First off, I don’t consider the American Conference a mid-major and obviously I’m not going to write about Gonzaga, Nevada, Buffalo, and Wofford. Those four will all make the tournament with a top 8 seed barring something crazy. However, some of these teams may sadly not end up in the tournament. But if they do, I think they could do some damage.
The Rams are no stranger to upsets in the tournament so this year wouldn’t be anything new. VCU has KenPom’s #4 defense that is allowing just 62 points per game. They do have a lackluster offense but they have won 9 games in a row and have wins over Temple, Hofstra, Texas, and Dayton (twice), and close losses to St. John’s and Virginia. They’ve held good offenses like Texas and Virginia to under 60 points. VCU could easily shut teams down and win a couple games in the tournament. Continue Reading!
Every year there are always players who over perform and under perform their ADP (average draft position). The goal of every fantasy football manager is to find those players who out perform their ADP, and draft as many of them as possible. Here are a couple of players who I think will out perform their average draft position and finish the season with the title of a “sleeper.” You can check out my youtube video related to this topic HERE!
Preview: The White Sox are still in the middle of a rebuilding stage. Chicago has been stockpiling a long list of highly touted prospects. It’s still too early for the White Sox to contend, but they will enter the 2019 season with hopes that their young talent is developed and competes. Returning veterans for the ChiSox include star 1B Jose Abreu, reliable backstop Welington Castillo, and RHP out of the bullpen, Nate Jones. The Sox also decided to add some veteran talent to perhaps help smooth the young guys’ transition and develop. This offseason they added power-hitting Yonder Alonso, outfielder Jon Jay, SP Ivan Nova, and relief pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome. An interesting prospect to look for on the White Sox this year is SP Michael Kopech, who is expected to play his rookie season this year. Kopech has been a highly rated prospect since he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft straight out of high school. The White Sox are hoping for Kopech to be a huge part of their future. There are two other young players that the White Sox are looking for a breakthrough from: 24 year old SP Lucas Giolito and 23 year old middle infielder Yoan Moncada. Both Giolito and Moncada struggled last season, failing to meet expectations. After a rough couple of years for south siders, 2019 could show a much improved White Sox team that could show signs of a team that will be ready to contend within the next few years.
Born: June 30th, 1997 (22 years old) Height: 6’4 Weight: 240 Lbs Position: Wide Receiver University:Ole Miss
The Metcalf family is familiar with the NFL and now comes the latest generation. One part of the deadly NWO trio at Ole Miss, D.K Metcalf, was a 4 star recruit out of Ole Miss’ backyard in Oxford, Mississippi. The 4 star was able to get playing time as a freshman, but had to end his season early due to a broken foot after just 2 games. He was awarded a medical redshirt for his freshman season, then burst back onto the field with 39 catches, 646 yards, and 7 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman the following season. D.K. would continue showing growth as he caught 26 catches for 569 yards, 21.6 yards a catch and 5 touchdowns in just his first 7 games. Unfortunately, Metcalf would suffer another setback, this one coming in the form of a season ending neck injury. DeKaylin chose to forgo his NCAA career after just his redshirt sophomore year, and I can’t blame him. I would love to see a full season of him at Ole Miss, but his talents are too good to risk at the NCAA level.
Haskins has the size and pocket passer mentality that Giants GM David Gettleman tends to go for with his QB’s. Haskins is far and away the best QB in a particularly weak QB class. Haskins threw for 50 touchdowns at Ohio State as a one year starter. While he has the speed to be a runner, Pat Shumur’s scheme is more West Coast than other option or spread option offenses. Haskins seems like the no brainer pick to sit behind Manning in his presumed last year.
Round 2- Pick 37- Jerry Tillery- DL Notre Dame
Tillery was the anchor of a solid defensive line at Notre Dame, and will be a great addition to line up next to Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants weakest part of their defense last year was the defensive line after Damon Harrison was traded and Oliver Vernon went down with an injury mid-season, missing half the year. Tillery will add an identity and a toughness to a beaten up defensive front four. The Giants were 30th in sacks in the NFL, so with 7 sacks in his senior year, expect the Giants to take Tillery, who will rush and take down the quarterback. Continue Reading!