Welcome to another lockout-free edition of the Fantasy Guru Daily, where we forget about the agonizing labor dispute and instead focus on what we all want to focus on: football.
Surgery for Ward… At least the injury didn’t happen on “Dancing with the Stars.” We here at the Fantasy Guru Daily have done our best to avoid discussing the appearance of Steeler WR Hines Ward on the hit ABC show, and now that it’s over and he apparently won, we can focus on his football. Well, he will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, and he’s apparently been dealing with the injury since the end of the 2010 season. It was a disappointing year for Ward, as he saw his involvement in the offense take a big hit, and he didn’t have much value for fantasy in most weeks. He had four 100-yard games but was ineffective in many other games in a passing offense that lacked rhythm all season. Instead, the focus was on the running game and taking shots with Mike Wallace downfield. After putting up 95/1167/6 in 2009, Ward’s numbers plummeted to 59/755/5 with an average of 6.6 FPG. As for the injury, he [...]
Blah blah lockout blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah appeal blah blah court. That should cover the big happenings, so now we can go ahead and give you another Fantasy Guru Daily.
NFL cancels Rookie Symposium… The first event casualty of the lockout isn’t going to get fans too upset, maybe because most of them don’t even know what it is. And honestly, it probably won’t get the rookies too upset either. The annual symposium, at which the rookies are taught about the history of the game and warned about the risks of being a wealthy young male and celebrity, has been axed thanks to the lockout. The symposium was scheduled to kick off June 26 in Canton, and it would have been required attendance for any rookie. Now, those rookies are left without this guidance, but more importantly still have not been taught about their new jobs from their coaches. That being said, as NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt commented on Twitter, the symposium is “well-intentioned” but it’s hard to imagine any player getting truly bent out of shape about losing a glorified lecture retreat to the lockout. As we’ve said for a while now, once actual games and [...]
Another weekend has come and gone, and unfortunately, the lockout did not get raptured. We are still here, and so is the lockout, but we are getting closer to the June 3 day in court in St. Louis.
[Insert clichés about competition here] … You’ve got to play them one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here; hope I can help the ball club. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.
Perhaps Jaguar QB David Garrard is the new Crash Davis, as he brought out the clichés – and acknowledged it – when discussing his upcoming quarterback battle with rookie 1st-round pick Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh …. or, uh, Blaine Gabbert.
Said Garrard, according to The Florida Times-Union: “My thing is the best man will play. The cream will rise to the top. All those different sayings. That’s true, you want the best person out there on the field to give the team the best chance. That’s what I believe. If it’s not me, then it’s just not me. If Blaine comes in and he is above and beyond just better than me, then best of luck to him. [...]
Stay Watch: 2011 continues as we wait to hear if the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis grants the NFL a stay, which would extend the lockout at least another month through the expedited hearing on June 3. For now, we bring you actual football news.
Bryant shows up … After Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant were unable to meet last Friday about Bryant’s recent off-the-field troubles, but Bryant was finally with his teammates Wednesday as the Cowboys conducted workouts. QB Tony Romo said Bryantmoved around well, which, if true, is a good sign for someone who had surgery to repair a fractured fibula five months ago. Bryant missed the first day of informal player-led workouts because of a family issue but said he plans to be there for the rest. Bryant is a big key to the Cowboy offense this season, as if he stays healthy and focused, he has the talent to become a big-time receiver and certainly showed flashes of that last year. Roy Williams clearly isn’t the player he once was, and there’s plenty of room for Bryant to emerge as a playmaker on the outside opposite Miles Austin.
Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant: One [...]
Apparently fans are not the only ones bored with lockout news, as coaches are talking and giving some tidbits about their teams for the 2011 season. Meanwhile, players like Chad Ochocinco have apparently gotten sick of football altogether.
Everybody loves Todd Haley … Perhaps no coach has angered fantasy owners more than the Chiefs’ Todd Haley, who utilized
Chief HC Todd Haley enjoys an evil laugh as fantasy owners complain about his use of Jamaal Charles.
the combination of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles to lead the NFL’s #1 rushing offense in 2010 but frustrated fans with the inconsistency of Charles’ involvement and his unwillingness to publically praise the star RB. Well, naturally, Haley was effusive in his praise of Jones and confirmed that the 32-year-old will be back on the Chiefs in 2011. Said Haley: “He’s the epitome of the same guy every day. We’ve got a little plan for Thomas that I’m excited about getting to. I’m excited to have Thomas back. He’s a big part of what we’re doing.” I’m sure anyone who owns Charles in a keeper league is thrilled. It makes perfect sense to use a rotation, as Charles is not suited to carry the ball 20+ [...]
Extended CBA talks have begun, and as they continue for this week, there will not be much else to talk about in the NFL world. Despite the extension, there will not be any roster moves, so we are stuck anxiously waiting for a deal to hopefully get done.
Back to mediation … Representatives of the NFLPA and the league reconvened in Washington on Monday for Day 12 of mediation and the first day since extending the deadline a week. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t much news to report, and we should get a greater sense of what’s going on as the week progresses – just like last week. The closer we get to the deadline, the more pressure there is for the two sides to act. Perhaps the most important thing to watch will be whether or not the NFL actually opts for more financial transparency and opens its books. The National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt says an agreement hinges on the word “risk.” So, once again, we sit here and wait and hope for the best come Friday.
Benson could stay in Cincinnati … While QB Carson Palmer apparently wants nothing more than to leave the Bengals, RB
Bengal RB Cedric Benson [...]
With the 2010 season in the books, we now move on to what should be a very interesting off-season. Speculation on the labor deal, free agency, and further coaching changes are in full swing, so let us take a look at the latest news from around the league.
Royal clicked better with QB Kyle Orton in their second year together, but his role will probably never be as big as it was when Jay Cutler was under center.
Eddie Royal undergoes hip surgery … and could be out for up to six months. While he could return for OTAs in May (if they take place), the recovery may end up keeping him sidelined even longer. Despite the injury, Royal didn’t miss any games in 2010 and caught 59 balls for 627 yards and 3 TDs playing primarily out of the slot. Royal is entering his fourth season in the league and the final year of his rookie deal.
Darrelle Revis wants Chad Ochocinco … to join him as a member of the New York Jets. Revis said he’s been in Ochocinco’s ear during the last week and believes the veteran receiver could do well as a Jet. However, Ochocinco [...]