"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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- Always draft on value given your league's scoring system (standard, PPR, types of flex, bonuses, etc.).
- Running backs are important because the best put up good numbers in weeks 14-16.
- A loss in the first couple weeks is ok because it gives you waiver priority.
- There is at least one FA of nearly every position that will be a top 5-10 scorer. In 2014 Justin Forsett, ODB, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Evans, and Jeremy Hill were available in a lot of leagues for the first few weeks.
- That player that just put up 30 points out of nowhere will probably not do that the next week.
- Don't mess with suspended players or injured ones. There is better value elsewhere and injuries don't necessarily mean the replacement will be any good.
- Sometimes consistent points are better than having the highest scoring guy.
|4 days 21 hours ago||It doesn't get much better||
It doesn't get much better than this. Michigan is one late UNLV TD away from 15 straight shutout quarters.
|5 days 1 hour ago||That makes sense. I missed||
That makes sense. I missed the opening.
|5 days 2 hours ago||A clock-grinding win that is||
A clock-grinding win that is never really in doubt, but leaves you wondering why they didn't score more. Then you remember the next three games on the schedule.
Michigan 24 Maryland 7
|1 week 2 hours ago||Good point. They still have||
Good point. They still have to play at Minnesota at night at the end of the month and I feel like the experience could help the team deal with the curve balls night games present, especially after being 1-8 in night road/neutral games since 2012.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I was kind of hoping for the||
I was kind of hoping for the night road game to give the team more experiences in those games.
|1 week 2 days ago||This wasn't only Rudock's||
This wasn't only Rudock's best game statistically, he seemed to play with more awareness as the game went on.
For example, the first play of the game he had a wide open Darboh down the sidelines but checked down to a FB or somebody. No big deal. But later in the 3rd or 4th quarter, he hit Hill on that little TE underneath thing that has been picked/almost picked a couple times, but threw the ball high and outside, away from the LB defending the pass.
|1 week 4 days ago||When you hold your opponent to 1.8 yards/pass||
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|1 week 4 days ago||Hats off to the OL and||
Hats off to the OL and Rudock. Great to see the entire offense improve week to week.
|1 week 5 days ago||Fortunately for us Indiana||
Fortunately for us Indiana has also given up 150 yards/game against the likes of Southern Illinois and Florida International.
You are correct, though. A quarterback that can win you games is pretty much necessary to get to 8-10 wins.
|1 week 5 days ago||I sometimes forget Wake||
I sometimes forget Wake Forest has a football team.
|1 week 5 days ago||UCLA @ Arizona is the most||
UCLA @ Arizona is the most interesting to me outside of BYU @ UM. That and Utah and Oregon.
That beautiful 9 game conference schedule the Pac and Big 12 enjoy is nice come week 4.
|1 week 5 days ago||When I was growing up, I||
When I was growing up, I remember hearing Messner and Hammerstein all the time, just like Rob Renes 10 years later. When you hear a DT's name a lot, it is very likely they are good.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||QB Snowflake thread?||
I think Jake is a little nervous. He'll probably get over that and settle in. Some of the short stuff to Butt is a little scary and caused that pick against Oregon State, otherwise he is pretty accurate and is consistent. He also holds the ball for a while instead of running but I applaud him for at least trying to look for an open guy.
Also keep in mind that at least one of those picks wasn't entirely his fault and he should have another TD (the one to Houma yesterday). He still completes a high percentage of throws and will get better timing as the year goes on. If not then the ceiling of this team is pretty clearly in the hands of the defense.
Hopefully with film and practice he will spot them and get more comfortable taking chances.Thing is, a guy with nearly half a dozen picks in the first quarter of the season may get a little gun shy in an offense that emphasizes not turning the ball over.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Looks like Illinois @ UNC or||
Looks like Illinois @ UNC or Pitt @ Iowa will be the best matchups in the B1G this week.
Why do Rutgers and PSU open conference play this week and everybody else is next week?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||48-3 and Rudock finally||
48-3 and Rudock finally connects on some dragons.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||LTT is gone so there is a||
LTT is gone so there is a hole there now.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I like it when teams from 2-3||
I like it when teams from 2-3 time zones away play early.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I was kind of unimpressed by||
I was kind of unimpressed by MSU last night. They should have beat Oregon by at least two scores. I agree that the DL looked good and their OL is pretty good too. Backs and receivers are nothing special though they do have a lot of upperclassmen receivers. I was also impressed by their punt coverage.
Aside from that, I thought they looked no better than last year or the year before. I really think Connor Cook hit his ceiling last year, which is somewhere between 2008 Steven Threet and Chad Henne. I believe the defense will have some gameplan to exploit his tendency to make so many poor throws into coverage.
My biggest question is whether Michigan's downfield passing game will improve by that game. They have been vulnerable there the last two years but DG had trouble getting the ball out quickly enough. Butt, Darboh, and maybe Harris could have big games if the timing on the 10-20 yard stuff gets better. The OL, of course, has to improve for that as well.
BYU and NW should be good prep.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Can I give credit to whomever||
Can I give credit to whomever got Oregon State to play at noon, essentially 9 am their time?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I can't remember the last||
I can't remember the last time I saw a UM offense wear down an opposing D and it was great to see the OL and backs improve from week one and the the first half.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I agree although with all the||
I agree although with all the position switches of the last 9 months, I wouldn't be surprised if somebody found there way over there, like TWJr. Plus there may be somebody in this class like Rashad Weaver and/or Michael Onwenu who ends up at DT. Still would be nice to have more guys there.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||My Thoughts||
The LBs still tend to get sucked into blocks if they don't have holes on blitzes.
Wormley is great though I get the feeling he doesn't bring it every play, but if he did he would be a 1st rounder. Same with Henry.
Team looked gassed at the end of that first TD drive and the DL and LBs missed a lot of tackles.
I thought Dymonte Thomas played pretty well. He seemed to be the only player looking to block for Clark after the hail mary INT and he tackled well.
Peppers seems to be the reason the D can play so aggressively as he closes fast and is always around the ball.
Too many bites on playaction and the option. I was encouraged however by how well they covered screens and the moderate amount of pass rush.
Overall, giving up 17 points on the road out west is enough to win most games and is pretty good for the first game. Still too many missed tackles and major vulnerabilities to any QB that can run.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||WMU is among the best in the||
WMU is among the best in the MAC. Yes, MSU should smoke them however the 2013 team that won the Rose Bowl struggled against WMU in week 1. They will get things going and I still wouldn't be surprised if they beat Oregon next week.
With that said, I wonder if Connor Cook's numbers and ability to carry the team topped out last year with those receivers and running game. Those positions tend to get better throughout the season faster than the improvement of lines and QBs, it seems.
The only thing is that talent doesn't seem to be that exceptional - I don't really see any gamebreakers - and their playcalling is vanilla with pumpkin spice. It reminds me of 2000s Lloyd OCs if they had gone back to school to learn about the evolution of the last 15 years of college offenses and came up with a playbook as a senior thesis. Even their hurryup is predictable. They do, however, protect the football.
They should be a 10 to 11 win team with that schedule. I just can't shake the feeling that certain offenses and defenses are built to devour teams like MSU. I hope Michigan is one of those soon.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Guys - It's actually||
Guys - It's actually happening! Harbaugh is here! Football is here!
|5 weeks 18 min ago||Probably a bit of Parker's||
Probably a bit of Parker's Heritage Collection #8 and some Russell's Reserve Single Barrel.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||After reading each of these I||
After reading each of these I come away thinking "well, this team is deep at that position" and it comforts me however this depth also comes at the expense of so many burned redshirts (Hill, Gedeon, Ojemudia, Thomas, RJS, Taco, Stribling, and maybe even Bolden).
I have made my peace with it because this is the most upperclassmen and returning depth I can think of since 2011 or 2006, and two years of game experience is probably better than two years of scout team and the 4th quarter vs App. State.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Clark||
Looks like Clark was on yesterday. In the first drive of the 3rd quarter, Denver went three and out and Clark had 2 assisted tackles including one for loss and then one solo tackle for no gain.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Also getting reps at TE:||
A gallon of whole milk
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Here are a few of the fantasy football strategies I use:||