You can now plan your Dynasty Rookie Drafts and Fantasy Football redrafts accordingly…with the confidence that ESPN has found this diamond in the rough. I just had the news handed to me.
Honestly, I marvel at the football analysis world. Everyone has every stat, invented metrics, tons of game tape, etc. and all 90%+ of mainstream football analysts did was quasi-bash Jordan Matthews during the pre-draft process. Staying quiet on him was a form of bashing in my book. An NFL team with a revolutionary offense, and possibly the best QB from the 2012 NFL Draft (hey, remember when I was saying that in 2012? Bet I won’t get any emails on it now!), was able to add Jordan Matthews is the late 2nd-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. If only some football analyst had the foresight to see this coming…someone flying directly into the headwind of the NFL scouting intelligentsia. Oh, what a day it will be when our messiah comes!
In other 2014 NFL Draft/rookie WR news I saw today…
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Rueben Randle expected to start ahead of Odell Beckham Jr., and Marquise Lee just signed with Jacksonville. Both were selected ahead of Matthews in 2014 NFL Draft…considerably higher…which is an affront to mankind. Oh, I mentioned those two Lee-OBJ headlines because it’s the most exciting things anyone has said about either of their preseason work so far. Yet, Matthews ‘brilliance’ sightings are all over the place in the media.
You know what’s crazy about that? Besides the fact that I saw it happening five months ago. I can remember watching Jordan Matthews at the Senior Bowl week. Every practice, before and after…I watched Matthews’ work ethic, engagement with the coaches, hand is skills during the workouts…I looked at his amazing SEC numbers. From the stands, I could see he was something special before my computer confirmed it. You know who was coaching Matthews’ Senior Bowl team all week? The Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The Jags got to witness Jordan Matthews and Jimmy Garoppolo up close…and they drafted Marquise Lee and Blake Bortles. With all due respect…actually, that’s a dumb phrase…with total disrespect, I say those two complete football botches are possibly the worst moves any NFL team could have made, personnel-wise, in the 2014 NFL Draft. Jacksonville stays in the dark ages, almost on purpose. Other missed it too, but when you’re that close to something, and cant’ see it…I’m sorry, you’re just not that good at your job.
Why is Ricky Stanzi sitting idle on the Jags, and yet I still believe? Those same people got to spend an unencumbered week with Jordan Matthews and chose Marquise Lee. History will not be kind to what happen to Jacksonville in this draft…just like it has been unkind to them for years.
Sorry, if you are a Jags fan. Nothing against Lee or Allen Robinson...but they could have had so much more. Who traded up for Matthews in the draft? Super Bowl contenders, and revolutionaries…the Philadelphia Eagles. Who took Jimmy Garoppolo when it wasn’t a pressing need? The vaunted New England Patriots. Who didn’t do either of those things? The Jacksonville Jaguars. Who do you think will be on the right side of history?
– 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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Category Archives: New York Giants
Twitter @FFMetrics *Same preamble as yesterday!* I encourage you to read Matthew Berry’s 100 Fantasy Football Facts for the 2014 Fantasy Football Preseason. His ’100 Facts’ pieces are always well written, well-researched, and are guaranteed to make you think. I know they make you think, because soon after its release, I get a bunch of emails asking what I […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics Note the mid-section of the article attached (below), discussing the extra work Jordan Matthews is putting in already. That’s what I saw all Senior Bowl week…Jordan Matthews working with NFL Coaches before and after practice, and being a leader of his group. Also note…suddenly Jordan Matthews is plenty athletic now. Remember, when he […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics We are currently in the research and production phase of our 2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide (projected mid-to-late June release date): Over 700+ players written up (100-200+ words), statistically projected/ranked…and ever-evolving. Our draft guide changes almost daily with the latest news on injuries, etc. While studying for the 2014 version, we also looked back at what […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics Everyday this week we will be looking at the Fantasy Football impact to various players based on the 2014 NFL Draft outcome, using our player metrics and evaluations. The purpose of which is to consider players to ‘buy low’ or ‘sell high’ on for 2014+ Dynasty/Fantasy Football impact. Our 2014 Dynasty Rookie Mock […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics The following story might have just slid right by with nary a notice…but I noticed. It took me a minute to connect the dots, but it happened. It was not mentioned in the story, but I quickly read it between the lines…and it has Dynasty-Fantasy Football ramifications for some of you (not me). […].. Continue reading→
Hakeem Nicks out, Mario Manningham in. Andre Brown out, Rashad Jennings in. Five years, $39M (and $14M guaranteed) for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Arizona traded him away when he was considered ‘great’. Philly had enough of him quickly. The Broncos are on an over-spending spree and could have easily locked him up to return to them, but […].. Continue reading→
Sorry, I was asleep at the wheel. I didn’t realize that Ramses Barden (36 TDs and posted 3,724 yards in his junior and senior seasons at Cal Poly in 22 games) was signed by Buffalo. We had him tracking with the Giants. The 6’6.5″ WR had a moment with the Giants in 2012, and then disappeared in […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics Just so we are on the same page: After the season is over, NFL teams will sign free agents or practice squad players to “Reserve/Futures” contracts. It is a semi-engagement ring with a possible chance of marriage later. It allows NFL teams to squat on developmental or gamble players. Every January teams renew […].. Continue reading→
Guest written by Matthew Ploutz (fellow long suffering Redskins’ fans will feel the shared pain experience) Written January 1, 2014 by Matthew Ploutz For many of you, Sundays consist of finding excuses to get out of obligations your wife/significant other has volunteered you for, parking yourself on a couch/bar stool and soaking in as much […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics – I cannot believe the Detroit Lions lost this game. However, this Lions’ loss–and a number of stunning outright losses other top teams have taken the past two weeks makes me wonder something…perhaps, something to study in the off season. Teams in must-win, very relevant for their season type of games facing teams […].. Continue reading→