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Chris Johnson, in some ways, was a victim of his own success. He set the world on fire with 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. He added 503 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns. While he never came close to those numbers again, he has averaged 1,454 total yards the past three seasons. His scoring dipped to 6.7 touchdowns per season during that stretch, but the Tennessee Titans were a mess as a whole. Can he succeed with the New York Jets?
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Since averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie and 5.6 ypc during the season that coined the nickname CJ2K, he has averaged 4.3, 4.0, 4.5 and 3.9 ypc and dozens of not-so-flattering variations of his moniker. Still, 1,454 total yards and 6.7 touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at.
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Last year Tennessee averaged 4.1 ypc and 118.4 rushing yards per game as a team compared to 4.4 and 134.9 by the Jets. In 2012 the Jets averaged 118.5 yards compared to 105.4 from the Jets. In 2012 it was 105.8 for the Jets and 89.9 for the Titans. Clearly Rex Ryan believes in running the football.
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Johnson will have a little stiffer competition for carries this year. He shared the load last year with Shonn Greene, who managed to gain 3.8 ypc on 77 carries. In New York he’ll share the load with Chris Ivory. Ivory averaged 4.6 ypc on 182 carries. If Bilal Powell, who averaged 4.0 ypc on 176 carries is also in the mix, there isn’t enough for Johnson to continue his past success.
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Johnson will be a low-end RB2 at best. Ivory moves to RB3 status. This is a move that should help the Jets, but hurt fantasy owners.
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Jadeveon Clowney Gamecocks
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In 2006 the Houston Texan shocked the world by selecting Mario Williams over the likes of Reggie Bush and Vince Young. Reggie Bush has had a nice career as did Williams. Vince Young was an amazing college quarterback, but his game just didn’t translate at the pro level.
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This year the Texans again have the first pick in the NFL Draft. They could choose quarterback Blake Bortles, offensive lineman Greg Robinson or the speedy Sammy Watkins. I think they would be best served going with defensive lineman in this draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina.
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Williams is 6’6″ and 292 pounds. Clowney is 6’5″ and 266 pounds. Clowney has impressive speed and athleticism. Williams has 76.5 sacks in eight season, including four double-digit sack seasons. Playing opposite of J.J. Watt could lead to even impressive numbers for Clowney.
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It would be different if a talent like Andrew Luck was available. Unfortunately for the Texans, Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater aren’t surefire prospects. This is a quarterback driven league. If you can’t have a top passer, go after the talent to try to slow the elite ones down. Having Watt and Clowney as bookends would be a great start.
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Fantasy football season is still a ways off. With the NFL Draft being pushed back, for some it feels like the wait for football season has been extended. Of course, after the draft it will seem like the offseason sped up. My feelings are still undecided on the change. Still, there is plenty of things to do while you wait.
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Play fantasy baseball. If you haven’t joined a league, perhaps you can find enough buddies to go in with you. Baseball is a LONG season so missing a few weeks could be nice for the casual fan. Alternatively, there are plenty of daily fantasy baseball leagues you can choose from.
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Get in on the action of the Kentucky Derby and other races. This is fun because you can do a little prep work to give you a better feel for the horses. There is great buildup and the fast pace of the race is intense. If you happen to win some coin, even better.
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Check out golf or NASCAR. If baseball isn’t your thing, there are fantasy leagues for golf and NASCAR. Heck, there are even fantasy fishing leagues. That or you could actually go fishing or golfing. There isn’t many more relaxing things than spending some time on a lake on a beautiful summer day.
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If you have kids you need not worry about making the time pass. They keep you busy with all of their activities. Plan a family vacation. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. We visited it last summer and I highly recommend it.
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Become a grill master. Summer is all about cooking over an open flame. Make your whole neighborhood jealous of the way you thrown down on the grill.
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Whatever you do, just don’t wish the summer away…even for football. Time goes fast enough. Plus, the winter was so brutal in a lot of the country. Let’s not wish for a return anytime soon.
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DeSean Jackson pro bowl
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There have been a number of roster moves that will have impacts across the fantasy football landscape. Here’s a look at the wide receivers on the move and their impact. Click here for a breakdown on QBs and RBs.
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Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams: Britt has the frame to get the job done, but has been dealing with a number of injuries. He’s never reached 800 receiving yards so proceed with caution.
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Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Decker got paid, but life after Peyton is going to be much more difficult. He also doesn’t have Demaryius Thomas to take the pressure away. His prospects took a hit, but he’ll remain a WR2-3.
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DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins:  DeSean moves within the division. He’ll be the second option behind Pierre Garcon. His numbers are going to take a hit. He should remain a WR2-3 as well.
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James Jones, WR, Oakland Raiders: Jones may have fewer quality options to compete with in Oakland, but going from Aaron Rodgers to Matt Schaub is a monumental step back. I’d pencil him in as a WR3-4 with upside.
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Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Nicks is an interesting option. He’s a player to watch in the preseason for signs of explosiveness. He has a lot of upside if he can reclaim it.
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Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: Sanders had 740 yards and six touchdowns with the Steelers last year. He stands to improve catching passes from Peyton Manning. He’ll be on my radar for sure.
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Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens:  Smith will move into a different role with his new team as Torrey Smith will stretch the field. He should surpass last year’s numbers, but his ceiling is probably 2012′s 1,174 yards.
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Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: I think the move to Detroit will do more for the Lions than producing a bona fide fantasy star. He gives them a legitimate weapon opposite of Calvin Johnson. Tate should get an upgrade from his Seattle days, but he’s probably a WR3 at best.
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Brandon Myers, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Myers has topped 500 yards with four touchdowns in each of the past two seasons. He’s share looks with Tim Wright. There’s not a lot to see here.
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Vick
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There have been a number of roster moves that will have impacts across the fantasy football landscape. Here’s a look at the QBs and RBs on the move and their impact. Click here for a breakdown of the WRs and TEs.
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Josh McCown, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers:  McCown will likely win the starting gig over Mike Glennon. He should form a nice rapport with Vincent Jackson. At best he’s a QB2 though.
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Matt Schaub, QB, Oakland Raiders: Schaub couldn’t get it done with Andre Johnson. I’m not sure what he can do in Oakland. He’s not a player I would add even as a QB2.
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Michael Vick, QB, New York Jets:  Vick should beat out Geno Smith for the starting role, but will probably spend some time on the sidelines nursing an injury. Eric Decker gives him a solid target, but the talent pool is pretty shallow thereafter. Vick has QB1 upside, but he hasn’t been a real fantasy force since 2010.
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LeGarrette Blount, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Blount moves to a backup role in Pittsburgh behind Le’Veon Bell. The biggest change in Blount’s signing should be Stevan Ridley’s return to prominence in New England.
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Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers: Brown will only have use if Ryan Mathews gets injured. He won’t even have third down appeal with Danny Woodhead holding down that role.
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Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Gerhart gets a chance to carry the load for Jacksonville. He has a lot of upside, but he’s risky given this is his first real chance to start.
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Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants:  Jennings will get a chance to carry the mail for the G-Men. He should be a solid yardage league and PPR league back. If he can handle goal line duties, he could easily be a starting caliber fantasy option.
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Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Oakland Raiders: Mojo will compete with Darren McFadden for touches. That would be great for Oakland if this were 2010. As it stands, neither offer a lot of fantasy value.
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Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins: Moreno runs hard and picks up the blitz extremely well. He won’t have the starting job outright. Plus, leaving Denver is a blow to his outlook. He’s mainly a depth choice.
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Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns:  Tate has some promise, but he has never had 200 carries in a given season making him a risky option. He’s a dual threat that caught 34 passes last year. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be a solid option.
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ScoreBig
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As a first-time user of ScoreBig I was a little apprehensive. What would it be like? Well, I’m happy to tell you that it’s quick and easy. It is easy to search for your favorite team’s sporting events, both home and away. It’s clear which seating area you are choosing from, and it allows you to bid on different levels. You can shoot for premium seats, but just be realistic. You will always pay less than face value. You find out whether your bid was accepted almost immediately. If your bid isn’t accepted you can try a different seating level or wait 24 hours. It’s simple, and most importantly, you won’t be paying any extra fees. Pick a price, and once accepted, that’s your price.
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With baseball season finally upon us, you can get great deals for America’s pastime. Personally, my son is still in basketball mode so we’re going to check out the Minnesota Timberwolves. Considering their season is a lost one, we were able to get a great deal on seats. No matter what you’re looking for, you can do the same with ScoreBig. It was quick and easy. My bid was accepted and I received my ticket information shortly thereafter. It was that simple. Give it a try for your next sporting event.
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C.J. Spiller snow
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By Matt Southall, @mattsouthall2
2014 Offseason Fantasy Football: News, Updates…
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There are things in life that just don’t pan-out the way you and everyone else thought they would. Every individual set of circumstances is unique and has an infinite amount of variables that are tough for anyone to accurately predict. This is especially true in today’s NFL, and coinciding is the game we call fantasy football.
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One most recent example of this type of situation is the Buffalo Bills of 2013. The question marks of uncertainty surrounded rookie QB E.J. Manuel and the young WRs the Bills selected in 2013, but the expectations regarding the Bills’ running game was a given to most fantasy owners. The bulk of the touches and the title of offensive workhorse were supposed to be awarded to C.J. Spiller, and the older, and “fading,” Fred Jackson would get the leftovers. Sometimes things just don’t happen the way everyone thought they would.
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Spiller was entering his fourth year in the league since being drafted ninth overall, and Jackson was a 32 year-old back who had only played in 10 games in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Spiller’s touches dwarfed Jacksons in 2012, 207 to 115, and Spiller’s outstanding six yards-per-carry average and 1,703 total yards vaulted him into the upper echelon of RB rankings for many fantasy owners. It was finally Spiller’s year to get the workload that could make him a dominant force in all formats, and his ADP reflected those expectations in fantasy drafts. Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett made waves in early Aug. 2013 when asked about Spiller’s role. “We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up,” Hackett said. “So he’s either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let’s just put it that way.”
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Straight from the horse’s mouth, put in plain and graphic detail. The pieces were all in place and Spiller was set to capitalize on his new OC’s belief in his abilities to be their main guy. How could this not be Spiller’s year? Fast forward to present day and fantasy owners who drafted Spiller (likely in the first round) will tell you things did not happen the way they were expecting.
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The Bills’ distribution of carries was virtually a 50/50 split between Spiller and Jackson through 16 games. Spiller ran the ball 201 times compared to Jackson’s 207, and neither RB rushed more than 23 times in any 2013 contest. While Spiller finished with 927 yards rushing to Jackson’s 896, Fred scored nine touchdowns on the ground to C.J.’s two. Jackson also surprised many Bills’ fans by catching 47 balls out of the backfield compared to Spiller’s 33. These post-season stats are far from the preseason numbers that fantasy owners anticipated. So what caused the Bills to abandon their grand scheme to get Spiller the rock as much as possible? Let’s take a look at the stats through Buffalo’s first four games:
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Spiller- Rushing: 66 carries, 230 yards, zero TDs, 3.48 yards-per-carry. Receiving: nine receptions, 29 yards, 3.2 yards-per-catch.
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Jackson- Rushing: 48 carries, 256 yards, two TDs, 5.3 yards-per-carry. Receiving: 13 receptions, 113 yards, 8.7 yards-per-catch.
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The Bills coaching staff gifted Spiller the opportunity through the season’s first quarter, and Jackson simply outperformed his younger counterpart despite receiving fewer touches and earned his share of playing time. So much to Spiller’s fantasy investor’s dismay, the two backs shared the Bills carries the rest of the season.
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As the 2014 season begins to take shape, the Bills RB situation is surrounded by questions that weren’t there this time last year. Will Spiller be named the starter again entering the season? Will Jackson be given the same volume of carries that he received last year? Who will end the season with the most touches?
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Common sense and history will tell us that the first RB to seize the opportunity will be given the majority of the touches. Coaches will put the players on the field that give them the best chance to win. The Bills are no different.
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Jackson proved he had something left in the tank in his seventh season, and Spiller has his youth, supreme talent, and the potential to be a game-changing player. The possibility of the two RBs splitting carries in 2014 is present, and one would be foolish to think otherwise. Jackson is entering the final year of his contract, and there is no reason for the Bills not to give him the ball if he can play as well as he did in 2013.
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Those who draft Spiller in 2014 with RB1 expectations will be disappointed for the second year in a row. Jackson will take away valuable third-down touches and those oh-so-crucial goal-line carries from Spiller again this year, which severely diminishes his overall value. Spiller certainly won’t be touted as highly as he was in 2013, but there will be drafts where he is taken in the second or third rounds. If things remain the way they are looking at this point, Spiller shouldn’t be taken until the fourth or fifth round in redraft leagues depending on the format. Don’t get sucked in to the trap of what 2014 “could be” for Spiller.
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