About Kurt Backert

Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Week 6

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Byes: Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints   Quarterback Eli Manning, Giants @ Eagles The Eagles have allowed 13 scoring passes in 2014, the most in the NFL. They are ranked 30th against the pass, and have given up multiple passing touchdowns in every game this season. Manning has had a solid fantasy game in his last four contests, throwing for multiple scores in every game since week one. His receiving corps of Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Preston Parker, and TE Larry Donnell are creating space for him...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Week 5

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Bye Weeks: Raiders, Dolphins   Quarterback Mike Glennon, Buccaneers at Saints Glennon led the Buccaneers to a franchise first victory in Pittsburgh last Sunday. What’s even more impressive is that in 3 previous meetings with the Steelers in Pittsburgh dating back to 1976, the Buccaneers had not even scored a touchdown. That ended on Sunday, but Glennon would be a good start even without that win. He has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in 4 of his last 6 away games, including games in Seattle and last year against the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Week 4

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The byes are here already and there are some big ones. The Cardinals, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Seahawks, and Rams are off this week, which will keep big names like AJ Green, Marshawn Lynch, and Peyton Manning out of your starting lineup. Here are a few guys that you can look for to pick up the slack.   Quarterback Derek Carr, Raiders vs Dolphins, in London Carr is protecting the ball much better than your average rookie quarterback, and has been sacked just twice in 108 pass attempts. He faces a...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar, Week 3

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins, Redskins at Eagles Cousins replaced the injured Robert Griffin III and passed the Redskins to an easy 41-10 win against the hapless Jaguar pass defense, throwing for two scores and 250 yards. He should have another productive fantasy day Sunday against the Eagles. Statistically the Eagles have improved from their dead last pass defense ranking in 2013, to 11th in 2014, but still have allowed 5 td passes in two games. Defensive stats this early into a season do not paint a complete picture. In 2013 Griffin...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Week 2

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Quarterback Jake Locker Titans vs Cowboys Locker completed 22 passes for 266 yards and two scores against an aggressive Chief defense last week. With emerging wide receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter, along with veteran TE Delanie Walker the Titans finally have some fantasy weapons. Locker played well in 2013 when healthy particularly when he stayed in the pocket. Last week, Locker had no pass attempts outside then pocket. This week he faces a Cowboy pass defense that could be the worst in the league. They allowed 33 TD passes...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar, Week 1

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Thursday night, the 95th NFL season kicks off in Seattle, along with that Fantasy Football kicks off it’s 52nd season. “Under the Radar” highlights weekly match-ups for a handful of players that are commonly called “Sleepers”, players who might not have been drafted or may be buried on fantasy benches. The goal is to identify which offer promising fantasy match-ups based upon statistics, trends, and historical match-ups.   Quarterback Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Bengals Flacco was pummeled in 2013, but he starts 2014 with a favorable match up. The Bengals...

Earl Morrall, The Ultimate Backup

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Earl Morrall, a twenty-one year NFL veteran quarterback, mostly as a backup, passed away Friday in Florida at the age of 79. His career began as the second overall selection out of Michigan State in the 1956 NFL draft by the 49ers and ended with the Miami Dolphins after the 1976 season. In between he also quarterbacked for the Lions, Steelers, Giants, and Colts. He threw his first touchdown pass on October 28, 1956 to Gordy Soltau for the 49ers in a 38-21 loss to the Bears. His final scoring...

Baltimore’s Best Football Rivalries

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Back in April of 2005 we examined Baltimore’s Best Football Rivalries. Today we revisit the list and ask you to let us know if time has changed this list in our poll below…   3. Baltimore Colts vs. Washington Redskins, 1953-1969, Colts 13-3, they never met in the Post Season The Colts re-entered the NFL in 1953. Washington owner George Preston Marshall was of course against it. His games played on local radio in Baltimore and he did not want to lose the income. He petitioned the league for compensation...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Championship Week

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Congrats to those of you who made it this far! Let’s look at some under-the-radar players that could help you win Fantasy Gold! Quarterback Kirk Cousins— Redskins vs. Cowboys The Dallas defense has been bad all season, but in the past couple of weeks they’re moving into historically bad territory, allowing back-to-back four-touchdown games to Josh McCown and Matt Flynn. Robert Griffin III somehow didn’t manage to score a single touchdown when they met in Week 6, but he still came away with 19 fantasy points. In his first start...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 15

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Quarterback Joe Flacco— Ravens at Lions A Baltimore football team has not won in Detroit since the Colts beat the Lions 10-9 in 1980. While that streak may last for another few years, Flacco has a favorable match-up. He has thrown for a score in eight consecutive games and has Dennis Pitta back. The Lions are ranked 25th against the pass, allowing more than 250 yards per game in the air. With Pitta back, there is more receiving space for Ray Rice, who has not been a factor in the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 14

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Quarterback Philip Rivers—Chargers vs. Giants Rivers has a 23-to-9 touchdown pass to interception ratio this year. He is also averaging 35 pass attempts and 314 passing yards his last three games. The Giants have played against the pass much better the past few weeks however, not allowing a touchdown pass in four of their last six contests. It seems like a so-so match up, but with Rivers at home and the fact the Giants are due for a bad game, this is a favorable match up for Rivers. The Chargers...

They’ll Never Touch Nevers

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Despite All The Rule Changes, The One Record That Will Never Be Broken   Someone once said that records are made to be broken. One record that we in Baltimore thought would be the exception to that rule is John Unitas’ record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. Unitas set his record in an era when pass defense could do just about anything they wanted before the ball was thrown. Despite that, the NFL’s answer to MLB’s Joe DiMaggio consecutive game hit streak (56 games) was labeled...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 13

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The Detroit Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving since 1934. Although they have tradition on their side, they have not won on this Holiday since 2003 when with Steve Mariucci as head coach, Jason Hanson kicked five field goals in a 22-14 win over the playoff-bound Green Bay Packers. How many years ago was that? On the same weekend, the Ravens defeated the 49ers 44-6 behind two touchdown passes from quarterback…Anthony Wright. It is safe to say that it has been a long time since a Lion team won on...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 12

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Quarterback Josh McCown— Bears at Rams McCown is not a starting NFL quarterback. He thrives for a couple of weeks here and there coming off the bench, but he will never be a starting fantasy quarterback consistently. This late in the fantasy season you have to play the match-ups and McCown has a favorable one this week. He will get the start for the Bears on the road against the Rams on Sunday. He has played well, including last week’s awkward delayed game against the solid pass defense of the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 11

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The Cowboys and Rams are on the bye this week. Winning picks for Week 11 Quarterback Mike Glennon—Buccaneers vs. Falcons Glennon has thrown for a score in each of the six games he has started and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of those. He has a 9-to-4 touchdown pass to interception ratio and faces the Falcons, a team that allowed Glennon to complete 26 of 44 passes for 250 yards and throw two touchdowns in Week 7. Based on Glennon’s play recently, he warrants a fantasy start— but...

Nick Foles Delivers a Legendary Performance

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If second year Eagles quarterback Nick Foles never plays another NFL game he has left his mark. His name will now be inscribed in the NFL Record and Fact Book forever. Last Sunday he tied the NFL record with 7 touchdown passes in a single game, the 7th quarterback to achieve this feat. While he tied the record, he actually bested it to a degree. Why? A review of his six predecessors helps to explain.   November 14, 1943 Sid Luckman, Bears vs. Giants Luckman playing in his 52nd NFL...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 10

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The Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, and Jets are on the bye this week Winning picks for Week Ten Quarterback Kellen Clemens— Rams at Colts We are flying way beneath the radar with this pick, but it makes sense. Clemens is never going to be a regular starting quarterback in the NFL, but he is a competent back-up. The Rams will attack the Colts with three and four-receiver sets and spread the ball around. The Colts allowed Case Keenum 350 passing yards and three scores; and having Andre Johnson sure made it...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 9

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Quarterback Jake Locker— Titans at Rams Locker has multiple touchdown passes in three of his last four games and has thrown just one interception. He is becoming a viable starting quarterback, and receivers Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Chris Johnson out of the backfield can score fantasy points. The Rams have allowed 14 scoring throws but have played much better against the pass, allowing just one multiple-touchdown pass game in their last four. The Rams are playing better but if Locker can throw for 326 yards and two...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Players for Week 8

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There were several key injuries on Sunday. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is gone for the year and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be out for four weeks. Journeyman back-up Kellen Clemens will take the snaps for the Rams and Josh McCown will do so for the Bears. Bradford and Cutler were not top-tier fantasy starts in single quarterback leagues, though it does weaken the depth at the position. Two injuries did occur to fantasy stars, however—the loss of Reggie Wayne for the Colts to a season ending knee injury and...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar in Week 7 (and a Ravens/Steelers Note)

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Last Sunday, the Lions beat the Browns 31-17 in Cleveland, moving the Lions to 4-2 and dropping the Browns to 3-3. The game did not draw much national attention outside of fantasy owners. However, it was an interesting matchup – this was the first meeting between these teams since 1970 when each came into the game with a winning record. When they met on October 18, 1970, the Browns and the Lions were 3-1. After the Lions’ 41-24 victory, Detroit moved to 4-1 as the Browns dropped to 3-2. Why...