I can't remember for sure, but I think I had Julio Jones last year. I try to forget everything that happened in the previous years.... It stings. But Jones only did well for me for like 2 games. Other than that.... he was quite below average. I could tell you for sure if I could figure out how to get into my FF app.
How do you usually play it, with your first pick in the draft? Do you go for your favorite guy, the 'best' available, or do you go for a position, depending on how deep you think that position is?
For instance, if there are only 3 quarterbacks that you really want on your team all year (say Brees, Rodgers and Brady for example) and you know they usually go quick in your draft, do you use your first pick to grab one, or take that as an opportunity to stack yourself at RB or WR instead? Thereby settling for a QB not quite as good?
I have been basically making a list of all the elite players I would feel good about drafting in the top 10, and then picking the one I am surprised about the most that fall to me. Like 2 years ago, I got Antonio Brown with the #8 pick. I was aiming for a RB, but had to take him, and readjust.
Last year, LeVeon Bell fell to me in the mid 2nd round. Did that as well, even though I was eyeing a QB in Brady. Though my #1 pick (*cough DeAndre Hopkins cough*) sunk my luck and made me look silly, so ya know, can't always be right...
Anyways, what's your strategy? Do you target a position and take the best one of those available, or do you just take whoever, and decide in the moment?
I usually try to go with a WR for my first pick. WRs and RBs always make or break every game for me. The QB plays a big role in it as well, though not as much it seems. I go for the best WR first, then QB, then RB and so on. And If there is a dominating defense like a couple had last year, I'll usually grab them 1 or even 2 rounds before everyone else starts to. The defensive points have saved me more times than any QB.
Though nothing I've said here is set in stone. If I really want __ this year, I'll pick them first. It's cool to take FF seriously with stats and projections, but it's also a lot of fun to play with players and teams that you enjoy.
So let me start off by saying that I am not condoning any sort of physical or mental abuse of anyone, of either sex, at any time, for any reason. It is never OK to do the things that Ezekiel Elliott is being accused of.
The Dallas Cowboys running back was accused of domestic violence against his former girlfriend in July of 2016. These allegations led to a year-long investigation by the NFL and the Florida police department, which then led to a 6 game suspension for breaking the NFL's personal conduct policy. Elliott has yet to be arrested or charged with a crime and continues to claim he is innocent. Though as everyone knows, the NFL suspending you for domestic abuse is quite a sting to both your life and career, the latter being a bit hit or miss in this industry.
Elliott is now appealing the case. But honestly.... Why bother? The damage is now done.
And that is my issue with this whole case. The ex-girlfriend specifically said she was going to, "ruin his career". Though I don't think she will succeed in actually ruining his career, I do think what is happening now is exactly what she meant. Here are some of the glaring issues with the case:
- No concrete evidence in this case at all.
- She posted the 'evidence' pictures on her Instagram account....This seems too juvenile for me personally to take serious. Seems (to me) like she just wanted everyone to see and judge.
- The Columbus City Attorney's office declined charges, stating there was "conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents".
- Elliot told the police that she is doing this in spite of her anger for a 'social media incident' and being asked to leave Elliott's apartment.
- She claimed previous counts of domestic violence, but didn't report them.
- There is text message proof of Thompson encouraging her friend to lie to police about an alleged domestic abuse case in July. This one is unquestionable. It also tells me all that I need to know about this particular case.
It's incredibly hard for me to believe someone claiming domestic abuse, when there is evidence that they encouraged someone to lie about a domestic abuse case. And again, this is not me claiming that I know for sure. This is not me saying Elliot should just be let off. This is me saying that it is way, way too easy to hurt someone's career and life with these types of charges. I can't think of a way to fix this issue, but I don't think swapping domestic abuse for this type of abuse is fair.
I don't think I've ever seen someone do such a great job of self promoting like Conor McGregor. It really is impressive. He is only days away from what will surely be a record breaking bout with Mayweather, and now has plenty of fuel for lining up the next one.
Because of some sparring photos and video clips that were 'leaked' online, McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi now have some beef between the two. The photos show Malignaggi looking pretty badly beaten, while the video shows what appears to be McGregor dominating the match and knocking Malignaggi unconscious at one point.
Obviously this doesn't look very good for Paulie. He said this after seeing that the images were online:
"When you don’t like somebody, you don’t spar them, you fight them. You either fight them, or you just never mentioned them at all. This weirdo didn’t do either of those things. He constantly put me in the press with these edited videos, edited pictures and whatnot. Now, it’s picked up a ton of momentum. So yeah. So now the bad blood is there. Now we’ve gotta fight."
"He’s got his left hand on my neck and he’s throwing his little right hook inside, and I’m trying to pull up as hard as I can, in case he’s going to repeat the shot, in case he’s gonna do something else, and he lets it go. So what happens? I go flying, and I fall."
It doesn't even need to be said that there is a huge difference between sparring and an actual match. Paulie is a fighter, not just a sparring partner. Whatever happens in a sparring match between to fighters should be treated as helping one another. These videos shouldn't have been released at all. I feel like this is a publicity stunt specifically for gearing up the McGregor vs. Malignaggi fight. But if it's not, yeah, they should fight.
Here is the footage of the sparring match. To me, it doesn't look like Paulie got knocked out. It looks like he lost his balanced and fell over.
The highly anticipated Mayweather vs. McGregor fight now has an impressive undercard to go with it. It was announced that the following matchups will take place before the main event:
Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0, 13 KOs): For the Davis' IBF Junior Lightweight (130 lbs) Title.
I am going to agree with the masses in that Fonseca is going to be steamrolled by Davis. He really hasn't ever fought someone with the type of skill he is about to be presented with. His record is primarily built on sub- 500 ranked fighters.
Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs): For the Cleverly's WBA Regular Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) Title.
This is the type of match I like to see. It could go either way with these two. Jack is moving up a weight class for this fight, and Cleverly is the WBA's secondary title holder. Fighting styles and skill level are too similar for me to bet comfortably.
Andrew Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1, 13 KOs): 10 rounds, Cruiserweights (200 lbs)
I am going to give this win to Cunningham. He is much more experienced and a better tuned fighter than Tabiti. Experience is everything when it comes to big fights.
In all honesty, I expect any of these fights to be much more exciting the the main. Even though I think McG. vs. May is going to be much better than most, I just don't see the same drive with the superstars that I do with the undercards.
I have a feeling Ben will stay healthy throughout the season, but I just don't see them winning the playoffs. I think they need to revamp and start to approach the field in a different way. I really hope the Packers get to the SB this year. I also really hope that they go up against the Patriots and destroy them. I feel pretty bad for Rodgers. Their biggest problem, at least looking from the outside in, is they seem to coast once they have a few wins on their record. Then they turn back into a great team again once they hit the danger zone. I see them winning the SB this year if they can keep their momentum and keep Rodgers healthy.
The USNMT went into the final as an undefeated team under Bruce Arena. Now that team is the undefeated Gold Cup champion! A super late 88th minute goal from Jordan Morris put U.S. 2-1 over Jamaica for the win. This is quite a satisfying win for us U.S fans, considering Jamaica knocked us out of the semi-finals last year.
Congrats USMNT! I hope you get some time off to enjoy the spoils.
The three-time champion, Novak Djokovic has defeated Adrian Mannarino to move on to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Djokovic, ranked world No.4 took out Mannarino, ranked world No.51 with a winning set of 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The total match time was two hours and 13 minutes.
During third set, Djokovic had to request a medical timeout for his trainer to examine and stretch his right shoulder. "It's been something that I've been dragging back and forth for a while now," Djokovic said. "But I'm still managing to play, which is the most important thing."
I hope he gets that under control for his next match. If not, I see a great opportunity for his defeat. Shoulder injuries/strain take weeks to heal. If you compete before they are completely healed, It can take the injury to a much more serious state.
Even though his shoulder is hurting, Djokovic does have a rather large pillow to fall back on. He is set to compete with Tomas Berdych, whom he has defeated a whopping 25 times in 27 matches against one another. Those are pretty solid odds in his favor, even with a hurt shoulder.
The match will be on 7/12 at 9:30am EST.
I don't think it's a good strategy either. It's all about money/sponsors/advertisers at this point. I am so sick of hearing about Lebron, it's silly. I wouldn't go as far as to say his moving victories are luck, but I don't think it's far off. I'm going to guess that these other teams following the "superteam" drafts and trades are most likely in line for disappointment.
I think they should have dug a bit deeper than just this crash. They could have looked into whether or not there was malice between the two. If there was none, let him keep riding. Though if there was a history between the two, the outcome would be appropriate. It kind of looks like he pushed his elbow out to create a barrier to protect himself from the situation. Then again, it kind of looks like it was intentional.