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Vernon Davis Has Been Traded, Colin Kaepernick Has Been Benched & The 49ers Aren’t The Greatest Team In The World Right Now

Oh No – The trade of Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos on Monday signals more than just the beginning of the teardown of what was once an elite NFL team.

The trade represents the full-circle journey the 49ers have taken, from the ranks of the NFL’s worst, to one of its best, now back to darkness and desperation.

Hours after the trade, reports circled that the 49ers have decided to bench struggling Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert this week. The quarterback of the present and future will hold a clipboard. The team is crumbling.

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That picture pretty much sums up the 49ers season. They had the worst offseason in recent memory, losing so many key coaches and players that you knew it’d be impossible for them to have anything close to a decent season this year, and that’s exactly what’s happened. Now another key veteran is gone in Vernon Davis, and their $100 million quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of a guy who the Jacksonville Jaguars thought was expendable. It’s a shocking fall from grace for a team that was in the god damn Super Bowl 3 years ago, but that’s what happens when ownership thinks they know how to build a team better than a guy (Jim Harbaugh) who lives and breathes football and has instantly turned around programs and franchises everywhere he’s went. Is it shocking that Michigan is ranked 16th in the country and the 49ers are going through one of the ugliest seasons in ever? It shouldn’t be, and unfortunately, unless they score some serious talent in next year’s draft, it won’t be getting better anytime soon.

-Ryan

TNW – The Bachelor is Entering NFL Free Agency

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You can’t fool us, Andy. This isn’t a real trade, although I wouldn’t be surprised. The Saints are giving away players like Oprah used to give away cars.

That’s the downside of naps: FOMO. Fear of missing out is real, and you just missed some blockbuster trades. I hope the nap was worth it.

Why are so many people taking naps on a Tuesday afternoon? Is there a secret Nap Club I don’t know about it? If there is, I’m going to be upset.

– Ryan

 The Bachelor

#Broad4lyfe is the only hashtag the Bachelor TV show should use from now on. That’s pure genius. Also, if you don’t call your significant other your “Broad 4 Lyfe” when you propose then I don’t want to know you.

I have to admit, I wasn’t even sure that was a real website until I clicked on it. You’re dad is on to something…nobody tell ABC though…

More like Flipper or Mr. Limpet?

The AFC East Trade Bonanza Continues As Brandon Marshall Is Reportedly Being Traded To The Jets

B-MarshThe Chicago Bears have agreed to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The trade, which cannot become official until free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, will also rely on Marshall passing a physical.

A nine-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler, Marshall fought through nagging leg injuries most of last season, and finished the year on the injured reserve due to fractured ribs and a punctured lung, and produced just 721 yards receiving. Prior to last season, Marshall racked up 1,000 yards receiving in seven consecutive seasons.

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First Lesean McCoy gets traded to the Bills, and now it looks Brandon Marshall is heading to another AFC East team, the Jets. Honestly, it’s about time the AFC East teams started making some moves. The Patriots have dominated and embarrassed them for over a decade, and they just continue to take it. I guess the Patriots winning the division AGAIN and winning the Super Bowl AGAIN finally knocked some sense into the front offices of the Bills and the Jets. Neither team has a quarterback, but getting a top 5 running back and a top 10 receiver is a good start. Rex Ryan must have gone through a rollercoaster of emotions this past week. First, he snags Lesean McCoy, then he watches his former team and new rival get a monster wide receiver. If nothing else, the AFC East seems like it will be a lot of fun to watch in 2015. Also, Alshon Jeffrey fantasy alert. The guy is going to dominate this year.

– Ryan

Fantasy Trade Etiquette – The 5 Rules of Trading

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Allow me to reintroduce myself: My name is Matt Vieira and I am in my 8th year as commissioner of a 10-team standard scoring fantasy football league. Since beginning my fantasy football commitment (because it is that, isn’t it?) I have realized that it is much more than just a game of numbers, it becomes a well thought out chess match that is as much about what happens off the field as it does on it. That’s where this post is heading. A trade, by definition, is a transaction, where, in this case, one or more players are traded for one or more players. And while that seems like a simple concept there is far more to consider when offering or accepting a trade in your fantasy league.

When involving yourself in such dealings you must adhere to a certain code. This code is something that will help you and your fantasy league to become stronger and more competitive. Without further adieu, here are my 5 rules to help you follow proper trading  etiquette.

Rule 1: The 3 Responses to a Trade

You’re sitting at home the morning after a miserable fantasy loss and what comes across your desk? A fantasy trade! Your  lucky day! So what do you do with said trade? Here are the 3 possible responses to a fantasy trade. 1. Accept the trade: Go ahead, you deserve it. 2. Respectfully decline: Maybe the trade isn’t for you, don’t worry there are plenty of trades in the sea. And 3. Decline and counter: Maybe you don’t want to give up Alshon Jeffery for Donnie Avery, but you will part ways Darren McFadden.

These should be your only responses to a trade offer. Not responding or dragging someone along for a ride is highly frowned upon. Timely responses are key in building trade rapport in your league. Nobody wants to trade with “that guy”.

Rule 2: Have Faith in Your Fantasy League

This is directed at the commissioner, but should also be taken into account by the rest of the league. Always have faith in your league when it comes to trades. I come from a league that has a very tight knit group of guys. We do a cash prize, but that usually isn’t what is top priority . Usually what fuels our fierce battles on the fantasy gridiron is bragging rights. We always want to be better than the next guy. I know this trait isn’t that uncommon, but it should be taken into account when reviewing trades. Nobody in your league wants to do a bad trade (I will talk about collusion instances later). In the traders eyes the transaction they are participating in is making both of their teams better. Far too often do I find leagues that come unraveled because of trades, don’t let that be your league.

Rule 3: The Formula to a Fair Trade

Trading can have a few functions including: making another position on your team better, preparing for a bye week, or getting a guy you personally like. When doing trades you want to make sure you implore a simple formula to get the best bang for your buck. That formula is to sell high and buy low. Just like in stock trading you want to sell players at the top of their game and bring in players as cheap as you can get. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, but taking a guy that just had a great couple games, especially early in the season, and selling (trading) him, is a perfect way to to beef up some other positions at a discount.

Extra tip – Remember, when buying (trading for) “low” players, do your research. Check their upcoming schedule and bye weeks for reasons to believe in a bounce back.

Rule 4: Limit Vetos

This rule goes hand-in-hand with rule 2. Veto power is something everyone has in fantasy football, unless you belong to a dictatorship league in which case I suggest you join another league. Nobody is larger than the league and the veto button should show that. Veto power should not, I repeat, SHOULD NOT be used by the commissioner to regulate trades. The only way a trade should be vetoed is if the majority, or in my league 7 out of 10, decides it is collusion. You heard me right, collusion, AKA stacking someones team. Regular trades must almost always be sent through because of Rule 2 (trust in your league). Everyone wants to win, and everyone wants to make their teams better. Feel like you have people in your league that would participate in collusion? Either they go or you do, don’t settle for a shady ass league. You deserve a fair fantasy experience.

Rule 5: Have Some Dignity

The simplest rule of all. Send trades that makes sense. Nobody likes the guy that offers you Drew Stanton for Marshawn Lynch. Nobody is buying into your bull shit. I don’t care how much “upside” a guy may or may not have, because in the end points do the talking. Make trades based on needs and wants, and realize nobody is going to buy into your players if you send outrageous offers. Again, don’t be that guy.

 

That’s all I have for this topic. If you have any questions about the 5 rules listed above feel free to hit me up on my twitter (@MattfromRI) or my website’s twitter (@AverageNobodies). Feel free to tell me I’m  an idiot who doesn’t know what I’m  talking about or to let me know you are implementing my trade rules into your league. I am constantly on twitter so you will get a response almost immediately.

May your players stay healthy and let the waiver wire be good to you.

Until next time,

-MattyV

 

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Shane Victorino is Tearing up my Heart

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Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is seeking a second opinion on his back injury after a troublesome MRI. The results of the MRI or the ensuing prognosis weren’t made public, but MLB.com’s Red Sox beat writer, Ian Browne, is reporting that season-ending surgery is a possibility.

Victorino isn’t offering up any denials, either, via MLB.com:

“I don’t want to talk about what we discussed. I think that, as I said, it wasn’t the news that we wanted. Some of the things that were shown were a little bit more than what we had hoped for, at least I had hoped for. But obviously being out there and not being able to go and having those things hamper me, I knew something was wrong. I don’t mind playing through pain, I don’t mind playing through an injury. But the continuation of it happening was the thing that was worrisome to me. the other night when I felt it, it was something that kind of woke me up a little bit. It was kind of sharp and sudden when it happened and we obviously found out why, with what the MRI revealed. To go get another opinion from Dr. Watkins and see what he has is important to me to get that view of things and we kind of have an idea of what’s going to happen. as I said, I hope it’s not going to be as serious. That’s what I’m hoping.”

Hamstring and back woes have hampered Victorino throughout the season, holding him to just 133 plate appearances in 30 games. He’s hitting .268/.303/.382 (91 OPS+) with six doubles, two homers, 12 RBI and two steals after an excellent 2013 campaign that garnered him a few MVP votes.

The Red Sox have Allen Craig and Yoenis Cespedes as corner outfield options after the trade deadline action, but that’s not too relevant, given that the Red Sox aren’t contenders.

Victorino, 33, is signed for $13 million for the 2015 season before again hitting free agency.

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Good thing the Sox traded for those two corner outfielders, eh? I love Victorino when he’s healthy, which out of a good 162 game season is probably 75-80 games. You signed him for three years. Year 1, he helps you win a world series. Year 2, which has been a lost year, he’s played 30 games and is going in for back surgery. Year 3, who knows. Maybe he comes back healthy and plays most of the season, maybe he gets hurts again and falls into a medically induced coma. Fans of any sports team coming off a championship fall in love with those players, and the 2013 Red Sox were no different. How could you not fall in love with these guys? They made the game of baseball fun again, something Sox fans and the people of Boston needed badly after the 2012 season and then the Boston marathon bombings. I had no problem bringing back that whole team and trying to relive some of the magic. But now it’s August 5th, and we’re 14 games back and not going anywhere this season. Some people hated dealing Lester and Lackey, but what else were the Sox supposed to do? Sometimes you have to trade good players to get good players, and that’s exactly what they did. Any team who would given anything more than a sack of baseballs for Clay Buchholz would have been high on PCP, so next in line were your two best pitchers. Is it fun seeing the best Red Sox pitcher since Pedro get traded mid season? No, but I have a feeling the Sox knew Victorino was hurting bad and they needed to make moves to make sure they could field some legitimate outfielders. Worst case scenario for next year: The Sox trot out Bradley, Victorino, Craig and Cespedes, add a veteran arm or two and hope one out of the Workman/De La Rosa/Webster/Ranaudo bunch becomes a legitimate number two or three starter. Best case scenario: all that plus Jon Lester comes back home. It’s an interesting time in Beantown. Let’s hope the youth movement works out.

 

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