FantasySavvy 2016: Elite 8 Analysis

The 2016 Tournament has truly failed to disappoint as there have been a ton of competitive games with some ridiculous endings. The Madness truly has surfaced. Even if you are a casual fan, by watching these games you probably couldn’t help but to be caught up in the craziness. Once again, this tournament has shown why it is so special and unique. The opening weekend brought us things we never have witnessed before. On Friday in the first round, Michigan State, the expert consensus pick for the National Title lost to a 15 seed in Middle Tennessee St, Cincinnati had a basket called back in the last second vs St. Joe’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5ORb2OwkWA and Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson hit a half-court buzzer beater to win the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdFB3OGUaGU. Then on Sunday, in the second round we saw Wisconsin hit a game winner vs Xavier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtLCqvqO1nk and Texas A&M come back from down 12 points with just 44 seconds left. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNGmD6FcQdY.

However, after all the unprecedented happenings and huge upsets, the cream has mostly risen to the top in the Elite 8. In the East & Midwest, we have 4 teams repping from the best conference, the ACC. In the East we have the #6 Seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish playing the #1 Seed North Carolina Tarheels and in the Midwest the #1 Seed Virginia Cavaliers playing the #10 Seed Syracuse Orangemen. Then on the other side of the bracket we have two 1’s and two 2’s with the #1 Seed Kansas Jayhawks playing the #2 Seed Villanova Wildcats in the South and the #1 Seed Oregon Ducks, playing the #2 Seed Oklahoma Sooners in the West. We still have all the #1 Seeds alive and two #2 Seeds. At the end of the day, this could be an all chalk Final Four, and I believe that’s exactly how it will go.

South Region, Louisville: #1 Kansas vs #2 Villanova

Kansas, the #1 overall seed, got here by beating Austin Peay, Uconn and Maryland, while Villanova has beaten Unc Asehville, Iowa and Miami. Kansas has not lost since January 30th, winning 17 straight games. Villanova lost in the Big East final and after watching them in person in the Big East Semi’s vs Providence, I didn’t come away overly impressed. But Daniel Ochefu was not healthy in that game and now is and they are playing excellent in this tournament. Kris Jenkins has such a nice stroke, he rarely misses , Josh Hart is playing aggressive, Ryan Arcidiacono who plays with a ton of heart and energy is playing solid also. Ochefu looks healthy and had his best game of the tournament against Miami, dominating inside while creating open shots on the perimeter for Jenkins and Arcidiacono. For Kansas, Perry Ellis has been a revelation. He has gotten so much better this season. He never has been this aggressive and fluid. He also has developed a more consistent outside shot. He is it what makes Kansas goes and nobody has been able to stop slow him yet. Ellis is developing a solid NBA game. 6’10, Jr. Landen Lucas has stepped into the starting rotation and been a force on the boards while playing Solid D.

I think the big factor is here is Ochefu. When he at his best, Villanova is at their best. Miami failed to contain him as he was a force inside and created opportunities for his teammates. I feel Kansas has the depth and strength inside with Lucas, Traylor, and Bragg to slow him down just enough. Add on Perry Ellis contributing defense along with Guards Frank Mason, Wayne Selden and Devonte Graham, Kansas will play much better D then Miami did on the Villanova shooters. If Nova decides to double Ellis, look for Devonte Graham to have a big game. Both these teams are well oiled, but Kansas is more synthetic and will have a lot of fans backing them in Louisville. Kansas 77, Nova 73.

West Region, Anaheim : #1 Oregon vs #2 Oklahoma

The Pac-12 had an awful tournament, but Oregon has shown that they were a step above in that conference and have proven to this point to be worthy of a #1 Seed. Oregon easily took Care of Holy Cross in the opening round, but had to come back in the last five minutes to beat St. Joseph’s. They went on handle Duke in the Sweet Sixteen and looked to be at their best. Dylan Brooks is just an awesome player. He can shoot, drive, plays solid D and displays a ton of hustle. He can give Buddy Hield a run for his money in this game. Elgin Cook can also shoot and can take it to the basket as well. Jordan Bell is a man amongst boys inside, blocking shots and finishing around the rim. Oregon looks extremely dangerous and one of the most balanced scoring teams left in the tournament. Oklahoma defeated Cal State Bakersfield, VCU and Texas A&M to get here. No secret with Oklahoma, it’s all about Buddy Hield. He has a Stephen Curry like release and range. He can put 40 up any given night. But Oklahoma is going to need Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Woodard and Ryan Spangler to play big if they want to win this game.

I believe Oregon, winners of 11 straight games, are the more balanced team offensively and also play better defense. Their D is underrated. Oklahoma has the best player on the court, but they are a little too reliant on him. Also this team lacks depth. I think it’s Oregon’s time. Many people doubted them as a #1 seed, have doubted the Pac 12, but I think they prove a lot of the doubters wrong and show the country how good they are. Oregon 81, Oklahoma 76.

East Region, Philadelphia: #1 North Carolina vs # 6 Notre Dame

North Carolina has arguably looked like the best team in the tournament thus far, especially after they just put up a 100 spot on Indiana last night. Before that they took care of Florida Gulf Coast and sent Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn from Providence to the NBA draft. Notre Dame who nearly made the Final 4 last year by coming up short against Kentucky, returns to the Elite 8 again. The Fighting Irish have lived up to their name by battling in every game and coming from behind to beat Michigan, Stephen F. Austin and Wisconsin. Carolina and Notre Dame, both from the ACC, met twice this year with Notre Dame winning by four on their home court in early February, but Carolina got their revenge in the ACC tournament by molly whopping the Irish with a 31 point win.

Carolina has size all over the court with 6’9 Bryce Johnson, 6’9 Kennedy Meeks, 6’8 Isaiah Hicks and 6’8 Justin Jackson. Balance that out with emerging guard Joel Berry and Sr. Marcus Paige. Paige, who was injured this year and failed to look like his former self, returned to prominence last night vs Indiana shooting 6-9 from three finishing with 21 points. If he plays like that, I don’t think anybody can beat them. Bryce Johnson is just a beast inside, a sure-fire NBA talent. Notre Dame boasts guard Demetrious Jackson and 6’10 Sr.F Zach Auguste on the inside. These two kids are both excellent at their positions. Auguste is a pro as well. He just needs to develop a better jumper. VJ Beachem has emerged in this tournament hitting a ton of big shots and they are also getting good minutes out of Bonzie Colson. Steve Vasturia is also another big piece that has returned from the Elite 8 team last year.

While this game will not be the blowout we saw in the ACC tournament, Carolina is still favored by 9 in this game and is expected to win somewhat easily. I think the Irish, being in all the fights they have been in so far will battle, but ultimately will come up short. Carolina just has too much size to deal with Auguste and on the flip side, Notre Dame doesn’t have the size or strength to stop Carolina inside. It appears Paige has returned to his old roots and like I mentioned earlier, if he’s going like that, Carolina will be the favorites to win this whole thing. North Carolina 83, Notre Dame 75.

Midwest Bracket, Chicago: #1 Virginia vs #10 Syracuse

Virginia is the San Antonio Spurs of college basketball. Smart, fundamentally sound, defensive minded basketball. Coach Tony Bennett personifies this team, humble, high character, patient. They just wear you out over the course of 60 minutes. The Cavaliers went through Hampton, Butler and Iowa St. to get to this point. They have the Size with with Seniors Anthony Gil (6’8) and Mike Tobey (7’0) and big bodied Guard Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon completely resembles a Spurs type player in my opinion. He’s like a younger Boris Diaw. 6’2 Jr. Guard London Perrantes shot the best percentage in the NCAA from three this season and is another sound player. It would not be a surprise to see this team cutting down the nets in Houston. Nobody expected Syracuse to be here in the Elite 8 and many didn’t expect to see them in the tournament itself after they lost in the ACC tournament to Pitt. But with Michigan St. going out it opened up the doors for them and they took advantage. They easily took care of Dayton and Middle Tennessee St. before having to come from behind to beat Gonzaga. They haven’t necessarily beaten the best competition, but I thought they have played pretty well. 6’7 Sr F/G , Michael Gbinije is a very good player and can shoot and drive with the best of them. He has had an excellent tournament. He’s NBA material. Freshmen Tyler Lydon has also come alive in this tournament, stepping up huge for the Orangemen. Tyler Cooney, after his disastrous ACC tournament, has revived and Malachi Richardson, Tyler Roberson and DaJuan Coleman have all contributed to the cause. Cuse boasts size all around to match Virginia and they have a player that can finish a game in Gbinije.

Virginia and Cuse played back in late January with Virginia winning on their home court 73-65. Virginia pretty much controlled that game and maintained the tempo but Gbinje and Richardson shot a combined 11-19 from three that kept it close. Can they shoot like that again? Doubtful, but Cuse is playing with a lot more confidence then they were then. After the Virginia game in January, Boeheim proclaimed, “We cannot play defense inside”. Cuse also had a very tough time with Gonzaga’s 7’0 Sabonis, so let’s see how they can do against Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey. Although Sabonis really came into his own in this tournament. Tobey had a huge game against the smaller Iowa St and it would be huge if he could repeat that performance against Syracuse. I think this game will be a grind it out battle, but in the end I think Virginia sends Cuse packing. Perrantes seals the deal with a couple big threes and FT’s down the stretch. Virginia 71, Syracuse 63.

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2016 NCAA Tournament: Players Pool Intro w/ Gary Plonderson

 

YES!! I am finally here, I know you have been waiting. Sorry for the long hiatus. I have been on a plethora of different excursions around the world and my Fantasy Writeups have had to take somewhat of a backseat. Travels to Monaco, Charlestown, Delaware, Ireland, Turkey, Bucketville, Horace Grants Steakhouse, the Arfin Trail, Geef Island and Sarah’s Ricotta Geel Rip.  Safe to say Ol Gary got a fewwww items of that Bucketlist!!! It’s called living, try it sometime.   But seriously, it feels good to be back. After my landing in the beautiful city of Teterboro on my private plane, I headed right over to Steve Sizziling steakhouse for a long dinner with some old Jersey Pals. That is why I wasn’t able to join you guys earlier. But I am here now ready for action, ready to attack like a Zebra with wings against a Lion for Revenge. Ready to saturate the market. Ready to Absorb and spit out numbers and facts like a 23 year-old Korean Stockbroker. Yes Gary is back. Yes Gary. Gary is here, Gary. Gary man. Ok enough about me, although if you want to hear more about my travels,  check out Amazon for my new book, Travels Amongst the Furlong.  Buy the book and get a free GaryWagon at GarywagonGary/Garywagon/Gary/YesIt’sGary.com. Put in the Promo code Chip Lohmiller. Ok let’s get to it, March Madness is here, simply the best time of the year. Pull up your trousers, adjust your contacts or glasses, watch with passion, watch with Zeal, focus like an Owl and get ready for the greatest tournament ever created.

*One note, I have no record of the winner in 2013. Whoever I missed in my title announcements, I apologize.  And I may be off on some things. Feel free to correct me by sending a letter in the Mail to P.O. Box 467 Jenkins Highway, South Dakota. I am using an old history book that I found in my old langston walker briefcase.

Eric Probst aka Hield the Children

Eric Probst a Cuse alum and I believe former roommate in college of our prestigious founder and commissioner Glen Garvin, finally rejoined the fun two years ago after a long break.  In his first year back he took down the crown for his first every title. He wasn’t able to repeat in 2015, but does come back with #1 pick Buddy Hield this year. Probst, a longtime member of the Capital City Fantasy Football league, recently departed after being one of the best owners there. So no doubt, from EP, you are going to see a sound and solid performance each year. His return is welcomed as he improves the overall competitive nature of this magnificent league.

Appearances: 7, Titles 1 (2014)

Best Picks– Buddy Hield (1st Overall pick), Danuel House (2nd round), Anthony Gil (3rd Round), Isaiah Briscoe (9th Round), Makai Mason (17th Round), Tre’ Mclean (last overall pick)

Anti Gary Picks– Jonathan Motley (4th round) Diamond Stone (5th Round) Phil Booth (10th round) Khadeem Lattin (15th Round)

Draft Grade – C+

JJ&Kowalski Aka Deacons

JJ a Wake Forest Alum, longs for the days of  Jeff Teague, Tim Duncan, Randolph Childress.  (one of the most memorable crossovers of all time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRJMsoIptQo Wake has been awful of late. Maybe they should bring back Dino.

But historically and for the most part this combo has been pretty competitive and with Wake out of the tournament that should eliminate any bias picks. Kowalski hasn’t made a pick in 5 years says JJ, but perhaps he should utilize his partners knowledge. No I In team, but there is an I in winning?  Kowalski looks like he was the original owner of this team back in 98 with JJ joining or finally being recognized in 2004.

Appearances:  Kowalski 6 Solo, Kevin and JJ 12, Titles 1 (2006)

Best Picks- Denzel Valentine (2nd Overall Pick) DeAndre’ Bembry (8th Round)

Anti Gary Picks– Jalen Jones (2nd Round) A.J. Hammons (4th Round) Jalen Brunson (5th Round) Trevor Cooney (15th Round) DJ Hogg (17th Round)

Draft Grade– D

Ray & Dusty Aka RazorSchmatt

Ahh, my favorite combo Dusty and Ray , Ray and Dusty, they go together like Cheetos and Wet Naps. Dusty also makes some of the best Ribs you will ever taste. I tasted them one time, after I did have some stains on the left side of my shorts, but it was well worth it. Those Ribs were amazing and I await the day when I can try them again. But this combo has had a very successful franchise in the Capital City Football league. The Duck won yet another title this season and are now tied for the league record with 4 titles. But this league is an entirely different story. O’Dell Beckham is not here to save them. According to my records they have yet to claim a title as partners. And many solo runs by Ray before partnering with Dusty were unsuccessful. Dusty an original member of the 87 inaugural season had three solo appearances in 87, 98 & 2003 that were failures before he joined up with Ken Sullivan in 2004. That lasted until 2006 without success and then Dusty  joined with Ray in 2007 after some slight squabbles with Sully. What happened between Ken and Dusty though? Did Dusty see the success his Duck partnership in Football was having and make an executive decision, being the man of vision Dusty is? Or did somebody take a turd in somebody else’s pillow after a long, long night of drinking. Nobody may ever know the truth, nevertheless I believe it was for the best for all parties. But I have not seen all three of these guys in quite some time and I hope to see them soon.

Appearances: Dusty & Ray 9, Dusty (3 Solo, 2 with Ken Sullivan) Ray (6 Solo) ,  0 Title

Best Picks- Perry Ellis (3rd overall Pick),

Anti Gary Picks- Trevon Bluiett (2nd Round) Brandon Ingram (3rd Round) Jordan Loveridge (6th Round) Jordan McLaughlin  (11th Round) Jamel Artis (13th Round) and the two other USC guys and Austin Peay guy.

Draft Grade – F  

Steve DeAngelo & Dennis Severino

Always a dangerous tandem, Steve and Dennis went on a great run from 2007-2009 winning 3 titles in a row, something that has not been done by any other franchise. Steve who first joined this league back in 1996, at just 14 years old , but then took a few years hiatus, claimed his own title in 2004 , until joining forces with Dennis 2006. It truly has been a great partnership. However, they have not won since 2009, which is somewhat surprising, but not surprising because this tournament is very hard to win. Truly a league of extraordinary gentlemen. Usually playing the strategy of stacking a team or two and riding them to the Final 4 and Finals, they went away from that this year and only doubled up on one team which was a 6 seed in Seton Hall. We will see if this new strategy pans out. The lack of an overall stronghold team may have played a part in that.

Appearances: Steve 6 Solo, Titles 1 (2004) Steve & Dennis 10, Titles 3 (2007, 2008, 2009)

Best Picks- Brice Johnson (4th Overall) Angel Rodriguez (4th Round) Ivan Rabb (6th Round) Khadeen Carringon (8th Round) 

Anti Gary Picks- (Landen Lucas 7th Round)

Draft Grade- B

Joe Grippo & Phil DeAngelo 

Welcome to the Players Pool tournament Joe Grippo. It’s been a long time coming. After many appearances in the infamous basement watching the tournament, you have finally joined perhaps the greatest Fantasy Tournament known to Man. Phil DeAngelo who has had many appearances in this league, without any success at all, has brought Grippo in to be his partner and General Manager. Big Phil has had some solo appearances and many partners without positive results. One of his partners one year proceeded to take everybody from the Big East, that didn’t work out well. Grippo recently traveled to Florida to meet Phil, no doubt after Phil called him and told him to get his ass down there to discuss this partnership. On the surface it looks to be a great partnership, but we will see how Grippo’s draft skills fare amongst this skilled group of men. One thing is for sure, Grippo better “Move his Ass” as Phil likes to say or “He’s Gone!”

Appearances: Phil DeAngelo 10, 0 Titles, Phil & Joe (1st year this season)

Best Picks- Malcolm Brogdon (5th Overall) Derrick Gordon (20th Round)

Anti Gary Picks- Josh Hart (2nd Round) Daniel Ochefu (5th Round) Nate Britt (7th Round) Marshall Plumlee (9th Round) Derryck Thornton (15th Round) Farad Cabb (16th Round) and few more.

Draft Grade- F

Glen Garvin Aka Cooney Sucks

The Founder, the Commish, the only participant who has been in this league every single season since 1987. 1987, that was a special year. The year I founded the Pertin Institute in Rockholm, Montana. Unfortunately due to running toilets and poor funding the Institute closed down after just 14 weeks. Still, it was the first Institute of its kind to preserve ancient Corn Rock, once brought here by Christopher Columbus himself and later founded by his successor Blakely the Lion Fef the 34th. It is now a Arby’s I believe or a Sonic, not sure.

But the Founder has done a great job keeping this league going all these years, with passion and excellence. It truly is a joy for the members

Appearances: 29, Titles 4 (1991, 1996, 2002, 2011)

Best Picks- Tyler Ulis *subconsciously wrote Tyler Cooney here, or it’s very late and that Steve’s Sizzler steak is fogging by brain. (2nd Round) Jaysean Paige (3rd Round) Tarik Phillip (8th Round) Wes Washpun (15th Round)

Anti Gary Picks- Peter Jok (6th Round) Abdel Nader (9th Round) Eric McCellan (17th Round) Tyler Lydon (20th Round)

Draft Grade– C+

John Donadio

I have to be honest, I do not know much about the man they call Donadio. I have never met him or seen him. He could be a myth? But one thing is for sure he has not been a legend. It appears he first joined in 2008 and has not a title. He is the secret man, he could be in the CIA? I don’t know, but he must love the game here and who could blame him. Could you blame the damn man? And he must have loved the game Oregon Trail and enjoys stacked Pancakes. But sometimes it’s better to shut your mouth then to be known a fool as they say. But no one will argue with the man who is behind the stage and yet still is profound, with fervor with glee, with strength, with a mighty sword to swing. Or it could be Jerry, the local Postman just delivering the mail again.

*Donadio is known for taking very low point scorers on high seeds. But the Oregon trail strategy could work, perhaps no team looked more impressive this season than Oregon in their Conference Championship blowout over Utah.

Appearances: 8, Titles O

Best Picks- Dylan Brooks (7th Overall) Chris Boucher (3rd round) Eron Harris (4th Round Jevon Carter (8th Round)

Anti Gary Picks- Jarrod Uthoff (5th overall) Melvin Johnson (6th overall) Carlton Bragg (14th Overall) Marvin Clark (15th Overall) Josh Perkins (17th overall)

Draft Grade B-

Kenny D

The defending champ and he’s not hesitant to remind you or shout it from the mountain tops, Kenneth severely needed it after a 13 year hiatus. Can he continue the momentum after last year’s victory? Or will he buried by the masses. Because turn your back for too long and your post is ambushed, taken, and gone. Kind of like when my Kid Sister took my Rambo collection and tossed it off the Briangton Cliff after I took a poopie in her shoe. Ken, an original member of the 1987 inaugural season, will be looking for back to back titles something only two franchises have accomplished in the 29 years of this league. Or maybe it’s 28 years, forgive Old Gary. Somebody please rectify!!! Either way it shows how hard of a feat it is here.

Appearances:  24-26, Titles 2 (2001) (2015)

Best Picks- Jaylen Brown (8th overall) Jabrari Bird (9th Round) Lester Medford (13th Round) Mo Alie-Cox (15th Round) Dyshawn Pierre (16th Round) Derek Walton (20th Round)

Worst Picks- Justin Jackson (2nd Round) Kelan Martin (1oth Round) Michael Young (12th Round) James Robinson (14th Round) Anthony Clemmons (17th Round)

Draft Grade– C

Mike Esposito Aka Neighbor Boy

What is this Neighbor Boy? I have not heard of this. I must have been in the caves for too long. Could it mean that he’s your neighbor? Or he wants to be your neighbor? Will he drop off Apple Pie? Espo used to be the one to bring the excellent Italian spread for each tournament that opening Thursday. It would usually last at least 3 days. Easily one of the most astute and knowledgeable members in this league, Espo is due for another title. He has not won since 1999. Could this finally be the year? Can he break the losing streak? It’s been a longggg time coming for Espo, and I will tell your right now, I may have others that I am rooting for more, but if Espo wins this I will not be a sad man. I will certainly send him some cherries and coins. Will a change come? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0k5rYcXLYg

Appearances: 18, Titles 1 (1999)

Best Picks- Jamal Murray (9th overall) Elgin Cook (2nd Round) Devin Williams (4th Round) Davon Reed (6th Round) Desi Rodriguez (12th Round) Justin Sears (16th Round)

Worst Picks– Robert Carter (8th Round) Jake Lyman (9th Round) Matt Thomas (11th Round)

Draft Grade– B

Evan Swalling

Evan, the last of the remaining 1987 original members left, has the longest drought of anyone. He has not won since 1988, the year he graduated High School!!! Mullets were still in style. Oh boyyyyy that is a long time. Espo is due, but if anybody is truly due, it’s Swalling. A former High School coach and most definitely a student of the game, needs to get it done!  He understands the game as much as anyone in this league. But again, this is a very hard league to win. There are no keepers and players and teams change every single year. Is there a chance he wins this year? There always is, no matter how high the odds.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMRrNY0pxfM

Appearances: 25-27, Titles 1 (1988)

Best Picks: Frank Mason (2nd Overall) Sheldon McClellan (4th Overall) Jameel Mckay (11th Round) Isaiah Wilkins (15th Round) Kaleb Tarzu (16th Round)

Worst Picks- Luke Kennard (5th Round) James Farr (6th Round) Matt Jones (7th Round) Lorenzo Bonam (9th Round)

Draft Grade- C+

Ken Sullivan Aka CruCap

Where have all the Cowboys Gone? Rider on the Storm? Hot Blooded? Cherokee Rick and the 4 Horsemen? Sully started solo then partnered with Dusty then went back to solo. Kind of like a Rock n Roll band. He broke off the group to go solo in his own band. Baracudda!!!!!!!!!!!!! He claimed a title in 2012.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4nWy8pmIM4 .Wow play that song a few times when you hit the elliptical.

Appearances: 10 Solo, 1 title (2012) , 3 with Dusty.

Best Picks– Wayne Selden (2nd Round) Daxter Miles (6th Round) Zach Auguste (9th Round)

Worst Picks – Jakob Poeltl (1st Round) Ryan Ardicianao (3rd Round) Kyle Wiltjer (5th Round) Troy Williams (7th Round) Lamonte Bearden (20th Round)

Draft Grade- D

Marvin & Davies

Marvin changes teams like I like change my underpants, once every 3 years or so. Marvin is infamous for blowing up the bathroom in the basement, perhaps worse than any other member. It has stained the minds of all who had to suffer through that. It’s very hard to track his membership. It appears he also takes a year off every now and then, although it seems like he’s in it every year.  He has since joined up with Brian Davies, who was first spotted in this league dating back to 1994 with Mark “Rolls’ Werner!!!! Wowww. Davies also has changed partners multiple times. Davies is known for making contrarian picks and having them work out. No doubt he has a unique perspective on this tournament and I respect that. I respect Men who go from the norm, blaze their own trails. This seemed like an unlikely partnership, but it has formed. Have they found a marriage here? How will it pan out and how long will it last? Judging from the past, not long, but we shall see.

Appearances: Marvin truly unknown 5-7?, Titles 0? Davies 14, 1 Title (2010)

Best Picks- Tyler Dorsey (1st Round) Bryan Forbes (2nd Round) Isaiah Whitehead (4th round) Marvelle Harris (12th round) Josh Hagins (16th round) Zak Irvin (20th Round)

Worst Picks– Rasheed Suliamon (8th round) Svilaslsaov MookyMook (10th Round)

Draft Grade– B

That is all everyone. Gary must depart now. I am off to breakfast at the famous Bendix Diner. Tell Suzy to send a letter and tell Rose to meet me in the back!!! Tell George to have the muffins ready and tell Lance to pick me up 9am Sharp!! Were headed to bet on some ponies!!! And then we will enjoy the games, just like the rest of you. I love it. We love it. Time to get sooped up. And so, may the best team win. All the best to all, to all the best. I hope to make another appearance somewhere around the Sweet 16 or Elite 8, we shall see. But after this weekend I am headed out once again. Out to venture. Actually, I am going to my Mother in Laws house for 3 weeks to help her build a oven. I hope you respect my draft grades. Ol Gary watches just as much as anyone and this is how I truly feel. Love to all. But I will leave you with this, to get you ready. From the great Gus Johnson, a dear friend, the best College Basketball announcer of All-Time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FantasySavvy 2016: Championship Sunday Player Rankings & Projections

It’s been a while, but I wanted to get this out to help not only you guys gain some clarity this weekend, but also for myself. Following a list just makes things much easier when setting your lineups. But first let’s do some predictions. We have some pretty classic games this Sunday with the Pats visiting Mile High to face the Broncos and the Cardinals going to Charlotte to face the Panthers.

Peyton Manning has played the worst he ever has this season and it seems nobody is really giving them a shot against the Pats. But I will rock with the Broncos and say Brady makes a few mistakes as Denver seals the win 24-20. This is more of a contrarian pick, because looking at the surface of this game, Brady has Edelman back now and the Pats are almost completely healthy on Defense, something they were not the first time these two teams played. But sometimes things are just meant to happen and I think Denver’s D will play extremely well along with Manning as well as the running game, (most notably C.J. Anderson) doing just enough to squeeze by New England to advance to the Super Bowl.

Carson Palmer did not play well against Green Bay and you wonder how he will do now against a better defense and having to play on the road in freezing temperatures. Meanwhile Cam Newton has not lost at home this season and has been on an absolute tear all season. Jonathan Stewart has been very effective and Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Josh Norman are playing at an Elite Level. This game really could go either way, but I think the Panthers D shuts David Johnson down on the ground and puts enough pressure on Palmer which will lead him to turn the ball over a few times. Cards may hold the lead at times in this game, but I think Carolina prevails 27-24. Onto the Rankings.

QB’s

  1. Carson Palmer  (315 Yards 3 TD’s 2 Int’s)
  2. Cam Newton     (260 Yards 2 TD’s 1 Int, 40 yards Rushing)
  3. Tom Brady         (275 Yards 2 TD’s 2 Int’s)
  4. Peyton Manning (240 Yards 1 TD 2 Int’s)

RB’s

  1. Jonathan Stewart  (120 total yards, 2 catches, 1 TD)
  2. C.J. Anderson         (100 total yards 4 catches, 1 TD)
  3. David Johnson       (80 Total Yards, 5 catches, 1 TD)
  4. James White           (70 total yards 5 catches)
  5. Ronnie Hillman      (40 total yards, 3 catches)
  6. Steven Jackson        (30 total yards,1 catch)
  7. Andre Ellington      (30 total yards, 1 catch)
  8. Mike Tolbert            (25 total yards, 1 catch)
  9. Cameron Artis-Payne  (15 total yards)
  10. Brandon Bolden           (10 total yards, 1 catch)

WR’s

  1. Julian Edelman            (100 yards, 8 Catches 1 TD)
  2. Larry Fitzgerald           (90 yards, 7 catches 1 TD)
  3. Demaryious Thomas    (80 yards, 6 catches, 1 TD)
  4. John Brown                   (70 yards, 5 catches 1 TD)
  5. Emmanuel Sanders       (70 yards, 5 catches)
  6. Michael Floyd                (50 yards, 4 catches)
  7. Ted Ginn                        (50 yards, 4 catches)
  8. Jordan Norwood            (40 yards 4 catches)
  9. Danny Amendola           (30 yards, 3 catches)
  10. Jerricho Cotchery           (30 yards, 3 catches)
  11. Corey “Philly”Brown      (30 yards, 3 catches)
  12. Bennie Fowler                 (20 yards, 2 catches)
  13. Devin Funchess               (15 yards, 1 catch)
  14. JJ Nelson                           (15 yards, 1 catch)
  15. Keshawn Martin               (10 yards, 1 catch)
  16. Andre Caldwell               (10 yards, 1 catch)
  17. Cody Latimer                     (10 yards, 1 catch)
  18. Jaron Brown                       (10 yards, 1 catch)

TE’s

  1. Greg Olsen               (8 catches, 110 yards 1 TD)
  2. Rob Gronkowski      (7 catches, 90 yards 1 TD)
  3. Owen Daniels           (2 catches, 20 yards)
  4. Scott Chandler         (1 catch, 10 yards)
  5. Darren Fells               (10 yards, 1 catch)
  6. Ed Dickson                   (10 yards, 1 catch)
  7. Virgil Green                   (10 yards, 1 catch)
  8. Vernon Davis                  (10 yards, 1 catch)

 

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2015 NFL Postseason: King Of Harpoons Update

Welcome to the King of Harpoons. You think your good? You think your powerful? Are you Obama? Are you Putin? Are you Stanley BentRod? You are now in the Fog, you must find a way out, you must Ride Through Fogs. You will not be helped, there will be no pity, you have packed your tools and now you are going through the forest in your vehicle of choice. Will you come out victorious? Or will you come out a piece of beat up lettuce? Time will tell and Champions will be crowned while the losers will be thrown off a Cliff, only to be mauled by a 600-pound Grizzly Beaver.

Hi everyone, I’m Dingles Batshit. Before you mock my name, know that my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather was the King of Scotland for 49 years. Well in the play that they had on Thanksgiving Eve in the year 1478. My name means simply Great Batshit. My Grandfather was a crazy man who helped his people escape persecution from the Ethiopian Invaders.

Thanks Gramps, but enough of my story, Good Ol Dingles will be breaking down the Player Pool we have here in the King of Harpoons and the describe the current standing of all teams. My good Friend and legendary Gary Plonderson, who is traveling through the Bean Forest for the next 9 weeks has left with me with this Glorious duty, so let’s get to it.

Gary Portman holds the #1 spot after the WC round with 96.8 point but just four players remain. He was most notably hit by the heavy investment of the Cincinnati Bengals where he lost four players including A.J Green, Marvin Jones, Mike Nugent and Tyler Eifert. As we all saw, Cincinnati lost in devastating fashion after a fumble and two person foul penalties basically sealed a Pittsburgh win. The Bengals have been a hard luck franchise for some time and it continued this year. Gary is going to need the Packers and Aaron Rodgers to somehow make the Super Bowl with Gronkowski going completely off to have any chance of finishing in the money. But it appears the Cincy Investment will doom him, much like my investment into Canadian BeanSprouts which caused my Wife to leave me for a Jewish Pencil Sharpener Salesmen.

Projected Points Divisional Round: 62

Joe Portman, Gary’s Big Bro, is just 2 points behind with 94.2 points but with 7 players left. The Chiefs D was the star of the WC round for him scoring 33 points. Jordan Reed also turned in 28 points and it would have been huge if he advanced but the Skins much like the Bengals haven’t Won anything significant in a very long time. Joe will need a Peyton Manning SB ticket along with solid performances from Larry Fitzgerald to have a legit shot at taking this title. With the rest of the team comprising of Luke Goldilocks Wilson, Fitzgerald Touissant, Markus Wheaton and Danny Amendola, he will need Peyton and Larry Fitz to be the strongholds.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 76

Matt Stone a former Champion of this tournament sits in 3rd place with 78.55 points and 9 players, tied for 2nd most. Stone is heavily invested in the Steelers with Big Ben, Martavis Bryant and Chris Boswell. He will need a banged up Big Ben to go into Denver and take down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The team also comprises of Seattle D, Christine Michael, Greg Olsen, Charcandrick West and Andre Ellington. Ellington will take a backseat to David Johnson, but thoughts around these parts are that he may have a nice impact in these playoffs. Olsen in the SB will also produce a ton of points for Stone, so if he can get that Steelers victory this week he will be in fairly good shape.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 87

The Eldest of the Portman Bros, Robert Portman, finished in 4th place after the WC round with 74.5 points and 7 players left. Emotions may have got the best of him as he went with his Favorite Team’s Emotional QB Kirk “You Like That” Cousins, while also selecting Pierre Garcon. The Skins looked to be in control after an early safety, but despite Aaron Rodgers struggles this year, the Skins D was just not good enough to contain him and the Pack. Bob def didn’t like that shit. But the worst part had to be seeing his kicker Blair Walsh miss a chip shot FG which was a pure choke job. After you watch that, you figure you are pretty much stuck in a wheelbarrow full of Wet Geese Crap.  Bob will need Jeremy Maclin, Emmanuel Sanders, Spencer Ware and the Panthers D to put up big points the rest of the way. However, it’s not likely and the first round gamble of sticking with his Skins will probably prove to be his downfall.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 56

Frank “it’s not a tumaa” Thoma holds the 5th spot with 73 points and 8 players left. Frank lost Teddy poufy hands Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs in devastating fashion and it would have been a nice bonus to have had them advance to the next round. Antonio Brown is the lifeline of this team. And despite reports of him not looking good for this weekend, Ol Dingles has learned that from his local sources that Brown will indeed play and play well in a matchup vs the Denver Broncos and their talented secondary. Thoma will also be looking for a Packers upset of the Cards as he looks to maintain James Jones and the Packers D. Frank also will need good performances from James White and Steven Jackson as they lead the NE backfield. If Antonio Brown can advance Frank will have a legit shot, but he will live and die with Brown, much like I lived and died with my Running Fade away, Left Handed, 27 foot, Three Point Hook Shot in High school. Here is a highlight of my students successfully attempting my hookshot in Thailand in 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnM9VYeF9I0

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 68

Steve D the champion from 2 years ago, is currently in 6th place 38 points back of the leader with 58.2 points and 8 players left. Steve got a big advancement with Alex Smith and two Packers Davante Adams and James Starks pressing into the next round. Tyler Lockett moved on as well but was disappointing with just 4.5 points. This team is Broncos heavy with Demaryius Thomas, Broncos D, and Brandon McManus. The other key piece to this team is David Johnson. With a Broncos win and Cardinals win, Steve will be in a nice position with some solid point producing players going into the Championship round. Even if the Packers win he will be looking fairly good. A win by the Chiefs will obviously put Steve in prime position, but this team is basically reliant on Denver making a run to the SB. Steve is the commish and a good friend of Plonderson, so from my Family to his, Happy Freaking New Year Pal, hope to see you at the Eagle Conference in Idaho next Winter.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 105

Petey C 2nd place finisher last year is currently in the 7th slot with 57.5 points and 5 players left. DeAndre Hopkins was the biggest loss of the 1st round. Travis Kelce had a nice 1st round 22-point performance and he will most certainly need a KC upset of New England to have any chance of winning this. Cam Newton will also need to make the SB as the rest of his team is pretty weak. He had both the Texans D and Texans kicker so those were big losses in the 1st round. He will also need Eddie Lacy to lay off the FlapJacks and Chitlins in preparation for Sundays Game.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 62

Robby D aka Hack is in 8th place with 53.3 points and 9 players left. Brian Hoyer was completely devastating as he was a turnover machine, finishing with -.8 points. DeAngelo Williams not playing in the 1st round was also costly and reports are he may miss the matchup vs the Broncos. Rob is going to need a Seattle, New England ride to the SB with his Doug Baldwin and Julian Edelman WR combo to have any shot of finishing in the money. Problem is, there isn’t much firepower coming from the rest of his squad. Most likely during the draft Rob was hitting the electronic pipe researching the last 10 and watching highlights of Spurs C Boban Marjanovic as he looks to maintain his Excellence in Fantasy NBA.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 80

Kenny D sits in 9th place with 45.4 points and 9 players left and has a decent roster remaining. Russell Wilson’s 12-point performance was surprising but at least he advanced with the Blair Walsh miss. Ken maintains Wilson, Michael Floyd C.J Anderson, and K Catanzaro as his top weapons. Ken will need a Seattle Run to the SB along CJ turning into the old CJ and Denver getting back to the title game. In the meantime, maybe he can get some more contributions from Jordan Todman, Albert Wilson and Heath Miller as most likely none of them will advance past the divisional round. Stranger things have happened however, like when I lost my cooking apron and then found it hanging in my neighbors closet 41 years later. Pretty strange if you ask me.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 85

 

Michael Esposito “Espo” sits in 10th place with 40.7 points and just 6 players left. Heavily invested into the Bengals much like Gary Portman, Espo lost 3 Bengals in horrid fashion by losing A.J. McCarron, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. Word is, his neighbor, Chuck Tekels, who lives 6 houses down heard him screaming at his TV relentlessly, shouting multiple obscenities throughout the Bengalis game. Also a old lady was hit with a Chocolate Chip Cookie and fell onto his lawn while walking her dog in the neighborhood. No cops were called or charges pressed, however. To make matters worse, Marshawn Lynch, his #1 pick, was ruled out for the game against the Vikings. Whelp, that pretty much seals it for Espo, but I’m sure he will use this as heavy motivation for the NCAA Players Pool upcoming in March. Hope to see you at Miami Mike’s!!!

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 68

11th place goes to the brand new Pops Dennis Severino. Receiving one of the lowest draft grades by my colleague Gary Plonderson, Severino escaped the WC round with just 35 points while keeping 7 players. The Cordarrelle “I’ve smoked more weed then all you did in your lifetimes combined” Patterson selection proved to be terrible as he was solely relying on his kick return prowess. However, Patterson went nowhere, much like Severino’s team appears to be going. That is however unless pretty boy Tom Brady can lead the New England Patriots to the promise land once again. He will then pair Brady up with K Steven Gostkowski on that journey. He will also need good performances from Ronnie Hillman and Randall Cobb, along with Cameron Artis-Payne doing something whether Jonathan Stewart plays or not. It doesn’t look good for Severino but this may have been foretold from the start as he emailed Commish Steve DeAngelo back saying “I’m Shot, but I’m in” when responding to his participation in this year’s tournament. New found fatherhood can do that to a man.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 74

Last year’s Champ Evan Swalling sits in last place with just 23.3 points, but does boast having the most remaining players with 10 left. Evan, who was doubted by many even after winning last year’s title had the #1 pick and selected Carson Palmer who he will need to make a run to the SB. He also has the Cards D, so this is vital for his team. He will need Jonathan Stewart to return healthy this week against the Seahawks and then advance to play the Cards in the NFC Title game. Losing Adrian Peterson, his 2nd pick was tough, especially when only finished with 6.3 points. The rest of the team is completely suspect other than the great Brazilian sensation Cairo “Barry” Santos. If KC can make a miracle run to the SB, coupled with Carson, Zona D and some good performances from Jonathan Stewart, Evan may have a shot at the money. It just doesn’t seem likely this year.

Projected Points in Divisional Round: 79

That’s it, we hope to have an update after the Divisional round, as we will have a much clearer picture of who will be truly contending for the title. We will discuss the contenders and briefly discuss the losers. In the meantime, have a great week and enjoy the games this weekend.

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FantasySavvy 2015: Year in Review

This was probably the most frustrating Fantasy Football season I have ever endured. I’m sure many owners can relate with all the big injuries this season. We had top backs like Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Dion Lewis, Justin Forsett all go down with season ending injuries. Also we had many backs under perform, most notably, DeMarco Murray, Eddie Lacy and C.J. Anderson. Tony Romo and Big Ben missed most of the season at QB, while  WR’s Julian Edelman, Steve Smith, and Keenan Allen suffered big injuries. Some of these injuries hit me very hard and unfortunately the combination of them was too much for some of my teams to endure.

With that said, I did miss out on some things. Some players I was wrong about were Matt Jones, Latavius Murray, Dorial Green-Beckham, Andre Johnson and Ameer Abdullah. Guys I drafted in multiple things that really did nothing all year. In FAAB it’s easier to fix holes on your team, but much tougher when you are at the mercy of the waiver wire. I think all leagues should use FAAB (Free Agent Blind Bidding) but that will never happen. I also could have been better with my handcuffs, which I somewhat neglected this year at the RB position. It was tough in some of these league with only 5 bench spots.

There was a point maybe weeks 8-11 where I found myself not really enjoying Fantasy all that much, I had some bad losing weeks and I admit it did effect my focus with pickups and passion to seek out trades. Being in 11 leagues is a lot of work, especially when you have a full time Job and have a baby at home. You just can’t put the attention to detail when it comes to scouting players and seeking out necessary trades. However, I think across my 11 leagues, I only executed two trades. I will admit I need to be much more active in the trade market next season. Sometimes trading is not necessary and it will just not happen and you don’t need 100 trades, but I think maybe each team could use a trade or two. But really my teams were mostly on point from the Get go. The drafts are usually where I excel the most, highlighted by a few key pickups during the season. I just took too many hits with key guys and missed out on having the proper replacements on my bench. I also missed out a on a few key pickups.

Last year I was in 10 leagues and I finished at 78-62. I made the playoffs in 6 out of 10 leagues and won 3 SuperBowls. This season so far I am at at 72-74. I made the playoffs in just 4 out of 11 leagues with two teams left in the Playoffs. I first started tracking my records last year and will continue to do so in the future. Next year I expect a full bounce back and I will be ready for all injuries, handcuffing like a maniac, while trying to be a bit more active in the trade department. Hopefully you can learn a thing or two from my mistakes and apply the knowledge to your teams next season.

Below our all my 11 teams rosters starting in Week 1, along with their overall season record and a quick analysis.

CBS Sportsline (6 Leagues)

Team 1- CBS Expert League (Auction 12 Team, Redraft, PPR) Overall Record- 6-7 (missed playoffs by 5 points in tiebreaker)

QB- Carson Palmer, RB’s-Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Ameer Abdullah, Matt Jones, Josh Robinson, WR’s-Julian Edelman, Davante Adams, Stevie Johnson, Andre Johnson, TE-Jordan Reed, Eric Ebron,

Key Injuries* Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Julian Edelman

I won this league last season. Going up against guys from ESPN, USA Today and other sites and blogs, give me a healthy Charles, Bell and Edelman and this team is in the Superbowl. Even if I keep one of these guys I am looking very good, playoffs are pretty much a lock. Two mistakes here are not handcuffing Bell with DeAngelo and not identifying Charcandrick West in time. I just wasn’t a believer in DeAngelo Williams so I thought it was a meaningless handcuff, I was wrong, he has been superb this season.

Team 2- CBS Expert League (12 Team Snake Draft, PPR) Overall record (7-6) Currently in Semifinals. 

QB-Russell Wilson, RB’s- Carlos Hyde, Matt Jones,  Charles Sims, Ronnie Hillman, CJ Spiller, WR’s- Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Byrant, A.J. Green, Stevie Johnson, Corey Brown, Breshad Perriman, TE’s- Jimmy Graham (*Notable Adds- Dion Lewis Week 2, Gary Barnridge week 5)

Key Injuries- Dion Lewis

Again guys from CBS, Espn, etc. Losing Lewis was a killer and Dez for multiple weeks. Then Dez fully flopped out with Romo going down for the year. Losing Graham wasn’t a huge loss since he wasn’t producing all that great for the most part. And I supplemented him with Barnridge who has been very solid. Russell Wilson has been on fire of late which has carried my team to the Semi’s. Mistake here was missing out on solid RB’s in draft.

Team 3- CBS Friends League (14 Team Snake Draft, PPR) Overall Record 6-7 (missed playoffs by 1 game)

QB- Phillip Rivers, RB’s- DeMarco Murray, T.J. Yeldon, Dion Lewis, Charles Sims, Josh Robinson, WR’s- Nelson Agholor, Martavis Bryant, Randall Cobb, Stevie Johnson, Dorial Green Beckham, TE- Greg Olsen. (Notable Trade. DeMarco Murray and Randall Cobb for Jamaal Charles) Notable Adds* Antonio Gates Week 3

Key Injuries- Jamaal Charles, Dion Lewis

Made a lopsided trade in giving up Murray and Cobb for Charles. But it turned out to be pretty good with Murray going bust and Cobb having a down year. Too bad Charles went down for the year along with Lewis. Give me one guy and I am in the playoffs. Bryant, Gates, Olsen and Rivers carried my team for a few weeks, but we just came up short in the playoffs. Mistakes here were drafting Rashad Jenning (my cousins fault!!) and DeMarco Murray, my bad there, although I wasn’t really feeling Murray coming into the year, he was the best RB available at that point. I will trust my gut even more next year. Agolhor was also a terrible pick.

Team 4- CBS Friends League (12 Team Keeper Auction, Standard, no PPR) Overall Record 6-7 (missed playoffs by points tiebreaker)

QB- Tony Romo, HB’s- Eddie Lacy, Carlos Hyde, Dion Lewis, Jeremy Hill, Ameer Abullah, Shane Vereen, WR’s, Charles Johnson, Stevie Johnson, Keenan Allen, Breshad Perriman,Brandon Coleman, Phillip Dorsett, Cordrelle Patterson, TE’s Richard Rodgers, Vernon Davis.

Notable Pickups * Gary Barnridge Week 4

Key Injuries- Tony Romo, Dion Lewis, Keenan Allen

Lacy went full bust this year, killing this team. Also Carlos Hyde looked unstoppable Week 1, but got hurt after that game and played with a stress fracture for several weeks. A healthy Carlos Hyde is a very good player, look for a bounceback next year. Jeremy Hill was also a disappointment. This team looked great on paper to start. Losing Romo, Dion Lewis once again and Keenan Allen shorted this team from the playoffs though, especially Romo going down midgame and ultimately costing my team a win that week that would have earned me the playoffs.

Team 5- CBS Friends League (12 Team Keeper Auction, PPR) Overall Record 9-3 (12 week season) Currently in the Superbowl. 

QB- Russell Wilson, RB’s- Jamaal Charles, Todd Gurley, Ameer Abdulllah, Andre Ellington, Devonta Freeman, Knile Davis, Jonas Gray, WR’s- Calvin Johnson, Randall Cobb, O’Dell Beckham, Davante Parker, TE’s- Coby Fleener, Eric Ebron.

Notable Adds* Dion Lewis Week 2, Gary Barnridge Week 3

Key Injuries: Jamaal Charles, Dion Lewis

Champion last year and again his team is in the Superbowl, but imagine I had Jamaal Charles and Dion Lewis? It’s almost a shoe in victory. Still, I am in prime position despite. This is a league I have been doing for around 10 years. The last few years I have been hitting on players adding Beckham, Randall Cobb, and this year with Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley. Hopefully I can seal the deal this week. Next year we will go in with Todd Gurley, Devonta Freeman, Beckham Cobb and Russell Wilson.

Team 6 -CBS Friends League (14 Team Snake Keeper, PPR) Overall Record 7-6 (missed playoffs by 1 game)

QB- Phillip Rivers, HB- Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Spiller, Matt Jones, DeAngelo Williams, Fred Jackson, WR’s- O’Dell Beckham, Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Dorial Green-Beckham, Corey Brown, Charles Johnson, TE- Jordan Reed

Notable Trades* Lance Dunbar for Dion Lewis in Week 3

Notable Adds* Delanie Walker Week 6

Key Injuries* Dion Lewis, Le’Veon Bell

Acquiring Dion Lewis for Lance Dunbar was a steal, many of the league members thought we were colluding, but we weren’t ha. But in the end we lost Lewis and Bell, although we had DeAngelo who has been the best handcuff this season. Still we missed the playoffs by 1 spot and our team went off this week. Jordan Reed and Phillip Rivers let us down in a do or die game in Week 13.  Last year league’s Champion, it sucks we couldn’t repeat. But we will go into next year with Beckham and Bell, you can only keep 2. Watkins and Lewis will go wasted, that’s why more keeper spots should be awarded, good owners should benefit.

Yahoo (4 Leagues)

Team 1- Expert League- (12 team Snake, PPR) Overall Record 5-8

QB- Tony Romo, HB-Jamaal Charles, DeMarco Murray, Ronnie Hillman, Josh Robinson, Charles Sims, Matt Jones, WR’s- Andre Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, Stevie Johnson, Davante Parker, Breshard Perriman, Markus Wheaton, TE- Jimmy Graham

Notable Adds* Travis Benjamin Week 3

Key Injuries* Tony Romo, Jamaal Charles

This was a poorly drafted team overall with Murray, Matt Jones, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Maclin having mostly inconsistent and dissapointing years. Losing Charles was the killer, but I don’t think this team was going to make too much noise regardless. Murray, Andre Johnson and taking Jimmy Graham too high set this team back.

Team 2- Friends League (16 Team Snake Draft, .5 PPR) Overall Record 3-10

QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB- Jamaal Charles, Matt Jones, C.J. Spiller, Carlos Hyde, Ameer Abdullah, Josh Robinson, WR’s Brandin Cooks, Terrance Williams, Markus Wheaton, Phillip Dorsett, Charles Johnson, TE’s Coby Fleener

Key Injuries- Jamaal Charles

16 team league so the pickings are thin, but this was by far the worst draft I had. So many misses with Matt Jones, Spiller, Abdullah, Wheaton. Cooks has been good of late, but he started horrible. Lost Charles again, but this team did not have a shot from the get go. Ashamed of myself with this team, need to have a much better showing next year.

Team 3- Friends League (12 Team Snake Draft, Dynasty, PPR) Overall Record 3-10

QB- Big Ben, HB’s, Dion Lewis, Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, Duke Johnson Jr., Fred Jackson, Carlos Hyde, LeGarrette Blount, Charles Sims,Christine Michael, Josh Robinson, Khiry Robinson, WR’s- Andre Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, Demaryius Thomas, Markus Wheaton, Justin Hunter TE’s- Antonio Gates, Eric Ebron.

Key Injuries Jamaal Charles, Dion Lewis.

This team had a lot of promise, I actually tried to make a ton of trades to get a QB here, since rosters go 25 deep there wasn’t much available. But Freeman, Charles, Lewis, Thomas, Big Ben, Murray, sounded good on paper it just didn’t work’ out. Big Ben was in and out all year, Thomas was a disappointment and Charles and Lewis were huge injuries.

Team 4- Friends League (12 Team Snake Draft, Standard No PPR) Overall record 6-7 ( Lost in 1st round of Playoffs)

QB- Tom Brady, HB’s, Devonta Freeman, Dion Lewis, Latavius Murray, Ameer Abdullah, Matt Jones, Charles Sims, Carlos Hyde, C.J. Spiller, WR’s- O’Dell Beckham, Julio Jones, Charles Johnson, Stevie Johnson, Dorial Green Beckham, Brandon Coleman, TE’s- Eric Ebron.

Notable Adds* Gary Barnridge Week 4

Key Injuries Dion Lewis

This team led the league in points but only made the playoffs by one game. It fell in the playoffs this week as Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman came up short. This was a pretty good team though and like most of my other teams I built great RB depth, problem was the backs I built depth with just did not hit.

Espn (1 League)

Expert League (10 Teams, PPR) Overall Record 9-4 (Lost in Semis)

QB- Tony Romo, HB- Devonta Freeman, Danny Woodhead, C.J. Spiller, Ronnie Hillman Latavius Murray, WR’s- T.Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin, Calvin Johnson, Davante Parker, Terrance Williams, TE – Jordan Cameron

Notable Adds* Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed

Key Injuries- Tony Romo

Losing a QB in a 10 team league isn’t really a big deal, you can play matchups, as I did with Bortles, Cutler, Dalton, etc. However I lost Dalton in my first round playoff game, although it would not have mattered anyway. Bryant was affected by the loss of Romo and Hilton by the loss of luck. This team was good just didn’t have enough firepower in the end to fully complete. Missed on some RB’s once again.

Conclusion

Overall I lost the Combo of Charles and Bell in 1 league, Bell and Lewis in one league and Charles and Lewis in 3 leagues. And then I lost Lewis in another 3 leagues and Charles in two. Pretty devastating. I guess you can say I put all my eggs in one basket, but these were extremely talented players and I could have went another direction and picked a bad talent. And when it hits, then everything hits, injuries of this magnitude are highly uncommon, especially when they go down for the season.

But while I suffered some tough injuries, I did not hit on a quite a few guys like I mentioned. Abdullah, Murray, Matt Jones, etc, were guys I drafted in multiple leagues that just did not come through. Carlos Hyde was another, but like I stated he was gold in Week 1, then suffered a stress fracture which he tried to played through, but you could tell he wasn’t the same. Also playing with Colin Kaepernick, did not help.

In the end, I didn’t fully handcuff correctly, wasn’t as active as I should have been in the trade market and missed out some of my sleepers. But there is no doubt that had my top guys stayed healthy, this would have been a very successful season overall resulting in multiple titles once again. But that is Football, there are injuries and while this year may be an outlier for us overall, we always need to be prepared  as we can.

Identifying talent yourself is so important. Watching film on all the rookies, all the guys competing for jobs, etc. You only need to hit on a few of these guys and it will do wonders for your teams. This year it was Devonta Freeman, Dion Lewis, Tyler Eifert, Thomas Rawls, and a few others. Guys that you can get late and that will put your teams over the top. Think outside the box, don’t fall into the trap of grabbing a player just because all the writers are on top of them. Some go bust, like Sam Bradford, Davante Adams. Do the research yourself. Watch tape. Follow this site next year! Our tape review is coming back. The tape doesn’t lie. Build depth, stay crazy active on the waiver wire and look a few weeks ahead on the wire. Send a few trade offers ever couple weeks and it’s best to call or text your league members. Offers over the net rarely go through. You need dialogue. Don’t overdraft QB’s. Also make sure to read Evan Silva’s Matchups breakdown at Rotoworld.com, that is the best resource in my opinion, there is so much quality information and it’s great to help with certain pickups and setting your lineups right. But have fun, and limit your leagues to under five if you can. I am in too many and hopefully I can cut it to under 8, because I really think being in too many effects your teams in a negative way.

This year at FantasySavvvy.com we missed out on our player rankings, daily league suggestions and radio show for a few weeks, due to life getting in the way. But we will finish the year with our Radioshow which can be followed at Blogtalkradio.com/FantasySavvy. Also give me a follow on FantasySavvy.com, Thank you.

Next year we will be bringing back our film review which will be the main article every week and which will truly identify talent, so that we can add the best talent and stay away from the bums.

Thanks to all the readers, listeners and followers, we hope you guys finish strong this year and take down some titles. Be sure to check our RadioShow, our daily league suggestions and NFL picks throughout the NFL playoffs.

 

 

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FantasySavvy 2015: Week 8 Player Rankings

QB’s

  1. Phillip Rivers @ BAL
  2. Big Ben vs CINCY
  3. Drew Brees vs NYG
  4. Andy Dalton @ PIT
  5. Eli Manning @ NO
  6. Matt Ryan vs TB
  7. Cam Newton vs IND
  8. Jay Cuter vs MIN
  9. Carson Palmer @ CLE
  10. Aaron Rodgers @ DEN
  11. Russell Wilson @ DAL
  12. Andrew Luck @ CAR
  13. Matt Stafford vs KC
  14. Peyton Manning vs GB
  15. Joe Flacco vs SD
  16. Teddy Bridgewater @ CHI
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ OAK
  18. Jameis Winston @ ATL
  19. Josh McCown vs AZ
  20. Alex Smith vs DET
  21. Nick Foles vs SF
  22. Derek Carr vs NYJ
  23. Zach Mettenberger @ HOU
  24. Brian Hoyer vs TEN
  25. Matt Cassel vs SEA
  26. Colin Kaepernick @ STL

RB’s

  1. Matt Forte vs MIN
  2. Le’Veon Bell vs CIN
  3. Todd Gurley vs SF
  4. Devonta Freeman vs TB
  5. Adrian Peterson @ CHI
  6. Justin Forsett vs SD
  7. Marshawn Lynch @ DAL
  8. Mark Ingram @ NYG
  9. Jonathan Stewart vs IND
  10. Chris Ivory @ OAK
  11. Doug Martin @ ATL
  12. Chris Johnson @ CLE
  13. Giovani Bernard @ PIT
  14. Danny Woodhead @ BAL
  15. Frank Gore @ CAR
  16. Eddie Lacy @ DEN
  17. Charcandrick West vs DET
  18. Darren Mcfadden vs SEA
  19. Jeremy Hill @ PIT
  20. Alfred Blue vs TEN
  21. Ronnie Hillman vs GB
  22. Duke Johnson vs AZ
  23. Orleans Darkwa @ NO
  24. Ameer Abdullah vs KC
  25. Latavius Murray vs NYJ
  26. Reggie Bush @ STL
  27. Charles Sims @ ATL
  28. Antonio Andrews @ HOU
  29. Andre Ellington @ CLE
  30. Melvin Gordon @ BAL
  31. Shane Vereen @ NO
  32. C.J. Spiller vs NYG
  33. Theo Riddick vs KC
  34. Dexter McCluster @ HOU
  35. Isaiah Crowell vs AZ
  36. James Starks @ DEN
  37. Khiry Robinson vs NYG
  38. Rashad Jennings @ NO
  39. Ahmad Bradsaw @ CAR
  40. Chris Polk vs TEN
  41. CJ Anderson vs GB
  42. Christine Michael vs SEA
  43. Buck Allen vs SD
  44. David Johnson @ CLE
  45. Mike Tolbert vs IND

WR’s

  1. Julio Jones vs TB
  2. Odell Beckham @ NO
  3. Antonio Brown vs CIN
  4. A.J. Green @ PIT
  5. Calvin Johnson @ KC
  6. DeAndre Hopkins vs TEN
  7. Mike Evans @ ATL
  8. Larry Fitzgerald @ CLE
  9. Alshon Jeffrey vs MIN
  10. Steve Smith vs SD
  11. Brandon Marshall @ OAK
  12. Jeremy Maclin vs DET
  13. Keenan Allen @ BAL
  14. Martavis Bryant vs CIN
  15. Demaryius Thomas vs GB
  16. Stefon Diggs @ CHI
  17. Amari Cooper vs NYJ
  18. Randall Cobb @ DEN
  19. James Jones @ DEN
  20. Emmanuel Sanders vs GB
  21. T.Y. Hilton @ CAR
  22. Eric Decker @ OAK
  23. Dez Byrant vs SEA
  24. Donte Moncrief @ CAR
  25. Travis Benjamin vs AZ
  26. Brandin Cooks vs NYG
  27. Ruben Randle @ NO
  28. Stevie Johnson @ BAL
  29. Marvin Jones vs PIT
  30. Kendall Wright @ HOU
  31. Nate Washington vs TEN
  32. Willie Snead vs NYG
  33. Anquan Boldin vs STL
  34. Roddy White vs TB
  35. Mike Wallace @ CHI
  36. Golden Tate @ KC
  37. Ted Ginn vs INDY
  38. Tavon Austin vs SF
  39. Michael Crabtree vs NYJ
  40. Michael Floyd @ CLE
  41. Kamar Aiken vs SD
  42. Tyler Lockett @ DAL
  43. Dontrea Dye @ ATL
  44. Doug Baldwin @ DAL
  45. Andre Johnson @ CAR
  46. Davante Adams @ DEN
  47. Dorial Green-Beckham @ HOU
  48. Eddie Royal vs MIN
  49. Jermaine Kearse @ DAL
  50. Torrey Smith @ STL
  51. Dwayne Harris @ NO

TE’s

  1. Greg Olsen vs IND
  2. Tyler Eifert @ PIT
  3. Gary Barnridge vs AZ
  4. Martellus Bennett vs MIN
  5. Ladarius Green @ BAL
  6. Delanie Walker @ HOU
  7. Travis Kelce vs DET
  8. Eric Ebron vs KC
  9. Jason Witten vs SEA
  10. Jimmy Graham @ DAL
  11. Heath Miller vs CIN
  12. Jacob Tamme vs TB
  13. Crockett Gilmore vs SD
  14. Ben Watson vs NYG
  15. Richard Rodgers @ DEN
  16. Larry Donnell @ NO
  17. Vernon Davis @ STL
  18. Kyle Rudolph @ CHI
  19. Dwayne Allen @ CAR
  20. Coby Fleener @ CAR
  21. Owen Daniels vs GB

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FantasySavvy 2015: Week 8, 7UP 7Down

By: Kevin Lewis

7 UP

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (FD $6,900, DK $5,100) Bridgewater picked it up last week with a 300 yard, two TD performance at Detroit last week. He gets another good matchup this week against Chicago who is 29th in sacks and is allowing a 108 QB rating to opposing QB’s.

RB Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (FD $8,100, DK $6,300) San Francisco is giving up 4.4 YPC on the road this year and we all know about Gurley’s exploits the last three weeks. Don’t try to be cute and fade him.

RB Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens (FD $6,900, DK $6,100) Opposing running backs have scored 10 touchdowns against the Chargers this year and the Chargers have allowed more fantasy points to running backs than every other team in the NFL. Forsett is still relatively cheap so he’s one of my very favorite plays this week.

RB Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (FD $5,100, DK  $3,600) Darwka hits holes quickly, follows his blocks and finishes his runs with power. Steve DeAngelo discussed this on the radio show last night. The Saints are allowing 6 YPC, Darkwa is set for a bigger workload this week, this could be a sleeper play that pays dividends.

WR Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (FD $6,700, DK $4,800) He’s emerged of late and the Bears can’t stop the pass. While he will be very popular it will be hard to fade him against a poor Bears secondary.

WR Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (FD $6,400, DK $5,500) Moncrief should see less of Josh Norman than Hilton, one would think. He’s scored a touchdown in four of the five games Andrew Luck has played this year and he’s still really cheap on both sites.

TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (FD $6,400, DK $6,500) Greg Olsen is Cam Newton’s go to guy and the Colts have allowed the ninth most points to the position in 2015. With the Colts run defense actually being pretty solid for a change, it’s fair to expect Cam Newton to have to put it up a bit. With that said, play Olsen.

7 Down

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Panthers (FD $9,000, DK $7,500) It feels suggesting to fade Aaron Rodgers altogether but there are so many guys with better matchups and it’s not like Green Bay’s offense has been clicking on all cylinders recently either. I realize how dangerous it is to fade him altogether but that is exactly what I plan on doing.

WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (FD $7,600, DK $7,000) Denver has a boatload of elite CBs. I would just avoid the entire Packers passing game altogether. It feels weird as hell to type that but here we are.

RB Chris Ivory, New York Jets (FD $7,700, DK $6,000) The most yardage the Raiders have allowed to an RB this year is 91. Add in the uncertainty with Ivory’s wide array of lower body injuries and he’s an easy fade for me this week

RB Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (FD $6,400, DK $3,800) Just think better of it. I beg you. Or if you’re going to start Darren McFadden make sure you have a bottle of Pepto Bismol nearby.

RB Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (FD $6,600, DK $4,700) The Lions are actually a pretty good run defense and there isn’t a lot to like about the Chiefs offense these days.

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (FD $7,800, DK $6,300) The Seahawks offense is barely above functional these days. Their OL is an absolute mess and the Cowboys front four is probably the strongest unit on the team. I’m going to avoid Wilson until he gives me a reason not to do so.

QB Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns (FD $6,900, DK $5,300) The Titans pass defense isn’t bad and I just feel like Hoyer is due for a dud. I’d look elsewhere in that price range if you absolutely must.

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