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Monday, September 26, 2016
Rasmusson Earns Summit League Award

NDSU junior setter/outside hitter Brianna Rasmusson has been named the Summit League Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for her performance September 19-25.

Rasmusson collected her first career Offensive Player of the Week award after leading the Bison to a pair of conference victories at home, beating Oral Roberts 3-1 on Friday night and sweeping past IUPUI in three set on Saturday night.

Brianna recorded two 40-plus assist matches during the opening week of conference play, including a career-high 54 assists in her fourth double-double (54 assists, 18 digs) of the season in the four-set win over Oral Roberts. For the week, she averaged 13.57 assists per set.

Rasmusson is a 2014 graduate of Fergus Falls High School.

Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, September 22, 2016
WFS (NFL Week 3)

WFS – NFL Week 3
Thursday is my favorite day of the week and football season just adds to the list of reasons why. Once basketball season kicks off I don’t really know why Friday’s are considered a work day, but I don’t make the rules so I just set multiple alarms instead. NDSU football, Vikings football, and Turnover stats lead the way as we strategerize another week.

Deja vu anyone? Another NDSU year and another NDSU win versus an FBS school looking for an easy win. We all know how this story has ended the last 5 years; this will be fun to watch. Great segue to our first NFL headline from Week 2.

Week 2 Review
1. NDSU alum Carson Wentz, the number two overall draft pick, is the first rookie QB in NFL history to start and win his team's first two games of the season with no turnovers. Let that sink in for a moment – yep I’m impressed. Meanwhile, number one overall pick Jared Goff actually got to wear his jersey on the sidelines last game instead of street clothes… baby steps Jared.

2. I stand firm in my Week 1 assessment of both Aaron Rodgers and the Viking defense, but something had to give when the two collided Sunday. Defense won the day by forcing timely turnovers that sealed our narrow victory. Oh yeah, Stefon Diggs and Sam Bradford were there too, I’ll get to them later. The Week 16 rematch at Green Bay should be another classic battle with playoff implications looming. Get well soon AP!

3. Kelvin Benjamin and Von Miller are really good. Von was up to his old tricks again and Kelvin is just getting started on his comeback player of the year tour. And I’m still waiting on Todd Gurley to prove me right; hopefully I don’t have to wait much longer.

4. Saints and Giants combined to score one offensive TD! After a record setting 13 last year? Giants’ defense might be really good and weather conditions are obviously a major factor in the NFL.

Week 3 Schedule
This week I am listing all skill position players from each game that average 10 or more fantasy points per game based on a scoring format in which one reception equals one point; also known as Point Per Reception (PPR). QB’s need to be above 15 average points per game to make the list.

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots <> Thursday 7:25pm
I learned last week not to underestimate Bill Belichick, but he only had 4 days to prepare 3rd string QB Jacoby Brisset for JJ Watt and the stingy Texans defense. I expect this game to be low-scoring, but I expected that last Thursday night too. This would be a good time for the best TE in football, Rob Gronkowski, to play his first game of the season. Use him if he plays, along with these other fantasy options.

WR DeAndre Hopkins 21.85
WR Will Fuller 21.05
RB LeGarrette Blount 16.65
RB Lamar Miller 15.2
WR Julian Edelman 14.9
TE Martellus Bennett 14.9
WR Danny Amendola 13.9
WR Chris Hogan 12.45
DST Texans 11

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers <> Sunday 12:00pm
I’m diggin’ Diggs!! Sorry I had to. A tough game here as our team goes on the road to play the defending NFC Champions who are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. This game will hinge on the Offensive-line for the Vikings. The most impressive part of Sam Bradford’s first game was how he stood in a collapsing pocket, took multiple hits, and got right back up to do it again. If we want him to stay healthy we must protect him better or it will be a short honey-moon and a wasted trade. If we get down early it will be a tall task to comeback, but this defense has proven that it can score for us so hopefully we can force a few more mistakes this week and get a tough road win.

QB Cam Newton 28.49
WR Stefon Diggs 28.2
WR Kelvin Benjamin 26.95
TE Greg Olsen 20.25
QB Sam Bradford 19.14
DST Vikings 16.5
TE Kyle Rudolph 11.3
DST Panthers 11
RB Fozzy Whittaker 10.4

Washington @ New York Giants <> Sunday 12:00pm
Kirk Cousins gambled on himself this off-season by not negotiating a long-term contract, and now he faces the most pressure of his career after starting 0-2 in two home games. I don’t like his chances on the road against a Giants team that has built some early momentum. Feels like a FFF alert here, but I have cold feet after the dud last week.

QB Kirk Cousins 18.76
WR Sterling Shepard 18
QB Eli Manning 17.8
WR Odell Beckham Jr. 13.95
WR Jamison Crowder 13.85
WR DeSean Jackson 13.1
WR Victor Cruz 12.75
TE Jordan Reed 12.7
RB Chris Thompson 10.35

Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals <> Sunday 12:00pm
2-0 defending Superbowl champs have to take their show on the road for the first time and as always their defense needs play well to win. If the Bengals can’t establish an early lead and have to abandon the run game they will be in trouble trying to throw against this defense.

RB C.J. Anderson 24.1
WR A.J. Green 22.4
QB Andy Dalton 21.84
RB Giovani Bernard 16.85
DST Broncos 14
WR Demaryius Thomas 12.4
WR Brandon LaFell 10

Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins <> Sunday 12:00pm
Two irrelevant 0-2 teams so the only thing to do here is talk fantasy. Sadly Arian Foster lasted less than two full games before getting injured. Tread carefully with the Dolphin RB situation and just focus on their pass catchers.

QB Ryan Tannehill 21.6
WR DeVante Parker 21.6
RB Isaiah Crowell 20.3
WR Corey Coleman 19.65
WR Jarvis Landry 19.3
QB Josh McCown 16.4

Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars <> Sunday 12:00pm
Ravens are quietly 2-0 and have finally put the right players around Joe Flacco to maximize his strengths as an accurate down-field throwing QB. I like the Jaguars talent as a whole, but it takes more than talent to form a winning team. Still time to pull it together, but they need to win this game if it is going to happen this year.

QB Blake Bortles 21.78
WR Mike Wallace 19.65
QB Joe Flacco 17.1
TE Dennis Pitta 14.55
RB T.J. Yeldon 14.35
TE Julius Thomas 14.25
WR Allen Hurns 11.45
WR Allen Robinson 10.8

Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills <> Sunday 12:00pm
Statement win by the Cardinals in Week 2. I expect them to bond together as an even stronger unit on their first road trip and flex their muscle versus a faltering Bills team that is at the bottom looking up.

WR Larry Fitzgerald 24.1
QB Carson Palmer 23.13
RB David Johnson 20.25
QB Tyrod Taylor 15.46
RB LeSean McCoy 15
DST Cardinals 14.5
WR Marquise Goodwin 11.1

Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans <> Sunday 12:00pm
Both teams need a win to stay on pace with the top teams in their division. I like the future of both teams, but this is a situation where their division opponents are just better. Will be a fun game for me as I like the young talent for both sides. This game could turn into a fast-paced shoot-out if the Titans fall behind early.

QB Derek Carr 25.16
RB DeMarco Murray 22.6
WR Amari Cooper 18.4
QB Marcus Mariota 18.18
RB Latavius Murray 18.15
WR Michael Crabtree 15.4
TE Delanie Walker 13.75
TE Clive Walford 11.25
WR Tajae Sharpe 10.95
RB Jalen Richard 10.6

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers <> Sunday 12:00pm
Let me throw this theory at you: If the Vikings and Packers are really good, then by affiliation alone the Titans and Lions might not be that far behind based on the combination of games played in the first two weeks. Only time will tell. Anyways, FFF alert here!

QB Matthew Stafford 22.8
QB Aaron Rodgers 21.49
RB Theo Riddick 19.15
WR Marvin Jones Jr. 17.65
WR Jordy Nelson 16.75
TE Eric Ebron 12.45
WR Randall Cobb 11.05
WR Anquan Boldin 10.65

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks <> Sunday 3:05pm
Tyler Lockett and Russell Wilson didn’t make the list, but they are interesting plays because the 49ers lead the NFL in plays per game and consequently opponent plays per game. I still don’t trust the Seattle RB situation.

QB Blaine Gabbert 18.61
RB Carlos Hyde 15.25
WR Doug Baldwin 14.6
TE Vance McDonald 11.95
DST 49ers 11.5

Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers <> Sunday 3:05pm
As you can tell by the short list there aren’t many fantasy options here. RB Charles Sims will see an increase in usage as Doug Martin is out due to injury. Let’s go Todd Gurley you need to show up!

WR Mike Evans 19.95
QB Jameis Winston 18.08
WR Kenny Britt 13.05

New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs <> Sunday 3:25pm
Important game for the playoffs as both teams are in a situation where they would be good enough to win other divisions, but are behind in the standings to teams in their own division. Another great game on hand here and that home-field advantage should play a big role for the Chiefs.

RB Matt Forte 27.2
RB Spencer Ware 23.7
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 20.06
WR Eric Decker 19.65
QB Alex Smith 18.83
WR Quincy Enunwa 16.8
WR Jeremy Maclin 15
WR Brandon Marshall 12.65
TE Travis Kelce 10.9

San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts <> Sunday 3:25pm
Two teams that rely on the passing game to win games should provide a high scoring total. Make sure to monitor injuries and how they affect the usage of players moving up on the depth chart in this game. FFF alert is in full effect.

QB Andrew Luck 25.29
WR Travis Benjamin 21.3
RB Melvin Gordon 20.85
QB Philip Rivers 19.71
RB Frank Gore 13.55
TE Jack Doyle 13.1
WR Tyrell Williams 12.1
WR T.Y. Hilton 11
TE Dwayne Allen 10.9

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles <> Sunday 3:25pm
Easily the toughest competition so far for the Eagles and their young QB. If Wentz can keep his no turnover streak going, I think he extends the record that he already set. This is one I will be watching closely.

QB Ben Roethlisberger 23.78
WR Antonio Brown 21.75
WR Jordan Matthews 20.25
QB Carson Wentz 15.91
TE Trey Burton 15.9
RB Ryan Mathews 15.1
WR Nelson Agholor 11.95
TE Zach Ertz 11.8
DST Eagles 10.5
TE Jesse James 10

Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys <> Sunday 7:30pm
The Bears look awful again this year, and if they don’t show signs of life in their second primetime game in a row I will be ready to pull the plug. Dak Prescot just missed the list here, but I like him this week to play well in the real football game as well as the fantasy game.

WR Alshon Jeffery 16.05
WR Eddie Royal 15.45
RB Ezekiel Elliott 13.95
WR Cole Beasley 13.5
RB Jeremy Langford 11.85
TE Jason Witten 11.85
WR Dez Bryant 11

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints <> Monday 7:30pm
Sound the alarm twice here. Both teams are inferior to the Panthers and shouldn’t factor into the playoff race, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy really good offensive players running circles around sub-par defensive players.

QB Matt Ryan 29.6
WR Willie Snead 25.8
WR Brandin Cooks 25.1
QB Drew Brees 24.97
WR Julio Jones 20.6
RB Tevin Coleman 15.9
TE Jacob Tamme 14.8
WR Mohamed Sanu 12.95
WR Michael Thomas 10.7

I mentioned a few specific injury situations this week, but as I mentioned in my Week 2 column you need to always be aware of the Active and In-Active players each week. Good luck again this week. coachsore@yahoo.com

Posted By Shawn Sorenson
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Three Spartans Earn MCAC Southern Division Honors

Three Spartan student-athletes have earned Athlete of the Week Status in the MCAC Southern Division for the week ending September 18.

6’0” sophomore Kayla Pring earned Hitter of the Week honors in volleyball. Pring led the Spartans to a 3-0 week with 41 kills and a .333 attack percentage. She added 4 blocks, 6 aces and 16 digs during the week.

5’7” sophomore Mariah Hansen won her second consecutive All-Around Player of the Week honors with 33 assists, 18 kills, 18 digs, 5 aces and 4 blocks in the three division match victories.  The lady Spartans are 11-3 overall.

Freshman Jared Olsgaard of the Spartan football team was named MCAC Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week. Jared had another outstanding week as he completed 25-of-39 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown, without suffering an interception. In addition, Olsgaard rushed eleven times for another 62 yards and a pair of TD’s.  The Spartans earned their first win of the season, beating Dakota College of Bottineau, ND 38-35.

Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, September 17, 2016
WFS Week 2

Football Week 2 is already in full swing?! With High School, College, and NFL games spread out from Thursday through Monday it can be hard to keep up at times, but I’m ready for more WFS!

In order to improve one must review and analyze past performance. With that in mind, I will apply what I saw from NFL Week 1 games to my Week 1 article so we can look ahead to the Week 2 schedule. Here is the Week 1 link for reference.

First, I need to highlight an essential truth. Injuries are a harsh reality of sports; especially football, and there is no doubt they change the long-term outcome of each season. As we progress through each NFL week it is important to monitor injury reports. Here is a link to the best site that I use.


The two highest profile injuries Week 1 were [SDC~WR]Keenan Allen and [CLE~QB]Robert Girffin III. Both are extremely talented, have a history with injury, and will miss the rest of this season, again :(

**Player team~position format and abbreviations are explained at the bottom of this page**

WFS Review Week 1
--Definitely hit the mark with [MIN~D/ST] and [PHI~QB]Carson Wentz so far! Both have more difficult tasks this week; more on that later. [CLE] looked terrible which is nothing new.
--Don’t underestimate [NEP~Coach]Bill Belichick; especially when he has the entire Pre-Season to prepare for an opponent. [ARI~RB]David Johnson still looked great regardless of his team’s loss.
--Instead of building an early lead, [KCC] used that great home-field advantage to stage the greatest comeback in franchise history. Poor [SDC], they were on a roll until the injury to their best [WR].
--[SEA] blow-out win Yeah not so much. [MIA] missed a big chance to build momentum with a new coach. [SEA~QB]Russell Wilson sprained his ankle and has his work cut out for him this week if he isn’t 100%.
--[LAR~RB]Todd Gurley highlights?? Oops. Don’t overreact here; [MIN~RB]Adrian Peterson also struggled in this same Week 1 late kickoff game last year and finished 1st in NFL rushing yards.
--FFF Alerts! Sounded the figurative alarm 3 times last week and if you had players in your lineup from these games you likely scored well. Was fun to see [DET~RB]Theo Riddick take advantage of his opportunity.
--Did [GBP~QB]Aaron Rodgers and [PIT~WR]Antonio Brown read what I wrote last week? Doubtful, but their Week 1 performances sure looked like they wanted to justify my lofty praise. Thanks fellas!

Final Score: [NYJ] 37 @ [BUF] 31 <> Thursday 7:25pm
Wow this was an unexpected high-scoring game. [NYJ~RB]Matt Forte is up to his old tricks again. Really like [NYJ] this year and hopefully [BUF] can figure it out because the AFC East is usually easy money for the [NEP].

[KCC] @ [HOU] <> Sunday 12:00pm
Revenge game for [HOU] as they were embarrassed by [KCC] in their playoff match-up last year. 28 rush attempts for [HOU~RB]Lamar Miller led the NFL Week 1 and shows me that they want to wear teams down. Also, watch out for rookie [HOU~WR]Will Fuller. [KCC~RB]Spencer Ware should thrive once again. Expecting a great game with a playoff like atmosphere!

[SFF] @ [CAR] <> Sunday 12:00pm
One of my favorite players in 2014 was [CAR~WR]Kelvin Benjamin. He missed all of the 2015 season, but he’s back healthy again and was targeted 12 times Week 1. Watch for him to have a big day and for [CAR] to win big.

[MIA] @ [NEP] <> Sunday 12:00pm
Again, would like to see some competition for the Patriots here as they have won 12 of the last 13 division titles. The one outlier was when [QB]Tom Brady suffered a season ending injury in the first game, and they still managed to finish 11-5 just barely missing the playoffs. They are obviously great, but the other 3 organizations have been inept over the years. If backup [QB]Jimmy Garoppolo can have a repeat effort, they should start 2-0 and halfway to getting Brady back who will be in full revenge mode Yikes!

[TEN] @ [DET] <> Sunday 12:00pm
My first sleeper FFF Alert! Lions aren’t strong defensively but I think they win a high-scoring game at home. I’ll be rooting for [TEN~QB]Marcus Mariota to have a big bounce back game. Just listing the options below:
[TEN] > Tajae Sharpe (11 targets); Delanie Walker; DeMarco Murry(2 TD receptions); Rishard Matthews;
[DET] > Golden Tate; Marvin Jones Jr.; Theo Riddick; Eric Ebron;

[CIN] @ [PIT] <> Sunday 12:00pm
AFC North looks to have three good teams again, and there is plenty at stake in this game. Elite showdown between [PIT~WR]Antonio Brown and [CIN~WR]A.J. Green. Hopefully we see some fireworks, but division games like this often slow down with clock management and time of possession taking precedence to secure the game. Liked what I saw from young [PIT~TE]Jesse James who played every offensive snap Week 1. Keep an eye on him going forward.

[NOS] @ [NYG] <> Sunday 12:00pm
FFF Alert!! Last year this game was played at the Dome in [NOS] and a record setting 13 touchdowns were thrown. Don’t expect the same thing outdoors this year, but still plenty of passing offense from both sides. Just listing the options again:
[NOS] > Willie Snead; Brandin Cooks; Mark Ingram; Michael Thomas; Coby Fleener;
[NYG] > Odell Beckham Jr.; Sterling Shepard; Victor Cruz; Larry Donnell; Rashad Jennings;

[BAL] @ [CLE] <> Sunday 12:00pm
Yuck. [BAL~WR]Steve Smith led the team in targets with 9, but I still don’t have a clue who will catch the ball consistently for the Ravens as they had 10 different players record a reception last week. Backup [CLE~QB]Josh McCown will start this week and he had great chemistry with [CLE~TE]Gary Barnidge last year. Barnidge didn’t have any receptions Week 1 even though he played every offensive snap so I think he will get his stats this week.

[DAL] @ [WAS] <> Sunday 12:00pm
Heartbreaking loss for the Cowboys and they are at risk of starting the season and division schedule 0-2. Embarrassing loss for [WAS] and it would not be easy to overcome two home losses to start the year. I guess somebody has to win, home team gets the edge and they will throw the ball often again this week.

[TBB] @ [ARI] <> Sunday 3:05pm
[TBB~QB]Jameis Winston was awesome with 4 TD passes and the 3rd highest rating of the week at 125.1! [ARI] will be looking to recover after a tough loss, and [ARI~WR]Larry Fitzgerald proved once again that he is an all-time great. I expect him to have his team motivated and poised for victory.

[SEA] @ [LAR] <> Sunday 3:05pm
First game at the LA Coliseum since 1994. This game features two talented defenses, but only one played well Week 1. Not much hope if the Rams start the season and division schedule 0-2 so I expect them to play with desperation at home. [SEA] is the better team but they lost both games last year versus the Rams. Like last week, I’m just hoping [LAR~RB]Todd Gurley has a monster game with multiple highlights.

[ATL] @ [OAK] <> Sunday 3:25pm
FFF Alert once more! Another game with very little defense. Listing the options below and moving on:
[ATL] > Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Jacob Tamme each had 8 targets; Brandon LaFell; Davonta Freeman; Tevin Coleman;
[OAK] > Amari Cooper; Michael Crabtree; Latavius Murray; Clive Walford;

[JAC] @ [SDC] <> Sunday 3:25pm
FFF Alert again!! [JAC~WR]Allen Robinson led all players in targets Week 1 with 16 including 7 in a row in the 4th quarter during their valiant comeback attempt! I think you will see a ton of passing attempts in this one and unknown [SDC~WR]Tyrell Williams could be in for a big day as he impressed after the injury to Keenan Allen. Reliable [SDC~TE]Antonio Gates is a player to watch also.

[IND] @ [DEN] <> Sunday 3:25pm
Another one of my favorite players is Super Bowl 50 MVP [DEN~LB]Von Miller, who has the [DEN~D/ST] primed to start 2-0! No time-share this year as [DEN~RB]C.J. Anderson is getting all he work he can handle. [IND~QB]Andrew Luck will need a Herculean performance to win this game and like always he will spread the wealth.

[GBP] @ [MIN] <> Sunday 7:30pm
Here we SKOL! First ever regular season game at US Bank Stadium with the Sunday primetime game shining all of the lights on our great state. [GBP~D/ST] has been dismal against the run the last two years so hopefully [MIN~RB]Adrian Peterson makes up for his poor Week 1 performance in a big way to take some pressure off our new starting [QB]Sam Bradford. If not, [WR]Stefon Diggs can go ahead and show the world what we have seen all last year and again last week. The [MIN~D/ST] gave up easy, early completions Week 1 before they made up for it by forcing two turnovers for TDs. They could be in for a long night if they don’t improve that aspect of their defense. I am too invested to provide any other logical, unbiased analysis here so let’s all sit back and enjoy this great Viking’s franchise moment!

[PHI] @ [CHI] <> Monday 7:30pm
What a debut for [PHI~QB]Carson Wentz with 37 passing attempts including two TD passes and a rating of 101 that was good for 11th overall. The Bears struggled stopping the run so expect more work for [PHI~RB]Ryan Mathews, who led Week 1 with 8 Red Zone rushing attempts. His backup [RB]Darren Sproles is no stranger to the spotlight, and he always raises his game in this situation. With all that in play, it is never easy winning a road game in the NFL, and the [CHI] fans will be ready and waiting to try and rattle Wentz and his team with everyone watching on MNF! Also, [CHI~RB]Jeremy Langford got plenty of work and that should continue all year.

So much for a short, concise Week 2 article :/ Still exploring options to clean this up, and hoping to eventually post this each week before the Thursday night game starts, as long as that job thingy doesn’t get in the way. Thanks for reading!

**Player references will be made in this format -- [TeamAbbreviation~PositionAbbreviation]Player Name**

List of NFL Position Abbreviations
[QB] = Quarterback
[RB] = Running Back
[WR] = Wide Receiver
[TE] = Tight End
[OL] = Offensive Lineman
[D/ST] = Defense/Special Teams
[IDP] = Individual Defensive Player
[DL] = Defensive Lineman
[LB] = Linebacker
[DB] = Defensive Back

List of NFL Team Abbreviations
[ARI] = Arizona Cardinals
[ATL] = Atlanta Falcons
[BAL] = Baltimore Ravens
[BUF] = Buffalo Bills
[CAR] = Carolina Panthers
[CHI] = Chicago Bears
[CIN] = Cincinnati Bengals
[CLE] = Cleveland Browns
[DAL] = Dallas Cowboys
[DEN] = Denver Broncos
[DET] = Detroit Lions
[GBP] = Green Bay Packers
[HOU] = Houston Texans
[IND] = Indianapolis Colts
[JAC] = Jacksonville Jaguars
[KCC] = Kansas City Chiefs
[LAR] = Los Angeles Rams
[MIA] = Miami Dolphins
[MIN] = Minnesota Vikings
[NEP] = New England Patriots
[NOS] = New Orleans Saints
[NYJ] = New York Jets
[NYG] = New York Giants
[OAK] = Oakland Raiders
[PHI] = Philadelphia Eagles
[PIT] = Pittsburgh Steelers
[SDC] = San Diego Chargers
[SFF] = San Francisco 49ers
[SEA] = Seattle Seahawks
[TBB] = Tampa Bay Buccaneers
[TEN] = Tennessee Titans
[WAS] = Washington Redskins

Posted By Shawn Sorenson
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
FF Youth Hockey Kick Off Event Scheduled for September 19 and 20

The Fergus Falls Youth Hockey Association will be holding their Kick Off night on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20 at the Community Arena. This event is designed for people who have already registered their kids for hockey to pick up equipment, fundraising tickets and flyers, along with any additional information they need for the upcoming season. Registration help will be available, but all registration is being done online this year. Just go to http://fergusfallshockey.pucksystems.com/

Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Weekly Football Strategery (WFS)

Weekly Football Strategery (WFS) – Written by: Shawn Sorenson

That's not a spelling error in the title. If you don't recognize the term, just click on the link below. (All credit to Will Ferrell and his portrayal of George W.)


It's a simple comedic twist of the original word, and I’ll use it as a reminder to have fun while writing weekly NFL match-up analysis combined with Fantasy Football projections. I will mention the obvious with some added insight on the team and player aspects I look for each week.

Week 1 is here! All Kickoff times listed in Central time. Let’s get started with the game we all want to see.

MIN - Vikings @ TEN - Titans <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
First I want to state the obvious; I miss Teddy and will be praying for him to make a full recovery! Here’s hoping he will lead us to a home game in the 2018 Super Bowl!!

Now for the game itself, MIN [RB]Adrian Peterson. Need I say more? I’ll keep going anyway. TEN [TE]Delanie Walker is a top five player at his position, so look for him to be a safety net for his dual-threat [QB]Marcus Mariota. With uncertain MIN [QB] play and uncertain TEN [WR] options, I expect both teams to rely heavily on the run game along with solid defense to help them try and secure a win. I am predicting this years MIN Defense top three overall, thus leading us to a low-scoring 1-0 start to the season!

CLE - Browns @ PHI - Eagles <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
Welcome to the NFL [QB]Carson Wentz! The Vikings trade cleared the way for him to start with only one pre-season game of experience; however, he draws a favorable match-up at home against a team that over the years has been notorious for poor organizational management and losing. PHI [TE]Zach Ertz is a big reliable target and [WR]Jordan Matthews is capable of getting open early in Wentz’s drop backs or late in the play anytime Wentz scrambles. Eagles will likely utilize safe play-calling, clock management, strong defense, and a great home crowd to get the win. That game flow will lead to one rushing TD and one passing TD for the rookie QB! They won't all be this easy.

TBB - Buccaneers @ ATL - Falcons <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
This divisional game featuring two mediocre defenses inside a cozy dome will allow ATL [WR]Julio Jones and TBB [WR]Mike Evans to see high volume targets. I’m not a fan of either [RB] in this game until I see game film and snap count stats, but the potential is there. Don’t care who wins, just want to see the [QB]’s take some shots downfield so we can have explosive TD highlights. Let’s keep it moving.

CIN - Bengals @ NYJ - Jets <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
Two double-digit win teams from 2015 that look very similar in 2016. Both will play solid defense leading to a competitive game worth watching. Three pass catching options in this game are CIN [WR]A.J. Green, NYJ [WR] Brandon Marshall, and MN’s own NYJ [WR]Eric Decker. Maybe the Vikings will be winning big so I can watch this one.

OAK - Raiders @ NOS - Saints <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
If you are a fantasy football fan (FFF), be on alert here as the total game score should be well over 50. Saints [QB]Dree Brees is always dangerous at home, but he will spread the wealth to any target that can get open. The main option is speedster [WR]Brandin Cooks who can be hit or miss. The OAK [D/ST] has a great pass rush led by Khalil Mack so expect him to be unleashed on the pass happy Saints. OAK [WR]Amari Cooper is one of my favorite young players paired with promising young OAK [QB]Derek Carr should progress to an elite connection over the season and this is a good game to get them started. Hopefully they are awake enough as they will be traveling East and an early kickoff will make it feel like 10:00am for them.

SDC - Chargers @ KCC - Chiefs <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
The Chiefs have one of the best home field advantages combined with a great defense[D/ST]. They will run a conservative offensive game-plan so don’t get too excited here, but it should be mistake free to help them sustain a lead. That means Chargers [QB]Phillip Rivers will be throwing often in the second half, mostly to [WR]Keenan Allen and [TE]Antonio Gates. Next!

BUF - Bills @ BAL - Ravens <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
Two players I really like are BUF [WR]Sammy Watkins who I’ve followed since his freshman year at Clemson and his teammate, [RB]LeSean McCoy. McCoy is the more consistent option and is in for a large workload this week. If their dual-threat [QB]Tyrod Taylor plays well look for the Bills to control the game. Ravens [QB]Joe Flacco is also healthy again and his passing attempts should be way up there, I just have no clue who he will throw to.

CHI - Bears @ HOU - Texans <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
Another Clemson product is a big time target for HOU in [WR]DeAndre Hopkins. The Bears are injured on defense, especially in the secondary where Hopkins looks to have a big day. I don’t think the Bears will put up much of a fight in this one, but CHI [WR]Alshon Jeffrey always has a chance to get big stats. CHI [TE]Zach Miller should get in the mix for targets as well.

GBP - Packers @ JAC - Jaguars <> Sunday 12:00pm Kickoff
In my opinion, Packers [QB]Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the NFL. Wait, where are you going? Please keep reading!?! I’m still a Vikings fan I promise! Anyways, for those of you still here I think this game will be fast-paced with the Packers scoring early and often which means JAC [QB]Blake Bortles will be asked to throw his team back in the game. Look for [WR]Allen Robinson to get the most benefit here. Hopefully they can spark an epic comeback! Another FFF alert with this game score total. SKOL Vikings!

MIA - Dolphins @ SEA - Seahawks <> Sunday 3:05pm Kickoff
SEA [QB]Russell Wilson should assert himself in this game as his dual-threat skills will be even more important due to the Seahawks lack of Offensive-Line depth and inexperienced [RB] depth. Injuries for MIA will provide [RB]Arian Foster multiple touches and [WR]Jarvis Landry multiple targets. Even though they face an elite SEA [D/ST] and will likely fall behind early, garbage time stats are always in play and MIA [WR]Kenny Stills could also benefit because of the injuries at his position. Probably a typical 12th man Seahawk crowd and huge blowout.

NYG - Giants @ DAL - Cowboys <> Sunday 3:25pm Kickoff
Big-time divisional rivalry game here full of tradition! Cowboy rookies [QB]Dak Prescott and [RB]Zek Elliot will both start and be asked to carry a large part of the offense. Thankfully they will be doing so behind the best O-Line in football and the run game will be the focus. That said, big target DAL [WR]Dez Bryant is healthy and can really go up and get it. Dak, Zek, and Dez; seems like a great nickname could develop here. More on that next week maybe. Meanwhile, GIA [WR]Odell Beckham Jr. is [QB]Eli Manning’s favorite target and he will be open in this game because the DAL secondary is sub-par. Looking forward to this one as well.

DET - Lions @ IND - Colts <> Sunday 3:25pm Kickoff
Not much Defense in this game so sound the alarm…FFF alert! Another example of spreading the wealth, IND [QB]Andrew Luck will throw to any open target. Hard to pinpoint but both [WR]T.Y. Hilton and [WR]Donte Moncreif will need to get open quickly because Luck’s O-Line will struggle to protect him. His [TE]Dwayne Allen should be on the field all game to both block and snag a few passes. Lions [QB]Matthew Stafford is familiar with high pass attempt totals, and newly acquired [WR]Marvin Jones Jr. and returning [WR]Golden Tate will need to fill the large void that was Calvin Johnson. [RB]Theo Riddick had 80 receptions last year and could see an increased role this year.

NEP - Patriots @ ARI - Cardinals <> Sunday 7:30pm Kickoff
Neither Patriots [TE]Rob Gronkowski nor [QB]Tom Brady will play in this game. Backup [TE]Martellus Bennett and always consistent short yardage [WR]Julian Edelman should see lots of extra targets. ARI [RB]David Johnson will be in for an added workload thanks to the support of a great defense[D/ST] and his team holding a lead throughout.

PIT - Steelers @ WAS - Redskins <> Monday 6:10pm Kickoff
PIT [WR]Antonio Brown is the most polished and precise player at his position. His [QB]Ben Roethlisberger will rely on Brown because his other options are limited, but they will give [RB]DeAngelo Williams his chances as well. They will face the WAS high-volume passing offense led by [QB]Kirk Cousins. You may not know it yet, but “YOU LIKE THAT!” {https://vine.co/v/eYBbTpLquPd} His primary targets are [TE]Jordan Reed and [WR] DeSean Jackson with Reed being the consistent option and Jackson being the speedy big-play option that can get behind any defense. This should be fun to watch.

LAR - Rams @ SF4 - 49ers <> Monday 9:20pm Kickoff
Good timing for this game because it is a snoozer. It does feature another one of my favorite players in Rams [RB]Todd Gurley who I followed in college at Georgia. The momentum he had at the end of last year should carry over to this season along with a high usage rate. He should get 25+ touches and have a big night. You can go to bed early and watch his highlights in the morning.

Good luck with your Fantasy teams and thanks for reading! Please feel free to send any feedback you may have to my email address coachsore@yahoo.com. After finishing and being my own critic, it ended up being longer than I expected. I should be able to be more concise as each week passes. Always room for improvement.

Posted By Shawn Sorenson
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Dierks Earns Another MCAC Player of the Week Award

Lindsey Dierks, a 5'6" freshman volleyball player at M State in Fergus Falls has earned her second Player of the Week honor in as many weeks.

Dierks was once again named the MCAC Southern Division All-Around Player of the Week.  The freshman from Chokio had 9 digs, 7 kills and 1 ace in the lady Spartans loss to nationally ranked Ridgewater Community College from Willmar.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Lady Spartans Dominate MCAC Honors

Three members of the M State volleyball team were selected as MCAC Southern Division Athletes of the Week following a 4-1 opening week which included the championship in their 25th Annual Spartan Invitational.

Kayla Pring, a 6-foot sophomore from Morris was named Hitter of the Week.  Kayla had 45 kills and had a .335 attack percentage while adding 28 digs and 5 aces.  During a 2-0 win versus Bismarck State, Kayla had 12 kills and hit .611.

Doranna Blascyk, a 5'4" sophomore from Kensington and West Central Area High School, was named Defensive Player of the Week.  Doranna had 55 digs to lead the defensive charge for M State.  She had 16 digs in a 3-0 win over Hibbing.

Lindsey Dierks, a 5'6" freshman from Chokio was named the All-Around Player of the Week with 61 digs, 28 kills, a .387 attack percentage, 2 blocks and 2 aces.  Dierks had three matches with an attack percentage above .435.

Posted By Craig Olson
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