When Dustin Keller entered the free agent market this off-season, he’d just come off a terrible season with the New York Jest which is a statement that could be said about any NYJ from 2012. With that, he decided to hit the FA market with the intent of improving his stock via a 1 year deal. To prove he was worth the money and after a great start to the preseason, there was much promise. And then versus the Texans that knee of his went…well, it went the wrong way. Like every which way that was the wrong way. I’m not linking to that image cuz it’s nasty and exactly why he not only has a torn ACL, PCL and MCL but has a dislocated knee to boot. It was ugly, people, but thankfully I only have to talk about the fantasy implications of it. Keller looked like he was well suited for the Dolphins passing attack throughout the preseason and was looking more and more to be a great target for up and comer Ryan Tannehill. Though it won’t affect my Rankings outside of Keller dropping out, I do get a little worried about who that third target for Ryan is going to be. Young QB with a security blanket to throw to is always nice, especially when it’s a decent option like Keller. Overall, it might increase targets for guys like Gibson but I wouldn’t call that a plus. Oh and no, don’t even ask if Charles Clay is a pickup since he’s, ya know, Charles Clay. You’re better then that and you know it. In other preseason news for 2013 Fantasy Football…we interrupt this ellipses to bring you an important announcement: we still need you – and yes I mean YOU. Not that other guy/girl you say to yourself will do it – to create/join some Razzball Commenter Leagues. See that hyperlink? It whisks you away to a special place where it tells you not only how to set up the league but what the Grand Prize is for the winner. Yes, there’s a prize so go pretend that link is a box of Lucky Charms and you’re trying to get the decoder ring out of it…or something. Just click on it! Alright, enough pandering, let’s get back to the show…

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You ever have that one friend who you try and get out to do stuff but when you call he’s always got a cold or not feeling well or just not up to it? You know the one. You spend all this time with them in a bunch of different settings but they’re always ‘sick’ or ‘hurt’ when you try to get them out. ‘Are they a hypochondriac?’, you ask yourself. ‘Do they need more vitamin C in their diet?’, you muse. ‘Are they just feeling embarrassed after a BBC porn marathon?’, you giggle to yourself. You just don’t know but you don’t trust it’s really a health issue. So you start asking them to go do things less and less and eventually…well it’s not that you hate the guy/girl but you’re not really friends with them anymore either. So you start hanging out with other people in those social settings and slowly move away from spending time with them. I bring this awkward analogy to the table to talk with you about Hakeem Nicks. Per my private sources (i.e. the search function on twitter), the wideout coach Kevin Gilbride – and honestly most of the staff/ownership – are getting a bit fed up with the always nicked up Nicks. Per this twitter guy, Gilbride’s quoted as saying ‘I think he needs to… practice. He knows it. He and I talk about it all the time and he knows it’. Now Nicks is no Allen Iverson, but with another DTD next to his name as he recovers from a groin injury, I’m feeling more and more confident in my Hakeem Nicks Overrated post earlier this summer. Practice is there for continuity, it’s there to make for a solid understanding of how to approach the season as a team. Anyone who doesn’t think in some part not having Nicks ready to go on time last year didn’t throw things off is lying to themselves. But as I hate to be a downer for everyone, I’m gonna find the silver lining and guide you in that direction…in the next player blurb! But before I do that, I want to remind you to kiss your mother, tell her that you love her and to join/create an RCL. Don’t know how? Well here’s a guide to all that is our Razzball Commenter Leagues that you’ve always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. But enough shameless promotion, on with the show. Let’s continue on with our training camp notes for 2013 Fantasy Football…

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As I talked about last week, we didn’t truly know what was going to happen to Percy Harvin until Tuesday. Well, now we know and it’s not exactly the news we all wanted to hear heading into our drafts. Harvin will be out 3-4 months as he has hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. For those of you that drafted, that puts his estimated ‘worth keeping on your team’ time at week 9 if you’re lucky but I’d bank on him being back no earlier then week 13 and by then…well, here’s the scenario. The Seahawks – barring major in season injuries – are a playoff bound team and they were a strong team even without Harvin last year. By week 13, the team will be ready to welcome him but this isn’t a guy who knows his team and their schemes. It’s going to take time to gel, to get acclimated. If you’re holding Harvin for your playoff push, you might want to think about that as a factor in how to handle. If you’re gonna ask me what to do about it, it’s a tough call. If he were on my team as of now, I’d try and sell him in a 2 for 1 if someone is willing to wait because in redrafts, I’m not. I’ve updated Harvin in my 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings as well. Now in theory, he’s returning during a time when he could be useful but he’s nothing more then a pickup when that time comes. I wouldn’t be wasting a draft pick on him. Too many injuries and bye weeks before now and that time frame could happen. Keep abreast (tee-hee) of any news regarding Percy and see if he’s worth a pickup week 9 or 10 if it doesn’t affect your bench too much to do so would be my plan in most leagues. In other 2013 Fantasy Football news…zing! I’m like a broken record here. Since we don’t have 5000 leagues yet, I’m gonna keep badgering you every chance I get about our Razzball Commenter Leagues. Either go join one or create one. If you build it, they will come. It’s totally like Field of Dreams, y’all! Now back to your regularly scheduled post…

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So I need to air something with you here from the get go: this was waaaaayyyy too early to be drafting. We held this on July 10th which is a good two months from real kick-off. I highly encourage you to never get that far from the start of the season. Too much can happen between now and game one of the year. We don’t know who’s hobbled other than guys with off-season surgery. I mean, first pre-season snap hasn’t even been made and we’re out here drafting like we know what’s what and in a deep league, no less. And yes, this is a deep league to an extent. It’s one thing to have 14 teams, it’s entirely another to have the standard set up plus 3 flex positions on top of them in said 14 team. Oh and one of the flex spots has a QB just to add to the fun. But enough of the blather, here’s my team for the ‘American League’ 14 team Auction draft for 2013 Fantasy Football…

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Quarterback is a position this year that – much like a child left in a car in the middle of summer with the windows rolled up – doesn’t need to be worried about. Woah, strike that analogy and reverse it! Really, QB is gonna be the least of your worries in 2013, I can almost promise you. That ‘almost’ was brought to you by Elite QB Inc where we learn that a Superbowl winning QB should be a top 10 QB in the next fantasy year only because everyone and their mother know his name. I hear ya. Last year someone had a beef with me ranking Eli so low because he carried his team to that Super Bowl win. Eh, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, uh, this is Fantasy Football and we don’t care. Good night! As stated, this isn’t a position to get worried about this year in terms of getting a top tier guy. There’s plenty of value up and down this list and a few sleeper worthy types that we might/should discuss at a later date. But until then, I say we keep on keeping on with our 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings as we look at the Top 20 quarterbacks for the 2013 Fantasy Football season…

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Sing it with me! His name was Kevin/He was a Cardinal/He had a 6 year 60 mil deal and then played 15 games in 2 years…and on and on and so forth. What, you thought you’d get the full song outta me? BUY THE ALBUM! Kids these days with their Napsters and their Limewire. You could buy the single if you prefer for .99 cents or the deluxe $1.99 one that has an image of me signing a fan’s boobs. I didn’t realize I had such a male following but when you dress to impress, you get to sign flesh. But back to the moral of the story here: don’t sign man boobs when a camera is near by. And for another moral to a story that’s more relevant to the topic at hand, while NCAA fans were getting treated to a Shocker for the first time this weekend, the Buffalo Bills were signing Kevin Kolb to a 2 year deal on Saturday worth a very incentive-laden $13 million. Now here’s where I’m about to zig where a million people are zagging and no I’m not talking about those poor Gonzaga fans out there: I like this move. I’m prepared for the hate, bring it snitches! Here’s what we know about Kolb. We know that he was – for the most part – unsuccessful in his stint in Arizona. However, we also know that no QB was successful in Arizona over the last two years and a majority of this can be put on the offensive line which ranked by many metrics either dead last or in the bottom five for O-Lines in the NFL. Hard to be good with the ball from your backside unless you’re an escort and Kolb is no different. But let’s get back to that ‘for the most part’ statement I said earlier. After stepping in for John Skelton late in week 1, Kolb produced the line of 1,169 passing yards, 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and led the Cardinals to a 4-2 start. In essence, he played 5 games before getting hurt against the Bills. Extrapolate those stats across, say, 15 games and you have 24 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and over 3,500 passing yards. Those stats would’ve put him as a top 20 QB for fantasy, possibly a top 15. Now I’m not saying to go buck-wild crazy for Kevin at this point. We still have a draft coming up and it’s very possible the Bills draft Nassib to reunite Marrone with his ‘Cuse QB but Kolb is in a better situation in Buffalo. If he’s the starter for 2013, he’s very worthy of a roster spot in 2QB or 1QB/1QB flex leagues and one to keep your eye on for this year. Sound crazy? Well Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a top 20 QB for the last two straight years behind a solid line with decent skill-position players surrounding him. I do believe that as your floor is exciting enough considering he’ll probably go nowhere near the top 20 QBs come draft day. And with that, here’s a look at some other news going on from this weekend for 2013 fantasy football…

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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. (Pro-Tip: If […]

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To quote one of my favorite all time bands, Faith No More, ‘it’s always funny until someone gets hurt and then it’s just hilarious’. In no small way do I feel a little cheated by the fantasy football Gods in this league. There’s always a modicum of luck involved in creating a strong fantasy football roster. I get that just as about as well as anyone else but it truly takes some luck of the ‘un’ variety to get the team that I had riding into the consolation championship and not for the big prize. As you can see from my original post, I did really well, or at least I thought I did well in drafting for a 2QB league where you could start anywhere from 2 to 5 running backs at a time. I wish I could point out the positives but I swear, every time a positive happened, I got hammered by a negative that very same week. After starting off 2-1 with ​Chris Johnson​ struggling in my RB2 spot, I thought it would be good to make a strong move for another high end RB before the season got too far along. Since I already had ​Larry Fitzgerald ​- pre-Skelton/Lindley mess this was actually a GOOD thing – I felt comfortable trading ​Brandon Marshall​ and ​Michael Bush​ for ​Alshon Jeffery​ and ​Maurice Jones-Drew​ before the start of week 4. Well, Alshon broke his arm week 5, MJD did something to his foot and was out from week 8 until oblivion while Marshall went on to be the top WR in PPR leagues up through week 15 at least. In the midst of all this turmoil, I made what – at the time – was a very good trade, sending ​Ryan Fitzpatrick​ away for ​Marque​s Colston​ because in our 2QB league, I had just picked up ​Kevin Ko​lb.​ Say what you will about Kolb but before he went down with an injury, he had a 7:2 TD to INT ratio. He was actually a top 15 QB to go with Big Ben. But of course as this season was so fated, he went down the very week I traded away his backup in Fitz. Needless to say, I could never get my team’s head above water long enough to make a serious run at the playoffs. By the time ​Adrian Peterson​ was clicking and CJ2K was no longer sucking, I was struggling to fill my QB2 flex spot with a various assortment of Tannehills and Skeltons while Larry Fitzgerald fell off the map. Oh, and did I mention I drafted ​Danny Amendola​? Yeah, there was just no good luck rolling my way in this league this year. When Big Ben went down, my team went down for the count finishing 5-8 making me question my love for this forsaken game.

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At this time of year, everyone’s hurt. And the like the saying runs, “If you’re not hurt, you’re not playing.” You can imagine all the haggling with the insurance companies that the Doc has to do with these injury reports.

Let’s take a look at who’s all banged up and how they will impact you in your quest for fantasy victory.

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