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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…)

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Wild Card Weekend Thoughts: Kirk Cousins, Blair Walsh, And Cincinnati’s Bungles

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Blair Walsh didn’t cost the Vikings anything on Sunday. (Photo By: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

With the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs in the books I wanted to share a few thoughts.  (more…)

NFL Playoffs 2015: AFC Wild Card Weekend Primer

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Alex Smith- 3,486 passing yards, 20 touchdowns- will look to lead the Chiefs to a playoff victory in Houston on Saturday. It would also be his first playoff win since 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

I took a look back at my preseason picks for the AFC and saw some good (Hello AFC West!), some not so good (Dolphins, Adam? Really?), and some down right ugly choices (Mulligan on Baltimore, please). (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Players We’re Thankful For, Week 12 Waiver Targets

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Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is just one of the few short-term options we’re thankful for in 2015. (Photo: Seattle Times)

You know what’s great about fantasy football? The fact that it gives you a reason to be engaged in even the least meaningful NFL games of the week.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Thursday Night Football Audibles For Browns Vs. Bengals

Gio Bernard (439 RuYards, 141 ReYards, 2 touchdowns) looks like a strong play tonight against a Cleveland Browns team that has been generous to the position all season.

Gio Bernard (439 RuYards, 141 ReYards, 2 touchdowns) looks like a strong play tonight against a Cleveland Browns team that has been generous to the position all season.

Can I be the one to tell Browns fans that tonight isn’t going to be their night?

Thursday Night Football has offered up some great games for us this 2015 season but, unfortunately, this isn’t going to be one of those games.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets And My Five Stages Of Grief For Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is out for the remainder of the 2015 season. I experienced five stages of grief.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is out for the remainder of the 2015 season. I experienced five stages of grief. (Photo: pennlive.com)

It took me a while to finally get to a point where I could write about the waiver wire this week.  (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Week 6 Waiver Targets, An Exciting Opportunity, And What To Do About Slumping Stars

Jamaal Charles ACL injury opens the door for Charcandrick West to get the first opportunity to start for the Chiefs at running back (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Jamaal Charles ACL injury opens the door for Charcandrick West to get the first opportunity to start for the Chiefs at running back (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

On Bye: Oakland Raiders; St. Louis Rams; Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy Football is a weird game.  (more…)

2015 NFL Preview: AFC Divisional Predictions

There is a lot to like about the Steelers, there are also a lot of questions. (Photo By/Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

There is a lot to like about the Steelers, there are also a lot of questions. (Photo By/Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

This is the year the AFC gets a little crazy.

There isn’t a dominant team despite what fans want to believe. There are teams that are beginning to see a shift in their fortunes. Most of those teams play in the AFC East, which is where the root of the craziness could occur this season.  (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: 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…)