Fantasy Football 2013: Highlighting the Biggest Takeaways from NFL Minicamps (at Bleacher Report)

Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day if they are one, an everyone else had a nice, mellow weekend filled with BBQ and Superman movies.

Today we have a piece at Bleacher Report on what we have seen in mini-camps and how it might affect the 2013 Fantasy Football season.

As always, find an excerpt below and please head over to B/R and read the piece in it’s entirety.

The Jets Quarterback Situation Still Should Be Avoided

Even subtracting David Garrard from the battle for supremacy under center isn’t going to help any fantasy owner here.

Well, perhaps it’s more useful to look at it this way: What we saw in minicamp says that this is a situation to stay away from at all costs, yet again.

Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez both struggled during minicamp, which should surprise nobody.

Sanchez has struggled consistently for the past few years, and Smith is a rookie who will need at least a year to get acclimated to the NFL game.

On top of that, we’re not talking about an offense with mounds of catching talent. Santonio Holmes hasn’t been the No. 1 receiver the team hoped he would be, Jeremy Kerley is dynamic but limited, Stephen Hill is inconsistent and the tight end position is still unresolved.

Well, perhaps Kellen Winslow has upside, but he also has two battered knees.

This isn’t something new, but it is a great reminder that, from a fantasy standpoint, players in the Jets passing offense—especially the quarterbacks—should be avoided.

Again, check out the whole piece at Bleacher Report and thanks for stopping by.


Which NFL Rookies Have the Biggest Shoes to Fill in 2013? (Bleacher Report)

We’ve got a new piece over at Bleacher Report this morning. It’s a slideshow, talking about which rookies are going to have to replace some fairly important people during the coming NFL season.

As always, you can find an excerpt below and read the whole thing over at Bleacher Report.

Which brings us to Milliner, far and away the best corner prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft this year (particularly with D.J. Hayden’s health issues).

Is that enough though? It’s one thing to be good or even great, but Revis was beyond those labels.

We cannot expect Milliner to shut down elite wide receivers the way Revis did (we’ll see if he still can post-ACL injury), but he is good enough to hang with them and cover them.

On top of that, I have never been a big fan of Revis’ tackling ability. Yes, the Jets didn’t ask him to blitz or contain the run for the most part, but he still needed to get his hands dirty and too often seemed to lack the overall skill, strength and polish that was a hallmark of the rest of his game.

Again, you can catch the whole thing over at Bleacher Report.

Thanks for stopping by. There will be one more article on Sunday morning, then back to the grind next week.


A Detailed List of an NFL Coach’s Responsibility (at Bleacher Report)

Happy Sunday folks.

It’s still off-season in the NFL so today we’ve posted a piece at Bleacher Report about what sort of responsibilities come with being a head coach in the NFL.

As always, here’s a sample from the main article:


Implementing whatever he (and his staff) learned from the preceding game is only part of getting ready for the next week.

The coach will also look at the last game or two of the team’s upcoming opponent.

Using all that information, it’s his job to work with his assistant coaches and both his offensive and defensive coordinator to come up with a way to beat the next team.

Again, some coaches will listen more to their subordinates, while others will do most of the heavy lifting themselves.

This is an ongoing process for teams. Yes, they have a day to install a gameplan (usually Wednesday or Thursday) but ultimately they’ll tweak it right up until game time based on player injuries, how their team is executing and even things like weather.

Again, you can catch the whole thing over at Bleacher Report, and as always, thanks for stopping by!


10 Worst Sophomore Slumps in NFL History (at Bleacher Report)

Just posted this morning over at Bleacher Report – the 10 Worst Sophomore Slumps in NFL History.

Worst being a relative term, but these are pretty bad drop offs.

You can check out a sample here – this one about Steelers legend Franco Harris – and head over to the full article as well.

Franco Harris ended up in the Hall of Fame after a career where he had six straight years with 1,000 yards or better (eight total) and acquired four Super Bowl rings.

For his rookie season, Harris topped 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, as well as winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award.

His second year looked a lot like someone who might have been a flash in the pan.

Harris struggled a ton in his second season as teams focused on him, and in general, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers offense struggled a bit.

Of course, Harris bounced back for the aforementioned streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

You can take a look at the whole thing here.

As always, thanks for reading and keep yourself tuned in here for more throughout the week.

Surveying the NFL’s Stickiest Contract Situations This Offseason (at Bleacher Report)

June is here and things are going to be as quiet as they get in the NFL. But that just means we get to dig a little into the sport we love rather than chase stories.

Today I’ve got a piece over at Bleacher Report about Surveying the NFL’s Stickiest Contract Situations This Offseason. Here’s the usual sample, not surprisingly about Mark Sanchez…

On the one hand, the Jets are at the end of the contract—after this season they can cut Sanchez loose with no real repercussions.

That said, 2013 is an ugly year for a contract extension that probably shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

This season sees the Jets on the hook for $8.25 million for Sanchez, which is bad enough for a guy who we all know isn’t the future of the franchise. The team is also strapped to $17.153 million dollars in dead money—for a guy who isn’t even guaranteed a starting job.

All this does is cloud the picture for the quarterback position. Sanchez has had to “compete” before, and it hasn’t amounted to anything. The Jets know he isn’t their future, and yet, he’s been paid an enormous amount of money anyway.

And we know that he’s not the future because they went out of their way to sign a guy they thought was healthy enough to step in short-term in David Garrard and drafted a potential starter in the second round with Geno Smith.

With Garrard retired and Smith a rookie who definitely has some growing to do as a quarterback, we could see Sanchez on the field yet again for the Jets. And even if we don’t, his contract represents a pretty significant hit for the team—the second biggest cap hit for 2013.

This for a player who could very well be the backup—all because they flirted with Peyton Manning and felt bad about it.

Kids, this is why you don’t decide to buy your significant other a big-ticket item when he or she catches you looking around the bar. It’s never good to buy out of guilt.

At least this is the end of it.

Or is it?

We know head coach Rex Ryan has stuck with Sanchez when he shouldn’t (see all of last year). Who’s to say we don’t have this same conversation again next year?

Again, you can see the whole thing here.

I’m also updating my redraft Fantasy Football rankings at today so if you’re a subscriber, definitely check them out. I’ll post a note here when they are all done.

10 NFL Stars Whose Production Will Drop Off in 2013 (at Bleacher Report)

Get your venom ready for 10 NFL Stars Whose Production Will Drop Off in 2013.


A sampling of the piece, this part on why JJ Watt will not repeat his 2012- you can read the whole thing here:

Why He’ll See a Drop Off

The return of Brian Cushing may both help and hurt Watt’s third season. Ultimately, he could drive some attention away from Watt, but given Watt’s production last season, offenses are going to key on him until someone makes them stop. They are going to do everything in their power to keep him out of reach of the ball, the quarterback, the backup quarterback and the play in general.

Watt appears to be (and mind you, it’s going to be only his third season) a rare talent—not just physically (though you can’t deny his athleticism) but also mentally. However, he is still young. An entire offseason of observation and study will be dedicated to Watt and stopping him.

The offenses will evolve to stop him.

We’ve seen a little evidence they were adjusting towards the end of last season and during the postseason. After he lit up Andrew Luck in Week 15, he quieted down a bit, and New England contained him in Houston’s loss during the playoffs.

That’s not to say he didn’t have an impact—just less of one.

His sack total is probably where we’ll see the most regression. Looking at just raw numbers, guys who hit 20-plus sacks, like Lawrence Taylor, Chris Doleman, Mark Gastineau, Michael Strahan and most recently Jared Allen, saw a big drop the following year, in part due to the extra attention.

Watt will continue to progress and get even better. However, we will probably see a dip in his numbers this year as he re-adjusts to the offenses adjusting to what he did in 2012.



Again, you can see the whole thing at Bleacher Report (including why I might be wrong) and thanks for stopping by!


OTA Standouts Who Will Struggle to Survive Final NFL Roster Cuts (at Bleacher Report)

Hope everyone had a good extended weekend (and those of you who had to work, hope they didn’t work you too hard) and also took a moment to appreciate the folks who have given their lives to protect the freedom we have to express ourselves, even if we express ourselves like idiots sometimes.

Here’s a sample from my piece on some guys who have excelled in OTAs but may not make the final roster:

From the Michael Jenkins slide:

Why He Won’t Make the Cut

The Patriots are clearly looking for youth in their wide receivers, having replaced Wes Welker walk with Danny Amendola and then drafting several young wide receivers. Jenkins is very old and hasn’t produced all that well in some time—though you can point to the Vikings’ quarterback issues the last two seasons as one reason.

That said, I watched Jenkins a ton last year and came away just as unimpressed as I have every time he has caught my eye.

Right now, the Pats have 12 receivers on the roster and will certainly pare down. Jenkins may look good in OTAs, but when the pads come on, he’ll revert back to his usual self.

The team may look for veterans to have around, but Julian Edelman is a longtime Patriot, Amendola is entering his fifth year and Donald Jones is as good as Jenkins but half his age.

I just don’t see the value in Jenkins come September.

Of course, I also made an argument for where I might be wrong. So again, you can check out my piece at B/R here.