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 Roethlisberger – Has 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.