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.

Kenny Britt – The phenom from 2010 whose 2011 was cut short by a torn ACL, Britt is finally back on the field running and cutting like football players do as of yesterday.    Not unlike AP, Kenny is going to be hard to rank going into the season.  His current MDC rank of 28th WR off the board doesn’t feel too expensive and could pay great dividends.  Either way, it’s good to see this Britt-ish invasion back on the field.  I wonder if he is a Beatles or Stones fan?

Chad Ochocinco – Released by the Patriots as of yesterday.  Word is he’ll fill in for Terrell Owens on the Allen Wranglers if he can’t join the pro rodeo circuit.  To put 85’s future in the form of a jeopardy question: This is something you put butter on in the morning.  Toast!  Sorry, the answer has to be in the form of a question.  And for those of you who answered ‘Your mother, Trebek!’ in a Scottish accent, well played Sean Connery fans.

Ben RoethlisbergerHas officially requested to go by ‘Elizabeth Tower’ rather than ‘Big Ben’ which is weird to say the least…oh wait, that’s the real tower they’re planning on renaming after Queen Elizabeth for the Olympics in London.  So does that mean Ben would become ‘The Football Player Nicknamed After The Tower Formerly Known As Big Ben’?  Hrm, not a good nickname anymore if it is.  I think I’ll just stick with what I call him: Mispelledberger.

  1. Dominic says:
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    Hey, dynasty league question…

    Should I trade Cam Newton and a 2nd round pick in our rookie/fa draft for Vincent Jackson and Steve Smith

    Currently my offensive roster stands:

    QB Stafford
    QB Newton
    WR Calvin
    WR Bowe
    WR Holmes
    WR S. Moss
    WR L. Robinson
    RB C. Benson
    RB A. Bradshaw
    RB F. Gore
    RB D. McFadden
    RB M. Lynch
    RB F. Jones
    TE A. Hernandez

    • Dominic says:
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      @Dominic, Oh it’s ppr too…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        One or two QB league?

        • Dominic says:
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          @Sky, Start 1 qb 3 wr 2 rb 1 te

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Don’t like that trade for you.

            • Dominic says:
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              @Sky, Alright thanks. It would be better if I could start one more WR or flex…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                It might help your 2012 season but it’s too much in the long run due to age (Steve Smith 33) and uncertainty (Freeman needs to bring his game back up to make Vincent relevant).

  2. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    As expected, the Bengals top two RBs have come out an said they will be part of a RBBC attack. I was never a fan of BJGE at all heading into drafts this summer. As I brought up in one of your earlier post.

    If fantasy owners do select the Law Firm for his fantasy services. I would suggest that you add Benard Scott as a handcuff.

    • Sky

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      Yeah, saw that tweet. Was quite disappointed. Don’t really feel they’re making the right choice but those types of things play themselves out over the course of the season. Just makes him a guy I watch rather than a guy I automatically draft. Freeing up draft space never hurts.

      • David_KOA says:
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        @Sky,
        Outside of not fumbling the football, BJGE does not bring much to the football field. I believe Scott has a better overall game and just needs the oppurtuinty. It looks like he will get that chance, hopefully around 10+ touches. I would not be surprised, if he becomes the more fantasy relevant RB in the Bengals backfield for 2012.

        • Sky

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          Yeah, but perennial back up to Cedric Benson? Something about a guy who averaged 3.4 ypc in 112 carries for 2011 getting half the load for 2012 seems a little silly to me. Training camp will decide it. Right now, Atlanta is talking more no huddle and giving Matt Ryan the keys to the offense despite the coach’s conservative nature. Until it happens, I’ll have a hard time believing it.

          • David_KOA says:
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            @Sky,
            He did have a YPC average of 4.6 the previous two years on 135 carries. So he has flashed the ability to produce on the football field.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Something tells me we’re having a tallest midget argument and neither of us is going to be happy we’re right…but that has never stopped me before! He has been productive in spurts, I guess I see a guy who’s 28 who was never given a shot before even with Benson being his main stumbling block. I just don’t see why he would now is all.

              • David_KOA says:
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                @Sky,
                Hahaha.
                It seems like the Bengals backfield is not something we are going to be able to agree on in 2012! lol It shall be fun to see how this backfield breaks down and see who is correct.

  3. Steve says:
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    Morning Sky,

    another dynasty league question. 10 team league with the same guys for about 4-5 years. It’s pretty hard to trade and with 26 you are old! Start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE.

    QB: Vick
    RB: Foster, Mathews, Forte, S.Jackson
    WR/TE: Fitz, Nicks, Marshall, Gates

    No first Round pick, I want the 1st or 2nd though. Could probably win again, but somehow I feel tired of the same players and would like to change something.

    It’s not the final offer, but kinda goes this direction.
    Would you trade Forte and Nicks for McCoy and the 2nd overall pick 2012 as the key options? I probably should get more, right? He has guys like Gresham, T.Young, D.Thomas or D.Bryant aswell.

    Another option: Forte, Marshall, Gates, 1st 2013 for McCoy, 2nd overall pick 2012. Is too much, right?

    Thank you.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Neither option is bad for a dynasty (thinking forward always makes sense), but you probably won’t get more than what you’re thinking of asking. If you COULD, I’d take Dez. Depends on what you think you can get with that 2nd overall pick for this year on whether the first trade is viable. McCoy won’t have as many TDs as he did in 2011 but I like him much more than Forte, plus he’s younger. Nicks is seemingly always Nick’ed up and I don’t have high hopes for him starting the 2012 season healthy.

  4. Steve says:
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    The 2nd overall pick would get me, almost sure, either Richardson or Griffin. It would be wise to take Griffin with Vick as my QB1. I think I can’t leave Richardson on the board, though…anyway, first I need to get that trade done. Don’t think I can get Dez (except I throw in a future draft pick like in the second trade option). I’ll see and let you know.
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Was about to say, a backup to Vick would be good. McCoy and Foster are more than formiddable. You get Matthews performing at top 10 level like he could and you’re doing just fine (i.e. won’t need Richardson). QBs have longer careers anyways.

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