Sunday, July 31, 2016

2012 Fantasy Football – Tight End (TE) Keeper Rankings

2012 Fantasy Football Tight End (TE) Keeper Rankings are based on a three year outlook for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 fantasy football seasons. 2012 Tight End (TE) Keeper Rankings are established for a standard fantasy football scoring system, with scoring categories including: Passing Yards: 1 point = 20 passing yards / Rushing Yards: 1 point = 10 rushing yards / Receiving Yards: 1 point = 10 receiving yards / Passing Touchdown: 4 points / Rushing/Receiving Touchdown: 6 points / Interceptions: -2 points / Fumbles Lost: -2 points

A *RISING* or *FALLING* status is included after specific players based on their potential ranking heading into the 2012 season. Each players age is listed after their name. For additional Fantasy Football information, check out the Hawk Fantasy Sports Facebook Page:

2012 Fantasy Football Keeper Rankings — QB Keeper Rankings — RB Keeper Rankings — WR Keeper Rankings — TE Keeper Rankings — Top 20 Hidden Gem Keepers

Rankings Updated: February 15, 2012

1. Jimmy Graham – NO = 24

2. Rob Gronkowski – NE = 22 — *RISING*

3. Jermichael Finley – GB = 24

4. Vernon Davis – SF = 27

5. Jason Witten – Dal = 29

6. Antonio Gates – SD = 31

7. Aaron Hernandez – NE = 22 — *RISING*

8. Brandon Pettigrew – Det = 26 — *RISING*

9. Owen Daniels – Hou = 29

10. Fred Davis – Was = 25

11. Jermaine Gresham – Cin = 23 — *RISING*

12. Greg Olsen – Car = 26

13. Dustin Keller – NYJ = 27

14. Dallas Clark – Ind = 32

15. Tony Gonzalez – Atl = 35

16. Kellen Winslow – TB = 28 — *FALLING*

17. Tony Moeaki – KC = 24

18. Jared Cook – Ten = 24 — *RISING*

19. Zach Miller – Sea = 25

20. Brent Celek – Phi = 26

21. Kyle Rudolph – Min = 22 — *RISING*

22. Ed Dickson – Bal = 24

23. Lance Kendricks – StL = 23

24. Evan Moore – Cle = 26

25. Marcedes Lewis – Jac = 27

26. Jake Ballard – NYG = 23 — torn ACL

27. Chris Cooley – Was = 29 — *FALLING*

28. Scott Chandler – Buf = 26

29. John Carlson – Sea = 27

30. Heath Miller – Pit = 29

31. Kevin Boss – Oak = 27

32. Dennis Pitta – Bal = 26

33. Visanthe Shiancoe – Min = 31

34. Todd Heap – Ari = 31

35. Benjamin Watson – Cle = 30

36. Jeremy Shockey – Car = 31

37. James Casey – Hou = 27

38. Julius Thomas – Den = 23

39. Rob Housler – Ari = 23

40. Jacob Tamme – Ind = 26



41. Virgil Green – Den =

42. Tony Scheffler – Det =

43. Anthony Fasano – Mia =

44. Joel Dreessen – Hou =

45. Daniel Fells – Den =

46. Delanie Walker – SF =

47. Michael Hoomanawanui – StL =

48. Randy McMichael – SD =

49. Jeff King – Ari =

50. Travis Beckum – NYG = torn ACL

51. Jordan Cameron – Cle =

52. DJ Williams – GB =

53. David Thomas – NO =

54. Martellus Bennett – Dal =

55. Kellen Davis – Chi =

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2012 GOP Presidential Potentials

I mean really can’t the GOP actually find a real candidate? Look who they have chosen so far, Rick Perry who can’t remember from one debate to the next what he even said. Herman Cain who seems to like the ladies far more than they like him and who sometimes speaks in tounges when ask a serious questions or simply stares blankly into space.

Michele Bachman is a lot like Sarah Palin without the marksmanship or notes on her hand, and Mitt Romey should be named Mr. Flip Flop, if your not sure where he stands on anything just look outside to see what direction the wind is blowing.

And Newt, well what can you say about Newt, a womanizer who got religion and several million from somewhat dubious work related efforts. I wont call him a blowhard, thats for the late night talk shows to do.

If I were on Obama’s re-election committe I would be jumping for joy everyday as this daily joke fest gears up for more and more lame statements and blunders. And some of them have been truly wonderful to watch.

Herman Cain said he was going to run a new kind of presidential campaign, and now we know what that is, insult every woman he can think of as many times as possible in as many different ways as possible, like the former Speaker of the House and Anita Hill.

Rick Perry brain freeze during the last debate has become so famous that every late night host has made him fodder for the masses. Of course Perry didn’t actually realize he was fodder because he forgot what the word meant.

And I hope Michele Bachman really does intend to learn what states are what in the country she hopes to be elected as President. At the end of the day the GOP has only one real candidate, Mitt Romney and Mitt has a few problems that will hound him during the election.

First his religion is on the fringe, and I know that no religious test is required for office but in his religion you wears magic underwhere and God is a man living on a planet called Kolob. His second problem is he has had so many positions on the same issues that I have no idea what he stands for or where he even stands.

It will be quite a show for the next 12 months then Obama will get re-elected and Congress will again be the lame mess that is willing to trash the country to sustain a party line and then claim they want what is best for you and I.

isn’t that special.

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Revealed

Ford is ushering in a new era for its prized Mustang model, as with the 2011 model, power ratings as well as efficiency figures are vastly improved. This has led to huge sales for the both the V6 and the new 5.0-liter V8-equipped models, as well as for the high performance versions from Shelby, like the GT350 or the GT500.

Now, the Mustang range is going to get even better, as the Blue Oval has formally unveiled the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302.

That’s right, the Boss is back. After blowing away the muscle car competition over 40 years ago, with the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, the company wants to really emphasize the performance of the new Mustang breed. As such, the iconic badge has been resurrected and slapped on this brand new model.

“The decision to build a modern Boss was not entered into lightly,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The entire team at Ford felt the time was right and with the right ingredients, the world-class 2011 Mustang could support a successful, race-bred, worthy successor to the original Boss 302.

As you can imagine, this road-legal 2012 Mustang Boss 302 will be based on the ’11 Mustang GT, but sport a wide array of performance equipment, including ones inspired by the new Boss 302R race cars.

More specifically, the new Boss 302 uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine, naturally aspirated but capable of outputting 440 HP with 380 lb-ft of torque. The inner workings of the mill were improved for the best performance, so don’t expect the fuel economy to knock your pony car loving socks off.

Instead, thanks to things like a new clutch, a short-throw shifter, the highly awaited adjustable suspension or the performance brakes, the Boss 302 is nearly two seconds faster than a regular Mustang GT. The bragging continues, as Ford engineers say the powerful Mustang is faster than the BMW M3 coupe on the famed Laguna Seca track.

In honor of this achievement, Ford will be offering a limited Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca model edition. It will boast an even more rigid chassis, as well as a stiffened body and the same aerodynamics kit as the 302R race car.

‘Regular’ Mustang Boss 302 models, if we can call them that way, will also get special accessories and customization options.

On the outside, you can get an array of sharp colors, including Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red. In honor of the original 1969 Boss 302, the roof panel, as well as the mirror housings, front grille surround or the rear wing can be ordered in multiple colors. In terms of aerodynamics, a new front splitter was added, as well as a rear spoiler and the aforementioned wing. Special wheels will also be available for the new Boss.

On the inside, the performance Mustang will use a darker pallet, with a metallic finish for the instrument panel, gauges and the door panels. Alcantara decorates the steering wheel while Recaro performance seats can be ordered as a (pricey) options. Don’t expect any luxuries though, as Ford has stripped things like sound proofing materials in order to save weight and satisfy hardcore fans.

In the end, the words of Dave Perical, the chief Mustang engineer, certainly highlight what the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is all about. “Boss is a hallowed word around here, and we couldn’t put that name on a new Mustang until we were sure everything was in place to make this car a worthy successor. We were either going to do it right or not do it at all – no one on the team was going to let Boss become a sticker and wheel package.”

Expect the new performance muscle car to appear around the middle of next year.

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2012 NASCAR Season Review – Roush Fenway Racing

One season after losing the Chase for the Sprint Cup in a tie-breaker, Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards suffered through a very disappointing season that saw him go winless in Sprint Cup Series competition. Where Edwards struggled, however, the rest of the team – Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Nationwide Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – shined in 2012.

Greg Biffle – Biffle was the surprise of the team, earning his best points finish (fifth) since his third-place run in 2008. Biffle led the Sprint Cup points standings from the season’s third race at Las Vegas through race #13 at Dover as well as three more weeks later in the season, capturing two wins, 21 top 10 finishes and three poles. He had the best average start (9.9) and average finish (10.2) of his career as well.

Matt Kenseth – In September, Kenseth announced he was leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the 2012 season for Joe Gibbs Racing, but Kenseth remained committed to his team throughout the Chase, earning a seventh-place finish in points. He started out the season on a high note, winning his second Daytona 500, then capturing the pole for the July event at the same track. Kenseth came into the Chase ranked seventh, but slipped back as far as 12th in the first five races of “post-season.” He earned two more wins in 2012, both during the Chase (Talladega and Kansas), and ended the season with 19 total top 10 finishes.

Carl Edwards – Edwards did not rebound well from missing out on the championship in 2011, as has been the case in previous years as well – following his third-place points finish in 2005, he finished 12th in 2006, and after a runner-up performance in 2008, he finished 11th in 2009. Edwards’ disappointing 2012 included only 13 top 10 finishes, none of which were wins, and a 15th-place finish in points, missing the Chase entirely.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Stenhouse Jr., who will be moving up to the Sprint Cup Series in 2013 as Kenseth’s replacement, won his second-straight Nationwide Series championship. Stenhouse Jr. won six times in 2012 and had 26 top 10 finishes in 33 races, along with four poles. Stenhouse Jr. struggled in his four Sprint Cup starts of the season, earning a top finish of 12th in Dover, three laps down.

Trevor Bayne – Bayne ran just six races for RFR in the Nationwide Series in 2012 due to sponsorship woes, but posted three top 10 finishes and a pole in competition. He continued his part-time ride for the Wood Brothers in the Sprint Cup Series, earning two top 10 finishes in 16 races for the team.

Paula is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in motorsports. She also covers NASCAR for and Skirts & Scuffs.

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: A Mercedes with Double the Hammer?

Past Jeep Grand Cherokees were standouts with getting through any type of weather, however, the SUV’s driving refinement was a shortcoming. Not only is the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 able to get through the weather, it offers real ‘sports SUV’ performance!

So what does the new 2012 Jeep Cherokee SRT8 have to offer?

To start it is equipped with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 pwerplant delivering 470 hp and 465 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a five-speed automatic, and the power is delivered through a rear-wheel bias all-wheel drive system. The five-mode Select-Track system (auto, sport, track, snow and tow) adjusts the engine’s power delivery, transmission shifting, transfer case torque splits, suspension dampening, and rear differential locking to provide distinctive driving characteristics. The SRT8’s 0-60 mph time is in a quick 4.8 seconds and its top speed in 160 mph. Furthermore, this 5,150 lb. Jeep can tow up to 5,000 lbs.

On the exterior the Cherokee SRT8 is bold and looks the part as it includes flared fenders that are filled out by 20 inch alloy wheels. At the front it has the traditional Jeep chrome grille combined with large air intakes. Furthermore, it has functional hood vents. LED daytime running lights provide a modern look to this rugged SUV’s appearance.

At the rear this Jeep looks somewhat like a BMW X5. The design is clean with large distinctive taillights integrated into the liftgate. There is a high-mounted spoiler, and at the bottom a set of four-inch exhaust tailpipes.

Of note is that the chassis for this Grand Cherokee SRT8 was part of the joint work between Mercedes and Chrysler as both automakers’ SUVs uses the same WK2 platform. See my previous article: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 350: Now fully worthy of the three-pointed star. Thus, this Jeep is in a league of its own compared to past Jeep offerings. It has wheel aches that extend out 3.8 inches. The roof is 2.4 inches taller, and the wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than the 2010 model.

On the inside the interior has been upgraded and provides an upscale environment including plenty of headroom. Other features include a heated leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles, highly bolstered and comfortable Nappa leather and suede seats, plus carbon fiber instrument and door trim. Furthermore, there is a 6.5 inch tilting touch navigation screen with media hard drive and MP3 playback function. The stereo is a 19 speaker Harmon Kardon unit. There is 35.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear split-folding seat and 68.7 cubic feet with the seat folded flat.

The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 15 inches at the front and 13.8 inches at the rear. The calipers are six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo units. The SRT8’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in a short 116 feet. The wheels are 20 inch alloys fitted with 295 44 20 inch Pirelli Scorpion Verde rubber.

At the front the suspension is independent with coil springs, Bilstein shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. At the rear the suspension consists of a multi-link setup, coil springs, Bilstein shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.

Active and passive safety systems include ABS, electronic brake force distribution, stability and traction control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision monitoring, tire pressure monitoring, and eight airbags (driver and front passenger, seat mounted driver and passenger, curtain first and second row).

The steering is well weighted and provides good driver feedback when hustling on twisty back roads. This Jeep offers suppressing grip and very sharp handling (.90 g on the skid pad). However, it has very good ride quality and is quiet in town. Thus, there is really no compromising with this SUV as it is really up to any and all driving environments.

The fuel rating for the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is 12 city and 18 mpg on the highway.

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is priced at $55,295. Expensive yes, but its performance exceeds other high-end SUV offerings, some costing as much as $150,000.

If you want a well equipped and comfortable SUV that has a hammer of an engine, this Jeep should be high on your test/track drive list.

View the slideshow to see the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 inside and out!

Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save money.” He welcomes your comments or car questions at his auto web site: Follow Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.

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2012 IndyCar to Help Teams Cut Costs

After years of being a “one-horse town,” the IZOD IndyCar Series is opening itself up to some diversity with the announcement of a new chassis and aero kit plan for the 2012 season.

Fans have been complaining about the lack of diversity in the cars in the series, which for the last five seasons have consisted of a Dallara chassis and a Honda engine. While Dallara Automobili will still be involved with the chassis, the aerodynamic kits giving the cars their “identity” will be opened up to other auto companies, aerospace companies, independent engineers, and even race teams’ own in-house designs. The aero kits, including front and rear wings, side panels, and the engine coverings, must be approved by the series and have a maximum price of $70,000; teams will be allowed two aero kits a year.

Dallara’s contribution to the program will be the IndyCar Safety Cell, consisting of the tub (where the driver sits), the undercarriage, and the rolling chassis. The price of the Safety Cell is set at $349,000, which is a price drop of 45 percent on the current chassis in use; there will also be a $150,000 discount on the first 28 Safety Cells ordered by Indiana-based teams, set forth by Governor Mitch Daniels.

In addition to cutting costs for teams, Dallara will be stimulating the Indiana economy as well, as the Safety Cells will be built in a new facility in Speedway, Indiana, just down the road from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The $12 million facility is expected to create at least 80 new jobs.

Other specifics of the redesign include improved visibility, better driver protection, a universal chassis platform for use on both ovals and road courses, and a weight drop from 1,565 pounds to 1,380 pounds. IndyCar officials will also be working with Honda and other engine manufacturers to develop engines for 2012 and beyond. The 2012 engine strategy features turbocharged engines producing between 550 and 750 horsepower (dependent on track type) and a time-limited overtake system producing a short gain of up to 100 horsepower.

These changes should be helpful for smaller teams running on limited budgets and sponsorship, as well as large teams who have also had sponsorship woes. IndyCar officials are also hoping the addition of the diversity fans have been longing for brings back fans who were disillusioned by the split between the Indy Racing League and CART/Champ Car, as well as add fans used to such diversity in Formula One and NASCAR.

Source: Nate Ryan,” IndyCar picks chassis for 2012, opens competition to finish job,”

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