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The Friday Fantasy Focus-NFL Week 4


Welcome to the premiere edition of “The Friday Fantasy Focus”, our weekly look into the wide world of fantasy sports.

While baseball, basketball, hockey, and even MMA, have all developed a significant following in the world of fantasy sports, it was the love of football that initially drove the masses to their computer screens in the beginning.

Having said that, we felt that there was no better time then the present to start “The Friday Fantasy Focus”.

Going forward, you will be able to find information about fantasy baseball, basketball, and of course football, in this column, depending on the time of year

In today’s issue, we’ll take a look at some of the players who could make an impact in the fourth week of the NFL regular season, as well as a few guys who you may want to exclude from your lineups this Sunday.

Because of the fact that the majority of fantasy football leagues play without an independent defensive player, the following includes information for only QB, TE, Def, WR. and RB. In the future, we’ll make sure to include IDP-related projections and analysis in several of this season’s columns.

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The 6-2 New York Giants still have a long way to go

The New York Giants are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now as they’ve won four straight games. However, they shouldn’t rest on their laurels – even though no other team in the NFC East is even above .500 – because the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming to town.

If there are two things the Giants need to work on this week it’s their red zone offense and protecting their home-field advantage. The Steelers are a good road team and the Giants have been anything but a good home team this year. On some levels, the 3-1 record at MetLife Stadium is nothing to frown about but the Giants should be concerned that they lost to the Dallas Cowboys at home and had to dig out of rather large deficits against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns at home, and nearly lost to the Washington Redskins. NFL odds makers are hesitant to make the Giants the NFC favorite until they see them play better at home.

Eli and the Giants sit at 6-2, but the tough Pittsburgh Steelers will challenge some of their faults as a team.
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Secondly, the Giants need to improve their red zone offense. Last week, they made four trips into the Cowboys red zone but came away with just one touchdown and three field goals. The Giants don’t have a problem getting into the red zone as they’ve made 36 trips inside their opponents 20 – one of the best in the league. However, they are only converting at a 44.4% clip, which ranks them 26th in the league.

The Giants face a tough Steelers defense this week but one that’s not what it used to be. The Steelers have just 12 sacks this year, which ranks them 24th in the NFL. It’s hard to see the Giants losing if Eli Manning has ample time to make decisions and find receivers.

Don’t be surprised if this game is very tight as the Steelers need it more and the Giants don’t play well at home. Even so, if the Giants convert better in the red zone and find a way to use their home field as an advantage, they should move to 7-2.

By: SBRForum.com

The Biggest Stars in New York

It’s a great time to be in New York right now. The Giants just won the Super Bowl, the Rangers are first in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are 8-2 in their last 10, and pitchers and catchers reported for the Yankees a couple days ago. The buzz around this city is great. Every other segment on ESPN is about a New York sports topic, it seems (well, that or Peyton Manning’s impending departure from Indianapolis). The last time New York sports were this good might have been in 1994 when the Knicks lost the NBA Finals in seven to the Houston Rockets, and the Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks four games to three in the Stanley Cup Finals. With Boston’s recent struggles (Patriots Super Bowl loss, Red Sox epic collapse at the end of last year), New York has a chance to reign as the next title town.  Continue reading

The Hall of Fame Quarterback Debate

There are 23 modern-era quarterbacks in the NFL that have been honored with an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I was able to visit Canton last year, and it’s really quite a spectacular place. It’s an honor for anyone to have themselves immortalized, and their bust mantled to a wall with the greatest members from the NFL’s long, storied history.  As the years go on, there will be more and more players elected to the Hall. That goes without saying. The problem with that is the constant talk of players who are playing now that are being discussed as being worthy of the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

Eli Manning vs. Troy Aikman

With the Giants winning Super Bowl XVLI, Eli Manning is now in the “quarterbacks with multiple championships” category. My fellow cohorts here at Sports-Kings have argued ad nauseum about which quarterbacks should be considered “elite.” Luckily, I will not re-hash the vile they have spewed from our countless behind-the-door team meetings we’ve had leading up to the Super Bowl.

Instead, I’m going compare Eli Manning and Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman. Both have won at least two Super Bowls, however, they have as many differences as they do similarities. For this discussion let’s look at the record of the teams they led, their individual performances in big games, and whether their supporting casts affected their performance.

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The Top 5(ish) Super Bowls Since 2000

Author’s note: This is the 3rd part of a mini-series highlighting the best playoff games since 2000. If you would like to read The Top 5 Divisional Round Games, click here, or if you would like to read The Top 5 Championship Games, click here. The shameless plug is over now, to the article we go.

We have come to the end of our little mini-series, and I must say, it has been fun, and a lot simpler than I thought. Now that you have presumably read, or clicked on the links above to the previous articles, I must admit: there have been a lot of bad playoff games these past twelve years. Trying to find five quality games for the Championship Game column was like pulling teeth because trust me, there was only five. If you asked me what the sixth best game would have been, my answer would be a tie between every other game.

However, this mini-series has been pretty enjoyable for me, since I really started becoming a true football fan around 2000. Looking back for this Super Bowl list has made me realize that we as football fans have been extremely spoiled this past decade or so. There has been a plethora of very entertaining, close Super Bowls.

Just to put it into perspective, in the ten Super Bowls played between 1990-1999, there were two decided by seven points or less (Giants vs. Bills, Broncos vs. Packers). Since 2000, we have had seven that meet the same criteria. Narrowing those games down to five was extremely difficult. It was so difficult, that I refused to do it. Continue reading

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