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With the 2014 NFL Draft finally approaching, here’s an early look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. With Darren Sproles being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles, Graham will take on even more meaning for the potent Saints’ offense. Graham will likely negotiate a long-term deal before training camp.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has 42 touchdowns in 50 career games, but he has managed to play just 18 games over the past two seasons. When he’s healthy he’s as good as anybody in the league. He’s coming off a knee injury that will likely limit his preseason involvement. There are healthy doses of risks and rewards associated with Gronk.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Orange Julius exploded on the scene with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas figures to be more of a focal point in the offense. Having Peyton Manning’s confidence, particularly in the red zone, puts him a notch ahead of Vernon Davis in my book.
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4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis finished with 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in his most impressive season since 2009. Michael Crabtree, who was limited to five games because of an Achilles injury figures to eat into some of Davis’ production. Still, Davis has a combination of size and speed that is difficult to match. He’s too fast for most linebackers and too strong for most defensive backs.
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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten reached 850 receiving yards for the seventh straight season. He’s topped 750 yards for 10 straight years. Witten is as consistent as they come. He had his fewest receptions (73) since 2006, but he finished with eight touchdowns.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen finished with 816 yards, giving him an average of 829.5 yards over the past two seasons. Olsen caught six touchdowns, which was his sixth straight season with at least five scores. With a shortage of reliable options for Cam Newton in the passing game, Olsen should play a huge role for Carolina in 2014.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta appeared poised for a breakout season before a hip injury limited him to four game last year. Despite being sapped of his explosiveness, Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a score. In 2012 Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores. Don’t let the Owen Daniels’ signing scare you off. Pitta is primed to deliver.
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8. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron also emerged last year with 917 yards and seven touchdowns after catching 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons. No longer in Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner’s system, Cameron will likely regress. Still, he’s too good of a talent not to peg him in the top half of the fantasy tight end landscape.
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9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph (foot) was limited to eight games last year and subjected to five games with Christian Ponder at the helm. With Matt Cassel at quarterback and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in the mix, look for much better things from Rudolph.
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10. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns last year as a rookie. All four of his touchdowns came in the second half of the season. Look for a step forward in Ertz’s second year, particularly with DeSean Jackson’s 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns up for grabs.
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2014 March Madness
Designed by Jase Patrizio, jasepatrizio.com – art design & production
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With  a seventh seed playing an eighth seed, it’s not surprising that the championship game is irrelevant in most bracket challenges. The winner of the 2014 LestersLegends’ March Madness tournament was a bracket named Virginia.
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Here’s a look at the top teams:
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Virginia – 75 points
NHL’s Nifty Bracket – 74 points
Mike Jamo’s Amazing Bracket – 70 points
Straight Cash Homie – 70 points
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Virginia also earned a LestersLegends March Madness badge, also designed by Jase Patrizio, jasepatrizio.com.
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Here’s my first look at the top ten picks of the 2014 NFL Draft.
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1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
2. St. Louis Rams: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
8. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
9. Buffalo Bills: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
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2014 NFL Mock Draft Database
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2013 NFL Picks – Week 13

27 November 2013


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It was another thrilling week of NFL action. Here are my Week 13 picks.
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Week 12 Results: 7-6-1
Week 12 Lock Picks: 1-1
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: NE (W), BAL (W), SEA (W), IND (W), ATL (L), DEN (W), SD (W), SF (W), DAL (W), TENN (L), ARI (W), CAR (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks: NYJ (L), STL (W), TB (W), CLE (L), DAL (W), TEN (W), ARI (W), BUF (W), CHI (L), ATL (W), MIN (W), SD (L)
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Regular Season Total: 106-69-1 (.605)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 18-6 (.750)
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Week 13 Locks:
Lock to Win: Cleveland Browns
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above): Houston Texans
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Week 13 Picks:
Detroit over Green Bay
Dallas over Oakland
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
Cleveland over Jacksonville (Winner Lock)
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Chicago over Minnesota
New York Jets over Miami
Philadelphia over Arizona
Carolina over Tampa Bay
New England over Houston (Loser Lock)
Atlanta over Buffalo
San Francisco over St. Louis
Denver over Kansas City
Cincinnati over San Diego
New York Giants over Washington
Seattle over New Orleans
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Money in Sports

30 October 2013

Everyone always complains about how much money athletes makes. Funny, they never seem to worry about how much the owners are raking in when there is a contract dispute. Here’s a cool look at the money in sports.
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How to Make Money in Professional Sports - Infographic
Courtesy of: Sports Interaction

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Alex Smith Chiefs
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The Chiefs made it eight straight wins at the weekend with a 23-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Smith played a key role as he threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
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Kansas City are the only unbeaten side in the league, something Smith said is helping the players. He knows the Chiefs are becoming a big scalp for teams but has backed them to continue to rise to the challenges being thrown at them.
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“We love it. You want the stages to get bigger. That’s why you put all the work in. You want this opportunity. You want that honor,” the quarterback said, according to the betfair website.
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“I mean, not that anybody sneaks up on anybody in this league, but yeah, we’re the only undefeated team. I think that teams have recognized how we’re playing and no question, they’re coming prepared.”
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The Chiefs last won the AFC West in 2010 but you have to go back as far as 1970 for their last, and only, Super Bowl triumph. They have not even reached the showpiece event since then.
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Andy Reid’s men are a good bet online with betfair.com to end the team’s long wait this year, if they continue their early-season form. Like Smith, linebacker, Derrick Johnson, is happy to be the team everyone else is gunning for.
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“The best you can be right now is 8-0 and that’s where we’re at,” he said on Sunday. “Everybody’s going to give us their best. We know that. If we can take that punch and keep rolling, that’s what we did today. It wasn’t pretty, but a ‘W’ sure does look good.”
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The Buffalo Bills will be the next team to throw everything at the unbeaten Chiefs next Sunday.
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Kevin Garnett Nets
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Here’s a look at some players that could perform well below their fantasy basketball draft position.
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Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz: I’m afraid that his size will be an issue at this level. He’s already dealing with a finger injury.
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Kevin Garnett, PF, Brooklyn Nets: Look for plenty of DNPs for the vet as the Nets look to conserve him for the playoffs.
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Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets: Leaving the Wolves for a crowded Nets team hurts his value.
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J.R. Smith, SG, New York Knicks: He can score, but he’s very streaky. His knee will slow him early. Plus the Knicks added pieces that could steal minutes.
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Greivis Vasquez, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings: He goes from starting for the Pelicans to possibly a backup role with the Kings. His numbers are bound to suffer.
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