Brad Evans

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Kevin White may be next Beckham

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Friday's profile: West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White.

    College Highlights: Exploded onto the national scene during his senior season. White stormed out of the gates last fall, tallying seven consecutive 100-yard games, a West Virginia first. He also established a new single-game catch mark grabbing 16 passes against Texas in November. In his swan song with the Mountaineers he totaled 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. That massive output is why he was a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, the top honor for a collegiate wide receiver. 

    Pro Comp(s): DeAndre Hopkins, Terrell Owens, Larry Fitzgerald

    Team Fits: Oakland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, Cleveland

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 60-70 (WR30)/$11-$16

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Team match is crucial for Amari Cooper

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Friday's profile: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.

    College Highlights: The SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Heisman finalist and Biletnikoff Award winner  set the pace nationally in receptions (124) and finished second in yards (1,727) and touchdown receptions (16) last year. A touchdown scoring machine, he found the end zone 31 times in 40 career games. In 2012, as a freshman, broke numerous receiving records owned previously by Julio Jones. In three years with 'Bama he recorded 13 100-yard and nine multi-TD efforts. 

    Pro Comp(s): Roddy White, Sammy Watkins

    Team Fits: Oakland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 65-75 (WR32)/$10-$15 

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  • 2015 NFL Fantasy Rookie Predictions: Todd Gurley is a must get

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall.  Wednesday's profile: Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

    College Highlights: In his spectacular three-year career with the Bulldogs Gurley recorded 18 100-yard performances, including a 200-yard smashing of Tennessee in 2014. His 4,322 all-purpose yards and 44 career TDs ranked just behind legend Herschel Walker in school history. His absurd 6.44 yards per carry established a new Georgia record besting Charley Trippi's mark (6.42) from the 1942 and 1945 seasons. Gurley is an accomplished hurdler, competing for Team USA in Europe during the spring and summer of 2011. In other words, he's slightly more athletic than your dad. 

    Pro Comp(s): Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch 

    Team Fits: Atlanta, Arizona, Carolina, Dallas 

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 60-70 (RB22), $18-$23

  • 2015 NFL Fantasy Rookie Predictions: Jameis Winston's unevenness prompts many questions

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall.  Monday's profile: Florida St. quarterback Jameis Winston.

    College Highlights: In 27 games with the 'Noles, Winston dazzled statistically. His 163.3 career passing efficiency ranks No. 4 in college football history. His 295.0 passing yards and 2.4 passing touchdowns per game are the highest ever among ACC QBs. He also holds FSU single-season records for completions (305), touchdown passes (40), yards per attempt (10.6) and 300-yard games (7). Last year he led the nation in fourth-quarter comebacks with four. When the heat is on, he's Chris Pratt cool. He's also the youngest player ever to win the Heisman.

    Pro Comp(s): Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler

    Team Fits: Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Cleveland

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 150-170 (QB20), $3-$5

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Melvin Gordon is fantasy goodness

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Wednesday's profile: Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. 

    College Highlights: Gordon smashed both school and national records during his three full seasons in Madison.  He set the FBS record for career rushing average with a ridiculous 7.79 yards per carry. His 4,915 rushing yards ranks No. 3 all-time at Wisconsin and No. 6 on Big Ten career list. His 49 total touchdowns is the ninth-best mark in Big Ten history. The Doak Walker winner was the  fastest player in Wisconsin history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards (104 attempts). Finally, he logged 22 career 100-yard games, including 19 of 140-plus yards and seven of 200-plus yards. Simply put, he was a machine. 

    Pro Comp(s): Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster 

    Team Fits: Atlanta, Arizona, Carolina, Dallas, San Diego

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Marcus Mariota has legit first-year promise

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Monday's profile: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

    College Highlights: Mariota is the most accomplished QB in Oregon football history posting video game-like numbers in his three years in Eugene. He's only the sixth passer in FBS history to pass for over 9,000 yards (10,796) and rush for over 2,000 yards (2,237) in a career. Rushed for at least 70 yards in 12 of 41 career contests. In 2014, he set the pace nationally in passing efficiency (181.7) and yards per attempt (10.0). He also compiled at least three total touchdowns in 13 of 15 games. Oregon's first ever Heisman Trophy winner. 

    Pro Comp(s): Colin Kaepernick 

    Team Fits: Tampa Bay, Tennessee, New York Jets, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia 

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 160-180 (QB22)/$4-$7

  • Reflecting on the greatest Elite Eight game ever played -- Arizona/Illinois '05

    Brad Evans at The Dagger 22 days ago

    Ten years, two kids and an uncountable number of head hairs ago, I plopped down on the couch, turned on the tube and witnessed arguably the single greatest NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game this century, a transcendent battle that still resonates with many casual and dedicated fans today.

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    Arizona/Illinois. Allstate Arena. Chicago. March 26, 2005.

    It was a clash of basketball titans. The Wildcats, the No. 3 seed led by legendary silver fox Lute Olsen, were loaded with future NBA talent – Channing Frye, Hasaan Adams, Salim Stoudamire and Mustafa Shakur. They blazed a trail to the Midwest Regional Final by dismantling Utah St. and UAB while sneaking by a fiery three-point shooting club from Stillwater, Oklahoma St.

    And, as an Illinois graduate, Champaign resident and ardent supporter, I was 100-percent emotionally invested in them.

    I relished every moment ... 

    Then the ship slipped into the abyss.

    Indeed it did not.

    Tie game.  

    GAME OVER.

    Bring on the excitement. Bring on new goosebumps. Bring on the Elite Eight. 

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  • Bracket Lames: High-seed Notre Dame to suffer all too familiar fate

    Brad Evans at The Dagger 1 mth ago

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    Records, they can be deceiving.

    Take Notre Dame for instance.

    On the surface, the Irish’s 29-5 mark and ACC tournament crown are prizewinning. With victories against Michigan St., Purdue, North Carolina and Duke and no unsightly losses, their favorable tourney spot, slotting in as the No. 3 seed in the Kentucky Invitational/Midwest region, was rightfully earned. 

    However, inspect Notre Dame's profile closer and its crookery is unmasked. The Irish are frauds. And it’s only a matter of time before their scam sends them packing to South Bend.

    Unfortunately, though, they posses a fatal flaw, one that historical trends suggest isn't conducive for a fruitful result. 

    It reeks. 

    You think? 

  • Bracket Flames: Boomer Sooner! Oklahoma one of six tourney sleepers

    Brad Evans at The Dagger 1 mth ago

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    When discussing college basketball’s most successful active coaches, the usual suspects are rattled off – Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Jim Boeheim, Bill Self and Roy Williams. However, Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as his more publicized colleagues.  

    He deserves to be.

    In his 29 years of head coaching at the collegiate level, Kruger’s list of accomplishments depicts a well-traveled, yet incredibly consistent, career:

    • 549 career wins (39th all-time, ninth-most active)

    • 61.4 win percentage

    • Four conference Coach of the Year awards in three different leagues (SEC, Big Ten, Mountain West)

    • 16 NCAA tournament appearances

    • One Final Four (Florida in 1994)  

  • 2015 NCAA Tournament Tips 101: Understanding March Madness

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

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    For years your ears have been bombarded by a foreign language spewed by sports junkies congregating in the office. Every March, talk of "brackets," "seeds" and "Cinderellas" around copy machines and water coolers are inescapable. Badgered repeatedly by the hoop heads to participate in their cutthroat tournament game, you – a diligent worker on the outside dedicated to fattening the company's bottom line but internally yearning for much, much more – have historically stiff-armed their advancements. After all, conformity is a threat to your work ethic and individuality.

    Lace up your Chucks.

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