Articles by Kevin Payne

Kevin has worked for Rotowire just under a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. He hosts the RotoWire SiriusXM show every Wednesday and Friday and you can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Alex Smith Threw A TD To A Wide Receiver

– It seems like too much has been made of the drought Alex Smith had throwing a TD pass to a wide receiver and it’s bound to carry into the season. That being said, don’t forget about Jeremy Maclin this season. He’s being downgraded too much with his move from Philadelphia to Kansas City and the person to blame here could be Dwayne Bowe and not Smith. At a minimum Maclin should be seen as a flex option in most leagues with the likely ability to have nice WR No.2 stats.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Love Ertz

Here’s a look at the notes from Friday’s camps and games:

– Everyone’s trendy tight end sleeper pick, Zach Ertz, had surgery to repair a core muscle and will miss the entire preseason. The Eagles are hopeful that he’ll be ready for Week 1 but that isn’t a given at this point. The team has also stated this is not a sports hernia which is good news. Brent Celek would benefit the most should Ertz miss any time and Trey Burton would be thrust into more action as Chip Kelly loves to use two-tight end sets.

Friday’s Training Camp Notes: Hamstring Injuries Everywhere

Here’s a look at the happenings in the NFL from Friday:

– Most of use woke up to or learned mid-morning that Aldon Smith had been arrested…again. This time there is a trifecta of charges: DUI, hit and run and vandalism. This was Smith’s FIFTH time he has been arrested. While it is a sad situation, I have no sympathy for a millionaire who has been given multiple chances to right the ship and still hasn’t. Apparently the 49ers feel the same was as they wasted no time and released him hours later in the afternoon. The fantasy takeaway from all of this is that the San Francisco defense has gone from a defense to fear to one you’ll be able to pick on week in and week out.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Russell Wilson’s Wallet Is Fatter

Here’s a look at training camps from Friday:

– Russell Wilson got paid. Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million extension with $60 million guaranteed. The deal isn’t a surprise to anyone and with Wilson happy with the new contract he should be primed for another big season. The addition of Jimmy Graham gives him the best receiving weapon he’s ever had and Wilson will still get plenty of valuable rushing yards for fantasy owners. Look for him to finish as a top-5 player at the position.

Best College Hoops Team For Players In The NBA

In the spirit of March Madness I thought I’d let you know how your favorite team’s players rank up against the best after they graduate and go onto bigger and better things. For most of them, that would mean going to the NBA and not a car rental company, insurance agency, etc. And by going up against the best, I mean Kentucky. There isn’t a more successful collegiate school right now that can boast their players in the NBA. Here’s a current list of active NBA players who played at Kentucky:

Thursday’s Training Camp Notes: Benny Has Some Jets

Notes from Thursday:

– Thursday marked the last game for many teams and therefore many starters didn’t suit up. Don’t be alarmed if one of your starters wasn’t in the box score.

– Cody Lattimer and Jacob Tamme are expected to see time in the slot should Wes Welker (concussion) miss any time. We’ve seen Peyton Manning make a household name out of Tamme in the past while Latimer is the more talented of the two. It may take a few games for Latimer to earn Peyton’s trust and Tamme is worth a look in two-tight end leagues should Welker miss any time.

– Josh Gordon is not eligible to play in the CFL this season. Due to Gordon still being under contract by the Browns, he cannot play in the CFL. His legal team continues to look into ways to get Gordon on the field sooner than later. Andrew Hawkins picked up the start opposite Miles Austin Thursday night and will likely take Gordon’s place in the lineup this season. Hawkins will end up the top wide receiving option for Brian Hoyer once Austin suffers another hamstring injury.