Buffalo Wild Wings Live Draft


This was my first time doing a live draft, and as the commissioner of my league, I’ve decided to host the event at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. The combination of friends, food, drinks, sports, and trash talking was exhilarating. Just being amongst good company in person enhanced the experience.

We were able to sit in the bar area with enough space to be comfortable. The restaurant supplied us with a draft kit that consisted of a draft board, a banner for the winner, a license plate cover for the loser, coupons, and other welcoming items.

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Player Names

The draft itself was interesting nonetheless. There were a few unexpected picks that made some people revise their strategy. Regardless of what happened during the draft, everyone enjoyed themselves and wants to do it again next year.

In this particular league, we start 2 quarterbacks, and personally, this was the best team (Nino Brown) I ever selected. This is a PPR (points per reception) format with 17 rounds in the draft. Just being able to take Antonio Brown with the second overall pick made everything else easier for me in the later rounds. I feel like I’m the team to beat but you need the judge. My team consists of:

Antonio Brown, Lamar Miller, LeSean McCoy, Ben Roethlisberger, Julian Edelman, Tom Brady, Randall Cobb, Demarco Murray, Sterling Shepard, Philip Rivers, Marvin Jones, Antonio Gates, Matt Jones, Spencer Ware, Zach Ertz, Jets D/ST, and Revert Aguayo.

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Round 15
Draft Complete

JGOOD

Fantasy Football Tips 2016


This is one of my favorite times of the year. From now until February, the NFL will be on every Sunday. With preseason starting up, fantasy football is just around the corner. With that being said, here are some tips that should help you on your draft day.

Antonio Brown Is Special

The golden rule in fantasy football is that you always take a running back in the first round. However, Antonio Brown has become an exception to this rule the past 2 seasons. In 2015, he scored 243 fantasy points in standard play by racking up 1834 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Brown has been the “go-to guy” for Big Ben and the number go to guy in fantasy football. It is okay to draft him with the first pick.

Don’t Waste Your First Round Pick On…

O’Dell Beckham Jr, Ezekiel Elliott, and Rob Gronkowski. As talented as ODB is, I rather draft Julio Jones. Atlanta’s only weapon in the passing game is Jones (He led the league in targets last season with 136). Eli Manning has the return of Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard to utilize as well.  Please be cautious if you do decide to pick him in the first round.

I have nothing against Ezekiel Elliott’s ability, but I’m not drafting a player who hasn’t played a signal down in the NFL in the first round. The Dallas Cowboys has the best offensive line in football so it does seem enticing to draft Elliott early. However, in the famous words of Stephen A Smith, “The Cowboys are an accident waiting to happen”.

Last year was my first time taking Rob Gronkowski and it happened to be in the first round. By week 4, I’ve learned that tight ends are becoming a deep position. Plus, Tom Brady will miss the first 4 games. Taking Gronk in the second round is okay.

My Sleepers Consist Of…

Lamar Miller, Donte Moncrief, Kevin White, and Markus Wheaton. In my opinion, Lamar Miller was underutilized in Miami. The last season and a half, Miller showed he can produce when he touches the ball. He’ll have his chance to shine in Houston.

With Andre Johnson departure and Andrew Luck, finally healthy, Donte Moncrief has a high ceiling to be productive this season. TY Hilton will see double coverage far more times than not. This will enable Moncrief for one on one match-ups in a pass heavy offense. Let that sink in.

We will finally see what Kevin White can do on the gridiron. After missing his first season with a shin injury, White looks to fill the void of what the Chicago Bears offense was missing last season. White is 6’3″ and runs under a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. With the attention on Alshon Jeffrey, the Bears first round pick in 2015 could be a playmaker.

When Martavis Bryant missed the first 4 games last season due to a suspension, Markus Wheaton didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. Now that Bryant is suspended all of the 2016 NFL Season, Wheaton will have all season to prove his value and explode on the fantasy football scene.

Just Stop

Matthew Stafford, Demaryius Thomas, and the San Francisco 49’ers. Stafford has talent, but he primarily benefited from having Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Now that Johnson is retired, Matthew Stafford has lost his security blanket. With the lack of talent on offense, he might consistently struggle. I rather draft Ryan Tannehill.

Demaryius Thomas has the ability to be a top 5 wide receiver in the league. He has exceptional hands and speed. The problem with him in fantasy football this year is his new quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez hasn’t been the most accurate quarterback and is known for his “Butt Fumble” (CLICK HERE TO WATCH). Unless Sanchez gets him the ball consistently, Thomas may be a flex option at best.

Last year, the Cleveland Browns was the team I said to avoid drafting any players from. Now, I wouldn’t advise drafting anybody from San Francisco. Carlos Hyde has some potential but the way their offense is presently constructed, teams might give him the “Adrian Peterson treatment” (putting 8 players in the “box” on defense to stop the run). We’re not sure if Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick will start, but neither is worth starting in fantasy football. Torrey Smith is a deep threat but the quarterback play is insufficient for Smith to be productive. At least Cleveland has Josh Gordon coming back week 5, pending reinstatement.

Always Remember

Simple but important tips:

  • Running backs are scarce (get them while you can)
  • Draft your quarterback between round 6 and 8 (they are a dime a dozen)
  • Do not draft a kicker until last 2 rounds (this should be a given)
  • Don’t reach for a player unless you think it’s absolutely necessary
  • Do your research before drafting (very vital)

If nothing else, have fun!

JGOOD

Top 5 NFL Running Backs Entering 2016


Note: This list is who is the best wide receiver right now.  Past accolades and accomplishments alone will not move you higher on the list.  This list is based on skill, talent, age, and the ability to perform.

Honorable Mentions: 

Doug Martin (Buccaneers) David Johnson (Cardinals), LeSean McCoy (Bills)

5) Matt Forte, Jets

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Forte is one the most complete running backs in the NFL. From day one he’s showed his elite ball carrying vision.  He has excellent hands and exceptional speed in the open field. He should adjust well in New York’s run heavy offense. 

4) Todd Gurley, Rams

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This phenom has the rare combination of strength and speed. He missed the first 3 games last season due to recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in college. However, once he was fully recovered he made and immediate impact for the Rams Organization.   

3) Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

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When healthy, he’s the fastest running back in the league. Once he sees a hole, it’s “curtains” for the opposing defense. You add his ball carrying vision, agility, and above average hands, you have yourself an elite threat out the backfield. 

2) Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

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When I think of Le’Veon Bell, I see a younger, stronger Matt Forte.  Bell is the most complete running back in the NFL.  He can run and catch effectively.  His pass blocking is exceptional for his position. The torn MCL injury that he suffered last season and the 4-game suspension to begin this season are  the only reasons why he’s number 2 at the moment.

1) Adrian Peterson, Vikings

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This specimen is the LeBron James of the NFL.  He’s strong, fast, elusive, and has a high motor. Similar to recently retired Marshawn Lynch, it usually takes more than one defender to take him down. One such hi light, Peterson threw a Cleveland Browns corner out of bounds as he kept running down the sideline for a touchdown.  Another time he ran through a Pittsburgh Steelers corner as if he wasn’t there to pick up 13 more yards.  He is the elite of running backs and tops my list. 

JGOOD

Week 8: What Did We Learn?


Basically halfway through the season and this week was nothing like any other. First time in league history that 4 teams are still undefeated. The Lions got embarrassed jn front of half the world (not surprising). Atlanta doesn’t look as glamorous as they did a few weeks ago, and New England is still the team to beat. What else did we learn?

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Injuries On Injuries On Injuries
That was the official theme this past week. Cameron Wake torn his Achilles on Thursday, Steve Smith Sr. did the same on Sunday, Reggie Bush torn his ACL on concrete, Le’Veon Bell severely damaged his MCL, Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury,  Ricardo Lockette was left motionless in “Jerry World” (All 5 out for the season), Keenan Allen injured his kidney, Matt Forte has a lower left leg injury, Calvin Johnson injured his ankle, Ryan Fitzpatrick torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand, 4 Cleveland Browns players had to leave the game for concussion protocol, and there were many more injuries. It is mind blowing how so many significant injuries affected so many (big name) players and teams.

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Shredded Cheese
The Green Bay Packers are the latest of the unbeatens to go down. The stingy Denver Broncos defense held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing, the fewest of his career as a starting quarterback. I don’t expect the Packers to fold after this game. They are still playing good football. This game was more of a testament to the Broncos offense that actually came alive. The running game that has struggled all season came away with 2 touchdowns. Peyton Manning looked like vintage Peyton Manning, connecting on passes all across the field. If the Broncos offense can consistently play this well, don’t be surprised if you’ll see them in February.

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Reintroducing Blaine Gabbert
You know it’s ugly in San Francisco when the 49’ers bench Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert. Blaine Gabbert was a former 1st round pick by Jacksonville in 2011. His last start was in 2013 when threw 1 touchdown to 7 interceptions. There’s a reason why he’s not a starting quarterback in the league anymore, and for the Niners to give him a chance speaks volumes on how far Kaepernick has fallen. I don’t think this is the end for Colin, but this is his lowest moment of his career. Good news for him is that the way to go is up!

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Minnesota Going Ghost
So… the Minnesota Vikings have quietly gotten off to a 5-2 start this season. Adrian Peterson hasn’t been the AP we know but he’s been really productive. Teddy Bridgewater has shown flashes of progression this season. Their defense has played respectable thus far. The biggest surprise for them and my fantasy football team has been rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the University of Maryland. He was 5 yards short of his 3rd straight 100 yard performance and has found the end zone the past 2 weeks. He has seriously rejuvenated a suspect Vikings passing attack. I wonder will this hold up. What do you all think?

Is Roger Goodell “Good” For The League?


Ever since Roger Goodell has become commissioner of the NFL back in September of 2006, he has left his stamp on multiple incidents. He has handed out hard suspensions (Adam “Pac-Man” Jones, Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick), and some were controversial (Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice). He has given out monetary fines, and once again, some were controversial (Robert Kraft, Jim Ersay). Goodell, now and days, has been labeled for someone who abuses their authority. It has gotten to the point that the 32 NFL owners, his bosses, are rethinking how much power he is able to use.

Over the past 18 months, Roger Goodell and The League has been a part of 3 controversial suspensions that went from the court of Roger Goodell to the court of law. Let’s start with Ray Rice. Ray Rice knocked his fiancé, at the time, out cold in an elevator and dragged her across the ground in March of 2014.

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Goodell initially suspended Ray Rice for 4 games until the video footage was released. Once the whole world saw the catastrophic incident, Rice was suspended for the entire season. The only problem with that is he was punished for the same crime twice, which is known as Double Jeopardy. The League and Rice went to court and Ray Rice’s suspension was ultimately uplifted. Even though Ray Rice still hasn’t played a signal down in the NFL since the altercation, he is free to sign with whatever team if they choose to.

The next situation involved Adrian Peterson and his disciplinary actions with his son. In fall of 2014, Peterson pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor as was suspended indefinitely, only playing one game that season. When he didn’t cooperative with The League by not going to their disciplinary hearing, that’s when Peterson was hit with the season-long suspension.

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Adrian Peterson

In December, Adrian Peterson appealed the suspension to an arbitrator appointed by Roger Goodell (not surprising), and I bet you know what happened next (that’s right, access denied)! The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit on Peterson’s behalf. He was able to win the case in February, but (of course) the NFL appealed. The League ended up losing the appeal, and Adrian was able to be officially reinstated.

The latest dispute that took legal action involved Tom Brady, the reigning Superbowl champion, and the infamous “Deflategate”. The Deflategate incident occurred during this past year’s AFC Championship Game. The New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, but some of the Patriots weighed less than league standards. Personally, I believe the footballs being undersized wasn’t going to stop LeGarrette Blount from destroying Indy’s run defense, but rules are rules.

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady was never found guilty of having any affiliation with the situation, but he was suspended for not cooperating with the league (sounds familiar) with the investigation. Brady felt like he did nothing and appealed the suspension. Roger Goodell upheld the suspension. Both Brady and Goodell went to court (that Goodell picked the location) where the judge urged them to reach a settlement. A settlement was never close to getting done. In September of 2015, the judge “deflated” the suspension. The League is currently appealing.

ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter and former New England Patriots and ESPN analyst sounded off on Roger Goodell after Tom Brady’s suspension was overturned. It’s gotten to that point that you start to wonder if Roger Goodell is doing the NFL justice anymore. His “never backing down” approach cost him popularity with the fans and the players. Now, his 32 bosses are starting to question his authority.

JGood

Fantasy Football: Top 5 Sleepers


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A few days ago I did a blog about fantasy football players that you should avoid (hopefully some people took my advice). I guess it’s only right to release a list of players that MIGHT make your fantasy football teams shine depending on how you already drafted.

Of course, you should draft the can’t miss players like Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Antonio Brown, Aaron Rodgers, Julio Jones, Le’Veon Bell, and so on… but when you starting to get beyond round 5, things can get interesting, especially if you’re drafting without a strategy (sad but it happens). I’m going to take a page out my own play book and share my top 5 sleeper list for 2015.

Here’s a few other players you should keep your eye on as well:

Brandon Cooks (NO)
Mike Wallace (MIN)
Davante Adams (GB)
Amari Cooper (OAK)
Jarvis Landry (MIA)

Top 5:

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5. Ameer Abdullah

The rookie from Nebraska has caught quite a few people’s attention during the preseason. I know it’s just preseason (believe me I know), but he’s shown his value. He’s a dual threat (rushing and receiving) with a great combination of speed and agility. If Joique Bell continues to be hit with the injury bug, Abdullah’s upside is tremendous.

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4. Tyler Eifert

The former Stud from Notre Dame can be exactly what is missing from the Cincinnati Bengals’ passing game. With A.J. Green and Jeremey Hill receiving majority of the attention on offense, Eifert should be able to get open, especially with his size and speed. Andy Dalton will find this man so he should find his way to your starting line up.

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3. Todd Gurley

The former Georgia Bulldog is coming off an ACL injury. Typically, it takes 2 years to get back and be productive (Adrian Peterson doesn’t apply here), but taking a chance on Gurley should almost be required. He is going to be the face of the franchise due to his special ability as a ball carrier. Another appealing feature is that fact that St. Louis doesn’t have an identity or a real offense. By default, Todd Gurley is the offense once he returns.

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2. Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant has shown flashes of superstardom with his ability to make spectacular catches and ability to get open. Even though he’s suspend for the first quarter of the season, he’s worth stashing on your bench. With Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell receiving majority of the attention from opposing defenses, Bryant should have favorable matches every week in an offense that’s looking to score 30 points per game, according to Big Ben.

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1. Sam Bradford

An accurate quarterback plus a chip Kelly offense equals instant success (only if he stays healthy). Sam Bradford is actually in an offense that has weapons and not just replacement players. Chip Kelly’s quarterbacks have ranked in the top 5 for fantasy points ever since he became head coach. In addition, this is a pivotal moment in Bradford’s career so he’s playing with an edge. Drafting Bradford would be a steal pass round 8.

 

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