By: @Flick4The3pt (Twitter Handle)
This years draft class is extremely talented with a variety of great prospects that have the potential to turn into NBA greats one day. Many rookies have gotten comparisons to NBA players. Trae Young has drawn comparisons to Steph Curry, and Ayton has a reputation of being the next Shaq. Today I’m talking about Sexton. His most popular comparisons are Bledsoe and Westbrook. His body type is similar to Bledsoe’s, both being short and aggressive. His Westbrook comparisons come from their explosive rim-attacking. I believe he can become a Westbrook type player. ROTY candidates, a lot of rookies have the opportunities to win ROTY and put up quality starts, but my pick is Collin Sexton. He got drafted by a Cavs team who just lost the best player in the world and that is looking for a fresh start. With Kevin Love just signing a contract-extension, Sexton will have a good talent to help him. I believe with his attacking attitude he can put up a favorable amount of points while also sharing the ball. 17/4/4 is the stat line I predict on 48% FG and 31% 3pt. I believe he can lead this pretty weak Cavs team to the playoffs while being the primary Point Guard.
5. Adrian Peterson- the running back has had an extra step on defenses all year, as AP is running the football very consistently and effectively as he has 236 yards. AP is the best running back of our generation in my opinion. At age 33, AP is just being AP.
4. Todd Gurley- No surprise here, Gurley ranks 4th with 255 yards and has been torturing defenses on the ground and through the air. Can’t imagine having the first pick and taking Bell over Gurley with the holdout situation going on in Pittsburg. The Rams have won each of their first 3 games by double-digits for the first time since 1999, when they won the Super Bowl.
3. Christian McCaffrey- A sleeper going into this season, McCaffrey has rushed for 271 yards in 3 games and has really given the Panthers an offense which can be hard for defenses to prepare for with a solid balance of the run and pass game, making the job a little easier for franchise quarterback Cam Newton.
Tied for First:
Ezekiel Elliott- Ever since Elliot’s 6-game suspension, the running back has been everything Cowboy’s fans could ask for and then some. Going in the first round of most fantasy drafts, Zeke consistently ruins Sundays for opposing fantasy football team owners as he has rushed for 274 yards.
Matt Breida- Breida is in his Sophomore campaign and tied in good company with 4 other elite backs. Obviously he is tied with Zeke for the most rushing yards through week 3. Probably the most surprising player on this list and one of the less known players on the list, Breida clearly worked extremely hard this offseason and has whopping numbers of 32 carries for 274 yards and 8.6 yards per carry but only one touchdown. Either way, he is obviously helping his team. If he was to keep the pace he is on, he would finish with 1,461 yards. Although he is doing so well, Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to media Monday and said the running back is questionable for the Chargers game after hyperextending his knee against the Chiefs. With Jimmy G tearing his ACL, when he is 100% and available to play he may even have to take on a bigger role in the offense for the 49ers to succeed.
Matt Ryan received one of the biggest QB contracts we have ever seen in the NFL. He agreed to a five-year contract extension that includes an average annual salary of $30 million, and $100 million in guaranteed money. Yes, Ryan was the NFL’s MVP in the 2016 campaign where he threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, completing 69.9% of passes. The Falcons went 11–5 and won the NFC South. But in 2015 they finished at 8-8, finished at 6-10 in 2014, going 4-12 in 2013. But, in 2012 they went to the NFC championship where they lost against rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick overcoming an early 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24. Throughout history, he was been one of the most consistent quarterbacks of all time in terms of yardage and production, but whenever the Falcons are on the grasp of something special, he is missing in action. There is no way he should be this inconsistent in the red-zone when their receiving core consists of Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and rookie Calvin Ridley, who hauled in 3 touchdown passes in last weeks loss. Despite a great effort at home against the Saints where he had 26 completions for 35 attempts and 374 yards with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions, the Falcons ended up losing that game in overtime to Drew Brees and the Saints in a huge division game. Throughout history, when Matt Ryan had a 17-0 lead against the 49ers, and arguably the worst choke-job to occur in the modern era of sports in the blowing of the 28-3 lead with 8 minutes and 31 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter. The Falcons keep trying to adjust their quarterbacks to new schemes and coordinators to help their quarterback, but they never give the coordinator enough time. The longest time he has ever had with a coordinator is 4 years and that is with Mike Mularkey. He spent 2 years with OC Kyle Shanahan and had total numbers of seasons, 9,535 yards, 59 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and obviously won the 2016 MVP under him. After one season with Steve Sarkisian, he had 1 season (14 games), 65.2 completion percentage, 3,490 yards, 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 92.0 quarterback rating. In his second campaign under Sarkisian, the Falcons have dropped to 1-2 and last in the very strong NFC south after losing to the Saints. Not to mention the Browns had multiple opportunities to beat the Saints but obviously with the Zane Gonzalez situation they didn’t. Should Falcons fans be worried at the negative trends we are seeing within the team after Matt Ryan and the falcons blew the 28-3 lead as it seems like they are not making any progress and have declined? Or should Falcon’s fans look at the 2 last seasons that both resulted in one or more playoff wins. After the 8 minute and 31 second mark left in the 3rd quarter of SB51, Matt Ryan became a different player. He couldn’t control the moment and suffered such a devastating loss and blew the organization’s best shot by far to win its first title and with this being said, I think that after that point in time that we will never see the reliable, composed and clutch 2016 form of Matt Ryan that we saw until the second half of 51. A fan base in Atlanta can support a team that can make the playoffs but with this kind of money, a championship needs to be delivered now or never. To summarize this passage, I do not think that Matt Ryan’s contract extension is going to result in a Falcon’s Super Bowl because if you can’t be trusted with a 28-3 lead in the second half of the Super Bowl, than how can you ever win a Super Bowl, or 130 MILLION? Matty Ice’s future in Atlanta will most definitely result in a lot of great throws, catches, wins and playoff wins but not they will not win the “Big Game” with Ryan.