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Sports – 2018 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 2018 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to running backs and wide receivers:

RBs

  • Top Duo – There’s a debate raging as to who will be the better fantasy back: Gurley or Bell.  Obviously I don’t know the answer, but I really don’t think it matters.  Both will have great fantasy seasons, both could help lead you to the playoffs.  I would take Gurley because they need him more, Pittsburgh has Antonio Brown, but that’s splitting hairs.  These backs will go #1 & #2 in most Drafts, so if you don’t pick at the top, you don’t need to worry about it anyway.
  • DJ is back! – The return of David Johnson is great not just for fantasy owners but for the league; he’s no only a great player but also someone you can be proud to have on your teams.  Last year he was injured, but in other seasons he’s been a megastar, and since his injury wasn’t to a leg or knee or something like that, I think he can jump right back to the top of the running back list.  The Cardinals might not make it past .500, which is a concern, but only a small one.
  • Young Guns – There are a bunch of young backs, mostly 2nd year guys, in a group right after the upper echelon of Gurley & the like, so grab one of them with confidence.  Barkley, Kamara, Hunt, Cool, Fournette; if you don’t land your first choices these players can do almost as much for your team.  Barkley is a bit of a wild card since he’s a rookie and the Giants aren’t amazing, but the rest should be pretty solid, and can be a #1 back for you.
  • Middlemen – Then there’s a group in the middle that will make solid #2s: Freeman, McKinnon, Howard, McCaffrey, Henry.  These guys are reliable and should produce for your team, so get them early as your second back before they get snatched up.  If you wait a while and they become your #1 option, they won’t be selections to be embarrassed about; they should score their fair share of touchdowns for their respective teams.
  • Rookie Avoidance – I would stay away from most rookie backs, except Barkley, if only because we have no idea what we’re getting.  Penny, Guice (who is already out for the season), Michel, Chubb, Freeman; there’s really no telling how much teams will use these new weapons, and until we know more I wouldn’t draft them other than as backups who you’re hoping become surprises.  Maybe in dynasty leagues you could stash these kids, but otherwise leave them until later in the Draft.

WRs

  • Returning Cast –  The receivers at the top of the list are mostly names that have appeared the last few years: Brown, Hopkins, Beckham, Green, Jones.  A couple names that will joint them are a bit newer: Adams and Thomas.  All of these receivers could be #1 guys for you, but make sure to think about how well their QBs will perform this season.  For example, Eli is getting old, Brees isn’t singing it at quite the same volume as he used to, so don’t overpay for WRs with aging teammates.
  • Hilton Head – T.Y. Hilton could return to the front of the line if Luck really is back to form, and his name hasn’t been buzzing in the offseason, so you might be able to get him for cheap.  If Luck can play, Hilton is his favorite weapon, and the pair of them could be an extremely formidable duo.  You might just be able to get the best fantasy QB and the best fantasy WR in rounds much later than you would normally pick them, simply because Luck was hurt last year.  Something to think about.
  • Vikings – With Kirk Cousins now in Minnesota, WRs Diggs and Thielen should have another strong season.  They did well with Keenum, and Minnesota has a balanced approach that helps all offense players, because they run the ball to take pressure off and they play strong defense to get the ball back quickly.  Cousins has been a solid fantasy QB over the past few seasons in Washington, and think that continues this year, which means his weapons should be in for quality points.
  • Lowballing – I’m not as high on a few WRs as some fantasy experts are, so I’ll be letting other teams pick them too high.  Allen Robinson, Tyreek Hill, Amari Cooper, Davin Funchess, Josh Gordon, JuJu Smith-Schuster; these guys are good, but in my book they’re #2s, even really solid #3s, not guys you reach for in early rounds.  I’d be overjoyed to get someone from this group as a 2 AND a 3, that’d be great, but it probably won’t happen.
  • Vets Vanishing – Here is a group I probably wouldn’t draft at all, veteran wideouts who simply won’t produce enough this season.  Emmanuel Sanders, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Crabtree, Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordy Nelson; in some cases there just isn’t enough left in the tank, in others the talent surrounding the player isn’t strong enough to expect point to come.  If you really have a good feeling, take one of these cats on a flyer, but don’t expect much production.

 


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Sports – 2018 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 2018 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to quarterbacks:

  • Rahgahs! – There has not been a more consistently great fantasy quarterback than Aaron Rodgers; the guy simply produces.  Yes, Brady has been a great pick before, you could argue which one has been better year in and year out, which is #1 over the last decade and which is #2, but at least this season, I’m going with Rodgers.  Davante Adams has emerged as a star, Jimmy Graham has come over to be the TE that Aaron has been missing, and even with the loss of Jordy Nelson, I think the Packers could put up big numbers this season.  Their division in no cake walk, but Rodgers is my Top QB.
  • Young Guns – Two kids near the top of the ranking this year are Carson Wentz and DeSean Watson.  It’s dangerous to pick an “unproven” guy as your starting QB, especially if you have to do it early in the draft to get him, but this kids might be worth the risk.  They’ve both been injured too, which makes choosing them as your starter all the more risky, but they could pay off big time if they get hot and stay that way.  I wouldn’t go out of my way to pick them early, and I might also get a veteran to back them up just in case, but you gotta spend money to make money, or something like that.
  • Bench Coach – If you do get a young gun as your starter, you choose also get someone a little more dependable, someone who produces and doesn’t get hurt.  Look no further than Matt Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger.  These guys are solid, always produce, never blow our minds, but can be trusted as starters if the guy you picked first doesn’t pan out.  Heck, if you go heavy at RB or WR and these guys are still on the board in the later rounds, you could do much worse.
  • Middles – Two QBs I have my eye on toward the middle of the pack: Jimmy Garappolo and Drew Brees.  JimmyG is on his way up and Breesy is on his way down, but they meet in the middle and could prove to be steals if you can get them late in the Draft.  The sky is the limit for Garappolo, it’s just a question of the weapons around him.  Brees has the team, but he’s getting old, and last year showed a slight dip in production.  Don’t reach for these guys, let them fall to you, but you might be in for a treat if either overproduces.
  • Feeling Lucky? – I had Andrew Luck last season, but also got Matt Stafford to back him up because I knew he wouldn’t be ready right away.  Well, he was never ready, which sucked, but supposedly he’ll be back this year and he’ll be healthy; we’ll just have to wait and see.  If he is healthy and if other teams are scared to pull the trigger, he could very well be the steal of the entire Draft, regardless of position.  He is a superstar when healthy, so he could lead you straight to a Championship if he gets rolling, and there’s no reason he can’t get rolling if he isn’t injured.  Keep an eye on him this preseason and then make a bold move.
  • Avoidance – Here are a few quarterbacks I’d rather stay away from, for various reasons.  Philip Rivers never scores enough to really be worth it, always teasing and never delivering.  Alex Smith is a fine team guy, but his numbers are just never big enough, you’re better off elsewhere.  Case Keenum has a lot to prove, and he is talented enough to ignite the offense in Denver, but maybe wait till next year to take a flyer.  And Blake Bortles makes me nervous, I don’t care how trendy a pick Jacksonville is right now.
  • To Pasture – Every year there are some veterans who used to be fantasy studs who are now headed to pasture, who are perhaps past their prime or simply aren’t surrounded by enough electrifying talent.  Dak Prescott just hasn’t turned into the numbers machine that we thought he would be.  Matt Ryan has been trending in the wrong direction.  Derek Carr is part of Jon Gruden’s old school experiment and who knows how that will turn out.  And Eli Manning has had his psyche messed with one too many times, and won’t ever be returning to his former glory days.

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Sports – 2018 NFL HOF Game

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The NFL Preseason kicks off today, Thursday, August 2nd at 8pm on NBC.  The game is between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens, 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:

Chicago Bears – Last season was a “rebuilding year” for the Bears, which also describes basically every single season for Chicago since their improbable trip to get pummeled in the Super Bowl vs Indy back in Peyton’s hay day.  Last year, the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky to be their franchise quarterback, and this will be his first opportunity to step into the season as the leader of the team, to prove to critics that he and Chicago have what it take to get back to the playoffs.  It won’t be easy, as the NFC North is one of the toughest divisions in football: Green Bay has Rodgers the future HOFer, Minnesota has Cousins and an amazing defense, Detroit has Stafford the no-quit kid.  This team is probably a few years away from real contention, but there are a few reasons to like where they are heading.  As a pair of RBs, Cohen & Howard have the potential to be the best in the league; the same could be said for WRs Kevin White & Allen Robinson, if they can stay healthy.  Trubisky has weapons, and the defense is improving as well, with the addition of rookie LB Roquan Smith, who can be plugged right in and can make a big difference.  Results may not come over night, but this is a team that’s on the ups; let’s see what they can do on the big stage in the first preseason game of this new and exciting season.

Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens made a statement in the first round of the 2018 Draft by selecting TE Hayden Hurst and QB Lamar Jackson.  Hurst will step in right away, Jackson will ride the bench behind Flacco, but the offense has been put on notice; this isn’t the 2000s era Ravens, the defense is not going to take you to the Super Bowl, the offense has got to step up.  We could see the end of the Flacco dynasty soon if things don’t change in Baltimore, if they don’t start winning what isn’t really a stellar division.  The Steelers are always on top, the Bengals are always in the middle, and the Browns actually seem to be improving, so it’s time for the Ravens to make some big gains or change things up.  Word is that Flacco is having a great camp so far and has perhaps had a fire lit underneath him with the selection of Jackson; that’s great news, now he just needs to turn that fire into wins.  They could come, the Steelers aren’t unbeatable, and Baltimore could take the AFC North, the offense simply needs to put up more points.  The WR trio of Michael Crabtree, John Brown, & Willie Snead should help, and the Ravens might show some flashes this season, as they look to stay relevant.  Perhaps we’ll get a sneak peek Thursday Night in Canton.

 


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Sports – 2018 NFL Predictions

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The 2018 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 2018 Top 20 First Look

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QB Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns

RB Saquon Barkley – New York Giants

QB Sam Darnold – New York Jets

CB Denzel Ward – Cleveland Browns

LB Bradley Chubb – Denver Broncos

OG Quenton Nelson – Indianapolis Colts

QB Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

LB Roquan Smith – Chicago Bears

OT Mike McGlinchey – San Francisco 49ers

QB Josh Rosen – Arizona Cardinals

S Minkah Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins

DT Vita Vea – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DT Da’Ron Payne – Washinton Redskins

DE Marcus Davenport – New Orleans Saints

OT Kolton Miller – Oakland Raiders

LB Tremaine Edmunds – Buffalo Bills

S Derwin James – Los Angeles Chargers

CB Jaire Alexander – Green Bay Packers

LB Leighton Vander Esch – Dallas Cowboys

C Frank Ragnow – Detroit Lions


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Sports – Super Bowl 53 Odds

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The NFL 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 53rd 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. Philadelphia Eagles

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

4. Los Angeles Rams

5. Minnesota Vikings

6. Green Bay Packers

7. New Orleans Saints

8. Houston Texans

9. Atlanta Falcons

10. San Francisco 49ers

11. Jacksonville Jaguars

12. Los Angeles Chargers

13. Oakland Raiders

14. Kansas City Chiefs

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. Carolina Panthers

17. Denver Broncos

18. New York Giants

19. Tennessee Titans

20. Seattle Seahawks

21. Baltimore Ravens

22. Detroit Lions

23. Indianapolis Colts

24. Washington Redskins

25. Cleveland Browns

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27. Arizona Cardinals

28. Buffalo Bills

29. Cincinnati Bengals

30. Chicago Bears

31. Miami Dolphins

32. New York Jets


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Sports – 2018 NFL Draft Recap

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The 2018 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. Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma

2. New York Giants – Saquon Barley, RB Penn State

3. New York Jets – Sam Darnold, QB USC

4. Cleveland Browns – Denzel Ward, CB OSU

5. Denver Broncos – Bradley Chubb, DE N.C. State

6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame

7. Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen, QB Wyoming

8. Chicago Bears – Roquan Smith, LB Georgia

9. San Francisco 49ers – Mike Mcglinchey, OT Notre Dame

10. Arizona Cardinals – Josh Rosen, QB UCLA

11. Miami Dolphins – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S Alabama

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vita Vea, DT Washington

13. Washington Redskins – Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama

14. New Orleans Saints – Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA

15. Oakland Raiders – Kolton Miller, OT UCLA

16. Buffalo Bills – Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech

17. Los Angeles Chargers – Derwin James, S FSU

18. Green Bay Packers – Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville

19. Dallas Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch, LB Boise State

20. Detroit Lions – Frank Ragnow, C Arkansas

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Billy Price, C OSU

22. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama

23. New England Patriots – Isaiah Wynn, OG Georgia

24. Carolina Panthers – D.J. Moore, WR Maryland

25. Baltimore Ravens – Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina

26. Atlanta Falcons – Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama

27. Seattle Seahawks – Rashaad Penny, RB SDSU

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Terrell Edmunds, S VT

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Taven Bryan, DT Florida

30. Minnesota Vikings – Mike Hughes, CB UCF

31. New England Patriots – Sony Michel, RB Georgia

32. Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville


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Sports – 2018 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 2018 Mock Draft:

1. Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma

2. New York Giants – Sam Darnold, QB USC

3. New York Jets – Josh Rosen, QB UCLA

4. Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen, QB Wyoming

5. Denver Broncos – Saquon Barley, RB Penn State

6. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb, DE N.C. State

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James, S FSU

8. Chicago Bears – Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech

9. San Francisco 49ers – Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame

10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB Georgia

11. Green Bay Packers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S Alabama

12. Cleveland Browns – Denzel Ward, CB OSU

13. Washington Redskins – Vita Vea, DT Washington

14. Miami Dolphins – Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA

15. Arizona Cardinals – Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama

16. Baltimore Ravens – Leighton Vander Esch, LB Boise State

17. Los Angeles Chargers – Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama

18. Seattle Seahawks – Josh Jackson, CB Iowa

19. Dallas Cowboys – Harold Landry, LB/DE Boston College

20. Detroit Lions – Taven Bryan, DT Florida

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez, OG UTEP

22. Buffalo Bills – D.J. Moore, WR Maryland

23. New England Patriots – Kolton Miller, OT UCLA

24. Carolina Panthers – Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville

25. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama

26. Atlanta Falcons – Maurice Hurst, DT Michigan

27. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Derrius Guice, RB LSU

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Courtland Sutton, WR SMU

30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, OG Georgia

31. New England Patriots – Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville

32. Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel, RB Georgia


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Sports – Opening Week 2018

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Baseball is back! Opening Day has come and gone, Opening Weekend as well, and the season is in full swing, with each club ready to make a run at the World Series.  The Yankees and the Astros are the ones to beat, but each team has an equal chance right now and will be trying their best to win early & often.  Let’s take a look at the first week of the 2018 season, and where we currently stand after seven days.

 

AL East

  1. Boston Red Sox (5-1)
  2. Toronto BLu Jays (4-2)
  3. New York Yankess (3-2)
  4. Baltimore Orioles (1-4)
  5. Tampa Bay Rays (1-4)

AL Central

  1. Chicago White Sox (2-2)
  2. Minnesota Twins (2-2)
  3. Cleveland Indians (2-3)
  4. Kansas City Royals (1-3)
  5. Detroit Tigers (1-4)

AL West

  1. Houston Astros (5-1)
  2. Seattle Mariners (3-1)
  3. Los Angeles Angels (4-2)
  4. Oakland Athletics (2-4)
  5. Texas Rangers (2-4)

NL East

  1. Washington Nationals (4-1)
  2. New York Mets (3-1)
  3. Atlanta Braves (3-2)
  4. Miami Marlins (2-4)
  5. Philadelphia Phillies (1-3)

NL Central

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates (4-0)
  2. Milwaukee Brewers (4-1)
  3. Chicago Cubs (2-3)
  4. St. Louis Cardinals (2-3)
  5. Cincinnati Reds (1-3)

NL West

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks (4-1)
  2. Colorado Rockies (2-3)
  3. San Francisco Giants (2-3)
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-4)
  5. San Diego Padres (1-4)

 


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Sports – Feisty Foxes 2018

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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 – Evan Gattis – Houston Astros

1B – Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

2B – Jonathan Schoop – Baltimore Orioles

3B – Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

SS – Zack Cozart – Los Angeles Angels

LF – Marcell Ozuna – St. Louis Cardinals

CF – Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles

RF – Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees

Bench – Corey Dickerson – Pittsburgh Pirates

 Bench – Aaron Hicks – New York Yankees

Bench – Jedd Gyorko – St. Louis Cardinals

SP – Gerrit Cole– Houston Astros

SP – Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians

SP – Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals

SP – Sonny Gray – New York Yankees

SP – Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals

SP – Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers

SP – Dylan Bundy – Baltimore Orioles

SP – Michael Fulmer – Detroit Tigers

RP – Corey Knebel – Milwaukee Brewers

RP – Alex Colome – Tamps Bay Rays