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Where have I seen this name before?  *Riffles thru notes* Ah here it is!  Hrm, that’s nice and all but I seem to remember seeing it somewhere else… *Riffles thru more notes* Ah yes here, I knew the title of this post sounded familiar.  BTW, do you know the difference between ‘riffle’ and ‘rifle’?  I didn’t until today and now I have something to talk about at the next fantasy football expert cocktail party:

Sky: Hey Scott Pianowski, do you know the difference between ‘riffle’ and ‘rifle’?

Pianowski: Yes, everyone knows that…

Sky: Oh…this imitation crab meat is delicious though!

Pianowski: That’s caviar.

Sky: When did Donald Trump become a fantasy football expert?

Pianowski: When he paid us to call him one.

Sky: So why is Gary Busey here?  And why is he wearing a Native American headdress and snorting lines of kosher salt?

Pianowski: We’re babysitting and purposefully doing a bad job of it.

Fun times…but in all seriousness, I’ve been a fan of Chris Ivory ever since he took center stage as the primary running back for the Saints back in 2010 when he rushed for 716 yards on 137 carries for a 5.2 YPC average after Pierre Thomas went down.  So if he took over in 2010, why haven’t we heard much about him since for fantasy purposes, you ask to lead me into the next paragraph?  Well thank you for doing that so let’s go on and see why Ivory is a 2013 fantasy football sleeper…

Chris has had a bit of a rocky career to date in terms of injury.  The reason we didn’t hear much about Ivory from 2011 on was he went down with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in the final regular season game of 2010.  You might know of this Lisfranc business a bit more due to Maurice Jones-Drew’s lost 2012 season but it is a beast when it comes to recovery time.  Ivory wasn’t fully healed nor playing for the Saints until the end of October in 2011 and by that time, a lot had changed for the Saints.  Though the Saints had let Reggie Bush go on to the Dolphins in that span, they signed a running back who fit Bush’s role in the offense by going after former Charger Darren Sproles.  To make matters worse, the Saints drafted a former Heisman winner in Mark Ingram in the first round of the 2011 draft.  By the time Ivory took the field again, he had 3 other backs to compete with for touches.  Given that Ingram was a first round pick, Ivory’s prospects of getting playing time in 2012 didn’t get much better…that is until Sproles went down with a broken arm.  For a brief moment in time, we got to see what Chris Ivory could do with a few carries in 2012 and he didn’t disappoint.  Wanna see what I mean?  Well look no further than this highlight reel.  I started it at the 30 second mark so you don’t have to waste a moment going there.  See, that’s what you call a mix of vision, power and speed and it happened all in one run.  Yeah but that was in New Orleans and they have Drew Brees and a great offensive line!  Hey, do you mind I’m typing here!  And stop shouting, will ya?  Actually, based on offensive line grading the Jets O-line was better than the Saints, albeit not by a large margin.  Though it’s true Ivory won’t have Drew Brees to put the fear into the opposing defense, keep in mind Shonn Greene put up RB2 numbers last year and we all know how aggravatingly untalented that plodder is.  Considering Ivory is getting treated like an RB3 or worse in current rankings – besides mine, of course – there’s massive value in picking up this talented yet forgotten back in drafts this year.  Now play us out Paul and Stevie.  My fantasy team and Ivory live together in perfect harmony.

Projections: 1,222 rushing yards, 15 receptions, 105 rushing yards and 9 total touchdowns

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  1. Targaryen says:
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    I can see Ivory being good especially in light of Goodson. However, Saints are a team that other teams stay on their heels because of the Brees pass attack. The Jets are a more of a run first offense & teams will approach them differently, stracking the box now & I don’t see Ivory having the same success he did. I do think his numbers will be better because he will have more carries. I have a hard time seeing him as anything more than RB2 but I’m leaving more to a flex option instead

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s where he’s being undervalued: more talented than Shonn Greene – who finished as an RB2 by the numbers last year – but he’s going close to RB30 in ADP. No doubt he had a more talented team while being on the Saints last year but Pierre Thomas was on that same talented team. So was Mark Ingram. What did they do? I see him as a solid RB2 this year with room for upside.

  2. Jeff says:
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    Ivory is a wildcard to say the least for the Jets. Right now, I’d avoid any Jet (just like I used to avoid James Jett back in the day). With no QB, counting on a RB is iffy at best.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Shonn Greene: RB2 last year with less talent, an unhealthy receiving team surrounding Mark Sanchez and a team in complete disarray. Same argument about ‘no QB’ could be said about CJ2K, AP and Trent Richardson last year. All performed well enough. The fear is unwarranted given his going price.

      • Targaryen says:
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        @Sky: if i thought he was the best player on the board I would take him on my team. Just not a guy I want to reach for. All about value, right?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Kinda why I called this a sleeper post. He’s being drafted as a flex option; highest ranking for him outside of mine I’ve seen is around RB25 but most times, RB30+. There’s plenty of value there for you.

  3. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Ivory going back to back, is this you being wrong and stubborn?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, to be fair, Saints were a tad on the dumb side last year. Neither PT nor Ingram had it to start the year. If Ivory was playing then, I think we’re having a different conversation. Ivory’s got the goods and is now a starter. I’m really amazed by how undervalued he is. He’s getting drafted behind BJGE and Rashard Mendenhall around the RB30 slot. Put it in perspective of where Greene finished last year in PPR leagues (around RB16), that’s ridiculous.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: oh I hear ya, it will be interesting to see how the expert, you, affects my league draft…..and how the RCL’s will be this year, i hate to say it but baseball RCL is more fun than football RCL. For all the dumb shit the Saints do, it’s a surprise they won it all a couple of years back

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’ll hack your account and draft for you. THAT’s how much of an effect I’ll have.

          Yeah, i was extremely surprised they made it with that defense. It’s a gambling one for sure and it’s clear those gambles haven’t paid off too much over the last few years. I’m already prepared for Joe Flacco hate in my rankings. Got plenty of flack over Eli last year. They’re elite!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I’m going to get set my league up early so you can help me with my settings, I can’t change them too much, but think they need to be tweeked. Would it be Ok, if we kept a lid on you running a football sight in my league, I will be asking ZPrezzi and Wallpaper Patterson to keep it quiet for this season, I don’t want people bailing out thinking you are too good for them

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Totally, it’s your league. Not my call on how far/wide it’s advertised.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I can pretend I’m Grey!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: that guy doesn’t even know what a football looks like….perfect!

                I want to keep it on the down low, might scare some people. Remember this league kinda hates me, my old baseball league mates i told to f**k off becuse they suck and play like pussies. I have to watch what I do to keep the football league alive, the only reason they play is because it’s more fun than all their other leagues….In case you didn’t know, Jack is not universally loved

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Jack Full of Hate not universally loved? Unpossible! No biggie, I’m in. Most of my league mates who’ve grown to love me have learned ‘shut up, Sky’ is not something I respond poorly to. The rest can just go fly one.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: HA! As I always tell them a might be a dick but I’m a fair dick. To throw them off the scent we will use a reverse name like Dirt….which doubles as one of the all time best albums ever!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, nice and agreed. Have you heard the new album much yet? I haven’t but want to/need to.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I havent heard anything with the new singer….you?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I heard a little of the album prior to this. Wasn’t bad. Of course it didn’t feel the same except for the music, of course.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: the voice is just as important as the sound….unless you’re Deep Purple

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, it does but I can still appreciate the tune. I think their problem will always be how unique their vocal melodies sounded. Even if you get someone who ‘sounds like’ Layne with Cantrell, it’s always gonna feel like a rip off. Just the tough truth of being so creative.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: Layne to me, besides Kurt’s uniqueness, was the voice from that era. You can’t replace that. That style of music rely’s so much on the darkness and pain that is added via the voice. You have to remember this is a pre-contemporary pop sound that might have influenced a bunch of soulness hacks that couldn’t be hard if you taught them, it’s something that comes from the soul of experience. It’s like early LA based punk, disaffected youth torn by the shattering of the nuclear family and the lies of suburbia. The first generation of collective broken homes and a world in denial. The women’s movement had it’s casualties…From what I understand the Pacific Northwest went through a shattering of existence in the 80’s with the loss of a lot of the logging and other industries that was a part of it’s back bone.

                    Were you laughing at the Deep purple reference because it was true or because you you think of them as a joke? I kinda love their music.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nah, wasn’t laughing at the Deep Purple reference was just saying ha, true overall. Problem is with Layne is I can’t think of his sound without Jerry. It was the harmonies that made them so unique in my mind, though Layne’s gritted teeth style definitely influenced a lot of bands that followed. Hell, Godsmack NAMED themselves after an A’n’C song. In terms of voices that you can’t forget, Layne is definitely up there as is Kurt. I always appreciated Cornell but his vocal styling I wouldn’t call unique, just extraordinary. Fucker could wail.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I was never drawn to Cornell, didn’t do anything for me. I thought it was interesting that Queens of the stoned age used Mark Lanegan for some of their tracks

                    Those were such great harmonies, I still listen to the unplugged album all the time, took songs that were good and made them better, most notably heaven beside you.

                    I found this while reviewing some Alice stuff on You Tube and I have to say, why would they put unplugged on the title, there is no other way to do this song. People are dumb asses

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_45OrVbQBhI

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I appreciated Cornell because he has such an extensive musical background. He started as the drummer for Soundgarden and moved on to singer/guitarist. Plus his musical styles pulls from so many genres that you can hear that you wouldn’t expect – Otis Redding, Beattles, etc – his sound is a lot deeper than people would expect.

                      I swear QOTSA is really just an all-star jam band nowadays. One of my favorite groups – Eleven – had their guitarist and pianist (Alain Johannes & Natasha Shneider) in QOTSA and I think Alain was on Them Crooked Vultures. Speaking of those two, guess who recorded and played on Chris Cornell’s Euphoria Morning? Yup. Funny how some bands never come to get big despite all the things set up for them to be. Alain has now recorded quite a few albums for various bands (Live & No Doubt) but the man is a fucking beast on guitar and his former life partner Natasha (RIP) had a great raspy vocal style. Shit, now we’re gonna have a sharefest:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq1r6cyho4M

                      Wish these two got bigger. Their backstory of brushes with destiny is pretty amazing. Always on the cusp, never on top.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: My buddy who could be a studio musician, i think he did some at some point said exactly what my dad always taught me, “It’s better to be lucky than good” and i think that applies to the music biz. They, the industry, for many years told us what to like and listen to, they still do in the hip hop, R&B and country genre, but rock has kinda taken the power back with the utilization of the net and what it has done to access. college kids work that shit over.

                    I can best sum up Cornell to me like this, i can appreciate his style and uniqueness, but it doesn’t hit me in the boo boo and crave it. I get why people like fancy beer, I just don’t get why they need to be a snob about it. It’s just beer

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I won’t drink PBR…ever. #snob

                      Agree about the music industry. Hell, you don’t even need to be lucky half the time anymore. YOu could be borderline tone-deaf but if you have a hot ass, they’ll find a way to get you on stage that way as well. I mean, someone explain how else Katy Perry is still a viable commodity.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: boobs

                    i like Miller Lite and High Life mixed with OJ

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Exactly but the key thing is it has little to do with what’s coming out of her mouth…I’m leaving that open for you but we both know it’s there. Let’s just leave it, ok?

                      I haven’t had that. I also haven’t thrown up in a long while. Two birds, meet one stone!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: OK skysnob. I learned it in Seattle, take high life and mix with OJ, like a 3 to 1 ratio. I call it the white trash mimosa, some call it a manmosa, other a beermosa. I call it a delicious alternative to a bloody mary, especially on a hot summer morning after a late night bender.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m only half kidding. It really does sound disgusting but I would try it. You’re clearly still alive after drinking it so it passed that test. I’ve only had a mimosa once but enjoyed it. I bet any light beer or lager would work, though. You might’ve given me a new way to get drunk.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: everyone says that then likes it, I think beer and tomato juice is disgusting yet they now can that shit.

                    It only costs you the price of a 32 of high life and some decent OJ

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Never had that either. I have a weekend, I might just have to try it. I might try a different beer. Not to be snobby, it’s already in my fridge (read: lazy)

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: because of the sweetness of Miller, it blends well, can be done with Blue Moon too

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I like Blue Moon. Though White Ales in general are usually really good. There are probably some wheat beers that would work too if the sweetness is a factor. I have a very dry IPA. This might be a disaster

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: with IPA you might as well call it train wreck. It’s suppose to be a real refreshing pound it down drink, light and heavy on the citrus. It’s suppose to confuse you as to it not being a beer but a really carbonated OJ with a beer finish.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That might be the name I give it if I like it! But I hear ya.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: if you do it with IPA and don’t like it then you get what you deserve….you know I use to work in a bar, at the door and behind….cust kayin’

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I don’t remember that part of our conversations. Noted, no IPA-mosas

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I use to bar back and bounced at a few different spots on occasion. I miss man handling some drunk dumb asses as they try to fight while being taken out like a sack of potatoes.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, I can only imagine. I’m a happy drunk, never get aggressive. I might actually hug you after a few. You’ve been warned.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I was always good at talking people off the ledge. I too have never been an aggressive drunk, I might talk a little playful smack, but never with malice, usually, just don’t poke the bear, YOU have been warned….Your hugs will be accepted and returned with more hugs but hands off the buns, I have an above the belt rule.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, sounds good. Above the belt establish!

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