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It’s time to do work on your upcoming fantasy football rookie drafts!  One of those potential diamonds in the rough is San José State’s running back Tyler Ervin. He did not catch my eye during thetervin regular season, but after participating in the Senior Bowl practices and game, there is a lot of potential in this smaller back.  When I watched his games against New Mexico, Oregon State, Auburn, and Senior Bowl (practices too), the back reminded me quite a bit of Patriots Dion Lewis.  Here are my thoughts with what he can bring to the NFL:

RB-Tyler Ervin, San José State 5′ 10″ 192 lbs.  Read More »


In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or cadetmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at New Orleans reserve running back Travaris Cadet and Dallas wide receiver Terrance Williams.

RB-Travaris Cadet, NO- The best way to describe the third year back is that he is an offensive weapon.  Although Cadet has not been used much in the Saints offense for the past three years, the touches he could have received went to better athletes such as Darren Sproles or Pierre Thomas.  Due to the departure of Sproles, the injuries to Thomas and Khiry Robinson, the third year back got thrust into the New Orleans game plan.  He is mostly used as a kickoff returner and third down/change of pace back.  The back is not an effective inside runner and usually bounces any carries he gets outside the tackle.  Cadet is most dangerous in space because he has a nice stutter step that puts defenders on their heals and can make them miss. 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 »

The NFL preseason is finally over.  Many younger and/or fringe players fought for roster spots on NFL and your fantasy football teams. We got slight glimpses into the thought pattern of some teams with how much or how little these athletes richardsonplayed and others we can only guess.  Here are my general thoughts about some of the more interesting younger players or free agents from the first half of their last preseason game.

Falcons vs. Jaguars

The Hard Knocks legend, rookie running back Devonta Freeman, may continue to get dressed down in team meetings and see the field third of the backs, but he continues to produce.  I love the way he gets small in the hole, shows a good burst, and runs tough between the tackles.  The former FSU runner scored a short yardage touchdown, makes clean catches in the passing game, and is working on his pass blocking.  Second year linebacker, Paul Worrilow, gets to the ball quickly with good vision and agility.  He also provides pressure in the passing game rushing the passer or can drop back into coverage.

NFL and fantasy football pundits alike should be discussing first round rookie quarterback, Blake Bortles.  The young signal caller showed maturity taking a sack when nothing was open and no safe passing lanes were present.  He is very mobile, sets his feet before he throws, but needs to improve his pocket presence.  For his detractors that question Bortles’ accuracy and arm-strength, look at his 45 yard rainbow that fellow rookie Marquise Lee caught for a 57 yard touchdown.  Receiver Cecil Shorts is still knocking off the rust for not playing the rest of the preseason due to injury.  The wide out creates separation with clean, crisp routes and a bit of wiggle.  Third year defensive end Alan Branch is stepping up his game, playing the Leo position at times.  He gets good penetration off the snap, and flows quickly down the line playing both the run and pass equally well. Read More »

The witching hour is finally here.  Preseason game three, the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football.  The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against.  The only driconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different.  I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used.  Here are my observations:

Steelers vs. Eagles

Biases aside, this was an ugly game for Pittsburgh.  You could almost feel the shadow of the drug arrests from the day before on runners Le’Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount.  Bell got touches early, bounced off some of the defenders, but left a lot of blocked openings unanswered.  The second year back took a head shot, but came back a series later.  Blount, however, appears strong/powerful at the point of attack with quick feet and good balance.  Rookie Dri Archer got sent in motion the majority of the time he lined up in the backfield.  The Eagles front seven seemed more ready for his quicks and wiggle than the other teams the Steelers faced as they did not allow many openings in the first three-quarters of play.  Chemistry issues plagued second year receiver Markus Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger.  Big Ben tried to get him involved early, but either their timing was off or Wheaton would bobble the pigskin.  Last week’s highlight reel, rookie backer Ryan Shazier, was less active.  He did not do as good of a job using his speed to prevent plays; instead the youngster spent most the game chasing down ball carriers several yards down the field.  Ertz caught him out of position twice.  Read More »