In this series of Twitter Observations, we will focus on some of the interesting tweets you may have missed. Twitter can be overwhelming with the amount of information that streams live, but it also proves to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate. In 140 characters or less you can learn something about a player you may have never thought of from trends, stats or analysis. Let’s review some of the best tweets I’ve captured this week.
Arizona Cardinals, @AZCardinals
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) July 1, 2016
This week Amazon Prime Video released their series produced by NFL Films, ‘All or Nothing: A season with the Arizona Cardinals’. This is similar to HBO’s Hard Knocks, except it follows the Cardinals for an entire season including some behind the scenes in their draft room. The series is available on Amazon Prime in eight episodes, with each episode about one hour long. After the opening scene I was hooked and had to binge watch it. The tweet and video clip above is a great peak into what the series is like. With the Cardinals a couple picks away, they had Ameer Abdullah on the phone and thought they had their running back they needed. However, the Lions were on the clock, and while on the phone with the Cardinals, Abdullah tells them that the Lions are calling him. The Cardinals couldn’t believe it, and eventually take David Johnson a round later.
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) July 1, 2016
This week wide receiver Keenan Allen received a lot of love, and I was soaking it all up. Matt Harmon, from NFL.com and author of the Reception Perception series, tweeted out his charts on Allen. As Harmon notes, Allen scores are elite and I love how successful Allen is on as many routes as he has been. Harmon wasn’t the only one this week hyping Allen. Rotoworld’s Adam Levitan had this tweet on Allen.
Small sample, but Keenan Allen has gone over 100 yards in 11-of-37 games (29.7%). More than Rice (25.1%), Moss (29.3), Antonio Brown (29.0).
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) June 29, 2016
Also adding in on Allen was Gridiron Expert’s Jody Smith had this tweet on Ken Whisenhunt returning to the Chargers.
More reasons to love WR Keenan Allen this year: his red zone usage with Ken Whisenhunt as the play-caller in 2013 pic.twitter.com/FOTmqa4t9s
— Jody Smith (@JodySmithNFL) July 3, 2016
Allen’s June ADP is 15, as the WR11, while I have him ranked as my WR5. Getting a top wide receiver in the early second round of a startup is pure gold for me. I can buy him as my second wide receiver, but expect top five fantasy production. In eight games, including week eight when Allen lacerated his spleen, he was the WR4 with 164 fantasy points, ahead of Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.
John Paulsen, Sr. Editor, @4for4football, http://www.4for4.com/fantasy-football/articles/author/John%20Paulsen
In 25 games over the L2 seasons, Mark Ingram has averaged 18.8 touches for 91.3 yards & 0.60 TD. Pace would have finished #3 last year.
— John Paulsen (@4for4_John) July 1, 2016
As John Paulsen points out, Mark Ingram has been a solid producing running back over the past two seasons. In 2015, Ingram was the RB4 in fantasy points per game with 16.8. Unfortunately over Ingram’s five seasons, he has missed 22.5% of games, and only playing more than 13 games in one season. This has limited his total production as he has only gone over 200 rushing attempts once, and never over 1,000 yards rushing. While I am pretty high on Ingram, I expect that I will have him for only 75% of the season and more than that is a bonus. The exciting part of his production in 2015 was his increased role in the passing game. Ingram was the RB6 in targets per game for running backs, ahead of quality receiving backs like, Duke Johnson, Matt Forte, and Le’Veon Bell.
Jeff Haseley, Lead writer & weekly columnist for http://subscribers.footballguys.com/staff/bio.php?staffid=127
— Jeff Haseley (@JeffHaseley) July 2, 2016
Football Guys writer, Jeff Haseley has been highlighting some great contributors to the fantasy community. Here he highlight’s C.D. Carter who has been a favorite writer and twitter follow for me for years. A big part of why I love doing the Twitter Observations article, is the facilitation of others’ work. Jeff is doing a great job, and you can follow his list of recommended writers here in the article on Football Guys, 2016 Follow List.
With so much information on Twitter, there are so many great minds contributing great discussion, articles, and bits of data, truly a hot bed of fantasy goodness. I will be doing my best to capture the highlights of the week and mining it out in one place for you.
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