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The Browns expect Brandon Weeden to be their starting quarterback for the 2012 season but saying he will have to earn it.  They have given him first team reps over Colt McCoy this week despite Colt getting them the week prior.  Brandon is a 28 year old rookie which, in many ways, is kind of like the 40 year old virgin.  He’s going to look awkward out on the field and will prematurely…launch a few before his tight end is ready…hrm, I feel dirty reading/writing that.  For someone who has played most of his college career in a non-pro style offense, he has a lot to learn.  With any luck, he learns the one and only thing he truly needs to do and learns it quick: give the ball to Trent Richardson.  Next play, rinse, repeat.  All and all, I don’t have any hope of seeing a successful rookie year fantasy football-wise from Weeden.  If anything, maybe its a season like Alex Smith had last year.  If that gets you excited for fantasy football, you must play in a 16 team 2 quarterback league.  I pray for your sanity.  In other fantasy football news…fooled!  Before we roll on to some other jibber jabber, I wanted to remind everyone of our Fantasy Face/Off competition this week between Roddy White and Julio JonesThe poll will be up this afternoon to vote on the two.  You can read the Roddy and Julio articles by clicking on their names.  I know, it’s like magic!  Alright, now really onto the news…

Anthony Gonzalez – Waived by the Patriots, a team that has Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney battling it out to be the team’s WR3.  Maybe it was a health issue.  Maybe his likeness to Vincent Price as Egghead.  My personal opinion is quite simple: Anthony is just a’ight.  A great quarterback is like the sideview mirrors on your car: warning, wide receiver is crappier than they appear.  Gonzalez’ best season with Peyton Manning was in 2008 when he caught 57 passes for 664 yards and 4 touchdowns.  I just checked my pulse and it’s not racing.  Moving on.

Shane Vereen – In more Patriots news, Shane has been getting RB1 reps at the OTAs ahead of Steven Ridley.  There’s really nothing to get excited about here, whoever wins out.  The Patriots are a pass-heavy offense which gives very little reps to their running game.  If you draft one, just be prepared for major inconsistency.  If you don’t believe me, just go look at Benjarvis Green-Ellisgame log from 2011.  If you found the pattern in there on when to start and sit him, congrats.  You’re probably really good at sudoku.

Kevin Kolb – Currently splitting reps with ‘Helter’ John Skelton.  I wanna give Kevin the benefit of the doubt due to the hold out last year and being new to the team.  He didn’t really have much time to prepare to run that offense.  However, how can you NOT throw to Larry Fitzgerald?  It doesn’t take a genius to get your playmaker the ball.  I mean, even Skelton got that.  Kolb, you’re on notice.

Michael Sims-Walker – Trying out for the Houston Texans.  My guess is he’s a good run blocking WR.  Only dude getting catches in that offense is Andre Johnson when he’s healthy.  That ‘when’ just tripped over the ‘he’ in that sentence and just went on the PUP list.

Matt Forte – The Bears said they’re worried about Forte’s knees.  Forte’s agent fired back calling him ‘among the most, if not the most, durable, all-purpose running back in the NFL.’  Forte himself said he’s the bees knees and posted a video of him running with a 100 pound sled up hill to prove it.  In the end, this is contractual posturing and preening on both sides.  The Bears want their running back cheaper than he’s willing to go for and Forte wants a LeSean McCoy contract.  All this to say, he’s still a top end running back but the longer he isn’t under contract and practicing with the team, the further down my wish list he slides.  I currently have him just ahead of a Razzball sponsored golf cart that I would use as a full time vehicle.  The reason that last sentence isn’t funny is because it’s true.  I really want to drive a golf cart everywhere I go with Razzball flames down the side.  A guy can dream, can’t he?

  1. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    The reports out of Vikings camp is all thumbs up for one Jerome Simpson. You remember the guy who had 2.5 pounds of marijuana mailed to his casa? Putting that little incident aside for second and taking it back to the field.

    Looking back at his 2011 game log and I believe fantasy owners could have something in 2012. When Simpson saw at least 6 targets(9 games). He had a stat line of 4.6 catches, 72.2 yards & .33 TDs a game.

    He has to serve a three game suspension handed down by the NFL. After he gets back fom his suspension he will step right in as the Vikings WR2. Outside of Percy Harvin, who else does Christian Ponder have to throw the rock too?

    Right now Jerome Simpson does not even have an ADP over at FFC. As a fantasy owner who loves to find value any place, he can come draft day. I see a profit to be had in Jerome Simpson. I know, I will be highlighting his name, as a player of intrest come very late in the draft.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If Ponder has the pocket time to get it to him, of course. If not, it’ll be more first target then check down to the RB for the Vikings but I agree that he’s one to watch. I liked Ponder last year when I got to see him. The hip pointer coupled with having absolutely ZERO time to throw the ball made him look pretty bad. I think he could be in for a decent year that could surprise. Toby Gerhart is surely no AP but is decent enough to keep defenses honest. If that protection is there, Simpson could have himself a decent year, IMHO

  2. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    Come on Boston Herald, can you please keep your observations to yourself. Before this came out, I was more then happy to see Joseph Addai name climbing up the ADP chart and Shane Vereen name leaving it. Now in the four to five days since the report came out Addai name has drop almost off the chart and Vereen has risen to to late 12th round.

    I did not see, what other fantasy owners saw in Addai from a productions stand point. In three of his six seasons as a Colt he finished with a 3.8 or lower YPC. You also add in the fact that he has not played in more then 12 games three of the last four years. I would be more shock, if he is on the week 1 roster.

    I will take the production of BJGE in the 12th round or later for any of my fantasy teams. That is what you could be getting, when you draft Shane Vereen for 2012. Those are what these last couple of rounds should be used for. Taking shots with players that present high reward and come with no risk. If he loses out to Ridley or whoever then just drop him.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Addai was always situated within a good offense until last year. I never bought into him where he was going before either, but at least there was a reason then. Drafting him now is unjustifiable, though. Agree w/draft strategy, but I still want to avoid Patriots RBs if I can help it. So hard to know when that BJGE comes.

  3. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    I am surprised to admit this but I am actually finding some value to be had at the RB spot. First it was James Starks and now it is Shonn Greene.

    The Jets have came out and said that they plan to run Shonn a lot this year. Granted Greene is nothing special but in today’s age of modern football. It is not that easy to find backs who are in line for a major workload. With not much in the way of competition behind them.

    We could see a stat line around 300 touches, 1350+ total yards & at least 6 TDs for Shonn Greene in 2012.

    His current asking price at the moment over at FFC is round 5.11(26th) off the board. Right now, owners are getting this guy as a RB3 option. That is crazy(awesome) value! This guy could be producing low-end RB1 numbers for fantasy teams this year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      After only getting 6 touchdowns last year and Mark Sanchez stealing 6 other rushing touchdowns, I worry about his goal line handle with Tebow around as well. I do see a potential for value, but I could also see the potential for even less than what he gave us last year.

      • David_KOA says:
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        @Sky,
        When looking at his TD total(6), I think can Tebow really effect it that much? Maybe expecting 6+ TDs is a tad bit too high. I do think he is good for the same amount or very close to it.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’m seeing Tebow/Sanchez as goal line vultures for that team. If he’s not getting those touches, he does lose some value in my book. If I’m sniffing around for a sleeper back, I’d be more inclined to go with BJGE in Cincinnati. You might get a similar line you’re looking for from Greene but at an even larger discount. Plus, no real goal line vultures there.

          • David_KOA says:
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            @Sky,
            Some alarming(not good) stats that stand out when taking a look at BJGE in 2011. Looking from weeks 12-17 he had an AVG carry of 2.8 yards! You throw out the Jets game, in which the jets played with at least 5DBs 80% of the game. We see BJGE YPC average drops to 3.4! The Patriots also rank in the top three of the NFL in facing at least 5DBs. Which makes the Law Firms 3.69 AVG look even worse.

            Now he is an offense not even close to what he played for in New England. No more 5+ DBs on the other side of the field. No more Brady, Welker, Gronk & A. Hernandez.

            What’s the difference between the new Bengals RB(BJGE) & the old Bengals RB(Benson)? I don’t see any difference at all. Except that BJGE will not be getting close to the workload that Benson saw while in Bengals colors.

            Right now BJGE is coming off the board in the 4.04(21st) RB off the board. I could see a stat line around 250 touches, 1000 total yards & 6-7 TDS in 2012.

            For BJGE to have any value, he has to get in the end zone. If he gets shut out of that area. You are staring at 4-6 points every week. I will not be obtaining the Law Firms services for any of my fantasy teams.

            if you had a writer who does over-rated players, I feel like BJGE should get his own article. Lol

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Personally don’t see how BJGE doesn’t get the same workload. If CB kept getting handed the ball despite his numbers, I think you’re seeing a team committed to it’s lead back and getting them their touches. Since I don’t have access to FFC, I’m using MDC and it’s telling me that he’s the 36th back off the board while Greene is the 30th. I’d say MDC might be a bit more reflective of what you’re going to see in drafts and for that reason I see a larger value and a larger role from the Law Firm than you do. Considering Benson averaged 317 rushing touches over a 16 game season while playing for the Bengals, I think the Law Firm has a chance of outshining his current rankings and at a much greater value. Greene finished last year 11 points up on Benson on the player rater on ESPN but did it in 1 more game than Cedric played. BJGE will get his touches and won’t have the same fumble problems that CB had (7 lost fumbles in his last 2 seasons).

              And just so you know I’m not ignoring your initial stats: passing teams seem to have problems getting their runners involved in the game. Looking back over the years, how many major running back seasons can you think of coming from a pass first offense? I’m not thinking of guys who are good receiving backs here, I’m talking about between the tackles guys. Looking over last season at teams like Green Bay and New Orleans, for example, I think a team doesn’t always do it’s best to commit to the run when they have a pass-heavy offense. They’re considered ‘show me’ runs just to keep them honest. New England is no different in my book with that regard. In the end, you say overrated, I say underrated and we’ll have to see how this season plays out :)

              • David_KOA says:
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                @Sky,
                It would be no fun, if we agreed on every player.
                It would be interesting to keep tabs on these different views of certain players and then revisit them at the end of the year.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Oh of course. It’s how you make internet friends! I probably won’t remember the finishing line you gave Shonne but I’ll have BJGE’s stats up. We’ll see how they stack up when it’s all over :)

  4. Mr2Bits says:
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    Sky,
    Picking 5 Keepers, I plan on taking the first 5 but want to make sure Im not missing anything? 10 Team PPR Keeper.

    Keeping
    Darren McFadden
    Roddy White
    Matt Forte
    Andre Johnson
    Michael Vick

    But Have these options

    Ahmad Bradshaw
    Tony Romo
    Jonathan Stewart
    Santonio Holmes
    Michael Crabtree
    Owen Daniels
    Toby Gerhart
    Dexter McCluster
    Damian Williams

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As long as there are no round values associated, you have the right 5. Tony Romo is safer than Vick but you knew that. Vick has the higher upside.

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