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 in Week 6

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In the Broncos’ 51-48 victory over the Cowboys, Tony Romo and Peyton Manning combined for a “record book” game. Their performances placed them in a tie for third-most combined passing yards in a single game. The Jets’ Ken O’Brien and the Dolphins’ Dan Marino, each members of the famed 1983 quarterback draft class, combined for 884 passing yards on a Monday night in 1986. The Jets won that game 51-45 in overtime. The Broncos and Cowboys combined for 99 points, making it the highest scoring game since 2004 when the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar in Week 5

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In running back news this week, local Buffalo media is reporting that running back  CJ Spiller did not practice Tuesday; it was first reported that he did. The ankle injury suffered against the Ravens will probably keep him out of their Thursday night match with the Browns. Fred Jackson should be ready to go with Tashard Choice getting some touches. The Browns, who last year were an easy mark for fantasy running backs allowing 118 yards a game on the ground, are giving up just 79 yards a game in...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar in Week 4

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After completing 30 passes and throwing for three scores on Sunday, Brian Hoyer imitated Brian Sipe in the Browns’ 31-27 victory over the Vikings. Hoyer will be the starter with Jason Campbell backing him up and with Josh Gordon coming back along with the emergence of Jordan Cameron, do not be surprised to see Hoyer’s name in this article in the coming weeks. Rookie Mike Glennon will be the Buccaneers starting quarterback after the benching of Josh Freeman. Barring a huge surprise, Freeman started his last game for Tampa Bay...

FANTASY BLITZ: Week 3 Players Flying Under the Radar

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What a way to start week three! In a trade that shocked most of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for their first round selection in the 2014 draft. This now gives the Browns multiple choices in rounds one, three, and four in 2014. This certainly looks to be the end of the Brandon Weeden era at quarterback. They will use those picks to select a franchise quarterback, possibly someone similar to Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. The Browns will turn to Brian Hoyer to...

FANTASY BLITZ: Week 2 Players Flying Under the Radar

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Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown pass performance in the Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Ravens last week is worth mentioning. He tied the NFL record with the seven scoring throws, and his 462 passing yards made his game on Thursday night the second-highest fantasy scoring game of all-time by a quarterback. The only quarterback to have a better fantasy game was Hall-of-Famer YA Tittle who threw for seven touchdowns and had 505 passing yards in a 49-34 New York Giant victory over the Washington Redskins in 1962. The Ravens 22-point loss...

FANTASY FOOTBALL 2013: Flying Under The Radar, Week 1

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Welcome to the NFL’s 94th season and the 51st season of Fantasy Football. Each week I will present a few players or team defenses that I feel are, “flying under the fantasy radar”, players that are not getting much press but will score you fantasy points based on their weekly match ups. Here we go. Under The Radar Players You Want This Week   QB Alex Smith Chiefs vs. Jaguars There are a couple of Chiefs here this week, starting with Alex Smith’s soft match up against a Jaguar pass...

ART DONOVAN: A Great Man, A Great Player

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As Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti said, “ Baltimore has lost a friend”, and that is exactly the way Art Donovan made those in his presence feel – like a friend. He was the quintessential blue-collar sports hero that Baltimore so willingly embraces – down to earth and one of us. It seems just about everyone can quote a story or a line from a story Artie told about his playing days or his off the field antics, but because he was so approachable and charismatic, it is easy to forget...

Ravens go against odds in AFC Championship rematch

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By beating the Broncos 38-35 in Denver and winning the 4th longest game in NFL history, playing 16;42 into overtime, the Ravens  earned the right to play for the AFC Championship. This will be head Coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joes Flacco’s third AFC title game together and they’ve lost both. Can the third game be the charm? The Ravens travel to Foxboro, MA to take on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for the second consecutive year in the title game with revenge on their minds. The New England duo has...

John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco Match Hall of Fame Legends

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With the Ravens 24-9 victory over the Colts Sunday in Baltimore, Head John Harbaugh and his quarterback Joe Flacco have matched the successful starts that Hall Of Fame head coach Paul Brown and Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns had to begin their professional careers. Harbaugh was named head coach of the Ravens for 2008, and Joe Flacco was plucked from the University of Delaware in the first round of the 2008 draft to be the Ravens future franchise QB. As it turned out due to...

Fantasy Blitz, Week 7: History and starts

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The best part of the NFL is its history. Why? Because it has a habit of repeating itself; you want to know what will happen this Sunday…just take a view back of the previous 92 seasons. This week we have our sleepers and a fast view of the most important games these teams played against each other…, History and Sleepers, First the History then your Sleepers, Titans at Bills – In the 1992 playoffs Buffalo backup quarterback Frank Reich led a Bill comeback from a deficit of 35-3 to beat...

Week 5 fantasy notes, sleepers, and bye week replacements

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Week 5 Cowboys, Lions, Raiders, and Buccaneers have the bye this week Dolphins at Bengals – Bengal secondary is a weakness, Dolphin wide receiver Davone Bess is averaging 5 receptions and 74 yards a game. Packers at Colts – With Greg Jennings missing, James Jones is a good play against the Colts who have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to wide receivers. Ravens at Chiefs – WR Jonathan Baldwin is seeing more passes than Steve Breaston, while the Ravens have allowed the fourth most passing yards. Titans at Vikings...

The “passing” of the torch

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Throughout the wide world of sports it has been said often, “records are meant to be broken”. And you know what? They’re right! Some sports are defined by numbers. For instance, in the NBA, the number is 100 – that was how many points Wilt Chamberlain scored for the Philadelphia Warriors in game against the New York Knicks in 1962. In baseball there is 56 – the number of consecutive games that Joe DiMaggio hit in safely in 1941. Then there is football and for me that number has always...

Week 4 fantasy news, notes, and sleepers

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Panthers at Falcons – Although he had fewer snaps than Jacquizz Rodgers last week, running back Michael Turner is still a must start. In his last 5 games against the Panthers Turner has averaged almost 100 yards and one score a game. Patriots at Bills – Running back Fred Jackson is back but keep him on your bench; the Patriot run defense is one of the most improved in football, allowing just 3.5 yards a carry. Vikings at Lions -Vikings WR Jerome Simpson comes back from suspension and Christian Ponder...

FANTASY BLITZ: Week 3 is a must win week for some

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Plus Fantasy Sleepers, and Notes I crunched the statistics going back to 1983 for the fantasy leagues that I have managed. Most were 12 to 14 team leagues with six teams making the playoffs. Just 16% of teams starting the fantasy year 0-3 made the playoffs. If you have not won yet, you, pay close attention! If you are unbeaten so far, trust me the odds are you will lose this week… Winning Advice Rams at Bears, With running back Matt Forte out this week, Michael Bush will get the...

Fantasy Flashback: Celebrating 50 years of Fantasy Football – Jerry Rice

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To celebrate the 50th season of fantasy football we will take a look back at some notable and surprising fantasy performances of the past 50 fantasy seasons that involved NFL teams playing each other this week. Since the 49ers visit the Vikings Sunday, this week we venture back to 1995, to Monday Night Football. December 18, 1995 – the 8-6 Vikings met the defending champion and 10-4 49ers at Candle Stick Park in what would be one of Jerry Rice’s greatest games. By 1995 fantasy football was starting to gain...

Week 2 Fantasy Blitz

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Week 2 7 Touchdown Passes, Fantasy Sleepers, and Notes The Vikings play the Colts this week. I would be remiss if I did not mention the fantasy day that Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp had against the Baltimore Colts week 2 1969. Kapp was in his third year in the NFL, after joining the Vikings from the Canadian Football League in 1967. He bombed the defending NFL champion Colts that Sunday in Bloomington, Minnesota with 7 touchdown passes,  1 int., 449 yards passing, and 14 yards rushing, 50 fantasy points. That...

Fantasy News and Notes: Bears at Packers Thursday Night Football

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A Few Notes and Sleepers for Thursday Night Football Bears at Packers This is the 183rd regular season meeting between the Bears and Packers dating back to November 27, 1921…the Bears, then known as the Chicago Staleys, were sponsored by Staley Starchworks and led by player/coach George Halas….The Green Bay Packers, who in 1921 were also a company owned team,  owned by the Acme Meat Packing Company, and led by player coach Curley Lambeau….Staleys won 20-0 on their way  to winning  their first championship for the team that would become...

FANTASY FLASHBACK: Before there was Tebow

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Fantasy Flashback, Celebrating 50 Years of Fantasy Football 1963-2012 To celebrate the 50th season of fantasy football let’s look back at some notable and surprising fantasy performances of the past 50 fantasy seasons that involved NFL teams playing each other this week. Our first dose of fantasy history… Week 8, 1973, Sunday November 4, Chicago Bears at Green Packers Lightly regarded Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass, known more for his running than his inaccurate passing had his finest statistical game of his 10-year career on this day in Titletown. Douglass at...

FANTASY BLITZ: 2012 Week 1

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NFL’s 93rd Season The First Full Weekend A lot has changed with Fantasy Football since it first started in September 1962. With many outlets now on the web for fantasy advice, getting up to date injury information and getting various weekly player rankings is just a click of your mouse away. The intent of my notes each week is to give you my view on some of the more subtle matchups each week.  A correct tweak here or there to your weekly lineup is the difference between caring and not...

Fantasy News and Notes – NFL Kickoff

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Fantasy  Notes  2012 NFL’s 93rd Season Opener Wednesday Night Special Cowboys at Giants This is the 100th regular season meeting between the Cowboys and Giants, dating back to 1960, Cowboys lead the series 56-41-2…Tony Romo threw for 538 yards, six TD’s, and one int in 2011 against the Giants…but will face them without his go to receiver , the injured TE Jason Witten who will be replaced by John Phillips…WR’s Miles Austin and Dez Bryant will play but will be slowed by injuries…WR Kevin Ogletree will see the ball as...