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Sports – 2019 Fantasy Football: TEs, Ks, & DEFs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2019 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to tight ends, kickers, and defenses:

TEs

  • Obviously, the other skill positions are the sexier in fantasy football, but having an elite (or at least solid) tight end can be the difference between a championship and a consolation prize.  One year I won the league because Jason Witten threw a touchdown, no joke, it happens, so don’t forget about this position come draft day.  Travis Kelce is the undisputed #1 TE and the only one that should be drafted at all high.  The Chiefs will score, he’ll be the recipient often, and you should try to pair him with Mahomes if you can, that would be pleasant.  After Kelce, the Tier Two guys can sure help, but aren’t worth a reach: Ertz, Kittle, Henry, Howard, Cook.  I really like Cook with his new team and I think Drew Brees will throw to him a lot; he won’t put up Jimmy Graham In New Orleans numbers, but he could still help your team immensely.  If you don’t get someone from those groups, try your luck at the next bunch of serviceable options: Engram, Rudolph, Ebron, Walker, McDonald, Njoku.  Greg Olsen & Jimmy Graham have become a little old & unreliable, so avoid those guys unless you want to take a chance at having them as backup in case they still have some surprises left.

Ks

  • Again, pulling from personal experience, a kicker has saved my bacon more than once, and Justin Tucker has turned my mediocrity into a championship a few times.  I’ve had him five or six years in a row now, in my book he’s the absolute best, and I wouldn’t pick any kicker over him.  Still, there are some guys who are projected to score more points: Zuerlein, Butker, maybe Lutz.  You can’t go wrong with that first tier, and those guys could really make a huge difference, so don’t wait too long to get your franchise kicker.  The next tier you can wait a while for: Fairbairn, Gostkowski, Maher.  These are solid, week-in-week-out kickers, so don’t be afraid to pull the trigger.  After that, wait till your final pick to choose anyone else: Badgely, Crosby, Gould, Elliott, Vinatieri, Prater, Tavecchio, Succop.  Just don’t undervalue the position; it’s more important that most amateurs would think.  Nab a great kicker before anyone else has even thought about it, and rest easy the rest of the season knowing that you have guaranteed points for every matchup.

DEFs

  • Defense seems to be a position that can be picked up in free agency later in the season, but the flip side philosophy is to be the first team to select one, that way you get the absolute best.  Chicago is at the top of the list, then Jacksonville, Minnesota, LAC, & NE.  Get one of those teams before other people think about defenses and you’ll be set for the season.  Otherwise, you can wait a while or even simply pick one up in free agency after teams show their true colors.  Still, there is a solid group after the first tier, and they are worth consideration.  Baltimore, Tennessee, New Orleans, LAR; can’t go wrong with those solid teams, they will (probably) not let you down.  After that, the third group might be the last to really even consider: Buffalo, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia.  The other teams just pick who you like and hope for the best, replacing them as you need.  Defenses shift in power throughout the year, so keep an eye on the waiver wire.


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Sports – 2019 Fantasy Football: RBs & WRs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2019 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to running backs and wide receivers:

RBs

  • Saquon – With a name like Saquon, you can reach Cher status and just go by one name, and since he’s the #1 running back in fantasy, he deserves to be singled out.  There is no better bet this year than Saquon, who will be the first player taken in the majority of Drafts, and he deserves the selection.  His production last year as a rookie was phenomenal, they’ll lean just as heavily on him this season, and you should take him if you’re lucky enough to draft first.
  • Holding Out – Le’Veon Bell refused to go to camp last season, he sat out all year, he was rewarded with one season’s less wear on his body and an enormous FA contract, so why wouldn’t more running backs follow in his footsteps?  This year, it’s apparently Zeke & Melvin, who will hold out for more money, and really harm their teams in the meanwhile.  For fantasy purposes, I wouldn’t draft Elliott or Gordon unless we receive some good news and they sign; I had Bell last year, and I was not a happy camper.
  • Middle of the Pack – There is a great group of young RBs right in the middle of the pack that could be incredible assets this year, so grab one or two and thank me later.  Especially for the value, because they aren’t super high up the list, these guys will be killer picks if they work out the way they’re capable of.  Nick Chubb, Damien Williams, Aaron Jones, Josh Jacobs; this is a value group, because they all have great potential and they won’t cost you an arm & a leg.
  • New Teams – Then there’s a group that have new teams to play for, so their value is questionable, and I wouldn’t pick them as more than backups.  Mark Ingram (Bal), Jordan Howard (Phi), Tevin Coleman (SF), Latavius Murray (NO); it’s anyone’s guess how these dudes will do, but they have potential to be impact players on their teams, as well as part of your fantasy squad.  If Jerick McKinnon is hurt again, I like Coleman’s chances to shine; he showed promise behind Devonta Freeman in Atlanta.
  • Deep Dives – If you want to take a bigger chance, go down the list and nab some backs who won’t be on many radars and just might prove to be diamonds in the rough.  Austin Ekeler if Melvin Gordon holds out, Peyton Barber if Tampa’s offense can wake up, Duke Johnson if he catches Watson’s eye in Houston; if you’re willing to roll the dice in a later round one of these guys might just come up a winner, just don’t reach too early because there will be safer bets available.

WRs

  • Nuk – If you’re lucky enough to get DeAndre Hopkins and DeSean Watson on your team, I think you’ve got a winning pair that might take you all the way to the championship.  Hopkins is by far the best receiver in the league, and also most likely the top fantasy wideout as well.  He is incredible, off the charts, so good, and could catapult you toward a trophy.  I also think he works even better as a companion piece to Watson, so try to get ’em both if you can; you won’t regret it.
  • The Chefs – Last year it was a surprise, but this year don’t be caught without players from Kansas City, because that team scores.  Mahomes & Kelce & whatever running back they throw in there (Damien Williams) we know about, but don’t forget about Tyreek Hill, as much as his off-the-field problems might turn you away.  This is fantasy football, I try to keep that stuff separate, I’m just picking statistics, and if other owners are willing to let Hill slide that’s just a bonus for you, because he’s the KC WR that you should have.
  • Pair Up – I’m a big believer in pairing a QB with the WR; I understand that having too many players from one team on your fantasy team can lead to let downs if that one team has a bad day, but I don’t think one QB/WR combo is too much; if your QB has a bad day you’re in for trouble anyway.  So pick one of these top duos: Mahomes/Hill, Watson/Hopkins, Rodgers/Adams, Luck/Hilton, Ryan/Jones, Ben/JuJu, Brees/Thomas, Mayfield/Beckham, even Dak/Cooper or Cousins/Diggs
  • Ramrod – The good thing about getting a top wideout is that, when you play a team with your WR’s QB, you have them blocked, like playing a team with Watson you know he’s gonna throw to your Hopkins, so you don’t have as much to worry about.  The opposite is true about the Rams; they have three receivers who all rank the same, and not high, so you have no idea which one will score and block a team who trots out Goff.  That’s a good reason to get Goff, and a good reason not to get any LA WRs, at least not as top starters.
  • Avoidance – And now for some team’s receivers to avoid, for various reasons.  Lions WRs aren’t great enough and don’t get the ball enough, especially with the emergence of Kerryon Johnson.  Bengals WRs are just too inconsistent because so is the team, and AJ is hurt anyway, but I wouldn’t trust Boyd either.  Same for the Pats, who will run more than they ever have before, with Gronk gone and Brady aging.  Ten, NYG, Jax, SF, Sea, Den; just not enough passing offense to warrant high WR picks, so steer clear until later rounds.

 


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Sports – 2019 Fantasy Football: QBs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2019 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to quarterbacks:

  • Numero Uno – There is no better QB prospect this season than Patrick Mahomes, the stud who lit up the league last year.  His numbers were incredible, and while there’s no way he repeats them this season, even a significant and/or unexpected step down would still land him on the top of the list.  Pick Patty and a slew of other Chiefs to start for your team; you’ll be thanking them during your playoffs.
  • Teamwork – While you don’t want to get too many players from one team in case they have a bad game, a lot of top tier QBs have a top tier wideout to go with them, and picking the pair might not be a bad idea.  Mahomes-Hill, Watson-Hopkins, Rodgers-Adams, Ryan-Jones, Mayfield-Beckham, Roethlisberger-Juju, Luck-Hilton, Brees-Thomas; you could do much worse than to have these duos on your team.
  • Believeland – And speaking of BA-KER-MAY-FIELD, there’s reason to be optimistic about the Brownies this season, and that could mean fantasy relevance.  Mayfield has a lot to prove still, he’s not quite Mahomes, but the talent around him has definitely improved, and he could score a ton of points this year.  Also, he may drop a few rounds because owners might be scared to pull the trigger; just make sure you’re not.
  • Father Time – But now for the bad news; not every famous QB deserves a spot on top of your fantasy depth chart.  The older they get the more their skill falls off, that’s just proven fact, so be mindful of the senior class.  Brady is going to take a step back this year, I think that’s inevitable, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rivers and maybe even Drew Brees step back with him.  Guys like Carr, Dalton, and Stafford are already falling off the radar and they aren’t even that old; father time is undefeated.
  • Bounce Back – There are a few signal callers who aren’t as coveted as perhaps they once were, but there’s a chance they bounce back up to the top, so be there to nab them if you think they might trend upward.  Luck had a resurgent year last season, but he’s not a surprise any longer, so someone will take him too high; get one of the guys who might come a little cheaper.  Newton, Wentz, Prescott, Cousins; you could do worse than someone from this group, just be willing to wait a while before making the move.
  • The Untouchables – Unfortunately, every year there is a group of guys who you just simply can’t draft, at least not until they’ve proven themselves surprisingly worthy, and in that case you just pick them up from the waiver wire.  Foles, Fitzpatrick, Manning, Keenum; they don’t have enough talent around them to score enough points for you to consider.  I’ll add Joe Flacco to that list as well, although I think Denver does have talent; we just can’t be sure what Flacco will do with it.

 


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Sports – 2019 NFL HOF Game

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The NFL Preseason kicks off today, Thursday, August 1st at 8pm on NBC.  The game is between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons, and will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly known as Fawcett Stadium) in Canton, Ohio, right next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  I’ve not been to the Hall in years, but I was lucky enough to go to one HOF game, Colts vs Redskins, and it’s an experience to remember.  The stadium is so small, the audience can get up close & personal with the players, and the game begins to feel very exciting very fast.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some football!  Here’s a look at the teams that will be playing tonight:

 

Denver Broncos – Last season was a disappointment for the Broncos, as Case Keenum couldn’t get the job done and failed to take Denver to the playoffs.  The result was not only his loss of a job, but the firing of HC Vance Joseph, with ex-Bears DC Vic Fangio taking over the job and veteran QB Joe Flacco coming over from the Ravens to lead the offense back to the postseason.  Denver’s offense should be improved, with Flacco at the helm and with a host of talents at the weapons positions: Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, Noah Fant.  The addition of rookie TE Fant helps the Broncos in an area at which they have been weak for years, and the TE position is one that Flacco looks to in key situations, so look for action early & often there.  The defense should be a feared unit this season if Fangio’s scheme can come to fruition; Denver has the skill and leadership to return to the Orange Crush 2.0 days that aren’t so long passed.  Although their schedule is difficult, with the Chiefs and the Chargers commanding the heights, the Broncos can make a run at the playoffs with a balanced team.  If not, we could see rookie QB Drew Lock start games sooner rather than later, as Denver looks for the answer at that position, and GM John Elway tries to prove that he knows what he’s doing.  One more terrible year could spell the end of Elway’s regime, and start a new era in the Mile High City.

Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons always seem to be one piece, one pivotal moment, away from a Super Bowl or a Super Bowl victory.  Behind Matt Ryan, the offense always has a great opportunity to compete, and they’ve reached the SB once in recent times, only to give up the lead to NE and fail to reach the ultimate goal.  Matty Ice can take them back though, with Julio Jones and Devontae Freeman at his side.  The offense is not the problem, but they’ll need better play from both their offensive and defensive lines if they want to be competitive with New Orleans and with Carolina, two teams that promise to be in the thick of the playoff hunt.  Atlanta focused hard on OTs and OGs in the draft and in free agency; let’s see if these new linemen can step up, protect Ryan, and allow him to become a top passer this year, which should be a very attainable goal.  With a new OC and no DC other than HC Dan Quinn himself, we’ll see what the staff can create to allow the team to succeed, and to make up for many losses from a defense that already wasn’t top tier.  There is no doubt that the Falcons can score; if they can stop teams from scoring as well they will be a hard team to beat week in and week out.  A few more years of mediocrity, however, could spell the end of Ryan and of Quinn, so look for Atlanta to pull out all the stops to win right now, knowing that the future might bring many changes.

 


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Sports – 2019 NFL Predictions

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The 2019 NFL season is almost upon us, with Free Agency and the Draft complete, Training Camps beginning, and the Regular Season right around the corner.  It’s time for Olie’s Too Early To Tell Season Predictions!  Here’s to another great year!

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Sports – NFL Rookies 2019 Top 20 First Look

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QB Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals

DE Nick Bosa – San Francisco 49ers

DT Quinnen Williams – New York Jets

DE Clelin Ferrell – Oakland Raiders

LB Devin White – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Daniel Jones – New York Giants

LB Josh Allen – Jacksonville Jaguars

TE TJ Hockenson – Detroit Lions

DT Ed Oliver – Buffalo Bills

LB Devin Bush – Pittsburgh Steelers

OG Jonah Williams – Cincinnati Bengals

DE Rashan Gary – Green Bay Packers

DT Christian Wilkins – Miami Dolphins

OG Chris Lindstrom – Atlanta Falcons

QB Dwayne Haskins – Washington Redskins

DE Brian Burns – Carolina Panthers

DT Dexter Lawrence – New York Giants

C Garrett Bradbury – Minnesota Vikings

DT Jeffery Simmons – Tennessee Titans

TE Noah Fant – Denver Broncos

 


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Sports – Super Bowl 54 Odds

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The 2019 NFL season has already begun in earnest, at least to super fans, with the opening of Free Agency and the completion of the NFL Draft.  Now it’s on to Rookie camps, Mini-Camps, OTAs, all the prep work for a long & grueling season.  In late July, we’ll have the start of Training Camps, in August the Preseason, and in September the Regular Season begins.  The end of the year, culminating in the 54th Super Bowl, might seem a long way off, but February will come quickly, and in Las Vegas at least, odds-makers are preparing to call the game.  Here are the current Super Bowl favorites according to Bovada:

1. New England Patriots

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2. Kansas City Chiefs

3. New Orleans Saints

4. Los Angeles Rams

5. Chicago Bears

6. Cleveland Browns

7. Indianapolis Colts

8. Los Angeles Chargers

9. Philadelphia Eagles

10. Green Bay Packers

11. Pittsburgh Steelers

12. Dallas Cowboys

13. Minnesota Vikings

14. San Francisco 49ers

15. Seattle Seahawks

16. Atlanta Falcons

17. Baltimore Ravens

18. Houston Texans

19. Jacksonville Jaguars

20. Carolina Panthers

21. Denver Broncos

22. Oakland Raiders

23. Tennessee Titans

24. Detroit Lions

25. New York Giants

26. New York Jets

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28. Arizona Cardinals

29. Buffalo Bills

30. Washington Redskins

31. Cincinnati Bengals

32. Miami Dolphins


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Sports – 2019 NFL Draft Recap

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The 2019 NFL Draft is complete.  Seven rounds, three days, numerous trades, two hundred and fifty six of players chosen, and thirty-two teams with new players on their rosters.  In my Mock Draft, I attempted to predict the first round, and of course I got it mostly wrong.  It was fun to guess, but here’s how the first round really shook out:

 

1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, DE OSU

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders – Clelin Ferrell, DE Clemson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White, LB LSU

6. New York Giants – Daniel Jones, QB Duke

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Josh Allen, LB Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions – TJ Hockenson, TE Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver, DT Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush, LB Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonah Williams, OG Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers – Rashan Gary, DE Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins – Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons – Chris Lindstrom, OG Boston College

15. Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins, QB OSU

16. Carolina Panthers – Brian Burns, DE FSU

17. New York Giants – Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings – Garrett Bradbury, C N.C. State

19. Tennessee Titans – Jeffery Simmons, DT Mississippi St.

20. Denver Broncos – Noah Fant, TE Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers – Darnell Savage, S Maryland

22. Philadelphia Eagles – Andre Dillard, OT WSU

23. Houston Texans – Tytus Howard, OT Alabama St.

24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens – Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma

26. Washington Redskins – Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi St.

27. Oakland Raiders – Johnathan Abram, S Mississippi St,

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Jerry Tillery, DT Notre Dame

29. Seattle Seahawks – L.J. Collier, DE TCU

30. New York Giants – DeAndre Baker, CB Georgia

31. Atlanta Falcons – Kaleb Mcgary, OT Washington

32. New England Patriots – N’keal Harry, WR ASU

 


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Sports – 2019 NFL Draft

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Football is almost here!  It’s just a matter of time before the season begins.  The first step was Free Agency, and now the Draft!  This Thursday @ 8:00 pm the 1st Round of the Draft will be on in prime time and I’ll be glued to the television.  This is a very interesting draft class and it’s hard to predict who each team will pick, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun trying.  So, based on the opinions of experts and my own uneducated musings (and including a couple draft spot trades) here it is, Olie’s 2019 Mock Draft:

 

1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, DE OSU

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders – Ed Oliver, DT Houston

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White, LB LSU

6. New York Giants – Josh Allen, LB Kentucky

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, T Florida

8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi St.

9. Buffalo Bills – Andre Dillard, OT WSU

10. Denver Broncos – Devin Bush, LB Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Dwayne Haskins, QB OSU

12. Green Bay Packers – TJ Hockenson, TE Iowa

13. Miami Dolphins – Rashan Gary, DE Michigan

14. Atlanta Falcons – Jonah Williams, OG Alabama

15. Washington Redskins – DK Metcalf, WR Ole Miss

16. Carolina Panthers – Cody Ford, OG Oklahoma

17. New York Giants – Drew Lock, QB Missouri

18. Minnesota Vikings – Noah Fant, TE Iowa

19. Tennessee Titans – Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy, CB Washington

21. Seattle Seahawks – Brian Burns, DE FSU

22. Baltimore Ravens – Parris Campbell, WR OSU

23. Houston Texans – DeAndre Baker, CB Georgia

24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Greedy Williams, CB LSU

26. Indianapolis Colts – Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson

27. Oakland Raiders – Irv Smith, TE Alabama

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Daniel Jones, QB Duke

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Garrett Bradbury, C N.C. State

30. Green Bay Packers – AJ Brown, WR Ole Miss

31. Los Angeles Rams – Jeffery Simmons, DT Mississippi St,

32. New England Patriots – Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson


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Sports – Feisty Foxes 2019

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Spring is in the air and that means baseball!  A new season is right around the corner, time to root root root for the home team.  And with the beginning of the MLB year comes the beginning of fantasy baseball.  If you play you know how addicting it is; the daily lineups, the trades, the hot/cold players, the DL stints.  And if you’ve never played, hop on board & enjoy the ride, it’s a great way to enjoy a great game even more.  Here is my fantasy baseball team this year, once again christened the Feisty Foxes.  I went home run heavy with a bullpen of solid pitchers.  Let me know what you think and/or how your fantasy draft went this year.  Good luck everyone!

 

C – Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals

1B –Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals

2B – Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B – Matt Chapman – Oakland Athletics

SS – Jean Segura – Philadelphia Phillies

LF – J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox

CF – Aaron Hicks – New York Yankees

RF – Nicholas Castellanos – Detroit Tigers

Util – Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs

 Bench –Max Kepler – Minnesota Twins

Bench – Chris Taylor – Los Angeles Dodgers

Bench – Jesse Winker – Cincinnati Reds

SP – Gerrit Cole– Houston Astros

SP – James Paxton – New York Yankees

SP – German Marquez – Colorado Rockies

SP – Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs

SP – Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox

SP – Anibal Sanchez – Washington Nationals

SP – Dereck Rodriguez – San Francisco Giants

RP – Kenley Jansen –Los Angeles Dodgers

RP – Shane Greene – Detroit Tigers