Views I: The One Specific Type of Play Where Speed Impresses
As studly as this play is, without his skills that account for 95% of his talent I wouldn’t have cared less. Still fun to see a 230-lb. back outpace a good angle by a defensive back. By the way stay tuned for my analysis on Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who in my opinion has the ability to lap the field of every college wide receiver playing – except for one. I’ll be writing about that guy, too.
Tom Melton, I see you.
Thanks to Bryan Zukowski, who is often my go-to guy for quality vids. He knows a kickin’ drummer when he hears one.
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For $19.95 you get a 1200-page pre-draft publication that is one-part 200-page draft magazine bookmarked for easy reading and other-part 1000-page tome that shows all the work to make the front half insightful: grading checklists for each player according to his position, a glossary that defines the grading system and each thing I score, and all my play-by-play notes on each player. I show my math for even the most diehard, nut-job – and I have plenty of them (they’re my kind of people).
You also get another 150-200 page post-draft document that updates rankings based on player fit with his new team, tiered dynasty rankings, and draft value analysis based on dynasty drafts. This RSP will help you this year, next year, and often times the year after in you dynasty drafts, re-drafts, and the waiver wire. Knowledge is power and you’ll be able to see the signs a little sooner when a player is poised for a breakout.
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Views II: I Don’t Hate Big Business, But I Do Have Contempt For Their Methodology To Keep Customers Who Don’t Want Them
- Fantasy Throwdown – One-on-one, weekly fantasy football. Options include standard, PPR, IDP, Flex plays (including 2QBs). It’s addictive – AND FREE. Dude . . . try it.
- Word of Muth on the Eagles: Ben is the man. Read. Learn. And enjoy a big-time moment from OL Jason Peters who looks like he’s back.
- On Scouting Wide Receivers – My thoughts on where the analytics/big data movement needs to raise the bar on its work and a great coaching video on route running.
- Vanderbilt’s complete offensive line shift – Smart Football. Need I say more?
- Why Geno Smith Should Be Studying The Topography of Revis Island – A Doug Farrar joint.
- Footballguys Week 1 – I recommend subscribing.
Views III: Twerking + Vanity = You’re On Fire (Literally)
Non Football Reads
- What Makes America So Prone To Intervention – Thoughts from a theologian-pacifist. Worth a couple of reads.
- Inside the Fear of Holes – I’ve always had a fascination-repulsion to items like the one on this photo. Are you one of the 15 percent?
- Top 10 Photos Of The Week – The Pelican on the reptile gets me every time.
- How To Rebuild An Attention Span – I’ll also be reading this one again.
- Fall Books Preview: 22 Notable Releases – Forget Pynchon, Keteyian, and Lahiria (ok, not really), I want to read David Shoemaker’s book on professional wrestling.
- How Poverty Taxes The Brain – I’ve been there.
Listens II: Marcus Miller – “Jean Pierre”
My favorite electric bassist alive today.