So I woke up this morning thinking to myself ‘man, mixing red bull, vodka and a box of Franzia was a bad idea. And why am I covered in dijon mustard with socks on my hands?’ Ok, that was my first thought. My second thought was ‘let’s get statistical with our Razzball readers and pun about a mathematical term while we’re at it’. Quarterbacks have been a huge topic leading into the season, especially when it comes to draft strategy. Many places are actually saying 2011 changed the way we draft in that it should become more common to take a QB early than to aim for a running back. With that in the back of my mind, I thought it would be good to take a look at the deviation we experienced statistically between 2010 fantasy points and 2011 fantasy points with regards to the quarterback position. Realize we don’t care about the names on the list, what we care about is the deviation between what being the number one quarterback for fantasy in 2010 was versus being number one in 2011, then the number 2, so on and so forth. With that, let’s take a look at the results of my mad little statistical experiment.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In a surefire sign that we may have seen the last of Mike Wallace in a Steelers uniform, Pittsburgh turned around and gave the contract they offered to Wallace to their other young wide receiver, Antonio Brown. Though I had both very high in my 2012 fantasy football rankings this year, their respective values hinged a bit on each other. Wallace is the barn burner of the pair when it comes to speed. He opens up the under routes that Antonio handles. Without Wallace, Antonio might get WR1 looks but would still most likely produce at a WR2 level. If somehow Wallace does get traded or pulls a Vincent Jackson and sits until he gets his money, the main fantasy football benefactor would most likely be Emmanuel Sanders.Please, blog, may I have some more?
For yet another season, Razzball will be interviewing local NFL beat writers for some in-depth actual football knowledge to sway some insight in our fantasy football knowledge. Keep your eye out for an interview for every NFL team through the summer and check out each one on the “2012 Fantasy Football Team Previews” link. This installment comes courtesy of Ted Glover from The Daily Norseman:
1) The big news everyone is on their edge of the seat for is if Adrian Peterson will be ready for the 2012 season. First there’s the rehab from his ACL tear and then his recent arrest in Houston. Is there any worry about this legal hoopla, and what are you hearing about his knee recovery?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Well here we are, folks, three rounds down and two more to go. If you’re just joining us on this fun ride, I’ll give you a brief fill-in before we get onto the goods. Firstly, this is a contest we are doing in conjunction with our friends at FanDuel Insider who are helping us look for The Next Great Fantasy Football Writer. If you want a full detail as to why it would be cool to submit for this process, you need look no further than at the first post of the contest here that describes the whole ordeal. Note this isn’t an NCAA tournament: no one gets eliminated. Well actually you DO get eliminated by not submitting but that ain’t us doin ya wrong, it’s you doing it to yourself. All this to say, you can miss rounds for submission but not submitting for five rounds? Well, what can we do about that if you’re TNGFFW? Read your fantasy football minds? Sorry, the only superpower I have is x-ray vision. At least that’s what my wife tells me when I stare too long at an attractive girl in public. But I digress, I’m simply here to say all is not lost. We still have two rounds left for you to show us what you have. So with that, let’s take a look at the results for this week…psyche! I wanted to remind all you fantasy football people that Razzball Commenter League Sign-Ups are open and free to join. I post-jacked Kevin and Andrew this week to get the word out, I figured it was only fair to do it to myself. We currently have two open leagues so hop right in if you’re game to play this game with us. Alright, now on with the show!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hi, it’s Sky again post-jacking in italics. Just wanted to remind everyone we have Razzball Commenter League Sign-ups going on and we’re now looking for a few good commishes. So head to that link and find out how to create a league. Grand Prize winner gets something pretty snazzy so do yourself a favor and go create a league. Now back to normal font with your host, Andrew.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hi all, this is Sky speaking to you in italics. I’m simply here to remind everyone we’re doing Razzball Commenter Leagues this year again. If you’d like to join one of our leagues or to create your own, go check out our 2012 RCL sign-up. Alright, now back to your regularly scheduled Kevin.
Rookie production in 2011 was a mixed bag.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So the story goes, when I started my top 20 tight end rankings for 2012 fantasy football, I decided ‘I’ll write about a few guys that weren’t in the top 20 but deserved some words’. Looking back, instead of defending my lack of love for Kellen Winslow or Martellus Bennett, I wish I’d spent a few moments with the youngster set to be the starting tight end in Minnesota – Kyle Rudolph.
In review of his 2011 rookie season, there isn’t too much to glean from it to say he’s fantasy sleeper material: 26 receptions, 249 yards and 3 touchdowns from his 39 targets. But, to quote a valley girl, ‘that was, like, soooo last season…gag me!’ Seeing as it was Kyle’s rookie year and he was still playing behind Visanthe Shiancoe, we’re going to look at how Minnesota treated their Tight Ends as a whole…there’s a joke about holes and tight ends in that last sentence but I’ll leave it up to your sick imagination to fill in the gap. But I digress, with their magical powers combined, Minnesota produced 62 receptions on 109 targets as well as 658 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Those type of numbers would’ve had a tight end that was sniffing around the outside of the top 10 last year if it had come from one Viking rather than the two.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Step right up folks, come one, come all, hear ye hear ye and other outdated modes of engaging in public announcement. It’s the time of the fantasy football season – namely the pre-pre-season – where we here at Razzball open up our Razzball Commenter Leagues.Please, blog, may I have some more?
For yet another season, Razzball will be interviewing local NFL beat writers for some in-depth actual football knowledge to sway some insight in our fantasy football knowledge. Keep your eye out for an interview for every NFL team through the summer and check out each one on the “2012 Fantasy Football Team Previews” link. This installment comes courtesy of Josh Kirkendall at Cincy Jungle:
1) Everywhere we look, people are calling for a down year for Andy Dalton. We’re of the assumption it’s the hatred of gingers that is leading to all the dislike. What is your perspective on Andy Dalton and how do you view him for the 2012 football season?Please, blog, may I have some more?
In news that is no longer new to most, Drew Brees has finally signed with New Orleans to the tune of $100 million over 5 years, $60 million of which is guaranteed. Obviously this is huge news for both Brees and the Saints but how does it relate to fantasy? Well, for 2012 it’s looking good for the guys who do that whole ‘catch the ball’ thing down in NO as Darren Sproles, Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston now retain their value from last season. Long term, the whole Bounty Gate really put a damper on New Orleans contract talks with Brees as it pretty much put them over a barrel. It’s not going to happen any time soon, but that contract may come back to haunt the Saints long term. Big contracts for one guy usually means smaller contracts for other guys due to salary cap issues. This might have an effect on young players such as Graham looking for ’greener’ pastures with another team if the Saints can’t splash the cash New England did on Rob Gronkowski. In the end, though, we play fantasy football for the year at hand not something down the road so until it matters, let’s just all be thankful the Saints are back to being fantasy football heaven for us players. With that said, let’s take a look at other moves and news impacting our 2012 season…fooled! I wanted to remind you of a little contest we’re doing this year called The Next Great Fantasy Football Writer. Clicking on that link will magically transport you back to June 15th of this year when the whole contest kicked off, what you get if you win, and why it’s just a cool thing to do. If you’d like to participate – you don’t have to be part of every round to win so starting with round three won’t hurt your chances – please take a look at the topic for round three which is due by this Sunday, July 22nd. Alright, now we’re back on for realsies…
Mike Wallace – Unlike Brees, Wallace is still an unhappy camper as far as contract issues are concerned with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Doesn’t he understand I’m banking on him playing this year in our 2012 Fantasy Football Rankings? With Pittsburgh having stated their team is going to be an aerial attack-first team for 2012, Wallace could be in line for a big year. However, he still needs to learn the new offense that Todd Haley is implementing and that’s hard to do without attending training camp. It’s like you trying to ace your college spanish 101 class despite not having attended. But teacher, I watched Encino Man over and over to get my spanish down. Es muy bien!Please, blog, may I have some more?