Do You Remember Peyton Manning’s 2004 Season?

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

Is it just me, or does Peyton Manning’s (QB, Ind) record-setting season (49 TDs) seem like an afterthought? When Dan Marino had his great season of 48, it was so sacred and legendary, that it was talked about for almost two decades. Even before Tom Brady (QB, NE) started his assault, in going after Manning’s record, 2004 seemed like a distant memory. Here on some thoughts on the record and some peripheral musings. Most importantly, at the end, I will go over the fantasy football impact a potential record will have.

Marino got his record with a couple of good WRs, though neither were great and a below average running game. Maybe that is why the record was so hallowed. To have a one-dimensional offense in any area, especially without world-class weapons, speaks something to the accomplishment. Those old enough to remember Marino’s dismantling of the vaunted ’85 Bears defense (the year after setting the record) on the national Monday night spotlight only added more mystique to the legend that Marino was in place.

Manning came along and broke the record 20 years later. Although, unquestionably with a greater cast than Marino ever had, it was just as [...]

State of the Franchise Address

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

The most difficult decisions to make are ones that go against your preseason plan. We don’t ever want to admit that we’re wrong. It’s much easier to make excuses and blame a poor season on injuries and bad luck. This is the time to treat your team like a business. Trade away those players that are holding your squad back. Let other owners take the gambles that you cannot afford. If you have Javon Walker (WR, Den,) and you’re falling out of the playoff race, trade him to someone that will be desperate for playoff help, because you may need the help to get into the playoffs and Walker will not help you do that!

Tomorrow will be the half-way point for many fantasy football leagues, but regardless, just about every league is at least near this pivotal time of the year. This article is nothing more than a blank canvas for you to throw paint all over!

You are the CEO of your franchise, and this is as good a time as any to make sure the blinders are off and assess where the season is going.

As you look over your roster, check for a number of [...]

The six-team bye weeks and roster depth

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

As you may or may not have noticed, there are two NFL weeks this year that have six teams on their byes. One of them has passed already (week 6,) while the other occurs in week 8. Depending how the breaks fall, these byes may help or hurt your squad, but regardless, there are a couple of strategies you can use to your advantage if you have roster space. The first is pre-emptive planning and the other is the pre-emptive block.  (These plans are based on the premise that your league has weekly waivers followed by an open free agency period. If your system is vastly different, you may be able to apply these plans differently.)  These plans are useful for any bye week, but when I noticed that six teams were off, a light bulb went off in my head and presented me with these strategic plans. 

Pre-emptive planning: Being that it is week seven, look ahead to week eight and see if you will be short-handed next week. If you are, then you want to make your replacement moves now, so that you are not at the mercy of next week’s waiver draft. I realized [...]

How do you watch football on Sundays?

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger 

Do you enjoy watching football on Sunday or are you stressed out like a gambler chasing money? That may not be the million-dollar question, but it’s one that’s worth thinking about. 

I’ve been playing fantasy football for fourteen years and I have definitely changed how I watched football over the years. When I started out, I didn’t have a satellite dish, so I got two or three games every Sunday afternoon, and often the choices in games were miserable. I live in Chicago and Bears games were pretty boring and in addition, very few fantasy gems were Bear players. 

I didn’t even have the Internet in my home yet (that came into play for me a couple years later.) For updates, I waited for halftime, but if the doubleheader game was on the same channel as the early game, they went to a newsbreak at halftime (I’d like to meet the genius that cooked that one up)! All the networks gave you at the half were the main highlights, like TDs and game-winning FGs- there weren’t any type of stats given, so one had to read into the highlights to see if it was a good day for [...]

This weeks Interview

Here’s a sneak peak of a section from this week’s strategy column…

 

Last week I covered my interview with Chris Cooley, and I have another one this week. I don’t know why we didn’t start doing this before, but I think we’re going to reach out to some emerging players and interview one a week if possible on the Sirius NFL Radio Show on Friday Night from 8-11pm. I’ll in turn pass along any interesting tidbit here. This week, we got a hold of Falcon WR Roddy White. Unfortunately, I don’t have a transcript of this one, so I have to go only by memory, and we had to keep it short, since he was at a relative’s High School football game and it was tough to talk to him.

But here are some general thoughts on White:

First of all, he’s obviously a great kid. Very nice guy, and he was very friendly.

I asked him how he liked the new offense under Bobby Petrino, and he was obviously very pleased with it and his production and play. He feels things will only get better for [...]

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