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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 odbthe series by looking at one of my highest rated wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Philadelphia to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching the receiver in college: Once he has the ball in his hands, Beckham uses a strong stiff-arm to keep defenders away from him and seems to love to hand fight while running patterns.  This helps him exploit the defenses with the extra separation.  Beckham Jr. fools his coverage to cover one path, but quickly shifts his hips to explode down the field in a different direction.  His cut back ability in the open field, makes him quite dangerous because the young receiver starts and stops making the defense go right past him.

As a receiver, Beckham Jr. explodes off the line quickly and shields the pigskin from the defender covering him.  He has a great habit of making the first man miss.  The young wide occasionally lets the ball into his body, but it seems this is more about the quarterback’s ball placement which gave Beckham no other way to make the catch.  The wide out has quick feet, which makes him effective on reverses with his loose hips while he reading the offensive line’s blocks well. Read More »

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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 donnellmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  One of these players is taking the Twitter and fantasy-verse by storm, Larry Donnell.  He had his own hash tag trending this past Friday.  The other, quarterback Mike Glennon, was a surprise starter his rookie year and got demoted due to a coaching change before the start of 2014.  Here are my thoughts:

TE Larry Donnell, NYG- Perhaps one of this year’s biggest surprises is the second year Grambling walk-on to the Giants tight end (nfl.com reports he is in his second year and rotoworld.com states that he is in his third season).  Of course, every week I try to evaluate at least one player from the Thursday night game and Donnell exceeded all expectations.  His versatility playing inline tight end, full back, split out-wide, and as a wingback impressed me.  When you first look at him, the young tight end looks all tall and lanky, but his amazing catch radius does the talking.  Donnell caught passes at the ball highest point, in his stomach, off his hip, and right out in front of his body in stride. Read More »

The NFL preseason is now over.  Many younger and/or fringe players are fighting for roster spots on NFL and fantasy football teams as you read. We got slight glimpses into the thought pattern of some teams with how much or how little these garopathletes played and others we will never know.  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.

Patriots vs. Giants

Don’t be fooled by Rashad Jennings two super carries in front of his first team offensive line against the Pats second and third team defense.  Rookie Andre Williams once again showed off a low center of gravity, powerful legs, a nice stiff-arm, and some open field burst.  The dreaded running back by committee seems inevitable in New York.  Oh by the way, Eli Manning and Rueben Randle still haven’t worked out their timing issues.  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 ebronconstant 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:

Raiders vs Packers

The Al Davis era might be over in reality, but the legacy still lives on with recycled older players that might be over their heads along with a few young upstarts.  Newly signed receiver James Jones runs crisp routes, creates separation, but is not in sync with Matt Schaub.  I’m not sure any of the Raiders receivers are on the same page with their quarterback which might be a bigger problem sooner than later.  MJD looked great on one of his carries where he broke a few arm tackles and showed some burst on a 40 yard touchdown run.  Jones-Drew might have five more of those runs left in his body, but playing with this offense they might get used up quickly.  The reason for optimism in Oakland is the play of their two young linebackers, Sio Moore and Khalil Mack.  Moore applied inside pressure in both the run and pass games.  His motor is unrelenting and he delivers punishment on every blow.  He left the game with a strained neck which the backer can hopefully recover from quickly.  Mack reads and recognizes immediately what the offense is trying to do.  He picked off a screen pass and is constantly generating pressure in the running and passing games. Read More »

Every year the NFL starts with the pageantry of the Hall of Fame inductions the night before the first preseason game of the year.  Unfortunately, it’s the game itself that is always a letdown.  This year’s New York Giants against the Buffalo Bills HOFwas no different.  Here are some brief thoughts that got based on the first half.  Keep in mind, there were only a few nuggets of information, but each piece adds up. Read More »