• Adrian Peterson Saga: Where Does he Play this Season?

    For Minnesota Vikings fans, the Adrian Peterson situation has become more of a soap opera than a regular collective bargaining disagreement. It seemed as if the saga was close to its conclusion after Judge David Doty ruled that the NFL unjustifiably used a new personal conduct policy to suspend Peterson for the full season, however the NFL has appealed this decision. There are a lot of rumors swirling that Peterson could be potentially trying to force his way out of Minnesota, the place where he was spent his entire 8-year playing career. While I see Peterson's departure from the Twin Cities as unlikely, I am going to go through possible destinations for Peterson if the Vikings pursue a trade. 

    Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys seem to be the first team mentioned when talking about a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson. Peterson is a Texas-native, and has always said that he wouldn't mind playing for the Cowboys at some point in his career. Now that the possibility that Peterson could be available via trade, the Cowboys are being called one of the front-runners to land the former-MVP.

    While the situation may seem like a perfect fit, I would say that the likelihood of Peterson ends up playing for the Cowboys is slim. The Cowboys are in an interesting place this offseason with their salary cap situation. The team currently has $130 million tied up into next years salary, $37 million of which is occupied by Tony Romo, and have several key free agents to address. 

    First and foremost is trying to lock up Dez Bryant to a long-term contract. It has been reported that the Cowboys have offered Dez in the range $110 million with around $20 million in guaranteed money. Getting in the way of locking up Dez long-term are the swirling rumors over a potential domestic violence issue involving Dez and a female in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The Cowboys seem to be leery of offering Dez a deal with heavy guaranteed money before figuring out whether or not the tape really does exist or not. 

    The other barrier in the way of Peterson landing in Dallas is the presence of DeMarco Murray. While Murray is currently slated to test free agency this offseason, I fully expect the Cowboys to find a way to lock Murray up long-term. Coming off of a career-year in which he led the NFL in rushing yards (1,726), Murray is expected to be looking for a deal that pays him among the top-5 running backs in football. The Cowboys apparently have different plans, as they have reportedly only been willing to offer Murray a contract of 4 years/$16 million, a salary that Murray wants no part of.

    The dilemma is simple: Which player do you want to give the long-term contract to? Do you give it to the wide receiver who has been one of, if not the best wide receiver in all of football over the last few seasons? Or do you give it to a 28 year-old running back who is coming off a career season in which he was able to stay healthy for the full 16-game season for the first time in his career? 

    Looking at the situation I expect a couple of outcomes. The first outcome I expect is for Dez Bryant to be hit with the franchise-tag. If you are unfamiliar with what the franchise tag is, it is a one-year, fully guaranteed contract that pays the player a salary in the top 10 percent of his position. The final situation I see coming to fruition is the Cowboys and Murray coming to an agreement on a long-term extension. There is no secret that Murray is what made this team go last season, and I feel like Jerry and the rest of the Cowboys front-office realize Murray's importance as well. 

    Indianapolis Colts

    The next team on the list of potential suitors for Adrian Peterson is the Indianapolis Colts. While some Colts fans may see this and thinking "please god do not let Grigson trade for another running back", I think that the addition of Peterson is just what this offense has been missing over the last few seasons. 

    The Trent Richardson trade in which the Colts surrendered a first-round pick in last years draft has been a colossal bust, and it seems like Richardson may be given his walking papers this offseason. If Richardson is let go, the Colts are going to be looking for someone that has the ability to carry the load for their running game.

    While the Colts could very well wait and add some talented young depth at the running back position through the draft, I do not think the team wants to wait for a rookie to develop when there is a proven, all-pro caliber running back available via trade. 

    Could you imagine Colts fans; Andrew Luck and Adrian Peterson in the same backfield? How would defenses attempt to stop them? Do they load the box in hopes to take the run game away? Or do they play coverage and allow Peterson to get to the second level on a consistent basis? Either scenario has to be enticing for the Colts front office and coaching staff. 

    As far as fantasy perspective goes, I feel like the Colts are the best place for Adrian's fantasy value, if he is not in Minnesota that is. The Colts are equipped with an elite young quarterback, an above-average offensive line and good weapons at the wide receiver position to take pressure off of him. 

    If the Colts want AP to line up in their backfield in 2015 it could very well take another first-round pick, a price tag that I feel is well-worth the risk associated with taking on a 30 year-old running back. 

    Arizona Cardinals

    In an interview with the Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson, Adrian's father Nelson Peterson recently mentioned the Cardinals as a spot that Peterson would like to play next season. If you remember back to when Adrian declared for the NFL Draft in 2007, the Cardinals were one of the teams that reportedly had a ton of interest in the former Sooner running back. However, when the Cardinals pick was on the clock they decided to pass on Peterson for Levi Brown, a massive left tackle out of Penn State University. 

    Brown went on to an under-whelming NFL career in which he battled several season-ending injuries, and issues with the speed of NFL pass rushers. Brown was released from the Cardinals in 2012 after suffering a torn triceps, and currently finds himself out of football after being released by the Steelers in 2014.

    Now as far as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson, the Cardinals and Colts make far and away the most sense for teams that could acquire the former-MVP.

    The Cardinals are in a "win-now" mindset. Quarterback Carson Palmer has maybe three years left in him, so the Cardinals front-office needs to do as much as they can to ensure a deep playoff run.

    Now the Cardinals currently have a young running back by the name of Andre Ellington. Ellington was a hot commodity in fantasy football drafts last season, but struggled to live up the value after suffering torn ligaments in his ankle. Ellington was able to play in 12 of the teams 16 games this season, and showed that he may be better suited for a change-of-pace role within an offense rather than being the focal point.

    If the Cardinals were to add Peterson to their team he would instantly become the focal point of their offensive gameplan. I know that Bruce Arians loves to throw the ball down the field as much as anyone, and with the presence of Adrian Peterson on play-action fakes could be the missing factor in the Cardinals offense. 

    I put the Cardinals as the second runner-up in the Adrian Peterson-sweepstakes behind the Colts and the Minnesota Vikings at this point in the process. The addition of Peterson to the Cardinals offense could be the stabilization factor that Arians' offense needs. 

    Minnesota Vikings

    The final team that I expect to be in the running for the services of Adrian Peterson is his current team, the Minnesota Vikings. In my personal opinion, there is no place that Adrian would be embraced or utilized like he would be in the Twin Cities. 

    Adrian Peterson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings as the 7th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and immediately took the league by storm. During Peterson's time with the Vikings he was awarded the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2007, and the MVP award in 2013 after rushing for over 2,000 yards one season after suffering a torn ACL.

    It seemed as if Peterson was going to do something rare in this day in age, play his entire career for one team. However a wrench was thrown into those plans after Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges. Due to the legal issues, Peterson was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list, allowing him to still earn his full $12 million salary, but to stay away from the team until his legal situation was finished.

    It seemed as if the entire situation was starting to go away, as Minnesota Supreme Court Judge David Doty ruled in favor of the NFLPA and ruled that the suspension of Peterson was unjust, and is now being sent back to Harold Henderson, the "independent" arbitrary that Goodell hired to oversee Peterson's original appeal hearing. 

    As of now Peterson is still on the Commissioner's Exempt List, which means he is still technically suspended by the NFL, but is also give the Vikings some advantage in that they are now allowed to have contact with Peterson and his representation directly. The situation is going to likely come down to one thing: money. Peterson is a very proud person from all the accounts I have been told and money is important too him, and playing the position he does I cannot entirely blame him. 

    In the end, it's going to come down to the decision of the Vikings front office. Do they pay Adrian his entire 2015 salary of $12.75 million? Or do they try and get AD to restructure his contract to ensure more guaranteed money later in his contract? I expect the team to offer to pay Adrian his full $12.75 million salary (15 million cap hit) for this season, and possibly restructure his contract next offseason. Now people may look at the 12.75 million salary and say no running back is worth that just remember, this is the same guy that ran for 2,000 yards just 9 months after ACL reconstruction surgery. History could also be on the side of Peterson, as the Vikings have had a history of paying their veterans big money. If you remember, the Vikings paid defensive end Jared Allen $17 million in his final season despite being past his athletic prime. 

    Outcome

    Where Adrian Peterson plays next season is going to be one of the major story lines of the NFL offseason. While Peterson is starting to reach the back half of his career, he still has plenty left in the tank to produce at a high level for a few more seasons. 

    I would currently rank the Vikings as the favorite to have Adrian on their team next season. After the Vikings I believe that the Cardinals and Colts would be the most attractive options for both Peterson and the Vikings front office. 

    Compensation is going to be crucial for the Vikings if they do end up trading AP. Right now the reported asking price for AP is at least a first-round pick, and with the Cardinals an Colts both sitting at the end of round 1, I expect both teams to be associated with trade rumors involving Adrian Peterson.

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  • Does strength of schedule really matter in fantasy football?

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    The debate on whether strength of schedule makes a difference in fantasy football is an interesting one. On one hand, it gives you the opportunity to steer clear of the players who might regress. On the other hand, it gives you a chance to over think things and end up not drafting a talented player specifically because you think he might struggle. Like answers to most things, the best way to analyze it lies somewhere between the two extremes.

    When applying strength of schedule to fantasy football, it's important to realize which teams find ways to be successful even with a difficult schedule. These are the teams that you don't have to worry much about when it comes to drafting their players on your fantasy team. On the other hand, there are the younger, less successful teams that have been struggling already and adding a tough schedule on top of that can only make things worse.

    How teams have done in the past

    Looking back on the 2014 season, the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets were saddled with the two toughest schedules coming in. Talent-wise, both teams weren't considered contenders for a Super Bowl so there wasn't much hype coming in anyway and the results were about what you'd expect. Oakland finished a paltry 3-13 while the Jets ended up 4-12. Both teams failed to produce a reliable fantasy player, as they didn't produce a single 1,000 yard rusher or receiver which limited any chance of fantasy upside from any of their players.

    Sure, they had their moments like every team did. Raiders RB Latavius Murray exploded for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries during a Thursday night game against the Chiefs. Jets running back Christopher Ivory served as a plug-and-play flex option for the Jets as he finished with just under 900 yards to go along with six rushing touchdowns.

    But while both teams had tough schedules, they also were just plain bad.

    What about a good team?

    Switching gears, let's take a look at a more talented team who ran through a gauntlet last season. The Denver Broncos held the AFC's best record at 13-3 in 2013 and entered 2014 with the second toughest schedule in the NFL. They finished at 12-4 in 2014.

    So their record wasn't really affected, but let's take a look at their individual stats. Quarterback Peyton Manning posted a 39:15 TD-to-INT ratio in 2014 which paled in comparison to his 55:10 ratio in 2013. He also threw for about 700 less yards. Of course, you can argue that him being a year older at 38 and the fact that a 55 touchdown season is almost impossible to top, and you'd be right. Also, his 597 pass attempts in 2014 were less than his league leading 659 attempts in 2013 as well. Their receivers didn't miss a beat either, as Demaryius Thomas and free agent pickup Emmanuel Sanders surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau.

    It really was a testament to how talented the team was. The Broncos took on New England and Seattle both on the road. They also played tough teams like Kansas City, Arizona and San Francisco in the earlier part of the season. Manning was fantastic in that early stretch, as he posted 19 touchdowns in the team's first six games. Ironically, he started to struggle later on against considerably worse defenses like Cincinnati and Oakland.

    Manning can also be looked at like an exception to everything, considering he's one of the best quarterbacks of all time. So what if we take a medium-range quarterback who had a tough schedule in 2014. 

    Phillip Rivers and San Diego

    The Chargers had the fourth toughest schedule entering 2014, and they finished 9-7 on the year. Quarterback Philip Rivers finished 12th among all fantasy quarterbacks with 254 points. A season ago, he finished sixth with 276 fantasy points. Overall, still not that big of a drop off. So let's look at the next team to undergo a tough schedule.

    Pittsburgh Steelers up next

    Well, it just so happens that the Pittsburgh Steelers face a similar road like the Broncos had in 2014. Like Denver, Pittsburgh plays both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos on the road.

    The Steelers schedule is murderous in 2015. They play both Seattle and New England on the road in addition to improving St. Louis. They also have Arizona and San Francisco, two teams that were among the best at stopping the run last year. The AFC West is also a decent defensive conference minus Oakland and the Raiders are already starting to show signs that they are improving on the defensive side as well with rookie Khalil Mack turning in a fantastic rookie season.

    What does it mean for Le'Veon Bell?

    Of all Pittsburgh's players including Antonio Brown and Ben Reothlisberger, Bell is probably the one guy we need to look at when it comes to a tougher schedule possibly hampering him in 2015. He played above and beyond expectations in 2014, and benefited from some weak defenses in the AFC North and also a weak out of conference schedule with the NFC South in 2014. Not saying that to entirely discredit Bell, he turned in a fantastic season and flashed competence in the receiving game that few people knew he had. 

    Even with all that though, the Steelers are a franchise that has found ways to defeat good teams regardless. They managed to make the playoffs last season. They also have a good offensive line with even better chemistry, including Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. So does a tough schedule make Le'Veon Bell not worth drafting as an RB1? Absolutely not. Does it make you think twice about drafting him in the Top 3? Maybe. But probably not.

    Final verdict

    Overall, talent rules over everything. Don't worry too much about strength of schedule when drafting fantasy players. While it plays a slight factor, there are way too many other bigger factors that come into play such as injuries, team chemistry and as mentioned before, talent. The best fantasy players are good/great players on good/great teams. If you have a good player on a bad team, he can still produce. If you have a bad player on a good team, he can still produce. It sounds obvious at it is.

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  • Official Combine Measurements: Tight Ends

     

     

    # Player College Height Weight Arm Hand 40 Yard Bench Vertical Broad
    TE01 Anderson, Rory South Carolina 6050 244 32 1/4 8 3/4        
    TE03 Bell, Blake Oklahoma 6060 252 33 1/8 10 4.8 14 33 116
    TE04 Bibbs, E.J. Iowa State 6020 258 31 1/8 10 1/4   20    
    TE05 Boyle, Nick Delaware 6040 268 33 3/8 10 3/8   20 30.5 112
    TE06 Christian, Gerald Louisville 6030 244 32 1/2 10 3/4 4.87 28    
    TE07 Clear, Cameron Texas A&M 6060 277 33 5/8 9 5/8 4.98   32 108
    TE08 Derby, A.J. Arkansas 6040 255 30 1/2 9 1/2   15    
    TE09 Heuerman, Jeff Ohio State 6050 254 33 1/4 10 1/8   26    
    TE10 James, Jesse Penn State 6070 261 33 9  3/86 4.83 26 37.5 121
    TE11 Koyack, Ben Notre Dame 6050 255 32 5/8 10 3/4        
    TE12 Kroft, Tyler Rutgers 6060 246 33 9 5/8   17    
    TE13 O'Leary, Nick Florida State 6030 252 29 3/4 9 3/8 4.93 21 30.5 110
    TE14 Pruitt, Mycole Southern Illinois 6020 251 33 1/2 10 1/4 4.58 17 38 118
    TE15 Saxton, Wes Southern Alabama 6030 248 32    9 5/8 4.65   36 119
    TE16 Sifrin, Jean UMass 6050 245 33 3/8 11 4.84   33 114
    TE17 Telfer, Randall Southern Cal 6040 250 33 1/2 9 5/8   20    
    TE18 Tomlinson, Eric UTEP 6060 263 32 7/8 10   19   110
    TE19 Walford, Clive Miami (FL) 6040 251 34 10 1/4 4.79 20 30.5 120
    TE20 Williams, Maxx Minnesota 6037 249 33 1/2 10 3/8 4.78 17 34.5 117
  • Official Combine Measurements: Wide Receivers

     

    # Player College Height Weight Arm Hand 40 Yard Bench Vertical Broad 3-Cone S. Shuttle
    WO01 Agholor, Nelson Southern Cal 6000 198 32 1/4 9 1/4 4.42 12        
    WO02 Alford, Mario West Virginia 5080 180 31 1/4 9 3/8 4.43 13 34 121 6.64 4.07
    WO03 Anderson, Dres Utah 6010 187 31 5/8 9 3/8   13        
    WO04 Bell, Kenny Nebraska 6010 197 31 5/8 9 1/4 4.42 7 41.5 129 6.66 4.15
    WO05 Brown, Da'Ron Northern Illinois 6000 205 32 10 1/4 4.54 17 37 120 7.04 4.11
    WO06 Clay, Kaelin Utah 5100 195 30 7/8 9 4.51 10 33 113 6.97 4.26
    WO07 Coates, Sammie Auburn 6010 212 33 3/8 9 3/8 4.43 23 41 131 6.98 4.06
    WO08 Conley, Chris Georgia 6020 213 33 3/4 9 7/8 4.35 18 45 139 7.06 4.3
    WO09 Cooper, Amari Alabama 6010 211 31 1/2 10 4.42   33 120 6.71 3.98
    WO10 Crowder, Jamison Duke 5080 185 30 3/8 8 3/4 4.56 10 37 115 7.17 4.32
    WO11 Daniels, DaVaris Notre Dame 6010 201 31 1/4 9 4.62 13 37 122    
    WO12 Davis, Devante UNLV 6030 220 32 3/8 9 1/2 4.57 16 35.5 115 7.25 4.12
    WO13 David, Geremy UConn 6020 216 32 1/4 9 1/2   23 36.5 124 6.86 4.18
    WO14 Davis, Titus Central Michigan 6010 196 29 5/8 8 1/4 4.51   32.5 119 7.14 4.28
    WO15 Diggs, Stefon Maryland 6000 195 31 1/4 10    4.46   35 115 7.03 4.32
    WO16 Dorsett, Phillip Miami (FL) 5100 185 30 1/4 9 3/8 4.33 13 37 122 6.7 4.11
    WO17 Funchess, Devin Michigan 6040 232 33 1/2 9 3/4 4.7 17 38.5 122    
    WO18 Goodley, Antwan Baylor 5100 209 30 3/4 9 1/4 4.44          
    WO19 Green-Beckham, Dorial Missouri 6050 237 32 1/2 9 4.49 13 33.5 119 6.89 4.45
    WO20 Greene, Rashad Florida State 5110 182 31 5/8 9    4.53   36.5 122 6.88 4.12
    WO21 Hall, Rannell Central Florida 6000 198 30 1/2 8 5/8 4.6 16 41 132 6.86 4.15
    WO22 Hardy, Justin East Carolina 5100 192 32 1/8 10    4.56 11 36.5 114 6.63 4.21
    WO23 Harper, Josh Fresno State 6010 191 30 7/8 8 3/4 4.64 13 32 108 7.15 4.36
    WO24 Jones, Christion Alabama 5100 182 30    9    4.63 8 32.5 119 6.91 4.19
    WO25 Lewis, Dezmin Central Arkansas 6040 214 32 1/2 9 7/8 4.58 16 33.5 119 7.11 4.28
    WO26 Lippett, Tony Michigan State 6020 192 32 3/4 9 7/8 4.61 10 36 114 6.92 4.13
    WO27 Lockett, Tyler Kansas State 5100 182 30    8 3/8 4.4   35.5 121 6.89 4.07
    WO28 Long, Deon Maryland 6000 192 31    9 1/2 4.51 12 34 120 6.98 4.27
    WO29 Luckett, Tello Harding 6000 211 31    9 1/4 4.65 17 34 118 7.51 4.5
    WO30 Mayle, Vince Washington State 6020 224 21 3/4 9    4.67   35.5 117 6.93 4.13
    WO31 McBride, Tre William & Mary 6000 210 32 1/8 9 4.41 16 38 122 6.96 4.08
    WO32 Montgomery, Ty Stanford 6000 221 31    10 1/8 4.55   40.5 121 6.97 4.21
    WO33 Mumphery, Keith Michigan State 6000 215 31 1/8 9 1/8 4.54   32.5 127 7.07 4.25
    WO34 Nelson, J.J. UAB 5100 156 31 1/8 8 1/4 4.28   36 127 7.02 4.15
    WO35 Parker, DeVante Louisville 6030 209 33 1/4 9 1/4 4.45 17 36.5 125    
    WO36 Perriman, Breshad Central Florida 6020 212 32    9 1/4            
    WO37 Ruffin, Ezell San Diego State 6000 218 31 1/8 8 3/4 4.68 17 27.5 110 7.35 4.58
    WO38 Smelter, DeAndre Georgia Tech 6020 226 32 5/8 11            
    WO39 Smith, Devin Ohio State 6000 196 31 9 4.42 10 39 122   4.15
    WO40 Strong, Jaelen Arizona State 6020 217 32 1/2 9 4.44   42 123    
    WO41 Waller, Darren Georgia Tech 6060 238 33 1/4 9 4.46 12 37 125 7.07 4.25
    WO42 White, DeAndrew Alabama 5110 193 31 9 1/8 4.44   34.5 118 6.97 4.14
    WO43 White, Kevin West Virginia 6030 215 32 5/8 9 1/4 4.35 23 36.5 123 6.92 418
    WO44 Worthy, Cam East Carolina 6020 211 33 1/2 10 1/8   12        

     

  • Official Combine Measurements: Running backs

     

    # Player College Height Weight 40 Yard Vertical Broad 3-Cone S. Shuttle
    RB01 Abdullah, Ameer Nebraska 5090 205 4.6 42.5 130 6.79 3.95
    RB02 Ajayi, Jay Boise State 5116 221 4.57 39 121 7.1 4.1
    RB03 Allen, Buck Southern Cal 6000 221 4.53 35.5 121 6.96 4.28
    RB04 Artis-Payne, Cameron Auburn 5100 212 4.53 36.5 118 7.13  
    RB05 Brown, Dominique Louisville 6020 234          
    RB06 Brown, Malcolm Texas 5110 224 4.62 34.5 117 6.86 4.15
    RB07 Burton, Mike Rutgers 5110 242 4.74 33 115 7.2 4.34
    RB08 Catalon, B.J. Texas Christian 5070 186 4.57 36 114 6.9 4.15
    RB09 Cobb, David Minnesota 5110 229   38.5 121    
    RB10 Coleman, Tevin Indiana 5110 206          
    RB11 Crockett, John North Dakota State 6000 217 4.62 40 125 7.15 4.25
    RB12 Davis, Mike South Carolina 5090 217 4.61 34 116 7 4.18
    RB13 Dyer, Michael Louisville 5080 218 4.58 34 120    
    RB14 Edwards, Jahwan Ball State 5090 220 4.8 35.5 117 7.63 4.5
    RB15 Fowler, Jalston Alabama 5110 254 4.94 33.5 114 7.56 4.4
    RB16 Gordon, Melvin Wisconsin 6005 215 4.52 35 126 7.04 4.07
    RB17 Gurley, Todd Georgia 6005 222          
    RB18 Hart, Dee Colorado State 5070 199 4.8 33 113 7.2 4.38
    RB19 Heard, Braylon Kentucky 5100 198 4.63 30.5 116 7.19 4.4
    RB20 Hilliard, Kenny LSU 6000 226 4.83 27 111 7.17 4.4
    RB21 Iosefa, Joey Hawaii 6000 247 5.02 31.5 110 7.24 4.33
    RB22 Johnson, David Northern Iowa 6010 224 4.5 41.5 127 6.82 4.27
    RB23 Johnson, Duke Miami (FL) 5091 207 4.54 33.5 121    
    RB24 Johnson, Gus Stephen F. Austin 5100 215 4.7 36.5 120 7.09 4.13
    RB25 Jones, Matt Florida 6020 231 4.61 31.5 112   4.2
    RB26 Langford, Jeremy Michigan State 6000 208 4.42 34.5 118 7.22 4.32
    RB27 Magee, Terrence LSU 5080 213   37 115 7.52 4.37
    RB28 Murphy, Marcus Missouri 5080 193 4.61 29 109   4.4
    RB29 Rawls, Thomas Central Michigan 5090 215 4.65 35.5 116    
    RB30 Robinson, Josh Mississippi State 5080 217 4.7 32 113    
    RB31 Scheuerman, Ross Lafayette 6000 204 4.62 33 121 7.08 4.11
    RB32 Varga, Tyler Yale 5110 222          
    RB33 Williams, Karlos Florida State 6010 230 4.49 33.5 119 6.84 4.12
    RB34 Williams, Trey Texas A&M 5070 195 4.48 33.5 117 7.16 4.46
    RB35 Yeldon, T.J. Alabama 6012 226 4.61 36 117 7.19 4.22
    RB36 Zenner, Zach South Dakota State 5110 223 4.6 41 121 7.08 4.14
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
  • Official Combine Measurements: Offensive Line

     

    # Player College Height Weight Arm Hand 40 Yard Bench
    OL01 Bond, Al Memphis 6040 303 33 3/8 10 1/4 5.57 22
    OL02 Boyko, Brett UNLV 6070 301 32 9 5.6  
    OL03 Brown, Jamon Louisville 6060 323 34 3/8 9 3/4    
    OL04 Brown, Trenton Florida 6080 355 36 10 7/8 5.29 20
    OL05 Cann, A.J. South Carolina 6040 313 32 5/8 10 1/4   26
    OL06 Clemmings, T.J. Pittsburgh 6050 309 35 1/8 10 3/8 5.14 22
    OL07 Cofield, Takoby Duke 6040 310 34 10 5.19 23
    OL08 Collins, La'El LSU 6040 305 33 1/4 10 3/8 5.12 21
    OL09 Crisp, Rob North Carolina St. 6060 301 34 1/2 10 5.26 26
    OL10 Dismukes, Reese Auburn 6030 296 32 1/4 8 7/8 5.31 23
    OL11 Donnal, Andrew Iowa 6060 313 33 1/2 10 5.31 17
    OL12 Douglas, Jamil Arizona State 6040 304 33 3/8 10 3/4 5.25 28
    OL13 Erving, Cameron Florida State 6050 313 34 1/8 10 3/8 5.15 30
    OL14 Fabuluje, Tayo TCU 6060 353 34 9 7/8 5.55  
    OL15 Feliciano, Jon Miami (FL) 6040 323 32 3/8 9 3/4 5.33  
    OL16 Finney, B.J. Kansas State 6040 318 32 10 5.25 20
    OL17 Fisher, Jake Oregon 6060 306 33 3/4 10 3/8 5.01 25
    OL18 Flowers, Ereck Miami (FL) 6060 329 34 1/2 9 7/8 5.31 37
    OL19 Gallik, Andy Boston College 6020 306 32 3/4 10 1/4 5.5 29
    OL20 Garcia, Max Florida 6040 309 33 1/8 10 1/4    
    OL21 Gibson, Laurence Virginia Tech 6050 305 35 1/8 10 3/8 5.04 24
    OL22 Glowinski, Mark West Virginia 6040 307 33 1/8 9 3/4 5.2 31
    OL24 Grasu, Hronnis Oregon 6030 297 32 1/8 10 1/4    
    OL25 Green, Chaz Florida 6050 314 33 3/8 10 7/8 5.15 21
    OL26 Hamilton, Chad Coastal Carolina 6020 292 34 9 3/8    
    OL27 Harrison, Jarvis Texas A&M 6040 330 33 1/2 9 3/4 5.19 26
    OL28 Hart, Bobby Florida State 6050 329 33 10 1/8    
    OL29 Havenstein, Rob Wisconsin 6070 321 33 3/4 9 7/8 5.46 16
    OL30 Hickey, Sean Syracuse 6050 309 32 3/4 10 1/2   35
    OL31 Humphries, D.J. Florida 6050 307 33 5/8 10 5.12 26
    OL32 Jackson, Tre' Florida State 6040 330 32 5/8 10 7/8 5.52  
    OL33 Kouandjio, Arie Alabama 6050 310 34 1/8 10 7/8    
    OL34 Mancz, Greg Toledo 6040 301   10    
    OL35 Marpet, Ali Hobart College 6040 307 33 3/8 10 4.98 30
    OL36 Matias, Josue Florida State 6050 309 33 1/8 10 5.52  
    OL37 Miller, Darrian Kentucky 6050 307 33 9 3/4 5.33  
    OL38 Miller, John Louisville 6020 303 33 1/4 10 1/4 5.51 29
    OL39 Morse, Mitch Missouri 6050 305 32 1/4 9 1/4 5.14 36
    OL40 Myers, Robert Tennessee State 6050 326 33 3/4 9 1/2 5.44  
    OL41 Ogbuehi, Cedric Texas A&M 6050 306 35 7/8 10   23
    OL42 Peat, Andrus Stanford 6070 313 34 3/8 10 5/8 5.18  
    OL43 Poole, Terry San Diego State 6050 307 33 1/4 9 1/2 5.09 25
    OL44 Poutasi, Jeremiah Utah 6050 335 33 7/8 9 1/2 5.32 26
    OL45 Robinson, Corey South Carolina 6070 324 35 5/8 10 3/4   28
    OL46 Sambrailo, Ty Colorado State 6060 311 33 10 5.36 23
    OL47 Scherff, Brandon Iowa 6050 319 33 3/8 11 5.05 23
    OL48 Shead, Adam Oklahoma 6040 338 33 3/4 10 3/8 5.74 26
    OL49 Shepherd, Austin Alabama 6040 315 32 7/8 10 5.39 17
    OL50 Smith, Donovan Penn State 6060 338 34 3/8 10 5/8 5.27 26
    OL51 Thompson, Tyrus Oklahoma 6050 324 34 7/8 10 1/4   29
    OL52 Tomlinson, Laken Duke 6030 323 33 5/8 10 1/8 5.33 25
    OL53 Williams, Daryl Oklahoma 6050 327 35 9 3/4 5.34 27

Podcasts

Episode 48: Combine/fantasy translation

Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00
Still a beginner on Draft Kings? Want to avoid the pros? Play against other beginners in a free $1,000 NBA contest tonight! Click here. On Tuesday's episode of Treatment, the Helpers discuss the NFL Combine from a fantasy pe
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Episode 47: A few sleepers

Friday, 20 February 2015 00:00
On Friday's episode of Treatment, the Helpers discuss what a sleeper actually is (to them) and toss out a few names who they think are intriguing for next season. It's never too early. The Helpers start off the podcast talki
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Episode 46: Wide receiver analysis with Matt Harmon of Footballguys.com

Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00
Like Daily fantasy leagues? Like mixed martial arts? Try your hand at our free MMA contest and win money. Click the link to sign up. On Friday's edition of Treatment, Matt Harmon of Footballguys stops by to talk about the de
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Episode 45: Potential goldmines

Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00
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Epiosde 44: Up on the Bay

Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00
On Friday's episode of Treatment, the Fantasy Football Helpers discuss Tampa Bay's hiring of former Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and how it will likely have a positive impact on the Bucs fantasy value. They also
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Episode 43: C.J. Anderson's lunch ticket

Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00
On Friday's episode of Treatment, the Fantasy Football Helpers discuss the recent signings at offensive coordinator including Greg Olson in Jacksonville and Adam Gase in Chicago. They also talk about Gary Kubiak and how Bronc
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Waiver Wire

Dynasty draft TE Rankings tier 1: Maxx Williams

Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00
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Dynasty Wide Receiver Tier 2.0: Devin Funchess

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00
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Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings 1.0: Dorial Green-Beckham

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00
Want to start playing Daily Fantasy Leagues? Sign up for our free $100K NBA Contest here. It's your chance to win $100,000 without paying a dime. Player: Dorial Green-Beckham School: University of Oklahoma Position: Wid
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Dynasty WR Rankings Tier 2.0: Phillip Dorsett

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00
We covered Miami's equally intriguing running back Duke Johnson last week and now want to talk about another Hurricanes fantasy prospects, and that's wide out Philip Dorsett. Standing at 5'10 and weighing 195 lbs, one word c
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Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings 1.0: Amari Cooper

Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00
 Player: Amari Cooper School: University of Alabama Position: WR Height: 6’1” Weight: 202 lbs. Position Rank: 3 Class: Junior   You will be hard pressed to find a more well-rounded receiver in this year's draft
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Dynasty RB Rankings Tier 1.0 : Duke Johnson

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00
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3 Arian Foster Houston Baltimore
4 C.J. Anderson Denver @Cincinnati
5 Marshawn Lynch Seattle @Arizona
6 Jamaal Charles Kansas City @Pittsburgh
7 DeMarco Murray Dallas Indianapolis
8 Mark Ingram New Orleans Atlanta
9 Joique Bell Detroit @Chicago
10 Jeremy Hill Cincinnati Denver


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2 Calvin Johnson Detroit @Chicago
3 Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Kansas City
4 Jeremy Maclin Randall Cobb @Washington
5 Randall Cobb Green Bay @Tampa Bay
6 Demaryius Thomas Denver @Cincinnati
7 A.J. Green Cincinnati Denver
8 Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants @St. Louis
9 T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis @Dallas
10 Dez Bryant Dallas Indianapolis


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3 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Atlanta
4 Greg Olsen Carolina Cleveland
5 Martellus Bennett Chicago Detroit
6 Dwayne Allen Indianapolis @Dallas
7 Delanie Walker Tennessee @Jacksonville
8 Antonio Gates San Diego @San Francisco
9 Coby Fleener Indianapolis @Dallas
10 Jason Witten Dallas Indianapolis


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3 Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis @Dallas
4 Dan Carpenter Buffalo @Oakland
5 Mason Crosby Green Bay @Tampa Bay
6 Steven Hauschka Seattle @Arizona
7 Matt Bryant Atlanta @New Orleans
8 Justin Tucker Baltimore @Houston
9 Dan Bailey Dallas Indianapolis
10 Connor Barth Denver @Cincinnati


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