September 9, 2016 |
(Teams listed in predicted order of finish) NFC EAST Washington Redskins Last season: 9-7 (Won division; lost to Green Bay in wild-card) Coach: Jay Gruden (13-19 in two seasons) Norman invasion: The Redskins were 25th in pass defense and went out and got Josh Norman from Carolina, the best available cornerback. When you share a division with Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham, and Paul Turner (a little sarcasm), having a shutdown corner is crucial. Outlook: If Sam Bradford was miffed when the Eagles drafted his replacement, imagine how Kirk Cousins feels.
September 2, 2016 |
THERE ARE a lot of productive wide receivers, a direct result of all the rules changes protecting both receivers and their quarterbacks. Now if the Eagles could just get on board the WR bus, maybe Sam Bradford could become more fantasy relevant. Keenan Allen, Chargers: Fully recovered from the lacerated kidney that ended his season in Week 8 - and what a season it was shaping up to be. Allen was on a pace for 134 catches and had double-digit targets in five of the seven full games he played.
August 26, 2016 |
The most important player (arguably) on the Eagles defense didn't earn his starting spot until two weeks ago. He spent almost all of the offseason rehabbing a broken ankle and wasn't 100 percent back until three weeks ago. He signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract in March and has never started an entire season. Little is guaranteed in the NFL, but he has spent his career toiling in the shadows of others. He isn't flashy and speaks softly, which is probably why his story has been undersold.
July 21, 2016 |
The NFL is so unpredictable and yet we still try to predict it, especially at this time of year when the countdown to training camp is so close. It is an impossible exercise in a high-speed collision sport. Just ask the Dallas Cowboys. They might have been good enough to win a second straight division title with Tony Romo last season, but they could barely win a game without him. Romo, after being limited to two complete games by a left collarbone that was fractured twice, is back and the Cowboys are again a popular pick to win the NFC East, the division that is unquestionably the most difficult to predict.
December 24, 2015 |
HALF OF the remaining fantasy owners still in competition would like to send a very large stocking for Odell Beckham Jr. to hang by his chimney this Christmas Eve. After being very good for just about the entire season, he has landed on the naughty list for getting suspended during fantasy championship week. Santa oughta fill that baby with plenty of coal, now that the NFL has upheld its one-game ban given to Beckham after a series of altercations with Carolina's Josh Norman; the most egregious being a cheap helmet-to-helmet shot from a full sprint.
December 20, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 15 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Saints. Stafford is a high-volume passer even against good secondaries, partly because the Lions can't run worth a darn. Expect Calvin Johnson to play a much bigger role in the Monday nighter as well. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars vs. Falcons. All indications are that T.J. Yeldon will miss this game with a knee injury, giving Robinson an opportunity to reprise his role as Jacksonville's dual-threat workhorse.
December 2, 2015 |
Most fantasy leagues will contest their final regular season games in Week 13, with the postseason playing out over the following three weeks. As I say this time every year, I hope you haven't scheduled your championship game for Week 17, unless you just enjoy playing without your Patriots, Panthers, Broncos and others with little to nothing at stake and who will inevitably be resting their stars in the finale. But for those vying for a playoff berth, it's crunch time. And by crunch time, I'm not referring to the sound Tony Romo's shoulder made when he was slammed to the turf and millions of Cowboys fans threw turkey legs at their TVs. This is the time of year when true fantasy heroes emerge.
November 17, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - When the schedule makers drew up this year's list of NFL games, few probably thought that after nine of them that the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be on equal footing. The Eagles were coming off consecutive 10-win seasons with high hopes, while the Bucs went 2-14 and, despite drafting quarterback Jameis Winston from Florida State with the first overall pick, still seemed a distance away from respectability. Yet when the Bucs visit Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, both teams will have 4-5 marks after Tampa Bay's comeback, 10-6 win over the luckless Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
November 12, 2015 |
THE FIRST PASS interference call against Byron Maxwell on the drive that allowed the Dallas Cowboys to extend Sunday night's game to overtime, the contact seemed ticky-tacky, but maybe you could see throwing a flag, sort of. The second one seemed beyond reasonable explanation, other than that Dez Bryant's leap for the ball looked awkward, and maybe the assumption was that somehow Maxwell must have impeded Bryant, before Bryant leaped into Maxwell...
November 11, 2015 |
ON THE EAGLES' game-winning overtime touchdown drive Sunday night, DeMarco Murray runs of 20 and 9 yards helped put the Birds in position for the 41-yard clinching touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Both run plays went to the right, where Dennis Kelly was playing right tackle for the first time since 2012. Lane Johnson's first-ever start at left tackle, Johnson matched up mostly against Greg Hardy and got most of the attention, but Kelly, stepping in off the bench for his first start of the season at any position, played a strong game under no less daunting conditions.