Saturday, August 31, 2013

Badgers release new three-headed monster in 45-0 win over UMass

James White and Melvin Gordon tandem

While the students, coaching staffs and players all change with time, the bread-and-butter running game stays the one constant in the Wisconsin Badgers football program.

A new three-headed rushing attack was revealed in the Badgers 45-0 shutout win over the Minutemen of UMass.

James White, Melvin Gordon and true freshman Corey Clement combined to rush for 388 rushing yards and all eclipsed the century mark, a feet done only twice before in school history.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Eddie Lacy will be the Packers key to success in 2013

Eddie Lacy vs. Rams feature

Bull-rushing, power steps and a sweet spin move are just a few tools that the Green Bay Packers 6-0, 220, rookie running back has at his disposal.

His name is Eddie Lacy and he’s ready to captivate the Packers infinite fan base with something as simple as an effective ground game.

Green Bay hasn’t had the luxury of a 100 yard rusher during the regular season since 2010, a feet that’s unacceptable in a league where the opposing defenses adapt so quickly.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wisconsin football vs. UMASS: brutally honest preview

Buckey push-ups

The aroma of football lingers in the air and the Wisconsin Badgers haven’t lost a season opener since the Clinton administration.

Bucky and company have reeled off 15 straight season-opening wins and hold the nation’s third-longest active streak in FBS (trailing only Nebraska-27 and Florida-23.)

There isn’t much doubt regarding the streak reaching 16 because the Minutemen of UMASS come in to Camp Randall in the midst of only their second season as an official FBS football program. The better question would be determining whether UMASS can figure out how to put up any points at all.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

And the Winner of the Best Draft 2013 is ...

As most of you know, I'm a super busy guy who doesn't get to write nearly as much about fantasy football as I did when I was a nerdy/crazy college kid. That doesn't mean I don't love to do this because I really do. If I could somehow spend all day doing this, I would.

It may be two weeks late, but I'm bringing you the annual Best Draft Award with analysis of each team. Please discuss the article and let me know if you agree or not.

Just remember that I'm now 2/5 on picking the champion before the season starts. (Kari in 2009 and Rory in 2011). Anthony came out of nowhere last year to win the title.

Here's a full transcript of the 2013 Fantasy Draft.

*There's no meaning to the order that I talk about each team, I've only determined the best draft, no complete rankings.

Bone Merrill's (Seth Merrill)

Best Pick: WR Vincent Brown (11th - #150)

Worst Pick: RB Alfred Morris (1st - #10)

Analysis: I won't rag too much on Seth because he wasn't there to do his draft. Plus, ESPN standard drafts are damn good. I pretty much know this team will contend for a playoff spot because it's balanced. The Morris pick isn't even that bad, I just think he overachieved a bit in his fine rookie campaign. Carson Palmer in the 15th round is one hell of a back-up fantasy QB. Vincent Brown is coming back from an injury, but I expect him to be Philip Rivers' new favorite target.

Not So Serious Projection: Almost makes the playoffs, but has an unlucky year and misses despite outscoring the wildcard teams.

Rymaszewski's Rebels (John Rymaszewski)

Best Pick: QB Jay Cutler (14th - #196)

Worst Pick: Two free agent picks (Brandon Lloyd and Michael Turner)

Analysis: Everyone watch out for young Johnny, this kid took the league by storm last year and has a legit team as I can see. I love the fact that he backs up Tom Brady with Jay Cutler in the 14th round. The only thing I didn't like was the selection of two free agents because yes they'll end up somewhere, we just don't know where.

Not So Serious Projection: He'll ride Adrian Peterson all the way to the playoffs, that man can't be stopped.

Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy)

Best Pick: QB Colin Kaepernick (5th - #62)

Worst Pick: RB Pierre Thomas (7th - #90)

Analysis: I really can't believe CK dropped this far considering what he did against the hometown Packers in last year's playoffs. His fantasy value can't be argued against and this league isn't all Packers fans. Matt received a great value there and has a very well rounded team. I picked him to have the best draft last year and he let me down by not making the playoffs. We'll see what happens this year.

Not So Serious Projection:I hate Kaepernick and everything I just said, so I'll wish upon you that you miss the playoffs.

Team Linton (Rory Linton)

Best Pick: RB Giovani Bernard (7th - #87)

Worst Pick: RB Johnathan Franklin (6th - #82)

Analysis: Rory's x-factor for 2013 will be his super young running back class. I love that he traded for Doug Martin because he doesn't have much stability behind it. I'm sure one of his young backs will be a sleeper because he has some uber-talented guys. He'll need it because I'm not sure you can ride Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill to a championship.

Not So Serious Projection: For Rory, it's championship or bust. I'm giving him a bust, but he will make the playoffs.

Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy)

Best Pick: RB Trent Richardson (1st - #5)

Worst Pick: K Stephen Gostkowski (10th - #136)

Analysis: Could this be the year that Mike makes the playoffs? Right off the bat, it's great that the worst pick I can find he made was a kicker in the 10th round. You just don't have to delve that early for a kicker because they're so unpredictable and there's not much difference between the good and average ones. I love Richardson and think he will be one of the best running backs in the game. Kudos to Mike for picking the best player on his favorite team.

Not So Serious Projection: A miracle on the gridiron is born and Mike makes the playoffs.

Quit Sinnin (Megan Loger)

Best Pick: TE Jimmy Graham (3rd - #42)

Worst Pick: WR Victor Cruz (4th - #43)

Analysis: Megan embarks on her first ever year of fantasy and has a lot of Cleveland Browns to show for it. For those of you who don't know, her brother is a huge Browns fan (eat your heart out Mike). Anyways, Graham was an amazing slide for her in the third round, he simply has elite talent and Brees will find a way to get the former basketball player the rock. I don't like Cruz on the ensuing pick because she needed another running back to complement Forte. Tate, Turbin and Thomas are going to be a triple-T that she complains about all year.

Not So Serious Projection: No beginner's luck for Megan, she'll learn about fantasy the hard way.

Kari-Tron (Kari Klitzman)

Best Pick: QB Matt Ryan (3rd - #37)

Worst Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall (6th - #76)

Analysis: Why does Matt Ryan never get any love? He was a 6th round pick a year ago and had an MVP level season, but still stays below the elite level quarterbacks. I'm sure Kari doesn't mind though. I thought she picked a pretty solid team and has come a long way since not really know anything about football prior to 2009 when she took home the championship.

Not So Serious Projection: Misses the playoffs because she doesn't have me to help her anymore (it's slightly conceded but true).

RG-3P0 (Chad Breiby)

Best Pick: RB Daryl Richardson (7th - #88)

Worst Pick: RB David Wilson (3rd - #32)

Analysis: As usual, Chad has crafted a decent team. I love his pick of Richardson in the 7th round because he projects to get the most carries in an improved St. Louis offense. I don't like Wilson because he's never proved to stay healthy at any point in his pro/college career. RG3 was also a steal because I wouldn't be surprised to see that kid be the second coming of AP when coming off an ACL tear.

Not So Serious Projection: Will barely make the playoffs.

Who Needs Running Backs (Isaac Lee)

Best Pick: WR Calvin Johnson (1st - #11)

Worst Pick: RB Isaiah Pead (7th - #96)

Analysis: It's usually not a good thing if I choose your first round pick as the best because almost all of them should be pretty darn good. With Isaac's team, there isn't a whole lot to like because it's full of players who don't have definite roles on their respective teams. He needs a couple of his guys to come out of nowhere and surprise which is a fairly risky proposition.

Not So Serious Projection: Misses the playoffs and needs a blockbuster trade to be respectable.

Trader's Tradables (Robert Trader)

Best Pick: RB Isaac Redman (13th - #180)

Worst Pick: RB Montee Ball (3rd - #40)

Analysis: Robert started out with two absolute studs in Aaron Rodgers and AJ Green. Yet, I'm still a little worried about his team because he's missing a consistent running back. Ball appeared he could be that guy until he showed the Broncos that his pass-blocking is lackluster. Robert caught a bit of luck with Steelers' rookie Le'Veon Bell going down with a foot injury because it elevates the value of Redman. Nonetheless, this team is balanced.

Not So Serious Projection: The first year that an Aaron Rodgers team doesn't make the playoffs.

Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg)

Best Pick: WR DeSean Jackson (4th - #44)

Worst Pick: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (5th - #72)

Analysis: Jackson is going to be a stud in 2013, I knew this as soon as Chip Kelly announced that Michael Vick would be the starter. Vick knows all about speed because he has it himself and he will make it a point to find the similarly speedy Jackson. Lowenberg has some decent depth and an excellent handcuff at running back, but he's lacking at QB. And we all know that a decent signal caller is necessary for a postseason run.

Not So Serious Projection: Wishing he would have spent one of those mid-round picks on a quarterback, no playoffs.

Team Grande (Anthony Grande)

Best Pick: WR Rueben Randle (11th - #142)

Worst Pick: Broncos Trio (Peyton Manning/Wes Welker/Eric Decker)

Analysis: I'll start off by saying I love the pick of Randle in the 11th round because I love this kid. He's tall, fast and has a lot of power. A lot of people don't know his name now, but watch this kid blossum in 2013. I would have liked the team until I saw the "champ" take three Broncos players in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. In the game of fantasy, you just can't put all your eggs in one basket.

Not So Serious Projection: Stays home with his fantasy trophy and cries about missing playoffs.

Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda)

Best Pick: TE Rob Gronkowski (4th- #49)

Worst Pick: WR Sidney Rice (7th - #92)

Analysis: We may not know when Gronkowski is ever coming back, but when he does, he will be a HUGE target for Tom Brady and the Patriots. To get him in the fourth round is a steal and Jason should be safe with Martellus Bennett for the first few weeks. Jason's depth at wide receiver is lacking and that's why I hate the Sidney Rice pick. Rice proved in 2012 that he's not very good and the Seahawks offense, particularly the passing game, is so overrated.

Not So Serious Projection: Borderline playoff team that sneaks in with a couple of sleepers.

And the Winner Is ...



Football On Your Phone (Nick Grays)

Best Pick: TE Jermichael Finley (8th - #106)

Worst Pick: RB Le'Veon Bell (5th - #63)

Analysis: The fantasy gods made me pay for picking my fourth running back in the first five picks and deservedly so. Bell is out for a significant time and I really should have spent my time picking up a quality wide receiver. Regardless, I love my team and have decided it's time to get cocky and pick myself to win the championship. No more Mr. Nice Guy as I'm going to go through this year on a mission to win my first ever championship. I think Finley will be one of the Packers' leading receivers and will help elevate my team to a championship contender.

Not So Serious Projection: Champion!!!!

Six Playoff Teams
John Rymaszewski
Rory Linton
Mike Szombatfalvy
Chad Breiby
Jason Szmanda
Nick Grays

Championship Game
Nick Grays over Chad Breiby 103.4 - 95.4

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Mountain West Fantasy Preview: Carr Drives Fresno State (RotoWire.com)


The Mountain West Conference has been a hidden gem in the college football fantasy game the last few years. Teams like Boise State, San Diego State and Fresno State have boasted some of the nation's best offenses and in the process have helped fantasy owners win leagues with unknown stars. This year, the conference adds even more fantasy power with the likes of San Jose State and Utah State, both of which contain intriguing stars.


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Saturday, August 17, 2013

2013 Fantasy Trade #1: Rory and Matt switch up stud backs


Every season there seems to be a trade between the draft and the actual season. With that said, I'm not sure we've ever seen one of this magnitude. Rory and Matt decided to swap two of the best running backs in the NFL. Here's how the deal went down and what I think about it:

Rory Linton Received:

RB Doug Martin

Matt McCarthy Received:

RB Marshawn Lynch

Rory's Perspective:

Rory had a shot on draft day to grab Martin and I was shocked he didn't. I personally think he was drinking the Seattle Seahawks kool-aid which seems to be popular in Wisconsin due to Russell Wilson. Sure, this team made the playoffs last year and have an amazing defense, doesn't mean they are Super Bowl bound. It also doesn't mean their offense is one of the best in the league because it's not.

Matt's Perspective:

Pretty sure Matt has owned Lynch in the past and has a soft spot for a running back who has amassed 3,200 yards over the last two seasons. He'll continue to be the workhorse in Seattle, but he doesn't have nearly the upside of Martin.

Advantage: I give the edge to Rory because I had Martin as my second-overall rated player in our type of league. Like I said before, I feel Matt had one of the biggest steals in the first round and now has traded it for Lynch who I think was being drafted a little too high. Matt sided with safety over upside, a move that could backfire if Martin has the big year everyone is predicting him to.

What did you think of the trade involving Martin and Lynch? Let me know by commenting below.

News and notes from the Packers 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams

Eddie Lacy vs. Rams

The Green Bay Packers looked like an entirely new team from the one that was shutout in a preseason opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The St. Louis Rams made a lot of mistakes and the Packers played consistent football en route to a 19-7 win on Saturday Night.

Here are observations from Green Bay's second preseason game:

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Wisconsin Badgers: Defensive preseason NFL draft stock

Chris Borland vs. Illinois

 By: Ian Culver

With football season approaching it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of practice reports, scrimmages and preseason games. 

The hollow, empty feeling of football-less February is mercifully long gone, so it’s with an eye toward getting a leg up next February that it’s time to take stock of the NFL draft prospects for current Wisconsin Badgers.

As the first of a four part series, I’ll take a peek at how the defensive skill positions project to the next level:

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wisconsin Badgers Gary Andersen gets his own corn maze

Gary Andersen Corn Maze

When does a college football coach know they’re at a big time school?

Only once they have a corn maze dedicated in their namesake of course.

A rural farm in Deerfield, Wisconsin turned Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach Gary Andersen’s face and a football into a corn maze according to a tweet sent out by the football team’s official twitter account.

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Good Guy/Bad Guy with the Wisconsin Badgers QB battle

Joel Stave Badgers QB Battle

Three different quarterbacks started for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and the very same situation could arrise in 2013.

Last year it was Danny O’Brien (has since transfered to a D2 school) who beat out current Badgers Joel Stave and Curt Phillips for the role of starting quarterback at the end of fall camp.

This time around, Stave and Phillips try to fend off a talented junior college transfer, Tanner McEvoy, in what’s supposed to be a revamped offense that’s not short on playmakers.

Here’s a look at all three candidates and a good guy/bad guy perspective for each:

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

News and notes from the Packers awful preseason loss to Arizona

Aaron Rodgers preseason cardinals

Was there anything positive to take from the Green Bay Packers 17-0 shutout loss to the Arizona Cardinals?

For a team who has been bombarded with training camp injuries, the notion that the back-ups and roster invitees are struggling can’t be a good sign for a Packers team that has Super Bowl or bust aspirations.

Here are some links and observations from the preseason opener in Green Bay:

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Who should the Green Bay Packers replace Bulaga with? Part 2 (TSB)

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So who should the Green Bay Packers start at Left Tackle in place of Bryan Bulaga? Yesterday new TSB contributor Ian Culver evaluated four possible candidates from the Green Bay O Line, and now we look at the top three, and then Ian makes his pick.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Green Bay Packers: Ranking Bryan Bulaga’s replacements Part 1 (TSB)

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 By: Ian Culver

Well, so much for the retooled Green Bay Packers offensive line.

With one twist of a knee, a massive monkey wrench was thrown into Mike McCarthy’s master plan to protect franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Barring the acquisition of a street free agent – none of which inspire much confidence anyway – let’s look at the Packers’ best options currently on the roster:

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Monday, August 5, 2013

2013 NFL Futures: Offensive Rookie of the Year Winner Play (27inarow.com)


tavon austin

In part two of 27inarow’s exclusive look at NFL Future Bets, we examine the top candidates for the Offensive Rookie of the Year. If you didn’t catch part one, take a look at what two teams we recommended putting your money on for the 2013 Super Bowl.

Next to the MVP award, the Rookie of the Year Award is probably the most talked about honor given out at the end of the regular season. The NFL has undoubtedly become a young man’s game and each and every year has a compelling controversy between a few of the league’s new shining stars.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Takeaways from Gary Andersen’s press conference at Badgers Media Day

Gary Andersen Badgers Media Day

As August begins, so does the contemplation of eager football fans who are willing to cling to any significant news they can find in regards to their favorite collegiate team.

Wisconsin fans can kick back and enjoy because there was a lot to learn from the Badgers Annual Media Day at Camp Randall on Friday afternoon.

It all begins with Head Coach Gary Andersen’s press conference, lets take a look at the highlights with a slight reflection.

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