stand for the anthem. And now, Tavarres won't be sitting down and taking a stand with Kaepernick because he doesn't want to be a "distraction." 

 

"He plans on standing for the national anthem," Corey Williams (agent)said in a statement, "Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl."


It's clear why Tavarres won't be sitting down on Thursday: He's afraid it will jeopardize his roster spot. 

Tavarres, who went undrafted, noted in his interview that he had "nothing to lose." His agent apparently didn't agree.
"In this situation, I've really got nothing to lose," Tavarres said. "I'm a rookie free agent, haven't signed any major contract, so there's not a lot of money on the line, I don't have any big endorsement deals on the line. Really what's at stake is my pride and what kind of man would I be and what kind of African-American would I be if I didn't stand my ground on this issue we have today?


"It needs to be done. Will there be backlash? Probably. I don't think anyone has bought my jersey yet, so I don't know if it's going to be burned, but it's a major issue and I'm definitely going to stand my ground for this one."
So, as you can see, Tavarres made a total 180. 

But Kaepernick's message clearly resonated with Tavarres. 
"We've got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up".

 

 

 

R.I.P. Sam Foltz  

During A game against Fresno State this past weekend Nebraska honored their fallen teammate by voluntarily taking a delay of game penalty by lining up without a punter on the field for a fourth down.


Sam Foltz, who would have been a senior at Nebraska this fall, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in July.


It was a classy move by officials to give the crowd a moment of silence to pay respect for the lost student athlete as well as the Fresno State coaches to decline the penalty.


It's times like these when you realize that sport is not just entertainment but a platform to observe humanity and a place to come together in honor and tradition.



 

 

Feeling Minnesota or The Bradford Exchange. 

You been sleeping under a rock for the past week you would have missed this news Sam Bradford has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round and conditional fourth round draft pick.

I think this move bodes well for both sides first the Eagles get rid of a disgruntled player who really didn't want to be there since the drafting of QB Carson Wentz. Plus they get to recoup some of those picks the used to pick up the rookie signal caller who by the way is touted to be the week 1 Starter.

For the Vikings this is an easy replacement for the freakishly injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who we all hope can at least make a miraculous recovery back onto the field eventually.
Now those of us who know about Sam to say the least that he's a little bit fragile is an understatement and has not really shown Great Signs of being a top-tier NFL quarterback in previous seasons. And I believe that he has his best chance and best years ahead of him in Minnesota he'll be playing with the best running back in his career that ever played behind him with the best receiving Corps he's had,as well as a formidable defense all he has to do is not screw it up. This should be Sam's last hurrah and I for one hope he makes it count.

 

Bradford rules by Vikings staff



Johnny Football has returned to college.

 

Don't get it twisted I really don't wish him any ill but knowing his track record I'm expecting a Van Wilder back to school experience.

Johnny Manziel's 1st semester course schedule at Texas A&M

- Keg Stands 101
- Intramural Flag Football
- Dealing w/PTSD after playing in Cleveland.
- Hotel Room Deconstruction 
- Don't forget the course in chemistry. His drugs will be a lot cheaper when he can run his own meth lab.

 

You might ask why is he not taking Bong Etiquette 101?

 

That's a freshman level course. He's taking Improvisational Bong Making II.

What's next? Will we see Johnny Foosball on the Dean's List??????

I imagine it would go something like this," Mr. Football, 0.0"

All joking aside I bet he's a beast at intramural football.

 


Peyton Roasting Tastes So Good

Peyton Manning shines as he shows off his comedic chops at comedy centrals roast of Actor Rob Lowe.He showed good sport as he was the brunt of some good jokes as well.

 
One of the jokes on Peyton was His mom used a super bowl to cut his hair..... Lol!


Another good one was that he looks like what football players evolve to when they no longer need helmets.....

He could even dish out some snaps himself like when he said," I'm not the only athlete up on stage tonight Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby earlier this year." 
Then he gets Rob Lowe by responding to a tweet he had put out about prematurely announcing Peytons Retirement "You tried to take the air out of my retirement so fast, you can probably get a job as Tom Brady’s ball boy." Hilarious 

If you watched him over the years on SNL and his numerous television commercials you knew the Sheriff would be great after football sky is definitely the limit for him no doubt about it.....


 


Shane's Thoughts


Sam Bradford to Vikings

We opened training camp season this year with reports out of Philly that Carson Wentz might not be active on game days. When Bridgewater’s leg decided it liked his kneecap in a slightly different arrangement that changed everything. Sam Bradford finally got what he wanted and landed somewhere not Philly, making Wentz the eventual starter by default. For now Philly hasn’t commented on whether Wentz or Daniels will open the season as the starter, but you have to imagine that Wentz will get the nod eventually. I guess his 50% completion rate for 90 yards and an interception in the preseason was enough to convince the team he’s ready to roll. Bradford wasn’t really fantasy relevant anyways, but the guy loved to throw to his tight end. My expectations for Ertz are definitely tempered now, but we’ll see how the offense looks with the rookie at the helm. Maybe the move makes Kyle Rudolph a guy to look at, but for me the move just makes AP look even better. Bradford doesn’t have the same athleticism he had prior to two ACL tears, but his arm is still elite. I just get the feeling that the Norv Turner and the Vikings are going to go all-in with AP and the non-shotgun run game. Norv’s got a long history of running the ball and he’s done so very well at times. Diggs had a good offseason, and with a ninth round ADP the value is there, but we really don’t know which (if any) receiver will have good chemistry with Bradford. Maybe Treadwell starts to creep back onto the fantasy radar, who knows?



Ravens RB situation

Am I crazy or is Buck Allen getting completely overlooked in Baltimore. The first thing I thought when Forsett was released is “people are about to go crazy for West”. That looked like it was going to be the case, then reports emerged that Forsett would likely return and take the starting gig back by game one (which happened just now). The West hype died right away, but I still don’t get how Allen isn’t getting any love in Baltimore. Their entire offense is muddy, but the guy did have 45 catches last year. A running back in this Trestman offense is going to be good, but who? Forsett was actually pretty good last year, PPR RB12 through the first ten games before going down with the broken arm. You can’t imagine Forsett will be healthy all year though, and Allen was pretty awesome at the end of last season on just volume alone. Starting in week 11 when Allen took over as the guy he saw at least five targets in every game but one. Twice Allen was targeted ten times or more, including a thirteen target day with twelve catches. Those are the types of numbers I think you can expect from the back in Trestman’s offense, and Allen fits that role. Dixon has the build and playing style of a good back for Trestman too, but his injuries are slowing things down. For what it’s worth Peter King thinks Dixon will be the lead dog in the backfield by mid-October. Right now though my money’s on Allen being a factor at some point this season.



Don’t flex Thursday night guys!

Just a reminder now that we’re FINALLY getting real life football, don’t flex guys that play in Thursday night games! Start Thursday night guys in their position instead so you have some flexibility in case there’s a last minute surprise injury.


 

Jamaal Charles

You know what’s frustrating about the most recent Jamaal Charles news? Spencer Ware went from being a reasonably priced necessary handcuff to a guy other owners are willing to draft just to stick it to the Charles owner. Ware’s ADP according to FantasyPros (do we use them as a reference officially?) is in the fifteenth round, but that’s not up to date. Ware went before round ten in all five drafts I did this weekend after the Charles news broke. I’m not actually worried at all about Charles being a major contributor and top back again… he’s never been a volume dependent or short yardage guy anyways.

 



 

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