Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

Episode 4: Firm Acts of Conviction

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Goal of this podcast: We have out of body experiences and take on the personality of players we think are going to be good quality in 2014. Then, we try and convince ourselves to draft one another. From Lamar Miller to Giovani Bernard, there are players with huge upside this season and we state our case as to why.

Notes from show:

Tony Romo’s case

  • — After the sexy quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees get drafted, I’m going to still be available. You don’t need those big dogs to win your league. You can get a decent quarterback in the mid to late rounds. You can get me anywhere between the 6th and 10th rounds on average.
  • — Last year, I was the 8th-ranked quarterback as far as stats go. I've been in the Top 10 for four of the last five years. I had 31 touchdowns, just 10 interceptions in 2013. Scott Linehan is a passers dream as offensive coordinator. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is in his absolute prime and is coming off a career season, as is DeMarco Murray at the running back position.

Latavius Murray’s case

  • — Injuries cut my rookie season short, but I’m rapidly gaining momentum for 2014 and here’s why.
  • — My team, the Oakland Raiders, ranked 12th in the league in rushing offense last season, mainly due to Rashad Jennings’s emergence. Consider me the Rashad Jennings of the Raiders this season.
  • — With Jennings off to New York, I’ll assume the backup role to Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. DMC has yet to play a full season in his entire career, while MJD is coming off a career-worst season where he averaged 3.4 yards per carry on 234 attempts. MJD is also almost 30 years old. The NFL is a young man’s game, and I’m young and ready to get my chance.

Giovani Bernard’s case

  • — Had a great rookie season where I started to take carries away from BenJarvus Green-Ellis down the stretch.
  • — I’m a Reggie Bush clone. I’ve got the speed and receiving ability. When it comes it to a dual threat, I’m one of the best options out there.
  • — New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is a proponent of the run game, and it wouldn't be crazy to see my Cincinnati team have the most run-heavy offense in 2014. Also, my offensive line is really good, with pro bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth blocking for me.
  • — Our defense is good as well, so we should be able to run the ball a lot and gobble up the time of possession.

Lamar Miller’s case

  • — I know I was a disappointment last season with only 2 touchdowns and 771 yards, but cut me some slack.
  • — First, my offensive line was in shambles with the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin scandal. When the smoke of that drama fest cleared, my offensive line ranked 28th in run blocking.
  • — Also, my Dolphins team didn't let me run the ball enough. We ranked 29th in rushing offense last season under pass-happy OC Mike Sherman. We passed the ball 594 times, which was tenth in the league. I like my quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but we need to balance it out a little more, man.
  • — Don’t worry though, the tide is shifting in favor of me this off-season. They got rid of Incognito and Martin, signed pro bowl tackle Branden Albert and guard Shelley Smith from St. Louis. So our offensive line should be more chilled out.
  • — We also replaced our pass-happy offensive coordinator with former Eagles quarterback coach Bill Lazor. Lazor oversaw an Eagles team that ran the ball the second-most times last season, so I’ll be getting more rushing attempts for sure.
  • — My backup Knowshon Moreno is still battling knee problems, so he may not be ready for Week 1, leaving me as the primary No. 1 option. Daniel Thomas shouldn’t threaten as anything more than a change-of-pace back at this point.
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George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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