Preseason

Team Battles: Players That Should Have Their Team’s Trust (and Yours)

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

This piece is pretty easy to figure out. Throughout you fantasy football draft there are a handful of teammates that have similar value, are fighting for roles in their offense, and are going in or around the same spot. Here, I go through a few of these situations for each position (other than quarterback) and explain who should be getting your vote of confidence.

Running Backs

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2014 MLB Preview #15-10

You’ll be finding playoff contenders from this point on in my rankings.

Since I started writing my power rankings a few weeks ago, a lot of things have changed, most of them injury related.  I’ve adjusted my remaining team rankings accordingly but am leaving my projected records the same (they’re too hard to change across the board, and I’ve already published so many that I wouldn’t want to go back and change all of them)  So the records and ranks might not make too much sense together at this point, but I am confident with my order.

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2014 MLB Preview #22: Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins (72-90)
Team Ace: Ricky Nolasco
Breakout Player: Josmil Pinto

The Twins’ as a team ranked 29th in ERA last season, and their notable improvement is with their starting rotation. Expecting a huge jump in production would be unrealistic but they could find themselves in the 16-20 range. (more…)

My Preseason NFL Awards Predictions

MVP

1. Tom Brady, QB
326px-Tom_BradyPredicted Stats: 4600 passing yards, 39 passing TDs, 10 int

It’s really, really hard to go against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in the preseason for MVP, because come the end of the year you know they’ll be getting votes.  Brady loves to show off whenever the Patriots are facing adversity.  The Aaron Hernandez situation.  Gronkowski’s injuries.  The loss of Wes Welker.  Everyone seems to think that the Pats will rely on run the ball this year, but I think Brady just goes off.

 

 

 

 

2. Russell Wilson, QB
400px-Russell_Wilson_vs_Vikings,_November_4,_2012Predicted Stats: 3500 passing Yards, 750 rushing yards, 36 total TDs, 10 int

With 26 TD on the year, it was Russell Wilson, not Andrew Luck, who tied Peyton Manning’s rookie TD passing record.  Wilson also added 4 rushing TD, bringing his TD total to 30 against only 13 total turnovers as he was learning the offense.  His grasp of the game improved each week, as he showed poise and leadership beyond his years on his way to a road playoff victory.  Even if his stats don’t dwarf those of his rivals by the end of the year, there’s no doubt in my mind that Wilson would have done more for his team than almost any other offensive player in the NFL.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB
Predicted Stats: 365 touches, 1900 total yards, 12 TDs

I just would like to say that if AP does what he did last season, HE WILL WIN MVP AGAIN.  I don’t see it happening, and with voters go crazy over QBs every year, anything short of 2000 yards will just fall short. (more…)

NCAA Football: Preseason Top 25 Deli Poll

There’s the USA Today Coaches Poll, The Harris Poll, The Legends Poll, and now, one week before the start of college football, I would like to introduce The Deli Poll, the newest measure of college football success.

1)   Alabama

2)   Ohio State

3)   Stanford

4)   Georgia

5)   Texas A&M

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Kicking Off the Preseason the Right Way: Five reasons the Pro Bowl should be moved to the NFL preseason.

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

Two weeks into the preseason and I’ve already watch more sports over the last two weeks than I did almost all summer.  The games are meaningless and might not even feature everyone’s favorite teams, yet millions are tuning in to see whatever game their local cable provider decided to air because, let’s be honest, it is football.  But what would happen if the NFL put a real game of significance in the preseason? Or a game that assured fans that their favorite team would get air time?  The fans would go absolutely nuts.  The solution I have (if the title of this post didn’t give it away already) MOVE THE PRO BOWL TO THE BEGINNING OF THE NFL PRESEASON! (more…)