Green Bay Head Coach Mike McCarthy is giving up the reins of offensive play calling. That has to be blasphemy right?
McCarthy came to the decision just weeks after the Packers melted down against the Seahawks. Now the questions shifts to who will start calling the shots in Green Bay. Packer’s offensive coordinator Tom Clements would be the likely candidate to take on this role. This could have significant NFL fantasy implications.
Giving up this much control will be a tough pill to swallow for McCarthy who has helped mold Green Bay into an offensive power house. It seems that some players and coaching staff questioned the urgency and effectiveness of his play calling during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game. Rodgers even said, “When you go back and think about it, at times we weren’t playing as aggressively as we usually do.”
It would seem that the play calling is not the issue in Green Bay. Via Football-Reference.com, Green Bay has finished in the top 10 in eight out of the nine seasons. We could name about 95% of the other teams in the NFL that would kill for that type of productivity.
Regardless of the success McCarthy has had in the past, it seems that change is imminent. One plus of this change is that McCarthy will acquire new features of the head coaching job other than play calling. Green Bay fans shouldn’t be too worried by this change. The bad news for opposing defenses is that with the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers at the helm and more focus on play calling, the Green Bay offense could develop into something even more lethal, both on the gridiron and for fantasy football teams.
For the latest on NFL player news, keep reading Fantasy Focus!
I recently had an opportunity to interview the best player/trader in the ‘Play The Draft’ (PTD) universe (and arguably the most astute Mock Drafter in the world)—Xavier Cromartie.
Xavier won the coveted 2014 Senior Bowl prize package, despite joining two weeks after the PTD contest began, and also beginning $1M+ behind the leaders (everyone starts with a $12M amount to trade with). He ended up winning the Senior Bowl Challenge by $350,000+. He joined a second public PTD league for fun…and won that by $2.6M+.
Xavier Cromartie “…is the team to beat” in ‘Play The Draft’ 2015.
Do you think Xavier was just lucky in his NFL Draft knowledge in 2014? In 2007, which was the last time ESPN had a big-time sponsored Mock Draft contest, he won that too. What did he win? An all-expense paid trip to Bristol, CT for an ESPN tour, and lunch with Trey Wingo. Oh yeah, plus he won a Hummer H3 (the contest was sponsored by Hummer). In 2005, he narrowly missed ESPN’s top prize in the same contest.
Xavier Cromartie is the ‘Oracle of Play The Draft’, which doesn’t roll off the tongue, and may be copyright infringement from Warren Buffett, so I will dub him: “The Prophet of PTD.” The ‘Prophet’ and I, had a chance to discuss his 2014 ‘Play The Draft’ experience, and look ahead to 2015…
RC: How did you find ‘Play The Draft’, initially?
Xavier: I first competed in ‘Play The Draft’ in 2013. A friend tweeted a link to it. I knew instantly that I wanted to play it. Unfortunately, I heard about the game only a week or so before the draft, but it gave me a chance to learn the rules. I remember that I had some big moneymakers that year. The biggest was D.J. Hayden, who went from not being in the first round to possibly being the Raiders’ pick at #3 overall. I missed on Ryan Nassib, and the false-rumored Doug Marrone connection at pick #8 overall. I guess I never expected a team to take E.J. Manuel with their 1st-pick because “he had the biggest hands.” I remember being annoyed by that pick, because in my final mock draft that year, I had the Rams trading up to #8 overall for Tavon Austin and the Bills getting a QB at #16… Except that QB was Nassib instead of Manuel.
RC: Would you call yourself and active trader in PTD? Did you deal every day, or content to sit and hold…or a blend of both?
Xavier: I analyzed my team daily, and made changes if it made sense to do so. Thankfully, PTD does not have the 24-hour, real-time nature of most markets, and so there’s enough time to trade without missing out on the moves.
RC: How often do you check on your PTD account in season? If ‘every day’, how early—like first thing? I ask because, out of nowhere, the first thing I did each day was click my account to find out what happened overnight. I had to know! Did you get like that as well?
Xavier: I signed-in twice per day, usually. I checked in the morning to see how the numbers changed. But more importantly, I scrolled down for the daily R.C. Fischer article. No one on Earth could be a better representative for PTD. I remember reading your first article and being immediately intrigued. “Finally, someone who thinks the way I do.” I hadn’t heard of you before then, but soon afterward I was reading everything on Fantasy Football Metrics and College Football Metrics as well. Anyway, I absorbed information throughout the day, and then devoted some time at night to determining whether I should make any changes to my fund.
RC: Would you say that playing PTD helped/forced you to follow more prospects across the board—that you otherwise wouldn’t have (like Guards, etc.)…or were you already ‘way into’ the NFL Draft, and followed them anyway?
Xavier: With or without PTD, I start to lose interest in the draft/prospects once we get into round four. But PTD requires me to pay a lot more attention to the potential second/third round prospects than I otherwise would. Why do I do it? I’m not really a die-hard football lover or follower of any team or fan of the players. I love the football-related challenge. I was born to do analysis. My university degree is in philosophy, and I have many years of experience in using technical analysis to trade markets. Analyzing the NFL Draft is a perfect match for my talents. You can’t really program a computer to do it like in chess, because it’s more than pure calculation; it requires human understanding.
RC: When you think back on 2014: Who would you look back and remember fondly as your best play and one of your top fantasy sleeper picks? Who would you look back at 2014 with scorn—what player hurt you with a big loss, or never got the heat you hoped for?
Xavier: The three big moneymakers in the weeks leading up to the draft (and my gains) were Cody Latimer (+100%), Joel Bitonio (+75%), and Tom Savage (+40%). On draft day, I banked onJaWuan James (+180%) to go to Miami and Dominique Easley (+110%) to go to New England in round one. My biggest regret is that I took out Marcus Smith (+150%) for draft day after holding him for weeks. I knew that Smith had a chance to go late round one, but I had to make room for players who had what I thought were better probabilities.
There’s one particular loss that still haunts and confuses me: Martavis Bryant (-30%). I thought that if Pittsburgh didn’t take this much-needed, tall red-zone threat at #46 overall then there would be plenty of other potential landing spots in the mid-to-late second round. He fell to pick #118 overall. Remember that Stephen Hill was taken with pick #43 purely on athleticism in 2012. The Jets had two fourth-round picks in 2014, and they passed on Bryant twice for WRs Jalen Saunders andShaq Evans. So they were purposefully attempting not to repeat the mistake they made with Hill. In other words, they think that drafting an athletic marvel should be avoided at all costs. Are you kidding me? Jalen Saunders is 165-pound WR with nowhere near Dri Archer/Tavon Austin’s speed. At that weight, he better run a 4.1 if he’s going to play in the NFL. The Jets already waived him in September. Meanwhile, Bryant scored 9 TDs in 11 games as a rookie.
RC: Who do you think the lightning rod player will be in 2015—the guy who’s price goes high-low-high and all over because of rumors and diversions, etc.?
Xavier: The first thing that comes to mind when you talk about volatility has to be quarterbacks. So many QBs who were mocked as the first overall pick early in the process ended up plunging, likeJimmy Clausen, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jonathan Football. You could pick either Bridgewater or Manziel as the most volatile guy last year. Other major causes of volatility are character concerns (Isaiah Crowell, Da’Rick Rogers, Colt Lyerla) and medical red flags (Da’Quan Bowers, Jamar Taylor, Jesse Williams).
This year, the glaringly obvious choice for volatility is Jameis Winston, a QB with character concerns. Another obvious choice is WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who also has character concerns. We can throw in RB Todd Gurley as well because of his torn ACL. One prospect with some genuine intrigue is WR Sammie Coates. I cannot wait to see what numbers he puts up at the NFL Combine. We know his athleticism will be spectacular, but everyone rails on his catching ability.
**See the 2015 NFL Draft and 2015 Dynasty Rookie Draft, like never before with our Moneyball-style scouting reports and rankings. Go to www.collegefootballmetrics.com
Thanks to Xavier for giving me some time to pick his brain on fantasy football keepers and NFL fantasy sleepers!
Do you think you can take down the “Prophet of PTD” Xavier Cromartie in 2015?
You have your chance now—Xavier has been bouncing between #1-2 rank in the PTD 2015 ‘FRX Insiders’ contest from the day it opened, and is getting ready to crush spirits in the Fantasy Football Metrics contest starting 2/9. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of other contests available that he will not be in–if you’d like to avoid him…which is probably a wise move. However, I’m thick-headed, and looking forward to trying to defeat the PTD Prophet in my own contest!
You can join as many PTD contests as you wish—so come join the war with me, or just laugh at me as I get humiliated trying to knock off Xavier (who is about 100+ spots ahead of me right now—I’m pacing myself)! It’s never too late to join the race in ‘Play The Draft’, so come along for the ride—you will enjoy the NFL Draft process like never before, I promise!
A new season of “Play The Draft” has begun. ‘Play The Draft’ website
— R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. He is also a lead writer for ‘Play The Draft.com’. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM
RB Fantasy Football News
The NFL's 2015 free agent class reads more like a who's who in fantasy football, but what team these players end up on can most definitely impact and shape each player's fantasy value.
One of the top free agents coming into the 2015 season is Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. The high-profile wideout had a remarkable season, finishing first in receiving touchdowns with 16 and 8th in receiving yards with 1,320. Bryant helped guide Dallas to the playoffs, as the Cowboys sported an impressive 12-4 record. Bryant is most certainly set to sign a contract that puts him among the top 10 highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL and it appears that the Cowboys will be the team to get the job done. With Tony Romo still at the helm of the fast-paced Cowboys offense, Bryant should be poised to have another remarkable season, and he could easily be drafted as a top 3 wide receiver for next season.
Dez Bryant's Cowboys teammate and bell cow fantasy RB, DeMarco Murray, is also available as a free agent. Whether or not the Cowboys can bring him back to Dallas is a HUGE question mark. Murray paced the league with 1,845 rushing yards, out gaining the second leading rusher, Le'Veon Bell by nearly 500 yards.
In RB news, Murray proved all the doubters wrong as he was able to endure various injuries, and take on a workload that consisted of 392 carries on the year, missing no games in the process. His ability to take the field during every game will no doubt make him an appealing tailback on the open market. It's nearly impossible to determine where this talented halfback will land, but regardless, he should be drafted as top 5 option as he has proven his ability to put together a complete season.
Another wide receiver on the market that should be monitored closely is the highly-talented Demaryius Thomas. Thomas finished second in the league by racking 1,619 receiving yards, adding 11 touchdowns as well. He ended the regular season on a hot streak as he put up 115 receiving yards or more in 2 of his last 4 games in the regular season, and should be seen as a candidate to replicate those numbers, no matter what team he winds up on.
Thomas is most definitely a very valuable asset for the Broncos moving forward, and they will do all they can to keep him in Denver. He might require a franchise tag to keep in the city, but that might be necessary as he should be a hot commodity if left open to the market as a clear-cut top 3 receiver. Thomas has shown the ability to breakout on a weekly basis, and should be drafted as a high-end number one wideout in all fantasy formats.
Demaryius Thomas' teammate Julius Thomas (no relation) is also set to his the free agency market, and will be heavily targeted as a difference-amker at the tight end position. Despite missing 3 games due to various injuries, Thomas was able to secure 12 touchdowns, tying for first for his position with Chargers TE Antonio Gates, and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.
If Thomas makes it to the free market, without retaining his position with the Denver Broncos, his position should remain in demand as an athletic stretch tight end with the ability to make defenses struggle in opposition. His only downfall is his inability to block for the running game, but his offensive possibilities should trump his deficiencies against the run. His overall snap count may diminish ever so slightly depending on his landing spot, but he should still see enough targets to retain his place in the top 3 tight ends in the league.
The last free agent to discuss is Lions DE Ndamukong Suh, and his landing spot is of optimal importance. The Lions finished second in the league in allowing 300.9 total yards per game, and their success can be attributed to Suh's presence on a weekly basis. Since he has had difficulty with his temper, and has dealt with multiple disciplinary issues, he might have seen his last day as a member of the Detroit Lions. That being said, the defense of whatever team he joins is certain to see an increase in dependability, and in performance against both the run and the pass. Be sure to monitor Suh's status on the market, as he can personally influence a team's defensive performance simply by being present.
Stay tuned with ASL's RB fantasy news all offseason for the most updated info!
It sure seems like a long time ago that the Cleveland Browns were 7-4 atop the AFC North and in control of their division. Cleveland ended the year on a five game losing streak and things have only gotten worse.
Josh Gordon has been in NFL player news for his suspension for a minimum of one year for another violation of the NFL's substance policy and one of their first-round draft picks, Johhny Manziel, checked himself into a treatment facility last week. The Browns also parted ways with their Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan who will now be calling plays in Atlanta and the NFL is investigating the Browns front office for possibly sending text messages to the Browns sidlelines during games this season which the NFL prohibits. Plenty of fantasy football implications!
Cleveland shocked the NFL by jumping out to their surprise 7-4 start but things are back to normal with Cleveland's future looking anything but bright. Cleveland had two first round draft picks last year. One was "Johnny Football" who couldn't beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job and when he did get opportunities to play, Manziel played terribly and couldn't stay healthy. Their other first-round pick was the eighth overall pick, Justin Gilbert. Gilbert only started in two games this year and is rumored to be very immature.
While the near future does not appear to be bright for the Cleveland Browns, they should be competitive for years to come. They got all but one of their wins last year without Josh Gordon and have a good core of young players on both sides of the ball. The Browns have two first-round draft picks again this year so as long as they can get solid production from both picks they should be a respectable team during the 2015-16 season.
Stay tuned to Fantasy Focus for up to date NFL fantasy info!
NFL Fantasy Sleepers and Fantasy Football Keepers -
Seattle wide receiver Chris Matthews didn't record a single catch during the regular season, but delivered an EPIC performance in the Super Bowl recording 4 receptions for 109 yards and touchdown.
Now Dynasty Diehards in search of those fantasy sleeper picks are clamoring for information wanting to know, “Where the heck did Chris Matthews fall out of the sky from?”
And - “Should I care about him for Dynasty leagues?”
Let’s examine those questions…
*First, note that he was projected and discussed in our 2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide. In my write up/analysis of his 2014, I began it with: “…more interesting as a deep-deep-deep sleeper for FF with the retirement of Sidney Rice.” So, it’s like I knew this was coming! Kidding. Can you believe it’s almost time to start work on the 2015 Fantasy Football Draft Guide? You’ll be reading it in less than six-months…
**Second, the odds that every radio, TV or print personality who mentions Chris Matthews’ name tomorrow, will make a joke about the talk show host on MSNBC with the same name: it’s 1-to-9. It is the same odds that I will go legally insane about the 3rd-4th time I hear it Monday.
Matthews’s bio notes…
— Matthews is a legit 6’4”+, and was a high school TE/WR and Defensive End.
— Matthews became a JUCO star WR…and going the JUCO route due to being academically in eligible for D1 schools.
— As a Junior, Matthews qualified to join the University of Kentucky, and was a solid SEC WR—playing two years with Randall Cobb (who was then a WR-RB-QB). Matthews was useful as a Junior, but shined a little as a Senior (2010), with 61 catches (4th in the SEC) for 925 yards (6th in the SEC) and 9 receiving TDs (led the SEC).
His big game came against South Carolina as a Senior: 12 catches for 177 yards and 1 TD.
He would be classified as pretty good, but not dominant in his time in the SEC.
— He was not an NFL Combine invite. At his Pro Day, he ran a 4.6+ 40-time with decent agility, and a below average vertical. He was solid, but not spectacular athletically…thus the following path to the NFL:
— He went undrafted in 2011 NFL Draft, and had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns, and ultimately was cut before the season began.
— In 2012, he played in the Arena League with Iowa, and then flipped over to the CFL. In 2012, Matthews was the CFL ‘Most Outstanding Rookie Award’. He posted 81 catches for 1,192 yards and 7 TDs for Winnipeg that season.
— In 2013, he had a bout with turf toe, and was released by Winnipeg…and thus wound up working at the infamous Foot Locker. If they aren’t on the phone with him right now for an ad deal…
— He was signed to a future’s contract with Seattle in 2014. He was cut before the season, and then placed on the practice squad. He would later recover the critical onside kick against Green Bay, and then make his first NFL catches in the Super Bowl—winding up with 100+ yards and a TD. He would have been the MVP had Seattle not blown it/lost in the final moments.
**See the 2015 NFL Draft and 2015 Dynasty Rookie Draft, like never before with our Moneyball-style scouting reports and rankings. Go to www.collegefootballmetrics.com **
Fantasy Football 2015 Outlook:
If this entire Seattle WR group is back as-is, then I would get interested in Matthews. He showed an ability to ‘play with the big boys’ on a big stage. He didn’t have a lucky debut. He was physical with DBs, and made some outstanding ‘up for grabs’ catches. He’s a worthy NFL WR…arguably their best red-zone target in 2015—as it stands today.
However, I maintain that Seattle is going to re-do their entire offensive skill position depth chart—all new WRs via draft and free agency, and a possible end of the Marshawn Lynch era. Matthews may maintain a role in that new mix…but likely will not be a featured player. If you don’t believe that Seattle changes things up much at WR in 2015, then Matthews is definitely worth a stash.
…of course, everyone is chasing him now—so good luck.
I wouldn’t go crazy in FF-pursuit. I would claim him (if possible), if I could do so for little-to-nothing, and then deal him away quickly—that would be my main plan. I don’t think there is a mega star here, but in the right situation (a.k.a. a good-great QB and an opening as a 3rd-WR), he is a decent WR and nice red-zone threat. If he gets a chance, he’ll produce solidly.
Would I draft him in the 2015 Dynasty Rookie Draft? Not as highly as someone else is willing to, I’m sure. Is he on my list? Yes. Is he someone I would take in the first couple of rounds–not likely.
– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. He is also a lead writer for ‘Play The Draft.com’. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM
Cleveland now has the longest active winning streak with 11 straight after Monday night's win over the Sixers, and their recent success can be attributed to Kyrie Irving's stellar play. LeBron James has been in and out of the lineup while dealing with some minor injury issues, but Irving has proven his ability to lead this new-look Cavaliers franchise in one of the best NBA players' absence.
In particular, Irving's scoring has really picked up the slack in reference to scoring, putting up 30 PPG in his last 5 appearances. He hasn't just been scoring, but scoring effectively at 49% over that span, with a remarkable effective field goal percentage of 61 (due to his 25 3-point field goals).
The major highlight of this stretch came during the Cavaliers' win at home against the Portland Trail Blazers, when Irving scored a career-high 55 points, as well as a personal best 11 3-pointers made while LeBron James was sidelined. With James' status up in the air on a nightly basis, and with PF Kevin Love struggling, Kyrie Irving's potential ceiling is very high from here on out.
Kevin Love seems to be dealing with some confidence issues, and even looks uncomfortable at times when looked upon to get some scoring production. Though he is averaging 16.9 points per game on the season, he has only eclipsed 15 points in 2 of his last 7 games. Coach Blatt has even gone with smaller lineups down the stretch late in games, leaving Love on the bench.
Irving has been a major benefactor of this new and improved Cleveland Cavaliers team, and he finally seems to be living up to all the hype that surrounded him since his rookie season. He should be able to stay present and dominant as a force on the offensive end, and his production should be steadily high for as long as he can stay healthy. This is definitely not an easy player to buy-low in standard fantasy basketball leagues, but his consistency going forward could be worth the asking price as he can contribute heavily in points, threes, and field goal percentage.
For the latest in fantasy NBA advice and basketball news, keep reading ASL!
QB Fantasy Football News -
When it was all said and done, Tom Brady, perennial fantasy QB stud and no stranger to QB news, took home his third Super Bowl MVP award and the Patriots won their fourth championship title in their last six tries. Talk about getting the monkey off of your back and in this case there were a few pestering monkeys on Brady’s back. During the past two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, Brady has had his integrity, respect for the game and honesty called into questions by a rabid media circus.
Brady responded to all of these accusations with an outstanding performance on the field to trump the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. The amount of pressure that was bestowed on Tom Brady was probably the most ever put on a quarterback before a Super Bowl.
As the entire world now knows, Brady and the Patriots had been accused of deflating footballs. The media has rarely been guilty of beating a dead horse more than this one as they droned on and on and on pretty much forgetting all about that tiny little game called the Super Bowl.
Brady also had to be tormented by the scars of losing his last two Super Bowls to the New York Giants in thrilling last minute fashions.
After all of this controversy and haunting past events, Brady and the Patriots found a way to defeat that vaunted Seattle defense. Brady absolutely deserved that sweet victory and the MVP award – no doubt what so ever. Think about it – He stood strong and took on the doubts and judgments from the world watching the Super Bowl and then beat the best defense in football.
Brady now owns his 3rd Super Bowl MVP award and has hoisted his fourth Lombardi Trophy in six tries. This game clearly cemented Brady’s legacy as one of the best quarterbacks of all time, sharing the same number of Super Bowls wins with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
For the latest in QB fantasy news, stay tuned to Fantasy Focus!
QB Fantasy Football News -
It was almost 13 years ago to the day, February 3, 2002, when Tom Brady first lifted up the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans. There’s no question that Brady, perennial fantasy QB stud, and the New England Patriots have their work cut for them against the current defending Super Bowl champs. Seattle’s defense is a well-oiled machine that often takes no prisoners on the field.
However, the Legion on Boom exposed some cracks in the armor two weeks ago against a hobbled Aaron Rodgers when they got clobbered in the first half and pulled out a very unlikely overtime win against Green Bay.
The Seattle versus New England game should be a very close and entertaining matchup. A fact that has almost been lost in the shuffle with all of the foolish ramblings about “IdiotGate” and Marshawn Lynch’s disdain for the media. Any QB news?
There are many story lines to focus on, but one of the most important is the mountain-sized CHIP on Tom Brady’s shoulder. He’s more motivated for this game than any other during his storied career for several reasons.
- FOUR SUPER BOWL RINGS – There is no greater motivator for any quarterback in the game than getting on the short list with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
- More than any defender in the game, Brady can actually feel father time closing in on him. He’s 37-years-old and his time is definitely running out.
- You Mad, Bro? Damn right he’s mad. Brady never goes a full day without remembering being called out by the cheery defender named Richey Sherman. I have always wondered if Sherman’s taunt would come back to haunt him, today we will find out.
- Deflate Gate – Just another motivator for a quarterback who has already played in five Super Bowls and is hell-bent on adding his 4th ring.
For the most up-to-date QB fantasy news, stay tuned to Fantasy Focus.
RB Fantasy Football News -
In RB news, fantasy RB Marshawn Lynch spent the few minutes he attended Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day repeating the same phrase over and over again (29 times to be exact), “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” He followed up is Tuesday performance by answering every question "You know why I'm here."
With Beast Mode being one of the most popular players playing in the Super Bowl, his behavior raises some good questions. Should Lynch get fined for not sufficiently answering any questions? Should the players even be required to speak to the media?
According to league officials, Lynch will not be fined due to the length of time he spent on the podium or the answers he provided. However, Lynch was wearing a hat with his “Beast Mode” logo on it which could subject him to a fine after the Super Bowl is completed. Lynch wore the the hat on both Tuesday and Wednesday so it could be two separate fines.
With Lynch's behavior and the storm of attention it brings, it begs the questions as to whether players should have to speak to the media or at a minimum, should they care if he continues to do what he does?
Many Seahawks players have stated how unfair it is for the NFL to fine them for wearing products that are not approved by the NFL and how they shouldn't be required to speak to the media as part of their NFL contract. It is their right to have that opinion and it seems reasonable for them to protest this, but given the fact that the NFL has done an impeccable job marketing and promoting their league, players who are being paid millions of dollars a year can be subject to speak to the media and give the fans what they want.
Lynch has a right to feel the way he does and the media has a right to do what they do. Lynch should want to provide some juicy soundbites to create excitement for the game because he will only be building his brand and creating excitement for the game.
Lynch won't change his opinion about the media and the media won't ignore Lynch because he refuses to talk to them. I just hope it doesn't affect his ability to perform on Sunday because he will need a few "Beast Mode" plays in order to host the Lombardi trophy on Sunday night. Lynch plays big in big games and this is not the first time he's treated the media this way. This is not a big story but it needs to be talked about because the people who really lose in this situation are the fans and the people who support Lynch and want to know what he thinks about the upcoming game.
Keep reading ASL's RB fantasy news for the best fantasy info!
RB Fantasy Football News
The media world has long been guilty of showing disrespect and a lack of humanity to the individuals they place in their crosshairs. Mindless and uniformed reporters can dish it out, but they rarely have to take any abuse themselves.
This has produced a journalistic culture of bullies hell-bent on snagging its next set of victims. The fact that one athlete, Marshawn Lynch, has decided to stand up to them, has understandably set off a media firestorm. How dare someone ignore the ignorant and inflammatory questions because they have had enough?
This the same media that droned on about “Deflategate” so often that sports fans had to shut off their televisions and radios for a full week until they could actually hear about the actual Super Bowl again.
Yes, Lynch makes millions of dollars and is expected to deal with the simple-minded questions. However, the fact that he doesn’t answer the bullies the way they want actually threatens them.
Lynch is a phenomenal fantasy RB, but is he really that interesting? Even when he did speak this week, it was largely ignored.
“So y'all can go make up whatever y'all want to make up because I don't say enough for y'all to go and put anything out on me.”
In RB news, the fact that Lynch has become the focal point of the Super Bowl because he won’t play ball with the media circus is sheer comedy. Reporters have no idea how to react when someone won't be coerced into a verbal sparring match with them. I’m not Seattle fan by any stretch, but wouldn’t it be great theater if Lynch actually snagged the Super Bowl MVP honor?
You don’t have to like Lynch at all, but it’s refreshing to see someone remind the revered 4th estate that it has crumbled into nothing more than a whining nightmare version of the National Enquirer.
Stay up to date on RB fantasy news with ASL!