BREAKING NEWS: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers

Early this morning, it was confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski that Kawhi Leonard has chosen to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, spurning the rival Los Angeles Lakers and the defending champion Toronto Raptors. Later that same minute, Wojnarowski reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder are trading Paul George to L.A. for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, five first-round picks, and swap rights for two other draft picks.

The Scorecrow will have further information and analysis provided later today, courtesy of our very own Mike Fanelli.

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Scorecrow Mock Draft 2.0

This is the Scorecrow Mock Draft 2.0 and boy is this a doozy. We have trades galore and plenty of hot takes with these picks that they will surely get a rise out of some of you.

Again Mike Fanelli will be picking with me, this time we split teams by conference. Mike has control of the NFC teams and I have control of the AFC teams so it should be easy to decide who you tweet your love or hate it.

Let’s quit stalling though and get into the heart of this, shall we?

The Ultimate NBA Trade Deadline Recap (Part 4)

As you probably already know, Anthony Davis is not a Laker (yet?). Mike Conley is shockingly still in Memphis. We didn’t see Beal or Kemba or Vucevic leave town. What we did see was still madness though, and Mike Fanelli and I have decided to break it down for you, trade by trade. This is the final part of a four-part series where we’ll go over each of the 22 trades made this week, providing commentary and our own personal grades for each team’s involvement in each move. You can find part one here, part two here, and part three here. Hope you enjoy! – Josh

The Ultimate NBA Trade Deadline Recap (Part 3)

As you probably already know, Anthony Davis is not a Laker (yet?). Mike Conley is shockingly still in Memphis. We didn’t see Beal or Kemba or Vucevic leave town. What we did see was still madness though, and Mike Fanelli and I have decided to break it down for you, trade by trade. This is the second part of a four-part series where we’ll go over each of the 22 trades made this week, providing commentary and our own personal grades for each team’s involvement in each move. You can find part one here and part two here. Hope you enjoy!   –   Josh

The Ultimate NBA Trade Deadline Recap (Part 2)

As you probably already know, Anthony Davis is not a Laker (yet?). Mike Conley is shockingly still in Memphis. We didn’t see Beal or Kemba or Vucevic leave town. What we did see was still madness though, and Mike Fanelli and I have decided to break it down for you, trade by trade. This is the second part of a four-part series where we’ll go over each of the 22 trades made this week, providing commentary and our own personal grades for each team’s involvement in each move. You can find part one here. Hope you enjoy!   –   Josh

The Ultimate NBA Trade Deadline Recap (Part 1)

As you probably already know, Anthony Davis is not a Laker (yet?). Mike Conley is shockingly still in Memphis. We didn’t see Beal or Kemba or Vucevic leave town. What we did see was still madness though, and Mike Fanelli and I have decided to break it down for you, trade by trade. This is the first part of a four-part series where we’ll go over each of the 22 trades made this week, providing commentary and our own personal grades for each team’s involvement in each move. Hope you enjoy!   –   Josh

Fantasy Fallout from the Tyreek Hill News

Earlier today the NFL announced that the Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill would not be suspended after being investigated for domestic violence this offseason. Whether you agree or disagree with this decision, whether you are a fan of the NFL’s personal conduct policy or not, the reality is Hill is allowed to take part in training camp next week and play in all 16 games this season. I’m not here to sway your opinion on the NFL’s decision or Hill as a person. I am here to explain how the news impacts the entire Chiefs’ offense from a fantasy perspective.

NFL Roundtable: MVP, ROY, and More

FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY! Well almost back. In just over seven weeks, the NFL kicks off its 100th season with a matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. These next seven weeks can’t go by fast enough. However, training camp officially kicks off today for the Denver Broncos with all the other teams to start within the next or so. In the meantime, the Scorecrow family has started a mini-series with a handful of writers giving you their opinions on NFL questions; five at a time. Be sure to follow all of the writers on twitter and ask any questions you may have regarding their answers. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

The Aftermath of the Kawhi, PG13 Moves: What’s Next for the Raptors, Thunder?

July 5th, 2019 will go down as one of the wildest days for the state of California in history. Coming off its second earthquake in as many days, the NBA’s prime summer league game between Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans verse R.J. Barrett and the New York Knicks was stopped and ultimately suspended because of safety concerns due to the earthquake. Who would have guessed an earthquake stopping a Las Vegas summer league would have been only the third biggest NBA story of the day!

Fantasy Football Round Table: Fourth of July Edition

Happy fourth of July everyone! Hopefully, you are enjoying the greatest American holiday with friends, family, food and your choice of beverage. While the 2019 NFL season doesn’t kick off for another nine weeks, it is never too early to prepare for the build the ultimate fantasy football team. To help with that, the Scorecrow family has started a mini-series with a handful of writers giving you their opinions on five questions. Be sure to follow all of the writers on twitter and ask any questions you may have regarding their answers. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Who is the Next NBA Star to be Traded?

On Saturday the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans finally agreed on a trade that will send six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Lakers. In return, the Pelicans will receive Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the fourth overall pick in Thursday night’s draft. For months the rumors and reports have been swirling that Davis would become a Laker and now it’s finally done.

The Scorecrow NBA Finals Roundtable

It all comes down to this. Sixteen teams entered. Just two teams remain. The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors have emerged as the best team from their respective conferences, and now it’s time to figure out which team is the best team in the entire league. To reflect on this crazy postseason and preview the Finals, a few of our scribes have to come together to talk about it.

Tennessee Titans Draft Review: No More Excuses for Marcus Mariota

The 2018 season got off to a great start for the Tennessee Titans as they began the year 3-1. However, they struggled as the season went on as the offense stalled at times and the injury bug took its toll. Marcus Mariota struggled to stay upright, getting sacked 42 times and he had just one receiver with more than 470 receiving yards.

Washington Redskins Draft Review: Is Dwayne Haskins the Answer?

The 2019 NFL draft was a blast and despite plenty of rumors of teams trading into the top-10, there was very little trade action till the last third of the first round. One of the teams rumored to jump into the top five to secure a quarterback was the Washington Redskins. However, they stayed patient and still managed to get their guy at pick 15 overall.

2019 NFL Draft: Second Round Mock Draft

The first round of the 2019 NFL draft had several surprise moments. One of the more surprising things was all the good talent that slipped into the second round. Teams will have plenty of opportunities to try and trade up for a first round talent that slipped for whatever reason. With the second night of the draft just a few hours away, here is a predictive mock draft for the second round.

Houston Texans 7 Round Mock Draft: Time to Protect Deshaun Watson?

The 2019 NFL draft is just a few days away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven-round mock draft predicting every Houston Texans’ pick. Thanks to a previous trade, the Texans have three picks within the top 55 selections.

Seattle Seahawks 7 Round Mock Draft: Time to Draft Frank Clark’s Replacement?

The 2019 NFL draft is just around the corner and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Seattle Seahawks’ pick. Thanks to several previous trades, the Seahawks have just four picks this year.

Tennessee Titans 7 Round Mock Draft: Make or Break Season for Marcus Mariota

The 2019 NFL draft is just around the corner and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Tennessee Titans’ pick.

Los Angeles Rams 7 Round Mock Draft: Early Help for Jared Goff and the Offense

The 2019 NFL draft is less than a month away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Los Angeles Rams’ pick.

The Scorecrow Playoffs Roundtable

The regular season has ended, and the playoffs are finally among us, and there was a ton of drama up until the last game. There was lots of competition to get both into the playoffs and get seeding which made the season end incredibly fun to watch. There’s a lot to unpack about a couple of things that transpired during the season and the upcoming playoffs. To guide you in what to expect in the playoffs, a few of our wordsmiths have come together to talk about it. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 Round Mock Draft: Defensive Help is On the Way

The 2019 NFL draft is less than a month away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pick.

San Francisco 49ers 7 Round Mock Draft: Another Weapon for Jimmy G?

The 2019 NFL draft is less than a month away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every San Francisco 49ers’ pick. To help with this mock draft, I used the fanspeak on the clock simulator.

Indianapolis Colts 7 Round Mock Draft: Building up the Defense

The 2019 NFL draft is less than a month away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Indianapolis Colts’ pick. To help with this mock draft, I used the fanspeak.com/ontheclock/ simulator.

Washington Redskins 7 Round Mock Draft: A Future at Quarterback?

The 2019 NFL draft is less than a month away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Washington Redskins’ pick.

Post Free Agency NFL Mock Draft: Round One

The 2019 NFL draft is just under six weeks away and with free agency mostly over, NFL teams can focus on upcoming pro days and the draft. With some teams filling their top needs and others having new needs to fill, mock drafts are starting to under go serious changes.

Houston Texans Season Review: The Future is Bright

The 2017 season was looking so bright as rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was setting the league on fire. Then a torn ACL in practice ended his season and the Houston Texans went on to win just one of their last nine games, but with a healthy Watson, the 2018 season had high hopes. However, the season started off very ugly. The Texans started the season 0-3 including with loses to the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants. Facing the Indianapolis Colts in week four, the Texans’ season flip 180 degrees within one snap.

Ideal Fantasy Football Landing Spots for the Top Free Agents

Now that the 2019 NFL combine is behind us, free agency is just around the corner. Every fan base will be excited or will be disappointed based on what kind of moves their team makes. Meanwhile, fantasy football players are keeping a close eye on where the top free agents land. This year’s free agency class isn’t very good offensively, so there will be a plenty of competition for the top players’ services. I determined the top 12 free agents (offensive guys only, no IDP names here) and picked out the best landing spot for their 2019 redraft fantasy value.

Post-Combine Positional Rankings Series

The 2019 NFL combine has come and gone while many players had great days, some had horrible ones. Now the scouts will go back to the tape to confirm what they saw at the combine. Some people will be swayed too much from the 40 times or the bench press but the tape is still the most important element when evaluating a player. Because of that, my rankings didn’t change much from pre-combine to post combine. However, there were some adjustments and below are my post combine rankings for each position.

Dallas Cowboys Season Review

The 2018 season was like night and day for the Dallas Cowboys. After starting the season 3-4, the Cowboys traded for Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver Amari Cooper and the whole season turned around. With Cooper on the roster, the Cowboys won seven of their last nine games and took home the NFC East title for the second time in three years. After winning their home playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, 24-22, the Cowboys lost to the Los Angeles Rams 30-22 in the divisional round.

New England Patriots Season Review: Another Year, Another Title

On February 3rd, 2019 the New England Patriots took part in their fourth Super Bowl in the last five seasons; winning their third during that streak. Unlike the previous three appearances where the Patriots scored an average of 31.7 points per game, they were only able to put up 13 against the Los Angles Rams. However, a win is a win and Tom Brady couldn’t care less about how the score looks. With Brady’s sixth Super Bowl win, the argument for greatest quarterback of all time is pretty much over. In a season that had more drama and mistakes than usual the Patriots still came out on top, winning it’s sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

The Scorecrow Top 100 NFL Players: 80-61

The writers at TheScorecrow.com decided to get together and come up with their version of a Top 100 NFL players from the 2018 season. Each writer was invited to submit a ranked list of their top 25 NFL players. The votes were then counted using a weighted average method. This means that a 1st place vote was worth more than a 25th place vote.

Players ranked 1st on a list received 25 points, 2nd = 24 points and so on down to 1 point for a 25th place vote. Each players points were added up and then listed from least to most to generate our list of top 100 players. The top few players were fairly common on all the lists, but after that it was interesting. We hope you enjoy our rankings and would love to read your comments on our list. Special thanks to Beth Sullivan for tabulating the votes and getting this project together.

TheScorecrow.com Writers

The Scorecrow All-Star Break Roundtable

The All-Star break is finally upon us and the first half (or so) of the season is gone, and there have been several surprise developments that have come this season. To talk about what we saw so far this season, a few of our wordsmiths have come together to talk about it.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Five Trade Ideas for Josh Rosen if the Cardinals Draft Kyler Murray

Recently former Oklahoma quarterback and Oakland A’s first round draft pick, Kyler Murray, announced on twitter that he was “firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback”. With Murray 100% committed to playing in the NFL, his draft stock should start to rise.

NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Southwest Division

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six-part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the deadline. The Southwest division is last and here is a trade each team should make. Be sure to check out the previous parts on the Pacific Division, Northwest division, Southeast Division, Central Division, and Atlantic Division.

NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Pacific Division

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the trade deadline. The Pacific division is up next and here is a trade each team should make. Be sure to check out the previous parts on the the Northwest division, Southeast division, Central division and Atlantic division.

NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Northwest Division

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the trade deadline. The Northwest division is up next and here is a trade each team should make. Be sure to check out the previous parts on the the Southeast division, Central division and Atlantic division.

NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Southeast Division

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six-part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the trade deadline. The Southeast division is up next and here is a trade each team should make. Be sure to check out the previous parts on the Central Division and the Atlantic Division.

NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Central Division

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the trade deadline. The Central division is up next and here is trade each team should make.

NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Atlantic Division

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six-part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the deadline. The Atlantic division is up first and here is trade each team should make.

Indianapolis Colts Season Review

After missing all of the 2017 season, Andrew Luck returned in 2018 with a BANG! Luck was second in the league in passing touchdowns with 39, second in passing attempts and fifth in passing yards. What all this means is simple; Luck is back to being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Melo Traded to the Bulls, What’s Next?

Yesterday, the Carmelo Anthony drama finally came to an end (for now) as the Houston Rockets traded Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls. Anthony hasn’t played a game since November 11th and the Rockets have been trying to trade him for months.

Seven Trade Options for the Houston Rockets to Replace Clint Capela

Back from the dead, the Houston Rockets have won 14 of their last 18 games and are currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference mainly because James Harden is playing like a mad man. During the winning streak, Harden is averaging 40.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 8.9 assists and 38.4 minutes per game while registering five 30 point triple-doubles. The Rockets have been killed by injuries recently and now rising star center Clint Capela is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a thumb injury.

Washington Redskins Season Review

Congratulations to the Cleveland Browns, you are no longer the laughing stock of the NFL thanks to John Dorsey, the firing of Hue Jackson and Baker Mayfield. That title now belongs to the Washington Redskins.

Way Too Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends

The 2019 NFL season is still several months away but it’s never too early to get ready the fantasy season. With free agency, trades and the NFL draft still to come, many of these players’ fantasy value will change for the upcoming season. In a four part series, I take a shot in the dark and rank the top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for 2019 redraft leagues.

Way Too Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers

The 2019 NFL season is still several months away but it’s never too early to get ready the fantasy season. With free agency, trades and the NFL draft still to come, many of these players’ fantasy value will change for the upcoming season. In a four part series, I take a shot in the dark and rank the top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for 2019 redraft leagues.