There’s a revolutionary new technology sweeping the world of board sports, and it’s all powered by one wheel.If you’re not familiar with Onewheel, originally introduced via Kickstarter in 2014, think back to the hover board concept popularized by the Back to the Future movies of the 1980s. This is about as close as modern technology has come to actually creating one of these futuristic devices.If you have any sort of board sporting experience whatsoever—whether it be snowboarding, wake boarding, skateboarding, etc.—you’ll feel right at home atop a Onewheel.Powered by an internal hub motor, this board owes its intuitiveness to an advanced system of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and other sensors strategically placed on the tip and tail of the board to automatically balance the rider.The hub motor within the board is powered by a fast-charging (think 30 minutes or less) lithium ion battery that, when fully charged, can provide anywhere from 5 to 7 miles of range depending on the steepness of the terrain you’re riding on.In order to accelerate, the rider simply shifts his or her weight forward on the front of the board. To slow down or reverse, just lean back, and to steer, shift your weight from side to side, much like the motions used to steer a snowboard through deep powder.Since it was introduced in 2014 by a company out of Santa Cruz, California called Future Movement, the Onewheel has gotten even better thanks to a series of upgrades.New for 2017 is the Onewheel+, featuring a redesigned hub motor with breakthrough technology allowing the rider to reach speeds of 19 mph.It’s popular not only with recreational riders but with commuters looking for a portable, low-impact form of transportation to and from the workplace.“People are using Onewheel in all kinds of ways we never imagined” says Onewheel Inventor and Future Motion CEO Kyle Doerksen.“Based on what we’ve learned so far, we’ve made Onewheel+ a significantly more refined, more capable product that’s approachable for first timers and delivers progression for advanced riders.”After testing the Onewheel ourselves, we can attest to the quality of the upgrades and the intuitive nature of the board in general, but don’t take our word for it. Come out and test one for yourself at an exciting new event in Asheville, North Carolina.Hosted by Asheville-based Southern Raft Supply, the most popular retail location for Onewheel in the Southeast, the Floatlife Fest will be an entire weekend dedicated to Onewheel enthusiasts fromm all over the country.“The Onewheel culture has really taken root here in Asheville,” says Justyn Thompson of Southern Raft Supply. “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Floatlife Fest.”Attendees to this event will have the opportunity to compete in Onewheel races, win prizes, mingle with sponsors, get in on group rides, and much more.To find out more about Onewheel and the upcoming Floatlife Fest, happening October 13 through 15, click here.
Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/STThe later the season gets, the more important it is to have a kicker that is kicking in either a dome or good weather. Though the kicker position is maddeningly inconsistent, avoiding cold-weather kickers is one of the few aspects that fantasy owners can control. It doesn’t mean you’ll get the best results, but at least you’ll have a little peace of mind and won’t have to worry about storms or other wintry conditions. If you’re not sure who you want as kicker as the fantasy football playoffs start…good luck. The kicker position is fickle and inconsistent, and it’s impossible to know what you’ll get from a starter any week, no matter how good the matchup looks on paper. Our Week 14 fantasy kicker rankings are here to help you sort through this frustrating position, but it’s hard to know exactly how accurate they’ll be in any given week.Our strategy is always to stick with a kicker with a good leg that operates within a good offense. Those are the two major variables you can control. Anything else is just guessing. This week, there are some solid kicker streamers should you need one. Brandon McManus (@ 49ers) is in a good matchup where he should get a chance to make some kicks in warmer weather. Elsewhere, Michael Badgley (vs. Bengals) and Cairo Santos (vs. Saints) are both playing in warmer climates and get to take on defenses that can allow a lot of yards. So, if you need someone of the free agent market, those guys might be solid adds. Note: We’ll update our rankings throughout the week if weather or injuries figure to be major factors.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 Fantasy Kicker Rankings1Wil Lutz, Saints @ Buccaneers2Justin Tucker, Ravens @ Chiefs3Matt Bryant, Falcons @ Packers4Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots @ Dolphins5Matt Prater, Lions @ Cardinals6Brandon McManus, Broncos @ 49ers7Mason Crosby, Packers vs. Falcons8Chandler Catanzaro, Panthers @ Browns9Greg Zuerlein, Rams @ Bears10Harrison Butker, Chiefs vs. Ravens11Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans vs. Colts12Brett Maher, Cowboys vs. Eagles13Chris Boswell, Steelers @ Raiders14Michael Badgley, Chargers vs. Bengals15Cairo Santos, Buccaneers vs. Saints16Dan Bailey, Vikings @ Seahawks17Jake Elliott, Eagles @ Cowboys18Ryan Succop, Titans vs. Jaguars19Randy Bullock, Bengals @ Chargers20Josh Lambo, Jaguars @ Titans21Adam Vinatieri, Colts @ Texans22Robbie Gould, 49ers vs. Broncos23Daniel Carlson, Raiders vs. Steelers24Sebastian Janikowski, Seahawks vs. Vikings25Dustin Hopkins, Redskins vs. Giants26Aldrick Rosas, Giants @ Redskins27Cody Parkey, Bears vs. Rams28Jason Myers, Jets @ Bills29Steven Hauschka, Bills vs. Jets30Greg Joseph, Browns vs. Panthers31Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals vs. Lions32Jason Sanders, Dolphins vs. Patriots