Dynasty-Fantasy Football Offseason Notes + Amazon + Irritations (7/14/2019)
Throughout July and through the preseason, we’ll be dropping Dynasty-Fantasy notes every few days as we have some things of interest, rumors, etc., to talk about.
*For this next 10 days, pre-training camps getting started, I’ll have a special version of ‘daily notes’ – a player/team note or two I have to share, PLUS a special top 10 things I bought off Amazon this year, PLUS one ‘things that irritate me’ note (an ever-popular annual feature).*
…then, it’s time to great ready for (fantasy) football!!
*Writing them on the fly, forgive any errors…
I’ll endorse the LA Chargers as a Super Bowl contender, a franchise that can get to the promised land…IF they DO NOT acquiesce and sign Melvin Gordon to a ridiculous contract extension.
Honestly…will some NFL team, besides the Patriots, start running their teams like a real business…for once?
Gordon is threatening a holdout for a new deal or he wants a trade. That’s his opening, public stance. I would trade his ass so fast it would make his head spin. Gordon says, “You can’t just replace a great back.” Really? Two problems with that statement…
1) Melvin Gordon is not a great back…so that’s easier to replace.
Actually, Gordon is the poster child for everything wrong with the NFL in scouting and personnel – about a 50-to-100 other running backs in the NFL could produce what Gordon produced per year the last few years – it’s just that Gordon got the draft hype and then all the touches, despite metrics showing his mediocrity running the ball for his first few season – so, of course, he has some accumulation with the . His raw numbers are not a confirmation of anything – he’s gotten a chance that others will not get but deserve to.
Hell, Justin Jackson looked as good/better when he filled in last year.
2) Running back is the most replaceable position (and most overrated by the fans and media) in all of football.
NFL teams are slitting their own throats paying the most replaceable position in all the NFL, more replaceable (and less durable/longevity) than punters, these exorbitant contracts. Ask Atlanta (Devonta Freeman), Tennessee (old Chris Johnson deal), Minnesota (old Adrian Peterson deal), Carolina (old Jonathan Stewart deal), Arizona (David Johnson), and the Rams (Todd Gurley) how great these big RB deals are doing for them. It’s bad business. Ask the Jets about their Le’Veon deal in about a year.
The Chargers should not cave and if Gordon is serious, let him go explore a trade…the team has to go to this extreme because it’s the best negotiating play they’ve got. If they do nothing, it’s a Le’Veon Bell situation in Pittsburgh waiting to happen. If they pay him, it’s a Le’Veon Bell situation to come for the Jets.
The Chargers did not seriously draft a young running back in 2019 (or in 2018) to hedge their bets that something like this would happen, so I assume they’re stupid enough to sign Gordon to the richest RB deal in the NFL. From the team that has Easton Stick as their big Philip Rivers future plan, comes the Melvin Gordon negotiation…which means, they’ll just had Gordon a blank check and let him fill it in.
When people sit around and talk about the great running backs in the NFL, no one ever mentions Melvin Gordon. For a reason…
And, yet…Jordan Howard cannot find steady work and acceptance.
And, yet…Bill Belichick continues to run cheap, interchangeable backfields for years now, and other teams are still too stupid to follow his lead.
Everything you want to know about the Chargers will be expressed in how they handle this public battle with Gordon.
How does this affect him for fantasy? I think there's a small chance the Chargers push back and Gordon holds out for a bit...you have to take his projections/value down a touch until it's resolved. The recent big RB contracts being so fruitless has to have the Chargers (and 30 other NFL teams) spooked for sure. Gordon only has this one ploy to pull. This could get ugly, but usually the weak teams cave...and I assume the Chargers will. They think they're a Super Bowl team, so they'll cave in someway...worrying about now and hurting their later.
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FYI, Reminder: My five episodes in five days review of the Cleveland Browns Hard Knocks from 2018 will start on Tuesday 7/16.
Carolina’s All Or Nothing 2019, the following week…eight episodes over 8 days.
-- Irritation of the day…
What is up with this person?
Person who leaves a review on iTunes or Amazon, who likes the product/app/etc., but feels the price is too high. But not on an expensive item that warrants a real debate…on a cheap item.
Example: They overall like some App, and have some minor complaints/nitpicks, but they like it – it’s just they paid $3.99 for it and they cry and complain that it should only be .99 or free.
And it’s not that they say that as a throwaway line – it’s like a drop the mic moment for them. They are so proud of their ultra-concern for $2-3. They are a real Warren Buffett of our age…
Is it the same people who spend $1.99 on a bottled soda or Gatorade at a convenience store every morning when they could just buy a pack of it at the grocery store for 50-80% lost cost per item, and just bring it from home every morning? We waste $1-2-3+ on stuff all the time for convenience – overpaying for stuff at sporting events, movie theaters, etc. We joke about the crappy/watered-down $9 beer at the sporting event off but then pen a William Shakespeare-esque tome bemoaning that a free App on iTunes that dares to want to charge .99 to go ad-free.
It happens on Amazon products, especially in the specialty low carb/all-natural food arena I’ve been researching on/diet plan I’ve been working on the past few months.
I saw a company that has these specialty low carb muffins/snacks/treats…similar to some popular snack items but using all low carb/all-natural alternatives to create. The cost is like $2-3 per pack of muffins buying them in their multi-pack bundle options. Most reviews on the product are how great the product is, but buried among the 4/5-star reviews are some 1-2-3 star reviews something along the lines of… This is a great product that tastes unlike most bad-tasting low carb treats but the price is WAY too high for me to purchase.
A couple things to the person leaving these types of reviews…
1) Why are you so proud to announce to the entire globe that $2-3 a pack of something is ‘too rich for your blood’? I would want to hide that fact, but you proclaim it with pride as if you figured out the secret money code and are letting us in on it. If you don’t want or can't afford to have it in your budget...fine...but why should the product take a 2-3 star-hit if it’s a great product, but your personal finances won’t allow regular purchasing? What do your finances have to do with the quality of the product?
2) Hey, you…negative reviewer on price on low-cost items – Sorry that these people came up with a great product using all-natural things, created and baked and delivered to your doorstep fresh, for free (via Amazon), and saving you sugar intake/helping fight diabetes, battle excess weight gain, etc., for an extra $1 more a pack than some chemically enhanced bio-hazard Twinkie substance.
Sure, you can get a pack of chemical muffins from your supermarket under their generic brand label…but is that $1 savings really worth it, big picture?
Please stop mentioning your financial take in the reviews of items under $50 and never review a product based on your perception of the cost. Just let me know how good the item is (or isn’t) on its own and I’ll do my own personal finances on what value it might have to me.
Amazon Prime Days are on July 15-16th, in anticipation of that…and to promote our Amazon affiliate program that takes you 30-seconds or less to use/set up and changes nothing on your experience but means a lot to us (details below), I am counting down my top 10 purchases off Amazon, so far, in 2019. So many have been asking if I would be doing this again in 2019…here I am to make your life better once again.
I feel like I spend as much time scouting Amazon as I do football players. I’m on a constant quest to save time and money, but mostly to make my life better – and while Amazon taking over the world’s economy is likely the death of us all, it’s good for us now…and that’s all that really matters, right? I’ll let my kids fight The Terminator/SkyNet 20-30 years from now.
Here are my Top 10 items off Amazon, so far this year…
Amazon #2) Ring Video Doorbell
I got the Ring Doorbell and home security as a Christmas gift, my #1 thing I wanted on my Christmas list, and started setting it all up in 2019.
It was easy to set up both items…setting things up in sync with the Ring App – which really makes things a breeze to use day-to-day.
#1) I had ADT home security prior.
$100 for annual monitoring for Ring and $600+ a year for ADT. And Ring is better overall and advancing exponentially faster than ADT. For me, ADT is a dinosaur compared to Ring.
The Ring security system/equipment I got paid for itself in about a half a year.
#2) I have the Ring doorbell hooked into an Echo Show (Amazon/Alexa viewing device) in my office (which, during football season I live in the office…so this is big). As soon as something triggers my doorbell video or someone pushes the doorbell, I get a phone alert and I just ask Alexa (Show) to show me the front door and I can quickly see what’s up – usually an Amazon delivery being left on my doorstep that I can then go get quickly.
#3) If a person pushes the doorbell and is inquiring about something, etc., I just talk to them two-way through it or I just ignore them. It’s nice to get a preview of what’s happening at your door…it can be addicting/peaceful looking out at the activity in your close-by neighborhood from a camera in your office or on your phone. I love the ability to shoo away the rare door-to-door/questionable person from my phone while I’m in another state, if need be.
I love what the Ring doorbell can do and how easy/integrated it makes my life. It’s the future of home security at a lower price point and they keep adding more products and features. Next up for me is the spotlight cam, I think.
I see a bunch of Ring stuff is already on sale for Prime Day, early. If you were on the fence/wondering if it was as good/easy as they claim – it is, from my perspective.
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