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FANTASY PLAYS: Shifting values with average draft position

first_imghttps://apnews.com/dfb892c642c8425ab6e9fa2b9f2b3d8c Denver Broncos wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (88) and Emmanuel Sanders (10) celebrate Sanders’ touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)For many fantasy football players, average draft position, or ADP, give a good barometer of when certain players may be picked — a useful planning tool for draft day.But ADP should be treated as a loose, not rigid, guide to what to fully expect. Every draft is different and ADP doesn’t always fully reflect a player’s true value, as many drafters in the mainstream are not as fully informed as more savvy players. Here are some players who are being overvalued or undervalued based on their current ADP as compiled by FantasyPros in point-per-reception leagues.OVERDRAFTEDJerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco (25th overall): There are very high expectations for McKinnon in a 49ers offense that is stirring a lot of buzz. While he is versatile and fast, McKinnon may not be built for heavy featured-back duty at 5-9, 205. He already has a knee injury that will cost him the rest of the preseason, and when Matt Breida returns from a shoulder injury, he may cut into McKinnon’s workload, too. Picking McKinnon early in the third round is not advised, even if you totally miss out on acquiring him.Rex Burkhead, RB, New England (71): Experienced fantasy players know you can never fully trust a New England running back. Word recently came out that Burkhead is trying to play through a minor tear in his knee. Health and workload concerns lead to regular concerns and no upside, so avoid Burkhead this season.Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver (41): The widespread assumption is that Case Keenum is going to revive the Denver passing game and that Thomas’ numbers will rebound accordingly. But Keenum must prove he is no one-year wonder who may revert to looking like a journeyman after leaving Minnesota. The Broncos may also be concerned that Thomas’ best days are behind him, as they drafted Courtland Sutton as their possible next big playmaker.Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams (43): He was a minor disappointment last season in New England, as Cooks only caught 65 balls. Now he is with the Rams, where Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are already established WR targets, plus Todd Gurley gets a lot of looks, as well. Cooks will still be relevant, but could also be very inconsistent and will be too frustrating for a guy with a fourth-round price tag.Jordan Reed, TE, Washington (87): Fantasy players who still get lured in by Reed should simply stop chasing his 2015 season and the remaining shreds of it from 2016. Reed played in only six games last season, and has missed 16 games over the past three years. That’s a full NFL season, of course. He is much too risky to be the ninth tight end off the board.Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (63): His ADP is based more on reputation than recent trends that may continue going forward. Last season, the Saints morphed into a team with outstanding RB play and a good defense. Brees no longer had to constantly fling the ball all over the yard as in the past, and look for the same approach in 2018. You’re not going to see 4,800 yards or 31-plus TDs again.UNDERDRAFTEDTarik Cohen, RB, Chicago (82): He is going to be one of the true breakout performers of the 2018 season in PPR formats. New head coach Matt Nagy is going to unleash the explosive all-around talent of Cohen in an improving Bears offense. Cohen is a fine value selection who will truly emerge as an upside performer this year.Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay (134): Obviously, most fantasy owners do not buy into Barber as the team’s current starter and expect rookie Ronald Jones to quickly emerge and soar past him. But Barber could hold onto the job for a while, as Jones is having trouble adjusting to the pro game. Barber can be a good flex player for an extensive stretch to open the season.Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (95): Last year, Anderson averaged nearly 15 yards a catch and scored seven times, despite the Jets dealing with QB issues. This season, the quarterback position should have more stability, so you should expect Anderson to continue his emergence as an exciting playmaker. He’ll go over 1,000 yards this time.Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta (123): There should be more optimism surrounding what may be the best WR in this year’s rookie class. Ridley is going to be an electric complement to Julio Jones; he’s the No. 2 WR the Falcons have been seeking. If you nab Ridley in the double-digit rounds, you are really going to enjoy the returns when he has some impressive outings this year.Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona (226): He is going near the end of drafts, but Seals-Jones could vie for top 10 fantasy tight end status this season. He is a big, fluid target who will become a prime threat for Arizona near the goal line. RSJ flashed some brief promise last season and should become a quality fantasy starter in his second pro season.Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (108): He is the 15th QB off the board on average, and never seems to get the fantasy respect he deserves. Rivers was the eighth most productive QB in fantasy last season, and has been a top 10 QB in five of the past six seasons. If you wait on a QB, as is often recommended, you can get Rivers in the double-digit rounds and you’ll strut, not walk, away from your draft table.___For more in-depth fantasy draft advice and insights, please visit RotoExperts: https://rotoexperts.comlast_img read more

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Cattle producers getting a market rally for Christmas

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You might have seen a picture floating around the internet with a cattle producer asking Santa for market prices to make a comeback this year and it looks as though jolly old St. Nick might have come through.According to USDA’s cattle-on-feed numbers last week, there was an 11% drop on cattle placement numbers compared to a year ago. That has provided some support in the cattle markets this week but the reason for the decline may make the new numbers deceiving.“These figures may imply that some cattle may have simply stayed out of feedlots and remained on grass or winter wheat pastures,” said Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst. “Those cattle may be coming in to feedlots later which will put the pressure back on the more distance contracts.”The livestock markets have been put through the wringer lately and fed steers have recently averaged about $116 per hundredweight.“That, of course, causes very significant losses for cattle feeders,” Shagam said. “Just six months earlier those feeders paid about $220 for feeder calves and are now reporting losses of upwards of $500 a head.”Producers are trying to hold off on buying feeder cattle at the moment, but as long as there is plenty of forage, cow-calf operators are content to hold on to the cattle they have.Late last week as the new USDA data was released, word also spread that Congress was quickly moving an omnibus spending bill through that included the repeal of COOL, or Country of Origin Labeling. This move added to the positive news for the livestock sector, as doing away with COOL would fend off retaliatory tariffs threatened by Canada and Mexico.“COOL and the cattle-on-feed numbers, together, should give us the ability to rally back $15 to $20 a hundredweight on prices,” said Mike Zuzolo from Global Commodity Analytics. “COOL represented lost export demand to Mexico and increased competition from Canada in terms of beef.“Even though you can argue the placements of these latest cattle-on-feed figures, the latest report is below year-ago levels and I think that is a very healthy sign and should give the market pause to want to put more pressure on the supply side bearishness.”A wide futures market swing like the one taking place this week is something seldom seem with the slow pace of the holiday season and Zuzolo doesn’t see much happening on the cash side of things until the calendar turns.“If we start to see a positive reaction in box beef prices, then I think your February fat cattle should be able to get to the $135 to $136 level in the middle of January and maybe push $140 before it expires,” Zuzolo said.Dressed weights are 25 to 30 pounds more, year-to-date, which shows how well feed grain prices are holding up their end of the bargain. That sways the supply side sentiment to a little more positive from neutral. The demand side of the equation has a different feel.“USDA keeps bringing this to the forefront more and more in their reports,” Zuzolo said. “Although USDA said that red meat exports would be up by 8% in 2016 versus 2015, they were still going to be 1.5% shy of 2014 levels.”Zuzolo says that is the factor that will put a cap on the cattle market in the near term, until demand improves on the export front.last_img read more

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Study: Enterprise Lags in Social Web Savviness

first_imgA Deloitte study that came out this morning shows a much deeper interest in the social web but still a lot of potential left to tap.This is the second year Deloitte LLC has evaluated the perceived potential of online communities and how enterprises believe it can be better leveraged. The study, interestingly titled “Tribalization of Business,” measures the responses of more than 400 companies, including Fortune 100 organizations that have created and now maintain online communities.If you have been involved in the development of the social Web, these results will not be a huge surprise. People these days know more about the tools available but are a bit stymied on how to maximize them. The results show that online tools are used to engage with customers, partners and employees on brand discussions and idea generation. Still, they continue to struggle with harnessing social media’s full potential.Here are some of the results of the study:The Market is MaturingThe study shows that the number of people participating in social media efforts is always the top measure of success. But this year, the results show a deeper interest in non-active users, or “lurkers”: people who observe the community but don’t participate in the discussion.32% of respondents are capturing data on how lurkers derive value from the community.20% of respondents have set up formal “ambassador” programs, which give outsiders preferential treatment in return for being more active in the community.39% of respondents indicated that more full-time people are being deployed to manage their communities.What’s the True Measure of Success?The obstacles to success are issues that bloggers can certainly relate to in their efforts to encourage people to become lasting members of an online community. The study reports the challenges in getting people to:Join: 24% of respondents identified this as an obstacle.Stay engaged: 30% of respondents cited this as a challenge.Return: 21% said they have difficulty getting people to return to the online community.More Engagement Is a Community EffortAdoption is one thing, but full-on immersion of the enterprise community in the social Web is a whole other matter. As practitioners, we know that the key to any such effort is to avoid making it one group or department’s job to develop the online community. The cultural shift requires practice, the freedom to experiment and the cultivation of a core community across the enterprise whose members serve as the main influencers. It’s interesting to note the rise of the community manager and how it correlates to the Deloitte study. Companies do view the role of the community manager as increasingly important. Yet the effort to make it all work has to be network-wide. And the only way to do that is to get more people involved into the process, so that idea flow and the returns start showing up in real, tangible ways.It’s a different way of thinking. For example, social media campaigns are often framed in traditional marketing practices. But really, the possibilities of social technology are infinite. Traditional media campaigns have a beginning and end. Social technology fuels conversation. One, five, ten or ten thousand people could all be stirring up and participating in conversations using social media tools. The conversation has a time dimension that just runs on and on. As we noted yesterday, this is why social tools adopt a river-of-news style. With such an activity stream, the conversation is endless.The issue has to do with participating in the discussion, which looks like the main concern of respondents. The majority agreed that the following points continue to be the top business objectives of online communities:Increase word of mouth (38%),Increase customer loyalty (34%),Increase brand awareness (30%),Improve idea generation (29%),Improve the quality of customer support (23%).Next StepsDeloitte seems to be right on with the next steps to take.Think tribe, not market segmentThink network, not channelThink customer-centric, not company-centric.Overall, the results of the Deloitte study are quite encouraging. The enterprise is shifting in its thinking and will gradually change in all facets of how it operates. Management structures will change. Decisions about technology purchases will be affected. And hopefully, the enterprise will be a better place for everyone in the eco-system. Tags:#enterprise#Trends alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

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California Law Addresses Fire Retardants in Homes

first_imgUse of flame retardants is widespreadFlame retardants are added to all types of plastic insulating foam, according to a blog written by Alex Wilson and posted here at Green Building Advisor in January.HBCD, which is added to extruded and expanded polystyrene insulation, and TCPP, which goes into most polyisocyanurate and spray polyurethane insulation, are both “halogenated” chemicals, Wilson says, and both “have significant health and environmental risks.”The Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants has targeted HBCD for phaseout internationally, Wilson wrote, adding, “It is highly persistent in the environment and bioaccumulative in the food chain; it is believed to cause reproductive, developmental, and neurological impacts.”Less is known about TCPP. A measure signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown will require state officials to review California’s flammability standards for foam insulation, and may ultimately reduce the exposure of homeowners to two common flame retardants.According to an article posted online at SFGate.com, the state fire marshal and the Building Standards Commission will review current flammability standards and consider whether flame retardants are necessary.The law doesn’t amount to an outright ban on the chemicals, but it could lead to a change in state building standards that “would discourage the use” of two potentially hazardous retardants, HBCD and TCPP, the report said.The measure was supported by the U.S. Green Building Council, firefighters from around the state, and health advocacy grounds including the Natural Resources Defense Council, SFGate reported. Do we really need these chemicals in insulation?While the purpose of adding flame retardants to insulation is obvious, Wilson reported that thermal barriers protecting the insulation, such as 1/2-inch thick gypsum drywall, are much more effective at promoting safety than the chemicals themselves.He added that removing the chemicals from foam might be an attractive option for manufacturers because it would reduce costs. He said efforts were underway to allow foam without the retardants be used in applications where the foam was protected by a thermal barrier. One such instance would be where XPS foam is installed below grade.Arlene Blum, a Bay Area chemist and activist, has suggested the retardants may not be necessary because of fire-safety codes that are already in place, SFGate reported, but an industry group doesn’t seem eager to stop using the retardants.“Flame retardants in foam insulation serve a vital role in fire safety and provide an important layer of protection to people, homes and buildings,” the report quoted the Energy Efficient Foam Coalition as saying.Exposure to flame retardants is a widespread problem affecting many more products than foam insulation, according to published reports. For example, the retardant TDBPP was banned from children’s pajamas in 1977 but was still allowed in other products, and it can be found in one-third of all couches in the country, according to an article in Forbes.Separately, a study of dust collected in California homes in 2006 and 2011 found dozens of retardant chemicals.last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect year

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was delighted to score in the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Although he admits maybe he should shoot more, Modric is not overly concerned by his lack of goals for Los Blancos.”Everyone tells me that I have to shoot more, but I like to give the pass to my teammates,” Modric said. “I don’t shoot a lot, it’s true, but when I do shoot it often goes in.”I have to do it more, but it doesn’t obsess me.”I help the team in other ways.”Lifting the Club World Cup ends an incredible year for Modric, in which he won the Ballon d’Or.”It has been an unforgettable year,” he added. “It has been perfect.”This year will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot ask for more.” last_img read more

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a month agoSaka steals the show as Arsenal romp past Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Saka steals the show as Arsenal romp past Eintracht Frankfurtby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was pleased with his side’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.Joe Willock’s strike gave Arsenal the lead before half-time when his deflected strike left Kevin Trapp helpless.18-year-old Bukayo Saka was superb throughout the ninety minutes and capped off his performance with a goal and assist, which allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the Gunners third late on.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “We knew tonight was going to be difficult, they fell back very deep and caused us problems early on.”We recovered the ball well and the young players showed the confidence to take their chances.”Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home.” last_img read more

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4 days ago​Neville insists Man Utd must gamble in transfer market

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Neville insists Man Utd must gamble in transfer marketby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGary Neville wants Manchester United to invest in reinforcements in the January transfer window.United are suffering a poor start to the season, which sees them just above the relegation places in the league.One of their significant issues involves a lack of goals, which Neville thinks they can only remedy in the transfer market.United sold Romelu Lukaku this summer, but did not replace him.”It won’t be a gamble in January as United need to go into the transfer market at the earliest opportunity because they obviously didn’t replace Lukaku,” the former defender told Sky Sports.”Those young lads out there – Pereira, McTominay, Wan-Bissaka, Rashford – they have to still buy to a style of play. “There would be no point signing a replacement for Lukaku that’s the same type.” last_img read more

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Here’s The Latest Men’s College Basketball AP Poll

first_imgA view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome.SAN ANTONIO, TX – MARCH 31: A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Loyola Ramblers 69-57. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.49.06 PMArizona’s a riser in this week’s poll.With the college football season over, it’s time to start paying more attention to college basketball.    That means looking at the projected NCAA Tournament brackets and the two major polls every week. Earlier Monday, the USA Today Sports men’s basketball coaches’ poll was released. It featured a couple changes in the top 10, but the top teams mostly remained in the same spots. And, now, the AP Poll has been released. Here it is: 1. Kentucky – 17-0 2. Virginia – 17-0 3. Gonzaga – 18-1 4. Villanova – 17-1 5. Duke – 15-2 6. Wisconsin – 16-2 7. Arizona – 16-2 8. Notre Dame – 17-2 9. Iowa St. – 13-3 10. Louisville – 15-3 11. Kansas – 14-3 12. Utah – 14-3 13. Maryland – 17-2 14. Wichita St. – 16-2 15. North Carolina – 14-4 16. VCU – 15-3 17. Texas – 13-4 18. West Virginia – 15-3 19. Oklahoma – 12-5 20. N. Iowa – 16-2 21. Baylor – 13-4 22. Dayton – 15-2 23. Indiana – 14-424. Seton Hall – 13-4 25. Iowa – 13-5last_img read more

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Florida State Football’s Official Scholarship Offer Letter Emphasizes NFL Draft Record, Academics

first_imgA general view of Florida State's football field.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)While recruiting has been going on for months, or years for top players in the class of 2016, but today is the first day that schools can officially offer players. Florida State commit Janarius Robinson, a four-star defensive end out of Panama City, tweeted his letter this morning. It is a cool peak behind the window at the recruiting process.pic.twitter.com/lfpnla0Xv5— #81|☆JANARIUS☆#JROB™ (@JanariusD1) August 1, 2015The championship pedigree and success getting players into the NFL Draft are obvious selling points, but there is probably more of a focus on FSU’s academic successes than many would have assumed. We’re sure most parents would appreciate the story of Myron Rolle, the Florida State star turned Rhodes Scholar. That’s not a bad alumnus to be able to promote.last_img read more

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Nebraska’s Michael Rose-Ivey: “In Some Ways, We Feel Disrespected”

first_imgHerbie Husker celebrates a touchdown.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) MRITwitter/Michael Rose-IveyNebraska, which has a new coach (Mike Riley) for the 2015 campaign, isn’t being picked by many to win the Big Ten. In fact, when 40 media members voted back in July, only five picked the Cornhuskers to win the league’s West division, and nobody picked them to win the entire conference.That apparently doesn’t sit well with junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey. Rose-Ivey gave an interesting set of quotes to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week.“It’s easy for us to say, ‘Don’t read the headlines, don’t listen to what people are saying,’” Rose-Ivey told reporters Tuesday. “But to be blatantly honest, in some ways, we feel disrespected.We understand what we have as a team offensively and defensively. We understand a lot of people aren’t counting on us to do much coming out of the West and whatnot. But that’s why you have to play the games.”Nebraska has lost exactly four games per season seven years in a row, so it’s understandable that both fans and media members expect much of the same in the immediate future. But with Nebraska’s program now under the direction of a new coaching staff, will that change? Rose-Ivey clearly thinks so.last_img read more

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