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The 2016 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and one of the trickiest positions to fill is that of a tight end.  For every Rob Gronkowski in the league, there are ten Vance McDonalds.  Former ahooperStanford Cardinal Austin Hooper is somewhere between my Gronk-McDonald comparison.  He wasn’t a featured target with only 74 career receptions in two years of work, so film work is a bit limited.  I reviewed his 2015 game against USC, a 2014 Notre Dame game, and his career highlights to get a better idea of what skills and attributes he will deliver to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

TE-Austin Hooper, Stanford 6′ 4″ 254 lbs. Read More »

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tannyThe journey through my dynasty fantasy football leagues continues to the Gardiner Packers.  This is the third year of the league, which is a 32 teamer with doubles of every player (only warning is that a single owner cannot own two of the same player).  It is one of the famed Paragon Leagues that have strong commissioners and spelled out rules for almost every single situation.  Scoring is as follows: 4pts for passing touchdowns, 6pts for all other touchdowns, .5pts for running back per reception, PPR for wide receivers and tight ends, and sacks are worth three times as much as tackles for the defensive line.  A starting lineup consists of 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 3-5 WRs, 1-2 TEs, 1 K, 1-2 DTs, 2-3 Des, 3-4 LBs, 2-3 CBs, and 2-3 Ss.  In the offseason, teams can have 73 players on their squad (65 regular roster spots and eight on the taxi squad).  This was my first league of this kind.  This concept gets duplicated a lot, but never as well.  You can find the league here:http://www11.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/47455#0  Let’s discuss my team which has come close two years a row to making the playoffs:

QBs- Tony Romo, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Griffin (start 1)

Romo is an underrated quarterback that will be forced to throw even more with the Dallas putrid defense.  Will Tannehill excel in a high paced offense similar to Philly?  If the answer is yes, he might actually be worth his late first round rookie pick selection in 2013.  I have my starters’ backups, for now, and I invested a few dollars on the waiver wire to get Brees’ athletic backup. Read More »