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Silva’s Best-Ball RB Tiers More Summary: Tier-one running backs are the most valued commodities in fantasy football and will likely comprise six of the top-seven picks in most 2018 drafts, with Antonio Brown somewhere mixed in. Gurley’s every-down ability was unlocked in Sean McVay’s 2017 offense, leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,093) and TDs (19).

I’ve found the agent for Cousins, Mike McCartney, to be an honorable man in my dealings with him over the years. All of us in this business have to judge the people we come in contact with and make decisions on how much we trust them. Whenever McCartney has told me something, it’s been the truth. He mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago that he’d been keeping a journal on the Cousins negotiations, going back to the Washington days; he continued last week, when things got intense.

The move down three spots came with a pair of second-round picks this year, and a second-round pick next year.

“We feel like at six, we’ll still be able to acquire a premium player,” Ballard explained. “Plus, being able to pick up the two twos this year and the two next year, that gives us four picks this year in the top 50 of the draft, and then three picks next year, one in the first, two in the second.”

The Colts could still get more picks, if they move down from No. 6. Which Ballard hasn’t ruled out.

Richard Sherman’s addition is, of course, the most noteworthy offseason movement since the cornerback is a four-time Pro Bowl performer, a former Super Bowl champion and one of the league’s most recognizable personalities.

Washington is paying Richardson $8 million per year to be the next DeSean Jackson, but he’s only averaging 27.7 receiving yards per game over his first four NFL seasons.?

The Dolphins traded away Jarvis Landry and then replaced him with Wilson, who agreed to sign a three-year, $24 million deal. The former Chiefs receiver, whose career high in yards is 554, needs to produce in a big way.patriots_033

Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to Eagles for Super Bowl 52 win

Despite not scheduling an official television interview before Super Bowl 52, President Donald Trump still had some thoughts about the outcome of the game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Just because Trump skipped the interview doesn’t mean he won’t have anything else to say about the game. He has strong ties to the Patriots and is a friend of owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady.

The second-most northern city to host a Super Bowl is Detroit, which lies at 42.34 latitude, 83.04 longitude. The Super Bowl went to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and Ford Field in 2006. For third place, we head to East Rutherford, where MetLife Stadium (40.18 latitude, 74.07 longitude) held the game in 2014. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (39.76 latitude, 86.16 longitude) rounds out the top four, serving as the 2012 hosts.

Strangely enough, those are the only times the Super Bowl has ventured north. The NFL prefers holding the game in Southern warm-weather cities, and it’s no coincidence that three of the four cities above have domed stadiums. The 2014 game at MetLife was the only time a Super Bowl was held outdoors in a cold environment. But sadly, we never got a snow game out of it.

It’s common practice for college football programs to claim as much NFL glory as possible, even when those programs are only tangentially connected to players involved in big NFL moments. For instance, Ohio State has claimed Tim Tebow before.

As another example, not all of these players have anything serious to do with South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, but that doesn’t stop the Gamecocks from claiming all of them as Muschamp’s guys when it’s draft time:

We all have phones and social media, and even on TV. It’s part of the business. I’ve been there before and there’s nothing you can do. You try to block it and try to play. We’re still trying to get better as a team and still trying to push. We just have to come here and basically play and whatever is going to happen Monday is going to happen and you just move on after.
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Current NFC No. 1 seed Minnesota finds itself in the top three.

Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams. This week, the Patriots celebrate their eight-game winning streak with a return to top spot, immediately followed by the AFC’s other powerhouse, the Steelers, who will host New England in what could be a candidate for the game of the year a week from Sunday.

Then, the Eagles, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped in Seattle Sunday night, and the Rams, who will host those Eagles this weekend, round out a competitive top five.

The Patriots reclaim the No. 1 spot with their victory in Buffalo and the Eagles’ loss in Seattle. This is where the Patriots were supposed to spend the entire season, out in front with the rest of the NFL chasing them.

Ward was named first-team All-American and rightfully so. He finished the year with 15 pass breakups, two interceptions and repeated blanket coverage. If he was a few inches taller, he would be a top-10 pick.

Williams might have the highest ceiling of any offensive tackle in the class, but a few hiccups in his injury-shortened 2017 put him at No. 24 for the time being. The pre-draft process will be vital for him.

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco led the Ravens to the Super Bowl and remains under contract through 2022. But his shaky recent performance could make the Ravens at least consider a change. The Ravens are in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season and haven’t won a playoff game since beating the Steelers in the wild-card round after the 2014 season. Pro Football Focus rated Flacco the 27th-best quarterback in the NFL last year, and so far this season, he ranks 26th.

NFL players and owners met in New York to discuss how to move forward on social issues, as Mark Maske reports. The sides, Maske writes, did not come to a resolution over how players should observe the national anthem before game. From the story:

Players and owners met with Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL’s offices beginning around 10 a.m. The meeting broke up close to 2 p.m., after the scheduled 1 p.m. beginning of the owners’ meeting in Lower Manhattan.
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Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt named writers’ NFL Rookie of the Year

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing, was selected as the 2017 NFL Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of American in voting announced Tuesday.

He was third in the NFL in scrimmage yards with 1,782 yards, an average of 111.4 yards per game. He also caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three TDs. Hunt scored 11 overall touchdowns and set a NFL rookie record with 100 or more scrimmage yards in seven consecutive games to begin his career.

Kamara, a third-round pick (No. 67 overall) out of Tennessee, led all rookies with 81 receptions (third-most by a rookie running back in NFL history) and ranked second among NFL rookies with 1,554 scrimmage yards.

He is one of four rookies in NFL history to have at least five rushing and five receiving TDs, joining three Pro Football Hall of Famers Doak Walker (1950), Charley Taylor (1964) and Gale Sayers (1964).

Lattimore, a first-round selection (No. 11 overall) out of Ohio State, tied for fifth in the NFL with five interceptions. He finished the regular season with 53 tackles (44 solo), five interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 18 passes defensed, which tied for the most by a rookie in 2017 in 13 games (all starts).

The Dolphins wide receiver is eager to stay in Miami if an agreement can be reached but isn’t thrilled with the way his contract talks with the team have played out since last month.

My agent and I talked about being a leader and setting a good example, so I silenced all those things by going to OTAs and training camp, by putting the team first and being a team guy, Landry told the Miami Herald. I feel like in the NFL, they preach loyalty and family and they have none for you. As a player, you see it’s not a family during negotiations, how it becomes them versus me or me versus them. That’s part of the NFL I believe the fans don’t see.

Landry’s agent, Damarius Bilbo, claimed the Dolphins initially made an offer in early December. Landry then followed with a counteroffer but has yet to recieve a response from the team.
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President Donald Trump bashes ‘weak and out of control’ NFL

Trump has been a frequent and vocal critic of the NFL since assuming office, beginning with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his call for players to be suspended or fired for protesting. His comments sparked a league-wide protest earlier this season in which NFL executives joined their players by kneeling or locking arms.

Since then, Trump has also taken shots at the owners and commissioner Roger Goodell for not taking action against those who choose to take a stand.

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars, ankle, 4:25 p.m. ET: Fournette remains a fixture on the injury report, but this marks the second consecutive week that he has been a full participant in practice each day. His removal from the pregame injury report again indicates that he is expected to play as the Jags host the Seahawks.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets, hamstring, 4:05 p.m. ET: Unlike Forte — who bears the questionable tag — Powell has been cleared from the injury report in advance of Sunday’s game in Denver. The hamstring issue could not have been particularly serious, given that he was a full participant in practice throughout the week.

An Army investigation into 2014 rape allegations against Black Knights quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw “were unfounded and the case was closed,” according to a statement released by the United States Military Academy on Saturday.

“The Army takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously, and every allegation of sexual assault is thoroughly investigated,” the statement said. “The Army and The US Military Academy are aware that sexual assault allegations from a single incident were made against Cadet Bradshaw in 2014 and that the allegations were thoroughly investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The investigation concluded that the allegations against Cadet Bradshaw were unfounded and the case was closed.”

Lewis told The Daily Beast that the two met in 2014. She left West Point in February 2015.
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“Guys are just scoring at will against us. Our defense is pretty bad right now. So that’s the number one thing,” James said after the Knicks put four players in double figures, led by Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 34 points and Kristaps Porzingis’ 32.
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New York, which came into the game averaging just 4.5 fast-break points per game, outscored the Cavs 13-4 in transition. The Knicks also torched Cleveland from outside, hitting 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) DeMarcus Cousins Womens Jersey from beyond the arc.

The thing about the Italian shoes, they’re handmade. We could have gone cheap. The best part about this whole process is people are buying a handmade shoe for way less than any department store. Crazy detail. Hand-stitched leathers.

“I think we have more of the right people in the program than we’ve ever had. I’m hoping from a chemistry and culture standpoint, that’s going to allow us to push through and hopefully be playing at our highest level when we get to March.”

Tate’s numbers in the Wildcats’ first three games of October: 46 carries for 694 yards (15.1 yards per carry); a 76% completion rate, 468 yards, four touchdowns and an interception through the air.

Garoppolo didn’t have the arm strength to match Derek Carr during practices, but he had enough juice to drive the ball through the wind. And his release? It’s quick. He can get the ball out with speed. Pair that with his ability to see the field, and he had a great week in front of pro personnel. Find the window, move the safety and then deliver a strike.

He was a full participant Wednesday and Friday but saw limited reps on Thursday. Both Forte and Bilal Powell were active last week, but Forte continues to edge out Powell in total touches. As long as both are healthy, the committee Damontre Moore Authentic Jersey is likely to continue.

Darren Helm scored into an empty Coyotes net at 18:34.

Heisman Trophy candidate Barkley returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and also had a 36-yard scoring run at Ohio State. The latter score was the only time he was able to break free in the ground game, as he netted eight yards on his 20 other carries.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio doesn’t want to get into a shootout with a team averaging 39.8 points a game. Holding onto the ball, literally, will be a key factor. The Spartans have fumbled 22 times and been fortunate to lose only 10. Penn State has forced 14 fumbles and recovered 11.

Alexander Radulov scored 2:28 into overtime and the Stars defeated the Canucks 2-1 on Monday night.

Ben Bishop made 38 saves and Tyler Seguin had a second-period goal for Dallas, which improved to 13-0-1 against Vancouver in their last 14 meetings.

The Stars are 3-1 on a five-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Winnipeg. Radulov has three goals and six points in his last three games.

“He’s a wild-card player,” Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s going to do things on the ice that are creative and you are going to have to live with it, but he competes on the puck and that’s a big part of it. He’s a very competitive player and I think he elevates the rest of our competitiveness.”

Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal in the third for the Canucks, who had won four straight.patriots_123

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“There’s no doubt in my mind, if the league thinks he was a really good safety, just wait until you see his versatility and what he can do as a linebacker,” Saleh said, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s going to be unbelievable.”

Reid might have to play at an “unbelievable” level if he wants to ensure he’ll remain with the 49ers after this season. The fifth-year veteran asked general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan if the move to linebacker would guarantee him Bay Area employment in 2018.

88.7 percent. FPI might be singing a different tune if the Chiefs lose a third straight game in Week 8 to the Broncos, but for now, the Chiefs are an overwhelming favorite to win the AFC West. Despite the recent losses, they still have the second-most points per game and third-best point differential.

94.8 percent. The Steelers already are 3-0 in division play and the only team with a winning record in the AFC North. FPI gives them nearly a 95 percent chance of winning back-to-back division titles for the first time since 2007-08.

The Giants head into their bye week with the NFL’s third-worst record. Only the winless Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers have fared worse, and this Giants team entered the season with lofty expectations after finishing 11-5 last season while ending a five-year playoff drought.

What happened: Peters tore his right ACL and MCL when a Washington defender was blocked into the side of his leg during last Monday night’s game.

Potential return? Peters will be pushing to return by the start of training camp in 2018. Peters has two years remaining on his contract, but at age 36, he must decide whether he wants to continue playing or end what could very well be a career that lands him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Chiefs QB Alex Smith upset over low, late hit to knees vs. Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith usually keeps his temper in check but had some pointed words for Mike Mitchell after the Pittsburgh Steelers safety dived into the back of his knees following a third-quarter pass in Sunday’s game.

“Certainly when I got fired up, I thought [the hit] was pretty late,” said Smith, who screamed something at Mitchell after the hit. “I mean, when you get hit in the back of your knee like that, I didn’t understand how that happened. Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback, I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys are trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”

Pole dancing is not like everyone thinks it is, you need to actually watch it to understand.

Competitions started but they were very amateur, with friends of friends doing the judging. My goal initially was to make it more professional.

I feel like we have achieved the impossible, everyone told us that we would not be able to get pole dancing recognised as a sport.

Having grown rapidly since it was founded in 2009, the IPSF is now made up of 25 national federations, including Spain, Japan and Mexico, and is due to welcome new members from the US and China next year.

In 2012, it hosted the first World Pole Sports Championship, which launched to coincide the with London 2012 Olympic Games.

And I hope people will give the owners the benefit of the doubt that it takes time to get up to speed on these issues. We aren’t there yet, but we are getting there.sabres_012

It’s hard work to make adjustments to the game and having injuries and things like that.

The matchup that matters most: Quintana (and the lefty relievers) versus Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Quintana held lefties to a .584 OPS compared to .732 versus righties. As mentioned here before, Harper had a sizable platoon split this season, with a much worse strikeout-to-walk ratio against southpaws. Yet in the eighth inning of Game 2, Joe Maddon let Carl Edwards Jr. face Harper (who represented the tying run) instead of bringing in Mike Montgomery. Boom. Game tied. With three lefties in the pen — Montgomery, Brian Duensing and Justin Wilson — Harper shouldn’t see a right-hander in a tight game unless it’s closer Wade Davis.

The prediction: The Nationals hit a lot better at home this season (.287/.352/.471 versus .245/.312/.428), so that may favor the Cubs. Quintana has been very good of late, with a 45-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his final six starts. Scherzer’s health is a wild card, but it seems he may have to pitch a gem. Here’s saying he does. Nationals win 4-2.

There’s not many LeBrons out here, guys that don’t get injured. There’s not many Russells [Russell Westbrook], but even Russell’s gotten injured. There’s not many guys like that. I think Derrick has done a great job of fighting through injuries and coming back and fighting through injuries and coming back and it takes a strong mental guy to be able to do that. I fought through a lot myself.”

Keep an eye on Mack, who had by far his best pro game in Week 5. He rushed for 91 yards on nine attempts, including a nifty 35-yard run and a touchdown. He’s clearly the Colts’ most explosive back, and while Frank Gore is the unquestioned starter, Indy might have found something in Mack with his Week 5 usage. The hope is that can serve as a springboard game, making Mack a savvy add and stash.ravens_136