2020 Season

August 4, 2020

NY Giants Preview: Believe the Hype?

There is so much hype around making Daniel Jones this year’s Lamar Jackson, it’s starting to look hard for him to live up to it. It’s eerily similar to Baker Mayfield last year. The concern here is that it’s too much too soon. His final numbers – 3,027 passing yards, 24 TD passes, 279 rushing yards and 2 TD — looked promising, but of his 13 games (12 starts), Jones had 3 blowup games with 4 or 5 TD passes. Week 16 he completed 28 of 42 passes for 352 yards and 5 TD to help teams win titles… if they started him. He had no other games with more than 2 TD.

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August 2, 2020

Denver Broncos Preview: Growing Up or Growing Pains?

John Elway gave Drew Lock the keys for the final 5 games of 2019. Is it premature? Going into his second year, Lock figures to still have growing pains, but there will be some highlight games in there. And of the first 5 games of the season, only Pittsburgh is a scary defense. A pair of those defenses – Jets and Miami in Weeks 4 and 5 – figure to be two of the worst this season, so we’ll know if Lock is the real deal right away.

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August 1, 2020

Dallas Cowboys Preview: Riding High in Big D

Everything seems to be set up for the Cowboys to continue to be one of the treasure troves of fantasy football happiness. Even with a new HC in Mike McCarthy, everything is in place to keep this one of the most high-powered, fantasy-friendly offenses in the NFL. Beyond having last year’s QB2 (Dak Prescott), RB3 (Ezekiel Elliott) and a pair of WRs in the top 24 (Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup), the Cowboys return OC Kellen Moore, who called the plays on this revamped high-flying circus. Add to it that the Dallas O-line is ranked #3 by Pro Football Focus going into the season. Everything appears in place for a repeat performance.

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July 31, 2020

K.C. Chiefs Preview: Great Expectations

It’s crazy to think that a team coming off a resounding Super Bowl victory, with the best QB in the game signing a gargantuan contract extension, bringing back the ridiculously talented core of skill players… and the biggest story for fantasy players in late July is a rookie RB who was nowhere near K.C. in early February for the team’s victory parade.

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July 14, 2020

Schedule Breakdown: AFC East

This is the first in a series of articles breaking down the opening and closing of the team schedules for the AFC East. Yes, whether teams have fans in the stands will definitely have an impact on home-field advantage that will only be realized after we’ve seen a few games. But at this point, there are some definite takeaways that could sway toward picking or staying away from certain players.  

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July 10, 2020

It’s a Familia Party 10-Team Mock Draft

For our first mock draft on the Familia FFB podcast, we thought we’d make it a Familia affair. We invited several primos and compadres to fill out a 10-team draft, using standard scoring. We did the positions a little different, going single QB, and instead of a TE and Flex positions, we did 2 flexes, one WR/RB and the other WR/TE. We had a last-minute cancellation, so we filled 9 slots in the draft. 

The drafters: Manny Arredondo, Nico Gutierrez, Brian Hall, Joe Mederos, Hector Reyes, Victor Reyes, Adan Torres, Ricky Torres and yours truly. All are avid players in multiple leagues, and most are in our Familialogy league, which has been in existence for 10 years.

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July 9, 2020

David Vassegh on a Runaway American Dream

I first heard David Vassegh’s name during the late 1990s, early 2000s on the famous McDonnell-Douglas sports talk show hosted by local legends of LA sports media Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian.

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July 4, 2020

That ’70s 4th of July, Pacoima Style

When I was a kid, I remember liking the 4th of July just as much as Christmas. And it was because of one very good reason: Fireworks. 

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July 3, 2020

Year 2 & 3 TEs: Some Take a Little Longer

The last 3 articles have been the Year 2 series, so today we’re going to cheat a little. We’re expanding the field of TEs to include Year 3 players. The reason? While last year we had Mark Andrews (TE5) and Dallas Goedert (TE10) break into the top 10 at their position, a lot of times TEs wait until their 3rd year to really showcase who they are, if they’re going to become viable players. Zach Ertz, Austin Hooper, Jared Cook and Hunter Henry were top 10 TEs last year who didn’t really arrive until their 3rd year. So we’re going to look at Year 2 TEs first, then go into the Year 3 players. 

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July 1, 2020

Year 2 WRs: Greatness Takes Time

Becoming a great WR takes time. For every Randy Moss coming into the league and setting it on fire with 69 receptions, 1,313 yards and 17 TDs in his rookie year, there are many cases like Jerry Rice. You’ve heard of him, right? He’s the GOAT of WRs. His rookie year in 1985 he caught 49 balls for 927 yards and 3 TDs. The late HC Bill Walsh wondered how to unlock the first-rounder’s potential, so he called up then Mississippi Valley State HC Archie Cooley, who told Walsh to work Rice as hard, if not harder, than anyone else on the team. Rice responded with 86 catches, 1,570 yards and 15 TDs in his Year 2. The rest of his Hall of Fame career was just getting started.

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