As I’m typing this, Ahmad Bradshaw and the Colts are in ‘heavy negotiations’ for Ahmad to be in Indy for 2013 and it makes me ask the question ‘what exactly does heavy negotiations mean?’ Are you all just farting around the rest of the time having light negotiations? We weren’t really serious the two days prior. In fact, we were really just here for the bottled water and muffins but now we’re, like, totally into it. In either case, I’m gonna live dangerously and say that this deal will be done before I’m finished typing this paragraph and if it isn’t, well I ain’t deletin’ $hit cuz I do believe Bradshaw will officially be a Colt prior to training camp which officially means Vick Ballard will go slide, slide, slippety slide in our 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings this year. Not that I was high on him to begin with but I will admit he felt like a safe RB2 type this year when I wrote my Vick Ballard Fantasy over the off-season. With Ahmad’s eventual signing, we now have an embarrassment of riches at the RB position to start the year and I’ll admit it has me giddy like a school girl and no doubt you as well. Wanna braid hair together? Eh, I said ‘LIKE a school girl’, imaginary reader. Oh, so I guess going to the little girls room to talk is out of question now… Indeed it is, I.R., indeed it is. But where was I? Oh yeah, Ahmad on the Colts makes sense. Just realize Ahmad has only played one full season over the course of 6 years so you’re gonna need to handcuff him with Ballard or possibly Donald Brown if something goes awry in training camp. But enough about that, let’s take a look at some other news that’s happened for the 2013 fantasy football season…Please, blog, may I have some more?
There are literally thousands of sources of rankings, sleepers, busts, breakouts, and burnouts on the internet. The vast majority of them will be focusing on 10-team leagues with the “standard” roster setup of the site in question. But who are they to say what’s standard in the fully customizable world of fantasy football?Please, blog, may I have some more?
So Maurice Jones-Drew finally ended his holdout with Jacksonville on Sunday. Though no word on why he had a change of heart as of this typing, I have to assume he wanted to help Razzball writer Tehol Beddict further his tv career and me so I didn’t have to keep hearing ‘When is MJD going to come back? Why is he so high in your rankings if he’s a hold out? Why do you insist on not wearing pants to a funeral?’, and other great nonsense. Now MJD owners can rejoice, Rashad Jennings owners will weep and my calm demeanor about the whole thing can be understood. As far as the first week goes, I think it’s fair to say no one knows what to expect. He has a game in a week so how in shape and ready he’ll be is anyone’s guess and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rashad hold some week 1 value because of these questions. Now is there a possibility of him suffering from CJ2K disease? Sure, he could pull a Chris Johnson 2011 season out of his hat but I’m not going to assume that just because he was a holdout that he’ll be a mess for the rest of the season. If you’re a Rashad owner at this point, I’d hold for week one if I had the roster spot to do it with and see how it pans out. You might be able to wrangle a bit of trade value out of him if MJD doesn’t bounce back straight away. With that said, let’s get on with what should be the final preseason blurb before the 2012 fantasy football season kicks off…
Kellen Winslow – Was cut by the Seahawks on Saturday and as of this typing doesn’t have a new team to call home. Remember when I was doing my off season rankings of Tight Ends and said I didn’t understand how Kellen was getting ranked in the top 20 by experts? You don’t? Well where have you been? Probably pretending your fantasy baseball team still had a chance. It’s ok, you’re here now. That’s what matters.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So the story goes, when I started my top 20 tight end rankings for 2012 fantasy football, I decided ‘I’ll write about a few guys that weren’t in the top 20 but deserved some words’. Looking back, instead of defending my lack of love for Kellen Winslow or Martellus Bennett, I wish I’d spent a few moments with the youngster set to be the starting tight end in Minnesota – Kyle Rudolph.
In review of his 2011 rookie season, there isn’t too much to glean from it to say he’s fantasy sleeper material: 26 receptions, 249 yards and 3 touchdowns from his 39 targets. But, to quote a valley girl, ‘that was, like, soooo last season…gag me!’ Seeing as it was Kyle’s rookie year and he was still playing behind Visanthe Shiancoe, we’re going to look at how Minnesota treated their Tight Ends as a whole…there’s a joke about holes and tight ends in that last sentence but I’ll leave it up to your sick imagination to fill in the gap. But I digress, with their magical powers combined, Minnesota produced 62 receptions on 109 targets as well as 658 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Those type of numbers would’ve had a tight end that was sniffing around the outside of the top 10 last year if it had come from one Viking rather than the two.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hakeem Nicks fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Thursday while trying to learn the salsa dance from Victor Cruz, effectively putting his fantasy relevance this year into serious doubt. Though the timetable put out by the physician says 12 weeks, it was noted that team mate Prince Amukamara had the same injury last year and didn’t even practice until 15 weeks later. On one hand, that puts Hakeem on track to start the season right on time. On the other hand, did ya NOT see how bad some football players were with a shortened training camp last year? I’d be willing to speculate on Hakeem at the right price in drafts this year but something tells me he’ll be too rich for my blood when they start going live. It’s one thing to fully heal and practice it’s another thing to get your timing down. Plus, it’s his foot. I don’t know about you, but in order for me to reach my full potential vertical (I can clear an iPhone box with a strenuous bound), I have to use my feet to do it. Cuts get dicey like your name was ginsu when your foot doesn’t plant like it should. Here’s my strategy on Hakeem and feel free to follow it if you’d like since, well, you come to this site for information like this. Let someone else draft him. You’re going to get enough of your headache from your runningback tandems most likely, you don’t need full on migraines. This news is both a boon and a rub for Cruz owners. Though he’s going to see increased targets, he’s also going to be the focus early in the season by opposing defenses. I already felt he was going to regress this year and this sure doesn’t change my mind. Overall, I feel this simply muddies the WR waters in NYG. There’s the rookie of interest in this story – Rueben Randle – but I wonder if Ramses Barden gets a shot first. Domenik Hixon and his injury history doesn’t make me interested at all. Obviously, we’ll need to see how training camp unfolds but whatever happens, if Eli Manning doesn’t get into a groove with one of them, he might start having some emotional issues. In other fantasy football news…
Kellen Winslow - Traded to a team that doesn’t throw to their TE’s. Fantasy Football analysis of the day: ‘this is not good for Winslow’s 2012 fantasy value’. Couple that with the fact he has Zach Miller competing for targets and this may be the first time in my life that I don’t want to touch a good tight end.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Who is the numero uno tight end for next season? This almost seems like an insanely silly question seeing as how Rob Gronkowski is a friggin unstoppable force. His numbers from last season were ridiculous. He broke records every time he stepped on the field and wasn’t lucky in doing so.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Below you will see that I have written down my thoughts in regard to the free agency moves and their fantasy impacts. They are so interesting that I had to take a sedative to keep from having a heart attack.
Peyton Manning: The three most likely candidates seem to now be the 49ers, Titans and Broncos.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hola gang. Here are some quick target hits from week eleven.
Joe McKnight-McKnight earned himself a seat at the roundtable Thursday night with his 121 total yard performance (59 on ground, 62 through the air on six receptions). His role certainly increased with Tomlinson sidelined but when he got his opportunity,McKnight ran with it, singlehandedly sidelining teammate and perennial feature back Shonn Greene. Though it seems unlikely that Ryan will pencil him in as the starter, McKnight has certainly earned a heavier workload, and his production in the passing game should be particularly appealing to PPR owners. If Tomlinson is out again this weekend—which is likely—McKnight deserves serious flex consideration.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Week 11 is nearly over, and once again we had some of the usual suspects having big games, newcomers emphatically announcing their arrival, and huge pieces of championship chasing fantasy teams impacted by injury. Let’s take a quick stroll through the happenings of another action packed Sunday, and see who dominated, disappeared, and deserves to be dumped…
Matthew Stafford: Stafford came out of the gates with two quick interceptions and it seemed another four pick performance was on the horizon.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Wassup guys? By now we know the drill. I’m looking at target trends and you’re looking for a W on gameday. Let’s rock.
Sensational in Week Six
Michael Crabtree: So far this season the crab tree has been more crabby than fruitful and more gimpy than nimble. However, this past Sunday the former first rounder showed his pedigree, catching nine passes for 77 yards on a whopping 15 targets (ten more than anyone else on the team). I’ve spotted him on waivers in two of my leagues and chances are, other impatient owners have dropped him too. He’s a number one receiver with talent and the way the Niners are playing, I would want this guy on my team. With the golden boys on bye, your chances of acquiring Crabtree are even greater.Please, blog, may I have some more?