Week 5 is quickly approaching and it is time for our starts of the week! In this episode we discuss the news and notes heading into Thursday’s game. We then get into our starts of the week and we give you some deeper names in this weeks segment. Finally we wrap up this episode with our Thursday Night preview of the LA Rams Vs the Seattle Seahawks. We go through all the start/sit decisions for the game and give you analysis on these fantasy football players. 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 October 3rd, 2019.
From one Knicks fan to another, here are just a few brief takeaways from the New York Knicks Media Day today.
-The Knicks got some dogs. For those of you who don’t know what that means, watch a few Mook Morris highlights. Most of the new Knicks preached the same thing: this is a group of guys who play hard and view themselves as underdogs in this league. They seem tired of being overlooked and are ready to prove the naysayers wrong. This is a good thing, especially when you take into context the many young stars this Knicks team has. At times, when you have a team filled with young prospects, accountability can go by the wayside. Young guys haven’t been through the mud of countless 82-game seasons and don’t know how to overcome the many pitfalls of such a long season. We saw this with Knox last season, and with many other Knicks rookies before him. Enter the new cast. A group of tough-nosed, “dogs”, that will not let any player rest on their laurels. Last season, a “keep what you kill” mentality was espoused, but hardly ever enforced. There’s a different feeling with this squad though.
2. Cold Tubs are good…
-This doesn’t seem like it should be a talking point, but here we are. There were soooo many questions about ice baths that is was hard to keep up. However, if you were wondering, cold tubs work and help players recover and grind through a long NBA season. Shocker.
3. Knicks probably knew they weren’t getting Plan A
-Media day started with the Knicks front office, front and center. They talked glowingly about this particular cast of players and that, apparently, they had this exact fit of players listed as a roster on their big board. Take that as face value, but one thing that was certain is that it seems Mills and Perry went into the offseason knowing they wouldn’t land their big fish. Kudos to them for quickly executing THEIR Plan B, if this is the reality they faced on June 30th. Mills and Perry also talked about how they did draw interest from “max-level” guys, but chose to execute their plan. Insert sigh of relief here. One can assume that this means the second tier max guys were interested, but instead of making the same mistakes of Knicks Front Office Past, they chose to stand pat and execute their plan. Whether you agree or disagree, there is something to be said for a front office with enough belief and conviction to not be swayed by the prospect of increased ticket sales and marketability, if it means railroading the long-term plan.
4. Suns out, Guns out
-Kevin Knox’s biceps have entered the chat. Anyone who watched last season, knows Kevin Knox was skinny. I mean, he was a kid, it’s not exactly surprising. He said he hasn’t packed on many individual pounds, but he clearly has improved his muscle mass. That coupled with some newfound strength could pay dividends for the Knicks sophomore, as we consistently saw him struggling to finish at the rim last season. Looking forward to see if Knox can avoid that “Sophomore Slump” and make the leap all Knicks fans are hoping for.
5. All Point Guards Will Compete
-The Knicks point guard position has been one of the most contentious topics among Knicks fans forever. In the last few years, this has been ever more true. Frank Ntilikina has a large contingent of fans and supporters who feel he hasn’t been given a fair shake. Dennis Smith Jr. entered the fray last season, and quickly divided fans as many believed we should have drafted him over Ntilikina to begin with. Now Elfrid Payton enters the mix, as probably the one who has been the best in the NBA thus far. Payton is coming off a solid year in New Orleans that saw him notch many triples doubles. Dennis is coming off a productive summer where he allegedly fixed his shot, and Frank is coming off a very stellar outing in the FIBA World Cup. What does this mean? Apparently all three will have a shot to earn that starting spot in this weeks up coming training camp, which is a good sign. No one on this roster should just be handed a starting spot, with the only exceptions probably being Randle and Mitch. Everyone else? Keep what you kill.
6. Randlereallywanted to be a Knick
-I know, I know, what was he supposed to say right?? Color me gullible, though. It seemed genuine. Randle consistently repeated how bad he wanted to be a Knick. He remarked about playing here in his second year, on Kobe’s farewell tour, and how the energy and the fans left an impression on him. That’s right guys, we did it! So in short, keep rocking the building every time you go to a Knicks game, we leave a mark and eventually some of these guys will have the guts to throw a jersey on. Cheers to Randle for dreaming to be here and making it happen.
Sidenote: Randle told a story about the first time he played against Mitchell Robinson last year. Needless to say, Big Mitch definitely left an impression. So we know the league took notice.
7. RJ has infectious energy
-I can see everyone liking this kid. He seems so carefree and ready for the world that it’s not hard to imagine him growing into a star. Everyone knows how high I’ve been on him and it’s just refreshing to have a young kid coming in the building who is fully ready for the bright lights of New York.
All in all, aren’t we all glad basketball in the Orange and Blue is back? This season surely has a little more promise than last year, when we faced an uphill battle without our best player and a gang full of misfits and youngsters. This year, we at least have a deep team of players who have been doing this for awhile and mostly carved out defined roles in the league. Some will be looking to expand their role while others will be looking to take over and make their names known. Regardless, it’s here ya’ll. We are going to embark on another journey together with a mostly new cast of players that we will love, and surely even grow to hate at times. This is the nature of Knicks basketball. Looking forward to it,
Check out Knicks Media Day on the team Youtube channel here:
The Nationals pitching will dominate the Christian Yelich-less Brewers. With home field advantage, Max Scherzer on the bump, and a much healthier lineup; the Nationals will beat the Brewers by a core of 5-2.
American League Wild Card
Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics
In a tight game, the Rays will outlast the Athletics. Although they will be on the road, the Rays lineup will out duel the Athletics bullpen in the final innings leading them to an October victory for the first time since 2013. The Rays will win by a final score of 3-1.
National League Division Series
St. Louis Cardinals (3) vs Atlanta Braves (2)
After a disappointing playoff run last year, the Braves will make a deeper run compared to last year by advancing through the division round. Led by Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña, Josh Donaldson and co, the Braves lineup will prove to be too much for the Cardinals pitching staff by scoring upwards of 25 runs through four games. The Braves will make their way to fight for the pennant after beating the Cardinals in four games.
Washington Nationals (wc) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
The Dodgers will make quick work of the Nationals and advance to their fourth consecutive championship series. Led by Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Beuhler, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and Justin Turner; the Dodgers starting pitchers and lineup will be dominant making it a tough series for the Nationals. The Dodgers will sweep the Nationals on their way to the NLCS.
American League Division Series
Minnesota Twins (3) vs New York Yankees (2)
This will be the best offensive series throughout the playoffs. The Twins (307) and Yankees (306) each hit more than 300 home runs on the year and I expect to see many home runs throughout the series. Although the Twins will continuously put pressure on the Yankees pitching staff, the Yankees bats will be too much for the Twins. In a five game thrilling series, the Yankees will outlast the Twins.
Tampa Bay Rays (wc) vs Houston Astros (1)
After moving past one AL West team, the Rays will not be able to defeat another. The Rays will not be able to keep up with the Astros’ juggernaut. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Roberto Osuna will be huge during the series and send the Rays back home. The Astros will beat the Rays in four games advancing to their third straight ALCS.
National League Championship Series
Atlanta Braves (2) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
Although the Dodgers are the number one seed and have much more October experience, the Dodgers will not advance to their third straight World Series. The Braves will hang with the Dodgers throughout the whole series and will continuously have clutch hits against the Dodgers bullpen. The Braves will edge the Dodgers out in a seven game series. The MVP of the series will be Ronald Acuña.
American League Championship Series
New York Yankees (2) vs Houston Astros (1)
In a repeat of the 2017 ALCS, the Astros will again beat the Yankees to advance to the World Series. The Astros will show the importance of starting pitching after having dominant starts in every game compared to the Yankees starters who will struggle against a strong Astros lineup. The Astros will advance to their second World Series in the last three years after defeating the Yankees in five games. The MVP of the series will be rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez.
2019 World Series
Atlanta Braves (NL) vs Houston Astros (AL)
The Astros and Braves built their rosters in similar fashion, rebuilding. After the 2013 MLB season if you told me the Braves would play the Astros in the 2019 World Series, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. Even though the Astros and Braves were built similarly, there can only be one champion. Houston will again prove its dominance by crushing the Braves in the World Series. The Astros will score 40 runs throughout six games to become the 2019 World Series champions. After and MVP caliber regular season, Alex Bregman will solidify himself at least one MVP by winning World Series MVP.
In week 2 of the NFL season, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the dolphins starting quarterback, Minkah Fitzpatrick was still a Dolphin, while Taco Charlton was still a Cowboy. Going into week 3 of the same season all of this has changed. Let’s break down all the news that has changed the outlook on Miami’s future.
Rosen named the week three starter
This should have been the case from week one, the Dolphins need to see if Rosen can be the guy to lead this franchise going forward. Fitzpatrick has played 143 games in his career and has yet been able to establish himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Rosen a former first-round pick is only twenty-two years old and has plenty of time to grow and mature into the franchise quarterback many thought he could be. If Rosen can show promise the Dolphins can use their boatload of picks and cap space to surround Rosen with a good offensive line and defense.
Minkah Fitzpatrick traded to the Steelers for a first-round pick
The Dolphins wanted at least a first-round pick in return for Fitzpatrick and they got it. Chris Grier and Brian Flores both sat down and talked with Minkah to try to convince him to work it out and stay, however his mind was already made up. This trade was one done out of necessity but that doesn’t mean the value they got back in return wasn’t worth there while. This pick could prove to be very valuable as the Steelers have started 0-2 and Big Ben is out for the season.
Dolphins claim Taco Charlton off waivers
This is a low-risk high reward move by the Dolphins. Miami adds a much needed young pass rusher on a cheap and affordable deal. Claiming Charlton was an easy decision as the Dolphins project to have over 150 million dollars in cap space this offseason.
In Sunday’s NFC Championship rematch against the Rams, future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees injured his throwing hand. Brees was attempting a 3rd down pass to Jared Cook when his hand hit 2x DPOTY Aaron Donald’s hand. Brees proceeded to leave the game and gave the ropes to Teddy Bridgewater. The Saints did in fact end up losing to the Rams, 27-9.
With Brees out for 6 weeks, it is up to Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill to get the job done. Bridgewater will have big shoes to fill, yet he does have a lot of elite playmakers around him.
Bridgewater must get Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray going early on. The next few opponents the Saints face are not a cakewalk by any means, with or without Brees.
The next 6 weeks, the Saints schedule goes as followed:
@ Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
@ Jacksonville Jaguars
@ Chicago Bears
Brees will return during the Saints bye week if everything goes as planned. This gives him another week of recovery to return to the Superdome to face the Falcons. My analysis is if Bridgewater can have our record at 5-3 or better, Brees can make a late season playoff push.
Week 4! Here we go Skew Nation we are heading into the 4th week and the bye weeks have begun. In this episode we go through the news and notes from around the league and discuss major injuries and players who are either in or out. We then present our week 4 starts of the week. We wrap the show up with our Thursday night football preview and discuss the key players in the matchup and whether you should stop or sit them.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 September 26th, 2019.
Week 3 is wrapped up and we are heading into week 4, which is also the same week the NFL starts having bye weeks. It is very important you check your waiver wire this week for those guys you can put into your lineup right away. On this episode we go through the waiver wire and find those guys who can help you win and which guys you can stash for the long hall. We also go through the news and notes and discuss some major injuries and what to do moving forward. We also give you our studs & duds from week 3!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 September 24th, 2019.
Description: In this episode we preview the start of the Daniel Jones era vs Tampa Bay and the Jets/Patriots game. We also give our fantasy football advice for week 3 as well as our game picks. All that and more New York sports.
Gardner Minshew! On this episode Pride and Q have a blast discussing the Thursday night football game in which Podcast favorite Gardner Minshew played great and got the W. We also discuss all the news and notes including injury updates for week 3. To wrap up the episode we preview every single matchup in week 3 and give you start/sit decisions and who will boom and bust! 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 September 21st, 2019.