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JC Johnson’s Undeclared Gems: Jermaine Burton

In the first installment of “Undeclared Gems” I covered another transfer WR in the 2023 class in Jordan Addison. Jermaine Burton is someone I’m more intrigued with as a transfer player, however. The former four-star recruit from Calabasas, CA, possesses good size, listed at 6’0 even, 200lbs. He has blazing speed. Burton is an exciting prospect to me particularly because of Alabama’s success last season in bringing Jameson Williams in via the transfer portal. I believe Burton will be asked to do a lot of the same things as Williams and will be able to showcase his abilities with a Heisman trophy-winning QB, Bryce Young. Talk about an upgrade from Stetson Bennett. Despite the lack of usage at Georgia, Burton still put out a great tape and was used creatively in the scheme when given the opportunity to touch the ball.

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RB Theorem: Otis Armstrong Takes Charge in 1974

The 1973 season saw the NFL’s first 2,000-yard rusher. Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson whisked his way to history by rolling up 2,003 rushing yards. His Buffalo Bills only needed him to handle the rock 332 times. That was good for an average per attempt of six yards. Those were truly astonishing feats by the man most fans referred to as “The Juice.” 
Enter the Broncos 1973 first-round pick (9th overall) Otis Armstrong.

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Dynasty Hot Routes: Tight End Pontifications

The mission of this article is to make our in-house experts sizzle and bristle over the hot button issues that face dynasty owners. Our experts make the entire route tree HOT as they address topics from the world of IDP, Devy, Start/Sit, Non-PPR (standard scoring), PPR, and everything in between. Try not to get burned by all the fiery YAC below! This is Dynasty Hot Routes, tight end edition!

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AFC West IDP Preview

Free agency and the draft are finished and though we are still three plus months from the beginning of the season teams are starting to resemble what they are going to be heading into the season. I’m going to go division by division breaking down the IDP relevant starters and some sleepers to keep on your watch list for training camp or dynasty stashes. Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator: Ed Donatell 3-4 DefenseCoach Donatell has been coaching in college or the professional ranks since 1979. He has eight years of DC experience. He and HC Vic Fangio have been coaching together since 2011. Donatell has the DC title but Fangio will be heavily involved in the plan of attack.Their Chicago Bears sported the number three defense in yards per game. Their 3-4 typically produces very good ILB and safety tackle numbers.IDP Relevant Defensive Tackles: Shelby Harris, Dre’Mont Jones, Zach KerrHarris will not kill you at his current NT position. Unfortunately, he lacks the girth of a true run plugger. Jones also doesn’t fit the traditional mold. He is good with hands and he can create a decent initial burst. Yet, double teams could swallow both guys up and out of tackle contention. Do not be surprised if either end up moving to DE during the next offseason. Kerr seems to be the forgotten commodity that could fill the 3-4 NT role. At 330 pounds (sorry to sound stereotypical) it is still baffling to me that Kerr is listed as a DE on most sites. He should get snaps all over. IDP Relevant Defensive Ends: Derek Wolfe, Adam Gotsis, Wolfe has never had more than six sacks in a season. He does have okay tackle totals over the last five seasons. He has definitely slowed down over the last two years and you can expect a snap regression. Gotsis was a reserve during his rookie year. Since then he has strung together two decent seasons. Some may even whisper about him being a breakout candidate. It is time to remind the masses that you must be JJ Watt strong to be an IDP weapon as a 3-4 DE.

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RB Theorem: Benny Friedman’s 40

Author Note: Recently, I received an email from stathead (a mailer from the great sports statistics website sports-reference.com). The email detailed the NFL statistical leaders of the 1920s. I took notice that Benny Friedman threw a league-leading 40 touchdown passes during the decade. From my past research, I knew that was a lot for the …

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Dynasty Hot Routes: WR Depth Charting

This week we take a look at three wide receiver corps. with a host of questions attached to them. Who will step up in New England? Behind DeAndre Hopkins who is the wide receiver to own in Houston? And who, if anyone, can we count on in Jacksonville to take the role of lead wide receiver?

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NFC South IDP Preview

Free agency and the NFL Draft are finished and though we are still three-plus months from the beginning of the season teams are starting to resemble what they are going to be heading into the season. I’m going to go division by division breaking down the IDP relevant starters and some sleepers to keep on …

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Dynasty Hot Routes: RB Depth Charting

Who is your long shot juggernaut (or someone currently listed third on an NFL teams depth chart) RB for 2019?Joshua Johnson @DFF_ CogLet’s really roll the proverbial dice here! Give me Samaje Perine because why not, he is practically free. If you own Derrius Guice or especially Adrian Peterson throw a fourth-round pick at the Perine owner right now! He is probably thinking about cutting him anyway. With both Peterson and Guice’s injury history, it’s ludicrous to think Perine won’t see close to 100 touches………………………………

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The Big Three Rookie RBs versus History

Without taking an NFL snap, we in the fantasy community must make up our minds on how the new crop of RBs will produce in the NFL, as rookies and thereafter. Here, I look at how history might point the way to the career paths of Miles Sanders, Josh Jacobs, and David Montgomery. Miles Sanders …

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RB Theorem: The Lost True Tale of Spec Sanders

He was born Orban Eugene ”Spec” Sanders on January 26th, 1919. The Oklahoma product played his college ball the University of Texas. He was the sixth overall pick of the 1942 draft by Washington Redskins. Sanders never appeared in a game for the ’Skins. In fact, he didn’t make his professional debut until 1946. This was due to military service during WWII. Post active duty, Sanders joined an upstart league called the All-American Football Conference. The league was designed for ex-college greats who didn’t make one of 10 NFL rosters, and ex-pros who were returning from military service.

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The Legend of Bart Starr… R.I.P.

He was born Bryan Bartlett Starr on January 9th, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama. As a non-starter during his freshman season, he played enough minutes to earn a varsity letter. This included him seeing some pivotal minutes in relief during the Orange Bowl. As a sophomore, he was a starter at quarterback, safety, and punter.

Injuries and coaching changes prevented Starr from seeing much action during his final two seasons with the Crimson Tide. The Alabama basketball coach at the time still saw an incredible and determined athlete in Starr. He quickly recommended him to a friend who happened to be the Green Bay Packers director of player personnel.

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RB THEOREM: College 2kers vs Rookie Output and Career Gains Part II

Larry Johnson (Penn State 271 att. 2,087 yards 7.7 YPA) The year was 2002 and Johnson had never seen more than 75 carries or 358 yards in a college season. He had been locked in a timeshare with somebody named Eric McCoo. When the trust was finally put in Johnson as a senior he rumbled …

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Secret Safeties for Your IDP Advantage: Part One

Anthony Harris – Minnesota Vikings Since 2015 Harris has served as Minnesota’s utility DB. The mediocre Andrew Sendejo is now finally gone. That means Harris is ready to rip. He was UDFA because of a nasty shoulder injury that prevented him from doing most pre-draft athletic testing. He was kept on the practice squad until …

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Dynasty Hot Routes: Tales from Rookie Draft Heaven

The mission of this article is to make our in-house experts sizzle and bristle over the hot button issues that face dynasty owners. Our experts make the entire route tree HOT as they address topics from the world of IDP, Devy, Start/Sit, Non-PPR (standard scoring), PPR, and everything in between. Try not to get burned …

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RB Theorem: College 2Kers vs Rookie Output and Career Gains

Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State 344 att. 2,628 yards 7.6 YPA) – The year was 1988 and even my own mother knew he was a shoo-in to win the Heisman Trophy. In the NFL Sanders was a spectacle of epic effort and bake-n-shake. He finished his career 1,457 yards shy of the all-time leader (at the …

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Hot Routes: NFL Draft and Dynasty Rookie Draft Strategy

The mission of this article is to make our in-house experts sizzle and bristle over the hot-button issues that face dynasty owners. Our experts make the entire route tree HOT as they address topics from the world of IDP, Devy, Start/Sit, Non-PPR (standard scoring), PPR, and everything in between. Try not to get burned by …

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Dynasty Hot Routes: Why do Owners Fail?

The mission of this article is to make our in-house experts sizzle and bristle over the hot button issues that face dynasty owners. Our experts make the entire route tree HOT as they address topics from the world of IDP, Devy, Start/Sit, Non-PPR (standard scoring), PPR, and everything in between. Try not to get burned …

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