What if Brady and Manning Can’t Be Replaced?

By Michael LoCoco
PSDC NFL Beat Writer

Look around the NFL for a moment. Look at the state of quarterback play. For every Aaron Rodgers, there are five Alex Smiths. For every Tom Brady there are five Brandon Weedens. The state of quarterback play in the NFL doesn’t look very good right now. The young guns look flawed. The only guy in his prime worth being called elite is Aaron Rodgers. The rest of the league is either trying to eke out a few more years from an old gun or wallowing in quarterback mediocrity. The assumption has always been that when Brady and Manning and Brees retired that they would be replaced by a newer younger crop of elite talent. However, that doesn’t seem to be happening. What if Brady and Manning have broken the NFL? What if they can’t be replaced?

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Dotdon’s Fantasy Football Preview

By Tony James
PSDC Contributor

It’s that time of year again. The weather gets a bit cooler, kids return to school and the rest of us prepare our minds and bodies for football. No, not playing football—elite athletes do that. I’m talking about fantasy football, the true test of a man’s heart and genius.

This article will give you a picture of who you may be able to steal early in your fantasy football draft this year, or, if you’ve drafted already, who you can pick up on the waiver wire now before they make a giant impact and disappear to another competitor before your eyes.

RUNNING BACKS

Depending on the size of your league and scoring rules, RB could be the thinnest of all positions and the most important to grab early and for depth. Although there are rare exceptions, generally speaking you need at least one good RB to win any league. With more and more “RB by committee” teams the pack of workhorse backs continues to dwindle. The key to becoming a consistent champion (like me) is spotting and nabbing RBs that emerge due to injury, opportunity or are poised for a breakout year. It is important to claim them now or at your draft so you’re not in a bidding war or relying on waiver-wire priority. Here are some breakouts and sleepers to target in 2015:

BREAKOUTS

1. Lamar Miller, Miami – Miller is poised to have a fantastic season. Ryan Tannehill is progressing as a QB, producing solid stats and improving year after year. Lamar Miller will be a top 8 RB this year in that Miami offense, so don’t be afraid to reach for him if needed.

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2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay – Martin is quietly going in the sixth to eighth round of most mock drafts at this point, which is an absolute steal. Martin is shifty and fast. His down year last year was ended by injury, but he has great RB1 potential. Add in the WR corps and a rookie QB that is adept at moving the sticks for first downs, Martin could see top 15 production easily. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Team Preview: Arizona Cardinals

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer
 

Remember last year when Arizona started 4-0 and beat New England on the road? Yes, that actually happened, but unfortunately for Ken Whisenhunt, the season kept going. They lost 11 of their last 12 games and Whisenhunt was fired. The Cardinals have been trying to replace Kurt Warner since he retired in 2009. They still don’t have a long-term solution, but Carson Palmer should be solid for a year or two. The Cardinals are certainly hoping that Palmer can resurrect his career the same way Warner did in Arizona. And if it doesn’t work out then at least they have Tyrann Mathieu, which should be good for some quality entertainment.

Here is a team preview of the 2013 Arizona Cardinals. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Fantasy Football Preview: Quarterbacks

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, Alan Posey, 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 our expert opinions on the most important part to every NFL team; the quarterbacks. After last season’s craze of having to get one of the top 3-4 QB’s in first round fizzled out miserably (just like we told you it would) most experts have gone back to the traditional line of thinking that you should shore up an every-down running back or elite receiver with your first-round pick. There were seven QB’s that finished within 2.5 points-per-game of the leader, Drew Brees, by season’s end. Drafting a QB in the first round is not a must, but just don’t get stuck having Eli Manning as your best QB.

1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

(Robbie) Rodgers wasn’t a unanimous choice as the No. 1 ranked QB, but he was first or second on every contributor’s ballot. He is young, mobile, strong-armed, plays in a pass-happy offense and has three talented receiver. It’s no wonder why he was no worse than second on every ballot.

2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)

Good (Robbie) Last season Brees finished first in passing yards and passing TD’s. He has finished no worse than third in passing yards over the past three seasons, and no worse than third in passing TD’s over the past five seasons. With the return of Sean Payton to the sideline the New Orleans offense should be more stable and have less turnovers and sacks. Brees will also be playing all his home games indoors, as well as two road games in domes. In the final eight games of the season, the Saints will play one game with potential bad weather, at Seattle in Week 13, but that one game will be before the start of fantasy playoffs. The other top QB’s this year (Rodgers, Manning and Brady) all play their home games outdoors in cold-weather cities. Give me the QB that is considered one of the top three or four in the league playing in a comfortable setting.

Evil (Bryan) Brees comes off his worst completion percentage since 2003 and his receiving corps is as depleted as it’s been in years (Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are the only targets worthy of trust, & Colston comes off three consecutive years of rising returns… a trend I don’t anticipate will continue as Colston reaches 30 years of age). However, my rank may be influenced more by several statistical oddities I see in his splits from last year, leading me to believe the decline has begun… and I’d rather not be on the wrong side of it. [Read more…]

2012 NFL Team Preview: Oakland Raiders

By Bobby Roberts
PSDC Staff

The Oakland Raiders had an up and down year in 2011. They lost their team owner, but had glimpses of hope on the field. They overpaid, I mean traded for QB Carson Palmer mid-season, but he filled a need at quarterback. They hope he can lead the passing attack and the team to its first Super Bowl in a decade.

The AFC West has been won by a different team each of the last three seasons. Is it Oakland’s turn to wear the crown? Can Darren McFadden stay healthy for an entire season? [Read more…]