Tyreek Hill and the NFL’s other Fastest Players – 2017

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Running fast on a track is one thing. But playing fast — in full pads — is what strikes fear in opponents.

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FF-Winners.Com 2017-8 NFC West Preview

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings NFL Forecasting Team News  winners preview  The story of the NFC West for the 2017-2018 season doesn’t really appear to be any different than the story we’ve seen in recent years: there are two teams in the division with legitimate aspirations of a deep playoff run, and then two teams that are still mired in a prolonged rebuilding process.

At the start of the season, it’s really hard to see anyone other than the Seattle Seahawks being the favorite to win the division crown. While the team sputtered to a 6-4-1 record over its last 11 games last year, they were decimated by injuries to so many key players. Even from a purely mathematical standpoint, it’s difficult for a team to endure that level of injury issues for yet another season. In doing his part to stay healthy through the course of the season, Russell Wilson came into training camp this year in the best shape of his life, working with celebrity nutritionist Dr. Philip Goglia in the offseason, losing 10lbs of weight and dropping his body fat by 6%. With no real superstud at running back — the team will cobble together a ground game featuring Green Bay Packers castoff Eddie Lacy, incumbent Thomas Rawls, and 2016 draft picks C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins — this offense really belongs to Wilson now. It’s much more about him running the show, throwing the football to Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, and tight end Jimmy Graham. If the patchwork offensive line can simply give him any time to actually get the football out, he could be poised for an MVP-caliber season. And, of course, you can’t talk about the Seahawks without mentioning the defense. The unit will return nine of 11 starters, including defensive backbone Earl Thomas, meaning it should once again be as stout as we’ve come to know it in recent years.

Enduring an injury-riddled season in 2016 themselves, the Arizona Cardinals are looking to rebound closer to the form which saw them win an NFL-high 13 games in 2015. The biggest question for the Cardinals — along the lines of staying healthy — will be whether Carson Palmer’s arm can hold up for all 16 games, especially in an offense that demands a lot of vertical throws. Palmer has shown a penchant in recent years for starting out the season hot, but demonstrating arm fatigue as the year goes on. Of course, the latter the could be mitigated as the team begins to rely more on superstar running back David Johnson, whose combined 2,118 yards from scrimmage last year was second most in the NFL. Johnson’s ability as a running back and pass catcher make him one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL, and will likely make him the focal point of a somewhat aging Cardinals offense. Arizona’s defense faces questions of their own around health and personnel, especially as they’re looking for the return of a healthy Tyrann Mathieu — who finished last season on injured reserve for the third time in four years — and to overcome the loss of defensive lineman Calais Campbell. However, Arizona has done an excellent job in “restocking the cupboard” on defense with young talent, starting with defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (their top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft), linebacker Haason Reddick (taken with their first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft) and safety Budda Baker (their second round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft). There are still plenty of core players left on this team to lead them to one last deep playoff run, if things can finally break right for them.

During an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks, (now former) head coach Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams chastised his team for resembling a football team destined for a 7-9 record. Little did Fisher realize that his team would be so lucky as to finish with a 7-9 record. The Rams finished a 4-12 record at season’s end, and Fisher didn’t even make it through the season before he was dismissed from his position (which many saw as long-overdue move). As his replacement, the Rams went in the total opposite direction, hiring offensive wunderkind Sean McVay — the former offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins — and making him the youngest head coach in NFL history (he was officially hired just days before his 31st birthday). McVay’s primary responsibility will be to rectify all the damage that Fisher and his staff did to quarterback Jared Goff, the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, McVay smartly hired defensive guru Wade Phillips, the latter of whom is only two years away from overseeing a defense that led its team to a Super Bowl victory (in Denver). Supposedly, the early whispers from the new regime are filled with glowing optimism, and everything you hear out of Los Angeles is that the player recognize what a difference in experience, leadership, and intellectual horsepower the new coaching staff has already brought. However, this roster still has major holes to fill — mostly on offense — before it can consider itself a contender in this division.

Rounding out the NFC West is the San Francisco 49ers, who underwent a much-needed housecleaning of their own last season, dismissing long time General Manager Trent Baalke and embattled head coach Chip Kelly. In their place will be new head coach Kyle Shanahan, fresh off leading the Atlanta Falcons to one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, and new General Manager John Lynch, a surprise hire who lobbied Shanahan for the unorthodox opportunity of jumping straight from the broadcast booth to being the man in charge of a team’s front office. The two of them went to work adding numerous players to a roster that was badly in need of a talent infusion all over the board. At quarterback, journeymen Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley will vie for the team’s starting job in the near future, but it wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprising to see them them address the position with one of their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft (which looks to have a quarterback class absolutely loaded with talent). Early on, they’ll look to the defense to keep them in games, after spending a first round pick on a defensive lineman — Soloman Thomas from Stanford University — for the third year in a row, and then trading up into the latter part of the first round to select linebacker Rueben Foster from the University of Alabama. The defense has some really intriguing players in pass rushing specialist Elvis Dumvervil, stalwart linebacker NaVorro Bowman, free safety Jimmy Ward, and defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead (their first round picks in 2016 and 2015 respectively). But, with a much-needed roster turnover taking place over the long-term, this team is still years away from being ready to make any real noise in the division.

LEAKED VIDEO: Julian Edelman is practicing at Tom Brady’s ranch!

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The Top 15 NFL players with the Most Receiving Yards

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  1. Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 2000, the Oakland Raiders from 2001 to 2004, the Seattle Seahawks from 2004 to 2005, and the Denver Broncos in 2005. He had a total of 22 895 receiving yards.

  1. Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1996 to 2003, the Philadelphia Eagles from 2004 to 2005, the Dallas Cowboys from 2006 to 2008, and the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He had 15 934 receiving yards.

  1. Randy Moss

Randy Moss played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1998 to 2004, and again in 2010, the Oakland Raiders from 2005 to 2006, New England from 2007 to 2019, the Tennessee Titans in 2010, and the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. He had 15 292 receiving yards.

  1. Isaac Bruce

Bruce played for the L.A. /St. Louis Rams from 1994 to 2007, and the San Francisco 49ers from 2008 to 2009. He had 15 208 total receiving yards.

  1. Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1997 to 2008, and the Atlanta Falcons from 2009 to 2013. He had 15 127 receiving yards.

  1. Tim Brown

Brown played for the L.A./Oakland Raiders from 1998 to 2003 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004. He had 14 934 receiving yards.

  1. Steve Smith Sr.

The senior Steve Smith played for the Carolina Panthers from 2001 to 2013, and the Baltimore Ravens from 2014 to 2016. He made 14 732 total receiving yards, and was a favourite with sports betting NZ sites offering markets for the NFL.

  1. Marvin Harrison

Harrison played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1996 to 2008, and made 14 580 receiving yards.

  1. Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald has been a member of the Arizona Cardinals since 2004, and has made a total of 14 389 receiving yards.

  1. Reggie Wayne

Wayne played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2001 to 2014, and had 14 345 receiving yards.

  1. Andre Johnson

Johnson played for the Houston Texans from 2003 to 2014, the Indianapolis Colts in 2015 and the Tennessee Titans in 2016. His total receiving yards was 14 185.

  1. James Lofton

 James Lofton played for the Green Bay Packers from 1978 to 1986, the Los Angeles Raiders from 1987 to 1988, the Buffalo Bills from 1989 to 1992, and the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles in 1993. His total receiving yards was 14 004.

  1. Cris Carter

Carter played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1987 to 1989, the Minnesota Vikings from 1990 to 2001, and the Miami Dolphins in 2002. He had 13 899 total receiving yards.

  1. Anquan Boldin

Boldin played for the Arizona Cardinals from 2003 to 2009, the Baltimore Ravens from 2010 to 2012, the San Francisco 49ers from 2013 to 2015, and has been a member of the Detroit Lions since 2016. His total receiving yards is 13 779.

  1. Henry Ellard

Henry Ellard played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1983 to 1993, the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 1998, and the New England Patriots in 1998. His total receiving yards was 13 777.

FF-Winners.Com 2017-8 NFC East Preview

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings NFL Forecasting Team News  winners preview  Here’s one thing we know, for sure, about the NFC East: history tells us that, for as good as the Dallas Cowboys were last season, it’s far from a foregone conclusion that they’ll repeat as division champions. After all, a different team has won the division in each of the last six years, and only one team has won the division crown in back-to-back seasons over the past decade (Philadelphia did so in 2010 and 2011).

You could easily make the argument that the Dallas Cowboys were, in fact, the second best team in the NFL last season, behind the New England Patriots. They finished with 13 wins, which was more than anyone else in the NFC. They didn’t lose a single game between the middle of September and the middle of November. And they featured what was far and away the most dominant rushing attack in the NFL. So, the simple question for them is: what can they do in 2017 for an encore? For as magical as the rookie seasons were for quarterback Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the harder part will be replicating their performances from their first year during their second year in the NFL, now that teams have much more film to study. The Cowboys might have brought back 10 of their 11 starters on offense to help keep things familiar, but this team will have a target on its back all season long.

The New York Giants finished the 2016 ranked eighth in the total number of passes they threw on offense last year, but they apparently decided that their solution to dethroning the Dallas Cowboys involved throwing the football even more. How else would that explain their acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, in what could have been the most underrated free agent acquisition in the entire league. Putting Marshall on the opposite side of Odell Beckham Jr. has the potential to create nightmares for any opposing defensive coordinator who even considers the idea of rolling their coverage towards Beckham’s side of the field. On top of that, the Giants went and drafted tight end Evan Engram out of Ole Miss, who perfectly fits the mold of the new age, ultra-athletic tight end we’re seeing in the league. His combination of size (6’3 and 236lbs) and speed (a legitimate 4.41 in the 40 yard dash) will give quarterback Eli Manning a weapon the likes of which he’s never had in his career at tight end.

Conversely, the Washington Redskins decided to try and keep last year’s third-ranked offense together with duct tape and cheap replacements, while devoting their offseason resources to fixing a defense that was the fifth worst in the league in 2016. The Redskins totally revamped the defensive line that was the source of much consternation last year, adding defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacey McGee via free agency, and pouncing on defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (after he shockingly fell that far on draft night). On top of that, they added former Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Brown and safety DJ Swearinger to patch up a couple of their other major trouble spots from last year. If they can get contributions from the oft-injured Junior Galette (who’s missed the last two seasons due to injury) and Ryan Anderson (their second round pick in the last draft), the offense is still plenty good enough to help this team make some serious noise next year.

For the Philadelphia Eagles, who are coming off back-to-back losing seasons (the only team in the NFC East with that dubious distinction), their modus operandi for the immediate future is simple: do everything they can to help quarterback Carson Wentz develop. In Wentz’ rookie season last year, he looked absolutely terrific for stretches of the first half of the season, but looked much more like a rookie during the second half of the year. In his defense, having one of the worst groups of wide receivers in the NFL certainly didn’t help him. That’s a big reason why the Eagles went out and acquired wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, the top ranked receiver in free agency last season. Philadelphia also decided to kick the tires on receiver Torrey Smith, which raised a few eyebrows from those observing the league, as Smith looked like he had nothing left in the tank during his last two seasons in San Francisco. But if Jeffrey and Smith both work out as the outside receivers, that’ll allow promising young receiver Jordan Matthews to operate from the slot, where he presents a major match up dilemma because of his size advantage against nickel cornerbacks.

Simply put: no matter who might be the favorite to win this division in the beginning of the season, any of these four teams has the chance to be the one wearing the division crown by the end of the season. That’s just the way it is in the “NFC Beast.”

Fantasy Football: Don’t Buy Into The Hype of the Rookie Runners

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Fantasy Football Strategy  runners rookie football fantasy  Who knew that fantasy football could be so complicated? Up to thirty running backs selected in the 2017 NFL Draft season are expected to make a noticeable impact in fantasy football in the immediate future, and you can only imagine what that will do for the NFL betting picks for the 2018 season.

Rookies like Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, and Joe Mixon were selected in the first fifteen rounds of the ten-team NFL.Com draft. If that wasn’t enough, there is no end to the level of hype analysts are raising over Jamaal Williams, Kareem Hunt and Joe Williams.

It is hardly surprising that everyone expects depth charts to be dominated by these youngsters and more. And you would be hard-pressed to make a solid argument suggesting that this hype isn’t warranted.

Then again, does it make sense to overvalue players that haven’t even run a lap on an NFL gridiron? And it isn’t like this sort of hype has produced notable results in the past. Prognostications about rookies, especially the optimistic kind, rarely end well. Just look at DeMarco Murray. Everyone thought that his time with the Tennessee Titans was over after Derrick Henry, a Heisman winner was drafted. Murray went on to dominate that season.

If that sounds like it could be an isolated case, consider this; of all the rookie runners that have risen in the last decade, only two dozen have appeared in the top 25 in fantasy points. If those numbers do not make sense to you, that means only three rookie runners a year ranked in the top 25.

Whenever the draft season comes around and the hype surrounding rookies begins to rise, analysts and fans like to throw out names like Matt Forte, Chris Johnson and Jonathan Stewart from 2008. Those guys made it to the top 10 and it was a big deal. But one cannot ignore the fact that Rashard Mendenhall, Jamaal Charles and other high profile runners performed well below expectations.

Looking at the 2012 class, you can point to Doug Martin, Trent Richardson, and Alfred Morris as standouts. However, anyone who is anyone knows that 2012 didn’t have many talented options. The point is this: every rule has a few exceptions, and it seems a like a lot of analysts and fans in fantasy football are making their picks based on the exceptions instead of the rule.

Think about this. There have been 108 running backs in the NFL that have been selected in the first four rounds of the football draft over the previous decade. And among those running backs, only twenty-one have ever finished in the top 10.

Think about how demoralizing that figure should be, and then ask why rookie running backs are still being overvalued today.

Some rationale should be applied during the draft. And do not use the anxiety spreading online about rookie runners as an excuse to avoid rookie runners. That isn’t the take away here. The point here is this: be smart. Do not overreach for rookies. There are picks like Mixon that, while clearly impressive, should be saved for the third and the fourth rounds rather than the second. You do not want to miss on a player in the top fifty.

So, be smart.

Deep learning and neural networks

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See Tom Brady make hilarious motivational speech

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Tom Brady is having fun with this “Madden curse.”

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OMG! Our Health Impacts Our Wealth!

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Health & Fitness  wealth impacts health  The NFL 2017 pre-season approaches, and the preparations for fantasy football are well under way. This has become the highlight of the year for many fans. However, along with football season comes a marked increase in couch time and junk food. We all know that poor diet and lack of exercise can damage your health. Many people don’t realize that all that sitting around and eating junk hurts more than just their health. A great many financial costs associated with poor health come into play as well.

Poor health can cost a huge percentage of income over the course of a year, with issues stemming from obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure, to name a few. Along with the dramatically increased medical costs, which can stretch into the tens of thousands of dollars per year, those in poor health also face increased medical and life insurance costs.
And let’s not forget the added cost of keeping stocked up on all that junk. If we’re being honest, it’s much more likely that someone will eat an entire bag of chips in a single game than an entire bag of carrots, and the bag of carrots often cost less to begin with.

Cutting the number of times you eat out per year just in half can reduce annual expenses by thousands of dollars after taking into account the saved medical costs. Making a few small, smarter health choices through the 2017 can significantly reduce annual expenses. This won’t help you make a quick extra buck, but it can really improve your long game. Heck, you can make some pretty huge strides in just an hour of saving money or making money if you focus properly.

When the savings from a healthier lifestyle starts to reflect in the old bank account, investing those saved dollars or paying off debt faster can greatly improve the long-term financial future. Or you could turn those extra dollars towards some friendly fantasy football wagers instead…
Take a look at this infographic and see how much a few healthy changes can save over time.

Hot NFL Rookies to Spice Up Your Fantasy Team

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We’re only weeks away now, from the start of training camp for the 2017-2018 NFL season. That also means we’re also weeks away from many fantasy football leagues holding their draft. Given the influx of new talent in a star-studded 2017 NFL Draft, we wanted to provide a breakdown of the top two rookies at each offensive fantasy football position, so you can keep an eye on them in your draft.

Quarterback:

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans — It’s not entirely out of the question that Deshaun Watson could actually beat out incumbent quarterback Tom Savage, and win the starting job under center for the Texans. It’s not exactly like Savage lit the world on fire in his few starts last year. Watson is easily the most talented quarterback on the roster, and would have an offense filled with highly capable weapons around him to help him succeed.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears — Sure, Mike Glennon is currently listed as the starting quarterback in Chicago right now, and the plan is for Mitchell Trubisky to have something of a “redshirt” year in 2017. But the Bears didn’t take Trubisky with the second overall pick in the draft to keep him on the bench. Chicago is only one bad game by (or one injury to) Glennon away from declaring “the future is now” for Trubisky, and installing him as the full-time starter.

Running Back:

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars — In 2015, when the Jaguars offense enjoyed a breakout season of sorts, it came as a result of high-flying passing attack that challenged defenses vertically. The addition of Leonard Fournette will give defensive coordinators headaches, as they’ll be forced to choose between keeping more guys near the line of scrimmage to stop Fournette, or risking him running wild through the second level of the defense. Fournette is a borderline superhuman combination of power, speed, balance, agility and vision. He’ll only limited by the imagination of the Jaguars’ offense.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers — Simply put, Christian McCaffrey is going to add a brand new dimension to the Panthers offense. He’ll be an electric change-of-pace running back to Jonathan Stewart, and he’ll provide a receiving option out of the slot — with a lethal ability to produce yards after the catch — which quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t had at any point in his career. He could easily break 1,500 combined yards (rushing and receiving) his rookie season.

Wide Receiver:

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans — The Titans raised a few eyebrows when they selected Corey Davis with the fifth overall selection in the draft, especially considering Davis couldn’t work out during the pre-draft process, due to injury. But Davis finished college as the all-time leader in major college football in receiving yards (with 5,285 in four years), and was drafted to be the #1 receiving weapon for the emerging Marcus Mariota.

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals — The Bengals already have a superstar wide receiver in AJ Green, but offenses did everything they could to clamp down on Green last season, and force the Bengals to beat their defense with anyone else besides Green. That could open up a lot of opportunities for Ross to catch passes from quarterback Andy Dalton. Ross clearly has big play ability, as evidenced by his record-setting 4.22 time in the 40 yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine.

Tight End:

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Talk to any NFL draft analyst, and they’ll tell you two things: 1) O.J. Howard might have been one of the 8-to-10 best players in the 2017 NFL Draft at any position; and 2) the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got themselves one hell of a steal. He’s going to have the middle of the field wide open to himself, as defenses try to figure out how to stop Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

Evan Engram, New York Giants — Evan Engram might be listed as a tight end, but he’s one of the new-age tight ends who moves more like an enormous wide receiver. With legitimate 4.4 speed, he’s going to provide a target down the middle of the field for the Giants, of the likes they haven’t seen in a long time.

Kicker:

Zane Gonzalez, Cleveland Browns — Zane Gonzalez, whom the Cleveland Browns selected in the 7th round of the draft, left Arizona State University as the the all-time leader in field goals made in a college career. Incumbent Cody Parkey hit only 80 percent of his field goals in 14 games with the Browns last year, and they would be more than happy to see someone beat him out for the job.

Jake Elliott, Cincinnati Bengals — If a team selects a kicker in the draft, they’re usually doing so for a reason. The Bengals want Jake Elliott to come in and at least compete with — if not replace — incumbent Randy Bullock, who cost them at least one win last season.

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