Gone Fishing, That’s The Sign Upon My Door

The weeks leading up to the NFL Draft can be a time of great angst in keeper league play. Will the quarterback or running back on your fantasy team draft the next great, savior man-child in cleats? I speak from experience as a skittish Chester Taylor keeper league owner.

I’ve been toying with the idea of unloading Chet for weeks. Not because I don’t believe in Taylor’s ability, but due to the fact that an 800 pound gorillia named Adrian Peterson has been bandied about as the 1.07 pick of the Minnesota Vikings in multiple mock drafts.

Fantasy does strange things to people. I’m a life-long Vikings fan, yet hope with all my being that Peterson goes somewhere -anywhere- but to my hometown team because it will destroy the fantasy value of one of my guys. It’s insanity, encapsulated.

Thus far, I’ve stayed the course, but the flip side to the rampant fear and loathing among Chet owners and the like, is that it’s a great time for some bottom [...]

This year’s cover boy to be revealed soon (and more)

I may not be able to post tomorrow because I’m headed to New York City to interview this year’s FantasyGuru.com Magazine Cover Boy. I’m not going to disclose who he is here – especially since I haven’t actually conducted the interview – but if all goes as planned, I’ll be sitting down with one of the biggest stars in the sports world tomorrow. The player is in town, of course, for the NFL Draft, as many big-time players are.

If the interview goes as planned, it should be one of our best ones because there are a lot of interesting questions to ask this player. I never rest easy until the interview is completed because dealing with these major star athletes can be tricky.

Actually, with my wireless broadband Internet, I may log on from this player’s hotel, right after the interview, to at least let readers know I’ve secured the sit-down with my guy, my #1 pick for the mag this year. 

Feel free to comment below and give me your best guess as to who this person is.

Here are some other random thoughts on my mind today:

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The Keeper Blog Is Open For Bid-nizz!

Hey Gang!

Well, it’s good to be back in the Shop, scissors and minature whisk broom in hand, ready to pass the time between shaves talking fantasy football – Keeper leagues to be precise.

A couple of weeks ago our boy Hansen ran the idea of hosting a Keeper League Blog past me and it just felt right. I love the format, enjoy the extra layers of planning needed in team building, etc.

If all goes according to plan we’ll not only discuss individual players, but also tap on such topics as keeper league philosophies, player evaluation methods, and whatever else strikes our fancy. I’m also up to the occasional reader Q-and-A.

I’ve also asked John to jump in on this bad boy – even if it’s to disagree with my assessments. And why not since his insights are the ones we’re all interested in anyway, right? (Hey, I await the release of each updated keeper rankings as much anyone.)

At any rate, I’ll do my best to post new thoughts every couple of days and we’ll see how it goes. We’re going in fresh and revved up for this Saturday’s NFL Draft, so here’s to hoping this will become a successful feature.

Floyd the Barber

KC to draft a RB

The Chiefs are in a really tough spot with Larry Johnson. It’s clear they are hesitant to sign him to what would surely be the richest contract in NFL history, but how can they turn their backs on a player who is not yet in his prime and who put together one of the most productive two-year runs in league history?

Johnson is a very difficult player and person to evaluate, not that I know him or have met him. He appears to have a desire to be great – even if it’s fueled by proving his doubters wrong – but there are times when I know he’s dogging it on the field, and that’s not good. He has a reputation for being a little too into his social life and who he’s hanging around with, as opposed to focusing on football, but it’s impossible to argue with his production on the field. If he is dogging it from time to time, he’s still better than everyone else, other than LaDainian Tomlinson.

The Chiefs are barely treading water in terms of being a competitive football team and playoff contender. If they aren’t rebuilding now, they will [...]

Hey, Tony could be the ticket in ’07

I certainly liked what I saw from Cowboy QB Tony Romo last year, but as the season wrapped up I was still not 100% sold on him as a franchise QB for the Cowboys or, for that matter, an ideal starter for fantasy in 2007.

But as I began writing about the QBs for this year’s magazine, and started to look deeper into the players, Romo stands out as a value. It’s still very early, so it’s hard to get a handle on his true ADP, but he seems to be going around 70-90th overall, in around rounds 6-8 in a typical 12-team league.

That’s a solid value, but what stood out to me are the findings of our stat man, Mike Horn. Here’s a recent MB post from Mike on Romo:

Romo completed 65.3% of his passes for 8.51 YPA.  Since 1978, 17 times QBs have thrown 300 or more passes, completed 64% or better of them for 8+ YPA.  Here’s the list and their fantasy rank in the following year:

Ken Anderson 1982:  23; Games – 13   i.e. Anderson achieved the benchmarks in ’82, then in ’83 he ranked 23rd while playing 13 games
Marc Bulger 2004:  23; Games – 8
Daunte Culpepper 2004:  [...]

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