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  1. Random Off-season Signings

    I doubt Snead will have much of a fantasy impact but he is another nice signing for Flacco. Like Crabtree, Snead is an unathletic, physical receiver who doesn't get much separation but plays with intensity and has great hands. Crabtree and Snead can both handle a Flacco fastball. Flacco still has a rocket arm and is at his best when he can be a gunslinger. The Ravens also tried for Jarvis Landry who has similar receiving traits as Crabtree and Snead. Ozzie Newsome definitely had a certain type of receiver that he was going to try to get this off-season.
  2. *** NFL Draft Contest ***

  3. Browns fans: Read this long rumor!

    I think all the outlets are quoting one article from The Ringer. The reporter asked several Browns' front office people if they had considered drafting 2 quarterbacks. Any front office person doing their due diligence would at least consider it. The article doesn't name the front office people who said they considered it. But I think you're right. If they can actually convince other general managers that they might draft a second quarterback, then the value of the pick goes up for trade purposes. Here is the article from The Ringer: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-draft-2018-browns-quarterback-sam-darnold-josh-allen-picks-stats/1cuypi97e8wxe13jplgo41klnf Personally, I would use both picks on a quarterback. It would create controversy and competition. If a quarterback can't handle the controversy and competition, then they aren't NFL caliber. A true NFL quarterback will thrive in those conditions.
  4. Denver shopping the 5th pick

    He also said he would be willing to move up from the 5 spot. And that he would pick the best player available if he chooses at the 5 spot. He basically said nothing.
  5. Alvin Kamara

    If Ingram had been traded, I would have seriously considered drafting Alvin number one overall this year. Last year, he made defenses look bad. Real bad. And he made it look easy. He would glide up to the defense and then explode. His smoothness made it look effortless. He clearly has amazing vision and instincts in addition to his considerable physical skills. And with the exception of the Saints having Ingram, he landed on the perfect team. In 2016, the Saints running backs had 127 receptions. That had to be an NFL record. They also had 10 receiving touchdowns and 884 receiving yards. They were the number one scoring fantasy backfield in 2016 with Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower, John Kuhn, and Travaris Cadet. Last year, the Saints' running backs had 143 receptions. In PPR, receptions are king for running backs. 143 receptions is the equivalent of 23.8 touchdowns. The Saints' running back's 1,254 receiving yards is the equivalent of 20.9 touchdowns. When you add in their 6 receiving touchdowns, the Saints' running backs had the equivalent of 50.7 touchdowns from the passing game last year. With Peterson gone, they might top 160 receptions this year. A few years ago Sean Payton said he was going to improve the Saints' run game. He said that Brees' skills would decline and they needed their running backs to pick up the slack. I thought it was lip service. Coaches with dominant pass games always say they want to improve their run game and it almost always comes to nothing. But Sean Payton backed up the talk. In the last 3 years, the Saints traded for Max Unger, used two first round picks on offensive linemen, and traded away Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks. Few pass-first teams would have considered diving in headfirst to that extent. But it has clearly paid off. I can't ever remember ranking running backs from the same team in the 1st and 2nd rounds of a fantasy draft. But I am this year. I have Kamara ranked at number 6 overall and I have Ingram ranked at the end of the 2nd round. I haven't decided if I'd be willing to use my first two picks on Kamara and Ingram. That might be too crazy.
  6. Alvin Kamara

    Alvin Kamara looked special last year. Where should he be drafted this year?
  7. Dion Lewis or Derrick Henry?

    At this time last year, Mike Lombardi said this about Doug Pederson, "everybody knows he isn't a head coach" and he "might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL." And Mike Martz said this about Sean McVay, "What is he, a couple of months older than Jared? They hired a buddy for Jared. The NFL has nothing to do with being the friend or the buddy of the quarterback. You've got to coach them and work them hard with respect. But buddy? And this guy is a quarterback expert? An offensive expert? Wait a minute while I puke. Right, he's going to be able to teach and handle and guide Jared through tough times because of all of his expertise and knowledge? Right. I'm not going to drink that Kool-Aid."
  8. Dion Lewis or Derrick Henry?

    You're probably right. Good scrambling quarterbacks don't dump off as much to their running backs as immobile quarterbacks. But they could still run a fair amount of scripted passes to Dion. Averaging between 3 and 4 receptions is attainable. Averaging 10-12 carries with 3-4 receptions still very respectable for a fantasy running back. And maybe he'll average more than 10-12 carries per game. They don't need to preserve him for the playoffs or the future. Though it'll probably just be a matter of time before he gets hurt if he does get a lot of work.
  9. C.J. Anderson released

    I hope CJ signs as a straight-up backup instead of as a starter or in a timeshare. I could see myself drafting him as a handcuff with upside.
  10. Dion Lewis or Derrick Henry?

    Dion was doing well fantasywise in the 7 games he played in 2015 before he got hurt. He scored the 5th highest points-per-game for a running back on the season in PPR leagues. With Derrick Henry as a running mate, Dion maybe won't see more than 10-12 carries per game. But a player averaging 10 carries and 5 receptions per game can sneakily put up very respectable fantasy numbers. Dion Lewis is better at pass protection and receiving than Derrick Henry. The NFL is a passing league. Dion will work harder than Henry and learn the new offense faster. Henry has had flashes of brilliance along with a lot of mediocrity. We can drool over his physique and big play ability but a hard-nosed first year coach like Mike Vrabel isn't going to play a somewhat lazy running back because of his potential. In his quest to bring a winning culture to the Titans, Vrabel might even make an example out of Henry by keeping him on the bench or even trading/cutting him. Dion Lewis will bring the Patriot Way to the Titans and Vrabel will reward him for it. Dion having been a Patriot is likely the main reason the Titans signed him. At worst, I see Dion starting out the season with 50% of snaps. But more likely, I see him getting 60%-70% of snaps to begin the season. I'm a fantasy owner who is often drafting my second running back in the 8th round. I have to choose between running backs with serious flaws at that stage of the draft. Dion is clearly a hugh injury risk. He has missed half a season due to injury in 3 of the last 4 years. I am more worried about Dion's risk of injury than I am worried that he'll lose significant playing time to Henry.
  11. Dion Lewis or Derrick Henry?

    I would choose Dion. He'll be used a lot more in the pass game. And I don't see him getting less than 50% of snaps. I don't see Henry having any fantasy relevance unless Dion gets injured.
  12. C.J. Anderson released

    CJ is a player that I've always thought passed the eye test. I was surprised to see that he had a 4.0 ypc in 2016 and 4.1 ypc in 2017. I thought he looked pretty good the last two years when I saw him.
  13. Dion Lewis or Derrick Henry?

    Who do you rank higher fantasywise, Dion Lewis or Derrick Henry? http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6483/dion-lewis Dion Lewis expects to share carries with Derrick Henry. "I think they’re going to use both of us. Derrick’s a great back, so I think we can form a good one-two punch." This falls in line with what's expected. Henry has workhorse traits but Lewis looks likely to cut into his pass-down snaps. Despite coaching staff changes and the release of DeMarco Murray, the Titans should remain a two-back offense. Apr 13 - 7:34 PM Source: SiriusXM NFL
  14. Landry to Cleveland

    Landry is a far better fantasy receiver than Watkins. But real football can be different than fantasy. Landry is an unathletic but physical receiver. He is a possession receiver running simple routes right in front of his quarterback. Possession receivers often put up high reception totals which is very nice in PPR leagues. He doesn't command a lot of attention from the defense. Sammy Watkins is fast, athletic, and big. He is a good deep threat. He does command a lot of attention from the defense. With the type of routes he runs and the attention he receives from the defense, he isn't going to put up big reception totals. But the attention he receives from the defense is still a game changer. If I had to choose between Landry and Watkins for an NFL team, I'd probably choose Landry. I'd rather have an overachiever with little natural talent over an underachiever with a lot of natural talent. Players like Watkins never seem to reach their potential. These last two seasons have essentially been contract years for Watkins. He didn't work very hard. He now "earned" his first big payday. I think we can be sure that he'll work less hard in the next few years. But there is no denying his natural skills. He has the potential to be a top-5 NFL receiver if he were committed to his craft. But instead, he is probably Roy Williams all over again.