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NFL Running Backs in Contract Year 2013
People familiar to fantasy sports know that contract years can play a major role in predicting a big year from a player. This years notable "contract year" running backs include: Darren McFadden: When he stays healthy, he's a monster. The question is if he can actually play out an entire year. The Raiders are ditching the zone-blocking scheme of last year and are going back to a scheme that will allow McFadden to be the key to the offense. He will have to be amazing, especially with unproven Matt Flynn at the helm, for the Raiders to win games. Expect a big year from McFadden while crossing your fingers that he avoids the injury bug. Maurice Jones-Drew: Last year was certainly a disaster for MJD. First his attempt to hold out ended up as a failure, then he got a LIsfranc foot injury knocking him out for the majority of the season, and just recently he gets in a fight at a bar. I doubt that management is going to extend him a new offer and he is likely playing for a new contract with another team. While he is still not practicing, expect a motivated year from him to try and make the Jaguars look stupid for not extending him. Rashard Mendenhall: He couldn't get the multi-year contract that he wanted so is playing on a one year deal with the Cardinals. This is his chance to prove he can handle the RB1 load again. His main competition is Ryan Williams, who cannot seem to avoid injury. Now with Carson Palmer at the helm, the Cardinals offense may be in for a revival this season. Expect a healthy dose of run to keep pressure off Palmer and to utilize their new first round draft choice left guard Jonathan Cooper, who is known for his run blocking. Ben Tate: The famous Arian Foster handcuff has not been able to showcase his skills as a RB1 as Foster has proven to be a pretty dependable back. Fumble issues have also lowered Tates opportunities to handle the rock in crucial situations. However with an extra year of experience, and another year of pounding for Foster, Kubiak would be wise to give Tate some extra carries this year to keep Foster fresh for the playoffs. Marcel Reece: Marcel had a big year last year filling in for McFadden while he was injured. It would be wise for anyone drafting McFadden to handcuff him with Reece in the later rounds. Reece has proven he can be productive if given the carries and targets. If McFadden goes down early and Reece is able to start for a majority of the year, he could be in line for a big payday next year. Joe McKnight: McKnight likely won't be able to get many carries with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Mike Goodson all ahead of him on the depth chart. I would not draft him in any leagues. He will likely be used for special teams. Scroll through the pictures and highlight videos with the arrows. Photos by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images, Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel, Al Bello/Getty Images.
[Discussion] NFL's Most UNDERrated player
OK, we've been at this all week, first asking about the EPL and now about the NFL - it's time for the last discussion of the week! Who is the NFL's most underrated player? Here are a few of my picks! Chris Harris, Jr. Harris has been one of the best CBs in the league for some time, but is only now starting to get the credit he deserves. He may not be quite up to Josh Norman's level, but Harris makes a legitimate case for being the second best CB in the league. He is the anchor of a Broncos defense that is atop the league in almost every category, and the partnership he forms with Aqib Talib is tough to beat. Allen Robinson It's easy to let Robinson slip under the radar, as he plays for a horrible team in a small market. But the Jaguars' WR is no joke - Robinson is very much the real deal. He's young, big and strong and has all the makings of a future star. He's a thrill to watch play and there's no doubt that we've seen him on my NFL Plays of the Week card before! Delanie Walker Walker may not be the best TE in the league (Gronk obviously gets that title), but he's been way above average for years and hardly ever gets talked about. He's a legit playmaker with better speed than most TEs and has been a real asset for rookie QB Marcus Mariota this year. I really like watching Walker play because he is all over the field. A real veteran, it's time we start giving Delanie some attention. Damon Harrison Sheldon Richardson, Mohammad Wilkerson and rookie Leonard Williams get all the spotlight for the Jets, but the unsung hero of their amazing defense is big boy Damon Harrison. He's an absolute beast in stopping the run and clogging up the middle and can get to the QB in the pass rush, too. Plus, he's got one of the best nicknames in the league: Snacks. It's easy to see where he got that one from! Ben Roethlisberger I have always said that Big Ben doesn't get enough credit for what he does. He may not be a well liked guy off the field, but the fact is that he has been a warrior for years and years, and that's tough to do in this league. He almost never misses time despite constantly taking big hits, and has made the Steelers contenders year after year. The Steelers team changes all the time, but Big Ben has been the one constant for years. My vote goes to Roethlisberger for the NFL's most underrated player! He's a true beast and takes hits like a fullback might - tough as nails, and I've got nothing but respect for that. Who gets your pick? Is there someone big missing from this list? Let me know! @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz
NFL Week 15 Plays of the Week!
It's Tuesday - time for the plays of the week! Which is your favorite? @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz 5. Cam Newton vs. Giants Bigger, faster, stronger. Cam is too good and is the sure MVP of the league after his latest 5-TD game. He is nearly impossible to bring down! 4. Antonio Brown vs. Broncos In case there was any doubt that Antonio Brown is the best WR in the league right now, check this one out. Brown tips up the pass to himself as the coverage is draped all over him and spins around to haul in the pass. Ridiculous concentration. 3. Kamar Aiken vs. Chiefs Add this one to the list of crazy Hail Mary plays this year! It reminds me of the Aaron Rodgers play from a few weeks ago - Jimmy Clausen heaves one up and Kamar Aiken is able to snag it and run in the last 2 yards to the endzone for 6 just before the half. 2. Marquise Lee vs. Falcons Whoa! Marquise Lee does Antonio Brown one better with the concentration tip-drill catch! He makes a great original play on the ball and keeps his eye on it all the way to the ground to bring it in for a big gain! 1. David Johnson vs. Eagles This could be the run of the season. Rookie David Johnson rips the Eagles apart, turning a 2-yard gain into a 47-yard TD by breaking at least 6 or 7 tackles en route to the end zone. I can't believe they couldn't take him down - what determination!