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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

What To Do With Injured Running Backs In The Draft

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The following is a sponsored post, authored by Grant Helena.

What To Do With Injured Running Backs In The Draft

In fantasy football, injuries can really do a lot of damage to a team. Injured running backs are especially difficult to handle since they provide so much value. There is always reason to be hesitant, but here’s a look at a few top running backs worth the risk early on.

Doug Martin

After a stellar rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Martin had to suffer through a shoulder injury for most of 2013. It was unfortunate that he could not put up solid fantasy football numbers, but the good news is that running backs can recover from an injury like this rather quickly. It would have been much more devastating if something happened to his legs.

Martin is a young, talented running back who is going to get a lot of touches in Lovie Smith’s system. Some might be worried that Charlie Sims could steal some touches from him, but Tampa Bay will run the ball enough for both to have success.

Arian Foster

The Houston Texans were terrible last year, and it certainly did not help that Foster missed a significant amount of playing time. However, Houston will really need him to be a solid contributor since they have yet to address the quarterback situation. Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to be the starting quarterback, and he is not exactly a standout in fantasy football.

Backup Ben Tate is now with the Cleveland Browns, so Foster will get plenty of opportunities to have success. He might not be as good as he was in his prime, but he is still talented enough to take in the 1st round.

CJ Spiller

Unlike the previous two running backs, Spiller is not considered to be a potential 1st rounder. A big reason why is because he is going to be splitting time with Fred Jackson. However, Buffalo has big plans for their running back this upcoming year now that he is healthy.

Spiller has always been known as a guy who has big-play talent. The passing game is still a work in progress in Buffalo, so they will be running the ball. Start thinking about Spiller in the third round.

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 10-1

Monday, July 14, 2014

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

11-20 is here.

10. Jimmy Graham TE NO (my #16)
9. AJ Green WR Cincinnati (my #34)
8. Jamaal Charles RB KC (he's below)
7. Richard Sherman CB Seattle (he's below)
6. Drew Brees QB NO (he's below)
5. LeSean McCoy RB Phil (he's below)
4. Adrian Peterson RB Minn (he's below)
3. Tom Brady QB NE (#44 on my list)
2. Calvin Johnson WR Det (he's below)
1. Peyton Manning QB Den (he's below)

10. Richard Sherman CB Seattle
9. Robert Quinn DE St Louis
8. LeSean McCoy RB Philadelphia
7. Drew Brees QB New Orleans
6. Jamaal Charles RB Kansas City
5. Adrian Peterson RB Minnesota
4. Calvin Johnson WR Detroit
3. JJ Watt DE Houston
2. Peyton Manning QB Denver
1. Aaron Rodgers QB Green Bay

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