Ask A Blogger Series – ACC Question of the Week (Atlantic Division) Fantasy Football

Good evening from @HokieGuru and all of us at All Sports Discussion.  We’re continuing our Ask a Blogger Series, but it will be modified as our Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Question of the Week.  This will be a bi-weekly series for each of our blogger representatives from the Coastal and Atlantic Divisions until the season starts – and if it goes well, we will continue in when the season starts.  Today, we interview six blogger representatives from the Atlantic Division.  Their bios are below:

  • @TerrapinNation: “self-proclaimed expert on Terps hoops. Creator of Terps Insider.”
  • @saintwarrick: Jeff is a Florida State graduate (c/o 2000) who spreads his absurdity via Twitter, urban graffiti and airplane banners.
  • @CUBOSCO: James Bostic, is a lifelong Tiger fan and 2005 graduate of Clemson currently residing in Virginia.
  • @SpencerHardison:  Spencer Hardison is the editor of The Wolfpack Report. He is also the NC State writer for ACC Sports Nation
  • @BCHysteria:  A.J Black. Boston College born and bred. Writer and editor over at a little blog called BC Interruption.  Really doesn’t have much patience for Frank Spaziani.
  • @BloggerSoDear:   Jake is a 2009 and 2010 alumnus of Wake Forest University and is currently a CPA in the NC Triad area.  He also manages the Wake Forest athletics blog, Blogger So Dear, Twitter Account.

Now that we’ve introduced you to our blogger panelists, let’s get started with the Question of the Week.  Here is the question for our panelists:  You’re playing ACC Fantasy Football.  Please pick one player from another ACC team (not your own) who would change the dynamic of your team.  This is a player that would make such a substantial impact on your team, that your team might make the national title game, win the ACC, win the Atlantic, or just improve your record enough that you might be bowl eligible for the first time in years (or might save your coach’s job because enough improvement was made).  This player can come from either of the ACC’s divisions.  After you pick the player, please tell us why.  Please be wordy because this is the only question lol.  Go!!

@TerrapinNation: Clemson’s Sammy Watkins. He’s the most electric player in college football. Get the ball in his hands and he’s a threat to take it to the house. There isn’t another player anywhere in the country I’d rather have.

@saintwarrick:Wouldn’t mind having wide receiver Sammy Watkins or cornerback David Amerson in the starting lineup, two of the best (and electric) players at their position. But for FSU, offensive line is the place of need — so give me anyone of Jonathan Cooper or James Hurst (UNC), Oday Aboushi (UVA), Omoregie Uzzi (GT) or Seantrel Henderson (Miami). Or all five, I’ll take that too.

@CUBOSCO: If I could steal one player off of another team, I would have to take Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to my Honorable Mention pick NC State cornerback David Amerson. Amerson may be one of the best players in the country no one knows about. He has excellent ball skills and is capable of shutting down a side of the field.

I ultimately went with Werner because I continue to believe that games are won and lost along the lines of scrimmage. Werner is not the most talented guy on the Florida State defensive front but he is disruptive and seemingly making game changing plays. Most people will recall his pick-six against Clemson after Tajh Boyd made a less than stellar attempt to throw a ball away.
I do not claim to know a lot about FSU football but Werner also seems to be the type of player who does not have many bad days in the weight room or on the practice field. From a leadership perspective I think a blue-collar athlete like Werner would be invaluable, especially with the inexperience and youth that is on the Clemson defensive line.

I have never claimed to be a big recruiting guy but to go back and see what schools offered who or the schools a prospect was considering prior is signing day is interesting. What would David Amerson or Joe Vellano, look like in orange? The what ifs are what keeps people like myself up at night during the fall.

While we are at it, there would always be a place for Nikita Whitlock on my squad. Undersized but the kid gets it done. I could go on and on and I have not touched any guys on offense. Werner is the guy this wanna-be GM would take.

@SpencerHardison: Giovani Bernard (UNC-Chapel Hill) – My fellow NC State fans my not like this selection, and the obvious choice is Sammy Watkins, but Giovani Bernard is the best running back in the ACC. We are talking about a guy who is going to get you at least 100 yards per game on the ground, score at least one touchdown, and wear down the opposing defense for four quarters. Bernard is a workhorse who can run between the tackles, but also has the rare ability to break one at any given moment. There is no doubt that Sammy Watkins is the best player in the ACC right now, but if given the choice, I’d rather have a guy like Bernard who I can give the ball to 20 times a game.

@BCHysteria:  Where to start. Okay, I would go with Eddie Goldman of Florida State and here is why. BC continues to bring up a stacked linebacker corp, even with legend Luke Kuechly leaving for the NFL. They still have Kevin Pierre Louis, Steele Divitto, and Sean Duggan to plug up the LB slots. What they lack is a physical upfront presence like Goldman. True he is only a freshman, but if he could cause havoc in the backfield and put BC’s linebackers in a position to succeed, it would really mask the fact that BC has a very weak secondary.

@BloggerSoDear:  The Deacs desperately need someone to keep Tanner Price off his backside or a big body to help the diminutive Nikita Whitlock put the opposing team’s QB on his backside.  Therefore, I’m going to go with Jonathan Cooper or Sylvester Williams, both from the Heels.  Since they cannot play in the postseason this year anyway, why not come on down and help the Deacs get back to another bowl?

We thank our panelists for their time  Please stay tuned for further episodes of our Ask a Blogger Series – the Question of the Week.

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