Paxton Lynch Profile

With the giant absence left by Peyton Mannings retirement, I take a look at Paxton Lynch’s odds of starting this season for the Denver Broncos. Check it out here:

 

Paxton Lynch: Your Fantasy Football Coach

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Brock Osweiler to the Texans

Texans Hire Osweiler Without Ever Meeting Him

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That’s right. The Houston Texans hired the new signal caller for their team on nothing more than a very short resume. No interview, no meet and greet. Unless you count an alleged 10 second encounter in 2014.

Are the Texans that desperate? Is Osweiler just that good? Or is this a symptom of an underlying problem in the NFL?

Currently teams are not allowed to approach prospective players who are still under contract. Even if it’s public knowledge that their release is pending, or their contract is set to expire at the start of free agency.

While it’s hard to argue against a person fulfilling their side of the contract, this does seem to hamper both teams and players alike who are trying to land/extend a new contract.

Either way Houston has a new quarterback and Brock is set to cash in on a huge pay day.

 

Kevin White’s Possible Return?

Kevin White’s NFL debut was over before it had even begun, but it looks like there’s now a chance we’ll see him take the field. With the deadline for teams to submit their final 53 man roster, check out my article at Jock Journal, about White’s odds of a playing in his first rookie game of 2015.

http://jockjournal.com/2015/11/18/bears-kevin-white-injury-update/

Darren McFadden’s Time to Shine?

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Coming into the 2015 fantasy football season, the Dallas Cowboys announced that running back Darren McFadden would be the primary starter. There were many who doubted McFadden could be a starter.

After all, Joseph Randle had been an adequate back up to former star running back DeMarco Murray, and McFadden’s collegiate shine had definitely diminished during his stay with the Oakland Raiders. Turns out, McFadden turned into the starter. It just took about half of the season for that to happen…

Randle was officially waived by the Cowboys on Nov. 3. He was the primary ball carrier to start the season, and Randle easily saw double the carries of McFadden to start the year.

In Week 3, Randle dominated the Atlanta Falcons, averaging 6.2 YPC and racked up three touchdowns. Unfortunately for Randle, his success was short lived. It became more and more apparent that there was a rift…

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Jacoby Jones joins the Pittsburgh Steelers: Should force an interesting conversation with Mike Tomlin

Back in 2013 Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin caused quite the stir by interfering with what looked to be a touchdown return by the then Baltimore Raven Jacoby Jones. Tomlin claimed to not be aware of how far onto the field he was at the time, and since Tomlin has a pretty clean record otherwise, I’d be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Either way, their first few face to face meetings between the two may have some interesting undertones. I expect Jones to take over some of the return duties for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the season ending injury to stud running back Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh is going to be taking more precautions to protect their other super star, wide receiver Antonio Brown, and the Steelers have a pretty up close and personal view, of just how lethal Jones can be on the return.

We wish Jones luck with his new team. Watch the video of Tomlin’s interference here:

Le’Veon Bell Leaves Game Due to Serious Injury

Le’Veon Bell left the game this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals with what appears to be a pretty serious knee injury. Anytime a running back is unable to support his own weight on a leg is scary, and it appeared he was clutching his knee in particular.

Initial reports are slightly optimistic. It appears Bell may have avoided a serious ACL tear, and the staff is hoping his injury is limited to his MCL. MCL tears are typically easier to recover from than ACL tears. If Bell escapes with just a torn MCL, the Steelers star running back could be back on the field in six to eight weeks depending on severity. If it’s an ACL tear he will of course be out for the season, and require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Le’Veon Bell is an amazing running back and an integral part of The Steelers. We’re all wishing him a speedy recovery. Check back for updates on his injury status.

The Steelers went on to lose the game 10-16.

Fantasy Football: Carlos Hyde is out Week 8 vs the Rams

Carlos Hyde will miss Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams due to a stress fracture in his foot. With Hyde being ruled out early, there’s a lot of speculation he’ll also miss Week 9. The good thing is the 49 Niners have a Week 10 bye, so Hyde will have plenty of time to rest up and finish the season strong.

On game playbacks, Hyde looks good. He is a great downfield runner with a lot of strength. He proved that early in Week 1 against The Vikings. After that performance he led backs in yards after contact, and total rushing yards. But since has fizzled out. In his first game as feature back, he annihilated The Minnesota Viking defense for over 160 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Hyde also did well Week 5 against the New York Giants, gaining 93 yards on the ground. It was the only other game so far this season he got close to breaking 100 rushing yards, and was the only other game in which he scored a touchdown. So what’s going on with Hyde’s fantasy numbers?

A lot of it comes down to the offensive line. The 49ers have a minus-36.7 run-blocking grade on the year. Even the most talented running back is going to struggle with a lackluster performance from his line. The holes just aren’t opening up for Hyde. Ironically enough, The line seems to get their act together against some of the better defenses. The Vikings and The Giants have cracked the top 10 for fantasy defenses, and both employee in impressive pass rushing defense. But it was against these two teams that Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers excelled.

The Niners are going to have to make some changes. They are going to have to bolster their offensive line somehow, and Colin Kaepernick is going to have to become more mobile and make some big downfield passes to open things up offensively. Carlos Hyde is by far their biggest offensive weapon. If Hyde does indeed miss Week 9, his fantasy stock take a substantial hit, if you can get him for cheap in a trade Week 10 or 11 pull the trigger. I predict a big swing in his fantasy performance. If the SF line can get their act together, Hyde should finish the 2015 fantasy season strong.