After enjoying a great NCAA basketball game between Kentucky and Michigan and throwing about 100 pitches to my 11 year old son in the cage, I find myself sitting in front of the tube watching the the Dodgers and Padres game, and my mind immediately wanders to fantasy football. I’m still sick about how Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson let me down late in the year and I ask the question, “Were these two guys over rated?” I grabbed Peterson with the first pick last year and Bush with my third. Having those two on the bench at the end of the year was like realizing what your first girl friend looks like without all that make up on. Extremely disappointing.
How do we stay out of the mess of picking guys too soon or paying too much for a player that could under perform? Stay away from the hype. Let’s take a look at a few players that are going to be highly touted next year, but aren’t going to bring home the bacon.
Maurice Jones-Drew is the first player I would watch out for. I know we try to collect running backs during the draft while we make fun of some idiot for drafting his favorite players from his favorite team, but don’t get Jones-Drew too early. There is nothing worse than counting on a RB that is splitting time with another one. I know Darren McFadden isn’t the same runner he used to be, but he is still going to get a lot of carries, leaving Jones-Drew on the side lines more than you would like. There’s nothing wrong with taking Jones-Drew, but if he’s your best RB, you’re going to feel like the short guy waiting in line to get his calendar signed by Miss July. Everybody staring at you knowing you don’t have a chance.
It’s been interesting watching the Jets go crazy this year during free agency. You can tell organizations that are train wrecks when they just sign guys just to stay in the headlines. Grabbing Eric Decker from the Broncos was a decent move, but Decker can kiss those stats he’s been putting up good-bye. I’m not going to knock Decker for wanting to make more money, but he’s got to know that he’s headed for anonymity in that mess the Jets call an offense. All of you that stole Decker last year in a later round, wait another two rounds this year to draft him and then cut his stats in half. Not going to be pretty.
Two years ago I looked like the fantasy genius that I am when I was running Colin Kaepernick out very week and he was killing it for me. Last year he was the first QB I took and I was ready to shoot myself after week 4. He would literally have one good week out of four. Half way through the year I found myself blindfolded in my basement throwing a dart at a picture of him and a pic of Philip Rivers, trying to decide which one to start. Sit back and wait for Kaepernick to drop and only get him as your back up. I know that watching him kiss his tattooed laden biceps in the end zone gets you excited, but take it easy. He’s going to be all flash next year.
Look me up next week for a few more players that will make your mouth water but will eventually have you wishing you would have ordered something else.
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