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Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Starts Season on PUP


The Redskins have not released a specific injury, so we must assume that its connected to the shoulder or recurring concussions.

Fantasy Goo: I would hold off drafting any shares of Reed until the injury is confirmed. The Redskins opened training camp today, although unlikely it could be a new concussion or concussion-like symptoms, any new concussion issues will likely land Reed out of football.


07/26/17, 04:41 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Trevor Siemian

Denver Broncos

Siemian To Open Camp As Starter


Trevor Siemian will start training camp with first team. He and Paxton Lynch will rotate daily.

Fantasy Goo: While both have similar season total values, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both clearly benefit from opposite receivers. Lynch adds value to Sanders gets a boost due to the deep ball and Siemian boosts Demaryius due to short ball accuracy.


07/26/17, 02:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Cody Kessler

Cleveland Browns

Kessler Opens Camp as QB1


Mary Cay Cabot has reported that Cody Kessler will get the first crack as starting QB in Brown's camp per Hugh Jackson.

Fantasy Goo: Kessler has the highest upside of of the Brown's current QB's in 2017. DeShone Kizer may be the long term plan, but I like Kessler for fantasy production in 2017.


07/26/17, 11:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell To Holdout


Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down a 5 year extension averaging $12 million per year, and still hasn't signed his tender. Now star WR, Antonio Brown is calling out for the RB to show up and play via Instagram.

Fantasy Goo: The $12 million would make Le'Veon the highest paid RB in the and 50% higher than the current bread winner, LeSean McCoy. To me this says that Lev is going to hold out and is willing to miss regular season games (and paychecks) to receive a massive deal.


07/26/17, 11:09 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews Knee Tendinitis Could Be Serious


Jordan Matthews has had a knee issue for the past month, so there is a chance it is more serious than tendinitis. This is a big story to keep track of through the Eagles training camp which kicks off today.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews is in elite company as one of only 5 WRs to open their career with 3 consecutive season with 65+ catches and 800+ yards. Joining Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green and Mike Evans. If this issue persists or worsens, that success probably wont be sustained through a fourth season.


07/26/17, 10:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Ty Works With The Footwork King


Ty has reportedly been working out with Rischad Whitfield out of Houston to improve his footwork. Whitfield has been credited for working with both Melvin Gordon and Le'Veon Bell prior to their respective breakout sophomore seasons.

Fantasy Goo: This is not a guaranteed success as he also has worked with the likes of Jaelen Strong and Josh Huff so take this news with a grain of salt. However, Ty could see a vast improvement with improved footwork he could hit more holes, and have the confidence to be patient and let blocking develop.


07/26/17, 10:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

Riddick Reportedly In Line for RZ Work


Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions homepage expects Cooter to utilize Riddick in the Red Zone more in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Riddick converted all 3 of his RZ targets into scores. But this report contradict's Warren Sharps analysis that shows rushing in the RZ has a 58% success rate vs 43% for passing. I'm calling this news fluff and still expect big things from Abdullah.


07/26/17, 10:07 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Throw More Coal Into The Jay-Train


Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins All-Pro caliber center, should be back and healthy for camp.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi averaged 18.8 fantasy points with Pouncey on the field compared to 9.0 without his star center. Expect Ajayi to have a sharp increase in price due to this news.


07/26/17, 09:51 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

UPDATE: Dixon Out For Season


Dixon's surgery today was a repair of the meniscus rather than a trimming. This is the better surgery for long term use, but Dixon will not play in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Terrance West steps in line for a large workload, but the 2016 number one pass offense in terms of volume will see a high dosage of Woodhead and potentiall Buck Allen out of the backfield.


07/25/17, 05:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Vance McDonald

San Francisco 49ers

Niners Cutting McDonald?


“One of the final moves of the previous regime was to sign off on a contract extension for McDonald, who was guaranteed $9.1 million with his new deal in December. Now, McDonald is not assured a roster spot as he and the other holdovers face stiff competition from the newcomers who were hand-picked for the scheme.”
If SF cut’s McDonald they still have to pay him his 9 million guaranteed money and take a 3.5mil cap hit this year.

Fantasy Goo: McDonald was one of my early season deep sleepers, but rumors of SF wanting him out have caused me to back off. His draft price has dropped like a rock and now I’m thinking that these beat reporters are out of their mind. I’m going back to targeting McDonald in the 18th round or later. He could have a huge year in the Shanahan offense.


07/25/17, 12:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

Dixon Under the Knife


“The Ravens' need for another back intensified this week when the team learned that Dixon tweaked his knee while working out before training camp. Dixon, a second-year back, is believed to have a torn meniscus in his knee, according to sources. He'll have surgery today and the team will know more about the severity of the injury. This is Dixon's third knee injury since the Ravens took him in the fourth round of last year's draft.”

Fantasy Goo: This could set-up very well for Terrance West, but as someone who watched him in college, he’s not going to earn much more than what is blocked for him. If Woodhead is able to get back to full capacity we could also see a big year from him, especially in PPR. Either way this backfield is still looking like a committee that shouldn’t be considered until after the sixth/seventh round of your draft.


07/25/17, 09:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

Lynch Not a Bell-Cow


“The depth at running back means he won’t have to shoulder a huge load. Something in the range of the 195 carries Latavius Murray had last year should suffice, perhaps less if both Washington and Richard see an increase.”

Fantasy Goo: If Lynch is at full-strength he won’t need to be a bell-cow to out preform Murray’s performance from last year. Murray finished as the RB13 (std scoring) in 2016, despite being fairly inefficient behind a top-5 O-line. I expect Lynch will be there to take Murray’s vacated red-zone carries, but expect to see DeAndre Washington take a larger role in this backfield, especially when we get to the second half of the season, and your fantasy playoffs.


07/25/17, 07:36 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.mercurynews.com


Paul Perkins

New York Giants

Perkins Not Ideal For 0-RB


Many fantasy analysts are valuing Perkins very high due to reports that he could be a 3 down back for the Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have produced only 11 rushing TDs over the past two years. They have failed to have a 1,000 yard rusher since 2012 nor have they produced a PPR RB over RB20 since 2011. Perkins who lost college rushes to a Linebacker has limited upside in the Giants offense.


07/24/17, 11:47 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?


"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.


07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: buffalonews.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role


“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.


07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod


Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.


07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: rotoworld.com


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot


As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.


07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?


"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.


07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nfl.com


Zach Miller

Chicago Bears

Bears Overload at TE


Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. He has played in 25 games and missed 23 since joining the team in 2014. The only free agent that received more guaranteed money than quarterback Mike Glennon was Dion Sims, who signed an $18 million, three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed, ensuring he will be a big part of Dowell Loggains' offense.

Fantasy Goo: The Bears are five deep at TE right now after drafting Adam Shaheen, acquiring Daniel Brown from Baltimore, and signing UDFA Ben Braunecker. Miller seems like the odd man out here and that’s why he is no longer a late-round flyer in deep leagues. I’ve switched gears to Dion Sims simply because of his athleticism and the Bears investment in him as an every-down TE.


07/22/17, 01:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.chicagotribune.com


Anquan Boldin

Detroit Lions

Boldin Trying Buffalo


Boldin will be working out for the Bills on Monday (7/24) “Boldin, 36, led the Lions with 22 red zone targets last season. He had 67 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns, though he averaged a career-worst 8.7 yards per grab (584 yards in total).” The Bills are looking pretty shallow at WR at this point, they’ll probably be looking to have a few other guys in as well.

Fantasy Goo: This could cut into any upside we were hoping for from Zay Jones, although you could argue that they are much different types of receivers that just happen to both work out of the slot. Boldin will certainly vulture some TD’s from the wide receivers, but it absolutely crushes any chance of Charles Clay having any value and probably snakes away a little of Johnathan Williams receiving potential.


07/22/17, 12:17 PM 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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