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If penalties on defensive backs continues to be out-of-hand during the regular season.....

25 August 2014 - 09:59 PM

We have all been sickened by the ridiculous amount of penalties called during the pre-season, particularly for PI and defensive holding. It has been off the scale. Perhaps this is just a pre-season trend......or perhaps it is the new future for NFL football as decided by the genius Goodell.


If the latter is correct, what is the fantasy impact? I have seen most assume that this would translate into higher pass yards for QB's (more 5,000 yard passers, for instance) and, thus, more yardage totals for Wr's and TE's. I'm not so sure. This assumes that defensive backs will just start giving up on coverage. I don't think it is in their DNA to do so...at least not in year one of this silliness.


What it will possibly to translate into, imho, is potentially less yards for QB's, TE's, WR's and RB's.....with more TD's and FG's. Yes, that could mean an extra drive or two per game, but not necessarily. The only time differential would be from the clock being stopped for the penalty, but the penalty yards enforced are yards that would have theoretically been eaten up by the fantasy players. 


The NFL wants more scoring, and they will get it if they keep up the nonsense penalties. However, it seems like the beneficiaries will be QB's in 6-point TD leagues, red zone/goal line RB's, kickers with more FG opportunities, and WR's/TE's who are "designated" red zone weapons.


Any thoughts?

E. Sanders vs. P. Harvin

24 August 2014 - 07:56 PM

With Welker concussed and doubtful to return, along with his outstanding performance last night, Sanders is soaring up the redraft boards today. He is routinely going a pick or 2 above Harvin in the 5th round. He has walked into a tremendous opportunity.


Harvin claims that he is as healthy as he has ever been, and he has a deadly-accurate QB that can get him the rock. We all remember what he did while healthy in Minn. Also wouldn't be a shocking to see him rush for 300 or more yards and return a couple of kicks for a TD.


I am torn between the two. Both have fairly high ceilings and are in great situations. Harvin is more polished, but on a team that will run more.....but he is the WR1. Manning could make Sanders a star. So, who are you liking between the two. 

Gronk favoring his bad knee and James White getting 1st-team reps at RB

15 August 2014 - 11:21 AM

Camp reporter claims that Gronk is running with a "decent limp". Worth noting and considering to those planning on burning an early pick on him.








Also of note...James White has been getting some first team reps at RB ahead of Ridley:




Here is your annual deep sleeper

09 August 2014 - 11:52 AM

I've been keeping my cards a little closer to my vest in recent years, as I believe that there are several owners whom I compete with that lurk here. However, I do like to kick a long-shot deep sleeper out there each year for the consideration of my compadres that use this bored .......and this year it is:


Juwan Thompson, 5'11"/225 free agent RB outta Duke, Broncos


Bottomline:  some RB on the Denver roster is likely going to be a fantasy stud. Guys like Ball, Hillman, and Anderson (concussed) don't exactly instill confidence. Sure, it is possible that Juwan Thompson doesn't even make the final roster, but if you have been paying close attention to training camp news, you will know that he has been making quite a splash....good pass-catching back (soft hands), pass-blocks well (vital), good vision & burst, and can bulldoze or shake and bake.



-Thompson has apparently started to separate himself from the Broncos' other undrafted free agents, which still leaves him behind Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. However, there could be some opportunity here, as the Broncos don't exactly have the strongest group of running backs. Anderson showed up to OTAs out of shape, and Thompson has even taken a few carries with the second-team offense in goal-line situations. Hillman, currently No. 2 on the depth chart, failed to capitalize on opportunities in the past, while Ball struggled to hold onto the ball last season. Thompson still needs a bunch of things to happen to make any impact this year, but he's in a far better situation than your typical undrafted rookie running back. (rotowire)




-Denver Broncos RB Juwan Thompson, who was an undrafted rookie, had six carries for 59 yards in the team's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 7, including a 20-yard scamper on a third-quarter drive. Thompson has not disappointed in training camp, and he has a good feel for pass protection and can catch the ball. He's also the biggest back on the roster at 225 pounds. Thompson is currently the No. 4 running back on the depth chart.


Thompson reminds us of former Falcons RB Jason Snelling. He's a running back/fullback 'tweener who can catch out of the backfield. Thompson might be the best back in terms of pass-protection ability on the roster. He played at Duke under David Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning's former OC at the University of Tennessee. We're not calling him a "lock" for the final roster, but he certainly made a great first impression last night. (Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold)


Long shot? Yes.


Cost? Negligible.



Finally, here are a few highlights for your consideration....kid has some game. Best of luck this season.


Who do you prefer as your TE?

01 August 2014 - 10:12 AM

No argument about Graham being the consensus #1 TE. However, for those wanting a premier TE in the early-ish rounds of a redraft, then the choice is between Gronk and Thomas. Both have a high ceiling.


Thomas is not as polished, but has Manning tossing the rock, and Decker gone. Gronk is a beast (if fully healthy) who Brady loves to toss the rock to in the red zone. Any thoughts?