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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…)

What Is America To You? Answering This Question Helps Us Understand Colin Kaepernick’s Decision

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Colin Kaepernick’s protest has seen a range of opinion. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I struggled for a couple days before I sat down to write about Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem. In the end I still might not say everything right, but I’m not going to let that deter me from expressing my feelings about the situation. (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…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets, And Playoffs?

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The Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin could be in line for a nice string of matchups the next four weeks. Just in time to carry you into the playoffs and beyond.

Ladies and gentleman, we’ve come to week 13.

If your commissioner knows what they’re doing (and I assume they all do) then this week should wrap up the regular season for your fantasy leagues. Now is the time when not just money, bragging rights, and personal dignity is on the line; but the opportunity to achieve all of those things is on the line.  (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: Thursday Night Audibles For Seahawks Vs. 49ers

We haven't seen "Beast Mode" yet in 2015, but I have a feeling we're close. (Photo: The Seattle Times)

We haven’t seen “Beast Mode” yet in 2015, but I have a feeling we’re close. (Photo: The Seattle Times)

I remember a time not very long ago when this game had a lot more Fantasy star power.

One of the more underrated rivalries now, not long ago before the San Francisco player exodus, NFC Championship conversation began and ended in the Pacific Northwest with these two teams. (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: 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: Fantasy Football “Bargain” Players (A.K.A. The Deep Sleepers) That Could Hit It Big In ’15

Eddie Royal caught 62 passes for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Chargers in 2014. This season he'll play in the slot with the Chicago Bears. (Associated Press)

Eddie Royal caught 62 passes for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Chargers in 2014. This season he’ll play in the slot with the Chicago Bears. (Associated Press)

You will no doubt rely on them at least once this season. Those bargain players that get you by on a bye week or through a tough stretch of injuries or suspensions. They’re always on the waiver wire, a Branden Oliver or Chris Sims.  (more…)

NFL 2015: 90 Days From Kickoff, Here Are 7 Storylines To Keep An Eye On Heading Into Minicamp

Peyton Manning has averaged 613 pass attempts per season since he signed with the Broncos after the 2011 season. Will a dramatic offensive philosophy shift under new head coach Gary Kubiak cause a conflict?

Peyton Manning has averaged 613 pass attempts per season since he signed with the Broncos after the 2011 season. Will a dramatic shift in offensive philosophy under new head coach Gary Kubiak cause a conflict?

With NFL OTAs wrapping up and Minicamp set to begin next week, there are plenty of storylines to monitor as the 2015 NFL season approaches. Here are seven I think are worth following.  (more…)