PROJECTED STARTERS EXPLANATION: AFC NOTRH

RAVENS: Most of last year’s team remains. Joe Flacco enters his 10th season as Baltimore’s starting QB. Terrence West should open the season as starter, but could be supplanted by sophomore Kenneth Dixon (after his suspension), or signing Danny Woodhead. Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman replace Steve Smith Sr. (retirement) and Kamar Aiken (signed with Colts), and join Mike Wallace as starting receivers. After the release of Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore should return to his starting position. The offensive line remains mostly the same, with Ryan Jensen replacing Jeremy Zuttah and James Hurst replacing Ricky Wagner.

On defense, Baltimore is weak at defensive end, as sophomore Willie Henry and rookie Chris Wormley should start alongside Brandon Williams on the defensive line. Baltimore’s linebacking corps will be led by Pro Bowler C.J. Mosely, with veteran Terrell Suggs and youngsters Za’Darius Smith and Kamalei Correa starting. Jimmy Smith will start alongside signee Brandon Carr or rookie Maroln Humphrey, and All-Pro safety Eric Weddle starts alongside signing Tony Jefferson at safety.

BENGALS: Much like Baltimore, Cincy retains much of its core. Andy Dalton retains his starting role at QB. With Gio Bernard recovering from a torn ACL, the running back spot should be filled by either Jeremy Hill or rookie Joe Mixon. But after two disappointing seasons, Jeremy Hill should be supplanted by Mixon. A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell should be joined by rookie speedster John Ross, and Tyler Eifert should continue to start at tight end. However, the offensive line is a question mark, as stars Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler left in free agency. Their spots will be “filled” by Jake Fisher and Andre Smith, with Clint Boling, Russell Bodine, and Eric Winston retaining starting roles.

On defense, Pro Bowlers Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins should start alongside Michael Johnson. Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey provide good outside linebackers, but middle linebacker remains a question, as signing Kevin Minter and rookie Brandon Bell look to start. Pacman Jones and Darqueze Dennard, and potentially Dre Kirkpatrick, should start at corner, with George Iloka and Shawn Williams starting at safety.

BROWNS: Cleveland’s roster has gotten a little bit better on paper. At quarterback, Cody Kessler will battle trade acquisition Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer for the starting position. I give the upper hand to Kessler due to him having the most starting experience last season (and because Osweiler shat the bed last year.) Isaiah Crowell should retain his starting position. At receiver, signing Kenny Britt should replace Terrelle Pryor, while Corey Coleman and Ricardo Louis should assume starting roles. At tight end, rookie David Njoku should start. The offensive line got a lot better, signing JC Tretter (Packers) and Kevin Zeitler (Bengals) to go along with Joe Thomas. The rest of the line should be filled by John Greco and Joel Bitonio.

Myles Garrett, the first overall pick, should start alongside sophomore Emmanuel Ogbah at defensive end, while Danny Shelton and Desmond Bryant should assume starting roles at defensive tackle. Jamie Collins and Tank Carder should start at linebacker. At cornerback, signee Jason McCourty should join Jamar Taylor AND Joe Haden in the starting lineup, while acquisition Calvin Pryor and rookie Jabrill Peppers should start at safety.

STEELERS: Most of Pittsburgh’s lineup should remain the same. Ben Roethlisberger enters his 14th season as the Steelers’ starter, Le’veon Bell starts at running back, and Antonio Brown is a starting receiver. Aside from the Killer B’s, Martavis Bryant should start upon returning from suspension, and Sammie Coates should round out the receiving corps. Third-year tight end Jesse James should gain the starting role. The offensive line remains unchanged, with Alejandro Villenueva, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Marcus Gilbert starting.

On defense, Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt should start at defensive end, while Javon Hargrave starts at devensive tackle. The starters at linebacker are Bud Dupree, Pro Bowler Ryan Shazier, rookie T.J. Watt, and veteran James Harrison. At cornerback, William Gay and Artie Burns retain starting roles, while Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell continue to start at safety.

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Projected Starters Explanation: AFC EAST

BILLS: Buffalo returns most of the same core from last year. Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Charles Clay, and most of the offensive line return. The only new starters on offense will be wide receivers Andre Holmes and Philly Brown, who were signed to replace Percy Harvin and Robert Woods. Second-round pick Zay Jones could also potentially start. On defense, the Bills should run a 3-4, with sophomore Shaq Lawson and vet Jerry Hughes starting alongside cemented Pro Bowler Marcell Dareus. The linebacking corps will consist of Pro Bowler Lorenzo Alexander, Preston Brown, Reggie Ragland (who missed all of last season due to a torn ACL) and free-agent signing Gerald Hodges. Ragland moves into the starting lineup due to Pro Bowler Zach Brown leaving, and free-agent signing Hodges replaces Shaq Lawson, who will start at defensive end. After cornerback Stephon Gilmore left in free agency, Ronald Darby should retain his starting role, alongside either rookie Tre’Davious White or Shareece Wright. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde should start at safety, replacing Corey Graham and Aaron Williams.

DOLPHINS: Nothing much is new on offense, as tight end Julius Thomas is the only new starter, replacing Jordan Cameron. On defense, the Dolphins should run a 3-4, with Cameron Wake and Andre Branch starting at defensive end, and Ndamukong Suh starting at defensive tackle. The linebacking corps is mostly the same, as the only new addition is Lawrence Timmons, replacing Jelani Jenkins in the lineup. At cornerback, Bryon Maxwell and Tony Lippett retain their starting jobs, while Nate Allen and Reshad Jones return to their starting roles as well.

PATS: A lot of new additions for the defending champs. Tom Brady still stays, but at running back, Mike Gillislee will replace LeGarrette Blount. Trade acquisition Brandin Cooks will replace Malcolm Mitchell in the lineup, starting alongside Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. Gronk retains his starting role at tight end, and the offensive line remains pretty much unchanged. On defense, New England should run a 4-3, with Kony Ealy replacing Jabaal Sheard at Defensive End, Trey Flowers, Malcolm Brown, and Alan Brnch starting on the line. The linebacking corps is unchanged, with Shea McClellin, Dont’a Hightower, and Rob Ninkovich reprising their starting roles. In the secondary, the only major change is Stephon Gilmore replacing Logan Ryan, as Malcolm Butler, Devin McCourty, and Patrick Chung retain starting roles.

JETS: New York is in a full rebuild, with a lot of changes on both offense and defense. The most probable starting quarterback will be Josh McCown, replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick. Matt Forte retains his starting role, although he may be replaced by Bilal Powell midseason. The only returning starter at wideout is Quincy Enunwa, as Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall move into starting roles, “replacing” Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins retains his starting role at tight end. On the line, Kelvin Beachum replaces Ryan Clady at left tackle, with Brandon Shell starting at right tackle. Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter return, with Jonotthan Harrison starting at center. On defense, the defensive line remains unchanged, with Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, and Muhammad Wilkerson starting. The linebackers are Lorenzo Mauldin, DeMario Davis, and and Darron Lee. Due to a lack of depth on the line, at linebacker, and at cornerback, three safeties will start for the Jets, those being Shamarko Thomas, and rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Free-agent signing Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine will start at cornerback.

NFL Projected Starters

AFC EAST:
Bills:

QB- Tyrod Taylor

RB- LeSean McCoy

WR- Sammy Watkins

WR- Andre Holmes

WR- Corey Brown

TE- Charles Clay

LT- Cordy Glenn

LG- Richie Incognito

C- Eric Wood

RG- Ryan Groy

RT- Jordan Mills

DEFENSE:
DE- Jerry Hughes

DE- Shaq Lawson

DT: Marcell Dareus

LOLB: Lorenzo Alexander

MLB: Preston Brown

MLB: Reggie Ragland

ROLB: Gerald Hodges

CB: Ronald Darby

CB: Tre’Davious White (R)

FS: Jordan Poyer

SS: Micah Hyde

DOLPHINS:

QB: Ryan Tannehill

RB: Jay Ajayi

WR: Jarvis Landry

WR: DaVante Parker

WR: Kenny Stills

TE: Julius Thomas

LT: Laremy Tunsil

LG: Jermon Bushrod

C: Mike Pouncey

RG: Ted Larsen

RT: Ju’Waun James

DEFENSE:

DE: Cameron Wake

DE: Andre Branch

DT: Ndamukon Suh

LOLB: Koa Misi

MLB: Kiko Alanso

MLB: Mike Hull

ROLB: Lawrence Timmons

CB: Bryon Maxwell

CB: Tony Lippett

FS: Nate Allen

SS: Reshad Jones

PATRIOTS:

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Mike Gilislee

WR: Brandin Cooks

WR: Julian Edelman

WR: Chris Hogan

TE: Rob Gronkowski

LT: Nate Solder

LG: Shaq Mason

C: David Andrews

RG: Joe Thuney

RT: Marcus Cannon

DEFENSE:
DE: Kony Ealy

DE: Trey Flowers

DT: Alan Branch

DT: Malcolm Brown

LOLB: Shea McClellin

MLB: Dont’a Hightower

ROLB: Rob Ninkovich

CB: Malcolm Butler

CB: Stephon Gilmore

FS: Devin McCourty

SS: Patrick Chung

JETS:
QB: Josh McCown

RB: Matt Forte

WR: Quincy Enunwa

WR: Robby Anderson

WR: Marquess Wilson

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

LT: Kelvin Beachum

LG: James Carpenter

C: Jonotthan Harrison

RG: Brian Winters

RT: Brandon Shell

DEFENSE:
DE: Sheldon Richardson

DE: Muhammad Wilkerson

DT: Leonard Williams

LOLB: Darron Lee

MLB: Demario Davis

ROLB: Lorenzo Mauldin

CB: Morris Claiborne

CB: Buster Skrine

S: Shamarko Thomas

S: Marcus Maye (R)

S: Jamal Adams (R)

AFC NORTH:
RAVENS:
QB: Joe Flacco

RB: Terrence West

WR: Mike Wallace

WR: Jeremy Maclin

WR: Breshad Perriman

TE: Crockett Gillmore

LT: Ronnie Stanley

LG: Marshal Yanda

C: Ryan Jensen

RG: John Urschel

RT: James Hurst

DEFENSE:

DE: Willie Henry

DE: Chris Wormley

DT: Brandon Williams

LOLB: Terrell Suggs

MLB: C.J. Mosley

MLB: Kamalei Correa

ROLB: Za’Darius Smith

CB: Jimmy Smith

CB: Brandon Carr

FS: Eric Weddle

SS: Tony Jefferson

BENGALS:
QB: Andy Dalton

RB: Joe Mixon (R)

WR: A.J. Green

WR: Brandon LaFell

WR: John Ross (R)

TE: Tyler Eifert

LT: Jake Fisher

LG: Clint Boling

C: Russell Bodine

RG: Andre Smith

RT: Eric Winston

DEFENSE:
DE: Carlos Dunlap

DE: Michael Johnson
DT: Geno Atkins

LOLB: Vontaze Burfict

MLB: Kevin Minter

MLB: Brandon Bell (R)

ROLB: Vincent Rey

CB: Adam Jones

CB: Darqueze Dennard

FS: George Iloka

SS: Shawn Williams

BROWNS:

QB: Cody Kessler

RB: Isaiah Crowell

WR: Corey Coleman

WR: Kenny Britt

WR: Ricardo Louis

TE: David Njoku (R)

LT: Joe Thomas

LG: Kevin Zeitler

C: JC Tretter

RG: John Greco

RT: Joel Bitonio

DEFENSE:

DE: Myles Garrett (R)

DE: Emmanuel Ogbah

DT: Danny Shelton

DT: Desmond Bryant

LOLB: Jamie Collins

MLB: Tank Carder

CB: Jason McCourty

CB: Jamar Taylor

CB: Joe Haden

FS: Calvin Pryor

SS: Jabrill Peppers (R)

STEELERS:

QB: Ben Roethlisberger

RB: Le’veon Bell

WR: Antonio Brown

WR: Martavis Bryant

WR: Eli Rogers

TE: Jesse James

LT: Alejandro Villenueva

LG: Ramon Foster

C: Maurkice Pouncey

RG: David DeCastro

RT: Marcus Gilbert

DEFENSE:

DE: Cameron Heyward

DE: Stephon Tuitt

DT: Javon Hargrave

LOLB: Bud Dupree

MLB: Ryan Shazier

MLB: TJ Watt (R)

ROLB: James Harrison

CB: Artie Burns

CB: Ross Cockrell

FS: Mike Mitchell

SS: Sean Davis

TEXANS:
QB: Tom Savage

RB: Lamar Miller

WR: DeAndre Hopkins

WR: Will Fuller

WR: Braxton Miller

TE: CJ Fiedorowicz

LT: Duane Brown

LG: Xavier Sua’Filo

C: Nick Martin

RG: David Quessenbery

RT: Breno Giocomini

DEFENSE:
DE: Jadeveon Clowney

DE: J.J. Watt

DT: D.J. Reader

LOLB: Whitney Mercilus

MLB: Benardrick McKinney

MLB: Brian Cushing

ROLB: Sio Moore

CB: Jonathan Joseph

CB: Kevin Johnson

FS: Andre Hal

SS: Eddie Pleasant

COLTS:
QB: Andrew Luck

RB: Frank Gore

WR: T.Y. Hilton

WR: Donte Moncrief

WR: Phillip Dorsett

TE: Jack Doyle

LT: Anthony Castanzo

LG: Denzelle Good

C: Ryan Kelly

RG: Jack Mewhort

RT: Le’Raven Clark

DEFENSE:
DE: Henry Anderson

DE: Kendall Langford

DT: Jonathan Hankins

LOLB: Jabaal Sheard

MLB: Antonio Morrison

ROLB: Barkevious Mingo

CB: Vontae Davis

CB: Quincy Wilson (R)

S: Clayton Geathers

S: T.J. Green

S: Darius Butler

JAGUARS:
QB: Blake Bortles

RB: Leonard Fournette

WR: Allen Robinson

WR: Allen Hurns

WR: Marquise Lee

TE: Mychal Rivera

LT: Branden Albert

LG: Luke Bowanko

C: Brandon Linder

RG: Earl Watford

RT: Cam Robinson (R)

DEFENSE:
DE: Yannick Nguakoue

DE: Dante Fowler, Jr.

DT: Calais Campbell

DT: Malik Jackson

LOLB: Paul Posluszny

MLB: Myles Jack

ROLB: Telvin Smith

CB: Jalen Ramsey

CB: A.J. Bouye

FS: Tashaun Gipson

SS: Barry Church

TITANS:
QB: Marcus Mariota

RB: DeMarco Murray

WR: Corey Davis (R)

WR: Eric Decker

WR: Rishard Matthews

TE: Delanie Walker

LT: Taylor Lewan

LG: Quinton Spain

C: Ben Jones

RG: Tim Letilo

RT: Jack Conklin

DEFENSE:
DE: Jurrell Casey

DE: Karl Klug

DT: Sylvester Williams

LOLB: Kevin Dodd

MLB: Avery Williamson

MLB: Wesley Woodyard

ROLB: Derrick Morgan

CB: Logan Ryan

CB: Adoree’ Jackson (R)

FS: Kevin Byard

SS: Jonathan Cyprien

BRONCOS:
QB: Trevor Siemien

RB: Jamaal Charles

RB: C.J. Anderson

WR: Demaryius Thomas

WR: Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Virgil Green

LT: Garrett Bolles (R)

LG: Ronald Leary

C: Matt Paradis

RG: Max Garcia

RT: Menelik Watson

DEFENSE:
DE: Derek Wolfe

DE: Jared Crick

DT: Domata Peko

LOLB: Von Miller

MLB: Brandon Marshall

MLB: Todd Davis

ROLB: Shane Ray

CB: Chris Harris

CB: Aqib Talib

FS: Darian Stewart

SS: T.J. Ward

CHIEFS:
QB: Alex Smith

RB: Spencer Ware

WR: Tyreek Hill

WR: Chris Conley

WR: Albert Wilson

TE: Travis Kelce

LT: Eric Fisher

LG: Zach Fulton

C: Mitch Morse

RG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

RT: Mitchell Schwartz

DEFENSE:
DE: Chris Jones

DE: Allen Bailey

DT: Cam Thomas

LOLB: Justin Houston

MLB: Ramik Wilson

MLB: Derrick Johnson

ROLB: Dee Ford

CB: Marcus Peters

CB: Phillip Gaines

FS: Eric Berry

SS: Ron Parker

RAIDERS:
QB: Derek Carr

RB: Marshawn Lynch

WR: Amari Cooper

WR: Michael Crabtree

WR: Cordarrelle Patterson

TE: Jared Cook

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Kelechi Osemele

C: Rodney Hudson

RG: Gabe Jackson

RT: Austin Howard

DEFENSE:
DE: Khalil Mack

DE: Mario Edwards

DT: Dan Williams

LOLB: Bruce Irvin

MLB: Tyrell Adams

ROLB: Shiquile Calhoun

CB: David Amerson

CB: Sean Smith

CB: Gareon Conley (R)

FS: Reggie Nelson

SS: Karl Joseph

CHARGERS:

QB: Philip Rivers

RB: Melvin Gordon

WR: Keenan Allen

WR: Tyrell Williams

WR: Travis Benjamin

TE: Antonio Gates

LT: Russell Okung

LG: Forrest Lamp

C: Matt Slauson

RG: Donovan Clark

RT: Joe Barksdale

DEFENSE:
DE: Joey Bosa

DE: Jeremiah Attauchou

DT: Brandon Mebane

LOLB: Melvin Ingram

MLB: Denzel Perryman

MLB: Korey Toomer

ROLB: Jatavis Brown

CB: Casey Hayward

CB: Jason Verrett

FS: Tre Boston

SS: Jahleel Addae

COWBOYS:
QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Ezekiel Elliott

WR: Dez Bryant

WR: Terrence Williams

WR: Cole Beasley

TE: Jason Witten

LT: Tyron Smith

LG: Jonathan Cooper

C: Travis Frederick

RG: Zack Martin

RT: La’el Collins

DEFENSE:

DE: Taco Charlton (R)

DE: DeMarcus Lawrence

DT: Maliek Collins

LOLB: Sean Lee

MLB: Jaylon Smith (R)

MLB: Damien Wilson

ROLB: Kyle Wilber

CB: Anthony Brown

CB: Orlando Scandrick

FS: Byron Jones

SS: Jeff Heath

GIANTS:
QB: Eli Manning

RB: Paul Perkins

WR: Odell Beckham, Jr.

WR: Brandon Marshall

WR: Sterling Shepard

TE: Evan Engram (R)

LT: Ereck Flowers

LG: Justin Pugh

C: Weston Richburg

RG: D.J. Fluker

RT: Bobby Hart

DEFENSE:
DE: Olivier Vernon

DE: Jason Pierre-Paul

DT: Damon Harrison

LOLB: Keenan Robinson

MLB: B.J. Goodson

ROLB: Devon Kennard

CB: Janoris Jenkins

CB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

CB: Eli Apple

FS: Andrew Adams

SS: Landon Collins

EAGLES:
QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Darren Sproles

WR: Alshon Jeffrey

WR: Jordan Matthews

WR: Torrey Smith

TE: Zach Ertz

LT: Jason Peters

LG: Chance Warmack

C: Jason Kelce

RG: Brandon Brooks

RT: Lane Johnson

DEFENSE:

DE: Brandon Graham

DE: Derek Barnett (R)

DT: Fletcher Cox

DT: Timmy Jernigan

LOLB: Nigel Bradham

MLB: Jordan Hicks

ROLB: Mychal Kendricks

CB: Sidney Jones (R)

CB: Jalen Mills

FS: Rodney McLeod

SS: Malcolm Jenkins

REDSKINS:
QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Robert Kelley

WR: Terrelle Pryor

WR: Jamison Crowder

WR: Josh Doctson

TE: Jordan Reed

LT: Trent Williams

LG: Shawn Lauvao

C: Spencer Long

RG: Brandon Scherff

RT: Morgan Moses

DEFENSE:

DE: Matt Ionnidas

DE: Jonathan Allen (R)

DT: Phil Taylor

LOLB: Ryan Kerrigan

MLB: Zach Brown

MLB: Mason Foster

ROLB: Trent Murphy

CB: Josh Norman

CB: Bashaud Breeland

FS: DeAngelo Hall

SS: Su’a Cravens

BEARS:
QB: Mike Glennon

RB: Jordan Howard

WR: Cameron Meredith

WR: Kendall Wright

WR: Markus Wheaton

TE: Dion Sims

LT: Charles Leno

LG: Josh Sitton

C: Cody Whitehair

RG: Kyle Long

RT: Bobby Massie

DEFENSE:
DE: Akiem Hicks

DE: Jaye Howard

DT: Eddie Goldman

LOLB: Pernell McPhee

MLB: Danny Trevathan

MLB: Jerrell Freeman

ROLB: Leonard Floyd

CB: Kyle Fuller

CB: Bryce Callahan

FS: Adrian Amos

SS: Quintin Demps

LIONS:
QB: Matthew Stafford

RB: Ameer Abdullah

WR: Golden Tate

WR: Marvin Jones

WR: Kenny Golladay

TE: Eric Ebron

LT: Greg Robinson

LG: Laken Tomlinson

C: Travis Swanson

RG: T.J. Lang

RT: Ricky Wagner

DEFENSE:
DE: Ziggy Ansah

DE: Kerry Hyder

DT: Haloti Ngata

LOLB: Tahir Whitehead

MLB: Jarrad Davis (R)

ROLB: Paul Worrilow

CB: Darius Slay

CB: Nevin Lawson

CB: Teez Tabor (R)

FS: Glover Quin

SS: Tavon Wilson

PACKERS:
QB: Aaron Rodgers

RB: Ty Montgomery

WR: Jordy Nelson

WR: Randall Cobb

WR: Davante Adams

TE: Martellus Bennett

LT: David Bakhtari

LG: Jahri Evans

C: Corey Linsley

RG: Jason Spriggs

RT: Bryan Bulaga

DEFENSE:

DE: Mike Daniels

DE: Ricky Jean Francois

DT: Kenny Clark

LOLB: Clay Matthews

MLB: Jake Ryan

MLB: Blake Martinez

ROLB: Nick Perry

CB: Damarious Randall

CB: Quentin Rollins

FS: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

SS: Morgan Burnett

VIKINGS:
QB: Sam Bradford

RB: Latavius Murray

RB: Dalvin Cook (R)

WR: Stefon Diggs

WR: Adam Thielen

TE: Kyle Rudolph

LT: Riley Reiff

LG: Alex Boone

C: Joe Berger

RG: T.J. Clemmings

RT: Mike Remmers

DEFENSE:
DE: Everson Griffen

DE: Danielle Hunter

DT: Linval Joseph

DT: Sharrif Floyd

LOLB: Anthony Barr

MLB: Eric Kendricks

ROLB: Kentrell Brothers

CB: Xavier Rhodes

CB: Terence Newman

FS: Harrison Smith

SS: Andrew Sendejo

FALCONS:
QB: Matt Ryan

RB: DeVonta Freeman

WR: Julio Jones

WR: Mohamed Sanu

WR: Taylor Gabriel

TE: Austin Hooper

LT: Jake Matthews

LG: Andy Levitre

C: Alex Mack

RG: Wes Schweitzer

RT: Ryan Schraeder

DEFENSE:

DE: Adrian Clayborn

DE: Takkarist McKinley (R)

DT: Grady Jarrett

DT: Ra’Shede Hageman

LOLB: Vic Beasley

MLB: Deion Jones

ROLB: De’Vondre Campbell

CB: Desmond Trufant

CB: Jalen Collins

FS: Ricardo Allen

SS: Keanu Neal

PANTHERS:

QB: Cam Newton

RB: Jonathan Stewart

RB: Christian McCaffrey (R)

WR: Kelvin Benjamin

WR: Devin Funchess

TE: Greg Olsen

LT: Michael Oher

LG: Andrew Norwell

C: Ryan Kalil

RG: Amini Silatolu

RT: Matt Kalil

DEFENSE:
DE: Julius Peppers

DE: Charles Johnson

DT: Kawaan Short

DT: Vernon Butler

LOLB: Shaq Thompson

MLB: Luke Kuechly

ROLB: Thomas Davis

CB: James Bradberry

CB: Captain Munnerlyn

FS: Kurt Coleman

SS: Mike Adams

SAINTS:
QB: Drew Brees

RB: Mark Ingram

WR: Michael Thomas

WR: Willie Snead

TE: Coby Fleener

LT: Ryan Ramczyk (R)

LG: Larry Warford

C: Max Unger

RG: Zach Strief

RT: Andrus Peat

DEFENSE:
DE: Cameron Jordan

DE: Hau’oli Kikaha

DT: Sheldon Rankins

DT: David Onyemata

LOLB: A.J. Klein

MLB: Stephone Anthony

ROLB: Craig Robertson

CB: Delvin Breaux

CB: Marshon Lattimore (R)

FS: Vonn Bell

SS: Kenny Vaccaro

BUCCANEERS:
QB: Jameis Winston

RB: Charles Sims

WR: Mike Evans

WR: DeSean Jackson

WR: Adam Humphries

TE: Cameron Brate

LT: Donovan Smith

LG: J.R. Sweezy

C: Joe Hawley

RG: Ali Marpet

RT: Kevin Pamphile

DEFENSE:
DE: Willie Gholston

DE: Noah Spence

DT: Gerald McCoy

DT: Chris Baker

LOLB: Lavonte David

MLB: Kwon Alexander

ROLB: Kendell Beckwith (R)

CB: Brent Grimes

CB: Vernon Hargreaves

FS: Chris Conte

SS: J.J. Wilcox

CARDINALS:
QB: Carson Palmer

RB: David Johnson

WR: Larry Fitzgerald

WR: John Brown

WR: Jaron Brown

TE: Jermaine Gresham

LT: Jared Veldheer

LG: Mike Iupati

C: A.Q. Shipley

RG: Kaleb Johnson

RT: D.J. Humphries

DEFENSE:
DE: Robert Nkemdiche

DE: Frostee Rucker

DT: Corey Peters

LOLB: Chandler Jones

MLB: Deone Bucannon

MLB: Hasson Reddick (R)

ROLB: Markus Golden

CB: Patrick Peterson

CB: Justin Bethel

FS: Tyrann Mathieu

SS: Budda Baker (R)

RAMS:
QB: Jared Goff

RB: Todd Gurley

WR: Tavon Austin

WR: Cooper Kupp (R)

WR: Robert Woods

TE: Gerald Everett (R)

LT: Andrew Whitworth

LG: Rodger Saffold

C: John Sullivan

RG: Rob Havenstein

RT: Andrew Donnal

DEFENSE:
DE: Ethan Westbrooks

DE: Dominique Easley

DT: Aaron Donald

DT: Michael Brockers

LOLB: Connor Barwin

MLB: Mark Barron

ROLB: Robert Quinn

CB: Trumaine Johnson

CB: Nickell Robey-Coleman

FS: LaMarcus Joyner

SS: Maurice Alexander

49ERS:
QB: Brian Hoyer

RB: Carlos Hyde

WR: Pierre Garcon

WR: Jeremy Kerley

WR: Marquise Goodwin

TE: Vance McDonald

LT: Joe Staley

LG: Zane Beadles

C: Jeremy Zuttah

RG: Joshua Garnett

RT: Trent Brown

DEFENSE:
DE: Arik Armstead

DE: Solomon Thomas (R)

DT: DeForest Buckner

DT: Earl Mitchell

LOLB: Rueben Foster (R)

MLB: NaVarro Bowman

ROLB: Elvis Dumervil

CB: Jimmie Ward

CB: Rashard Robinson

FS: Eric Reid

SS: Jaquiski Tartt

SEAHAWKS:
QB: Russell Wilson

RB: Eddie Lacy

WR: Doug Baldwin

WR: Jermaine Kearse

WR: Tyler Lockett

TE: Jimmy Graham

LT: Luke Joeckel

LG: Mark Glowinski

C: Justin Britt

RG: Oday Aboushi

RT: Robert Myers

DEFENSE:
DE: Michael Bennett

DE: Cliff Avril

DT: Ahtyba Rubin

DT: Malik McDowell (R)

LOLB: Kevin Pierre-Louis

MLB: Bobby Wagner

ROLB: K.J. Wright

CB: Richard Sherman

CB: DeShawn Shead

FS: Earl Thomas

SS: Kam Chancellor

NFL Award Races

Okay, so it’s Week 9 of the NFL season. Time for the award races to start heating up. Today, I’ll be talking about who I think will win the MVP, OROY, and awards like that. However, I’ve also made up awards, like “Biggest Disappointment” and “Most Improved Player.” Let’s get into it!

MVP: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Okay, if Tom Brady had played the whole season, he would be my pick so far. But since he’s only played four games, Matty Ice is my pick for MVP. He’s been having a magnificent season thus far, leading the Falcons to a 6-3 record and putting up some gaudy stats: 2,970 yards, 23 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 69.6% completions. However, what makes me put Ryan at the top is because of his remarkable transformation from 2015. Last year, he threw just five more touchdowns than interceptions (21:16.) He’s already thrown 19 more TD’s than picks, and I expect that number to keep growing. OTHER CANDIDATES: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots, Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans, Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Coach of the Year: Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys: Jason Garrett has remarkably shaped this Dallas Cowboys team for years to come. With rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, as well as receivers Dez Bryant, Terrence Williams, and Cole Beasley, Dallas could be a force for years to come. But what gives him the Coach of the Year over Bill Belichick, Dan Quinn, and Jack Del Rio is the element of surprise. I mean, I thought Dallas was gonna go 3-4, 2-5 with Dak Prescott at the helm. Well, they’re 6-1. And expect that to be 7-1 tomorrow after a win against the 0-8 Browns. OTHER CANDIDATES: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons, Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders, Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans

Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: He’s gonna win MVP. It’s as simple as that. OTHER CANDIDATES: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots, Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans, Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Defensive Player of the Year: Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos: Von Miller has been the leader of the Broncos’ defense this whole season. He’s on pace for 17 sacks this year, and has been a force for Denver, leading them to a 6-2 record. While Trevor Siemian has been so-so this year, Von Miller has been the best defensive player this year, and will get the hardware. OTHER CANDIDATES: Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Buffalo Bills, Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City Chiefs, Zach Brown, LB, Buffalo Bills, Casey Hayward, CB, San Diego Chargers

Offensive Rookie(s) of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: For the first time ever, this award will be a tie in my opinion. It would be unfair at this point to give the award to just one of Dallas’ dazzling rookies. Both are considerable MVP candidates, and both are primed for a long career of success. So yeah, Dallas’ stud rookies will share this award in the first tie for the OROY. OTHER CANDIDATES: Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans, Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego Chargers: I really haven’t seen much from rookies on the defensive side, but Bosa has really impressed me thus far. In a season that does not possess much talent from defensive rookies, I think that Bosa has dominated this race so far. OTHER CANDIDATES: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars, Myles Jack, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars, Eli Apple, CB, New York Giants, Deforest Buckner, DE, San Francisco 49ers

Most Improved Player: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray has seen quite a resurgence. He already has more rushing yards (807) through nine games than he did all of last season with Philly (702.) Murray has visibly improved with the Titans, as their “exotic smashmouth” offense has them competing for an AFC South crown. OTHER CANDIDATES: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers, Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons, Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Buffalo Bills, David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Biggest Disappointment: Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Look, I could say the Panthers, Cardinals, or even Russell Wilson. But I think Bortles has been far more disappointing than any of them. Sure, his stats aren’t too bad, but most of them are in garbage time when his Jags are losing big. Bortles is in my opinion the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. He has an uncanny knack for throwing picks, and frankly he can’t win no matter what his stats are. Bortles is just a bad quarterback. OTHER CANDIDATES: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams, Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks, Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Keys to Success: What Does Every NBA Team Need to be a Title Contender?

Philadelphia 76ers: Trade Nerlens Noel or Joel Embiid. Really, there’s a lot that Philly can do. But I’ll start by saying that either Noel or Embiid need to go. This is because Jahlil Okafor looks like the real deal. Also, you do not need three centers competing for time. Add Ben Simmons to the picture, and you have a crowded starting lineup. Joel Embiid has not played a minute in the NBA due to injury, even though he was drafted in 2014. It’s 2016, and he looks like the next big draft bust. Also, Nerlens Noel is a terrible offensive player, with a career average of 10.5 ppg, but is a stellar defensive player. My call is to trade Embiid.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Sergio Rodriguez

Jerryd Bayless

Ben Simmons

Jahlil Okafor

Nerlens Noel

6TH MAN: Joel Embiid

Los Angeles Lakers: Embrace the two-guard system. D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, along with rookie Brandon Ingram, will pose as the future of the Lakers. I could see Clarkson sliding into the shooting guard position and thriving there. Russell and Ingram should form a good big 3 with Clarkson. The way I see it, if the Lakers run this system, they should return to glory.

2016-17 STARTERS:

D’Angelo Russell

Jordan Clarkson

Brandon Ingram

Julius Randle

TImofey Mozgov

6TH MAN: Luol Deng

Brooklyn Nets: Get a point guard. Okay, they got Jeremy Lin. But ever since LinSanity, he has basically been a role player. The Nets really are weak at basically every position except center, where they have All-Star Brook Lopez. But Rondae Hollis-Jefferson looks to pretty good at defense, and Sean Kilpatrick’s offensive production wasn’t terrible. They also signed Luis Scola in the offseason. So basically, if they get a good point guard, they can compete for a playoff spot.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Jeremy Lin

Sean Kilpatrick

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Luis Scola

Brook Lopez

6TH MAN: Bojan Bogdanovic

Phoenix Suns: Make Devin Booker the focal point. Sure, they have Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight, too. But Bledsoe averaged 20 points and 6 assists a game last year… in 31 games. Also, Knight also missed 30 games. The two injuries contributed to Phoenix’s 23-59 record last season. But Booker, who averaged just under 14 points a game last year, missed just 6 games. If Bledsoe and Knight can stay healthy, then along with Booker, they could form an intriguing Big 3. And to go along with that, a few wins as well.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Eric Bledsoe

Brandon Knight

Devin Booker

Marquese Chriss

Dragan Bender

6TH MAN: Tyson Chandler

Minnesota Timberwolves: Get rid of Ricky Rubio. Sure, Rubio is an excellent playmaker. But with the drafting of Kris Dunn, is should be that Rubio is on the way out. Dunn, I think, is a better scorer, and has about the same playmaking skills as Rubio. Plus, I like the whole “youth movement” lineup in Minnesota: Dunn (rookie), Zach LaVine (3rd year), Andrew Wiggins (3rd year), Gorgui Dieng (4th year), and Karl-Anthony Towns (sophomore), are all younger than 25, with the exception of Dieng (26.) I say, trade Ricky Rubio, to a team without a point guard, like the Nets, and that will mean success.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Kris Dunn

Zach LaVine

Andrew Wiggins

Karl-Anthony Towns

Gorgui Dieng

6TH MAN: Ricky Rubio

New Orleans Pelicans: Get Anthony Davis a supporting cast. The Pelicans’ top player is All-Star Anthony Davis. Other than that, they have a few players who have regressed (Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans), a rookie (Buddy Hield), and a big hole at center in the starting lineup. I mean, with this team, Davis would have to average 35 points, 15 boards, and 5 assists for the team to win 50 games. I say trade Evans and Holiday for two young players, acquire a center, and you have a winning formula.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Jrue Holiday

Buddy Hield

Tyreke Evans

Anthony Davis

Alexis Ajinca

New York Knicks: Jell with each other. With the acquisitions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to go along with Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony, I think New York is primed for a playoff run. However, they need the bench to step up, and for the starting lineup to get along. If they can do that, New York can be a dangerous thing.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Derrick Rose

Courtney Lee

Carmelo Anthony

Kristaps Porzingis

Joakim Noah

6TH MAN: Brandon Jennings

Milwaukee Bucks: Learn from mistakes. Okay, so last yer didn’t pan out the way I thought it would. But it was the first year with the lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, a former Rookie of the Year, Khris Middleton, a sharpshooter, Giannis Atetokununmpo, an all-around talent, Jabari Parker, a pretty decent player, and Greg Monroe, a master rebounder. If this team can learn from mistakes, they’re playoff bound, baby!

2016-17 STARTERS:

Michael Carter-Williams

Khris Middleton

Giannis Atetokunumpo

Jabari Parker

Greg Monroe

6TH MAN: Thon Maker

Denver Nuggets: Role players step up. Danilo Gallinari looks like the best player on the team… but he can’t stay healthy. Emmanuel Mudiay is young and unproven. Will Barton is more of a 6th man than a star player. Gary Harris is one of the worst starters in the league, and Kenneth Faried is terrible on offense. And oh yeah, the rest of the team sucks, too. If all of these problems can somehow be fixed, Denver will make the playoffs.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Emmanuel Mudiay

Gary Harris

Danilo Gallinari

Kenneth Faried

Nikola Jokic

6TH MAN: Will Barton

Sacramento Kings: Build around Boogie. Demarcus Cousins is, in my opinion, the best center in the NBA. So why do the Kings suck? Becuase they have almost no one else who can step up for them! Rudy Gay is beyond his prime, Darren Collison is just okay, and no one else can play defense. But with new coach Dave Jeorger, who helped the Grizzlies become a top defense, who knows? The Kings might actually be worth watching.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Darren Collison

Arron Afflalo

Rudy Gay

Willie Cauley-Stein

DeMarcus Cousins

6TH MAN: Omri Casspi

Orlando Magic: Youth steps up. Along with the acquisition of Serge Ibaka, the Magic boast a young, intriguing starting 5.  Elfrid Payton looks like a great playmaker. Evan Fournier is coming off a career year, in which he had career highs in just about everything. Aaron Gordon looks like a good young player as well, and Nikola Vucevic is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. The Magic improved by 10 games last year. Maybe they can make a playoff push this year.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Elfrid Payton

Evan Fournier

Aaron Gordon

Serge Ibaka

Nikola Vucevic

6TH MAN: Mario Hezonja

Utah Jazz: Build on youth. I think that Utah has a pretty good young team. Gordon Hayward looks like a legit go-to scoring option, while Rudy Gobert is a stifling defensive player. Also, Derrick Favors is a solid player, and Alec Burks is okay as well. But now the Jazz have something that they didn’t have in the past few years: a point guard. After acquiring George Hill from the Pacers, the Jazz have a pretty solid starting 5 and should make a push for the playoffs.

2016-17 STARTERS:

George Hill

Alec Burks

Gordon Hayward

Derrick Favors

Rudy Gobert

6TH MAN: Joe Johnson

Washington Wizards: Obtain a frontcourt.Sure, John Wall and Bradley Beal form one of the league’s best backcourts, but the frontcourt is pretty bad. Otto Porter, Jr. is set to start at small forward, and Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris are just okay. However, if the upgrade the frontcourt, then Washington should be able to make some noise in the playoffs. But until then, Wall and Beal should keep them competitive in some ways.

2016-17 STARTERS:
John Wall

Bradley Beal

Otto Porter, Jr.

Markieff Morris

Marcin Gortat

6TH MAN: Trey Burke

Houston Rockets: Build around James Harden. Shooting guard James Harden is one of the NBA’s best players. But the team’s starting lineup other than Harden (Patrick Beverley, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, and Ryan Anderson), all are pretty solid but not great players. Also, they lost Dwight Howard to Atlanta, which leaves a big hole at center. If they can build around Harden and surround him with some star power, Houston will be a powerhouse.

2016-17 STARTERS:
Patrick Beverley

Eric Gordon

James Harden

Ryan Anderson

Clint Capela

6TH MAN: Michael Beasley

Chicago Bulls: Form a big 3. The Derrick Rose era is over. To replace the injury-prone guard, Chicago signed both assists leader Rajon Rondo and Chicagoan Dwyane Wade. Those two should form a nice big 3 with shooting guard Jimmy Butler who will start at small forward with Wade’s arrival. With these three stars, Chicago should be eyeing a return to the playoffs. Oh, and Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez form a pretty decent front court.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Rajon Rondo

Dwyane Wade

Jimmy Butler

Bobby Portis

Robin Lopez

6TH MAN: Taj Gibson

Memphis Grizzlies: Stay healthy. Sure, Memphis dropped 14 of 17 to end the year and were swept in the first round. But that’s only because of the amount of injuries that the Grizzlies suffered near the end of the season, specifically to Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. But with Conley and Gasol back, along with Zach “Z-Bo” Randolph, the Grizzlies should return to their past form. If all of these players stay healthy, Memphis’ “Grit and Grind” era should continue with another playoff spot.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Mike Conley

Tony Allen

Chandler Parsons

Zach Randolph

Marc Gasol

6TH MAN: Wade Baldwin

Dallas Mavericks: Let the new guys take over. Big D acquired two former Warriors, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, in the offseason. These two players will team with Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, and Dirk Nowitzki in the starting 5, which looks pretty good on paper. Barnes and Bogut still know Golden State’s gameplan, so if they have a first-round matchup with Golden State, they could spring an upset.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Deron Williams

Wesley Matthews

Harrison Barnes

Dirk Nowitzki

Andrew Bogut

6TH MAN: Devin Harris

Detroit Pistons: Obtain a shooting guard. The Pistons have two really good players in my opinion, and those are point guard Reggie Jackson and center Andre Drummond. Both are about 25 years of age, and are locked in for another four years, so Detroit has their core for a while. Also, Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris should be pretty good in the starting lineup. However, shooting guard is a big hole for the Pistons, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is only an okay player in my opinion, is set to start at the 2 spot. If Detroit can obtain a better shooting guard, then they will once again be a fixture in the playoffs.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Reggie Jackson

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Tobias Harris

Marcus Morris

Andre Drummond

6TH MAN: Henry Ellenson

Portland Trail Blazers: Build on the second half. After a 19-26 start, Portland went 25-12 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. And over the offseason, Portland re-signed C.J. McCollum to a 4-year deal, AND Kevin Durant left for Golden State. SO yeah, Portland is favored to win the Northwest. All the pieces, including All-Star Damian Lillard, are in place. If Portland can build on their success, then they should be primed for a longer playoff run.

2016-17 STARTERS:
Damian Lillard

C.J. McCollum

Evan Turner

Al-Farouq Aminu

Festus Ezeli

6TH MAN: Allen Crabbe

Indiana Pacers: Build off the offseason. During the offseason, the Pacers surrounded Paul George with many talented players. They replaced George Hill with Jeff Teague, and traded for Thaddeus Young. The Pacers also signed center Al Jefferson. So Indiana has a pretty stacked roster in my opinion. If this roster is as talented as I think it is, Indy can be a top 3 seed in a weak Eastern Conference.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Jeff Teague

Monta Ellis

Paul George

Thaddeus Young

Myles Turner

6TH MAN: Al Jefferson

Charlotte Hornets: Repatch the starting lineup. Charlotte is actually looking pretty good, as they went on a run to make the playoffs and took the Heat to a game 7. The leader of Buzz City is Kemba Walker, a potential All-Star. However, the rest of the starting lineup needs work. Aside from Nicolas Batum, I don’t particularly like the starting lineup. Jeremy Lamb is not very good in my opinion, and the frontcourt is a mess. Sophomore Frank Kaminsky, who did not replicate his outstanding college career in Year 1, and Roy Hibbert, who is coming off a terrible season with the Lakers, are set to start. I think that if Kemba has a big year, Charlotte will win the Southeast.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Kemba Walker

Jeremy Lamb

Nicolas Batum

Frank Kaminsky

Roy Hibbert

6TH MAN: Courtney Lee

Boston Celtics: Be as good as the roster. TBH, I really love Boston’s roster. Isaiah Thomas is coming off an All-Star season, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder are both defensive studs, and Al Horford has solidified himself as a top NBA center. They will be joined in the starting lineup by rookie Jaylen Brown. I also really like Boston’s bench. Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk,  and Amir Johnson, solidify Boston’s 8-man rotation. I think that Boston can make it to the Finals if they are injury-free.

2016-17 STARTERS:
Isaiah Thomas

Avery Bradley

Jaylen Brown

Jae Crowder

Al Horford

6TH MAN: Marcus Smart

Atlanta Hawks: New starters learn the ropes. Dennis Schroeder and Dwight Howard will be taking over for Jeff Teague and Al Horford, respectively, in the starting lineup. Schroeder looks like a better playmaker than Jeff Teague, and Howard has been solidified as a top 10 center. I think that if they learn the ropes, and jell with All-Star Paul Millsap, then Atlanta will win the Southeast.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Dennis Schroeder

Kyle Korver

Kent Baezmore

Paul Millsap

Dwight Howard

6TH MAN: Jarrett Jack

Miami Heat: Get a shooting guard. Miami lost Dwyane Wade over the offseason, so they are really weak at shooting guard. But they do have a pretty good team otherwise: Goran Dragic, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside form a pretty good core, and Justice Winslow is only going to improve. I think that if Miami gets a shooting guard, they will compete for a playoff spot.

2016-17 STARTERS:
Goran Dragic

Tyler Johnson

Justice Winslow

Chris Bosh

Hassan Whiteside

6TH MAN: Derrick Williams

Los Angeles Clippers: Get a small forward and re-sign the core. For the first time in this post, I am mentioning two things a team can do to contend. Sure, the Clippers are contenders already, but they can do both to get even better. First off: get a small forward. After failing to sign Kevin Durant in the offseason, the 3 spot remains a hole for the Clippers. If they can get a good small forward, LA should compete for a title. Oh, and one more thing: Chris Paul AND Blake Griffin are free agents after the season.

2016-17 STARTERS:
Chris Paul :

J.J. Redick

Luc Mbah a Moute

Blake Griffin

DeAndre Jordan

6TH MAN: Marreese Speights

Oklahoma City Thunder: Make Russell Westbrook an MVP-type player. Okay, the lowdown of the offseason: Franchise player Kevin Durant left for the Warriors, and Russell Westbrook signed me an extension. The rest of the roster isn’t very good. I don’t like either Victor Oladipo, who they traded Serge Ibaka for, or Andre Roberson. So now, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter will compete for minutes. If Westbrook wins MVP or has a big year, OKC should be OK.

2016-17 STARTERS:
Russell Westbrook

Victor Oladipo

Andre Roberson

Enes Kanter

Steven Adams

6TH MAN: Cameron Payne

Toronto Raptors: Obtain a good frontcourt. Toronto won a franchise record 56 games last year, and made it to the East Finals before losing to the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers. But their success was mainly due to their All-Star backcourt, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. I like Jonas Valanciunas, but I see that the Raptors have a pretty big hole at small and power forward. With Terrence Ross and Jared Sullinger set to start, I think that if they upgrade at both forward spots, Toronto will be a fixture in the playoffs for years to come.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Kyle Lowry

DeMar DeRozan

Terrence Ross

Jared Sullinger

Jonas Valanciunas

6TH MAN: DeMarre Carroll

Cleveland Cavaliers: Have a Warriors-esque season… with a happy ending. The Warriors set the record for wins in a season… but lost to LeBron James and co. in the Finals. After re-signing LeBron to a 3-year deal, the Cavs will make a big case to repeat. Now, if only they could actually win after taking a 3-1 series lead…

2016-17 STARTERS:

Kyrie Irving

Iman Shumpert

LeBron James

Kevin Love

Tristian Thompson

6TH MAN: Mo Williams

San Antonio Spurs: Keep up the good work. Even with the retirement of Tim Duncan, a franchise cornerstone, the Spurs are destined for another great year. The Spurs now lie in All-Stars Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and recent signing Pau Gasol. The veteran leadership will come from Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. With all the pieces in place, San Antonio shall have yet another 50-win season.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Tony Parker

Danny Green

Kawhi Leonard

LaMarcus Aldridge

Pau Gasol

6TH MAN: Manu Ginobili

Golden State Warriors: Get along. With the signing of Kevin Durant, the Warriors look like a super team. Now, all the Warriors have to do in order to raise another banner is get along. If Steph Curry and KD can figure out how to jell with one another, as well as Kaly Thompson and Draymond Green adjusting to their new roles. One more thing: even though the Warriors will have one of the league’s best records, they will have the NBA’s worst bench unit.

2016-17 STARTERS:

Stephen Curry

Klay Thompson

Kevin Durant

Draymond Green

Zaza Pachulia

6TH MAN: Andre Igoudala

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Dolphins Franchise

What’s going on. This CrimsonCav, and I’m here to tell you my planned YouTube series with Madden 17 on the Playstation 4. Let’s get started.

My goal for this series is to win a Super Bowl within four seasons. In case you are wondering about who will start in the series, I will be starting Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, Arian Foster at running back, and Byron Maxwell at corner. My offensive gameplan will involve running the football a lot (my goal is 35 rush attempts a game). Most of those will go to Arian Foster, but I will also try to get Jay Ajayi

Predicting the NFL Playoffs

AFC:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- 14-2
  2. Indianapolis Colts- 13-3
  3. Oakland Raiders- 12-4
  4. New England Patriots- 12-4
  5. New York Jets- 11-5
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars- 10-6

NFC:

  1. Green Bay Packers- 13-3
  2. Arizona Cardinals- 13-3
  3. Carolina Panthers- 12-4
  4. Dallas Cowboys- 11-5
  5. Seattle Seahawks- 12-4
  6. Detroit Lions- 10-6

WILD CARD ROUND:

Pats over Jets

Raiders over Jaguars

Panthers over Lions

Seahawks over Cowboys

DIVISIONAL ROUND:

Steelers over Raiders

Colts over Patriots

Panthers over Cardinals

Packers over Seahawks

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:

Steelers over Colts

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP:

Panthers over Packers

SUPER BOWL:

Panthers over Steelers

CHAMPIONS:
CAROLINA PANTHERS

Miami Dolphins Franchise Mode

This post is more about my upcoming Miami Dolphins Franchise on YouTube. I will write about this in my YouTube Series post too, but this post is specifically about the Dolphins Franchise. So, let’s go.

Seasons: 2 (at least)

Difficulty: All-Pro (might switch to All-Madden later)

Goal for Season 1: 7-9

Goal for Season 2: Playoffs

Ultimate Goal: Super Bowl Win before Madden 18 Launch

Role: Owner (Shamari Sherman)

Broadcasting Alias: 103.7 The Fin (Radio Station) Jockey Mike Gates

For the first season, I will start the season with Ryan Tannehill as my quarterback. However, my offensive focus will be on the ground game, as I will be implementing a one-two punch at running back, with Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi. My goal for the first season is 800 yards each for both backs, and 1,000 for Foster, who will be the starter. About the passing game, my goal for starter Ryan Tannehill is 3,800 yards and 26 touchdowns, with under 15 picks. My goals for Jarvis Landry is a 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, and DaVante Parker and Kenny Stills combining for 1,250 yards and 7 touchdowns. Jordan Cameron, the tight end,should have 600 yards and 5 touchdowns. On defense, I expect for Ndamukong Suh and Mario Williams to combine for 20 sacks. Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins should combine for 250 tackles, and Byron Maxwell and Brice McCain netting 7 picks.  As of now, looking at the Fins’ schedule, I can see us making the playoffs as a wild card (maybe).

My goal for the series is 3 seasons. However, during most of the year, I can not post more than one one video a week, maybe two. The exceptions are summer break (early June to mid August), Christmas Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring Break. Next, I’ll talk about my NBA 2K17 Minnesota Timberwolves series (coming late 2016.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team USA Revealed!

The US Men’s Basketball Team has been revealed:

PG: Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry

SG: DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson

SF: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Harrison Barnes

PF: Carmelo Anthony, Draymond Green

C: DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan

I think this is a pretty good team, but definitely not as good as the 2012 team. At center, I think that DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan are both really good. But they both have their flaws. Cousins is a great all-around player (26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists), but stinks from the line (71.8%) and has a hot temper. Jordan, meanwhile, can’t score much (12.7 ppg), and stinks from the line (43%), but gets lots of rebounds and is a great defensive player.

The team lacks a true power forward other than Draymond Green, so Carmelo Anthony, normally a small forward, switched to the 4 spot. At small forward, the team features Kevin Durant, one of the NBA’s premier players. They also have 2K17 cover boy Paul George, regularly a shooting guard, at small forward. The move that really surprises me is selecting Harrison Barnes to play at the Olympics. He’s an okay player, but definitely not Olympic-caliber.

At shooting guard, the team has three great players in DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler. However, all three have another player that they play off of (2 in the case of Thompson) but are both great players. And at point guard, they have a one-two punch in Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry. Both are great players.

In conclusion, despite the lack of experience on the US Team, Team USA should thake home the gold again.

 

 

 

The East: Up for Grabs

We all know that the the Warriors will almost definitely represent the West in the NBA Finals in June (and probably win.) But who will oppose the mighty Warriors? I rank my top 5 competitors for the East crown.

5. Boston Celtics: Boston is certainly a team on the rise. Led by All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, the Celts have a record of 38-26, tied for third in the East. Thomas has had a good season, averaging 21.4 points and 6.6 assists a game. Thomas, who was traded to Boston from Phoenix last year, was a vital part in their unlikely run to the playoffs. He is getting help from power forward Jared Sullinger and centers Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. Plus, their head coach is Brad Stevens, who took Butler University-that’s not a typo-to the NCAA title game. Now the test is whether they can beat Miami or Chicago in the first round. CELTICS TO WATCH:

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Marcus Smart

 

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Isaiah Thomas

 

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Jared Sullinger

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Kelly Olynyk

4. Atlanta Hawks: At 35-28, the Hawks probably shouldn’t be on this list. But in an East that only has 2 teams above .600, anything can happen. Atlanta is led by power forward Paul Millsap, who received his 3rd straight All-Star nod, forward-center Al Horford, and point guard Jeff Teague. The bench is led by reserve point guard Dennis Schroder and guard-forward Kent Baezmore. Atlanta has had an up-and-down year, aside from two lengthy win streaks. But with the reigning Coach of the Year in Mike Budenholzer, anything can happen. Expect Atlanta to be the 4 or 5 seed. . HAWKS TO WATCH:

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Jeff Teague

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Paul Millsap

 

 

 

 

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Al Horford

 

 

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Kent Baezmore

 

3. Miami Heat: Miami made the Finals 4 years in a row. Then LeBron left, and Miami missed the playoffs. This year, led by All-Stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and point guard Goran Dragic, has surged in 2015-16. At 37-26, Miami is just a few wins away from matching last year’s total of 37-45. Coach Erik Spoelstra, who is in his 8th year as head coach, has led the team to the playoffs in all but one of seven years. Another rising star to watch is center Hassan Whiteside. The bench is lead by shooting guard Gerald Green and vet A’mare Stoudamire. Miami might not have LeBron anymore, but they have lots of talent. Expect them to win the Southeast.

HEAT TO WATCH:

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Dwyane Wade

 

 

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Chris Bosh

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Goran Dragic

 

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Hassan Whiteside

2. Toronto Raptors: Toronto has emerged as a powerhouse in the East. Although their lead in the Atlantic Division has been slimmer than we thought, the Raptors have been playing fantastic. Led by the dynamic backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Toronto has jumped out to a 41-20 record, good for second in the East. Other significant players on Toronto’s roster are swingman Terrance Ross, small forward DeMarre Carroll, and center Jonas Valanciunas.. In franchise history, Toronto has won only one playoff series. In the last two years, Toronto was a good team, but they only won the Atlantic due to the fact that the rest of the division was bad. Now, I expect them to reach the Conference Finals.

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Kyle Lowry

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DeMar DeRozan

DeMarre Carroll

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Jonas Valanciunas

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Terrence Ross

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Despite the firing of head coach David Blatt, who got them to last year’s finals, Cleveland is my pick to represent the East in June. Coached by former player Tyronn Lue, the Cavs boast plenty experience on the hardwood. Led by superstar LeBron James, Cleveland has jumped out to a conference-leading 44-18 mark.  Aside from James, other major talent Cleveland possesses is point guard Kyrie Irving and power forward Kevin Love. The bench is led by swingmen J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who receive additional help from point guard Matthew Dellavadova. Cleveland may not make many big headlines, but they play well when the time comes.

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LeBron James

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Kyrie Irving

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Kevin Love

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J.R. Smith