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By the way, that wasn’t meant as an insult to any of you readers.  I have much better insults then that for you.  It’s called my writing.  No, I said that in the mirror in my best Mr. T impersonation to myself as I took Dennis Pitta in my 14 team auction league way back in early July for $10 bucks.  Don’t ask me why I did it in that voice, I think I was just in shock and I do believe it’s one of the stages of grief.  You know, the one that comes right before running naked down the street doused in gasoline asking people to light my cigarette.  At the time, it seemed smart picking up the main guy who’d benefit from Boldin’s loss in terms of targets and production.  Of course, that was before he suffered a dislocated hip in a scrimmage on Saturday at the hands of James Ihedigbo whom I’m currently and desperately trying to find the address for so I can call some special ‘friends’ to take care of some ‘business’.  At first reports said he would at least miss the first game of the year.  Yeah, thanks reporters I coulda done that if that’s what we call reporting nowadays.  And in related news, Bill Belichick was decapitated today by his own hoodie.  No word yet as to whether he’ll be ready for the home opener but the Pats front office is hopeful.  So I’m writing through the tears to tell you that there’ll be no soft Pitta Patta of Dennis’ feet in the flat or the end zone for Joey-lite Flacco to throw to this year.  In some ways, this will put more on Torrey Smith’s plate and could lead to a bigger year but as I’ve stated before, Torrey’s not the best route runner and he’s not versatile enough to go beast mode and stand up like that.  Most likely, some uninspiring options will be tried at first and it wouldn’t at all surprise me if this is an impetus for the team to go out and get a good complementary wide out to run those Boldin/Pitta-like routes.  In either case, I’ve updated our Fantasy Football Rankings to no longer include our dear, sweet Dennis for the year much to my chagrin.  In other fantasy news that I’ve typed while singing ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ to myself while rocking back and forth in the corner…

Jeremy Maclin – Tore his ACL on the same day as Pitta and will also miss the year.  If I had to guess who’ll fill the role, at first it’ll be Avant but I think Damaris Johnson slowly creeps into the picture over time.  Before you say Riley Cooper, realize he’s a deep threat kinda guy and not one who could fill Maclin’s shoes.  BTW, have you ever noticed how Saturday sounds a lot like sadder day?  I’m sure Ravens and Eagles fans can agree with me there.  Same as Pitta, I’ve removed Maclin from my rankings.

Hakeem Nicks – Is banged up.  Is banged up.  Is banged up.  Sorry, my shortcuts hot keys for Nicks notes got stuck there for a minute.  You know the drill and I already told you Hakeem Nicks is overrated this year.  Just ignore and move on.

Ed Dickson – Well someone will have to play Tight End for the Ravens.  Joey-lite can’t do it all, people!  I updated his numbers for the year in my 2013 Tight End Rankings but the Pitta injury didn’t move the meter for me in terms of whether I’d draft him except for in the deepest of leagues.

Aaron Dobson – I think Boston.com said it best with this internet headline: ‘Daily Training Camp Overreaction: Aaron Dobson for rookie of the year!’.  He had what the pros call a ‘successful day at camp’ on sadder day.  Of course, without Gronkowski and Edelman there, who else were they going to throw to?  They didn’t sign any zombie wide outs this off-season.  That said, it will be intriguing to see who gets a shot between Dobson and Boyce this off-season.  Stay tuned.

Jon Baldwin – Much like Dobson, there’s a lot of good buzz going around training camp for Baldwin so far and he’s been the WR2 in training camp ahead of Avery.  Who knows, maybe he’s figured it out.  I still say his upside is shunted by a good real life QB in Alex Smith but that’s what your watch list is for.  Hit that little flag and be ready to click the plus sign when the time is right.

Arian Foster – I’m on the fence about this whole calf issue.  On the one hand, he says there’s no time table for his return.  On the other hand, I swear Foster always has some nagging something going on during the preseason.  Maybe Pitta and Maclin should’ve had the same ‘issues’ so they were broken to bits.  In either case, I did say I wasn’t drafting him this year when I wrote about Arian Foster in the off-season and this situation definitely won’t change my mind any time soon.  Clearly Tate’s the backup but if you’re looking for deep upside, you can give Dennis Johnson a look but I’d call this training camp chatter for now and disregard.

Cordarrelle Patterson – Has the ‘inside track’ on kick returns this year.  Well that’s nice but we fantasy owners want him to have an inside track to where the ball gets thrown to him, amiright?  Well, I am for some.  I think Jarius Wright is the cheap Viking wide out to own this year because let’s face facts: we don’t really want to own a valuable piece of our offense that’s linked to Christian Ponder’s arm, do we?

Darrius Heyward-Bey - Has been running as the Colts’ WR2 in camp, ahead of T.Y. Hilton.  T.Y. but no T.Y. on that one.  It’s still early and I still like Hilton more but it does worry me some that Hilton becomes the long receiving threat and loses out on some receptions/yardage this year to DHB if this holds true.  TBD about TY and DHB.

Jay Cutler – Says not everyone has bought in on Trestman.  Now we could take this one of two ways.  ‘Not everyone’ could literally mean people are adjusting and Cutler’s merely pointing that out.  Or, Cutler hasn’t adjusted and doesn’t like him and is drawing a line in the sand.  Yes, sorry to break your stats analysis but personalities matter in fantasy.  I’d like to hear this less moving forward if Cutler is going to be on my team this year.

44 Responses

  1. Kyle says:
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    Apologize if I’ve missed your thoughts on him in any earlier articles, but what are your thoughts on Kenbrell Thompkins and competing with Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce on the depth chart? Do you think he’s a non-factor to start the season as of right now? From all of the fantasy writers I follow on Twitter, Thompkins is receiving the most hype out of the three, but I don’t know if that’s because he wasn’t actually drafted and performing just as well as the other two or if he actaully has the best shot at the most targets.

    Thanks for the input.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s really too early to tell. Until we start seeing preseason games, most training camp news is chatter unless it’s about an injury. I’ll stay plugged in on all three for the time being, though. Keep in mind any good news coming from Pats on those guys comes at the price of not seeing Gronk or Edelman in camp yet so I wouldn’t get overly excited just yet.

  2. Murph says:
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    So many overreactions in training camp, most of it is just coach talk. The injuries are relevant but I could care less about “reports” I’ll wait to see it for myself in preseason before drawing any absolute conclusions . I drafted Pitta as well in my dynasty league so I feel your pain, so everyone scramble to the waiver wire for Dickson yesterday, he’s athletic but he and Flacco have never been on the same page, so I agree, leave him on the waiver wire. Here’s to Ray Rice possibly catching 90 passes this year

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I can’t see how they don’t pick up another receiver unless they’re that confident in their current group (and I have no idea why they would be). They’re still a good team but Flacco’s gonna have a tough year ahead of him if they don’t make some improvements around him.

  3. RalphW says:
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    Im in a 12 person redraft league for work, there’s some change to be won for 1st… What is typically your draft strategy. Do you just draft best available player. Draft QB in later rounds… I have the 2nd pick in the draft, if i get a QB early and if another QB is slipping down would you draft him just for the value of possible trade bait or draft what you need?

    • RalphW says:
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      @RalphW: Another question… most people say leave the defense for the end but the commish changes the points systems Ex. last season Chi def had more fan points than every RB except AP and 9 Def had more points than Megatron. Should i draft a Def a lot higher than normal leagues?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        You still won’t know which defense is the best defense to own until the season actually starts. I’d rather just wait still.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Typically I go best player available. I want to leave the first 3 rounds with 2 RB if I can help it or 3 RBs by the end of round 6. QBs are going to go cheap, take advantage of that.

      • RalphW says:
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        @Sky: With 2nd overall, Ill get either AP or Martin. 2nd round either Cobb or Cruz (Would you pick Cobb cause of upside) 3rd round would you go Brady if he was best available or another running back like Gore, Forte or Bush?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          You should take a look at my rankings, it’ll give you a good basis as to how I value players. Wouldn’t go for either of those wideouts in the 2nd round, that’s way too early. Brady will go cheaper then that as well; like I said, you should be taking advantage of the pullback on QB valuation this year by drafting them later.

          • RalphW says:
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            @Sky: There ranked 26 and 27… I have the 23 pick (2nd) 26 pick (3rd)

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I have them 27/28; by ‘way too early’ I’m saying I think there’ll be better values for you there. If you’re going to dip into early 3rd round players, you should take a look at RBs available.

              • RalphW says:
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                @Sky: Ok say 1st round is RB 2nd round Andre Johnson 3rd round Gore or Forte is a better way to go

                • RalphW says:
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                  @RalphW: If Brees is still available for my 2nd round pick do i still pass on him and get a QB later?…. Thanks for answering all my amateur questions!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    No, there’s no reason to take him there. Don’t fight the draft trends, embrace them. Brees/Rodgers are going in late 3rd early 4th right now. If you want them, wait for them. If not, you don’t lose out. Can have Romo as late as the 6th/7th

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Yeah, that’s reasonable. I have Gore and Forte in the same tier. Potayto/Potahto

                  • RalphW says:
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                    @Sky: I def have a way different/better strategy going forward, Thanks!

                    One other question, would you try and trade down in the draft? or keep number 2? I could trade my first 2 picks for the 6 overall first 2 picks

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m confused. You could trade your first and second round picks for the ’6 overall first two picks’. I don’t get the last part. I’m guessing you get the 6th pick but what else?

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    We got the Guru for my IDP league, one more roster spot left, do you have anyone?

    BTW, I’m still pissed at that asshole yesterday and his copycat remarks. What’s his handle again?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I could check around w/some friends but those same said friends I can’t even get to sign up for my league so that tells ya something…

      Ha, I can’t even remember. He can go DIAF for all I care. Fanboys gonna fanboy…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I’m so defensive of my writers, it’s like that scene in Casino when Pesci stabs the guy in the neck for talking wrong to DeNiro….I’m Pesci

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          As long as you’re not Pesci from Lethal Weapon, I’m good with that.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I’ll stab you in the neck with a pen if you ever say that again

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: then I would stitch it and nurse you back to health in the warm embrace of my bosom….

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha! Joe Pesci is a funny case of ‘what do you remember him for?’. Goes from Home Alone/Lethal Weapon to all those gangster movies. Just funny how that works out.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: My brain has done a god job of blocking some of those things out, also because I might have watched those flicks once. Goodfellas, the greatest movie ever, Casino, Raging Bull, Easy Money, My Cousin Vinny….strange he has done so little the last decade

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      There haven’t been too many mobster movies over the last decade, though, so in some ways it makes sense.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: oh shit, I forgot about Once Upon a Time in America

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Three plus hours. There’s not fooling yourself with that movie. Either you’re up for watching it or you should just go do something else.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: nice take on once upon a time, yeah it’s a hum dinger, and to think we get the US version that is shorter and less complex than the European theatrical release.

                    Hey, who doesn’t love a good gangster flick…..oh yeah, pussies and lame chicks

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Well I’m not all that big on them, personally, but I do like the historical part of it. I need to start Ken Burns’ Prohibition on Netflix.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: how do you not like Goodfellas, friend test, they are regular guys doing what they know making a good life for themselves, and it’s hilarious

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’d have to give it a rewatch. I honestly don’t remember Goodfellas.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: *tearing up* you better, do I need to send you a copy?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nah, I’ll get ahold of it at some point. Scouts honor.

  5. Troy says:
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    Good Afternoon, our league draws draft position out of a hat but instead of that being your position in the draft it is your position to select where you want to pick. For instance if you were the first pick you can choose any of the 12 draft spots and so on. I have 4th choice this year and am contemplating choosing the 10th pick as it would be a good spot to get 2 of the top RBs. Assuming the 1st 3 picks are all chosen what pick would you take? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Troy: @Troy: Sure, your suggestion makes sense. Honestly, you can field a good team from any spot but if there are guys you’re targeting at that part of the first two rounds it’s a good way to go.

  6. Beastman says:
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    Hey Sky, nice work this offseason, you’re rankings and reviews are entertaining and educational. Fantasy edutainment!

    I know it’s early, but I can’t help asking for your thoughts on my keepers. $300 budget, 1 qb, 2 flex spots. Keep 3:

    Russell Wilson, 7
    Matt Ryan, 20
    Ridley, 23
    Sjax, 52
    Marshawn Lynch, 59

    I’m leaning towards Wilson, Ridley, and Lynch. Top 5 players average about $85, so I’d still getting good value on Lynch or Sjax.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks Beastman!

      I think you’re making the right choices there, though I don’t think Marshawn is in Seattle after this year with Christine Michaels stomping around. If you’re keeping him over SJax for that reason, I’d say it’s 50/50 there. That said, Lynch is still younger and could land in a better place if/when he moves on. I like your choices. Enjoy your Ferrets, Beastman/master!

      • Beastman says:
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        @Sky: Thanks Sky, Lynch over Sjax is my big decision here. Lynch seems slightly safer due to age and fewer career miles.

        Kodo and podo say hello!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Awesome, haha. I like both, of course, to varying degrees. See them as top 10 players, just have Lynch ahead of him.

  7. One Man Crusade says:
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    I thought we both had some strong points on where Pitta’s value would end up finishing. Shame we will not find out.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sadly…Was in for a good year. He was a good reason to avoid the Witten/Tony TE section. Felt that was his floor this year.

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