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Jets’stock rising with Burress

2 Aug

The Jets sign Plaxico Burress: Don’t look now, but the Jets now have two former Steelers playing prominent roles in their offense. The team re-signed Santonio Holmes earlier in this free-agent frenzy, and now Plaxico Burress will be wearing green after signing a one-year deal with the team. This is a perfect landing spot from a fantasy perspective, as Burress will no doubt be the favorite to replace Braylon Edwards in the pass attack. Considering that he hasn’t played in a football game since 2008, however, fantasy leaguers should expect Burress to have some rust out of the gate. But based on his skills and the favorable situation he enters in the Big Apple, I’d take a chance on the veteran in the middle-to-late rounds as a borderline No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy wideout.
Marion Barber in the Windy City: A former fantasy star in Dallas, Barber has seen his value fall over the last two years. Now in Chicago, I don’t see him suddenly re-emerging into a viable option — especially with Matt Forte ahead of him on the depth chart. Barber, who has averaged 3.8 yards per carry since 2009, could have some late-round appeal if he earns a goal-line role or emerges as Forte’s backup as a potential handcuff, but his days as a prominent fantasy player are clearly over. With Barber in the mix, Chester Taylor could be released.
Sims-Walker lands with the Rams: Remember when Mike Sims-Walker was a potential fantasy sleeper in Jacksonville? Well, he’s back on the radar after signing a one-year deal with St. Louis. With no true No. 1 wide receiver in the mix and Josh McDaniels calling the offensive shots, Sims-Walker will have a chance to produce solid totals. Remember, Brandon Lloyd came out of nowhere last season to become the top-scoring fantasy wideout under McDaniels. I’m not saying Sims-Walker will follow in his footsteps — he needs to be more consistent and stay out of the trainer’s room — but he’s clearly someone to target in the middle-to-late rounds.

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they formed, the American Professional Football Conference, was mostly an informal agreement to play a common schedule and name a champion at the end of each season of play. Teams were allowed to play games outside of the league, and membership was fluid in the early years. Two years later, the league renamed itself the National Football League. Only two teams currently in the NFL, the Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), are founding members.

League membership gradually stabilized throughout the 1920s and 1930s as the league adopted progressively more formal organization. The first official championship game was held in 1933. The NFL stopped signing black players in 1927 but reintegrated in 1946 following World War II. Other changes followed after the war; the office of league President evolved into the more powerful Commissioner post, mirroring a similar move in Major League Baseball. Teams became more financially viable, the last team folding in 1952. By 1958, when that season’s NFL championship game became known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, the NFL was on its way to becoming one of the most popular sports leagues in the United States.

The rival American Football League was founded in 1959. It was very successful, and forced a merger with the older NFL that resulted in a greatly expanded league and the creation of the Super Bowl, which has become the most-watched annual sporting event in the United States. The league continued to expand to its current size of 32 teams. A series of labor agreements during the 1990s and increasingly large television contracts has helped keep the league one of the most profitable and the only major league in the U.S. since 1990 to avoid a major work stoppage

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