Sunday, June 7, 2015

Interview From the 2014 Champ and Ramp Up for New Year!!!!

When it comes to football, I feel like I have the patience of my four year old son ... Is it here yet?

Besides watching countless hours of youtube highlights of college stars (partially out of a work obligation with RotoWire and being starved of real football), I've been contacting with our 2014-15 champ who now lives in Alaska.

Congratulations to Anthony Grande who became our first two-time champ in this league! Couldn't be happier for a guy who pretty much learned how to play fantasy football through this league. There was one time when he was the worst team in the league by a comfortable margin (he still holds the longest losing streak of nine games in 2011).

Without further adieu, here's the interview from the champ:

1.) Any opening comments about your fantasy championship (your second one)?

I really never anticipated winning the championship this year until the final two weeks. It's amazing to me how dominant Robert was throughout the entire season. He had a historically good year, and yet when it came to the championship game, things didn't quite go his way. I thought for sure, fate would continue the trend of having a new champion every year, but somehow I was able to come up with my second title. Maybe it's just good luck, but my team really came through when it counted most.

The funny thing about this year for me was that I made no significant waiver wire pickups or trades during the season. The guys that won the championship for me were all people I drafted back in August.

2.) Was their a so-called defining moment to your 2014 Championship season? Something you will always remember from this special year?
My number 1 draft pick this year was Peyton Manning, which worked out well for the first part of the year. But what I remember most about this year was when The Broncos started becoming a running team toward the end of the year. That storyline made me cringe because it spelled doom for my fantasy hopes this season. It turned out that Manning contributed very little for me in the fantasy playoffs, but somehow that was ok.
3.) Who's your fantasy MVP this season?
It has to be Antonio Brown. I'm loving the WR position in the past few years. As long as I've played fantasy football, I never remember having a solid RB group. The WRs have always been the difference for me. I never predicted when I drafted him, but Antonio Brown turned out to be the #1 WR in fantasy this year and really the only "sure thing" for my team week in and week out.

4.) What's your thoughts on the uprise of rookies, particularly rookie receivers in the fantasy game (you had Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans)?
 It certainly benefited me! Well, like I said before, the WR position has always been the one I value most in fantasy. Even Antonio Brown broke expectations and became a star player this year. I basically had Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans in the starting lineup every week, so I really trusted those guys. There's so much parity in the NFL, not just among teams, but also among players. People can come out of nowhere and perform at a really high level, even rookies, and my fantasy team is really an example of that. 
5.) Do you have any rule change that you would like to propose to the group?
Some good stuff from the two-time champ!

Saturday, December 27, 2014 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 17 NFL Picks)

It was an all-around average week last week with an 8-8 record overall, 4-3 record in moderate confidence picks and 4-4 record on the toss-up picks. Time to end the regular season with a bang in my Week 17 NFL Picks. I’m relieved that I get to spend a little more time tinkering with my picks this week because there’s no Thursday game. That gives me a chance to figure out whether a team has no motivation to play and figure out what is a rather easy playoff scenario.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 16 NFL Picks)


It was a third straight winning 11-5 record last week. Would have been even better if not for a 0-3 clunker in prime time games. Can’t help but be impressed by the play of the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys while on the other side, it’s definitely time to give up on the Chicago Bears. I will take credit for a 5-1 record on my moderate confidence picks where I’ve be at my best this season. As I say each and every week, let’s move on from the past and get to the Week 16 NFL Picks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 15 NFL Picks)


Another successful 11-5 week as the Cleveland Browns choked away my shot at a perfect 2-0 record on my upset picks. Luckily the Baltimore Ravens came through on my other upset pick and I went a comforting 3-1 on my even picks. Enough about the past, let’s get on to the Week 15 NFL Picks. We have an interesting week as this is the time where the really bad teams stop trying and the mediocre teams knock off a contender. The NFC South and their mess of a division has really thrown a wrench into things because they have three bad teams fighting for a playoff spot, thus non divisional opponents have to be on watch. I’ve decided to continue to fade their bad play. Here’s to another successful week in your pick’em pools!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 14 NFL Picks)

The Week 14 NFL Picks have arrived! I’m going with a short and condensed version this week because I attended the Wisconsin/Duke basketball game last night. I usually spend Wednesday Night crunching the stats and injuries reports to come up with my picks. I still did the same thing this week, but didn’t have enough time to write out reasons for each pick. We had another successful 11-5 mark and even predicted a Jaguars victory last week. This is the time that teams make or break their playoff chances, so let’s get to it.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 13 NFL Picks)

The tricky Oakland Raiders kept me from the ultimate and almost impossible perfect sheet this past weekend. I’ll definitely take the 14-1 record in to my Week 13 NFL Picks. Fading the NFC South worked magic for me as all three teams blew winnable games, culminating with the Saints letting a lot of pickers down on Monday Night. We’re seeing history with that division and thank you to the AFC North for backing me and winning all three of your games. I’m not sure I can improve this week, but we do have all 32 teams playing with a season-high three Thursday games. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

27inarow: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 12 NFL Picks)

A highly successful week ten was followed by a mediocre week eleven. What will be in store as we transition to the Week 12 NFL Picks? In my defense, I believe it’s the first time this season that I posted a losing record (2-3) in my moderate confidence picks. Moreover, we saw five underdogs win straight up and I’m thinking this week might be fairly similar for some reason (which would be bad for my favorite picks). Only two teams are on bye this week; the stumbling Carolina Panthers and hard-to-read Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s the last week for byes, so get ready for the home-stretch in your pick’em leagues.

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