It’s time I step away from my Browns articles and take a look at a team on the rise, the Oakland Raiders. They’ve been able to draft well in recent years, giving the team a solid young core to build their roster around. The Raiders were able to utilize Free Agency this offseason to truly complement that core unit. The team knew they had money to spend and they definitely weren’t frugal. Here’s an overview of what Oakland has done this offseason.
Last week, I talked about the Browns offseason up to this point. Since then the Browns released Donte Whitner, who was a starter for the team the previous two seasons. As the roster reconstruction continues, it brings about questions about what areas are the team going to address in the draft. What areas are of the utmost importance? What positions do they feel confident enough to not make an immediate change to? And how will those changes translate on the football field.
According to many journalists, media people, and front office people in Cleveland, the Browns franchise is officially in a rebuilding mode. While I agree to an extent, I would argue more so that Cleveland never really had a true franchise to rebuild. They are merely just starting the first step that was never completed since the 1999 rebirth.
Week 13 provided a lot more entertainment from a fantasy sports perspective than in quite a few weeks. In my season long league, I was trying to backdoor into the final playoff spot, to no avail. And in DFS, I tiptoed around spectacular plays on different lineups, but couldn’t create the right combination of players to have a great lineup. Here’s a breakdown of all my lineups from week 13.
In the words of Troy Aikman, “I dwell on the past.”
Week ten continued to be kind to me in daily fantasy sports, as I had another very good week. The commercial that the first quote was playing right as I started typing this, which I thought was fitting since I’m typing about very, very recent history. A few things that have helped me enjoy this endeavor is the fact that I’ve stayed disciplined with my bankroll, I’ve developed a decent strategy to construct my lineup, and I’ve made some money. (It’s okay, you can mutter the slurs about my egotistical lines now, as I’ve already done so myself!) What can I say; I have to do something that keeps my mind preoccupied from the Black Friday gloom that’s about come. Enough of me babbling, here’s my best lineup from week 10:
Daily Fantasy Sports can, and will, change a man. Trust me, as I’m finding this out from experience. At least for a fantasy sports perspective. As I notice myself spending more and more time focusing on my weekly lineups, which for me is on Fanduel, I’ve come to realize the advantages of trusting my gut as well as doing a little bit of research on matchups. Because of those two things, I’ve done really well this season for DFS leagues, especially given the limited bankroll that I’ve given myself. Sometimes you have to ball on a budget.
Different variations of the old adage “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” kept popping into my head this week. With all the dumbassery (props to the Lex and Terry show for that word) that has come out not just this week, but all season about football players at both the college (Jameis Winston) and pro level (Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Adrian Peterson), it just seemed like a fitting phrase. Not to mention the injuries that piled up in week 2 for many teams.
I make no bones about the fact that football season is my favorite time of year. It gives a special sense of optimism that ultimately turns into despair that only the truest of Browns fans can endure yet enjoy. It also brings about a lot of enthusiastic fantasy players creating the ultimate team. For many, it’s not just football season. No sir, this is Shiva Season. (Thank you FX for creating The League!)
I’ve been sitting on this article for a while now, but with the draft looming in the near future, now is the best time to finish the article. I want to also note that all my salary info was verified through the following sites: overthecap.com, spotrac.com and rotoworld.com. So without further ado…