Yanks Place Kevin Youkilis on Disabled List

The New York Yankees placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon retroactive to April 28th.

Youkilis made an ill-advised comeback on Saturday after missing six straight games with a sore back.

The 34-year-old received an epidural on Tuesday, but that obviously didn’t relieve the discomfort.

Jayson Nix will continue to start at third until Youkilis is able to return.

Is There a Quarterback Controversy Brewing in Tampa?

The NFC South is a division not lacking quarterback talent. However, it appears that after 4 seasons with the Tampa Buccaneers, Josh Freeman may be on the hot seat.

The Bucs might have sent a message to the former Kansas State quarterback when they drafted Mike Glennon with the  73rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. In a division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, having a good quarterback is a must.

Freeman has accumulated  78 TD passes and just under 13,000 yards in his time as the Buccaneers quarterback. He has been up and down, statistically, since becoming the full-time starter during his rookie season. Glennon will join Freeman, as well as Dan Orlovsky and Adam Weber on the Buccaneers depth chart.

Mike Glennon was a two year starter at North Carolina State. In that time he racked up seven thousand passing yards along with 62 touchdown passes. We all expect Josh Freeman to lead the Bucs next season, but crazier things have happened.

It’s also not outside of the realm of possibility that a few bad starts from Freeman could put Glennon in the driver’s seat.

Is There a Quarterback Controversy Brewing in Tampa?

The NFC South is a division not lacking quarterback talent. However, it appears that after 4 seasons with the Tampa Buccaneers, Josh Freeman may be on the hot seat.

The Bucs might have sent a message to the former Kansas State quarterback when they drafted Mike Glennon with the  73rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. In a division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, having a good quarterback is a must.

Freeman has accumulated  78 TD passes and just under 13,000 yards in his time as the Buccaneers quarterback. He has been up and down, statistically, since becoming the full-time starter during his rookie season. Glennon will join Freeman, as well as Dan Orlovsky and Adam Weber on the Buccaneers depth chart.

Mike Glennon was a two year starter at North Carolina State. In that time he racked up seven thousand passing yards along with 62 touchdown passes. We all expect Josh Freeman to lead the Bucs next season, but crazier things have happened.

It’s also not outside of the realm of possibility that a few bad starts from Freeman could put Glennon in the driver’s seat.

Fans Waiting to See Where Branden Albert Lands

It’s not often that fantasy owners need to think about an offensive tackle, but it seems that nobody can escape Branden Albert saga lately.

The Kansas City Chiefs put the franchise tag on the five-year pro this offseason and Albert is scheduled to make a little more than $9 million in 2013. So, all is well, right? Not really.

Albert doesn’t want to leave his spot at left tackle, which poses a problem after the Chiefs drafted Eric Fisher No. 1 overall in the draft Thursday night. In the days leading up to the draft, several NFL insiders said a trade between the Chiefs and the Dolphins was likely, but it never came to fruition.

It’s difficult to say what fantasy ramifications the rift between Albert and management might cause. Maybe he’ll bite the bullet and accept $9 million to play a position he’s not thrilled with playing. Or maybe the Chiefs will find a team who will give them a second-round pick in next year’s draft (that’s what the team is after, reportedly).

But if Albert agrees to play in Kansas City, here’s what the 2013-14 Chiefs will look like:

The team added veteran QB Alex Smith. Jamaal Charles will be another year removed from his ACL injury and Dwayne Bowe is returning after signing a contract extension. Dexter McCluster always seems to have sneaky good weeks sprinkled throughout the fantasy season and he might actually get more opportunities to catch the ball with new coach Andy Reid’s offense.

If Albert switches to right guard, we can safely assume the offensive line will be solid with him and Fisher serving as the book ends. So, like most contract situations, we will have to sit and wait. If it all comes together, the Chiefs might boast more than a few high-scoring fantasy players.

Fans Waiting to See Where Branden Albert Lands

It’s not often that fantasy owners need to think about an offensive tackle, but it seems that nobody can escape Branden Albert saga lately.

The Kansas City Chiefs put the franchise tag on the five-year pro this offseason and Albert is scheduled to make a little more than $9 million in 2013. So, all is well, right? Not really.

Albert doesn’t want to leave his spot at left tackle, which poses a problem after the Chiefs drafted Eric Fisher No. 1 overall in the draft Thursday night. In the days leading up to the draft, several NFL insiders said a trade between the Chiefs and the Dolphins was likely, but it never came to fruition.

It’s difficult to say what fantasy ramifications the rift between Albert and management might cause. Maybe he’ll bite the bullet and accept $9 million to play a position he’s not thrilled with playing. Or maybe the Chiefs will find a team who will give them a second-round pick in next year’s draft (that’s what the team is after, reportedly).

But if Albert agrees to play in Kansas City, here’s what the 2013-14 Chiefs will look like:

The team added veteran QB Alex Smith. Jamaal Charles will be another year removed from his ACL injury and Dwayne Bowe is returning after signing a contract extension. Dexter McCluster always seems to have sneaky good weeks sprinkled throughout the fantasy season and he might actually get more opportunities to catch the ball with new coach Andy Reid’s offense.

If Albert switches to right guard, we can safely assume the offensive line will be solid with him and Fisher serving as the book ends. So, like most contract situations, we will have to sit and wait. If it all comes together, the Chiefs might boast more than a few high-scoring fantasy players.

Marcus Lattimore – Future 49er or Failure?

While this year’s draft was as unpredictable as the Jets’ offseason  it wasn’t so surprising for running back Marcus Lattimore. He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round as a 131st overall pick. Considering he almost didn’t make it to the draft this year, Lattimore can finally take a breather and let his career begin.

Lattimore played for South Carolina and had not one, but two potential career-ending injuries to his knee. He tore his ACL in the 2011 season and last season, he tore three of four ligaments after dislocating his knee. Six months later, he managed to get drafted to the NFL.

Many are wondering if he was worth a pick at all after these injuries, but the 49ers couldn’t be a better team for Lattimore to go to. He is definitely a talented player even with his injuries, but more importantly, he can grow on the 49ers.

Current right tackle Frank Gore also suffered from what seemed to be a career-ending injury coming out of college. This would make Gore a great mentor for Lattimore and would prepare him for Gore’s position when he decides to leave or retire. The 49ers have already experienced the trials of having an injured player on the team, so they’re confident that they can turn Lattimore into a star player.

Lattimore would also have plenty of time to fully recover from his injuries on the 49ers. Gore has 2 years left on his contract and LaMichael James is a leading candidate to be his back up.

Kendall Hunter was Gore’s backup last year when he blew out his left Achilles’ tendon during Week 12 against the Saints. Hunter says he will be ready to go by the beginning of the season, but that is highly unlikely.

Lattimore just started sprinting and doing box jumps, which is a good sign. Because he won’t be starting, he can take his time recovering so he can be ready for his shining moment.

The 49ers definitely got away with a steal on this pick. Lattimore without his injuries has the potential to be a top running back. If San Francisco successfully nurses him back to health, they will be unstoppable. They can afford to wait a season for Lattimore because they didn’t lose anybody this season. Their picks weren’t so important because they had little to no holes to fill.

The number one reason why he was the most underrated pick of the draft? They used a compensatory draft pick that they got from the Carolina Panthers in 2012. They forced to keep the pick because they couldn’t trade it away. They have nothing to lose by picking up Lattimore.

While there are rumors that Lattimore is redshirting for this year, there is little doubt that he will be sitting out this season. There is also little doubt that San Francisco ran away with the jackpot in round 4 of the draft. Even though Lattimore’s injuries make any team question his abilities, there have been plenty of players who came back from intense injuries, including Adrian Peterson. As long as he takes him time recovering, he should get his super star potential back.

Marcus Lattimore – Future 49er or Failure?

While this year’s draft was as unpredictable as the Jets’ offseason  it wasn’t so surprising for running back Marcus Lattimore. He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round as a 131st overall pick. Considering he almost didn’t make it to the draft this year, Lattimore can finally take a breather and let his career begin.

Lattimore played for South Carolina and had not one, but two potential career-ending injuries to his knee. He tore his ACL in the 2011 season and last season, he tore three of four ligaments after dislocating his knee. Six months later, he managed to get drafted to the NFL.

Many are wondering if he was worth a pick at all after these injuries, but the 49ers couldn’t be a better team for Lattimore to go to. He is definitely a talented player even with his injuries, but more importantly, he can grow on the 49ers.

Current right tackle Frank Gore also suffered from what seemed to be a career-ending injury coming out of college. This would make Gore a great mentor for Lattimore and would prepare him for Gore’s position when he decides to leave or retire. The 49ers have already experienced the trials of having an injured player on the team, so they’re confident that they can turn Lattimore into a star player.

Lattimore would also have plenty of time to fully recover from his injuries on the 49ers. Gore has 2 years left on his contract and LaMichael James is a leading candidate to be his back up.

Kendall Hunter was Gore’s backup last year when he blew out his left Achilles’ tendon during Week 12 against the Saints. Hunter says he will be ready to go by the beginning of the season, but that is highly unlikely.

Lattimore just started sprinting and doing box jumps, which is a good sign. Because he won’t be starting, he can take his time recovering so he can be ready for his shining moment.

The 49ers definitely got away with a steal on this pick. Lattimore without his injuries has the potential to be a top running back. If San Francisco successfully nurses him back to health, they will be unstoppable. They can afford to wait a season for Lattimore because they didn’t lose anybody this season. Their picks weren’t so important because they had little to no holes to fill.

The number one reason why he was the most underrated pick of the draft? They used a compensatory draft pick that they got from the Carolina Panthers in 2012. They forced to keep the pick because they couldn’t trade it away. They have nothing to lose by picking up Lattimore.

While there are rumors that Lattimore is redshirting for this year, there is little doubt that he will be sitting out this season. There is also little doubt that San Francisco ran away with the jackpot in round 4 of the draft. Even though Lattimore’s injuries make any team question his abilities, there have been plenty of players who came back from intense injuries, including Adrian Peterson. As long as he takes him time recovering, he should get his super star potential back.

MRI Yields Positive News for Yanks Infielder Kevin Youkilis

New York Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis underwent an MRI on Monday, which showed “no structural damage” to his ailing lower back, which has forced him to miss eight of the Yanks’ last nine games. 

The 34-year-old will receive an epidural on Tuesday, and a trip to the DL is not out of the question if the injury continues to linger.

“I’ve had epidurals and played either the next day or two days later,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But I don’t know if he’s in a position to play in two days.”

Youkilis is currently boasting a .266 batting average, with two home runs and seven RBI’s to start the 2013 season. 

Keep an eye on Youkilis’ progress moving forward as he is a viable start in mixed leagues when healthy. 

That being said, back injuries are always iffy and are known to linger. Trying to stash Youkilis during his upcoming recovery period may be doing yourself more harm than good considering the nature of his soreness.

Can Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin Cure Green Bay’s Backfield Woes?

The Green Bay Packers’ top rusher last season was Alex Green with 464 yards. Running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin combined for 3,056 yards to close out their college football careers last season and now the newest members of the Packers’ backfield. So which back will have the edge going into next season?

Eddie Lacy has a championship pedigree playing for Alabama, much like the rest of the Packers. He could easily enter the offense as a starter and put up numbers, especially in goal line situations.

That said, Franklin put up absurd stats while playing at UCLA (15 total TD’s, 1734 rushing yards), and is more of a threat in the slot than Lacy. Word on the street is that Aaron Rodgers can pass the ball, so Franklin will be happy to work as a receiver out of the backfield, much like Randall Cobb did last season.

The ensuing competition between the two will be entertaining to watch, especially from a fantasy standpoint. Either back could serve as a sleeper heading into your draft, but I would put my money on Lacy at this point. The SEC is the SEC, and playing well there has traditionally led to success in the NFL.

Bumbling Jets Oust Quarterback Tim Tebow

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One of the great mysteries of the New York Jets was why the team ever bothered to sign Tim Tebow?

We will never know whether or not he could have helped the Jets because Rex Ryan never played him. Ryan was to busy guiding his wife into the Mark Sanchez tattoo parlor to give Tebow a chance to play.

Sorry, they did play him – the team just never bothered to give him a chance. He attempted eight passes, played some special teams and even got to try his hand at pass protection.

Whatever magic he brought to the Broncos, the Jets were never interested in seeing what Tebow had to offer. The Jets were the laughing stock of the NFL last season and had nothing to lose by trying something different.

It’s all water under the bridge now, but as long as Sexy Rexy is calling the shots, the Jets will continue to be on the outside looking in.

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