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With the NFL Training Camp approaching us, it is time to start thinking about the 2018 fantasy football season. We’ll continue with a first look at the running backs.
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1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
6. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
9. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
10. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
11. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
12. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
13. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
14. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
15. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
16. Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers
17. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
18. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
20. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
21. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
22. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
23. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
24. Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
25. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
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Brady Color Rush
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With the NFL Training Camp approaching us, it is time to start thinking about the 2018 fantasy football season. We’ll start with a first look at the quarterbacks.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
10. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
12. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
15. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
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You see that I stuck with Brady as my top option as he continues to put Father Time on ice. Wentz can move up if he continues to progress from his knee injury. Brees is another ageless wonder. I think Matty Ice bounces back in a big way. Watson can also potentially move up if his knee continues to progress.

Saquon Barkley
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1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Barkley not only is the odds on favorite to be the top rookie running back, he is a strong candidate to finish in the top ten of fantasy football scoring for all running backs. The last two seasons at Penn State Barkley averaged 1,813 total yards and 20.5 touchdowns.
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2. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have been looking for a Marshawn Lynch replacement for a couple of years now. Penny more than doubled his production last year at San Diego State with 2,027 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns with another 18 catches for 142 yards and a pair of scores. If he can stay healthy, perhaps Penny can solidify Seattle’s backfield.
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3. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
Michel ran for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns on a 7.2 yards per carry clip last year for Georgia. He’ll form a committee with James White and Rex Burkhead, but given his explosiveness look for Bill Belichick to find ways to get him the ball.
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4. Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
Guice averaged 1,373 total yards and 13.5 touchdowns over teh last two years at LSU. He should emerge as the lead back for Washington, but Chris Thompson should limit him to 1st and 2nd downs. Samaje Perine could be in the mix for some carries as well.
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5. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos
Freeman finished his collegiate career at Oregon with 6,435 total yards and 64 touchdowns, including 1,639 total yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Freeman may enter the season behind Devontae Booker, but Booker may be better suited as the third down back leaving Freeman for early downs and goal line work.
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6. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones saw his production at USC improve each year culminating with 1,637 total yards and 19 touchdowns last year. He should enter the year as the lead back for the Bucs, which puts him in RB2/3 conversations.
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7. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
Hines does not have a challenging climb to the top of Indy’s depth chart. He ran for 1,040 yards with 9 touchdowns at 5.7 ypc for NC State last year. If Marlon Mack struggles Hines could see RB3 status based on opportunity.
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8. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions
Johnson had 1,508 total yards and 19 touchdowns at Auburn last year. LeGarrette Blount will cut into goal line work and perhaps some 4th quarter duties if the Lions are ahead. If they fall behind, then Theo Riddick will cut into the time. Johnson is an intriguing dynasty pick though.
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9. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Chubb’s prospects would be much higher had the Browns not signed Carlos Hyde. He averaged 6.2 ypc with 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns for Georgia.
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10. Kalen Ballage, Miami Dolphins
Ballage has to get past Kenyon Drake and Frank Gore to make an impact as a rookie. Barring injury, that isn’t a likely scenario. You never know though. Ballage did catch 44 passes as a junior for 469 yards and a touchdown to go along with 536 yard and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

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The most controversial decision of night one of the NFL Draft was Cleveland’s selection of quarterback Baker Mayfield at number one overall. But the second pick in the draft could have been just as controversial, as the New York Giants drafted running back Saquon Barkley at number two. Given the team’s current situation, should the Giants have drafted a quarterback instead of opting for the ultra-talented Barkley?
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Giants Quarterback Woes
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New York Giants fans have not had to worry about who their quarterback would be in the future for a very long time. That is because the team grabbed Eli Manning in a trade with the San Diego Chargers for Philip Rivers early in their draft class. Since then, Manning has been the starter for all but a handful of games for the team. But his struggles in recent seasons had our mock draft leaning toward the Giants taking a quarterback second overall.
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Manning threw for less than 3,500 yards last season despite throwing the ball 571 times, the fifth highest number of attempts in a season during his career. He has thrown 13 or more interceptions in every season of his career since 2009, and the Giants looked impotent offensively with him out there last year. Of course, not all of this was his fault, but it is clear that Eli may be past his prime as a quarterback in the NFL.
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That is what made the second overall pick the perfect opportunity to take a quarterback. The Giants could have given themselves a future at the position to improve for years to come. And while Saquon Barkley has the support of some former Giants, he will need to be great to justify being picked second.
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More Important Issues
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There is no doubt that the Giants were one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL last season. They finished 26th in the NFL in rushing yardage, with less than 1,600 yards as a team for the campaign. Bringing in Saquon Barkley is an attempt to fix that, but it does nothing to solve the root of the Giants’ issues: their offensive line.
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In the 2017 season, the Giants scored six rushing touchdowns total. That anemic mark was the result of the offensive line of the Giants failing to get a push at the line of scrimmage. And while Saquon Barkley is a good player, he will not be able to block for himself. While some are choosing to be critical of Barkley for the wrong reasons, it is a fact that he will need help to get enough space to be effective.
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Moreover, the Giants drafted Barkley thanks in large part to his receiving abilities. There is nothing wrong with wanting a running back who can catch the ball, but the Giants already have a loaded receiving corps. Drafting a running back who averaged less than 20 carries per game in two of his three seasons at Penn State when you need a Zeke Elliott type of bell cow in the back field is a decision worth questioning.
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In the NFL, there is the saying that it is a quarterback league. And with the Giants at preseason odds of 50/1 to win Super Bowl LIII according to the bookmarker Betway as of May 2, the second overall pick would have been a great chance to let history repeat itself for the Giants by drafting a quarterback. Doing so would have let the young player learn from Manning, the same way Manning had the chance to learn from veteran quarterback Kurt Warner.
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This would have been especially prudent in an NFL landscape where even the slightest injury to a quarterback can damage their hopes of winning a title. Right in the Giants’ division, the Philadelphia Eagles will be set for years to come thanks to their decision to draft Carson Wentz. If Barkley is anything short of a great player, the Giants will regret not making a similar decision.
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There is, of course, a great chance that Saquon Barkley becomes a talented and useful player for the Giants for years to come. But in a quarterback league, failure to solidify yourself at the quarterback position for as long as possible can be disastrous. For the Giants, only time will tell if they made the right decision.
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2018 NFL Mock Draft

22 February 2018


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Here’s the Lester’s Legends 2018 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC
2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
3. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
4. Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
5. Denver Broncos -Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
6. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
8. Chicago Bears – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
9. San Francisco 49ers – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
11. Miami Dolphins – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
12. Cincinnati Bengals – Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
13. Washington Redskins – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
14. Green Bay Packers – Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
15. Arizona Cardinals – Connor Williams, T, Texas
16. Baltimore Ravens – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Vita Vea, DL, Washington
18. Seattle Seahawks – Derwin James, S, Florida State
19. Dallas Cowboys – Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
20. Detroit Lions – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
21. Buffalo Bills – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
22. Buffalo Bills – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A & M
23. Los Angeles Rams – Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
24. Carolina Panthers – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
25. Tennessee Titans – Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
26. Atlanta Falcons – Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
27. New Orleans Saints – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
30. Minnesota Vikings – Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State
31. New England Patriots – Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

Trey Flowers
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football team defense for Super Bowl LII.
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1. New England Patriots
2. Philadelphia Eagles
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Stephen Gostkowski
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football kicker rankings for Super Bowl LII.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
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Gronk Grab
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Super Bowl LII features two elite tight ends. Gronk always gives the Patriots and advantage over the opposing tight end when healthy, but it’s really close in this case. The Eagles have three tight ends that contribute.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
5. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
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Danny Amendola
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It’s really a toss up as to which receiver will step up on Super Bowl Sunday. Amendola was the hero in the AFC Championship Game. I imagine he’ll be peppered with targets. His quickness around the goal line should come into play. Jeffery’s size could come into play, as could Cooks’ speed.
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1. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
2. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
4. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
5. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
6. Torrey Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
7. Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots
8. Mack Hollins, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Kenny Britt, New England Patriots
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Tom Brady's Thumb
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As Super Bowl 52 approaches, fans around the globe are looking forward to a potential classic. Although, New England Patriots are favorites, following last year’s victory, Philadelphia Eagles certainly have enough strengths in their locker to cause an upset.
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So, as you prepare for the game, and find legal sites to place a bet or watch the spectacle, it’s worth taking a look at what might give either team the edge. One of the deciding factors could be the performance of Super Bowl veteran Tom Brady who has certainly been a vital weapon in the Patriot’s previous Super Bowl successes. But, will the recent injury to the quarterback’s hand mean that he is not at full strength?
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The facts about Brady’s hand injury

Fans were alarmed by the injury to Brady’s throwing hand, which took place during a training session, on January 17 2018. The injury was the result of a collision with team mate Rex Burkhead and little more was known at the time. The fact that Brady missed media availability for a couple of days on the run, and was pictured with what looked like a very bulky thumb, served to cause some alarm. This was especially the case with a vital game against Jacksonville Jaguars looming on the horizon.
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The game against Jacksonville Jaguars

When the Jaguars visited the Gillette stadium, on January 21 2018, it was uncertain just how much of a problem their star quarterback’s hand injury would be for the home team. Tom Brady was certainly giving nothing away when he turned up for the game with his hands in his pockets. The good news for Patriots fans was that the injury did not appear to hamper Brady’s performance in any way, as his 38 throws and 2 touchdowns helped the Patriots to achieve a comeback in the game, and gain a 24-20 win in the fourth quarter.
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It has since emerged that Brady was apparently playing with 12 stitches in his hand during the game. The injury was protected by padding and gloves, and it did not appear to have a detrimental effect on Brady’s performance. This is good news for the Patriot’s team and supporters, now that this win has secured them an eighth Super Bowl appearance.
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Brady’s fitness is very important to the Patriots as they face an Eagles team that should give them a hard fight. This is a team that has the potential to bring the game to New England, and to keep the pressure on, should they be ahead coming into the fourth quarter. There is certainly a chance that the favorites could be in for a shock defeat.

 

Of course, everyone associated with the Patriots will be hoping that their strength is enough to secure their sixth Super Bowl victory in eight appearances. If the team is successful, this will also be the sixth win for Brady; the most for any NFL player. The world will be watching on 4 February, to see what happens..


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