We’re two weeks into free agency, and things have pretty much been decided on the offensive side of the ball. Mike Wallace is in Miami, Reggie Bush is in Detroit, and Terrell Owens is shockingly still out there. On defense, things are still in a bit of flux.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Looking back, it was a rough start to the year for Chris Johnson owners. He started off the year averaging less than 2 yards per carry and many people were calling for a premature death and by that I mean they wanted the death penalty for him…oh and they thought his career was over as being fantasy viable. However, I know one brave soul who dared to stand up and say Chris was still worthy of your roster. Maybe not at the price you paid for him but surely a clear cut starting RB in the NFL nowadays has value, no? I mean even Shonn Greene was 80% owned going into last week even if he was started nearly nowhere while he was at it. So who was that man who dared to go against the grain? Who dared defy all the pundits and naysayers who say nay? It was none other than I back in mid-September when I told you he was still RB2 worthy and to buy low on him. Over his last 5 games, CJ now has 475 yards rushing with a large chunk of that coming from today with his 195 yard, 2 touchdown extravaganza. He’s now on pace for about 1135 rushing yards and about 5 rushing TDs which is almost on par with his top 20 for RB finish last year. Would you like more touchdowns? Sure, so would LeSean McCoy owners but if you traded for him at rock bottom, you are still in the money at this point so enjoy the ride. In other fantasy football news…
Adrian Peterson - So here’s why fantasy football is funny. AP scored a touchdown for the first time since week 1 and had only his second 100 yard rushing game of the year with 153 on Sunday and yet I nary heard a sell call on him through the first 7 weeks. Obviously, he hasn’t been terrible as he’s been plenty involved in the passing game to make up for sub-par rushing yards but where were the panicked owners on him? I’m asking because I could never buy low on him and I’m jealous. Looking into the future and by that I mean this coming Thursday, I might expect a bit of a pullback from this running back with his recent ankle issues. He rested for two days last week and may see a reduced load for Thursday to make up for the short turnaround.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So I figured rather than hinting that I had updated my Overall Rankings for 2012 Fantasy Football, I’d give you a brief synopsis of what has transpired. I also figured I would compete for the Guiness World Record for longest post title about an updated ranking while I was at it. Yeah, it’s not a real category but when it is I’m a freaking shoo-in to win. Basically, Doug Martin snuck into my fantasy football heart once it was clear he would have a clear shot to be the RB1 there. You may not notice it in the overall rankings but he’s now in my top 20 for Running Backs, much to the chagrin of Shonn Greene. Meanwhile, Cedric Benson is slowly creeping up my RB ranks much to MY chagrin. Also as I mentioned in my morning post, I’m not budging on Peyton Manning at this point. Don’t hate him, just think there’s no reason to take a risk at Quarterback this year in a standard 10 team one QB league.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Were still in preseason mode so the main news we should be covering is who got hurt and who is seizing control of a position battle. Let’s start with the boo boos, shall we? Matthew Stafford injured his non-throwing hand against Oakland when he hit it on an opposing player’s helmet. Though the injury is deemed not serious at this juncture, it’s a good reminder that Stafford has had issues staying healthy in the past. While his 2011 season was an extremely successful one, it was also his first year in which he didn’t miss a game. Yahoo currently has him ranked 16th and as the 5th quarterback overall to be taken. Now I don’t disagree with them as he is still relatively young and his first couple of years in the league the Lions offensive line was a mess so I don’t want to call him injury prone just yet. Heck, I have him higher in my own rankings so I might just be a hypocrite. However, I do think it’s important we note Michael Vick going 50th overall because of his injury history. I’m not saying Apples to Apples here – even though I really like that game – but ask any 2011 Vick owner how their season went and you might need to slap an R-rating on that conversation. In other fantasy football news…
Kevin Smith - Had himself his own scare Saturday with what at first was rumored to be a high ankle sprain. Thankfully, the results came back negative but lets all hope this is a motivator for him to lose some weight. Or at the very least apologize for Jersey Girl.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Justin Blackmon was busted for another alcohol related incident on June 3rd and is being charged with an aggravated DUI. Does aggravated mean he’s an angry drunk? I don’t know but I’m bringing this to you, the fantasy football community, not to make fun of drinking and driving but to have you realize off field issues become on field issues which in turn become issues for your team. Though Blackmon isn’t getting mock draft love currently (32nd WR off the board according to MockDraftCentral), he is considered to be a supreme talent with personality and work ethic issues. Wanna know who that sounds like? Braylon Edwards. You tell me the last time you drafted Braylon and I’m sure it was the last time you got your heart broken by a WR. There are surely a history of problem children who’ve overcome their off field issues to be fantasy stars – Randy Moss comes to mind though even he was inconsistent – but we have to always be cautious in how we draft guys like this. You wanna give a kid a chance but considering his set up with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback was already disappointing, you have to get a bit more hesitant with this type of news. The world is his oyster but if he keeps turning them into shooters, he’s going to flame out fast. In other fantasy football news…
Toby Gerhart – Team is saying Toby has come into camp even more chiselled than he was for 2011. Considering he’s 230 lbs of Valhalla warrior already, this news simply solidifies that Gerhart will be a respectable stand in if Adrian Peterson isn’t good to go at the start of the season. PS, I don’t think AP is good to go at the start of the season so keep tabs on Gerhart. He averaged 18 carries and 4 ypc in the 4 games AP missed. Not groundbreaking but touches are touches, friends.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hola Razzballians. We are finally starting to settle in to the NFL season. At this point you should be expecting some trends to develop, but many trenders were tarnished in week three (see the law office of Green,Davis, Simpson, Burleson, and Branch). Trying to predict what will happen in this crazy fake sport is like trying to prevent Christopher Walken from playing the creepy guy in every movie he’s in. It’s just not happening, but let’s try anyway.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith held hands on the plane on their way to the rookie symposium and cuddled afterward. Or so my sources say. Other than that there really hasn’t been much news on the labor front which is a lot better than it used to be when the sides were complaining, posturing, lawyering and pretty much making complete and utter asses out of themselves.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Good day Razzballers. Here is some news you can use and abuse. Well, don’t abuse it, that’ll just lead to resentment and you’ll end up hating each other!
Is the lockout nearing the end? Good question nameless NFL fan. It’s hard to decipher what is really going down, but the news continues to be more positive than a month ago.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The fifth and final round in our continued analysis of Draftmaster 29 is upon us. Wipe those tears away, my friends. All things must come to an end, unless it’s Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco acting like a couple of douchers. That’s never going to end, much to the dismay of the entire universe.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Bengals are a hot mess and even though they will suck next year they need to just cut bait on Palmer, Ocho and TO. Draft and rebuild. It’s not like they are going to be any good with those crap bags still on the team.Please, blog, may I have some more?