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  1. I disagree with your analysis of Martellus Bennett You state "But consider Bennett’s numbers over the 4 games Gronk was actually on the field and fully healthy: 155 yards, 0 TDs." In games 4 and 5, Gronk played 70% and 81% of snaps and Bennett had 11 catches for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns in those 2 games. In that week 5 game, Bennett cracked a bone in his ankle. He played with the injury but clearly wasn't the same for the rest of the season. I also don't buy your analysis that Bennett is going to just be a blocking tight end. Obviously, Bennett is going to block on run plays and pancake some dudes. But he is a great receiver. He is just being macho when he says he likes to block more than he likes to receive. And the Packers don't need him to stay in and block on passing plays. Pro Football Focus rated the Packers offensive line as the best in the NFL at pass blocking last year. They rated their offensive tackles as the best duo in the NFL and LT David Bakhtiari as the best individual pass blocker. Bennett will be a receiver on pass plays. The only time Rodgers has had a legitimate tight end was Jermichael Finley. Rodgers loved throwing to Finley. If it hadn't been for injuries, Finley would have been a perennial top-3 fantasy tight end. Even Jared Cook started to look great at the end of last year once he got healthy. He had 18 catches for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Packers' 3 playoff games. The only thing that will stop the Black Unicorn from being studly is injury.
  2. A good general manager provides what an offensive or defensive coordinator asks. A bad general manager will impose his will and draft players that don't fit the scheme a coordinator is planning to use. Mike Shula probably asked for big receivers a couple of years ago so Gettleman drafted him a couple. If Funchess and Benjamin were better, it wouldn't be an issue. Now Shula is probably asking for the opposite. He probably asked for smaller, quick players for a short passing game most likely with the intention of keeping Newton healthy. Personally, I think they might be planning to use CMC and Samuel like the Packers used Ty Montgomery last year. Samuel might be a better running back than wide receiver. I don't think Newton will prosper with a short passing game. When he throws short, his arm goes in slow motion. A quick arm is necessary to be effective with short passes.
  3. DeAngelo Williams says he is now willing to come back to the Panthers now that Gettleman is gone. So they've got that going for them.
  4. Bill Belichick, the gold standard of general managers, hardlines popular players time and time again. In fact, all good general managers hardline players on the downside of their careers. The difference in Carolina is Carolina's old players were divas and Jerry Richardson's attachment to his players. All popular players need to be let go at some point.
  5. Why would they cut Olson and Davis? They neither need to cut them nor do they need to give them a new contract. Dave Gettleman inherited a team with huge salary cap problems. The previous regime unwisely paid over-the-hill players big money. Steve Smith was old and overpaid. They asked him to take a pay cut. He refused. He asked to be released. He ultimately received his pay cut in his new contract with the Ravens. NFL teams don't give 35-year-olds big money out of loyalty if they have any interest in winning. Steve Smith was paid very well by Carolina in his time there. In 2007, they gave him a huge new contract when he had 3 years left on his contract. He was always a player who they needed to keep happy because he would be a huge cancer if he was unhappy. DeAngelo Williams and Josh Norman are similar to Smith. They all play hard on the field but they are all prima donnas. The exit of these 3 players definitely made things easier in the locker room. Their influence on Cam Newton could not have been positive. And it's no surprise that all 3 players are all still whining.
  6. Or this is what happens when you have an idiot owner like Jerry Richardson. Steve Smith was old. He got cut. That isn't treating him like garbage. They tried to trade him and no other team wanted him at his contract price either. That's why he had to take a huge pay cut with the Ravens. But Steve Smith has a chip on his shoulder the size of Montana. Of course he would be offended. Thomas Davis will be 35 when he is a free agent next year. It is normal to let players that old play out their contract before re-signing them. It isn't treating him like garbage. Greg Olsen has 2 years left on a contract that doesn't even underpay him by much. You'd be hard-pressed to find an NFL team that would re-sign Olsen in this situation. Unnecessarily giving out big contracts to aged players because of "loyalty" is not a prescription for success in the NFL.
  7. I wouldn't have given Greg Olsen an extension either. He has 2 years left on his contract at $6.75 million per year. I wouldn't even consider giving an extension until next year and maybe not even then. I'm also not going to fault Gettleman for cutting a 35-year-old Steve Smith. The Josh Norman fiasco was a bit of a head-scratcher, though.
  8. I don't sympathize with Calvin at all. He signed a mega-contract with $60 million guaranteed. If he wanted the option to play for another team, he shouldn't have signed a long-term contract. And he just sounds like a whiner when he complains about the Lions being so bad. The 0-16 year came before he signed his contract in 2012. In Calvin's last 3 years, the Lions won 7, 11, and 7 games. Not amazing, but not bad either. The Lions deserve compensation if he plays elsewhere.
  9. I thought that the inflation would be higher. Especially among receivers 30-60. When I entered drafts 10-15 years ago, there were only 20-30 receivers per year that I wanted on my team. I rarely drafted a receiver in the lower rounds. Many years I would draft 3 receivers in the first 4 rounds and not draft another one. I would wait for free agency to create depth. Now, there are 40-50 receivers who I like each year. Clearly, a lot of the the receivers who I consider to have value now end up underachieving. Passing stats are up. But using 3 and 4 receiver sets is up, too. Maybe it makes it more unpredictable to figure out who will produce. Back when 2 receiver sets were used more often, second receivers who didn't have much talent put up stats because there were only two receiver options and the top receiver would likely be double-teamed.
  10. Each year it seems there are more wide receivers to draft who seem to be starting caliber fantasy receivers. I was curious if this actually translated into more actual production. Here are the top 60 scoring receivers from each of the last 12 years stacked up against each other. Scoring is PPR. 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 1 338 301 385 320 314 316 359 342 319 381 382 308 2 308 283 309 311 287 287 336 334 314 340 369 304 3 297 273 307 281 285 280 287 300 310 327 339 304 4 288 272 300 266 285 278 284 299 306 316 331 296 5 287 269 298 265 284 274 277 295 305 302 319 273 6 284 266 296 261 280 266 269 291 303 297 304 259 7 272 260 287 259 276 256 264 289 292 295 280 255 8 268 259 282 258 271 250 262 269 284 293 273 254 9 266 252 281 250 266 249 243 269 279 276 270 246 10 239 251 280 249 261 247 240 269 279 261 268 246 11 237 249 253 235 251 241 238 262 277 259 267 243 12 231 243 244 234 245 237 233 260 270 258 261 239 13 228 241 242 232 240 229 229 255 264 245 254 232 14 226 238 239 230 232 228 228 254 251 231 252 231 15 224 230 235 229 230 228 224 250 246 226 243 230 16 218 221 233 229 228 224 218 234 242 225 231 226 17 216 219 224 228 218 223 218 226 236 222 230 224 18 211 218 217 220 214 213 215 218 220 219 225 216 19 209 216 209 215 211 206 208 217 220 219 224 214 20 209 212 209 214 210 205 205 215 213 212 218 212 21 208 210 207 207 209 203 202 205 208 212 213 211 22 207 208 199 205 198 203 199 194 203 210 211 202 23 204 203 199 200 189 188 196 194 201 210 210 201 24 200 198 198 197 189 188 195 194 201 205 209 199 25 192 190 194 196 186 187 195 192 199 202 207 199 26 187 185 193 187 179 185 190 189 199 200 203 197 27 187 184 191 187 177 183 187 186 199 198 197 197 28 186 180 190 185 177 182 183 184 194 191 192 196 29 184 177 188 185 169 178 180 183 189 190 192 195 30 183 174 175 184 167 178 180 183 186 182 191 193 31 170 171 172 175 163 176 177 181 184 182 185 192 32 170 170 169 166 163 175 173 174 181 181 184 192 33 163 163 169 166 158 174 166 173 172 180 183 189 34 161 160 166 164 158 173 165 171 172 180 183 186 35 159 159 159 161 155 169 163 168 167 179 174 186 36 158 155 158 153 153 165 158 167 166 177 173 184 37 156 152 157 153 149 164 156 167 162 175 172 183 38 151 151 157 151 149 162 156 167 161 174 172 180 39 151 145 155 149 148 160 154 161 158 173 170 180 40 149 143 154 148 147 158 154 161 158 173 169 179 41 146 142 153 147 146 152 153 158 156 169 161 173 42 143 140 152 147 145 147 152 157 154 167 158 172 43 134 140 150 141 143 146 151 155 150 167 154 172 44 133 139 150 138 140 145 151 150 149 165 153 171 45 132 139 149 135 139 144 148 149 146 164 151 168 46 129 137 144 133 139 143 146 147 145 162 149 168 47 127 136 142 131 137 141 146 146 145 161 148 163 48 125 136 139 130 137 139 143 145 145 158 147 159 49 124 131 136 129 134 139 143 144 143 154 136 155 50 117 130 135 128 131 135 139 144 142 151 133 154 51 116 130 134 123 129 130 137 144 136 151 133 148 52 116 127 133 121 128 129 134 143 135 147 131 148 53 114 126 133 120 128 129 128 140 130 147 131 147 54 112 124 132 119 128 129 124 139 129 142 125 146 55 111 122 131 119 128 128 121 133 127 140 122 146 56 110 119 130 119 125 125 119 133 126 139 121 140 57 109 119 130 117 125 121 119 132 125 135 118 140 58 107 115 122 114 123 118 117 131 124 132 115 139 59 106 115 121 109 121 118 117 129 120 130 112 133 60 105 111 115 109 120 116 115 127 117 129 112 132
  11. I was having difficulty deciding whether Antonio Brown or Ezekiel Elliot was 3rd in my rankings. This is enough to push Brown to 3rd and Zeke to 4th. If it turns out to be a 2 game suspension, I'll move Beckham over Zeke. The silver lining of a suspension is that Zeke could be available in picks 6-9 or even lower in some leagues. I don't think this is the last time Zeke gets in trouble. He has a cockiness to him that will prevent him from learning from his mistakes.
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  13. PATs are one million points
  14. I like Mixon the best. He is the complete package. He is big and explosive. He pass protects well. He is a great receiver (receiving yards are still important in non-PPR) He is a 3rd down back without any weaknesses except for his off the field problems. The Bengals' offensive line is bad but that matters less in a dynasty league since you are drafting for the long-term.