Predictions are great, but I hate throwing out a set of scores and calling it a day. For those who have heard me on podcasts in the past, I always prefer that we look at the ‘why’ as being more important than the ‘what’, especially with the randomness of NFL football. So, here’s my analysis of today’s contest between the Patriots and Rams.
With the regular season kicking off Thursday, this will be the last of this year’s training camp notes, but there’s plenty of news for us to look at today.
• Much to the chagrin of those who recently had a top pick in recent drafts, Le’Veon Bell didn’t show up to practice today, and as Wednesday is typically the traditional first day of practice in a game week, this begins to cast serious doubt as to his Week 1 availability. Furthermore, his agent, hinted that Bell may not sign his franchise tender in short order, so there’s no firm timetable on his return. Those still drafting will need to weigh more risk assessment than usual in terms of when to draft Bell.
We start out today’s notes with great news out of Falcons camp, where Julio Jones has proclaimed himself 100 percent, and he’ll be ready to play when the regular season begins. Although there hasn’t been major reason for concern that he would miss regular season action, this news should put fantasy owners at ease when spending roughly the 15th pick in average drafts to acquire the superstar receiver. After struggling to find the end zone last season, he’s become quite a value pick, and with a bit of positive touchdown regression, he’s one of the few early draft picks who could easily outperform his draft position.
Hopefully, you were able to check out part one of this blog series when I made three initial observations from the King’s X Classic industry draft that was held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend. Assuming you did, today’s entry will pick up where part one left off, and the series will continue tomorrow when I focus on the auction draft that took place shortly after the snake draft.
Sure, I felt like I was crashing a party at the Mount Rushmore of fantasy football when I found myself at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Gold Jacket lounge with the members of the Jim Brown division. But hey, I wasn’t about to let that stop me from enjoying every second and having one of the most fun experiences of my fantasy football career at the King’s X Classic. Not only was the incredible knowledge of football at the table extremely apparent, but that was easily equaled by the huge personalities and humor that filled the air with a tangible electricity. Of course, everyone at that table had been in more industry leagues than they care to remember, but this one had the prehistoric element of 12 people sitting around a table, which was always one of the highlights of any fantasy campaign before online drafts became the norm- but again, those personalities were setting me up to experience something special.