Movers and Shakers

4 09 2010

(-The Fantasy Guys…FQ)

With the NFL season set to get under way Thursday evening, NFL teams are rounding out their final rosters and some clubs have been hit with some crucial injuries as well as made some interesting moves that should spark the minds of fantasy owners across the country.

Lets take a look at some of the recent moves/injuries and how they impact fantasy rosters:

1. Montario Hardesty (CLE-RB) suffers torn ACL.

Yikes! The Cleveland Browns were reportedly very high on Hardesty and it was almost a given that he was going to overtake Jerome Harrison as the feature back at some point this season. However, Hardesty suffered the injury in the team’s final pre-season game this past week and is set to miss the entire season.

This means my boy J-Harrison will be the undisputed starter for the Browns this season and has a chance to prove that he is more than just a flash in the pan. I was high on Harrison before Hardesty went down and now im sky-high on JH. The fact is at the very least Hardesty will supply catches and receiving yards as he is great out of the backfield in the passing game. Whether or not you have drafted yet…Go out and get Harrison on your team.

2. Housh and Seattle set on divorce.

If TJ Houshmandzadeh and the Seattle Seahawks were dating they would be sleeping around every night at this point. The two sides are all but broken up and Seattle’s dream situation is to trade Housh away and then make a deal with San Diego for Vincent Jackson.

Here’s what matters for fantasy owners.

-First Housh’s value will only go up if he gets moved because he had his worst statistical year last season in Seattle since his sophomore year in Cincinnati.

-Second Vincent Jackson should only be taken as a flier late in drafts or picked up if you have an extra spot because wasting a useful spot on your roster is a cardinal sin for me. (Let’s not forget V-Jax is suspended for the first three games regardless for violating the NFL’s personal conduct rule)

-Third Mike Williams (yes the same M-Will that was selected in the 1st round by the Lions in 05) will get a starting job once Housh is out of the mix. Williams has reportedly come to camp in the best shape of his life and has put his past failures behind him and ready to make some noise. I wouldn’t bank on it because he has said that before but he is definitely worth monitoring and adding late in a draft or picked up via FA.

-Fourth Deion Branch has secured a starting job…Still don’t give this guy the time of day. However, keep an eye out on Golden Tate who will have slot duties and could emerge as the true #1 WR on this team by the middle of the season.

3. Nate Doggggggggg.

<—Wait not this guy

This guy —>

If i bring up the Titans the only two people fantasy owners say are worth owning are Chris Johnson or Rob Bironas. Well it’s time to be enlighten (yes by a Titans fan) that Nate Washington is going to have a big year. Coach Fisher talked about the WR picture at the end of the final pre-season game saying that Kenny Britt might not make the active roster for week 1. “If I suspect there would be a problem, we have other receivers I’ll play instead of Kenny,” said Fisher. The fact is Washington was the the titans best WR last season and has become Vince Young’s favorite target. The speedy receiver knows how to go get the deep ball and will have some big days when the Titans use play-action to fake out defenses engulfed on stopping CJ2k. Washington is not even getting drafted and even in deep 14 team leagues (19% owned) is still a FA.

4. Four Downs of Quit Hits.

Ben Roethlisberger got his suspension reduced from 6 games to 4. Big Ben is going very late in drafts. Take him late as your first QB and back him up with somebody like Matt Cassel, Vince Young or Derek Anderson. Start one of those guys for the first 4 weeks and then WEEP (whoops I meant reap) the benefits the rest of the season. (In case you didn’t here Big Ben cried in front of his teammates, embarrassed for being suspended for 4 games)

Derek Anderson (11% owned) is going to the the starter for the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Leinart is going to get released, traded, benched, castrated…whatever it is Anderson has a cannon and I love his value. Right now I am the only one but trust me with WRs Fitzgerald and Breaston to stretch the field Anderson will be a worthy #2 QB and borderline #1 some weeks and towards the end of the year. Anderson will have 20+ TDs this year….BELIEVE THAT- Martin Lawrence.

Laurent Robinson (16% owned) is on nobody’s radar. If Robinson can stay healthy, he will easily become Sam Bradford’s #1 target. This guy was great for STL in the 3 games he played before getting hurt last season. Bradford can sling it and Robinson will have his career year. This fantasy non-draftee needs to be on your team late.

Nate Burleson (23% owned) had 63 catches last year in Seattle. He played along side Housh and did a great job out-performing him. Now Burleson gets to play alongside Calvin Megatron Johnson. Stafford has looked great so far in the pre-season and is set for a stellar sophomore season. Burleson is somebody that will get a lot of targets with Megatron being the center of defenses’ attention. Get this guy on your team!

Frank “Da Tank” Qasim
-Live & Think Outside The Box


The Best is Yet to Come

31 08 2010

(-The Fantasy Guys…DB)

At the University of California he was electric. Every time he touched the ball he had the chance to take it to the house in impressive fashion. A weapon running and catching the ball there was nothing Jahvid Best could not do. After an absolutely monster 2008 year where he racked up 1580 yards and 15 scores on 194 rushing attempts, that’s an absurd 8.1 yards per carry. Let that marinate for a little while…while you are on that thought here are his 2008 highlites ->

After recovering from two surgeries he started the 2009 season with a bang, rushing for 134 yards and two scores against Maryland. On November 7th, 2009 Best leaped into the end zone for a touchdown, during the process he was pushed a second time in mid air and landed on his head. Best was carted off the field and taken to the hospital following a 13 minute delay. I saw the play happen live and it was really shocking.

Best wouldn’t play the rest of year and there was some concern for his career. He announced that he would skip his senior year and go to the NFL. His draft stock in turn went down (due to the health concerns) and he fell into the laps of the Detroit Lions at pick 30 of the 1st round. But during his time at Cal he made sure to leave his mark setting tons of big records;

  • Most rushing yards in a game – 311 yards on 12/06/08
  • Most all purpose yards in a season – 2,247 in 2008
  • Most rushing yards in the Emerald Bowl – 186 yards
  • Most rushing TDs for University of California in the modern era – 5 on 09/19/09 (Dick Dunn did score six back in 1922)

The thing all draftee’s say is they are going to make everyone who passed up on them pay. This might not hold more true than for Best. With the Lions, a team that has been looking for a solid running back since the days of Barry Sanders it seems like they found a perfect fit for each other. Best who runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds is the lighting bolt that could with the combination of franchise QB Matthew Stafford and elite wide receiver Calvin Johnson, be the missing piece in the restructuring of the Lions. The fans of Detroit are finally feeling a bit of a spark and no longer have to deal with the paper bags over their heads and the Matt Millen era.

That being said I’m head over heels for Jahvid Best. He is my early pick for offensive rookie of the year, over CJ Spiller and all other high profile rookies. Best and his play making ability make him a very solid RB #2 for your fantasy team. When it comes to rookies it’s hard to project exactly how they will do but the situation he is in fits like a glove. Everyone is touting him with every adjective you can think of with that slight warning about him being injury prone. But the facts are these; Best has no threat of losing his job and head coach Jim Schwartz is giddy about his potential. During the draft he said he wanted that home run threat out of the backfield and he got it with Best. After the draft was over Schwartz uttered one of those epic quotes that people talk about for years.

“Some people watch adult videos on their computer; I go to YouTube and watch Jahvid Best highlight clips. That’s what gets me going.”

Before you kill me on what I am about to say, relax. Pre-season numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt, but if you are like me and you have not drafted yet, you have to place some value into them. Its a barometer although not a concrete one. So far Best has been all that and a bag of chips. Turning back the clock to his 2008 Cal season, Best is racking up 8.6 yards per carry while putting together 129 yards on 15 carries and four catches for 29 yards. The numbers say he is all that he is hyped up to be but it is beyond a small sample size. I’m not going to be crazy and call him the next Barry Sanders or even the next Chris Johnson but he is the closest player of that caliber the Lions have had in over a decade.

– David “The Mouth” Berov

Breaking News – Sleeper Alert

31 08 2010

(-The Fantasy Guys…DB)

This guy has been getting a lot of sleeper love over the last couple weeks and something major just happened to validate those talks. Read the rest of this entry »

Dozing Off – Vol. 3

27 08 2010

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Breaking Down the RB’s

26 08 2010

(-The Fantasy Guys…DB)

Tier #1 – The Cream of the Crop

1. Chris Johnson – He is an animal, clear cut #1 player in the league.

2. Adrian Peterson – with all the injuries in Minnesota his value only goes up. As long as he holds onto the ball the possibilities are endless. Read the rest of this entry »

Wake Up!…Vol. 1

26 08 2010

(-The Fantasy Guys…FQ)

While everybody is worried about who they are taking in the early rounds, I am here to tell you that the late rounds are the ones that separate championship teams from runner-ups. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Down The QB’s

25 08 2010

(-The Fantasy Guys…DB)

The QB position this year is fairly deep. Deep enough where you don’t need to quit your league if you don’t land a top eight QB. I have broken down 33 QB’s in tiers that I feel they belong in. The tiers are a ranking system of sorts, they are not permanent and there is certainly room for interpretation but the way I see it now every QB belongs in a certain tier. And here, we, go! Read the rest of this entry »