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There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for troubling red-shirt sophomore wide out Ishmael Zamora, Baylor Bears.

WR-Ishmael Zamora, Baylor 6’4” 215 lbs.

This former Baylor Bear made the news in June of last year when a Snapchat video of him kicking and striking his dog with a belt multiple times turned up. He got charged with a Class C misdemeanor and  got suspended three games by Baylor for his abhorrent conduct. Those actions also led him not to be invited to the NFL Combine. I do not condone what I saw in that appalling video and am a proud owner along with my wife of two rescue dogs. Much like my Joe Mixon scouting report , I will base this report on the things I saw as a high school football coach and educator in the four games I reviewed of the red shirt sophomore play maker: 2016 contests versus Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Boise State, and Texas. Most of these game videos are available via These are my thoughts: Read More »


Playing fantasy football is not about being the biggest, meanest, or even smartest player out there, it is about being adaptable to changing situations. Injuries, coaching changes and legal issues can all be hazardous to your fantasy team, but brucebeing able to think on your feet and adjust to these changes is what will make you a champion.

Draft strategy can evolve from philosophies that have nothing to do with fantasy football. I am always inspired by martial arts legend Bruce Lee with his “be like water” strategy.  I write an article about this every year, because it works.  Much like Bruce Lee’s movie, “Game of Death”, the strategy behind “being like water” is about adapting to your surroundings and using your opponents, aka leaguemates, weaknesses against themselves. Read More »

This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put theirevans1 money where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  It is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  I was lucky enough to end up with my favorite roster spot, 10th overall in a straight snake format.  You can find the league here:

1.01 QB Andrew Luck, Colts

Sure this is the best quarterback in dynasty to own and could be the highest scoring player again this year.  I believe Luck is a top eight to ten pick, but this early was a bit too soon for me.  After Aaron Rodgers, who got selected at 1.07, there wasn’t another one picked until the fourth round aka wait. Read More »

The Senior Bowl week produced a few surprises and one of those was the Miami wide out Phillip Dorsett.  Pardon my Mainerism with the title of this article.  He definitely caught my attention in pdiddyMobile and rose in my receiver ranks because of his wiggle, burst, and catch radius.  Just to make sure what I saw in practice translated to the gridiron, I watched five games against Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and Florida State.  Now, I like him a bit more.

WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL) 5’ 10” 185 lbs.

Cons: The receiver has a slight build,is not the cleanest route runner,  and doesn’t always catch the ball cleanly with his hands.  He suffered a partial torn MCL in 2013 which slows him down a little.  His college production is also not that impressive with 36 catches in his senior year (58 receptions his sophomore year for a college career high), on the bright side, Dorsett did manage to take ten of those receptions to the house this past season. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of JBthe series by looking at one of the surprising wide receivers, John Brown.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus St. Louis to discern his dynasty value.

This is what I glimpsed from his college film:  The young wide out has great initial burst aka acceleration and can start/stop quickly without losing steps to gear up or down (he possesses 4.34 40 speed that he showed off at the NFL Combine).  Brown runs crisp, clean routes and could not be covered in one on one situations.  He uses precise footwork and is a good technician making every route look the same off the line.  The receiver has good downfield vision that he used well as a returner. Read More »

In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or moderate trade. Acquiring or not wheatonacquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.

Marcus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wheaton, in his second year with the Steelers, was the main cog of the 2012 Oregon State offense with his 5′ 11″ and 182 lbs. frame. He spent most of his college career out of the slot a lot while carrying the ball on a few reverses. The wide receiver is very quick/agile and uses good angles to make the most out of his touches. Wheaton can climb the highest point to get to the ball and can catch those worm burners near the ground.  Due to injuries in his rookie year, the former Beaver receiver only received 13 targets his rookie year, catching six of them for 64 yards.  During the preseason, the chemistry between the second year wide out and Ben Roethlisberger seemed mixed.  The game against the Browns was their first test together. Read More »

Here is another one of the recent dynasty fantasy football teams that I built (start up in late February with the rookie draft in May).  I am the commissioner of this 14 team league and recruited most of the owners.  There are a few luminary cammanTweeters in this league like Brian Quinlan aka @The_Street_FA .    The PPR fantasy scoring features a tiered scoring: .5 pts for running backs, 1 pts for wide receivers, 1.5 pts for tight ends.  Passing touchdowns are worth 5 pts and all others are worth 6 pts.  It is tackle heavy scoring with return/rushing/receiving yardage all worth .1 pts per yard and passing is .05 pts per yard.  For the IDPs, it is a tackle heavy scoring system.  This is a super-flex league so every owner has a lot of flexibility: 1-2 QBs, 2-3 RBs, 3-4 WRs, 1-2 TEs, 2-3 DLs, 3-4 LBs, and 2-3 DBs.  Once again, the goal is to look at the composite of the team

QBs- Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Mark Sánchez, Ryan Griffin (start 1-2)

Since the draft got held before Newton’s injury and the NFL reveal of their schedule, I am happy with my starting quarterbacks.  Both can put up top ten numbers with one still reasonably young (Newton is 25) and Big Ben, who is 32, has another three to four years left of high fantasy production.  Since Roethlisberger did not get injured last season, I thought he played on borrowed time so I grabbed Gradkowski.  The only two quality backup quarterbacks on the waiver wire were Sánchez and Griffin.  Obviously Griffin is more of a project, but I will need to start one of them Week 12, because the Steelers and Panthers share the same bye week this season. Read More »


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Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch almost every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

In the battle of the AFC North, the Steelers took on the Bengals.  The Steelers jumped to a quick 14 point advantage and held on to win 24 to 17.  Super rookie AJ Green had a single catch, a 36 yard TD, before leaving due to a lower leg injury.  It was another amazing catch as he caught it in between the Steelers starting safeties.  Andy Dalton looked efficient throwing the short passes, but only completed 50% of his passes for 170 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions.  Andrew Hawkins filled in for Green by hauling in 5 balls out of 6 targets.  The Bengals defensive line got to Ben Roethlisberger as he was sacked 5 times.  Ben’s numbers look worse than what they were mostly due to an interception caused by Heath Miller (3-31 yards) bumbling the ball.  Roethlisberger completed 21 out of 33 for 245 yards with a TD and the previously mentioned interception.  Antonio Brown was his safety valve by catching 5 for 86 out of 6 targets.  Mike Wallace had an up and down day with 5 receptions for 47 yards and 2 reverses for 31 yards.  Wallace did have several drops.  Rashard Mendenhall had a productive day with 2 short yardage TDs and 70 total yards.  CB William Gay sealed the game for the Steelers with a steal of a Dalton pass with 2:30 to play.

It was Seattle’s “12th man” and Marshawn Lynch that made the difference for the Seahawks at home.  Tavaris Jackson was an adequate QB completing 63% of his passes for 217 yards and when I write adequate, I mean he didn’t lose the game with turnovers or bad decisions.  Lynch was the workhorse as he touched the ball 37 times for 167 yards combined and had a short TD run.  For more click here:

Darrius Heyward-Bey receives a pass on Sept. 1...

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In this weekly column, I will explore some young players that may have not made much of an impact to date.  Some players may be available on your waiver wire; some may be available via a cheap/moderate trade.  Acquiring these players could decide how well your dynasty/keeper team does for the next few years.

Just when I said Antonio Brown was fading, Brown has shown us doubters by catching 7 for 102 yards on 9 targets.  Brown has caught 25 for 364 yards on 48 targets (52%) for the year.  For the rest of the article click here:

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

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Every week during the preseason and season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. The fake games have ended, so bring on some real football! 

After less than a minute of watching the Seattle o-line, it was clear that they struggle to run block and that TE Zach Miller may be stuck doing that for often than not.  Oakland’s Michael Bush ran strong, but didn’t make any plays that his o-line didn’t create for him.  Leon Washington looked to be a better back than Justin Forsett.  Charlie Whitehurst played better than Tavarius Jackson, but the level of competition was lacking.  Taiwan Jones hear footsteps in his 2nd preseason game, I hope he gets over that soon.

The Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection worked for a long completion.  Fantasy owners hope this continues. Jerome Harrison looked ready to step up in the Mikel Leshoure role, forget Aaron Brown. CJ Spiller, despite being very streaky, is looking like he will play more of a role this year.  Fitzpatrick’s numbers were down this game, but there were many drops by the receivers. For the rest click here:

First of all, full disclosure, I am and always shall be a die-hard Steelers fan.  I hate the Ravens, Browns, and Bengals.  I do respect each of their teams.  Read More »