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This week Randy Zellea (@randybsp) and Mike Tramontozzi (@mtramontozzi) are back on Real Sports Talk Radio produced Backsportspage.com . This week discuss the Big Winners and losers in the NFL. What is up with Brooklyn Nets?? The Knicks well.....Mike T and Randy will debate. Patrick Creighton from Sports Radio 610am in Houston joins us to give us a different perspective of the week it was. Call in and join the talk at 760-283-0846, #realsportstalkradio, #backsportspage
We have all heard the stereotypes before. Fantasy sports…nerdy. Reading books…nerdy. So what do we think about reading a book about fantasy sports? Well, two wrongs absolutely DO make a good write. In one of the more interesting viewpoints of friendship and camaraderie, ESPN Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry hit a homerun with his New York Times bestselling book “Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It.”
Since he entered the league in 2009, tight end Bear Pascoe has withstood the testament of what it takes to be a reliable NFL player. His balanced footwork, resilient approach, and dependable receiving ability have made him a solid option in the New York Giants offense.
Championship football teams often start with a successful running game, and the Baltimore Ravens have exactly that. Over the past five years, running back Ray Rice has proven to be one of the NFL’s most elusive backs, averaging five yards every time he takes a handoff and reeling in 60+ passes a year. He has all the intangibles for Baltimore fans that love smash-mouth football.
When NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 3rd overall pick in 1980, he was regarded as one of the most intimidating linemen in recent history. His rigorous workout routine and 6’6’’ stature helped solidify a potent Bengals offense, while frightening defenses around the league. Munoz went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL, compiling 11 Pro Bowls, 3 Offensive Lineman of the Year Awards, 2 AFC Championships, a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and a Bart Starr Man of the Year Award.
For football fans around the world, the NFL Draft is one of the most exciting events of the year. It supplies organizations with a pool of the best collegiate athletes across the country to either help rebuild or create depth. For the college athletes entering into the draft, however, the level of excitement is even greater.
THE FUTURE HALL-OF-FAMER SPEAKS ABOUT HIS MISSION
DAN BIDS FAREWELL TO THE 2011 FANTASY SEASON IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
Congratulations to the 2011 Fantasy Football Champions!
However, those of you who won your league already have little, if any, reason to read this week’s column, so perhaps I should congratulate those of you who insist on continuing your fantasy playoffs into the 17th week of the regular season, as you are the only ones who will probably be interested in my picks this week.
I don’t want to waste much time this week before getting into the picks, so let’s do a quick recap of Week 16 before we get into Week 17.
DAN SORTS THROUGH THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY FROM HIS PRESEASON PREDICTIONS IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
Welcome to the fantasy football championship round!
Now, I realize the championship round really only matters to two owners in each league (or possibly four, if you have a third-place game) but it’s still important because it marks the end of the fantasy season.
All the time you devoted back in August preparing for your draft has just as much, if not more, to do with how your team finished than the work you did in trades, waiver wire transactions, and setting your lineup throughout the year.
With that in mind, I wanted to take a look back at the draft guide I wrote back in August and see how my predictions held up over the course of the season. This will give you something to go by when considering whose advice to take when draft time rolls around next year.
DAN AND DEMARCO MURRAY'S SEASONS COME TO ABRUPT ENDS IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
It can all change in a split second.
One second, the fantasy God’s giveth with the emergence of DeMarco Murray, and in one play, they taketh away with a season-ending ankle injury.
One second, the fantasy God’s taketh away Greg Jennings with a regular season-ending knee injury, and they giveth Donald Driver and James Jones as viable options in the fantasy playoffs.
Fantasy football is just as unpredictable–if not more so–than NFL football. The same way Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have to maintain their march towards perfection without their best wide receiver, fantasy owners have to find a way to replace their second-round pick with a waiver wire free agent in the middle of the playoffs.
DAN HANDS OUT FANTASY MVP AND LVP AWARDS IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
Welcome to the fantasy football playoffs! Or if you spent your first two draft picks on Jamaal Charles and Peyton Manning, welcome to the fantasy football offseason!
Many teams were destined for the playoffs immediately after their fantasy draft took place, while others became contenders through trades and good fortune throughout the season. Some teams playoff chances were sunk as soon as their first round pick went down with a season ending injury, while others were made because their late-round handcuff transformed into a top-tier fantasy player.
With that in mind, I wanted to take a look back and hand out the fantasy MVPs and LVPs at every position this week. Yes, I realize the playoffs will have some say as to who actually is the most valuable at the end of the year, but football hands out its regular season MVP award with no regard for playoff performance, so I’m going to do the same.
DAN REFLECTS ON A WACKY WEEK AROUND THE NFL IN THIS EDITION OF START HIM! SIT HIM!
Remember when you drafted your team and you started looking at each player’s schedule to figure out whom you may be playing in the final weeks of the regular season as you were fighting for playoff positioning?
You were probably saying things to yourself like, “Jamaal Charles has tough matchups against Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Jets in Weeks 12-14, but I should be fine!” Or, “Michael Vick may put up 50 fantasy points against New England in Week 12! You guys are all suckers!”
Well, how’s that working out for you?
DAN SAYS EVERY NFL TEAM HAS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and I thought it would be fun to look around the NFL landscape at all 32 teams and reveal what each fan base has to be thankful for this holiday season. It’s done in power rankings order–as I see it–from worst to first; and while there are no surprises in where it starts or where it ends, the fact remains that everyone has something for which to be grateful.
DAN TACKLES THE FANTASY FOOTBALL ANOMALY KNOWN AS TIM TEBOW IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
If anyone ever asks you to explain fantasy football to them, you can do so by simply stating: Anyone who is good in real life, is good in fantasy.
It’s a generalization, but it really is true. Any QB who throws for 4,000 yards in real life is good in fantasy. Any RB or WR who has over 1,200 yards is good in fantasy. Any defense that is tough to score on is good in fantasy.
So how, then, do you explain that Tim Tebow is valuable in fantasy football?
DAN GETS TEBOWED IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!
Have you ever heard someone say, “I would have won this week if I had just played ___________”? Maybe that player was someone they were strongly considering playing, or maybe it was someone they had buried on their bench that they haven’t played all season. Regardless, that player had a big game and they are mad that they didn’t have him in their lineup.
I can understand general frustration with sitting someone who had a big game and playing someone who didn’t, but you really can’t beat yourself up about it, especially if you weren’t even considering starting the guy in the first place.
For example: let’s say for some inexplicable reason you have Dolphins’ QB Matt Moore (who had 21 points this week) on your fantasy team. Maybe you went to high school with him or you love the Dolphins or you just have an affinity for people named Matt Moore. Then let’s say that you also have Tom Brady (15 points this week) or Drew Brees (18 points this week) as your every week starter on your team and you lost this week by two points.
Don’t tell me you are really going to look someone in the eye and say, “Man, if only I had started Matt Moore over Tom Brady/Drew Brees this week, I would have won!”
Matt Moore’s grandmother wouldn’t start him over Tom Brady or Drew Brees in fantasy.