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The Good News: I’m now writing for a new site as an Expert Fantasy Football Analyst. The site is SuicideFantasyFootball.com .

The Bad News: Being as how I’m writing for this site, my insanely humorous and intellectual blogging will be few and far between on this blog.

The Great News: You can still read from your favorite Fantasy Blogger at SuicideFantasyFootball.com! On top of reading, you can also play the all new style of Fantasy Football on the site as well! How is it different you may ask? Well, there is no draft whatsoever. You simply pick any NFL player to fill your generic fantasy roster each week. However, the trick is that you can only use a player ONCE the ENTIRE season. Whomever has the most overall points for the season in their respective league wins. There are Free Leagues, $10 Leagues, $50 Leagues, and $100 Leagues. Whomever wins the $50 and $100 leagues wins…wait for it…an all expense paid trip for two to this season’s Superbowl!!! That’s right, for as little as $50, you and a friend can go to the Superbowl for FREE!!!

Here is a video showing how to play and set your lineup.

On top of this new inventive Fantasy League, I am still playing the generic style on CBSSports.com in which I am still looking for a few more fans to fill it before I open it up to the public. $39 Buy in, $200 for 1st place.

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Even though this week is officially Shark Week, I believe last week had more sharks. GM Sharks hunting for the best acquisitions for their team both in the MLB and NFL alike. What else did you think was going to happen when the entire NFL offseason was crammed into just one month? Well, luckily for my readers, you have me. Below is a list of all of the “relevant signings and trades in both the NFL and MLB in case you haven’t been keeping up to par. For all of my fellow Dolphins fans, sadly we still have Chad Henne.

I still have just a few more spots left in my CBS Sports Fantasy Football league. $99 entry. First place receives $600. Open to any friends and/or fans who would like to challenge me. Post comment with interest.

The MLB had a handful of big named trades prior to the recently passed trade deadline. Of the trades that did happen, here are the notable ones:

  • SP Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies to the Indians
  • OF Michael Bourn from the Astros to the Braves
  • OF Hunter Pence from the Astros to the Phillies
  • SP Erik Bedard from the Mariners to the Redsox
  • SS Rafael Furcal from the Dodgers to the Cardinals
  • OF Ryan Ludwick from the Padres to the Pirates
  • SP Jason Marquis from the Nationals to the Diamondbacks
  • OF Jonny Gomes from the Reds to the Nationals
  • SP Edwin Jackson from the Whitesox to the Cardinals
  • OF Colby Rasmus from the Cardinals to the Bluejays
  • OF Carlos Beltran from the Mets to the Giants
  • OF Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs to the Indians
  • 1B Derek Lee from the Orioles to the Pirates

Now the NFL isn’t even close to being wrapped up with trades and free agent signings. However, of what has been done in the week since the NFL has been reinstated from the lockout, below are the notable NFL transactions…so far:

  • Tue: Panthers agree to terms with DE Charles Johnson on 6-year deal.
  • Tue: Seahawks agree to terms with QB Tarvaris Jackson on 2-year deal.
  • Wed: Panthers agree to terms with RB DeAngelo Williams on 5-year deal.
  • Wed.: Redskins send QB Donovan McNabb to Minnesota for draft picks.
  • Wed: Colts agree to terms with S Melvin Bullitt on 3-year deal.
  • Wed.: Jets agree to terms with WR Santonio Holmes on 5-year deal.
  • Wed.: Titans agree to terms with QB Matt Hasselbeck on multiyear deal.
  • Wed.: Seattle agrees to terms with WR Sidney Rice on 5-year deal.
  • Wed.: Chiefs agree to terms with WR Steve Breaston on 5-year deal.
  • Thu: Saints agree to deal RB Reggie Bush to Miami. 
  • Thu: Redskins deal DL Albert Haynesworth to Patriots.
  • Thu: Arizona gets QB Kevin Kolb from Eagles for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, second-round pick.
  • Thu: Patriots acquire Chad Ochocinco from the Bengals for draft picks.
  • Thu: Saints agree to 4-year deal with RB Darren Sproles. 
  • Fri: Falcons agree to 5-year deal with DE Ray Edwards. 
  • Fri: Eagles agree to 5-year deal with CB Nnamdi Asomugha.
  • Fri: Eagles agree to 1-year deal with QB Vince Young.
  • Sat: Eagles sign defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to a 5-year deal.
  • Sun: Jets agree to 1-year deal with wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

The longest lockout in NFL history is halted at 136 days after the NFLPA and it’s representatives voted 32-0 on the new CBA that was proposed by owners just a few days ago. Football is back! I’m even more excited than this kitten! Sure they still have to tweak it a bit, but transactions are now underway! Free agency. Trades. Rookie signings. The whole nine yards. Most importantly, for us fans, fantasy football is good to go. There are a multitude of top tier free agents available and we can only hope that our favorite teams sign them. We were all discussing with our friends how the transition to Fantasy Hockey when the NFL season was cancelled would frustrate us all (no hate for the hockey fans). Now, we don’t have to worry about it. It’s time to start prepping those cheat sheets and tracking those offseason injuries/surgeries.

For those who haven’t had a chance to check out my latest eBook, be sure you do for it is filled with information on not only how to play fantasy football, but how to win at it. Click here to purchase.

In the near future I will be posting links to mock drafts and rankings from both the top sports sites and myself. I’m also looking to fill a CBS Sports fantasy football league with my friends and fans. $99 to play. Simply comment to this post if interested.

Look at the bright side, we have 10 years before we have to go through this same shindig all over again 🙂

The network underlines a prejudice.

News came in today that the (greedy) owners have proposed and approved a new 200 paged CBA. Now we just need the players association to agree to it. However, if it is not fair to the players, I’m fine with missing out on the entirety of the preseason. So far we have already lost the entire first week of preseason games including the Hall of Fame game. I’m personally saddened about the HoF game because I had recently visited (and kicked a field goal on) the field. What I am hearing from ESPN and reading from NFL player tweets is that it doesn’t look like it was everything the players association needed to see. Thus, don’t get excited just yet.

Good News: Players can start coming to camp and Free Agency is now open immediately following the NFLPA acceptance of the new CBA (July 27th at 2pm to be exact). Time for my phins to sign one of the many intriguing QBs on the market. Carson Palmer and Kevin Kolb to name a few.

Bad News: The players association have until Tuesday to vote. Players are commenting that such an early end cap makes them feel rushed to a very serious situation.

Good News: The new proposed CBA is a 10 year contract. So if it DOES get accepted, we have 10 years before another annoying lockout offseason happens.

Bad News: Everyone seems way too excited about the news of today EXCEPT for the NFL players themselves. I just want 16 games (plus playoffs…hopefully) of Dolphins football.

I’ve said before that anyone is expendable in Fantasy Baseball. Being able to figure out which players to add and which to drop is the main tool for winning your games and season. If you have a job where you are at your computer often or have no life and live in your parent’s cellar, then you MIGHT be able to handle daily pay-to-play fantasy baseball leagues (as opposed to weekly lineups). The intensity of it all is very stressful, so hopefully you are getting your money’s worth if you win. Most leagues have at least 4 teams who “know what they’re doing.” You have to be on your computer 7 days a week at the day’s specific roster-lock time to acquire new starting pitchers that start in the following 48 hours and drop those who started the day of (those who aren’t your studs you keep year round anyway). It’s tough stuff. If it were easy, they’d call it cheerleading 🙂

This week I did some intensive cleanup with my batting lineup. I dropped previously hot, big name players like Grady Sizemore (OF), Jeff Francoeur (OF), Logan Morrison (OF), and Kelly Johnson (2B). They are big names and scored well earlier, however they weren’t pulling their weight. I knew most of these players would be picked up by other teams within a week or so but I needed players who were scoring points NOW and not THEN. The players I had been tracking or “scouting” for a week or more and decided it was time to give them a spot on my roster were Danny Espinosa (2B), Michael Bourn (OF), Ty Wigginton (1B/2B/3B/OF), and J.J. Hardy (SS). Boy did it pay off BIG TIME! In the 3 days I started Wigginton he hit 3 HRs. Bourn racked up stolen bases like they were candy, and the others hit their share of HRs and RBIs as well. I’d also like to add that my 2nd batter drafted, Evan Longoria (3B) wents nuts this week and clocked in 45.5 points for me (thus earning the blog pic honors). I usually get excited when my batters score 20 in a week. He was injured most of the first two months and didn’t really do much since, but this week he started batting with no gloves and it looks like it will stay that way. I have one batter left currently playing and I have already locked down the highest point total for the week, surpassing the second highest point total by 130 points! My main problem all season has been my batting lineup not doing their job, thus relying on my constant adding/dropping of pitchers for wins. Now I can be less stressed if I keep scoring 547 points (CBS scoring) a week with my batters doing their part.

You should ALWAYS be scouting players, all players, everyone. When someone gets hot, ride it. When they get cold, drop them in a heartbeat. When you don’t win the championship you will look back at those who didn’t help you and wish you would’ve dropped them. Do yourself a favor, start hot players, win the moolah.

The Dallas Mavericks gained over a million more fans by simply going into the Finals as soon as Heat and/or LeBron haters got news of the Heat advancing to the NBA Finals. I personally was never a fan of the Heat, but was never a Heat “hater”. However, the nonsense of the offseason with LeBron having a televised announcement of where he was “taking his talents to” was a nail in the coffin for me. News flash LeBron, Michael Jordan was never a douche AND he was on Space Jam…Space Jam. You want Jordan status and you act like a moron. You want to leave Cleveland? Sure, leave. Sign a new contract with another team in the offseason. Done deal. Don’t make a sideshow and have events just to give your big head more media attention. You do that with your playing (and by playing, I mean actually scoring points in the 4th quarter of NBA Finals games).

Props to the Dallas Mavericks on their first NBA title. They deserved it. They earned it. I was never a Mavs fan but I have always liked Dirk Nowitzki and his work ethic. The Mavs simply wanted ONE title while the “big 3” talked about winning “6 or 7 or 8”. Greedy little boys. Maybe they’ll make it to the Finals again in “6 or 7 or 8” years. When asked in a press conference immediately following game 6, LeBron was asked if he felt like he “choked”. Instead of answering with the obvious “yes” any REAL captain or leader of a team would answer in the same situation, he passed on the opportunity to blame himself (since he did the majority of the sucking) to Dwayne Wade sitting to his left. It’s frustrating when someone who acts so childish at times makes so much money and has so much skill. Maybe it’s poor parenting. Maybe it’s due to his early entrance into the NBA and lack of college life. Either way, it’s time to give baby Bron-Bron his binky.

Who do you think the greatest shortstop of all time is? Derek Jeter who has the multitude of championships? Cal Ripken Jr. who has the consecutive starts record? Alex Rodriguez who is making his way atop the *tainted* home run record leader board? (yes he is a 3rd baseman for the Yankees now but prior to that he was an MVP at shortstop). If you think that neither of these three qualify for greatest ever at their position, then feel free to click that option while commenting who you think IS the greatest shortstop of all time. Personally, I’m hoping Hanley Ramirez gets his butt in gear and starts on the path towards being considered for such an honor (and by Hanley Ramirez, I mean any Florida Marlins player)