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It seems like the more we see of Greg Jennings in the media, the less news there actually is about him concerning football.  Last year his owners got to see his believe in your smellf campaign more than they got to see him on the football field as he only played in 8 games in 2012. It was like the exact oppostite of Bader-Meinhoff Syndrome (real thing) as his owners started a Go F@#$ Your Smellf campaign (not a real thing) in protest of his absence.  Then at the start of free agency and even leading up to it, Greg Jennings talking on ESPN was more commonplace than Greg Jennings actually signing as it took until most of the rumored suitors had moved on with another player before he ‘picked’ the Vikings for a 5 year deal.  Honestly, this was a desperation play on both sides that could benefit the fantasy community quite handsomely.  You see, for all the issues with how bad Ponder was last year – and yes make no mistake he was bad and not in a Michael Jackson sort of way – he still produced a top ten caliber wide out before Percy Harvin got hurt and then moved on to the double entendre ‘Evergreen State’ this off-season.  There’s no reason to think Jennings can’t still hold value without Aaron Rodgers at the helm.  Of course, there IS a question of whether or not he can stay healthy enough to produce as he’s only played 21 games in the last two seasons.  In a way too early way to evaluate things, Jennings is looking like a 6th round pick right now and the 27th wide receiver off the board and this is before many mocks have happened with the new locale for him.  Something tells me Greg is going to keep slipping which should create a reasonable value when considering volume being a factor.  Before losing Harvin to injury, 36% of Ponder’s completions went to Percy.  To put that in perspective, of Stafford’s 435 completions, 25% went to Calvin Johnson.  Being a big fish in a little pond is a huge boon to fantasy value even if the pond is covered in algae and has the local sewage run-off going into it.  If Jennings can stay healthy, he’s going to reward his owners with a WR2 season for a fraction of the cost.  Sleeper potential is high here.

Projections: 83 receptions, 1079 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns

But of course, Jennings signing on Friday wasn’t the only highlight over the weekend.  Let’s take a look at the Free Agent moves over the last few days and how they might impact the 2013 fantasy football season…

Dustin Keller - I said last Thursday that he had signed with Miami.  Then woke up that morning to find out it wasn’t true and that the talks hadn’t led to any fruition on Wednesday.  So I deleted it from the post.  Then on Friday they agreed on a deal.  And what I said on Thursday was much funnier so I give up.  However, I will say Keller carries decent TE sleeper potential for deeper leagues this season.

Brandon Gibson - Seriously, who didn’t sign with the Dolphins last week?  Gibson joins the Dolphins, presumably to play 3rd/4th fiddle in that passing offense behind Hartline, Wallace and possibly Keller or Bess.  No word on who’ll be playing the stand up bass.  Probably not a huge fantasy impact here but if injuries occur, he’ll be a player of interest.

Mike Goodson – The Jets signed the speedster to a 3 year contract that was still less than what the Titans paid to get Shonn Greene as a backup.  On that front, they are already better in 2013.  Overall, Goodson has good speed but outside of that, I don’t know if he’s an every down back.  If I had money in this game, I’d say they’re still going to keep searching for other running back pieces even though I’d love to anoint Bilal Powell the starter.

Brandon Myers - Signed with the Giants on Saturday and is no longer the catch receptacle in the Carson Palmer check down show.  Value-wise, he probably moves a bit sideways in PPR leagues.  Less meaningless targets but more red zone opportunities.  If you wanna know what that means, just ask a Martellus Bennett owner from last year.  Tell them Sky sent ya, they’ll understand.  BTW, I said ‘catch receptacle’.  That’s gonna be a Razzball word for the impending Razzball Football Glossary.  I’m trying to get your whistle wet with anticipation, hope it worked!

Brandon Lloyd - Waived by the Patriots after an up and down season that produced 74 catches, 911 yards and at least 50 balls dove for that didn’t need his diving prowess attached to them.

Roy Helu - Released by the Redskins.  Given Alfred Morris’ 11 receptions last year, this one is a bit surprising to me and I’ll be interested to see where he lands.  Twitter lies, I tell ya!  Heard the rumor on Saturday and I’m not referring to the Bruce Willis’ daughter who has – how can I put this delicately – the worst parts of both parents.  Ever wondered what Bruce would look like if he had Demi Moore’s eyes?  Seriously, this is worse those ‘what would their baby look like’ photoshop mashups they do on tv…

Elvis Dumervil - I haven’t been covering defensive moves because we have our IDP man Kevin Kumpf who’ll be all over it like hair on top of a Hobbit’s foot but seriously, a fax machine?  Really?  I tried texting Dumervil’s agent about it but his rotary phone didn’t have the capability of handling it.

12 Responses

  1. Murph says:
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    Oh Old Spice Greg taking the Favre route from Green Bay to the Vikings. Although I usually love my Fantasy WRs to be the focal point and get major target volume this is not the same scenario. I think Ponder can improve but I can’t even name another WR on their roster. I could see them adding talent in the early rounds of the draft but still Greg Jennings is not “on my lap” in terms of fantasy value no more “big Dougie smiles”. I have a comment about Denver and Dumervil but I sent it through the mail so you will receive it in 7-10 business days. Sorry about that

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You keep thinking that way, it’ll drive his price down on draft day for me! Rudolph/Harvin were looking like top 10 at their respective positions last year. It’s not the greatest scenario in Minnesota for Greg but it’s not like he went to Arizona.

      I hope you sent it Pony Express or else I might not get it at all.

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I was bummed to see the IDP guys comments closed, i wanted to talk IDP shop been playing it for 4 years now and have some strong opinions. The consensus with the people i play with is it’s awesome. it gets lots of love from people who have actually played real football in their life.

    Gibson will be playing the cowbell, that way when an injury occurs we can call out for more cow bell

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I asked Kevin if he’d be able to chime in on some FA moves on the IDP side. Hopefully he’s up and running here shortly.

      Brandon Gimpson, you say? Yeah, he’s depth. The move makes me super-interested in Chris Givens and Quick in STL, though. No ‘dola and no Gibson and Givens was a threat there with Danny out. Should be some cheap WR upside there. Well except Quick. He’ll probably get hyped out of the building.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: For all I care he can write four sentences. I might be the only razzballer who cares, but for right now the world revolves around me. I am interested in how he shapes his IDP ranks and outlook. I have seen too many make their best IDP player as relevant as a WR3, and thats just wrong.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, of course! I have no idea how he will see/view these things so I’m interested as well. He’s my IDP eyes for my first ever IDP draft so I’ll be leaning heavily on him. He better not make me look stupid!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: oh I’m sure you can do a great job on your own. i do it every day….note to self, rethink online persona.

            I will definitely challenge his way, if it’s completely opposite of mine. Maybe we can enlighten each other without ever doing mushrooms together. if it is, then i will teach you everything about my style and let you be the judge. To reiterate what I have already said. My IDP players will be over half of your top 10 players by the end. The trick is that you don’t need to go too big on draft day since new guys emerge every year because of situations.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah you’re now Jack Full Of Rainbows!

              I’ve always heard to draft IDP like you would a regular league in that it takes up the tail end of your draft but just haven experienced it to say for sure

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: Maybe
                Jack Full of Unicorns
                Jack Full of Cupcakes
                Jack Full of love
                Mr. Nice Guy
                Mr. Everyone is Delightful and Wonderful
                Mr. It’s OK slugger

                Grey has tabbed me Jack Full of Realism
                for Nick I have been Jack Full of Donuts
                and my favorite i have used Simple Jack

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s18WiitofZQ

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Don’t go Full Retard Jack!

                  I like Jack Full of Cupcakes. It speaks of optimism yet still makes me think of delicious food. Great blend

  3. the imp says:
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    Thanks for the offseason analysis. Jennings can still play and will get targets. Though his injuries torpedoed my team when I drafted him early in the 3rd, I too hope he can be drafted as a WR3, stay healthy, and produce this year. It will be important to see if the Vikes use him in the slot or give that to Wright. If Jennings gets to move around the formations, I’m in.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No problem and I agree. This is also probably a put up or shut up year for Ponder so hopefully he comes out strong. It would make Wright intriguing as well.

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