The Benchwarmers (9/15/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/15/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • 2-Ply Toilet Paper is a must
  • Bradford too scared to throw the ball downfield
  • Dan Quin is the Man
  • Carlos Hyde runs over Vikings D
  • Hottest waiver wire pick ups

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (9/14/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/14/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Giants shoot themselves in the foot.
  • Bills shock the Colts.
  • Pacman pulls a dirty move on Amari Cooper.
  • Bears have reason for optimism.
  • Redskin fan has great idea for Jersey.
  • Rest of the NFL recap, and Monday preview.

And much more!

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1

As a seasoned Veteran, you know that your Fantasy Football success lives and dies with the waiver wire. If you are a beginner, or didn’t know that, please take this time to re-read that first sentence. Now, I don’t subscribe to the “handcuff” approach as it pertains to injuries. Well, wait a minute Darnz, what if your starter gets hurt, or is questionable, or doubtful? Let me ask you a question. What if their back up sucks? To me, it’s best player available. Period.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

As with all NFL week ones, the injury bug reared it’s ugly head. Notable injuries: TY Hilton, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Josh McCown (kidding…that he’s notable….get it…never mind), Andre Ellington, Terrell Suggs, and as always Reggie Bush.

Well, my team doesn’t have injuries, so, I don’t need to worry about the waiver wire. If this is your thought process, then look in the mirror and repeat after me. “at least I’ll have a good draft pick next year.” You’ve heard of the ABCs? Always be closing. Well, you should Always Be Improving. The ABIs. I get it, not a clever acronym, but surprisingly accurate.

Next week we will cover when to give up on that sleeper pick. But, as for now, here is your Fantasy Footbal Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1 edition.

Hold on sir, if that is your real name.

Marcus Mariota QB– While he is maybe worth a bench stash, unless you are in desperate need of a QB, you ought not waste your priority with this one just yet. Yes, his game was impressive. Yes, he broke the record for most TDs in the first half by a rookie QB. But, lets be honest, they were playing the Bucs. I want to see a little more sample size before I drink the Kool Aid.

Bishop Sankey RB– Again, very good game, but you were playing the Bucs. In addition, even if Sankey figures to be consistent, you have to wonder if Terrence West is going to vulture some of the Goal Line opportunities.

Marcel Reece RB– Ahh, Marcel. How often we have traveled this road you and I. While Marcel is an outstanding player, his production will always be feast or famine.

Darren Sproles RB– This is a very crowded backfield. Again, if you are absolutely desperate, maybe. Sorry, but that’s the best I can give. On the plus side, it seems that Bradford would rather dump the ball to his RBs than throw it downfield to a receiver. So, there’s that.

Get ’em while they’re hot!

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Tyrod Taylor QB– I have been singing Taylor’s praises since he was named the starter. While, yes, he did face a weak Colts defense, it was his

decision making that impressed me the most. Also, any time you have a QB who can run the ball, you can really see some good production.

Nick Foles QB– Needs to protect the football better, but to walk away with 18 point with 2 INTs, against a good defnese, without your number 1 and 2 RB, that’s saying something, and I’m listening.

Alex Smith QB– He is enjoying his new toy in Maclin. While he still has the moniker of “Game Manager” he was able to put up 22 with JJ Watt in pursuit. He is still available in 80% of ESPN leagues.

Carson Palmer QB– The only reason I am putting him here is that is available in 85.9% of ESPN leagues. That is insane. He is back. He is healthy, and he has all the weapons to have an amazing year.

Carlos Hyde RB– Believe the HYPE on this guy. Torched Minnesota for 29 points. Frank who?

Chris Ivory RB– Ivory has the skills/opportunity to have a phenomenal year. It will come down to 3 things: durability, durability, and durability. Only owned in 63.6% of ESPN leagues.

Ameer Abdullah RB– I have been talking about Ameer for months. Only owned in 35.4% of ESPN leagues. Get this man in your lineup if you can. I don’t care if he is listed 3rd on the depth chart. Why? Because he is 1st in carries, yards, and points.

Danny Woodhead RB– Early prediction, Comeback POTY. You can’t stop this man. Yes, Mel Gordon is number 1 out in SD, I still like Woodhead’s production over Gordon’s.

Kendall Wright WR– Putting him here, but typing with extreme caution. He had a big week against a poor defense, but his ability to separate from DBs is very intriguing.

Stevie Johnson WR– Welcome back Stevie. Having Keenen Allen pull the focus off of Johnson is going to lead to big things. Available in 93.9% of ESPN leagues.

Donte Moncrief WR– Even without TY Hilton being out 2-3 weeks, this is a great pick up here.

Terrance Williams WR– Only scored 6 points Sunday night, but with Dez out with a broken foot they have to throw it to someone, right?

John Brown WR– Targeted 7 times, and is the deep threat in AZ. Carson Palmer has shown even in Brown’s rookie season that he wants to feed him the rock, and John Brown is hungry.

James Jones WR– It’s like he never left. In fact, here is what I imagine as the ending of a conversation between Jones and Rodgers, eh hem, “no you hang up first, no you hang up first, no no no you hang up first…..”

Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE– There are 2 things in this world that I am absolutely sure of. It is impossible to lick your elbow, and Winston is going to need his safety valve all season long. Available in 90.6% of ESPN leagues.

Tyler Eifert TE– Finally receiving dividends on the 2013 first round pick, Andy Dalton finally has a reliable receiver, not named Green, in the end zone. Available in 75.8 % of ESPN leagues.

Jordan Reed TE– Injury risk warning, injury risk warning, injury risk warning. Did I mention there was an injury risk warning?

I’ve got my eye on you

David Johson RB, Karlos Williams RB, Tavon Austin WR, Travis Benjamin WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Brandon Coleman WR, Ladarius Green TE, Darren Fells TE and Eric Ebron TE.

Well, that does it for me. Always remember, if you can’t play good, try to get lucky.

XOXO

Darnz

The Benchwarmers (9/11/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/11/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Tribute to First Responders and Military
  • Patriots not going to Super Bowl/ Game recap
  • NFL Week 1 preview
  • Mayweather Vs. Berto is a snoozefest
  • Orlando City Lions need to score a goal

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (9/10/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/10/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Pujols knocks out 498
  • Mayweather cheated before fight
  • Dareus signs $100 million extension
  • Steelers Vs. Patriots preview

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (9/9/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/9/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Serena beats Sister in quest for Grand Slam
  • Brandon Marshall make ridiculous accusations
  • High School kids encouraged by Asst. Coach to attack ref
  • USMNT looses big in friendly with Brazil
  • NBA changes playoff seeding

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (9/8/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/8/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Kyle Busch has a chance at Sprint Cup
  • Ohio State VT recap
  • Serena vs. Venus sibling rivalry
  • High School punks attack ref
  • Floyd vs Berto absolute flop

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (9/4/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/4/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Bryce Harper 4 runs, 4 walks, 1 RBI NO AT BATS
  • Tough Night for Michigan
  • Will Tebow have a job tomorrow
  • Teacher flies drone at US Open and it crashes
  • Bold Fantasy predictions

And much more!

Top 5 Playoff Sleepers

Top 5 Playoff Sleepers

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again. Football is finally back. And as with the tradition, there are the preseason predictions. Some might say bold, I would agree with them. Here are the top 5 playoff sleepers that could make it to the Dance.

5) Oakland Raiders

FILE - In this July 29, 2011, file photo, Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt, right, listens to assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, left, during their NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif. The Oakland Raiders brought in 10 men with 102 years of playing experience, 15 Pro Bowl appearances, five All-Pro selections and one Hall of Famer this offseason. That's just on the coaching staff. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

FILE – In this July 29, 2011, file photo, Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt, right, listens to assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, left, during their NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif. The Oakland Raiders brought in 10 men with 102 years of playing experience, 15 Pro Bowl appearances, five All-Pro selections and one Hall of Famer this offseason. That’s just on the coaching staff. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Full disclosure, I am a Raiders fan. However, that doesn’t blur the lines of impartiality in this decision. Additionally, I will note that I recently had a traumatic paper cut injury that has required powerful pain medication. That being said, let’s get into it.

The Good: This is one of the most improved Defenses in the league. Combined with a Defensive Minded Head Coach, Del Rio, the ingredients are definitely in place to cause havoc to opposing offenses. Khalil Mack is undeniably one of the most ferocious, physical, and versatile up and coming athletes the league has ever seen, 4 sacks in the prior year not withstanding. Also, the addition of Free Agents Malcolm Smith and Nate Allen has brought a lot of consistency and experience to the back 7.

Concerns: The passing game. While it was an amazing draft pick up in Amari Cooper, it will take some time to develop chemistry with Carr. Having a veteran like Michael Crabtree has absolutely improved the squad, it is another year or two before this unit operates on all cylinders.

Also, this will be a very difficult division to win.

4) Houston Texans

Are you crazy Darnz? The answer is yes. But this team has is going to surprise a lot of people. Now, Brad thinks I’ve drank the Kool Aide doled out by Hard Knocks, but he wears pink shirts. Not sure how that’s relevant, either way, here we go.

The Good: This defensive unit is downright scary. (noticing a theme?). JJ Watt is no question on of the best on either side of the ball, and with a healthy Clowney, I don’t know the other Offensive Lines of the AFC South. Now the QB situation. Yes, this is not in the concern category. I’m a bit befuddled as to why people are underestimating Brian Hoyer. Need I remind you, he won games on the Cleveland Browns, and that is no easy task. Sure he struggled last season when the Manziel Media frenzy came into town, but now he has a new scenery, a solid coaching staff, and a real opportunity to change some minds.

I see the Colts winning the division, but their other opponents are the Jags and Titans. This has Wild Card written all of it.

Concerns: Establishing the run game. I do believe Alfred Blue is a very talented back. He belongs in the change of pace role. I like the power of Polk, but there is a growth curve before he can take on the 3 down back role. Even when Arian comes back, there is a smaller injury risk on an Alaskan Crab Fishing Vessel that that in which has plagued Mr. Foster.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Shad Khan watches players warm up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Jacksonville, Fla. Shad Khan expects to sign a long-term deal to continue playing annually in London. If Khan gets his way, it will be a 14-year commitment. Speaking at a kickoff luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, Khan said he’s “optimistic, obviously, that we’ll have a renewal on (London) and it will go for a long time.”(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Shad Khan watches players warm up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Jacksonville, Fla. Shad Khan expects to sign a long-term deal to continue playing annually in London. If Khan gets his way, it will be a 14-year commitment. Speaking at a kickoff luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, Khan said he’s “optimistic, obviously, that we’ll have a renewal on (London) and it will go for a long time.”(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Darnz, how much blood did you loose from that paper cut accident. Not that much, but I thank you for your concern. I know what your thinking. But but but Darnz, Julius Thomas needs finger surgery, and will be out for a month. I assure you that was taken into consideration.

The Good: Well I did it. Color me silly, but they have performed outstanding in preseason. Blake Bortles has showed incredible poise, and they have moved the ball effectively. Allen Hurns has big play ability, and Robinson has a very high consistency, and This is a very talented group of Running Backs as well.

(See note above) Outside of the Colts, there is a solid shot for the Jags to find their way into the wild card race.

Concerns: The trenches. It is imperative to keep Bortles jersey clean. Luke Joeckel has the ability to be an amazing tackle, and has improved, but needs to improve on the consistency. It was a very tough break to loose 1st Rounder, Dante Fowler Jr. right away, but this team has to find a way to get after the quarterback.

2) Buffalo Bills

Now you see where I’m going. No? Well hang tight because this team is going to shock some people.

The Good: Defense, defense, defense. Did I mention their defense? Now, they have been a pretty solid unit over the past few seasons, but now they have the Blitz Master himself, Rex Ryan. The words you will hear regarding this D will be: “Turnover”, “Sack”, “TFL”, and “Pressure.” Also worth noting, Charles Clay has drastically improved the TE position.

This is an extremely tough division sans Jets.

Concerns: QB. That’s not saying Tyrod doesn’t have talent, I think he is very good. Also, I think Taylor gives them the best possible chance of getting some Ws. His accuracy needs improvement which will force him to use his legs more increasing the chance of injury.

1) Miami Dolphins

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) as Falcons center James Stone (62) attempts to defend during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) as Falcons center James Stone (62) attempts to defend during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

While the Patriots are the favorite to win the AFC East, I think the Dolphins have a real shot at being the new powerhouse.

The Good: Everything. This is one of the most complete teams in the NFL right now. Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills figure to have an amazing year with Tannehill. And then, of all things, you take a great defense and add Suh to the mix, my good Lord in heaven. Philbin has done a great job with this team despite bullying scandals and misfires (looking at you Mike Wallace).

(See note above)

Concerns: Simply put, the Patriots.

Well that wraps up your top 5 Playoff Sleepers. Make sure to tune in Weekdays at noon.

 

Love,

 

Darnz

The Benchwarmers (9/3/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/3/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Tom Brady is Free
  • Learn Rugby terms like Scrum Half, Hooker, and prop
  • What’s smarter than Roger Goddell
  • Will the Olympics be in LA 2024?

And much more!