Matt Ryan reminds us that he’s underrated (plus more Week 1 takeaways)

Anyone else struggling to comprehend that the first week of the 2014-15 NFL season has come and gone? It seems like just yesterday teams were going to camp and the fantasy sleepers were being talked about so much that they were no longer sleepers (JAY CUTLER).

It took me until around halftime of the early games to totally understand what was happening in the NFL. It’s easy to forget about how taxing the NFL can be on your mind and body. The NFL didn’t do anyone a favor by scheduling 10 games at 1 p.m. Before I knew it the Chiefs were getting blown out by the Titans in Arrowhead. Cordarrelle Patterson was putting the Rams officially on the Mariboata (@DougielasFresh) with an Adrian Peterson like 67-yard touchdown.

The Eagles were down 17-0 to the Jags at home. Nick Foles turned the ball over three times and All-Pro guard Evan Mathis sprained his MCL (Eagles placed him on the IR, he can return on November 10th against the Panthers on Monday Night Football). Then they rolled off 34 unanswered points after Darren Sproles busted out on a 49-yard touchdown.

The Steelers were up 27-0 against the Browns at home and then they were tied with the Browns at 27 and needed a game winning drive from Big Ben.

In other words a bunch of crazy things happened on Sunday and Thursday and Monday, but mostly on Sunday. Here were the three things that stuck out the most to me from Week 1 in the NFL. Continue reading

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Peyton Manning, Tim Duncan and the term legacy

Legacy is one of the easiest discussion points in all of sports. It’s a topic of conversation that exists in every single sport across the entire lifespan of whatever sport you want to pick. It’s the dialog that will inevitably carry days or weeks of time on the hundreds of sports websites and the cable sports networks.

The NFL is going to begin its 95th season this week and there are numerous players who need a championship (or a second, third or fourth one) to help “define their legacy”, but none need another one more than Peyton Manning. In order to understand just how much Manning needs a second championship, let’s look across the sports landscape to the land of basketball where another 38-year old recently validated his legacy with another championship Continue reading

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The Brock Lesnar era begins again

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Wrestlemania’s cute little brother rolled around for the 27th time and for the sixth straight year it took place in the Staples Center. The show was squarely promoted around a title bout between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. Unless you live under a rock or with Lesnar in a town that has just one phone (no joke) you’ve seen “the biggest fight of the summer” ads somewhere on the internet, assuming that you have internet access.

Otherwise how would you be reading this column?

The overall card presented some intriguing matchups, mainly the clash between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, which easily featured the best buildup besides Cena-Lesnar. Here are my thoughts on the show: Continue reading

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Think twice before drafting a RB after the Big 4

Raise your hand if you drafted a RB in the first round last year and he ended up a bust.

Don’t be ashamed.

If this was you, don’t worry. You were not alone. In fact, based on Yahoo’s rankings – which are the rankings I will use for this article – 11 RBs were likely drafted in the first round of your standard 12-team draft and a little less than half (45 percent) were busts.

Now, you can’t win your draft in the first round, but you can certainly lose one – or at least put yourself at a distinct disadvantage. Continue reading

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This is who you’re passing on when you reach for Cordarrelle Patterson

Potential is such a dangerous concept in the world of fantasy football. It’s far too easy to get caught up in a young player’s best case scenario and forget about the idea that there is indeed a learning curve in the NFL. Often we push up these expectations a year or two too soon in order to justify reaching for the player and in doing so miss out on plenty of quality players at a much better value.

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Is Eddie Lacy this year’s Doug Martin?

You may not remember, but there was a time when Doug Martin’s name was mentioned in the same breath as Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. His name was likely one of the first few that disappeared off of the available players during your fantasy football drafts last August.

At the time there were two schools of thought:

1.) You’re overvaluing his incredible rookie campaign.

He was fifth in rushing yards (1,454), 12th in yards per attempt (4.6), tied with Marshawn Lynch and Trent Richardson for fifth in touchdowns (11), tied with Charles for third in runs of 20 yards or more (11), fifth in yards per game (90.9), fourth in rushing attempts (319) and he only fumbled the ball once.

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Was LeBron’s decision really that hard?

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The idea of coming home to finish your career in the place where it all began is admirable. You’re deciding to make your life a complete circle by bringing back all of the skills you’ve learned in other areas and applying them in a place where you have ties that go beyond the name of the company you work for. This is the area where you grew up in. Your childhood memories, good or bad, were created here. Anyone who has ever debated about continuing their job in a city that isn’t around where they grew up can relate to the decision LeBron James went through. Do I leave the area that I’ve grown up in and become a better person and head back to the place where I started this journey?

Where the common folk and LeBron James can’t relate is figuring out the option that gives you the best chance to win your third ring.

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