Fantasy Football 2012: The most impressive WRs of the preseason

Julio Jones

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The 2012 NFL Preseason is now three weeks in the books and with most starters barely playing, if at all, in the final preseason game we can now evaluate the whole preseason. Here are a few wide receivers that have impressed this preseason and who’s fantasy football arrow is pointing up.

Julio Jones

The Julio Jones bandwagon was steadily gaining followers during the summer, but there are no seats left on the train after his dominant preseason. Jones has looked every bit as hyped up as he was during the summer and then some. I think he’s leapfrogged Roddy White as the receiver to own in Atlanta and there probably isn’t a receiver other than Calvin Johnson I’d rather own than Jones. If you want him on your team, be prepared to spend at least an early second round pick in fantasy football drafts on him.

Justin Blackmon

The highly touted rookie had a tumultuous offseason getting arrested and then going through a lengthy holdout. Despite missing the Jaguars first preseason game, Blackmon has eight receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown in five quarters of action. He looks like Blaine Gabbert’s number one option ahead of Laurent Robinson. I was skeptical of the impact Blackmon was going to make initially, but now I’m confident he will be a WR4.  Read More…

2012 NFL season: The top 10 team prop bets

Adrian Peterson 2012

After an extremely exciting 2011 NFL season and less than respectable off-season for several teams, the 2012 pre-season is almost here. The smell of pigskin is in the air as training camps are in full swing and teams are getting their rosters together. Only two rookies remain unsigned – Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright – and one has to believe that their agents are likely waiting for the other to sign their contracts.

Is there anything better than sitting back on Sunday’s and watching the NFL package while partaking in fantasy football and placing some friendly wagers on the games? To that, I say no! However, we must wait for these opportunities. That said, there are some team props out there that allow us to get the football juices flowing. The following is our Top 10 NFL Team Props.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – 5

As mentioned, Justin Blackmon remains unsigned and the rookie wide out isn’t even close to the most impactful player that remains away from training camp. Maurice Jones-Drew has decided to sit out training camp in hopes of getting a new contract. Apparently the two sides are very far apart and Drew has already threatened to holdout into the season. Without the 2011 rushing leader on the field, the Jags will have an extremely ugly season.

Prediction: 3-13

9. Philadelphia Eagles – 10 ½

While I do expect a better year than last for the Eagles, there’s just no way they will reach 11 wins in 2012. While LeSean McCoy is a very talented back, and should be even better this year, he didn’t get much help in the offseason. The wide receiver corps is the same (and possibly worse) and the defense didn’t make any major upgrades.

Prediction: 9-7

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6

This is my surprise pick for the 2012 season. Tampa Bay had a nice offseason; they added Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin (via draft), Mark Barron, Dallas Clark, and a few other high character and talented players. With the Saints having their offseason issues, the Panthers still rebuilding, and the Falcons realizing Matt Ryan isn’t anything special, the Bucs should be good for at least 2-3 more wins than last season (4-12). Read more here…

Blackmon says he’s done drinking and will seek help

Justin BlackmonIn a press conference that was neither streamed on the Jaguars’ website nor permitted to be carried on live television or radio, Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon apologized for his recent arrest for aggravated DUI, and he has sworn off alcohol, at least for the time being.

“First off, I want to apologize to [G.M.] Gene [Smith] and Mr. [Shahid] Khan and his family and coach [Mike] Mularkey,” Blackmon said.  Read More…

Justin Blackmon, suspension upcoming?

Justin Blackmon DUI Mugshot 150x150 Top draft pick Justin Blackmon to be suspended?

Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge Sunday after authorities in Oklahoma said he had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The former Oklahoma State star smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m., Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Blackmon agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew a .24 — three times the legal limit of .08, Dickerson said.

Jacksonville Jaguars released a statement…

“We are aware of the report and are gathering information,” Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said. “We don’t have any comment at this time.”

This doesn’t bode well for the league’s worst offense. This is not the first talented wide receiver to get into trouble for the Jaguars. This also sounds like the same kind of trouble former receiver Matt Jones went through.

Read more here…

Looking back, Gundy’s rant propelled Oklahoma State football

Mike GundyMike Gundy is passionate, determined and a winning coach for the Oklahoma State Cowboys who have had success as of late. Marquee players Dez Bryant now of the Dallas Cowboys, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Brandon Wheeden of the Cleveland Browns are just a few names Gundy has recruited.

It was only four years ago that Gundy’s famous “I’m a man…I’m 40!” rant became an instant classic with fans and radio hosts all over but one of the aspects we may have overlooked is just how important this rant was to bringing in and signing recruits that have now propelled the Cowboy’s.

Before the rant in September of 2007, Gundy’s overall record was 13-15 since…40-14.

“The rant, in kind of perverse way, I think actually helped the program,” Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis said according to CBS Sports. “In the sense I think a lot of players and parents appreciated the way he stood up like that for one of his players. They say the only bad publicity is an obituary, but I do think it sent a strong message to his players and possible recruits that this guy will stand up for his players.

“It was complete passion, sincere and genuine. He was speaking straight from his heart. I think it was a net plus.”

Gundy confirmed the thoughts of the president as he was interviewed by Dan Patrick on Fox Sports Radio.

The You Tube video of Gundy’s “I’m a man! I’m 40!” went viral. It has been viewed 2.3 million times.

GB Bongiovanni is the owner of The Sports Blitz Network and can be contacted @GBBongiovanni