I was a Willie Parker believer last year, and I think we ranked him as high or higher than everyone else in 2006 (I believe we had him 12-13 at the position). He obviously came through, but I think the guy has some flaws that could come to the surface this year.
Here are some stat notes on Parker compiled by our Mike Horn:
5th in standard scoring and 100-yard games (7). Tied for 3rd in TDs (16). 6th in rushing yards (1494) – but 5th among RBs who return to the league (Tiki Barber having retired). Parker had a fabulous year. He had three flaws: fumbles, lack of involvement in the passing game, and Baltimore. He averaged 3.3 fantasy points/game against the Ravens and 18.6 against everyone else. He tied with Frank Gore for the lead in RB fumbles (7), losing the ball about once per 50 touches. And he was 23rd among RBs in pass targets. His big problem was on 3rd down – he caught three passes. He had 28 receptions on 1st and 2nd downs. If the new staff gets him involved on 3rd down, he could add to his total of 31 receptions. But if [...]
The “Genetics vs. Environment” debate I promised is coming this weekend (I promise), but I thought I would leave you with a quick thought on an extrememly useful tool in dynasty, The Google Alert.
If you go to Google and type in a player’s name in quotes, and then hit ‘News’ it will provide all the stories on that player in whatever time parameters you wish. Then, usually at the bottom of Page One it will ask if you would like to create a Google Alert on that subject.
By clicking yes, you can get a daily e-mail on the player that will link you to stories, blogs, message board commentary, etc. Then simply add more players as you see fit.
I find this extremely useful in gathering information on promising rookies I’m unfamilar with and for the latest thoughts on players I’m interesting in acquiring or moving via trades.
I’ll gather a few of the better stories that showcase the thoughts of experts, league insiders, etc. on players that I’m wanting to move and make a presentation via e-mail to other owners. The words of a league insider carry much more weight [...]