Week 7 Fantasy Football Recap

Standout Stars and Substandard Stiffs

Stars

QB

  • Wilson……313 yds, 2TD…..106 yds 1 TD
  • Manning…..318 yds 4 TD
  • Rodgers……255 yds 3 TD

RB

  • Forte….49 yds, 1 TD….6 rec, 60 yds, 1 TD
  • Bell……..57 yds….8 rec, 88 yds, 1 TD
  • Vereen……43 yds….5 rec, 71 yds, 2 TD

WR

  • Thomas…..8 rec, 171 yds, 2 TD
  • Watkins…..9 rec, 122 yds, 2 TD
  • Tate…..10 rec, 154 yds, 1 TD

 

Stiffs

QB

  • Cutler…..190 yds, 1 TD/1 INT
  • Ryan…..228 yds, 1 TD
  • Cousins….139 yds, 1 INT

RB

  • Lynch…..53 yds…..2 rec, 18 yds
  • Bernard……17 yds…..2 rec, -1yds
  • Tate…..36 yds….1 rec, -2yds

WR

  • Jeffery…..2 rec, 9 yds
  • Edelman…..4 rec, 44 yds
  • Jones……5 rec, 56 yds

 

 Things we have learned from week 7……..

Kirk Cousins looks like the reincarnation of Ty Detmer…..The Seattle Seahawks are human and are the verge of collapse…..Johnny Football is getting ready to lace up his Million Dollar cleats…..Kyle Orton continues to make Sammie Watkins a weekly start….Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears continue to be what they will always be, Average….Drew Brees will not be a top 3 QB this year….The Green Bay Packers have more offensive weapon than the US Army….Larry Fitzgerald has cemented himself into the lonely ex-girlfriend role….The Dallas Cowboys are for real….Tom Brady is fantasy relevant again….Peyton Manning is the King!

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Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


Stars for Week 7                                                                                         

QB:—- A. Rodgers

RB:—- M. Lynch/J. Charles

WR:— D. Thomas/A. Brown

 

Stiffs for Week 7

QB:— C. Kaepernick

RB: — B. Tate/J. Bell

WR: — A. Johnson/G. Tate

 

Sleepers:—- M. Wallace, B. Oliver

Busts: — M. Colston, J. Forsett

*****Last week’s stats……..

Stars 3/5…….Stiffs 4/5……Busts 1/2…Sleepers 1/2………

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We are 6 weeks into the Fantasy Football season and there are plenty of surprises that continue to have us scratching our heads. This is what most of us refer to as the halfway point and a time where we need to decide to hold out hope or cut all loses.

There’s a long list of under-performing stars that have not only let us down, but keep our stomachs turning on a weekly basis. The reasons for lackluster performances can range anywhere between injury and team performance.  Either way you carve it up, it still amounts to a long and frustrating season that is full of squandering opportunities.

The following players below are my current under-performing stars in the 2014 fantasy football season. These stars have not lived up to their hype and, depending on where they were drafted, could be killing your squad.

***All stats are based on CBS Sports scoring with 1pt for every 10yds and 6pts for a TD.

 Quarterbacks

  • Drew Brees – Brees has been an elite Fantasy Quarterback for the last 5 years, but this year he has come back down to earth and showed he is human. He was drafted this year to be in the upper echelon on quarterbacks, not in the back-end of the Top 20.

Current Rank = #18

  • Tom Brady – We can almost echo the same sentiments above for Tom terrific, as he definitely has not lived up to expectations. Tom was also drafted as a tier 1 quarterback, but has produced more like a backup. His production seems to be based upon the lack of talent at many key positions, but after his week 6 performance of 361yds and 4tds this week, those thoughts may begin to change.

Current Rank = #12

 

Running Backs

  •  Lesean McCoy – This one is still a head scratcher. How can one of, if not the best running backs in the league be stymied inside of a Chip Kelly offense. He came into this year as the #1 ranked RB, but with a lack of burst and numerous offensive line injuries, he has been nothing short of brutal. He did manage to gain 149yds on the ground this last week so this, along with getting the rest of his O-line back after a bye week should be just what he needs to get back on track.

  Current Rank = #16

  • Eddie Lacy – The Green Packers have one of the most dynamic offenses in all of the NFL, but for some reason Eddie Lacy has not been able to get going. Eddie busted on the scene last year with 1178yds, 35rec, 257yds and 11td’s. He was one of the top 5 running backs selected in all drafts, but has now been delegated into a timeshare with James Starks. When you draft a top 5 RB, the word 3rd down back or timeshare are two phrases that should never be entered into a conversation.

 Current Rank = #21

 

Wide Receivers

  • Calvin Johnson – Oh how the mighty have fallen. Fantasy Football’s #1 fantasy receiver is having a horrific season so far marred with injury and misuse. The year started off well with him being the Calvin we know by accumulating 164yds and 2 tds, leaving all the owners who drafted him so high extremely happy. However, he has plummeted to the bottom quickly because of an ankle injury and for the unusual role of being a decoy. I’m sorry, but if I am the general manager of the Lions and I was paying him millions of dollars, I’d expect him to be more than a disguisable figure on the field.

 Current Rank = #34

  • Larry Fitzgerald – I think this pick could go either way as it all depends on where this player was drafted. Either way I look at it, Fitz should without a doubt be better than he is right now.  I understand Carson Palmer has been a hurt and Michael Floyd has started to rise to Fantasy Relevance, but he is definitely worthy of better all around numbers.

Current Rank = #58

  • Keenan Allen – After a fabulous freshman year, Keenan looked like he established himself as the #1 wide receiver for Phillip Rivers by hauling in a line of 71rec. 1046yds and 8td’s. However, this year has become the complete opposite as he looks to be cemented in as the 3rd or 4th option with the resurgence of Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal. It looks like he will be an inconsistent option all year long.

Current Rank = #44

  • Percy Harvin – Percy has battled through injuries in the past in order to establish himself as a dual threat, running and receiving the football. He looked well on his way to being a PPR monster on a team with a fantastic running game and very little wide receiver presence. This looked like the perfect scenario for Harvin, but instead has turned into a wasted weapon who has yet to record more than 60yds receiving in a game this year.

 Current Rank = #60

This is my list of undervalued stars at the half way point of this season. There are many scenarios that you may come up with in order to ride out the wave like hoping for rejuvenation or simply cutting ties and sending them to another owner. In the game of fantasy there are no prizes for player loyalty, just prizes for first place!

***Look for my overwhelming players of the years so far in the next coming days and please leave your comments below…..

 Reported By:

Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


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T.J. Ward and Jairus Byrd were the two names spiraling out of control all around the NovaCare center on the eve of NFL Free Agency. Fans and media alike, were all waiting in angst hoping for an announcement that the Eagles have locked up one of these two, thought to be, best safeties on the market. Instead the name they heard was former New Orleans Saint, Malcolm Jenkins. I must admit, this signing did not signify greatness to  me, but instead seemed like another marginal upgrade that would bode well for Howie Roseman and his illustrious salary cap.

Fortunately for the Eagles, it looks after 3 games that Malcolm Jenkins has not only proved to be an A+ signing, but he has outplayed the other two prize possessions that were ranked before him by all of the prognosticators as well. As T.J. and Jairus are still looking for their first game changing interception, Malcolm recorded an interception for the third straight game, this time stepping in front of a Colin Kapernick pass and going 53 yards through traffic for a touchdown.

Obviously we are only 3 games into a 16 game season, but one thing is for sure: Jenkins was the right player to add to their secondary and implement their scheme. The former first round pick out of Ohio State was let go by the New Orleans Saints because he supposedly didn’t fit Rob Ryan’s system, which from the onset sounded like a problem that concerned many people in the media. His skills and mental attributes all started to come under scrutiny, as the Saints decided to go in another direction and sign Byrd instead.

Malcolm was drafted as a CB, but later was molded into a Safety because of his freakish speed and coverage ability. The Eagles haven’t had a Safety presence like Jenkins since the departure of the great Brian Dawkins, whose ball hawking skills and smash mouth style will never be duplicated. Ironically, Jenkins is the hardest-hitting safety the Eagles have featured since Dawkins left via free agency following the 2008 season, along with  similar leadership qualities as well as the ability to make big plays.

“It’s a mentality that, yeah, every time we have the ball we want to score. We’re the defense and we don’t touch the ball that much,” Jenkins said. “Every time we touch it, we want to score. That’s why you see guys turning and blocking and trying to escort the ballcarrier into the end zone. It’s a big deal when we’re able to do that and hopefully turn a game around.”

Watching him live, on film, or during replays, you can sense the passion he has for the position and the game. I have seen him jump routes with efficiency, direct the defense on coverage audibles, come up in the box to stop the run, and even make an important stop on special teams. He has definitely adapted to the soaring mentality of the Philadelphia Eagles and their fan base.

If you are expecting another #20, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking an exciting playmaker, smart decision maker,  and a general on the football field, Malcolm Jenkins is starting to turn heads and making all the prognosticators look silly!

Reported By:

Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


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Chip Kelly has taken the National Football League and its followers by storm. In some ways, Chip is revolutionizing the sport into what everyone involved ever wanted; a high scoring and exciting game, with very little timeouts or huddles.

The journey started in D-1AA as a successful offensive coordinator who found himself the most coveted college football coach in America. In his first game as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks his team managed just 153 yards and scored only 8 points. A season ticket holder wrote him asking for his money back. Kelly was so embarrassed and disappointed that he mailed him a personal check for $439.

In his four years at Oregon, Kelly built an impressive resume as he turned a good program into an elite powerhouse. During his tenure, he coached his way to a 46-7 record, appeared in four consecutive BCS Bowl Games and in 2011 came one possession short of winning the national title. While at Oregon, Kelly developed his own methodical philosophy and one that would eventually turned heads all across the NCAA. Traditionally, a typical college team would run 55-60 plays per game. Kelly, always looking to push the envelope of modernization, wanted 80.

After years of dabbling into the conversations of bringing his style to the NFL, he finally made his mind up when the Philadelphia Eagles hired him away from Oregon in January 2013 to rebuild their dwindling franchise. The doubters were everywhere stating things to the tune of his up-tempo offense wouldn’t work in the NFL and voicing the concerns of lack of confidence within the Eagles locker room. In his first season, Kelly brought his offensive philosophy to the NFL and finished 10-6 with the league’s 4th best offense, giving those same doubters something to think about. They paced the league with 99 plays of 20 yards or more, RB LeSean McCoy led the league in rushing and Pro-Bowl WR DeSean Jackson posted career best receiving numbers. While taking nothing away from these fantastic accomplishments, Kelly’s biggest impact may have been on the Quarterback position.

It is nearly impossible to measure a QB’s impact on a game, but a QB is the main fuel behind the engine that continually wants to run. Without Kelly, Nick Foles posted a middling 79 QB rating, good for 23rd in the league. Under Kelly the rating grew to 119.2-making him the league’s most efficient QB. Foles went on to post some of the most fascinating numbers ever, including a 27 TD-2 INT ratio that is remarkable for any QB, let alone a beginner.

The Chip Kelly Project is the current blueprint for the entire NFL. His schematics have included everything from early night bedtimes and nutritional smoothies for stability. He has made everyone from the opposing teams and coaches, to the valuable men in pinstripes step up their game as they all try to keep up with his evolving system. Chip Kelly continues to be a man of very few words and expressions, but the one constant that continues to impress is his football intelligence.  Everyone has a brain, but just like his football system, the quickness in which the brain can process information is the key to continued success!

Reported By:

Tony Cutillo (TCutillo23)


 

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In a year where the Philadelphia Phillies have been nothing short of exhausting to follow and watch, Jonathan Papelbon has been one of the bright spots for a Phillies bullpen that wasn’t give much hope when the players reported to Spring Training.

Papelbon earned his 30th save of the year last week with a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Wednesday and helped combine on a no-hitter against Atlanta. He’s now reached the 30-save mark eight times in his last nine seasons. Papelbon has never been the most popular player, but he’s put together some very impressive numbers over his career with 315 saves to go with a 2.34 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

One of the reasons behind the unacknowledged accolades could be his domineer and attitude. He has never been known as the best guy in the locker room and was always available to say whatever was on his mind, no matter what the consequences would be. Papelbon has a pretty impressive track record and came to the Phillies under a lot of scrutiny because of a big time contract with whispers of a dead arm closer. Unfortunately for him, he came to the Phillies in the first stages of a team decline, not a phase he was expecting.

There have been moments of praise, along with times of disgust over these last three seasons as we have watched the continual ups and downs of a bad baseball team. Whether or not you want to give Papelbon the credit he deserves, the fact that there’s even an argument to be made for him will hopefully get you to appreciate a little more what the guy has done and is doing for the Fightins. Papelbon’s numbers in his three seasons in the Red and White are really quite excellent.

In 187 appearances from 2012-2014, here are his overall stats:                    

188 IP, 12-9, 2.35 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 203 K, 42 BB (4.83 K/BB), 100 Saves

He’s certainly not the cuddliest closer we’ve ever had and he probably won’t end up being worth $26 million over the next two seasons. However, he only trails Jose Mesa by 14 saves to become the Phillies All-Time Leader and what he’s done thus far when taking the mound for us in the ninth inning has been pretty undeniable, and deserves to be acknowledged.

Reported By:

Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


 

 

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As we prepare for the start of the 2014-15 NFL Season, the concussion issue has already decided to veer its ugly head.  According to reports, there were 152 concussions reported last year throughout several different positions on the field. Unfortunately, this year has already been hit by the concussion epidemic as the NFL losses one of its premier stars for the rest of the preseason and possibly forever.

Wes Welker, one of the good guys of the league, suffered his third concussion in less than 10 months. This is major concern for his future health and well-being. Can the Denver Broncos wide receiver take a few more hits before he does irreversible damage that will rob him of his memory, set his moods swinging like a pendulum and make after life after football a living hell for him and his loved ones?

Nobody knows for sure, not even Welker himself. The prospects of a traumatic brain injury are enough to scare anyone half to death. “Every time you’re getting a concussion, it’s like withdrawing money from an ATM. However, you don’t know how much money God has put in your account and how long it is going to last,” said Dr. Kevin Crutchfield, a neurologist and concussions expert who is director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or the body that can change the way your brain normally works. Symptoms of a concussion may not start right away; they may start days or weeks after the injury. This type of injury has plagued the NFL for years and continues to be a problem now and could be well into the future!

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Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


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Is there really such a thing as too much technology in baseball? Just as you thought watching a MLB Baseball game couldn’t get any better, it did. Back in March, Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the formation of a new product that looked like the data-capturing system of our dreams.

StatCast is a 3-D tracking system that provides detailed metrics on the locations and movements of the ball, the players, and even the umpires. While the system is currently installed in only a handful of ballparks, Major League Baseball plans for all 30 stadiums to have it by 2015. Eventually, such systems will proliferate not just through the ranks of all professional sports but to youth sports, affecting everything from how games are taught to the statistical nomenclature of sport.

The really heavy-duty stuff, with multiple variables available within a single play, has seemingly limitless potential. Front offices can use it to measure defense or base-running skills. It was more concept than product, however, and 2014 was essentially going to be a year long beta test, with just three stadiums outfitted with the technology. These technologies, combined with new media devices that will deliver that information, will give fans a new level of feedback about the action on the field and create unprecedented access to players and the game.

StatCast has the potential to revolutionize the way we evaluate baseball. There’s still so much we don’t know about the system and how it’s eventually going to affect the public discourse on the game, but it’s impossible to watch these clips and not get excited. It is a certainty that the scaling and rollout of data at this size will be challenging, and we don’t actually know what kind of information will make its way into the public sector.

But we can dream. And clips like this, along with an actual name for the product, make those dreams seem ever closer to reality. Everyone can see a great play when it appears. But MLB Advanced Media’s new Statcast player tracking metrics explains how it happens.

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Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


 

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Where has the Undertaker been? Since WrestleMania 30, the Undertaker’s status for WWE WrestleMania 31 has been in constant question. There seemed to be concern for Undertaker’s health following his first-ever loss at WrestleMania 30 against Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar and Paul Heyman were the two that Undertaker chose to end the illustrious streak. The looks and screams from the fans on that day can still be seen and heard from miles away. Ending the Streak wasn’t a popular idea, but now Lesnar is the hottest WWE superstar to date. He will be carrying the company for the next few months and the ratings are higher than ever before when he is on-screen.

Many WWE legends think Taker earned the right to retire with his streak intact. Stone Cold Steve Austin was just one of the wrestlers who thought the streak was so special that it should have remained unbroken.

Since WWE’s inclusion of Sting in their future plans, he has been very adamant on wrestling the Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. “Sting has been very vocal over the Summer Slam weekend that he wants to wrestle The Undertaker. “He’s pushed it hard in every interview,” states Dave Meltzer on wrestling observer radio.”

The unfortunate part about this whole scenario is that Undertaker looks to be in very bad health. In a recent picture on Twitter, two young girls got to meet the Dead-man and his appearance speaks for itself. To be personally honest, I think the last match was all the evidence we needed to see he was done. Something wasn’t right as his ring presence wasn’t as flawless as we are accustomed to it being. This is the same guy that carried matches and taught his students while in the ring. Unfortunately, it looked during that match the student was teaching the teacher.

Our memories of the Undertaker will not be the end of the streak, but instead the many vivid moments he has given us over the years. The years of constant punishment being sustained inside of the squared circle looks to have finally taken a toll on the Dead-man, leaving us to wonder if it is true. Is the Dead-man, finally dead?

 

Reported By:

Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)


 

 

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Name an industry that brings in $1.2 billion in revenue each year, employs more than 4,000 people, and had a double-digit percentage of growth every year from 2007 to 2012, according to one research firm. Yes, you guessed correctly if your answer was Fantasy Football!

The game is a simple head to head matchup  based on statistical analysis of real-life games with those of your opponent, who, given the same option may have chosen alternative players. The concept, which rewards the most knowledgeable and passionate of participants, has proved a powerful draw to fans keen to participate in the greater drama of their sport in some small way.

It is estimated that at least 26 million Americans play some form of fantasy sports league, a fact that has created an industry worth close to $1 billion a year according to the U.S.-based Fantasy Sports Trade Association. “The average amount that each of these players spends on their hobby might be $500 per year or so, moreover, these figures appear to be growing — even in a down economy — at near-double-digit annual rates.”

What once started out as a simple game over head to head competition has now become a calculated game of chess full of many risks and rewards. It takes more preparation time than that of preparing for the SAT’s. Fantasy Football is a big business and the imagesIQYM1SEDNFL players have taken notice.

How much time do you spend on your fantasy preparation? Do you spend more time every year?
Either way fantasy football is here to stay and will continue to grow. Cheers to the game that gives us the best opportunity to be a part of the inner workings of a professional franchise. We all have dreams and it is nice to embellish in the glory of what could be every once in a while!

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Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)