Jay Castro’s NFL Predictions For 2012

Oh no, the boy’s at it again! I’ve had a few too many beers tonight…enough to make me about as clairvoyant as Nostradamus and Cayce. And so, I present to you my NFL picks for 2012. Read more of this post


Fantasy Baseball with PhdinWeed: Week 7 recap, Week 8 Preview

Another week, another victory for Fister? Barely Knew Her. This week was expected to be much tougher than it ended up, thanks mostly to my opponent’s starting pitching not doing much. Final score was Fister 341, Cardinals 272. Read more of this post

Fantasy Baseball with PhDinWeed: Week 6 Recap, Week 7 Preview

It seems like I am forever apologizing in these columns, and must do so again. As I am the father of 2 autistic kids and also hold down 2 jobs, this column kind of fell by the wayside this week. The format is a little different, as I did not document things day by day.

The opponent: Reginald Denny’s Traveling All Stars. I was intially quite nervous heading into this matchup, as my opponent had more starts from his pitching staff than I did. However, good fortune smiled upon me (again) when Javy Guerra was demoted from the closer role for the Dodgers after lineups locked. Good fortune continued to smile upon me when Troy Tulowitzki missed a few games with a nagging injury, and late in the week, Mark Reynolds went on the DL. In addition, his two starts from Joe Saunders actually COST him 3 points. Read more of this post

Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed: Week 5 Recap, Week 6 Preview

Fresh off a blowout victory, Fister? Barely Knew Her is up against some stiff competition this week: the infamous Bob L. It would be really nice to get another victory this week, but I don’t think it will come easy. When you look at the lineups, you will see why. Read more of this post

Fantasy Baseball with PhDinWeed: Week 4 Recap, Week 5 Preview

Ah, a new week beckons. Not a moment too soon, either, as my team put on a horrendous showing last week, scoring the fewest points of any team in the league. Hopefully this week will bring different results.

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Boo-Ya! The lineup is alive! Home runs by Hosmer, Sandoval, Braun, and Upton fuel my first day charge, along with Chris Capuano’s 7 innings of 1-run ball. My opponent had Jair Jurrjens get him a negative 4 points. At the end of the first day, I am leading 70-9.


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Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed: Week 3 Recap, Week 4 Preview

As stated in the closing of my last column, this week is likely to be a challenge for me as my opponent Blowing Farts (we are all obviously very mature) is poised to out-start me 11-7, including 2 from Roy Halladay. I also wish to reconcile my last article which stated I would be updating daily. I meant that I would be updating my WEEKLY post on a DAILY basis, not posting daily.


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Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed: Week 2 Recap, Week 3 Preview

I feel the need to apologize again for my last article. It was hastily written and very sloppy. I have decided to employ a new approach to this column, which I will update daily. This will keep things fresh in my head and be a better experience for you, the reader (of which there are at least 7.) There is a new team name for my squad: Fister? Barely Knew Her.


The lineups for this period look like this:


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Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed: Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Forecast

What an eventful first week in fantasy baseball! Not a great week for closers, as blown saves were the order of the week. Mariano Rivera, Sergio Santos, Jose Valverde and Heath Bell were among the big names to blow saves in the opening week.

Ok, let’s get to my week 1 recap. You may recall in my last article I stated that the short week and uncertainty in pitching rotations made it tough to set a lineup in weekly leagues. Due to this uncertainty, I picked up Jeff Samardzija off of waivers and dropped Ryan Raburn. It was a move I didn’t want to make, but it actually turned out well, as you will see below.

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Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed: Draft Recap & Week 1 Analysis

I know I told you all I would have this post up on Friday, but hey, what do you expect from a guy named PhDinWeed? You have my word that every Monday morning throughout the baseball season there will be a fresh article waiting for you, the faithful reader.

So the draft in my “big money” league ($335 per team, includes food and booze!) was held in Downtown Manhattan on March 29th. My co-owner and I were set to pick 6th out of 12.

Brimming with the confidence that only back to back championships can bestow, we agreed to trade our 6th pick to the team picking 12th for the first 6 rounds of the draft AND let the other team retain their #1 waiver priority. Little did we know what a genius move this would turn out to be. Read more of this post

A Fantasy Baseball Apology From PhDinWeed

I apologize for starting my preseason rankings, getting catcher and 1B published, and then completely dropping off the face of the earth. Shit got hectic for a while, but all is now well.

Tonight is my big money league fantasy draft. I’ll be following this article up with a draft recap tomorrow, and then posting a weekly column every Sunday, recapping the previous week and forecasting the week ahead.

My qualifications? See below. Read more of this post

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Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed, Issue 2, 1B Rankings

Hello, fellow fantasy nerds. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Below are my rankings for 1B. If you missed my catcher rankings, you can see them here. Please note that in this section, I am only including players who either played 1B as their PRIMARY position last year, or are expected to this year. I am not including players like Carlos Santana or Mark Reynolds. Read more of this post

Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed, Issue 1: Catcher Rankings

So now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time to turn our attention to baseball. Most MLB clubs have their starting lineups for the most part, and the only big name free agent still on the market is Roy Oswalt. That means its time for the most exciting part of the year (for nerds): FANTASY BASEBALL TIME! Read more of this post

Fantasy Matchup: 1998 NY Yankees vs. 1927 NY Yankees

Written by Contributor John Schiesser 

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1998 World Series Champions

The New York Yankees are the most celebrated franchise in all of sports with 27 World Series Championships. Throughout MLB’s history, some of the best players have worn pinstripes.

I won’t even start naming the players because it will take all day, but I came up with an interesting scenario. What if two of the best Yankee teams in history faced each other at Yankee Stadium?

Imagine sitting front row at Yankee Stadium to see this game?


Obviously we will never see this game, but if you use your imagination along with statistics, you can get a good idea at what would happen.

So we are sitting in our seats behind the dugout, and the 1998 New York Yankees take the field. The home crowd yells their heads off at a sold out Yankee stadium. Derek Jeter runs out to his short stop position and throws the ball around the infield.

Then all of a sudden a team with the same uniform comes out. The 1998 NY Yankees all seem confused. The guy up in the bleachers drops his beer in shock and awe. Kids in the stands tug at their dads shirts saying, “who are they?”

It is the 1927 New York Yankees ladies and gentlemen, and they are back and ready to play ball. The starting lineups are announced and the stadium goes wild.

Earle Combs steps up to the plate to face Left handed pitcher Andy Pettitte.

Earle Combs

Earle Combs is one of the best lead off hitters ever


Here is a look at both teams starting lineups:

1927 Yankees Position Players

Name               Pos                  AVG                                        HR RBI R SB
Earle Combs CF .356 6 64 137 15
Mark Koenig SS .285 3 62 99 3
Babe Ruth RF .356 60 164 158 7
Lou Gehrig 1B .373 47 175 149 10
Bob Meusel LF .337 8 103 75 24
Tony Lazzeri 2B .309 18 102 92 22
Joe Dugan/Pat Collins 3B /C .269 /.275 2 /7 43 /36 44 /38 1 /0


1998 Yankee’s Position Players

Chuck Knoblauch 2B .265 17 64 117 31
Derek Jeter SS .324 19 84 127 30
Paul O Neill RF .317 24 116 95 15
Bernie Williams CF .339 26 97 101 15
Tino Martinez 1B .281 28 123 92 2
Chad Curtis LF .243 10 56 79 21
Jorge Posada C .268 17 63 56 0
Scott Brosius 3B .300 19 98 86 11


Pitching Matchup                  W                 L             ERA               WHIP            IP____

Andy Pettitte   (98)                 16                 11             4.24                1.447           216.1

Waite Hoyt      (27)                 22                  7              2.63                1.155           256.1


Team Advantages

Offense- 1927 Yankees

When you have a lineup with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig you’re going to score runs.

I respect Andy Pettitte but his 4.24 ERA shows he will give up his fair share of runs. Having to face the dreaded “Murderers Row” I see Pettitte getting scored on.

Hall Of Famer Earle Combs led the league in triples during the ’27 season and batted .356. With the Babe and Lou Gehrig batting behind one of the best leadoff hitters, runs will not be at a premium. However the ’98 Yankees have their share of pop in their lineup. Bernie Williams batted .339 and Paul O Neill drove in 116 runs from the three hole.

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

Defense- 1998 Yankees

If the 1998 Yankees were to win this game their defense will be the reason.

Mark Koenig had 47 errors at shortstop in 1927. Yes you heard that right 47 errors. The outfield for the 1927 Yankees had a combined 41 errors.

The 1998 Yankees were led by gold glove center fielder Bernie Williams.

More bad news for ’27 Yankees is that Hall of famer Waite Hoyt pitched 256 innings but only had 86 strikeouts. That means Waite Hoyt is going to have to depend a lot on that defense with a shortstop that committed 47 errors and an outfield with a combined 41 errors.

This could give the ’98 Yankees the opportunity to make up some runs that the ’27 team will score. That doesn’t mean that the ’98 Yankees defense is flawless. Every Yankee fan who saw that team play knows about some of those throws that Knoblauch has made.

Starting Pitching- 1927 Yankees

This one is really up in the air in my opinion. I know the kind of hitters that Pettitte had to face. There were more pure power hitters during the ’98 season.

However Waite Hoyt walked 54 batters in 256 innings. That control alone is breathtaking. Pettitte’s control cannot be overlooked. 86 walks in 216 innings. That is why if somebody argued against my opinion here I would have to take what they say into consideration. Just based on the walks and the fact that Waite Hoyt is a Hall of Famer gives this category to the ’27 Yankees.

Bullpen- 1998 Yankees

Mariano Rivera

The best closer of all time

The 1927 Yankees did not have Mariano Rivera. If they did Waite Hoyte would not have pitched 256 innings. Mariano Rivera is the best closer of all time. He is so clutch in big spots. Imagine this game came down to the final inning with Mo on the mound up against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Who comes out on top?

I would say Mariano Rivera.



Athletic ability- 1998 Yankees

Players today are just more athletic than the players of the past. Workout regiments are much more intense.

Players today live and breathe baseball. During the offseason players on the ’27 Yankees were not working out at their own personal home gyms. They were working a second job to help support their family.

Baseball did not pay these guys enough to be able to focus purely on working out. Players today have so much money they can focus on working out. They have the best trainers in the world to train them during and after the season.

Grit- 1927 Yankees

Players today are such prima donnas.

They are millionaires playing a kid’s game. I love the game of baseball but players today treat it more like a business. You are  lucky to see a pitcher pitch 200 innings today. Waite Hoyt threw 256 innings along with 23 complete games.

Players today get a little injured and sit out. I am not saying that about all the players on the 1998 Yankees because they were a great team, but I just cannot say they are tougher than the 1927 team.

The Verdict- The 27 Yankees beat the 98 Yankees 6-4

This would be a competitive game to the end. However I just cannot see Andy Pettitte holding off Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

The grit and toughness of the ’27 Yankees will make up for their lack of athletic ability. Waite Hoyt would not be flawless but he would do enough to keep his team from losing. I see Earle Combs having a big game and setting the table for the big hitters in that line up. I see Pettitte getting roughed up early on, but settling in a little bit more as the game goes. Bottom line two great teams from two different eras, they would put on quite a show and it would be competitive all the way through.

PeteyDeez 1st Round NFL Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2012

Who Comes Away With The Best Draft?

Not everyone is looking forward to the NFL Draft…


This is the first of many mock drafts I will post up on the site. I figured now would be a good time to at least get one mock draft up.

So without any hesitation, LETS GET TO IT!

1.) Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford

What did you expect?

The Colts really don’t have any choice in the matter, they must draft Luck especially with Peyton’s health concerns. This is a no-brainer, unless the Colts know something we don’t about Mannings’ condition.

2.) St.Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

Do not be surprised if the Rams trade this pick to gain more picks later in the draft. However, if the Rams hold this pick I fully expect them to take Blackmon. Blackmon is a physical specimen at the wide receiver position and the Rams desperately need a playmaker on the outside to help out Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson.

3.) Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC

Kalil is the best offensive line prospect in the draft and the Vikings could use an anchor for Ponder’s blind side. Nothing improves a quarterbacks development than knowing he won’t get crushed from behind.

4.) Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor

This is where it can get very interesting. Robert Griffin is a special talent at the quarterback position and the Browns could really use an offensive threat. Also, do not be surprised if the Browns trade up for RG3 (trade with Rams) this pick could either be Griffin or Blackmon.

5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU

Tampa Bay was a complete disaster on defense last year. A major need for this team I believe is cornerback, even though I can also see Tampa taking Coples out of North Carolina. However, the need is more pressing at corner, with Ronde on the verge of retirement and Talib’s legal issues, the Bucs get their man at #5.

6.) Washington Redskins – Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama

DeAngelo Hall questioning his own talent in the NFL gives me enough reason to think the Redskins go corner at #6. In addition, the depth at corner for the Redskins is very thin.

Kirkpatrick is a 6’2″ 192 pound beast at cornerback. I know Redskin fans want a quarterback, but it would be a huge reach for the next quarterback in line (Ryan Tannehill).

7.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

This could be a bit of reach for Jacksonville at #7 but the need is too great to ignore in the first round. Jacksonville NEEDS to find a playmaker on the outside to help out Gabbert’s development and to keep defenses from keying on MJD.

Floyd is 6’3 and 228 pounds and is just what the doctor ordered for Jacksonville. Floyd has made plays throughout his college career with sub-par quarterbacks, well see how he performs with Gabbert.

8.) Miami Dolphins – Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker,  Alabama

With Jason Taylor gone, the Dolphins will need to fill the void and Upshaw is a perfect fit. I HATE the fact the Dolphins will be drafting one of the elite pass rushing prospects in this draft but it is one of their biggest needs. Fans will clamor for a quarterback, but it is too much of a reach here.

9.) Carolina Panthers – Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

The Panthers were awful against the run this season. Ron Rivera gets his nose tackle and run stopper for his 3-4 scheme. Still measures up at 6’4 and 305 pounds, he may seem a little light for the nose tackle spot but he is an absolute terror in the middle.

10.) Buffalo Bills – Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina

Couples has excellent upside but can be a bit of risk here at #10. It is no secret Coples motor is a question mark, but it is hard to pass up a 6’6 272 pound pass rusher. Coples fits in the 3-4 scheme the Bills employ with his size and athleticism. The Bills desperately need a pass rush and Coples fills that need.

11.) Kansas City Chiefs – Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

Kansas City needs to get better up front and Reiff is the perfect fit. Iowa is a smashmouth program (they love to run the ball) and Reiff was a big part of their running success this year. Iowa’s Head Coach Kirk Ferentz also happens to be general manager Scott Pioli’s trusted friend.

12.) Seattle Seahawks – Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina

Despite being undersized (6’2 230 pounds) Brown will come in and immediately make an impact at the WILL (Weak side linebacker). LeRoy Hill was very suspect for the Seahawks this past season and I can see the Seahawks making this move, marking the end of Hill as a Seahawk.

13.) Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

The Cardinals need to invest in their O-line to  keep Kolb off his back. Martin can bring a much-needed attitude to this offensive line and can step in immediately and start.

14.) Dallas Cowboys – Luke Kuechly, Inside Linebacker, Boston College

The Cowboys secondary is awful, but with no elite talent available I find it hard to believe the Cowboys will reach. Instead I see them filling another need, an inside linebacker to pair with Sean Lee.

15.) Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Adams, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

The Eagles had a hard time protecting Vick this season so suring up the offensive line is a must. Adams has great size at 6’6 320 and will not only help in the pass game but in the run game also.

16.) New York Jets – Mark Barron, Strong Saftey, Alabama

The Jets get the #1 rated strong safety in this year’s draft class. Barron is 6’2 218 pounds, so he definitely has great size for a strong safety. Also coming out of Alabama where Saban has complicated defense packages definitely helps his cause. Finally, Eric Smith will be back on special teams

17.) Cincinnati Bengals  – Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama

The Bengals get GREAT value here at #17. With Benson getting up there in age the Bengals pick up the perfect heir apparent. Richardson is a beast, he has great speed,quickness, and power. Basically he has all the tools to be a great running back in this league. What a great trio Cincy has with Dalton,Green, and Richardson.

18.) San Diego Chargers – Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Tight End

Gates and McMichael are both getting old and are injuries waiting to happen. San Diego gets some insurances here with Allen at #18. Allen has great hands and is a better blocker than most think. He fits well in San Diego and having Phillip Rivers throwing you the ball does help.

19.) Chicago Bears – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, Wide Receiver

The Bears finally draft a wide out in the first round and give Cutler someone else to throw to besides Matt Forte. Jeffery will be hard to pass up, at 6’4 229 pounds he would be an excellent target for Cutler to throw to and help open up the run for Forte.

20.) Tennessee Titans – David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Stanford

The Titans had a horrific time trying to run the ball with Chris Johnson. I fault Chris for holding out but the offensive line didn’t make it any easier for him.  DeCastro will be a welcomed addition to the Titans if the Cowboys do not take him.

21.) Cincinnati Bengals – Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback, Nebraska

Bengals need to upgrade their secondary and someone on the other side of Leon Hall. Dennard has good man-to-man coverage skills and is very strong. 5’10 205 pounds of solid muscle, this would be a gift if he fell to Cincy.

22.) Cleveland Browns – Andrew Datko, Offensive Right Tackle, Florida State

Cleveland solidifies the offensive line and gets a good offensive line prospect to play opposite of Joe Thomas.

23.) Detriot Lions – Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama

Character might be an issue here with Jenkins. Jenkins was an absolute beast at Florida  but got in trouble with the law. Jenkins transferred to North Alabama and stayed out of trouble. Now he is a first round pick, good for you Jenkins.

24.) Pittsburgh Steelers – Don’ta Hightower, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

I Love this pick for Pittsburgh. With Farrior getting old, The Steelers draft the perfect player to fill in when Farrior is gone. Also the tandem of Timmons and Hightower in the middle is great, both are hard-hitting run stoppers that can also play coverage.

25.) Denver Broncos – Chase Minnifield, Cornerback, Virginia

With Dwayne Allen drafted and no other legit first round talent tight end available, I see the Broncos addressing the cornerback position. Minnifield had a solid career at Virginia however, Virginia played a lot of zone coverage which can be a problem because of how much man coverage the Broncos play.

26.) Houston Texans – Jason Hill, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech

Hill has a monstrous 6’5 200 pound frame and will thrive in Houston. The only weakness I see with this team is their #2 receiver. With teams concerned with Foster/Tate/Andre Johnson, Hill has an inside track  for Rookie of The Year in 2012.

27.) New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

The Patriots NEED defense, look for them to address their defensive needs starting with the defensive line. Worthy is a great inside pass rusher and run stopper.

28.) Green Bay Packers – Whitney Mercilus, Defensive End, Illinois

The Packers also are in need of defensive help, especially on the defensive line. Mercilus was great in college and was always in the backfield. Mercilus gives the Packers a pass rush that is much-needed.

29.) San Francisco 49ers – Mohammed Sanu, Wide Receiver, Rutgers

The 49ers need someone besides Vernon Davis to stretch the field. Sanu may not have top-tier speed, but his production at Rutgers can not go unnoticed, this kid is a play-maker.

30.) Baltimore Ravens – Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin

With Matt Birk retiring at the end of the season, the Ravens have a need at the center position. Konz is the #1 rated Center in the draft and fits in perfectly when Birk retires.

31.) New York Giants – Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State

Cox is 6’4 300 pounds and is a great pass rusher and run stopper at the defensive tackle position. The Giants need to get bigger on the defensive front to help with stopping the run. Cox is a beast and Giants get great value at the 31st pick.

32.) New England Patriots – Jared Crick, Defensive End, Nebraska

Crick along with Worthy add strength and pass rush ability to the defensive front for New England. If the Patriots want to get back to becoming a dominant defense they need to re-vamp their front line.

Hope you enjoyed!

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