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…]

The Argument Against the Redskins Keeping Their Name

By Tony James
PSDC Contributor

So, before we get started, I want everyone that thinks that the Redskins’ name is fine to do me a favor. Go find a Native American and call him a redskin to his face. I’ll wait. What, you don’t want to? Interesting. That really should be the start and end of this debate—the term is a racial slur.

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But, let’s move beyond the fact that Redskins is a racial slur. I plan to address supporters’ main three arguments—and show why they hold no weight and the team name needs to be changed. [Read more…]

2014 MLB Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

By Tony James
PSDC Writer 

There are 240 million reasons for Seattle fans to have hope for this 2014 Seattle Mariners team. Of course, everyone is buzzing about the signing of Robinson Cano, the coup of the offseason for the Seattle front office. Although spending that kind of money for a 32-year-old player is debatable, Seattle’s front office is hoping this move will get fans buzzing and have them showing up at SafeCo again.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

2013 Win/Loss Record: 71-91, 4th Place, A.L. West, 25 games back [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Recap

By Tony James
PSDC Writer

Playoff savvy 1, playoff experience 0.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

It had been a few years, but Philip Rivers had WINNING playoff experience—winning on the road, even making it to the AFC Championship. Simply stated, he knows what it takes to win in playoff football.

Andy Dalton was 0-2 in playoff games. But this game was at home. This was the game where Dalton and the Bengals were going to make their mark, and head to New England ready to challenge the best of the best.

Best laid plans, Cincinnati. Best laid plans. [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Preview

By Tony James
PSDC Writer

San Diego Chargers (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)
Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 1:05 p.m. EST, CBS
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Chargers-Bengals

This game is a rematch of an earlier battle this season played at San Diego, where Cincinnati rode Benjarvis Green-Ellis to a 17-10 win. In that game, Cincinnati travelled to the west coast and won, but also won the game following a bye, giving them two weeks to prepare for San Diego.

Cincinnati enters this game with an opportunity to take a firm grasp of the NFL’s “team on the rise” moniker. With young studs at RB, QB and WR, Cincinnati has reached the playoffs three straight years, but this is their first game as a home team and division winner. Can Marvin Lewis and company take the pressure and rise to the playoff occasion? [Read more…]