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Where did Odell Beckham Jr get drafted in your fantasy football league?

Posted on September 15th, 2015 at 11:27 pm by NFL-Giants

I wanted to draft Odell Beckham Jr. I am a Giants fan. There are a few other Giants you could have on your team and not be ashamed of. Eli Manning as a backup QB maybe. Maybe a few others in a 12 team league.

Anyway, it would be nice to have the good Giant on my fantasy team so I wanted Beckham. I’m in two 10 team fantasy leagues. Here’s how the drafts played out:

Round 1
1. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
3. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
4. Jamaal Charles(KC – RB)
5. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
6. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
7. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB)
8. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
9. Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
10. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR)

Round 2
1. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
2. Julio Jones (Atl – WR)

I thought I’d grab Forte at 9. Then Jones and Thomas would go. Then I’d get Beckham. Well you can see what happened. I ended up with Julio Jones who I think will be the #2 fantasy receiver this year at pick 12. I can understand why someone drafted Antonio Brown ahead of Julio Jones, but not any of the other guys. Especially Beckham. I mean look at Keenan Allen’s sophomore slump last year.

BTW it’s nice to see the Gronk homer grabbing a tight end at 5. I mean drafting tight ends is tricky, but 5 is a reach for Gronk. In this league I lucked into Jimmy Graham in the third round. In my other league, tight end is gonna be an issue for me.

Here’s the other draft:

1. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB)
3. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
4. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
5. Jamaal Charles (KC – RB)
6. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
7. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
8. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
9. Julio Jones (Atl – WR)
10. DeMarco Murray (Phi – RB)

Round 2
1. Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
2. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
3. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR)
4. Jeremy Hill (Cin – RB)
5. Andrew Luck (Ind – QB)

Again I barely miss Beckham. This draft is more sensible in a way – Julio Jones goes before Beckham at least. As usual there’s a Gronk homer making things weird but whatever.

Giants beat themselves 27-26

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 8:32 am by NFL-Giants

Despite winning the turnover battle, the Giants helped the Cowboys win the season opener.

Many fans will look to poor clock management at the end of the game, with Eli Manning snapping the ball with time left on the play clock. That’s almost funny because usually the Giants seem to have the slowest huddle and snap in the NFL. Then when the game is winding down they are on speed.

Some people will blame the play calling. A pass play on 3rd down at the end of the game in short yardage?

Some people will blame Preston Parker, who dropped 3 3rd down passes. I blame Parker too, but really I can’t say I’m surprised. You wouldn’t know that Parker’s job is to catch the ball if you only had his game tape to go on.

Some people will blame the illegal formation penalty that stopped the clock for Dallas.

Some people will blame the Giants defense. No pass rush. Dallas offense controlled the ball. Dallas offense had 2 easy scores at the end of the game.

In the end, the Giants looked like a poorly coached and the less talented team. The Giants deserved to lose. Might as well start the season with the taste of my own vomit in my mouth. Might have to build up a tolerance.

Eli Manning contract extension: 4 years, $84 million, 65 guaranteed

Posted on September 12th, 2015 at 12:18 pm by NFL-Giants

And a $31 million signing bonus. And a no-trade clause.

The new contract gets added to the final year of Manning’s current 6-year, $97.5 million contract. It seems the plan is to have Manning at QB for 5 more years.

The new contract averages to $21 million/year. That’s good for fourth among quarterbacks in the NFL, behind Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Russell Wilson ($21.9 million), and Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million). The $65 million guaranteed ties for the record (the Chargers’ Philip Rivers).

I’m obviously excited knowing I’ll be a Giant for a long time. This is where I got started and where I want to finish. I still have the same mentality. My goal is to earn this contract and do my best and keep trying to win championships for the Giants.

Brady is guilty but won’t be punished

Posted on September 4th, 2015 at 2:22 pm by NFL-Giants

Removing the Tom Brady suspension was the correct thing to do, the legal thing to do. Tom Brady did beat the NFL, but not because Brady is innocent. Brady beat the NFL because Goodell mishandled the case. Brady is guilty, but legally the NFL screwed the pooch.

The court ruling (which you can read for yourself), says that the facts stand. Brady probably knew about the deflated balls. Brady did interfere with the investigation.

Yet, despite his guilt, Brady’s punishment goes away. The judge provides three reasons for removing the suspension:

(A) inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four-game suspension) and his alleged misconduct; (B) denial of the opportunity for Brady to examine one of two lead investigators, namely NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash;
(C) denial of equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes.

What does it mean?

(A) Gooddell gave Brady a 4 game suspension because deflating footballs is like using performance enhancing drugs. If you just said, “wait a minute shooting up with roids is totally different than deflating a football” then you get it. The judge said that Brady had no reason to suspect that deflating a ball would net a 4 game suspension like using roids would. By law, the NFL has to make sure that players know what counts as an infraction and what punishment comes with the infraction. The NFL didn’t do that.

(B) The NFL didn’t let Brady’s lawyers talk to Pash, who worked with Wells on the deflategate report.

(C) Goodell talked about the interview notes and how they helped him decide Brady was guilty. Then he refused to let Brady’s defense team see the notes.

So it looks like the NFL needs a good lawyer because they have no clue what they are doing.

How Will Giants Secondary Be Without Will Hill and Jayron Hosley?

Posted on June 16th, 2014 at 9:06 pm by NFL-Giants

This post comes from Justin Becker of FantasyFootballOverdose.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NFLRankings or the Fantasy Football Overdose Google+ Page, and for more 2014 Fantasy Football Projections visit Fantasy Football Overdose.

The New York Giants prepared for situations like this. Thanks to a solid showing during the early stages of the 2014 NFL free agency period, New York figures to be able to withstand some key losses in their secondary.

The biggest is easily safety Will Hill, who was slapped with yet another suspension this off-season and quickly cut thereafter by Big Blue. The G-Men simply grew tired of Hill’s lack of dedication and discipline.

Some may count the cutting of Hill (who signed with an arena football team) as a bit of a knee-jerk reaction, but with his third suspension in as many years in the NFL, a decision had to be made.

While it may have been the right call from a character perspective, the Giants still dropped an elite safety in an area of their team that struggled at times a year ago. In other words, at least on the surface, the Giants needed Hill pretty badly in 2013 just to come off as serviceable at times. Losing him altogether would at the very least put them at risk of regressing when it comes to their pass defense.

Again, that’s just on paper. The Giants did still make some solid moves on the defensive side of the football in free agency, and appear to have the depth in place to make up for the loss of Hill. Stevie Brown is fully expected to man the free safety spot, with Antrel Rolle cemented in at the strong safety spot.

On paper, those are two very talented safeties that individually shouldn’t hurt the Giants. If New York’s pass rush can pick back up to a respectable level (just 34 sacks a year ago), their new safety duo should be plenty good enough to consistently get the job done.

It’s not like going to Stevie Brown is a bad thing. It’s true that he’ll need to prove himself as he comes off a torn ACL that robbed him of the entire 2013 season, but he was an elite ball hawk safety in 2012, picking off eight passes and doing a solid job as a last resort protector with 76 total tackles.

Hill offered a little more balance and stability, as well as youth, but Brown is nothing to shrug off. Provided he can return to full health and that 2012 form, the Giants should be quite solid at the free safety spot still.

Strong safety with Rolle would be the mild concern, as he hasn’t always been the most consistent performer. With that said, he’s coming off a very productive 2013 season and overall has lived up to the hype since signing a big deal back in 2010. In fact, with Rolle entering a contract season at 31 years old, he’ll have every reason to be on top of his game.

With the G-Men apparently surviving the release of Will Hill with a solid safety duo, their only other real question in the secondary is with cornerback Jayron Hosley.

Like Hill, Hosley was served a suspension to start the 2014 season and could be on the roster bubble. He’s slated to sit out the first four games of the 2014 NFL season and despite solid talent, doesn’t appear to really be relied on for big production this year.

In other words, it may not really matter what happens to him. The Giants could elect to give him another shot and slide him into the rotation when he’s active for their fifth game of 2014, but even if they don’t, it looks like they made the right moves to equip them with enough depth to withstand an ineffective or completely absent Hosley.

New York already had a solid corner on the rise with Prince Amukamara, but didn’t leave their secondary to chance this season, as they paid top dollar for former Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, while also snagging Walter Thurmond III and retaining solid depth corner, Trumaine McBride.

The signing of DRC was massive, vaulting him up to New York’s #1 corner slot, with Amukamara likely starting on the opposite side. That puts Thurmond, a guy the Giants deem as “special”, who was somewhat hidden in Seattle behind would-be superior talents in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.

Thurmond appears to have the physicality and tools to even start ahead of Amukamara if need be, but would truly be an elite presence as a nickel corner. With these three corners locking up the top three spots, a still solid McBride gets pushed to the fourth spot, leaving the disappointing Hosley to battle with Zackary Bowman for the fifth spot.

Hosley is still talented enough to return and put pressure on McBride for the fourth spot, but is clearly no longer being depended on. Not only had he been an arguable disappointment through his first two seasons, but his suspension obviously casts doubt on how much the G-Men can trust him going forward, as well.

The Giants appear to have covered their bases quite well in every way when it comes to their secondary. The funny part is they worked hard to address this area during the off-season and now it’s the least of their worries. Instead, they’ll have to hope they can ignite their pass-rush, as well as get better against the run. If they can’t do one or both, their new, impressive secondary may struggle, regardless of how well it is constructed.

Traveling for college football games

Posted on October 16th, 2013 at 6:08 am by NFL-Giants

I don’t know how much fun watching the Giants will be, but since I happen to be in Tallahassee there will be some good FSU games coming up. Normally I’d say that the problem with college football is that too many games are non-competitive – the last one I saw was FSU vs. Maryland. The Terps were down 21 zip at the half, which is when I left. I think it was 63 zip by the end. Anyhow, the Giants aren’t always competitive either and they are on the receiving end so let’s talk about watching college football, shall we?

Grab your fan paraphernalia, maybe some LSU luggage, and hit the road. I know in Tallahassee, tailgaters arrive Thursday night – you need to be a booster to park on campus I think. Friday night is the downtown get down – free music and a street party atmosphere. They sell food and clothes (mostly for women). Before the Maryland game they had some famous country music guy. At least they said he was famous.

Then you have the game on Saturday and I suppose a victory party follows on Saturday night. Then you go home and watch the New York football Giants play like turds I guess.

So anyway, what are your experiences traveling for football games? I know I met some brothers in Hawaii who go somewhere warm every year to watch the Super Bowl. Of course that year in Hawaii, one brother left the bar we were watching the game in at halftime. Seems he had a date with a working girl. Couldn’t schedule that for after the Super Bowl. That Super Bowl I watched in Hawaii seems like a lifetime ago – the Giants won that Superbowl. Now the best thing we can win is an early draft pick.

Two articles on the Giants run defense: almost there or not even close?

Posted on September 18th, 2013 at 10:26 pm by NFL-Giants

In this article, Will Beatty says the Giants offensive line is to blame for the running game’s miserable production through the first two games of 2013. But there’s hope. As Eli manning puts it: “It’s not like everybody is just messing up and we’re getting out-physicaled,” Manning said. “We are very close. We’ve just got to get it where everybody on every play is doing their job correctly and doing it at a high level and we’ll get that corrected.”

Nice guy, not throwing his underperforming linemen under the bus. But this article suggests Manning might be a fibber. It certainly appears from the breakdown that Giants linemen are getting physically whooped.

Giants injury situation heading into 2013 regular season opener vs. Dallas

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 12:13 am by NFL-Giants

The Giants open up against the Cowboys, who look better than expected so far. A number of Giants are ailing:

RB Andre Brown (leg), OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee) did not practice. No estimate on when Brown and Robinson will be back, but it sounds like a few weeks the way Coughlin says it’s serious (Brown) or unpredictable (Robinson).

WR Victor Cruz (heel) and CB Jayron Hosley (ankle) returned to practice. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), and FB Henry Hynoski (knee) all practiced. Cruz expects to play on Sunday vs. Dallas. Pierre-Paul and Hynoski said they were unsure.

NFL continued tradition: ridiculously bad officiating

Posted on August 30th, 2013 at 4:58 pm by NFL-Giants

Unbelievably bad officiating int he Giants loss to the patriots in the last game of the preseason, where the bad calls actually led to enough patriots points for the win. If it weren’t the preseason there’s be puke in my mouth. We start with the call on Corey Webster, a dude who is looking back for the ball as he makes a play in the endzone to knock away a pass. Pass interference = 4 more points for the pats. Oh and the official had a horrible angle and could only have guessed what happened anyway.

But then the Patriots CB, a dude not looking back for the ball, is allowed to run through the receiver with no call. That PI – IF it had been called correctly – would have set up a game winning try.

Jets beat Giants which is bad but could be worse

Posted on August 25th, 2013 at 5:51 pm by NFL-Giants

So the Jets beat the Giants in preseason ball. The\ Jets weren’t going to do much this season anyway, and Sanchez is not a franchise QB, but he was probably going to be their starter. Anyhow, Sanchez was hurt playing in garbage time and their backup Geno Smith looks like a rookie who needs a few more years on the sideline because he has no business being on the field (though you can see some potential there). Ryan put Sanchez in because he wanted to win, but you don’t have to be an NFL head coach to know that your starting QB behind your 4th string offensive line is a bad idea.

The Giants were hurt by injuries as well – Stevie Brown was probably starting the season at safety, but it looks like his non-contact knee injury will keep him out for a while.

Eli Manning looked rushed in the pocket, and he didn’t seem to move around in the pocket to buy extra time the way we’ve seen him do in the past.