I heard the news on Wednesday…oh boy. About an Alex Smith that was in a trade. My apologies to the Beatles, their fans, Chiefs fans, and any other amalgamation of those three, this is gonna get ugly fast. The 49ers agreed to trade Alex to the Kansas City Chiefs for compensational picks on March 12th, the first day off-season trades can be made official. At the time of this writing, it sounds like a 2013 second round pick and a similar pick for 2014 in exchange for a quarterback whose most successful season came in 2012 with 3,144 yards and 17 touchdown passes. If you’re unable to read sarcasm font or just aren’t familiar with fantasy football in general, this isn’t going to be sleeper post on Alex. In fact, most of this post is going to take a look moreso at what others will do with this move than it will be to do with what Alex will. Sorry for you diehard game manager quarterback lovers out there, this post probably won’t be for you. But enough with this, let’s see what impact Alex Smith and this trade will have on the 2013 fantasy football landscape…Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you’re looking for a good way to avoid depression in the month following the Super Bowl, I recommend holding a Winter Meeting for your league. This is a perfect opportunity to meet up with your league-mates, award the championship trophy, and deliver your oft-rehearsed excuse why your team didn’t make the playoffs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Sentences starting similarly! Titillating titles! Alliteration abounds!
Okay, I won’t keep that up forever. But, alas, this is our last time together this year in FanDuel land. I know, I’m tearing up, too. Hopefully you’ve made some money, or at least had some fun.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Quarterback for 2012 was the best of times and at times it was the worst of times. And how many times can you say ‘times’ without your audience getting annoyed? This is a question I at times ask myself. But enough about that, for every value play, there seemed to be an equal and opposite punch to the protective cup and even with those value plays, there were plenty that left their owners disappointed when the playoffs finally hit. In either case, the season is now over so I’ll be revisiting my rankings and projections for the top 20 quarterbacks for 2012 and comparing them to how they did for the year. Since we don’t yet have a player rater on the football side like baseball does, I’ll be utilizing yahoo for my final rankings because that’s where I play all my leagues and I’m too lazy to do anything else. Hopefully we have our own player rater in place for the 2013 season, perhaps one that makes me 100% right. But enough about my hopes and dreams, on with the show. Here’s the top 20 quarterbacks for the 2012 fantasy football season…Please, blog, may I have some more?
It started off as a simple idea. We thought to ourselves ‘man, we have a lot of writers this year. Why don’t we all start a league together? Wouldn’t that be fun?’. And then a few weeks passed. And then a few more. And then a week before the season started we thought to ourselves ‘man, we have a lot of writers this year. Why don’t we all start a league together? Wouldn’t that be fun?’. Only the second time we followed through and in the end, twelve Razzball writers entered the yahoo league and only one left the victor. For your reading pleasure, we bring to you the Razzball Writers League that was, in their own words…Please, blog, may I have some more?
NBC asked Obama to speak last night just so sports fans would switch to the NBC Sports Network for the first time ever. Also, judging from the timeslot, I’m guessing the President didn’t have any of the Patriots or Niners on his fantasy team. I think we’ve had a rough couple of days, as a nation, so I will only bring up two points– First, watching all the news, hearing all their names, listening to the speeches… it’s been the opposite of fun. And secondly, I think my ceiling fan was making my eyes water. Maybe kicking up some dust-mites? Now, let’s get back to talking about football!
I previously called this game Waterworld, due to all the rain. I am now referring to this game as ‘New Year’s Eve’, because everyone dropped the ball. What was the rain made out of? KY Jelly? Wait, wait, is it too late to call it the Boston Turnover Party?
Here was my drinking game of choice last night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Judge…audience…people of the jury. What we have here today in front of us is a case so vile…so heinous…so uncomfortably dramatized by the writer that we must bring it to light so that others might find a way to ease this poor man’s suffering. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been a stand-up RB2 for most of the year and his efforts have gone virtually ignored. For every bright and shiny new running back toy we’ve found on the waiver wire, whether it was Bryce Brown or David Wilson, BJGE has been the rock that has guided his team to glory and what has he been given? Has he received recognition? Has he received acceptance? Does he even receive many lede paragraphs? No! He goes about his business every week just like he did this week with 106 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to go over 100 yards rushing for the 4th time in 5 weeks. Ladies and Gentleman of the jury I ask you, are those the numbers of a man who deserves such disregard? If he were on your fantasy football team would you simply say ‘yeah, I benched him for Jonathan Dwyer this week, so what?’. No, it’s high time we realize that Green-Ellis has been one of the most consistent backs to own this year and sing his praises. And with that, the defense rests *Que good ‘ole Eric Clapton guitarin*. Ok, that was fun now back to real fantasy talk. I almost wrote a sleeper post about him in the off-season but got scared when I heard Bernard Scott would split touches with him. I like my backs to be masters of their backfield domain and I rarely buy into the 50/50 or 60/40 splits if they’re announced ahead of time. Coming into Thursday Night Football, BJGE was on the cusp of RB1 territory with the 14th most points by a Running Back on the season in PPR formats and has been the 7th best back in the same setting over the last 4 weeks. Now I’m not telling you it’s been beautiful. Far from it. There were some rough weeks to start the year but those are all in the past now. The Law Firm has been true to his moniker: fair, just and insanely boring unless you dramatize the crap out of it a la Dick Wolf. In other 2012 fantasy football news from Thursday Night Football…Please, blog, may I have some more?
So as the season winds down I slowly lose my mind. Nowhere is this more evident than in me referencing a Grease song. I haven’t even seen the dang thing and, no, I don’t have to. There are only two musicals I’ll subject myself to. One is Rocky Horror Picture Show and the other is Little Shop of Horrors. Steve Martin as a rebellious, jet black-haired, sadistic dentist who talks like Elvis and rides a motorcycle…ok, that looks weird in type but I swear it’s good…or maybe you just had to be there. Now bear with me as I try and get you revved up about a guy who has 7 carries and 31 yards on the season who, coincidentally, just got all those numbers in week 14. Of course I’m talking about none other than DuJuan Harris, the recent signee of the Green Bay Packers. First off, this is not a call that Alex Green will lose his starting job. As my Bilal Powell pick a couple of weeks ago proved, you don’t have to be the starter to rack up the fantasy points you just have to have the right matchup and the right set up. Secondly, to all those who say this could very well be a all for Ryan Grant, I’m not going to argue with you. I’ll simply say he had 1 carry last week to Harris’ 7. Grant might be relied on in the playoffs but I think they’re going to see what they have in their younger tandem first to round out the year and a matchup against the Titans in week 16 should give Harris a great chance to to be flex-worthy during a week in which plenty of good RBs have some tough matchups. As always, a thinking forward piece is all about needs and I’m presenting you a potential upside play who – if he gets 10 or more carries vs the Bears in the coming weekend – might get on the radar of more people than you’d like. Moreover, if Green Bay wins week 15, they’ll be in the driver’s seat for their division which could lead to more open shot for backups to get in. To quote Morpheus, Harris is DuJuan. In other 2012 fantasy football pickups for week 16…
Louis Murphy - I would be typing about Brandon LaFell here if he weren’t hurt (how’s that for a hedge?) but instead I’ll point out Murphy’s line against a tough Falcons secondary in week 14: 9 targets for 5 receptions and 36 yards…hrm, that’s not all too exciting. But what IS exciting is Cam and company facing off against a Raiders team that has given up less than 20 points only once this season and that was to a team just as sad as they are in the Chiefs. Again, I have no idea what injuries you’re dealing with or how deep your league is but since Louis is virtually unowned everywhere, he’s worth pointing out for a week 16 matchup if LaFell is a no go.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey everyone, I’ve got a 2012 sleeper for ya. He’s now on the Patriots where one of his former offensive coordinators in Josh McDaniels resides. The last time this sleeper was matched up with McDaniels for a full season for the Broncos, he had a career year: 77 receptions, 1,448 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Now keep in mind that back in 2010 when he put those numbers up, it was a guy by the name of Kyle Orton throwing to him. Now that he’s a Pat and has Brady, there’s no telling what damage this guy is gonna do in 2012!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Bet the Farm is Razzball’s weekly wagering column. Josh Carey and Zorboss compete against your picks in the comments. The rules?
- You start off with $1,000 (and can start playing along in the comments any time you want – even now)
- Every bet must be an increment of $10 up to your full bankroll ($1,000 or maybe more)
- You can bet on the over/under or spread for any NFL game (Yahoo Sports’ Odds page is a good place to pick your lines)
- Win, add $9 to your total for every $10 bet (you have to beat the rake).