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Vegas League Draft Review

Every year RotoWire gets together at the All-Star break in Las Vegas. It’s a great time for everyone to relax, do a football draft or two, play in a poker tournament or just hang out by the pool. It allows us to recharge the batteries for the baseball stretch run and NFL draft season.

This year we had two 14-team leagues drafting at the same time on Tuesday afternoon. The leagues are standard (non-PPR) – RotoWire President is the commissioner for each league and he *hates* PPR leagues, using three WR’s and a flex spot, along with team kickers instead of individual kickers. Before divulging the results, just remember when you look at the rosters that nearly every 14-team roster looks terrible if you’re used to playing in 12-team leagues, let alone 10-team leagues. That horribleness is exacerbated by the early draft date, when so much news happens in training camp and the preseason.

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AAF Week 8 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 8 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. With the AAF now in the stretch run of its inaugural season and the postseason fast approaching, the strengths and weaknesses of each team are now well-established for the most part.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are certainly multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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AAF Week 6 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 6 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. The AAF already is now at the halfway point of its inaugural season, and the strengths and weaknesses of each team are naturally starting to come into clearer focus.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are already multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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Signing Frank Gore Was Bad?

My thoughts on the #Bills signing Frank Gore:

It’s $2 million for one season, that’s not a big price tag. There’s a lot of cap space here in Buffalo. I can name at least 10 signings that per dollar were much worse over the last week.

He brings a veteran presence to the locker room that will help the younger players.

Gore can pass protect for a quarterback who was sacked 28 times in 12 games.

Gore’s been durable to say the least though I realize he can break down at any point. He’s not going to be asked for more than 200 touches especially with his buddy LeSean McCoy in the backfield, who he’s good friends with.

Shockingly, when given less than 200 carries for the first time in his career, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry last year. That was the same stat as Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Dalvin Cook and Lamar Miller. That was better than James Conner and Sony Michel.

My point is this – why was this such a laughable signing on Twitter? Because it came out early in the day? Everyone keeps discounting Gore and the drop-off for running backs is pretty steep. But the Bills improved their offensive line signing Mitch Morse (who is 26). That makes some sense too considering Matt Paradis (who is 29) is coming off a significant injury. The Bills likely aren’t done bolstering the offensive line (ahem, draft) either which will only help Gore.

AAF Week 5 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 5 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. The AAF already has four weeks’ worth of games in the books, and the strengths and weaknesses of each team are naturally starting to come into clearer focus.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are already multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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