Why the Mets should NOT fire Terry Collins

2016 has been a disappointing season for the New York Mets. Here we are at the end of August and they have been hovering around .500. The Mets are very much still alive in the playoff race, but everyday they slowly slip away. The team has been historically bad at hitting, and their young pitching staff has not hit it’s potential for the season.

When a team struggles in any sport, fans immediately cry for the coach to be fired. In this case, fans want Mets manager Terry Collins out. Maybe a change would have given this team a spark, but I argue that Terry Collins should not be fired, and there are many reasons why.

Terry Collins brought this team to the World Series last year. Don’t forget 2015, fans. This team was a very good baseball team with a solid offense and a young pitching staff full of studs. The difference this year is injuries have killed this team. Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Asdrubel Cabrera, David Wright and Steven Matz are just some of the key players that faced time on the DL. Plus, key players last season like Curtis Grandson and Michael Conforto have struggled this season. For what it’s worth, one of their better hitters last season in Daniel Murphy is making a case for 2016 National League MVP in Washington.

Where we stand now, of their original 5 starting pitchers, the Mets only have Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, and Noah Syndaergaard healthy. With Matz and Harvey now injured, it’s taken a toll on the other pitchers. Last season, you felt like the Mets had a chance to win everyday thanks to their starting pitching. This season, it does not feel like that.

So, with a struggling offense and an injury plagued team I ask why does firing Terry Collins make sense? It’s fans trying to find something to blame. When a team is playing well, nothing is said of the manager. Once a team struggles, everyone wants the manager fired. I am impartial as to whether Collins should be fired, but in my opinion the team would not preform any differently with another manager. If this team does not make the playoffs which very well may happen, I could see Collins being fired. Coming off a National League pennant, expectations are high. The teams struggles are not only to blame on Collins, but also on the players themselves for underachieving so far in 2016. We will see what happens with a little over a month left in the season.

Top 5 fantasy football wide receivers

5. Brandon Marshall

Many question how much more Brandon Marshall has at age 32, but in 2015 Marshall continued his greatness, with 1,502 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. He was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target, and was pulling for the Jets to resign Fitzpatrick all offseason. With Marshall having a great relationship with his quarterback, I expect another 1,000 yard season in 2016. He is the team’s number 1 redzone threat and is a touchdown machine. Marshall is also consistent, and should get at least 10 points every game. He will probably go early to mid second round. He is a safe pick, and you know what you will get from him.

4. Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. has hit the league by storm in his first 2 seasons. Last season he had 1,450 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. He has shown the potential to be the best receiver in football. His explosiveness, is pivotal for a fantasy football team. He could have 2 points at halftime, and then have two 50 plus yard touchdown receptions to have around 24 points. He also has the best hands in the league, and seems to catch everything thrown his way. In a wide receiver dominant season, Beckham will most likely be a first round pick.

3. DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins had a huge 2015 season, with 1,521 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. These are top 5 wide receiver numbers, and he also had 111 receptions. He is the go to guy for the Texans. He put up these numbers with weak quarterback play from Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallet, TJ Yates, and Brandon Weeden. He now has a young quarterback in Brock Osweiler, with big expectations for 2016. Osweiler showed a lot of potential in 2015 for the Broncos, and the Texans hope he continues to make strides in 2015. Like Beckham Jr, it seems like Hopkins catches everything. He has been dominant at times, and seems like every cornerback has a tough time covering him. He should be a first round pick in most fantasy football leagues.

2. Julio Jones

Julio Jones is a numbers machine, with 136 receptions, leading the league in 2015 with 1,871 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns. He gets a lot of fantasy points from his receiving yards. He had a very consistent 2015, and had the best season of his career. He has proven through his career that he is one of the best in football. I expect just as many receiving yards but also more touchdowns from him in 2016. He is only 27 years old, and still has a lot of years left. If you see him available, consider taking him. He will be a first round pick, and there are only a few players I’d take ahead of him. You will not regret having him, and will love his ability to have back to back 25 point games.

1. Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown will go number 1 overall in many fantasy drafts. He put up huge numbers in 2015 with 136 receptions, 1,834 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. He has had 3 straight seasons with over 1,000 yards, and is the biggest long ball threat in all of football. It seems like he has a handful of games where he is hovering around 150 to 175 receiving yards. He also played in all 16 games the last 3 seasons, so he has shown he can stay on the field. He is always a threat for a big game, and should have no less than 8 to 11 points every game. It is nice having a player on your fantasy team that can single handedly win you your game. If you want a player who is a threat for 20 plus points every week, Antonio Brown is your guy.

All stats via ESPN

Top 5 fantasy football running backs

5. Doug Martin

Doug Martin had a huge rookie season, but had dipped slowly the next 2 years. Then in 2015, Martin came back and had a big year, posting 1,402 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. For the most part, he was a consistent player. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a few big time play makers on offense that will help take the load off Martin. Martin had some big games in 2015 where he would breakout for a 40 plus yard touchdown. I expect the same from the 5’9 running back in 2016.

4. Le’Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell only appeared in 6 games in 2015 due to suspension and injury. His numbers were a small sample size, but he still had 556 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns in 2015. His 1,361 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns in 2014 show the potential is still there. He also is valuable in the passing game, with 854 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in 2014. He might be the top receiving back in football. If he keeps his head straight and stays healthy, he could be the most talented running back in football. He might be higher on this list if he didn’t have to serve a 3 game suspension at the beginning of the year. The reality is, Bell is a little bit of a gamble, but if he stays on the field after the suspension, he could be a top 5 fantasy running back.

3. Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy was a little bit of a disappointment in 2015. Coming off back to back 1,00 yard seasons, he had 758 rushing yards in 2015 with only 3 touchdowns. It became public that Lacy’s weight was a concern, but according to ESPN, Lacy’s weight has dropped from the 260s to the 240s. Lacy has been a proven power back, and he is still only 26. Being a bruiser of a back led him to 20 touchdowns in his first 2 seasons. I think Lacy is worth the risk because he should be pretty consistent this year. With running backs being weak this season, Lacy should be one of the better backs in football. With his weight loss, I expect Lacy to go back to being a power back, and putting up big numbers in 2016.

2. Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley had a phenomenal rookie year with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Not many thought he would be this good, but it appears he has the potential to be the best in football. Some might question whether he will have a sophomore slump, but with running backs being weak in 2016, Gurley could be a difference maker. I could see him being the best in football, because it seemed like he was just that in 2015. I see him going late 1st round, early 2nd round depending on how many teams. He might be risky because he has only played 1 season, but it’s almost process of elimination with running backs being weak in 2016. His stats showed he could be the best in football, and there are many expectations that he will. I would take Gurley on my team.

1. Adrian Peterson

Is there anyone more consistent than Adrian Peterson in football? It seemed like he quietly led the NFL in rush yards in 2015. He had 1,485 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. He is getting up there in age at 31, but he’s still the best in football. I’d put him in a different category than every other running back in football. The gap between him and the other 4 on this list is astronomical. It seems like he quietly gets 14 plus points every week. Peterson is a player tough to pass up on. The only player in all of football I’d draft over him is wide receiver Antonio Brown. Peterson is no doubt a top 10 player for fantasy football. There is rarely regret from the owner of the team he is drafted by. It’s nice to have a player like him who will rarely have a dud week. Peterson is the best running back in football, draft him if available.

All stats via ESPN

Top 5 fantasy football quarterbacks

5. Drew Brees

It seems like Drew Brees leads the NFL in passing yards every year. Last year, Bress tallied 4,870 yards with 32 touchdown passes and just 11 interceptions. Some question how much longer Brees will be able to keep up his greatness, and I don’t think he is finished yet. If he is still available in 5th or 6th round, he’d be a steal. He may be a little up and down, but he still is in my top 5. With Brees, you know you will get at least 12 points from him for the most part. We also know he has the ability to get 30 or more points for your team.

4. Tom Brady

Tom Brady could easily be the number 1 fantasy quarterback, but his 4 game suspension hurts his draft stock. He tossed for 4,470 yards with 36 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. He may go towards the 5th or 6th round, but I expect him to still be a top 10 fantasy quarterback. If you can get him in the middle rounds, and find a decent quarterback like Phillip Rivers or Tony Romo, they should be able to hold their own for those 4 games. Once Brady is back, you will be pleased that you have him and everyone will wonder how he fell so late in the draft. It’s Tom Brady, he should be fine.

3. Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson had an excellent season last year. He threw for 4,024 yards with 34 touchdown passes and only 8 interceptions. He has proven he can be a pocket passer and put up 4 touchdown passes in a game. Even if he has a lousy game throwing the ball, he will most likely find points with his legs.  His ability to run the ball is huge for fantasy football owners. Last season he rushed for over 550 yards, but only had 1 rushing touchdown. His rushing numbers are declining through his career, but his passing numbers are going up. He is becoming a consistent passer, and he should be in the top 5 in fantasy scoring this season. Throughout his career, Wilson has shown he does not turn the ball over much. Staying away from those negative points is huge in fantasy football, and Wilson gives you that. I expect a big year from Russell Wilson.

2. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers threw for 3,821 yards last season with 31 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. Rodgers might be the best quarterback in football. No one threads the needle in football better than this guy. He is so consistent. He will usually gets between 15 and 20 points for your team. You might have to take him in the 2nd round, but he pays off. One dimension of Rodgers’ game that people don’t realize is his ability to run the football. He ran for over 340 yards last year and a touchdown. 10 rushing yards adds up to 1 point, and those can be huge during crunch time. Rodgers also did not get any help from his receiving core last year. With Jordy Nelson returning this year from injury, he will be a huge help for the former MVP. In the words of Rodgers, “R-E-L-A-X.” He’s still one of the best in football, and could easily be the number 1 fantasy quarterback.

1. Cam Newton

The 2015 MVP had a huge season last year. He is turning into a quarterback who is a jack of all trades. He threw for 3,837 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year. He showed last year he could drop 25 points with ease. He put up these numbers without his number 1 target last year in Kelvin Benjamin, who will be back this season from injury. His ability to run the football is huge. The best rushing quarterback in football, he ran for over 630 yards and had 10 touchdowns on the ground. Those 10 rushing touchdowns are an extra 60 points for his season points total. He widened the eyes of many fans last year, and the question will be can he keep this up? With a quarterback who can run up the scoreboard with his arm and legs, he is the clearcut number 1 fantasy quarterback. Depending on how many teams are in your league, he might go in the 1st round. You will not regret having him, he’s at the top of his game, and I expect him to give a run for the MVP in 2016.

Stats via ESPN

Daniel Murphy could very well be the 2016 National League MVP

No Met fan will ever forget the October Daniel Murphy put together. According to Baseball Reference, Murphy had a .328 average with 7 home runs and 11 RBI’s in the 2015 playoffs. He hit the go ahead home run in game 5 of the divisional round off of Zack Greinke, and was the NLCS MVP. Without Murphy, the Mets would not have made it to the World Series. He gave fans such excitement.

Now here we are in 2016, and the Mets decided not to resign Daniel Murphy. People looked at him as more of a negative than a positive due to his bad glove and overly aggressive base running. Even worse, he signed with the division rival Washington Nationals. Murphy was always a solid player for the Mets, in my opinion the best pure hitter they had in their lineup. Now, he is having a career year. So far here in August he has 22 home runs with 87 RBI’s and a .347 batting average. He may very well be the MVP of the National League. With Bryce Harper not having his best season, Murphy has led the team to major success and a World Series threat for 2016.

Not to be forgotten, Murphy is the newest Met killer. According to the New York Times, Daniel Murphy has 6 home runs and 19 RBI’s against the Mets this year in 12 games. All Mets fans can do is shake their head. Seeing Murphy leave was tough, but to be in the same division is even harder to swallow.

I always wanted the Mets to resign Daniel Murphy. I was very upset when the Mets did not sign him because he is a different kind of player in baseball. Always hustling and rarely a strikeout threat, the Mets could definitely have used him this year. He was a pure contact hitter and now at this point in his career he is hitting home runs, leaving the MLB universe shaking their heads.

It has only been a season and an October, but Daniel Murphy could be one of the better players in baseball now, at the age of 31. Who would have thought he could be an MVP candidate and possibly a World Series champion? If both happened, I assumed they would have been in a Met uniform. If I had a vote for MVP, it would no doubt be Daniel Murphy. Without him, the Nationals might not have as comfortable a lead in the NL East. He has been the hottest hitter in baseball since October of 2015.