Monday, November 30, 2015

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Border Battle 1.0 is nearly upon us. Will the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings assert their dominance over the NFC North or will the Green Bay Packers stage a second act comeback? We welcome in Alex Gelhar (@AlexGelhar), Fantasy Writer and Packer apologist, to the show to dissect who will be Ronda Rousey and who will be Holly Holm Sunday afternoon at The Bank. (We’re obvious Holly Holm.)

We chatted about what Aaron Rodgers’ deal is, if Adrian Peterson can keep up his historic 2012 pace, where the Vikings’ passing game is going wonky, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense matches up against the Packers offense, and much much more. I also continue to whine about Chase Ford becoming a Raven.

All that and other “BEAT GREEN BAY” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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With the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings bye week upon us, we still roll on because WE GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO!

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) of Cold Omaha rejoins the show to talk about the Purple through the first quarter of the season, ramifications of the Gerald Hodges trade, how Teddy Bridgewater has never really had a decent offensive line (in the regular season), if Daily Fantasy Sports will survive in this country, how the Minnesota Twins are so media friendly, and a general overview of the state of Minnesota sports media.

All that and other “Beat Writers’ Bodies Are Like Greek Gods” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Luke Inman of eDraft stops in to talk some Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings to fill up the Bye Week with some audible goodness. We touch on how the offensive line can get right in two weeks (it probably can’t), Teddy out-dueling Peyton Manning (no big deal), the new logjam at wide receiver, how that Zimmer Hellfire Defense is saving us, and if Blair Walsh is gonna get Scobee’d or Mason Crosby’d.

We also dive into Luke’s specialties of fantasy football and the rapidly approaching 2016 NFL Draft. Check out all of Luke’s videos on the eDraft YouTube page.

All that and other “12 Days Til Vikings Football” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Former Viking left tackle Todd Steussie joined the show to talk about life, football, and his latest venture into the analytics business. We chatted about memories of the 98 Vikings, stories of the late-great Kory Stringer, his thoughts on Adrian Peterson, and the value of players educating themselves for their inevitable post-football career.

Steussie — a 14-year NFL veteran who spent the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Vikings and also the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Rams — was the 19th overall pick of the 1994 Draft and went on to become a two-time Pro Bowler (1997, 1998) and started Super Bowl XXXVIII for the Panthers.

Since retiring from the game, Steussie has become the co-founder & Executive Vice-President of PotentiaMetrics as well as President of PotentiaPro, a developer of next-gen NFL outcomes and information systems. Bringing a “Moneyball” approach to pro football like has already become widely accepted by franchises in the NBA and MLB.

Their free app ScoutSight is a powerful comparative analytics tool designed to bring high level stats & insight to the everyday fan (for free!) and will be available by the NFL Draft.


Interview Links
• Todd’s Twitter (@ToddSteussie)
PotentiaPro on Facebook
The ScoutSight App – Launching mid-April

An Andy Carlson joint.



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It’s pretty amazing how quickly the sport of fantasy football can evolve. (Yes, I called it a sport. And yes, I am entirely aware of how nerdy that sounds…) Just a few years ago, most people considered tight ends unimportant – an afterthought. A position that you addressed just before defense and a kicker. Last year though, the NFL saw a major emergence at the tight end position. Hybrid players who had the size and the speed to really stretch the field and become very dangerous in the end zone. Of course, this increased role translated well for fantasy owners who were fortunate enough to have some of these special players on their roster. Now, a lot of the talk headed into this season of fantasy football is centered around the importance of tight ends and how well guys, like Rob Gornkowski, Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez, who were outstanding last year, will do this year.

So this week for our fantasy football rankings and debate, we will look at the tight end position and list, who we believe to be, the top 10. If you missed, make sure to check out our last Coin Toss where we ranked fantasy D/ST.


Adam’s Tight End Rankings

  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Rob Gronkowski
  3. Vernon Davis
  4. Aaron Hernandez
  5. Jermichael Finley
  6. Jason Witten
  7. Antonio Gates
  8. Brandon Pettigrew
  9. Brent Celek
  10. Greg Olsen


Brett’s Tight End Rankings

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Jimmy Graham
  3. Jason Witten
  4. Antonio Gates
  5. Vernon Davis
  6. Aaron Hernandez
  7. Jermichael Finley
  8. Tony Gonzalez
  9. Brandon Pettigrew
  10. Jermaine Gresham


Continue reading to see Adam and I duke it out on these rankings.

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