Jordy Nelson Surprises Fans By Showing Up to FF Draft at BWW (Video)

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Veteran receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the entire 2015 campaign due to a torn ACL, but that isn’t stopping him from giving fantasy football advice to fans.

A group of Packers fans gathered at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Wisconsin to partake in the league’s draft. However, they would’ve never expected Nelson to show up.

What an awesome gesture.

NFL Stars Turn into Fantasy Football Professors in New Commercial (Video)

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The 2015 fantasy football season is in full swing and who better to give you some advice than a few of the best FF players in the league?

Watch Odell Beckham Jr., Matt Forté, Jamal Charles,Demarius Thomas, Eddie Lacy and DeMarco Murray go from NFL players to fantasy football professors in this new commercial:

Fantasy Football: Sleeper WRs and TEs For Your Draft

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We continue our list of fantasy football sleepers by focusing on the pass catchers of the league. The players on this list should be available to you in rounds 5 or later and will help carry your team during bye weeks and injuries.

1. Eddie Royal – Chicago Bears

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Royal is now a journeyman wide receiver but in a PPR league he can be a hidden gem for you this year. Jay Cutler loves to sling the ball around and with #1 draft pick Kevin White injured until at least week 6, Royal becomes a legit option for your flex. He should average 5-6 catches a game and over 50 yards for the Bears offense to begin the year. A locked in 10 pts a week isn’t a bad deal for a guy available in the 10th round in most leagues.

2. Victor Cruz – New York Giants

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Oh how a year changes things. Last year Victor Cruz would’ve been a steal in the 3rd round and now he can be had in the 5th. Cruz is looking like the player he was prior to his knee injury and Eli Manning is throwing the ball more than ever under this new offensive scheme; throw in the fact that OBJ will be commanding double teams on most 3rd downs and you have a mix for success with Cruz.

3. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers

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Adams was a great sleeper about 2 hours ago and his sleeper status is now in the air with the injury to WR Jordy Nelson. With Aaron Rodgers at QB, Adams has Top 15 fantasy WR potential and could be a steal if he’s available for you in round 3 or 4.

4. Steve Smith Sr. – Baltimore Ravens 

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Steve Smith Sr. has professed that 2015 will be his final season but that doesn’t mean that the veteran WR won’t produce valuable numbers. Smith had good stretches last season for the Ravens and you can expect those the jump this year with the departure of Torrey Smith and the injury to the rookie Perriman banged up.

5. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys

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Williams is poised to take the next step and he could be one of the best WR#2 options in the league. Witten is on the decline and Dez Bryant is drawing triple teams on a consistent basis. Williams should be a great target for Tony Romo and the protection afforded by that offensive line should allow Williams to get deep downfield.

1. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings

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Rudolph may be the #1 benefactor from Adrian Peterson returning to the Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater has shown that he trust Kyle this preseason and he should be a target on over 40% of the Vikes play action passes this season.  This pick truthfully hinges on Rudolph’s health, if he remains healthy you get a Pro Bowl player.

2. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions

Ebron was supposed to be a Jimmy Graham clone coming out of college but the learning curve proved to be too steep for him last season. This year he should be more comfortable in the pass happy Detroit offense and should be running free up the middle thanks to Tate & Megatron on the outside.

3. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers

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Miller is as dependable as they come at the tight end position. Big Ben rose into the elite QB discussion last season and Heath’s ranking should reflect that but it’s not, which is why he is on our sleeper list. Heath is barely being drafted in 10 team leagues and he’s a guy with numbers comparable or better than Jason Witten. Grab him as your back up TE and you won’t be disappointed.

Fantasy Football: 5 Sleeper RBs For Your Draft

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With only a few weeks until the 2015 NFL season it’s time to breakdown the best fantasy football sleepers at the running back position.

Many times people get caught up int the top tier running backs but if you’re in a deeper league (10-16 teams) you’ll only be able to snag 1-2 dependable guys at the position. What’ll make your team a success is choosing the correct mid/late round runner. Here’s 5 guys that can turn you .500 team into a championship contender.

1. Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans 

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You’ll notice a trend as we got through this list, running backs that carry the bulk of the load for a team have priority. Sankey si the clear-cut guy in Tennessee and with a rookie QB his number should be called often to relieve some of the pressure from Mariota. Baring injury, Sankey should be a dependable guy in the flex or as a RB #2.

2. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Bucs

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Doug Martin is the definition of boom or bust. He was almost traded in the offseason and he’s never really showed the talent he had his rookie year, but with a talented QB the holes should open up for him this season. Once again health plays a huge part in his productivity and he’ll have to show the ability to handle 20+ carries a game.

3. CJ Spiller – New Orleans Saints

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Spiller has disappointed fantasy owners for years now but a fresh start in N.O. could boost him back into the top 15 rankings. Drew Brees made Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles dynamic fantasy options in the same role Spiller will now fill. It’s not hard to imagine Spiller getting 70+ catches and 600 yards rushing. In a PPR league Spiller can be a steal in the 6th or 7th round.

4. Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns

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Duke Johnson makes this list because the Browns will need a running back to step up and take pressure off of their middling quarterback situation. Johnson has the speed to break a long run whenever he touches the ball, so he doesn’t need 25+ touches to score points for your team.

5. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills

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Fred Jackson is projected to go in the 9th round or later in most leagues right now and he could be the Bills starter come week 1. Rex Ryan loves to run the ball and let his defense carry the team, which is perfect for Jackson. Add in the fact that Shady McCoy is already banged up and stuff is lining up perfectly for owners of Jackson.

RB or QB? The Secret To Winning A Fantasy Championship

Marshawn-Lynch-ski-marathon-fanFantasy Football 2015 is here and once again the questions about who to get in the first round lingers in everyone’s mind. Well I’m here to offer a little clarity when it comes to the FIRST round and the prized running backs.

In most leagues, you have to have 2 runnings backs, which is a task sometimes due to the amount of passing offenses in the NFL right now. However with the 1st round this season, there a few running backs that you must grab if they are on the board if you want to win a championship in the end.

8 out of the top 10 fantasy players as ranked by NFL.com fantasy, are running backs. That is something to think about. In the past few years, running backs have been on a decline overall in the NFL. However this season, the top tier running backs have risen to the top of everyone’s fantasy radars due to their productive seasons last year.

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My advice for you guys at home is this:

DRAFT A RUNNING BACK IN THE 1st ROUND!

Trust me, pick up the RB in the 1st because you will need at least one productive running back to win in every league you’re in. Whether its Marshawn Lynch( 265 points in ’14), Adrian Peterson( suspended last season), Demarco Murray (294 points in ’14) or Jamaal Charles( 210 points in ’14), you will be getting you a running back that will at least average 85 yards and a touchdown per game.

My advice if you have a mid pick, is to grab Matt Forte. Matt Forte gets carries and catches, and is a focal point in the Bears offense, with the loss of Brandon Marshall at WR. Last season, Forte was fourth among all running backs with 244.6 fantasy points and is poised to lead the running backs again with the way the Bears offense is set up.

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Le’veon Bell (287 points in ’14) is ranked No. 1 but will be missing 2 games due to suspension. Depending on your personal preference, you can draft Bell No.1 – No. 4 if he’s there, and grab a RB, like Alfred Morris of the Redskins, or Jeremy Hill of the Bengals in the second, and you’ll be able to sustain the first two games of the season.

Now I know you’re thinking, well when do I get a QB or WR? Well when it comes to QB, if it’s not Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning, it does not benefit you to draft a QB in the first round.

There are simply more than enough QBs that can sustain you, that are not named Rodgers in the NFL. You can find great QB talent in the 3rd – 5th rounds, in the form of Lions QB Matthew Stafford( 251 points in ’14), Falcons QB Matt Ryan( 284 points in ’14) , New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees( 302 points in ’14) and especially Russell Wilson( 327 points in ’14), who is one of the most underrated fantasy QBs out there.

But I’ll cover QB in more depth, in addition to the WR position in another article, so stay tuned.

Back to the RB spot, the moral of the story is this, get a RB in the 1st round. With the way the top 10 RBs score TDs and rushing yards, its going to be pivotal to snag one.

 

Fantasy Football: 5 Sleeper QBs For Your Draft

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It’s almost that time of the year where nerds, fanatics, husbands, wives, athletes and homebodies unite to play the great game of Fantasy Football!

Us here at BSO are like kids on Christmas Eve, I’m winning the league this year BTW, so we’ve decided to share our Fantasy Football knowledge with our readers. Over the next few weeks we will be giving you our best sleepers, the most overrated players and our picks for most impactful rookies.

Let’s start with the 5 best sleepers at the QB position:

1. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills

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Taylor showed his duel threat ability in the Bills’ first preseason game nd that performance was enough to give him a shot at the starting spot in the 2nd preseason game. That’s not the reason Tyrod is a great sleeper though, it’s because he has very little miles on his body. He’s been a career back up in Baltimore and showed glimpses of the skills he had at Virginia Tech when called upon. With athletes such as Lesean McCoy, Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins at his disposal, Taylor could be the biggest steal in this year’s draft.

2. Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Bucs

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Similar to our reasoning with Taylor, Jameis Winston has greta weapons to throw to in Tampa Bay. Mike Evans and Vicnent Jackson will give Jameis great targets to throw to on the outside and if Doug Martin can return to his rookie form it’ll provide Winston with a dangerous play-action game. Winston had 131 yards in one half of football in his preseason debut, so a few 300 yard games this season aren’t far-fetched.

3. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings

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Teddy Bridgewater is my early pick for most improved QB this season. He showed that he had great decision making and comppsure in his rookie year and now he adds a few gifted athletes around him. A healthy Kyle Rudolph, the return fo Adrian Peterson and addition of Mike Wallace (which allows Cordarelle Patterson to move to the slot) will take Bridgewater to the next level. He’s a must have back up QB this season.

4. Sam Bradford – Philadelphia Eagles

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If healthy Sam Bradford could be a Top 5 fantasy QB in Chip Kelly’s system, key phrase “if healthy.” Chip Kelly has made serviceable QBs out of many midling arms and Bradford has the talent ot thrive in that offense, not to mention the best running back trio (Murray, Sproles & Matthews). If you happen to miss out on the “elite” QBs taking a flier on Bradford may be the way to go. #InChipWeTrust

5. Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns

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Last and certainly most intirguing is Johnny Manziel. He won’t be the starter in Game 1 but he’s shown maturity and playmaking so far this training camp and his talent should eventually bump Josh McCown out of the starting spot. Very few rookies light up the league their rookie year and Manziel could’ve just needed some time to grow into a professional. His skills and athleticism are still top notch and he could be the QB you stash on your bench and ride to a championship later in teh season.

Microsoft NFL App on XBox One Wants to Change How You Watch Football (Video)

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Watching football on Sundays just got a bit more interesting with the 2015 upgrades to Microsoft’s NFL Experience app.

The new upgrades will be available at the end of August, just in time for the NFL season. Here are some of the new features the NFL Experience will feature:

By connecting football fans through intuitive TV experiences like Skype and Fantasy Football, Microsoft delivers a whole new way to experience NFL game day. This season, Microsoft will integrate Fantasy Football programs from NFL.com, CBS, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN Fantasy Football into Xbox One and Windows 10.

Additionally, Microsoft has also added a variety of new features to the Xbox One NFL app, delivering a truly unique experience for fans, including:

– Next Gen Stats: Go beyond your standard categories of catches, yards and touchdowns and allow fans to track player’s velocity, speed (MPH) and total distance run. With Next Gen Stats, fans will know more than NFL experts with previously unseen data. Fans can discover how fast their favorite RB ran, how far their fantasy QB scrambled or change viewing angles to see just where the coverage broke down.

 

– Game Day Notifications: Fans will have improved game day notifications, as they can now set two favorite teams to go along with being able to upload two different fantasy teams. With smart notifications, fans can personalize their game day experience on

 

– Xbox One and Windows 10 to see only the big play alerts, scores, fantasy updates and highlights they care about when they happen.

 

– New Replay Function: There’s a new replay function that will allow fans to watch replays from multiple angles and share to their Xbox Live contacts. When you snap the NFL App while watching live NFL games, there’s a new highlight reel section, where you can “like” big plays and keep track of the most popular highlights for the day.

 

– NGS Pick’em: For the first time ever, Microsoft is introducing a new skills game competition called NGS Pick’em, offering an opportunity for fans to make predictions on Next Gen Stats recorded from highlights and replays to win prizes including tickets to Super Bowl 50. The full NFL App, complete with the NGS Pick’em will also be available on all Windows 10 devices, providing users the ultimate second screen experience.

The app seems to bring fans another step closer to the sidelines and if it works seamlessly with XBox One’s 2 screen system it’ll rival other options such as NFL Red Zone and NFL Sunday Ticket.

Tony Romo Buy Drinks For Fans Who Wanted to Attend FF Convention (Video)

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Tony Romo was pretty bummed when he was told he couldn’t attend the “Las Vegas NFFC”event; even worse that the people who brought tickets were not only out of seeing their favorite players, but also money. So, Tony did what he could and rented out a suite for them and brought them drinks.

Per TMZ:

TMZ Sports found out Romo rented a fancy Las Vegas lounge to throw a party for people who bought tickets to what was supposed to be his fantasy football convention. As we reported … the event was cancelled when the NFL said Tony hosting in a casino would be a violation of league rules.

So, the Cowboys QB called an audible — inviting ticket holders to Fizz champagne lounge in Caesar’s Palace. Besides a free drink, they got an autographed Romo poster — AND Tony himself FaceTimed in for a quick chat. 

Got to admit, that was pretty genuine of Tony.

NFL Sued For Telling Players They’d Be Suspended for Attending FF Expo

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Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo and Fan Expo LLC is suing the NFL for damages that are worth over $1 million for interfering in an National Fantasy Football Convention in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Fan Expo LLC had a partnership and contractual agreement with NFL stars Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski, and Odell Beckham Jr, just to name a few to attend the event. The event was scheduled from July 10-12, but the NFL illegally threatened to suspend and fine any player who attended the event.

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NFL even threatened Fantasy Football god Michael Fabiano, who was the host of the convention that he would be risking the loss of his job at NFL Network.

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The NFL claims the convention violates the NFL gambling policy which doesn’t allow any participation with gambling related sponsorships or appearances. Fan Expo LLC claims the three day event didn’t violate that policy, it just happened to be hosted in ‘Sin City’ viva Las Vegas.

Romo had this to say on ESPN’s Herd of Colin Cowherd.

“If we had known about the issue of the place or thought that was something that could’ve been an issue, the NFL could have told us right away,” Romo said on ESPN’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “The NFL never called me or my agency or the NFFC.”

At the end the NFL got what it wanted, Fan Expo canceled the event and refunded everyone that would have attended or participated.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice Week 14

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The fantasy football playoffs are finally here! If you are still reading this, chances are your team made it to the playoffs. Congrats for that, but the battle does not stop here. There are still important transactions to make in order to secure your fantasy football championship. The fantasy playoffs are the time when key contributions from scarce positions like Tight Ends and D/STs can be the difference between advancing and going home. Most of your decisions should be easy at this point, and my best advice to lineup decisions is “Dance with the one that brought you.” For those who are in desperation mode for whatever reason, use this list as a last-ditch survival mode to get you through the first round of the playoffs.

Quarterbacks to Add

1. Johnny Manziel, Browns: This may be a perfect storm for fantasy football experts who are familiar with the added value of running QBs. “Johnny football” finds himself in a very advantageous situation heading into the final few games of his rookie season. The Cleveland Browns stand at 7-5 and are in a complete logjam with about 5 other teams who are all competing for playoff spots in the AFC, and Manziel may be their best chance to grab one of those spots. Brian Hoyer has been abysmal the last few weeks throwing 5 interceptions in his last 3 games, and Manziel’s rushing totals should cancel out any turnover problems. The Browns have yet to officially name Manziel as the starter, so you can get an early jump on the only difference making QB that will be available on your waiver wire.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans: Ryan Fitzpatrick was just benched 3 weeks ago for his inconsistent play, but due to an injury to his replacement, Ryan Mallet, Fitzpatrick has emerged as a serviceable streaming QB option. Fitzpatrick finished week 13 as the highest scoring fantasy QB with an astonishing 39 fantasy points from 6 TD passes. The explanation for this success can mainly be contributed to an outstanding supporting cast of Deandre Hopkins, Andre Johnson, and Arian Foster. With weapons like that, it is not difficult to see why Fitzpatrick is able to produce for fantasy owners. The Texans have 2 matchups upcoming against one of the worst teams in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Fitz should be able to feast on a weaker opponent.

Running Backs to Add

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1. Doug Martin, Bucs: With an ownership percentage of 42% in ESPN leagues, Martin has been drooped and made available in plenty of fantasy leagues, now is the time to take a gamble on a former fantasy jewel. It is very clear that when Martin is healthy, he is the number one back in the Tampa Bay offense, and he proved the coaching staff right by having his best game of the season, albeit only 58 yards and a TD, but what Martin did was establish himself as a starting RB, and in fantasy football, this always has value. Add Martin if you are in a desperate situation at RB and can use a volume play.

2. Marion Grice, Cardinals: Grice was the Cardinals solution at RB when starter Andre Ellington left Sunday’s loss against the Falcons in the first quarter with a hip injury. If Ellington has to miss any time, it will be Grice he will see the most touches in this Cardinals backfield going forward. The situation is not ideal with an offense that seems to be stalling with Drew Stanton at the helm, but again, any starting RB has fantasy value. Add Grice in extremely deep leagues, especially if you are an Ellington owner.

3. Chris Johnson, Jets: The RB formerly known as CJ2K has been fantasy irrelevant all season, but due to a new approach to the Jets offense has given him added value going forward. Johnson is coming off of his best rushing performance as a Jet, rushing for 107 yards on Monday night against the Dolphins, and one thing we all learned is that the jets plan to run the ball going forward. The Jets attempted an NFL low 13 pass attempts on Monday night, while rushing the ball 42 times. There is no trust in either Jets QB, Geno Smith or Michael Vick, so this is the type for ratio that we can expect from this offense going forward.

Wide Receivers to Add

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1. Kenny Stills, Saints: I’ve written about Kenny Stills for several weeks in a row, and somehow the fantasy masses have yet to catch on to this hidden gem. Stills has finished with at least 9 fantasy points in 3 straight games, and has turned into the Saints #1 WR with Brandin Cooks placed on injured reserve. Stills exploded for 5 catches for 156 yards and a TD against the Steelers in a competitive game on Sunday, and will continue to be Brees deep threat target. Stills is only owned in 17% of ESPN leagues, if he’s available in your league, pick him up and start him.

2. Donte Moncrief, Colts: The Colts may have found their X receiver for the future in Donte Moncrief. Moncrief possess the perfect comibantion of size, speed, mobility, and hands that will make him a future favorite target of Andrew Luck. The only thing that has been stopping Moncrief from fantasy success has been a low snap count, but it appears as if Moncrief has permanently replaced Hakeem Nicks in all 3 WR sets and even has been getting looks over Wayne in some 2 WR sets. Moncrief may not be set for fantasy superstardom just yet, but he is worth flex consideration against the Browns on Sunday. He is addable in most leagues, and definitely should be owned in all dynasty formats.

Tight Ends to Add

1. Jordan Reed, Redskins: Jordan Reed is a talented football player, but just has a huge problem staying healthy, well right now he’s healthy, and the with the way the TE landscape has been this season, Reed is a top 10 play when he’s on the field. Getting a decent contribution from your TE slot can be the difference in advancing in the playoffs.

Defense and Special Teams to add

1. Texans: Insert D/ST facing the Jags

2. Rams: This Rams defense has been playing outstanding over the last month, and now get a chance to face the reeling Redskins with check down machine Colt McCoy starting at QB. The Rams are dangerous in the return game with Tavon Austin and Chris Long is back from an ankle injury to pile up the sacks.

3. Vikings: The Vikings get the Jets offense who refuse to pass the ball downfield, clearly limiting how many points they can score in any given week.