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Arm surgery, partying, infection, partying, rehab, partying – it’s been an offseason filled with anesthesia and booze for Rob Gronkowski.
With recent reports about the former Pro Bowler’s recovery from a broken forearm ranging from glowingly optimistic to frustratingly somber, pinpointing exactly what the tight end is worth has been an exercise in futility. However, Wednesday’s news, as first reported by the Boston Herald, finally provided clarity prospective buyers were
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Tyler Eifert, CIN (1st Round) -
Perhaps a sign the Bengals aren’t happy with what they’ve seen from Jermaine Gresham as they went for the top tight end in this years draft, with one of their two first-round picks.
I had the chance to hear an interview with Eifert on Movin’ The Chains, about a week before the draft and they asked him if he’d visited any teams for workouts.
To my surprise Eifert told them he hadn’t visited teams, but radio host Pat Kirwan said that was a good thing in his case because it meant teams “knew” what they were getting in him.
While Eifert isn’t in the greatest situation for the early
When Mr. Irrelevant, Justice Cunningham, had his name called Saturday, the fantasy football mock season officially got underway. To kick off Yahoo!'s festivities, we'll mock two rounds per day Tuesday-Friday (12-teams, PPR scoring, w/one FLEX) to help you get educated on which players will be valued/undervalued when the bulk of the draft season begins in August. Please declare a winner and/or express your general disdain for our 'stupidity' in the comments section below.
When it comes to rookies conventional wisdom no longer applies. With a few notable exceptions, most first-year players, particularly quarterbacks, were once thought to be multi-year projects, the Steve McNair approach – observe, learn and wait.
But in this day and age where instant gratification is constantly sought after, time isn’t of the essence. Several players picked in April are immediately pressed into competitive situations where often times they emerge as the go-to option, evident in the rapid ascension of guys like Robert Griffin III, Doug Martin and Josh Gordon, to name a few, last year. Because nuances from the college game are commonplace
The Cowboys and QB Tony Romo have agreed to a 6-year, $108 million contract extension. He'll receive $55 million guaranteed -- 2nd most in NFL history behind only Tom Brady. The deal keeps Romo in Dallas through the 2019 season, when he'll be 39. Say what you want about his performance in big spots, but Romo has been one of the best QBs in the game over the past 6 years. He ranks among the top 10 in passing yards, TDs and completion percentage during that span. He's also finished as a top 10 fantasy QB in each of his last 5 healthy seasons. With Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten all back, Romo should be in that mix again in 2013.
Here’s an early look at my Top 200 for the 2013 fantasy football season. There are a number of factors that will certainly be changing over the next several months so expect to see big changes. Use the comments section at the bottom of this article to tell me where you agree or disagree.
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Arian Foster
3. Calvin Johnson
4. CJ Spiller
5. Marshawn Lynch
6. Ray Rice
7. Jamaal Charles
8. Doug Martin
9. Aaron Rodgers
10. Tom Brady
11. AJ Green
12. LeSean McCoy
13. Trent Richardson
14. Drew Brees
From a very early age I've always been a list-driven person. I probably checked out Phil Pepe's "The Sports Book of Lists" from my local library 8-10 times as a kid. And I loved the Top 5-driven theme of High Fidelity, a theme I'm going to shamelessly borrow in this exercise.
Keep in mind there's no preferred order with these Top 5 lists unless specifically noted, and also accept that this is one of the most subjective of undertakings. So you like different football players or music or movies than I do? It's all good. There's no problem. That's the fun of it, the disagreements.
Have a happy and safe New Year and we'll catch you on the
So there may not be a worse time to draft a 2013 fantasy league than today, before the final week of the 2012 regular season has even kicked off. We still have dozens of injuries ahead, plus the usual off-season player movement and coaching changes. And then there's April's NFL Draft.
Thus, we begin this feature with an important warning: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.
It's fine for me to conduct a one-man 2013 mock in 2012, of course, because I'm a fully licensed fantasy professional. Ordinary citizens shouldn't think about drafting a league for another seven or eight months, however. Today's exercise is simply a guessing game, based on an incomplete picture of the league. It's theoretical fantasy football. But
For the first time in the fantasy era, a pair of tight ends were weighed by drafters at the Round 1 turn. In the eyes of millions, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, off historic 2012 campaigns, were position titans equal to or better than some of the virtual game's most established wide receivers. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistency hindered the duo in the follow-up. Overall, after a year of unprecedented production, the position as a whole slipped. Though still deep, only four TEs finished the season with at least 120 total points in traditional formats, the lowest total since 2008. Below is our recap of this season's TE flames and lames with a quick look at what notable names could
For the last decade or so, Michael Salfino and Scott Pianowski have been putting together an email exchange centered around (but not limited to) the NFL. You might enjoy listening to them haggle. You might prefer a swift kick into the stomach. The Table isn't for everyone; we hope some of you enjoy it.
From: Michael Salfino
Date: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Subject: Week 17 Breakfast
To: scott pianowski
It's the prelude to the playoffs, I guess. We have exactly one game that really seems to matter -- the Sunday night NFC East-deciding showdown between the Cowboys and Redskins.
Everything else but the seeding appears essentially set. Okay, at the bottom of the NFC,
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High expectations this summer came crashing back to earth after fantasy owners lost Aaron Hernandez to a bad ankle injury during the second week of the season. Hernandez struggled to find his way back to the active roster playing in only two games from week three to week eleven.
Over the past three weeks Hernandez has come back and performed for fantasy owners like we expected, an elite option at his position. During that span of time 26 receptions (no fewer than eight in a game), 247-yards and three touchdowns.
Jason Witten you make me angry. Why don’t you score more touchdowns for me? You are top 10 in the league, INCLUDING receivers in targets with 134. That’s more than the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Victor Cruz, Roddy White, and Steve Smith. How do you only score two touchdowns?! You would figure a tight end would score more touchdowns than a receiver with his targets, right? Being a big comfort target in the red-zone and all. Watch a Cowboys game and literally every time Tony Romo needs to pick up a first down late in the game he goes to Wiitten. Every time. So why when it comes down to throwing touchdown passes are you SO selfish? Jason has been with you all throughout your time at Dallas, throw him a bone…or touchdown now and then. That being said Witten is a great fantasy play in any format, and especially in PPR leagues. Witten is bound to catch a touchdown or two in his final two games. If you have the future Hall of Famer on your team sit tight, and be patient. The touchdowns will come…I hope.
If there's one thing you can count on from NFL analysts, it's this: Every year, we declare that there's never been a season like the current one. So loaded with surprises. So full of unimaginable events. Who could have predicted any of this? No one.
Of course this is the stance most of us have to take, because it's our job to predict things, and the NFL remains stubbornly unpredictable. The only thing truly consistent about the modern league, year to year, is its tendency to shock us. (Well, that and the Patriots. But they were clearly sent by Skynet).
Today, our mission is to discuss the seven biggest surprise stars of 2012, with a few thoughts on their fantasy value next season — although you can
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Outside of Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Hernandez and Jason Witten it’s starting to get ugly at the tight end position for fantasy options. Super star names like Vernon Davis and Antonio Gates continue to play way below the expectations we have for them, while other options like Kyle Rudolph and Brandon Myers have good games then disappear for a week or two.
After the top names, look to Jermaine Gresham as the most reliable player for production. For the first time last week Gresham has had at least 43-yards in a game or he’s made up for it with a touchdown in the past six straight weeks.
Cincinnati is still pushing for the playoffs
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The Raiders are horrible and changes will be coming in Oakland soon after the season is over, once again. For all the problems this team is having there is one man who won’t let this team down, nor his fantasy owners and that is Brandon Myers. Part of Myers success is the Raiders playing from behind every week, but give the young tight end credit as he’s put together 69 receptions for 721 yards and four scores on the season. Last week was a career game with 14-receptions, 130 yards and a touchdown against the Browns.
Myers skill-set and usage in the Raiders offense will continue to make him a more valuable option in PPR leagues rather than standard leagues, but we
I've blamed Houston's run blocking mostly this year, but it's hard to defend Arian Foster when he gets 2.8 yards-per-touch against a Titans defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Of course, he once again helped fantasy owners by hitting pay dirt, but with Justin Forsett equaling his 14 carries and nearly doubling his yardage, the O-Line excuse becomes weaker. Foster has a legitimate shot at finishing as the No. 1 fantasy running back while getting fewer than 4.0 YPC AND having less than 150 receiving yards — a feat in which I'd be shocked if it wasn't the first time ever…Andre Johnson didn't see one target in the second
As we head into what is the final regular season week in the majority of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, injuries, as usual, dominate the headlines. Major names — Ben Roethlisberger, DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden, Percy Harvin, among others … — hang in the balance this week. Obviously, a lot can change as the week progresses, and what you think you know on Tuesday (perception: Ronnie Hillman stepping into a larger role in the Denver backfield) can change drastically by Sunday morning (reality: You say Knowshon Moreno is going to start?). With that said, here are my initial thoughts on the week ahead. Take it for what it is — a starting point. Just be sure that, if you're fighting for a playoff spot, you keep your eyes and ears open
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Couple the recent play of Chad Henne with Coach Mike Mularkey’s willingness to put the football up, and Marcedes Lewis has new life and fantasy relevance. Against the Texans, Lewis grabbed two touchdowns and came back last week for four receptions and 56 yards last week.
Lewis won’t be a game breaking option but we should expect thm to continue to with a pass heavy game plan going forward. Jacksonville is going to give Henne his chance to win a starting job and it’s time to take a look at what this team has in talented young receivers like Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.
Where Lewis will be a factor is in the red zone and based on his ten touchdowns
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So much for Vernon Davis struggling without Alex Smith. Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was terrific in his first start of his career on Monday night, and Davis was clearly featured in the offense. What has been another up and down season for Davis in terms of his stats, should turn into two solid performances in a row as San Francisco heads out to New Orleans this week.
While we shouldn’t expect the type of numbers Davis up against the Saints in the playoffs last year, consider him a lock to at least repeat the production he put up against the Bears, whether Kaepernick or Smith start at quarterback.
What Did We Learn From Week 11?
You're not going to find a fulfilling replacement when a player like Rob Gronkowski gets hurt. You'll address the need and fill the hole, sure, but you're not going to find another spike machine waiting for you on the waiver wire. In situations like this, you make the best of it, you try to limited the damage. I have no overly optimistic spin for you today, Gronk owners. It's a cruel game sometimes.
The shame of it all is that anyone who drafted Gronkowski in 2012 was surely content over the selection. Although the Regression Police were all over Gronkowski's case prior to the year, the third-year tight end justified his draft position easily through 10 games (53 catches, 748 yards, 10 touchdowns).
Each week the Noise highlights 10 bold names who he believes are destined to torpedo your team leave egg on his face. For those playing the Lames home edition, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues to qualify. As an accountability advocate, results, whether genius or moronic, will post the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, post your Week 11 Lames in the comments section below.
Willis McGahee, Den, RB (78-percent started)
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It looked like Greg Olsen was off to a career year after the first four games of the season in which he collected at least six receptions in three of those games. As Cam Newton regressed so did the rest of the Panthers offense and all too often the game plan seemed to get away from their talented tight end.
In recent weeks Olsen’s numbers have come back to life and last week he had his top performance of the year with nine receptions for 102 yards and two touchdown scores. Oddly enough, Olsen was featured on the Panthers first drive but he seemed to fade out of the offense until a fourth-quarter drive gave him his second touchdown in garbage
Each week the Noise highlights 10 bold names who he believes are destined to torpedo your team leave egg on his face. For those playing the Lames home edition, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues to qualify. As an accountability advocate, results, whether genius or moronic, will post the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, post your Week 10 Lames in the comments section below.
Tony Romo, Dal, QB (72-percent started)
Matchup: at Phi
Not only did Andrew Luck set an NFL rookie record with 433 passing yards (he had a career-high 273 by halftime, and this included T.Y. Hilton dropping a perfectly thrown would-be 40-yard TD), he did so while committing zero turnovers and against a Miami defense that entered having allowed just 6.8 YPA with an 8:8 TD:INT ratio. Maybe even more impressively, he took just one sack and got 9.0 YPA on a whopping 48 pass attempts. There's a pretty strong argument that two rookies are among the five most valuable commodities in the NFL right now. Luck's monstrous game was actually bittersweet for me, as while I started him in multiple other leagues, I benched him in my big money NFFC one, instead going with Ben Roethlisberger. My third
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Someone in Cincinnati needs to step up as a consistent No.2 option in the passing game. While Jermaine Gresham has the ability to be that option, he needs to show us he can put together consistent numbers.
Three weeks ago Gresham had 68 yards and a score, only to go for 19 yards before the teams bye week. Gresham bounced back against the Broncos with six receptions for 108 yards and for the second time in three weeks, he has a play of over 50 yards.
Because of the way the Bengals are structured as a team, Gresham should continue to benefit from the Bengals finding themselves in pass heavy situations weekly. Consider Gresham a low-end TE1 going forward, even if
The running back and tight end ranks you find in this article are rest-of-season ranks, not Week 9 ranks. The goal of this assignment is to grade expected fantasy value to come over the final two months. Assume a standard scoring system, no PPR. And make sure you're not adding 15-20 percent of bonus value to the players you happen to roster; the real world doesn't operate that way.
Just the ranks for now. Later on Saturday, I'll add commentary and maybe change a slotting or two. Win the debate, win the rank. Let's figure out this crazy game together.
1. Arian Foster
2. Ray Rice
3. LeSean McCoy
4. Adrian Peterson
5. Doug Martin
6. Marshawn Lynch