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  1. Building on this, there's a big difference between the fantasy perspective and the real-life football perspective. KC's signing of Carlos Hyde seemed to be designed in regard to possibly obtaining a compensatory pick (Hyde was cut so he doesn't count against a compensatory pick). Likewise, KC's lack of pursuit of a UFA running back in the free agency period. Why would they draft a running back? Because 1) every team needs depth at RB and 2) at the point of the draft, the team had zero RB under contract after 2020. This doesn't mean that Thompson is or isn't good. Whether or not they really liked McCoy, they kind of backed themselves into that signing by cutting Hyde. No matter what you may think of Darrel Williams, they certainly weren't going to go into a Super Bowl season with 3 RB being Damien, Darrel and Darwin. That's an awful lot of unknown and risk. My perspective is that I don't think their offseason moves tell us a lot about Darrel Williams, mainly because we amateurs and the professionals with the Chiefs haven't really seen Darrel get a chance to play - until last week. Sometimes it just takes an opportunity to get on the field to show what you can do.
  2. Given the emphasis on compensatory picks, the Chiefs' signing of Carlos Hyde kind of set them up for the McCoy signing. Hyde, having been cut by JAX, wouldn't count in the +/- tally in an attempt to gain a compensatory pick - if they were aiming for one. Basically, they could worry about other FA signings that would count in the +/- tally without having one additional signing. When Hyde was cut, if they wanted to add a player, well, there wasn't a lot to choose from. McCoy was by far the best of the bunch. I don't mean to say McCoy isn't good or is inadequate - just guessing on how the Chiefs' strategy led to the McCoy signing. I also think that you might be putting too much weight on Damien, Darrel and Darwin. We don't really know if Darwin is good or not - maybe the Chiefs do, but we have virtually nothing to work with. The Chiefs have had more time with Darrel to know if he has some talent, but not a lot of in-game time to make that assessment. Damien has a five-game stretch of success to his name. That's it. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations now, there's an element of risk there. No surprise they would add depth when the opportunity presented itself.
  3. Right, but last year was his rookie year as an undrafted free agent. It should not come as any surprise that he didn't play until they were running short on warm bodies. I don't think anyone's trying to make the claim Darrel is the next superstar running back. But this wouldn't be the first time that a player had to get the opportunity via injury or whatever else to get on the field to show what he can do. We have a direct example from last year - Damien Williams. To recall briefly, Damien was essentially an unwanted player. He was an RFA after the '16 season and zero of the 31 teams that were not his team offered him a contract (which, in fairness, may have had to do with his tender value). After '17, the Chiefs offered him a very small contract ($1 million for one year), and he served as a special teams guy until Hunt and Ware couldn't play. Then he played...and perceptions on Damien changed pretty quickly. One point on the McCoy signing - as with the Carlos Hyde signing, by adding players who had been cut (Hyde cut by the Jaguars), those signings do not count in the +/- free agency tally for compensatory picks. For as much grief as Hyde got, that's likely the reason they signed him. Certainly, McCoy's history with Reid is a factor here, but given that the Chiefs weren't going to go after a free agent for either monetary or compensatory reasons, the McCoy signing makes a lot of sense. In the end, though, I see Darrel as a dart throw with some logic behind it. By my eyes, Darrel showed some positives on Sunday, and the two backs theoretically in front of him have real questions marks.
  4. Perhaps the answer is "it's early." Two games to see what they had with Damien and McCoy. Things seemed to work pretty well with Damien last year. McCoy's track record speaks for itself. Perhaps seeing a player in real game usage changes the perception, too.
  5. Yeah, the path is no doubt convoluted. Having drafted him as a lotto ticket, I'm liking my lotto ticket value at this point in time. The biggest thing that impressed me was his pass blocking. If the opportunity presents itself, he's going to be trusted to play. Given McCoy's age and the general vagueness surrounding Damien Williams' injury, right now I'm in "heck, why not" mode. While I have no basis to offer any prediction on him becoming the starter, he passed the eye test for me in terms of running with the opportunity when available. I also offer advice on playing the real lottery 🤔
  6. I don't mean to harp on it...but according to the NFL Next Gen Stats, he clocked the fifth fastest single-play speed yesterday at 20.88 mph on his 41-yard run. Perhaps the 40-yard, no pads, controlled environment Combine time isn't necessarily the best predictor of actual game speed. By my eye test, and the NFL stats, his game speed is fine. First part is my opinion, certainly.
  7. As a transparency alert, I drafted Darrel in a 12-team keeper league as a bench stash/lotto ticket. A few things stood out to me: - His pass protection was flawless - obviously, a good way to stay on the field. Mahomes was comfortable looking his way for dump-offs in the short passing game as well. - He showed a good ability to create yards running in the interior when there wasn't much there. There were two occasions I recall anecdotally where he was able to move the pile or contort his body to turn a no gain into a 2-3 yard gain. - He doesn't look like the most lithe back ever, but his one-cut moves in space are really effective. I think concerns about his 40-time at the Combine are drastically overblown. He plays with efficient game speed by my eyes, and the NFL Next Gen stats tell a similar story.
  8. Regarding Darrel's 41 yard run, according to NFL's Next Gen stats, he reached 20.88 mph on that carry, the fifth fastest single-play speed posted on the day.
  9. I would caution putting too much stock into the Combine 40-time. As a point of reference, at his LSU pro day, Williams ran a 4.59 40-time. Let's not forget that Kareem Hunt's 40 time at the Combine was 4.62. Simply put, there are many players who we can adequately state that their game speed differs from their straight-line sprint speed without pads on under controlled conditions.
  10. 8 team league looking for 1 new player. $25 entry fee, $150 to the winner, $50 to the runner-up. 15 roster spots, .5 PPR scoring, snake draft with random lottery draw. QB RB RB WR WR TE RB/WR WR/TE K D We play seriously to have fun. If you're looking for a high stakes league, this probably isn't it. We're all into it, but don't treat it as life and death. Draft is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Friday, August 23, but we can be flexible in that regard. Respond to this listing with your email address. Thanks!
  11. There are no limits on positions that can be kept. From my experience, the most ideal is to keep at least 2 RB, because RB are scarce in the keeper setup. This year, the first round ADP is as follows: 1. Saquon Barkley 2. Ezekiel Elliott 3. Christian McCaffrey 4. Le'Veon Bell (my draft slot) 5. Melvin Gordon 6. Julio Jones 7. Todd Gurley 8. Joe Mixon 9. Travis Kelce 10. Antonio Brown 11. Dalvin Cook 12. TY Hilton The next RBs are Fournette, Aaron Jones, Josh Jacobs, Mark Ingram, etc. So while I realize Freeman is no guarantee of anything, I'm willing to take him to have 2 RB to start with because there's no guarantee at RB after Round 1, and after Round 2 they are downright scarce. I'll definitely be going RB in the first round - if Zeke and Gordon are both season holdouts, that will complicate my life, no doubt. Notable keepers are Kamara, Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Pat Mahomes, Damien Williams, Nick Chubb, James Conner. I'm sure I'm missing others, but you get the general gist here.
  12. League: 12 teams, 15 roster spots, QB RB RB WR WR TE RB/WR/TE Keeper rules: keep 0-4 players. Cost is one draft round higher than the previous year. Undrafted = 15th round. My draft position: 4th in a snake draft Note: we dropped K and D this year, so the round numbers might look funky below (notably Juju), as some players were previously 17th round keepers. Keeper Options (draft round for 2019) Amari Cooper (1) Carlos Hyde (4) Marlon Mack (7) Cooper Kupp (8) Courtland Sutton (9) Devonta Freeman (11) Ben Roethlisberger (12) Juju Smith-Schuster (15) Dante Pettis (15) Kalen Ballage (15) Hunter Henry (15) Jerick McKinnon (15) Darrel Williams (15) Malcolm Brown (15) My plan: Mack (7), Kupp (8), Freeman (11), Smith-Schuster (15). Very tempted by Pettis, though. Appreciate any insight you have to offer.
  13. Could you share your source for this? By what I can find, in 2017 he had 9 drops in 88 targets, about a 10% drop rate. Given that Breida's drop rate was 16.6% (6 drops in 36 targets), either Breida didn't qualify or something is amiss with what you are referencing.
  14. What does this actually mean, though? Hyde was 3rd in the NFL in RB targets (88). According to this article from the Sacramento Bee, he dropped 9 passes, which led the league. His drop rate was 1 drop for every 9.7 targets. Yet his back-up, Matt Breida, dropped 6 passes that season on 36 targets, a rate of 1 drop every 6 targets. Drop rate would probably be a better marker than total drops, due to volume. Drop stats seem to be hard to find on the Internet, however.
  15. If it is true that Hyde signed a multi-year deal with the Browns, how much money are they paying him this year? NFL teams can't just cancel contracts...unless a player is owed no money. If you want to deal with facts, simply state how much the Browns - or the Jags - are paying Hyde in '19. If you want to claim they restructured the deal, link to the restructured deal. If you want to claim the Chiefs are paying him from the Browns contract, then link to that contract. If you want to claim they cut him, we know that happened. Because there was no guaranteed money for '19 and '20. If you are factually correct, simply provide the evidence of the facts, and the rest of us will stop.