For some reason, Jay Cutler is concerned about his offensive line this season. I don’t know why that could be; it has been quite an offensive group since he’s been in Chicago. Starting from 2009, the Chicago Bears have given up 110 sacks. That would give any man cold feet and I’m sure Kristen Cavallari can attest. There’s a difference between a running quarterback like Cam Newton and a running scared quarterback like Cutler, namely the urine stains the Bears facilities has to wash out after each game. Though I’m sure having Brandon Marshall as the number one receiver over Roy Williams will help, he still needs longer than one second to pass the ball. Is it any wonder Cutler has been using animal therapy to deal with his fears? I’m not gonna get excited about Cutler for fantasy purposes this year. In fact, I bite my thumb at the idea of it. In other news-like information:
Vince Young – Signed with dream team 2.0 last Friday – also known as ‘whatever team will pay him to still play’ – joining the Buffalo Bills to be the backup for Ryan Fitzpatrick. This move might actually have fantasy relevance given Ryan’s late-season swoon after signing his extension during the 2011 season. Of course, only bye week and two quarterback league relevance but that counts right?
Wes Welker – Signed a franchise tender on Tuesday, which is almost as tasty as a chicken tender. Last year was off the charts for Welker and his fantasy owners, especially in PPR leagues. We can’t assume a repeat but if he gives us a 2007 or 2008 season again it will be almost as useful, more or Wes.
Adrian Peterson – Says he’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t play week 1. Sky at Razzball says he’d be very surprised if he did. Who you gonna believe? I know it’s early to test your faith but believe me, athletes say the darndest things.
Christian Ponder – In other Viking news, Ponder was extremely happy to see the Vikings sign OL Matt Kalil. Though on the surface Ponder had a bad rookie campaign, you have to consider some factors. One, he played with a hip pointer injury over his last five games. Two, he was a rookie dropped into the starting role about mid-way through a training campless season. Three, blindside isn’t just a movie title, kids. There could be some sneaky value in Ponder this year, even if Peterson doesn’t come back straight away. We wrote a lot about this kid in a newsie type blurb. Sounds like we’ll need to deliberate about him as hard as he does his faith with a sleeper post in the future…
Darren McFadden – States that everything is ‘full speed ahead’ for the 2012 season. I’m going to let you in on a big secret: ‘McFadden is very good when he is healthy’. Oh, you knew that already? Alright then, another secret: ‘He never stays healthy’. So you knew that too? So why are you drafting him then? He always goes higher than he should based on his talent. It’s hard to replace your 2nd or 3rd round pick and when you have someone who’s never played a full season going that high, you’re asking for the headache. But if you want to draft him, go ahead. Go on, I’m Darren ya!