It can be hard to figure out your fantasy football team, building out your draft board, and deciding who to take when you’re on the clock.
It’s hard to believe that fantasy football drafts are a month or so away, which means the return of football (also good), but also means you need to get a jump start on how your fantasy football team will shape up for 2018.
If you’re like me, the champion of my fantasy football league in 2017, then you’ll likely be keeping the most consistent players on your team, so it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re looking at potential draft options for 2018.
Although the most consistent point producers at each position include many of the league’s biggest names and biggest stars, players who likely will be taken in the early rounds, you can still target players who may fall into your lap in the later rounds.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is great example of consistency, and a big part of my personal fantasy football team’s success, as he has put up more fantasy points than any other running back, according to Casino.ca.
Sure, Gurley may not be a sleeper, as chances are he is either protected or going within the few first draft picks in your league, but he is an example of the sort of consistency you should be looking for.
Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller has shown consistency and could be available in the later rounds of your draft.
Another pillar of consistency has been Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who has produced solid numbers over the past 3 seasons and could be looking at even more production in 2018 as a key cog in the Rams’ offense.
Quarterbacks are a vital position where consistency should be paramount in your decision making process on draft day.
For some of the NFL’s most consistent fantasy studs over the past 3 seasons, keep names such as Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers, Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford, and Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles in mind. They could potentially be available in middle to late rounds.
As far as wide receivers and tight ends, names such as Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin, Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y Hilton, Tennessee Titans’ Delanie Walker, and Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz stand out.
Sustained performance is what makes a champion in fantasy football and should be the main ingredient when you’re deciding who your next pick will be. Use this guide to The Most Consistent Fantasy Football Players to help you along the way.
Finding those player types could be the difference between a run to the championship, or missing out on your next fantasy football title.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges
Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.
However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.
Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.
While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.
“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.
“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.
In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.
Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.
Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram
Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).
Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.
According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”
Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.
Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.
According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.
“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.
In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.
Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).
“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit
New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.
In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”
Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.
Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.
Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
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