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Let The Jamaal Charles-Knile Davis Fantasy Football Fireworks Begin!

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FYI, disregard this entire article if the rumor is not true…

For the first time, this summer…it feels like Fantasy Football. You know what event did it for me? The news of Jamaal Charles getting ready for a holdout! This one is going to be a big Fantasy Football story…a major ADP moving story. It could also wind up being a little nasty…

I wasn’t buying the Jimmy Graham move to WR or holdout story started months ago, and I predicted the logical outcome (almost to the dollar and detail). I don’t really care about Andre Johnson’s holdout. He’s either playing for Houston or New England, or whomever in Week-1…so I’m not concerned.

The Jamaal Charles situation, however…this could be trouble for a week or two. Oh, and all those “you can get Knile Davis after the 10th-round in a redraft” comments I’ve made for months, you can ignore those for a little bit. Knile’s ADP is going to rocket over the next few days/weeks.

I am going to attempt to predict the future here:

 – I think part of this holdout is a ploy so Jamaal Charles can skip a chunk of training camp. He’s not the first, or the last to do so.

 – If Jamaal Charles is really serious about the money…then this could be a mini-WWIII.

Charles is NOT underpaid. He will make $5.2M this season ($2.3M is guaranteed + roster bonus), and $7.3M next season (ditto on $2.3M). Compared to the recent NFL contracts…he’s ‘well paid’ for a RB. Compared to the utterly stupid contracts that the Carolinas of the world gave out to RBs years ago, he probably thinks he is radically underpaid (and I get that). The RB marketplace has shifted drastically the last 2-3 years. The smarter teams saw it in three years ago, some more teams caught on two years ago, and even the dumber teams started figuring it out this year. Teams do not need to pay RBs $5-7M+ a year in today’s football economy.

In order for Charles to ‘get more’, KC will have to be willing to go like $8M+ a year on a 199-pound RB, who had a serious ACL injury two years ago (I’m sure they’d like their $4.6M back from that wasted year as well). If the Chiefs are smart, they won’t budge. They have a fair deal in place with Charles. It’s not a fair deal compared to what Jonathan Stewart is making now, or what Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden were making last year…but it is fair to the current RB marketplace.

There’s also the consideration that Alex Smith is a major, pressing contractual issue for KC. If you’re playing ‘Madden’ with all your off-hours, then you think Jamaal Charles is the most important Kansas City Chief walking the face of the earth. I assure you, if you are in the ‘real’ NFL business, the most valuable Chief is Alex Smith...and the front office and coaches all know it. Wait until you see the size of their two contracts by the beginning of this season…if you want to know who is more important. In addition, Dwayne Bowe is not cheap either…and they are really stuck with his silly/monster deal until the 2015 season is over (I would project).

As much as what I am saying makes business/economic sense, there is also the front office pressure coming from the ‘superfans.’ The folks who sleep in Kansas City Chiefs pajamas every night with their Jamaal Charles nite-light illuminated eternally. ‘Superfan’ is going to go bonkers, and there will be outrage to deal with because ‘Superfans’ world will come to an end without Charles (Minnesota has been quite a successful franchise with Adrian Peterson…so we know how key ‘ace’ RBs are). Because the fans nor the media respects Alex Smith, the Chiefs seem like they orbit around Jamaal Charles, but they don’t. This ‘Superfan’ pressure will be a lot to deal with all training camp.

 – Enter Knile Davis. The Chiefs’ best move is to start talking up Knile Davis, and how they hope Charles is coming back, but that they know Knile is great too. They are right…Knile is great, and capable. Is he as good as Charles? No. Is Knile ‘better for business’ when you consider he makes $600K this year vs. Jamaal probably wanting $8-9M per? Yes.

When the Chiefs start talking up Knile, the media may discover he is a lot better than they give him credit (which is none). If the media starts buying the Chiefs non-concern because how much confidence they have in Knile…the media might fall in love with Knile as a capable replacement, and then the Fantasy Football lemmings will all follow suit. The Knile Davis Fantasy Football love-fest is about to occur. His ADP is going to jump over the next few weeks…with the extra media coverage, versus the ‘none’ he’s had for the past year.

 

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Knile Davis is a legit alternative for the Chiefs. His presence allows the front office to dig in their heels in. Charles will have to keep barking. This ‘war’ could go on for weeks, and could get a little nasty from the Charles-camp. Watch for KC coaches to double-time on how much they feel good with Knile Davis tomorrow.

Charles may think he has an upper-hand, but he’s paid fairly to the ‘real’ RB market, and his backup (Knile) is quasi Christine Michael-like, only the media and Fantasy analysts completely missed it by pouring all their focus on Christine…and David Wilson in the past year. KC’s front office can hold their ground, and force Charles to dig in deeper…and get ugly.

 – For the next few weeks, as this little war plays out, Jamaal Charles ADP is going from a current #1-2 overall, to at least #4, and possibly to #6+. Not right away. At first, this will seem like a harmless holdout squabble that will certainly get resolved. In mid-August this will be a full-scale panic…like Chris Johnson from a few years ago. You want more of a bargain on Charles in a redraft…it’s coming. You want more of a bargain on acquiring Charles in a Dynasty league…it’s coming. Wait a few weeks before trying to ‘make your move’ too quickly. This is a stew that needs to simmer for a bit, before it boils over the top…let it breathe for a little bit before you pounce.

 – What will the ultimate outcome be?

I think KC will offer a small bonus/guaranteed bump in 2014, and that’s all at first. Charles will reject it. KC will start talking up Knile, and moving on without JC.

Into August, KC will offer to add a ‘faux’ extra year in 2016…like at a crazy number, something like $10M for 2016. Something semi-ridiculous where KC will just cut him or renegotiate with him pre-cut…so it’s a window-dressing move. Something that allows Charles to save some face. When really he’s just getting the +$1-2 guaranteed bump in 2014. If Charles sees through that ploy…then this thing turns into a full-scale war.

I think he ultimately accepts a deal with another $1-2-3M guaranteed added to his existing 2014-2015 contract, and gets a crazy 2016 additional year number added with some of the bonus spread out in the future too. It will be a 2016 number that most certainly will lead to his release or renegotiate come post-2015. I think this deal will be done between August 10th and 30th. 

The more this all goes on, the more Fantasy Football panic there will be…which I love! Unless, you have Jamaal Charles, then I’m sorry about the scary roller coaster you’re getting ready to ride on for a few weeks. I have Knile Davis as a Dynasty investment in many spots…so I’m a happy man. I might be a Knile seller into the panic as it goes on, because in the end…Jamaal Charles will be starting Week-1 in 2014.

*In addition: Please don’t play the “Charles signed a contract, he should honor it” card. He has the right to walk away/quit and not get paid…like any of us do. Just like KC has the right to cut him when they feel fit…and just pay off what they owe (if anything).

Charles will probably never have leverage like this ever again, coming off the season he had. He is smart to try to use it. He has little to lose…besides a couple weeks of running around in the heat. He can always walk back through the doors and be welcomed with open arms…by coaches, and fans. 

– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” hereThe Machine via FFM

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2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide Update TUE 7/22/14 9:30pm ET

Players added since last update:  Tommy Streeter, Joel Dreesseen, Jacob Tamme

Projection changes (noted with ‘+’ or ‘–’ on the Draft Guide):  Donald Brown, Jamaal Charles, Kellen Davis, Knile Davis, Jeremy Ebert, Pierre Garcon, Toby Gerhart, Rashad Jennings, Dexter McCluster, LeSean McCoy, Adrien Robinson, Ace Sanders, Bishop Sankey, Darren Sproles, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Sammy Watkins, Andrew Williams, David Wilson

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As soon as you change a variable from our valuation model (more/less teams, different starting lineup requirements, scoring variables), the whole ‘rank’ model changes…so use for ‘entertainment purposes only’. That’s why I am always hesitant to recommend a top-10 generic guidance…so many variables change the landscape.  There are two reports (non and PPR) with this special list/rank…and they are with the ‘Washington’ team-defense projections (last team in alphabetical, so we used them)…you’ll see it. IF you choose the “by Team Name…” option from the main draft guide page…go to the last/next to last pages and you’ll see them with the Washington players with obvious titles “Top-24…”)

It’s not where we are saying you should draft them, but rather where we think the most FF-economic valuable players are…and you’ll be semi-shocked by some of the names/positions we are valuing higher this year (so far).

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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Is Open: So ‘All Aboard’ The Sammy Watkins Media-Hype Train

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OK, we’re almost ready to get rolling across the NFL. Camps are starting to open up. The Hall of Fame game is less than two weeks away. We will be so starved, and excited, for football that we’ll read way too much into anything pro or con that happens in a limited one or two series by the starters in Canton.

I love this time of the year!! The hysteria of it all is beautiful for Fantasy Football…as Fantasy GMs erase and rewrite their whole draft board based on snippets of a highlight, or a misleading teaser headline. I have to be honest. I think August is my favorite time on the football calendar…because I love watching preseason games more than the regular season. I like them both, but preseason more than any.

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The first preseason game will be hysterical, which also means the first two teams to open up training camp early for that game (Buffalo and Dallas) will get us all jacked up as well. That being the case, you can already guess which player is going to be the center of the media universe: Sammy Watkins.

First story I saw this morning: Watkins looking great in camp, and caught another long TD. When Marquise Goodwin does this in shorts, in the preseason…we don’t care. When Sammy Watkins does the same…the media holds it’s collective breath.

I wanted to chat about Watkins to make sure that my message is clear here, because sometimes the smart-alecky part overrides the hard data…

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Statements of College Football Metrics.com facts:

 – Sammy Watkins had a ‘passing’ grade in our computer scouting models. He’s one of the best WRs available in this draft…just not THEE best.

 – From watching tape, I can see that he is an excellent WR. Built sturdy. Good-great hands. Good-great speed and agility (many WRs measured better). We all can see he is a very good football player, regardless of ‘measurables’ comparisons.

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My concern on Sammy Watkins for Fantasy Football has been two-fold:

1) The NFL Draft media went bananas on him right away. The story was shaped for the sheep instantly. Brandin Cooks was mostly ignored (because…West Coast). Had Cooks gotten the Tavon Austin media treatment circa-2013, Cooks would have been a top-10 draft pick as well. The media latches on to certain ‘ones’, but not others…which always fascinates me. Watkins is the media’s guy…and thus he is everyone else’s guy (try and find a Dynasty Rookie Draft where Watkins is not #1 off the board).

Our country cannot agree on anything with 80-90+% consensus…except that Sammy Watkins is the best rookie by far of the 2014 group. FYI, the last three years of media ‘top guys’, who became undisputed Fantasy ‘top guys’ in a Dynasty Rookie Draft: (2013) Tavon Austin. (2012) Justin Blackmon. (2011) Trent Richardson. (2010) Mark Ingram.

How’s your Dynasty team looking if you ‘tanked’ your team for the 1.01 pick for the last four years, and today you were staring at that collection of four players taken? Any of these guys in your top-50 for redraft this year?

Please don’t mistake me mocking the hype, as anti-Watkins as a talent. In 2010, I was radically anti-Mark Ingram…and that’s how many of you were introduced to FFM. In 2011, I liked Trent, but we just valued others higher. In 2012, we were OK-ish with Blackmon, but saw some bust potential…and not a 1.01 guy. In 2013, we thought Tavon Austin was an OK-ish NFL prospect, but not that Dynasty 1.01.

Watkins is a very good NFL player, and perhaps even ‘great’. ‘Very good’ doesn’t get you to a clear-cut 1.01 normally, ‘great’ does…here’s why I fall short of Watkins as Fantasy Football ‘great’…

 

2) E.J. Manuel is a looming disaster at QB…and as the QB goes, so goes the WR typically. Ask Cecil Shorts, or Victor Cruz circa-2013, or DeAndre Hopkins, or Demaryius Thomas. Think you’d care about Demaryius if he was working with Tim Tebow still? Eric Decker is about to find out the value of a QB (as he counts his millions…some of which he should tithe to Peyton).

Even if you grade Watkins as an ‘A’ talent, he falls to a ‘B’ Fantasy output when linked to E.J. Manuel. If you figure that Manuel probably has until 2015 to prove himself…you have the next two seasons with Watkins as a potential Torrey Smith or Cecil Shorts. We all know they’re good. We all know they could be better. We all wonder why they just keep sending Torrey deep all the time vs. designing more short plays to get the ball in his hands. Without Blackmon, Shorts has no other WR/RB options taking heat off him (in the past).

Will Watkins get Torrey’d or (Mike) Wallace’d? The offense not designed to get the ball in his hands by any means possible? In the NFL, the words ‘creative’ or ‘innovative’, or ‘outside-the-box’ are usually reserved for 1-2-3 teams out of 32. The odds, in general, are against the Buffalo Bills being overly ‘radical’ with Sammy Watkins.

All of this circumstantial stuff takes a FF-toll on Watkins. If Watkins is just a normal ‘good/OK’ football entity by October…you can acquire him a little cheaper then. When the Rookie Derangement Syndrome (RDS, patent pending) of 2014 wears off, and the RDS-2015 strain hits…Watkins value may dip again. To me, part of this is ‘market timing’. Why buy Watkins at peak market prices today, when there may be a better buying opportunity later?

 

One other item to consider, swinging back to the Cordarrelle Patterson revelation of last week: Could Sammy Watkins have a little of that hidden Patterson running ability? My answer is, ‘maybe’. As a freshman, Watkins ran the ball 32 times for 231 yards, and that’s pretty amazing for a WR to get 32 carries. However, things tapered after that: 14 carries for 97 yards and a TD as a sophomore is still intriguing. In his final year (2013), 6 carries for 11 yards. Watkins’ kick and punt return counts dwindled as well over his three college seasons.

There is a little ‘hope’ that Watkins has Patterson running ability, but all I can say is on a side-by-side comparison it isn’t close…and that’s no slam on Watkins, as much as it is a worship at the altar of Cordarrelle.

I get folks ‘going to bed’ with thoughts of Watkins as a mix of A.J. Green and Tavon Austin, but my fear is we’re going to wake up with Torrey Smith in the morning…and I love Torrey Smith. I just think he is used incorrectly and unimaginatively…and would not be considered the best player from his draft class today.

Sammy Watkins as a 1.01 in the 2014 Dynasty Rookie Draft…I don’t love the value. Watkins as the 33rd-40th ADP WR of the board in a 2014 redraft, I’m fairly interested in that price tag.

– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” hereThe Machine via FFM

 

Something Scary To Consider About ReDrafting LeSean McCoy or Darren Sproles This Season…

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I absolutely do not understand this renewed love affair with Darren Sproles for Fantasy Football 2014.

Nothing against Darren Sproles. He’s a fine talent. I don’t understand it in context of the Fantasy Football relationship to LeSean McCoy. Where do we think all of the ‘Sproles action’ is going to come from? LeSean McCoy seemingly took every snap last year at RB for the Eagles…which is awesome, because he’s awesome. However, if you take 10% of McCoy’s stats away…he’s maybe outside the top-5 Fantasy RBs. Take away 20%, and he’s outside the top-10…and 30% kicks him out of the top-15 potentially. It is still sweet production, but many people are taking him #1 overall in redrafts…as their ‘superstar’ scorer, who might have to ‘share’ with Sproles. 

About 30 RBs after McCoy, many people are snagging Sproles in a PPR. Sproles is being taken ahead of Steven Jackson right now, more times than not.

Am I to understand that Sproles just carts all of his Saints output to a completely different offense/team? If he does, well…last year he wasn’t a top-20 RB in PPG for a PPR, anyway. In order to be Darren Sproles circa 2011-12-13…would it stand to reason that it would mean a drag on LeSean McCoy’s output…a la a lesser version of what would happen to Pierre Thomas?

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If you equivocate that Sproles won’t get THAT many touches…then what great use is Sproles in Fantasy Football if at his ABSOLUTE BEST, he is barely a top-20 PPR RB? What’s all the FF-excitement for? Why is he going in the 5th and 6th-round today with McCoy entrenched?

Somebody is going to suffer in this McCoy-Sproles Fantasy Football relationship…possibly both.

But here’s the thing…they are being drafted at almost the highest price levels possible. McCoy at 1.01, and Sproles between #60-70 overall sometimes. It’s not just their individual prices that scare me to some degree…it’s the ‘handcuff’ pricing that really scares me. If you are a ‘handcuff guy’ you really need to consider the ‘lost opportunity’ factor drafting LeSean McCoy in the 1st-round of your redraft.

You draft Jamaal Charles first, then you take Knile Davis after round-ten.

You draft Adrian Peterson first, then (maybe) you draft Jerick McKinnon after round-12, probably.

You draft Matt Forte first, then…I don’t know what, because drafting Ka’Deem Carey is like throwing away a roster spot…even if Forte gets hurt.

Charles-Forte-Peterson…and throw in Lacy, Le’Veon, Montee, Demarco, Arian: You will take all their handcuffs after round-ten, maybe after round-twelve. To get your proper handcuff with them, you are burning a later pick (10th-11th-12th, etc.) that you would probably take a player that you’ll end up cutting Week-2; as you properly churn your roster.

You draft LeSean McCoy in the 1st-round, and guess what? The wolves are out sniffing around at Darren Sproles as it is…and as early as the 5th-round. You are forced to use a 1st and 6th pick (let’s say) to properly handcuff McCoy…while everyone else not taking McCoy as a top RB only burns a 10th+ rounder.

What is the proper valuation of taking a 1st-6th-11th round trio of:

McCoy (1st) + Sproles (6th) + a probable junk 11th-round flyer (11th)

vs. (example)

Taking Eddie Lacy (1st) + Marques Colston, or Steven Jackson, or Reggie Wayne, or Sammy Watkins (6th) + James Starks (11th)?

McCoy may be more talented than Eddie Lacy, but would you rather have Steven JacksonJames Starks after that 1st-round RB take, or Darren Sproles + Jonathan Stewart/James Jones

You typically find critical Fantasy Football starters in the 6th-round (at least more probable imapct players than in the 11th-round), but if you ‘handcuff’ McCoy…your burning that 6th-round pick on his ‘handcuff’. 

I’m just saying, there is a bigger picture of valuation that the Darren Sproles issue is really messing with potentially. If you don’t dig ‘handcuffs’, and think Sproles is a non-factor to McCoy, then none of this really matters. If you do worship ‘handcuffs’…then LeSean McCoy could cost you a lot more than you realize in the big picture.

– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” hereThe Machine via FFM

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The Bias Against Toby Gerhart…I thought we’d progressed more than this as a nation?

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I know why you secretly think Toby Gerhart is probably a bust for Fantasy Football 2014. You, and the national football media have the same bias toward him…and it sickens me. Our supposed ‘advanced’ civilization falls a few pegs in my books because of this obvious stereotype.

It’s the same reason his own coach just commented (see full story below), “…he’s even faster than we gave him credit for.” Even his own coach? E tu (Gus) Brad-ley?  

You know what I’m hinting at. You know what your bias against Toby Gerhart is. You don’t have to say it out loud, but don’t play innocent with me. Oh, you want me to spell it out? You want me to embarrass you in front of all these people? Do you want me to call out all the Fantasy Football analysts whose negativity on Toby Gerhart is a virtual ADP ‘hate crime.’

OK, you forced my hand.

Oh, I’m going to say it. It’s time we all had an open, honest dialogue about this in this country. We will no longer hide in the shadows. 

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I would just like to know why you have such a strong, deep-seeded dislike for German-American Running Backs? Don’t say it’s not true…just admit it. Oh, really…you have a lot of friends who have some German ancestry? Name one. OK…name ten. Ah, ha! You can’t even reach double-digits. Sad. 

You never gave Tony Richardson (born in Frankfurt, GER) the credit he so richly deserved. He played 16 NFL seasons, and worked until age 38. Did you ever employ him in Fantasy Football? I think not. 

Jerome Felton (born in Duren, GER) cannot even get work the past three seasons. 

I’ll bet you didn’t like (1979-84) Miami Dolphins Kicker Uwe Von Schamann (Berlin, GER) either. So what if he was a career 14-34 (41%) from 40-49 yards out? He probably couldn’t kick well because of all the negativity against German-American football players. 

Now all of your subconscious dislike transfers over to a guy who has a chance to be the greatest German player to ever play in the NFL: Toby Gerhart (I think that’s true, because I’m not really sure about which other NFL players are of German descent..because, because, because…I don’t look around and see nationality. Everyone looks the same to me. Except that guy on the Trivago commercials…he creeps me out. Sure, Gerhart was born in Norco, CA…but there is no doubt what his ancestry is. Unless he was adopted, I’m not really sure, but just the fact that you think he is German…makes you distrust his skills for the NFL and Fantasy Football. I know you.

Hey, we just won the World Cup! That’s right, I said ‘we.’ Here’s a fact jack: Your favorite football writer is of German heritage. No, Matthew Berry is not German (actually, I’m not sure). I’m talking about me. Surprise, I’m German…like I assume Toby Gerhart is. You would have never guessed that about me? Besides the universal tell-tale German ‘C’ in Fischer. Are you amazed I can type as fast as I do? Why, because I’m German..duuuhhh (goofy face being made sarcastically at you too)…

Me and Toby Gerhart are here to stay Mr. and Mrs. Football America. Deal with it. Well, he’s here to stay. I’ll never be anything in football besides a Fantasy Football bug that gets squashed by ‘Big Fantasy’ in a few years….and well, Gerhart will probably be in a backfield timeshare in 2015, and out of the league in a few years too. BUT we’re here now, and we’re proud…and some of us can run fast too. Faster than you give us credit for…

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– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM

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There comes a time in a middle-aged man’s life where he is desperate enough to try yoga…

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Well, I’m pretty sure I was the last person who thought I would ever be doing yoga. In my old-school mind, yoga was for ‘girls’ or dudes with pony tails. I am neither, although in my mid-40′s, I now wish I could grow enough hair to be pony-tailed. I digress…

Being a male, and raised on a Baseball-Football-Basketball-Wrestling mindset, I know the ‘right way’ to lose weight: Go to the gym, sweat a lot, lift a bunch or weights, eat lots of salads, and start running (not necessarily in that order). The problem is that I’m ‘busy’…too busy (a.k.a unmotivated) to do any of that. Plus, I hate going to the gym…I hate lifting weights…and I hate running…and hate salads. Other than that, the old-school plan is perfect for me. It’s time to face facts: Between being middle-aged, plus my sedentary lifestyle (by preference), and access to great and/or junk food means…I’ve turned into a ‘meatball.’

I’m not radically overweight, but I’m rounding second and heading towards third on that baseball field of a waist-line. I don’t look too, too overweight (I convince myself) especially when I don clothes that are bigger, slimming/hiding the excess fat. I can pull off looking 20-pounds lighter by the smart ways in which I ‘hide’ it (hiding it mostly from me). I’m at least 30-pounds overweight today, and I really need to cut 50-pounds to revert back to my Brad Pitt-esque days…but I’ll take shedding 20-30.

This past year, something happened that was eye-opening. Have you ever seen that commercial, and I cannot remember the food item being pushed, that had the classical/upbeat music with a montage of people’s buttons exploding off their pants as they held the food item? I thought it was kind of funny, because it had never happened to me. I would always think: “Who is so big, or wears clothes so tight that the buttons would fly off their pants?” Until it happened to me three-times in about six months recently. At first, I blamed the ‘cheap pants’. Second time, I was changing clothes in the car, and I was just in an awkward position trying to undo the button…or so I justified it away. The third time…well, I just needed to go get bigger clothes. All bad excuses for the obvious…

My diet plan for the last few years has been to stretch my clothes to the limit, because I’m to cheap to buy the next size up…and don’t want to admit what needs to be admitted. “I’ll lose a few pounds ,and then I’ll fit right back in them,” I would con myself…but I never did. I’ve got a basement filled with boxes of clothes waiting for my waistline to shrink enough to resurrect them. Is Tommy Hilfiger still a thing, I hope? 

I’m too small for XXL, but I am pushing the limits of some XL clothing. The letters X-L aren’t so bad (in my mind), but add the second ‘X’ in X-X-L…and that’s a no-go. I’m sure with some more excuses, I could be ‘OK’ with XXL…like I must have been when I went from just ‘L’ to adding the ‘X’ in front of it. I do not want to add another ‘X’ now, I want to subtract one.

I’ve started a weight loss contest with my BFF. The loser may have to do something humiliating, so I have that motivation. However, win or lose, I need to ditch the weight for any number of reasons. I need more focus/discipline to do so, but I also need to explore other options than the old-school methods that have been failing me…or are unappealing.

Growing up as a Professional Wrestling fan, I knew the name of the wrestler ‘Diamond Dallas Page’ (also known as ‘DDP’). I wasn’t a ‘fan’ of his, but I knew who he/his character was. It had been a while since I heard his name, until a few months ago, I saw him on ‘Real Sports’ on HBO. He was doing this yoga thing, and his whole yoga story was on HBO…I wondered “Why? Who cares?” The story chronicled his personal rescue, and yoga + diet transformation of some other former wrestlers who had since retired, and could now barely walk straight. They were real hardship cases, as they were dealing with prescription drug and/or alcohol issues. ‘DDP’ had documented the process, and over time these ex-wrestlers had lost a bunch of weight, ditched the walking canes and pain pills…and their whole life was now changed. I ‘knew’ these wrestlers/characters from days gone by. I know wrestling is fake, but I also sensed these current transformation stories were real.

I began to look into ‘DDP yoga’ out of curiosity. It wasn’t just ex-wrestlers being helped, lots of people were changing their bodies and lives. I wondered, “Changing it with yoga…how?” Then I watched some demonstrations. They were just standing there…no running or weights. They were doing these semi-funky looking, slow-moving movements standing or bending in place…and it looked simple enough. I was intrigued, but it looked too simple. I considered the following: “I am overweight, out of shape, with a disc problem in my neck…could this be an answer to all that ails me?” Maybe some day, but not now (more excuses).

Then, one day, I saw a ‘DDP yoga’ infomercial (not long after I saw ‘DDP’ on ‘Shark Tank’). I took the ‘brave‘ step of recording it to watch later. Which ended up to be like a month or so later. At one point in the infomercial, DDP encourages us watching to get up and try a move at home. You would have thought I was about to do something beyond shameful. I looked around to see where my family was, to make sure they were gone or not near-by…so no one would see what was about to happen. I was about to try my first yoga ‘move’.

So I did. I followed along the very simple instruction. It took 1-2 minutes. Afterwards, I felt like I had been run over by a Mack truck. I was whooped. Everything in my body felt strange/worn down a little…like after a good workout/exercise. I hadn’t felt that way in a while. It took about two minutes, and I never moved from a standing position. My heart rate skyrocketed, like they said it would…like the people on TV doing DDP’s demonstration. That’s part of the yoga ‘deal’…simple moves that are going to get your heart racing as if you are going 100 mph. Heart rate up, pumping blood faster, burning calories and fat. I was amazed…with my two minute trial.

I told my wife about it, and she was mildly impressed…and nervous about the potential alien from another galaxy who inhabited her husband’s body suddenly talking gibberish about yoga. I later made my teen son do the demonstration move on the infomercial. I did the demonstration move again weeks later to see if the same thing happened. it did. Notice I said weeks later? I still couldn’t reconcile doing yoga as a ‘thing’ for me…that would be too ‘simple.’ There had to be a catch! I’m not a hippie!

I’m about to find out if there is a catch, because I ordered the DDP yoga DVD workout package. I just got it in the mail, and I’m starting tomorrow. If I can lose weight, and get some definition back, AND solve my constant need of a chiropractor…I will worship at the altar of yoga. Hell, I’ll take just one or the other–lose weight or reduce the chiropractor need.

I’m about to do a yoga program because a professional wrestler claims it is life-changing…what could go wrong with that plan? We’re about to find out, and I am going to write about it because if it works, I’m paying it forward. If it doesn’t, I’ll tell you my story…and save you the ‘embarrassment’ of doing yoga. Also, by writing about it…I’m enlisting all my readers as de-facto members of my accountability team. It’s easy to fail privately, but now I will fail in front of (what I assume is) millions of people reading this…or just shy of millions. Whatever the count is…in my mind, I just put myself on the hook. Oh, and by writing about the program is tax deductible…

Every Friday, I am going to recap my week’s journey into yoga. Hopefully, it will be documented over several Friday’s…and not like only two or three, and then I just gracefully hope you all forget about it because I quit doing it.

Time for me to find out what a ‘down dog’ is all about…

 

Josh Boyce: Week-14 Film Study (2013 vs. Cleveland)

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I’m going back through, watching game tape of WRs and TEs, and charting different ‘things’. I was curious to get to the Josh Boyce games that mattered. Boyce’s first ‘trumpet blast’, arrival game was Week-14 vs. Cleveland. Up until that game, Boyce had played sparingly, and had just two catches in the first 13 weeks of the season. Week-14, he had an opportunity to start with injuries to Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins

Why this matters to us is: Our computer scouting models love the talent and athleticism of Josh Boyce. He’s a 4.3+ runner with sensational agility, but is not the typical 5’11″ speedster WR…he benched 22 reps at the 2013 NFL Combine, he’s 206-sturdy pounds. He is a willing, strong blocker. He’s not going to revolutionize the sport, but he can be a dynamic weapon if used properly. 

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What Tom Brady/Bill Belichick did with Boyce in Weeks 14 and 15 were exactly what needed to be done. Get him the ball quickly, and let him make moves…let him use that kick/punt returner agility in a strongman’s frame to do some damage. 

I won’t do a play-by-play on every play here, but I would like to point out three key plays from this game (remember, this is his first real playing time…and he started) that I think is a sign of things to come.

 

1) 2nd-Quarter, 1:53 left, CLE 6-0, 1& 10, 70 yards away

Josh Boyce lines up spread out to the right. Coverage is soft with under two minutes. He slides/slants across the middle, one-yard deep, and easily loses the LB who bumped him. Brady makes a simple dump pass over the Center’s head, and Boyce catches in stride and heads up the field with no defender within 3-5 yards of him.

Joe Haden closes in quickly. You’ll see below, kinda, exactly what happens when a player gets ‘faked out of his jock strap’. I wish you could see it in a full/better view. Boyce cuts so quickly, Haden (an All Pro) does a cheerleader split because his body cannot react to what Boyce just did. You may have to watch 2-3 times to really see it here.

Sorry to the clever Patriots beat writers who have no idea what they are looking at. No matter how many times you write it…Josh Boyce is not on a roster bubble. Kenbrell Thompkins and Matthew Slater...and Aaron Dobson, and Danny Amendola cannot do this.

 

 

 

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2) 3rd-Quarter, 5:13 left, CLE 12-0, 2nd & 10, from 83 yards away

Josh Boyce does a simple turn and look, and Brady fires him a quick pass. Watch Boyce take this simple pass, and just glide past defenders as if they are standing still, and then for an added bonus watch him just Barry Sanders (again) two linebackers at the end of the run. Boyce cuts back so fast, the bulky LBs almost tip over trying to adjust.

…but the Patriots are just going to throw all this away for a guy who dropped every other pass (Thompkins) last year, and a guy who isn’t really a WR (Slater)? Fantasy websites please keep recycling all this anti-Boyce garbage. I love it!

 

 

3) 4th-Quarter, 0:39 seconds left, CLE 26-21, 1st & 10, from 30 yards away

This was the play that many of us should be thankful did not happen, per se. You should be happy this was a non-play/Pass Interference, because if Boyce makes this catch…he is a Patriots-WR Fantasy ‘sleeper’ from then on in the realm of the legendary Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins early last year…all anyone needs is a morsel to hang onto with a young Patriots player, and they tend to blow that crumb up into seeing future Hall of Famers.

The Pats are about to lose to the downtrodden Browns…unless they score a TD in 39 seconds. Brady goes to Boyce, who streaks down the right side, leaving Leon McFadden a step or so behind. Brady heaves it right on the money to Boyce in the end-zone, but it goes off of Boyce’s outstretched fingertips in full stride. Why this disconnect? McFadden had grabbed Boyce’s shoulder pad to slow him down five yards before the end-zone (he knew he was beat), and then smacked his elbow as the ball was coming in (but it was pretty well out of reach by then). IF McFadden doesn’t grab Boyce’s shoulder to slow him down…Boyce (potentially) catches a ‘miracle’ comeback TD, and is the toast of New England. Instead, the ball is placed at the one-yard line…and the Patriots score on the next play to win.

 

 

Those three plays above are glimpses of what Josh Boyce has, that most other WRs his size don’t: a big, sturdy/muscular-frame, with 4.3+ speed and elite agility.

Now, whether this means he becomes Percy Harvin circa-2012 or not, is a whole other topic. Predicting Patriots, or Saints, pass targets and/or rushing workload is a maddening endeavour. I can only tell you this from re-watching Boyce in Week 14-15…a dangerous weapons looms, and has the greatest QB of our lifetime as part of the equation.

I believe the stories of Boyce at the 2014 OTAs “working with the ‘#1s’” and “looking good” a lot more than the demise reports of ‘roster bubble’ nonsense.

 

– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM

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2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide Update SUN 7/20/14 8:40am ET

Players added since last update:  Reese Wiggins, Chris Thompson

Projection changes (noted with ‘+’ or ‘–’ on the Draft Guide): Jordy Nelson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Russell Wilson, David Wilson, Robert Griffin, Odell Beckham, Louis Murphy, Andre Williams

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A Companion Piece to the Cordarrelle Patterson Friday Fiesta…

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*If you did not read Friday’s Cordarrelle Patterson ‘game’ articles, I encourage you to do so first before pressing on here…

I mentioned along the way, yesterday, that there was something statistically/measurably ‘rare’ with the mystery player (Cordarrelle Patterson). It’s really something we’ve (all the world) never seen before. Something we will have to start measuring over at College Football Metrics.com. I never thought to measure it for WRs, because it has been such a ‘non-thing.’ That rare event is the ‘WR as a quasi-RB.’

Now, the first thing you’re thinking is: “Well, there’s Percy Harvin, Dexter McCluster, Antwaan Randle El. Plenty of WR have run the ball.” They are not what I’m statistically profiling, per se (and only Harvin really did it fairly well). You’ll see what I mean by that in a moment. Here, look at the follow data, and tell me the common themes you see…

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Below are the top-5 WR in rushing attempts in the NFL for the past three years, and in 2004 (10 years ago, just to see things over time for a snippet). There are three things that jumped out at me, see if you see the same:

*Ignoring Dexter McCluster, who was mostly a RB when he got big carries.

 

2004 WR rushing attempts:

  • 9 = Chris Chambers, MIA (for 76 yards, 0 TD)
  • 8 = Dante Hall, KC (56, 0)
  • 8 = Antwaan Randle El, PIT (34, 0)
  • 8 = Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (14, 0)
  • 7 = Hines Ward, PIT (25, 0)

2011 WR rushing attempts:

  • 16 = Percy Harvin, MIN (52 yards, 2 TDs)
  • 11 = Nate Burleson, DET (85, 0)
  •   8 = Ted Ginn Jr., SF (68, 0)
  •   7 = Eddie Royal, SD (48, 0)
  •   7 = DeSean Jackson, PHI and Antonio Brown, PIT (both 41, 0)

2012 WR rushing attempts:

  • 22 = Percy Harvin, MIN (96 yards, 1 TD)
  • 10 = Reggie Cobb, GB (132, 0)
  •   8 = Nate Burleson, DET (48, 0)
  •   7 = Antonio Brown, PIT (24, 0)
  •   6 = Travis Benjamin, CLE (66, 0)

2013 WR rushing attempts:

  • 16 = Alshon Jeffery, CHI (105 yards, 0 TD)
  • 12 = Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN (158 yards, 3 TDs)
  •   9 = Tavon Austin, STL (151, 1)
  •   7 = Antonio Brown, PIT (4, 0)
  •   5 = Josh Gordon, CLE (88, 0) and Marvin Jones, CIN (65, 0)

 

What jumps out at you about the lists above? To me, it was three things:

3) Just think back in your memory banks: How often do you remember WRs scoring TDs on end-arounds, etc.? A WR rushing for a TD used to be like Haley’s Comet in the NFL. Every so often, a WR would ‘break’ one for a long TD…and that pretty well had to ‘tide them over’ for the rest of their career, because it likely would never going to happen again.

Until Percy Harvin literally became a RB for 2-3-4 plays per game in 2012, you never really saw a WR being used seriously as a runner-weapon…and as an impactful, traditional WR. My opinion, a WR running the ball was seen as a gimmick play that I think ‘offended’ coaches as ‘simplistic’, and they used it sparingly. When they did run it, the WRs typically got squashed in the backfield on their one carry every 2-10 games, probably because they practiced the play once per year. The one attempt or so per year was mostly ineffective, so I’m sure coaches just dismissed doing it altogether (because they are all such radical visionaries with their telephone book-sized playbooks).

In 2012, Percy Harvin was used like a RB…on purpose, with some consistency, and it was radical…and effective. So too, to a lesser, but to an effective extent was Randall Cobb.

With limited carries (12) last year, Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 3 TDs as a WR last year in the N-F-L…that is unheard of. In college, he ran for 3 TDs on 25 carries. He is a proven ‘radical’ running the ball. They ain’t ‘short’ runs either.

The NFL blockade of WRs never/rarely running the ball…may be a thing of the past, and me might see WRs running the ball as becoming ‘hip’…like ‘all the kids are doing it’. Right now, rare few NFL teams are exploring it as a weapon.  

 

2) WRs running the ball more purposefully started to change even more in 2013. Forever, the top WR for running the ball had 5-9 carries per season at best…and rarely/never broke 100+ yards TOTAL in a season unless they broke a huge run once a millennium.

Alshon Jeffery took 16 carries last year, and cracked 100+ total yards. Patterson had just 12 carries for 158 yards…but here’s the thing though (FANTASY FOOTBALL MEGA ALERT): his carries all happened in the final five games of 2013. When Patterson became ‘a thing’…he averaged 2.6 carries per game in his final five games…and 3.5 carries in his final two games. A full-season pace for Patterson (based on his final five games) would be 500+ rushing yards and almost 10 rushing TDs. That’s sick!!

Cordarrelle Patterson is the most effective ‘running’ WR we’ve all ever seen. He may be the dawning of a new age…which leads me to the next revelation studying all this.

 

1) Here’s the real ‘rarity’. What jumped out at you about that list above? The low rushing attempts for WRs? The lack of WR rushing TDs?

How about most all the names on the list are ‘small’ WRs…the ‘waterbug’ type guys. Coaches usually only gave ‘those types’ of guys the crazy end-arounds. You don’t give ‘big’ WRs the ball to run in college or the NFL? Are you crazy? Why would coaches want to use their best athletes to run the ball? To literally hand their best player the ball…meaning they have the ball in their hands guaranteed for that play, versus 50-70% success through the sky…when they were actually targeted…and not double-covered.

What Cordarrelle Patterson is doing as a ‘runner’ at 6’2″, 215+ is freakish. He’s Adrian Peterson-sized running the ball. This is not normal. The potential/opportunity of bigger WRs running the ball on porpose, by design, was probably waiting to be unleashed all along, but coaches had no foresight for it.

  • Randy Moss: 25 carries for 159 yards and 0 TDs rushing in 14 NFL years. (Best season: 6-51-0)
  • Calvin Johnson: 19 carries for 167 yards and 1 TD rushing in 7 NFL seasons (Best: 4-51-2 as a rookie)
  • Cordarrelle Patterson: 12 carries for 158 yards and 3 TDs rushing in his last 5 games played of his rookie season.

‘Big’ WRs don’t run the ball…so why study it? That was what I was probably thinking years ago designing scouting models for college WRs. I just blew-off WRs running the ball as statistical irrelevant…it is time for us/me to change. Cordarrelle Patterson is either a freak of nature or a sign of things to come…or both. I kid you not when I say he has a chance to be the #1 Fantasy WR in 2014…because of his ‘special’ work in the ground game (and bubble screens, which are quasi-hand-offs).

– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” hereThe Machine via FFM

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2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide Update SAT 7/19/14 12:15am ET

Players added since last update:  Orleans Darkwa, Justin Forsett, Dustin Keller

Projection changes (noted with ‘+’ or ‘–’ on the Draft Guide): Marcus Lattimore, Cody Latimer, Cordarrelle Patterson (the big change!), Emmanuel Sanders, Cecil Shorts, Lorenzo Taliaferro, David Wilson, jarius Wright

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