Fantasy Football TALK and Information : By Ryan Beitler

Sometimes the hardest decisions turn into a championship!

Not everyone can sit a Ladainian Tomlinson based off his prestige in the NFL. Yet if you have a Cedric Benson starting against the browns for example, that's probably the best way to go.Match-ups and depth spells success in fantasy football!Just because you may have a top draft pick doesn't mean they should always get the nod.

The most important aspect obviously is the draft. Leave players like TO and such on the board as they will only put you into a bind later in the season if they aren't producing. Then you end up in a pickle if you should trade him or simply drop him from his lack of production.Now a days people think a name is much more significant then what they actually produce fantasy wise! BE SMART, start with a solid base of 2 rb's into 2 wr's. A solid QB in the NFL now a days is very easy to find, especially with the league turning for more of a passing era.

Last, and two key parts, if free agency and trading. Remember, match-ups are key some wks especially when you run into some bye weeks with your studs. Understanding the game and players is a must for a player to go through or reject trades. Keep your mind open to all teams and how they utilize their players!!

Pictures of two young Nfl stars

Players of the future

Picking up the right young bright players in the NFL draft is also very important and tricky at times.Deshawn Jackson has really emerged as the Eagles go to wide receiver and big time play maker. His speed leaves a lot of Defenses in the dust and the all important double move has become a staple for him in his young career. Another Wide out that has emerged in the 2009 Season is Sidney Rice from the Vikings playing with Bret Favre who i might add is having a pretty darn good season himself thus far.His great leaping ability and explosiveness as you can see on some Kick returns is startling. A figure very similar to Randy Moss, he has been farves' key target in his early success with the team.

Now the opposite side to this is INJURIES, because even players like Deshawn, at 170 lbs soaking wet, can seem risky along with other college players coming into the NFL.You never know when an injury or the bug is gonna plague your roster, so make sure you have some information and knowledge on the players you are drafting.You must understand that injuries are all a part of the game, but with so many up and coming players like the two Great Wide Receivers discussed before, you must be able to pick out these explosive athletes. At worst, you could even make a trade for maybe even a brand name player that might not be producing early in the season but TIMING is also crucial in trades.

Adrian Peterson: ALL DAY

It's safe to say Adrian if probably gonna be the most dominating Football figure we will see in our generation and maybe off all time as long as he can stay healthy. His speed and power is reminiscent of Walter Payton but his burst of agility is Deva vu of the great Barry Sanders. The vision he has to get where he needs to be and see the whole football field is so rare a for a player at his age, and some plays he just makes NFL Defenses look like high school or college at best. Just an absolute amazing specimen that just leaves every audience member in aww!

Performance enhancing drugs

If any professional player has used a performance enhancing drug, should they automatically be banned from the hall or fame in their sport?

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Ladainian proved himself in the past few years, but his numbers are slowely declining.Now about to touch his 30's, what can we expect fantasy wise from Tomlinson?
Ladainian proved himself in the past few years, but his numbers are slowely declining.Now about to touch his 30's, what can we expect fantasy wise from Tomlinson?

QB of the Future!

Even with a very questionable offensive Line, rodgers has proved his patience and comfortability.
Even with a very questionable offensive Line, rodgers has proved his patience and comfortability.

Michael Vick : Second Chance

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. Michael has made long strides in turning his life and appearance around to getting on the right track. "Superman" once had athleticism that most could only dream of and only the future will let us know what direction this one time phenom will go!

Micael Vick Highlights In The Prime

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Eli and his young WR core have a long way to go, but this are looking for the better!
Eli and his young WR core have a long way to go, but this are looking for the better!

Giant Success!

To this analyst, the Giants are the team of the NFL right now. Solid QB in Eli Manning protected by a great offense of line. Young wr core that just seems to have a breakout wr each wk. Brandon Jacobs to pound the ball in late situations or open up the pass, or Ahmed Bradshaw to cut up the defenses with his blazing speed!I guess we really don't need to speak on the bruising defense which will only get better the more they improve their secondary, but just an absolute nightmare for any NFL QB. Tom Coughlin has done a great job of placing the right pieces where they need to be, especially in such an explosive division with the cowboys and eagles right alongside.The more games the young Eli manning wins spells doom for opposing teams as he just seams to get better with time just like his brother Peyton Manning who I will also note has had GREAT 2009 season so far.

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Hines Ward racking up a great career as a SOLID WR!

Great hands, TOUGH receiver, has always been a great route runner, will go over the middle and take the hit,GREAT blocking for a wide receiver,soft hands.
Great hands, TOUGH receiver, has always been a great route runner, will go over the middle and take the hit,GREAT blocking for a wide receiver,soft hands.

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    Commissioner Roger Goodell
    Commissioner Roger Goodell

    *NFL LOCKOUT*

    Right now, the Labor talks seem to be coming along quite good as the owners and players seem to be inching towards a deal. One of the main benefits the players would receive is medical benefits even after retirement, and increasing the league minimum salary. So what's next?! Are the Hockey players going to go on strike for basically the same reasons except in a sport that is probably more violent then all. These people choose to take this career. They should understand what they are getting into when they sign that contract. I am sure they're are billions of people in the world who would be happy with 100 k a year. What a joke! I remember films of the greats who played just because they loved the game. We have too many pre-maddonas now a days. I love Football to death and to me not having a season would just be painful as I am sure a lot of NFL fans would agree. Too few players make a lot of money while others get the league minimum. I agree with this a little. The players who make the big buck should not get as much. I DON'T care who you are. It takes a group, a "TEAM" to win a Super Bowl. Not one or even 10 players. Suck it up. If not, try working a real "LABOR" kind of job where you grind every wk just to live and pay rent . In a time where the Economy is in shambles, they wantttttt more. hmphhhh. I just want to see football. Case closed! This is only going to lead to other sports following very swiftly behind! How about boxing. GET REAL!

    I mean think about it. I picture a phenomenal athlete and person like Muhammad Ali. He was a boxer in a sport that in anyone's book is a lot more vicious then football. I agree with more protection, yet, I think it should definitely be noted that there are other sports like hockey and football, I mean look at Ali in the last five years. it's disgusting. The guy can barely talk normal sometimes its is so sad. If these guys are going to receive these standards I think they need to seriously take in to consideration helping these other 2 sports at the least. In my mind if something doesn't happen for them at all, it's a shame.

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    Lockout update!

    Jul 22, 2011 - The NFL lockout continues but there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel. The owners and players have gotten to the point where they're very close to finalizing settlement terms and hammer out the final details that will allow us to get back to our regularly scheduled football programming.

    The process of these two sides coming to a signed, sealed and delivered agreement isn't as simple as saying, 'We agree, let's do this thing!' There are multiple steps remaining before football can return. To no one's surprise, the NFL and NFLPA can't agree on the process of ending the lockout but here are the three steps that need to be taken as best as we understand it.

    First, the players need to resolve the settlement with the owners. Judging by DeMaurice Smith's letter to the players on Thursday night and the reaction from other players around the league, there are still final points to hammered out in the settlement so that's what the two sides will need to do first. What are those points? Depends on who you ask. The real point is that there are still issues on the table. Once they do come to a compromise on that, the final language will be put into the settlement and both sides will check off on it.

    The final part of this step will be the vote. The players' board members will vote to recommend the settlement to the rest of the players, and then the 10 named plaintiffs will sign off on the deal. It's believed the named plaintiffs will do that without issue when the time comes (although Chargers WR Vincent Jackson could still be a problem). Finally, the court will give their seal of approval on the settlement.

    Second, the players need to return to union status. They decertified back in March because, like the owners imposing the lockout, it was their best leverage point at that time. As part of the settlement, they'll need to reform as a union and, despite some of what you're hearing out there, I'd expect this to happen as part of the deal. (That's because it's highly unlikely the league would do the deal unless the players agreed to reform as a union.)

    For this to happen, the players' board members will recommend to the players that they reform as a union. From there, a majority of the players -- more than 50 percent -- must sign physical union cards confirming their desire to return to the union. The process of actually signing these cards is causing some of the debate out there on how long this recertification process would take but once a majority of these players do sign the NFLPA can collectively bargain on behalf of the players.

    After all that happens, the NFLPA will have to go through some administrative stuff to return to their status as a union.

    Third, the owners and players need to negotiate on the collectively bargained items. Those stories you're seeing about waiting for the players to vote on the CBA? Yeah, that's not exactly accurate because there are issues that the NFLPA can't negotiate for the players until they reform as a union (even though the league clearly disagrees). These are collectively bargained items and they include things like drug testing, the process of filing a grievance and all that good stuff. This is an important distinction because many think issues like this have already been done. They haven't. They're issues that should only be finalized once the players return to union status and the NFLPA returns.

    If all goes well after all of that, and the players and owners agree on the finalized details, we'll be back to talking football. It's important to recognize that the players re-unionizing isn't as simple as checking a box and saying it's done. There are multiple steps involved, which create more talks with the owners, that will take a little time to nail down.

    By almost all accounts, this thing will get done and it will probably get done within days. That's the important part when looking at the big picture.

    That said, as a fan, the daily waiting and waiting, with the return of football nearly in our grasp, is tough to swallow.

    The NFL approved its new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

    However, the NFL Players Association has to ratify the labor deal to begin the league year.

    “We are pleased to announce that our clubs have approved the terms of a long-term negotiated agreement with the NFL players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “It includes many positive changes that emerged from a spirit of compromise rooted in doing what is best for the game and players. DeMaurice Smith and his team, and the players and owners involved in the negotiations, deserve great credit for their skill and professionalism. If approved by the players, this agreement will allow the league and its players to continue to benefit from the NFL’s popularity and will afford a unique opportunity to deliver to fans an even better, safer, and more competitive game in the future.

    "On behalf of the NFL, our teams and players, I want to express our deep appreciation to Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan. Judge Boylan was the court-appointed mediator, but his contributions far exceeded that role. His patience, determination, and commitment helped keep everyone focused on the goal, and helped lead us to today's announcement."

    The NFL announced that players can begin voluntary workouts at club facilities on July 23 if the NFLPA Executive Board approves the settlement terms. Following the reconstitution of the NFLPA as a union and approval of the new CBA by the NFLPA membership, the League Year and free agency signings will start at 2 p.m. ET on July 27 and training camps for all teams will open on July 27. Day one activities will be limited to physicals, meetings, and conditioning. Players will practice without pads on days two and three.

    As part of the transition rules for the 2011 League Year, the parties have agreed that the CBA’s specified deadlines for certain free agency contract tenders will be delayed to the dates indicated below. For example, the deadline for the CBA’s “June 1 Tender” to Unrestricted Free Agents will be changed from June 1 to August 12.

    Following are key dates on the revised 2011 League Calendar, contingent upon ratification of the agreement by the players prior to these dates:

    JULY

    July 23 Voluntary training, conditioning and classroom instruction permitted until first day of clubs’ preseason training camps.

    July 23 Pre-2011 League Year Period commences. 2011 Free Agency List to be issued and will become effective on the first day of the 2011 League Year (July 27). Clubs/players may begin to renegotiate contracts. Clubs may begin to sign Drafted Rookies and their own UFAs, RFAs, Exclusive Rights Players and Franchise Players.

    July 23 Waivers begin for the 2011 League Year.

    July 23 Starting at 2:00 PM ET, clubs may negotiate with, but not sign, Undrafted Rookie Free Agents, free agents, and other clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, and Franchise Players.

    July 24 Starting at 2:00 PM ET, clubs may begin to sign undrafted rookie free agents.

    July 27 2011 League Year commences at 2:00 PM ET, provided NFLPA has ratified CBA. Free Agency Signing Period begins. Clubs may sign free agents and other clubs’ Unrestricted Free Agents. Clubs may sign Offer Sheets. Trading period begins. All Clubs must be under the Salary Cap. Top 51 rule applies.

    July 27 Expand rosters to 90-man limit

    July 27 Training Camps open for all clubs, provided NFLPA has ratified CBA. Day One activities limited to physicals, meetings, and conditioning. No pads permitted on Day Two or Day Three.

    AUGUST

    August 9 Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an Accrued Season for free agency.

    August 11-15 First Preseason Weekend

    August 12 Deadline for signing of Offer Sheets by Restricted Free Agents.

    (17-day period concludes)

    August 12 Deadline for June 1 Tender to Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a Player Contract with a Club by August 26, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from August 26 until the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season, at 4:00 PM ET, only with his Prior Club.

    August 12 Deadline: if a Drafted Rookie has not signed a Player Contract by this date, he cannot be traded during his initial League Year and may sign a Player Contract only with the drafting Club until the day of the Draft in the next League Year.

    August 13-17 Each Club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned Exclusive Rights Player or Restricted Free Agent with written notice of the Club’s intent to place the player on the Exempt List if the player fails to report at least the day before the Club’s second preseason game.

    August 16 Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

    (Four-day matching period conlcudes)

    August 17 Deadline for June 1 Tender to Restricted Free Agents who have received a Qualifying Offer for a Right of First Refusal Only.

    August 18-22 Second Preseason Weekend.

    August 25-28 Third Preseason Weekend.

    August 26 Signing Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents who received the June 1 Tender.

    August 29 Deadline for June 15 Tender to Restricted Free Agents. If player’s Qualifying Offer is greater than 110% of the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward unchanged), the Club may withdraw the Qualifying Offer on August 29 and retain its exclusive negotiating rights to the player, so long as the Club immediately tenders the player a one-year Player Contract of at least 110% of his prior year’s Paragraph 5 Salary, with all the terms of his prior year’s contract carried forward unchanged.

    August 30 Clubs reduce rosters from 90 players to 75 players.

    SEPTEMBER

    September 1-2 Fourth Preseason Weekend.

    September 3 Clubs reduce rosters to 53 players.

    September 8-12 First Regular-Season Weekend.

    September 18-19 Second Regular-Season Weekend

    September 20 Deadline at 4:00 PM ET for any Club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension.

    If approved by the players, the new collective bargaining agreement will include the following key terms:

    TERM:

    The fixed term of the agreement covers the 2011 through 2020 seasons and includes the 2021 draft.

    PLAYER HEALTH AND SAFETY:

    Immediate implementation of changes to promote player health and safety by:

    Reducing the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 to 10;

    Limiting on-field practice time and contact;

    Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season;

    Increasing number of days off for players.

    Opportunity for current players to remain in the player medical plan for life.

    An enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the contract year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.

    No change to the 16-4 season format until at least 2013; any subsequent increase in the number of regular-season games must be made by agreement with the NFL Players Association.

    $50 million per year joint fund for medical research, healthcare programs, and NFL Charities, including NFLPA-related charities.

    RETIRED PLAYER BENEFITS:

    · Over the next 10 years, additional funding for retiree benefits of between $900 million and $1 billion. The largest single amount, $620 million, will be used for a new "Legacy Fund," which will be devoted to increasing pensions for pre-1993 retirees

    · Other improvements will be made to post-career medical options, the disability plan, the 88 Plan, career transition and degree completion programs, and the Player Care Plan.

    DRAFT/FREE AGENCY SYSTEM:

    · An annual Draft of seven rounds plus compensatory picks for teams which lose free agents.

    · Unrestricted free agency for players after four accrued seasons; restricted free agency for players with three accrued seasons.

    · Free agency exceptions (franchise and transition players).

    ENTRY LEVEL COMPENSATION SYSTEM:

    · New entry-level compensation system including the following elements:

    o All drafted players sign four-year contracts.

    o Undrafted free agents sign three-year contracts.

    o Maximum total compensation per draft class.

    o Limited contract terms.

    o Strong anti-holdout rules.

    o Clubs have option to extend the contract of a first-round draftee for a fifth year, based on agreed-upon tender amounts.

    · Creation of new fund to redistribute, beginning in 2012, savings from new rookie pay system to current and retired player benefits and a veteran player performance pool.

    ECONOMICS:

    · Salary cap plus benefits of $142.4 million per club in 2011 ($120.375 million for salary and bonus) and at least that amount in 2012 and 2013.

    · Beginning in 2012, salary cap to be set based on a combined share of “all revenue,” a new model differentiated by revenue source with no expense reductions. Players will receive 55 percent of national media revenue, 45 percent of NFL Ventures revenue, and 40 percent of local club revenue.

    · Beginning in 2012, annual "true up" to reflect revenue increases or decreases versus projections.

    · Clubs receive credit for actual stadium investment and up to 1.5 percent of revenue each year.

    · Player share must average at least 47 percent for the 10-year term of the agreement.

    · League-wide commitment to cash spending of 99 percent of the cap in 2011 and 2012.

    · For the 2013-2016 seasons, and again for the 2017-2020 seasons, the clubs collectively will commit to cash spending of at least 95 percent of the cap.

    · Each club committed to cash spending of 89 percent of the cap from 2013-2016 and 2017-2020.

    · Increases to minimum salaries of 10 percent in Year 1 with continuing increases each year of the agreement.

    2011-2012 TRANSITION RULES:

    · Special transition rules to protect veteran players in 2011. All teams will have approximately $3.5 million in what would otherwise be performance-based pay available to fund veteran player salaries.

    · Each club may "borrow" up to $3 million in cap room from a future year, which may be used to support veteran player costs.

    · In 2012, each club may "borrow" up to $1.5 million in cap room from a future year. Both these amounts would be repaid in future years.

    OTHER:

    · No judicial oversight of the agreement. Neutral arbitrators jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA will resolve disputes as appropriate

    · Settlement of all pending litigation.

    Impact of Peformance Enhancing Drugs

    Performance-enhancing drugs: Know the risks

    Are you hoping to gain a competitive edge by taking muscle-building supplements or other performance-enhancing drugs? Learn how these drugs work and how they can affect your health.

    Most serious athletes will tell you that the competitive drive to win can be fierce. Besides the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, athletes often pursue dreams of winning a medal for their country or securing a spot on a professional team. In such an environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has become increasingly common.

    But using performance-enhancing drugs — aka, doping — isn't without risks. Take the time to learn about the potential benefits, the health risks and the many unknowns regarding so-called performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, androstenedione, human growth hormone, erythropoietin, diuretics, creatine and stimulants. You may decide that the benefits aren't worth the risks.

    Anabolic steroids

    What are they?
    Some athletes take a form of steroids — known as anabolic-androgen steroids or just anabolic steroids — to increase their muscle mass and strength. The main anabolic steroid hormone produced by your body is testosterone.

    Testosterone has two main effects on your body:

    • Anabolic effects promote muscle building.
    • Androgenic effects are responsible for male traits, such as facial hair and a deeper voice.

    Some athletes take straight testosterone to boost their performance. Frequently, the anabolic steroids that athletes use are synthetic modifications of testosterone. These hormones have approved medical uses, though improving athletic performance is not one of them. They can be taken as pills, injections or topical treatments.

    Why are these drugs so appealing to athletes? Besides making muscles bigger, anabolic steroids may help athletes recover from a hard workout more quickly by reducing the muscle damage that occurs during the session. This enables athletes to workout harder and more frequently without overtraining. In addition, some athletes may like the aggressive feelings they get when they take the drugs.

    Designer steroids
    A particularly dangerous class of anabolic steroids are the so-called "designer" drugs — synthetic steroids that have been illicitly created to be undetectable by current drug tests. They are made specifically for athletes and have no approved medical use. Because of this, they haven't been tested or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and represent a particular health threat to athletes.

    Risks
    Many athletes take anabolic steroids at doses that are much higher than those prescribed for medical reasons, and most of what is known about the drugs' effects on athletes comes from observing users. It is impossible for researchers to design studies that would accurately test the effects of large doses of steroids on athletes, because giving participants such high doses would be unethical. This means that the effects of taking anabolic steroids at very high doses haven't been well studied.

    Anabolic steroids come with serious physical side effects as well.

    Men may develop:

    • Prominent breasts
    • Baldness
    • Shrunken testicles
    • Infertility

    Women may develop:

    • A deeper voice
    • An enlarged clitoris
    • Increased body hair
    • Baldness

    Both men and women might experience:

    • Severe acne
    • Increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture
    • Liver abnormalities and tumors
    • Increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
    • Decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
    • Hypertension
    • Heart and circulatory problems
    • Suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis
    • Prostate gland enlargement
    • Aggressive behaviors, rage or violence
    • Psychiatric disorders, such as depression
    • Drug dependence
    • Infections or diseases such as HIV or hepatitis if you're injecting the drugs
    • Inhibited growth and development, and risk of future health problems in teenagers


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