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Notjustagame: What Will Suns Tanking Get Them?

Monday, 11 February, 2019

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Teams that have tanked in the NBA has been ongoing. For the Phoenix Suns it’s been an issue that’s been hard to watch. Up until they traded Steve Nash to the LA Lakers in the summer of 2012 they were a franchise that could be counted on for fighting for a true playoff spot.

It took a few years post trade before the tanking became really noticeable, but now it’s something that has hurt the franchise immensely in the stands. Any Suns home game besides against the Warriors or Lakers is an after thought attendance wise.

Missing on their top draft picks a lot has caused a never ending game of tanking to continue. The real question for Suns fans is when will it end? They have a key piece in Devin Booker and may have a second in DeAndre Ayton. The acquisition of Kelly Oubre seems to be their first solid decision via trade or free agency.

Will the Suns finally land a draft pick this year and hit the green light button on testing a true season?

Raptors New Favorite In the East

Thursday, 7 February, 2019

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The race in the East is now a chase that just became hotter. The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics already have the core nucleus of talent to be considered Eastern Conference favorites. Development of Giannis combined with the Bucks development of role players has led to recent blowouts.

Boston has the ability to turn it on once the playoffs hit, and Gordon Hayward gets closer to a full season under his belt.

Yet the team that just took the biggest leap are the Toronto Raptors. For years they were knocking on the door against the Lebron James led Eastern Conference teams. Never getting over the hump caused the Raptors to take extreme measures. First by landing Kawhi Leonard and trading away franchise staple DeMar Derozan.

As the deadline approached Thursday they focused on the interior and added Marc Gasol. Gasol has shown that he can still be a force on the court. He has adapted his game enough to be a considerable upgrade for the Raptors in the Eastern Conference. He’ll certainly be a matchup problem with the offensive production currently on the Raptors.

Give it ten games to see how his role and minutes look but the Raptors should be the new favorites of the East.

Sports Betting Future

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019

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The direction of sports betting is quickly becoming the mainstream hot topic. As the chase for the top industry information begins, Zack is proud to be one of the top leaders year in and year out.

As stated before Zack’s plans are to expand as he believes he is the unquestionable leader of the industry. Production wise it can’t be disputed.

With that being said handicapping will continue but will have more disruptions than in years past as he puts plans into place.

Post Week Seven Waiver Wire Adds

Thursday, 25 October, 2018

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It’s that time again where we examine waiver wire adds post week seven here on Notjustagame.com.

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott
Prescott has had consecutive solid weeks and now has a new weapon in Amari Cooper. Depending on how quickly their camaraderie develops you should see Prescott elevate to a solid tier two fantasy quarterback.

Running Backs

Ronald Jones
Ronald Jones got a plunge touchdown last week and it appears Peyton Barber is dealing with some type of injury as he has missed practice. One would expect Jones to start to creep up in the carries department as the season stretches on.

Austin Ekeler
Ekeler filled in nice in a London game with Melvin Gordon out. In PPR leagues Ekeler already held value. With Gordon nursing an injury he is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Chris Ivory
Ivory soon could be the only valuable fantasy Buffalo Bill out there. With Shady McCoy’s latest injury the veteran Ivory will fill the void. He ran for 81 yards on fourteen carries.

Wide Receivers

Tajae Sharpe

Sharpe had his best game as a pro as Marcus Mariotta appears to be shifting from Corey Davis to new targets. Sharpe was able to catch seven of nine targets. Using his size has been an asset for Sharpe since he days at UMass.

Danny Amendola
The Dolphins injury issues continue, as they’ll now be without Albert Wilson. Wilson had been a big spark plug for the Dolphins stagnant offense that must now find efficiency elsewhere. That possibly could come through veteran Danny Amendola. Amendola has the capability if he can stay on the field.

Tre’Quan Smith

Smith picked up where he left on on MNF against the Redskins with three catches for forty four yards. Without wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr may expected Cam Meredith to fill in stat-wise. Instead it’s been Smith who appears to be rising quickly on the depth chart.

Week Seven Fantasy Starts and Sits

Saturday, 20 October, 2018

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Zack reviews his official starts and sits ahead of tomorrow’s week seven NFL games.

Starts

Andrew Luck
For as bad as Andrew Luck has been turnover wise one has to admit they’re adapting offensively. Luck should be able to limit his turnovers this week against Buffalo as the Bills are not an opportunistic defense.

Baker Mayfield
Mayfield has endured his growing pains the last four weeks with turnovers. Without key wide receivers that’s an indicator to lean on for a new phase of development this week. Expect Mayfield to have one of his best games of the season.

Kenny Golladay
Golladay has quickly ascended himself as a top fifteen receiver. Matthew Stafford loves to air it out to him and that is a prime weakness of the Dolphins secondary. They’ve given up big plays in recent weeks to the Bengals, Patriots, and last week against the Bears.

Chris Hogan
With Rob Gronkowski likely out the Patriots will expand their need to utilize proper routes with their receivers. Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman are the cogs, but Hogan remains a viable threat especially this week. Look for Hogan to have a solid fantasy day overall.

Bilal Powell

Injuries to the Jets starting wide receivers has created an even higher need for the Jets to run the ball. They’ll face a Vikings team that has been susceptible defensively. While Crowell has been the current fantasy leader for the Jets, Powell is steady and consistent. This is the type of matchup to gravitate towards Powell.

Alfred Blue
Blue should be a flex option a handful of times this year. Lets face it the Jacksonville Jaguars defense is not what it has been. Teams have been able to run the ball. With Houston’s safe approach offensively look for Blue to have a solid output.

Sits

Jared Goff

The Rams octane offense has had some cracks that you would expect from a team that’s been on the road three consecutive weeks. Even though that this week’s matchup is in their home state of California I expect a downfall of play offensively. San Francisco has been poor defensively but this is also a divisional game where scouting will give them an edge.

Tarik Cohen
The entire fantasy football community is four weeks behind on Tarik Cohen. With his fantasy stock as hot as ever it’s time to look at other flex options of intrigue to avoid the classic start just because everyone else says to.

Al Kamara
Nearly everyone in the fantasy world was blown away that Al Kamara was not featured at a high rate against the Redskins. Guess what with Mark Ingram back in the fold it’s likely to remain the same. Last year Kamara made the most of limited weekly touches. With fifteen total touches a game it’s not feasible to expect the high rate Kamara did last year. The Ravens defense is fast and should negate his open field runs.

Adrian Peterson
Give credit to Adrian Peterson for how he has made this year more advantageous than last season. Washington’s utilized him better and he has shown a hunger that he does not want this to be his last stop. Yet Dallas’s defense is as good as they look on paper. This is going to be a very tough game for Peterson to be effective at all.

Odell Beckham
As bad as the Falcons defense has been Beckham should be on the radar to flourish this week. After all the Falcons secondary is near the bottom of football. Yet you can’t change the efficiency of Eli Manning over night. He has lost it and is now much like an older ace pitcher in MLB. The occasional quality game is the unpredictable. This predicted start is not one of them.

Post Week Six One Week Wonders

Thursday, 18 October, 2018

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In the fantasy football world more times than not potential waiver wire adds are one week wonders. Zack examines some of the popular names that likely hit their ceiling.

Brock Osweiler
We’ve seen this Brock Osweiler in the past and know it’s not leading to anything special. Osweiler dodged an early third quarter turnover to have a phenomenal fourth quarter. Yet one can’t ignore the stagnant Dolphins offense of the first three quarters. That and Ryan Tannehill’s long term status should be safe from an injury return.

Frank Gore

The Dolphins running back feasted on the Chicago Bears defense. Gore’s strong runs kept the Dolphins in the game. Gore eclipsing over 100 yards is definitely reason to scour to the wire. Yet expect more of a toned down norm involving the veteran. A realistic standard should be between forty and sixty yards a game with an occasional touchdown.

Corey Clement

Clement got the treasured touchdown in the Eagles convincing win over the Giants. Yet it appears that Wendell Smallwood has the upper hand in terms of carries. Philadelphia is also a high throw red-zone team that likes to feature their tall receivers and top tier tight end in Zach Ertz.

Ito Smith

A guy that has stood on waivers through a long-term injury suddenly has become the man to scoop. Everyone knew Smith’s role during DeVanta Freeman’s four-week absence yet stayed away from Smith. Now with Freeman on injured reserve everyone wants a piece of Smith. Truth be told Smith has been fortunate to get the touchdowns he has. His volume is too low to have dependable reliance on a fantasy football team.

Cole Beasley

Beasley’s breakout game gave every fantasy owner flashbacks to last year and prior seasons. With the Cowboys not having a true number one wide receiver no one has been able to step up. That’s where I see Beasley’s recent breakout as a true one-week wonder specialist. Dallas’s offense has been too mundane to trust it through the air.

Chris Godwin
Certain quarterbacks feature their wide receivers differently. Comparing Jameis Winston to Ryan Fitzpatrick the odd man out is Chris Godwin. This is noticeable as the Bucs had thirty receptions in a shoot out against the Falcons. Godwin did get into the end zone and had the team high of catches in six. Yet the yards are where one should be alarmed. He finished fifth of all Buccaneers. Touchdowns will come down with Jameis, which makes Godwin expendable.

Tyrell Williams
Williams was the road difference a team needs to get off to a great start. He hauled in two early touchdowns on deep balls against the Browns. One in fact could of went to the corner but Williams mitted the ball with his big hands. While the Chargers will continue to call home run balls don’t expect Williams to top his two touchdown performance of week six.