So you were the top dog in your fantasy league last year and your planning on trying to run it back with the same squad? Good luck. Many of the leagues mos reliable performers from last year find themselves in dramatically different circumstances heading into this campaign. For the most part, the fantasy pundits have priced in the new situation to each player’s projected value, but event at a discount, some once-reliable players may not be worth adding to your roster. Here are our picks for players headed for a slide with alternates you could probably get in the same draft spot.
Most teams are looking at this week’s NFL draft with a sense of optimism and rebirth. Raider fans know better. The draft has crushed the hopes of Raider Nation perhaps more than any other team. Don’t believe me?
This time of year many National Football League coaches and scouts are sitting on the sidelines trying determine how successful a prospect will be by watching their combine workouts or evaluating skills at a mock practice on a college campus, but 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has a routine that is every bit as old school as he is: he plays catch with them.
But the Bay Area his home to a lot of reliable talent that should go in the middle rounds, and could be snapped up inexcusably early if you are playing in a league full of homer Giants and A’s fans. So who should you target if you miss out on Buster Pose, Hunter Pence, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Josh Donaldson or Yoenis Cespedes? There are several intriguing players worth taking a late round pick on in standard leagues.
If the 49ers end up drafting openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, the team will look past his sexuality in hopes that he can help the red and gold return to the Super Bowl, according to comments from quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Which player should come off the fantasy boards first overall? Our Sports Verdict team debates!
The Oakland Raiders haven’t lived up to their slogan of “Commitment to Excellence” for a decade. Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders have been plagued by questionable personnel decisions and bad player contracts. Reggie McKenzie, who was the Green Bay Packers director of football operations before being hired as general manager in January 2012, is overseeing one of the NFL’s most difficult tasks in his attempt to rebuild the Raiders.
As Mark Appel sat in the Stanford dugout and glanced out at sun-kissed Sunken Diamond this week, the star pitcher reminded himself just how much it meant to return for his final college season.
Multiple reports link the Oakland Raiders and GM Reggie McKenzie to trade-down possibilities. It’s no surprise they’re speeding down that avenue. McKenzie’s rebuilding effort will occur on a steep incline with no second-round pick as payment for now-former QB Carson Palmer.
Six botched selections and one misguided trade later, the results from those years add up to no playoff berths, no winning records, no Pro Bowl invitations and only oft-injured Darren McFadden left on the roster.