Fantasy: Free Agency Period – The Winners

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

It’s been a busy free agency for NFL teams over the last couple of weeks; but a much needed and welcome distraction to everything else that’s currently happening in the world.

But what do these moves mean for your fantasy teams in 2020? Over the next two articles, i’m going to break down the winners and the losers from all of the transactions that have taken place so far.


Kyler Murray


The Arizona Cardinals pulled of a move during the free agency that left everybody scratching their heads, wondering how they pulled off such a coup. That was, of course, the acquisition of superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans.

Kyler Murray all of a sudden now has one of the most tantalising skill set offenses in the NFL. From Hopkins to legendary Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald returning for one last year, and the emerging star of Christian Kirk alongside 2nd year hopefuls Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson. The Kliff Kingsbury ‘air raid’ offense really has got no excuses to be raking up the air miles on the field in 2020.

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After a QB7 rookie campaign in fantasy last year, it’s hard to think Murray will be doing anything other than improving on that. Kenyan Drake made a good enough impression since his move from Miami that he’s earned another year on this offense too, yet another reliable, tried and trusted weapon for Kyler out of the backfield.

It’s exciting times for Cards fans and this ever-improving offense, fantasy fans should be sharing this excitement for Kyler Murray, there’s no such thing as too many weapons when it comes to fantasy QB’s


Amari Cooper


Staying in Dallas was one of the best places for Cooper to keep his fantasy value. He clearly loves it there in ‘Jerryworld’, and the feeling seems to be mutual between the fans and the other players.

In his 25 games for the Cowboys, Cooper has amassed 1,914 receiving yards with 14 touchdowns; that’s 77 yards per game and a touchdown every other game (0.56 TD’s per game). For context, that’s in the same vicinity as DeAndre Hopkins’ time in Houston (78 yards per game average with 0.49 TD’s per game) and Mike Evans in Tampa Bay (80 yards per game with 0.53 TD’s per game). Both of which will be within the top 2 wide receiver tiers for 2020.

Dez Bryant had many productive seasons as a WR1 in fantasy football from his time in Dallas with Tony Romo and Dak Prescott under centre. Now it is time for Amari to step up and continue being the reliable receiving option for the Cowboys and fantasy owners in turn for the next few years.


Indianapolis Colts’ Receivers


Indy is lacking in skill position depth, but those that are there have just received a significant bump up in fantasy value with the upgrade of quarterback to Philip Rivers. Jacoby Brissett was admirable, and was far from terrible, but he wasn’t the best at getting great receiving production out of anyone not named T.Y Hilton.

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Rivers in an experienced veteran who finally has a competent offensive line ahead of him to give him enough protection to provide some actual time in the pocket rather than being constantly under pressure like he was for the Chargers, especially in recent years.

I expect Indy will add to their receiving corps through the upcoming draft; but for now, T.Y Hilton cements himself as a fringe WR1 for a likely cheap price of a 4th/5th round pick, and last year’s rookie Parris Campbell will likely be in the sleeper category for analysts as the season grows closer.

If Jack Doyle remains the only pass catching tight end in Indy too, expect his value to also rise in a treacherous tight end fantasy landscape as Rivers has always produced fantasy relevant TE’s with the likes of Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry in the past.

One of my favourite sleepers already also due to the Rivers’ upgrade, is running back Nyheim Hines. The swiss army knife is Indy’s version of Austin Ekeler (see later in article for Ekeler’s 2019 production), who should see plenty of work in the passing game out of the backfield.


Cleveland Brown’s Skill Players


One of the main contributing factors for the Browns’ miserable 2019 campaign was the offensive line, or lack-of, being unable to give Baker Mayfield time in the pocket.

Jack Conklin (former Titans OT) is a massive upgrade for that line and you can only imagine Cleveland will be taking whichever stud tackle is left with the 10th pick of the 2020 draft.

These pieces may well prove to be the difference for this offense which will open up the fantasy value for all of the keys players. Nick Chubb had a great season in 2019 and was third in the NFL for rushing yards (1,494) and has 18 combined touchdowns since becoming a Brown in 2017 so we can expect that to continue. As we can with Jarvis Landry, as he once again will benefit from OBJ taking the premier defense away, like in 2019. OBJ’s production might rise once again if Mayfield is able to improve and between David Njoku and newly acquired Austin Hooper, the tight ends’ should have their week to week match-up based values too.


Austin Ekeler


With all the running back moves this off-season, i don’t think any have won more so than Austin Ekeler has. Not only does he see Melvin Gordon move away (to the Denver Broncos) from the backfield and no significant replacement brought in, he finds himself in a passing offense that will be moving forward with someone new. Therefore, a bigger emphasis may be placed on the tried and trusted running game with Ekeler as the sole star.

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The beauty of the situation is- even if the Chargers do bring in another running back, they probably aren’t going to be the same quality as Melvin Gordon where Ekeler was still productive enough to see him finish as the RB4 in PPR scoring (RB8 in non-PPR) last season.

The new QB in LA will likely be a rookie in from the first round, if not the veteran Tyrod Taylor who served as Rivers’ backup last season. Either way, Ekeler is going to be hyper-targeted out of the backfield and should be a top 10 PPR running back once again in 2020.

Season in Review – Arizona Cardinals

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

The NFL season is over which means 2 things, 1 – it’s time to be sad for a few months until the NFL Draft and 2 – You now have a lot of time on your hands.

In this series of articles, we try and take care of number 2.

Today, it’s the turn of the Arizona Cardinals…


Entering the season

The Cardinals were seen as the wildcard in which everyone wanted to see them do well, but wouldn’t be overly vocal about it.

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With more changes than you can shake a kaleidoscope at, the Cardinals not only got a new HC in Air raid specialist Kliff Kingsbury but also swiftly changed their franchise QB when they took Kyler Murray 1st overall and shipped 2018 1st round selection Josh Rosen off to Miami.

Whilst success wasn’t necessarily expected, forward progress was (well, unless the refs blew it dead first….).


During the season

The Cardinals expectedly had teething problems; Kyler Murray adjusting to the pace of the game and Kliff Kingsbury struggling to implement the offence meant that the Cardinals had to wait until week 5 for their first win against the Bengals.

Despite the improvements as the season wore on, they did not defeat a team with a winning record outside the division all season and only defeated the Seahawks in week 16, a game that meant very little to the Seahawks so it’s arguable at how far they have come since this time last year (NFC West is always a throw of the dice regardless of gap in quality of team), especially when you consider they only put up over 350 yards of total offence 8 times this season, though 3 of those instances came in the last 3 weeks of the season.

Kyler Murray ended up with a respectable rookie season and left the impression that he will be better for the run. Inhis rookie season he accounted for 4266 yards, with 544 coming on the ground, a 20:12 TD/INT ratio on a 64.4 pass completion %.

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The Cardinals transitioned to Kenyan Drake at running back, effectively storing David Johnson in the closet but the backfield was a mess all season. At wide receiver, Christian Kirk (when healthy) built up a nice rapport with his quarterback and Larry Fitzgerald popped up every now and then.

On the defensive side, things didn’t improve all that much when Patrick Peterson returned from suspension, though Chandler Jones continues to rock the air guitar, doing so 19 times this season.

No-one was expecting the Cardinals to be legitimate playoff contenders this early on but maybe on the basis of their 2019 showing, a playoff berth may not be too far away if they continue on their upward trajectory. The division strength would be a concern though.


Offseason outlook

The Cardinals will look to address that porous defence and also give some more help to the offensive line which has been awful for a few years now. Whilst they wont have the #1 pick this year, they will be picking high up in the first round. They still have holes on the offensive line which will need a few darts thrown at it this year too.

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In terms of current personnel, the Cardinals may want to try and find David Johnson a new home but his salary may be an issue. Future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald will no doubt be coaxed into staying for another season and it remains to be seen whether Larry has the appetite to keep it going when there is no chance of a Super Bowl in the near future (he may be tempted in trying to reach Jerry Rice’s receptions record which he is only x away from though).

The nucleus of the team is there with a lot of youth being brought in from the plethora of draft picks they’ve had, especially on offence so the offseason will be spent ensuring the chemistry and rapport continues to build.

The foundations are set, time to build the house.


Fun Fact – Arizona were 30th in terms of 3rd down conversions allowed in 2019 but 1st overall on 4th down conversion allowed on defence, whilst on offence they were 21st on 3rd down but 3rd on 4th down.

Full10Takeaways – Week 2

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y), Shaun Blundell (@Shaun_F10Y) and Lawrence Vos (@NFLFanInEngland)

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Hungry for more? We’ve got some more takeaways for you to digest looking back at week 2 in the NFL…

Heisman Hullabaloo

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Week 2 saw two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks pitted against each other, as Kyler Murray faced the red hot Lamar Jackson.

There appears to be a pattern developing from both teams, with Baltimore dominating early and Arizona dominating late. The single biggest play of the game was not a touchdown or turnover, it was a frozen rope from L-Jax to rookie wide receiver Hollywood Brown, a 41 yard sideline streak on 3rd and 11 in the 4th quarter. That play alone dispels the myth that he has no touch on his passes. Murray was again let down by a non-existent running game in the desert, David Johnson was a pathetic 7 carries for 14 yards and 1 catch for 1 yard.

The Murray Show is a prime time viewing experience but without any resemblance of a running game it’s going to be an exhausting season with far more Sports Centre highlights than wins.

Gold – always believe in your Jimmy G

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The San Francisco 49ers are named and kitted out to remember the 1849 Gold Rush, when folks flocked to California in pursuit of something special, that was hidden amongst the rocks.

The 49ers are already starting to shine, after a quiet but highly efficient 2-0 start.  72 points and two road wins is a fantastic start against any opponent, and following that up with a home opener against a spluttering Steelers team this could be the most under the radar 3-0 team in the league.

Last season Jimmy G only lasted three games, now he is hoping for a post-season berth. Perhaps the biggest indicator of success is the fact Garropolo has only been sacked once all season, but the news that perennial Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley is out for up to half the season is a huge blow. The Niners will need to find a replacement immediately to fill a huge hole.

Big call for Big Len but Big bust

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The Jaguars will face the Texans at Wembley in their divisional rematch, here’s hoping the game is a better matchup than this forgettable encounter in Week 2.

Well almost unforgettable, as this game came down to a botched two-point conversion when Leonard Fournette failed to take a handoff the required two yards for paydirt. Until that point the NFL’s new moustachioed maestro Gardner Minshew had been conducting the Jaguars orchestra to perfection. Then Doug Marrone decided to opt for the triangle player to play the tune, and he hit a bum note. Music to the Texans fans ears, who have now moved to 1-1.

The Jaguars are still failing to impress and this is frustrating the hell out of their star defensive player Jalen Ramsay who has been quoted this week to say he just wants to ‘f%&*king win’. No one blames him, and whilst Minshew is a media darling and a cult hero, he is not winning games and that is all that matters.

Buffaload of this!

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Buffalo are now officially the front runners to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East;

Miami, well are Miami. New York just lost their star QB until further notice whilst the Bills are quietly going about their work.

Yes, they didn’t beat much in the form of the Giants and their back-to-back “road games” were in the same stadium not far from home. But all you can do is do your job and beat what is in front of you. No fuss, no hassle. After their first drive ended in a punt, 3 straight touchdowns for the Bills was enough to get the W. Josh Allen had a much cleaner game; No turnovers (after 4 last week), over 8yds per attempt, completing passes to 8 different receivers

They have a solid Defence and enough of offence (though we’ll have to monitor Devin Singletary’s injury) to make it to the post season, especially when the other likely middling teams such as the LA Chargers, Pittsburgh, Cleveland are stuttering.

I’m not expecting a divisional challenge as such to the Patriots, but they are certainly building towards being the team that will have first dibs on divisional title aspirations when Belichick and co come back to the field.


Steelers digging a Pit for themselves

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The roses are wilting in Pennsylvania and is Mike Tomlin a dead man walking in terms of head coaching tenure at the Steelers?

A deflating loss to the Seahawks which in a vacuum cant do too much in the way of wildcard hopes, but now at 0-2 they are staring down the barrel already with the injury fallout. Long road trip west next week to face the 49ers which is not too far from the crime scene of their shocking defeat last year against the Raiders.

You cannot overstate the importance of this game and a loss here for the Steelers and they are already done if they aren’t done already;

The back end of the schedule is not too difficult with matchups against Dolphins, Bills, Jets, Cardinals and Colts along with 2 divisional games vs the Bengals but if they are 2-4 going in to the week 7 bye, they may struggle to make the postseason. Add in to that the loss of Big Ben for the season with an elbow injury, James Conner is nicked up and the defence being even worse than the offence. I’m not saying the final nail is in the coffin yet because i think Mason Rudolph is serviceable, but the Steelers franchise landscape as we know it could be all change and Mike Tomlin may be about to throw in the terrible towel.

On a more positive note, Steelers #1 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster became the youngest player to reach 2,500 career receiving yards in NFL history, previously held by randy Moss (per NFL Research). Might take him a bit longer to get the next 2,500 though…


Pack mentality

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Even at this early stage, the Packers take a strong grip of the NFC after their dominant 1st quarter performance vs divisional rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.

TD throws the Jamaal Williams and Geronimo Allison complimented with a TD run by Aaron Jones saw the Packers blow away the Vikings D in the first home game for the Packers.

From that point on, the Packers always had the number of the Vikings and just whittled down the time on the game clock.

It could however, have been a different story if Kirk Cousins was not picked off late in the 4th at the Green Bay 8 yards line on a pass intended for Diggs. The throw itself was very reckless; 1st down, scrambling to the right, on the back foot and lofted in to double coverage. Not a good decision.

This is another row to put into the table of “Times Kirk Cousins didn’t show up in big games” database. Throw the ball away and dial up another play. Redzone turnovers are brutal in this league.

With the win, the Packers now have not only a game cushion over their 2 fiercest division rivals, but also a win, meaning that at worst, they can only split the series with the Bears and the Vikings should Head to head come in to play at the end of the regular season. Judging by the performances of the 3 teams so far, it probably wont.


Injuries Are A Real Kicker

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The LA Chargers would have been a popular Superbowl pick for many in the off season , 2 weeks in and that looks like a very optimistic prediction.

A team that feels as though it has to deal with more injuries than any other in the league has once again been struck with the dreaded curse and is missing key players in Derwin James, Hunter Henry, Russell Okung. Following the game against Detroit on Sunday we may be able to add Joey Bosa and Adrian Phillips to that unwanted list and I haven’t even mentioned Michael Badgley yet.

Why is the kicker significant? Well despite all of the injuries and a generally sloppy game the bolts still could have escaped Ford Field with a victory if they had a solid kicking performance but they left 6 points on the field with 2 missed field goals.

It would be harsh to criticise a punter stepping in whilst Badgley recovers but if the Chargers are serious about a deep playoff run then surely they should bring in a specialist!


Real Life Madden

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“He scores when he wants,” the chant heard in many a UK football stadium should be aimed squarely at Patrick Mahomes.

278 yards and four touchdowns would be a decent stat line by the end of the game but that was what Mahomes delivered in the 2nd period as the Chiefs quickly erased a 10 point deficit with the most productive quarter of play delivered by a QB since Drew Brees way back in 2008. The last 5 passes that he attempted to close the quarter covered 42, 32, 43, 27 and 39 yards respectively with 3 of those bombs finding the endzone. Arguably his best pass was one thrown back across his body and was called back by penalty, had it stood he would have had over 300 yards in the quarter.

Last week it was Sammy Watkins lighting up the secondary, this week it was Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Moral of this story…. Mahomes is nothing short of incredible, whoever is lining up at wide receiver for the Chiefs he puts up video game numbers.
A real treat for the fans in the coliseum, who witnessed the final game where the baseball dirt was present on the field. Small victories.


Why Draft A Top 10 Clipboard Holder?

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Interceptions, poor play and regression. Unfortunately for fans of the Giants and the Dolphins, they are the 3 things that initially spring to mind when I think about Eli Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Another disappointing Sunday saw more touchdowns thrown to their respective opponents as opposed to their own teams. The real frustration here though is that nobody is really surprised!

Every man and his dog has seen Eli get worse and worse over the past few years and as fun as the occasional flash of Fitzmagic is, it happens far too infrequently for a starting quarterback.

Look at the side-lines and the potential starting quarterbacks of the future are standing there holding clipboards. Josh Rosen was a top 10 pick a year ago and Daniel Jones was the Giants first rounder this year, finally it’s time for Jones to get on the field when it matters, surely it’s time for Rosen too?

ANYONE GOT CHANGE OF A DOLLAR?

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Couple of teams need a Quarterback! Injury at the starting QB position is the most brutal and immediately scuppers your chances of winning a Super Bowl. They are called backups for a reason. Teddy Bridgewater, who turned down a chance to start in Miami and preferred to stay patient in New Orleans has finally got his chance after years of turmoil and seemingly made the right choice (and only choice; it would have done even if he never played for the Saints because you don’t want to be in South Florida at the moment).

Brees is expected to miss around 6 weeks with the thumb injury which is causing Brees to not even be able to grip a football. Yikes.

The 32nd pick in the 2014 draft out of Louisville has a 17-12 record as a starter, 57% completion percentage and a 29-23 TD:INT ratio thus far in his career. He now gets the chance to show everyone if he still has it and is more than just a backup.

The New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and potentially the Carolina Panthers may have their secondary signal callers in action this weekend. The Fantasy waiver wires will be burning this week!

Did you have that change of a dollar?

Fantasy: Start ’em/Sit ’em

by Adil Khan Deshmukh – @DillyToon

The long wait is over, Fantasy Football is BACK! Week 1 is upon us, so you can forget about who you’re going to draft because now the importance is on who will be in your lineup! That’s where we come in as we’ll bring you our brilliant insight week-by-week that’ll lead you to a fantasy championship.

Let’s dive right into the starts and sits for week 1. 

Start ‘Em

QB – Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins

This is less a measure of the major upside that Lamar Jackson has and more focused on how pitiful their opposition this week is. To put it bluntly, the Dolphins are probably the worst team in football without a down even being played in the regular season.

The firesale has taken place and the Dolphins are clearly tanking for the number 1 pick. The Ravens will be able to run the ball a lot, with a lot of the yards coming from QB scrambles by Lamar and his lightning speed. Lamar will have been a player that you would have taken later on in your drafts – don’t hesitate to stick him in week one with this juicy matchup!

RB – Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers vs Indianapolis Colts

With one RB saga ending in Dallas, the Chargers are still no closer to seeing whether Melvin Gordon return to the side. Whilst Austin Ekeler is not a RB1 like Gordon, he is most definitely a serviceable running back; particularly in PPR leagues.

Whilst the Indy defense is strong, the prospect of many check-downs from Rivers to Ekeler will enamour himself to you by slotting him as an RB2 or your flex.

WR – Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Kenny G could well be a WR1 this week! The match-up versus the Cardinals and their pitiful defence is juicy. For those that will say the Lions will be a run first offense, you aren’t far from the truth.

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However, the run will just open up the passing game and the Lions will romp home to an opening win in Glendale. Kenny G isn’t the only target in town with the able Marvin Jones Jr on the opposite side and this will provide the perfect foil for him to hit big.

TE – Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints vs Houston Texans

Cook has just come off a very good season with the average Derek Carr and now he’s accompanied by the future HoF QB Drew Brees. Cook will be the team’s third option on passing downs with the monstrous Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara ahead in the pecking order. The Texans have been susceptible to being worked over by tight ends and this weekend will prove no different with Cook obtaining a healthy amount of points.

Sit ‘Em

QB – Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions

Sorry to Kyler Murray enthusiasts and those who drafted him, he’s going to struggle this week. This is not to knock the man himself but the five men who will be in front, charged with protecting the diminutive QB.

He’s going to be running for dear life as the pocket collapses over and over again. Murray will not be a QB1 this week, thus pulling him out of the running for your start/sit considerations. 

RB – LeSean McCoy – Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars 

It will be extremely tempting to start Shady having joined Andy Reid and his high powered offense. However, I would exercise extreme caution this week as he has not had enough time to engrain himself with Mahomes and the rest of the offense.

There’s no denying that McCoy could well have a resurgence this year despite his falling metrics, but one should wait to see whether he really clicks rather than just risking it.

WR – Josh Gordon – New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The Flash is back for the umpteenth time, and hopefully for his sake he’s back in the league for the foreseeable future. However, despite the lack of credible receiving options outside of Julian Edelman (and the running backs), one should avoid starting Gordon this week.

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Why is that you ask? Belichick and the Pats are notorious for being the death of many a fantasy team and it’s likely Tom Brady could spread his passes to relative unknowns, sending your fantasy dreams into nightmares. Josh Gordon is one to keep an eye out for but to leave firmly on your bench this week.

TE – Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers

The major upside to Ebron’s game left with much of the Colts fans’ Super Bowl hopes last weekend at Lucas Oil. Luck is gone and the way this offense will operate will be different enough for Ebron’s plethora of red zone targets to be reduced substantially. He was a TD monster last year and you cannot see that happening with Jacoby Brissett under centre, especially in week 1.

Pick it Apart; Kyler Murray

The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?

We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….

Pick: #1

Player: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma

Drafted by: Arizona Cardinals

Grade: B

Analysis: Arizona’s Front office were at a crossroad (or a roundabout, we are the UK afterall); Do they go one way and take Kyler Murray or do they go the opposite way and stick with Josh Rosen.

The Cardinals decided to go all in on Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offence and get the guy that would be more suited to the type of offence that Arizona want to run under their new head coach.

You can debate until the cows come home whether or not the way they handled Josh Rosen’s situation was the best way (*Spoiler*: it wasn’t) but alas, he is now in the South East of America and no longer a Cardinal. One thing Kyler Murray is an upgrade on is mobility, and with the porous offensive line that wasn’t really addressed this offseason, Kyler Murray will be able to get loose and use his wheels to help alleviate the pressures coming at him. He is a guy who is good on the run with both accuracy and vision and furthermore, he has a few more pieces on the offence in Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler to throw to too. Steve Keim’s ass is on the line with this pick too and he’ll be a guy that will continue to split opinion until we see him on the field. Is he an upgrade on Rosen overall? Probably. Is he worth the sacrifice at taking #1 overall instead of their other needs? Probably not.

All in all, a big risk taken here by the Cardinals to take a mulligan on last year for a guy who only has one year of production in College, nearly opted for baseball and wore a pink suit to the draft and had to use a stepladder to pose with Roger on stage (that was real, right?). As a Kyler Murray hater (please tune in throughout the offseason and beyond to hear the hate flow through me) and guy that feels a bit sorry for Josh Rosen, I hope the Cardinals pick in the top 5 again next season.

Grass isn’t always greener folks, especially in Arizona…

Fantasy Football Impact:

I have already heard the comparisons between him and Lamar Jackson, with some saying he is a better fantasy prospect. We all know the cheatcode in most fantasy leagues is the Quarterbacks that can run. Look at Lamar, Josh Allen and Dak Prescott. So in Superflex leagues there will be most rookie drafts with Kyler going the 1.01. I think you’ll see Kyler struggle in year 1 (to be expected) but you’ll see flashes and will most certainly be a worthy streamer in redraft leagues. I don’t see him going drafted, even in the later rounds, mainly due to the depth at the position, but anyone that rushes for over 1000 yards in college with 12 rushing TDs has to be taken seriously for fantasy purposes. He has the offence to suit, the pieces around him and wont actually need a lot of time to throw the ball because I think Kliff will give him a quick read and throw type of offence and if it’s not there, run. That will negate a lot of deficiencies with the O line and it will all be then in the hands of Murray to make a play, which he can do. Kyler will look to emulate what former #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield did last year and also join the long list of decent QBs to be taken at number 1 in terms of prestige and accolades. Whilst he’s more Cam Newton or Mike Vick than Andrew Luck or Jared Goff, I don’t think Arizona fans or even some fantasy football players will mind so much as to how he does it, as long as he does.

Tomorrow:  #2 Nick Bosa – San Francisco

Tim’s Mock Draft 1.0

I feel like I have to make a stand against 99% of all the other mock drafts. I am by no means an expert, but I can’t be having Kyler Murray to the Cardinals at #1 overall. More importantly, I hate to see people taking the easy way out for the first 2 picks in the draft.

Going straight in at the deep end with trades too because let’s face it, it is actually quite pointless to do a mock draft with everyone selecting from their current positions. It’s more likely that a Brexit deal gets through parliament than no trades happening in the first round of the 2019 draft.

Here is my uneducated opinion on what the draft can look like outside the narrow-visioned experts.

#1 – *TRADE* – Giants (from Cardinals) – KYLER MURRAY (QB) – Oklahoma

Although I did say that the Murray to Arizona was boring, I didn’t say that I thought both Murray and the Cardinals wouldn’t be at the #1 spot. I think come draft night, the Giants could give up pick 6 and Browns pick (17) from the OBJ trade. Considering 2nd round picks are being discussed at the moment for Rosen, I can’t see the Cardinals pulling the trigger on that one and it pays off as on the eve of the draft, one team comes in with a decent offer to trade back. From the Cardinals point of view, dropping to 6 is a perfect back stop. The only other team I can see doing something similar is the Raiders from the pick 4, but that can be for another time.

#2 – San Francisco – NICK BOSA (EDGE) – Ohio State

Unfortunately, I revert to the general consensus type here. Obvious, yes. One of the best talents in the draft, yes. So why wouldn’t San Francisco take Bosa? If Raiders are to take a QB, they wont need to give up much to move up 2 spots. San Francisco would be very open to offers too I think.

#3 – New York Jets – JOSH ALLEN (EDGE) – Kentucky

Jets need a pass rush and whilst like San Francisco, would like to trade back to make up for last years sacrifice, in this mock I have them taking the SEC Defensive Player of the year in Josh Allen.

#4 – Oakland Raiders – QUINNEN WILLIAMS (DT) – Alabama

Arguably one of the more surer talents in the draft, Oakland begin their Draft war by starting on defence and picking up DT Williams.

#5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DEVIN WHITE (LB) – LSU

After seeing Kwon Alexander head for the exit door, another Louisiana State Linebacker joins the team to help elevate this defence that played under itself last year.

#6 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – JAWAAN TAYLOR (OT) – Florida

Seeing as though the Cardinals made more moves in FA on the defence, I think they’ll use their 1st of 2 1st rounders to patch up the offensive line that gave Rosen absolutely no time at all in 2018.

#7 – *TRADE* – Denver Broncos (from Jaguars) – DREW LOCK (QB) – Missouri

John Elway will get itchy feet as their pick approaches and I can see them giving up 1.10 and 2.09 to move up 3 spots to get another Quarterback.

#8 – Detroit Lions – RASHAAN GARY (DE) – Michigan

Rashaan Gary stays in the state he played for in college. Arguably the rusher in the class with the biggest upside will help cover the void either through injury or otherwise of Ziggy Ansah

#9 – Buffalo Bills – ANDRE DILLARD (OT) – Washington St.

Buffalo still need to repair the holes on the offensive line. Especially more so now that Josh Allen has some people to throw to.

#10 – Jacksonville Jaguars (from Denver) – TJ HOCKENSON (TE) -Iowa

Jacksonville give Nick Foles someone in the mould of Zach Ertz to be a go to guy on the field.

He can also pass block effectively, which will help add to what they tried to implement last year in terms of the running game.

#11 – *TRADE* Miami Dolphins (from Cincinatti Bengals) – DWAYNE HASKINS (QB) – Ohio St.

Bit of a curveball here, with Cincinatti arguably needing a QB trade out of the position and allow Miami to take their quarterback and give up 13, 78 and a 2020 4th Rounder.

#12 – Green Bay Packers – ED OLIVER (DT) – Houston

Green Bay beef up their interior defensive line with the rest of the defence covered by Free agency acquisitions.

#13 – Cincinatti Bengals (from Miami) – JONAH WILLIAMS (G) – Alabama

Zac Taylor will look to tighten up the offensive line to add to the pick of Billy Price last year and fill one of many holes in the roster. Williams can play Tackle or Guard and that versatility is the reason why the Bengals take him.

#14 – Atlanta Falcons – MONTEZ SWEAT (DE) – Mississippi

Atlanta add depth to their roster which was decimated with injury last year. Touted as a top 5 talent before medical history information came to the surface, Atlanta gamble on that not being an issue.

#15 – Washington Redskins – MARQISE BROWN (WR) – Oklahoma

Brown is the first WR off the board and not DK Metcalf. After losing Crowder in FA and only having Doctson, Jordan Reed as their pass catching options, Brown can fill both slot and outside the hash roles.

#16 – Carolina Panthers – CLELIN FERRELL (EDGE) – Clemson

After losing Peppers this offseason, edge rush becomes a top priority and they fill it with the guy from Clemson.

#17 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – DEVIN BUSH (LB) – Michigan

Arizona start to fill out their roster on defence in the draft, getting Bush gives them a good start to that.

#18 – Minnesota Vikings – GARRETT BRADBURY (C) – N.C. State

Minnesota need to protect their $84m guaranteed quarterback. Bradbury can start anywhere on the line and is solid in both run blocking and pass protection.

#19 – Tennessee Titans – NOAH FANT (TE) – Iowa

It doesn’t take too long for the other Iowa Tight End to find a home. Delanie Walker can’t be trusted health wise and Arthur Smith (a former TE coach) goes with a pick on a position he knows very well.

#20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – BYRON MURPHY (CB) – Washington

Arguably the best CB in the class, Murphy bolsters the back end of the Pittsburgh defence after an impressive combine.

#21 – Seattle Seahawks – BRIAN BURNS (EDGE) – Florida St.

Burns brings explosiveness, which is what the Seattle D is all about. Another that had a good combine.

#22 – Baltimore Ravens – DK METCALF (WR) – Mississippi

Baltimore take a flier on a potential big play guy. Yes, this is a run heavy offence in 2019, but that could give Metcalf 1 on 1 looks fairly often. Baltimore aren’t afraid to take WR in the first round with the most recent (failure) being Breshad Perriman

#23 – Houston Texans – GREG LITTLE (T) – Mississippi

Houston could trade back here to accumulate picks, something they’ve not had too many of comparatively to most teams over the last few years. Left Tackle is a gaping hole though and Little plugs in that need.

#24 Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – DEANDRE BAKER (CB) – Georgia

The Raiders use their second pick of the 1st round to help the back end of the defence who can contribute from day 1.

#25 – Philadelphia Eagles – CODY FORD (G) – Oklahoma

Prior to the Jordan Howard trade, everyone thought that this is where Josh Jacobs ended up.

Very surprised if that is the case now and therefore the Eagles turn their attention to offensive line.

#26 – Indianapolis Colts – DEXTER LAWRENCE (DT) – Clemson

Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have turned everything they touch into gold so far and Lawrence can be a powerhouse up the middle.

#27 Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – DALTON RISNER (OT) – Kansas St.

It could be easy to put in N’Keal Harry or a WR here as it’s the pick traded to them for Amari Cooper. I think they’ll address offensive line with this pick seeing as though Kolton Miller has struggle thus far. Risner could potentially play both sides of Center.

#28 *TRADE* Washington Redskins (from LA Chargers) – DANIEL JONES (QB) – Duke

Washington give up pick 46, 96 and a 2020 2nd rounder to the Chargers to take Daniel Jones. Whilst they could try and get Rosen for pick 46 in real life, that wouldn’t be happening here with the Cardinals not going for Murray so Washington try and trade up for a QB.

#29 – Kansas City Chiefs – GREEDY WILLIAMS (CB) – LSU

Kansas immediately get a playmaker on defence for a team that have lost a few pieces in free agency including Eric Berry and Justin Houston. They could trade back and get a few more picks to fill all the holes on defence.

#30 – Green Bay (from New Orleans) – AJ BROWN (WR) – MIssissipi

After Randall Cobb left for Dallas, Green Bay uses it’s extra 1st rounder to replace him. AJ Brown could be a great fit for Aaron Rodgers in the slot.

#31 – Los Angeles Rams – CHRISTIAN WILKINS (DT)

Not too many holes to fill for Los Angeles but the void left from Suh can be filled by Wilkins, who is the type Wade Phillips likes: a guy that can get through the gaps.

#32 – New England Patriots – D’ANDRE WALKER (EDGE) – Georgia

New England could do anything from trade out of the first round to either side of the ball. Jachai Polite was another option, but seeing as though Belichick seems to like Georgia, why fix something that isn’t broken?

1st things 1st – A Kyler Murray Story

A new season starts on the podcast and a new format.

4 downs needed to get the Full10Yards today and our playcalls are:

1st Down (7.36): News and Notes

2nd Down (17:16): 1st things 1st – A Kyler Murray Story

3rd Down (38:00): It’s official w/ Roger Goodgroves

4th Down (1:02:37): Full10Questions – Tim & Lee

 

 

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Action packed episode featuring the latest news and opinions regarding Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray.
Richard King joins Tim and Lee to talk about things they learned from last season and what to remember going into the 2019 season.
Paul Mitchell from NFL Scotland podcast takes on the quiz and we have a new segment: “Put the Mockers on it” which takes a look at a random topic and favourite things…This week – Games consoles and games. What’s your #1 overall?