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…]

Your 2014 BCS National Champions, The Auburn Tigers

By Robert Murphy
PSDC Staff

The 16th and final BCS Championship game will take place on Monday, Jan. 6, between the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers. While the SEC looks for its eighth straight BCS title, the ‘Noles look to win their first since defeating Michael Vick in 1999. Auburn is a pretty decisive underdog (+9.5 at one point), no doubt due in large part to consecutive miracle victories against Georgia and Alabama. FSU has rolled all season long, barely being tested on their way to 13-0. Despite all that, Auburn will win, and I’ll tell you why, with some objective analysis and blatant SEC-biased trolling.

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1. Florida State’s Schedule: Let’s be honest right off the bat and admit that the ACC is, top to bottom, the weakest AQ conference in the nation. FSU is a great team, Clemson is a very good team, and everybody else stinks. Their bowl record is 4-6 (4-7 after Monday). The conference runner-up, Duke, just lost to a one-man team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Granted, that one man was Johnny Football, who every college coach not named Jimbo would take over Jameis Winston any day of the week, but a one-man team none the less. The ACC will finish with two teams ranked in the top-25 (possibly just one, depending on how badly Auburn beats the ‘Noles). At this point, FSU has beaten one team that will finish the season ranked in the top-25. Yes, FSU dominated the ACC, but outside of beating Clemson, dominating the ACC is like beating a blind guy at Pictionary.

Belated Congratulations to Florida State on their 2013 ACC Championship! [Read more…]

The Narrative: Auburn Tigers

By Wilson Sims
PSDC Contributor

Last season was the worst football season for the Auburn program in 60 years. The Tigers finished 0-8 in the SEC and last in the SEC West. Gene Chizik was fired and replaced by former Auburn Offensive Coordinator and current Arkansas State Head Coach, Gus Malzahn.

Photo Credit: Auburn University

Photo Credit: Auburn University

Malzahn and his new staff were able to pull together a top 10 recruiting class in limited time, and memories of his offense and confidence in his coaching hires led to Auburn leading the nation in Spring Game attendance. Nick Marshall, who would end up starting the first game of the upcoming season for the Tigers, was not on campus until the fall. Spring Game attendance demonstrated a hopeful fan-base, or at least a desperate one. With only a couple of SEC victories, spirited efforts against the key rivals and maybe even a bowl berth, Gus Malzahn would have been considered a success.

Here’s a week-by-week recap/what it felt like for Auburn fans:

Week 1
Score: WSU 24 at AUB 31
Key Factors: Auburn forces three INT and holds WSU to three second half points.
Fan Feeling: Awesome win, because it isn’t a loss. Through one week we have 33% as many wins as we managed the entire previous season…we were soooo bad. 295 rushing yards is nice, but everyone should rush for as much against Yankee Football. [Read more…]

Stats and History Compared: Auburn & Florida State

By Wilson Sims
PSDC Contributor

With less than three weeks separating us from the much anticipated BCS National Championship game, and the much feared finale of the college football season, it’s time to begin an all-too-in-depth analysis of the programs, teams and matchups that will meet on Jan. 6 in Pasadena. This, the first of three installments, is a quick comparison of the general stats and histories of the Seminoles and Tigers.

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Florida State:

Florida State football as we know it began in 1947, but decades earlier and prior to becoming an all-women’s school (Auburn fan makes joke about FSU still being an all-women’s school), there was a football club known as the Florida State College Eleven. This group competed between 1901 and 1905 and Florida State fans would have you know that in the first contest between The Eleven and what was to become the University of Florida, The Eleven were victorious. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Heisman Trophy Preview

By Kevin Thomas
PSDC Writer

This Saturday another Heisman Trophy will be handed out to one of six deserving football players in New York City. The field of six, the largest since 1994, is made up of four quarterbacks and two running backs. Mark Ingram is the only non-quarterback to win the award in the last 12 years. Even with two running backs in the field, that seems to be an unlikely trend to stop. Just a day away from the crowning of the statue, ProjectShanks.com takes a look at the field.

The Favorite: Jameis Winston, Florida State University, is going to win the Heisman Trophy. There will be a ton of pomp and circumstance prior to the ceremony. I am positive the folks at ESPN will spin a narrative over the coming days that some other candidate has a shot to win this award. The rest of the field does not have a chance. I don’t think it is possible to mention Winston winning this award without focusing on the good and the bad of the past year. Winston set freshmen records in passing yards (3,820) and passing touchdowns (38) and seems likely to be the third Florida State Seminole to win the award in the history’s program. All previous FSU winners have been QBs as well (Ward, Weinke). Winston has had legal troubles that make him a polarizing figure in college football. Charges not being filed in a recent rape investigation essentially clinched the BCS National Championship game and the Heisman Trophy. Deadspin published an article that hit on this issue in a profound and sobering way. Regardless of this situation, Winston losing would be the upset of the sports year.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Close, but No Cigar: Tre Mason, Auburn, is likely finish in the top three for this year’s trophy. During the last three weeks Mason ran for 1.4 million yards while Auburn galloped to the national title game. That is probably the message the media will feed everyone until the crowning of the winner. Over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns is a solid season but in the end, the lack of being in the national conversation over the entire season will hurt Mason’s chances to take home the Heisman Trophy. [Read more…]