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Your 2020 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally here! We know that it has been rough to get through COVID-19 quarantine without any live sports, but hopefully the 2020 NFL Draft will hold you over until they’re back. We know watching Roger Goodell announce the picks from home isn’t ideal, but just know that if you’re booing him on your screens, chances are plenty of others are too 😏

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8. p.m. ET)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, LB, OL … and pretty much every other position
  2. Washington Redskins: OL, WR, CB
  3. Detroit Lions: CB, DE, OL
  4. New York Giants: T, Edge, CB
  5. Miami Dolphins: QB, OL, WR
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, OL, LB
  7. Carolina Panthers: QB, OL, DT
  8. Arizona Cardinals: T, WR, S
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, LB, Edge
  10. Cleveland Browns: T, LB, DT
  11. New York Jets: WR, CB, Edge
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, WR, QB
  13. San Francisco 49ers*: WR, DT, OL
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, Edge, S
  15. Denver Broncos: CB, LB, WR
  16. Atlanta Falcons: DT, Edge, CB
  17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, S, OL
  18. Miami Dolphins^: QB, OL, WR
  19. Las Vegas Raiders**: CB, WR, QB
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars^^: CB, LB, Edge
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: DB, WR, S
  22. Minnesota Vikings*^: WR, OL, CB
  23. New England Patriots: QB, TE, S
  24. New Orleans Saints: LB, WR, QB
  25. Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB
  26. Miami Dolphins**^: QB, OL, WR
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Edge, OL, TE
  28. Baltimore Ravens: WR, OL, LB
  29. Tennessee Titans: OL, CB, Edge
  30. Green Bay Packers: WR, LB, CB
  31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, DT, OL
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: OL, LB, DT

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Buffalo Bills: OL, CB, Edge
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT, OL, QB
Los Angeles Rams: OL, Edge, LB
Indianapolis Colts: WR, QB, Edge
Chicago Bears: QB, CB, OL
Houston Texans: OL, CB, TE

*San Francisco 49ers received the 13th pick from Indianapolis
^Miami Dolphins received the 18th pick from Pittsburgh
**Las Vegas Raiders received the 19th pick from Chicago
^^Jacksonville Jaguars received the 20th pick from Los Angeles Rams
*^Minnesota Vikings received the 22nd pick from Buffalo Bills
**^Miami received the 26th pick from Houston Texans

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Battle of the Tigers

Posted on January 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well if the state of Louisiana can’t enjoy watching the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Playoffs, they can, and will, channel all that energy into celebrating the LSU Tigers bringing home a college football championship! Last night, LSU defeated Clemson (also the Tigers) 42-25. With the No. 1 and No. 3 respective teams facing off, we had hoped for a closer score until the very end, but at least we got to see some truly fantastic touchdowns throughout the night. From Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) running it in for the first score of the night to Joe Burrow (LSU) throwing a 52-yard bomb to Ja’Marr Chase, it was VERY clear why these two teams made it to the championship.

The attention wasn’t on (both) the Tigers for long though, as Odell Beckham Jr. decided to make a splash by handing cash to LSU players after they won. We get it – OBJ went to LSU and was excited to see is alma mater win the national championship, but we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that he probably violated some current NCAA rules in the process. But that’s not an issue we need to worry about at the FCFL. Why? Well, the FCFL is not the NCAA – so if our Team Owners | Fan Captains are interested in throwing some cash handshakes at the winners of the inaugural FCFL Championship, there’s nothing stopping them from doing so. If anything, we encourage the Team Owners | Fan Captains, their winning team, and their fans to do just about whatever they want when they win a championship.*

*But please don’t do anything that will get you arrested, because we’re not going to bail you out.

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FAN Take: Turkey Time

Posted on November 27, 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!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we find ourselves looking forward to spending time with our loved ones, eating our bodyweight in turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, and of course, watching football. It has become a time-honored tradition to keep your tv on all day to have a constant source of football playing in the background, culminating with one team posted up in the middle of the field, enjoying a Thanksgiving feast. Hey, it’s the least the league can do if they’re making these players miss time with their loved ones.

Last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner Winners, the New Orleans Saints

As many of you know from our feature in the Washington Post, our first season is set for Summer 2020. With that time frame, would the fans be interested in seeing something similar to what the NFL does on Thanksgiving, but on the Fourth of July? Instead of turkey, do you want to see teams battle it out for the right to enjoy some grilled burgers and hotdogs mid-field? Do you want to see them celebrate with those firecracker popsicles (and then be forced to read the awful dad jokes printed on the popsicle sticks)? Or would you rather see games held on a different day that week to give the players an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day with their loved ones and a boatload of fireworks?

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NFL Week 12 Round Up – Not Half Bad

Posted on November 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, this week didn’t go as well for the fans as last week, but then again, nobody would have expected for the Washington Redskins to pull out a win over the Detroit Lions. So, we really can’t fault you on that one. This week, the fans ended up going 8-5-1, bringing their season record to 105-58-13. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins
  • Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
  • New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
  • Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers – clearly, you fans love seeing polls end in ties
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Rams

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 13 picks open up TOMORROW MORNING on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 12!

  • This fan sneaking a whole pumpkin pie and can of Reddi Whip into the Bears game on Sunday is hands down, the best thing we’ve seen all week. Don’t @ us – you know it’s true.
  • Players tend to get a little flashy when they arrive at the stadium prior to the game, but the Houston Texans LBs just raised the bar this week by rolling up in Mortal Kombat outfits, and it was everything we didn’t know we needed in our lives.
  • Will the NFL Officials ever stop making terrible calls and/or stop missing blatant calls? We get the feeling they’re the ones that post “New Year, New Me” every January and not change a single thing, as made evident by this bogus tripping call on the Cowboys.
  • There’s been A LOT of hype around Lamar Jackson (especially from Mark Ingram), but let’s not forget about Marcus Peters, who really didn’t want the Rams to have anything to celebrate in last night’s game.
  • Technically this didn’t happen during the Packers-49ers game, but when we first saw the below clip we were pretty impressed…
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NFL Week 11 Round Up – The Fans Are Back On Top

Posted on November 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well done, fans! With only one missed pick, this week was easily the best for the fans thus far – but we just know there will be a week where they lock in every correct pick. And we fully expect that to happen before the Cincinnati Bengals pull out their first win of the season 😏 This week, the fans ended up going 13-1, bringing their season record to 97-53-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
  • New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders
  • Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 12 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 11!

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NFL Week Ten Round Up – And Then There Were None

Posted on November 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Leave it to the fans to accurately predict the San Francisco 49ers winning streak coming to an end in a weekend FULL of upsets! But we’ll dive more into that exciting game tomorrow in our FAN Take 😉. Now that all the undefeated teams have lost and the Miami Dolphins have won, we’re just waiting on the Cincinnati Bengals to FINALLY bring home a win. This week, the fans ended up going 4-7-2, bringing their season record to 84-52-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
  • New York Giants vs. New York Jets – we wonder if there will ever be a week where the fans aren’t split on a pick 🙄
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – really, fans?!
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 11 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for our favorite part: our favorite moments from Week 10!

  • Yesterday we shared a blog all about Dak Prescott and his *unique* warm-up before the Cowboys loss to the Vikings – but we weren’t expecting to see Nick Bosa doing his own version.
  • The only post-game interview response that can come close to Team Owner and Fan Captain Marshawn’s classic “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” is this.
  • The New Orleans Saints trolled their rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, with some New England Patriots highlights during Sunday’s game… but the only problem is that the 7-1 Saints were dominated by the 1-7 Falcons. Insert pun about the Saints eating crow, here.
  • Get yourself a teammate that hypes you up the way Mark Ingram hypes up Lamar Jackson.
  • Like we said above, we’ll dive into the MNF game in tomorrow’s FAN Take, but that missed field goal landing in the tunnel was too good not to include here.
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NFL Week Eight Round Up – Fans Are Riding High

Posted on October 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re officially at the halfway mark of the NFL Regular Season and if the fans’ ability to accurately pick games is any indicator of how they will do in the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League, we’ve got nothing to worry about! Once again, the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers came out on top, and the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are keeping their losing streak alive. Naturally, the fans called all four teams’ games correctly. Due to a split decision on the Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans game this week, the fans ended up going 12-2-1, bringing their season record to 74-39-8. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears
  • New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
  • New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans *tie, we guess the fans just couldn’t pick
  • Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 9 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 8:

  • Nick Bosa continues to strain his back by carrying the 49ers. We hope for the fans sake that he stays healthy for the remainder of the season.
  • The Jaguars achieved Troll Level 1000 when responding to Jets QB Sam Darnold’s statement on ‘seeing ghosts’ in their loss to the Patriots the week before. It should also be noted that prior to the game, a plane flew over the stadium with a banner that read ‘Gardner Minshew ain’t afraid of no ghosts.’

  • This Tennessee Titans cheerleader is outperforming the entire receiving core from the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns combined.
  • Aaron Rodgers reminded everyone why he’s a Super Bowl MVP with this pass. Don’t lie, you all held your breath during this play too.
  • Saquon Barkley went full BEASTMODE on the field, tossing these guys out of his way. Marshawn, we think it’s time you sign some new athletes to your brand.

    We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how we can optimize the fan experience, but haven’t spent much time talking about how the fans will be viewing the game – what about the angles that they view the game from? Do the fans want sideline cameras? Sky cams? A view from above? Why not both? We want to give the fans more than one view from the production studio. Offering multiple views of what’s happening on the field won’t just make the game more entertaining to watch, which it will, but will help with their play-calling abilities. Think about it this way, with every possible view of the game imaginable, fans will be able to dial in on which players perform the best in certain formations and apply that knowledge towards the next plays they call.

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NFL Week Six Round Up – The Fans Are Split

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Good news for fans of the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots – your teams are still undefeated! Bad news for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins – your teams are still winless. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you. The fans seemed to have a tough time making hard decisions on some of these match-ups. The votes were split on three separate games, so they ended up with 6-5-3 with their picks, bringing their season record to 52-33-7. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – fans were split on this match-up!
  • Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins – another tie for the fans
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – one more tie this week
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 7 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 6:

  • Eli Manning might be benched, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to give the internet nothing but amazing opportunities to poke fun at him.


  • Move over, *NSYNC. The Seahawks not only defeated the Browns, but they proved they’re better dancers than all of you.
  • Russell Wilson led his team to a TD without the aid of his helmet communication system. It’s *almost* like he’s earning his paycheck out there!
  • The Detroit Lions showed up at Lambeau to remind you why their season isn’t dead with a perfectly executed Flea Flicker for their first play of the game!
  • There were a LOT of things going wrong in the Lions-Packers game last night, but the only thing worse than the officiating had to be Rodgers’ receiving core.
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Shaking Up the Final Four in Week Six

Posted on October 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last month, we shared the only 2019 NFL season simulation that ESPN chose to publish, which predicted the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers facing off in Super Bowl LIV. Considering the Chargers lost yesterday to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a few weeks ago to the Detroit Lions, and that the Saints are still without Drew Brees, we don’t think the simulation is all that accurate. And if we ask USA Today, they’ll agree. This morning, Steven Ruiz predicted the four ‘real contenders’ that could win the Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Saints, or the San Francisco 49ers. With two of those teams remaining undefeated ahead of the start of Week 7, we can see why Ruiz included them. Three of the four teams actually made it to ESPN’s divisional weekend of playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams over the Green Bay Packers, Saints over the San Francisco 49ers, Chargers over the Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans over New England Patriots. This led into Saints over Rams and Chargers over Texans in the conference championships. But, if we re-work the divisional results, we’re closer to what USA Today is predicting.

So where do the fans stand on this? As you know, we ran a poll on Twitter last month, asking fans to choose their favorites from each division until we had two teams left. The fans ultimately picked the Chiefs over the Rams for Super Bowl LIV – but we get the feeling they may no longer feel that way. Sure, the Rams started this season off strong, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers – after almost losing to the Cleveland Browns. While we think the fans can understand when a team goes through a losing spell, we don’t think the Rams will be one of the final four teams. Let us know which of the ‘real contenders’ will end up Super Bowl champions.