And the Winner Is… 2 Guys Predict the 2012 Postseason and Awards

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The 2012 season is right around the corner and Frank & Evan have taken turns trying to predict who will take the major awards in 2012.
Frank's PicksEvan's Picks
2012 Awards
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Russell WilsonTrent Richardson
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Whitney MercilusChandler Jones
Comeback Player of the Year
Peyton ManningJamaal Charles
Defensive Player of the Year
Jason Pierre-PaulCliff Avril
Coach of the Year
Ron RiveraJohn Harbaugh
MVP
Arian FosterAaron Rodgers
Playoffs??? (Jim Mora Voice) Frank tries to predict the results of the 2014 postseason.
PLAYOFFS
NFC WildcardAFC Wildcard
Eagles over BearsBroncos over Chargers
Saints over 49ersChiefs over Bengals
NFC DivisionalAFC Divisional
Packers over EaglesColts over Broncos
Saints over SeahawksPatriots over Chiefs
NFC ChampionshipAFC Championship
Saints over PackersPatriots over Colts
Super Bowl
Saints over Patriots

Long Division: Frank and Evan pick the 2012 Division Winners

Houston Texans v New Orleans Saints
With the season only a week away and Frank and Evan predict who they think will win each division.

* denotes wildcard
Frank's PicksEvan's Picks
NFC East
Giants11 - 5Eagles10 - 6
Eagles*10 - 6Giants*9 - 7
Cowboys9 - 7Cowboys7 - 9
Redskins6 - 10Redskins6 -10
NFC South
Panthers10 - 6Falcons10 - 6
Falcons9 - 7Saints9 - 7
Saints8 - 8Panthers8 - 8
Buccaneers5 - 11Buccaneers8 - 8
NFC North
Packers11 - 5Packers10 - 6
Bears*10 - 6Lions*10 - 6
Lions8 - 8Bears9 - 7
Vikings4 - 12Vikings6 - 10
NFC West
49ers10 - 649ers10 - 6
Seahawks9 - 7Rams7 - 9
Cardinals7 - 9Seahawks7 - 9
Rams4 - 12Cardinals5 - 11
AFC East
Patriots12 - 4Patriots10 - 6
Jets9 - 7Bills*9 - 7
Bills9 - 7Dolphins6 - 10
Dolphins3 - 13Jets6 - 10
AFC South
Texans11 - 5Texans12 - 4
Titans6 - 10Titans*9 - 7
Jaguars4 - 12Colts6 - 10
Colts4 - 12Jaguars5 - 11
AFC North
Steelers12 - 4Ravens13 - 3
Ravens*11 - 5Bengals8 - 8
Bengals8 - 8Steelers8 - 8
Browns5 - 11Browns4 - 12
AFC West
Chargers10 - 6Broncos9 - 7
Broncos*10 - 6Chargers7 - 9
Raiders7 - 9Raiders7 - 9
Chiefs6 - 10Chiefs6 - 10

Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

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Week 1 Power Rankings

The season is almost upon us. Here's how the rankings stack up heading into Week 1.
RankTeam Comment
1New York GiantsChamps are flying under the radar.
2New England PatriotsBrady gives them a chance every year.
3Baltimore RavensThe loss of T-Sizzle will hurt big time.
4Green Bay PackersNo reason to think they won't be dominant again.
5San Francisco 49ersAlex Smith will need to improve for them to stay near top of the NFC.
6Houston TexansOne of the most complete teams in the league.
7New Orleans SaintsLosing Payton is a bigger blow than people realize.
8Pittsburgh SteelersBig Ben needs to stay healthy for them to contend.
9Chicago BearsWill Cutler and Marshall rekindle the magic?
10Philadelphia EaglesCan Mike Vick stay on the field?
11Atlanta FalconsA lot of pressure is on Matt Ryan this year.
12Detroit LionsStafford and Megatron among the league's best duos.
13New York JetsControversy surrounds them but Tony Sparano provides a major boost offensively.
14Denver BroncosIt's all about Peyton.
15Cincinnati BengalsWill be harder for them to sneak up on teams in 2012.
16San Diego ChargersRivers needs to rebound after dismal 2011 season.
17Carolina PanthersCan Newton avoid the sophomore slump? Yes he Cam.
18Dallas CowboysSecondary should be better, but pressure is still on Romo to deliver in big games.
19Washington RedskinsRG3 will get all the headlines but they are best on the defensive side of the ball.
20Buffalo BillsFaded badly after hot start to last season.
21Tennessee TitansHow far can Locker lead them?
22Arizona CardinalsLooks the Kolb era (error) is over before it started.
23Oakland RaidersStop me if you've heard this before. McFadden needs to stay healthy.
24Seattle SeahawksCan Russell Wilson lead the Seahawks back to prominence?
25Kansas City ChiefsLet's see how Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis perform after disappointing seasons.
26Miami DolphinsTough season ahead with rookie Tannehill under center.
27Tampa Bay BuccaneersFreeman will need to improve under Schiano for them to contend.
28Jacksonville JaguarsBlaine Gabbert looks better but MJDs hold out is a problem.
29St. Louis RamsSam Bradford needs to show the promise he displayed during his rookie campaign.
30Indianapolis ColtsCan Luck live up to the hype?
31Minnesota VikingsVikes shouldn't rush AP back too soon.
32Cleveland BrownsWeeden and Richardson give the Browns fans hope.

The Blaine Game – 2 Guys talk about undervalued fantasy players heading into the 2012 season

With the season only 2 weeks 2 Guys Fantasy kick their act into high gear.

Frank and Evan break down the fantasy value of young QBs Jake Locker and Ryan Tannehill.

Evan is particularly bullish on Blaine Gabbert and thinks he can be a starter in deeper fantasy leagues.

Lastly, 2 Guys talk about MJD’s holdout and how it effects his draft status as well as the ongoing drama with replacement referees.

Broken Wing: You cannot pick Michael Vick in your 2012 draft

Because he takes too many big hits, Michael Vick is undraftable in 2012

It may only be the preseason but take a quick look at these scary statistics from the first 2 preseason games combined for the Philadelphia Eagles electric but frail quarterback, Michael Vick- 4 completions, 11 passing yards, and most importantly 2 x-rays on bones that could have been broken.  Even though Vick avoided a serious injury in both cases, you cannot look past the fact that at 6’0″, 215 lbs. with a heart that will not let him give up on any play, it is a huge risk to draft Michael Vick in 2012.

 

There is no question that when healthy, Vick possesses the ability to put up numbers that are staggering.  His numbers in 2010 (over 3000 yards passing, 21 TDs vs. only 6 INTs, with a whopping 9 rushing TDs all done in only 12 games) made Vick a highly regarded player headed into the 2011 season.  Many people had him graded higher than Tom Brady and Drew Brees.  The entire Philadelphia Eagles team failed to live up to expectations in 2011, including Vick, although that has not stopped many people from predicting a 2012 NFC East division title for Philly.  As a part of that run to a division title, the consensus is that Michael Vick would return to his 2010 form.

 

While there is no question that Michael Vick has the talent, arm strength, and offensive weapons to allow him to post numbers worthy of being chosen as a top 5 quarterback, there is a huge question as to how long he will stay healthy.  The Eagles offensive line continues to struggle in pass protection which was further exacerbated by the loss of 6 time Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters.  The player the Eagles got to replace Peters, Demetress Bell, currently plays with the second unit behind King Dunlap, a 5th year player wit only 7 career starts.  Even when the line protects Vick well, he is susceptible to punishing hits outside the pocket when he tries to keep plays alive or downfield when he chooses to run.  As great as Vick can be on the field, he cannot post any fantasy from the sidelines and the fact that he has only played in all 16 games of a season once in his career make him too risky to pick for your team.

 

Nick Foles should see a lot of playing time in 2012

Michael Vick remains one of the most entertaining players in the entire NFL.  There will be games where he breaks a 50-yard run, connects on a few deep bombs to Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, and even single-handedly wins a fantasy week for his fortunate owner.  The problem lies in the fact that there will also be many times where Vick is forced to watch from the sidelines as a less experienced and talented QB tries to make the most of the fantastic talent of the Philadelphia skill players.  So who is ready to draft Nick Foles?

 

Taking offense: Blaine Gabbert looks great so far in 2012

Blaine Gabbert

Count me with the masses. As soon as I heard Maurice Jones-Drew was holding out, I was one of the many so-called experts who said that the Jacksonville Jaguars would have a historically bad offense in 2012 led by their incapable 2nd year quarterback Blaine Gabbert. During his nightmarish rookie season, Gabbert completed just over 50% of his throws which resulted in an average pf less than 150 passing yards per game with a measly 12 TD tosses. By comparison, 3 quarterbacks (Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Matthew Stafford) averaged more than twice as many yards per game in a 2011 season geared towards high-powered offenses. His 65.4 passer rating was worse than the Colts’ Curtis Painter. Not only were his numbers abysmal, but anyone watching a Jaguars game in 2011 saw a quarterback who looked lost, overwhelmed, and out of his league. Gabbert looked like he was years away from developing into a solid contributor to the Jaguars success if he ever developed at all.

Gabbert looks like a totally different player so far this preseason

So why am I suddenly changing my tune? Over his first 2 preseason performances, Blaine Gabbert has looked like a different player. His throws are crisp, his reads are quick and correct, and Jacksonville has an offense that can move the ball through the air. With new receiving threats in the mix in Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson to go with a solid returning slot receiver in Mike Thomas, it looks like teams will not be able to stack the line to try to shut down Maurice Jones-Drew (whenever he decides to end his hold out) like we thought they would.

But Evan, it is only preseason football you might say. Are you really ready to change your opinion based on a couple preseason football games- games that you yourself have said are basically meaningless? In this rare instance I am. The biggest problem with Gabbert last season was his lack of confidence and the fact that he has looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the league so far this preseason should mean he starts the season feeling pretty good about himself.

Gabbert has no doubt benefited from the arrival of new head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey has had a history of helping develop young quarterbacks (most recently he worked with Matt Ryan in Atlanta over the past 4 seasons) and his influence on his young quarterback could change the outlook for the 2012 Jags season.

So before you cross off every Jacksonville Jaguar without the initials MJD off your fantasy draft board, watch what Blaine Gabbert has done this preseason. Every Jaguar skill player will be undervalued on draft day and it might make sense to grab Gabbert and his top targets in a late round.

Beginners Luck? – 2 Guys talk about preseason performances, injuries, and the 2012 fantasy season

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Fresh off of their draft special 2 Guys continue to forge ahead to get you ready for the fantasy season.

2 Guys talk about Andrew Luck’s great start and whether or not his draft position should improve based on his early strong performance.

Frank and Evan also discuss exercising caution on Ryan Matthews and Adrian Peterson as they battle back from injuries.

Lastly, 2 Guys discuss the value of a solid fantasy back up QB and how you should value kickers heading into this years draft.

Best Backs – Evan reveals his top running backs for 2012

He may be a vegan but Arian Foster is still one of the best options for 2012

Evan's Top Fantasy Running Backs for 2012

I ranked these backs in tiers to give you an idea where guys should end up on draft day. Keep an eye on injuries (like Ryan Mathews) prior to your draft to see if you need to make any changes.
NameTeamComments
Bullet train
LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia EaglesBest of the bunch for 2012
Arian FosterHouston TexansExcels as both a runner and a receiver
Ray RiceBaltimore RavensReady to show he was worth a new contract
Maurice Jones-DrewJacksonville JaguarsThe defending rushing champ has to shoulder a huge load in Jacksonville
Riding the Acela
Chris JohnsonTennessee TitansNeeds to show last year was simply a fluke
Ryan MathewsSan Diego ChargersEveryone expects great things this year, will he deliver?
Matt ForteChicago BearsWith a new contract in hand, expect big things from the Bears back
Darren McFaddenOakland RaidersCan he stay healthy enough to be a marquee back this year?
DeMarco MurrayDallas CowboysWill be the focal point of a good offense
Jamaal CharlesKansas City ChiefsA top 5 pick prior to last year's injury, Charles is a year away from being totally back
Steven JacksonSt. Louis RamsMay be slowing down- but only a little bit
Marshawn LynchSeattle SeahawksWould have been higher if not for off-field issues
Adrian PetersonMinnesota VikingsHave to keep a close eye on whether or not he will be placed on the PUP list
Highway driving
Fred JacksonBuffalo BillsBuffalo will rely less on Jackson and more on others in 2012
Michael TurnerAtlanta Falcons2012 should be the year we see Turner lose effectiveness
Frank GoreSan Francisco 49ersLook for less of a workload for Gore in 2012
Reggie BushMiami DolphinsCan Bush repeat his 2011 performance?
Ahmad BradshawNew York GiantsLook for the Giants to get David Wilson a lot of touches in 2012
Trent RichardsonCleveland BrownsWill get every opportunity to excel in 2012
Roy HeluWashington RedskinsWill RGIII take some goal line opportunities away from Helu?
Darren SprolesNew Orleans SaintsPass-catching ability makes him the best guy to grab in a crowded backfield
Riding the Subway
Isaac RedmanPittsburgh SteelersMendenhall's injury gives Redman a chance to shine
Pierre ThomasNew Orleans SaintsNeeds to make the most of a limited number of touches
BenJarvus Green-EllisCincinnati BengalsDo not expect the change of scenery to effect Green-Ellis much
Shonn GreeneNew York JetsThis may be his last chance to be the main back for the Jets if he does not produce
Mikel LeshoureDetroit LionsEven more valuable if Jahvid Best cannot suit up
Willis McGaheeDenver BroncosDo not expect a repeat of 2011 for McGahee
Beanie WellsArizona CardinalsExpect a fairly even split in carries with Ryan Williams
Ryan WilliamsArizona CardinalsSee above
Stevan RidleyNew England PatriotsYou never know what to expect from backs running for Bill Belichick
DeAngelo WilliamsCarolina PanthersToo many quality running options in Carolina for Williams to put up huge numbers
Jonathan StewartCarolina PanthersSee above
James StarksGreen Bay PackersAfter not living up to expectations in 2011, Starks has company in the Green Bay backfield
Kendall HunterSan Francisco 49ersHunter is going to need to make the most of his opportunities
Kevin SmithDetroit LionsEven more valuable if he wins the starting spot during training camp
Taking the Bus
LeGarrette BlountTampa Bay BuccaneersThe arrival of Doug Martin means less action for Blount
Peyton HillisKansas City ChiefsHe will get carries in KC, but not nearly as many as he saw in Cleveland
CJ SpillerBuffalo BillsHas the big play ability to have a big week or two
Ronnie HillmanDenver BroncosDenver will keep McGahee fresh by using Hillman a lot
David WilsonNew York GiantsIt will be interesting to see how his role evolves throughout the year
Toby GerhartMinnesota VikingsMore valuable early in the year as Adrian Peterson works back from injury
Donald BrownIndianapolis ColtsWill not get enough opportunity to be a stud back
Felix JonesDallas CowboysWill see role reduced in 2012
Ben TateHouston TexansArian Foster is too good to allow Tate to be a major factor
Michael BushChicago BearsWill he get all the goal line carries for the Bears?
Jacquizz RodgersAtlanta FalconsWill see more action in 2012 to keep Michael Turner fresh
Daniel ThomasMiami DolphinsThomas needs to show something in 2012 to prevent Miami from looking for a replacement
Tim HightowerWashington RedskinsMike Shanahan still like Hightower a bunch
Alex GreenGreen Bay PackersGreen has a chance to grab a prominent role for the Pack
Mark IngramNew Orleans SaintsNeeds a better sophomore season to stay relevant
Jahvid BestDetroit LionsHealth is the reason Best remains a wild card
Walking home
Danny WoodheadNew England PatriotsMore valuable in PPR leagues
Bernard ScottCincinnati BengalsSolid guy to have on your bench
Robert TurbinSeattle SeahawksWill be used only to spell Marshawn Lynch
Evan RoysterWashington RedskinsNot a lot of touches left in the DC backfield
Mike GoodsonOakland RaidersA lot of guys are fighting for carries that do not go to Darren McFadden
Taiwan JonesOakland RaidersSee above
Delone CarterIndianapolis ColtsIf Donald Brown is not productive, Carter could see more work
Isaiah PeadSt. Louis RamsPead should get a few touches when Steven Jackson needs a breather
Lamar MillerMiami DolphinsIf Bush falters, look for Miller to get a lot of touches
Shane VereenNew England PatriotsWill probably have 1 or 2 stellar games throughout the year
Dion LewisPhiladelphia EaglesVersatile back should be good when he gets on the field
Rashad JenningsJacksonville JaguarsValue shoots up if MJD continues to hold out
Bilal PowellNew York JetsThere will be opportunities to earn playing time in New York this year
Dexter McClusterKansas City ChiefsNeeds to establish a role before he loses his roster spot

Special Teams – 2 Guys break down the best players in their 2012 fantasy draft special

The time is now. The fantasy season is upon us and 2 Guys is working hard to get you ready for your draft.

This week Frank and Evan are joined by special guest host Brian Cascarelli for their annual fantasy draft special.

2 Guys discuss hot button topics such as handcuffs, holdouts, and bye weeks.

15 potential sleeper candidates are discussed at length and 2 Guys also discuss 15 players you should avoid altogether in 2012.

Frank also discusses his chance meeting with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and recounts their football conversation.