Podcast Shanks feat. Law Nation: Cowboys on the Bubble and NBA Free Agency

Darreck Kirby is joined by Lawrence “Law Nation” Thomas for this week’s podcast, talking Cowboys on the bubble entering training camp, what to do with Damien Wilson, and more. Also, Darreck talks NBA Free Agency and how the Western Conference shake up further shifts the balance of power in the NBA. Plus, Dirk the selfless. Check it out!


Cowboys Most Likely to be Cut in Training Camp

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

Every NFL team has tough decisions to make about what players to cut in order to get their team down to the final 53-man rosters to start each season. The Cowboys most intriguing decision will be at running back where they have 2 back up, late 20, running backs vying for 1 spot.

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2013 NFL Team Preview: Washington Redskins

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Ask the fans in Washington to describe the 2012 season and most will chime in, “Amazing, yet disappointing.” In review of the numbers you might suggest the Skins endured a life of growing pains in 16 games, struggling with their newly-crowned savior Robert Griffin III going for huge numbers and no results (3-6) only to evolve over the bye and emerge with RGIII going for respectable numbers and results, finishing 7-0. We’ve seen the kid go for high to low, and we know he can get Washington in the mix and competing.

What we don’t know: can he stay healthy?

RGIII suffered a horrible knee injury late last season and followed a tough playoff loss to Seattle with a world of questions about his future looming ahead. Today, he’s playing a humble role in training camp practices and working as a critical piece should in practices/games that don’t necessarily count… but fans are still hanging every ounce of faith on his ability to not only play, but to excel. Everyone in the capital is holding their breath hoping he can squash that fear the moment those games do go on record… and with one of the more impressive supporting casts this city has seen in recent memory, there is reason to believe the Redskins can win.

Are the worries of the offseason officially in the rearview mirror while RGIII prepares for a season of excellence, or will the pains of injury and a lack of ability leave fans disappointed once again? Let’s take a look. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Fantasy Football Preview: Running Backs

Here we go kiddos, it is time again to get ready for everyone’s favorite pastime: FANTASY FOOTBALL! We here at Project Shanks have lined up a top-notch crew of Bryan Douglass, Matt Carpenter, Joe Hines, Bobby Roberts, Matt Rogers and Robbie Marbury to bring to you all the knowledge you will need for this upcoming fantasy season. We have compiled everyone’s ranking for each position, with the writer that had the most and least amount of love for a player giving you their commentary as to why that particular player should be higher or lower on your draft board. This approach will give you the good and evil that comes with each player.

In this installment, we will be bringing you the rankings for the cornerstone of any good fantasy team: the running backs. After Adrian Peterson’s historical season, will anyone be able to come close to taking the RB crown from him? Who is the second-best RB this year? And will either of the second-year RB’s (Doug Martin and Alfred Morris) be able to build on their stellar rookie campaigns, or will they fall victim to the sophomore slump? All these questions, and more, answered in our 2013 RB rankings.

Also, check out our QB rankings here. 

1. Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings

(Robbie) Peterson was the unanimous choice at the No. 1 running back this year. It’s kind of a no-brainer at this point in Peterson’s career that he is the best/safest option at running back. Even if he doesn’t produce 2,000-plus rushing yards like he did last year, he is still a lock to finish as one of the top point producers at this position. Peterson has only failed to reach 1,000 rushing yards once in his career (2009 due to injury) and has amassed 10-plus TD’s every season. If it wasn’t for his ACL injury, I would have a hard time believing he isn’t a robot.

2. Arian Foster Houston Texans

Good (Matt R) Since emerging as the Texans starter three years ago, Foster has averaged 1,900 all-purpose yards, 16 TDs, 53 receptions and only two lost fumbles per year. Some critics have cited last year’s dip in stat production as a sign of Foster’s decline, while it was truly nothing more than a sign of the increased success of Houston’s down field passing game. There is no reason to think the Texans won’t continue to feed Foster the ball, and he knows what to do with in once he gets it.

Evil (Matt C) Arian Foster will be hard to pass up with picks two or three. His age (26) and production can’t be ignored. However, red flags such as recent leg muscle injuries and an insane workload (460 touches in ’12) also need to be considered. Furthermore, his PPO (points-per-opportunity) dropped over 20% between 2011 and 2012. At some point, the organization has to conserve their star back. Add to the equation that Ben Tate is a healthy, “plus” backup who should get more opportunities and I don’t think Foster gives you the greatest value this year. Foster is still a legit RB1, but in PPR leagues, I have him behind Charles and Spiller (at #5). [Read more…]

Fantasy Football: Free Agent Frenzy

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Staff 

Week 1 is in the books ladies and gentlemen, and just like every other week one of every NFL season, we had some players that surprised us with their play, good and bad.  Now, before we all rush to make quick decisions, let’s all take a breath and remember players like Kevin Ogletree do this every year. [Read more…]