News time! On today’s episode we discuss some of the most notable and news worthy points around training camp in the NFL. We recorded this episode on Saturday July 27th so some of the news could have changed make sure you follow us on Twitter in order to stay up to date with the latest breaking news across he league. Don’t miss debates and discussions on these players and more! Prep your redraft, keeper, and dynasty teams for 2019 with insights you can only get on Time Skew — Fantasy Football Podcast for July 31st, 2019.
Gonzaga forward Terrance Williams was first-team All-Met as a junior last season. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
Terrance Williams a Washington, DC native is currently a rising senior that plays for Gonzaga College High School, and Team Takeover on the AAU circuit. Williams is currently ranked as the 82nd player in the nation. Williams is a versatile forward that will most likely play the 3 and the 4 at the next level for Patrick Ewing. Williams can score inside but he also has a reliable shot from the outside. Williams figures to be another piece to add to Georgetown’s already young core. Georgetown only has one scholarship available for 2020-2021.
Personally, I feel as if the list gets overlooked by fans. I definitely see why, with good cause as well. Mostly everyone disagrees with every analysts list if it doesn’t strictly follow their own, and they come off as unknowledgeable and some indeed are. But what fans don’t realize is that the list is compiled of the players themselves. The players who actually play against them, and get first hand experience, who watch extensive film with coaches who know what they’re doing. So to me, while it is just a list on a TV show, it has more meaning than you might think. Still though, I wouldn’t use the list too often when arguing over players or teams.
Geno Atkins has been a mainstay on the NFL top 100, making the list seven times out of nine. His highest ranking to date has been 29th, and has been a common top 50 ranking. This year Atkins was ranked 79th, is that a little too low for one of the leagues best Defensive Linemen?
Atkins, making his seventh pro bowl and recording 10 sacks has proven himself to remain among the NFL’s elite along the interior defensive line.
Despite that, he was ranked in the bottom portion of the list. Meaning other defensive tackles will probably be ranked higher than him.
Those names most likely include, Aaron Donald, Fletcher Cox, Chris Jones, Akiem Hicks, Grady Jarrett, and possibly a few more. That means Atkins is outside of the top five defensive tackles in the league despite Atkins having the 5th most sacks as a DT in the league and earning a PFF grade of 83.5.
Just as important as putting up big numbers, he has been doing it year in and year out consistently.
As all 32 team begin training camp, it makes sense to make predictions for awards now. Each year the Associated Press (AP) hands out awards in seven main categories. Here are the top 5 candidates and who will end up winning.
After missing the entire season due to an auto immune disease, Fredrick is bound to return and solidify the cowboy’s offensive line that is regarded as the best in the entire league.
4. Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
After Deion Jones got injured the falcons defensive really struggle without their leader in the middle of the defense. If the falcon’s defense can return to 2016 form, Jones can be in line to win comeback player of the year.
3. Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens
After an ugly breakup with the Seattle Seahawks, Earl Thomas finds a new home with the Baltimore Ravens. The ravens defense looks totally different from last year and they brought in Earl Thomas to lead that defense from the back end.
2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson is returning to a Cardinals team which ended with the worst record in the league last year. They now have rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray, to help that offense, but Arizona will heavily rely on Johnson to carry the load on offense.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
After tearing his ACL in week 3 last year Jimmy Garoppolo is primed to have a good season. In the offseason the 49ers added weapons such as Tevin Coleman and Deebo Samuel, which should help Jimmy Garoppolo improve as a starter in this league.
Coach of the Year:
5. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons
After a Super Bowl appearence in 2016 and almost upsetting the eventual champions in the playoffs the following year, the Falcons had a disappointing 2018 campaign. Now that the defense is healthy again and the offense is returning most of its key pieces, the Falcons can return to being NFC contenders.
4. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Two years ago the Vikings went 13-3 and made the NFC title game. In that offseason they decide they are going to upgrade at quarterback and sign Kirk Cousins to a 3 year/84 million dollar deal. In their first year with Cousins did not live up to expectations, if they can live up to their talent, Zimmer will be in the COY talk at the end of the season.
3. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
Losing two of the three killer Bs has made many people question if the Steelers can make the playoffs let alone win the division. If Mike Tomlin can lead this team to a division championship and silence the critics, he should be a finalist for COY.
2. Adam Gase, New York Jets
Gase’s time in Miami was a disappointment. They only made once and got bounced in the first round during his time in Miami. Now he gets a fresh start with a second-year quarterback and a stud at running back. If Gase can get the best out of this talent, the Jets could make the playoffs.
1. Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan’s first few years in San Francisco have been a total disappointment. Now he finally has a quarterback, who her believes is a franchise quarterback, and stud on both sides of the ball. Many people have predicted that the 49ers will make the playoffs and if they do Shanahan will win the COY award.
Defensive Rookie of the Year:
5. Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
After being the second overall pick and joining a pass rush attack with Dee Ford and Deforest Buckner, Bosa has lofty expectations. Because of the other players around him, his number will not be as high as one would expect keeping him away from winning the DROY.
4. Joejuan Williams, New England Patriots
This is the surprise of the list. Joejuan Williams could get an opportunity to start and being a tall length corner, he could become a ballhawk for the Patriots. If his interception numbers are high, he will compete for this award.
3. Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
Most people believed that Quinnen Williams was the number one prospect and he fell to three. Williams will lead the Jets pass rush and start from day one. If he can make an impact and transform that defensive line to a top unit, he could be in the lead for this award.
2. Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers
After trading up for him in the draft, the Steelers have become enamored with Devin Bush. Bush will fill in for Ryan Shazier as he is still recovering from his spine injury. Bush is a sideline to sideline linebacker that will get out in space and tackler.
1. Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The best and my favorite linebacker in this class, Devin White. He is an absolute animal and it sounds like the coaching staff in Tampa Bay love him. He will replace Kwon Alexander in the middle of the Buccaneers defense and make an immediate impact for them
Offensive Rookie of the Year:
5. Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams selected Henderson in the 3rd round of the draft. With Todd Gurley having nagging knee pain, now diagnosed as arthritis, look for Henderson to get touches. If Gurley misses part of the season, look for Henderson to surprise some people.
4. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins
With the 15th overall pick the Redskins took a chance with Haskins. There has been talks that Haskins will compete for the starting job. If Haskins can win the job in camp, he could win the OROY and start off his NFL career on a positive note.
3. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Brown was a dynamic playmaker in college for Oklahoma. The Raven selected him in the 1st round to give Lamar Jackson help on the outside. He should be given opportunities to catch balls, do end arounds, and return kicks.
2. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
The first overall pick will start from day one. With first time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury it will be interesting to see how the offense will be run. However if the offense clicks with the new young guys as well as veterans such as Larry Fitzgerald, Kyler can be in position to take home the OROY.
1. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders fell in love with Jacobs throughout the process. Gruden told Jacobs that the Raiders would take him with the 24th pick if he was there. Jacobs will have the responsibility of leading the rushing attack. The Raiders are similar to last year’s Giants and that’s why Jacobs can have a productive season.
Defensive Player of the Year:
5. Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears
In the first few years of his career Eddie Jackson has been a touchdown machine. He has scored five defensive touchdowns in his two years in the NFL. If Eddie Jackson can keep up his turnover and scoring production, he could be a sleeper for the DPOY.
4. Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey showed up to training camp in a brinks truck. He wants he money and he is looking to have the best year of his career. Already being regarded as a top cornerback in the league, if he can improve on his last few year he could win the DPOY for the first time in his career.
3. Von Miller, Denver Broncos
When Von Miller plays fifteen or more games, he has never had single digit sacks. That always help when you are competing for the top defensive player in the league. Some would be surprised he has never won this award, but now with new head coach Vic Fangio this could be his year.
2. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
Last offseason many people were shocked that the Oakland Raiders traded former defensive player of the year Khalil Mack. The trade heavily paid off for the Bears, as he was an MVP candidate before suffering a few injuries. Mack has his best season as an NFL player and now entering his prime, he should be better this year.
1. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Back to back DPOY Aaron Donald surely can’t win this award again. Well the truth is he can. He looks in the best shape of his life and has been training hard after the Super Bowl loss. After having over twenty sacks and leading the Rams defense last year look for Donald to go for this award for the third time in a row.
Offensive Player of the Year: (No QBs)
5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Currently Michael Thomas is looking for a new deal from the Saints. This deal is well deserved after breaking reception records left and right. He has had one of the best starts to a career for a wide receiver ever. Thomas is Drew Brees’ number one target and should have another incredible season.
4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
The fastest man in the NFL. With Patrick Mahomes last year, Tyreek Hill had his best season in his NFL career to date. Even with all the controversy surrounding him this offseason, Tyreek Hill has been working out constantly and is in even better shape. Look for Tyreek Hill to improve on his last year’s campaign.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Zeke is another player who is searching for a new contract. The Cowboys’ offense rely on him. Dak Prescott is not the same quarterback when Elliot is not on the field. Elliott could be run into the ground before the Cowboys let him go. Expect a big season from Elliott.
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins is the only offensive player who earned a 99 overall rating on Madden 20. DeAndre had his best season last year with his best catch percentage. Improving his chemistry with Deshaun Watson will only help Hopkins become better.
1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Now with Odell Beckham Jr. gone, Barkley is really the only superstar on the Giants offense. Barkley already had a phenomenal rookie season and now he will be even more important in the passing game. Barkley could get both 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
Most Valuable Player:
5. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Last year Donald took home the defensive player of the year awards, but was in the conversation for MVP throughout the year. He helped the Rams go to the Super Bowl. If he can improve on last year, he could become the first defensive player to win MVP since Lawrence Taylor.
4. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Expectations are on the Browns this year. With the new talent they have added the pressure is on Baker Mayfield to preform. If Mayfield can improve on his record breaking rookie year, he could potentially take home his first MVP award.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers may be the most talented quarterback this league has ever seen. Every year Rodgers is healthy he has to be in the conversation for MVP. After missing the playoffs the last two season he could return to MVP form and take home his third MVP award.
2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
In 2017 Carson Wentz was primed to win MVP. He was hit with a devastating injuring and missing the rest of the year and playoffs. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl without him and people have been slandering him since. If Wentz can lead this team like he did in 2017 expect him to be in the conversation for MVP.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick “Showtime” Mahomes. The reigning MVP had an unbelievable year with 50 passing touchdowns and over 5,000 passing touchdowns. The Chiefs added new weapons such as Mecole Hardman and Darwin Thompson. Now with an even better surrounding cast than last year Mahomes might not match his numbers from last year, but he will definitely be a better player.
Check out where all 32 quarterbacks entering the 2019 season rank here
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns does drills during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Davie, Fla. Hurns, who suffered a leg injury with the Dallas Cowboys in January, signed a $3 million one-year contract Friday to play for his hometown team. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Hurns makes his return to Miami after playing college ball at the University of Miami. Hurns last played for the Cowboys last season however was released after he requested to test the market. Hurns hopes to return to his 2015 form when he recorded 1,031 receiving yards and caught 10 touchdowns. With this deal, Miami adds another receiver into the rotation to compete with Parker, Stills, Wilson, and Grant. The deal is only for one season which allows Miami to maintain maximum cap flexibility going into next off-season.
After getting an extension of his own, Tyler Boyd has high hopes that he won’t be alone in that department.
“A.J.’s not going anywhere,They won’t let him go. They love him here. He’s an all-time great here.”
Its clear that the Bengals love A.J. Green, as their focus has shifted to getting a deal done with him. Keeping Green is crucial for this franchise. He is not only an icon for the city and team, he is one of its most important players.
Comimg into his rookie year back in 2011, Green’sBengals had rock bottom expectations. Green was fine with the expectations, but he wouldn’t settle for the same results. A.J. was the face of the 2011 Bengals as they shocked the NFL world and made the playoffs at 9-7. He was a rookie phenom and put up highlight reels week after week.
Fast forward to 2019, Green is known as one of the leagues top wide outs who consistently makes the pro bowls and demands attention from the defense. Losing that kind of production on offense will be a devastating blow to the Bengals.
From hearing the buzz out of the Bengals and their players, it seems as though a Green extension is close. Everyone and their grandparents want it to happen, now its time to get it done.
Bengals players this offseason have raved over Zac Taylor and the new offense. Joe Mixon is no exception as he had this to say
“Coach Taylor, he’s got it where it’s going to be a nightmare for the defense. I look forward to it. Everybody has to take it upon themselves to be the best of them in this offense you can count on the people and leaders out there to deliver.”
Joe Mixon on the #Bengals new offense under Zac Taylor: “The film speaks for itself. You see the Rams running wild all day and we have the same offense…I think we can do the same stuff if not more than they can” pic.twitter.com/PDSDSavtji
Joe Mixon is definitely excited about the new scheme of Running Back usage, as he should be since Marvin Lewis rarely used the RBs appropriately. And possibly, Giovani Bernard should be the most excited over anyone as he got a disrespectful 56 chances with the ball in 2018.
Giovani Bernard provides excellent depth, can surprisingly move a pile with his low center of gravity and powerful legs, and is as quick and shifty as advertised. If you don’t gameplan for Bernard, he could break for a big game.
If this run heavy offensive style pays off, the numbers could be staggering for opponents. Mixon is already coming into 2019 as the defending AFC rushing leader champ 1,168 yards, 8 Touchdowns, and a 4.9 yards per carry average in just 14 games in 2018.
Last season, 95.97% of the #Rams RB rush attempts came from under center
“Mixon has produced an 81.0 rushing grade when the offense ran the ball from under center (9th among RBs)”
Still, for any of this to work it starts up front with the offensive line. If they can stay healthy and step up, the new scheme can counteract some weaknesses and confuses defenses, set up play action, and chew clock in crucial situations. The possibilites are endless for Zac Taylor and the Bengals.
There are quite a few myths & misconceptions about the NBA today, about certain players and teams, and what this upcoming season might look like. In spirit of understanding these, and being able to “bust” the myths, let’s take a look at just a few that seem to have become common narratives.
Myth #1: Jokic is a Defensive Liability:
The casual fan takes a look at Nikola Jokic play, and his awkward and slow defensive play and isn’t impressed, and then proceeds to see his block numbers at 0.7 BPG last season. As a center, they might think that this indicates Jokic as a bad defender at the center position. While it is accurate to say that Jokic isn’t a rim protector, we have to look past the basic BPG stats. Jokic’s impact on the offensive side partially comes from his brilliant court awareness and how easily he sees basket cuts, and how effectively he delivers the ball to the right spots. Defensively, it’s similar. His court awareness and ability to anticipate passing lanes led to 1.4 steals per game, third for centers behind Adams and Drummond. Jokic’s ability to affect the defense in that manner, to play excellent team defense, as well as still being a large body to shoot over, has led to a very impressive 4.3 Defensive Win Shares, (5th for Centers, 9th in the NBA), and a 3.8 Defensive Box Plus/Minus, (4th for centers, 7th in the NBA). Both of these numbers are higher than other defensively praised centers such as Joel Embiid, or Hassan Whiteside.
Jokic is still not quite the rim protector that these other centers are, but the repeating narrative that he is a bad defender is old and just not true.
Myth #2: The Knicks Have a Good Young Core
With how much the Knicks struck out this summer with free agents, instead settling for an odd collection of power forwards in Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, and Julius Randle, Knicks fans have been taking a lot of consolation in their young players. As much as it may hurt for Knicks fans, the belief that the Knicks have a good collection of youth is unfortunately not true. Frank Ntilikina looks like pretty much a bust, with the lowest active career shooting percentage in the league. Kevin Knox, touted after his performance in the summer league last year as a solid prospect, is right behind him with the second worst. In the draft, the Knicks did not land the number one pick, but instead drafted 3rd, picking R.J. Barrett. R.J’s strength in college was as a scorer and shooter type, but it seems like R.J. will become the flea market version of Demar Derozan. In college, R.J. shot 31% from the arc, and 27% from NBA range from three. For someone supposed to be a shooter, it doesn’t seem like his shooting will translate all that well. Even closer to the rim, removing his transition scoring (admittedly, a skill that he’s elite at), he only finishes 51% of the time in half court offense, which is very far below average in his draft class. He’s decent on the catch and shoot, but his aggressive scoring mentality will lead to inefficiency if he doesn’t end up taking a step back at the next level. The most proven of this young core is Mitchell Robinson, proving to be a very effective rim defender, posting the second most blocks per game last year in only 20 minutes per game, as well as posting a 69.4% shooting percentage. He posted a Player Efficiency Rating of 22.0, good for 25th in the league, above studs like Deandre Ayton, Ben Simmons, and teammate Julius Randle.
Overall, the Knicks young core seems to be greatly overrated and there may not be a lot of hope for Knicks fans for a while. At least they have the draft picks they received in return for Kristaps Porzingis.
Myth #3: The Jazz are Legitimate Title Contenders
The Jazz seemingly stocked up this year, adding Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovic, but do these moves make them contenders? The Jazz lost Ricky Rubio, Kyle Korver, Derrick Favors, Jae Crowder, and Grayson Allen as the more notable pieces. The Jazz very clearly upgraded at Point Guard. Rubio was a good defender, but Conley is a slight upgrade. Offensively, Conley is a significantly better shooter and will add a little more spacing along with Bogdanovic. However, this really isn’t enough to make up for their losses. Derrick Favors was 6th in the NBA in defensive rating, and 15th in Defensive Box Plus/Minus. Another way to compare is by using FiveThirtyEight’s DRAYMOND defensive statistic, (which measures how much a defender affects his assignment’s shots). Both Derrick Favors ranked as very elite, and bench wing defender Jae Crowder was above average. Bogdanovic was below average, as was last year’s starting Small Forward, Joe Ingles. As a team who led the Western Conference in Defensive Rating, with defense being a focal point for them, the only above average defenders on the starting lineup next year will be Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert.
By losing so much defense, and adding, what should be considered only marginal offensive value, the Jazz really aren’t as greatly improved as advertised.
Myth #4: The Warriors won’t be a threat in the playoffs next year
The Warriors are definitely depleted. They lost Kevin Durant. Klay Thompson tore his ACL. However, with the loss of Kevin Durant, the Warriors gained pieces in a sign and trade. They obtained and signed D’Angelo Russell, as well as signing Willie Cauley-Stein to finally have a true center, which opens up Draymond for other defensive assignments. They brought back Kevin Looney, who was a very underrated and foundational piece for them. This team is still essentially the same team who blew past Portland in the Western Conference Finals last year, but replace Klay with Russell, and add Cauley-Stein. The argument here is that Klay was much better for them than DLo will be, but the difference here might not be very significant. Yes, the two have different styles of play, but D’Angelo is still a very skilled shooter, and actually, referring back to the DRAYMOND statistic, not much of a worse defender than Klay. If he is used in more of an off-ball role at times, he posted a 48% shooting from 3 from corner shots. He shot 44% from three on Pull-up jumpshots, which he would see more of because of the copious amounts of screens that the Warriors use in their system. He could fit in very well, and he should under Coach Kerr. Last season the Warriors were 28-1 when Durant did not play, but Steph did.
There is no reason to think that without Klay or Durant, the Warriors can’t succeed as a team. They aren’t a super team anymore, but they’re competitive in a proven system.
Going, going, gone! On today’s episode Pride and Q discuss auction draft strategy! We will discuss how you can get better at fantasy football and better at auction drafts. Auction drafts can be very fun and very time consuming. You can come out of an auction with either a lot of money, an okay team, or with a super team! Stick to the end to find out how you can come out with a super team! Don’t miss debates and discussions on these players and more! Prep your redraft, keeper, and dynasty teams for 2019 with insights you can only get on Time Skew — Fantasy Football Podcast for July 29th, 2019.