Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fantasy: Evaluating Arian Foster’s Hamstring Situation


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

What is this world coming to when high-profile athletes start posting official medical documents over the twitterverse? That’s exactly what Houston Texans RB Arian Foster did on Wednesday to let his fans know what was going on with his injured hamstring. Not only has twitter revolutionized pretty much every sporting event, now it’s affecting fantasy football.

So you drafted Foster in your fantasy draft and now it feels like that time you forgot to DVR the new episode of Breaking Bad. Just like waiting for the re-run to air, there are ways to alleviate the loss of Foster for a few weeks.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (8-29-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss the Sports Illustrated cover story and another showdown with the Cardinals!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Packers Nip the Colts 24-21; Preseason Notes and Links


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

The Green Bay Packers played their starters for an entire half en route to a 24-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts to improve to 2-1 in the preseason. Even though Aaron Rodgers and company had a crisp half, it was third-stringer Graham Harrell who led the Pack to a last minute victory on Friday.

Follow the jump to see what’s being said about the Super Bowl Champions in various realms of the web.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fantasy Football Record Book



Highest Point Total In a Week:

169.5 - Anthony Grande (2013 W4)
166.5 - Tom Albrecht (2015 W13)
165.9 - Robert Trader (2015 W7)
165.9 - Anthony Grande (2013 W14)
164 - Rory Linton (2011 W15)
163.7 - Nick Lowenberg (2015 W3)
161.8 - Nick Lowenberg (2015 W8)
160.7 - Robert Trader (2014 W14)

Lowest Point Total In a Week: 34- Anthony Grande (2011 W7)

Most Points From Individual Player:
RB Jamaal Charles (55.5) - Kari Klitzman (2013 W15)
RB Doug Martin (51) - Nick Grays (2012 W9)
QB Peyton Manning (46.3) - Anthony Grande (2013 W1)
WR Andre Johnson (45.4) - Rory Linton (2013 W9)
QB Aaron Rodgers (45) - Nick Grays (2011 W4)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (44.8) - Johnny Rymaszewski (2014 W8)
RB LeVeon Bell (44.5) - Robert Trader (2014 W14)
QB Drew Brees (44.3) - Megan Loger (2015 W8)
WR Calvin Johnson (43.9) - Nick Grays (2013 W8)
WR Josh Gordon (43.1) - Megan Loger (2013 W13)
RB David Johnson (43.1) - Tom Albrecht (2015 W15)
WR Alshon Jeffery (42.9) - Nick Grays (2013 W13)
WR Julio Jones (42) - Nick Grays (2016 W4)
QB Cam Newton (41.6) - Seth Merrill (2015 W15)
QB Tony Romo (40.9) - Nick Grays (2013 W5)
RB Marshawn Lynch (40.8) - Robert Trader (2014 W10)
WR DeAndre Hopkins (40.3) - Robert Trader (2014 W13)

Least Points From Individual Player:
D/ST Chiefs (-8) - Tim Harwood (2011 W2)
D/ST Bills (-8) - Rory Linton (2012 W1)
D/ST Raiders (-8) - Rory Linton (2013 W9)
D/ST Texans (-8) - Anthony Grande (2015 W4)

Biggest Margin of Victory:
109.3 (165.9-56.6) - Anthony Grande over Matt McCarthy (2013 W14)
94 (163.7-69.7) - Nick Lowenberg over Anthony Grande (2015 W3)
76 (110-34) - Jason Szmanda over Anthony Grande (2011 W7)
73.8 (134.5-60.7) - Jason Szmanda over Johnny Rymaszewski (2014 W5)

Longest Winning Streak:
12 - Nick Lowenberg (2015 W2-13)
11 - Andrew Lombard (2016 W1-11)
9 - Robert Trader (2014 W5-13)
8 - Tim Harwood (2011 W1-8)
8 - Robert Trader (2013 W1-8)

Longest Losing Streak: 9 - Anthony Grande (2011 W1-9)

Most Trades/Waiver Wire Pick-Ups In A Season: 
43 - Jason Szmanda (2014)
39 - Jason Szmanda (2016)
31 - Rory Linton (2013)
30 - Andrew Lombard (2016)
30 - Jason Szmanda (2011)

Most Wins In a Single Season:
12 - Nick Lowenberg (2015)
11 - Andrew Lombard (2016)
11 - Tim Harwood (2011)
11 - Robert Trader (2014)

Most Losses In a Single Season:
11 - Anthony Grande (2011)
11 - Johnny Rymaszewski (2014)
11 - Shane Harring (2016)

All-Time Season Records:

46-32 Jason Szmanda (2011-16)
45-33 Robert Trader (2011-16)
42-36 Nick Grays (2011-16)
42-36 Nick Lowenberg (2011-16) 
39-39 Seth Merrill (2011-16)
39-39 Mike Szombatfalvy (2011-16)
35-43 Johnny Rymaszewski (2011-16)
34-44 Matt McCarthy (2011-16)
31-34 Chad Breiby (2012-16)
28-37 Anthony Grande (2011-15)
25-27 Issac Lee (2011-14)
21-18 Paul Schmidt (2014-16)
20-19 Rory Linton (2011-13) 
18-21 Kari Klitzman (2011-13)
16-23 Dustin Anderson (2014-16)
15-24 Megan Loger (2013-15)
14-12 Tom Albrecht (2015-16)  
13-13 Joe Selbo (2011-12)
11-2 Tim Harwood (2011)
11-2 Andrew Lombard (2016)
2-11 Shane Harring (2016)

Playoff Appearances:

Seth Merrill (5)
Jason Szmanda (4)
Nick Grays (3)
Issac Lee (3)
Robert Trader (3)
Johnny Rymaszewski (3) 
Anthony Grande (2)
Kari Klitzman (2)
Rory Linton (2)
Nick Lowenberg (2)
Paul Schmidt (2)
Mike Szomabatfalvy (2)
Andrew Lombard (1)
Tim Harwood (1)
Joe Selbo (1)
Chad Breiby (1)
Tom Albrecht (1)Dustin Anderson (1)

All-Time Playoff Record:

7-4 Jason Szmanda (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016)
6-0 Anthony Grande (2012, 2014) 
4-2 Kari Klitzman (2011, 2013)
4-4 Nick Grays (2011-12, 2015)
4-1 Nick Lowenberg (2015-16)
3-2 Rory Linton (2011-12)
3-0 Tom Albrecht (2015)
3-6 Seth Merrill (2011-14, 2016)
2-3 Robert Trader (2011, 2013, 2014)
1-4 Issac Lee (2011-13)
1-3 Johnny Rymaszewski (2011-12)
1-2 Mike Szombatfalvy (2014, 2016) 
0-2 Paul Schmidt (2015-2016)
0-1 Tim Harwood (2011)
0-1 Joe Selbo (2011)
0-1 Megan Loger (2013)
0-1 Chad Breiby (2014)
0-1 Dustin Anderson (2015)
0-2 Andrew Lombard (2016)



Championships:

(2) Nick Lowenberg (2008, 2016)
(2) Anthony Grande (2012, 2014)
(1) Tom Albrecht (2015)
(1) Jason Szmanda (2013)
(1) Rory Linton (2011)
(1) Matt McCarthy (2010)
(1) Kari Klitzman (2009)


Best Draft Awards:

(1) Nick Lowenberg (2015)
(1) Dustin Anderson (2014)
(1) Nick Grays (2013)
(1) Matt McCarthy (2012)
(1) Rory Linton (2011 - FDR = 77.8)
(1) Isaac Lee (2010)
(1) Kari Klitzman (2009)
(1) Chad Breiby (2008)

*Discontinued in 2016 (Sorry guys, too busy!)

Best Name Award: 

(3) Robert Trader with "Trader's Tradeables" (2012) and "Aaron My Balls Out" (2013) and "Eddie's Donut Train" (2016)
(1) Chad Breiby "Insta-Graham" (2014)


Draft Choice Winners:

(1) Chad Breiby (2012) - Picked 4th spot in 2013 to choose RB Ray Rice
(1) Matt McCarthy (2011) - Picked 4th spot in 2012 to choose RB LeSean McCoy
(2) Nick Grays (2010) - Picked 4th spot in 2011 to choose QB Aaron Rodgers
                        (2013) - Picked 4th spot in 2014 to choose RB Adrian Peterson

*Discontinued in 2015 as randomized order was implemented.

All-Time Money Earnings:

$350 - Anthony Grande (2011-15)
$290 - Jason Szmanda (2011-16)
$275 - Nick Lowenberg (2011-16) 
$165 - Rory Linton (2011-13)
$155 - Tom Albrecht (2016) 
$135 - Nick Grays (2011-16)
$135 - Robert Trader (2011-16) 
$130 - Kari Klitzman (2011-13)
$125 - Seth Merrill (2011-16)
$40 - Mike Szombatfalvy (2011-16)
$35 - Johnny Rymaszewski (2011-16)
$30 - Dustin Anderson (2014-16) 
$25 - Megan Loger (2013-15)
$20 - Paul Schmidt (2014-16) 
$15 - Joe Selbo (2011-12)
$15 - Issac Lee (2011-13)
$15 - Chad Breiby (2012-16)
$15 - Matt McCarthy (2011-16)
$5 - Tim Harwood (2011)
$5 - Shane Harring (2016)

* Except for Championships and Best Draft Awards, records began in the 2011-12 season
* Due to his dismissal from the league in 2011, Chad's records begin in 2012

* League changed to fractional points and .5 ppr in 2013

Anything else you would like to add to the league's record book? Let me know by commenting below!

Wisconsin Badgers Patrick Butrym Ready to Take His Game to the “Next Level”


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer for The Sports Bank

On Sunday night, the Wisconsin Badgers named four of their seniors as team captains. Along with QB Russell Wilson, RB Bradie Ewing and FS Aaron Henry is DT Patrick Butrym.

Butrym is expected to take over the leadership role left vacant by first round draft pick and current Houston Texan J.J. Watt. Similar to Watt, Butrym is a hard-working senior who is currently flying under the radar at the beginning of the season.

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Packers Rookie WR Randall Cobb Likely Out For Season Opener



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Packers rookie wideout Randall Cobb is “listed as having contusions to both knees after getting slammed during a kickoff return Friday night against the Arizona Cardinals.”

While listed day-to-day, the injury appears to be more serious because Cobb is hesitant to answer whether or not he will be ready for the September 8th opener against the New Orleans Saints.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Get To Know Your Fantasy Opponents: Johnny Rymaszewski


Name: Johnny Rymaszewski (a.k.a Little John)

Hometown: Brookfield, WI 

Favorite NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

Fantasy Experience: Sophomore (Joined the game in the 2010-11 season)

Favorite Fantasy Player: Rashard Mendenhall (As much as John hates the Steelers, he respects the workhorse who's also fun to watch.)

Short Bio: John is Robert Trader's cousin. He is an avid hockey player, drummer and is currently a student at Brookfield Central High School.

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (8-22-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss some fantastic statistics regarding the league's hottest team and more divisional play!

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

2011 Draft Recap: Introducing the Fantasy Draft Rating (FDR) Statistic



With the 2011 Fantasy Football Draft in the books, it's only appropriate I turn my attention to the recap and my annual award of "Best Draft." This year, I decided to be extra ambitious and create a statistic in order to determine the best drafter. Remember those rankings I made consisting of the top 30 in each position. Well I took those lists and put them to use and came up with FDR or the Fantasy Draft Rating.

Here's how the equation breaks down:

[[(2.0)(RBs + WRs + QBs) + (1.5)(Best TE) + (0.5) (Best D/ST + Best K)]/400] * 100 = FDR

For you mathematical minds, here's why I did what I did:
- Players were scored according to my rankings (e.g. #1 player receiving 30 points, #2 player receiving 29 points ... and #30 player receiving 1 point) Any players not ranked in my top 30 were given one point.
- Position players received a 2.0 multiplier because they are the most important. Tight-ends are slightly less important receiving the 1.5 multiplier. And the least important positions of defense and kickers received the 0.5 multiplier.
- I chose best TE because there shouldn't be a preference towards a team who drafts multiple tight-ends. Same goes for D/ST and K. This rule doesn't apply for positional players because they are all considered important in regards to substitutions.
- 400 was set as a perfect fantasy draft rating because it's a number that would be very hard to get to in a standard 14 team league.

**** This rating is very bias, but you should know that since I'm the one choosing who had the best draft. Even if you don't agree with my rankings, I think the FDR statistic accurately predicts what kind of fantasy player you are. The higher the FDR, the more "safe" the player and the lower the FDR, the more "risky" the player. Fantasy football is all about odds, thus I think these top teams have the best chance at winning without waiver wire, injuries and plain luck factoring in.

1.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (FDR = 77.8)
Rory emerged as the heavy favorite after applying my new statistic. It shouldn't come to much of a surprise to me because I really liked WR Roddy White and WR Calvin Johnson who are both elite at their position. Throw in TE Antonio Gates and you have quite arguably the best trio of pass-catchers that any fantasy team will see in our league. His RB position is slightly inflated with Ryan Mathews who has yet to show he's worth starting in fantasy, but Beanie Wells was a great pick-up (due to Ryan Williams out for the year). If I was a betting man, Rory will have a deep run in the playoffs this year. Congrats on the 2011 "Best Draft" Award!

2.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (FDR = 73.8)
Who says auto-picking will mess up your team? Besides the RB Ryan Williams hiccup, the computer gave Joe a great team while minimizing the risk. Balance is the theme of this team because it has value dripping from it's starting line-up. RBs MJD and Frank Gore are capable having elite years while WRs Wes Welker, Dez Bryant and Jeremy Maclin are all legitimate options in the passing game. The bench is kind of bare, but his starting line-up is hard to argue against.

3.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (FDR = 73.1)
RB Chris Johnson slipping to the five spot helped Anthony put together a top-five draft in my opinion. RB Peyton Hillis and QB Joe Flacco are players with tremendous upside in regard to their rankings. WRs DeSean Jackson and Brandon Lloyd look to have big years. Throw in TE Dallas Clark and I think Team Grande has a successful sophomore season.

4.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (FDR = 72.1)
Drafting RB Jamaal Charles at the three spot did not make me happy, seeing that I based my decision on the fourth pick around Charles. Nonetheless, Seth received a dynamic player at the position. WR Hakeem Nicks was a steal late in the second round because of his sheer size and ability. I also feel RB Ahmad Bradshaw and TE Jason Witten will be used a lot this season. Another good thing about Seth's team is the apparent depth. From top to bottom, I wouldn't be scared to start anyone on his team.

5.) Arthur's Arsenal (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (FDR = 71.8)
There's things I love and hate about this team. WRs Andre Johnson and Mike Wallace are sensational as I see no reason either guy doesn't finish in the top 10 at their position. On the flip side, the RB situation is seriously hurting with RBs Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch and Jonathan Stewart. While I don't necessarily hate any of those players, none of them have breakout potential in my opinion. I love Philip Rivers at QB because he has the potential to be one of the best in fantasy. However, TE Brandon Pettigrew has a propensity to drop passes which could become a problem as well.

6.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (FDR = 71.5)
Lowenberg always drafts well, so going with #1 ranked RB Adrian Peterson should have been expected. After that, I would have to say Nick has put together one of the deepest teams in the league. I love QB Tony Romo to have a great come-back year and RB DeAngelo Williams is too talented to not see the ball. WR Chad Ochocinco is oozing with sleeper potential and WR Reggie Wayne rarely disappoints in Indy. The bench is not as good as Team Merrill's, but not too far behind.

7.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (FDR = 68.5)
Overall, I would say going with RB Arian Foster at #2 was the right move. I'm not personally high on WR Miles Austin,  but being paired with WR Dwayne Bowe makes for a scary duo. QB Josh Freeman makes plays in the air and on the ground while it's finally time for RB Felix Jones to step up in Big D. There's some slight risk in this team, but Kari can only hope she received a little more luck than last year (she scored the second most points, but missed out on the playoffs).

8.) Team Szmanda (Jason Smanda) (FDR = 66.9)
Last year's runner-up didn't get Aaron Rodgers this season, but he did land RB LeSean McCoy and WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald projects to have a monster year as new QB Kevin Kolb settles in. I also like QB Big Ben because he's always underrated, but after that, there's a lot of risk associated with this team. WR Austin Collie attempts to shake off concussion worries and WR Brandon Marshall has his own mental issues.

9.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (FDR = 66.8)
QB Matt Schaub, WRs Greg Jennings and Anquan Boldin are great additions, but I'm not so sure about RB Rashard Mendenhall or WR Sidney Rice. While a lot of people like Mendenhall and Rice, I think they were both products of great situations in the NFL. Rice has now left Minnesota for a bad Seattle team and Mendenhall has shown to be a sort of head-case. I like Team Lee's depth, but I'm concerned with his front-line. I will say that RB LeGarrette Blount has the potential to save his team though.

10.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (FDR = 65.0)
How I don't score well in my own statistic should make you a believer right away. I'll admit that I took a lot of risk in my draft and it shows in my FDR. I couldn't have Jamaal Charles, but QB Aaron Rodgers should be a serviceable replacement. The way RB Steven Jackson has been used over the last five years makes him a risk, but I love his work ethic and how there's no one else in St. Louis chopping at his job. WRs Steve Johnson and Kenny Britt are the definition of risky, but could produce big points for me if they play to their potential. I'm also banking on RB Ryan Grant returning to form in 2011.

11.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (FDR = 64.3)
In my opinion, the Champ had a top-heavy draft. QB Tom Brady and RB Michael Turner are unquestionably good, but RB Knowshon Moreno and WR Marques Colston always seem to under-perform in regards to their fantasy outlooks. Add in the fact that RB Joseph Addai and WR Plaxico Burress are big question marks and you have some risk. The good thing for Matt is that risk can turn into high rewards in the game of fantasy.

12.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (FDR = 60.4)
This auto-picking didn't go as well as Joe's, but there are some positives and negatives to the team. RB Matt Forte in the first round was a bit of a reach, but QB Drew Brees in the second was a perfect spot for the #2 ranked signal-caller. WRs Percy Harvin and Mario Manningham could be OK at the position, but they also could be busts, especially considering the states of their professional teams. This team does have above average depth, but a concern is that it's most likely the depth that will need to be used this season.

13.) Team Dogfighters (Chad Breiby) (FDR = 56.6)
I was actually surprised Chad's team scored this low in FDR, but considering the first round pick spent on QB Michael Vick, it makes sense. Teams have had an extended off-season to prepare for Vick and I think it will show in fantasy this season. I love RB Darren McFadden,  but whether WR Vincent Jackson will return to '09 form is not known. The starting line-up is filled with average players after the above mentioned, but Chad does have some deep sleeper candidates on his bench.

14.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (FDR = 55.8)
Mike rounds out my discussion of FDR, even though he made a great choice with RB Ray Rice. QB Peyton Manning and TE Jermichael Finley are also apparent positives, but WR Santonio Holmes appears to be the only relevant option at WR on this squad. Hines Ward is only getting older and I wouldn't trust Bernard Berrian or Nate Washington. I would also bump Mike's FDR up if Mike Tolbert can overcome Ryan Mathews because that looks to be the case during the preseason. Otherwise, I think Mike will really struggle with his bench. However, nothing a few waiver-wire moves can't fix.

What did you think of my new FDR statistic? Did you think Rory had the "Best Draft" as well? Let me know by commenting below!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Packers Down Cardinals 28-20; Preseason Notes and Links

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank
 
All three Green Bay Packers quarterbacks threw for a touchdown in a 28-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on Friday. In fact, the trio combined to complete 21 of their 27 passes for 297 yards and helped the Packers improve to 1-1 on the preseason.

Follow the jump to find some notes and links regarding the winners and losers on the Packers roster.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011 Fantasy Trade #2: Jason and Rory Go With Draft Changes


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

Here we go again, as another set of draft picks has been swapped prior to Saturday's Fantasy Draft. Last year's runner-up, Jason Szmanda, decided to make a deal with Rory Linton on two draft picks.

Team Szmanda Received:
1st Round Draft Pick (10th Overall)
2nd Round Draft Pick (19th Overall)


The Rippin and the Tearin Received:
1st Round Draft Pick (14th Overall)
2nd Round Draft Pick (15th Overall)

Team Szmanda's Perspective: Since Jason was blessed with the wonderful "last pick," I think he wanted to switch it up with his first and second round choices. This way, he can move up in the first round and get a potentially less risky elite player instead of taking a chance on two borderline players at the end of the round.

The Rippin and the Tearin's Perspective: On the flip-side, the mastermind and great fantasy mind that Rory is decided to take the back-to-back late-round picks. I'm feeling like he has a great idea of a player(s) which project in that region. Rory has always been good with personnel moves, so I wouldn't expect him to strike out here.

Advantage: Push (We're talking draft picks)

Is this trade pointless or is strategy really that important in fantasy? Let me know by commenting below.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (8-15-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss the Brewers pulling away in the NL Central and their upcoming slate of games versus the Dodgers and Mets!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Top 30 By Position (Kickers)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Fantasy Football Drafts are looming right around the corner and there’s plenty of research to be done. Luckily for you, The Sports Bank has you covered with updated rankings for the 2011 season.

This week, we take a look at the kicker position. Whether you’re in a super-competitive league or one of those leagues that doesn’t really matter, here’s all you need to know about the top 30 field-goal machines in the game of fantasy.

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Browns Defeat Packers 27-17; Preseason Notes and Links


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

The Green Bay Packers may have lost on Saturday night, but there were some notable performances from young stars in this otherwise typical NFL Preseason match-up.

Follow the jump to find some notes and links regarding the winners and losers on the Packers roster.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

2011 Fantasy Trade #1: Team Grays and Arthur's Arsenal Swap Draft Picks!


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

ESPN decided to add the feature of draft pick trades in 2011 and it didn't take long for our league to take advantage of the new opportunity. As usual, Robert Trader and Johnny Rymaszewski approached me with an offer and I took it. Here's what went down in the deal:

Team Grays Received:
2nd Round Draft Pick (16th Overall)
4th Round Draft Pick (44th Overall)

Arthur's Arsenal Received: 
2nd Round Draft Pick (25th Overall)
3rd Round Draft Pick (32nd Overall)
 

Team Grays' Perspective: I decided to go with the fourth pick overall and by doing so, I received a low pick in the second round. My idea by moving up to the 16th overall spot is to grab two elite players. I should be able to do so, but will miss out on second-tier players with my absence in the third round. If I can hit on my two elites, it should be a risk worth taking.

Arthur's Arsenal's Perspective: A depth move here. While they are giving up a shot at another elite player, they feel confident on getting more players in the second tier. Not a bad strategy seeing that they get a total of four players in the first three rounds, something no other team can say right now.

Advantage: Push (We're talking draft picks)

Is this trade pointless or is strategy really that important in fantasy? Let me know by commenting below.

Wisconsin Seems Ready for Russell-Mania, But Is Russell Wilson Ready?



By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Madison, Wisconsin (a.k.a, the home of the Wisconsin Badgers) has exploded with a hysteria known only as Russell-Mania because of the addition of highly-touted NC State transfer and dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson.

Head Coach Bret Bielema even went as far to mention how he’s approached at the gas pump and asked whether the kid Wilson can play. There hasn’t been this much excitement around one single player since Ron Dayne took home the Heisman Trophy in 1999.

During the Badgers Media Day, I had a chance to catch up with Wilson and ask him about his first impressions of Madison and his feelings regarding Wisconsin’s playbook and the offense.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (8-8-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss the hottest team in baseball and another throw-down with the Cards.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Top 30 By Position (Defense/Special Teams)





 By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Fantasy Football Drafts are looming right around the corner and there’s plenty of research to be done. Luckily for you, The Sports Bank has you covered with updated rankings for the 2011 season.



This week, we take a look at the defense and special teams. Whether you’re in a super-competitive league or one of those leagues that doesn’t really matter, here’s all you need to know about the top 30 defensive units in the game of fantasy.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

2011 Fantasy Draft Order Set, But Not the Time (Vote Today)!!!!

The writing is kind of small, so here's the order once again:

1.) Nick Lowenberg (2008 Champion)
2.) Kari Klitzman (2009 Champion)
3.) Seth Merrill
4.) Nick Grays (*Picked My Draft Spot)
5.) Anthony Grande
6.) Chad Breiby
7.) Joe Selbo
8.) Mike Szombatfalvy
9.) Matt McCarthy (2010 Champion)
10.) Rory Linton
11.) Tim Harwood
12.) Isaac Lee 
13.) Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski
14.) Jason Szmanda
 
Also, make sure to go out and vote for a draft time by visiting the poll question here!