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Heavy D. - Don't Be Afraid

"We go through the script together, talk about who the character is, and consider the effects of what they experience. I've become confident in the process, and I trust myself more. When you start out, you are so afraid you'll forget something and that you won't be able to deliver in front of the camera. I don't have that [issue] now. I've always said that preparation and rehearsal make me very confident when it's time to perform, and with experience, it gets even better."

heavy d. - don't be afraid

Go instantly; I'll wait your return. Try your utmost to prevent the Rebels from crossing. Success attend you, my dear Captain, God prosper you![Exit Officer]Alas! alas! my glory's gone; my honour's stain'd. My dear guards, don't leave me, and you shall have plenty of porter and sour-crout.

T-R-A-C-Y is tracedonto every plane of glassin the whole foggy house,doodled on the cover of my wide rule.Sometimes, I forgetwho I am with my handup in class, which of usknows the answer.I can't tell anyone about Tracy,not the older brother Tracypopped in the nose and notthe little one who just wouldn't understand.Tracy makes so much noise in my headI can't hear mom call us to supper,and I can't tell that either.When I do, a blue slip shows up at the end of fifthperiod from Mrs. Finch, the schoolpsychologist, who tells me,sometimes all of us don't feellike ourselves and it's okto have an imaginary friend.I don't tell Mrs. Finchmy whole family is imaginary,that mom calls dad Milquetoastand my brothers the names of breakfast cereals.She calls me Milan. Who knowswhat she'd call Tracy?We don't make a peep in Mrs. Finch's office, which is really the lady gym teacher'sequipment room.I don't tell her, no one is what they seem,don't answer when she tells meas we're leaving,there really is no Tracy.I want to believe her.

The doctor says Tracy is impulsive,prescribes medicationTracy refuses to take.We argue on the way home.I'm not depressed,she says, clicking her gum.She doesn't want to be someone else.Claims, I like me as I am.She changes the station on the radio,sings along,refuses to look me in the eyein the rearview mirror.Remember that rash, she reminds,from the prozac.And I concede, we almost died.She complains, I couldn't wear pink for a week.But I don't like pink, I remind heras she pulls into the drug store,turns off the engine, tells me suit yourself.

Then came the unmistakable impact of a blow; the crash of glass; ascuffle on the back porch; and, finally, the heavy bumps of a body downthe steps. She heard Billy reenter the kitchen, move about, and knewhe was sweeping up the broken glass of the kitchen door. Then he washedhimself at the sink, whistling while he dried his face and hands, andwalked into the front room. She did not look at him. She was too sickand sad. He paused irresolutely, seeming to make up his mind.

Her vague, unreal existence continued. It seemed in some previouslife-time that Billy had gone away, that another life-time would have tocome before he returned. She still suffered from insomnia. Long nightspassed in succession, during which she never closed her eyes. Atother times she slept through long stupors, waking stunned and numbed,scarcely able to open her heavy eyes, to move her weary limbs. Thepressure of the iron band on her head never relaxed. She was poorlynourished. Nor had she a cent of money. She often went a whole daywithout eating. Once, seventy-two hours elapsed without food passingher lips. She dug clams in the marsh, knocked the tiny oysters from therocks, and gathered mussels.

Another time she came to herself walking across the marshes, a bundleof driftwood, tied with bale-rope, on her shoulder. Charley Longwas walking beside her. She could see his face in the starlight. Shewondered dully how long he had been talking, what he had said. Then shewas curious to hear what he was saying. She was not afraid, despitehis strength, his wicked nature, and the loneliness and darkness of themarsh.

"I don't think we've ever had a MAC school be ranked as high nationally this consistently," said Allen Trieu, a recruiting expert who started at in 2005 covering Michigan, and has covered the entire Midwest since 2009.

Quarterback: Mitchell Trubisky enters his third pro season with high expectations surrounding the Bears. In his first year with HC Matt Nagy, Trubisky's numbers improved drastically across the board. Trubisky's YPA (7.4 vs. 6.6), completions (67 percent vs. 59 percent), and TD rate (5.5 percent vs. 2.1 percent) were all sharply higher than his rookie season stats as Chicago installed their new offense. While Trubisky's efficiency rose, his results in fantasy football were a bit of a mixed bag. Trubisky's QB12 finish in points per game last season makes him look like a screaming value at cost (144 overall ADP) -- but cracks begin to show once we dig below the surface. Outside of a stretch of five performances in Weeks 4-10 where he finished top-10 in fantasy points at the position against TB, MIA, NE, NYJ, and DET, Trubisky recorded just one top-10 scoring week in his other 9 starts. For all intents and purposes, 2018 was Trubisky's rookie season after a year wasted with John Fox, but Chicago's signal-caller still has a way to go in his development. While Trubisky's stats improved in his second season, film study shows a highly inconsistent passer. Per PFF's charts, Trubisky threw an accurate pass (on target, in-stride) on just 57 percent of his attempts last season. Only Josh Rosen (51 percent), and Josh Allen (54 percent), Eli Manning (56 percent) were less accurate. On throws 10 or more yards downfield, Trubisky threw an uncatchable, inaccurate pass on a league-leading 45 percent of his attempts. A mid-season shoulder injury may have played a bit of a part of Trubisky's accuracy struggles, but this is now the second straight year where he's struggled mightily to deliver on target passes. Trubisky was 30th-of-35 QBs in PFF's accuracy marks as a rookie. The Bears don't need perfection from Trubisky to win a lot of games this season, and their surrounding talent guided by Matt Nagy provide the third-year passer with one of the best offensive ecosystems in the league. While Trubisky's accuracy issues are a major pause for concern, his ability to extend plays with his feet is a sneaky source of fantasy points. I'm willing to buy into Nagy and the Bears surrounding talent more than anything, but understand that Trubisky has a wide range of outcomes this season.

Quarterback: Coming off of his worst fantasy finish since his rookie year (QB19), Stafford is on my "avoid" list in 2019. Stafford's pass volume has fallen in three-straight seasons (37.1 > 35.7 > 34.7 attempts per game), and new OC Darrell Bevell isn't afraid to run the ball. A veteran OC of 12 years with the Vikings and Seahawks, Bevell's attacks have ranked inside of the top-10 most run-heavy units eight times in his play-calling career. Long gone are the days of Stafford pushing 600 attempts in a season. In addition to going even more run-heavy in 2019, Detroit will likely be one of the slowest offenses in the league. FootballOutsiders records how fast offenses call plays by measuring how long it takes the offense to snap the ball from play to play. Bevell's tendency is to run a ton, and play it slow. His offense's have ranked 18th or worse in FO's seconds between snaps on offense in 10-of-12 seasons. In a year that is loaded with attractive late-round QBs, Stafford doesn't present a ton of fantasy upside on the now run-heavy, snail paced Lions.

Running Back: While Stafford may fall from the weekly fantasy frey, Kerryon Johnson enters 2019 with immense upside... if the Lions feed him the rock. Detroit wants to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the league, and all their recent moves suggest as much. In addition to adding an old-school, ground and pound OC -- the Lions added dual threat T.J. Hockenson at eight overall in the NFL Draft. In addition to being one of the best receivers in the class, Hockenson was a mauler in the run game at Iowa. Detroit has now dedicated three of their last 6 top-100 picks in the NFL Draft on positions that are directly related to the run game in C Frank Ragnow, Kerryon Johnson, and Hockenson. LT Taylor Decker and LG Graham Glasnow were also top-100 picks in 2016. Detroit signed T.J. Lang in the 2018 offseason, but a neck injury cut his career short. Detroit's process is clear, though: They are building around the run. Before going down with a knee injury in Week 11, Johnson's involvement in Detroit's attack was a bit of a mixed bag. Johnson averaged just a 55 percent snap rate from Weeks 2-10 (excluding his five carry pro debut), and he saw his touch counts peak at 21 and bottom out at 10 in eight full starts. This year, fantasy owners have to hope that Johnson either plays more in the passing game or that he keeps the goal-line job over free agent addition, C.J. Anderson. At the very least, Johnson is no longer partially road blocked by passing down back Theo Riddick. In their eight games played together, Riddick sharply out-targeted Johnson 45 to 25 and ran more routes per game (23.6 to 15.4). With Riddick now out of the way, Johnson enters 2019 as the Lions foundation back. He's a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside.

Quarterback: After having his 2017 season cut short (broken collarbone), playing through a severely sprained knee and going through the end of the Mike McCarthy saga in 2018, Aaron Rodgers is slightly underrated in fantasy for the first time in his career. While the Packers offense lacked innovation and Rodgers dealt with injuries, he still managed to be the QB8 in points per game. While playing on that balky knee, it should come as no surprise that Rodgers threw a passing score on a career-low 4.2 percent of his attempts last season. The jury is still out on new HC Matt LaFleur, but an offseason to get healthy and a new scheme will (hopefully) be a breath of fresh air for the 36-year-old. The Packers have been the most pass-heavy team in the league on first and second down under McCarthy over the last three seasons, but that's about to change. Sure, Marcus Mariota is no Aaron Rodgers, but Tennessee leaned heavily on the run in LaFleur's first year calling plays. The Titans were 56 percent run-heavy on first and second downs last year, trailing only the Seahawks (59 percent) for the league lead. I'll be shocked if the Packers are one of the most run-heavy teams in 2019, but one change is for sure: Rodgers has a play-caller that isn't afraid to run. With slot man Geronimo Allison back healthy, field stretcher Marquez Valdes-Scantling looking poised for a second-year leap, and 4-of-5 starting linemen returning, the Packers supporting cast remains strong. Rodgers is not a no-brainer Tier 1 QB any more, but he remains a rock-solid top-6 option and a great bet to improve his TD total after a down 2018 in the red-zone. 041b061a72

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