As we learned last week, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo injured his hand allegedly falling in his shower, leaving him injured for up to 10 weeks, meaning he’ll miss the first few games of the 2014—15 season and the Celtics will now have to find another starter to begin the season. Boston has grown accustomed to finding players to fill in for Rondo, considering the Celtics have been short on point guard depth since his ACL injury on January 27, 2013.
After that injury, Doc Rivers assigned Avery Bradley to PG duties. In reality, it was more of a platoon among the entire Celtics starting roster that year, with Paul Pierce becoming more of a point-forward in compensation for Bradley’s mediocre passing ability. Bradley, a defensive wizard who excels better off-the-ball, was not the answer. Going into 2013—14, Bradley resumed his ball handling duties, only to be moved back to shooting guard after Jordan Crawford displayed surprisingly competent PG skills. Once Rondo returned and Crawford was traded, undrafted rookie Phil Pressey would start for the Celtics while Rondo received the occasional rest day. Continue reading Who Will Start Opening Day at Point Guard? »
Tags: Avery Bradley, Celtics, Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Marcus Thornton, Phil Pressey, Rajon Rondo
After the quarter pole, most teams now that it could be a quality season or it could be a long season depending on your record. There is still plenty of time to improve, but it’s Week 5 that could your season around. A winning streak starting now will go a long way to earn you a playoff spot. Here are some of the options to start/sit:
Colin Kaepernick (vs. Kansas City): Kaepernick has surprisingly been a top-10 quarterback even though his stat lines have not been the best over the first four weeks. However, KC looks like a tough matchup, but the offensive line should be able to keep the pressure off of Kaepernick in order for him to throw the ball into the weak secondary. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5 »
Tags: Colin Kaepernick, Donald Brown, Dwayne Allen, Heath Miller, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Tom Brady, Zac Stacy
With the Divisional Round about to begin, we should see some great games. Wildcard winners Kansas City and San Francisco face dangerous aces without their best pitchers in Game 1s. Detroit and Baltimore are all set for a slugfest. St Louis will use Adam Wainwright to counter potential NL MVP Clayton Kershaw.
In preparation for the four series, we’ve brought you our choices for how the round will turn out. Picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last is worth one point.
Check below for the picks, and come back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »
Tags: MLB Pick 'Em, MLB Picks, MLB Playoffs
The Wildcard games are now complete. Kansas City came from behind twice to beat Oakland in a 12-inning thriller, while San Francisco just dominated in their 8-0 thrashing of Pittsburgh. Though having used up their best pitchers before facing Jered Weaver and Stephen Strasburg respectively can’t feel too good for them.
But before that, the Wildcard Pick ‘Em results are below. See who gained a slight edge heading into the next round, and check back shortly for the Divisional Round Picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »
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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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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.
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 »
Tags: Bill Belichick, Brandon Browner, Darrelle Revis, Josh McDaniels, Julian Edelman, Patriots, Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork
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 »
Tags: Bryan Stork, Cameron Flemming, Chiefs, Dan Connolly, Danny Amendola, Darrelle Revis, Dwayne Bowe, Jamal Charles, Jimmy Garoppolo, Julian Edelman, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Marcus Cannon, Nate Solder, Patriots, ryan wendell, Sebastian Vollmer, Tom Brady, Travis Kelce