NFL Season Preview

S2, Ep. 12: Natalie Weiner, Sports & Culture, Bleacher Report

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Natalie Weiner has been one of the best follows on Twitter for me for quite some time. Her insight is always interesting, and her takes always honest. Her background (Columbia grad, former Editor at Billboard Magazine) makes the sports media world that much richer with fresh takes and ideas. So we’re all better for her writing sports and culture for Bleacher Report. (more…)

S2, Ep. 11: Cian Fahey, Pre-Snap Reads, ESPN

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One of my favorite things to do as a kid was study the way players in the NFL and college played the Quarterback position. I found the nuances of the position not only to be one of the most challenging in all of sports, but, when done correctly, one of the most amazing feats. Cian Fahey has been doing NFL analysis for some time and has developed metrics to measure the Quarterback position. His common-sense approach to NFL analysis made me a fan of him instantly, and it’s easy to see why we will soon hear him on ESPN this fall delivering that analysis to an even greater audience.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2016: Stop Overvaluing Rookies and Some Preseason Week 1 Thoughts

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Cowboys’ rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott may well turn out to be a solid performer in Fantasy Football, but stop trying to sell him like a proven commodity. (Jon Durr/Getty Images)

The 2016 NFL season has begun and, despite me doing an awesome podcast (which you should all subscribe to and review here), I will in fact be doing fantasy football writing this year.

I know, you’re welcome. (more…)

2015 NFL Preview: NFC Division Predictions

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Division and playoff predictions are tricky in the NFL.

Every week a team can look like a “team to beat” or the worst team you’ve ever seen. With the NFL only playing 16 games, one could put themselves in a situation to be roundly criticized for picking the wrong team without the benefit of hindsight.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Thursday Night Audibles For Steelers vs. Patriots

Markus Wheaton could play a major role in tonight's game against the Patriots. Is he worth a last-minute roster change? ( Photo By: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

Markus Wheaton could play a major role in tonight’s game against the Patriots. Is he worth a last-minute roster change? ( Photo By: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

Thursday Night Audibles will be season long weekly series that helps you fill those last-minute roster holes

So you’re having a hard time trying to figure out where points are going to come from before the Steelers and Patriots kickoff? Well I can help you with that.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Nine Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For ’15

Karlos Williams has climbed to No. 2 on the Bills running back depth chart. I see him climbing further before the year is over. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Karlos Williams has climbed to No. 2 on the Bills running back depth chart. I see him climbing further before the year is over. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Wanna know how to be bold in fantasy football? Pick a name or names you really like for the season and predict that player to reach heights only you believe imaginable. Boldly predict that their success isn’t solely predicated on another man’s failure, but on talent that can’t be suppressed by veterans or newcomers. (more…)

About Last Year: Previewing The Denver Broncos 2015 Playoff Outlook

Even at 39 Denver's 2015 playoff and Super Bowl hopes depend on the arm of Peyton Manning  (Photo: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Even at 39 the Denver Broncos 2015 playoff (and Super Bowl) hopes depend on the elite play of Peyton Manning. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. (Photo: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Leading up to the start of the 2015 NFL season I will be previewing last year’s playoff teams and their chances for making it back to the postseason

2014 Overview:

Record: 12-4 (1st, AFC West)

Key Additions: Owen Daniel (Free Agency from Baltimore), Shane Ray (23rd overall pick, 2015 NFL Draft)

Key Losses: Julius Thomas (Free Agency to Jacksonville), Wes Welker (unsigned) (more…)

NFL Preseason 2015: The Problem In Washington? Right Now It’s Jay Gruden

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Jay Gruden went 4-12 his first season in Washington. So far I don’t see personnel decisions that point to much changing in 2015.  (USATIS)

Jay Gruden is running out of the many excuses he shouldn’t have been afforded in the first place.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery Among Fantasy Football “Names To Know” For Injury & Suspension Replacements

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Jeff Janis has the opportunity to put up big numbers in the absence of Jordy Nelson. (Jason Vinlove/USA Today sports)

It’s already been a tough preseason for some fantasy football notables.

Within the span of ten days owners were no longer able to depend on the services of Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin; and within the span of four days owners very nearly lost Mike Evans and Randall Cobb.

Such is the nature of the real life NFL.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Top-5 Breakout Players In 2015

David Cobb has an opportunity in Tennessee that could turn out to be a boon for fantasy owners in 2015 (Photo: Bleacher Report)

David Cobb has an opportunity in Tennessee that could turn out to be a boon for fantasy owners in 2015 (Photo: Bleacher Report)

We all hope to draft them.

You know who I’m talking about. We want those players who played at such a high level late in the season that they get you so stoked about the next you can barely control your excitement. A breakout player in fantasy football isn’t just a player; he’s a bragging right. An “I told you so” that buys you one to two years of respect, more if you do it consistently. (more…)