The Trent Richardson Bust

The Trent Richardson Bust By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

No, I don’t think Trent is going to Canton. It’s called “Illustrated Sarcasm”.

A 1st Round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, the 3rd overall pick to be exact. The Brown’s brilliantly selected Brandon Weeden with their next valuable ( and wasted) pick also in Round One. I’ll actually admit to drafting him early that fantasy season, when he went to Cleveland. Backs from Alabama usually do well in the NFL, so I wasn’t alone in that fantasy fiasco.

Well, we know how it turned out in Cleveland, or rather, how it didn’t, and for some reason Richardson stayed employed with a trade to Indianapolis. The Colts gave up their 2014 1st Round draft pick to get Richardson.

Well, we know how it turned out in Indianapolis, or rather, how it didn’t, and for some reason Richardson stayed employed when on March 17, 2015, Richardson signed a two-year, $3.9 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Well, if you haven’t heard how it that out in Oakland, or rather, how it didn’t, the Raiders placed RB Trent Richardson on the active/NFI list. No explanation has been given yet, but we should get details soon. It seems likely Richardson failed to pass his conditioning test.

Well, what do you want to bet that some team picks him up this month? This guy is like a cat with 9 lives, and I do not understand what Cleveland saw, ( at least not for a 1st round- 3rd overall pick), I do not see what Indianapolis saw, I do not see what Oakland saw, but I do know what I saw- a career 3.3 rushing average and 17 rushing TDs in 4 years!


Shuffle Up and Draft

Shuffle Up and Draft by Utter-Fantasy Writer and Illustrator Doug “the Vet” Bowles

On May 8th, 2014, New York City will again host the NFL Draft where all teams will buy in and come to the table ready (and hoping) to hit the jackpot as they select their favorite NFL prospects.

* For the record, I want to say that a couple thousand hands ago, I was a cub scout, and later a boy scout. In college I was a beaver scout, and in 1994 I saw a movie called The Scout (which was like someone calling my queen high, crap hand fluff…it sucked) I am NOT an NFL scout nor do I do consider myself an NFL scout. Not “sort of” an NFL scout, not remotely an NFL scout. Not an NFL scout! All I am is a professional football enthusiast, who has an opinion, no more valid than your own.

That being said, as far as fantasy football goes, I have to say I am folding on this 2014 class of QBs coming out of college….but…I am “All In” on this 2014 class of wide receivers.

(Perhaps a team will catch a card on the river with one of the 2014 QB prospects, but I think you’re probably drawing dead. If I am on the big blind and have to play, I think the best starting hand is with Derek Carr. He’s fourth on most scout’s lists, but I like him at the top, with Blake Bortles. Carr is a decent 6-2 and 215 pounds, he has great accuracy and do not under-estimate the advantage he has being mentored by his older brother David Carr. With some of the others, I don’t like the accuracy problems, and I am just not a believer in small, scrambling QBs who come with a circus. Names like B Weeden, B Gabbert, B Quinn, J Russell, M Leinart and V Young remind GMs and head coaches that it’s already risky to gamble your first round pick on a QB in any year, because the odds of them panning out, is the same as a red or black card coming up…..50-50.)

This group of wide receivers on the other hand, are the real deal.…
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is another NFL ready WR like Julio Jones and A J Green were, and I am “All In ” on this guy pre-flop. He’s 6-1, 200 pounds, very fast and here’s the kicker, he’s smart. (I know the Detroit Lions have made some bad sucker bets in the past on first round wide receivers…i.e. Charles Rogers 2003, Roy Williams 2004, and Mike Williams 2005…but if you are a Lions fan like I am, wouldn’t you love to see this guy opposite Calvin Johnson!)

The other wide receivers I’m betting heavy on are…( and you should as well )

Texas A & M Mike Evans (Height 6-5 Weight 225 and Project 40 time 4.55)
Florida State Kelvin Benjamin (Height 6-5 Weight 234 and Project 40 time 4.55)
LSU Odell Beckham (Height 6-0 Weight 225 and Project 40 time 4.40)
USC Marquise Lee (Height 6-0 Weight 190 and Project 40 time 4.40)
Vanderbilt Jordan Matthews (Height 6-3 Weight 212 and Project 40 time 4.46)

As for the RBs in this year’s draft, I would have no problem check-raising with…

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde (Height 5-11 Weight 230 and Project 40 time 4.66)
LSU Jeremy Hill (Height 6-0 Weight 233 and Project 40 time 4.66)
They are big, fast and would help a weak hand like Oakland or Tennessee right away.

Houston has the first pick this year, and trading away Matt Schaub may be a “tell” that Houston is looking at the draft for a franchise QB, and that Oakland isn’t!

Update 4/22/2014:

Earlier we wrote, “That being said, as far as fantasy football goes, I have to say I am folding on this 2014 class of QBs coming out of college”…but I am “All In” on this 2014 class of wide receivers. In the past few weeks, the 2014 class of QBs are spiraling out of the 1st round even, proving that:

1) No team is likely willing to risk an early 1st round pick on any of them.
2) That teams are taking a lesson from Seattle, who took Russell Wilson in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft and won a Super Bowl with him. They are willing to wait.

I hereby, and happily, remove any and all QBs from my top 10. Bump up Mack, and after that, it’s just quality picks, and there are good ones in the first round.

Utter-Fantasy Buffalo Wing Recipe

Utter-Fantasy Buffalo Wing Recipe by Utter-Fantasy writer & illustrator & chef Doug Bowles

Chicken wings (usually one pound per person)
Franks RedHot Original Hot Sauce-Lg 23 oz bottle
Chili Powder
Butter Salt Seasoning
Celery AND carrots
Marie’s Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing
Directions for Wings
(Do not skip any of these steps, for the best wings you’ve ever had.)
I use a Fry Daddy. Fill to mark inside with vegetable oil and let it get hot.
Cut wings at joints (Wing tips can be saved for making stock.)
Don’t over-crowd the Cooker. A medium-sized Fry Daddy should cook about 10 wing pieces at a time.
They will turn golden brown and float when cooked.
Remove from fryer and pat dry with paper towels.
Put cooked wings in Refrigerator, as you go. (You want them cool when coating with hot sauce.)
Continue frying until all wings are cooked.
Let ALL wings cool in Refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. (This let’s the wing grab the sauce, instead of melting it off, which it does when hot.)
Directions for Sauce
•    While wings are cooling, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
•    Put entire bottle of Franks RedHot Original Hot Sauce in a medium mixing bowl.
•    Add 1 tablespoon Chili Powder.
•    Add 1 tablespoon Butter Salt Seasoning.
•    Add 1 tablespoon Pepper.
•    Wisk together.
Putting it all Together
Take cooled wing pieces, dunk into sauce and place on cookie sheets (More than one cookie sheet may be required.)
Do not let the wings touch each other. Keep them an inch apart on pan if possible.
When all wings are coated and placed on cookie sheets, place in preheated oven.
Bake for 35-45 minutes. The wings should be caramelized and dry, as well as the excess sauce on bottom of pans. – (dry)
You may need to rotate pans on oven racks half way thru, to bake all wings evenly.
Remove from oven, scoop hot with spatula, dunk in Marie’s Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing and ENJOY!