For the millions of people who play fantasy football every year, the draft process can get very confusing, hectic, and even stressful! As we approach the start of the regular season (less than two weeks away) I’ve decided to share some of my fantasy football drafting knowledge with you to make it a little easier! Let’s assume that we are talking about a 12 man league with a snake draft, and using default ESPN fantasy scoring as the template…
1) Draft Strategy:
It’s a smart idea to to go right down your team roster, almost chronologically, and draft positional round by round. Use your first round pick on an elite RB or QB, and then select the opposite position in round 2. From then, make sure you are grabbing the best available WR in round 3. Then you can start getting into some strategic planning come round 4. (more…)
You can’t turn on an NFL preseason game without hearing the words “replacement officials” within the first 10 minutes of the broadcast. There has been much talk and controversy regarding the NFLRA strike, and the replacement refs taking over the officiating duties for the time being. While many people think that the NFLRA is just holding out for more money, that is not entirely true. The bargaining has to do with many other factors besides the economics. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also characterized the differences as “philosophical.” The NFL’s proposal includes making some refs full-time (currently all game officials work part-time with outside jobs) and also adding more crews. Goodell went on to say that “Increasing the pool of officials would allow the league to replace individual officials or even entire crews that are not performing well.” It is rumored that the NFL wants to add three new officiating crews this season to start preparing younger refs for the years to come. Considering the fact that a lot of the league’s top officials are aging, this might not be a bad idea! NFLRA lead negotiator Mike Arnold stated that the union was open to discussing such issues but any proposal to increase the number of officials while decreasing the pay for current refs was not viable. It’s possible that the replacement officials might have to start off the regular season as well, if no deal can be made before the first game on September 5. (more…)
Let’s get the obvious statement out of the way by saying that the NFL and the Detroit Lions are both businesses. With that out the way we can weigh the pros and cons of franchising Cliff Avril or any player in the NFL.
In our interview Avril stated that it is up to the guys upstairs to see the production and make a decision. Now that he has been franchised the hopes are that they can work on the a long term deal within the next 7 days to satisfy both player and club. If a deal isn’t struck then any team can give Avril a contract. Then Lions can match it. I like the business part of it because the Lions have the leverage. If another team does sign him the Lions receive 2 first round draft picks. (more…)
When it comes to acquiring young talent in the NFL draft so many people put so much stock into the first round alone. This weekend is the NFL Scouting Combine where over 300 players will compete for ruffly 220 draft positions. There are only 32 picks in the first round and the Detroit Lions only have one. Outside of the 23rd overall pick the Lions hold picks 54 (Rd2), 86 (Rd3), 117 (Rd4), 150 (Rd5), 213 (Rd7). (more…)
This week is the NFL Scouting Combine and Detroit Lions will get a look at over 300 players that may help the team. In our most recent podcast we talked about the positions that we think the Lions should be pay close attention to in Indianapolis this weekend. Here is what we came up with.