This is a Test…

I gotta tell you, I’m really frustrated with the weather this year. I used to be the guy who said weather concerns were overrated, and I did so because I’ve seen it be so time and time again. But this year, the weather wreaked some serious havoc on fantasy production. Maybe it’s Global Warming or something, I don’t know.

But most disgusting to me was how, when I felt like the weather would be a detriment, it usually wasn’t and vice versa.

Hell, had I known the weather in Green Bay last week was going to be as bad as it was, I would have definitely pulled back on the (especially passing game) numbers for the Packers and Seahawks. Of course, I would have been WRONG, since the teams combined for 62 points, and the score was, incredibly, 28-17 at halftime (see, this is why I’ve always felt the weather was overrated in many cases).

I think I may be cursed when it comes to the weather, so you might want to pull the old George Costanza opposite theory if you see us adjust our analysis based on the weather. Maybe I’ve being too hard on myself; maybe the only thing harder than [...]

We Need Football Players

As promised, here’s an early look at one of the lessons I learned from 2007. I’ll collect all of these and include it in my usual day-after-the-Super-Bowl “Lessons Learned” article.

As I was watching Packer RB Ryan Grant rush 22 times for 104 yards (4.7 yards per carry) back in Week Eight, something occurred to me.

I greatly respect NFL scouts and people who study and analyze players on film. In fact, I spent an afternoon last week at NFL Films watching coach’s tape with Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell (will write thoughts on that soon), and I learned a ton just watching tape with those guys for 4-5 hours. For the most part, the tape clearly shows a player’s skill set. It’s an excellent way to determine whether or not a player has the skills and the talent to excel in the NFL, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Grant was undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2005. He spent 2005 on the Giants’ practice squad, and missed all of 2006 with a non-football injury. He was, incredibly, 5th on the depth chart in New York in the preseason this year (behind Brandon Jacobs, Reuben Droughns, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw). [...]

T.O. Stands for “Tissues Out”

The NFL regular season wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and while I’m still trying to get my stuff together after a grueling and incredibly busy 22-23 weeks of covering the league and fantasy, I’m now ready to get back to this blog. I know I had a good number of regular readers from Jan-Aug, and I expected to post to this blog at least a couple of times a week during the season, but I just couldn’t find the time. I assume those readers, like you, realized that the entire FantasyGuru.com site was essentially my blog.

We’ll try again next year to hit this thing more during the season, but I need to thank guest Blogger Jim Coventry – AKA Jim Cover-For-Me – for posting some blog items throughout the season.

Alrighty, so I’m back here and will be posting to this blog 3-5 times a week. I usually like to keep my posts shorter. I can’t see how someone would want to ready a 1000+ word blog, so my posts are usually 300-500 words, if that.

Over the next 2-3 weeks, I will be posting some thoughts on the playoffs, of course, and things that jump out at me as [...]

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