Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe rolled hard through D.C. on Friday night with a performance at the 9:30 Club, with Of Tomorrow opening as support. This particular string of dates features legendary keyboardist Melvin Seals, known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. KDTU took the opportunity to play through their originals, some of which will appear in his forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, along with covers of The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and Donovan Leitch.The band’s lineup is currently comprised of Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman. Karl Denson led the band and Seals through performances of his own “Gossip” and “Laying in the Cut,” before swinging into a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice,” “Better of Dead,” and the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway.” Seals returned for the show-closing “Rumpwinder” and “So Real.”Thanks to Nicholas Fitanides of Phrazz Photography, you can enjoy these videos and photos:West LA FadeawayNYCSetlist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | 930 Club | Washington, DC| 5/19/17Have You Seen Him, Down Down Down, Everybody Knows That, I’m Your Biggest Fan, Gossip*, Laying in the Cut*, Tumbling Dice* (Rolling Stones), Better Off Dead*West L.A. Fadeaway* (Grateful Dead), Sunshine Superman (Donovan), NYC, Rumpwinder*So Real** w/Melvin Seals on Hammond B3, Rhodes, and Clavinet Load remaining images
MORE FANTASY ALARM: 2019 Draft GuideFantasy Football Mock Draft ADP RisersMark Andrews, TE, BAL – Rave reports continue to come out of Ravens about Andrews. His rookie year didn’t feature many receptions, but he did finish strongly with 137 yards and a touchdown in the final two games. There’s no better safety net for a quarterback with questionable accuracy than a big tight end over the middle of the field. Lamar Jackson certainly isn’t known for precision passing, but at 6-5 and 256 pounds, Andrews is a huge target for him. Without a household name in the Ravens receiving corps, it could be a season full of targets for Andrews. A month ago he wasn’t being talked about much, but he is sneaking into the top-20 TEs drafted.Lamar Miller, RB, HOU – Miller and D’Onta Foreman have been two polarizing players in the fantasy community, with Foreman gaining support simply because people don’t believe in Miller. That argument was finished last weekend when the Texans cut Foreman for a lack of work ethic. Miller has never been a guy who instills a ton of confidence, as he has only had one 1,000-yard seasons and scored a relatively mediocre 18 total touchdowns in his three-year stint with Houston. Barring a trade, though, Miller will be the starter for Houston and will have little competition for carries, at least initially. With more and more running back committees in the NFL, Miller’s draft stock is sure to rise as the “bellcow” back in Houston.Carlos Hyde, RB, KC – With Damien Williams dealing with a hamstring injury, Hyde is getting plenty of looks as the top back in Kansas City. While Williams was a fantasy league winner at the end of 2018, he certainly doesn’t have any long history of success. Hyde looked old and slow last year, but he’s just 28. He could easily grab himself a role in the offense whether Williams is healthy or not. At worst, Hyde is a necessary handcuff, and his ADP is certain to rise while Williams continues to recover.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Fantasy Mock Draft ADP fallersEzekiel Elliott, RB, DAL – The fall in ADP from Zeke’s holdout hasn’t really hit too hard yet, but you can see it coming. The first reports about Elliott’s holdout didn’t seem very serious. However, Jerry Jones has said that this could possibly last months into the season. Fantasy football owners called Le’Veon Bell’s bluff right until Week 1 last year and then were burned badly. Flashbacks of that are certain to have Elliott fall in drafts in the coming weeks. The Cowboys did bring back Alfred Morris as an insurance policy in case this does last a while, but Morris is just a fraction of the player that Elliott is. While this contract situation could be resolved before too long, Elliott clearly wants to get paid, and the uncertainty is making his draft stock slide. Fantasy football draft season is quickly approaching, and with preseason games about to be in full swing, there will finally be events on the field to help judge which top picks and sleepers to targets and which potential busts to avoid. However, training camp reports and various injury/holdout news are already starting to affect mock drafts and rankings.A surprisingly waived running back in Houston has helped one player’s cause, while two star holdouts are seeing their draft stocks start to tumble. We break it all down and more with a quick look at some ADP risers and fallers from late-July/early-August mock drafts. Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC – With a holdout that has turned into a trade demand, Gordon is really making fantasy owners nervous. He has traditionally been drafted anywhere from No. 6-No. 10 overall, but this uncertainty about his future has caused him to start to fall into the second round. Even if Gordon was traded to another team, he would immediately step in and be that team’s starter. While this situation is hurting his draft stock, in the end it is unlikely to hurt his fantasy value unless there is no contract progress and the Chargers refuse to trade him. His drop in ADP seems to be an overreaction to the situation, coupled with bad memories of Bell in 2018. Be the better fantasy owners and take advantage of Gordon’s drop. Get him at a discount and your team will be better off for it.FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamA.J. Green, WR, CIN – Torn ligaments in his left ankle gave Green an expected six-to-eight weeks of missed time due to injury before his surgery in late July. However, after the surgery the news got a little worse, and Green was projected to miss a couple of games in the regular season. He is now 31 and certainly hasn’t been the picture of health during his career. Green missed seven games in 2018, was healthy in ’17, but also missed six games in ’16. This is becoming a pattern that is certainly cause for alarm. His ADP that was once in the second round has dropped into the fifth , and he could drop more the closer we get to the regular season. This fall is definitely warranted, and unless he starts to fall into the seventh or eighth round, he may present more risk than should be desired.