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It seems I have a thing for Rams and people named Chris when I do these sleeper posts as I gave you Chris Ivory and Sam Bradford earlier this month.  Don’t take that statement about Rams as a bestiality thing, BTW.  The only animals I’d go after are the kind Tom Brady married.  They’ve got cool horns!  But enough about this, I’m here now to talk a bit about a man.  A man we don’t all know but should love.  What is a man?  A miserable pile of secrets?!?  Woah, going Symphony of the Night on me there, are you imaginary reader?  It’s summer and I’ve been playing the classics.  You’re young enough to call a game made in the late 90’s a classic…now I’m sad…but enough about video game nostalgia, I’m here to talk to you about Chris Givens and why he’ll be a sleeper for 2013 Fantasy Football…

You there.  Yes you.  The one who’s about to click ‘draft’ on Torrey Smith in the 7th round.  I’m about to go Morpheus up in this business with you.  What if I told you there was a wide receiver.  A wide receiver going outside the 10th round of standard 10 team ESPN drafts that had 3 touchdowns in what amounts to 13 games?  What if I also told you this man had only 7 less receptions than Torrey Smith on the year?  And what if I told you the offense he played for has vastly improved since last season and he’ll be in his second full year of playing football with the Rams?  And what if I told you that this man caught at least 5 passes for 50 or more yards on the year?  Would you be tempted to take a chance on this wide out?  Do you believe in fate, fantasy footballer?  No, no you don’t.  That’s why you’re here.  You know that something’s wrong with these wide out rankings.  You know it’s there and yet you can’t explain it, like a splinter in your mind.  Well let me guide you, Sad Keanu, as you take the red pill and find out how to not be a rankings slave this year.  Givens did not have the most steady of years in 2012.  He only had 1 game where he went over the 100 receiving yard mark and only three games in which he had 4 or more receptions.  For that reason, I get the lack of buy in on Chris for 2013.  But I juxtaposed him to Torrey to prove a point and I’m gonna do it whether the stats say so or not!  Torrey himself was not a model of consistency either.  Of his 8 touchdowns, 6 came in 3 games.  And although he had 6 games of 4 or more receptions, he played the entire year whereas Givens didn’t really see the field until the third game of the year and missed another one mid-season, yet Torrey still finished with only one more 100 yard game than Givens.  So if it’s not consistency that we’re getting from Torrey this year, it’s what?  Trust?  Ok, fair enough.  I trust Torrey can repeat his line.  But my question is does the price tag match the product and considering the options I’m gonna have to say ‘no’ to it like I’m fighting the war on drugs.  Dare to be different kids!  In conclusion, if you want a streaky WR3 on your team, Chris Givens is a cheap shot at getting a Torrey Smith type year and you don’t have to draft him in the first 10 rounds to enjoy it.

2013 Projections: 55 receptions, 924 receiving yards, 10 rushing yards, 6 total touchdowns

  1. Chadzilla says:
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    I like Givens too. I’m hoping the additions of Tavon Austin and Jared Cook help free him up a little more. Also with Boldin out of Baltimore, Flacco is gonna be forcing it to Torrey all day this year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He might be. I think Pitta steps up there to relieve a bit of that. I’ve been hearing good things about Doss as well but it’s definitely possible.

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I owned Torrey for 3/4 of last year and that was the worst WR own ever, I liken the frustration to playing a fantasy league where someone trades Pujols for Bundy only to have Bundy need Tommy John surgery and the owners justify the trade because of draft pick swaps

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha. It’s been a pretty comical chatter with the guy who go Pujols. He doesn’t know who he’s talking to.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: if he only did, I find when it comes to fantasy and a lot of sports discussions people either don’t realize my awesome knowledge or they realize how narrow minded they really are. I’ve had a lot of blown minds moments with the idiots I have to engage with, now they come to me for the 3rd angle they weren’t looking at. They have accepted they always miss something. Which is funny to me, cause on a scale of 1 to 10 I’m a 61/2, like my looks, and that makes them a 3. The sad thing about being in LA is we have some of the dumbest fans ever, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels USC….talk about a lack of sports IQ. I know a few Laker haters who hate them because of Laker fans, but that’s like hating white people because of FOX news.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, I claim no more knowledge then the guy yakking about how it’s not a BS trade but he’s going tangential trying to prove points because he knows head on it really is a joke. The sad thing is he’s really taken it personally even when I said I had nothing against either guy and that I was just putting out there my opinion. An opinion which is held by others in the league who just haven’t stood up and said it.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I don’t claim knowledge I lay knowledge down and let them figure it out, over in Grey’s article some guy had the nerve to call me a dumbass cause he couldn’t figure out my stream of consciousness remark, some people need to be saved from themselves with a bullet between the ears…..figuratively

            http://razzball.com/tampa-bay-r-a-yd/#comment-2020008

            the comment below is the first comment, the comment above is the rebutle, I really hate people sometimes….a lot of the time

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              60% of the time I hate them every time.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: stay thirsty my friend

  3. BTD says:
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    I’ve heard some good things about Austin Pettis this spring. If he takes a step forward, then he should compete with Cook for the possession, checkdown, and redzone looks. While the field stretchers (Austin and Givens) do their thing. Givens is probably a good sleeper as the most experienced WR in the STL now that Amendola is out.

    Bradford should have more time than last year. But he’ll also be more of a focus without S-Jax. Hopefully Jake Long can regain his youthful pass blocking pedigree, but his play has declined over the last few years. Maybe a change of scenery will do it. At least Shawne Merriman won’t be around to embarrass him…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I’ve heard similar stuff. Hard to tell if it’s really Quick falling down the depth chart or the Rams trying to motivate him. Could go either way; I’ll be keeping my eye on Pettis seeing what I can see for sure, though.

      Yeah, definitely possible, RE: focus. But the flip side would be those 3 RBs they have keep defenses on their toes and gives him even more weapons. True about Long, I just think Fisher is a good coach and can really build a solid squad with what he’s been given.

  4. One Man Crusade says:
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    Givens or Britt in a no restriction keeper league?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Britt has the higher upside, I’d roll with him.

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    you answering questions today?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sure!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky:

        I didn’t realize it was creeper Sky day, I’ll go to the baseball side

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No worries, I’ll be writing football stuff most of the day. I’ll be around either way.

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