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The NFL regular season wrapped up last weekend and so did our pick contest. It took me all year, but I finally won a week outright as I went 13-3. Dan the Man finished 2nd for the week at 12-4. Schaumburg Stu and Mr. Fantasy tied at 9-7. Overall it was Schaumburg Stu who won with a record of 167-89. Dan the Man moved into 2nd place with an overall record of 159-97. Mr. Fantasy took the 3rd spot with a record of 157-99 and even though I managed to win the final week I still finished in the cellar with a record of 155-101. Will wipe the slate clean and see how we do with our playoff picks.

Speaking of the NFL playoffs the days and match ups are all set. The AFC gets things started at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday as the Houston Texans host the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders did have a better regular season record than the Texans did, but Houston won a very weak AFC South while the Raiders finished 2nd in the AFC West to the Kansas City Chiefs. The second Saturday game with a scheduled 7:15 p.m. start times has the Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks. The AFC again starts the Sunday playoff schedule off as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins. The game has a listed 12:05 p.m. start time. The final game to wrap up the 1st round of the playoffs has the New York Giants as the Green Bay Packers. The scheduled start time for this game is 3:40 p.m. This is another situation where the wild card team has the better record, but they play on the road because they’re facing a division winner. In the AFC the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs have the 1st round byes while in the NFC it’s the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons who get the opening week off.

What are your feeling about having a wild card team with a better record than a division winner hosting the playoff game. I’ve heard both sides of this argument and if you’re a Raiders or a Giants fan I can see your point, but I believe you have to get some type of reward for winning your division. It’s just kind of how the NFL goes. Some divisions are better than others and this season the AFC West and the NFC East had top team with good records. People may forget that the Dolphins where a in team, but since they play in the  win team this season, but since they play in the AFC East with the Patriots there name doesn’t really come up. I’m not sure if there needs to be a change here, but if someone had a good idea about how the NFL could handle this I’d be willing to listen to it. Feel free to let me know where you stand on this. Are you on the side of the better record getting the home game or would you like to keep it as it is with the division winners getting to host the opening round playoff games?

Are fantasy football season came to an end with the end of the NFL regular season. We have a couple of leagues that go all the way through Week 17. I know a lot of leagues end after Week 16 because of the fear of players sitting out the final week of the season, but to me it just makes it all the more challenging. We always talk about the two main leagues we play in. We have a snake league style draft and then we do and auction style draft. Both leagues are 20 team leagues and 8 teams make the playoffs. It’s the 4 division winners and then the next best 4 records regardless of how many could be in one division. In the snake league I didn’t make the playoffs. Mr. Fantasy and Dan the Man did make it, but sadly they both went out in the 1st round. In our auction league I was the only one who managed to get into the playoffs and I just made it as the 8th seed. They always say you just want to get in and I did. It worked out for me as my team ended up winning the Super Bowl.

I can still remember going into our draft Mr. Fantasy telling me how running backs where devalued. Oddly 8 of the Top 10 scorers in our snake style draft league where running backs. The other two spots in the Top 10 went to quarterbacks. Wide receiver was the hot position going into the draft, but the top scoring wide receiver in our league finished 13th overall in scoring. Going into the draft wide receivers where the Top 3 ranked players. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was the top scorer in our league. Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was the top scoring quarterback. Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the top scoring wide receiver. Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs was the top scoring tight end. The top scoring Defense/Special Teams was the Kansas City Chiefs while the top scoring kicker was Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. We actually use defensive players in our leagues. The highest scoring defensive player in our league was Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.

While you have your high scorers in fantasy you also have the players who don’t quite do as well as expected. Injuries aside here as there’s nothing you can do about that here are a few guys who didn’t do as well as projected. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was the 3rd quarterback pre-draft. Wilson finished as the 16th ranked quarterback. Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams was projected as the 2nd best running back pre-draft. Gurley finished as the 13th ranked running back. At wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans was the 4th ranked wide receiver pre-draft. Hopkins ended up being one of the biggest fantasy bust as he finished the season as the 30th ranked wide receiver. Colby Fleener of the New Orleans Saints was projected as the 6th best tight end pre-draft. Fleener end up as the 15 ranked tight end. Again I stayed away from players who missed time with injuries this season.

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How was your Week?

Posted: January 3, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports
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1/3/2015

The NFL released its All-Pro team for the 2014 season; so I had Dan the Man, Schaumburg Stu, Mr. Fantasy and myself vote on who we thought where the top players in the NFL. We didn’t choose any offensive lineman because we don’t study line play like we should. I assigned a point value to each vote and a player was given an extra point for a 1st place vote. I’ll put the player’s point total in parenthesis next to their name and ties where broken by which player appeared on the most ballots. Here’s what we came up with.

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers (12) Green Bay Packers, Peyton Manning (5) Denver Broncos, Andrew Luck (4) Indianapolis Colts, Tony Romo (3) Dallas Cowboys, Tom Brady (1) New England Patriots, Ben Roethlisberger (1) Pittsburgh Steelers.

Running Back: Le’Veon Bell (8) Pittsburgh Steelers, LeSean McCoy (6) Philadelphia Eagles, DeMarco Murray (5) Dallas Cowboys, Matt Forte (4) Chicago Bears, Marshawn Lynch (3) Seattle Seahawks, Jamaal Charles (2) Kansas City Chiefs.

Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown (23) Pittsburgh Steelers, Demaryius Thomas (13) Denver Broncos, Jordy Nelson (11) Green Bay Packers, Dez Bryant (8) Dallas Cowboys, Calvin Johnson (7) Detroit Lions, Julio Jones (5) Atlanta Falcons, A.J. Green (5) Cincinnati Bengals, Emmanuel Sanders (4) Denver Broncos, Josh Gordon (4) Cleveland Browns, Andre Johnson (3) Houston Texans, T.Y. Hilton (2) Indianapolis Colts, Golden Tate (2) Detroit Lions, Odell Beckham Jr. (1) New York Giants.

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (15) New England Patriots, Greg Olsen (7) Carolina Panthers, Jimmy Graham (4) New Orleans Saints, Martellus Bennett (3) Chicago Bears, Antonio Gates (1) San Diego Chargers.

Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski (15) New England Patriots, Adam Vinatieri (8) Indianapolis Colts, Cody Parkey (2) Philadelphia Eagles, Justin Tucker (2) Baltimore Ravens, Shaun Suisham (1) Pittsburgh Steelers, Steven Hauschka (1) Seattle Seahawks.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hill (10) Cincinnati Bengals, Odell Beckham Jr. (7) New York Giants, Mike Evans (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kelvin Benjamin (4) Carolina Panthers.

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Aaron Rodgers (10) Green Bay Packers, Russell Wilson (6) Seattle Seahawks, DeMarco Murray (5) Dallas Cowboys, Peyton Manning (2) Denver Broncos, Andrew Luck (2) Indianapolis Colts, Antonio Brown (2) Pittsburgh Steelers, Tom Brady (1) New England Patriots.

Defensive Line: J.J. Watt (20) Houston Texans, Mario Williams (9) Buffalo Bills, Jason Pierre-Paul (7) New York Giants, Robert Quinn (3) St. Louis Rams, DeMarcus Ware (2) Denver Broncos, Everson Griffen (1) Minnesota Vikings, Ndamukong Suh (1) Detroit Lions, Corey Liuget (1) San Diego Chargers.

Linebackers: Luke Kuechly (15) Carolina Panthers, Justin Houston (9) Kansas City Chiefs, DeAndre Levy (9) Detroit Lions, Patrick Willis (3) San Francisco 49ers, Lavonte David (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Connor Barwin (2) Philadelphia Eagles, Elvis Dumervil (1) Baltimore Ravens, Von Miller (1) Denver Broncos, Curtis Lofton (1) New Orleans Saints, NaVorro Bowman (1) San Francisco 49ers.

Defensive Backs: Glover Quin (12) Detroit Lions, Morgan Burnett (10) Green Bay Packers, Tashaun Gipson (6) Cleveland Browns, Brent Grimes (5) Miami Dolphins, Eric Weddle (4) San Diego Chargers, Johnathan Cyprien (3) Jacksonville Jaquars, Parrish Cox (3) San Francisco 49ers, Michael Griffin (1) Tennessee Titans.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Khalil Mack (10) Oakland Raiders, Aaron Donald (8) St. Louis Rams, C.J. Mosley (6) Baltimore Ravens, Kyle Fuller (2) Chicago Bears, Preston Brown (2) Buffalo Bills.

Defensive Most Valuable Player: J.J. Watt (20) Houston Texans, Justin Houston (6) Kansas City Chiefs, Luke Kuechly (4) Carolina Panthers, Richard Sherman (1) Seattle Seahawks, Jason Pierre-Paul (1) New York Giants.

Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians (9) Arizona Cardinals, Jason Garrett (5) Dallas Cowboys, Bill Belichick (5) New England Patriots, Jim Caldwell (4) Detroit Lions, John Fox (2) Denver Broncos, Doug Marrone (2) formerly of the Buffalo Bills, Andy Reid (1) Kansas City Chiefs.

That’s what we came up with for the 2014 NFL season. Do you agree or disagree, did we miss someone?

Here are our picks for today’s (Saturday) wild card match ups. We’re split on the first game as Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu like the Arizona Cardinals to win while Mr. Fantasy and I are going with the Carolina Panthers to win. In the second game Dan the Man is the only one of us that likes the Baltimore Ravens to win as Schaumburg Stu, Mr. Fantasy and I are all going with the Pittsburgh Steelers to win. Mr, Fantasy won the regular season pick contest, but will he be able to do the same through the playoffs.

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So how was your week?

So as you can guess doing Sports Time Radio 5 days a week gives me an excuse to watch and listen to sports all the time. When their’s not a game on I like to see what everyone else is talking about. Sadly it’s almost always negative and the story towards the end of this week was how bad the Thursday night NFL games have been. Since these games aren’t moved able like the Sunday night game is you kind of get what you get and people seem to forget that these match ups are pick way ahead of time. While I’ll give it to people on some of the games I’m not sure if you can include this week”s Green Bay Packers 42-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. When this game was scheduled for Thursday night did they know that the Vikings would be down to Christian Ponder their 3rd string quarterback? Did they know that Adrian Peterson would be on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List? So while we still did get a Thursday night blow out game can you really lay all of the blame on the NFL.

Did you get your fantasy players in for Thursday nights game. If you did I’m not sure it will help your team a whole lot this week. There where two Green Bay Packers that should’ve put up good numbers for you. Eddie Lacy had 105 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns and while Aaron Rodgers didn’t put up great yardage numbers (156 yards) he did throw 3 touchdowns to make up for it. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each caught a touchdown pass and for Nelson it was the only catch he had in the game. Cobb caught 3 passes for 34 yards along with his touchdown and Nelson’s touchdown catch covered 66 yards. Davante Adams caught Rodgers 3rd touchdown pass and depending on how deep your league is would depend on if he scored for you. On the Vikings side Matt Asiata averaged 4.8 yards a carry and rushed for 72 yards, but didn’t get into the end zone. If you where down to playing Ponder at your quarterback spot your team might have been in trouble any way. Ponder had 222 yards passing, but threw 2 interceptions. He did add 15 yards running the football and scored a rushing touchdown. The surprise fantasy player in this game might’ve been Minnesota tight end Chase Ford. Ford had just 3 catches for 31 yards and while these aren’t huge numbers if you happen to be in a big league or a league that starts 2 tight ends a week or maybe both he’d put up a solid week for you. Of course finding Ford may have been tough since Rhett Ellison has been starting at tight end for the injured Kyle Rudolph. If you’re in a league that scores defensive players Green Bay’s Morgan Burnett had 9 solo tackles and was in on 12 tackles total; so he would’ve scored some points for you. Next week’s Thursday night game is the Indianapolis Colts against the Houston Texans; so will see how this Week 6 match up goes.

With the MLB regular season over and the playoffs getting started I sent Mr. Fantasy, Schaumburg Stu and Dan the Man a list of just stats with no names attached. I sent them 10 American League and 10 National League hitters along with 10 pitchers from the AL and NL as well. I asked them to rank these players 1 through 10 and here’s how there rankings turned out. These rankings are a combined average of the 3 rankings and it’s who they think had the best season not who should win any individual awards.

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What do you think of their rankings. Did they get them right ? Did we leave someone out? Look up the stats that they had to work with and see how your rankings would’ve ended up. The better question might be; do you think they matched up the player with the stats before they out their lists together? You can let me know what you think on Twitter www.twitter.com/burketime.

Tonight is the first Sports Time Radio hockey fantasy draft. It’s an auction league format, it’s free to play and we run it through Yahoo fantasy sports. If you’re interested in signing up and playing fantasy hockey with us follow this link https://yho.com/nhl?l=26209&k=5c41b61fd37e5a63 and join the league. I hope to see you in the draft room tonight.

So how was your week?

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