Saturday Observations

I had arguably my worst beat of the year in the first game with the Jets getting six against the Texans. They lost by seven after their normally reliable kicker missed two PATs, and that’s not counting the tack-on FG the Texans got when the Jets turned it over on downs with just enough time left.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Fantasy Playoffs Pt. 2

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

Heading into the second week of the fantasy playoffs, lineup decisions become more tense than ever. The difference between a safe play and a smart one can determine everything about a matchup, especially when a league’s top teams go head to head. Information remains the key to victory, with savvy owners diving behind start-sit lists and projected points. In the interest of closing out the year strong, when things count most, let’s take a look at the state of offensive lines around the league.

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League Accountability

We as an industry spend a lot of time reviewing our just-finished drafts, but while we’ll occasionally incorporate our experiences from those leagues in our other articles and definitely in discussions on radio shows and podcasts, we often don’t do league recaps. And those recaps that we do are usually from our expert league titles – nice victory laps, and fun to write/read, but usually low on substance. It’s not often that we give you the full picture though – how did we do in all of our leagues?

It’s not as if we’re purposefully cherry-picking, trying to add polish to our overall record. At least, I don’t think that’s the case with most everyone in the industry. Rather I think it’s more of a time allocation issue. We are in a ton of leagues, and many of us cover and play in multiple sports. So we move on to the next league, the next draft kit, etc…

When it comes to our advice, our recommendations, our ratings, we like to say it’s the reasoning behind it that matters. Process is important, we say. And it’s true. It is really important. But you know what else matters? Results! How did our practice translate in our leagues? And guess what, we probably will learn more from our failures than our successes, and each season provides us plenty chances to learn. I’m in 14 leagues this year – here are my results so far.

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Monday Night Observations

Normally, I watch the 40-minute condensed version of the standalone night games when I wake up in the morning and immediately write them up on the blog. But this game was so bad, I watched it, then got caught up in other things and forgot to do the post until midway through the SXM show (4:00 pm my time.)

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Week 14 Observations

I thought it might be a bad week, and in some ways it was. I’m 7-8 ATS heading into Monday night, lost my best bet (Chargers) got knocked out of the playoffs in one league and am a 2:1-ish favorite to advance in another pending Monday night. My NFFC playoff team with George Kittle and Amari Cooper blew up, but realistically without Kareem Hunt and A.J. Green, that performance is probably wasted. And the one team I had on bye also had Hunt as its first pick. It could have been worse, though.

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