TNF Fantasy Football Sits, Starts and Sleepers

Hi, I am Azane Massey, author of ZahiriSports blog. Today, I will be telling you who to sit, and start for Thursday Night Football. The Panthers are going to be playing @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are not many starts that I would start in this game. But, if I had to, here is who I would start
The Passing Game: I wouldn’t start Mike Glennon. He is a rookie QB going against a very tough defense. Mike Williams has a hamstring injury, and hasn’t been able to produce. If VJax cannot get open, or isn’t catching passes, Mike Glennon’s only guy is Tim Wright. Tim Wright is a sleeper for me. Now, I know he had a bad week, but he might be the second option for Glennon tonight. When he had his first start in week 6, he caught 7 passes for 91 yards! Don’t be surprised if Wright has a big night. Cam Newton might not have the best passing night, but he will scorch the Bucs defense on the run game. Newton is hitting his stride right now. Newton will throw for 250 yards and 2 TD’s, and run for 85 yards and a TD. Newton is a high-end QB 1. I wouldn’t start Steve Smith. Even though, Smith is picking it up, he is going to be matched up against one of the best CB’s in the league, Darrele Revis. But I would start Brandon LaFell. Lafell has put up 17+ points in 2 of the last 3 games. LaFell is a high-end WR 3 this week.
The running game: Mike James is a sleeper for me. James is the RB filling in for the injured Doug Martin. James is a playing against one of the best run defenses in the league, but look for him to have a big impact on the passing game. DeAngelo Williams is a low-end flex play against a good rushing defense. Williams has been very inconsistent this year. If you have other options like Andre Ellington, I’d start him over Williams.
Defense: The Panthers defense is becoming a must start this year. Their front seven has been incredible this season. Which leads to good pass defense. I would absolutely start this defense this week. The Bucs defense is different. Their defense is playing average. Revis hasn’t been up to form, along with the rest of the Bucs secondary. Their defense is a shaky start this week against the Panthers high flying offense.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section, tell me if any of my predictions helped you!!!! FOOTBALL RULES!

NFL Week 8 Predictions

Panthers over Bucs

Saints over Bills

Lions over Cowboys

Pats over Dolphins

Jets over Bengals

Broncos over Redskins

Packers over Vikings

Chiefs over Browns

49ers over Jags

Eagles over Giants

Steelers over Raiders

Falcons over Cardinals

Seahawks vs Rams

49ers’ secondary: Now and Later Part 1

Hello Readers! Today I will be writing about the current 49ers’ Secondary as well as their secondary of the future.

Last year, if you told me that the 49ers’ secondary would feature Eric Reid (who at the time, was projected to go in the late first round to the late second round), Donte Whitner (who allowed 16 receiving touchdowns last year in his coverage, including playoffs, according to PFF), Carlos Rogers (who looked downright horrible at times last year, especially when faced up against true slot wide receivers like Danny Amendola and Victor Cruz), Tarell Brown (who looked very mediocre at best in the playoffs), and Tramaine Brock (4-year roster bubble player), I would have been alarmed. In fact, I would have been even further irritated at the fact that Chris Culliver, who many, myself included, believed was the 49ers’ best DB last year, was out for the season.

But this secondary is playing amazingly so far. In fact, the 49ers have the 6th best passing defense in the league, allowing 217 yards a game through the air and just a 55.9 completion percentage. And in terms of QB rating, we are 4th in the league, allowing a meager 73.6 QBR. And while not all of our opposing QBs have been worthy opponents (looking at you Matt Schaub), we have faced the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck. Heck, we even handed Jake Locker his first interception of the season. While credit goes to the front 7 as well, this secondary has been doing there job–and more, forcing 9 interceptions on the year, the same amount of touchdowns they have allowed. All 5 of the defensive backs used in the 49ers nickel formation–Eric Reid, Donte (W)hitner, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, and Tramaine Brock) each have PFF grade of +3.4 or higher on the season.

To start at the very top, Eric Reid has made Dashon Goldson proud, with his turnover-forcing ways and his extremely hard hits. But most 49er fans have already forgot that name by now, as Reid has so far been an upgrade over Goldson. He plays exactly like Goldson, with one major difference: He doesn’t take unnecessary risks. Reid is already playing like a true, experienced veteran, and while he is a great hitter, he has yet to be fined by the league for his viscous, yet legal, hits. But his partner in crime Donte (W)hitner has been doing amazing as well. In fact, he has yet to allow a single touchdown in his coverage so far this season. While his worst asset of his game last year was pass coverage, where he allowed a 128.5 QBR, he has only allowed a 44.5 QBR this year when he is targeted. The necessity of this safety tandem is well documented, and was shown this past Sunday. On the first play of the game that both Reid and Whitner were on the sidelines (viewed as minor injuries for both of them), the 49ers defense let up their first TD of the game, a 66 yard pass reception by Chris Johnson.

But the secondary group can’t be overlooked. Tramaine Brock has really come lit on fire in recent weeks. Ever since Nnamdi Asomugha was sidelined with injuries he has since recovered from, Brock has inspired the 49ers coaching staff and FO to keep Asomugha inactive. He had his coming out party against the Texans. In the Matt Schaub’s very first pass attempt, Brock made sure to give Schaub a favor and put Schaub’s name in the record books–by giving him the record for most games in a row with a pick six. But that wasn’t a one-play fluke– since that play he has added two more interceptions, giving him the team lead to share with Reid, although Brock has achieved 3 picks in much less PT. Carlos Rogers, on the other hand, has been a bit more on and off. Ever since his 6 interception effort in 2011, Rogers has only had 2 interceptions in 23 starts. But he has proven that he can be solid at times. The Arizona Cardinals game was one such example, a game where he had 2 passes defensed and one interception. And Tarell Brown, who most believe has been the 49ers’ best cornerback over the course of the season, has been nothing short of this. The only reason he doesn’t have an interception this season is because no sensible QB wants to pick on him. Despite this he still has an impressive 6 passes defended already this season. Games like the aforementioned 49ers-Texans week 5 matchup really shows this. That week he allowed just 25 yards in 7 passes intended in his direction, and graded out as PFF’s top corner of the week a +4.4 rating. Week 4 against the Rams wasn’t a bad game either, where he fell just one defensed pass short of his career high of 5 in a game.

In conclusion, the 49ers secondary has been stellar throughout the first 7 weeks of the season, and there is no indication as of yet that they won’t continue this trend. Every member of this 49ers’ secondary has played outstanding football and they are definetly outplaying their expectations. Please stay tuned. For Part 2, which will be released sometime later this week,  I will break down the future of this secondary, what the 49ers should do with many of their CBs hitting free agency next year, and how the 49ers should address the secondary through next year’s draft.

By the way all statistics are from NFL.com and PFF

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Why the Ravens should trade for Fred Davis

With the trade deadline looming, there are reports the Redskins are trying to trade Fred Davis. Davis is a very good TE but the Redskins are higher on rookie Jordan Reed. Davis was considered one of the best TEs in the NFL in 2011, but since his career has been derailed by injury, suspension, and ineffectiveness. Davis was in fact inactive last game with a minor ankle injury as the team prefers Jordan Reed.

In a Tuesday interview, Fred Davis says he’s  open for a trade and feels his days in Washington are numbered and that a trade is inevitable.

With the “production” the Ravens have recieved from the TE position, you’d think Baltimore is definitely interested. Davis is a much better for fit for Flacco then he is for RG3.

The Ravens would be giving up very little for a player who proved he is a accountable starting TE and a talented one. He’d immediately be a weapon for Flacco and his salary is very cheap and affordable.

As for the Redskins, they are letting Davis rot on the bench and he will surely live next season as a free agent, so I’m sure they’d take anything for him. This trade could work:

Ravens get: Fred Davis

Redskins get: 2013 7th round pick

ProFootballFocus

Hey guys! Recently we have been cranking out quite a few articles, and in the coming weeks, expect us to be using ProFooballFocus, or PFF, as a source quite often. For those of you who aren’t familiar, PFF is a site with a dedicated staff that analyzes every game closely and “score” individual and team efforts on different areas of the game. In fact, these “scores” or often just as valued as actual stats by many professional sports writers. After all, they charge $27 a month for their full analysis for a reason. But a lot of their analysis is free as well. You can check them out here:

https://www.profootballfocus.com/

or through their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

This is just a heads up so our readers don’t get confused when we cite PFF. Anyways, stay tuned for many more articles to come this week. Don’t be surprised if we add a few more staff members as well this week.

Should the Browns trade Josh Gordon?

Hi, I am Azane Massey the author of ZahiriSports blog. Today, I’m going to be talking about why the Browns should, and shouldn’t trade Josh Gordon. Obviously, Josh Gordon has been getting a ton of buzz lately, especially regarding trade talks. The Browns GM Michael Lombardi is looking to trade away players to get young, good talent in the 2014 NFL draft. He has already traded away Trent Richardson to the Colts for a 1st round pick ( Actually, a great deal). But, know he is looking to trade yet another young, talented asset. Josh Gordon, Gordon is a young, fast, big, and strong WR. In the 5 weeks that Josh has played he has had very good numbers. Josh Gordon has caught, 27 balls for 450 yards, and 2 touchdowns!!! This is very good for a guy who has no talent around him on the offensive side of the ball. Gordon has off-the field issues, but, can still play at a very high level. Gordon had a down week because, their quarterback Brandon Weeden, throws worse than JaMarcuss Russell. I have no idea why the Browns are not putting in Jason Campbell. Gordon will likely go to the Falcons, Lions, or 49ers, for a second round pick. The Browns would be in a good position if they get a second round pick. They can get Johnny Manziel in the first round, quarterback out of Texas a&m, and trade their other 1st rounder, with a third rounder, to move up in the draft, and pick up WR out of USC, Marqisse Lee. Then, with their second rounder, draft a RB like Bobby Rainey out of Washington. And then with their other second rounder ( If they trade Gordon), draft another talented WR. The Browns have a lot of options. Let me know your thoughts on my first article!!!! And make sure to check out my fantasy football sits and starts later in the week!!!!

Meet the Staff!

Hello followers,

You may have noticed I posted a Breaking News article on how I hired two new writers. You may have also noticed I just added a new tab, at the top titled The Staff. This is because since then, two new writers have joined. Expect a lot more articles coming up, and most importantly learn about all the new writers in the page!

Thanks,

Arteen Zahiri