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Where should you draft Martavis Bryant?

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We’re at the point in the season where everyone is trying to find value, plan draft strategies and land on the right combination of players to win a title. As part of that off-season work, I’m continuing my series looking at some players that, if you grab at the right value, can help be the missing piece to a title.

Today I turn my focus to Martavis Bryant, one of the most exciting and polarizing players in the fantasy community. He’s exciting, of course, because of the talent and potential. He’s polarizing because it’s hard to gauge his value. In some ways, Bryant is the new Josh Gordon, an immensely talented player coming off a suspension that has people salivating.

In 14 games in 2013, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns! But Gordon struggled with personal conduct, leading to a suspension to start 2014. When he returned, many had drafted him high hoping for a glimmer of that production from 2013 come playoff ti…

Now Playing

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Here's a look at the new movie I saw this week.

Rough Night
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Paul Downs
Synopsis: In the summer of 2011, things changed. Summer had always been a time for outrageous comedies, mostly from the boys. Movies like “The Hangover” and “Wedding Crashers” made a ton and established a brand. But 2011 showed us the ladies could do the same thing with “Bridesmaids.” The movie was like so many other summer comedy smashes in the outrageous comedy it contained. It was unique in that it was fronted by a group of female characters. And ever since that summer (when the film made $169 million at the Box Office), plenty of films have tried to emulate it. I mention this because “Rough Night,” which opened last Friday, spent a lot of time trying to draw comparisons to “Bridesmaids” in its marketing campaign, even hailing itself as the funniest comedy since that film. When you set the bar high, you have to clear it. …

Best of the Small Screen, Dramas No. 10

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Over the next 10 weeks I'll be taking a look at some of my favorite TV series, broken down into three groups (Limited Run Series, Comedies, and Dramas). In my post on March 1 I laid out the ground rules for these categories and this exploration, the biggest of which is no series that are currently airing. To read the whole thing, check out the post "Best of the Small Screen" from March 1.

We begin the final leg of this journey, dramas. As a reminder (in case you don't want to go back to March 1), this list includes only shows that have completed their run. That means shows like "Game of Thrones," which I love, can't be on this list at this time.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
Number of Seasons/Episodes: 5/62
Network: AMC
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk
Creator: Vince Gilligan
Favorite Season/Episodes: Season four, 4.08 "Hermanos," 4.10 "Salud," 4.13 "Face Off," 5.0…

Summer TV Roundup, Week 6

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Summer officially begins today (the longest day of the year, also the hottest in Colorado). But summer on the small screen began long ago. Still, the new shows keep on coming. So here's a look at the new scripted series that premiered this week. In these posts I review the pilot and second episode of these new scripted series of summer. Don't see a new show listed below? Check previous weeks.

Wednesday Nights:
Blood Drive, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on SyFy (Premiered June 14)
About: Grindhouse is a style of filmmaking popular in the 1970s that was brought back to relevance a few years ago thanks to Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Those are filmmakers that, whether you like their work or not, know how to put together a good story. SyFy seems to have forgotten that and latched on the idea of swearing, sex and pornographic levels of violence to make a new TV show. This show is aggressively bad in terms of plot, characters, and reasons to care about it, and just plain aggressive…

2017 Broncos Season, Roster Bubbles

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The Broncos mini camp is over, and now we have a few weeks before Training Camp begins. A few weeks after that comes pre-season, and a few weeks after that comes the roster cut downs. The Broncos will trim from 90 to 75, then from 75 to 53.

That means, inevitably, some talented players won't make the final roster. Since we have little to occupy our football deprived minds between now and camp, I'm going to look at a couple roster bubble positions and make some way too early to be good predictions.

Quarterback:
On the Roster: Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly, and Kyle Sloter
About: The Broncos had three quarterbacks on the active roster most of the 2016 season, with Austin Davis joining Siemian and Lynch. Aside from a rare week when Siemian was too hurt to suit up, the Broncos never had Davis active. He was a practice arm. Now, I know some people are enamored of Kelly, who was Mr. Irrelevant in the draft. Still, I think the Broncos have other needs for the final 53. My pr…

We Need A Savior

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"But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!'” - Matthew 14:30

As people, we want to think we can do it all. We want to think we can pull ourselves up, help ourselves, and save ourselves. In fact, that's what our culture wants us to believe, too.

But we can't.

In our new summer series, we're looking at what our Souls Need. This week focused on a Savior. Our Souls need a Savior. We need to be saved, whether we acknowledge it or not.

In the passage in Matthew 14, Peter walks out on the water in the storm. He sees Jesus do it and, when invited, believes he can do it, too. But once he's out there, the prospect of it (the wind, the water, the danger) gets to be too much. He cries out for salvation, and Jesus literally saves him.

He literally saves us, too, even when we don't realize or acknowledge it. We don't often find ourselves in the water in the midst of a literal storm, but we all face metaphorical st…

NFL Over/Unders, AFC

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We're still about six weeks from the start of Training Camp, but it's never too early to look ahead to the new NFL Season. Yesterday I looked at the Over/Unders for the NFC squads. Today, it's time for the AFC.

AFC East:
Buffalo Bills: 2017 Over/Under 6 Wins; 2016 Win Total: 7
About: The Bills didn't do a ton to help themselves this off-season, and they weren't an incredible team last year. Rex Ryan is gone, and the Bills hope it's addition by subtraction. I'm not sold. Six is a modest win total, though, so I'm going to push. I think that's about right.

Miam Dolphins: 2017 Over/Under 7.5 Wins; 2016 Win Total: 10
About: The Dolphins were a surprise playoff team last season, but they're getting little respect. A 7.5 Over/Under feels low. They could regress a couple games and beat that, so I'm going over.

New England Patriots: 2017 Over/Under 12.5 Wins; 2016 Win Total: 14
About: The Patriots are the defending champions and actually got better. This i…