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With the NFL Preseason underway, it is time to start thinking about the 2018-19 fantasy football season. We’ll continue with a first look at the wide receivers.
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1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
6. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
7. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
8. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
9. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
10. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
12. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
13. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
14. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
16. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
17. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
18. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
19. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
20. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
21. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
22. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
24. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
25. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
26. Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens
27. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
28. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
29. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
30. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
31. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
32. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
33. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
34. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
35. Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders
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As the 23rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Treadwell failed to register on the radar as a rookie, catching one pass for 15 yards. He did take a step forward in Year 2, but still only accounted for 20 reception for 200 yards. Despite a 6’2″, 215 pound frame that would seemingly benefit Treadwell in the Red Zone, he has yet to record an NFL touchdown. Can he make the leap in Year 3?
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Trusting Treadwell as one of your top four receivers on your fantasy roster seems risky like betting blindly on an NFL game. It would be more wise to take a wait and see approach with  Treadwell in hopes of great value off the waiver wire, just like it would be more wise to use Best online sportsbooks for you needs.
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Treadwell was relatively quiet in his first two seasons at Ole Miss finishing with 608 and 632 yards respectively. He caught five touchdowns in each of those two seasons. In his final year at Ole Miss he finished with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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Treadwell is not particularly fast and has plenty of competition for targets from new QB Kirk Cousins. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are both Pro Bowl talents ahead of him on the depth chart. Newcomer Kendall Wright also figures to play a solid role as the number three receiver. Tight End Kyle Rudolph and running back Dalvin Cook both figure to factor heavily in the passing game as well.
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In short, Treadwell should remain off of rosters in most leagues until he proves himself worthy of a roster spot. There is a long line of wide receivers that break out in their third year, but I just don’t think Treadwell is heading in that direction despite home time optimism.

Fantasy football is not only competitive, but also fun and addictive. Before the fantasy season starts, you need to draft players to build strong team and use the best strategies to win matches. If have to improve on a position, acquire free agents and trade players. Continue reading this guide to learn more about fantasy football.
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Find a League

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Finding a league is the first thing you need to do. There are a number of top sites to play fantasy football. After finding a website you like, you can chose from these leagues:

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Head-to-head Leagues-This is a league where teams play against each other every week for a win and loss record that will help them to reach the playoffs

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Total points Leagues-In this league, teams use points to advance

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Dynasty Leagues-This is a league where team owner retains players from previous years

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Salary Cap Leagues-This league is more like Dynasty and the team and players’ salaries are given a maximum budget

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Important Draft Reminders about Fantasy Football

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The success of your fantasy football team depends on your draft picks. Here are a few draft strategies to help you minimize risk and make the right decisions:

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Skill plus opportunity equals success-This is a very important formula to help you draft the best players.

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Take RBs early and more often-Although the strategy you will use depends on your draft position, acquiring two RBs during the first three rounds is a great idea.

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Get an elite WR within the first three rounds-You also need to acquire a reliable WR to anchor your receiving core for the whole season. But of course this depends on your league.

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Avoid the temptation of taking a defense or kicker too early-At the end of the draft, you may find ample depth at these two positions

Draft QBs in the middle rounds-It is not hard to find good quarterbacks in the middle rounds. However, the top ten quarter backs will be drafted before the 10th round.

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Understand and learn how to make the most of position runs-When a player from a particular position is chosen, there will typically be a waterfall effect. For instance, when the first team makes the decision to go for a tight end, eventually the rest of the league will be scrambling for high-talent tight ends.

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Don’t acquire studs with the same bye week-While it is inevitable for most teams to not have some of their players on the same by week, it is a good idea to not have the best players on the same bye week as this could hamper your success

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Stick to your plan-Preparing your cheat sheets was not an easy task, so you need to trust them. Most importantly, you don’t want to be mislead by other coaches into making a mistake

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Be opportunistic, still- The draft may not go as you expect, leaving you frustrated. If a player you’ve ranked highly falls to you, don’t hesitate to grab him

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Draft potential breakouts late-Picking up an average injury replacement in the course of the season is a great option. In later rounds, grabbing players who may become studs may help you win the league

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After drafting your fantasy football team, analyze its strengths and weaknesses. Start creating post-draft strategies that will help you to address issues on your team.

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Fantasy Football Tips to Keep In Mind

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After completing your fantasy football draft, your job finally begins. The process of coaching your team involves compiling a good lineup each week and choosing players to keep and release. Your coaching decision will either make or break your season. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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Don’t panic-Yes, the season is long enough. Think twice before dumping your sleeper picks or trading your studs.

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Check the bye weeks of your players-You can’t afford having the best players out of action at any particular event.

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Replace injured players-You need to check player updates to ensure that your starting lineup is in shape.

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Keep up-to-date on the latest news about football-Some players get suspended or traded to other team. Not having access to this information could work against you.

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Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your team-You need to understand the needs of your team when drafting players. For example, what positions look good and what positions need improvement.

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Keep checking the waiver wire and free agent pool- A player who can be a blessing to your time could be drop and want to be there to pick him.

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Take advantage of favorable matchups and stay away from bad ones-The performance of your players will be affected every week by the quality of their opposition, particularly at DEF, K and TE.

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Watch Your Win Rate

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When playing fantasy football for money, particularly with two, three or more entries, you can win a good amount of money weekly or monthly.

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Some leagues allow you to have more than one team, thus increasing your chances of winning. A strategic fantasy football fan who understands his plays and how to line them up can make 50% to 200% per time frame. To make money online from your fantasy football skills, like other sports betting, in this NFL betting season, you will want to wager at the best site.

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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. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
7. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
8. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
10. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
11. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
12. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
13. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
14. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
15. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
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. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
25. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Bucaneers
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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.
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Just because you’re a top athlete in one sport doesn’t mean that you don’t enjoy another one. In fact, many of the best athletes undertake alternative sports to increase their stamina, performance and create some variety in their training schedule.
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Even after they have left their main sport behind these alternatives can be a great way to stay fit. If you’re ready to join them you can start cycling with the aid of an electric bike and build up to more strenuous opportunities.
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What you may be surprised by is the number of NFL Legends who love cycling:
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Chad Greenway
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Greenway is currently the second leading tackler for the Minnesota Vikings. However he cycles as much as 60 miles a day in the off season; to assist his training. The fact that he loves cycling is simply a bonus.
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It is worth noting that he rarely actually cycles 60 miles; he usually aims for between 20 and 40 to prevent burning muscle.
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Cycling is a great interval training sport; simply pedal gently until you find a hill and then cycle up it as fast as you can. You can then rest on the flat and the down hills until the next one. This mimics the way his body needs to respond in a game.
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Connor Barwin
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This Philadelphia linebacker rides to work every day on his bike. It may only be 3 miles but his consistency helps improve his stamina; as well as competing with his own time every day.
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Kellen Winslow II
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A motorcycle accident in 2005 could have put this tight end out of the game but a stationary bike helped him to rebuild his strength and stamina.
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Since then he developed a love of cycling and now h rides between 30 and 40 miles per day. He is even considering a comeback to the game after a 4 year break!
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Team Work
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The Falcons have a general manager that loves to cycle. He has even led a group of 50 cyclists on a 17 mile ride round the toughest streets of Atlanta. He is enthusiastic about getting the team to ride to and from work. But he is also realistic, knowing that you need a passion for cycling to really make it work.
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He’s certainly in good company as Matt Bryant, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are already keen cyclists in their spare time; perhaps the Falcons will be the first all cycling NFL team!
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Keeping The Balance
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It is important for these NFL athletes to get the right balance between a love of cycling and their need to be match fit. Long distance cycling is a cardio activity which will burn fat. However, these guys don’t generally need to burn excess fat.
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Long distance training is also likely to reduce the energy and time available for strength training. As an NFL player you need strength and mass so no matter how keen they are on cycling these NFL players need to balance their budding cycling careers against the demands of their current sport.

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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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“Brady” by Brook Ward (CC BY-NC 2.0)
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In most years, the New England Patriots come into the season on the same page. Their offseason activities look organized and buttoned up, and they look poised to contend for another championship. This offseason, though, the team has looked disjointed and there is a palpable vibe of uncertainty surrounding the best team in recent NFL history.
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One of the biggest things that has appeared strange this offseason for the Patriots has been their cutting short of offseason team activities. Bill Belichick isn’t someone who normally cuts his team’s workload short. To see that happen is strange, but feels even weirder given all of the turmoil surrounding the team over the last few months with regard to Belichick and his relationship with Tom Brady.
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And Brady’s potentially frosty relationship with Belichick hasn’t been the only issue with the team this offseason. The team has also reportedly thought about trading tight end Rob Gronkowski. While Gronkowski has been an impact player during his career, his inability to stay healthy has hurt the team on a number of occasions. And while the team would want him to stay healthy, dealing the best tight end in the league only furthers the notion that there are some chemistry issues in New England.
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The Patriots have also wasted some time on the quarterback position this offseason. They’ve done so by getting in touch with former Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg has been subpar throughout his entire career, and the Patriots clearly don’t need a quarterback given their reliance on Tom Brady. But with Brady prompting the team to trade Jimmy Garoppolo previously, it’s possible that they want backups who pose no real threat to him.
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“Bill Belichick” by Steve Glass (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Heading into the next season, the Patriots will be one of the favorite to win the Super Bowl once again. But they have been notoriously slow starters over the last couple of seasons. As a result, it could well be worth using a free bet from Oddschecker to back their opponents over the first couple of weeks of the season as the team turmoil might make it even harder for them to get off to a good start.
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Injuries and suspensions can also derail a season, and the Patriots are dealing with those too. Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension is going to make things difficult on an offense that was looking forward to having him back for week one. And Malcolm Mitchell being hurt thins the receiving corps even further. Even though Brady can make almost anyone into a star receiver, these losses make his job much more difficult.
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The Patriots have a lot on their plate this offseason, with injuries, suspensions, and chemistry problems running rampant throughout the squad. Of course, all of the problems in the world can’t stop them from winning the AFC East due to the subpar competition presented by the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins. But come playoff time, these issues may lead to some problems when the Patriots face off with the best teams in the NFL.

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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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Chance To Repeat History
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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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Carson Wentz
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The Eagles’ triumph at Super Bowl LII, one of the most thrilling showpiece games in living memory, represented the success of a team that is the most complete in the NFL. From the work of Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman, who put the finishing touches to the roster he built last year, bringing in players such as Torrey Smith and Jay Ajayi, to the expert play-calling of Doug Pederson and the astonishingly calm professionalism of Nick Foles, every part of the puzzle came together to produce a victory cheered in (almost) every part of the US.

 

As they calmly amassed a 13-3 record during the regular season, despite a string of potentially tough match-ups, this group of players forced pundits and experts to constantly reassess their merits. At every stage, there were predictions that the good run was about to come to an end, and then, when star quarterback Carson Wentz was ruled out, they just kept on confounding the experts as Foles steered the team all the way to the final, where he outplayed the great Tom Brady in a classic encounter.

 

Now that they’ve won their first Super Bowl in the history of the franchise, where do they go next? Can they turn a stunning victory into the beginning of a dynasty?

 

Well, in case they needed any motivation, Foles, Wentz, and the Eagles players need only look at the sports betting markets. In early betting for the 2019 Super Bowl, the Eagles are ranked some way behind the New England Patriots and on the same level as the Pittsburgh Steelers. That seems to significantly underestimate the potential of this group.

 

Any postseason strengthening must first take account of the quarterback position. Wentz, Foles, and Nate Sudfeld represent perhaps the strongest resource in this position in the whole of the NFL. Wentz is likely to return as starter next season, injuries permitting, and the Eagles will do all they can to persuade Foles – who has a year left on his contract – to stay with the franchise in the event of any doubt on the matter.

 

Assuming that Foles does stay, the champions do have a number of areas for consideration, though at $9 million or so over the pay cap, they have limited room for manoeuvre.

 

Away from the quarterback role, the most pressing need for strengthening is at linebacker. Jordan Hicks is recovering from a serious leg injury, Nigel Bradham could be on his way out as a free agent, and Mychal Kendricks’ position is uncertain. With Najee Goode and Dannell Ellerbe also possible departures, the entire linebacker department is up in the air. If they only strengthen one area during the off-season, this should be it.

 

If the Eagles lose both Trey Burton and Brent Celek – who contributed 765 backup snaps during the season – the squad would be left with no cover for Zach Ertz. Ertz is one of the best in the NFL, but tight end is such an important part of this team’s offense that they need at least one quality backup. Focusing on picking up cover at the draft and then adding a reliable third-choice veteran through the open market could be a good strategy.

 

Perhaps the hardest decision that the Eagles have to make is whether to keep hold of Jason Peters or give the nod to Halapoulivaati Vaitai? This decision at tackle will in turn shape their strategy for the whole of the offensive line, which is one of the older units in the NFL. Adding strength in depth in this crucial department is also likely to be high on their agenda.

 

The need for new blood in the receiver positions isn’t as clear-cut, but would become more pressing if Smith is allowed to leave. That would likely lead to Mack Hollins stepping up to play starting receiver with Alshon Jeffery, making a cheap but reliable free agent receiver a good option to have on board in case Hollins doesn’t work out.

 

Finally, with question marks over Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood and the possibility that Darren Sproles may retire, the cover for Corey Clement and Ajayi looks threadbare, so the champions may also think about drafting another running back.

 

This might seem like a lot of potential areas in which to make changes, but good teams, if they want to become dominant teams, don’t rest on their laurels. Strengthening in these areas would give the Eagles momentum going into the new season and put them in the ideal position to prove the experts wrong all over again!

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