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  1. I remember everyone saying Alshon was just as good if not better than Marshall when Marshall was in Chicago with most of the defensive attention on him while Michael Thomas errr Jeffrey was going up against much less defensive game planning/attention.. When Marshall left Chicago it was all "Jeffrey is gonna be way better now that Marshall is gone!" Marshall proceeded to score 14 tds to tie for the league lead the following year... As I said before the much more athletically gifted Cooks has been way better than everyone's muse Antonio Brown over their first 3 seasons and now Cooks is going to a team who will maximise his gifts so writing him off as a finished product is short sighted.. And all the "Brady will spread it around too much" people should cross Beckham off their draft lists because now with Marshall, a 2nd year Sheppard, and other additional pass catchers Beckham may/will not be targeted as much in 17 as he has been in years past.. And if Martavis returns, Bell finally plays 16 games and they add anyone else then fantasy darling Antonio Brown should be less targeted since Ben will "spread it around too much" Obviously I don't think Brown and Beckham are done being top 5 wrs, and I also don't think Cooks will be forgotten about during games like he was in New Orleans way way too often..
  2. When Terrance Williams was a free agent I thought it set up perfectly for Josh to return to Texas.. Jerry could without a doubt tell Goodell to reinstate Gordon if there was a plan in place for Cleveland to trade him to Dallas... With the Giants and Eagles both upgrading their offenses and the Cowboys offensive line issues I thought for sure the Cowboys would try to keep pace and not fall behind by adding Gordon and having a dominant set of pass catchers.. An influential owner wanting Gordon could alter Goodell's ruling and get Josh back on the field asap... I'm hoping for some good news soon to reward us Gordon fans in keeper leagues for holding onto him through all this madness..
  3. I love this and think he could be better in the passing game than either Lewis or White so I'm thinking he may be their new rb toy who runs early a bunch now that Blount is gone and catches late in down and distance... It's a big IF, but IF he learns the playbook enough to kill it in camp/preseason, he will be the MOST used rb on new England and could explode like some other lesser known guy who the Pats signed and nobody really noticed either in Wes Welker... Not saying he will be Welker level great but he could be the new and improved version of Lewis and should come cheap in drafts besides the late August / early September drafts when the cat may already be outta the bag on Rex... Count me in...
  4. Seems out of left field but today I see Rex is visiting the Patriots and have been interested in this situation for more than a year... This was written about Burkhead last summer - https://www.fantasypros.com/2016/05/deep-fantasy-football-sleepers-rex-burkhead-bengals/ Just putting this out there for all of us addicts on these forums in the "off season" and something to remember as we get closer to summer fantasy madness....
  5. Agreed I don't think Cooks sees that much volume this year... In 2018 if they ditch Edelman I could see it creeping up to the 140-150 range and I gotta think the quality of targets from a Pats staff and Brady would be a bit better than 140ish from Tomlin/Ben... This year I think Cooks develops more on New England than he would have on the Saints so the point of my post was not to judge Cooks' ceiling according to what he was in New Orleans, rather to take his age and developmental prospects into account when projecting his future ceiling... The whole "Do more with less" is the positive angle I'm taking with Cooks rather than dismissing him for what he is currently viewed as according to what he did in New Orleans.. I think his future just got a whole lot brighter and it may begin to pay off early this year catapulting him into the conversation of fantasy team cornerstone pieces before the year is done and heading into 2018..
  6. It seems like the detractors of Cooks act like he is as good as he will ever be.... He is only 23, and just beginning to scratch his potential... He doesn't even know how to release off the line yet in press coverage which will come with experience and coaching... The less physically gifted Antonio Brown had 66 and 69 receptions in his younger years when he started to develop.. He also had 2 and 5 tds in those years, and broke 1000 yards once... Cooks has already blown past those numbers.. New Orleans, for all the fireworks they have provided, always seemed a bit frenetic gameflow wise and add in the whole "Brees just isn't the same qb on the road" knock whereas Brady doesn't have as big of an issue playing on the road... Cooks is not a finished product yet and with experience he should/will learn the nuances to really come into his own... He will not face the same defensive gameplans whereas in New Orleans it was always Stop Cooks and hope the other pass catchers don't kill you... In New England with Gronk and even a fading Edelman (plus Hogan/Mitchell/Dion etc) teams know those guys WILL kill them if they focus all their attention on Cooks.. With his speed all it will take is a few well designed plays to get him into open space and let his top shelf physical gifts take over.. I trust B.B. to come up with many of those plays to maximize Cooks' said gifts... Looking back on it now if the Patriots traded for Antonio Brown after his first 3 years people would have been saying the same negative things about him that they are saying about Cooks... I'm not saying Cooks will definitely be the next Antonio Brown, but there is a good chance he keeps developing and Brady/Bill put him in even better situations than Brown has had with Ben/Tomlin.. 75+ catches, 1000+ yards, 8+ tds the past two years was done by 3 wide receivers - Brown, Beckham, Cooks... Cooks looks like a pretty good bet to continue that streak in New England and it's gonna be fun to watch him race down the sidelines to the endzone as a result of teams fearing the other offensive weapons the Pats have... His baseline projections look pretty promising to me, and if/when injuries strike Gronk/Edelman/Dion etc. Cooks' target share would increase even more pushing him into the upper echelon of wrs... The most fun this year will be when Cooks gets to go play the Saints and take his frustrations out on their secondary... In the immortal words of Bart Scott - Cant Wait!....
  7. As another person who can't quit Gordon I've been looking for updates on him daily... Sure he is a huge risk to keep over other players that are much safer but he is also a fair amount better than most wrs when he is "right"... He is not a Justin Blackmon type (or possibly Martavis Bryant) as he has been suspended for his mom giving him cough medicine while sick, and drinking a couple beers on a plane after the season with his teammates while he was trying to get back in their good graces being a friendly team guy... Sure they were dumb mistakes but it's not like he had fighting/gun incidents or "allegedly" killed someone which appear to be less of a big deal than weed to some teams... I guess I'm just hoping we finally get a nice chapter to this book for a change and outside of Brown/Beckham/Julio and maybe AJ Green/Allen Robinson, there are no other wrs I'd bet on to finish better than Gordon if he ends up on a decent offense and plays 16 games this year... I can see people being cautious/doubtful of Gordon now but if he is reinstated, goes to a team that will maximise his gifts, appears to have matured, and looks dominant in preseason again, he will deservedly shoot up draft boards and once again break the internet with excitement for September....
  8. When I see the Eagles projected to take a wr with their 14/15 1st round slot I keep saying I'd rather trade that pick for Cooks who would destroy teams as the 1b wr and would still have two years of lower waged rookie contract money, then sign Alshon Jeffrey as the 1a big free agent move... They could also sign one one of the numerous free agent rbs which in today's nfl don't make all that much money and they could roll out an offense of Wentz-Jeffrey-Cooks-Jordan Mathews in the slot and Ertz/Burton at TE, plus the new rb/sproles/smallwood... Instead of signing someone like an ancient Desean Jackson or "12 million a year" Kenny Stills and using that 14/15 pick on a rookie wr who may or may not ever be any good... Cooks in this scenario with gunslinger Wentz would offer a monster ceiling and instantly put the Eagles in the upper tier of offenses in football... I own Cooks and wanted him out of New Orleans since mid season, but like others mentioned, in Tennessee he would be the #1 in a division with two shutdown corners and other opponents doubling him constantly... Mariota is good enough to use the other guys (Rishard/Delanie/even Wright) when teams scheme for Cooks which may painfully remind everyone of his decoy status in New Orleans, but in Philly with Jeffey and those other weapons it would be far more likely Cooks would BOOM consistently... Wishful thinking but in the off season any fantasy thinking is good enough for me...
  9. Applying for reinstatement on Wednesday.... And so it begins!!!
  10. The Raiders are a shotgun heavy team while Peterson has run 90% of the time with the qb under center.... He's a square peg for the Raiders and I'd hate them coughing up money for him only to watch him be out of place like Lacy was in green bay who also hates running out of the shotgun.... Maybe the giants move to a power run scheme to mask Eli's declining skills... Play defense and run the ball a lot would probably help them more than most... Tampa Bay should continue building with younger guys and prioritize wide receiver as their biggest offensive skill position addition to help Jameis/Evans/Brate/Simms... If Jeremy Hill wasn't in the way Peterson would be a worthwhile addition to the Bengals to pair up with Gio... What about Carolina? Are they gonna try the Stewart, C.A.P. pu pu platter again or would the addition of Peterson help them climb out of the nfc south basement.... Peterson is not a good pass protector but with Cam it's less of an issue than it would be on a team like the saints for instance.. New England seems like the best fit ala Corey Dillon and I have a sneaking suspicion that if the price is doable Bill will sign him and give Peterson his best chance at a ring by far... Maybe the Titans sign him and go to their very, very bigly exotic smashmouth run it 70 times a game offense... lol j/k I just don't want my squad the Raiders to sign him which means it's 99% gonna happen and he will suck/get injured/hurt Carr's progression up the qb ranks.. No thanks...
  11. Do Lakers games even sell out right now? They are pretty loved in LA and have lifelong fans who grew up in LA and it's still ghostly in the upper deck on tv... I don't see how a team from a different (enemy?) part of the state can just move in and expect people to be huge fans of them after so many years of not liking them (Raider fans hating the Chargers)... If the Jets or Giants moved to Philly the stadium would be full of New Yorkers or Eagles fans who go to the game with bad intentions.... If the Raiders went back to LA I would expect the fans to show up since people in LA may have liked the Raiders when they were there before, and to a lesser extent same with the Lambs, but the Chargers? Not gonna happen... Being a Raider Nation lifer I hate this whole situation with my squad... A stadium deal in Oakland looks like it's not happening, LA would have been ok but Kroenke kept forcing his way to LA and pretty much ruined the Raiders shot of returning to own the city... And the move to Vegas bothers me because the Raiders should be grimey outkast bad boys, not Corporate America Cowboy-like mainstream nice guys... With the casinos running shyt in Vegas I can already see slot machines that win tickets to games, many corporate sponsored outings, and visitors in town for the weekend who aren't actually Raiders fans which will absolutely lower the volume of the home crowd destroying any hoped for home field advantage... Quiet crowds with people on their phones and tablets most of the game will not help their defense and no matter how nice that new stadium appears to be.. Al Davis will be rolling in his crypt when he sees his son ruined his legacy by making the Raiders a Vegas act complete with cirque de soleil acts during the game and moonlighting singers cringing their way thru the anthem.... Sorry I just had to get that all off my chest, as the weight of the move and the Raiders losing their identity is bugging me out ...
  12. The problem with Kelley right now is the wr core... If/when Djax and garcon leave it would be down to slot man Crowder and unproven rookie Doctson, plus an often injured Reed.... I'm not sure what their salary cap restrictions will be for next year and whether they could make a run at someone like Alshon... I'd hate to have Kelley and then Reed get hurt making them have to rely on question mark receivers and maybe need to use a passing down back much more to play catch up.... I owned Kelley this year and thought be was pretty decent depending on game workload plus his ability to gain positive yards so often even when the play was blown up, but it seems like with so much in flux for them right now it's gonna be a while before we can get a good read on what his 2017 prospects are....
  13. But with David Johnson would they have had as high of a pick to take Ramsey? I guess if Jacksonville took Elliot (assuming they drafted ahead of the Cowboys) then it may have freed up Ramsey for the Cowboys, but as far as this year Henry behind that line would have been quality and then having Ramsey shut down one side of the field on defense would have helped the defense a ton.... I'm no cowboys fan (Raider Nation member living in Eagles country) but I think they would have had a greater shot to win now with the Henry/Ramsey combo and it may/would have still been paying off 5/6 years from now barring injury to Ramsey when whatever running back they selected was wearing down after heavy usage...
  14. Ramsey round 1 and Derrick Henry in round 2 would have made them MORE of a super bowl contender.... Henry would be an absolute monster behind that oline and Ramsey should/will have a longer/better career than Jaylon Smith and his dead nerves...
  15. Patriots 41 Texans 13 Jimmy G gets 4th quarter action.... Chiefs 27 Steelers 20 Questionable/poor coaching moves on both sides keep the game close.... I think in the nfc the Seahawks would have beaten the Cowboys and the Packers may have beaten the Falcons.... But -- Falcons 31 Seahawks 23 Denver had a pretty good defense too and the Falcons abused them in Denver.. Cowboys 30 Packers (-Jordy) 24