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So I consider myself the Marty Schottenheimer of Fantasy football.  I can field some good teams but I never can get over the top.  Either an injury or a total player no show happens to me and I get eliminated.  So I decided to take my great scouting and gut feeling skills to help even more people beat me down and take my money.  S once again I will mention people that I think will

A.  Be in the top 10-20 RBS by season end

B.  Players you can get later to stash away.

Remember I’m going off of the ESPN Rankings

So here are my ladder climbers:

1.  Ray “Insert woman beating joke” Rice:  I know he sucked last year, I know he is missing the first 2 games for going Ike Turner oh his wife, but I believe in the once great fantasy star.  I think the whole Ravens offense is due a resurgence and it will start with Gary Kubiak as the new offensive coordinator, and he is bringing the Zone Blocking scheme.  Everyone knows that scheme guarantees a 1,000 yard rusher.  The suspension in my eyes helps him for 1. he will be fresher, 2. The first 4 games are tough sledding (Bengals, Steelers, Browns, and Panthers), but they have a late season schedule that is good for RBs (Saints, Chargers, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Houston).  He is going around 5th-7thrd, now this is where he should be going but I think if you get him it will be a steal.

2.  Bishop “I don’t know you” Sankey:  Rookie RB in a system where he will be the number 1 probably getting ll the carries.  Sounds like a possible Doug Martin, Steve Slaton, fantasy situation.  Now he is a bit of a east-west runner, but I’m sure before the end of camp Whistenhunt will make him a north-south guy.  Shonne Green coming off of injury and the fact that he is not spectacular opens the door for Sankey.  With a name like Bishop, he will definitely have the “Juice”.  You could get Sankey in the 6th-10th round.

3.  David “My neck and my back” Wilson/Rashard “I just want to start” Jennings:  I know this is not fair because I grouped them together, but we know Coughlin is going to run the damn ball.  Now which one of these guys are going to get the carries?  My bet is go with Jennings, but Wilson is a great stash prospect.  You can get Wilson in he 8th-12th round which would be a steal if he starts, and Jennings 5th-8th round.

4.  Darren “Run DMC” McFadden:  I know everyone probably just stopped reading but I’m a believer this year.  Why?  He has to have a breakout at least once.  Also with the constant veteran preparation and pushing of Pocket Hercules (Maurice Jones Drew), I believe McFadden will show out.  Both RB’s have a lot to prove and which better way to motivate each other than being in the best shape of their collective careers.  Great thing about DMC is you can get him 10th-15th round.  Again what a steal if I’m right and he becomes a top 20 RB.

Now if these guys are moving up who is moving down?

1.  Zac “I came out of no where” Stacy:  After the sucker of dropping RUN DMC on you, now I kick you in the crotch by thinking that Stacy will finish outside of the top 20.  Why you ask?  Simple look at that division 2 games against San Fran, Seattle, and Arizona.  Now I know he shredded the Seahawks once last year, but that is when he was a surprise.  Now they know but last year against those 3 teams he had 13, 7, 8, 3 (the first meeting with the 49ers, and Cards he didn’t play).  Stacy just has a rookie phenom, but sophomore step back feel about him to me.  He will get help being a top RB though because the NFC WEST is playing the defensively challenged NFC EAST.

2.  Frank “The Immortal One” Gore:  When will this guy stop producing?  I think this is the year he falls out of the top 20.  With Hyde, and Lattimore nipping at his legendary heels, and with the sole focus of the 49ers this year is to win it all, they will give Gore a very light workload so he can be fresh for the playoffs.  While giving Lattimore and Hyde all the experience they can get.  I’m not saying Harbaugh is going to go Greg Popovich on Gore, but I just think Gore will get between 150-200 carries this year.  That is nothing compared to his 250+ carries in the last 3 years.

3.  Ryan “Supposed to replace LT” Mathews:  Put plain and simple I’m not a believer (but I believe in Run DMC?  Crazy right) and neither are the Chargers because they went out and signed Donald Brown as insurance in case last year was a fluke.

Secret stash players, now I’m calling these players Handicaps, but real players to wait and see on:

1.    Khiry “Saints pick a feature back” Robinson:  Thomas, and Ingram suck.  This guy is explosive and I can see before the end of the year him getting the bulk of the action. Going around the 10th-13th round

2.  Donald “What can” Brown “Do for you”:  Just look up Ryan Mathews history and there you have a great year for Donald Brown.  Now don’t get me wrong Brown was a disappointment up until last year, but I think he his discovered what kind of runner he is and he will do better. Going around the 11th-13th round

3.  Devonta “Finally a” Freeman:  Stephen Action Jackson just looked slow last year, and if the Falcons stink again this year I can see an increased role for Freeman down the stretch.  13th-wavier wire

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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Before the season started I saw these two match ups on the NFL Week 3 schedule and said to myself that this could be called “Revenge of the Fallen” with Andy Reid going back to Philly and Ed Reed going back to Baltimore, so here’s the advantages I see in these match ups and who will win and why:

Kansas City @ PHILADELPHIA (-3 51)

 

Chiefs advantage: a balanced ball control attack with a QB in Smith that doesn’t turn the ball over.  Smith will make the checkdowns to get Charles out in space and the fact that they want to win this game badly for Reid.

andy

 

Eagles advantage: tempo, TEMpo, and more TEMPO!  The Eagles can run a multitude of plays which won’t allow the Chiefs to sub in and out.  Facing Shady McCoy and DJax (his play this year lets us know he didn’t give a damn last year) that won’t be an easy task for the Chiefs.

shady

 

Who will win and why: Chiefs +3 and the over, in two games the Eagles haven’t stopped anyone and J. Charles and D. Bowe will be the best skill players at their respective positions that the Eagles have faced thus far. The fact McNabb’s number is being retired will just make it an awful night for the fans of Philly. Kansas City wins 31-27

 

Houston (-2 1/2) @ Baltimore

 

Texans advantage: The passing game!  Schaub already had Johnson and Daniels, but with the sudden emergence of Hopkins to go along with Foster on check downs;  it could be a long day for Baltimore’s secondary.

Texan

 

Ravens advantage: Physicality!  The Texans are a team that doesn’t like to play physical offensively.  Flacco should be able to stretch the field with Smith for some huge gains, and the combo of Dumervil and T-Sizzle (Ball So Hard University) can wreck any teams game plan.

Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Championship

Who will win and why: Texans -2.5 and the over.  Normally, I would take the Ravens, but I just don’t think they can score right now to keep up with the Texans.  Plus J.J. Watt!!!!! is due for a big game. Texans 31-17

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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Super Bowl champs to the toilet bowl champs.  This is the sentiment from a lot of Raven’s fans and NFL Fandom as a whole.  Well not so fast, trust in Ozzie!  Yes, TRUST IN OZZIE NEWSOME.  He is one of the best Football minds in the league, especially when it comes to building a team.  Remember the Ravens we an expansion team…  Well sorta.  Since 1996 he has typically put together a competitive team.  Everyone jumping off the cliff about the Ravens is forgetting some key things like, time, the New NFL, and the division.

            Now Ozzie Newsome has been the VP/Football Operations, and GM since 1996.  In that time frame he has 2 Super Bowl rings.  So every 8.5 years he delivers on a Super Bowl, which means the organization trust him and will give him nothing but TIME to build a contender.  If you are not making moves to save your job every year you can take a chance on players and take your time developing talent.  Most coaches, players, and GM’s don’t have that luxury, so every decision Ozzie makes is with a Sniper Rifle, not a hand gun, or should I say he has the bird eye view of his team and future.

            Secondly we are forgetting that we are in a “New NFL”, what does that mean?  Dominate defense out the window.  The league is about bend but don’t break mentality now.  Look at the Super Bowl, everyone knew the Niners were a better team, arguably better defense and offense.  Yet the Niners lost, why? The Ravens got touchdowns while the Niners had turnovers or field goals.  The most critical point of the game the Ravens Defense bent, but didn’t break.  Or rather held and didn’t fall (I’m with Jim that was a hold on Crabtree), so why have high paid defensive players?  Pollard, Kruger, Reed, Lewis, and etc, with those players the Ravens ranked 17th in total defense and lets not forget the Giants won a Super Bowl with a terrible defense and faced a Patriots team that was in the bottom two of defense that year.

            In this New NFL, its all about offense and more importantly the Quarterback.  Now you hav looked up your QB for the future, and I know everyone thought that Flacco deal was no good or he didn’t earn that money, but just think for a second, who out there is better that the Ravens could get?  NO-BODY!  So you look him up for your future and let’s be honest Flacco numbers are comparable to Eli Manning’s, and Ben Roethlisberger’s numbers and we hold them in higher status, why, because of Super Bowl rings.  Now Flacco has one so now he is worth the money.  Also with this new NFL, the CBA has made it that if you sign a 1st round pick, they can’t, repeat CAN’T renegotiate until the end of their third year.  This means you get younger players that you can develop on a rookie pay scale for 3 years.  Even worse for 2nd round picks where you have to wait 4 years before you can talk contract, sorry Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.  This all means that you have time to build a team for the future because everyone you drafted now can’t sniff new money until 2016.  Add that on top of Ozzie having time and now locking up his most important offensive weapon, we are starting to equal a smart move to dump the older junk this year.

            Lastly if I haven’t sold you on everything else, the most important thing is the AFC North.  There is no real contender, so this was the best time to rebuild.  You have the same old Browns that have an offensive core the Richardson, Gordon, but questions surrounding Weeden.  So the Browns may not be a contender, then you look at the Steelers that are basically doing the same thing the Ravens are doing.  The Steelers are trying to get young in a hurry to compete.  Just like Ozzie, Tomlin (Steelers have only had 3 Head Coaches in their franchise history) has time and an organization that stands behind their people.  So basically your greatest rival is occupying the same space you are, you went and grabbed a ring while they were rebuilding and now your rebuilding so when they are back you will be back.  Then you have the Bengals, who have a young core, have playoff experience and are looking to take the next step next year.  You may have to concede the division to them this year, because they are a young team that has taken bumps and now are ready to go, basically what you are looking to be 2 seasons from now.  So let them win the division for the next year or two, and then the Ravens can return to contend.

            So Raven fans and the NFL slow down on counting the Ravens out or not realizing the bigger picture; Ozzie Newsome is setting this team and franchise up with future success.  We also have no guarantee that the Ravens won’t be good, you still have a good Ray Rice, an amazing Torrey Smith, consistent Dennis Pitta, you added Elvis Dumervil to go along with Terrell Suggs.  The Ravens drafted a safety in Matt Elam that everyone was high on to replace Ed Reed, Arthur Brown that might be a 2nd round steal ala Navarro Bowmen for 49ers, Brandon Williams has a great motor just needs to refine his technique, and John Simon is a rare talent that needs to better work against the run.  Also if Ozzie let Anquan Bolden go he must have a lot of trust or saw a ton of potential in Tandon Doss who didn’t play a down last year because of a sports hernia.  So trust in Ozzie Newsome and doubt him “Nevermore!”

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Ray Lewis is riding into the sunset with a trophy in each hand.  Not a bad way to go.  He was the leader of the Ravens, now Joe “Cool” Flaco, or Smokin’ Joe is taking the reins (don’t doubt that he will be signed).  This will mark a significant change in philosophy for the Ravens from defense to offense.

The Ravens D has gotten old.  You saw it during the Super Bowl, as an older team they couldn’t get themselves back up after the Blackout delay.  Also they got pushed around, but credit due, when their backs were against the goal line they didn’t break.  The Ravens must get younger on defense which means growing pains or aka Joe cools time.  Keeping and developing the D is going to be the challenge, which is funny when you’re talking Ravens.

Joe was brought in when the defense carried the team and asked not to lose the game (Trent Dilfer).  Then told to manage the offense and get in position to win (Brad Johnson).  Now he is asked to be productive and win (see every elite QB and Eli Manning).  Seeing how Smokin Joe Cool is Super Bowl MVP I think he gets it.

Joe may not dance, or eat grass, but as long as he can “Just Win Baby” he should be fine.  People don’t realize that Joe is the winningest QB since 2008.  He is about to enter the elite conversation, yet the story is still to be written. In my view (which is through the windshield not the rear view, shout out to Colin Cowherd) Joe is the best young QB right now (sorry Matty Ice, it is what it is).

Seeing the Ravens as an offensive team will be different but everything evolves and so has Joe’s skill set and ability. They do need to continue the evolution and sure up the offensive line, but with Ray Rice still in his prime, they should be in the best offense talk for the next 5 years.  I’m just hoping to enjoy the ride.

I’m Just Saying.

 JD

When you get SUGAR how long can it last?  In his 17th season as inside/middle linebacker, Ray “Sugar” (which his teammates call him) Lewis joins rare company as one of only three linebackers to play into his 17th year.  Lewis joins the likes of Clay Matthews Jr., who played 19 seasons, and the late great (until he played 2 seasons with my rival Patriots) Junior Seau, played 20 seasons.

Although, he is still playing at a consistent level, the defense is no longer as dominant as in years past. The Super Bowl winning Ravens that gave up only 165 points the entire season compared to last year’s team which gave up 266 pts. With the loss of “T-Sizzle” Terrell Suggs (#LeaderOfBallSoHardUniversity) and with Ed Reed aging, Lewis is faced with depending on his offense to lead him to a championship.

There is no denying Lewis’ impact to the Ravens. He’s a man that can get his teammates to run through a wall better than any coach in the league, can fire up fans just by picking up the grass before he does his dance. However, there are four things in sports that are undefeated, Retirement, Taxes, the Newssy (the reproductive part of a woman), and Father Time. So how much Sugar does Ray have left in the tank (no homo)?

The numbers show if Ray Lewis is not the best inside linebacker alive he’s in the top 5. Can Ray Lewis motivate his offense to play with the will (Joe Flacco) and determination (Ray Rice) that he has?  We will find out February in New Orleans. Sugar Ray loves to IMPACT people’s lives.

Ray”Big Play” Miller

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