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The Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, August 22, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

Wrestlemania Wrapup: Missed Opportunities Galore

Nothing like hyping a big debut on “the grandest stage of them all” … And then taking a 0-9, -$310 face plant, including a bet so bad that $60 were gone before a bell even rang. The only way to describe this premiere? Me on the receiving end of all of these:

 

You might think a night of rest could help ease the sting…let me assure you this is not the case. Truly, this Instagram post from Barstool is the only accurate capture of facing Monday after such a train wreck night.

 

But I’ve already bitched and complained enough. It’s time to learn what’s needed, eat the loss, and move full steam ahead with my original goal:

Going down as the best fantasy football blog of all time. Someday, I’ll be wiping with $310.

Before continuing this quest, though, let’s breakdown the action, look at the future implications, and put a final bow on Wrestlemania 32.

Overall Wrestlemania Review

I found the night as a whole to be like a bump of the white powder — The initial rush was there with some highly entertaining big spots and returns:

 

  • The Intercontinental Title Ladder Match had some INSANE spots, despite a weak finish
  • Similarly, the in-ring pace + impressive moves sets from AJ Styles and Jericho was exactly what we’ve come to expect from these two. Unfortunately alike, the finish left a lot to be desired
  • Shane leaping from the 20 foot steel Cell and “exploding” through the announcer table.
  • Ambrose eating copious amounts of chair following a massive F5. Him kissing the barb wire bat moments earlier.
  • Stone Cold stunning Xavier Woods and Rusev (highly underrated sell) into new worlds. The fresh cracking of an HBK Sweet Chin delivered square to Barret’s jaw. A sweaty Mandible Claw shoved into Sheamus’ throat. Three WWE icons perfectly executing their historic finishers and pounding beers together in front of over 100,000.
  • Freaking Shaquille O’neal saw in-ring action.

Despite these transcendental moments, very little about this ‘Mania feels impactful for our current roster. In fact, all the poor bookings and blown chances boil and stew like the next day hangover after a night of nose candy.

The horrendous ‘Mania finish was problem number one. You need to send off the greatest spectacle in sports entertainment with a bang, not a whimper. A final memory so big even non-wrestling fans want to know more.

Instead, we were left with the dull, predictable image which fans have been vehemently rejecting for months: a baby face Reigns being stuffed down our throats.

Precluding this send-off image, the Reigns and HHH’s Championship Match was equally unmemorable.  It couldn’t hold a candle to the Divas Championship Match in terms of in-ring action, or HIAC for “holy shit” moments.  It just felt, bleh. Not the final taste WWE should’ve left in our mouths.

Ultimately, the problems stem far beyond just a lame finish. What’s far more concerning is that so many deserving talents where placed in a position to make tremendous progress, and instead they end the night in reverse.  In a night where many could’ve legitimately emerged Superstars, the only real lasting impact was that of a Divas match that completely reshaped the division’s perception and future.

I offer more on how exactly ‘Mania 32 could’ve established a whole new era of talent. In fewer words, they missed some serious opportunities to truly push Kevin Owens & The Intercontinental Belt, AJ Styles as a legit face, and The New Day as truly dominant in the ring in addition to on the mic. Not a single one of these happened, and I don’t see the logic behind delaying the future.

Reigns seems similarly trapped. Without a serious heel turn, and ideally a spokesperson a la Paul Heyman, he  appears destined to flop miserably as a babyface. Wrestlemania could’ve provided a complete 360 degree and fresh start character. Instead, it only fanned the fire that’s already burning Roman’s potential to the ground.

Even Ambrose feels unmoved.  Sure, he and Lesnar maintained solid intensity and told a strong story throughout their match. But it didn’t leave that, “Wow, that was fucking awesome” taste in your mouth like a Mick Foley + Edge battle. Call me sick, but their was plenty of punishment potential left untapped; I think we all wanted to see Ambrose get pushed to the limit a bit more to see how much he truly can take. I still love the Lunatic Fringe, but he doesn’t leave ‘Mania with wildly improved value.

As mentioned, the Divas Championship battle is the lone exception here. The near taps, near pins, crazy counters and high flying action absolutely tore AT&T Stadium to the ground, and has elevated the entire female wrestling landscape to unforeseen heights. Call it sexist, but I  didn’t think I’d see the day where “divas” would put on the match Wrestlemania would be remembered by, and I’m genuinely excited for the new era of wrestling these ladies are ushering.

Oh, and Shaq showed the world why he could be a WWE Megastar. Free Agent priority #1 for you, Vince.

But ultimately, this felt like a fairly massive step back on a night where a huge leap forward was possible. Yes, we had a few “wow” moments that kept us energized, even captivated, for spurts. Still, this felt like a huge missed opportunity and some very questionable booking.

A day later, with the rush far gone, the WWE should take a long, sad look into the mirror and make some false-promises to never, ever snort blow again.

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