Is Jay a Cut Above?

by Jim Coventry, Keeper league Blogger

Jay Cutler (QB, Den) came into the NFL as a highly regarded QB prospect and the fantasy community, for the most part, bought into the hype. Believing that Cutler may be a great QB may be a very reasonable assumption, especially after he threw for 1,000 yds and 9 TDs in five games last year as a rookie. Before you decide to make Cutler the QB of your keeper franchise, I am going to point out a few things to make you think your decision through completely. When all is said and done, you might decide that Cutler is your man, but at least you can say why you chose him.

Although any coach can lose his job at any time in the NFL, it’s hard to see Mike Shanahan losing his job anytime soon. That said, I probably just cursed him and he will get fired in week five! If Shanahan is the coach for awhile, then that may not end up being the best thing for Jay Cutler, because Shanahan prefers to have a run-heavy offense that leaves the QBs usually ranked in the middle of the pack for fantasy. Last year was the [...]

Don’t Hex Rex just yet

I have some thoughts on Rex Grossman, since it seems some think I am shrinking in his chair a la Fred Flinstone after Grossman’s game on Monday night.

I am not.

First of all, I think the play of Grossman, Jay Cutler, and Vince Young this past weekend were all good examples of one thing I have said over and over again this year: I think it’s very important to get one of the top QBs in 2007. These three young players definitely have potential, but maybe we can’t rely on him just yet. There are many young QBs starting this year – that’s why I think it’s important to roll with one of the top guys.

As for Grossman, keep in mind that at least half of my affinity for him is specifically tied to his value in drafts. If he does crap the bed, I sure hope I don’t see any e-mails from people complaining how they wasted a 12th round, or even a 10th round draft pick on Grossman because that would be pretty ridiculous.   

On Grossman’s play, I thought he had some good moments throwing the ball, and that’s the thing that I focus on when [...]

The Experts Drafting Late

We finished up the FantasyGuru.com Magazine draft last night, the final six rounds. Each year we draft 14 rounds for the magazine and make everyone draft a starting lineup then (1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 Flex, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 DT). Then in August we finish up, so we have a better idea of who to draft. The luck of the draw here is having one of th early picks in the second draft, since there are usually some players who are really standing out as good picks still available. I did not have one of those early picks, but I still made out pretty well. Here’s a recap:

15.01 169. Thomas Peterson, Adrian CHI RB
15.02 170. KFFL Martin, David MIA TE 
15.03 171. Fanball Faulk, Kevin NEP RB 
15.04 172. CBS Williamson, Troy MIN WR 
15.05 173. FootballDiehards.com Furrey, Mike DET WR 
15.06 174. Fantasy Index Watson, Kenny CIN RB 
15.07 175. The Huddle Bennett, Michael KCC RB Mon 
15.08 176. Footballinjuries.com Daniels, Owen HOU TE
15.09 177. Yahoo! Sports Snelling, Jason ATL RB
15.10 178. FantasyGuru.com Wade, Bobby MIN WR  – Happy to get him for depth in a PPR league. He could be worth starting as a 4th receiver.
15.11 179. Fantasy Sports Magazine [...]

Being reactive is good

One thing I’m doing this year is being proactive and wisely reactive with our analysis and rankings based on what’s been happening. For example, I’m a DeAngelo Williams fan and have been since day one. I’ve been on record as saying he’s going to be a good NFL back and a productive fantasy option. But he’s not taking the job, and in fact he’s had a few problems staying healthy, so I’m moving his ass down further and further on my list the deeper and deeper we get into August. I’ve been clear on RB Brandon Jackson’s opportunity and potential this summer, but I refused to get totally behind him because he’s struggling in camp and didn’t distinguish himself in the preseason opener. But after playing better this past weekend, and upon hearing that he’s considered way ahead of Vernand Morency, I’m on board with Jackson, and he may continue to get more and more of a backing by me.

Like I am with NFL players compared to my favorite NFL team, I have no loyalties. I’m not sticking to my guns the way I stubbornly have a few times in the past. My favorite [...]

The Keeper League Recycling Bin

Long-time readers of The Guru Report know that John Hansen is a strong advocate of not only building your roster from the top down via the draft or auction, but also from the bottom up by aggresively working the waiver wire.

Although the pickings may be slimmer in certain dynasty / keeper league formats, it’s still sage advice that can pay dividends if you’re alert and willing to roll the dice.

This can be particularly true with veterans whose careers have bottomed out due to injury. I’ve speculated on several such players in a 14-team salary cap keeper league I’m in with varying degrees of success.

A couple of years ago the gamble was Carolina RB Stephen Davis as he was coming off microfracture knee surgery. I snagged himn at the FA minimum salary of $5 and despite his obvious deterioration of skills, he still paid off handsomely as a flex starter due to his 12 touchdowns.

That same year, I invested $40 of a $400 cap on the potential healthy return of Kellen Winslow Jr., coming off a broken ankle. When he blew his knee out during his motorcylcle fiasco, I waited until the [...]

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