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17. August 2014  - Published by Dan Clasgens
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3. August 2013  - Published by Dan Clasgens

To celebrate GetSportsInfo.com's 10th Anniversary we are launching a brand new redesign. The action has intense and around the clock. The fruits of our labor will soon be recognized as we are less than 24 hours from launching our new and improved edition! Due to this no further updates will be made here on this blog as we get ready to flip the switch.

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Team Snapshot: Saints

31. July 2013  - Published by Roy Anselmo

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
In 2012, the New Orleans Saints led the league in passing yards at 312.3 ypg, were second in total ypg at 410.9 and third in total points per game (24 ppg).  You would look at these numbers and presume they are a winning team as opposed to finishing the season at 7-9.  However, the Saints’ defense finished dead last in the league, allowing an NFL record 7,042 total yards on the season.  To put that into perspective, the 1981 Colts, with their defense allowing 424.6 yards per game, finished a dismal 2-14. The Saints’ defense instead allowed 440.1 yards per game, making their 7-9 record rather impressive.

SCHEDULE
The Saints play three of their first four games in the Superdome which should lead to a fast start.  However, in Weeks 5 and 6 before their Week 7 bye, they play on the road @CHI and @NE respectively.  After two relatively easy games coming out of their bye against BUF and @NYJ, they go on a stretch to finish the season playing eight straight NFC foes, which will be vital to the Who Dat Nation’s playoff hopes.  In the fantasy playoffs, New Orleans plays three of four on the road @SEA, CAR, @STL, @CAR.    Those who invest highly in Saints players to help them win League Championships, be cautious of games against Seattle and St. Louis in Weeks 13 & 15.

STUD

It is a foregone conclusion that Drew Brees is the catalyst and unquestioned leader of this team outside of Sean Payton.  Under Payton since 2006, Brees has racked up 33,571 total passing yards averaging almost 4800 yards per season while only missing one game during that stretch in 2009 when he was benched the last game of their Super Bowl winning season to rest.  In other words, Brees is a machine and close to being the surest thing there is in fantasy football.  There is no reason to believe that he won’t throw for another 4800 yards and 35-45 TDs.  He is the safest pick in fantasy.

DUD (Overvalued)
It’s hard to argue there are any duds in this high-octane offense, but one that would stick out is RB Mark Ingram.  Some say this is the “breakout” year for Ingram, but the simple fact is that Ingram and his skill set does not fit well with this offense and the predictability of it when he is in the game (not to mention the competition he has with Pierre Thomas and the explosive Darren Sproles).  You could argue however he holds some decent value in standard leagues, but in PPR leagues he is virtually useless evidenced by his six total receptions last year.  Even if his TD’s went up from his 2011 and 2012 totals of five, to eight this year, he still won’t get much more than 150 carries for the season with a career average of 3.9 ypc.  Do the math and then let someone else draft him.

SLEEPER (Undervalued)

The player to grab out backfield is Pierre Thomas.  An undrafted free agent in 2007, Thomas and his versatility fit exactly into what the Saints do on offense.  Unless there is a long-term injury to Sproles or Ingram, Thomas will probably never put up monster numbers consistently, but with the opportunities he gets in the screen game and his effectiveness on those plays, he has the ability to rack up fantasy points in bunches.  Compared to first round pick Ingram, Pierre Thomas has averaged 4.8 ypc over his six-year career, while also averaging almost 40 catches year over the last five years.  Draft Thomas with the comfort of knowing you have a quality flex player and bye week fill in on your bench, with the opportunity to really be a valuable asset to your team. 

NEW ADDITION
After serving a full one-year suspension as a result of the NFL’s bounty investigations, head coach Sean Payton returns as the unquestioned leader and seems primed to” transform” his Saints back in to a Super Bowl caliber team following a disastrous year last season in which they finished 7-9.  The year prior to his suspension in 2011, Payton lead the Saints offense straight to Canton after shattering a number of single season NFL records.  He also enters the year in the best physical shape of his life after “transforming” his body using high-intensity CrossFit workouts that also inspired a new approach he has brought to the Saints' offseason workout program.  Payton has a renewed energy, renewed focus, and a big chip on his shoulder. 

POSITION BATTLE
Take away Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, and Pierre Thomas, there are not too many more receptions to go around and opportunities are countless in this offense with Brees going thru his progressions.  However, this offense has the potential to turn any player into a stud with certain injuries.  With that being said, there are 10 players fighting for what looks to be two, maybe three, more wide receiver spots on the active roster.    It’s hard to count out special teams ace Courtney Roby, as he is just too valuable, which leaves a couple more.  Look for names like speedster Joe Morgan along with recent draft picks, Nick Toon and Kenny Stills.  Deep sleeper: Andy Tanner

BENCH BUILDER

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Travaris Cadet is packed in fourth on the depth chart behind Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram.  An explosive running back out of Appalachian State, Cadet started his college career playing quarterback before switching to wide receiver due to injuries and then transitioning to running back after breaking his thumb his junior year.  Cadet is a jack of all trades in the backfield with great hands who excels as a kick returner.  If Sproles were to get hurt, or even Pierre Thomas for that matter, Cadet can easily be inserted into this offense and has the potential to put up Sproles-type numbers with the right opportunity. 

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Team Snapshot: Panthers

30. July 2013  - Published by Roy Anselmo

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Carolina ranked 12th in the NFL in total yards at 360.7 per game and ranked in the Top 10 in rushing yards at 130.5 per game partially thanks to their fleet footed quarterback, Cam Newton.   In order for the Panthers to compete in the very tough NFC South they must continue to establish a strong running game and hope that their group of pass catchers, outside of All-Pro Steve Smith, continue to develop into viable playmakers.  Cam Newton’s completion percentage last year was just under 58 percent, with the majority of those completions going to Smith and versatile tight end Greg Olsen. This percentage needs to be improved upon for the Panthers; offense to be more explosive.

SCHEDULE
The Panthers have an early bye week in Week 4 this year, which teams typically don’t like to have compared to the late-season bye where they have time to heal from injuries that mount up.  The positive news about the first part of the schedule is that what looks on paper to be their most daunting games against SEA, NYG, and ATL are all in Charlotte.  The showdown against division rival Atlanta in Week 9 is followed up by a road game against the 49ers and then a Monday night clash against the Patriots in Carolina.  This three-week stretch seems to be their toughest.  However, feast your eyes on the fantasy playoffs when looking at players from the Panthers, as Weeks 14 and 16 are against the Saints, which should both be high-scoring affairs. 

STUD
It goes without saying that Cam Newton is the one clear fantasy stud on this team.  The dual-threat QB racks up yards in bunches and is particularly useful in leagues where passing TD’s are four points, but rushing TD’s are worth six.  The only downside with Cam is the number of passing TD’s he actually throws, presumably because of his lack of receiving weapons.  In 2012, he only threw for 19 TD’s, but compensated for that with 741 yards rushing and eight scores on the ground.  Newton should be drafted as one of the top five quarterbacks off the board.  With a current average ADP of 54, consider this exceptional value given his potential.

DUD (Overvalued)
Jonathan Stewart missed seven games in 2012 because of ankle issues and underwent surgery on both ankles after the season.  He did not participate in OTA’s or minicamp, and thus far has not practiced in training camp.  In the nine games Stewart played in last year, he only averaged 9.3 carries per game and a paltry 37.3 YPG.  He also only had one rushing TD the entire season.  Add all this up, and this is not the recipe for fantasy success.  Let one of the other chumps in your league draft Stewart.

SLEEPER (Undervalued)
On the flip side of that is DeAngelo Williams, who signed him to a sizable contract extension (5 years/$43 million) in 2011, but never seemed to use him as that type of player.   Williams typically seems to be one of those boom or bust players as most weeks he seems to only garner single-digit fantasy points, and then the one week you bench him, he blows up.  If Stewart is sidelined for any lengthy period of time, then Williams will become the main beneficiary and if given the rock 15-20 times game he could make him a very nice RB2 throughout the season.   Since 2006, Williams is among the NFL’s Top-5 in yards per carry (4.95 YPC).

NEW ADDITIONS
The Panthers brought in some receivers to help bolster that position group in Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr.  Neither one of these players is anything to call home about when it comes to fantasy relevance, but could provide some valuable depth at the receiver position for Carolina.  Hixon sprung up in fantasy circles while playing the #3 wide receiver position for the Giants before injuries forced him to take a back seat to the emergent Rueben Randle.  Ginn has bounced around from Miami to San Francisco serving as nothing more than a reserve wide receiver and return specialist.  Ginn should make the most impact for Carolina and their fantasy defense as he should be able to score some touchdowns in the return game.

POSITION BATTLE
Hixon versus Brandon LaFell for the #2 receiver position appears to be one of the team’s more intriguing position battles.  LaFell seems to be improving year after year and looks to have a lockdown on that spot coming into the season, but if Hixon can come into training camp and produce some explosive plays, Carolina could have a battle on their hands.   LaFell only finished with 44 receptions for 677 yards and 4 TD’s last year, which is definitely a stat line that needs to be improved upon when you figure it is the wide receiver position opposite Steve Smith.  Maybe Hixon ends up filling that void.

BENCH BUILDER
The one thing the Panthers’ offense is missing, aside from Steve Smith of course, is speed.  Hence, the team drafted Kenjon Barner out Oregon in the sixth round this year.   At 5-foot-9, 196 pounds he was a dangerous weapon for the explosive Ducks during his four years there.  A consensus First-Team All-American, Barner amassed 3,641 rushing  yards during his tenure, including 1,767 rushing yards and 21 TDs in 2012 alone; not to mention averaging 6.175 YPC during his college career.  The Panthers are dying for that kind of explosiveness and Barner could cement himself as the clear cut third=down back in Carolina, and maybe more depending on the health and/or effectiveness of their other options.

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30. July 2013  - Published by Dan Clasgens

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Team Snapshot: Falcons

29. July 2013  - Published by Roy Anselmo

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez accounted for 64.50 percent of the team’s total passing targets last year, amassing 396 total targets, 264 total receptions, and 3,479 yards; which in itself was 73.72 percent of Matt Ryan’s total passing yards of 4,719. To make a long story short, there is a tremendous amount of production in the Atlanta passing game.  Get at least one, if not two, of these players on your team and enjoy the ride.

SCHEDULE
The Falcons have the bye in Week 6 and enjoy a rather comfy early-season schedule with 8 of its first 12 games being played in a covered stadium on a fast track.  However, in Weeks 13-16 they play three of those four on the road, with the first two being played in cold weather venues, Buffalo and Green Bay; and then Championship week against the 49ers in San Fran.  The one home game during that stretch is a Week 15 afternoon game against Washington, which could be interesting. 

STUD
Roddy White
over the last six years has averaged 93.8 receptions per year and 8 TD’s per season cementing him as one of the top tier wide receivers in the game.  Despite the emergence of Julio Jones, White continues to put up consistent numbers each and every week and just plain out gets it done.  Don’t be afraid to draft White before his counter-part Jones, who he actually outscored by a small margin in standard PPR leagues last year, but also the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson.

DUD
Every year someone drafts Harry Douglas, and every year he ultimately ends up on the waiver wire unclaimed.  Don’t buy in to the hype that he is going to finally emerge as the slot receiver in Atlanta.  As stated above, there are only three receivers worth counting on and we all know Gonzalez is the Falcons’ slot guy for one more year.  Use your round 16 pick more wisely. 

SLEEPER
Jacquizz Rodgers
was targeted in the passing game 59 times last year and caught 53 of those.  He is easily their third-down back and my guess is that he is also their no-huddle back resulting in several draw plays and dump offs.  Rodgers is a bowling ball type of running back, along the lines of Maurice Jones-Drew, and is known to be tough as nails.  He had 764 yards from scrimmage on 147 touches last season, and figures to remain a valuable weapon down in Atlanta.

NEW ADDITION
Everyone is high on the arrival of Steven Jackson in Atlanta and already anointing him as the messiah that will help take them to the Promised Land. There are claims from teammates saying he looks like he could pass for 10 years younger.  Despite the fact he has remained very durable the last few years, he is still 30 years old and is joining a new team.  Atlanta averaged a paltry 87.3 rushing yards per game last year, ranking 29th in the NFL.  Jackson will help bring that average up more than likely, but the fact remains running the football is not one of their strong characteristics, especially considering their explosiveness in the passing game. 

POSITION BATTLE
There are no significant position battles at the key offensive positions in Atlanta.  However, you could argue perhaps the most widely-discussed camp battle this season is at right tackle where Mike Johnson and Lamar Holmes, two third round picks in 2012 and 2010 respectively, are competing along with three college free agents.  A weakness at the right tackle position could result in more sacks to Matt Ryan’s blindside, which would be a major blow to the entire Atlanta offense should he get injured for any extended period.

BENCH BUILDER

Jason Snelling just signed a contract extension to stay in Atlanta and remain the fullback and backup running back.  Snelling is a bruising runner out of Virginia drafted in the seventh round in 2007.  He has averaged almost 4.0 yards per carry in his career 317 rushing attempts in the NFL and could ably fill in for Steven Jackson, should he go down with an injury, based on past performances.

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2013 Fantasy Football Kickoff Party

28. July 2013  - Published by GetSports Desk

We are celebrating the season ahead in grand style on Sunday, August 18th at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati with our Fantasy Football Kickoff Party as the Kentucky Fantasy Football State Championship (KFFSC) comes to the Queen City!

The day begins with our LIVE broadcast of Cricket Wireless Fantasy Football Gameday from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM on FOXSports 1360 and is jammed packed with fantasy football activity and fun throughout.

KFFSC
The premier high-stakes fantasy football event outside of Las Vegas is making a stop here to host several divisions of his Main Event. Draft in a division of 12 teams for a shot at $1600 in prizes and battle for a spot in the state championship round with the top 5 winning cash prizes (grand prize $7500) and a 2014 entry to a national event in Las Vegas (est. $1700 value). We will have drafts at 12PM and 4PM. It costs $300 per entry and $250 for each additional entry…MORE DETAILS

LIVE BROADCAST
Join Dan Clasgens, James Adams, and Stefanie Theobald in person as they get you ready for the upcoming fantasy season. Participate in the show and your fantasy questions answered directly from our experts.

FANTASY 101
As part of our broadcast from 10AM-11AM we will be conducting a Fantasy 101 seminar for beginners wanting to get caught up with basics as well as longtime players looking to gain an edge. This fun, interactive portion of the show is FREE and open to the public. All in attendance will receive a Draft Tools packet provided by GetSportsInfo.com

BRING YOUR LEAGUE’S DRAFT
Take your draft out of your buddy’s basement and bring it to the hottest spot in Cincinnati, the Horseshoe Casino.  Draft like never before and receive V.I.P. treatment. The cost is $15 per person (each owner receives that $15 back in form of a food voucher).  All food and beverages are available for cash as desired. Draft time slots are available from 10AM-5PM.  Leagues can bring their own draft boards or premium stand up draft boards are available for $45 in advance of draft day.

PRIZES, PROMOS AND MORE
We are going to be doing a ton of give-a-ways all day long, including a FREE spot in to a future KFFSC event and much more from our promotional partner, Bud Light. Stay tuned for more details.

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28. July 2013  - Published by Dan Clasgens

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Team Snapshot: Steelers

27. July 2013  - Published by Dan Clasgens

INSIDE NUMBERS
Year one under new coordinator Todd Haley the Steelers’ offense struggled to find footing. They finished outside the top 20 in the league in both offensive yards (22nd) and points (21st) for just the third time in 20 years.  The team failed to reach 17 points five times while only reaching the 24-point mark three times all season and just once over their last 13 contests. Injuries played a big part, including the team’s starting QB (Roethlisberger) and RB (Mendenhall) missing a combined 13 games. Haley has been given a second season, but his unit will need to show vast improvement in the year ahead or this could be his last in Pittsburgh.

SCHEDULE
The AFC North and NFC North tangle this year, including a trip to London to battle Minnesota before their Week 5 bye for the Steelers. There are some very favorable fantasy matchups waiting in the middle of the schedule with trips to the Jets and the Raiders on the slate and accounting for two of the team’s eight road games.  Pittsburgh heads to Baltimore before coming home for back-to-back games with the Dolphins and Bengals and going to Green Bay in Weeks 12-16, making for tough games during fantasy football’s climatic stretch.

STUD
The Steelers don’t really have a single player on their roster that could be tagged as being a fantasy “stud”.  Wide receiver Antonio Brown is the team’s most consistent and reliable option heading into this season though.  With deep threat Mike Wallace now dawning a Dolphins’ uniform and Heath Miller trying to return after shredding his knee late in the year, Brown is Roethlisberger’s most reliable target. After scoring just eight times in his first 50 career games, Brown finished 2012 with TD’s in four straight games. Expect a bounce back after disappointing 2012 campaign where he had zero 100-yard outings in 13 games.

DUD (Overvalued)
Ben Roethlisberger has always appeared to be a safe, low-end QB1 option for owners that wait to get a QB on draft day. He’s a guy that you count on for at least 225 yards and a couple of scores every time out. He’s hit that mark in 16 of his last 30 games.  However, this year’s Steelers’ offense lacks playmakers and the 31-year signal caller isn’t as durable as he used to be. He’s missed six starts in the last two years and managed to start every game just once in his nine seasons. With so many young QB’s emerging in fantasy Big Ben can now only be viewed as a QB2 option and one with limited upside and to go along with injury concerns.

SLEEPER (Undervalued)
Part of the reason Pittsburgh let Wallace walk was the faith they had in Emmanuel Sanders, who was nearly snagged away by the Patriots as a restricted free agent. The Steelers will need Sanders to step up in a big way. He made nice strides during his third season in 2012 with 44 catches for 626 yards as he averaged a career-best 14.2 YPC and played in 16 games for the first time in his career. He was a non-factor in the redzone though with just one of his targets coming inside the 10-yard line. With a larger role this season look for career numbers to be posted across the board. He should be between the 40th and 50th WR off board.

NEW ADDITIONS
No rookie running back is expected to get a bigger opportunity out of the gate than LeVeon Bell. The former Michigan State Spartan was nabbed in the second round by the Steelers after finishing 2012 with 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago. He has the size (6-1, 230) to be a bruising back, but is more multi-dimensional than that which should translate into being a third-down back. He’s a risky RB2 right out of the gate, but as current ADP data (53 overall/23 RB) he’s being treated as one. Also keep your eyes on rookie WR Markus Wheaton, who could emerge in an offense searching for playmakers as a deep threat.

POSITION BATTLE

Bell is expected to beat out both Issac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer for the starting running back job, but it could be something that plays out all preseason. Redman appears to be the odd-on-favorite to get some early-down work as the team’s RB2 with Dwyer reportedly on the trading block or a candidate to be cut altogether. The team also added free agent LaRod Stephens-Howling to the mix over the offseason.  Baron Batch, who had a couple flashes or production last year, is fighting for a spot too. It will be interesting to see how the Pittsburgh backfield shakes out behind Bell, but there’s not much fantasy value there.

BENCH BUILDER
Veteran Heath Miller enjoyed a career season a year ago as he pulled 71 balls for 816 yards and eight touchdowns. However, it ended terribly as he suffered a massive knee injury playing in a meaningless Week 16 contest. He has started training camp on the PUP list and could very well start the year there too. That would mean he’d missed the first six games. If your league has an injured reserve or some type of DL setup he’s worth the stash. Otherwise monitor his progress and add him when he gets closer to a return off the waiver wire. When healthy he could be a top 5-8 tight end.

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