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Now I’ve been nice all summer long by pumping out sleeper posts.  I gave you a Chris Ivory Sleeper post, a Sam Bradford Sleeper post and even a Chris Givens Sleeper post.  Yes that was a clever ruse to get you to click around the site a bit.  At least I’m no Bleacher Report and giving you a slideshow with every article.  ‘And now let’s discuss why Mark Sanchez is bad for fantasy football.  Slide 1: butt fumble, Slide 2: butt fumble.gif, Slide 3: Butt Fumble in slow motion, Slide 4:…’, eh, you get the point that I’m an internet whore but not THAT kind of internet whore.  Moving on, I just wanted to say you have to sometimes take the gloves off with players.  Can’t always say ‘tremendous upside’ or ‘great value pick’.  Sometimes you have to point out what’s missing.  So let’s discuss Hakeem Nicks and why he’s avoidable in most drafts for 2013 Fantasy Football…

To understand why Nicks is overrated, let’s look at some numbers: 14/13/15/13.  No, there’s no sequence going there so don’t try to guess the next number and no it’s not the the ages of Gary Glitter’s crushes.  Those are the number of games Nicks has played in each of his 4 seasons in the NFL.  Notice none of them say 16?  Yeah, me too.  I’m gonna point something very simple out: Running Backs get hurt all the time and miss games.  We have come to this realization and accept it.  We draft the Darren McFadden’s of the world with a full understanding that we may only get 12 games out of them.  Are we happy about it?  Heck no, but RB is such a physically grueling position, it’s hard to expect a healthy 16 games from it very often and at the very least aren’t surprised to see 14 games next to a running back that gets picked in the first 2 rounds.  But Hakeem Nicks is not a Running Back.  I know that, Imaginary Reader, but I’m setting up the juxtaposition.  Isn’t that what a Liberator Whirl is for?  Maybe in your house it is, I.R., but in this house it’s to point out the contrast.  You see, your wide outs should not be injury prone.  Not that playing the position isn’t physically demanding but nagging injuries and always being on the ‘probable’ or ‘questionable’ side of the injury report at this position is a dubious distinction to own and not one you should have if you’re the 17th best wide receiver going off fantasy boards in yahoo drafts.  Look, I get it, Nicks is a very talented player.  But the question is, ‘does the value carpet match the ADP drapes’ and the answer is ‘not when guys like Kenny Britt are going 40 spots behind him’.  What I’m saying to you is, if you’re looking to take risks at the wide receiver position, you can do it for cheaper then a WR2 price tag and I strongly encourage you to do so.

35 Responses

  1. Ben says:
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    haha bleacher report and those f’n slides…. the reason why i dont use their site anymore.
    good article sky, you had me at value carpet!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, thanks! Yeah, plenty of good writers that work for BR; just makes me feel dirty trying to read an article.

  2. Mike says:
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    Who do you like better Richardson or S. Jackson

  3. Mike says:
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    thanks

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    did you come across the liberator whirl on a lonely night, did the wife throw you a hint? why did I think it was going to have to do with turning lonely soccer moms and milfs into lesbians with a flick of the tongue south of the boarder?…..I need to get out more often.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha! I’ll simply say I am not yet an owner but my wife’s birthday is coming soon…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: she gets “liberated” and you get a soda stream…..seams fair to me.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, exactly. Saying ‘I get a soda stream’ sounds wrong when we’re putting ‘liberated’ in quotation marks, though…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: you get a carbonator and she gets liberated….better?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I feel cleaner now

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: I’m having all kinds of settings remorse in our league, any suggestions how to cure that?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Not sure, it looks fine to me; don’t have anything to add, personally.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I want to make sure there is no major hole for someone to exploit

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Must…resist…pun…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: hahahahaha….I didn’t even realize I was throwing softballs for BP….pun day fun day

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, Freudian slip right there in the biggest way!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: fantasy has a way to make you feel violated like a prison bitch

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Having sold RGIII for Harvin last year because I had the ‘he’ll turn it around’ Eli Manning, I agree.

  5. Ryan says:
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    Taking over a team in a ppr keeper league keep 3 players

    Brees 52$
    Tony Gonzalez 7
    MJD 29
    Mcfadden 35
    Desean Jackson 17
    Lance Moore 9
    Anquan Boldin 12

    leaning towards keeping mjd, gonzalez and throwing the rest back

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, that move makes sense to me.

  6. Giacomo says:
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    Sky – I would like your help with my keeper league. Keepers are kept in the rounds they are drafted, and it is a 10 team 0.5 Point Per Reception league. I can only keep four, but will make some trades for the others. My initial thoughts are Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham, McCoy and either Brady or RGIII. I am leaning towards RGIII because he is so young, and I don’t want to have to see him on someone else’s team for the next ten years (especially in the 9th round), but I hate to give up Brady who is probably better now.

    Reggie Bush – 1st Round
    Percy Harvin – 2nd Round
    Calvin Johnson – 3rd Round
    Marques Colston – 4th Round
    Tom Brady – 5th Round
    LeSean McCoy – 7th Round
    Jimmy Graham – 8th Round
    RGIII – 9th Round
    Cecil Shorts – 17th Round

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      RGIII was outscoring Brady last year prior to injury. I wouldn’t say he is better now. Closer to equal. Only concern is injury w/RGIII. For me it’s RGIII and the three other guys you said. Good start to a keeper!

      • Giacomo says:
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        @Sky: Thanks! Hopefully can get someone’s first for a couple of these other guys.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, you have some crazy round values there for both your keepers and your other guys. How’d you get these guys so late? Megatron in the 3rd?

  7. One Man Crusade says:
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    One thing to consider, I flipped Nicks for a draft pick this off season. This ensures he hits 1400 yards and double digit TD’s.

    Joking aside, it was an easy call. I would rather own TY Hilton this year (Britt too)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, why didn’t you tell me earlier?

      Yep. WR should usually be the easiest position for people to draft but I swear every year someone drafts Nicks like he’s that safe WR2 play. Makes me shake my head every time.

  8. sange_da_man says:
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    Better 1st 3 picks?

    Jamaal Charles, Larry Fitz, McFadden/Demarco Murray type or
    Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, V. Cruz/Roddy White type

    Obviously going Charles rd 1 since I figure AP is #1, and Foster and Martin are keepers in my league….my keep is Caepernick in rd 8….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll hit you up in the other post

  9. Matt says:
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    In a 14 team keeper league where I can keep 4 players I’m keeping megatron, gronk, luck and david Wilson. Pretty bummed that I don’t have a top tier running back, which guys do you think could be high upside running backs that have solid rb2 potential with keeper value, Lamar miller, Chris ivory, gio Bernard, Le veon bell, Chris Johnson, mjd, Reggie bush, Eddie lacy. (Most other top running backs are being kept)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d suggest you take a look at my rankings if you’d like to see how I view those guys for this year. Only guy from that list I’m not too hip on is Lacy. In a keeper, younger is better. I’d give Miller the biggest chance at impact from this year and beyond out of those guys.

  10. Reece Lion says:
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    As a WR 3 (ppr) would you go J. Nelsen, Nicks, or D. Bowe?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I ranked them Jordy/Bowe/Nicks so Jordy

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