Author: John V. & Andy

Seeking Cardinals QB Clarity

Who’s going to replace Carson Palmer at quarterback for the Cardinals? It’s the $64,000 question the club needs to answer — and answer now. While it’s not yet clear whether Palmer will return for another season, it doesn’t really matter. He’s a 37-year-old quarterback who has taken a beaten during his career. The end is drawing near–whether it’s this year, next year or even the year after. John: We already know Drew Stanton isn’t the right guy to take over. He has tossed more picks than touchdowns in his career while completing barely over half his passes. So, even...

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Fact or Fantasy: Melvin Gordon

Fact or Fantasy: Melvin Gordon A year ago, some football fans were debating whether Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley would be the better NFL rookie RB. Now, Gurley is going in the first or second round of most drafts while Gordon is languishing as RB27 at around an 8th round value, according to ESPN. Gordon’s introduction to the NFL was a rough one. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and didn’t put the pigskin in the end zone in 2015. Worse yet, he frequently looked tentative in failing to do so while running behind a makeshift offensive line in San Diego. So will having a year under his belt allow Gordon to come back strong and justify his 15th overall selection in 2015? Or was last season, in fact, the first indicator that he doesn’t have what it takes to make it as an NFL running back? John Vomhof Jr.: Fact I wasn’t a Melvin Gordon fan heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, and I’m not a fan now. I’m admittedly a Minnesota Gophers fan, so I spent four years rooting against Gordon and the Wisconsin Badgers. But I assure you that has nothing to do with why I’m passing on him in every fantasy football draft this year. I just don’t think Gordon is that good of a player. Coming out of college, I felt he was...

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Buy or Sell: Thomas Rawls

Thomas Rawls ADP: 27.2 RB: 13 Thomas Rawls started the 2015 season as an undrafted free agent RB just hoping to garner a roster spot. After Marshawn Lynch got hurt and Christine Michael was jettisoned for cluelessness, Rawls found himself in possession of one of the prime bell cow RB positions in the league. He ran with it, too, putting up huge numbers in his seven starts. He thrived until an ankle injury ended his season early. Does he come back in 2016 to solidify his role, now that Lynch is retired? Or does the presence of several solid cohorts and the emergence in the second half of 2015 of a stronger passing game signal that Rawls’ status as an elite back was a short one? John Vomhof Jr.: Buy Thomas Rawls went from undrafted free agent to one-week injury replacement to fantasy superstar in a matter of weeks last season. But, unfortunately, the fairy tale came to a premature end with a devastating ankle injury in Week 14. So, where does that leave Rawls for 2016? Well, as of now, he’s a fantasy steal – his ADP puts him in the latter half of the third round in 10 team leagues, but many experts are still ranking him as a fifth or sixth round pick. In his rookie campaign, Rawls rushed for 830 yards and four touchdowns, despite...

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Buy or Sell: Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller ADP: 16.9 RB Rank: 7 Fantasy footballers have been waiting for Lamar Miller to get his shot as a true RB1 since he got into the league four years ago. Just once in that time has he eclipsed 200 carries – and yet his career YPC is above 4.5 and he consistently contributes when he gets the chance. Miller has moved on from Miami, signing with Houston – likely with the promise of a more full-scale load. So were the Dolphins keeping him on the bench for a reason? Or is Miller a workhorse in waiting heading into his fifth season with relatively low wear and tear? Andy: Buy It’s no wonder Houston went after Lamar Miller. The Dolphins had a tough season in 2015, but one highlight was a 44-26 win over the Texans during which Miller skewered the defense to the tune of 175 yards rushing and 61 more in the air. He punctuated those stats with an 85-yard TD run and a 54-yard TD reception. Stunningly, Miami followed that win by giving Miller 49 total carries over the next five games – four of which were losses. Miller has moved on to Houston, which will have the inexperienced Brock Osweiler calling signals. The Texans have a star WR in DeAndre Hopkins and some interesting complementary pieces. However, the best way to take the pressure...

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Fact or Fantasy: Matt Forte

Matt Forte has been a dominant fantasy force in Chicago since he exploded onto the scene in 2008 with 1,200 rushing yards and 63 receptions. He’s also been a pretty bright spot on some pretty bad Bears teams in recent years. But that all ended in 2015. On the field, Forte had his worst year as a pro, missing three games with injury, falling short of 900 yards rushing and ceding time to Jeremy Langford, among others. With Chicago now solidly into a youth rebuilding mode, Forte was thanked for his time and sent packing. He landed in New...

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