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Week 1 Fantasy Blitzkrieg: Part II

Written by Andrew Miley on September 14, 2011

Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch every snap of every game and give you a lightning (blitz) war (krieg) to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

The Rams certainly suffered more than their share of injuries.  Steven Jackson looked amazing on his huge TD run, then left after his second carry.  Danny Amendola came out ready to be the PPR machine but then injured his elbow so bad that the networks wouldn’t re-air it.  S-Jax’s injury looks to be of the short kind and Amendola may be back in October.  Caddy Williams took over for the Rams and looked good after getting rid of the rust.  If you need a RB for a week or so, you could do worse. Sam Bradford looked human under constant pressure; hopefully, that will change real soon.  LeSean McCoy was used (read more…)


Week 1 Fantasy Blitzkrieg: Part I

Written by Andrew Miley on September 12, 2011

Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees had great nights. The real story was who stepped up during that matchup. Jordy Nelson had a good night with 6-77 yards and a TD. Randall Cobb had a receiving TD in limited action and a huge kickoff return TD. Robert Meachem had 5-70 yards with a TD and two drops. Devery Henderson had 6-100 yards and a TD. Running back Darren Sproles had 7-75 yards receiving and added a long punt return for a TD. At least in the beginning, all three Saint running backs will (read more…)


Prospect Stalker: Week 1

Written by Mike Daneshgar on September 1, 2011

The wait is almost over. You can come out of your hibernation now. College football is back. Even though your allegiances may lie with your alma mater, that doesn’t mean their game is the only one worth watching. Broaden your horizons!

 

What I have found is that I can make even a non-marquee matchup worthwhile by keying in on the guys who could be playing on Sundays in the near future. Here are the nationally televised games that I’ll be watching this weekend, along with which players to watch out for. Also, I’m a nice guy, so no need to grab those media guides; I have their jersey numbers listed right here for you in parentheses.

 

(Note: Players in bold are also in my 2012 NFL Draft Extravaganza)

 

Thursday, September 1st at 8:00 PM EST (ESPN)

 

UNLV Rebels @ (11) Wisconsin Badgers

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Top PAC-12 Talent: Oregon Ducks

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 31, 2011

With Stanford scratched off of the to-do list, I’ll turn my attention to the Oregon Ducks.

 

The 2010 PAC-10 Championships and National Championship runner-ups will have their sights set on another regular undefeated season. Unfortunately, a depleted defense and an offensive line that lacks experience could keep them from running away with a PAC-12 title in 2011. If anything, Stanford will have something to say about their candidacy as shoe-ins to win the conference.

 

Despite their deficiencies, they still have running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas in their arsenal and should be able to utilize both to their full potential.

 

Overall, there’s still plenty of electricity left in this team’s roster. Their quack might not have the same luster that it did in 2010, but it will still be hard for any PAC-12 foe to ruffle their feathers if they stay healthy (read more…)


Hokies’ Locker Room Could Be Coed in 2012

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 31, 2011

It’s not very often that we see a girl trot onto the football field, especially at the college level. Regardless of its rarity, the Virginia Tech Hokies might get the opportunity to see that exact sight every day during practice next year.

 

After an apparently impressive tryout, freshman Lauren Luttrell earned an invite to the Hokies’ 2012 spring practice from head coach Frank Beamer. Although that’s no guarantee that she’ll see the field or even make the team, it’s a big win for those token female footballers out there.

 

“Right now it’s kind of tough to come out there and get a lot of attention,” said Beamer. “Things are happening so fast right now. But I was impressed with her and we’ll bring her back out in the spring.”

 

During her senior year at Spotsylvania High, Luttrell connected on 10 extra points and a (read more…)


Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 3 In-Depth Breakdown

Written by Eric Stoner on August 31, 2011

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Play by play breakdown and analysis of Blaine Gabbert’s third game in a Jaguars uniform. Be sure to check out the breakdowns of Game One and Game Two as well.

 

The personnel numbering refers to how many tight ends and runningbacks are on the field. The first number corresponds with how many runningbacks are in the package, the second number refers to how many tight ends are in the package.

 

First Drive

 

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– 11 personnel, (2×2)

 

– Bills in Cover 1/Man Free pre-snap. Safeties at staggered depth. LCB and Nickel playing press-man, RCB playing off-man.

 

– 7 step drop. Gets good depth on first five steps, gathers himself with the last two.

 

– Feels pressure and tries to step up instead of bailing out laterally. LDE reacts by spinning inside. RT doesn’t power step to (read more…)


Ryan Lownes’ Defensive Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 30, 2011

Ryan Lownes’ Defensive Rankings

After unveiling his Top 50 Big Board and offensive rankings, Ryan stacks up the top draft-eligible defensive prospects.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

Defensive Ends

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Donte Paige-Moss

North Carolina

Jr.

OLB

2

Quinton Coples

North Carolina

Sr.

3

Brandon Jenkins

Florida State

Jr.

OLB

4

Devin Taylor

South Carolina

Jr.

5

Brandon Lindsey

Pittsburgh

Sr.

OLB

6

Billy Winn

Boise State

Sr.

7

Andre Branch

Clemson

Sr.

8

Jake Bequette

Arkansas

Sr.

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Ryan Lownes’ Offensive Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 30, 2011

Ryan Lownes’ Offensive Rankings

Ryan Lownes offers a look at his top ten prospects at each position on offense. Also, make sure to check out his Top 50 Big Board and defensive rankings.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

#

Name

School

Class

1

Andrew Luck

Stanford

Jr.

2

Landry Jones

Oklahoma

Jr.

3

Matt Barkley

Southern Cal

Jr.

4

Ryan Tannehill

Texas A&M

Sr.

5

Robert Griffin

Baylor

Jr.

6

Kirk Cousins

Michigan State

Sr.

7

Brandon Weeden

Oklahoma State

Sr.

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Ryan Lownes’ Top 50 Big Board

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 29, 2011

Ryan Lownes’ Top 50 Big Board

With the college football season only days away, Ryan Lownes offers a peek at his top fifty prospects for 2012. Based on plenty of tape study, his big board is an tremendous resource: both for die-hard draftniks and fans familiarizing themselves with college football’s top talents.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.    

Top 50 Overall

 

#

Name

Position

School

Notes

1

Andrew Luck

QB

Stanford

Signal caller with prototype physical tools and rare intangibles.

2

Alshon Jeffery

WR

South Carolina

Physically dominant receiver with incredible production.

3

Landry Jones

QB

Oklahoma

Pocket passer has size and the arm to fit balls into tight windows.

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Top PAC-12 Talent: Stanford Cardinal

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 28, 2011

As a Southern California native, I’ve followed PAC-10 football closely since I first fell in love with the sport. And now that it’s finally that time of year (college football time that is), what better way to start the season off by taking a look at some of the top talent that the PAC-10 (sorry, PAC-12) has to offer in 2011.

 

Since this is a draft coverage site, I’ll stick with the players that will be draft eligible at season’s end. I don’t think that’ll be too much of an issue, though, considering the fact that most of these PAC-12 teams are saturated with NFL-caliber talent.

 

To kick this series of articles off, I’ll go with the Stanford Cardinal. Why not start off with the best player in college football? And no, it’s not because they’re my favorite college football team…

 

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