Fantasy or foolish? Bengals, Browns land three each in top 100 fantasy mock draft; NFL MVP Matt Ryan nearly out of the picture

Published: Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Darrelle Revis of the Jets tries to tackle Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Darrelle Revis of the Jets tries to tackle Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.(Getty Images)

If you’re a fantasy footballer and a fan of the Bengals, the suggestions of NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Tony Fabiano may appeal on a couple levels as he thinks highly of Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green and believes that rookie running back Joe Mixon is on the rise.

Should you be a combo FF/Falcons fan, not so much.

Fabiano predicts that Atlanta quarterback and defending NFL MVP Matt Ryan will be fantasy’s biggest bust.

Is this guy nuts, or a genius?

In putting up a 10-round mock draft that features 10 selections per round, he has Green going No. 8 overall. His take:

“Green was on pace to finish fifth in fantasy points among wideouts before he went down with an injured hamstring last season, so don't let his finish (34th) fool you. The veteran out of Georgia remains a top-10 overall selection in fantasy drafts.”

In Fabiano’s pre-text, before he rolls out the mock, he writes:

“While the first round of this draft hasn't changed that much, you will see some serious movers and shakers over picks 11-50 (I'm looking at you, Joe MixonTyreek Hill and Martavis Bryant).

With Mixon going in his 30th draft spot: 

“The more I research Mixon, the more excited I get about his prospects at the next level. The Bengals backfield is crowded to be certain, but the rookie should pass Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard on the depth chart. I'll take the risk right here.”

This draft projection pegs Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert at pick No. 88.

Among Browns in there, Fabiano rates running back Isaiah Crowell No. 24, wide receiver Kenny Britt No. 84 and running back Duke Johnson No. 94.

Steelers back Le’Veon Bell is No. 2, wideout Antonio Brown No. 4 and wideout Bryant No. 48.

For the Ravens, running back Danny Woodhead is No. 68, running back Terrance West No. 82 and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin No. 87.

You don’t like this?

What about Ryan, whom Fabian projects at the No. 93 pick, in the 10th and final round. The hack’s take in his opening paragraph (he offers no specific commentary on players selected in rounds 6-10:

“With the turn of the calendar to August and just a few short weeks until the start of the regular season, the fantasy football chatter is heating up across the NFL landscape. Who will be the biggest bust? (Matt Ryan).”

In Fabiano’s estimation, six quarterbacks should be valued higher than Ryan, who last season completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 117.1 while leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

Aaron Rodgers (Packers) No. 36; Tom Brady (Patriots) No. 50); Drew Brees (Saints) No. 55; Andrew Luck (Colts) No. 62; Russell Wilson (Seahawks) No. 77; and Marcus Mariotta (Titans) No. 92.

So, is that all about right?

LOOK: Pro Football Hall of Fame honors former Louisville star Elvis Dumervil

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:18 AM

Despite not having the prototypical height for a defensive end, Elvis Dumervil has willed his way into an impressive career.

Now the 5-foot-11, former Louisville standout will have his legacy recognized at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection, now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, has his jersey and gloves  now on display in Canton, Ohio after he picked up the 100th sack of his illustrious professional career on Oct. 1.

Dumervil led the NFL in sacks (17) in 2009 with the Denver Broncos and had another 17-sack season in 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens.

Dumervil had an illustrious collegiate career at Louisville. In his 2005 season at Louisville, Dumervil amassed a school record 20.5 sacks while also tallying 10 forced fumbles.

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TCU fans praise Frogs, ‘class act’ Gary Patterson after Kansas win

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:18 AM

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TCU fans were all smiles after the Horned Frogs shut out Kansas 43-0 on Saturday.

The victory bucked TCU’s previous trend of playing close games with the Jayhawks, so fans were obviously excited about not having to sweat out another narrow victory.

But fans also praised the Frogs for easing up in the second half. TCU could have very easily embarrassed Kansas by running up the score late in the game, but coach Gary Patterson played things conservatively once the game decided. Fans appreciated Patterson’s “class” in doing that.

Here are some of the best comments from our TCU DieHards Facebook page.

Daryl Swinney: TCU pulled off of a stomping of Kansas. Class act on Patterson part and the coming storm!

Andrew Poafpybitty: Way to go frogs I’m loving this season and I’m proud of the boys

Stephen Kent Soliz: Class act !! I am sure they could have run up the score !!

Glen Bilbrey: Way to go Coach. Keep it up

James Michael: Kansas is bad…let’s not rub it in. We only rub it in against Texas, SMU and OU.

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Notre Dame RB Josh Adams making his case in Heisman Trophy race

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:18 AM

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Notre Dame dominated once again Saturday, this time against No. 11 USC. After the victory, the Fighting Irish improved to 6-1 and increased their an average margin of victory to nearly 30.

While it’s time to finally start talking about Notre Dame in the College Football Playoffs conversation, the reason the Irish are off to such a great start is running back Josh Adams. So it might also be time to include Adams in the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Adams had a huge night against the Trojans in Week 8, rushing for 191 yards on just 19 carries. He also scored 3 touchdowns, including an 84-yard run that all but eliminated any chance of a Trojans comeback.

Adams has rushed for 100 yards in 5 of the Irish’s 7 games this season and gained more than 150 yards four times. In every game but one, Adams has averaged more than 6.0 yards per rush each week. The lone exception came when he gained just 2.8 yards per carry against Georgia, and it’s absolutely not a coincidence that that remains Notre Dame’s only loss of the year.

Coming into Week 8, Adams was ranked seventh nationally in both rushing yards per game (129.3) and yards per carry (9.02). After a huge performance versus USC, those averages are only going to go increase.

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College football rankings 2017: AP Poll Top 25 projections after Week 8

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:03 PM

AP Poll Top 25 projections for the college football rankings will have plenty of debate, though not for No. 1. Alabama should again be a clear No. 1 after routing Tennessee, 45-7. No. 2 Penn State routed Big Ten rival and No. 19 Michigan, 42-13.

Before the new poll is out Sunday, Land of 10 predicts where teams will be ranked in the AP Poll Top 25 rankings for Week 9.

AP Poll: Projections for college football rankings after Week 8

25. Memphis (6-1)

24. LSU (6-2)

23. West Virginia* Projected win vs. Baylor

22. USC (6-2)

21. Michigan (5-2)

20. Stanford (5-2)

19. Auburn (6-2)

18. Michigan State (6-1)

17. UCF (6-0)

16. NC State (6-1)

15. South Florida (7-0)

14. Washington State* Projected win vs. Colorado

13. Virginia Tech (6-1)

12. Washington (6-1)

11. Oklahoma State (6-1)

10. Notre Dame (6-1)

The Fighting Irish are looking like a College Football Playoff contender. The Irish ran all over the Trojans in a 49-14 rout. Josh Adams rushed for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns while Brandon Wimbush rushed for 106 yards and 2 scores. Notre Dame picked up 377 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.

9. Oklahoma (6-1)

The Sooners escaped Manhattan, Kan., with a 42-35 win. QB Baker Mayfield had a busy night with 410 passing yards, 2 passing scores and 69 rushing yards with two touchdowns. Oklahoma trailed 21-7 in the second quarter. But Rodney Anderson scored on a 22-yard touchdown with 7 seconds remaining to get the winning points.

8. Clemson (6-1)

The Tigers had another week to think over their loss to Syracuse. Clemson next plays Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 28.

7. Miami (6-0)

The Hurricanes escaped again, this time edging Syracuse, 27-19. Miami got a big day from QB Malik Rosier, who passed for 344 yards and 2 interceptions. The Miami defense also stepped up. One week after QB Eric Dungey beat then-No. 2 Clemson, the Dungey struggled by going 13-for-41 passing for 137 yards and 4 interceptions.

6. Ohio State (6-1)

The Buckeyes had off this week. That means Ohio State had an extra week to prepare for Penn State. The Nittany Lions come to Columbus, Ohio, for a huge game next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

5. Wisconsin (7-0)

Freshman RB Jonathan Taylor had another big day, this time rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown in a 38-13 win against Maryland. Taylor is already at 1,000 yards this season and should continue to be a dark-horse candidate in the Heisman race. Taylor needed only seven games to reach 1,000 yards, which ties the FBS record for fastest freshman to reach the milestone.

4. TCU* Projected win vs. Kansas

3. Georgia (7-0)

The Bulldogs didn’t play this week, as they get an extra week to prepare for nemesis Florida. The Gators have struggled on offense all season long, so Georgia will be a strong favorite for next the game next Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

2. Penn State (7-0)

Penn State looked all the part of a College Football Playoff contender, routing Michigan 42-13. In the program’s first game at No. 2 since 1999, the Nittany Lions rolled up 506 yards of offense. Saquon Barkley rushed for 108 yards and had 53 receiving yards, scoring 3 total touchdowns. QB Trace McSorley also had a big game with 282 passing yards, 76 rushing yards and 4 total touchdowns.

1. Alabama (8-0)

Make it another blowout win for the Crimson Tide. Alabama destroyed Tennessee, 45-7. Alabama rushed for 272 yards but also passed for 332 yards in the rout. Tennessee didn’t do much on offense, picking up 108 yards. The Volunteers only points came on a pick-6 in the third quarter. Alabama gets LSU next.

For reference, here was the AP Poll Top 25 rankings for Week 8:

AP Poll Top 25 college football rankings for Week 8

Rank Team Record Points Previous rank
1 Alabama (61) 7-0 1,525 1
2 Penn State 6-0 1,432 3
3 Georgia 7-0 1,417 4
4 TCU 6-0 1,322 6
5 Wisconsin 6-0 1,241 7
6 Ohio State 6-1 1,184 9
7 Clemson 6-1 1,117 2
8 Miami 5-0 1,109 11
9 Oklahoma 5-1 1,066 12
10 Oklahoma State 5-1 900 14
11 USC 6-1 886 13
12 Washington 6-1 811 5
13 Notre Dame 5-1 798 16
14 Virginia Tech 5-1 727 15
15 Washington State 6-1 578 8
16 South Florida 6-0 573 18
16 NC State 6-1 573 20
18 Michigan State 5-1 563 21
19 Michigan 5-1 558 17
20 UCF 5-0 387 22
21 Auburn 5-2 303 10
22 Stanford 5-2 274 23
23 West Virginia 4-2 157 NR
24 LSU 5-2 108 NR
25 Memphis 5-1 62 NR

Others receiving votes: San Diego State 56, Texas A&M 46, Iowa State 16, Virginia 10, Kentucky 8, Utah 4, Mississippi State 3, South Carolina 2, Iowa 2, Navy 2, Texas Tech 2, Georgia Tech 1, Marshall 1, Florida State 1.

AP Poll Top 25 college football scores, results for Week 8

  • No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 7
  • No. 2 Penn State 42, Michigan 13
  • No. 4 TCU 43, Kansas 0
  • No. 5 Wisconsin 38, Maryland 13
  • No. 8 Miami 27, Syracuse 19
  • No. 9 Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 35
  • No. 10 Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10 (overtime)
  • No. 13 Notre Dame 49, No. 11 USC 14
  • No. 14 Virginia Tech 59, North Carolina 7
  • No. 15 Washington State vs. Colorado, 10:45 p.m. Saturday on ESPN
  • No. 16 South Florida 34, Tulane 28
  • No. 18 Michigan State 17, Indiana 9
  • No. 20 UCF 31, Navy 21
  • No. 21 Auburn 52, Arkansas 20
  • No. 23 West Virginia 38, Baylor 36
  • No. 24 LSU 40, Ole Miss 24
  • No. 25 Memphis 42, Houston 38