Archive for August, 2011

Madden 12: The Best Madden Ever

No lockout here either.

Rather you waited in line at Midnight or you picked it up during the day, point is you have Madden 12 and possibly the game of the year. Now you may ask what could possibly change from Madden 11 or Madden 10 or an older Madden besides the new rosters and new players, well a lot actually.

For starters, the graphics, they’re amazing. Say there was a lockout Madden 12 would’ve been just fine as the camera angles are realistic to the T. With the help of NFL Films, EA Sports re-created the type of footage that you actually see on your television during and before games; if a player or team does it, you see it. All 32 teams’ starting ceremonies are identically recaptured, as is every angle, from Ray Lewis’ introduction to LaDainian Tomlinson’s touchdown celebration. EA says its goal is to make Madden feel as true to life as possible and they hit the bulls-eye on that.

They changed the tackling system and took it to a whole other level by completely revamping the hit detection, creating a new engine that recognizes key parts of defensive football like tackling momentum and the size and weight of players making contact with one another. EA also says this will ensure that characters’ bodies react more realistically after collisions, forcing players to make smarter, more strategic decisions about where and when to pull off tackles.

Even the injuries look more realistic and if playing in the franchise mode you realize that the injuries last the length of the real injury and not just one game. EA also says concussions will finally be recognized. If a player is concussed, he will immediately be carted off the field and kept out for the remainder of the game.

They also made some other small changes such as in franchise mode, once you pick a team you can’t change it, if you wish to change teams you have to start a new franchise. Remember how you tapped button after button to get the ball in a dog pile? Well no more do you have to “work out your fingers” as it’s gone. Lastly even though there are still more changes, defensive players drop fewer interceptions. That was a big thing and has been in Madden for a while. Why they still do drop some occasionally it’s not as bad as it was before.

So if you didn’t wait at Midnight in line or you didn’t pick it up from the store yet, then I don’t know what you’re waiting before because you are missing out. So grab your wallet, grab your keys, and grab your copy of Madden because this is a must buy.

 

 

 


Fantasy Sleepers: Five Players You Must Have

My biggest sleeper.

Fantasy football is played by millions and millions of people each year and millions of those millions of people lose. They lose from a dumb trade, a touchdown, a couple yards shy of a bonus, or whatever, point is they lose. However some of them lose right from the beginning on draft day, a pretty awful way to start off the football year. So I’m here to help. These five players are five must players to have that you can steal in the later rounds of the draft that can turn your draft right around.

WR- Plaxico Burress: Selected on average in about the 8th round according to ESPN drafts Plaxico Burress is a steal. Now yes he has been away from the game for a couple years now and that can hurt a player, but in his first game back Burress would catch three balls for 66 yards including a 26 yard touchdown. Standing tall at 6’5 Burress towers over any cornerback in the NFL. Combine that with his speed and leaping ability equals one unstoppable and one great fantasy player.

Round to get him in: 6 or later

QB- Mathew Stafford: Playing in only three games last year due to injury Stafford didn’t really get to show his true talent. However people tend to underestimate the young player due to his team’s name, the Detroit Lions. With an improved defense this year and superstar Calvin Johnson and veteran Nate Burleson lined up next to him you can sign Stafford up for a big time year. Based off of ESPN online drafts Stafford has been picked on average around the 11th round.

Round to get him in: 10 or later

RB- Marshawn Lynch: Came on as a great fantasy presence towards the end of the season last year as his workload increased. Though he didn’t stop there as he continued it over in the playoffs rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown that came off of a 67 yard score breaking 8 tackles in the process. Causing Seattle fans to scream so loud that it caused a small earthquake. Selected on average in about the 8th round in ESPN leagues Lynch makes as a great flex play in ten player leagues and a for sure starter in 12 or higher.

Round to get him in: 9 or later

WR- Roy Williams: After three long awful years in Dallas Roy Williams is headed to Chicago where he’ll get a fresh start, but it gets better…Williams will re-unite with long time favorite coach Mike Martz. Martz who coached Williams in 2006 helped Williams have his best season ever as an NFL player. Under Martz Williams caught 82 balls for 1,310 yards and 7 touchdowns. Williams also did that with Jon Kitna a quarterback no where near the talent level of Jay Cutler, making Williams a must have player. Williams who has been selected on average in ESPN drafts during the middle of the 11th round is really a steal that late in the draft.

Round to get him in: 10 or later

WR- Lee Evans: A player that hasn’t had a good quarterback…ever now joins the Baltimore Ravens with up and coming quarterback Joe Flacco, can you say must have? I can selected on average 12th round in ESPN drafts Evans is another must have player. Despite being the number two option behind Boldin, it really doesn’t matter. Last year Boldin who was the number one option over Derrick Mason caught three more passes and had only 35 yards more and the same amount of touchdowns as Mason last season. So Evans who managed to strive in Buffalo will do just fine in Baltimore, maybe even better then Boldin.

Round to get him in: 11 or later

Other Steals:

QB-Mark Sanchez, Avg. Round 12th

QB-Kyle Orton, Avg. Round 13th

RB- Cedric Benson, Avg. Round 7th

RB-C.J. Spiller, Avg. Round 10th

RB- Ryan Torain, Avg. Round 11th

RB- Ronnie Brown, Avg. Round 14th

WR- Braylon Edwards, Avg. Round 11th

WR- Donald Driver, Avg. Round 14th

WR- Steve Breaston, Avg. Round 15th

WR- Andre Roberts, Avg. Round 17th

TE- Dustin Keller, Avg. Round 14th


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