NFL Players At The Crossroads


Usually when players are at the crossroads of their careers, it’s based on their  performances, inability to stay on the field, or just bad timing. A few players were actually successful at the pivotal moment (Drew Brees and Reggie Bush). And then there were players, recently, who might have officially ended up on the wrong side (Trent Richardson, Tim Tebow, RG3, Matt Flynn, Jonas Gray). The RG3 situation is an unusual one that I’ll explain in the next couple of days. For now, here are a few players who’s currently at the fork in the road.

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Jay Cutler
When Jay Cutler was first traded to Chicago in 2009, I was excited. He was coming off a Pro Bowl season. The Bears haven’t had a real quarterback in ages. Cutler has all the talent to be a great quarter, especially his extravagant arm strength. John Fox is his 3rd head coach since being in the Windy City and has had plenty of offensive coordinators including Mike Martz. This could possibly be his best season yet. However, his terrible decision-making and only 1 playoff win in his tenure makes him a viable candidate for this list.

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Jonathan Stewart
The 28-year-old and former Oregon Duck is a good underrated running back. You probably couldn’t tell because he was splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams and… his inability to stay on the field. In Stewarts first 4 seasons, he only missed 2 games. However, he has missed 20 in the past 3 seasons. What will Stewart do as the feature back this season is the question…

Sam Bradford
The former number overall pick back in 2010 is on the list because of his injury history. It was bad enough his best weapon on offense was an aging Stephen Jackson back in St Louis. He has had two consecutive seasons ended due to a torn ACL and doesn’t need to happen a 3rd time. In a Chip Kelly offense, Bradford is due for a prime year, only…. if he can stay healthy.

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Darren McFadden
Run DMC has the talent to be a top 10 back in this league. He has great acceleration and lateral quickness. He now plays behind the best offensive line in football. But just like him and the past 2 players I just mentioned, he has a history problem. Personally, I want to see him destroy the NFL but only his legs will tell. He also has to get over the hurdle of being second on the team’s depth chart behind Joseph Randle.

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Doug Martin
The “Muscle Hamster” caught defenses off guard with is powerful running tactics during his rookie campaign. The next couple of years, his production declined due to injuries (how surprising) and a bad offensive line. Doug Martin appears to be healthy, but he needs to stay that way because Charles Sims is sitting there hovering his starting job.

Michael Crabtree
The former college All American has yet to live up to expectations in the NFL. He has been in an inconsistent, run heavy offense in San Francisco, but he has had key drops in crucial game moments as well. According to Richard Sherman, he’s just a Mediocre’ Receiver. Now, across the bay in Oakland, he has a chance to resurrect his career. The clock is ticking.

JGood

Are You Ready For Some (Fantasy) Football?


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As we all know, the NFL regular season is right around the corner. Quite a few things have happened between now and my NFL Preview post that was shared about a week ago. Kelvin Benjamin and Jordy Nelson (allegedly) both torn their ACLs, Reggie Wayne taking a physical and SIGNING with New England, RG3 gets a concussion, and Randy Moss hints on a possible return. Drafting RG3 and Reggie was never an option but Jordy and Kelvin were on my radar.

I play in multiple fantasy football leagues (FFL) every year. Some are recreational and some are competitive. I have about 3 or 4 leagues that ate considered my “main leagues”, and display one of them in a few.

Fantasy football allows you to pick your own team from all the players in the NFL. You score points based on the performances of the players every week in a head to head match up. In a standard league, you would start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (WR RB or TE), 1 D/ST (Defense and Special Teams), and 1 K. In the league I’m showcasing, majority of the rules are the same except you have to start 2 QBs and it’s PPR (Points Per Reception).

When drafting, you usually want to take RBs first because the position is scarce and there’s not enough productive players at that position. You really shouldn’t draft a QB until the 6th round, a D/ST until the 13th round, AND A KICKER SHOULD ALWAYS BE A TAKEN IN THE LAST ROUND AND NOT BEFORE!!

There are a few exceptions. When you have all pro players like Aaron Rodgers, Gronk, and Antonio Brown that’s ranked high on the draft board, it’s hard to ignore them. Here’s an example:

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I am the commissioner of this league and have been for 5 years. My team name is Nino Brown. If you watched “New Jack City” you would understand the name. I had the 4th overall pick and I ended up taking Marshawn Lynch which is solid considering Le’Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson, and Jamaal Charles were gone. Now the way the draft was shaping out, somehow Gronk was still available when it was my turn to pick again. Knowing the WR is the deepest position, I took him because TEs are a hit a miss 9 times out of 10. He’s the 1 out of 10.

I really like my team because there’s no real weaknesses, like last year. Cobb, Bridgewater, Hyde and Murray should have a fantastic year. I have a few sleepers and all-star talent. I will this league updated every week on here so you can follow along. If you want any FFL league advice or anything football related, just let me know!

JGOOD