Preparing For Your Next NFL FF Draft

February 10th, 2016

Whether you’re a seasoned fantasy football champion that puts a great deal of time and effort into your fantasy football season or a casual fantasy football fan who’s looking to earn some bragging rights among your friends, it’s important to properly prepare for your fantasy football draft.

While you may make many trades through the season, and you will undoubtedly pick up and drop many players throughout the season, who you draft at the start of the season will have a strong effect on the end result of your fantasy football season.

Get Organized

Putting together a simple excel or Google doc spreadsheet is a good place to start. List out news sources, stats, strengths of schedules, expert rankings and any other information that helps make your information easy to access and use. To cut down on the amount of prep time you can use draft software. Fantasy Football Mastermind provides fantasy football draft software that makes planning for your fantasy football draft a whole lot easier.

Understand the Scoring System

Pretty self explanatory and usually not necessary, but if the commissioner made any tweaks to how points will be scored throughout the season it is important to be aware of them.

Get Up To Date on Trades

Off season trades can shake up performances of NFL players in a big way. A great example would be Eric Decker who had a fantastic 2014 season with the record breaking Denver Broncos offense but had no chance of putting up the same numbers with the New York Jets. On the other side of the coin players flying under the radar can have a huge future depending on the new players surrounding them. The Dallas Cowboys have a great offensive line, perhaps the best run blocking OL in the NFL. Any running back the Cowboys acquire in the off season should draw attention.

Participate in Mock Drafts

Mock drafts are great if you’re not familiar with the layout of the fantasy football drafting platform that you’re using, but there’s another really big added bonus.

Mock drafts give you a sense of a fantasy football player’s perceived value. There’s always a difference between how experts rank players and how they are actually drafted. While Jonathan Stewart might be the 17th ranked RB for the 2016 season, many people may have him in their list of top 10 or top 5 running backs. Figuring out when people draft who you would consider underrated or overrated players can be valuable information that you can capitalize on during your draft.

Look Up Schedules

While it’s easy to see when fantasy football players have byes, you should take it a step further and evaluate toughness of schedules during important weeks. You may have the lucky pick of either Todd Gurley or Devonta Freeman. While their projections may be very similar, if the Rams are going to be playing the Denver Broncos defense during the first week of the fantasy football playoffs and Atlanta will be matched against the bad New Orleans Saints defense then it should be a no-brainer.

Athletic Activies You Can Find in Myrtle Beach

February 4th, 2016

Beach RunSome people go to the beach to relax, some go to enjoy the views, and then there are some who go because there’s really no better place to exercise than on the beach. What makes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina so different than any other beach is its athletic atmosphere. Myrtle Beach is home to some of the best activies for athletes and adventure seekers, giving families with kids something to do, as well. Here are few complexes and active things to do around Myrtle Beach if you want to do a little more than simply relax. Continue reading “Athletic Activies You Can Find in Myrtle Beach” »

NCAA Men’s Hockey Update

January 27th, 2016

It’s been an exciting season for Men’s hockey this year with many expected teams performing well and a few unexpected teams in the mix as well. The current NCAA DI Men’s top ten rankings are as follows according to USCHO.com

  1. Quinnipiac
  2. North Dakota
  3. St. Cloud State
  4. Providence (Last year’s national champs)
  5. Boston College
  6. Michigan
  7. Harvard
  8. Massachusetts-Lowell
  9. Boston University
  10. Notre Dame

If you haven’t heard of Quinnipiac before you’re not alone. They are definitely a team you should be paying close attention to. In 2013 they made it to the national championship but lost to Yale 4-0. This year they are looking quite dominate with a 19-1-5 record.

The 2016 Division I hockey championships will begin in late march and run through mid April – just about the same time that the NCAA basketball tournament will be taking place.

Are you involved in a fantasy hockey league? The Fantasy Hockey Journal has a bunch of different resources and tools to help you research and refine your fantasy hockey team.

Two New Sports Will Debut in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

January 7th, 2016

Khadim Boye (SEN) - ParacanoeThe Paralympic Games began in 1948 when Ludwig Guttmann, an England native, decided to organize sporting events for World War II veterans and injured ex-service members, which eventually grew into the global sporting event known today for athletes with disabilities. This year, the 2016 Summer Paralympics will take place in Rio from September 7 to September 18 in Maracana Stadium. This will be the first time that the Olympics and the Paralympics will take place in South America. This year, there will be more than 4,000 athletes representing 176 nations in a total of 528 medal events. As of 2016, the Paralympics will include 22 sports with two new sports debuting in the Games: triathlon and canoe sprint. Continue reading “Two New Sports Will Debut in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio” »

Future of Sports Betting

December 15th, 2015

Sports BettingESPN estimated that $95 billion will be bet on NFL and NCAA college football in the 2015-16 season. In comparison, NFL as a whole, which is more powerful and more profitable than it has ever been before, will make roughly $12 billion this year. While $95 billion is a staggering number, what might be even more staggering is that 96% of that 95 billion will be gambled illegally.

That’s a tremendous amount of unregulated gambling going on in the United States and a potential industry ready to flourish. Just looking at explosion of websites like FanDuel and DraftKing, which have recently run into legal issues of their own, there’s no doubt that there’s an incredible demand for organized betting.

This huge potential of legal betting from many different sources could lead to an increase in sports betting in other forms. Arbitrage sports betting takes into account the fact that bookmakers place different prices or odds on a sports event. Finding these differences can lead to making bets for all potential outcomes while still making a profit. Some websites like Sports-Tipping post examples of these kinds of opportunities.

Sports betting is currently only legal in the state of Nevada, but New Jersey has been aggressively pushing to make sports betting legal, and many other states have considered sports betting bills in their legislature.

While it may seem like a no-brainer to make sports betting legalized, most professional sports organizations are opposed to legalized sports betting. The NFL and the NCAA in particular are worried about games being thrown and the quality and integrity of their games and brand being jeopardized. The NBA’s Adam Silver is one of the few that has actively supported professional sports betting and called on Congress to put into place a structure for states to implement sports betting, and MLB’s Rob Manfried has called for a “fresh approach” to sports betting.

While there are many issues and obstacles to getting sports betting legalized, there is clearly a huge market for it. In the meantime, I expect under the table sports betting to continue to flourish and online betting services to flood the market with every legal opportunity or loophole they can find.

Getting Ready for March Madness

December 14th, 2015

march-madnessIn my opinion, March Madness is the best sporting event in the world. The opening rounds on Thursday and Friday is packed with action and every year there is guaranteed drama and at least one unexpected Cinderella team. It may be December, but College Basketball is happening now and March is not too far away.

There are some great teams this year and people are already picking winners. Here are the current favorites based on Vegas odds:

  •  Duke – 7/1
  • Kansas – 9/1
  • Kentucky – 9/1
  • North Carolina – 9/1

Continue reading “Getting Ready for March Madness” »

5 Tips for Staying Fit in College

November 2nd, 2015

College-ExerciseWe have all heard of the “freshman 15.” Whether it’s true or not, staying fit no matter what is important. Eating healthy and exercising are things that many of us struggle with simply because exercising takes time out of our busy schedules and eating healthy is expensive. Staying fit shouldn’t have to be hard work though, especially because college students are focusing most of their time on studying. That’s why there are some low-effort ways to ensure that you’re staying healthy in college. Continue reading “5 Tips for Staying Fit in College” »

Wedding Ideas for the Ultimate Sports Fan

October 1st, 2015

University-of-Tennessee-wedding-ideasAfter the wedding date is set, it’s time to choose a wedding theme. There’s no rule book saying that your wedding has to be set a certain way or even have a theme. In fact, wedding themes include everything from traditional themes to beach themes to extreme wedding themes. The list is endless. One of the most fun themes fanatic couples often choose is going with a “sports” theme.

Now that fall is finally here, football is a prime sport on many people’s radars. While it takes a lot of planning, couples who are a part of families that are ulimate sports fans will have an exciting time planning and celebrating their weddings.

Here are some wedding ideas for the ulimate sports-themed wedding: Continue reading “Wedding Ideas for the Ultimate Sports Fan” »

Mountain Biking in Killington, Vermont

August 25th, 2015

Killington, Vermont offers mountain bikers some of the most varied trails in the United States. Numerous mountain areas contain over 45 miles of trails to choose from. Choosing a trail that suits each rider may be harder than navigating the trails. But this is only true for beginners, and they have plenty of choices for their needs. More advanced riders can choose steeper downhill trails that will challenge their abilities to keep the bike centered and balanced as they continue to gain speed. All trails feature beautiful scenery and changes in terrain for enjoyment and challenges for all levels of riders. Continue reading “Mountain Biking in Killington, Vermont” »

Promoting Participation in Sports for Disabled Youth

June 15th, 2015

special10n-1-webThe opportunity for physical activities are endless–for everyone. With that said, why isn’t everyone participating in sports or recreational activities? The answer? The opportunities are simply not equal. Disabled children should be given the same opportunity to partake in sports and activities as any other child. In schools, it is up to the institution to provide accessible and fair equipment for those who require it.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, facilities and institutions must provide proper accessibility and equipment for the disabled. Still, today we are faced with many issues regarding this–facilities not following the guidelines of the act. In recent news, a boy with special needs was not allowed to participate in his field day–so he fought back. According to the news story, 14-year-old Jake Wesely fought back when his school told him he could not participate in his school’s field day due being “medically exempt.” After bringing it to the school’s attention, the school board found that this was an old policy that had been implemented and overlooked for years–the school issued an apology. Continue reading “Promoting Participation in Sports for Disabled Youth” »