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Report: Aaron Dobson Benched for “Mouthing Off”

By on October 2, 2014 at 7:36am

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reported Wednesday night that second year receiver Aaron Dobson had been deactivated against Oakland and Kansas City because he “mouthed off” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

This is yet another chapter in what was a frustrating September for the Patriots, especially on offense. Dobson is a player who could be an asset to New England with his speed and his ability to get open and not having him or a player like him on the field has clearly been a detriment to the offense. The offense has struggles to move the ball in all four games and not having every hand on deck has hurt. Continue reading Report: Aaron Dobson Benched for “Mouthing Off” »

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Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice

October 1, 2014 at 7:21pm in Fantasy, Featured, NFL, Opinion
Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

Before jumping into week 5, let’s see how I did week 4. I will be the first to say, my predictions saw marked improvement over week 3.

Week 4 Recap:

Turns out Jacksonville’s defense is as bad as expected. Anyone who played Phillip Rivers enjoyed his 377 passing yards and 3 TDs. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice »

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bleacher report

The New England Patriots are sitting at 2-2 following a blowout, 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. The Chiefs were able to do anything they wanted against the Patriots throughout the game on both sides of the ball and they made the Patriots look like a cellar dweller instead of a perennial contender. Despite having two wins thus far, the Patriots have not looked good on both sides of the ball for an entire game to open the season. There are many causes for this, some with short term fixes and others with more long term questions. The three issues of focus that have come to mind are personnel, coaching, and fundamental play on the field.

Personnel

The hallmark of the Patriots the past 14 years has been the ability to draft well, spend frugally, and cut bait with veteran players just as they were about to decline. Despite this reputation, the Patriots front office has been inconsistent for nearly eight years now, far removed from the 2000-2005 days when seemingly ever personnel move worked. Continue reading Patriot Problems: What Has Caused Poor Start to 2014 and What Can be Done to Fix It »

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Fantasy Hockey Draft Primer: Defense

October 1, 2014 at 9:00am in Fantasy, Featured
Mike Green (youshtake.com)

When it comes to fantasy hockey, strategies for drafting defensemen can be pretty polarizing. Some will tell you that Forwards and Goalies are the most important components of a fantasy squad so the focus should be there, letting you round out your roster with defenseman who are solid category contributors. Others however, see the sneaky value that a good defenseman can offer: if you’re getting 60+ points where another owner is only getting 40 or so, that can put you over the top.

I tend to go with a balance between these two approaches. I think defense an all too important but often underrated position in fantasy hockey, but its also important to recognize that most of your points will indeed be coming from forwards and goalies.

All of these players are of great interest to me going into my drafts, whether they’re sleepers, breakout candidates, guys who will out-perform their draft rankings, or just guys I’d love to have on my team. So, without further ado…

Victor Hedman, TBL

The third overall pick in the 2009 draft has seen steady progression in his young career and I expect that trend to continue. He logs a ton of minutes and he has stellar options in front of him like Steven Stamkos and rookie Jonathon Drouin. He posted 55 points in just 75 games last year, so 60 is definition possible. I’m targeting him on all of my teams.

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Cardinals vs Bengals: Week 4's prediction for the Super Bowl

For most teams, the NFL season is already a fourth of the way done. The Raiders have a new coach. Seattle has already suffered a rough upset. Injuries are continuing to be an issue across the league. All the domestic violence in the news has led to stars being cut or banned and multiple press conferences where everyone refuses to answer questions. The league doesn’t now how to send good teams to London. New England looks almost useless after trading away Logan Mankins (which is about more than missing one player). With various kinds of turmoil going around already, this is a great year to unseat perennial favorites, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 30: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 4 »

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A dejected Tom Brady sits on the bench as the Patriots were embarrassed by the Chiefs on Monday Night. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

That was the ugliest game in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era of the New  England Patriots. It’s safe to say everyone is feeling better about that 16-9 win last week after witnessing the primetime beatdown in Kansas City. The offense was nonexistent and the defense had no answer for whatever the Chiefs decided to throw at them. The Patriots already had a ton of questions going into the game on Monday night. All that game did was put all of those pre-existing concerns under the microscope of Monday Night Football.

- As everyone has seen all season, this offensive line is a huge problem. Tom Brady has a few good years left and so far all indications are he will be spending this year running away from defenders. They decided to switch things up last night and allow two rookies to start. Bryan Stork got the start at center while Cameron Flemming started at right guard. The starting line is irrelevant because by the time all was said and done Marcus Cannon subbed in for Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder on two separate occasions. That tells you all you need to know about the offensive lines performance last night. Clearly they are still unsure what their best combination is, but so far none of the options they have been trotting out there have done the job. At this point in the season it’s tough to find anything in free agency and few teams would be willing to trade away starting caliber offensive lineman during the season. The Patriots are one of those teams. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 4: Chiefs Embarrass Patriots in 41-14 Blowout »

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Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/)

The playoffs are here. Oakland and Kansas City are starting things off in the AL Wildcard game, followed by San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Oakland really fell off the mark during the regular season, having to clinch a spot on the final day, while Kansas City is in the playoffs for the first time since 1985. San Francisco, like Oakland, fell off in the middle of the season, while Pittsburgh stuck to its guns in the home stretch. Whatever happens, these should be good games.

To start our annual Pick ‘Em, correctly guessing the winner of each Wildcard game is worth two points. Complete picks are below, and the Divisional Round picks will be up later in the week, so check for them soon, and see our picks for the Wildcard winners below. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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