NFL Draft: Mariota Madness

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Guru

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Second only to the actual pre-draft stock movement of each player, is the ever-churning rumor mill about possible trades. People love to prognosticate about different teams throwing around players, picks and assets to move up or down the draft to get certain guys they need or want. These rumors often range and rage all over the place. Crazed fans throw out ideas in the universe that take hold. Teams use misdirection to try drive up trade value for players they no longer want. Owners and GMs try to push values of certain players up or down to get what they want for a little as possible. With only a week left to the real draft, the rumors are flying fast and furious and things are starting to take hold. Here is a look at the most interesting, or at least the most common, topic of these rumors, Marcus Mariota.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

First off, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Bucs are taking Jameis Winston at No. 1. There are almost no rumors about anyone trying to acquire the No. 1 pick from them and even less talk about them shopping the pick. I heard very briefly that there was some interest in the Saints trading Drew Brees for the No. 1 pick to take Winston. That was followed quickly by news that Brees threatened to blow up the Superdome and set Bourbon Street on fire if he was traded. I haven’t heard anything further on that front. [Read more…]

Mocking the NFL Draft: Second & Third Rounds

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Guru

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I plan to review the second and third round as if I were totally correct in the first round, there have been no trades and teams are going to draft the best players available to address their needs. Hey, I am the Fantasy Sports guy. Clearly, nobody is hiring me to run a real team. Feel free to trust Mel Kiper or John Clayton over me. This is my world, or at least my thoughts on how the draft could go. I promise much more accuracy when I start recapping this thing and telling you who ended up in positive situations for your fantasy football line ups.

With that said, here we go, starting with the Tennessee Titans.

33. Tennessee Titans (Top needs: CB, RT, DL, S, QB)

Byron Jones – CB

I’m assuming they drafted Leonard Williams and use this pick to improve the secondary. Some mocks have Jones going in the first round. So this will end up being a nice grab for the Titans. [Read more…]

Mocking the NFL Draft: First Round (17-32)

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Guru

Picks 1 thru 16

Here you go…

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17. San Diego Chargers: Todd Gurley – RB

This is another draft pick with a lot of trade rumors swirling. I don’t by the idea of the Chargers moving Phillip Rivers to take a shot on Mariota. I’m of the opinion Rivers will play out his contract. The Chargers let Ryan Mathews go to Philly. Journeymen Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead only combined for 100 carries last year. Rookie Brandon Oliver led the team with 582 rush yards but only averaged 3.6 yards per carry. That all adds up to the Chargers having no legit No. 1 RB. Gurley’s stock may be even higher at this point if it weren’t for his college injuries. If he can avoid injuries as a pro, this will be a good pick for the Chargers.

Other Options: Melvin Gordon is the other possible first round RB in this draft and could be the Chargers target if they don’t feel Gurley can stay healthy. [Read more…]

Mocking the NFL Draft: First Round (1-16)

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Guru

The NCAA Tournament has concluded and MLB has launched its 162-game marathon. So naturally, I wanted to take a little time to discuss the NFL. In a sport with no real offseason, there is always something going on. Football fanatics everywhere are currently scouring the internet for news of their favorite prospect, outcomes of various pro days and the latest mock drafts by NFL experts. The countdown to the NFL draft currently stands at a little under a month. That’s right. The NFL draft kicks off in just a few weeks on April 30, which means ESPN should be starting their coverage on air right about now.

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So, on behalf of Project Shanks, here is my first attempt to mock the NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Bucs are on the clock.

1. Tampa Bay Bucs: Jameis Winston – QB

At this point, anyone who doesn’t realize Winston is going to Tampa Bay is probably in denial. With all the off-field issues and concerns about his character and squinty eyes, Winston has all the appearance of being the best QB and player in the draft. Tampa Bay has made several errors the last couple of years, but I don’t expect them to miss on taking the one guy on the board ready to use his big arm to throw bombs down field to Mike Evans. Winston is grading out above anyone at any position in the draft and appears more gifted and ready than Marcus Mariota. Winston won’t stay behind Mike Glennon on the Bucs’ depth chart very long.

Other Options: None. Unless Winston gets caught in some outlandish scandal involving stolen sea food and roofies, he’s going to be the Bucs’ QB next year. [Read more…]

Monday Morning Hangover: NFL Week 5

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

It’s a stormy Monday morning in East Texas and I’m hung over again. This one has been brewing for a while, but I’ve kept it bottled up inside waiting for the Texas Bowl to pass. Now that Week 5 is all but over, I feel the need to share my thoughts again.

Thursday Night Football [Read more…]

Monday Morning Hangover: NFL Week 2

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

Week 2 is just about in the books. Philadelphia still has to hit Indianapolis tonight but my brain is already overloaded with thoughts from Week 2. So here we go.

Thursday Night [Read more…]

Rapid Reaction and Quick Hits: NFL Week 1

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

Tale of two halves. In the first half it seemed to me everyone in the AFC should be shaking in their boots at the thought of facing the Steelers.

Big Ben looked phenomenal. He took to the fast paced game plan and posted a career high in first half passing yards on his way to 365 pass yards, one TD and an INT. He was still the stubborn old Big Ben we all love taking four sacks while trying to extend plays.

Antonio Brown made a strong argument all day for the top tier WR argument. He was unstoppable on screens, intermediate and deep routes. His return skills were on full display. He even went Water Boy and jump kicked the Browns punter in the face. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency: The Hangover

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

I was a happy man on Friday. It appeared my Rockets were moments away from securing one of the best starting lineups in basketball. Then a couple of text message exchanges between Miami and Ghana burst my happy little bubble. Chris Bosh was working a basketball camp in Ghana when he received a text message notification from LeBron James informing him the King was returning to Cleveland. Shortly, thereafter the Miami Heat sent Bosh a message offering him a max contract. Bosh says now it was never a matter of Houston or Miami, and that hardly matters to those of us with shattered dreams. The end result, Bosh returns to Miami. Houston inexplicably follows that loss by not matching Dallas’ offer to Chandler Parsons. The Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin trades proceeded and now the Rockets are left with less than they had last year. So my team on the rise has suddenly taken a step back. I’m distraught.

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This is one of the many stories NBA free agency has provided us fans over the past week. The major stars have all found homes. Some of the not so major stars have settled in as well. Many teams came up big. While others whiffed completely. There are still some players available on the market but none who are considered game changers for the teams with the greatest needs. Some teams are still sitting on fat stacks of cash wondering whether to roll it over to next year or throw it at some less deserving players. Whatever happens from this point forward will surely seem an epilogue to the signings already made. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency: Now, we’re really underway

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

NBA free agency has been a tricky thing so far. Some teams were negotiating and reaching agreements for the past week plus just waiting for 12:01 a.m. yesterday to start signing contacts. The waiting game drug out for a painfully long time due to the one man at the head of the domino chain taking his dear sweet time making a decision. Now that LeBron James has officially informed the masses he is going home to Cleveland, other big name stars can make their decisions and the action will really start pumping. The next 24 hours will be a frenzy of activity as players sign, teams move on to plan B or C or G and franchises decide whether or not to match offers extended to their restricted free agents.

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Starting with what we do know…

San Antonio Spurs:

The defending champs took care of business starting with Tim Duncan exercising his player option, resigning key role players, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills, and inking Coach Popovich to a multi-year extension. While all the focus has remained on the elite stars, Eastern Conference and the fabled Lakers, the Spurs have resigned their entire team. By this time, everyone should accept the Spurs are the odds on favorites to go back to the finals next year no matter what else happens during free agency. [Read more…]

Harry Potter Returns?

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

Recently, author JK Rowling crashed her own website by posting a 1,500-word short story about Harry and the crew attending the finals of the Quidditch World Cup Finals. It is written as a Daily Prophet article by Rita Skeeter reporting on the headliners from the Harry Potter series having a mini-reunion a couple years after the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows. It is presented in the typical gossipy style of Ms. Skeeter with a few brief updates about most of the series favorites.

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I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and naturally hope this is more than just a teaser posted up in coordination with the new Diagon Alley opening at Universal Studio’s park in Orlando. There is also a stand-alone movie in the works for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which fans of the series will recognize as a book the kids studied at Hogwarts. Granted that movie is set some 70 years before Harry Potter and the real fans want a new story about the grown up Harry, Ron and Hermione or their kids. [Read more…]

3 Animated Movies You May Not Know About

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

For those of you who follow Project Shanks and read our works, you know I rarely, if ever, stray far from the realm of sports, specifically fantasy sports. However, in case it hasn’t come through in any of my articles, you should all know I am just a huge kid. Seriously, I am a big ole 6’6″ 300 plus (plus) pound kid that likes to play. I am blessed to have an 8-year-old daughter that I have diligently and much to the chagrin of her mother successfully been training to act just like me. We like the same things, eat the same foods, play the same games and watch the same shows. I have little choice in the matter as she has grown into an extension of me when I’m at home. So we watch television and movies together constantly. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency: And we’re off…

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

NBA Free Agency officially kicked off last night at midnight and so far only one shot has been fired. There should be news and non-news coming up daily as the next couple weeks roll on, but for now, here are the top stories.

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Milwaukee Bucks:

After finishing with the worst record in basketball last year and then getting screwed by Cleveland in the draft lottery, the Bucks landed a star on draft night in Jabari Parker. As free agency was about to kick off they then pulled a trade to address a need nobody had even mentioned, hiring a new head coach. This had to come as a shock to tons of people, especially head coach Larry Drew, who was fired after the Bucks traded two future second round draft picks to the New Jersey Nets in order to hire Jason Kidd as their new head coach. I don’t really understand this one. There were times in Kidd’s playing career I would’ve traded two picks for him, but only one year into his coaching career, this is a head scratcher. [Read more…]