Week 12 Views From the Couch

 

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger 

Here are my 2-3 quick hit thoughts from each of the weekends games, as I watched from the sofa: 

Green Bay/Detroit:  

How does Roy Williams come up so small playing in a Mike Martz offense? He is a guy that should be ‘money’ two of every three weeks. 

Calvin Johnson looks like a typical rookie WR with a great skill-set. I agree with the consensus that he will be a superstar, but it will likely be in his third year, though he’ll be a solid #2 next year. 

I don’t think Ryan Grant is any better than DeShaun Wynn, but Wynn while Wynn was busy getting hurt, Grant was pouncing on the opportunity of running through the huge holes of a pass-happy offense. 

Dallas/NY Jets: 

In 2006, Jerricho Cotchery had two or three freak plays that resulted in long TDs. Those padded his overall numbers and value going into drafts this year. He looks like just a guy, maybe a lower end #2 on his better days. 

Julius Jones is doing just enough to keep Marion Barber from being a difference-maker for fantasy teams. 

The fourth quarter Romo-to-Owens TD may have saved a lot of [...]

The Smurfs are in hiding!

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

For a few years now, I have held to my theory that I would rather have a ‘big’ NFL WR on my fantasy team than a ‘smurf.’ For those too young to know what a ‘smurf’ is, it’s basically a player that is much smaller than his peers. My main argument for preferring big WRs was that they could create their own space and could make things happen, even if the QB was not so good around him. I really ate my words two years ago, when a team in my dynast league won the title on the strength of three ‘smurfs.’ He had Steve Smith, Lee Evans, & Santana Moss. They all had terrific years and that particular owner totally ‘let me have it,’ after he won the title. Yes, I ate my crow, but I still believed that I would be proven right over the course of time.

I think this year has really proved the theory out. Steve Smith is really having a poor year, and I believe that, due to his size, if he doesn’t have the right situation on offense, he can be, for the most part, taken out of the equation. [...]

Sunday on the Sofa

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

I thought that a good weekly Tuesday blog idea would be to share 2-3 random thoughts on each of the games as I watch them all from my sofa on Sunday.
Washington/Dallas:

The Cowboys have 2 nationally televised games in the next 2 weeks, my gut says that Tony Romo & Terrell Owens will keep the torrid pace going.
Jason Campbell is developing nicely in his first full year- he’s worth a flier in keeper leagues.
Nick Folk is losing value as Dallas is scoring TDs so regularly.

St. Louis/ San Francisco:

Frank Gore may have had his career in the very beginning of his career. The offensive weapons were not any worse last year, when he was a stud.
The Ram offense was a tease in the last couple of weeks. Without an O-line, don’t expect many good games from their players.
It’s way too early to pass judgment, but I wonder if Vernon Davis will be the next Ricky Dudley?

Chicago/Seattle:

I vow to never draft a RB once he turns 30. I’m very glad that I didn’t draft Shaun Alexander this year.
Matt Hasselbeck may help some teams win fantasy tiles this year. He certainly has enough weapons.
If the Bears somehow cut Cedric Benson, [...]

Obviously, the blog isn’t happening now for me

Hey there,
Just a message if anyone new is checking this thing out. I thought I could handle posting to the blog here and there and still put in my usual 80 hours of work for the site, fantasyguru.com, but it’s not happening. The subscriber area of fantasyguru.com *is” my blog, especially my weekly strategy column, which usually runs 6000-7000 words and covers a lot of stuff.

Once the regular season wraps up, I’ll be back, and posting regularly from Jan-September.

Thanks for stopping by,
John Hansen 

PS: Guest blogger Jim Coventry is checking in 1-2 a week.

The Hall-of-Fame Flavor of the Day and Nicknames!

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger  Well, I’ll give him his due, Adrian Peterson (RB, Min) picked the absolute right time to have the monster, record-setting game that he did- playing against the reigning fantasy football king, LaDainian Tomlinson (RB, SD.) Before I move forward with this article, I have to share a bit of a rant- I still, to this day, am incredulous that the football world (so easily) allowed Tomlinson to go by the nickname of LT on a large scale. Sure, anyone can have any nickname they want, and it’s fine if Tomlinson calls himself that, and it’s just as fine if his teammates do so, but the nickname has belonged to someone else in the football world for a long time. Lawrence Taylor will always be LT in the football world, and unless Tomlinson does something special, like break the all-time rushing record, TD record, or single season rushing record, he will never do enough to ‘steal’ Taylor’s nickname. Taylor is in the hall-of-fame and is one of the greatest football players ever. I cannot imagine if someone decided that they would be called ‘Sweetness’ or the ‘Minister of Defense.’ All that said, I’ll get on with [...]

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