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Monday, September 15, 2014

Single People Love New Coke: Early Week 2 Fantasy Football Pickups

Not all new ideas are good ones.

I know many of you remember "New Coke".  And if you don't remember it, that's OK, it was terrible.  For those who need a little history lesson, back in 1985, Coke thought that perhaps they could jump start sales by making Coke even sweeter.  Really?  You bet.  It wasn't good enough that Coke is so acidic it could be used to clean dirty car battery leads (and I'm not joking about that) and that it was so sweet that it could literally eat through your teeth in half a second.  Coke thought people wanted even MORE sugar in their soda.  I'm fairly certain that when people were at the super market, they weren't thinking "if only Coke had double the sugar so that I could go into a diabetic coma when I drank it, I'd totally buy another six pack."  And lo and behold, 3 months later, Coke figured out that customers in a diabetic coma had difficulty buying more Coke and took "New Coke" off the market.  Well played, Coke.  But there are even worse ideas than that.

Now I don't remember this one, but just ran across this in an article on MSN.  Apparently, in 1974, Gerber tried to make baby food for adults.  I kid you not.  Basically, they thought that single people were so lazy, that they didn't even want to bother with inconveniences like picking up the phone to order a pizza, heating up a frozen dinner, or, apparently, chewing food.  So they made a line of blended food called Gerber Singles. According to the MSN article, Susan Casey in the October 2000 issue of Business 2.0 wrote "They might as well have called it 'I Live Alone and Eat My Meals From a Jar'".  Now that would have been a sweet name for a product!  But I digress.

The point is that no one can tell the future.  You may think something is a good idea today, but tomorrow it turns out you were a complete moron.  So here's some of my pre-moron picks for early Week 2 fantasy football pickups (again all with Yahoo ownership under 50%):

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The NFC East continues to be the NFC Least

A division that is rich in history and is one of the most celebrated in football has taken a skydive from grace. The NFC's eastern division boasts 20 Super Bowl appearances and 12 titles (no help from the Eagles by the way), but in this age of instant gratification, the past doesn't matter all that much. The most recent event is what NFL fans tend to remember. The division went 1-3 in week one. It was saved from 0-4 by the Eagles' second half thrashing of the Jaguars.

Here's where we stand:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Miami Dolphins v. Buffalo Bills Breakdown

There will be plenty of choices this Sunday for quality games to watch in the 1pm slot. Detroit at Carolina should be fierce.  Atlanta going to Cincinnati could be a real barnburner, while New England faces an intriguing test when they go to Minnesota. But the most interesting game could well be the clash of two up-and-coming sides from the AFC East, where Miami head north towards Buffalo.

The AFC East was widely heralded as another cakewalk for the Patriots yet again. The Dolphins have no offensive line; the Bills lost Kiko Alonso for the year, while the Jets still have Rex Ryan. To be fair to Ryan, he will always keep the Jets competitive, especially in divisional games. But the real story from the division is that the two teams perennially in rebuilding mode may finally be about to crack the code and make some progress.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Isn't That Kangeroo Cute?: Early Week 1 Fantasy Football Pickups

Anyone catch that Dish Network commercial with NFL football busts?

Well, I sure did, and I thought it was great…once I figured out who “The Boz” was of course.  Heck, I remember Matt Leinart from the infamous "Reggie Bush Push" where Bush pushed him into the endzone to beat Notre Dame as time expired.  That was a dark day for me, let me tell you.  But if you’re going to pick NFL busts for a commercial, why not Ryan Leaf, who might be the ultimate NFL bust.  After busting out of the NFL he apparently then busted out of making intelligent life choices by resorting to stealing prescription meds from his neighbor’s house.  At some point you have to take a step back and say “Even doing Dish Network commercials that make fun of me is better than this.” and just bite the bullet and start making fun of yourself.  Or at least avoid breaking and entering, I’m mean, that just sounds like the minimum you can do.  One of my guiding principles in life is “don’t commit any felonies”.  The other, of course, is “don’t tip a waiter less than 10% if you ever intend to return unless you have a high tolerance for unsavory covert additions to your food”.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, try watching the movie “Waiting”.  As Ryan Reynolds says “don’t mess with the people who prepare your food.”  Eek.  And, by the way, isn't kangeroo cute?  But I digress.

The point is I can’t go back to college, so here I am again giving you subpar semi-passable fantasy advice.  Without further waste of your time, here are my early pickups for week one, including percentage ownership in standard Yahoo leagues (most of which are under 50% Owned).

Derek Carr – QB - 9% Owned

There was much to do about Matt Schaub’s move to Oakland.  Turns out the Raiders front office were among the only people on the planet who failed to watch Schaub play last year.  And it also turns out that Schaub was just as bad as we remembered him and we actually weren’t going to wake up from some strange dream a la the movie “Wisdom” (and if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, don’t worry, it wasn’t that good of a movie.  It’s just that it happened to be the movie of the month on HBO when I was 12 or something like that and I ended up watching it like 100 times, so I’m forever scarred by the poor acting of Emilio Estevez).  So Oakland smartly turned to its new rookie QB, Derek Carr.  Unfortunately, all that I can think of when someone says “Derek Carr” is Derek’s bust of a brother, David Carr, who was also good in college and not so good in the NFL.  I’m surprised they didn’t get David Carr to star in that Dish Network commercial with Matt Leinart and “The Boz”.  Whoops, another digression.  My bad.

The point is Derek Carr handled himself just fine. Carr was 20 for 32 for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns, and most importantly, no picks.  Can’t really hope for more from a Raiders QB, as with Matt Schaub it wasn’t a question of IF he got intercepted, but a question of whether one of his picks gets returned for a touchdown.  Need a backup QB in 12-team leagues and deeper?  Carr might be a good stash.

Chris Ivory – RB - 31% Owned

Come on, you didn’t think CJ2K was going to be CJ2K again, did you?  Or maybe you just thought that Chris Ivory really wasn’t that good?  Well, he’s no CJ2K, but neither is Chris Johnson anymore.  And although shared carries abound in the future, I have no worries that Ivory will get his share and have further highlights like showing off his speed (but almost getting caught while celebrating down the field) in his 71 yard TD.  Ivory tallied 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown against a subpar Oakland defense, but you could do worse for an RB3/4 in your 10-team fantasy league or deeper.

Mark Ingram – RB – 54% Owned

I know what you’re thinking. Not again.  Yeah, I know, we all thought Ingram was going to be the man last year.  And the year before.  And we all know how that turned out.  But just hear me out.  Ingram was clearly the primary ground option 3-of-4 quarters and came through with 13 carries for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He had a great preseason, and so far, it looks to be carrying into the regular season.  Along with one reception, his 14 touches led all Saints running backs.  He’s not going to be reliably consistent from week to week, but it looks like he’ll be given the lion’s share of the committee for now.  Worth a look as an RB3/4 in a 10-team league or deeper.

Steve Smith – WR – 39% Owned

Remember back when people said Steve Smith, there was only one?  And then there were two, but the older Smith started to fade into obscurity?  Then he became revitalized in Carolina and the other Smith disappeared?  Then the senior Smith gets traded away because we all think he’s done?  Well, turns out the story isn’t over yet.  Steve Smith Senior caught 7-of-15 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown and looked every bit as spry and strong as he ever was.  Sure he started slow with some drops, and sure a big chunk of his stats came from an 80-yard touchdown, but he looked good earning those yards by breaking two tackles on the way to the endzone.  He won’t be this every week, but the potential for this type of production earn him a spot on your WR4/5 radar in 12-team leagues or deeper.

Injury Backups

There’s a slew of injuries as well, so keep a close eye on the injuries to Eddie Lacy, Ben Tate and Doug Martin.  James Starks (16% Owned), Terrance West (38% Owned) and Bobby Rainey (3% Owned), respectively, are all potential upside stashes in case these injuries are serious.

So get out there and make those pickups!  No time to waste!  You don't want to be like Ryan Leaf do you?  I didn't think so.

By Ha Kung Wong
(Twitter: @Rhihan)

An Imperfect 10: Washington's biggest question mark in 2014 is RG3

The Washington Redskins turned over almost half the roster from the Shanahan regime. With that said, the offense that was ranked fifth in 2012 and led the team to the playoffs remains virtually unchanged. Out of 11 starters, eight remain, and the three new guys (DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Shawn Lauvao) are improvements. If you throw in another good option like Andre Roberts, you'd think the offense would get rolling again, right?

Not so fast.

The problem is under center.

Will the Cowboys defense prove all of us wrong?

The Cowboys fielded the worst defense in the NFL last season. In most cases you would just wipe the slate clean and move on. You can't do that with this team.

A unit that allowed 415 yards and 27 points per game did not make any improvements. On the contrary, they got worse. Jason Hatcher is in Washington, Demarcus Ware is a Bronco, and Sean Lee is out for the season. For what it's worth, Orlando Scandrick is also suspended for the first quarter of the season. Feeble attempts like signing Rolando McClain and C.J. Spillman don't fly with me, so I'll have to give Jerry Jones and his front office a big fat F for this offseason.

They should call it “Big A” this year because there's no “D” in Dallas right now.

Atlanta's quest to reclaim the NFC South begins Today

It was the worst season of the Mike Smith administration in the dirty south.

The Falcons' 2013 season was marred by injuries to the wide receiver position, poor offensive line play, and a defense that could only be classified as soft. A season in which they were expected to do a lot of damage turned to disaster and they finished with a 4-12 record.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Five Teams that Might Finish on the Bottom

The first week of the season is upon us, which inevitably means that hopes are high for all the teams around the NFL. People talk a lot about it being a league of parity, that struggling teams can bounce back like Kansas City did last year, from picking first in the draft to making the playoffs. The likes of Atlanta, Oakland and Tampa Bay all struggled last year, but have had big off-seasons and may feel like they are on an upward trajectory. But someone always has to be the worst team in the league, and it seems a worthwhile endeavor to examine who the teams likely to end up with the first overall draft selection in 2015 will be. 

Here are five candidates:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Are Turtles Ever Not in a Half Shell?: Four Things I Learned from the Bears v. Seahawks Dress Rehearsal

How could you screw up turtle power?

I mean what could be cooler than ninjas and turtles?  Independently, they’re awesome.  Together, along with a rodent teacher called Splinter, they should be unstoppable.  But somehow, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie sucks.  I haven’t watched it, but if you’ve followed my column, you’re aware how much of a slave to Rotten Tomatoes I am.  And a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes is not good.  And as a side note, how in the world do these turtles stay teenagers all these years?  Don’t they ever grow up?  Although I suppose “Thirty Something Mutant Ninja Turtles” doesn’t have the same ring.  And at some point someone has to inform them that “cowabunga” is no longer cool.  But I digress.

Equally disappointing to me, since you all know I’m a Bears fan, was the Bears’ performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the third preseason game.  As we know, the third preseason game is supposed to be a dress rehearsal.  But the Bears looked like they never got out of the green room to perform.  Well here are four things I’ve learned from watching the game – two concerning the Bears and two concerning the Seahawks.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Star-Lord Loves Cinabons: Football Extra Points Mock Draft Rounds 6-12

Hey everyone!  Anyone catch Guardians of Galaxy? 

Well, I did.  And who doesn't love a raccoon with a gun?  But the one I thing I learned from watching the movie is that its really annoying when a catchy tune gets stuck in your head.  "Hooked on a Feeling" by B.J. Thomas (and no, I had no idea who performed that song until 2 minutes ago when I Googled it) has been running through me head for like 12 hours straight.  And the worst part about it?  I have no idea what the words to the song are other than "Hooked on a Feeling".  It's pretty embarrassing when you're that guy who basically sings the refrain and then fills the rest of song with "Doobie Do Da da" and other affiliated non-words.    Yeah, I'm that guy that keeps humming a song but doesn't know the words.  I'm so embarrassed I almost want drown myself in Cinabons in penance.  Speaking of Cinabons, its amazing how much butter they use.  It's so much butter that just talking about it making feel like I'm getting a heart attack.  But I digress.

What isn't annoying is fantasy football.  Unless you're not prepared for your draft, of course.  But no worries, we got you covered.  Check out round 6 through 12 of the Football Extra Points Mock Draft with site founder Scott King and myself.  Enjoy!

H #1S #2H #3S #4H #5
6C.J. SpillerChris JohnsonVernon DavisAndre EllingtonJulian Edelman
7Reggie WayneJay CutlerFrank GoreMatt RyanRobert Griffin III
8Rashad JenningsErik DeckerKendall WrightCAR DEFMarques Colston
9Mike WallaceRiley CooperGolden TateKelvin BenjaminCecil Shorts
10Anquan BoldinAZ DEFChris IvoryGreg OlsenJoique Bell
11Dennis PittaPierre ThomasDanny AmendolaDanny WoodheadCincinnatti DEF
12Buffalo DEFMichael VickNE DEFMark IngramRueben Randle 

S #6H #7S #8H #9S #10
6Andrew LuckRob GronkowskiNick FolesRyan MathewsTorrey Smith
7Bishop ShankeySteven JacksonShane VereenSammy WatkinsKyle Rudolph
8Denver DEFColin KaepernickSF DEFJason WittenSEA DEF
9Maurice Jones-DrewTerrance WilliamsKnowshon MorenoDeAndre HopkinsGreg Jennings
10Brandin CooksStevan RidleyJordan ReedFred JacksonJosh Gordon
11Terrence WestDwayne BoweDoug BaldwinMike EvansChristine Michael
12Johnny ManzielKC DEFCarson PalmerSTL DEFShonne Greene

Honestly, as you can tell, I'm a big fan of taking defenses in the last rounds.  At the same time, I totally understand taking one of the elite defenses in the 8th or 9th round.  Also, one thing that's clear is that there are plenty of flyers you can take at WR, so don't feel obligated to take a WR3 early.  Disagree with our picks?  Sound off below!  Just don't include lyrics for "Hooked on a Feeling".  Unless its "doobie do da da", I'm fairly certain I wouldn't recognize it anyway.

By Ha Kung Wong (Twitter: @Rhihan)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Football Extra Points 2014 Fantasy Football Preview Radio Special

Hey everyone!

Missed the show where Scott King and Ha Kung Wong discuss draft targets and sleepers for 2014 in the NFL Fantasy Football Preview on August 7, 2014 at 9 PM EST because you were busy watching re-runs of 24?  Well, they don't blame you.  But if you wanted to get some mediocre insight, give it a listen HERE.

And feel free to sound off below!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Football Extra Points Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Rounds 1 to 5


In case you haven't been keeping up on Twitter (just follow #FXPMock), the first five rounds of the Football Extra Points Twitter Mock Draft!  "H" refers to teams that I (Ha Kung Wong) picked, and S refers to site founder, Scott King's picks.  Have questions?  Comment below or feel free to tweet us @Rhihan and @ConservativeNFL! 

ROUNDH #1S #2H#3S#4
1LeSean McCoyJamaal CharlesAdrian PetersonMatt Forte
2Drew BreesPercy HarvinAaron RodgersAlshon Jefferey
3Jordy NelsonJulius ThomasAlfred MorrisJulius Thomas
4Reggie BushCordarrelle PatersonLarry FitzgeraldT.Y. Hilton
5Pierre GarconMichael CrabtreeDeSean JacksonVictor Cruz

1Marshawn LynchEddie LacyCalvin JohnsonDemaryius Thomas
2Jimmy GrahamBrandon MarshallZac StaceyDemarco Murry
3Le'Veon BellKeenan AllenGiovanni BernardVincent Jackson
4Ben TateJermey MaclinAndre JohnsonRandall Cobb
5Roddy WhiteCameron JordanMatthew StaffordMichael Crabtree

1Peyton ManningAJ Green
2Arian FosterDez Bryant
3Montee BallDoug Martin
4Julio JonesToby Gerhart
5Wes WelkerCam Newton

Just a few thoughts from my teams.  My favorite teams so far are my 3rd and 9th teams.

The 3rd team was built on AP and Rodgers, but filled out nicely with a two upside WRs in Fitzy and D-Jax in his new location with RGIII.  I wasn't sure how I felt about taking a QB early, but with these five in the first five, I think it's a viable strategy.

As for the 9th team, it's a peculiar pick to be at since all the premium RBs are gone, so I decided to take the best QB on the board in Peyton Manning.  Understandably, he's going to regress closer to 40-42 TDs this year than 50, but honestly, with all the yards he'll put up, I'll take it.  Foster in the second round felt good, and I'm happy with Julio Jones and Wes Welker in the fourth and fifth, but Montee Ball is a bit of a risk.  He wasn't able to protect Peyton last year and also suffered from butterfingers, which led to plenty of time on the pine, so there's potential here for Bust City: The Second One (that's a tip of the hat to the new Sharknado movie, coming soon!).  So I'll have to shore up with a few more RBs, but I think it's worth the risk.

Remember, many more rounds coming, so keep tuning in!

By Ha Kung Wong (Twitter: @Rhihan)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fantasy Football Twitter Mock Draft!

Interested in who Football Extra Points founder, Scott King, and Managing Editor, Ha Kung Wong, would draft in a 10-team, standard fantasy football league?  Well you can follow them both now on Twitter @ConservativeNFL and @Rhihan or just follow #FXPMock as they mock draft over the next couple days!  What are you waiting for, fantasy football season is just around the corner!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

San Francisco 49ers State of the Pre-Season

With football season on the horizon, a revamped San Francisco 49ers squad is looking to break their recent streak of “close but no cigar” playoff showings. Equipped with a brand new stadium and a dynamic new energy instilled in the players, San Francisco intend to play for keeps.
The new Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara is slated to open as one of the most technologically and ecologically impressive structures standing in service of the National Football League. The western roof of the stadium is lined with forty different types of native plants and is easily the most recognizable aspect of the stadium when viewed from a distance. The ecological addition to the stadium will reduce the reflective heat signature of the stadium, a factor that contributes to global warming. A complete representation of the Bay Area itself, Levi’s Stadium will not only be green, but technologically advanced. The Santa Clara home of the San Francisco 49ers (it will sound more natural as time passes) features state of the art WiFi that will allow the 60,000-plus fans in attendance to connect wirelessly to the action on the field. 

An impressive new stadium has already garnered record ticket sales, but what good is a world class stadium without a team to match?

The 49ers have been busy this off-season. New talent that emerged last year in the form of tight end Vance McDonald, and wide receiver Quinton Patton have news outlets buzzing with speculation over how the team’s offense will connect.

At Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick has been paid handsomely with his new contract, illustrating the faith of the fans and management in the explosive athlete. Kaepernick’s skills haven’t snuffed out hope for newly-acquired Blaine Gabbart to make his mark on the team. Gabbart has been turning heads and according to Coach Harbaugh, he “asks all the right questions.” Notorious for his ability to bring out the best in unpolished Quarterbacks, Harbaugh’s faith in Gabbart is reassuring to the masses that were skeptical about the player who left a very underwhelming mark in Jacksonville.

Wide receivers are also doing their part to create a positive buzz in the Bay Area. The return of veteran-warrior Anquan Boldin has solidified a veteran presence with the addition of the already-impressive Brandon Lloyd, both of whom are able to bring out the best in superstar Michael Crabtree.

All in all I think the Bay Area is destined to continue to make its mark in sports history. Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jerry Rice may have burned the 49ers legend on the other side of the bay, but the dynasty is just now hitting its stride.

By Chris Flagler (Twitter: @ThaKai27)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Green Flames: Oakland Athletics Coming in Hot to June

OAKLAND, CA -- The Oakland Athletics have been unselfishly and non-traditionally cleaning up Major League Baseball lately. Statisticians may have several answers for why Oakland has enjoyed such success lately, but the bottom line harkens back to the oldest sports fundamental: the team comes first. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Oakland Raiders Poised for Potential Domination

OAKLAND, CA --- After some deft maneuvers in this years NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders are poised for what could be a very exciting year. New faces to the team such as Matt Schaub, Justin Tuck and Maurice Jones Drew have the potential to bring veteran superstar energy to a similarly talented rookie squad.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oakland A’s Setting the Tone for another Competitive Year

OAKLAND, CA— Spring sunshine is setting in around the Bay Area but temperature isn’t the only thing heating up as Oakland Athletics are on fire. On the mound new talent such as Jesse Chavez and Sonny Gray are putting up impressive stats and on offense established heroes like Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick are making noise at the plate.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Live Blog and Analysis of the 2014 NFL Draft!

Hey everyone, ready for some live blogging of the NFL Draft?  And want comments on every pick in the first round?  Well, here you go!

Round 1

Pick 1
Houston Texans
  • Amazing, the Texans are really taking their time.  Are they thinking of making a trade to avoid having to pick Clowney at number 1?  He doesn't quite fit the system in Houston.
  • They took David Carr and Mario Williams the last two times they were number one in the draft.
  • They really need a quarterback, maybe they're still thinking Johnny Football?  That would be crazy.
  • It IS DE Jadeveon Clowney.  What took so long?  And why is everyone booing Goodell?
  • It's as expected.  It will be interesting to see if he can disrupt backfields in the NFL as effectively as he did in college, particularly after what was a down year.

Bears Obvious Draft Choice at Defense

The Chicago Bears will be sitting pretty with the 14th pick in Thursday's draft, as they have a lot of flexibility. That also can mean the Bears have a lot of holes to fill.

The Bears defense had a colossal meltdown last season. They were last in run defense and gave up more points than all but two other teams in the NFL. The defense was the reason the Bears finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Do you know on;y one other team in the league scored more points than the Bears last season? That team was the Denver Broncos and I don't have to tell you how that offense faired in the post season.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thank Goodness Jack Nicholson is Not in Star Wars: Who the Packers Should Take in the First Round of the Draft

He's baaaack!!

No, I'm not talking about Jack Nicholson from "The Shining" (in one of the more traumatic memories I had as a kid watching a crazed Nicholson chase his family around the creepy giant, vacant, isolated hotel with an axe -- and I never quite figured out what a Shining was, nor why any normal person wanted to stay in huge empty hotel over the winter in an isolated part of nowhere -- eek...).  And I'm not talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger from "The Terminator" (which, by the way, is a totally awesome movie with more gaps in logic than...well...than one of my articles).  I'm talking about...drum roll please...Han Solo!

If you didn't hear (and if you really didn't hear, what's wrong with you?), the cast of Star Wars VII was announced last week.  And although I'm excited about Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill reprising their roles in the movie as Princess Leia (shouldn't she be a Queen by now?) and Luke Skywalker, what I'm really excited about is Harrison Ford coming back as Han Solo.  Why?  Well, Han Solo is the cool kid.  He's the guy that everyone wanted to be because he's essentially a bad guy, but he has good intentions, and no matter what he did, he always looked cool doing it.  But, strangely enough, Harrison Ford always hated Han Solo, so us long suffering Star Wars fans (and I mean long suffering because we had to suffer through that poor excuse for a prequel trilogy) had little hope he would return.  

The point is that sometimes you just can't predict what's going to happen, and sometimes that can lead to a pleasant surprise.  So who will the Packers take their first round pick, and will Packers fans be pleasantly surprised?  Let's take a look.