Thursday, February 26, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Release Steven Jackson

The Atlanta Falcons have released RB Steven Jackson.  Jackson spent the last two seasons with the Falcons and gained just 1250 total rushing yards.  This after 8 straight 1,000 yard seasons as a member of the St. Louis Rams.  He did score 6 rushing touchdowns in each season as a Falcon, which was more than he scored in 4 of his last 6 seasons with the Rams  He disappeared from the passing attack.  He will turn 32 before the start of the 2015 NFL season.

SJax has 301 more rushing yards than the next active back, Frank Gore. He is 5th in All-Purpose yards behind Steve Smith, Darren Sproles, Wes Welker and Josh Cribbs. Obviously, this includes punt and kick return yards.

The Falcons do not have an every down back on the roster, but Devonta Freeman would be the first guy to get a chance should the team not go after any free agents or spend an early draft pick on a running back.

Lions Cut Reggie Bush

Panthers Cut DeAngelo Williams

Who Would You Rather Have - Pablo Sandoval or Josh Harrison

Pablo Sandoval was an instrumental part of three Giants World Series and, after disappointment from Will Middlebrooks, will bring his talents to the Red Sox in 2015. Much has been written about Sandoval’s streaky play and his free swinging ways, but Sandoval is a .294 hitter over his seven MLB seasons and averaged 44 extra base hits over the past four seasons. The switch hitting Sandoval will get a serious boost from the left side by hitting doubles off of the Green Monster; this is a needed boost as Sandoval has not had 30 or more doubles in a season since back-to-back 30 double seasons in 2009 and 2010. Only once in his career has Sandoval had more than 80 RBI and twice has he had 20 or more home runs; Sandoval should be a top-15 3B, but do not expect him to be much more than a top-10 3B in a best case scenario.

Sandoval ranks 10th in We Talk Fantasy Sports 3B Rankings

Josh Harrison was an unknown utility man before coming out of nowhere to finish in the top-10 in 2014 NL MVP race. The Pirates used Harrison all over the field and he will have eligibility at 2B/SS/3B/OF and will open the season as the starting 3B for the Pirates. He had 18 SB and 13 HR, added with a .315 BA and 38 2B, Harrison was one of the fantasy finds of 2014. The one caution with Harrison is his low OBP, as he only had a .347 OBP last year, even with the high BA.

Harrison ranks 15th in We Talk Fantasy Sports 3B Rankings

Who Would You Rather Have - Elvis Andrus or Starlin Castro

Elvis Andrus was pretty consistent in 2014, hitting .260ish before and after the MLB All-Star game.  His .263 season average was below his career average, but he did hit a career high 35 doubles.  The Rangers scored less than 700 runs for the first time in 10 seasons, due to a season ending injury to Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios have down years.  This led to Andrus tieing his career low in runs scored with 72, the same as his rookie season.

We ranked Andrus 5th in our Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings

Starlin Castro (.292) hit above his career average of .284 and set a career high .438 SLG, thanks to 33 doubles and 14 home runs.  The 14 home runs tied his career high.  He did this while playing in just 134 games and 528 ABs.  He saw just 5 ABs in September, due to a high ankle sprain.  He was hot in the second half of the season, hitting .329 before suffering the injury and ending his season.

We Ranked Castro 9th in our Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings

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