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Fantasy Football Deadlines Are Approaching!

Posted on September 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

With the NFL’s 100th season just over 24 hours away from kicking off, that means fans are running out of time to join a fantasy league and draft prior to Week 1. For everyone that’s procrastinating to get their rosters filled, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite picks at each position:

Running Back

  • Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  • Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receiver

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  • Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
  • Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Tight End

  • Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Quarterback

  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Defense

  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Kicker

  • Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
  • Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
  • Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

If you’ve already completed your draft, be sure to share your roster (and carefully-crafted team names) and tag us on social media! We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with – especially since this will be your last big football draft prior to the first-ever, fan-run draft in the FCFL!  

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NFLPA Takes Over Family Feud

Posted on July 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Summer programming isn’t always the best, but we’re thankful we have Celebrity Family Feud to keep us entertained! Last night we tuned in to watch the NFL Players’ Association take over, with one team comprised of All-Stars, and one of Hall of Fame Legends. The NFLPA grouped Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers, DE), Bradley Chubb (Denver Broncos, LB), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens, QB), Stephon Gilmore (New England Patriots, CB), and Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints, WR) for their “All-Star” team. They played for the Professional Athletes Foundation.

On the opposing side, we saw five Hall of Famers – Aeneas Williams (DB), Brian Urlacher (LB), Tim Brown (WR), Dermontti Dawson (Center), and Jackie Slater (OT) – who played for the Team Gleason Foundation. We don’t want to give too much of the episode away, but if there’s anything we learned last night, it’s that the NFL Legends are the team to beat! Could that be because they are more in tune with what’s happening outside the world of football? Or maybe it’s because they have a lot of free time in their retirement to brush up on past episodes of Family Feud – we’ll let you be the judge of that 😏

We love seeing our Team Owners | Fan Captains on reality tv shows – Bobby Bones walked away from Dancing with the Stars with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, and Prince Royce is officially a Lip Sync Battle champion – so which show should be next? And which of our Team Owners should make their debut? Do we want to see Richard Sherman take on American Ninja Warrior? Do you think Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller could hold his own on Wheel of Fortune (with one of the puzzles being Milk Mommies, of course)? If we’re guessing at what the fans want – it’s all of the above. We think you’d love to see any of our captains on any show, whether it’s something that tests their physical abilities or the mental aptitude. Let us know who you want to see, and on what show, in the comments!

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Draft Do-Overs

Posted on April 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Okay, this might be our favorite thing that ESPN has pulled together in the past few months. Each of the the 32 NFL team’s beat writers were tasked with taking the biggest draft mistake of the last five years and correcting it with another player.

The rules were fairly simple:

  1. The re-drafted player has to be at a position of reasonable need in that particular draft.
  2. The re-drafted player has to be available at the pick in question.
  3. You cannot trade the pick you’re looking to re-draft, but you can choose not to trade a pick the team traded.

Some of the highlights include Michael Thomas (WR, New Orleans Saints) going to the San Francisco 49ers, Todd Gurley (RB, Los Angeles Rams) to the Atlanta Falcons, JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers) to the Seattle Seahawks, TJ Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers) to the Green Bay Packers, and literally anyone else to the Cleveland Browns instead of Johnny Manziel. That line-up alone has us imagining what could have been for some of these teams in the NFL. For the full list, you can read it here.

We have all the confidence in you, the fans, that you will make the best decisions when it comes time to draft players for your team – but sometimes mistakes happen. Half-way through the season you might think to yourself, “Man, what were we thinking? This other guy would fit in to our style so much better.” And if you do, that’s fine – there’s always opportunities for a trade. And if you don’t, even better. That just means you have earned that FanIQ!

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Fan Take: It’s Not You, It’s Our Salary Cap

Posted on March 13, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

NFL Free Agency is off to an INSANE start. So far we’ve seen Nick Foles to the Jaguars, Le’Veon Bell to the Jets, Mark Ingram to the Ravens, and Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns – and we’re only 48 hours in. Some of these decisions are bringing in strong reactions from fans and athletes alike, and we’re practically sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next.

It’s clear that a driving force behind these decisions is each team’s salary cap. It seems like just about every year, a new quarterback gets to hold the title of highest paid in the league, until someone comes along with a better agent to one-up them and get a better deal. With the cost of these contracts on the rise, the amount of cap space dwindles more and more for every other position. How can we be so sure about this? There’s a reason that every time a new deal is signed, guys like Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano are following up with the changes in a team’s salary cap.

Yesterday we mentioned that New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas shared that he didn’t want to see teammate RB Mark Ingram leave. And now, it looks like nobody has publicly welcomed Ingram’s replacement, Latavius Murray, to the team. So fans, in a situation like this, what will you expect from your players? Will you expect them to show respect to the new guy on the team, even if they don’t like the decisions you, the front office, made to get him there? Do you expect your team to give a tearful farewell to their departing teammate before welcoming in a new one? You’re the ones calling the shots for your team, so let us know what your expectations are!

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NFL Free Agency: Breaking Up is Hard

Posted on March 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

NFL Free Agency is in full swing and it feels like every time you turn around, there’s a new roster move. Really. In the time it took us to post this blog and share it on social media, there will likely be another ESPN alert about someone signing a new contract or pulling an Anthony Barr and changing their mind about going to a new team.

For New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas, its the latter when it comes to teammate Mark Ingram. Ingram, who had 645 yards for 6 touchdowns last season, is reportedly close to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens after the Saints signed Latavius Murray this week. While the first FCFL season has not begun, we imagine that we’ll be seeing guys take the Thomas approach when it comes to trying to keep their teammates around in the post-season. More than that, we’re sure we’ll be seeing some of you fans out there tweeting, asking your favorite player to stick around if the option is on the table.

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How To Spend $600k In Three Days

Last week, following a work out with the team on Monday, Dez Bryant signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Fans seemed to have mixed reactions, but for the most part were happy to bring in another receiver target for Drew Brees. Given that the regular season is already well underway, he received a pro-rated amount of $1.25M, just over the veteran minimum salary.

This was Wednesday. By the end of practice on Friday, it was reported that Bryant had a torn Achilles and his season with the Saints ended before it ever really started. Fans of the team were less than pleased, and memes immediately cropped up all over the Internet. His new teammates, including Mark Ingram (RB), Alvin Kamara (RB) and Michael Thomas (WR), all paid homage to him in Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals by throwing up the X following their respective touchdowns – Dez’s signature move in the end zone.

How would the fans react to the news of their recent pick up being out for the season? Would they immediately move on to the next best available free agent? Or would they take it as a sign to leave well enough alone, especially if their team already had a solid line up? We think the fans would go the route of the former and quickly move on from the anguish they may initially feel from news of a season-ending injury. At the end of the day, our fans want to do whatever they can to help their team win, so there isn’t much time for them to wallow or be superstitious.