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  1. 10/1/17 Rams @ Cowboys Game Thread

    What is the deal with Sammy Watkins. Is he playing?
  2. 9/24/17 Giants @ Eagles Game Thread

    It's not and we have seen the failing over the last 10 or so games. Defenses just run Cover 2 and let us settle for 3 yard passes. It forces us into a ton of 3rd down situations and the chains don't move. Only time the Giants pick up yards is if OBJ beats defenders out of a short slant. The offense is just way too predictable and it doesn't play to Eli or his receivers strengths. Yes, it happens to be a good strategy with a bad offensive line, but every other factor weighs against McAdoo's inept scheme.
  3. 9/24/17 Giants @ Eagles Game Thread

    McAdoo is worse than Eli. Eli has never been great at the short passing game, yet the entire offense is predicated on quick, 3-4 yard routes. Yes, Gilbride's offense was figured out, but at least he knew how to take shots and utilize Eli's arm.
  4. Buy Low - Sell High 2017

    A fantasy team's record should have absolutely nothing to do with trading for players, unless you are trading for someone who is injured/suspended for a substantial amount of time. It's not like Green/Julio are expected to suck for the next 8 weeks while the 0-2 team is fighting for playoff contention. Expected value should still rule the day. I don't follow your logic at all. Because an owner's team sucks, he should suddenly give credence to small sample sizes and (lazily) extrapolate them? What are you expecting people to give up for Green in this "buy low?" I am legitimately curious.
  5. Buy Low - Sell High 2017

    Why would anyone panic on a consistent and proven talent like AJ Green? It's not like he's been Brandon "1 catch per game" Marshall. He's averaged 70 yards and 5 receptions - that paces for 80/1120. It is completely ordinary for an elite fantasy receiver to have consecutive scoreless weeks. Literally nothing about this is outside of expected variance. As to the Bengals' offensive struggles: that Green has produced despite the team's woes is a reason for optimism. If he's giving you 70 yards per game when the team is a dumpster fire, there is obviously upside for more. By the way, Julio Jones has ~3 more fantasy points than Green in every format. I just don't understand the buy low opportunity existing.
  6. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    I believe Zeke would serve his suspension while a SCOTUS appeal was pending, unless the 5th circuit grants a stay to their stay. Also, if SCOTUS ever hears this case, I will eat my entire wardrobe.
  7. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    (1) This is incorrect. The key language Mazzant relies on appears directly in Article 46: "(b)...The NFLPA and NFL have the right...to present, by testimony or otherwise, any evidence relevant to the hearing." (2) Also wrong. Case law provides arbitration hearings must be "fundamentally fair." Moreover, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), as cited by Mazzant, provides guidance on vacatur: "[a court can intervene when an arbitrator is] guilty of misconduct . . . in refusing to hear evidence pertinent and material to the controversy." These requirements appear to govern regardless of whether the CBA is silent on a procedural matter. (3) Whether you agree or not, you are ignoring the argument Mazzant found more convincing. Under Section 301(a) of the Labor Management Relations Act, a court can hear suits for breach of contract between a labor organization and an employer. Basically, the NFLPA's argument is that Ezekial Elliott was harmed the moment the NFL violated Article 46 of the CBA ("the NFLPA...[has] the right...to present...any evidence relevant to the hearing"). In other words, they have a contract claim and it is irrelevant whether Zeke had exhausted administrative remedies (the standard for ripeness in this situation). (4) This is not the central issue. That Goodell did not receive the disciplinary recommendations of Kia Roberts goes to the materiality of Roberts' testimony, not the issue of fundamental fairness. Mazzant held the hearing was fundamentally unfair because Kia Roberts and Roger Gooddell were not allowed to testify and that testimony was material to the case. Moreover, Article 46 explicitly provides as a right of both parties for all material evidence to be heard, the Federal Arbitration Act requires it, and applicable case law requires it as part of fundamental fairness. (5) As I am sure you are aware, the 5th circuit is under no obligation to follow the 2nd circuit. Here, I don't believe Mazzant even cites to the case. This makes sense as he is better served by drawing applicable standards for labor arbitration rewards from SCOTUS, the 5th Circuit, and the FAA. Finally, I don't believe the central issue of this case - that relevant testimony was not allowed to be heard - happened in the Brady case. I believe Brady's strongest argument had to do with notice during the investigation stages (pre-hearing). Factually, the case is not on point.
  8. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    @burninglegsThere is a distinction between (1) how the arbitration hearing itself was conducted and (2) the degree to which the NFL's actions abided by the CBA. Regardless of the language of Article 46 (or any portion of the CBA), an arbitration hearing is required to have fundamental fairness. This is the key part of the Mazzant decision you are ignoring. Separately, Mazzant also pointed to areas where the NFL deviated from the CBA itself. This is why the claim was not "ripe." Mazzant bought the NFLPA's argument that the CBA was already violated before the arbitration hearing, and thus Zeke had an injury and claim.
  9. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    So was his definition of "injunction," if we're counting. But I doubt anyone cares about such legalisms. Moreover, explanatory power is more important than pedantry. I found his post helpful to the average reader.
  10. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    See to me that physical stuff - jumping over people, body checking a defender to the ground - that's mostly aesthetic. That happens on a substantial minority of carries, and isn't going to have a significant impact on YPC in the aggregate. It's not like Zeke has discovered a way to effortlessly leap over defenders as he rips off 60-yard runs. I mean, it's cool on tape and it's nice to see someone body up a defender for a couple extra yards, but way too much of a deal is made over that stuff. I suppose you could analogize it to something like dunks or buzzer beaters in basketball. Or the countless number of "grit" players in sports who are overrated because of their perceived effort, but who lack technical ability. Not trying to be too down on Zeke because I love him for fantasy, but I am legitimately curious why the majority of folks consider him an elite runner. I am clearly missing something.
  11. Sammy Watkins 2017 Outlook

    "Concussion" can mean almost anything. There's a massive spectrum in severity and there is no imaging in diagnosis. It's simply a question of how the injury happened and what the symptoms are. I agree that teams are more cautious of head injuries (for many reasons) so concussion protocol doesn't tell us much at all.
  12. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    I honestly wasn't that impressed at his performance versus the Giants. I know they're a stingy run defense and 4.3 YPC is solid, but the O-line played well and he mostly just "took what he was given." First time owning Zeke and I didn't get to watch a lot of him last year. Honestly he doesn't seem like a special or electric runner. Just a good mixture of speed/power and a great line. What am I missing. Still think he is easily a Top 5 option when healthy because of the volume, line, and sufficient talent to make use of it. But I was a little uninspired.
  13. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    I have a bad feeling about this. I remember being confused when the NFLPA filed BEFORE the NFL's "neutral" arbiter has heard the appeal. All my posts regarding potential timeline operated under the assumption Zeke would file after he lost the internal appeal. The issue here is about STANDING, which is a constitutional requirement in every case. Basically, a person can only sue when he has suffered an actual or imminent harm/injury. You obviously can't sue your neighbor for trespass under the suspicion that he might trespass on your property next week. The issue here is that the NFL was still deciding the matter when Zeke filed. There was no actual injury as the suspension was not yet upheld and could technically be overturned. If the 5th circuit finds the claim was RIPE - that is, it was filed too early before the imminent/actual injury - then the entire case will be dismissed and the parties will race to re-file. Even if we get over the standing issue, the 5th circuit is ruling on the injunction long before the NFL season is over. I much rather would have had Zeke missing the first 6 weeks - during his toughest slate of games - than missing the middle or end of the season.
  14. CTE could end the game of Football as we know it

    This is an interesting point, and it makes me wonder if the focus on concussions is a bit of a red herring. The technical definition of a concussion encapsulates far more than the popular one. Minor, but repeated blows to the head probably don't even register as a mild concussion, if a player can just shake it off. I would be curious if any of the data/papers address this distinction in football.
  15. CTE could end the game of Football as we know it

    So if stadium attendance, TV viewership, and youth participation are all declining, how is football not waning in popularity? Scratch that. While I don't watch NFL games on this "TV" people speak of, I do visit my local psychic and have her describe the games to me play-by-play in real time. I am sure millions of people consume the NFL in this manner. You're onto something. Until someone releases the "NFL psychic viewer" data, this is just one giant conspiracy.