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  1. I think there's another factor with Meredith beyond his numbers with and without Jeffery. His splits are pretty stark for playing time with the (nominal) starting QB - Cutler - and when Bears' back-ups were starting. Stats with Cutler (Targets - Rec - Yards - TD) 3-2-24-0 2-1-24-0 2-1-50-1 4-4-49-0 Stats with Hoyer 5-4-28-0 12-9-130-1 15-11-113-0 Stats with Barkley 2-1-12-0* 9-2-19-0 4-3-67-0 8-6-72-1 13-9-104-0 12-9-135-0 6-4-61-0 (1 TD pass thrown) * This was the game against Green Bay when Hoyer was injured in the first quarter. The Bears literally did nothing all night, so probably not fair to count that game as meaning anything. Maybe I'm grasping at straws here, but the numbers bear out, and I thought the eye test did as well, that Meredith was much more present on the field when the Bears' back-up QBs were in. There could be multiple reasons for this: as a back-up entering the season, he had more time working with Hoyer and Barkley than the Bears' starting WRs. The Bears' offensive game plans definitely simplified without Cutler, in particular with Hoyer, a lot of quick reads. Again, there might not be any meaning here. A full off-season working with Glennon might net the same familiarity gains that are possibly evident in these stats. Part of me wonders though how much of this may have been from a simplified game plan.
  2. Hilton was on the injury report 4 of 16 weeks, according to FOX. With questionable being the new probable, four questionables don't tell us a whole lot. Moncrief had a hamstring injury in the second half of the season, after recovering from the broken bone. It's the exact type of injury one could play through but be dogged by, in particular a player with speed and vertical abilities. I don't think the injury comparison with Hilton is fair, in this context. If you're worried about the hamstring recurring, I can't argue with that. The injury is not an excuse. It's not a slight to Hilton. He's a great player. Some players with physical ability never put it all together. I'm not ready to put Moncrief in that camp until he has a legit, healthy chance to fail. Last year there was anticipation of a breakout year for Moncrief. Honestly, I don't recall anyone at the time saying it was a make or break year.
  3. I agree that fewer but longer commercial breaks would be welcome. With a second game on TV or fantasy, for me personally, longer wouldn't be a hardship. However, I feel like I'm missing something regarding replay. Replays are almost always television timeouts now, so I'm not sure where the time-saving will come into play. I suppose with fewer TV timeouts, fewer repays could become timeouts.
  4. From a Bears fan's perspective here: if you place great value on offensive line play when drafting fantasy RBs, the Bears have one of the best situations available now. C Whitehair and RG Long are both Pro-Bowl caliber, and while tackles Leno, Jr. and Massie have questions in the pass game, they are adequate, if not above average, in the run game. The return of Hroniss Grasu from injury gives them starter-level depth on the bench in case of an injury. The other factor I like in Howard's favor is that the Bears' defense should be marginally better. Maybe not an actual good NFL defense, but with early strong showings from some of their draft picks and a competent defensive coordinator, even a middling defense would put the Bears in more situations in which they can rely on the run game and not Mike Glennon.
  5. Pro Football Reference helpfully has these stats for 2016 (receiving plays are when a player was targeted, does not include passing plays when they were on the field but not targeted): Isaiah Crowell Run plays: 122 - 1st Down, 71 - 2nd Down, 6 - 3rd Down, 2 - 4th Down Receiving Plays: 26 - 1st Down, 21 - 2nd Down, 6 - 3rd Down Duke Johnson Run plays: 36 - 1st Down, 24 - 2nd Down, 14 - 3rd Down, 2 - 4th Down Receiving plays: 20 - 1st Down, 25 - 2nd Down, 31 - 3rd Down
  6. I'm not as worried about the Jeffery pursuit for two reasons. One, they may have simply been trying to acquire him at a discount and had no desire to sign him at the market rate the Eagles offered. Two, teams with hot-seat head coaches sometimes make desperation one-year pushes. From Pagano's perspective, a one-year contract for Jeffery would be perfect for Pagano's situation of needing job security now. For me, I'm more curious to see if the Colts begin contract talks with Moncrief. If they don't, that's a tell-tale sign.
  7. I should have written more specifically. I was referring to my (amateur) evaluation of his technique. Especially in the red zone, he seems to have pretty developed skills positioning his body. It's definitely a small sample, as you pointed out, and thus perhaps not worth extrapolating from.
  8. I can't figure this guy out. When the ball gets thrown his way, in my opinion, he shows the traits of an elite WR. But the targets aren't there. The Colts played some odd games last year, in which they had ridiculous totals like 12 yards for the first half. Now this obviously can't be an excuse for Moncrief - see Hilton. If the Colts can generate a little more offensive consistency, which would start with the line play, perhaps Moncrief can better get involved in the game plan. There's so much negativity around Moncrief that I will probably seek to acquire right at or just above his ADP. Shouldn't require too much of an investment in that regard.
  9. I think the other question is whether the Browns have found a clever loophole to hit the salary floor without improving your team - i.e. still be in a good position for the 2018 draft, which would make some sense if they hoped to acquire a QB in that draft. Of course, this could be sheer insanity, or if they plan to trade for Garapolo, certainly a different story.
  10. I can't claim to know much about Sarkisian's play-calling, but I think there's a big difference between being a head coach and a coordinator - how many have succeeded at coordinator and failed as a head coach at the NFL level? I'm also leery about tying college head coaching success to coordinating success - recruiting teens to come to your school, particularly one that had a disastrous program and one recovering from NCAA sanctions - don't seem to correlate to coordinator success (or failure). None of that means Sarkisian will be a success, though. And his recent job transitions certainly are odd.
  11. Look, this is no slight on Coleman. But to say that Coleman won't be affected by the loss of the team's fullback when he has fewer catches, fewer targets and fewer receiving yards than Freeman, while saying that Freeman will, doesn't make sense to me. YPC is definitely more important in real life, but volume matters in fantasy as well. There's no parsing that Freeman finished with more receiving yards and thus more fantasy points from receiving yards (and more targets) than Coleman, despite having a lower YPC.
  12. I haven't been able to find anything like that. Would definitely be a useful marker.
  13. Of the Falcons 389 running plays, 75% were with a single back or from the shotgun. I don't have info on how these splits factored individually for Freeman and Coleman. In 2016, Freeman averaged 4.06 targets per game; Coleman averaged 3.07 targets per game.
  14. I think you're drawing a lot of unfounded conclusions here, based on a sample of one half of football. Freeman averaged 6.8 YPC in the Super Bowl, Coleman 4.1, yet they decided to abandon the running game because Coleman got hurt? We have a larger sample from the regular season when Coleman missed Weeks 8-10. The Falcons averaged 26.3 carries per game this year, and ran the ball 19, 34 and 13 times in Weeks 8-10. There are obvious explanations for the dips; the 19 came in the aerial shootout against the Packers, and the 13 against the Eagles' stiff run defense. In those three games, Freeman averaged 13.3 carries per game, compared with 14.2 on the season. Coleman played 12 games in 2015 and 13 in 2016, so I'm not sure how you have determined that he missed a year. He lost his job due to injury in '15, had a chance to recapture it when Freeman got hurt, and didn't. That said, I would expect the Falcons to continue to use the two equally moving forward. Caveats to that: I don't know what Sarkisian's plans are. If the Falcons don't want to offer Freeman a contract extension, they could run him into the ground this year.
  15. Maybe Henry is not an athletic specimen. Who is in the NFL who is also a successfully producing tight end? Gronk and Reed? If we were talking about WR or RB, I might be more inclined to listen to discussions of athleticism. But there are only 32 starting tight ends, and I have to have one of them for my team. After Gronk, Reed and Olsen, there's not much left. Gronk and Reed remain injury risks and Olsen is aging. I'm not trying to claim that Henry is going to be the overall TE1. But I'm going to chase his production, which is pretty rare at the TE position for a rookie.