Zion is a Pelican – NBA Draft Lottery Reaction

Landon brings on a few fellow NBA nerds from the In My Bag Podcast and the Clubhouse Sports Pod to recap and react to the franchise-altering events that took place during this year’s NBA draft lottery.

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The Case for a new QB1: Matt Ryan Fantasy Player Profile 2019

 

In the fantasy football world that we are in today it is hard to be against Patrick Mahomes when it comes to QB1 talks, but I am confident in the fact that Patrick Mahomes will not finish as the QB1 overall. It may seem impossible to have the facts to prove it, but I have found a strong argument in favor of MY QB1.

Matt Ryan in his career with the Atlanta Falcons has thrived when playing indoors, and lucky for him he gets to play 8 games in a dome every year therefore giving me a solid sample size to prove my take. We will start with the 2016 season where Ryan had 9 indoor games, 8 home and 1 away, and in those 9 indoor games he averaged 24.75 fantasy points per game which led him to an overall QB2 finish.

After the Falcons disappointing 2017 season it seemed almost impossible for Matt Ryan to bounce back and become an elite fantasy quarterback again, but he proved everyone wrong finishing as the QB2 overall. Again with 9 indoor games Matt Ryan was able to average a solid 24.1 fantasy points per game while facing the 13th easiest fantasy schedule towards quarterbacks.

Although these are just random averages towards the indoor games Matt Ryan played, they all translate to my decision to make Matt Ryan my QB1. For this upcoming season Matt Ryan gets to play 12 GAMES INDOORS, and as I have already stated and shown above Matt Ryan thrives in indoor games. With a solid floor of 12 games in a dome and two new additions to the offensive line it only seems fitting that Matty Ice is going to have a great season. Not to mention he has a new offensive coordinator in Dirk Koetter who has a great sample size in terms of pass heavy offenses in his coaching career.

To top this off, you are even able to get Matt Ryan about 5 rounds later than the public’s QB1 Patrick Mahomes. So, hop off the comfortable QB hype train and join me and watch Matt Ryan lead your team to a fantasy championship.

Where do the Boston Celtics go from here?

The Boston Celtics were heading into the 2018-2019 season with high expectations from their fans and analysts around the nation. They were returning from a season where they were just one game away to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward out because of season ending injuries. By the time the new season was about to begin, just about everyone expected the Celtics to come out on top in the east since Lebron decided to take his talents in the Western Conference. It looked like the Celtics had its best chance to compete in the Finals. Now it is late May, and the Celtics are currently on vacation after finishing the regular season with a 49-33 record and being defeated to the bucks in the Eastern Conference semi finals 4-1. Now the Celtics are caught under a thunderstorm of unanswered questions. What caused the team play under their expectations? Will Kyrie stay or explore free agency and sign with another team? And the most important question, where do the Boston Celtics go from here? Will we be looking at a completely different team next season, or will the Celtics go with the ‘Run it Back’ option and improve its current roster? We won’t know the answers to these questions until free agency arrives (June 30th at 6pm). All we can do now is wait and speculate on what is likely to happen to the Boston Celtics offseason. These are my takes on what could happen during the offseason.

  1. Kyrie leaves, Most of the roster stays the same.

There has been Rumors and reports since the season began that Kyrie Irving will be headed to New York either joining the Nets or the Knicks, or possibly Reuniting with Lebron in LA. This Speculation grew after multiple interviews with Kyrie. Kyrie has visibly shown frustration both on the court and on the court while talking with the media. If Kyrie does in fact leave then you can expect the rest of the 2018-2019 roster to stay the same. Terry Rozier will likely be gone as well now that his contract is up. Rozier was recently on Multiple ESPN shows on May 14th discussing what went wrong with the Celtics and talking about what his future looks like for next season. Rozier admits that he “might have to go” if the Celtics go into next season if most of the roster remains the same next year. Nobody knows for sure what Rozier will be looking at in free agency, but one thing that we do know is that he will be looking to become a starter for next season. Unless Rozier will be given a new contract and guaranteed to have the starting point guard role, then you can expect Rozier to move on from the Celtics. Marcus Morris’ contract will also be up. Although Morris has expressed to the media that he has interest to return to Boston and has praised the organization, and also went on to say that playing for the Celtics has been “nothing but great” for him. Signs point to him staying in Boston, but nobody can say for certain. Morris will likely be listening to offers from other teams. For right now, Morris is a toss up for wether he stays or leaves. Then we have Al Horford, who has a player option for this upcoming year. Al Horford has expressed that he has a lot of interest in staying with the Celtics days after they were eliminated from the playoffs. Horford will likely exercise his player option and remain with the team, but the possibility for Horford negotiating a new contract extension with the Celtics for him stay awhile longer is on the table. There have been no signs of Horford leaving the Celtics to explore free agency, but as we all know, anything can happen in NBA free agency

2. Kyrie Stays, A trade for Anthony Davis is made

So what if Kyrie does keep his promise and ends up re-signing with the Celtics? There would have to be a pretty good reason why he would want to come back to the Celtics after all the free agency buzz. This is where the Trade for Anthony Davis comes in. In this Scenario Kyrie will be heading back to Boston with another Superstar by his side, along with a completely different roster since the Trade for Davis will involve not only multiple pics, but multiple players as well. Nobody knows for certain what kind of offer the Celtics can cook up for the Pelicans, but the Pelicans don’t have don’t have that many trade partners for the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. The only team that can create a better offer for Davis is the Lakers, who have recently acquired the fourth overall pick from the NBA lottery. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the Pelicans have expressed that they have no interest in trading with the Lakers according to Brian Windhorst who reported this on The Jump on May 15th. Nobody can say for certain that this report is true, but the pelicans have refused many offers from the Lakers this past season right before trade deadline. If these reports are true then Boston is the clear frontrunner to acquire Davis in a trade. Anthony Davis has been on the Celtics radar for multiple years, and now the Celtics have everything they have to offer to acquire Davis. Danny Ainge and David Griffin have a good relationship with each other, and if you are a Celtic’s fan like myself, then you know this is a good sign since both parties would likely get what they both want if a trade is made.

3. Kyrie stays, Aquire assets, and another Superstar

If the Celtics do miss out on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes then you can expect a backup plan from Danny Ainge and his team. If  Ainge’s Goal is to keep Kyrie, then he will do everything his power to bring Kyrie one of the NBA’s best available free agents or create the best trade to send that top player to Boston. There have been a few reports of players that have showed interest in joining the Celtics this summer. a few weeks ago Ricky Rubio, who is a free agent, has said that he has interest in joining Celtics. This was said by Rubio in an interview by EuroHoops. Another Free agent that also has interest in joining the Celtics this offseason is Jared Dudley. This was first reported by Gary Washburn, Dudley, a former Boston College player and alumni, would be a great fit for the Celtics because of his veteran skill. Dudley is coming off one of his better years in his career in the NBA, and adding him to a roster of young talent would be great for the organization. The Celtics have a great chance to pick up players like Rubio and Dudley, but they are still looking to add a bigger piece to the Celtics roster. One star that is on Danny Ainge’s board is Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant has expressed that he “wouldn’t mind” playing for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have the option to acquire Kevin Durant, but the only likely way that Durant will come play in Boston is to do a sign and trade with the Warriors. Unfortunately the chance of a sign and trade for Kevin Durant is slim to none. There have been reports all year long that Kevin Durant is likely to sign with the Knicks or possibly the Clippers, which was reported by Mark Stein of the New York Times just a few days ago. You can take these rumors and reports however you want to, but at the end of the day nobody will know what Kevin Durant will do other than himself.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics have a huge offseason ahead of them. They will have to figure out wether to let Kyrie walk and focus more on there young core, or prepare to change the roster completely for Kyrie’s sake. Maybe there is a chance that Kyrie stays and the young core stays the same with a few additional pickups from free agency. But for now we won’t know what direction the Celtics will take in the offseason. All we can do now as fans speculate on what is to come for the Celtics. It’s the Calm before the storm for the NBA’s offseason madness. Nobody knows what is to come from the offseason. Every year it is filled with twists and turns, and this year it will be no different. See you all on June 30th

Mike Evans Fantasy Outlook 2019

2018 Stats: WR9, 284.4 pts, 17.8 pts/game
2019 ADP: WR8 | 2.10

It seems almost impossible to forecast Mike Evans fantasy production since last year we had no clue who would be throwing him the ball every game. With Ryan “Fitz magic” Fitzpatrick on the Dolphins that leaves Jameis Winston in line to eat some W’s while throwing him the ball.

At first glance, it may be concerning that Mike Evans averaged more fantasy points per game while Fitzpatrick was under center (splits listed below), but the difference in points for each split should not be considered when viewing Mike Evans status for the 2019 season as some of Evans best games were when both quarterbacks got playing time in the same game.

Games with Ryan Fitzpatrick: 17.48
Games with Jameis Winston: 16.53

Mike Evans should see solid production from his new coach, Bruce Arians, for Arians has produced solid fantasy seasons for the respected WR1 on each team. Arians WR1 history is listed below for his last 3 seasons with the Cardinals.

2015: Fitzgerald (WR4), 16 games—> 261.4 pts
2016: Fitzgerald (WR11), 16 games—> 244.9 pts
2017: Fitzgerald (WR7), 16 games—-> 280.5 pts

In that 3 year stretch Arians also tailored his offense to the passing side when it came to his run pass ratio. Splits for the same 3 years listed below.

2015: 40/60
2016: 38/62
2017: 45/55

My Projection

Mike Evans, for the 2019 season, will be a low end WR1 and a high end WR2. He will not provide the “elite” fantasy production required to be a Tier 1 fantasy wide receiver, but he will sustain enough production that can allow you to address running back early in your draft and still be content with drafting Evans in the late second round. I am giving Mike Evans a risk rating of 3 for the 2019 season with 1 being low and 10 being high. Every year, Evans produces at one of the safest floors when it comes to wide receivers in fantasy, but with a small sample size of games with Winston there is some caution as to if he can sustain WR1 status for the 2019 season.

 

 

Philadelphia 76ers shouldn’t trade Ben Simmons for LeBron James

The Philadelphia 76ers have been eliminated from the playoffs, as they lost the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Toronto Raptors. The offseason has just begun for the 76ers and already there are rumors surrounding them.

The rumor that is surrounding them is Ben Simmons could get traded to the Los Angles Lakers for LeBron James. ESPN’s Stephan A. Smith said recently, via Tyler Lauletta of Business Insider:

“Nothing is out of bounds right now. We don’t know what the hell is going on in Los Angeles. You’ve got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James. He does not have a no-trade clause, and now you haven’t given him the coach that he wanted.”

NBC Sports NBA insider Tom Haberstroh wrote: Fair or not, Simmons failing to add some semblance of a jump shot in Year 2 of his career is seen as a reason that Philadelphia has to put him on the trade block. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking by rival executives. There has been no indication from the Philly side that Simmons is being floated or will be this summer.

“I think they very well might explore that,”a rival executive to Philadelphia told Haberstroh.

If the 76ers want to trade Simmons for LeBron, it might be difficult to do. According to Haberstroh, Simmons will make $8.1 million next season and because of that he would have to be packaged with another max-lever player to match LeBron’s $37.1 milion salary.

Another thing that would make a Simmons-LeBron trade difficult is LeBron not wanting to be traded. LeBron signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers in July and last month he rsesponed to rumors that he wanted a trade on Instagram, saying the rumors weren’t true at all, according to Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report.

The 76ers shouldn’t trade Simmons for LeBron because it would be a bad move. Simmons was the Rookie of the Year last year and this season he averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. The Lakers were 37-45 this season and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year. While Simmons could help the Lakers win and make the playoffs, the 76ers would have a hard time making the playoffs without Simmons.

LeBron is 34 years old and wouldn’t be able to help the 76ers that much. LeBron could maybe bring a title to Philly but wouldn’t be able to do much else to help the 76ers. Simmons on the other hand, can get better and help the 76ers possibly win multiple titles and have a bright future, something that LeBron won’t be able to do.

The smart thing for the 76ers to do will be to keep Simmons and not trade him because trading Simmons would be a bad move.

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