Moss could Pack a punch in Green Bay

Randy Moss is a one-dimensional player whose skills are eroding. At his best last year for the Raiders he was going through the motions. By midseason, he quit.

Moss needs to be properly motivated these days. That’s a sad statement for someone making damn near $10 million a year, but it’s the reality. If properly motivated, and in the right situation, I believe Moss can still make big plays and a big fantasy impact.

As someone who has followed the league very closely the last 10+ years, and is (unfortunately) a Viking fan, I think playing in Green Bay with Brett Favre will properly motivate him. I think he respects Favre more than any other player in the league, and I think the veteran would get the best out of Moss. Moss and Favre would bring a schoolyard mentality to the table. We know Moss wants the ball and he wants it deep, and we know Favre has the arm to deliver it, and that he’s not afraid to pull the trigger even if Moss is blanketed. Yes, Moss is one-dimensional, but the one dimension happens to set up perfectly for Favre.

The Packers have a [...]

Kids need to diversify

This may seem crazy coming from a man who makes a living through sports, but I think sports in this country are out of control, particularly youth sports. You’ve probably seen the video of that lunatic who attacked his son’s wrestling opponent, and we’ve all heard stories about other ridiculous parents in youth sports. I see a lot of problems with adults now who have their identities determined by their kids playing youth sports. That’s big enough of an issue, and merits a blog entry on its own, but the greater problem, I think, is the children themselves.

It’s very dangerous for a kid today to have sports be his or her identity because 98% of them will not play professional sports. I don’t have the figures, but I’d venture to say that over 80% of all child athletes don’t even wind up playing in college. In fact, one recent study I did see said 70% of child athletes quit at 13. So once a kid hits even 17 or 18, and sports are out of the mix, what kind of person do you have?

I’ll tell you what you’ll have more often than not: a very uninteresting person. I [...]

Peterson cements spot as top RB

The Cleveland Browns officially have a brutal decision to make in regards to April’s draft. Many mock drafts have the Browns taking Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson, and they certainly do need a franchise back. But they also need a QB, and O-Line help, among other things.

Working out shortly after learning his half-brother was murdered, Peterson had a terrific workout at the combine on Sunday. Peterson, a bigger back at 6-1 ½ and 217, ran a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash. He also logged in a 38.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-7-inch broad jump.

Peterson is viewed as more of an interior guy, a straight-line guy, but that sparkling 40 time will likely make him much more enticing for a team like the Browns.

There is no doubt Peterson has what it takes to be an impact starter in the NFL, if not a spectacular one. But the Browns should pass on him because Peterson is too risky for a team that has been as cursed as Cleveland. Peterson’s numbers as a freshman back in 2004 were sick: 339/1,925/15. But he missed six games last year after breaking a collarbone, and he sat on the sideline for all [...]

My, my Maroney

It was disclosed last night that Patriot RB Corey Dillon will ask the Patriots for his release, and the Pats are expected to oblige. Dillon apparently still has an interest in playing for another team, but retirement is also a possibility.

Dillon’s status for 2007 will be known later in the year, but the story here is second year back Laurence Maroney.

Maroney’s stock will obviously rise significantly with this move. I think he has some issues, but the argument for making him a top fantasy pick is stronger than the one to avoid him as a player who might be overvalued. For one, as I mentioned in my Lessons Learned article, we’ve learned over the years, when there’s a small sampling of a younger back we should seriously take into consideration the team and the player’s supporting cast. Maroney’s is clearly excellent on the Patriots, and that fact along with his obvious talent will be enough for me to make him a high fantasy pick. Clearly, Talent + Opportunity equals success, and Maroney also has the benefit of playing on a team led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. But just to be safe, I’m [...]

This year’s New Orleans Saints

The Saints last year really caught the NFL and fantasy world by surprise. This was a team known for its underachievement, despite the presence of superior talent. Their emergence was hard to see given their recent history, and especially since they had a new and younger coach who was entering his first season as the head guy. Making matters even more complicated, they had a new QB coming off a serious shoulder injury. Yet, despite all this, they were one of the best teams in the NFL.

I think the 2006 Saints were indicative of the NFL we now follow; many times, conventional wisdoms – like the ones that call for lowering your expectations when injuries are involved and new systems are installed – is disproved. Planets can align quickly at times, so teams like the ’06 Saints will continue to surprise us.

So the question now is: which team or teams will be this year’s version of the 2006 Saints?

I think a case can be made for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins were a sexy pick to make a big splash in 2006, but they fell on their faces, and are now severely under the radar. But there was a reason [...]

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