2013 Fantasy Football Outlook: The Wide Receivers

Calvin Johnson continues to be a stud at Wide Receiver in Fantasy Leagues everywhere

Round three of HighPhive’s fantasy focus centers on the explosiveness  of offenses across the league. There is no greater bang for buck than a big time wide receiver, just ask Mike Wallace. As the NFL becomes more pass heavy with every passing season, a successful areal attack can make horrendous teams relevant. Look at the Saints, without Marques Colston, Drew Brees, and Jimmy Graham, the Saints would have been one of the NFL’s worst teams a season ago. From a fantasy perspective, the wide receiver slots are the second most important asset to your fantasy team. Draft experts agree that drafting a running back …

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Eagles Training Camp Preview: Cut Days

Chip Kelly participates in Training Camp with his teamAs the dog days of summer grow near, training camp begins to rear its ugly head. Just a few weeks of conditioning, game planning, and formulation will stand between NFL teams and their 2013 campaigns’. For Philadelphia, training camp will be especially tumultuous under the new coaching staff. Players drafted during the Andy Reid era may want to update their resumes, as their time in the bird gang may be coming to a close.

Roster cuts are the least enjoyable part of coaching, but are a necessary evil if team’s want to take their talents to the big apple come February. Chip Kelly will not play favorites, a fact that should worry third year underperforming linebacker, Casey Matthews, an …

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Phillies: Buy? Sell? Who Stays? Who Goes?

Domonic Brown will no doubt be a Philadelphia Phillie next year. Who won't be after the trade deadline?I know its early, but 2 weeks from next Wednesday marks either the end of an era for the Phillies, or the start of a playoff push.  Today I take a look at who will stay if they sell, and who may go / come here if they buy.

The Guaranteed 2014 Philadelphia Phillies:

Domonic Brown:  Many of you, yes… you, asked for this guy to be traded last year, this offseason, spring training and many times before that.  This kid has a potential MVP future, and will stay here for a while (hopefully).

Ben Revere:  Many of you, yes… you, wanted this …

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Meet the Temple Freshman: Buddy Brown

Buddy Brown from Williamstown High School is joining the Temple Owls this season as a freshman.In the coming weeks, I will be working on watching film and evaluating a series of potential high impact freshman joining the Temple Owls football team from the 2013 recruiting class and how they may impact the team for the upcoming season. For this week, the spotlight will be on Linebacker, Buddy Brown.

High School Career

Buddy Brown just graduated this spring from Williamstown High School in Williamstown, NJ where he was a three year starter. Brown played on both sides of the ball but exceled on the defensive side. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Brown helped lead his team to a 7-2 & 8-2 record respectively but fell short each year in …

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An Expert Take on the Flyers Draft

Samuel Morin was the Flyers first round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.With the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in the books, the Flyers have hopefully restocked their system with defensemen. The Flyers drafted two defensemen with their first two picks for the first time in a long time. In the first round, the Flyers selected defenseman Sam Morin from Rimouski of the QMJHL. Morin is a big bodied defenseman who can skate surprisingly well for his size. In the second round, the Flyers drafted Robert Hagg from Modo of the Swedish professional league. Hagg is a very good offensive defenseman and has the potential to be a good anchor of the power play in the future.

The Flyers later round picks were Tyrell …

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Eagles Fantasy Focus: Quarterbacks

The Eagles Quarterbacks in mini camp.NFL training camps will open in two weeks but for fantasy football managers the preparation has already started. Studying stats and mock-drafts are a mid-summer necessity if you wish to collect trophies, prizes and bragging rights come Week 16. As a champion and 14-year veteran of multiple leagues, I’d like to give Eagles fans my thoughts on this upcoming season from a fantasy point of view. This is the first installment of a positional break-down and projection for first-year coach Chip Kelly and the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles.

QUARTERBACK

Anything can happen in training camp but obviously Michael Vick is the favorite to open the season under center. Chip Kelly may not name a starter until the week before the opening game which could cause Vick’s draft value to drop. His potential in Kelly’s up-tempo offense, with plays …

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Ben Revere Doing Exactly What Should Have Been Expected

Ben Revere has overcame a slow start and early season benching to fight back to having a very good season.In the midst of the emergence of Domonic Brown, it may have been easy to over look another blooming Phillies outfielder. As eyes are on Chase Utley, Ryan Howard’s injury and the horrendous bullpen Ben Revere has climbed out of the shadows. Even though he is starting to produce at the plate, some still ridicule him and his game. The only question I have is why? Did you think he was an all-star when we signed him?

I was very excited when the Phillies acquired Revere from the Twins. I also knew what …

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Why the Phillies Aren’t That Good…

Jonathan Papelbon has been inconsistent as of late for the Phillies. Raise your hand if you have heard this before… The Phillies stink.  We all expected them to compete this year, and they are competing… with mediocrity… and most of the time losing.  Today I am going to try and show you all the reasons why they are so bad, and the only reason they aren’t worse.
Let’s start off by looking at the marvelous bullpen.

My favorite is former Phillie Chad Durbin:  No longer a Phillie, Durbin’s collateral damage still affected the bullpen as a whole.  Per inning he allowed over 2 base runners and 1 earned run.  PER INNING!!!!

B.J. Rosenberg who is new to this mess has also helped put these numbers through …

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After Hot Start in AA, Phillies’ Franco is the Talk of the Phillies

Maikel Franco is the talk of the Phillies with his hot start in AA.While the current Phillies’ homegrown core that helped deliver the city of Philadelphia its first World Series title in 28 years continues to age and become less effective, the organization’s farm system will need to begin injecting talent into the Major League club. Although the current overall talent level of the farm system is below average, there are several players with legitimate potential, and one in particular, twenty year-old third-baseman Maikel Franco, a native of the Dominican Republic, could develop into something special.

The majority of scouts were scared off by Franco’s lack of speed after he posted 7.7-second 60-yard dash times during Minor League Showcase events. Santo Domingo-based Phillies scout, …

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Have the Philadelphia Flyers Backed Themselves Into A Corner?

Claude Giroux will be the Captain for the future of the Philadelphia Flyers.As of July 6th, 2013, the Philadelphia Flyers are the only NHL team that is technically over the $70.9 million salary cap (including the 7.5% of allowable bonuses) based on CapGeek.com. There are five other teams who have total salaries (not including bonuses) over the $64.3 million salary cap with the Flyers being the most over by almost $12 million. The closest team to them is the Penguins who are about $4 million over the cap. This may be hard to believe considering the Flyers exercised their two compliance buy out options on Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov freeing up over $12 million in cap space. However, the Flyers have …

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