1. Shane Buechele – SMU Mustangs
  2. Damonte Coxie – Memphis Tigers
  3. Reggie Roberson Jr – SMU Mustangs
  4. Brady White – Memphis Tigers
  5. Asher O’Hara – Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
  6. Jonathan Adams – Arkansas State Red Wolves
  7. Kylen Granson – SMU Mustangs
  8. Logan Bonner – Arkansas State Red Wolves
  9. Sandon McCoy – Army Black Knights
  10. T.J. McDaniels – SMU Mustangs
  11. Marcel Murray – Arkansas State Red Wolves

Happy drafting!!!

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FANPICKS GOW: TEXANS VERSUS BENGALS

It’s dangerous to draw too many conclusions from one game. Often it turns out a Week 1 result in the NFL is as much about a team’s opponent as it is about the team itself. Are the Bengals that bad, or are the Ravens that good? Can the Texans really not block anyone, or is the Jaguars’ defense better than we thought? We may get those answers Thursday starting  night in Cincinnati when the Bengals welcome Houston. This is the game of the week starting September 14 at 8.25PM Eastern, enter the contest right here!

Texans

What we may not get is any kind of offense if Week 1 wasn’t an anomaly for these teams. Because make no mistake, these offenses were bad on Sunday. The Bengals were shut out at home for the first time since 2001, turning the ball over five times and allowing five sacks. Houston wasn’t any better, committing four turnovers and allowing a franchise-record 10 sacks. Starting QB Tom Savage lasted one half before being replaced by first-round pick Deshaun Watson, who will likely get the start in Cincinnati.

Watson did suffer an ankle injury last week, but he was full-go in practice on Tuesday and should get the start. So what can we expect? He led the Texans’ only touchdown drive on Sunday to start the second half. After that he was running for his life, taking four of the 10 sacks Houston allowed on the day.

The Texans would love to get Lamar Miller and the running game going to help Watson settle in. Maybe they can do it against a Cincinnati defense that allowed 157 yards on the ground to Baltimore. But the Houston offensive line may be in worse shape than the Bengals. It took the Ravens more than 40 carries to rack up those yards. The Bengals didn’t get gashed as much as worn down in a game where they got no help from their offense. For Houston to win, odds are Watson will need to make some plays.

Bengals

However the game plays out, someone will be 0–2 despite starting the season with playoff expectations. Perhaps Houston could survive that in the traditionally weak AFC South, and if nothing else the Texans’ season will remain meaningful as Watson begins his development as an NFL starter. But this is a much bigger game for Cincinnati. Starting the season 0–2 — with both losses coming at home — in a division with the Steelers and Ravens would be a rather deep hole. Head coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton have taken heat for playoff failures; imagine the reaction if they are out of the race early for a second straight season.

Usually Dalton can keep his critics at bay until the postseason, but they are having a field day after he threw four interceptions last week. Still, Dalton’s history tells us this is unlikely to become a trend. He threw only 15 interceptions in the last two seasons combined and had the second 4,200-yard season of his career in 2016. That said, free-agent losses have left the Bengals’ offensive line a mess, and that’s not a good thing with J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and company coming to town. If Dalton has no time to throw, he could struggle again.

Fantasy owners, if no one else, want to see how this is going to shake out. Jeremy Hill got the start against Baltimore but had only seven touches (six runs, one reception); Giovani Bernard (above, right) led the team in rushing with 40 yards on seven carries. He also had the Bengals’ longest play of the day on a 39-yard catch. But rookie Joe Mixon got the most touches (eight carries, three catches) but found little room to run, even if you discount nine yards in losses on the game’s final two plays.

Given how dominant the Ravens’ defense was, we don’t know much more than we did before the season. Eventually, Mixon was expected to emerge, and given that he got more touches than Hill and Bernard, perhaps he still eventually will. But will Hill vulture goal-line carries? If the Bengals ever get near a goal line, we’ll find out.

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NFL Season Preview

 2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 23 days, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s AFC South. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

The good news this year is that Jacksonville appears to have found a quarterback. Their answer lies in Blake Bortles who seems to have taken a leap compare to last season. Bortles will be coupled with a few top receivers this year enabling the Jaguars to move the ball effectively through the air. Jacksonville has a pair of running backs capable of generating yardage on their own.

The return from injury of Dante Fowler will also be crucial. If Fowler can hit the ground running, the Jaguars’ defensive front will be much-improved. The addition of CB Prince Amukamara to a group that already includes Aaron Colvin and Davon House gives Jacksonville three solid corners, and Tashaun Gipson could add the playmaking touches to an already reliable unit. Improving against the pass would give the Jaguars a real chance to compete in the AFC South.

 

Key additions:   OT Kelvin Beachum, CB Prince Amukamara, S Tashaun Gipson, DT Malik Jackson, RB Chris Ivory

Key losses: None (C Stefan Wisniewski remains an unrestricted free agent)

 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are still coming into this season as sleepers in the AFC South. WR Rishard Matthews was one of the best-value additions in the entirety of free agency thus far. With Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright, and Delanie Walker already in the fold, the Titans have a solid set of pass-catchers. DeMarco Murray may not be the player he was in 2014, but he’s a worthwhile low-risk investment for a team that has struggled to find talented running backs. Tennessee has a number of solid players in their front seven. Jurrell Casey is a stud, but otherwise the Titans lack difference-makers. Outside linebacker is a position of particular concern. Brian Orakpo had a decent season in 2015, but isn’t getting any younger. Derrick Morgan recorded his lowest pass-rush grade since 2011. The Titans lack the pass-rushers to conceal the deficiencies of a secondary full of holes. Brice McCain is certainly not the answer and Perrish Cox had an average 2015 season with Jason McCourty recording the worst coverage grade of his career. The Titans are relying on resurgence from both Cox and McCourty to be competitive on the back end in 2016.

 

Key additions: HB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews, C Ben Jones

Key losses: CB Coty Sensabaugh

 

Indianapolis Colts

Predicting the Colts’ 2016 season outcome is almost impossible because of the enigma that is Andrew Luck. Luck wasn’t quite at his best last year, to the point where Hasselbeck’s proved an upgrade in on-field production. Luck may have been struggling with injuries but his performances offer no confidence that he will lead the Colts to a division title next season. His supporting cast does, however, remain amongst the best in the division. T.Y. Hilton should get some help from a healthy Phillip Dorsett in the passing game, while Donte Moncrief is an underrated No. 2. The loss of TE Coby Fleener is not particularly significant, especially with the re-signing of Dwayne Allen and with the Colts retaining one of the better offensive lines in the division.

The Colts lost their highest-graded defender, Jerrell Freeman to the Bears. CB Vontae Davis remains an excellent player, but Indianapolis is yet to find a complement across from him.

 

Key additions: None

Key losses: LB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, QB Matt Hasselbeck, TE Coby Fleener

 

Houston Texans

We cannot be sold yet on Osweiler being a franchise QB, but he’s undoubtedly an upgrade over the combination of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. The Texans may have been forced to pay a king’s ransom for a mid-level starter at the position, but Osweiler possesses the upside to be more than that. He flashes big-time talent on some throws, but struggles to generate the consistency of the top NFL signal-callers (in his small sample-size of games, at least). With that said, Osweiler has the potential to improve with live experience in a QB-friendly system.

 

Key additions: QB Brock Osweiler, G Jeff Allen, RB Lamar Miller, G Tony Bergstrom

Key losses: G Brandon Brooks, C Ben Jones

 

 

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NCAA Preview 2016

NCAA Mid-American Football

The 2016 College Football season is almost upon us, so get pumped and ready to play some College Fantasy Football at FanPicks (click to play).

With the season kicking off on August 27th in Sydney, FanPicks will be covering every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. If you’ve missed the Independants CFB preview, click here. Now let’s get to the NCAA Mid-American Football.

With UMass’ departure from the Mid American Conference, things may get very interesting this year. Will Norther Illinois win its seventh West division in a row?

Northern Illinois has won six consecutive West Division championships but will need to hold back a rising Western Michigan squad and an always-troublesome

Akron Zips

After a disappointing 0-2 start last season, QB Thomas Woodson took over in Week 3 and immediately ignited the Zips.  He tossed for 2,202 yards and rushed for 677, connecting on 19 TDs as Akron went on to record its first 8-win season.  It culminated with a 23-21 upset win over Utah State in the Idaho Potato Bowl, the Zips’ first FBS bowl victory.  Woodson returns as the team’s leading rusher and passer.  He’ll benefit from the arrival of Utah State transfer JoJo Natson, who caught 108 passes and rushed for 612 yards at USU in 2013-14.

 

Bowling Green Falcons

Head coach Mike Jinks begins his first season as Bowling Green’s head coach in 2016. Prior to joining the Red Raiders, Jinks was a National Coach of the Year finalist while at San Antonio powerhouse, Steele High School.  He inherits a team that ran the table for the third straight season against all NCAA Mid-American Football East opponents on their schedule, winning two MAC championships the past three seasons.  Victorious in 36 games the past four seasons, a new era of winning starts in 2016.

Buffalo Bulls

Head coach Lance Leipold came to Buffalo as the fastest coach to win 100 games in NCAA history. They will have to bare with the loss of their QB Joe Licata, the Bulls’ all-time leading passer who started 40 consecutive games. Former Iowa State QB Grant Rohach has transferred in to replace Licata. Their Defensive Line unit is the most experienced in the league.

Ken State Golden Flashes

The Golden Flashes at a tough time last year in many departments. It could all change this year since unlike some of their competition, they will have an abundance of returning starters back in 2016.

 

Miami (OH) RedHawks

Miami has signed 6’4″, 304 LB OL Jordan Diamond, a fifth year transfer from Auburn.  After 2 tough years in which nearly half of their 19 losses were by a touchdown or less, head coach Chuck Martin has a made a top recruiting class in the NCAA Mid-American Football the past 2 seasons, including 29 three-star recruits. He also welcomes 10 starters back on offense from a team that was the 4th youngest in the nation last year.

Ohio Bobcats

After playing through a rash of injuries in 2014, last year’s Bobcats benefited mightily from the force-feeding of young replacements when they won 8 games and a berth in the Camellia Bowl.  We do know that the Bobcats have not had a losing season since 2006 and Solich is the active coach with the most wins in the NCAA Mid-American Football conference right now.

Ball State Cardinals

After being the only team in the nation to have upped its season win totals every year from 2010 to 2013 as well as re-signing Pete Lembo, to a new 5-year deal that made him the highest paid coach in the NCAA Mid-American Football. Mike Neu, former quarterback with the Cardinals and most recently QB coach with the New Orleans Saints will take over.

 

Central Michigan Chippewas

The Chippewas somehow came within 2 points of winning the MAC West despite tons of injuries, while battling mighty Michigan State and Oklahoma State right down to the wire.  With four wide receivers back who gathered in over 500 passing years apiece in 2015, look for Rush to be in league MVP talks this campaign.

 

Eastern Michigan Eagles

The Eagles set out to become very tough under head coach Chris Creighton.  According to Creighton, the wealth of experience led by high-ceiling QB Brogan Roback and explosive RB Shaq Vann, plus an entire cast of returning linemen on both sides of the ball should help their squad get back on the proper lane.

 

Northern Illinois Huskies

With 6 MAC West titles in a row, the Huskies have learned to win games consistently.  Lurry lead the nation in interceptions last season and will be a Jim Thorpe award contender in 2016.

 

Toledo Rockets

Fueled by 28 winning seasons in the last 35 years, the Rockets have gone 6-2 or better in conference clashes 5 of the last 6 years.  However, despite winning 7 or more games in each of those years, they haven’t played in a MAC title game in 12 years.  Brutal losses to Northern Illinois and Western Michigan denied them once again.

 

Western Michigan Broncos

QB Zach Terrell and his top target, WR Corey Davis each will return to action this week. Davis is currently the active leading receiver with 33 career receiving TDs and could possibly end up being one of the best to ever play the position in the NCAA Mid-American Football.

 

 

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NFL Season Preview

 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 4 weeks, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s NFC East. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

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Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins will finally move in as the teams’ starting QB without having to deal with any doubts and controversy. This position was long under question until RGIII’s departure and Cousins will definitely be playing for a new contract. By setting the all-time franchise passing yards mark last year, as well as other Redskins’ records, the young passer will try to secure and stabilize his place further in the organization.

DeSean Jackson will remain his main target and has become an even bigger star since arriving to the skins.

Josh Norman’s addition to this squad during the offseason will certainly help their defense as they were frankly struggling last year.

There are still some questions with their running game as well as the offensive line, but if Cousins can repeat what he did last season, the Redskins should have a problem solved that hurt them for decades.

 

Key Additions: TE Vernon Davis, CB Josh Norman, DE Kendall Reyes

Key Losses: Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, SS Dashon Goldson, CB Chris Culliver, DE Jason Hatcher (Retired)

 

Philadelphia Eagles

For the Eagles, the Chip Kelly experiment ended in flames and this year will most likely be a bumpy and hard road for them. With their defense being one of the worst in the league, they’re actually looking like the most stable unit in their team. Their future of this organization relies on youngster Carson Wentz to become a franchise quarterback.

If they can make steady play from their defense and make plays to put up points, they may be able to have a  .500 season.

 

Key Additions: WR Rueben Randle, LB Nigel Bradham, C Stefen Wisniewski, WR Chris Givens, QB Chase Daniels

Key Losses:  LB KiKo Alsonso, CB Byron Maxwell, RB DeMarco Murray, DE Cedric Thornton, CB E.J. Biggers

 

Dallas Cowboys

Last season was a nightmare for the Cowboys, as injuries destroyed everything the team had planned and ended the season before it ever really got started.

This time, the big move and risk was to draft Ezekiel Elliott as the 4th overall pick, an insanely high selection for a running back in this day and age.

The Cowboys are putting everything  into their offensive strength in order to get back  on the proper lane. In fact, this may be one of the toughest roads this organization has known in Jerry Jones’ era. With their star QB, Tony Romo being held back by injuries the last couple of seasons, this should be his last run with the Cowboys and he will need all the help from his receivers including Dez Bryant, who’ll try to put last season behind him.

Their defense lacks experience which could make it hard for them to gel as a unit.

 

Key Additions: RB Alfred Morris, DE Cedric Thornton, G Joe Looney

Key Losses: QB Matt Cassel, DE Greg Hardy, RB Robert Turbin 

 

New York Giants

The G-Men are looking to regain control in the East as they have revamped their defense and put some key pieces in on offense as well. Eli Manning is coming towards the end with the Giants so it’s win now or bust, so with new coach Be McAdoo it’s all about winning.

The Giants are healthy for the first time in a long time and that could spell trouble for the rest of the division. Olivier Vernon, Jenoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison bring much needed fire power along with rookies Eli Apple and Darian Thompson, they should be heavily revamped and ready to go.

Sterling Shepard could step in right away and fill the shoes of Victor Cruz who is yet to show traces of his former self.

 

Key Additions:  NT Damon Harrison, CB Janoris Jenkins, DE Olivier Vernon

Key Losses: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Rueben Randle, DE Robert Ayers, LB Jon Beason (Retired), LT Will Beatty, G Geoff Schwartz

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NFL Season Preview:

 2016 AFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

While the start of the season is quickly approaching, we’ll be providing insights and predictions on each NFL divisions in the league. We’ll begin by the AFC East first, a Patriot’s total domination for the past decade. FanPicks will be providing  you this 2016 AFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview, exclusive from FanPicks, home of the cross sports fantasy contest.

The patriots have been AFC East champions for 7 years in a row now and have occupied the 1st spot for 12 of the last 13 years. But will this domination remain this year with their superstar QB Tom Brady being suspected for the first four games of the

For the past seven seasons — and 12 of the last 13 — the Patriots have finished in first place. But will they be able to keep up despite their superstar QB Tom Brady  missing the first four games of the season?

 

New England Patriots

Brady will only be back in Week 5 due to the four games suspension he will serve for the Deflatgate at the start of the season. The Pats will remain favourites and could easily go 3-1 or worst 2-2 during that period. We’ve seen what an angry Tom Brady can do and he could definitely come back and dominate like he did last year.

Definitely expect the Pats to make another Super Bowl push and get their revenge on a “Manning-less’’ Denver Broncos team.

New York Jets

The Jets were the only winning record team in the NFL that did not make playoffs last year. Their talent can definitely shake things up in the division and expect them to win close to 10 games once more. They were already one of the most improved team last year. We can say that there’s reason to believe in the Jets. The future is pretty bright for this team.

 

Buffalo Bills

With not much of a change expected in the standing’s order, it may be another year for the Bills to add to the longest active playoff drought by any team in major professional sports. Let’s face it, they’re far from the Patriots, not as good as the Jets but much better than the Dolphins.  Expect Buffalo to finish with a 7-9 or 8-8 record.

 

Miami Dolphins

Unfortunately the Dolphins, they haven’t made the playoffs in 7 years. They’ve only finished 2nd 4 times during the 14-year span period. They have a pretty big uphill battle in front of them and the the drought may be continuing until they get busy with Free Agency and Trade deadlines.

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NCAA Preview 2016

NCAA BIG TEN WEST

The NCAA football season is near.  Get ready to play CFB at FanPicks (click to play). With the impending kickoff in Sydney on August 26th, FanPicks will cover every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. If you’ve missed the Big Ten East CFB preview, click here. Now let’s get to the NCAA Big Ten West division.

Iowa was the only Big Ten program to have stayed undefeated (12-0) during the regular season. They represented the West into the championship game, but ultimately lost the one that counted the most against Michigan State 16-13. They got whomped even more at the Rose Bowl the following week versus Stanford 45-16. The division will be more explosive now that they’ve added a 9th conference game this season, something that the league hasn’t had since 1984. Will the west finally get the Big Ten championship title, after two years of losses since it’s 14 teams inauguration?

Illinois Fighting Illini Illinois logo

Illinois finished 5-7 last season, including 2-6 in the Big Ten. Bill Cubit took over as the head coach, after Tim Beckman was fired a week before the season. The project didn’t last long, as Cubit was fired after the season. Former NFL coach Lovie Smith looks to bring new life to this team. He’ll manage the squad star quarterback, Wes Lunt, on the youngster final college season.

Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa logo

The 2015 Hawkeyes were one of the biggest surprises in the country, going 12-0 in the regular season, winning the NCAA Big Ten West Division and coming within a couple of yards of the College Football Playoff. A better result is a great possibility with the central nucleus of the team coming back.  C.J. Beathard will be back at quarterback and should be one of the very best signal-callers in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes will also have a strong running pair with LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley returning.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Minnesota logo

The Golden Gophers are coming off a 6-7 season. They extended their streak of making bowls to four seasons last year despite a 5-7 regular-season record, thanks to their high APR scores. Minnesota will be counting on the offensive back dynamic duo of Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith to carry the load. They’ve combined for 1,379 rushing yards and 5.0 yards a carry last season, and that was during their freshman campaigns. Brooks is coming off a season in which he won B1G freshman of the week three times, and Smith impressed against teams like Michigan with 12 carries for 74 yards.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska logo

The Cornhuskers finished last season 6-7 with a victory against UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, capping a nice turnaround in the final four games. Nebraska beat Big Ten champion Michigan State and hung tough with Big Ten West division winner Iowa in the regular-season finale. Mike Riley’s first season in charge featured its share of unlucky moments. The Cornhuskers’ first five losses came by a combined 13 points. With their loaded offense, this squad has the elements to be in the double-digit wins. Can’t be that unlucky, right!

Northwestern Wildcats Northwestern logo

Northwestern running back, Justin Jackson ran for 2,605 yards in two years in Evanston, only 94 fewer than Florida State’s Heisman hopeful RB Dalvin Cook and more than Shock Linwood (Baylor), Wayne Gallman (Clemson) and Jalen Hurd (Tennessee) in that same time. The Junior won’t dazzle you though but he is a workhorse. He averaged more than 6 yards per carry in just one outing last year and ran for 10-plus yards only 30 times. His 312 rushes (third most in the country) accounted for more than half of Northwestern’s ground game.

Purdue Boilermakers Purdue logo

The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off a 2-10 record and a last-place finish in the Big Ten West. They’ve had one winning season since 2008. If they have any chance of turning their misfortune around, it will be because of quarterback David Blough. The Big Ten’s most effective signal-caller in the red zone last season, Blough boasted an 87.2 QBR in the red zone, with five touchdowns and no picks. He was just a different player when the Boilermakers approached touchdown territory. Outside of the red zone, he had only a 39.1 QBR. Inside the red zone, he completed 72 percent of his passes. Now it’s Blough or bust.

Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin logo

Wisconsin is coming off its second straight double-digit win season (under two different head coaches) and has won at least 10 games in seven of the past 11 seasons (under four different head coaches). That’s pretty impressive. With an insanely difficult schedule ahead, the Badgers will likely struggle to reach 10 wins this year. It doesn’t help that defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is gone, as well as three key starters in the secondary and the NCAA Big Ten linebacker of the year also.

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Doping – NFL probing 3 superstars

Breaking news in the NFL today during the off season when news broke out today that a report linked to Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison to doping products. They will be be interviewed in the coming months by NFL authorities and this article of Doping – NFL probing 3 superstars is brought you by FanPicks where you can play the only fantasy cross-sport contest in the world. (Click to playClick).
A letter from the senior vice president of NFL Adolpho Birch was obtained Friday by The Associated Press said the linebackers Matthews Green Bay Packers and Peppers and linebacker Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers will be interviewed at the opening of training camps.

The Packers will launch their camp on 26 July, while the Steelers will meet on 29.

The letter also mentions the name of self-defensive lineman Mike Neal, who will also be met. No mention of the shift in retirement Peyton Manning, who had yet been identified in the report of Al-Jazeera in December.

But USA Today, citing an unidentified source, reported that the investigation into the actions of Manning also progressing.

The NFL first informed Matthews, Peppers, Harrison Neal of its investigation on 11 January. The investigation has progressed, but Birch says the Association of NFL players did not respond to “several requests for interviews” with the players, who will be accompanied by a union representative.

Al-Jazeera America reported allegations of Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern in an anti-aging clinic. Sly is however retract thereafter.

Running back Darren McFadden Cowboys inactive for two months

Running back Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden will miss two months of activities after suffering a broken elbow in the last days.

Running back 28 years has inflicted the injury by doing chores around his home.

McFadden has amassed 1,089 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns last season, his first with the Cowboys.

Often kept out of the game by early career health problems, McFadden has played 16 games for his club in the last two campaigns.

The amateur draft in April, the training led by Jason Garrett was selected in the first round Ezekiel Elliott rusher, product of Ohio State University.

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NFL Fantasy News

Tom Brady’s Suspension

With so much happening already this week in the National Football League with the NFL Draft, the football world was stunned when a 3 judge panel overturned Tom Brady’s NFL appeal of his 4 game suspension. This was certainly a huge victory for Roger Goodell, the most powerful man in professional football. Tom Brady’s suspension in the so-called Deflategate case not only captivated the nation this week but also sent a message to other top players and all organizations. This recap of the most recent events surrounding the controversy is brought to you by FanPicks.com.

Tom Brady's Suspension

Over the years, the top sports leagues battled against some of their elite players in different aspects surrounding the integrity of their sport. Look at the MLB’s issues with Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez that were extremely publicized. However, a showdown between questionably the most decorated quarterback of all time and the NFL around the manipulation of the air pressure ever happened.

This controversy even drew analysis from physicists that believed Goodell’s judgment was inadequate and raised a lot of questions about the fairness of the game.

It did not only impact Tom Brady’s career but also the Patriots’ organization as well as their owner, Robert Kraft who used to be great friends with the commissioner. The Patriots not only were penalized with a $1 million fine but also lost draft picks.

Lawyers even challenged the decision at the highest judicial level and argued that Brady was definitely unfairly suspended. With the league allowing him to finish the entire 2015 season including the playoffs, the NFL ruled that they were actually not severe enough with the Brady case.

The two Patriots employees that deflated the balls below the legal limit were not penalized at all unlike what the public opinion is suggesting.

This incident, stemming back from January 2015, will surely have bookmakers reassessing their odds for the start of their season and perhaps, the results of the next campaign since the Patriots’ 15 year domination may come to an halt this fall.

 

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NFL Fantasy Draft Needs Preview

While the first wave of free agency is settling quietly, draft needs are clearer. Only a few days until the 2016 NFL Draft and the next 72 hours will be extremely busy strategically. With so many speculations going on in the league, FanPicks will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This NFL Fantasy Draft Needs preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.

Atlanta Falcons

With only 5 picks this draft, the Falcon’s priority should lie in getting more pass rush to pair up Vic Beasley off the edge. On top of that, their back end of their secondary could use a little help if their willing to get a safety. The question is however, how early in the draft would they make that movie? They need some kind of leader in defense to reminisce the last few years when they had some of the most talented linebacking corps in the league. They’ve been attempting to upgrade their offensive line aggressively but there’s still some room to improve in that sector.

Top 3 round picks: 17th and 50th, 81th selections.

Carolina Panthers

With Josh Norman gone and rescinding his franchise tag, this leaves a huge gap to fill at the cornerback position. Their GM is sure that their pass rush can make any cornerback look good, explaining his move on letting go Norman. They need to replace Charles Johnson in the long run at defensive end and will definitely try to get the best available player left at that position.

Top 3 round picks: 30th and 62nd, 93rd selections.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans has had trouble stopping passing teams and despite 3rd round CB P.J. Williams being on the injured reserve list, they should try to find more talent for that position. They’ve had a track record of stockpiling picks but this year for the first time since 1997, will be trading down. As they tried to rebuild their base, they went from 9 picks in 2015 to only 6 picks this year to work with. Not only they need to strengthen defensively, but a big guy that could blow some holes for Mark Ingram and guard Drew Brees could put them back as threats in the league.

Top 3 round picks: 12th and 47th, 78th selections.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucks need to focus on defense since they just drafted one single defensive player the past 2 years. They should look for an athletic young replacement for Gosder Cherilus, something we may see in the first 2 or 3 rounds. Robert Ayers’s arrival may help at defensive end, but Tampa Bay could use more competition in the CB and Safety positions. Look out for them to really go full out on D this draft.

Top 3 round picks: 9th and 39th, 74th selections.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs Preview

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and we’re less than a week away. This NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs preview of all the AFC south teams is brought you by FanpPicks. FanPicks will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016.

Houston Texans

The Texans kind of lacked last season in terms of Wide Receiver and speed offensively. They filled their void with the signings of QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller. Those additions will take off huge needs off the draft board for Houston. With Duane Brown coming back from a big enjury and their center spot still unsettled with the loss of Ben Jones, the Offensive line position will definitely is going to be looked over this draft.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd, 52nd, and 85th selections.

Indianapolis Colts

With franchise QB Andrew Luck missing 9 games last year and the Colts giving up 118 QB hits, an Offensive Line recruitment is critical and needs to be addressed quickly. With a few of their cornerbacks set to become free agents this offseason, they should look into recruiting in that position after taking care of the pass rush issue.

Top 3 round picks: 19th and 48th, 82nd selections.

Jacksonville Jaguars

With the addition of Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler’s return, the pass rush should be resolved for the Jaguars. But they definitely need to recruit more talent to be competitive in those secondary positions. They will definitely need to step up their running game as well and find the right fit to fill the interior.

Top 3 round picks: 5th and 38th, 69th selections.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are set when it come to their defensive line but may recruit further talent with so many talented defensive linemen in the draft. They will also need to focus on their offensive tackle to build their QB’s confidence and protect him as well as solidify their offensive strategy.

Top 3 round picks: 15th and 43rd, 45th selections.

 

 

 

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NFC North

Fantasy Football NFL Draft Preview

We’re less than a week away from the highly anticipated NFL Draft and it’s time to monitor what improvements the teams can do with some critical acquisition. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This Fantasy Football NFL Draft preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears will need to get stronger in defense if they want to close in on their NFC North rivals this upcoming season. Their head coach John Fox as well as their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio hope to find a pass rusher that they’ll be able to pair with Pernell McPhee. This is most likely their most important priority. So far, they’ve upgraded their front 7 through free agency with the signing of Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman and Akiem Hicks. It’s also likely that they recruit at the corner back position.

Top 3 round picks: 11th and 41st, 72nd selections.

Detroit Lions

Detroit are in the need of serious play maker. Riley Reiff was built to become a right tackle or a guard. They will also need a tone-setter in the middle of the defense. They will also try finding a book-end pass rusher a priority.

Top 3 round picks: 16th and 46th, 77th selections.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have played Clay Matthews all over the field but they must recruit another big man like him either in the inside or outside. Offensively speaking, they’re fine but should still look for a swing tackle that can play on either side. Green Bay are always looking for a good tight end.

Top 3 round picks: 27th and 57th, 88th selections.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are quietly emerging in the NFC as a contender a large part due to their awesome running game and super athletic defensive players. In order to close out that gap between the heavyweight in the conference, they will need to solidify their receiver position. A top of the line receiver would be ideal to complement Teddy Bridgewater and take them to the next level.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd and 54th, 86th selections.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft

AFC North

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and its time for teams to make critical acquisition for the next season and future.  FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. You will be able to look at the improvements each AFC North could make during the draft. Now let’s check out what the AFC North needs for the future in this NFL Fantasy Football Draft.

Cincinnati Bengals

The main thing for the Bengals this campaign would be to solidify their Defense. An upper-echelon safety would really solve a lot of defensive issues. While their Center Russell Bodine is being pushed around far up front a bit too often, they will most likely not ignore that position. With A.J. Green as their main wide receiver, it seems like not all his wide receiving teammates will be retained due to free agency. Free agency and and the age could potentially lead the Bengals to a few linebackers and some strength in defensive tackling with one of their draft picks.

Top 3 round picks: 24th and 55th, 87th selections.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens need some serious help in their defensive backfield with threats such as Antonio Brown and A.J. Green in their division. Terrell Suggs’ injury will definitely make them go on the hunt for a pass rusher. We’re waiting to see what Breshad Perriman is capable but a good form from their QB Joe Flacco won’t hurt.

Top 3 round picks: 6th and 36th, 70th selections.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers cannot stop the pass and there hasn’t really been many turnovers in the CB position. This year however, you might see some new blood added and not just for depth purposes, but as potential long-term starters. To go along with some new corner backs, the Steelers might be on the lookout for Will Allen’s eventual replacement if they find a safety talented enough. The absence of Ben Roethlisberger for four games in 2015 highlighted the need for the Steelers to find a capable, young backup to groom and it might be time to find a left guard to challenge Ramon Fosterfor the starting role.

Top 3 round picks: 25th and 58th, 89th selections.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland have learned their lesson when they took a swing at a franchise QB 2 years ago. They must keep trying to find that guy but with good due diligence. They will need to get some solid defensive addition that could help them stop the run. The departures of Travis Benjamin and Alex Mackand as well as Mitchell Schwartz will create need for their immediate . They must keep trying to find that guy. How do the Browns do a better job of stopping the run? Well, new talent might be nice. The departures of WR Travis Benjamin, C Alex Mackand OT Mitchell Schwartz have created a more immediate need at their positions.

Top 3 round picks: 8th and 32nd, 65th selections.

 

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