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Meant to post this about a week ago, but got busy at work and didn't realize I never posted it until now.
1: SP Jim Brewer - Cincinnati Reds
A highly-touted product from UNC, Brewer was initially selected with the No. 2 overall pick in 2029 by the Philadelphia Phillies. He failed to sign with them, so the Reds took him No 1 in 2030. Rated as a can't-miss stud out of college, where he compiled a 21-2 record and a 1.60 ERA in his last two seasons, Brewer never really put it all together because he failed to develop control of the ball. One of his biggest assets in college never came to fruition in the MLB, and he was traded to the White Sox along with "Nimrod" Morris in a blockbuster trade in 2033. Brewer has had a couple of solid seasons in Chicago, but never became the star that he was projected to be. He is putting his best year together this year, going 4-4 with a 2.97 ERA. We'll see if that lasts, or if he'll dip to career ERA that hovers around 4.
Grade: B- (By...
The time is finally upon us! Christmas came early for some teams yesterday....others drafted lumps of coal. Regardless of how the draft went, or who you overpaid for in free agency, EVERYONE in Hard Knocks feels confident heading into Week 1.
One of my personal favorite things to do at the beginning of every season is checking out the schedule. Although I am primarily concerned with who I play, who is playing who around the league the first couple weeks is intriguing as well. Keeping an eye on who is BEATING who early on gives you a very good idea on who the pretenders are....and who the contenders are. A good start to the season is a MUST (especially in this years release....you don't want low confidence...trust me...it ain't fun).
So, with the 2016-2017 schedule finally released last night, lets delve into some of the more entertaining and important match ups the first three weeks of this upcoming season.....
WEEK 1 GAME TO WATCH...
1- CHIEFS- WR Herve Ballard, 6'6", 238 lbs, Texas
---All along the Chiefs have been steadfast in their decision to take a WR with the 1st round pick. Ballard is the consensus #1 WR from the scouting combine. If Calvin Johnson is Megatron, this guy is Optimus Prime. 6'6", 238lbs and ran a sub 4.40 time at Texas pro day. Look for Ballard to instantly become one of the top flight WR's in the league.
2- VIKINGS- DE Hansen Grove, 6'1", 252 lbs
---The Vikings do have a nice roster on paper without many holes you would think. They do need a RB but many scouts feel there's not a top flight RB to be had @ #2 for Minnesota to take over the duties left behind by Adrian Peterson. They could go DE here in Grove, who by all accounts is the best speed rusher in the draft.
3- BENGALS (from DOLPHINS)- WR Bryant Keith, 6'4", 235 lbs, Texas
---What a big time deal the Bengals made. They trade away their stud WR to the Dolphins, end up with a top 3 draft choice and ended up...
Trade Deadline RPI Rankings
- Twos Company, Threes Sevens A Crowd: The AL appears to back in top form this year as they've taken control of 7 of the top 8 spots in the ranking. The Orioles have also regained the top spot after ending the 2035 season there and failing in the playoffs.
- On The Other End Of The Spectrum: The NL own the bottom 5 spots in the ranking and 11 of the bottom 13. On top of that, the NL Central has the worst 4 teams in the entire MLB. This hurts the Cubs' ranking a lot and makes everyone wonder if their MLB worst SOS is inflating their record.
- Shake It Off: After a rough opening ranking, the Tigers and Astros made significant gains coming from the bottom 10 to the top 10. Can these teams continue to rise or will the last 3rd of the season start to average out and place them in the middle of the pack?
- Nothing To See Here: The trade deadline...
Click below for a very good breakdown of @TheQ 's 2016 NFL draft by user @casino ...
Well here it is! I really enjoy putting this together even though this was one tedious job. I would like to give a big Thank You to thafuture3886 (Curt) for helping me with doing the summaries for the AFC except for the North division. It really sped up the process. But the good news is now I have all the templates formed and that is really the hard part. It'll just be a matter of changing the data from year to year so this is something we can look forward to every draft. I also have some more ideas for additional content but of course I didn't want to over do it because I wanted this done at the start of the season. You may find minor errors in overalls as part of my data gathering was done before the 1st preseason game and after. That changed some of the players ratings based on schemes they were put in. But with everything in place now. The next and future editions will be even more accurate and hopefully include more content. Thanks to everyone that provided some...
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