Fantasy Football Rankings 2019-2020: TE (Half PPR)

By:  Justin Holden

Lit Sports Online brings you fantasy football rankings for the 2019-2020 NFL season.  Today’s article covers tight end rankings in a half PPR scoring format.  Not only do we provide a ranked list of tight ends, but you will also see regular season stat projections for each player.  Then, a brief summary will be written on a few players that we see as significantly more valuable or less valuable versus their average draft position (ADP).  Without further ado, here are the rankings:

Rank Player Name Team Name Projected Stat Line
1 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs 97 catches, 1250 yds, 9 TDs
2 O.J. Howard Tampa Bay Buccaneers 71 catches, 1070 yds, 9 TDs
3 George Kittle San Francisco 49ers 82 catches, 1100 yds, 5 TDs
4 Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles 85 catches, 1140 yds, 3 TDs
5 Vance McDonald Pittsburgh Steelers 72 catches, 960 yds, 4 TDs
6 Jared Cook New Orleans Saints 63 catches, 830 yds, 6 TDs
7 Hunter Henry Los Angeles Chargers 65 catches, 800 yds, 6 TDs
8 Evan Engram New York Giants 69 catches, 850 yds, 4 TDs
9 Chris Herndon New York Jets 62 catches, 810 yds, 5 TDs
10 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins 60 catches, 780 yds, 5 TDs
11 David Njoku Cleveland Browns 56 catches, 720 yds, 5 TDs
12 Jack Doyle Indianapolis Colts 54 catches, 660 yds, 5 TDs
13 Trey Burton Chicago Bears 53 catches, 630 yds, 4 TDs
14 Austin Hooper Atlanta Falcons 56 catches, 610 yds, 4 TDs
15 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 54 catches, 590 yds, 4 TDs
16 Eric Ebron Indianapolis Colts 48 catches, 550 yds, 5 TDs
17 Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 51 catches, 580 yds, 4 TDs
18 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers 57 catches, 550 yds, 3 TDs
19 Jimmy Graham Green Bay Packers 50 catches, 510 yds, 4 TDs
20 Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles 39 catches, 400 yds, 6 TDs
21 Mark Andrews Baltimore Ravens 44 catches, 490 yds, 4 TDs
22 Mike Gesicki Miami Dolphins 42 catches, 470 yds, 4 TDs
23 Noah Fant Denver Broncos 45 catches, 500 yds, 3 TDs
24 Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Bengals 40 catches, 400 yds, 4 TDs
25 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys 49 catches, 440 yds, 2 TDs
26 T.J. Hockenson Detroit Lions 41 catches, 420 yds, 3 TDs
27 Gerald Everett Los Angeles Rams 37 catches, 390 yds, 3 TDs
28 Matt LaCosse New England Patriots 34 catches, 350 yds, 3 TDs
29 Ricky Seals-Jones Arizona Cardinals 30 catches, 320 yds, 2 TDs
30 Jesse James Detroit Lions 33 catches, 300 yds, 2 TDs
31 Jonnu Smith Tennessee Titans 26 catches, 290 yds, 2 TDs
32 Jordan Thomas Houston Texans 30 catches, 270 yds, 2 TDs
33 Luke Willson Oakland Raiders 29 catches, 270 yds, 2 TDs
34 Dawson Knox Buffalo Bills 30 catches, 250 yds, 2 TDs
35 Geoff Swaim Jacksonville Jaguars 29 catches, 260 yds, 1TD
36 Nick Vannett Seattle Seahawks 21 catches, 220 yds, 2 TDs
37 Hayden Hurst Baltimore Ravens 30 catches, 230 yds, 1 TD
38 Charles Clay Arizona Cardinals 20 catches, 200 yds, 1 TD
39 Jake Butt Denver Broncos 18 catches, 190 yds, 1 TD
40 Will Dissly Seattle Seahawks 19 catches, 180 yds, 1 TD

Dissenting Opinions:

O.J. Howard – ADP 4, our ranking is 2.

I have O.J. Howard penciled in as a safe, elite option at the tight end position.  Not only was O.J. Howard one of the most efficient tight ends last year and one of the leaders in air yards at the position, but he’s a young, complete tight end that is just starting to enter his prime.  We must also consider that Tampa Bay will have a poor defense and poor run game once again, which could lead to the Tampa Bay offense leading the league in pass attempts.  O.J. Howard will have to compete for targets with the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but at the end of the day, you can see from my projections that I’m predicting Howard to be a touchdown machine and make the most of every opportunity that comes his way.

Vance McDonald – ADP 10, our ranking is 5.

There is a significant difference between the value I see in Vance McDonald versus the value that the general mock drafting public sees in him.  While Vance McDonald has been pegged as a popular sleeper pick this season, I go further than that by straight up predicting him to finish as a top five tight end.  I don’t see McDonald scoring many touchdowns because of how run heavy this Pittsburgh Steelers offense will likely be in the red zone.  However, I do expect McDonald to smash with a healthy serving of catches and yards between the 20’s.  We must consider that Jesse James and Antonio Brown have both left town.  That’s a lot of vacated targets.  And I certainly don’t see them all going to Donte Moncrief or James Washington.

Chris Herndon – ADP 16, our ranking is 9.

It’s time to fade the public once again because they are straight up snoozin’ on Chris Herndon.  Herndon was a usable fantasy asset last year as a rookie, despite the fact he had limited targets to work with.  With Sam Darnold and the New York Jets offense on the rise, and Herndon now established as the unquestioned #1 tight end on the Jets’ depth chart, there’s no reason he shouldn’t exceed expectations this season.  Herndon is likely to be Sam Darnold’s favorite target in the passing game.  At this point, I believe that Herndon is significantly undervalued in both dynasty and seasonal leagues.

Jordan Reed – ADP 20, our ranking is 10.

Whether it be Duane Haskins or Case Keenum starting for the Washington Redskins this season, someone will have to be catching their passes.  News flash:  Jordan Reed is not dead yet.  There seems to be a narrative floating around that Jordan Reed is washed.  But the fact of the matter is, Reed is only 29 years old.  Tight ends can be productive far beyond age 29, especially if they have the athleticism that Reed does.  Reed has shown what he can do when healthy and in the starting lineup.  Is there risk in drafting Jordan Reed?  Absolutely.  His injury history remains a valid concern.  But if you’re in the final rounds of your draft and haven’t taken a tight end yet, it makes sense to take a flier on Reed.  He should produce admirably as long as he stays healthy, and that makes him a high upside selection when compared to other tight ends that are available in the final rounds of your fantasy draft.

Jack Doyle – ADP 22, our ranking is 12 / Eric Ebron – ADP 7, our ranking is 16

People must be thinking that Jack Doyle died after last season.  Granted, he only played 6 games due to injury, and finished last season with a poor stat line.  In Doyle’s absence, Eric Ebron smashed expectations en route to a 13 touchdown season.  In my view, both tight ends will be utilized this season in the Colts’ offense.  And given that Andrew Luck could have a career year, this makes Jack Doyle an incredible value where he is currently being selected in fantasy drafts.  Meanwhile, Ebron’s touchdown total from last year looks unrepeatable.  I expect Ebron to receive less targets this year and for his efficiency to drop.  Obviously, Ebron is still worth rostering in most leagues, but he should be going much later in drafts than he is.

Zach Ertz – ADP 2, our ranking is 4.

While I still expect Zach Ertz to have a top five finish this season, that is more of a testament to how low the bar is for tight end production compared to other positions.  I’m projecting Ertz to only score three touchdowns this season, as teammate Dallas Goedert is emerging as a clear red zone threat that is a lock to vulture touchdowns.  The Eagles will likely use their running backs in the red zone a lot as well.  Ertz remains a beast between the 20’s, but a projected reduction in catches and touchdowns compared to last season has him lower in our rankings for this season.

T.J. Hockenson – ADP 13, our ranking is 26.

Shiny new toy syndrome is on full display here with T.J. Hockenson’s ridiculous ADP.  I get that Hockenson is a complete tight end prospect and that the Lions’ offense will likely perform better this season.  But come on.  The dude is still a rookie.  Rookie tight ends almost never produce enough to be relied on as a fantasy starter, especially at the beginning of the season.  Drafting Hockenson as your starting tight end in a seasonal league is a mistake.  Let’s not forget that Jesse James is now in Detroit and will get his targets as well.  If you’re going to gamble on a rookie tight end this season, you’re better off taking a flier on Noah Fant, because he is a move tight end and Joe Flacco is notorious for targeting his tight ends.

Benjamin Watson – ADP 29, we have him unranked.

Benjamin Watson is on the New England Patriots now and will try to fill the shoes of retired Rob Gronkowski.  However, Watson will serve a four game suspension due to performance enhancing drug use.  With Austin Seferian-Jenkins cut from the team, Matt LaCosse is now the projected starter.  As of right now, LaCosse could be selected in the final round of your fantasy draft.  If you believe that Tom Brady won’t be able to avoid targeting his tight end heavily, then the recommendation is to draft LaCosse and pickup Watson off of waivers in the event that he eventually leapfrogs LaCosse on the depth chart.  The more likely scenario, however, is that Tom Brady heavily targets his slot receivers in all areas of the field.  Rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry will likely emerge as a preferred target for Brady when passing into the end zone.

 

 

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Money In The Bank Preview

This week on…  MIKE on the MIC :

 

Previewing the Money in The Bank PPV..

 

Over the past few weeks, there has been quite the build up toward this PPV. This PPV boasts a pretty full match card and it looks to be quite solid.

Becky Lynch defending both of her belts against two different opponents is by far the most interesting set up and probably the biggest draw on the card. Just seeing the melee between Becky, Charlotte, and Lacey Evans on the last couple of episodes of RAW and Smackdown has been mind blowing! These 3 women are about to put on one hell of a show at MITB! I cannot wait to see who is left standing after the dust settles!

What’s next for The Miz and Shane-o Mac? Will we see The Miz get his revenge? These two put on arguably one of the best matches at ‘Mania. Shane is not as young as he used to be, but that doesn’t stop him from hitting high risk and high impact moves. I guarantee that we will see him leap off the top of the cage and crush The Miz!

Seth Rollins and AJ Styles will battle for the Universal Championship. This match also has a lot of potential. Both guys are big fan favorites and have a high energy, hard hitting style. Can the Phenomenal One outsmart the Architect?

Can Kofi Kingston keep his WWE Championship run going? Or has he met his match?  He faces a formidable opponent in the brutal Kevin Owens. When KO is on his game, he is unstoppable – he is ruthless, he is aggressive, and he is relentless. Kofi definitely has his work cut out for him.

These are just a few of the matches on the card. The Smackdown Tag Team titles and the US Championship are also on the line; will the titles change hands? Also, who will climb the ladders and become Mr. and Ms. Money in the Bank?

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK.. STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!

Whats The Plan?

Editorial

geraldBy: Gerald Royster

So I recently have been seeing headlines that Elizabeth Warren has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Honestly all I can do at the current moment is roll my eyes. For the last two years, there’s been a deep investigation into potential collusion and criminal activity of Donald Trump and his organization. In a short summary, there’s nothing to incriminate him. Though there are instances where things may seem morally wrong, or even examples of attempts at Obstruction of justice, there’s nothing there essentially. Of course there’s no telling what’s been redacted. But I wont go too deep into that. Essentially my point I’m trying to make is, if the democrats want to win in 2020, they’ll need a ba.

So far the only base I can decipher from the Democratic platform can be summed up as “At least I’m not Donald Trump..” Seriously that may work for some. For a lot of people who felt burned in 2016 that will be enough, but for a lot of independents, swing voters and those like myself who are against the two party system we’ll need more. For starters I consider myself a liberal, with libertarian and moderate views. When it comes to gun laws, I do believe in the 2nd amendment, but believe background checks should be mandatory and that those with certain mental health issues shouldn’t be able to obtain guns. So to say my political beliefs are a bit all over the place is an understatement. More times than not since turning 18 nearly 11 years ago, I’ve voted democrat or independent,or in the Maryland governor races Republican. (Big Larry Hogan Fan).But this election cycle where the mainstream media has tried using every scare tactic to sway us to the side of the Left, I’m left with one question… Whats the Plan?

I love this country. I was born on flag day, ironically the same day as the current President. I grew up wanting to be a marine or a police officer, somehow that whole plan got derailed and now I work in the private sector in IT. I always want our country to win, and always hope no matter who sits in the oval office that they will do what’s right for this country as a whole. We are a nation currently greatly divided, and honestly I think whoever runs needs to emphasize bringing the nation together. I’m looking for a candidate who has a plan other than simply getting Trump out of office.

Again speaking to all hopeful candidates what’s your plan?

  • What’s your plan on Health Care?
    • There are still tons without proper health care,and the price of medicine is going up seemingly everyday. Things people need to live are seemingly getting more and more unobtainable
  • What’s your plan on the nation’s deficit?
    • Currently as a nation we are at a $22 trillion federal deficit, and seemingly no solution in site. Our military spending is astronomical while, our roads, and bridges fall apart. Our country currently has millions living in poverty and without sufficient needs. Puerto Rico is still recovering from hurricanes, and lets not even talk about Flint Michigan.
  • What’s your plan on advancing science, renewable energy and environmental protections.
    • There’s no reason we shouldn’t be funding wind energy, and solar energy.  A simple drive through the midwest will show you just how much undeveloped land we have that could be used to build wind turbines and solar farms. Go out in the middle of the desert out west. Land’s there, and such a venture and investment would create tons of jobs for unemployed and under employed Americans.
  • What is your plan on immigration?
    • We need something more than a big ass wall that will probably be torn down in 40 years by future generations. We need to first and foremost stop separating families. In fact, those who have jobs in this nation and are benefiting, we should create a program where they can work to getting citizenship. Immigrants come into this country from all corners of this planet looking for a better life. Yes there are laws in place, and yes there should be channels that they have to go through, but at this point witch hunts and traumatizing kids probably isn’t the best way to go about this. But I digress, I want to see a candidate with a concrete plan. A wall wont work simply put, so what else is there?
  • What is your plan on Decriminalization of Marijauna and federal research advancement.
    • Look it’s 2019, and I can assure you a ton of people do it. Of course that’s not a big enough argument to legalize it, so lets break it down. For starters it’s safer than alcohol, if taxed and sold legally could help invigorate the nations economy, taking down some of that 22 trillion dollars in debt. Not to mention if we decriminalize and legalize marijauna, it’ll save money on law enforcement freeing up resources to fight the current opioid epidemic running rampant through the country.
  • What’s the plan on Student Debt, The cost of college, and the educational system as a whole.
    • It’s no surprise the cost of college is outrageous, where in a lot of cases those who graduate don’t even end up working in the field they studied for. Student debt is getting out of hand as those cost sky rocket. No longer do we live in the world of yesteryear where getting a summer job could pay for most of your school. No longer do we live in a world where a college degree guarantees you a job. We also live in an education system where teachers feel under paid, and undervalued, and where curriculum’s are virtually centered around testing. Common Core is a joke, yet it’s still in place, and while yes private schools and charter schools have their benefits, it’s not the norm and it’s not feasible to everyone. So why are we not paying these teachers? Why are we not preparing our children and future generations to compete in the future globalized world of tomorrow. Other nations are currently outpacing our children and sadly that may put our country as a whole in a position to be outpaced in the future. Just look at China if you don’t believe me.

Simply put as a voter in this country, I think it’s safe to say on behalf of virtually most of the nation that we just want someone respectable with a plan. I don’t care which side it comes from to be honest, it’d be nice to see the country be shaken up and have a third party independent come through and win it. It would be wonderful just to have someone with a concrete plan, and not loud banter and hollow promises. Of course asking for that is a huge feat in this country. Politics are built on broken promises and fear mongering… But it shouldn’t be that way. It could different, oh so different. Most Americans want the same thing, good jobs, good health, promise of a better tomorrow for their families, and peace of mind. Unfortunately there’s just a million different ways people believe that should be obtained.

I know what I’ve detailed sadly may seem ambitious in the current political climate, but it’s not unobtainable. So here’s hoping for a better tomorrow.

WWE Superstar Shake Up Re-Cap

BY: Mike Thompson

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This week on…  MIKE on the MIC :

 

SUPERSTAR SHAKE-UP..

 

This past week on Raw and Smackdown we saw multiple superstars find new homes and the beginnings of new and fresh feuds. This two-night event brings the dissolution of tag teams, as well as the call up of NXT Superstars to the main roster. Anything can happen and anyone can end up anywhere!

 

So.. who ended up where??

 

RAW: AJ Styles, The Miz, Ricochet, Aleister Black, Erik and Ivar (The Viking Experience), Andrade, Zelina Vega, Rey Mysterio, The Usos, Naomi, EC3, Lacey Evans, Eric Young, Cedric Alexander, Samoa Joe

 

SMACKDOWN: Roman Reigns, Finn Bálor, Elias, Bayley, Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, Lars Sullivan, Buddy Murphy, Liv Morgan, Chad Gable, Apollo Crews, Mickie James, and Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker)

 

 

This was definitely one of the best shake-ups to date and one of the most interesting by far! I am really excited to see how this all plays out, what new alliances form, and what new feuds come out of it. This could definitely strengthen both brands overall, and give the WWE product a huge boost. 

 

On another note, who or what could be behind the creepy promos with the evil laughing doll in the rocking chair and the pterodactyl head puppet? Could it be the ominous return of Bray Wyatt and his family? Will the WWE Universe finally meet Sister Abigail? If the rumors are true, this could be game changing! Where would the Wyatt Family end up? Raw? SmackDown? Only time will tell..

 

 

 

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK.. STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!

Mueller Report Aftermath | How the Dems could win in 2020

 

Couchside is back ladies and gentlemen!!! Justin and Gerald discuss the attorney general Barr’s release of the Mueller Report Summary. No additional indictments are coming from the special counsel, and the special counsel found no collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian Government. A discussion is also had about what the mainstream media and Democratic Party should be focused on going forward, compared to where they’re at right now.

2019 AFC North Outlook

The 2019 AFC North Outlook

img_7471By Jimmy Herring

Guess who’s back….back again…. No seriously, I haven’t been on the videos as much due to work beating me down as well as home life taking a little turn to the left. Just don’t think for one second I’m going to up and leave one of the best things I’ve had an opportunity to do in a long time. I’ll be making my on screen return very soon. Until then, it’s time for my annual, unfiltered, wild majestic  AFC North Outlook in which I dive into each teams transactions, who I see them potentially targeting in the first round of the NFL Draft, mixed with some banter to either get you laughing or piss you off. Pretty sure I’m going to piss a few people off on what I have to type….(cawwww cawwww)….. So let us get this party started!

 

Let us start with probably the least active team and as of right now, the last place team in the AFC north…The Baltimo…. The Cincinnati Bengals! Yayyyy…. Or for the sake of our AFC North followers, who gives a damn about them? They finally canned Marvin Lewis after several lackluster seasons with either brief playoff visits or the 7-9 to 8-8 records they would usually have. Is it right to say the Marvin Lewis is a bootleg Jeff Fisher? He most likely is. They have problems to me across the board. Whether it’s the health of player, the production of player, the suspensions of players, the respect the players have for the coaches and ownership, there’s everywhere. Let us start with the good. They went and got a new head coach in Zac Taylor who I honestly know nothing about except he’s one of Sean McVay’s road dogs. A young coach with higher energy is something that can put the good stamp on the culture. There are plenty of coaches you want to play for and some I wouldn’t pay to play for. Marvin Lewis looks like the quiet uncle with no swag that sits in the living room of the family reunion and doesn’t know how to fit in. No one wanted to lay it all on the line for him. So a culture shift was due. Next and probably the best thing they’ve done was can Vontaze Burfict. Hallelujah! To change the culture you have to get rid of cancerous players in the locker room. That dude was one hit away from the opposing team whooping his ass, his own team whooping his ass, and a severe injury due to his dirty play nature. In the words of Duane “GET EM OUTTTT!”  No other big moves were made with the Bengals as of yet. Sometimes no news is good news. So who do I think they could go after in the draft? The biggest need is inside linebacker. I could definitely see a Devin White or Devin Bush at pick #11 if they decide to go defense. Both of those kids are athletic freaks who love the game and have the leadership skills that you want on your defense. If they decide to go offense, I could see an offensive lineman like Jawaan Taylor out of Florida or Jonah Williams from Alabama. You have to protect your Franchise Quarterback! That is something that they have ultimately struggled with for a few years. My petty pick would be to take any of the Quarterbacks and ship Andy Dalton off to no man’s land. But that contract he’s locked into looks pretty steep. They may have to keep him for another year or two.

 

Now it’s time to discuss my third place team at this point…. The Baltimore Ravens. Yes… I can hear Gerald and Duane in my ear lighting me up. Just stick with me here for a few minutes. The Ravens are probably one of the smartest teams in the AFC North at this very point. They are also one of the most delusional teams in the AFC North as well. This isn’t an opportunity for me to slander the Ravens. I can do that whenever I feel like it. From a football fan perspective, I’m so happy the Joe Flacco era is over. Yes, he brought a ring to Baltimore. Yes he had that playoff run that was incredible. He looked like a future superstar! After that playoff run and that fat payday, I believe he got complacent and said he got his bread. I’ll never forget last NFL offseason. I told BOTH of my best friends Lamar Jackson would be a Raven. And they scoffed at me. Matter of fact after the Ravens drafted Hayden Hurst, Duane went to bed. I stayed up as I was interested in what could happen. That’s when the Ravens traded back into the first round and selected Lamar Jackson.  I was happy and confused on how this was going to play out. Well it played out pretty well. Joe Flacco sustained an injury and Lamar took the wheel and never looked back. They made the playoffs and made the statement that they needed. The birds were back… and not the Orioles. This offseason for them hasn’t gone so well in my eyes. I know my Charm City Beat team hates when I talk about the Ravens. Let us not act like I haven’t lived in Maryland for 20+ years and have been forced to digest this team. I know them almost as well as I know the Steelers. They lost CJ Mosley, Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle, Zadarius Smith, Alex Collins (he made his bed on that one), Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and probably a few that I’m missing. Mosley wanted his bag and deserved his bag. Suggs was a shocker. I thought he’d retire a Raven. But let’s not act like his playing time wasn’t declining. Can he still be a productive pass rusher? Absolutely he can. He just isn’t an every down guy at this point in his career. Weddle had up and down play but he was the defenses QB and a straight up Baltimore guy. It sucks that they let him go. I’m sure a contract could have been worked out for the both of them. Zadarius Smith played great and wanted his bag too. Alex Collins??? Weedman Weedman YEAH THAT’S MEEEEE! Crabtree was hot trash. John Brown was the surprise move. That deep threat and speed could have been deadly with Jackson getting the ball to him. So you lose all of that talent on the team. But the splash move of bringing in Earl Thomas is awesome. He brings a ball hawk and hard hitting mentality to the Ravens. He’s the new QB of the defense. He will do just fine and that type of play is needed in the rough AFC North.  Mark Ingram is a solid running back. I’m glad to finally see him in a 3 down role. He could easily top 1000+ yards in the new look Ravens offense. My biggest question with the Ravens is who is Lamar going to throw to? I know they have 16 tight ends but where’s the WR’s at? You got rid of your top 2 guys and haven’t brought anyone in at this point. Which leads to by draft needs… If they go offense in the draft, it has to be receiver and no other position. Luckily the receiver class this year is deep. They could go the speed route and take a Parris Campbell out of Ohio or a Hollywood Brown from Oklahoma. Be wary of WR’s with the last name Brown. Ask Pittsburgh how that has worked out for them. Especially since they are related. I’d steer clear of these egos. The only wide receiver with the last name Brown I’d take is A’s Brown out of Ole Miss which is definitely an option at this point in the draft. If they go defense, I can see a linebacker or pass rusher at this point. Look at a Mack Wilson out of Alabama or Brian Burns out of Florida State. If these needs get addressed in the draft and it pans out, the Ravens could move up to second place or even win the division again. With no good receivers on the roster at this point, I have to leave them in third. Plus the overall talent loss from this offseason makes them a little more vulnerable in my opinion. We shall see.

 

On paper, my second place team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, throw some bias on it too. I recently had a discussion with Gerald and we both agreed on paper this can switch between both the Ravens and Steelers holding down the 2nd and 3rd ranking in the AFC North. I give Pittsburgh the edge on paper because they are the more complete team at the moment. We have limited areas of concern as of right now. We will dive into that issue in a moment. Let’s talk the elephants in the room. To be completely honest, I gave Lev Bell a ton of shit for not taking the contract that was offered. 5 years 75 million with about 33 million paid in the first two years? Not a bad look to me. I do agree that NFL players deserve guaranteed money as this is a violent game at the pleasure of the consumer. They have to learn to not cut off their noses to spite their faces. I am a firm believer that Lev Bell is a talent player who is a major product of his offensive line and QB. He will be missed but he has been replaced. Enter James Conner who didn’t miss a beat with the team. As a matter of fact he outplayed Lev Bell stat wise from the last full year Lev played. We will be fine in the RB department. Hopefully we add a set of legs in the draft this year. Now let’s talk Mr. Big Chest, Blonde Mustache…..yeah the asshat himself, Antonio Brown. He was my favorite player. He deserves to get paid. He is a top 2 receiver in the NFL and in my opinion, he isn’t # 2. What disappointed me is the growth of the ego, childish behavior, interviews, crying, pissing, and moaning.  He ran his mouth so much that he damaged his value and in turn the Steelers got a Checker burger and fries in picks for him. The locker room cancer is gone. His feelings are probably hurt. Should I be that guy and say his stats are because he gets the ball forced to him? Yes. He is definitely a product of the system as well. I think we will be okay in the WR room. Juju, Moncrief, and Washington should hold up fine. Also, I’m a firm believer in a WR being taken as early as round 1. The need is there for sure. Sooooo, now the reason why I think the Steelers are better than the Ravens right now? We didn’t lose as many players as they did. We are a better defense on paper. We are a better offense on paper. Just saying again that this is all ON PAPER. Paper is different than on the field. They have beaten our ass with less. It’ll always be one of my favorite matchups. When drafting this year, I can see the Steelers going many ways. Some of us say we will trade up since we have the ammo from a few trades. I’m saying we will stay put unless someone crazy is dropping. If we trade up into the top 10, look for a WR or LB. A D.K Metcalf, Devin White, or Devin Bush would be my move but it would have to be for a trade up. If we stay put, I can see a best player available scenario. Look at Nassir Adderly, the safety from Delaware or Noah Fant, the blazing tight end from Iowa. The reason I even slotted Noah Fant here is to do the New England Patriots dirty. Gronk just retired. Do not let Brady get another athletic tight end. For the love of god please don’t.

 

                  Surprise…. The Browns are the projected first place team for the AFC North…. No I haven’t been smoking crack. I may have to if the Browns go 12-4 with a first round bye and on paper there is nothing leading me to the fact that they can’t win the division. They hit big time in the draft last year. Baker Mayfield has the swag and attitude. The kid is a winner. The kid can ball out too. As he got more comfortable, he was slicing teams up. Yes, he had his ups and downs. I still haven’t forgiven him from not getting the Steelers in the playoffs. However, if it’s up to him, he may keep the rest of the north out of the playoffs. The defense is ready and willing to play. Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon, and Denzel Ward will lead up a more physical and talented defense. Just thinking of that defensive line gives me nightmares of the havoc they can put out. Then on offense, the have the kid Mayfield, Kareem Hunt (even if he’s suspended for 8 games, he will still be a problem), Nick Chubb who had a great rookie year, Duke Johnson, who may be one of the best receiving backs in the league, David Njoku, Jarvis Landry, and then they had the nerve, the audacity to trade their first round pick and Jabril Peppers for Odell Beckham Jr…. Are you freaking kidding me?! The weakest part of the Browns to me is the offensive line. Also, middle linebacker could be an issue as well. Without a first round pick, they won’t get the top half of the talent. However, with the offseason moves, who needs a first round pick? I truly think they aren’t done at all. I haven’t even dove into the second round of the draft so I’m not going to sit here and throw random names out. It would be crap. Just wait and see with the Browns. I’m excited for them from a NFL standpoint to see how high they can go.

 

                      So after reading this, I’m sure there are upset fans everywhere with me. I could honestly care less. Just look at things from a NFL perspective and not a homer perspective. I’m not telling you to not root for your team. Just be a realist and take your head out of your ass for a few minutes and you may realize something about your own team. I welcome all criticisms and feedback. I welcome new ideas as well as teaching me something I may not know about your team. I’m still a rookie at being a journalist so feel free to beat me up! I look forward to talking to all the readers and listeners of Littube Sports throughout the year. I apologize for the on screen hiatus but don’t worry; I’ll be back and better than ever! Until next time!

Smoked Spare Ribs | Culinary Carnivore Series Premiere

This is the premiere of a new show here on LitTube called Culinary Carnivore TV. It’ll feature primarily Gerald Royster from LitTube, and his cooking adventures, food challenges, Food Reviews, cooking events, and instructional videos. In conjunction to the videos there will also be articles and recipes available on this website! So go follow on instagram @Culinary_Carnivore, and follow here on the site for more updates!