I’m barely old enough to vividly remember it, how the 49ers went from a laughing stock to a dynasty, but I definitely do. I specifically remember watching Bill Walsh’s 49ers develop in front of my young eyes, and the crux of my memory is that it was very special. I think it was the first time I had seen a great team being built. At the time, the truly exceptional teams like the Steelers and Cowboys had been excellent well before I started actively watching and understanding football. This was the first time I had watched in awe as a team beautifully came together, led on the field of course by the most clutch player in the NFL, Joe Montana. That TD pass to Dwight Clark was one of the brightest moments in NFL history mainly because it was the culmination of one of the most impressive coming-of-age moments by a team in league history.
Montana was unbelievable, of course, but I distinctly remember focusing on this guy Bill Walsh, who I had not heard of just a year or two before the 49ers made their first championship run. This guy didn’t look like a head coach, and I noticed [...]
It seems I’m guilty of creating a lot of “hype” when it comes to Bronco RB Travis Henry. I did not know this until recently. I just assumed the masses were with me given the obvious marriage of talent and system. But, if I’m guilty of “hyping” good players in great situations, I’ll just have to live with that.
Now I have made mistakes in the past by ranking shaky players too high. For example, I believe my high ranking of RB Kevin Jones in 2005 had ripple effects throughout the entire fantasy industry and prompted many sites to rank him a little higher. So basically, if there are really 15,000,000 people playing fantasy football, I screwed about 1,250,000 people that year.
Jones had a lot of issues hurting his cause in 2005. But let’s not forget that he was the 7th best fantasy back in a PPR league and 10th in a typical league through Week Twelve last year, before he got hurt. The problem I have to this day with my Jones call was that he fooled me into thinking he was a better player than he was. In his rookie year, he ran more decisively, with more short-area [...]
by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger
82 receptions for 1,063 yards and 10 TDs is a very nice line to have, but unfortunately for Michael Jenkins (WR, Atl,) this is his three-year NFL total. Of course, expectations are very low for rookie WRs unless the player is a can’t miss prospect, so Jenkins was given a pass for his 7-119-0 line his first year. In his second year, he progressed to 36-508-3, which was solid progress, but not very impressive for a first-round draft choice, especially one from Ohio State University. The magical third year that sees many players break out in a big way didn’t exactly happen for Jenkins as he hauled in 39 balls, but for only 436 yds. The silver lining in his cloud was that he did score 7 TDs.
Jenkins was a sleeper pick for many in both his second and third seasons, but now he will hardly be mentioned in anyone’s fantasy draft and rightfully so. My goal is to open your eyes to the potential of the post-hype sleeper. Any player that was hyped heavily and then is quickly forgotten fits the role of this definition. I will lay out a case for Jenkins and you will [...]
First I’d like to welcome Jim Coventry as a Keeper League co-blogger here. He comes highly recommeded by Big John and hopefully together we can give you enough reasons to check in on this bad boy. We’ll give it a shot anyway.
Although this is just a re-drafter, I thought I would post links to a FanEx draft I’m currently taking part in. FanEx has become a 24 team affair with two parallel 12-team leagues competing for the strap in a 17 week schedule.
I’m partners with Carlos Panizo of STATS, Inc. and Howard Balzer of USA Today Sports Weekly and we’re knocking heads with some of the best in the business including reps for FF Index, ESPN.com, FF Pro Forecast, FanBall, FF Mastermind and others.
If you check back in, I’ll offer up the reasoning behind the picks as we go along. Hopefully these links are clickable. If not, you may have to cut and paste the URL on your own.
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Here are the overviews of our picks:
1.03 – RB Frank Gore, San Francisco
Most of the pundits have decided the Top Three this year [...]
Okay, so maybe they’re not totally meaningless, but I’m not too concerned about the additions of Eric Moulds and Keenan McCardell in terms of the potential of the younger receivers on the Titans and Texans. In Tennessee, Moulds will give them a veteran presence, and that was needed with the injury to David Givens and the youth they have elsewhere at the position. But I’m not too worried about Brandon Jones. I like Jones, but I don’t have any delusions about him emerging as a major fantasy force. He’s a nice guy to grab for depth, and he still is. Moulds should, however, make all other Titan wideouts irrelevant. As for McCardell, he didn’t just hit a wall last year – he slammed into it. I really don’t think he has much left in the tank, but I certainly understand why he was brought in. The Texans have an incredibly weak receiving corps after stud Andre Johnson, so guys like Kevin Walter and especially Jacoby Jones should benefit from the veteran’s presence.
A couple of other points:
Good news that Bill RB Marshawn Lynch reported on time and is signed up. I fully expect him to have a very large role, [...]