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Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2019 Crack !EXCLUSIVE! Only


Obviously, not all things in 2019 are going to be as they were in 2018, so I'm not suggesting these rates are locked in. I just want to use them to show that building around a star running back (or even two, depending on the flow of your draft) is the percentage play based on data gathered from the past four seasons (and especially last year). And as we've just learned, class ... AT A FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, THE KEY TO FANTASY FOOTBALL SUCCESS IS MINIMIZING RISK ON A WEEKLY BASIS TO GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST ODDS TO WIN.




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At this point in the draft, you should have the core of your starting lineup. Through the first six rounds, you've likely got at least two starting running backs, two starting wide receivers and one flex. And for me, I'll likely not only have a flex but a strong bench player as well.


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From Week 10 on last season, only five defenses scored more fantasy points than the Colts. During that stretch, Indianapolis allowed less than 17 points per game. The Colts also spent seven of their first eight draft picks on defensive players this year.


The New York Jets have signed safety John Battle to an undrafted free agent contract following the 2019 NFL Draft, sending Battle to join back up with former LSU safety Jamal Adams, a starter at safety for the Jets who also started alongside Battle in Baton Rouge. Adams was selected by the Jets with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.


He was one of six former LSU players who joined NFL rosters over the weekend. Devin White was taken in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Greedy Williams going to the Cleveland Browns in the second round. Foster Moreau was LSU's final player drafted in 2019, going in the fourth round to the Oakland Raiders. Garrett Brumfield signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent, while Nick Brossette inked a free agent deal with the New England Patriots.


He was one of six former LSU players who joined NFL rosters over the weekend. Devin White was taken in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Greedy Williams going to the Cleveland Browns in the second round. Foster Moreau was LSU's final player drafted in 2019, going in the fourth round to the Oakland Raiders. Jamal Adams signed an undrafted free agent deal with the New York Jets, while Nick Brossette inked a free agent deal with the New England Patriots.


After going through the seven rounds of the NFL Draft without hearing his name called, Brossette entered free agency with a chance to pick his landing spot, and he jumped on the opportunity to join up with the New England Patriots. On Sunday, Brossette signed an undrafted free agent contract with New England, giving him the chance to land on the team's 53-man roster or practice squad ahead of the 2019-20 season next fall.


Brossette was one of six former LSU players who joined NFL rosters over the weekend. Devin White was taken in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Greedy Williams going to the Cleveland Browns in the second round. Foster Moreau was LSU's final player drafted in 2019, going in the fourth round to the Oakland Raiders. John Battle came off the board first once the draft ended, signing an undrafted free agent deal with the New York Jets. Garrett Brumfield then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent.


It's also worth noting that on paper New Orleans has one of the deepest rosters in the league, 14 players on guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season, so drafting a rookie and having that player crack the rotation won't be easy.


Given how stuffed the roster is, it's hard to envision the Pels using both picks they currently have in the second round. My expectation is that one or both are traded or sold. Another possibility, Griff and Pelicans General Manager Trajan Langdon following their play book from 2019 going the 'draft and stash route.'


Except, Jenkins struggled to crack the starting lineup as a rookie. He played in 61 games, but only averaged 14.8 minutes per game and his playing time went down in the ensuing years. In fact, the 17.5 minutes Jenkins is currently averaging in two games as a Knick are a career-high.


Portland Trail Blazers basketball is nearly back, and that means we can for the most part finally put to rest the speculation on who will be on the roster come opening day. But that doesn\u2019t mean we quite know who will step and perform in a big way once game day actually does roll around.\nWhat would it look if we tried to rank each player on the current Trail Blazers roster? We found this train of thought interesting, so four members of the team here at Rip City Project submitted their personal player rankings and we compiled an aggregate score to come to mutually agreed upon decision.\n\n\tMore from Rip City Project\n\t\n\t\t\t3 trade ideas to get the Trail Blazers some more size before the deadline\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t1 Portland Trail Blazers trade target to consider at every position\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tYahoo: Blazers open to moving Nurkic, Hart to build \u2018playoff contender\u2019\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tWhy Blazers\u2019 fan favorite should be on the table in OG Anunoby trade\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tPortland Trail Blazers\u2019 reported interested in Jakob Poeltl is a huge mistake\n\t\t\t\t\n\nWhile we may have debated and hashed out where each player deserves to fall, there is one thing we could all agree upon: the Portland Trail Blazers have some of the world\u2019s top talent littered across the roster.\nFrom superstars to sleepers, we took a look at the entirety of the Blazers roster and ranked them accordingly. Only expected contributions for the 2019-20 season were considered, so future potential has no bearing on where each player fell.\nContributions provided by Austin Carroll, Carson Brown, Andrew Zahnd, and Isaac Baker.\n\u00a0\n\n \n Next:\u00a0No. 14-15\n \n"},"title":"Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking each player on the 2019-20 roster","permalink":"https:\/\/ripcityproject.com\/2019\/10\/06\/portland-trail-blazers-ranking-player-2019-20-roster\/2\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGary Trent Jr. #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Bart Young\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n14. Gary Trent Jr.\nIf there was ever a wild card on the Portland Trail Blazers roster, Gary Trent Jr. would surely fill the role better than most. After scoring 14.5 points per game on 40.2 percent shooting from deep for the Duke Blue Devils, the Blazers selected Gary Trent Jr. No. 37 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.\nWhile that hasn\u2019t translated to NBA play just yet, that potential is exactly what Portland was banking on when they used their second-round draft pick on him. Perhaps all he needs is a more consistent role instead of just filling in garbage time to really showcase his talents.\nAnd don\u2019t be mistaken, Trent Jr. sure is talented. In six games with the Texas Legends in G League play, he scored 33.3 points and nailed 50 percent of his 3-point shots while taking 10 attempts from downtown per contest. That last part is critical, because many people were unsure if his shooting would translate from college after only making 23.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in the NBA.\nAgain, maybe a new year and an increased workload will allow Trent Jr. to finally follow in his father\u2019s foot steps and establish a firm role in the league.\n\u2014 Carroll\n13. Skal Labissiere\nEntering the final year of his rookie scale contract, does anyone know what to make of Skal Labissiere? Despite flashes of becoming a solid rotational player in the NBA, the former first-round pick out of Kentucky has thus far struggled to establish a grip on an actual spot in the rotation of an NBA team.\nHe only played a total of 63 minutes with the Portland Trail Blazers last season, leaving many fans scratching their heads on what\u2019s to come for the big man. If he can put together a respectable outing this season in a contract year, he may earn a real place in the league.\nAnd he should get every opportunity to prove he\u2019s worth the money this season, considering the shallow depth in the Blazers frontcourt rotation. Jusuf Nurkic won\u2019t be back until 2020, Pau Gasol and Anthony Tolliver are well past their primes, and Hassan Whiteside and Zach Collins have both struggled with staying out of foul trouble over the course of their careers.\nNow is the time for the youth to shine. Even if he only averages 15 to 20 minutes per game, that would be a big win for Skal. His solid rim protection ability combined with a career 37.5 percent mark from deep indicate he has the makings of a nice complementary player.\n\u2014 Carroll\n\n \n Next:\u00a0No. 12-13\n \n","title":"Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking each player on the 2019-20 roster","permalink":"https:\/\/ripcityproject.com\/2019\/10\/06\/portland-trail-blazers-ranking-player-2019-20-roster\/3\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tNassir Little #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers poses for a portrait during the 2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot (Photo by Sean Berry\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n12. Pau Gasol\nOver the course of his career, Pau Gasol has been selected to six All-Star games, named to four All-NBA teams, and won two NBA championships with the Lakers. Having a guy that is as accomplished as Gasol on the Portland Trail Blazers could be crucial to winning a championship this season.\nPortland has the talent to win a championship, but they\u2019ll also need locker room leaders to help get the most out of the young core. No matter what Gasol does on the court this season, his presence in practice as a mentor figure could play a huge factor in Portland\u2019s upcoming success.\nAr 39-years-old, Gasol probably no longer has the athleticism or skill set to be a successful role player in the NBA this year. In fact, his statistical performance has drastically dropped over the past few seasons.\nI do not expect Pau Gasol to get any significant playing time this season. He will provide depth in the mix of bigs that Portland has to offer. He knows exactly what it takes to win a ring, and I expect him to bring that mentality to Portland Trail Blazers this season.\n\u2014 Baker\n11. Nassir Little\nNassir Little oozes natural talent. Seriously, it would be hard to build a better physical profile for a basketball player that could still remain on the board at No. 25 overall. Normally, that would be a cause for concern. Surely a player of that caliber must have underlying injury issues, or was an issue in the locker room?\nNo, the only thing faulty with Nassir\u2019s game is that he wasn\u2019t given enough chances at North Carolina. Head coach Roy Williams purposefully restricts most freshman from playing starting minutes due to the fact they\u2019re usually too untested, too immature (in a basketball sense), and too raw.\nSo far, that seems like an accurate analysis. Little has looked very much like a long-term project player during his relatively short stint with the Blazers. In four games of Summer League play, he averaged a paltry 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest.\nBut considering the fact he\u2019s owed just shy of $11 million over the next four years \u2014 assuming Portland picks up his two years of team options \u2014 Little is exactly the type of player you want to gamble on. His huge 7-foot-2, 220 pound frame could allow him to become an elite wing defender.\nThe best part is, he doesn\u2019t need to become the player right away. Or next year. Or even the year after. He just needs to show positive progression in Portland\u2019s system and do the little things he can to help the Blazers win whenever his number is called upon.\n\u2014 Carroll\n\n \n Next:\u00a0No. 9-10\n \n","title":"Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking each player on the 2019-20 roster","permalink":"https:\/\/ripcityproject.com\/2019\/10\/06\/portland-trail-blazers-ranking-player-2019-20-roster\/4\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tZach Collins #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball against Anthony Tolliver (Photo by Hannah Foslien\/Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n10. Anthony Tolliver\nWhat were the Portland Trail Blazers desperately missing during last year\u2019s playoff run? Shooting. If nothing else, what can you count upon Anthony Tolliver to provide? Shooting.\nFor that reason alone, Tolliver was worth every penny of his veteran\u2019s minimum contract. He could just stand patiently in the corner and wait for passes while Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum collapse opposing defenses and earn his paycheck.\nBut even at 34-years-old, Tolliver can do so much more. Whether it\u2019s highlight reel blocks on Giannis Antetokounmpo, or providing veteran leadership that helps teams developing teams outperform their preseason expectations, Tolliver brings a lot to the table.\nAnd of course, he can shoot the lights out. Over the last three seasons, Tolliver has hit 40.7 percent of his shots from deep on a respectable sample size of 3.9 attempts per game. Considering this will be Tolliver\u2019s first postseason since 2016 \u2014 and only the fourth of his entire career \u2014 expect him to play his heart out as he helps usher the Blazers towards a championship.\n\u2014 Carroll\n9. Mario Hezonja\nIn a few months time, there\u2019s a very real chance we look at this and think about how silly we were for placing Mario Hezonja as the ninth best player on the Portland Trail Blazers. The irony here? He could very move up OR down this list.\nAs a former No. 5 pick, Hezonja has had a lot of expectations set upon on shoulders over the course of his short career. Thus far, he has struggled mightily. Hezonja has a career -3.0 Box Plus\/Minus and has posted a negative amount of Win Shares in two of his four seasons.\nWhether this is massive failure on behalf of Orlando and New York\u2019s player development departments, or on Hezonja\u2019s own shoulders remains to be seen. Portland offers the ideal situation for Super Mario, which likely explains why he signed a minimum contract with the Blazers before even truly testing his value in this summer\u2019s free agency period.\nHead coach Terry Stotts should be looking forward to employing Hezonja in a versatile offense. Capable of playing both forward positions and also assuming the role as a secondary ball handler, there\u2019s a lot of untapped potential Hezonja still has to offer. But this season should decide if he\u2019s ever likely to fulfill his projected ceiling.\n\u2014 Carroll\n\n \n Next:\u00a0No. 7-8\n \n","title":"Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking each player on the 2019-20 roster","permalink":"https:\/\/ripcityproject.com\/2019\/10\/06\/portland-trail-blazers-ranking-player-2019-20-roster\/5\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tAnfernee Simons #1 of Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball against the Utah Jazz o (Photo by Chris Elise\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n8. Anfernee Simons\nOf all the changes that will come for the Portland Trail Blazer team this upcoming season, the most exciting of them all is the addition of Anfernee Simons to the rotation.\u00a0 The hype is unreal behind Simons with his explosion at the end of the year against the Kings and the show he put on in this year\u2019s summer league.\n \t\n \t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.cmd.push(function () \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.defineSlot(\"\/175840252\/fansided.com\/RipCityProject\/mpu\",[300, 250], \"minutemedia_slideshow_inline_300x250__desktop__tablet\")\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.addService(googletag.pubads());\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.enableServices();\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.display(\"minutemedia_slideshow_inline_300x250__desktop__tablet\");\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t);\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t \n\t\t\t\t\t\n \t\n \t\n \nThe exact role for Simons still lies unclear, but there is no way Stotts keeps the 20-year-old out of the rotation with no clear-cut backup point guard on the roster. Simons has it all. With a jumper as smooth as silk and a leaping ability that leaves fans speechless he seems primed to make a jump into the national spotlight.\nSimons also has potential to be an incredible facilitator for the second unit. His ability to create off the dribble paired with what\u2019s in the rest of the arsenal gives him potential to be lethal.\nSimons is expected to take the leap that all Blazers fans are intrigued about. Simons\u2019 potential is through the roof and the role of second unit leader is his for the taking.\n\u2014 Brown\n7. Kent Bazemore\nPrior to this summer\u2019s free agency period, the Hawks sent Kent Bazemore to Portland in late June. This new addition to the wing rotation came at the expense of Evan Turner who was underwhelming in his stint with the Blazers and lacked consistency.\nBazemore just turned 30 and is heading into eighth season refreshed and ready for an opportunity to with a different organization. With Portland\u2019s backcourt being as loaded as it is, there will be plenty of opportunities for him to get open looks and score while the defense is focused on the Blazers\u2019 guards\nAt times Bazemore looked like lethal last year for the Hawks. With two games scoring over thirty points and many games above the twenty point mark he has solidified himself as a decent NBA scorer. Where the concern comes with Bazemore is that every exceptional game comes with a lousy performance or two.\nBazemore does shoot the ball somewhat well and brings a contagious energy level on the defensive end. He has the ability to be an excellent addition for this Trail Blazers team as long as he understands his role and can be consistent on a nightly basis.\n\u2014 Brown\n\n \n Next:\u00a0No. 5-6\n \n","title":"Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking each player on the 2019-20 roster","permalink":"https:\/\/ripcityproject.com\/2019\/10\/06\/portland-trail-blazers-ranking-player-2019-20-roster\/6\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tZach Collins #33 and Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers high five (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n6. Zach Collins\nThe prevailing notion this offseason was that Zach Collins works his way into the Blazers starting lineup this season at power forward. Our suspicions were eventually confirmed at Portland\u2019s Media Day. It will be a role Collins is not accustomed to, and there\u2019s the possibility he could pose as the Blazers \u201cweak link\u201d in the starting rotation.\nDespite the concerns, Collins is a stud. He is a fiery 21-year-old who oozes potential that the Blazers will look to draw out of him this season. Much will be asked of Collins, but the question remains if he will be able to turn his potential into on-court production and leave his bad habits in the past.\nSpecifically, Collins has an inclination for impetuous decisions on the defense end of the


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