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Imagine coming home from school and checking the mail with letters from college coaches, or driving home from school and receiving a call from a college coach asking how your day was.
The joys of the recruiting process is unlike any other experience in the world of high school sports. You get to plan out your future while figuring out the best choice for your academics as well as playing career. Although the joy of being recruiting is exhilarating, not many players get to partake in it due to the amount of scholarships that are offered per school and the ratio of high school players. The percentage for high school basketball players to be recruited is less than one percent!
Some helpful tips that can help you get your name on coaches desk:
1) The most important one, GRADES. No coach will want to recruit a player from a small…
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Every team is in training camp right now getting ready for the up and coming season. Right now, you should be getting ready for your fantasy football season as well.
This is the perfect time to mock draft. Mock drafting now helps get your strategy together. I’ve started mock drafting a week or so ago. I have a friend who started soon after Independence Day (he’s won my league multiple times). This is equivalent to practicing for an event or a big game. Now is not the time to act like Allen Iverson about practice. By the time the real draft happens, you’ll be prepared and won’t be panicking.
Bell or Johnson
Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers and David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals finished the fantasy season strong last year. Now, these 2 are projected to go 1 and 2 in most pre draft rankings. Both of them are versatile and are heavily featured in their respective team’s offenses. Honestly, you shouldn’t go won’t choosing either of them. Personally, I prefer David Johnson this year due to Bell’s injury history. Also, he’s currently holding out in training camp.
Avoid Drafting in the First Round
Drafting wide receivers in the first round is starting to become a popular trend, but don’t shy away from the fundamentals: running backs are scarce. Last year, I did Antonio Brown was worth drafting with the 1st overall pick and he was (especially in a PPR league). With that being said, the two players you want to avoid drafting in the first round is Mike Evans and A.J Green. Both of them are elite wide receivers, but they’re not worth selecting that early. Mike Evans had a monster year last year, but the Bucs offense has upgraded this off-season. The additions of deep threat DeSean Jackson and first round draft pick O.J. Howard (tight end from Alabama) will take pressure off of Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. In theory, his targets should decrease. Same thing with A.J. Green. Cincinnati upgraded its offense by adding draft picks John Ross (wide receiver from Washington) and Joe Mixon (running back from Oklahoma). Along with a healthy Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton will have a plethora to choose from. If you can get any of these 2 studs in the second round, you’re doing something right.
Here’s a list of players that should enhance your team later in the draft:
- Christian McCaffrey (RB, Carolina)
- Terrell Pryor Sr. (WR, Washington)
- Dalvin Cook (RB, Minnesota)
- O.J. Howard (TE, Tampa Bay)
- Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, Tampa Bay)
- Eddie Lacy (RB, Seattle)
Below are things you should consider:
- Quality running backs are limited (get them early).
- Quarterbacks come a dime a dozen (no sense drafting Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers within the first 3 or 4 rounds when you can get the same quality from Kirk Cousins or Marcus Mariota later in the draft).
- Tight ends and wide receivers are a dime a dozen as well in PPR leagues.
- PLEASE WAIT as long as possible to draft a kick or defense/st.
Last, please remember to have fun. Being stressed out over your fantasy team will make the situation worse and less enjoyable. You may forget that you are a fan of the game. Enjoy yourself.
I’m ranking the projected 32 starting quarterbacks entering the 2017 season. Obviously, parts of this list are debatable, but (I believe) this is the most accurate list to date.
Bottom of the Barrel
32) Bryce Petty – NY Jets
You have to start somewhere.
31) Jared Goff – LA Rams
Can’t wait to see what he’s made of.
30) Cody Kessler – Cleveland
It’s the Browns (future starting to look bright though).
29) Brian Hoyer – San Francisco
Somehow he finds his way on the field.
28) Tom Savage – Houston
We’ll see. He has a lot of weapons around him though.
27) Trevor Siemian – Denver
Not sure how long this will last, but he had some good moments last season.
26) Mike Glennon – Chicago
Hopefully, he’s mentally tough. He’s in a lose-lose situation.
25) Blake Bortles – Jacksonville
He has more career pick-6’s (11) than career wins (10). Let that sink in.
24) Alex Smith – Kansas City
It’s not his first time on the hot season and won’t be the last.
23) Ryan Tannehill – Miami
Something has to give. He’s getting paid too much money to be this inconsistent.
22) Sam Bradford – Minnesota
Even though Teddy Bridgewater is still recovering from his injury, the Vikings gave up way too much to not make the playoffs.
21) Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo
The Bills Organization may not believe in Tyrod, but he has enough talent to keep them in games.
20) Joe Flacco – Baltimore
That Super Bowl win seems so far away…
19) Carson Wentz – Philadelphia
He should be higher on this list when the season is over.
18) Kirk Cousins – Washington
It’s Kirk Cousins or bust for Kirk Cousins. He won’t be back next year.
17) Eli Manning – NY Giants
Good Eli. Bad Eli. Ugly Eli. Which one will show up this year?
16) Carson Palmer – Arizona
Even though the offense is talent, the end may be near for him.
15) Dak Prescott – Dallas
Dak has given Dallas “hope” to end their two-decade Super Bowl drought.
14) Marcus Mariota – Tennessee
This offense should be fun to watch. He continues to get better.
13) Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay
He may end up in the top 10 by the end of the season. He has the potential to lead the Bucs into contention.
12) Andy Dalton – Cincinnati
Just needs to get it done in the playoffs.
11) Andrew Luck – Indianapolis
He has the talent to be an elite quarterback (just needs an offensive line). He just needs to get it done.
10) Philip Rivers – LA Chargers
He has been consistent over his career but has yet to get over the hump.
9) Russell Wilson – Seattle
Russell has championship-pedigree. Will he be able to put it all together again is the question.
8) Cam Newton – Carolina
Overall, he’s possibly the hardest quarterback to bring down (even with that bad offensive line). He still has accuracy issues (misses high) but he’s still dangerous.
7) Matthew Stafford – Detroit
He proved that didn’t need Calvin Johnson to put up big time numbers. Just need the organization to change its culture.
6) Derek Carr – Oakland
He’s knocking on the door of elite status. He was having an MVP-caliber season before the season-ending leg injury. Expect big things from him and the Raiders.
5) Drew Brees – New Orleans
He’s been so good for so long. Just wished their defense would’ve been better over the years.
4) Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh
His window is closing to get his 3rd Super Bowl title with his elite offense. Super Bowl or bust right now.
3) Matt Ryan – Atlanta
He finally put his skills and potential together last season and lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl. Will they get back to the big stage?
Crème De La Crème
2) Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay
“The human cheat code” is way too talented to only have one Super Bowl ring in his career. The window will be closed sooner than later.
1) Tom Brady – New England
I don’t know how much more he has in the tank at age 40, but until we show signs of him coming down to Earth, he’s the best.
The story of David and Goliath is about a young shepherd who faced a giant named Goliath. The battle seemed impossible to everyone around, but somehow—merely using a slingshot—David (the shepherd) could slay the giant.
Much like the fable, we find 2017’s version of David—LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers—going head to head with their Goliath, the Golden State Warriors. These two teams meet for a third straight NBA Finals; this has never been done before.
With the Cavs defending their title from last year, one wonders how this team was dubbed the underdog of this year’s championship series. It is quite simple though.
Not only do the Golden State Warriors have the league’s best record for the second consecutive season, but the team is so stacked that to bet against them would be downright stupid.
The Warriors have the firepower that fans have been used to for the last…
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If you’re looking for a 3-part series, you usually look for movie trilogies. The public perception says the first movie is usually the classic. The second movie is generally harder to top than the first one. And the third movie is the wild card (you’re not sure what you’re going to get). From what I experienced, the first movie is the best, the second movie is a let down, and the third movie is slightly better than the second one. Personally, I enjoyed The Matrix trilogy but others may differ. Lord Of The Rings is another iconic trilogy that people celebrated. Those movies gives you a beginning, middle, and ending.
With that being said, it’s hard to find a good trilogy these days, but we might finally get one starting June 1st. This will be the 3rd consecutive meeting between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers with enormous anticipation.
In the first matchup in 2015, the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA Title in over 40 years, beating Cleveland in 6 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans felt that the loss was a fluke because Kevin Love was out for the postseason with a shoulder injury that occurred in the first round and Kyrie Irving injured his knee in game one of the NBA Finals. Even though LeBron James was without his All-Star teammates, he still put on an outstanding performance and kept the series interesting.
In last year NBA Finals matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA championship by edging out the Warriors in 7 games and also coming back from a 3 games to 1 deficit. The Golden State Warriors and their fans would say if it wasn’t for Draymond Green being suspended for game five or Andrew Bogut getting hurt, the Warriors would’ve been back to back defending champs.
You can make excuses for both teams if you choose to but the fact of the matter is that we will finally get to see a “winner take all” meeting in this long awaited rubber match. What makes this main event still admirable is the additional on Kevin Durant to the Warriors last July. He is the ultimate x-factor in this series and also has the most pressure to win. The Warriors won 73 regular season games last season and are proven champions without him. If Golden State falls short for the second consecutive year, majority of the heat will be on Durant just because of his “power-shifting” free agency decision last summer. Anything less than holding up the Larry O’Brien trophy this season will leave a stain on his legacy.
In which seems to be a conclusive matchup between these two teams, this is projected to be the best series yet. There are no injuries. No one is on track of being suspended. Each team is coming into the series well rested. All we can hope for at this point is for the series to live up to the hype. We’ll get to see a healthy Kyrie Irving against a healthy Stephen Curry. We’ll witness Kevin Durant to try to get over the hump against LeBron James. The 3 point shooting of the Cavs will be tested by the Splash Brothers of the Dubs. JR Smith will probably be JR Smith, and Draymond Green’s antics may appear once or twice. And Kevin Love would want to have a better NBA Finals performance than last year.
The series will come down to a few things. Whoever team’s role players can step up on the road will have a big advantage. We expect the stars to perform to a high level, but when you can get consistent productivity from a JaVale McGee and David West or Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye, it will take some of the burden off the starters and make them less fatigued.
Another factor is 3 point shooting. Whichever team is hitting from behind the hot consistently will make it tough for the opponent to stay in the game. The Warriors have better long distance shooters, but the Cavaliers have plenty of long range depth.
My last key point is turnovers. Golden State’s only moderate weakness is being too careless with the basketball at times (that was one of the main reasons Cleveland was able to come back last year). The Cavs will continue to make them pay if that trend continues. If the Warriors can hold on to the ball, then the Cavaliers might have their hands full.
Both teams come into the NBA Finals on dominant stretches. Golden State is undefeated in postseason play thus far and Cleveland only suffered one loss. The Warriors are the favorite in this series. Get your popcorn ready because part 3 should be rewarding for the average NBA fan.
Warriors in 6.
From the 1990’s to the mid 2000’s, “The U” (University of Miami) has produced NFL stars that have turned out to be present and future Pro Football Hall Of Famers. This list includes Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Devin Hester. Another player that can potentially join that list is Andre Johnson.
The 3rd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft finished his career with 1,062 receptions (11th all-time), 14,185 receiving yards (10th all-time), and 70 receiving touchdowns. Johnson was a 7-time Pro Bowler, 2-time first team All-Pro, 2-time second team All-Pro, 3-time Wide Receiver of the year, led the league in receiving yards twice and holds just about every Houston Texans’ franchise records. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Houston Texans. Johnson spent 2015 with the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennesse Titans in 2016.
Even though his most memorable moment was probably the fight with Cortland Finnegan in 2010 (he had it coming), Andre Johnson has been a true professional on and off the field. His foundation, the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, has provided kids with toys in the Houston community for years.
When it’s all said and done, I believe Andre Johnson should be in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame one day. I don’t think he’s a “first-ballot” caliber player, but he definitely deserves a spot in Canton. He has always been consistent and underrated over his established career. The best quarterback that he’s ever played with was Matt Schaub (that’s not saying a lot). The Houston Texans may have not gotten over the hump during his tenure, but Johnson has always come to play every game.