Living the Fantasy: Players to cross off your NFL draft board

 

Baltimore Ravens v San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is a player clearly on the decline. Do not take him in your fantasy draft.

 
There are certain players that have us on the fence, waiting to see what’s next. There are others we can simply cross off the board.

Perhaps the most crucial aspect of fantasy football drafting is identifying a player that has reached his career peak and is now on the downslope. Not only will these players be overdrafted, but they’ll also perform well below expectation. Here are this year’s prime over-the-hill candidates:
Lil’ Wayne
Reggie Wayne was rejuvenated by the arrival of Andrew Luck and passing-game guru Bruce Arians last season, finishing with an impressive 106/1355/5 line. Over the last eight games, he managed just 45 catches for 520 yards and two touchdowns. Now Wayne will turn 35 in November and Arians has fled for Arizona. Drafting based on last year’s numbers will get you burned.

Rivers of Screams
For some reason, Philip Rivers remains a big name in NFL circles. The truth is that over the last two seasons, he has gone 15-17 while throwing 53 touchdowns against 47 turnovers. His yards per attempt has gone from 8.7 to 7.9 to 6.8 over the last three years. At age 32, his arm strength is declining and he is playing behind perhaps the worst offensive line in the league. Don’t take the bait.

Pocket Hercules
It’s been a rough year for Maurice Jones-Drew. Last offseason, he staged an ugly holdout that produced zero wiggle from the Jaguars. Then he sustained a severe Lisfranc injury, underwent surgery in December and showed up to offseason workouts out of shape. Last week, he allegedly sucker-punched a bouncer at a Florida restaurant. Meanwhile, MJD has 1,862 career touches on his 28-year-old wheels. It’s time to let someone else take the plunge here.

MLB News » Cheaters?

Fantasy owners don’t care if their players are doping. We just don’t want them to get caught. Well, a whole bunch of us are steaming now as Ryan Braun is among the players facing lengthy suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis case. However, there’s no reason to go selling for pennies on the dollar. Braun could drag this thing out for a couple months via appeal — and keep playing in the meantime.

 

MLB Pickups » Sign ‘em

Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Puig is the second coming of Mickey Mantle.
Rex Brothers, RP, COL: He’s closing while Rafael Betancourt is hurt, but Brothers has standalone appeal as well. He has allowed one earned run in 25 2/3 innings.
Mike Aviles, CLE : A streaky hitter that is better in fantasy than real life. Has some speed and is eligible at three positions.

 

NFL Injuries » Watch out

These last few weeks of non-padded practice brought a new batch of nicks to keep an eye on.
1. Trent Richardson, RB, CLE - After slogging through two knee scopes and a pair of broken ribs last year, Richardson is already out with a shin issue this year. The Browns are carrying four other capable backs. Durability is a concern.
2. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - Seven years ago, Big Ben had a scope to repair the meniscus in his right knee. He had the same procedure Wednesday. It should be water under the bridge by camp.
3. Arian Foster, RB, HOU - There were already concerns here after a 4.1 YPC last season and a league-high workload over last three years. This calf strain won’t help.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…