Andrew Luck’s Superb Plays Bolt The Colts into Victory

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck displayed an epic performance at Nissan Stadium when his team played on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans that he even had the audacity to stride confidently to the podium before coach Chuck Pagano’s arrival. The Indianapolis Colts usually have a unique way of flipping the hierarchical order during postgame conferences compared to other NFL teams. In their next game, online NFL betting odds for the Colts will definitely improve, thanks to Andrew Luck’s input.

Regardless of the horrible ownership, the terrible coaching and other dreadful players, Andrew has been exalted for his leading role in the team. The 27-year-old QB has played for five seasons in his pro career, making him a rare and excellent role model to other players. After losing to Houston, the Colts had a 2-4 record before their last Sunday fixture with the Tennessee who had 3-3. 

A self-examination of the Colts shows that the players have been listening keenly to their coach. According to tight end Jack Doyle, one cannot allow the outside view to define their performance because every player in the team wants to prove their prowess. T.Y. McGill, Colts defensive tackle zealously said that the team’s outlook initiates from the outside and preparing for their Sunday games takes a 7-day practice at times. 

According to Pagano, with a 2-4, many people will criticize your game and since having satisfactory results calls for the participation of the entire team, every player must step up his role to ensure the maintenance of a winning mentality rather than depending on one player. When Luck was asked about the injured pundit players who will not feature against the Titans, he confidently said that the team embraces the cards they deal. He also added that the locker room

is the most ecstatic spot after recording a victory because it stirs good feeling and emotions.

The Titans losing to Colts 34-26 delivered an immediate football healing for Pagano’s team after making some crucial plays and decisions, which gave Luck the power to pull other players up to his level. Every player contributed to making game-swinging plays that generated the tenth back-to-back win over Tennessee with the influence of the QB in eight of them.

Only Jameis Winston (41.4) and Drew Brews (45) leads Luck who has was averaging 39.5 passes per game and the QB received exactly 39 passes from his teammates against Tennessee. Furthermore, he threw 28, 6 and 5 passes toward wide receivers, running backs and tight ends respectively. The game brought out a wide range of ball dispersal, which led to Luck getting sacked twice. His three touchdowns came from 27 completions for 353 yards.

Even though Doyle failed to seal a potential touchdown in the early moments of the game, he scored a game-winning one with only 1:55 from 7 yards. Immediately before this scenario, Delanie Walker, the Titans tight end, tied the score at 20 with a spirited touchdown. With 6:02 on the clock, Tennessee led their opponents at 23-20, which led to the coach instructing McNary at length to create another touchdown. McNary said that the bench advised him to stay focused on the game despite their opponent’s lead, which he adhered to along with the Colts defense. McGill almost immediately grabbed the ball from Mariota to give Robert Mathis who made a 14-yard run for another touchdown.

Doyle stated that Andrew has all the qualities of a leader and the entire team looks up to him for improvement in their performance. McNary added that Luck could make superb plays under pressure to inspire their teammates to fight on, making him an accountable player. With Luck’s big arm, the QB can easily pinpoint secondary receivers with his unique knack.

The next two scheduled games for the Colts are against Kansas City at home on the road against Green Bay. Winning over the Titans sent shivers to the AFC South teams, including Jacksonville, Tennessee and Houston. According to linebacker DQwell Jackson, big tests are ahead and maintaining Andrew Luck in the squad will boost their morale in the end.

 

Randy Gregory Slapped with Ten-Game Suspension

Randy Gregory isn’t having the best year, and he doesn’t even have anyone else to blame. His own actions are frustrating many NFL betting odds enthusiasts and upending Gregory’s goals and objectives for 2016.

Randy Gregory won’t play an NFL game for most of the year, not after the NFL provided clarity to his disciplinary situation by revealing that he had been assigned a ten-game suspension.

The announcement came on Thursday following a lot of speculation and rumors about Randy Gregory’s future in the short term. The ten-game suspension was handed out as punishment for Randy violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Randy’s problems began as early in the year as February when he was slapped with a four-game suspension. Combined with the ten-game suspension announced this week, Randy will sit out a whopping fourteen games this 2016 season, which would shock any NFL player.

Randy’s suspension should end by December, in which case the Cowboys can expect him to return just in time to participate in the game against Tampa Bay on the 19th of that month. He should also be eligible to play the game against Detroit in Week 16 of the season.

Fans of the player will also be happy to learn that he will participate in the finale against Philadelphia. Randy is no stranger to this sort of controversy. However, 2016 will mark the longest stretch of suspensions in his NFL career since he was first suspended following his rookie season.

The NFL didn’t help the situation by waiting so long to announce Randy’s punishment. The decision allowed speculation about the issue to spread, with people spending most of the summer talking about rumors that Randy might have attracted an additional ten-game suspension for further violations.

At that time, Jerry Jones (Cowboys General Manager and Owner) was happy to speculate about Randy’s potential and how he might benefit the Cowboys in the new season, this despite the absence of an official ruling from the NFL.

Randy avoided most of these conversations. The summer found the player in a treatment facility. This meant that he didn’t attend the training camp. The Cowboys also played the preseason without him. Fans were happy enough to learn that Gregory had returned to the team facility at the start of the season.

Even with the suspension, Gregory can attend meetings and workouts. The league primarily prohibits him from practicing or playing in NFL games. For a short while, it looked like Gregory might outright avoid further discipline for his actions; however, he revealed last week that the NFL Players Association had withdrawn their appeal, this leaving him to face the music.

There was little point in fighting the NFL at that point anyway; he had no chance of winning without the support of the NFL players Association; and, upon determining that they legally didn’t have a case, the Association chose to withdraw their appeal.

Randy Gregory is a highly talented defensive end; the Cowboys won’t be happy that he is essentially on the sidelines for fifteen games this season. Luckily for the team, DeMarcus Lawrence will be back on the field by the 3rd of October, so they are not without notable talent.

The Cowboys will be counting down to December when Randy Gregory can finally return to the field.

FF-Winners.Com Reveals 3 Amazing Fantasy Bargain Sleepers for 2016-7

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins — Jackson is going absurdly low in many fantasy football drafts — being taken outside the top 30 wide receivers in most leagues — mostly on account of misconceptions of his durability, production, and attitude (almost all of which are totally false). Yes, Jackson missed six games last season with a troublesome hamstring injury, but he was totally healthy from November onwards last year, playing in nine of the Redskins last 10 games of the season, including the postseason (he was held out of a meaningless game in Week 17 against Dallas). Prior to 2015, he played in 31 of 32 games over his last two seasons. In the eight regular season games that Jackson did play in last season, he recorded 30 catches for 528 yards and four touchdowns; project that over the course of a 16 game season, and that’s over 1,000 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. In 2014, Jackson had 1,169 yards and six receiving touchdowns with the Redskins revolving door at quarterback; so, the questions about his level of productivity are totally baseless. Finally, Jackson might’ve griped his way out of Philadelphia, but he’s been a great teammate in Washington. He’s looked the best he has in training camps, so far, as a member of the Redskins, and he spent the entire offseason working hard at the team facility. Jackson could be in line for a pretty big season in 2016, perhaps in line with the numbers we used to see him put up in Philadelphia during his prime.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Similarly, another wide receiver named “Jackson” is falling to absurdly low depths in most fantasy drafts — often being taken outside of the top 45 wide receivers — because of injuries curtailing his production in 2015. Vincent Jackson put up only 33 receptions, 543 yards, and three touchdowns in 10 games last year. But, he’s come into training camp determined for a bounce-back season. Last year was the first time since 2010 when Jackson missed a single game due to injury; prior to 2015, Jackson hadn’t missed a game in four years. As a member of the Buccaneers, he was ranked among the top 15 wide receivers in the NFL each year (including 2014, in Mike Evans’ rookie season). In his first five healthy games of last season, he still had 21 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns (extrapolated over a full season, that would be 67 receptions for 979 yards and six touchdowns). With another year of experience for Jameis Winston, and teams increasingly keying on Evans, Jackson could be in for a nice rebound season, and should be a solid WR3 for most teams.

Theo Riddck, RB, Detroit Lions — Riddick should be on the radar for everyone playing in a PPR or half-PPR this season. Entering 2015 as mostly an afterthought, Riddick finished 19th among running backs in standard PPR scoring leagues, putting him firmly in the RB2 mix. He actually led the league in receptions among running backs (80 catches), was the second most targeted running back (99 targets), had the second most receiving yards among running backs (697 yards), and tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns. Riddick is often around the 40th running back taken in PPR/half-PPR leagues, making him a total bargain for players who are savvy enough to grab him in the middle-to-late rounds of the draft.

[Analysis by NFL expert Rajan Nanavati]

Are Packers Misusing Aaron Rodgers?

Nearly every season, the question about Rodgers wasting his time with the Packers intensely resurfaces. Currently, the headline to such a mindboggling question is somewhat ironic and crazy. At only 32-years-of-age, Rodgers’ prime might go on for approximately seven or eight seasons. As Super Bowl picks take shape, the idea that Aaron Rodgers’ prime is being wasted at the Packers seems irrelevant because most quarterbacks still play at high levels even after their 30s.

A statistical analysis of all games that Rodgers has started for the Packers stands 80-39. Last season, he led his team to win four consecutive NFC North trophies. Furthermore, thePackers have made it to the playoffs for seven consecutive times. An icing to their cake of great run and fun was winning Super Bowl XLV as well. Provided that a team has an incredible QB, they can reach the Super Bowl championships easily, while keeping in mind that around thirty-two competitive organizations are in contest for the prize.

Technically, the Packers usually go through some unfathomable playoff losses. Many people believe that the best NFL teams have always won all the 50 Super Bowls. In a deeper perspective, the best teams usually strive to win several elimination championships, but strange things occur, and the Packers are one of the victims.

In a wildcard match in 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals, Rodgers played incredibly well to force overtime. However, he unintentionally kicked a loose ball to Karlos Dansby, who made a perfect catch for a touchdown. In their 2011 opening playoff match against the Giants, the 15-1 Packers lost that game heavily. In 2013, when the Packers played against the San Francisco 49ers in a home playoff match, the last play of the game handed them a painful loss. Rodgers had broken his collarbone a week prior to the game and he couldn’t help much. Some may say its bad luck, but I think the best teams rarely emerge victorious.

The unkindest loss among all that the Packers have suffered is their 2014 NFC championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. Morgan Burnett enigmatically slid as if the match had ended to crown the Packers as the winners. Afterwards, things went haywire, and Seattle, winning the game in overtime,ended their Super Bowl absence. In their last season’s game against the Cardinals, the packers got lucky to play overtime after making a touchdown at the end of regulation. However, their losing streak continued in a distressing manner. A 75-yard play sealed the game for the Cardinals after Larry Fitzgerald was left unguarded.

Green Bay has  had their sweet share of luck when it comes to winning ways. In 2010, the Packers traded their luck for a chance to reach the playoffs, which led them to winning a Super Bowl. However, people who believe the packers are wasting Rodgers’ prime must be the same people who thought that LeBron James legacy depended on the final game  theof 2016 NBA Finals. Even the best teams can lose the easiest games in their schedule because team sports have many things involved than the final matches.

Many teams have shown their consistency in winning playoffs without clinching any major title. Getting back to winning ways require a combination of luck and sacrificing some of your best players as well. It is ridiculous that some still think that the Packers are wasting Rodgers’ prime. However, since Rodgers has played as a starter in his first eight seasons, he should  now deliver more!

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FF-Winners.com’s Three Quarterbacks to Avoid in 2016-7

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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders — Through the first eight games of last season, Derek Carr looked like a superstar-in-the-making, throwing for 2,094 yards, 19 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Then, in the second half of the season, his stats dropped to  1893 yards, 13 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. So, the simple question is: if you draft Derek Carr next season, which version of him are you getting? With all the free agent moves the Raiders made in the offseason, there’s going to be a lot pressure on them. Teams definitely won’t overlook them, the way they might’ve in 2015. Plus, given the fact that the Raiders don’t exactly have a dynamic running game, there’s going to be even more pressure on Carr to put the offense on his shoulders. How will he respond to that pressure, considering he’s only in his third NFL season? We’re not necessarily saying you should outright “avoid” Derek Carr,  because there is a lot of upside (especially in leagues with any keeper options). But we’d be a little reluctant to bank on him as a sure-fire QB1, as he was for stretches of last season, and as many envision him being this season.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons — A few years ago, Matt Ryan seemed almost destined to break into the echelon of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. But over the last three years, he’s only gone 18-30 as a starter, and his TD-to-INT ratio has dropped from 2.1 to 1.6. In 2015, he only threw for 21 touchdown passes, which was the 2nd lowest total of his career. Conversely, he also threw 16 interceptions (the second highest interception total of his career), four of which came in the red zone (the 2nd highest number in the NFL of such stat, only behind Eli Manning). Oh, and should we also mention his career-high 12 fumbles? At points last season, there were whispers of a near-mutiny by the Falcons offensive player, against Kyle Shanahan’s offensive schemes. Shanahan’s offense very much predicated on play-action passes, which isn’t something that Matt Ryan has shown a great proficiency with. Another season with bumps and hiccups in this offensive scheme won’t be good for business. At the point in the draft where you’d think about taking Matt Ryan, w’d be much more comfortable with guys like Matt Stafford (who could have a really nice season under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter), Ryan Tannehill (who could have a big bounce-back season working under Adam Gase), or even Jameis Winston (who’s come into training camp in fantastic shape, and looking to improve on a very promising rookie season).

Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos — Brock Osweiler is currently ranked anywhere between the #20 and #25 quarterback in fantasy next season, so it’s not like people aren’t already avoiding him. But, for those of you who think that Osweiler might be “Matt Schaub 2.0” for the Texans, we wouldn’t hold your breath. In an offense in Denver that had more depth than the one he’ll be playing with in Houston, he threw for 1,967 yards passing, 10 touchdowns, and six interceptions; extrapolate that over a full season, and you’re looking at less than 4,000 yards passing and about 20 touchdowns. Neither of those are titillating numbers. Again, we realize that he’s only in the backup/QB2 discussion for nearly everyone, but even as a backup, we think you’re better off letting someone like Jay Cutler or even Ryan Fitzpatrick fall into your lap.

[Analysis by NFL expert Rajan Nanavati]

FF-Winners.com’s Three NFL Receivers to Avoid in 2016-7

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Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers — We’re not necessarily advocating “avoiding” Cobb altogether, because we still think he’s going to have a (relatively) productive season. But,we do think he’s being a bit overdrafted in most leagues. Given the circumstances around him, we think Cobb is closer to a top end WR3, versus a WR2 that he’s often being picked as. With the return of Jordy Nelson — Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver — there’s just no way Cobb is going to lead the team in receptions, targets, and receiving yards next season.  On top of that, Davante Adams is going to be better (he had nagging injuries for all of 2015 which really hampered his performance), Jeff Janis has had a great camp, and so has tight end Richard Rodgers . All of those guys could siphon off production from Cobb, who was basically Rodgers’ only reliable target last season (Rodgers and James Jones did a lot of their damage based off improvisation, and James knowing exactly where to go in those circumstances). Even in PPR leagues, we would take a chance on a couple of younger receivers with high breakout potential — like DeVante Parker from Miami or Donte Moncrief from Indianapolis, both of whom are being taken after Cobb in most leagues — instead of putting a lot of eggs in the Randall Cobb basket.

Michael Crabtree, Oakland — For the first half of the 2015 season, Michael Crabtree was a total stud. In the Raiders first eight games, he had 47 receptions, 591 yards, and five touchdowns. But over the next eight games, those numbers dropped to 38 receptions, 331 yards, and four touchdowns. Going into 2016, it’s not like Crabtree is a highly coveted fantasy commodity; he’s somewhere towards the bottom end of the top 40 receivers, putting him firmly as a WR3. The problem is, wewouldn’t even take him that high. Amari Cooper — a superstar in the making — is going to take the mantle of Derek Carr’s most targeted receiver, away from Crabtree. The team is also really high on second year tight end Clive Walford (who could be a breakout star in his own right in 2016), and young-but-raw receiver Seth Roberts. For my money, we’d much rather take a chance on guys like Marvin Jones, Tyler Lockett, Torrey Smith, or Dorial Green-Beckham (all of whom are being drafted after Crabtree in most leagues). They all present much higher upside potential than Crabtree.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins — It happens far too often in fantasy football leagues: someone overdrafts one of the big name rookies. But, even as a Redskins fan myself, we think we should pause on chasing rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson. Don’t get me wrong: he, by many people’s accounts, might’ve been the best wide receiver prospect in this year’s draft. The problem is, he’s stuck in a situation where there are just too many other talented veteran receivers. How many targets can we really expect Doctson to see, when he has DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, tight end Jordan Reed, and even second year receiver Jamison Crowder (who the team envisions as their full-time slot receiver in three receiver sets) ahead of him? At least in year one, we think Doctoson may get some looks in the red zone, for fade pass/jump ball opportunities at most. But, consider 2015 to be his “NFL redshirt year.” In dynasty leagues, Doctson is worth an early investment, if you’re perfectly ok with the idea that there will be minimal returns early on. But in redraft leagues, we don’t think he’s worth taking very high, because we don’t think he’s even going to match the stats that some of the top 2015 rookie receivers — Amari Cooper and DeVante Parker — put up last year.

[Analysis by NFL expert Rajan Nanavati]

Comeback? Comeback? Johnny Football Manziel OMG!

Jonathan Paul Manziel, popularly known as Johnny Manziel by NFL fans, the mention of his name stirs a melancholic mood of a career cut short by not so popular choices. While the troubled quarterback admits that he is drafting a comeback, he remains with no team to train with as NFL training camps set to open. Manziel who was relieved of his playing duties by Cleveland Browns after two seasons full of distractions, assured his fans and followers on social media that his career is far from over. As a new season dawns, NFL predictions against the spread will seemingly become popular.

Manziel did not hold anything back as he expressed how badly he wanted to get back into action. In his social media platforms, he appreciated the way his fans and followers write about him. He openly corrected them by saying that he is not about what they read. He also added that he loves all his fans although some of their comments suck.

Controversies of Manziel Career

Manziel is a talented player; however his career has been full of distractions and is a clear portrait of a spoilt player. Below are some of the misconducts that he displayed on the course of his career;

2012 Arrest – Manziel Disorderly Behavior

On the fateful night of June 29th, 2012, Manziel was arrested and charged with failure to identify, possession of a forged driver’s license and disorderly conduct. After his arrest, his head coach favored him and selected him as the starting quarterback at Texas A&M’s.

2013 Off-season – Manziel Takes his Pride to Another Level

With his new found star status, Manziel gained personal pride and drew media attention for his bad behavior off the field. He was kicked out at a fraternity party at the University of Texas. Other misbehavior include early departure after oversleeping at the Manning Passing Academy and getting under the spotlight of NCAA after alleged payments for autographs. Although NCAA did not find any evidence, Manziel was suspended or the first half of the season.

2015 Off-season – Autographs Request Becomes Messy

On May 30, a heckler requested Manziel for his autograph on the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. The heckler kept asking for one pushing Manziel to respond by throwing a water bottle at the heckler. Luckily, he missed and no criminal charges were pressed.

2015 Season-Intolerable Behavior

During the October season of 2015, Manziel was fighting with his girlfriend in his car. He admitted that he had drunk a few, luckily, no charges were made. Not long after this, on November, a video of Manziel partying surfaced on the internet forcing his coach to demote him to the third string. Later during the final games, Manziel got a concussion. Funny enough, he failed to show up to the team medic which is a requirement.

2016 Off-season – From Bad to Worse

After putting up with his behavior for long, Manziel’s Marketing Agency –LRMR terminated its works with Manziel. This was followed by the announcement by his representative Erik Burkhardt that he would no longer represent him. As that was not enough, the police department opened a criminal investigation on Manziel claiming domestic violence.

Things were falling apart for Manziel, on April 19, 2016, he was fired by his agent and on the same day Nike terminated their relationship with Manziel.

What Next for the NFL Quarterback?

In his recent statement with the Washington Post, Manziel re-assured his fans and followers that he is actually doing well. He added that he has put things into perspective and he is going to focus on being healthy, in fact, he had set up an in-house gym.

Despite his disappointing career, Manziel said that he is doing all it takes to make it right and as he waits for a team, he is exploring his options to see what the future has in store for him.

Top 5 NFL MVP Contenders in 2016-7

There is no greater on-field honor for a player in the NFL than to receive the Most Valuable Player Award. The fact that only a single defensive player has ever won the MVP award explains why Super Bowl odds are so absurdly in favor of offensive players to win this year, with the top five candidates most likely to take the award in 2016 including the following:

1). Cam Newton

Many a player knows how to stay in the pocket and make all the right throws. Newton does all that, and he can also escape the pocket and run. With Kevin Benjamin returning to complement Devin Funchess’ abilities, Newton’s chances of winning the MVP award this time round are relatively decent. Though very few players have been crowned MVP two years in a row, Newton has a legitimate shot at taking the award home this year.

2). Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers underperformed in 2015, and Aaron Rodgers wasn’t exactly at his best. However, his failures in 2015 haven’t made him any less of a phenomenal quarterback. Clearly, he is determined to reclaim his throne.

With Jordy Nelson (who just recovered from an ACL injury) returning this season, and Randall Cobb having already proven his mettle in previous seasons, Rodgers has all the tools at his disposal to take the crown in 2016.

Some people are also quite excited about Eddie Lacy’s performance this season. Following a successful campaign in 2014, Lacy put on a few pounds, pounds that he has since worked to lose, making him one of Rodger’s more reliable allies this time round.

3). JJ Watt

The general consensus is that Watt is the best defensive player the NFL has today. If there is one defensive player that could possibly take the MVP award in 2016, it is Watt. Coming in second in votes a few seasons ago, Watt has cemented his position in his particular field by winning the ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ award three times in a row.

Watt’s power and finesse have enabled him to overcome many double teams, and you do not find too many defensive players with a combination of power and finesse in the NFL.

4). Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is a legitimately impressive player. The fact that Receivers do not generally receive awards says a lot about Antonio Brown, that he is such a serious contender for the MVP award.

With 1,834 yards on 136 catches and ten touchdowns, Brown could have accomplished so much more if he had played the entire season. Arguably the best Wide Receiver in the NFL, the Steelers are going to depend on him to bring them glory.

If all goes well, Brown could actually break Calvin Johnson’s receiving yards record.

5). Russell Wilson

Wilson’s ability to win games is undisputed. He proved it this last season. For a long time, people saw Wilson as a great running quarterback that was most comfortable while throwing outside the pocket.

This image was shattered when Marshawn Lynch was injured. Wilson started throwing the ball more, this allowing him to show what he could really do. Wilson has a decent chance of taking the MVP award.

 

FF-Winners.com’s Two Running Backs To Avoid in 2016

It happens every year.  It was Eddie Lacy in 2015, Doug Martin in 2014, and CJ Spiller in 2013. Every year, someone ends up taking the high profile player that ends up absolutely tanking their fantasy team’s chances all season.

To prevent that, let’s take a look at a couple of guys to  avoid for 2016:

DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans — He’s nowhere near as high up on draft boards this year as he’s been in years past, but in a standard scoring (non-PPR) league, we still have DeMarco Murray outside of my top 25 running backs. Consider the fact that the Eagles signed Murray to a highly lucrative $42 million contract for five years just one season ago, and were compelled enough to trade away Murray just one season later. Frankly, you can’t blame the Eagles, either. After handing Murray all that money, he responded with the lowest yards per carry of his career (3.6). He played in 15 games last season, but only had one game with over 100 yards rushing; outside of that one game, he ran for less than 85 yards in every other game. Over the last eight games of the Eagles season, Murray ran for less than 70 yards in each of them. It’s no wonder that he spent time in Chip Kelly’s proverbial doghouse, just weeks after supposedly being the centerpiece of a vaunted rushing attack that Kelly was supposed to unleash. So, again, why is it going to get any better under Mike Mularkey? The last time Mularkey was a head coach (in 2012 with the Jacksonville Jaguars), his top three running backs combined couldn’t crack 1,000 yards. In his entire NFL career Murray has only played in all 16 games for one of them (in 2014), and if (or when?) he goes down, he’s got a stable of young running backs — David Cobb (the Titans 5th round pick in 2015), Antonio Andrews (the team’s leading rusher from last year), and Derrick Henry (the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and the Titans 2nd round pick in 2016) — waiting to take his job. Stay away from Murray.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons — scoff as you might, just take a look at the facts. Between Weeks 3 through 7 last year, Freeman was the most productive running back in fantasy football, putting up 578 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in only five games.  But don’t let that sample size influence you too much. In the other 26 games of Freeman’s career, he’s ran for a total of 726 yards and four rushing touchdowns. His yards per carry in Week 3 through Week 7 last year was 5.3; over those other 26 games, his yards per carry drops to 3.29. Over the last eight games of the 2015 season, Freeman ran for 440 yards. In other words: he ran for 130 more yards over five weeks than he did over the last eight weeks of the season. The Falcons may have beefed up the interior of the offensive line (having signed Pro Bowl center Alex Mack), but that could just as well help running back Tevin Coleman: the guy who many thought would win the starting job last year. There’s plenty of reason to believe that Coleman could still develop into the running back that gets more carries for the Falcons, with Freeman being the change-of-pace and third down specialist running back.

[Analysis by NFL expert Rajan Nanavati]

Sleepers, Stars, and Busts To Look For In 2016-7 Fantasy Football

rp_hqdefault.jpgWith the start of the NFL season just a couple of months away, fantasy football fans are trying to figure out which players will have breakout seasons that will make them valuable to their teams. While fantasy football obviously has nothing to do with Super Bowl odds, there is still a lot of money to be made in private leagues and online daily fantasy sites.

To assist fantasy football fans find the right players for their teams, we have done some extensive research on players that will provide a lot of value, and sleeper picks that most people aren’t yet aware about.

Some of the sleepers picks to consider selecting this year are:

Torrie Smith
Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers
The fast wide receiver did not perform well for fantasy owners last season mostly because of the coaching and quarterback situation the San Francisco 49ers had last year. This year, Smith has a head coach in Chip Kelly, who likes to air the ball out. With Anquan Boldin still unsigned, Smith is the best receiver the 49ers have, which means he will get the ball a lot this season. If you need more proof, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin each had career years when they played for Kelly.

Ryan Tannehil
Quarterback, Miami Dolphins
Tannehil is another player that can be drafted in the later rounds because most people will hesitate to take him due to his dismal performance last season. We believe Tannehil is going to have a breakout season because the Dolphins made an effort to get him some weapons he can throw to, and the team also hired Adam Gase, who is considered an offensive genius, as their head coach.

Antonio Gates
Tight End, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL for most of his career, but suffered injuries that forced him to miss a lot of games last year. Due to the injuries, Gates stats were down, bit when healthy, he is still one of the best in the league. Since he is also quarterback Phillip Rivers’ favorite target, expect him to be targeted a lot this season.

These are some of the players we believe will be breakouts next season:

Ezekiel Elliot,
Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
A lot of people will use high picks selecting Elliot because he was one of the best running backs in college last season, and he will be playing behind the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, which is considered to be one of the best in the NFL.

We also believe Elliot is worth the risk because he will likely beat out Darren McFadden for the starting job in training camp, and he is also the first running back to come out of college in a long time that looks like he was born to play in the NFL. Being compared to Adrian Peterson also helps his cause.

Carson Palmer
Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
Palmer is a quarterback that you can take in the middle rounds and still get a lot of value from. Last season, he led the NFL in passes that travelled at least 10 yards and was fifth in QBR on those throws. The Arizona Cardinals also had one of the best offenses in the league because Palmer had the best season of his career. Last season, Palmer was coming off a season ending injury and performed well, this year, he isn’t going into training camp healthier than he has been in a long time, and is expected to have an even better year.

John Brown
Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals
Brown had a breakout season last year, gaining over 1,000 receiving yards in his second season in the league. Now that he is more comfortable in the offense, he will have an even better season because Carson Palmer is playing the best football of his career right now, and he has Larry Fitzgerald on the other side of the ball to take some attention away from him.

These are the players to stay away from this year:

Phillip Rivers
Quarterback, San Diego Chargers
Rivers will be one of the quarterbacks people will want to take early because he threw for over 4,700 yards last season. However, the statistics can be a little misleading, because he didn’t throw a lot of touchdowns last year, and he threw a lot of interceptions, meaning you won’t get a lot of points from him as your starting quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater
Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
Bridgewater is definitely a quarterback you want to stay away from, especially after last season, which was supposed to be a breakout season for him. The fact that the Vikings are a run oriented team means Bridgewater won’t throw the ball as much as other quarterbacks, which is why he isn’t worth a high pick.