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  1. 18 points
    Chris Thompson electric? That's overstating it a bit, isn't it? He's a veteran who hasn't played a full season since 2016, and the closest he'll come to being electric is when he's on the wire.
  2. 15 points
    My fondest moment on a personal level of Tony Gwynn would have to have come in 1993.I was playing JUCO at Grossmont, and was working for the San Diego School of Baseball at the time as an assistant (shag balls, set up, clean up, basically do whatever they ask). One afternoon after one of the hitting clinics was over, there were 2 of us assistants hanging around getting things cleaned up. Tony stayed late to sign autographs for every kid in attendance (well over 1000). I had spoken quite a bit to Tony over the year, he knew me, he addressed me by name, he never made me feel like just a random person, anyways as he was walking out one day, he asked me how my season was going. I was doing pretty good, and had been working on taking the ball the other way (as a lefty) so I brought up my approach to him.He put down his stuff and went into the cage with me, asking me to show him rather than tell him. For about 15 mins he sat and watched as I attempted to replicate his 5.5 approach. I was a pretty good "slappy" type hitter, your prototypical 80's 90's style no 2 hitter. Anyways he didnt say anything for 15 mins, which I thought was odd. I always was used to a mouth in my ear every time I hit. From my Dad, to my high school coach, up to Eddie Olsen at GC.After I was done he took a few swings, and showed me a couple tips. It was amazing. When he hit in the cage, he wasnt that 5.5 guy, and he explained to me that when he is at the plate his approach is always to hit it through the pitchers legs, cause there is nobody there to get you out. So while hitting he proceeded to hit 10 consecutive pitches right back through the hole in the net where the ball came out (roughly the size of a softball) I was in shock. He told me also that if you work on hitting the ball the other way in the cages, when you get in the game that pitch is going to be coming a little faster, and you are going to foul alot of pitches off, which made sense.To wrap up, I thanked Tony and started about my cleanup, he said goodbye and was walking to his car, when I saw that 32-30 still leaned against the cage with a pair of brand new Franklin batting gloves on it (the ones he wore that day at the camp) I grabbed them and chased him to his car, saying Tony you forgot your stuff, to which he replied."Those aren't mine D."That summer I played in a wood bat league and stupidly although successfully used Tony's bat to the tune of a .432 BA, but broke it during the last game of the season. I kept it in shards for a couple years, but after a few moves it disappeared.I will always have that memory of Tony. What a man, what a hitter, what a human being
  3. 12 points
  4. 10 points
    “I am Franklin Gore, born 400 years ago in the highlands of Scotland. I am Immortal, and I am not alone. For centuries we have waited for the time of the Gathering, when the hand-off of a football and the gaining of three yards will release the power of the Quickening. In the end, there can be only one.”
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
    Those of us who are Gen X and younger are the first generations not to be forced into the military, shipped overseas and made to run straight at someone who is trying to blow our brains out, and we got people who think we've lost our liberty because you can't willfully spread a virus during a pandemic just to prove that you can.
  7. 8 points
    Strategy? I don’t even remember who’s on my team.😂
  8. 8 points
    [ Posts with links to anti-vax conspiracy theory nonsense about COVID-19 removed. The Epoch Times has been widely discredited as a source for information. See here, here, and here. Furthermore, their open embrace of the racism of calling the virus "The Great Wuhan Virus" violates this community's guidelines. If you're posting anti-vax conpiracy theory garbage, regardless of the source, it will be removed. If you have a question about a deleted post, reach out to a moderator. ]
  9. 8 points
  10. 8 points
    Arians did identify Vaughn as having a 3-down skill set, but when asked whether he was looking for & found David Johnson, he quickly stated that Vaughn is not that player. Already noted & Arians said as much, something similar occurred here, that the player he actually wanted had just come off the board, meaning, Antonio Gibson. Because they needed to add depth & their next selection wasn't until what amounts to the 1st pick of the 6th RD, I think they reached for Vaughn. Why they opted for Vaughn over Zack Moss, I don't know about that. Reviewing Vaughn's tape I didn't see anything as a receiver that would represent a difference-maker in his quest to unseat Jones jr. In fact, while I didn't find all the tape I would've wanted, I see a better ball-carrier than receiver. He has a 2nd gear, but it's as it's he needs to see his run track & it has to be a straight line. Once he is up to speed, he's a sprinter, there's no change of direction. Vaughn has some tools in his box, makes good use of his lateral wiggle & vision. That's likely what they like & where he's limited, perhaps they can do something about? One area I'm certain about, while he's low to the ground, he takes a lot of hits to the chest. As others have already noted, he lacks that quick-twitch suddenness in the backfield. Many of his longer runs, well blocked. Kept getting fed the ball even though they were down by multiple scores. Ball skills are good, I didn't see him extend away from the body to pull in a pass, but he catches with his hands, which is a good 80% of it. Some RBs always carry the ball in their left hand, some, always with the right. Oddly, it's a minority that carry it in the hand it should be in. Vaughn is among who will carry the ball with the left or right, but never changes it. To me, he was at his best when they set him deep & brought him! Possesses the speed to press the front side of the play & the ability to cut up, inside. But that can said of a lot of RBs. How he handles unanticipated penetration is maybe average, nothing special. Vaughn's an emotional player, I saw him frustrated with his QB, on another occasion, appeared easily provoked. According to one scouting report, he's a trash talker. I disagree with your assessment of Ronald Jones jr. although you are in the majority across the fantasy community. What I think isn't appreciated is that he's actually 3 months younger than Vaughn. That's how premature an early-entry he was. When they drafted him he was 20 years old, he wasn't ready. He bought in to their conditioning program & last year came in much bigger & stronger. A stat I've been referencing a lot lately is yards before contact (YBC). Saquon Barkley was 34th in the league in (YBC), yet 7th in yards after contact, clearly, a great player! Ronald Jones was 36th in (YBC), I mean, that's being freakin' swarmed. He tied with Devin Singletary & two others for 13th in yards after contact! Could be wrong, but Jones performed a lot better than what's reckonized & Vaughn's actual "'path" to volume, injury.
  11. 8 points
    Here is a tale of two QB's. Here's how they are currently being ranked by "fantasy experts": QB 1 is listed as the #7 QB by 7 of the 10 experts. QB 2 is listed somewhere in the #21--#29 range by 9 of the 10 experts. Here's how QB 1 and QB 2 actually performed in 2019, with their weekly finishes amongst QB listed (format of all TD's being worth 6 points). As you can see below, QB 1 was slightly better on a weekly basis than QB 2, with an average weekly finish of 13.73 compared to 14.86. QB 1 is Josh Allen. QB 2 is Gardner Minshew. Now obviously, more goes into 2020 fantasy rankings than just the stats from 2019. It's a new season. Allen now has Diggs added to his receiving core and that's of a big move for the Bills. As for Minshew, well, we still don't know for certain if he'll open the season as the starter...or if he'll keep the job should he falter. But with that said, IMO either Allen is being ranked way too high for 2020...or Minshew is being ranked way too low...or both.
  12. 8 points
    With one minor proviso: the Daily Mail is the UK equivalent of... well, maybe the New York Post, but after the dog chewed it and the cat used it in the litter box. It's not impossible though. In all fairness, I'm not even sure the season is feasible, given the current state of affairs. BTW Taiwan has restarted the local baseball season with dummies in the stands: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/494798-baseball-returns-to-taiwan-with-cardboard-cutouts-in-stands It might even be an improvement for the Chargers.
  13. 8 points
    Guys, nothing to worry about. I was just on Facebook and found out this whole thing is made up.
  14. 8 points
  15. 7 points
    Fault is not binary. Let's try this in a non-pandemic context. An arsonist sets fire to a duplex in a small town. Two fire companies take the call, each one assuming responsibility for one unit in the building. Company A shows up immediately and begins putting the fire out, while Company B wonders if it was really the owner's responsibility to prevent and extinguish the fire. Eventually, seeing that the fire is engulfing both units, Company B finally arrives, and begins fighting their half of the blaze. At the end of the day, the first unit is damaged but salvageable, while the second is a total loss. Is it the arsonist's fault for setting the blaze? Certainly. But arson happens, which is why we have fire departments, and they have a responsibility to protect people and property even when the fire was preventable. And frankly, the analogy works whether you call Company A South Korea and Company B the United States, or whether you call Company A the State of Washington and Company B the State of New York. Those entities that responded earlier and more forcefully, be they foreign nations or US states, have generally had fewer lives lost and a quicker return to normalcy than those that abdicated their responsibility or eschewed expert opinion. China did a horrible job containing the virus. Also, the feds didn't take it seriously. Also, many state governors failed to do their part. All of these things can be true.
  16. 7 points
  17. 7 points
    Look how quickly RBs drop off into Nothing Here's the 0.5 ppr FantasyPros rankings https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/rankings/half-point-ppr-cheatsheets.php The Mendoza Line for RBs: Kareem Hunt, RB28, #67 overall Hunt is the last useful RB you can draft. He's only the 67th overall pick! The next 3 RBs after RB28 Hunt: Akers, Guice, Michel. Yuck. James White w/o Brady? Jordan Howard? Vaughn? Yuck! After pick 67 (Kareem Hunt), compare the # of useful WRs with the # of useful RBs...there are significantly more WRs to choose from! Not even close. You can find WR2/Flex type WRs everywhere. Boyd at 74. Gallup at 79. Fuller at 85. Marvin Jones at 91. John Brown at 96. Brandin Cooks at 99. Shepard at 105. Sanders at 110. Do you see the point??
  18. 7 points
    It's not a bad goal in most formats, but it also depends on what your league mates are doing. If everyone is going RB/RB, then there will be value in the WRs. Don't fix your strategy too rigidly. Always leave room to take value where it exists. Be aware you're not picking in a vacuum, but against other intelligent individuals. I think Sivaro mostly intended it as a thought experiment and I think that's the smart thing to do. It's easy enough to discard all ideas and stick with what you know; but keeping an open mind can sometimes being you further.
  19. 7 points
    Nothing about hookers either.
  20. 7 points
    That’s all true. But Blake pulled the “we’re risking our lives!” If that’s the case, you don’t play, period. But he won’t risk his life for some money, but more money will make it ok? Come on. His motivation is super transparent.
  21. 7 points
    I'm taking 15 straight QB's and I'll sort out the trades later. Seize the means of production, comrades.
  22. 7 points
    NYT: Don’t Be Fooled by America’s Flattening Curve TL;DR: The national curve is still rising if you take NYC's numbers out: with similar patterns in other states when you subtract out their large metro areas: None of this diminishes the excellent news that cases are moving in the right direction nationwide, particularly in light of increased testing in some areas. Still, this points to a very difficult path forward for suburban and rural areas as they reopen. But since areas are reopening, consequences be damned, we need to be as careful as we can in assessing the risks. This post does a great job laying out the variables you need to pay attention to as you venture out.
  23. 7 points
  24. 7 points
    Sorry, but this logic just doesn't hold up, because your interpretation of unfairness is coming through your perception of wanting to be rewarded in 2021 for actions you took for for the 2020 season. There's a reason insurance companies disclaim liability for so-called "acts of god", and it's because of things like this. Nobody could have anticipated what has happened, so there's no solution that's truly fair to everyone that involves making exceptions for unpredictable things like a global pandemic derailing a season. I say this as someone who made a bunch of lopsided dynasty trades to load up for this year and will suffer greatly long-term because of it. You play the hand you're given under the rules at the time. You drafted for 2020. If there's no 2020, you draft again for 2021 under the same rules. Them's the breaks.
  25. 7 points
    With a healthy Derwin James returning I like the Chargers this year.
  26. 7 points
    Waiting for Allen Robinsons 1600/16 season:
  27. 6 points
  28. 6 points
    I don't think it's a huge leap to say that many states are likely skewing their numbers one way or the other. If there's something to be gained by doing something shady, people will be willing to do it. To me the important stat to track is really hospital capacity. The whole intent of these "shelter-in-place" orders was to slow the spread and flatten the curve. If hospitals are able to keep up and not push their limits, then the goal has been achieved. Restoring to some level of normalcy is the next step. People need to be smart about it (therein lies the challenge), and there is going to be some trial and error, but it seems like we have some sort of handle on it provided we take the basic precautions we all know and love.
  29. 6 points
    One potentially disgruntled employee's word would not be enough to carry an accusation much less serious than this one. The reporter who got this info should have said "oh, that's interesting... I wonder if I can corroborate this." Instead, we get a wild accusation printed and flung around as if there's weight to it, hoping it sticks. And we wonder why people don't trust the press.
  30. 6 points
    Love the talent of Jonnu Smith - unsure of the opportunity. Dude is a freak athlete - 93rd percentile SPARQ score, 100th percentile breakout age, 92nd percentile college dominator rating. So the athleticism is there for sure. If you take a deeper look at his efficiency, he was excellent there as well. #2 in target separation, #6 in QB rating when targeted, #2 in yards per target and #7 in true catch rate. A number of different metrics that say Smith is productive and beastly when given the opportunity. However, what is his opportunity? Last year the Titans were #30 in team pass plays and I imagine they're looking to keep the same identity that got them to the AFC Championship game last year. Last year Delanie Walker appeared in 7 games, so just by Smith being #1 and Walker leaving, I think that will enhance his opportunity a bit. Plus after seeing the playoff games last year, I imagine teams will hunker down and sell out to stop Derrick Henry (easier said than done) and force Tanny to throw more. Both factors could lead in a jump in targets for Smith, leading to more overall production. Last year he finished the season with 35-439-3 on 45 targets. Last year Smith received 2.75 targets per game, which ranked #41 in the league amongst TEs. The top 14 TEs last year received 5 targets a game or better. If Smith can at least get to 5 targets per game, that'll give him 80 targets on the season, and his stats should reflect an outcome of about 60-750-5. 80 targets would have ranked #12 amongst TEs last year, so not a huge stretch. And if you include guys like Hunter Henry and Evan Engram who missed time, it would put him down at #14, so again, not a huge stretch to think he could be the #14 targeted TE in the league, given Delanie Walker is no longer there, and honestly Jonnu might be the #2 passing option within that offense. Those stats would have landed him at TE8 last year in PPR. If Smith can get into the upper tier, 6-8 targets per game, we're talking top end production. What if I'm wrong and Jonnu only gets 4 targets per game? Stats say we should expect an output of 48 catches, 600 yards and 4 TDs - TE12. I honestly think this is the floor for Jonnu. 25 TEs received 4 targets or higher last year per game. Currently ranked as the TE18 on FantasyPros, and TE19 ADP on FCC, there is incredible baked in value with Jonnu. TEs also take a bit of time to acclimate to the NFL, and entering year 4 this could be the season we see this athletic freak truly break into TE1 status.
  31. 6 points
    This guy is facinating. The Steelers had a 1st round grade on him coming out of Toledo when they drafted him #66 overall. As a rookie, he led all NFL wide receivers in separation yards (2.39) and finished the year as the #39 wide receiver in PPR (163.1 points) - all while playing less than two thirds of the available snaps on a Steelers team that passed for only 186 yards and 1.1 TDs per game. The only receiver to outscore him in PPR leagues while playing fewer snaps was Tyreek Hill. Now Big Ben is back. In 71 games completed by Ben over the last 6 years, he's averaged 40 throws and 310 yards per game. Following his week 2 injury in 2019, the Steelers attempted only 30 throws per game. Conservatively, let's say Ben regresses from his usual 40 throws to the league average of 35 and Diontae Johnson's snaps remain the same. One could draw the conclusion that this increase in throws (16.7%) leaves Diontae Johnson with a potential floor of about 190 points (barring injury, yada yada). If Ben finds a way to chuck the ball 40x per game and Diontae Johnson increases his snap share to match the average of the 38 receivers who finished ahead of him in 2019 (79.5%), we may have ourselves a top 10 WR (~263.5 points). There are so many other factors to consider, but I'm not gonna overthink this one and miss out on the upside. Giddy up.
  32. 6 points
  33. 6 points
    there's this great thing called basic hygiene in which people wash their hands, don't touch their faces, practice 6 feet distancing, and follow the protocols laid out by local officials and businesses keep them locked down just like you want everyone else in society to be, since it actually makes sense for them to do so moral grandstanding will surely help persuade others to do what you want them to, it's worked so well before
  34. 6 points
    The seamless transition from "this is s overblown" to "okay, it's serious, but I still think the threat is exaggerated" to "both sides are juking the stats, who knows what to believe?" is something to behold. The projections that so many laughed for being doomsday scenarios were, if anything, on the conservative side, but a handful of anecdotes of possible misclassificaton is enough to outweigh volumes of evidence of confirmed cases and deaths. The scale of unexplained excess deaths dwarfs the evidence in the other direction, to the point that if some mystery cause were killing that many people, it'd be a bigger story than COVID itself. But one fishy story, and suddenly it's "both sides!@!" The divergence in standards of evidence shows a disregard for the truth that belies the guise of moderation and impartiality.
  35. 6 points
    I responded before i read this. We are all doing our best to try and help manage the risk the best way that we know how. I am sorry for the impact that this has had on you and the people that you know. The only thing I know is full closures are not the answer and neither is full reopenings. It needs to be a slow measured approach but I do believe that as adults it is our job to manage the risks we take. It is up to us to decide what is best for us. If you are nervous about going out in crowds, don't go. As long as hospitals are not overwhelmed people have to get back to their normal lives and learn to manage this risk the same as they do the swine flu, common cold, auto accidents, and all other risks we manage.
  36. 6 points
    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29143131/150000-worthless-baseball-cards-coronavirus This really took me back! I still have my 100,000 cards between my house and my parents house.
  37. 6 points
    Nothing here since the draft? Everything in the Vaughn thread; but there’s not much to say there once you look at the Vaughn tape. Here are some random thoughts on RoJo: Last year RoJo had 170 carries and 40 targets/30 receptions. I think RoJo goes from 170 to more like 220 carries. And gets similar or more passing game work as last year in the 40 target range. Last year Michel had 250 carries and 20 targets for Brady, as reference. 220 and 40 as middle range projections for RoJo seem fair. That still leaves room for Vaughn, Ogunbowale, Calais etc to split 150+ carries and 70+ targets amongst themselves. Also seems fair. I think that’s great volume to be projected as a solid RB2 this year. But RoJos real upside to me lies in 2 things... 1) how well he pass blocks and does in the receiving game, because if he does well he could stay on the field more and receive more targets and 2) whether he is the trusted goalline RB and can rack up some TDs that the rest of the offense really earns. If those two things happen, and his volume bumps up even a little more, and he hits a double digit TD number due to goalline usage, RoJo legitimately has RB1 upside this season. No joke. RoJos downside lies in getting on the bad side of coaching, missing blocks and assignments, fumbling, being replaced. I think these are all possibilities, but not strong enough ones to not invest in a RoJo at his current price. He’s a steal for his upside and for the sneaky likelihood that he lives up to it, or near it. And for his likely outcome that isn’t just upside. Here are a RoJo’s stats by year of his playing career since his Sr year of High School, which he played having turned 17 years old just weeks before opening game in 2014. He was also 17 all the way up until about 2 weeks before the first game of his 2015 freshman season at USC. That’s wild that he did the following there and now in TB as such an underage talent at every juncture... Age 18 - 2015 - USC - 153 carries, 987 yds, 6.5ypc, 8TD, 7 receptions, 39 yds, 5.6ypr, 1TD Age 19 - 2016 - USC - 177 carries, 1082 yds, 6.1ypc, 12TD, 11 receptions, 76 yds, 6.9ypr, 1TD Age 20 - 2017 - USC - 261 carries, 1550 yds, 5.9ypc, 19TD, 14 receptions, 187 yds, 13.4ypr, 1TD — Age 21 - 2018 - BUCS - 23 carries, 44 yds, 1.9ypc, 1TD, 7 receptions, 33 yds, 4.7ypr, 0TD Age 22 - 2019 - BUCS - 172 carries, 724 yds, 4.2ypc, 6TD, 31 receptions, 309 yds, 10.0ypr, 0TD [150.8 pts 0.5ppr, RB26 overall] PROJECTION: Age 23 - 2020 - BUCS - 220 carries, 990 yds, 4.5ypc, 9TD, 40 targets, 30 receptions, 310 yds, 10.0 ypr, 2TD. [211.0 pts 0.5ppr, RB13 overall]
  38. 6 points
    Given that RoJo last season had double the yards of the #2 RB on his team and was the starter for the second half of the season with a third more touches in that period, I'd say he was already there. But let's look for an 1st/2nd round RB who was underwhelming the first year, great the third year and somewhere in between during the second year: - Derrick Henry. Nuff said. Took him 2.5 years to get it, and boy, did he get it. - The best example I could find was Larry Johnson though, first rounder in Kansas. Went from pretty much nothing the first year (and a lot of issues), ok the second year to 2 consecutive 2000 yd seasons (with 21 and 19 TD to boot). But it has to be said, it's pretty rare.
  39. 6 points
    I suspect you might be in the minority on that one. Any form of baseball will be a welcome distraction for me. I recognize that there’s no way for a normal season to happen so to think of sitting back on the 4th of July and watching a full slate of games all day sounds pretty damn good to me right now. ....And they'll watch the game, and it'll be as if they'd dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they'll have to brush them away from their faces The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game -- it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.
  40. 6 points
    Only if you ignore the manipulation of the numbers, which is no problem at all if you're a WSJ op-ed writer and the manipulation proves the point you're working backwards from: COVID-19 data from Georgia’s Department of Health could be ‘misleading,’ experts say My favorite part, not mentioned in the article, is that the chart with a 7-day moving average includes the current day, which isn't over yet. Really nice way to illustrate the downward trend you're looking for. This AJC article has a nice animation to illustrate how the data's being manipulated: In other words, you can pretty much ignore the last 5 days or so of that one week trend that the WSJ is so eager to take a victory lap on. That's not to say the post-reopening trend is worse, or that reopening in certain areas isn't the right call -- but you can't use this phony data to make that determination.
  41. 6 points
    We are definitely crossing the rubicon here. If these re-openings go sideways shutting everything down again will be practically impossible because the attitude I'm seeing nation-wide is that Coronavirus is soooooo March. We haven't had any federal leadership from day one of this fiasco and it's going to cost us dearly, both in lives and treasure.
  42. 6 points
    Apparently this thread is now about the vocal range of singers. Join is next week in the Tom Brady Outlook thread where we'll be discussing who was more important to American Literature, Melville or Hawthorne?
  43. 6 points
    A 2020 Frank Gore thread hitting 3 pages this fast is some peak quarantine **** if I've ever seen it.
  44. 6 points
    I'm not saying he chopped Fred Jackson's head off in a sword fight. I'm saying I can't be sure he didn't.
  45. 6 points
    Ok...I think I've got it now. If I did everything right, you should see a pic of a dinosaur serving a whiskey to a dwarf.
  46. 6 points
    Ran a 5.41 40 at 5’ 11” and roughly 190 pounds. Slow as f--- by NFL standards for his size. The dude is also well over 2x passed the average NFL prime. Hard pass from me. I’ll let someone else draft him.
  47. 6 points
  48. 6 points
    These are all of the RB's AND WR's who had more RB1/RB2 or WR1/WR2 weeks than Jones in 2019... That's the whole list. 6 players. 5 RB's and 1 WR. How many players tied Jones? So 2 players tied Jones. Meaning 8 total RB's and WR's in the NFL had as many or more RB1/RB2, or WR1/WR2 weeks, as Jones did.
  49. 6 points
    frank gore is poised for a 3-year contract somewhere