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In a surefire sign that we may have seen the last of Mike Wallace in a Steelers uniform, Pittsburgh turned around and gave the contract they offered to Wallace to their other young wide receiver, Antonio Brown.  Though I had both very high in my 2012 fantasy football rankings this year, their respective values hinged a bit on each other.  Wallace is the barn burner of the pair when it comes to speed.  He opens up the under routes that Antonio handles.  Without Wallace, Antonio might get WR1 looks but would still most likely produce at a WR2 level.  If somehow Wallace does get traded or pulls a Vincent Jackson and sits until he gets his money, the main fantasy football benefactor would most likely be Emmanuel Sanders.  Sanders has a few good games under his belt, including a 6 reception 81 yard game in the playoffs last year versus the Broncos.  Like Wallace, Sanders has great speed and is currently going off the board as the 74th wide receiver and 200th pick overall off the board in yahoo leagues.  On a team that says it wants to be pass-heavy for 2012, it would be wise to invest in whatever receivers touches in Pittsburgh.  And with that let’s take a look at what else is going on in fantasy football…fooled!  I don’t know if any of you are aware but we have this cool thing we do here at Razzball  called the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  That hyperlink takes you back in time to last Tuesday when I originally posted we needed to create some leagues and get some managers on board.  Well, we almost have 10 leagues full and that is at least 999,999,990 leagues less than I was expecting to have.  I guess I have high expectations.  In any case, if you’d like to play for some Razzball swag, I strongly encourage you go back to that link and create yourself as commish of a yahoo league based on the directions.  Alright, now let’s really get on with the news.

Louis Murphy - In a trade that surprisingly didn’t get too much publicity when it happened, Murphy was sent to the Carolina Panthers for some tang and a bag of funyuns.  Actually, I don’t really know what he was traded for because that’s not the part of the trade I cared about.  What I do care about is that Murphy is being reunited with his former teammate at Florida in Cam Newton and is a player that likes to run really far, really fast and catch the ball while he’s at it.  As I mentioned earlier this summer as part of my Balls Deep analysis, Cam was quite the chucker in 2011.  If Newton’s ratios stay near the same and Louis takes on a big enough role, he may blow away his current 285 ranking at yahoo.  Man, this guys sounds like he might deserve a sleeper post…

Mikel LeShoure - In news that may no longer be news by the time this gets posted, LeShoure strained his hamstring over the weekend and was not on the practice field Sunday.  Though it’s said to be for precautionary reasons, we all need to realize his health history – though short – ain’t the greatest.  He’s being tabbed as the goal line back for the Lions, but his price tag at yahoo as the 98th player off the board ahead of guys like James Starks and Toby Gerhart might be a bit steep especially when we factor in a two game suspension to start the year.  In fact, Andrew wrote all about the pitfalls of drafting a Lions running back last week in his Fantasy Flatliners post.  Let’s all go back and tell him how clairvoyant he is.

John Skelton – So as to squash a rumor before it got out of control, Ken Whisenhunt spoke to the media saying ‘whatever small rumor there was about players preferring Skelton to Kevin Kolb was ridiculous.  Now please put that in bold font and on the front page so that everyone knows there’s absolutely no truth to this’.  Way to keep it under wraps, Ken.  This reminds me of  that one time Don Mattingly said ‘Javy Guerra is the Dodgers closer’.  Which side will win?  Probably no one cares so long as Larry Fitzgerald gets the ball.  Kolb has the contract so he will most likely get the first shot but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Skelton by week 4 or 5.  You can quote me on that but if you’re placing bets, don’t ask me for your money back if I’m wrong.

Maurice Jones-Drew - Like Wallace, crazy old Maurice is also a hold out heading into training camp looking for that sweet cheddah.  For some reason I’m not as worried about him as I am Wallace.  I know I should have a reason for you but I don’t.  Maybe I shouldn’t have put vicodin on my ham sandwich.  Well, whatever the case may be if you’re drafting the Oompa Loompa in the first round,Rashad Jennings becomes a must.  Thankfully his current rank of 184 in yahoo leagues is at a reasonable price.

Michael Vick – Obviously feeling the loss of stupid comments coming from Vince Young, Vick decided to step up and say that the Eagles could develop into a dynasty.  To make sure that the absurdity stuck, he reiterated it later.  What’s scarier is that his coach actually went and backed him up.  Now rather than pick on Vick and Reid I think I’d rather just refer them to a site that actually knows what they’re talking about when it comes to dynasties.  Quest Fantasy Football Leagues is a site created for and dedicated to all things dynasty football with payouts to the top teams.  I’ve personally sent the link to Vick and Andy to loop them in so maybe you’ll get to play them in 2012.  Given their idea of how a dynasty is built, they’re basically giving away their money to you and they have a  lot so go take advantage.

  1. Steve says:
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    Hello Sky, haven’t seen us in a while, ha!

    Wallace situation is a mess and a big statement by the Steelers. I liked it. It’s interesting to see all the opinions, from he’s staying with them until next year and actually playing, holding out till Week 10 or to say goodbye to Pitts. Where could you see him go? Colts, Dolphins would make sense for them. You could also read about Cowboys (which I don’t believe).

    And one special dynasty league question. How much would you pay for Brandon Lloyd? Don’t say “depends on…”. Straight on, your gut feeling! Okay, wait…Steven Jackson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Something about wide receivers makes them Prima Donnas compared to the other positions. If I were a betting man, I say he pulls a Vincent Jackson. Either way, getcha popcorn ready :)

      Not hedging but…pay means auction? I have him as a WR3 with room for upside if you’re not talking auction value. $15-ish in auction is reasonable, little less if you’re already set at WR.

      • Steve says:
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        @Sky, Well, no! Haha. Sorry. No auction. Have Fitz/Marshall/T.Smith as my WR. Want a great, proven number three. Would you give up SJax?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think you’re overspending doing that but is this the same team with Foster/McCoy/Matthews? Just looking at both of your comments. If it is the same team, I wouldn’t mind that trade since it fits a need. If not, I think you’re overspending a bit.

  2. curse420 says:
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    who is murphy getting reunited with,,,,his new qb as everyone from garbage men to rocket scientists knows cam went to auburn soooooooo…the backup maybe or practice squad qb ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cam started his college career at Florida.

  3. Elaw77 says:
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    It was unfortunate that Vick dropped the Dynasty bomb…but…I think it was good that he took hold of it and owned it. This could prove beneficial and become a rallying point for Vick and the rest of the team. Unlike last year when Young said it and everyone’s butthole tightened up.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Could be, we’ll just have to see. Just never good to draw targets on your back before a game is played is all.

      • elaw77 says:
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        @Sky,

        Yeah I definitely hear that. I would have rather him not say anything at all. But since he did, I’ll try to stay positive.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, I can understand that. Just hope it doesn’t come back on him in a bad way.

  4. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    I’m going out on a limb, in guessing that you are being sarcastic when it comes to Louis Murphy, getting a sleeper post. He should be on nobody’s draft board come August. I take that back, if your league gives points for your players visiting the trainers room. Seeing as in the last two years he has missed a total of 7 games. The day after he was traded he tweak his hamstring, which since last August has been a issue plus other injurys.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Injuries are a part of the game and I think his were also partially issues he had with his team. When we’re talking about a guy going at 285, we have to put them on our radar in deeper leagues with Cam Newton being his quarterback. As I said, ‘if’ he gets a big enough role he becomes interesting. I highly doubt the Panthers made a random trade for a 25 year old wide out for no good reason.

  5. Richie says:
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    Mike Vick said the Eagles have the potential to be a dynasty, not that they will be. Big difference there. I don’t mind that he said it at all. He’s the quarterback and therefore the leader of the team. They come and go as Mike Vick does. If Vick doesn’t have the utmost confidence in his team then why should anyone? Every team should strive to be a dynasty and I guarantee you every player in the NFL thinks their team has a shot at the championship.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Saying you have the potential to be a dynasty to teammates to rally them is one thing while bringing it to the media is another. Even Tom Brady doesn’t/didn’t talk about the potential of a dynasty. It’s simply unneeded media scrutiny brought on a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year, is all. To me, there are just better ways of showing confidence.

      • Richie says:
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        @Sky

        Ryan Kalil predicted that the Panthers will win the Super Bowl this year and even wrote a letter and published it in the local newspaper. Cam Newton and the owner Jerry Richardson both supported Kalil in his prediction. I don’t see anyone harping on Cam Newton or the Panthers about it. I think the only reason why so many people are getting such a rise out of Mike Vick saying something with confidence in the media is because of what he’s done in the past off the field.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          They’re both ridiculous statements, in my opinion, and both have been scrutinized in the media. I don’t like what Vick did off the field in the past but it has no bearing for me with my statement.

  6. Love the Beauty & the Beast reference, subtle, yet effective.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, thanks!

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