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THE TIMES, AUGUST 8,2019 PAGE 6 By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist After last weeks column about the ins and outs of playing fantasy football, this week I'll dive a little deep- er. In a couple of weeks, most leagues will be hold- ing their annual drafts. And, to get you ready for your draft, I have a few players that can help pro- pel your team to fantasy glory. Now I'm not going to tell you about the obvi- ous ones, but, try your best to pick up a running back with your first round pick. I think that is one of the most essential strategies in playing fantasy football. While picking Drew Brees, or wide receiver Michael Thomas in the first round may be tempting, try and avoid it. The reason be- ing, is the talent drop off on running backs will be steep after the first couple of rounds. So, if you can snag two quality backs in the first two rounds, I've got a couple quarterbacks that you should try and nab a few rounds later. Sure, after last season's MVP campaign, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes should be the first player taken at the position. But let somebody else buy into the hype, while you add a'couple of great wide re- ceivers, and a stud tight end. The first quarterback that you should draft is the Houston Texans De- shaun Watson. Last sea- son, he was coming off of an injury, and just really .- w sn't himself. Before [] his injury, as a rookie, was spectacular. A lot of people forget that, be- cause he had somewhat of a down year, by his stan- dards. Now, fully healthy, Times Sports Columnist John Dudek Watson is going to have a phenomenal season. He also has arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league catching the ball from him, in Deandre Hopkins. In fact, if you are picking in the begin- ning of round three, and Hopkins is available, grab him to pair with Watson. That way, every time Wat- son finds Hopkins, you get double the points. The next quarterback that I'm going to tell you about, is a player that is starting to climb draft boards, but should still be a bargain. You will proba- bly be able to pick Arizona Cardinals rookie quarter- back Kyler Murray pretty late in your draft. Murray, who won the Heisman tro- phy last season, will be playing in an offense that his head coach actually designed around his talent to not only throw the ball, but has designed plays for him to run the ball effec- tively as well, especially in the red zone. Drafting Murray not only gives you The Ponchatoula Times The Independence Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. 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If you have any ques- tions about fantasy foot- ball, feel free to email me at jdudek79@hotmail.com. in By JOEL RAY Times Sports Editor The New Orleans Baby Cakes quite possibly have the worst name in professional baseball. The Baby Cakes name is so bad, so utterly ridiculous, when it was announced for the first time as the team's name the most common re- action was: "This is a joke, right?" The public assumed no one would name a profes- sional baseball team the Baby Cakes for crying out loud. Someone would, the own- er of the New Orleans Baby Cakes. The owner protected himseff from ridicule by claiming fans voted in the Baby Cakes name. No one buys that story. Fans think the Zephyrs bosses chose the Baby Cakes name and the owner went along with it. One reason Zephyrs fans think management chose Baby Cakes is because they had a sports branding firm working on the name change before it happened. In the past few years there has been a craze in minor league baseball to give teams wacky, goofy or just down- right silly names. Maybe minor league team owners think people want to be a fan of a team with a name like the Pink Lightbulbs or the Drunk Teddy Bears. Who knows why odd names have become a trend? Giving a professional sports team an asinine name causes the team to have few- er fans. Serious sports fans do not want to cheer for a team with an embarrassingly ridiculous name. There is arrogance within minor league baseball. When a member of the media showed concern that the Baby Cakes name might upset some fans so much they would no longer support the team, he was told you can name a minor league team anything and fans will still attend games. If they like minor baseball, they will go to the games regardless of the team's name. When he pointed out that some Zephyrs fans had already rejected the Baby Cakes name and no longer went to games. He was told in a tone dripping with smug arrogance, "They'll be back." No, they won't be back. Many former Zephyrs fans have not returned since the name change. Attendance is down. After the name change to Baby Cakes a large number of Zephyrs fans continued to wear Zephyrs t-shirts and baseball caps in silent pro- test. Some of the more ag- gressive protesters even wore Zephyrs gear to Baby Cakes games to show their displea- sure with the new name. The protest was lost on Baby Cakes management who probably thought fans wear- ing Zephyrs merchandise were just too poor to buy the new Baby Cakes gear. This story ends with bad news and good news. The bad news is that New Orleans will no longer have professional baseball. The good news is the Baby Cakes are leaving and taking that awful name with them. The Baby Cakes are mov- ing to Wichita, Kansas, and will play there next year. However, they will not play as the Baby Cakes. The Wichita bosses do not want that goofball name associ- ated with their minor league team, so the team name will be changed, but probably not to anything silly. The Wich- ita powers-that-be seem to be against silliness. At least they are against something as silly as naming their base- ball team the Baby Cakes. Times Sports Editor Joel Ray is a member of the Loui- siana Sports Writers Associa- tion. Ponchatoula: 085) 467-9525 www.PonchatoulaLawyer. orn Baton Rouge' I Hammond I with Amber Narro Thursday and Friday at 11am on 90.9fm i Tangi Meat Market OpenlsttwoSaturday'softhe Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 9am- 4pro, Thursday & Friday: 9am - 5pro 985.386.3104 * * *Call you r order in a head of time and we can have it ready for you. No Waitingl[* * * Lots of other items to choose from. Stop by and check us out. 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