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As I talked about last week, we didn’t truly know what was going to happen to Percy Harvin until Tuesday.  Well, now we know and it’s not exactly the news we all wanted to hear heading into our drafts.  Harvin will be out 3-4 months as he has hip surgery to repair a torn labrum.  For those of you that drafted, that puts his estimated ‘worth keeping on your team’ time at week 9 if you’re lucky but I’d bank on him being back no earlier then week 13 and by then…well, here’s the scenario.  The Seahawks – barring major in season injuries – are a playoff bound team as they were a strong team even without Harvin last year.  By week 13, the team will be ready to welcome him but this isn’t a guy who knows his team and their schemes.  It’s going to take time to gel, to get acclimated.  If you’re holding Harvin for your playoff push, you might want to think about that as a factor in how to handle.  If you’re gonna ask me what to do about it, it’s a pretty simple call for me.  If he were on my team as of now, I’d try and sell him in a 2 for 1 if someone is willing to wait because in redrafts, I’m not and would be dropping him.  I’ve updated Harvin in my 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings as well.  Now in theory, he’s returning during a time when he could be useful but he’s nothing more then a pickup when that time comes.  I wouldn’t be wasting a draft pick on him.  Too many injuries and bye weeks before now and that time frame could happen.  Keep abreast (tee-hee) of any news regarding Percy and see if he’s worth a pickup week 9 or 10 if it doesn’t affect your bench too much to do so would be my plan in most leagues.  In other 2013 Fantasy Football news…zing!  I’m like a broken record here.  Since we don’t have 5000 leagues yet, I’m gonna keep badgering you every chance I get about our Razzball Commenter Leagues.  Either go join one or create one.  If you build it, they will come.  It’s totally like Field of Dreams, y’all!  Now back to your regularly scheduled post…

Golden Tate – When I did a mock way back when – you know, March – I had this to say about taking Tate with my 14th round pick.  ‘Golden Tate is me believing in his last 11 games, including the playoffs where he was on a 16 game pace for 61 receptions, 923 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Or as I like to think of it, Torrey Smith without the associated price tag.  Yes, I still hold to that even with the Percy Harvin trade.’  Well, now Harvin’s not around.  I think Tate gets a shot at 10 touchdowns this year and is a great get as a WR3.  I’ve also moved him up in my rankings a bit to reflect how golden I think Tate will be.

Kenbrell Thompkins – Seeing his name just a few days after I talked about Aaron Dobson should be a good reason you don’t give training camp too much attention unless you know there’s a position battle and the names involved.  Everyone in Pats nation seems to have a ‘great training camp day’ at some point.  Not saying this kid can’t be ‘the guy’ but now I can’t wait to hear about Boyce’s rise to fame.

Kevin Kolb – Is apparently losing step to be the QB1 in Buffalo.  As Nicolas Cage would put it, YOU DON’T SAY?!?!  Even if Kolb were the better guy, I don’t think he’s really going to get much of a shot with the Bills this year, which is a bit to my chagrin.  At best, he probably starts the first 4 games of the year and even if he puts up good numbers, I doubt the Bills stick with him.  You don’t draft QBs that early not expecting them to get their feet wet.

Giovani Bernard – The lovefest for all things Gio in Bengals camp continues.  Not to go all hipster on you, but I had him in my top 100 and ahead of BJGE when others feared it.  At worst, I think you get what people are expecting from Vereen/Woodhead but at less of a premium…for now…

Montee Ball – It’s still early, so I wouldn’t go too crazy about it but it’s not good when a guy with a RBBC history like Fox says ‘we don’t know enough about Montee Ball yet’ regarding your 5th round pick.  I was leery of him to start the year, this isn’t doing anything to build confidence for me either.  Coupled with the fact that he’s having blocking issues – a major no-no in a Peyton led offense and what gave the job to Moreno over Hillman last year – and you have disaster written all over drafting Montee that high right now.  In the argument between whether to Ball or ring the Bell, so far Le’Veon wins.

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  1. One Man Crusade says:
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    This caused madness for my team. I moved quality WR in my league for early picks (Nicks, Wallace) to land on my keepers of Rodgers, Spiller, McCoy, Calvin, Cobb and Harvin. (We start two RB, 2 WR)….I had multiple first round picks. Life was good.

    After a flurry of trades, I ended up with Rodgers, Spiller, Doug Martin, Calvin, Cobb and V Davis as my keepers. I think my team is in a better spot. I’ll prob look at Tavon Austin as my first overall pick and thrown a bunch of crap on the wall to see who sticks at WR 3 and play match ups. I would like to end up with Tavon, TY Hilton and Britt as my potential number 3. We will see.

    Oh yeah….and my TE was Hernandez.

    BTW keep up the great work. This site is great and glad I found it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yikes, a very trying summer so far…hopefully the Fall all pans out for you and thanks for the kind words!

  2. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Sky,
    I am in a 16 team PPR Keeper league. Keep 4 players.

    I have AP, R.Rice, S.Jax, and Gronk as my keepers. I have been offered B.Marshall for R.Rice. What do you think?

    I am really on the fence with this one due to the B.Pierce factor in BAL.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think the loss of Pitta makes it easier to not worry about Rice. Pierce may steal some carries but Rice is probably going to catch more passes. Stay with what you have.

  3. the imp says:
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    Harvin potential come playoff time reminds me a lot of Jennings last year (perhaps at best). Jennings simply couldn’t be held for so long and it was reasonable someone grabbed him just before the playoffs, but not much came of it. Same deal here.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Could be. I think we can both agree he gets dropped by he people who take late flyers on him, though.

  4. Hans says:
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    Have picks 2, 27, 30, 55, 70, 71 for my first six in a 14 team league. Thinking Martin at two but unsure where I should target a quarterback. I was thinking Newton around 30. Maybe a receiver at 27. Any thoughts on strategy?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Drafts vary too much to circle players that far down the road. Would try and wait for my 4th round for a QB if possible.

  5. Adam says:
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    Decker or Antonio brown?
    Steven Jackson or Ridley?
    Bryce brown or Bernard pierce?
    Thanks!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Decker/SJax/Brown

  6. Adam says:
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    Thanks!
    Tavon Austin or Ty hilton
    Golden Tate or Reuben randle
    Brandon Marshall or Demetrius Thomas

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m just telling you where I have guys ranked in my rankings. For questions like this, you should really be looking there. Hilton/Tate/Marshall

  7. Psychedelic says:
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    Ya I see a lot of sites tooting Balls horn… Hehe but anyway I agree completely, he’s going as the 19th RB off the board, that’s way too high and reports out of camp don’t sound good either. I think at best he vultures TDs away from either Moreno or Hillman if he can show he can block.

    • Psychedelic says:
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      @Psychedelic: I just don’t think they risk having Peyton get injured by putting a rookie RB in there with the kind of passing weapons they have, especially since Moreno showed if you can just block decently any RB can produce effectively in that offense.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        This is definitely my reasoning behind having him fairly low in my rankings. Broncos are in win now mode. There’s no way they put it on a rookie RB if he can’t handle it. Shorter leash, reasonable options behind him.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, blocking seems to be a big issue for him so I don’t see that happening. If he gets doesn’t get down the blocking and Hillman wows them in camp, Montee owners are gonna be left a little sad this year.

  8. yezus says:
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    PPR 23rd/26th pick of the draft in a 12 man, you took a RB w/ first pick. Pick 2 out of 3 Demaryius Thomas/Brees/Bush

    Seems like in mocks I always get this predicament. I know how you have them ranked, but if I pass up a RB the best RB left is always Chris Ivory or worse.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      DT/Bush. I like Ivory a lot this year but regardless of that, take advantage of how the market evaluates QBs.

  9. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky… This is the first time I even glanced over at this football setion. I Haven’t glanced through yet but Where’s the most updated top 200 and 2013 Draft Stradegies ? Hopefully your gonna be my best friend this year!! Lol

  10. Alejandro says:
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    I see you have Calvin pretty high. I’m at the 7 spot (12 team PPR), and I think I’ll end up with him.

    Am I then pretty much obligated to take a RB in the 2nd? like even if Brandon Marshall makes it back you would take MJD?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll be covering a wide receiver draft strategy this week. Personally, I don’t mind taking Megatron in the first round but I wouldn’t be going after Brandon in the second.

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