Sunday, January 26, 2014

Streak Journal: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (27inarow.com)


NBA ESPN

Welcome to my newest weekly piece. The Streak Jounal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

This week (Monday, January 20 through Sunday, January 21st), I focused on straight-up NBA props and here’s what I found:

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

All Hail the 2013 Champion: Jason Szmanda (Interview)


1.) Any opening comments about your fantasy championship?

"It was a really fun season for me, and there was a ton of great competition every week, so thanks to everyone for putting so much in! A ton of games could've gone either way, but things worked out for me this year. I don't even know if I've made the playoffs since taking 2nd in my first or second year with the league.. It's been a while. So that feels good. I think what stands out most for me in terms of my roster is the rotating door at QB. I lost Bradford and Locker to IR, and I gave up on Roethlisberger early. I eventually traded Martellus Bennett for Kaepernick, who got luke-warm at the right time. Bennett would be missed after Gronkowski's IR exit a few short weeks later, and Cecil Shorts rounded out my IR list. I guess it's true that the QB position just isn't as important anymore.. I made up for my injury struggles with a ton of action on the waiver wire, including hot pickups like eventual starters Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead."


2.) Was their a so-called defining moment to your 2013 Championship season? Something you will always remember from this special year?

"If I had to pick one defining moment for the season, I would have to pick the week 2 matchup with Matt McCarthy in which we tied at 135.3 points, and I squeaked out a victory on the bench point tie-breaker, 73.1- 72.9. Big Ben was my Monday night hero, getting me just enough points in junk time after throwing a late INT. Also factoring in to the win was Emanuel Sanders, scoring 10.3 on the bench from the arm of Roethlisberger and ultimately propelling me to the narrow victory. Tony Grande estimated the probability of this narrow a victory at 1 in 200,000."

3.) Who's your fantasy MVP this season?

"Fantasy MVP has to go to Lesean McCoy, finishing 2nd at his position with 304.6 points. Thank. You. Shady."

4.) What's your thoughts on the diminishing value of the running back in fantasy?

"I think the role of the fantasy RB has taken a hit with the current trend in the NFL, but our league is structured in a way that helps to neutralize that. I think it's just important to look for different qualities in the backs that you do start, and maybe start WRs more often at the flex."


5.) Do you have any rule change that you would like to propose to the group? 

"As far as the rule change, I think I want to see the bench involved a little more with scoring.. Either a bench victory adding a few points to a score or one more flex spot.. the ability to start a TE at flex.. What do you think Nick? Should we open this to the group? I just feel like bench depth is too under-valued. What do you think?" 

What did you think of Jason's Championship Season? Let me know by commenting below! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Falling Quarterbacks: Fresh Perspective 1st Round Mock (Rotowire.com)

The 2014 quarterback class has overshadowed a draft that’s loaded with great depth at wide receiver and numerous defensive positions. This mock has only three quarterbacks going in the first round, however, allowing the wideout talent to shine through with seven selections.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter at @NFLDraft2K14 for a steady source of news, analysis and updates on RotoWire's draft coverage.


1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater*, QB, Louisville (6-3, 205)


What sets Bridgewater apart from the rest of the quarterback prospects is his exceptional football IQ and polish as a passer.


2. St. Louis Rams (from WAS) - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 305)


Not many expect Matthews to go ahead of college teammate Johnny Manziel, but I'm standing by it with this projection. The Rams need tackle help to protect Sam Bradford, who's coming off an ACL tear.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Previewing the 2014 NFL Draft’s Prospective Quarterback Class (27inarow.com)


Teddy Bridgewater

What does each of the NFL’s four remaining playoff teams have in common?

The San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots each have established quarterbacks who are cemented in their respected roles.

Heck, the Broncos and Patriots have two of the best quarterbacks EVER in the great Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Teams without one of these great signal-callers shouldn’t get down on themselves too much because there’s a fresh new class of prospects ready to take a roster when the 2014 NFL Draft comes around in May.

Here’s a look at the guys who will be fighting for starting jobs next fall:

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco: brutally honest playoff preview

Kaepernick vs. Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers hosting a wildcard playoff game at Lambeau Field seemed impossible to imagine just a month ago.

But here they are, welcoming the San Francisco 49ers in to the frigid cold for a shot at traveling to either Seattle or Carolina for a shot at the NFC Championship Game.

Can quarterback Aaron Rodgers build upon his monumental return by knocking off a 49ers team that has given the Packers all kinds of fits over the past two years?

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wisconsin couldn't stop South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl

Connor Shaw Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin had no problem running the ball as Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 250 rushing yards to become the first duo in FBS history to mount 1,400 rushing yards each.

The problem was stopping the South Carolina Gamecocks who did whatever they wanted offensively en route to a 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the 2014 Capital One Bowl.

Bucky and the Badgers keep reaching significant bowl games, but just can't find a way to win as they drop their fourth straight bowl contest.

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