NFL Season Preview

 2016 NFC South 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 South. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 NFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

 2016 NFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview

Atlanta Falcons

Just when Devonta Freeman looks like a good Fantasy pick, the Falcons schedule hits you like a ton of bricks. Four road games in the first six weeks include back-to-back games at Denver and at a rested Seattle team. They also play at Tampa on a short week and at Carolina in Week 16. Home games include the Chargers, Packers, Cardinals and Chiefs — not easy games. Freeman’s going to have to get a lot done in the passing game.

 

Key Additions:  C Alex Mack, DE Derrick Shelby, WR Mohamed Sanu

Key Losses: DT Paul Soliai, DE O’Brien Schofield, DE Kroy Biermann, G Chris Chester, WR Roddy White

 

Carolina Panthers

It’s a tougher slate than what they had in 2015 but it’s not a dangerous gauntlet. Maybe the biggest issue is that there’s no stretch where they can dominate offensively for five or six weeks at a time. Leading off at Denver, then taking on the Vikings in Week 3, then a showdown with the Cardinals in Week 8 is an example. Back-to-back West Coast games are brutal. Cam Newton should remain productive but don’t expect a year like the one he just had.

 

Key Additions: Di Paul Soliai, C Gino Gradkowski

Key Losses:  ED Jared Allen (Retired), WR Jerricho Cotchery, P Brad Nortman

 

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees’ arm is going to fall off. The matchups are either sweet for the Saints passing game or will require the Saints to put up a ton of points to keep up. Then again, is that really different than normal? Check out this horrid six-game stretch starting in Week 6: at Carolina, at Kansas City, Seattle, at San Francisco, Denver and at Carolina on a Thursday. That stretch could be an eyesore for Mark Ingram.

 

Key Additions: TE Coby Fleener, LB James Laurinaitis, LB Nathan Stupar

Key Losses: WR Marques Colston, TE Ben Watson, CB Brandon Browner, HB Khiry Robinson, G Jahri Evans


 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

t’s a tough start for the Buccaneers — they play at Arizona, vs. Los Angeles, vs. Denver and at Carolina in Weeks 2 through 5. But after their Week 6 bye they have a lot of good-looking matchups including a potential foursome of shootouts in Weeks 13 through 16 (at San Diego, vs. New Orleans, at Dallas, at New Orleans). Draft the Bucs and be patient with them.

 

Key Additions:  ED Robert Ayers, G J.R. Sweezy, LB Daryl Smith, CB Brent Grimes, CB Josh Robinson

Key Losses: G Logan Mankins (retired), LB Bruce Carter, LB Danny Lansanah

 

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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 NFC East Review

Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NFL NFC East Review of the 2015 season. Come enjoy daily Fantasy sports news at Fanpicks.com during this NFL offseason.

The NFC East was by the far the worst division in the NFC Conference and second worst in the entire NFL after the AFC South this past campaign. Even by being home to 4 of the most popular teams in the league, the fact that the lead for the division as changed over 5 times and saw each teams lead the division at some point this season showed an immense struggle and competition for a playoff berth.

NFL NFC East Review standings

  • Washington Redskins

With 9 wins this year and bringing their all time total wins to 601, the Redskins became the 5th franchise to pass the 600-win mark. They clinched their 5th division title and 24th overall for their franchise. The Redskins are also the only team to have clinched the NFC East twice in the last five seasons. Their turning point of the season came down in week 7 against the buccaneers when Kirk Cousins and his team were down 24-7 at half but rattled off 24 points in the 2nd half to take the lead with 28 seconds left 31-30. They would then finish their season with a 6-3 records and takeover the NFC East.

It was one of the most remarkable passing seasons in Redskins history for their QB Cousins. Not only he became the first player in team history to throw a TD in all 16 games but his 32.8 pts per game average to close their 4 game winning streak at the end of the season was the most in the NFL during that time frame.

 

  • Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles had a really tough season and are in an obvious period of transition. They’ve abruptly fired their coach Chip Kelly at the end of the season when they were eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Redskins. They had to bring in Doug Pedersen in and it will be very interesting for their off season preparation and team makeover. They have to figure out their QB position as soon as possible with Sam Bradford’s contract up and Mark Sanchez not being a long-term solution. With Chip Kelly having cut or traded several important starters before their last campaign, they will need to find a way to attract other special talent alike LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Nick Foles or Trent Cole all let go by Kelly within the last 2 years.

 

  • New York Giants

The New York Giants have not made playoffs since their 2011 season, ironically, the same year they won the Super Bowl against the Patriots. It was coach Tom Coughlin’s 12th year with the Giants. The main problem that occurred this year was their inability to close out games, having lost 5 games this season in which they held leads in the final 2 minutes. They actually became the first team in NFL history to start their season 0-2 while holding double digit leads heading into the 4th quarter for both games. Fantasy owners will definitely be hoping for a revival of Eli Manning, often disrespected lately but will set their eyes on Odell Beckham Jr. who’s absolutely essential to their offense.

 

  • Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ 4-12 record was the team’s worst since 1989, the first year Jerry Jones became owner (1-15). Despite starting the season 2-0 and leading the NFC East, the Cowboys lost 7 straight and finished the season on a 2-12 skid. The Cowboys still made some big moves keeping Head Coach Jason Garrett, signing him to a $30 million contract and resigning big man Dez Bryant to a 5 year $70 million contact. They will hope to come back to their winning ways and it will be interesting for fantasy owners to monitor their offseason strategy and snipe the best deals.

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