Each year, we publish an article about Overvalues & Players to Avoid, but make a point to say that at the right value, anyone is worth drafting. While I agree with that philosophy for the most part, there is always a group of players I want nothing to do with due to injury history, continuing off-the-field issues, too much competition at the position, or a coach who doesn’t care about your fantasy team (looking at you, Mike Shanahan). With training camp underway and mock drafts happening much more often, I figured I’d share my 2012 list with you. You’ll probably have some disagreements, which is understandable since some of these are based on gut feeling. I asked some of you on Twitter about players on your list and will include them below.
There's too much going against Ahmad Bradshaw to draft him with confidence this year.
Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw has been one of my favorite players to watch since making a name for himself as part of the Earth, Wind, and Fire backfield for the 2007 Giants. After Derrick Ward departed, Bradshaw got a much-deserved increased role in the offense. I’ve given him plenty of credit for being a [...]
When plotting out this upcoming week, I knew I would be writing the Guru Daily today. I vowed to stay away from the labor situation, because the media (including us) has overreacted to every up and down, thanks to a dearth of anything else to report on. But we start Monday with some optimism, including a potential calendar for the start of the 2011 league year.
Deal is potentially on the horizon… Yeah, we’ve been hearing this week is huge for a while so it shouldn’t come as a total surprise, but there is apparently real optimism around the NFL that a framework CBA could be in place and voted on by the time the owners meet in Atlanta on July 21, as reported by ESPN. What’s funny is that it appears the rookie wage scale, essentially a slotting system to prevent deals like JaMarcus Russell’s from ever happening again, has become the major point of contention between the two sides. In short, the owners want longer and cheaper deals for rookies, while the players are willing to go cheaper so long as the young players can get free agency a year sooner (four-year deals as opposed to five). On one [...]
With the owners and team representatives meeting in Chicago for updates on the labor negotiations, we inch closer to training camp and news starts to pick up. Without OTAs and mini-camps, some of the good nuggets we are used to getting just aren’t there, so when coaches or players speak on workouts or plans for the season, we’re listening with great interest.
The QB competition might be open in Denver, but we know who has the best NECKBEARD.
Fox says Bronco QB competition will be wide-open … between Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, and yes, even Brady Quinn. Fox, who was hired by the Broncos back in January just two weeks after completing his tenure in Carolina, has said all along that the starting job would be decided in a competition, which he believes is a healthy part of the game. Fox said the team has “multiple plans in place, just waiting for the race to start” in relation to roster moves and practice schedules. What Fox didn’t and couldn’t address, were the trade rumors surrounding Orton, who is apparently favored by Fox and executive VP John Elway, although that doesn’t mean the team is against trading him at the right price. [...]
As another session of settlement talks came to an end, we address the Palmer family situation in Cincinnati, as well as Tim Tebow’s apparent 850-yard drives on the golf course.
We hope you all had a great holiday weekend, but we are ready to get back at it here at the Fantasy Guru Global Headquarters in what has become an increasingly warm Southern New Jersey. Today we’ll update you on an old QB riding into the sunset (no not him), the rehab of some important receivers, and a couple of young QBs holding workouts.
Country music star? Stetson Man? Guy who stares off into the distance? Just a few options for Kerry Collins' post-NFL life.
Collins may not return to Titans … as many, including us, expected he would. Titan OG Jake Scott was on Sirius/XM NFL Radio last week and said he didn’t think Collins would return to “be a nursemaid to a young kid” referring to rookie QB and major developmental project Jake Locker. Scott said money is not an issue for Collins, whom he believes could “ride off into the sunset.” With Vince Young not returning, the Titans are very thin at the QB position and don’t have anyone on the roster with significant playing experience. Rusty Smith and Brett Ratliff are the team’s top options right now, so if Collins doesn’t return, they’ll have to find a [...]
This may be surprising, but there is not really much to talk about today when it comes to news from around the league. I blame the rain. Oh, and the lockout. Last Friday, we took a look at the player-led workouts from around the league, so today we’ll update you on some of those teams.
Baltimore Ravens – Next week, at a workout organized by WR Derrick Mason, at least 20 Ravens will be together at Towson University from May 24-26. Mason said the focus was going to be on conditioning, and that there wouldn’t be any contact.
Buffalo Bills – About 30 Bill players will meet on Monday for what is expected to be a week-long set of workouts in Buffalo. The workouts were set up by veterans such as LB Andra Davis and S George Wilson with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to attend. Fitzpatrick held a small passing camp near his home in Arizona last month.
Chicago Bears – After backup QB Caleb Hanie recently said there were no plans for player-led workouts, starter Jay Cutler said he’s been talking with WRs and RBs to organize a passing camp.
Denver Broncos – QB Tim Tebow, who had [...]
We will have much more in-depth analysis of what the NFL Draft means for fantasy in coming days – in fact, the Post-Draft Stock Watch is already up – but as we did for the 1st round Friday, we bring you a quick round-up here of what happened on Days Two of Three of the draft as we wait for a pivotal ruling from the Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis.
Mallett’s fall headlines Day Two … While both QBs Andy Dalton (#35 to Cincinnati) and Colin Kaepernick (#36 to San Francisco) went off the board earlier, the big news of Friday’s portion of the NFL was the fall of the polarizing Ryan Mallett. Mallett, who is the best pure passer in the draft, has had his character called into question, and he dropped all the way to the 74th pick overall in the 3rd round, where he landed with the Patriots. Obviously, the Patriots aren’t in immediate need of a starting QB, but it’s a good spot for Mallett to land because he’ll get to adjust to the NFL under the guidance of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. If maturity is a problem, there’s no better place for him to [...]
So, Opening Weekend in Major League Baseball has come and gone, and hopefully it was a worthy enough distraction so you failed to realize that free agency has not yet started in the NFL. When will that finally commence? That remains to be seen, but mark down April 6 as a key day: that’s when Judge Susan Nelson will hear the first arguments in the Brady v. NFL case. We could get a ruling immediately, or it could take a couple weeks. Buckle in.
NFL refuses to negotiate with decertified NFLPA… The NFL and its relentless battalion of PR lackeys (see @gregaiello on Twitter if you need to vomit) has insisted since the union decertified a few weeks ago that it’s always ready to go back to the negotiating table. But an ESPN.com story suggests otherwise – the players requested to meet with the owners starting March 28 to work out a settlement before the April 6 date in Judge Nelson’s court. What’s happening here is a classic battle of semantics, something we should expect to see until this situation is resolved. In essence, the NFL is willing to negotiate with the players, but only in collective bargaining sessions. And if [...]
The league now turns its focus from the labor negotiations to the combine in Indianapolis. With executives, coaches, agents, and prospects all in the same place, we are learning about draft plans, possible roster moves, and a whole lot more, which we cover in today’s Fantasy Guru Daily.
Labor talks are over for now … but will resume on Tuesday. Representative from the league and NFLPA finished seven days of negotiations on Thursday with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service with mediator George H. Cohen. Cohen said, “Some progress was made, but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues.” At Cohen’s suggestion, the two sides have agreed to continue mediation on Tuesday, March 1. The owners have meetings scheduled for March 2-3, with the CBA running out at 11:59p.m. ET on March 3. With a five-day break in talks, Cohen requested that the two sides continue to stay silent on matters discussed in mediation.
The Bronco organization seems to be behind Kyle Orton as their starter…for now.
Kyle Orton is the Broncos’ starter for now … according to HC John Fox. While Fox said Orton would be the team’s #1 QB if the season started right now, he did say [...]
There isn’t much going on for the Fantasy Guru Daily today, but there are a few interesting tidbits that need to be put out there. Most notably, two teams made coordinator hires, and one came from perhaps the last place you would expect. Oh, and will Tebowmania start in Week One 2011?
Eagles make shocking defensive hire… The assumption all along here (and from everywhere else) was that the Eagles waited so long to hire their new defensive coordinator because they were waiting to interview the many qualified candidates coaching in the Super Bowl. Boy, were we wrong. Instead, Philadelphia promoted offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator, making yet another shocking move in a long string of shocking Andy Reid moves. What’s funny is there appears to be no true way of evaluating this move from an X’s and O’s standpoint. Castillo has never coached defense on the professional level, but assures that he is “a defensive guy.” For our purposes, the more intriguing hire is that of legendary offensive line coach Howard Mudd to replace Castillo. Mudd headed up the Colts’ big uglies for over a decade before retiring after Super Bowl XLIV, but the Eagles convinced him [...]