We’re currently in one of the deadest periods on the NFL calendar, so it’s a good time to chime in with some information on what’s going on with the site.
As you likely know, we switched over to our new design. We did so on Friday. We’re not 100% ready to switch over, but the work that needs to be done is negligible in terms of what users see on the front end, so we rolled it out. I also wanted to get it up so I could check off a huge thing on my “to do” list and get back to producing some content. I hope you like the design. I think it’s an attractive look, and since our content will be better than ever this year, it’s a win-win for subscribers. If it looks good, and it is good, then it’s all good.
You’ll notice on the right side of the page we have our interactive stuff. I’ll be doing the video reports more and more as the season draws near, and you’ll see the audio stuff just below that. We’ve already done two Podcasts this month, one last week on the NFL Draft with Draft Expert Tony [...]
I keep thinking that my personal music well will be dried up, but things continue to go extremely well for my musical tastes. I’m not really into the alternative bands the young kids are listening to as much lately, although I kind of dig the chick from Paramore, and Jimmy Eat World’s new stuff is pretty good, plus I liked stuff from this past year (Silversun Pickups, Interpol, Bravery, Modest Mouse). But I’m certainly not blown away with most of the new and popular modern rock from bands like Fallout Boy, Panic at the Disco, etc. My kid kind of likes them, but even he knows they basically blow, and he likes more the stuff that I like.
In 2007, I was carried by new records by the Shins, Band of Horses, Spoon, and Foo Fighters. That’s a solid year, and going back to 2005, a year in which we got new stuff from Weezer, Coldplay, and Death Cab for Cutie, not to mention a late 2004 release of Green Day’s American Idiot, it’s been a really good few years.
I’m glad to report, if you have similar tastes in music, that 2008 is not shaping up to be [...]
Free agency is just about dead, so it’s time to turn our attention to the draft. I’m hoping to produce a Podcast with myself, Adam Caplan, and Tony Pauline of the TFY Draft Preview show very soon, possibly this week, and we’ll have our Pre-Draft Rookie Report out by month’s end.
Today, I thought it would be interesting to look at the top-10 teams in this year’s draft for fantasy. In other words, the top-10 teams that will be drafting like us fantasy players, focusing on the skill players.
You never really know exactly what an NFL team’s draft priorities are, but it’s safe to say these 10 teams will be focusing on offense more than the other 22.
#10 – New England – With Donte Stallworth gone, they could look to add a wideout, and they could also use a backup RB who wasn’t alive when disco ruled the billboard charts. They may even look to add another TE. They won’t be addressing these positions early, but they will add a few offensive players.
#9 – San Francisco – They still need wideouts, that’s for sure, specifically one or two who are ideal fits for Mike Martz’ scheme. They [...]
I understand that it’s important to look at a player’s ability to help you all year, and to look at his schedule down the stretch, but another lesson learned this past year is to not underestimate a player’s ability to help you greatly for a spell, if only for a few weeks. Eagle QB Donovan McNabb is always a great example. Sure, it’s hard to rely on him at this point for a whole season, but how many players can we truly rely on for all 16 games? Or even 12-13 games? Not as many as we’d like.
Back in 2006, from Weeks 1-10, McNabb was a beast, averaging 26 PPG and he was the #1 fantasy QB by a fairly large margin. Yeah he went down in Week Eleven, but his domination early in the year was integral in my winning the $5000 Champs Challenge that year (an Expert league that has since ceased to exist, perhaps because I won it two years in a row). I brought two Plasma TVs with my winnings in that league in 2006, and I owe a lot of that to Donnie Mac.
The WW is so prevalent these days, and players come [...]
I have to say, I was a little surprised that Giant RB Derrick Ward didn’t get more interest in free agency. I know he’s an injury risk, but if I’m a team like, say the Lions, I would have taken a chance on Ward. Apparently, Ward didn’t get much interested in the market, so he’s back with the NY Giants.
Ward looked really good last year. He has power, but also more zuzu than Brandon Jacobs and more importantly he’s a better receiver. Jacobs talked a lot about his receiving skills last year – and he did have some moments catching the ball late in the season and during the playoffs – but his hands aren’t very good. Ward was more of a factor and more effective catching the ball than Jacobs, snagging 26/179/1 compared to Jacobs’ 23/174/2. Jacobs, of course, played in about 3-4 more games than Ward and was the lead guy much more than Ward.
So now we again have a very crowded backfield in New York. The team should opt to keep the affordable Rueben Droughns around, so we’re looking at a backfield with four capable guys in Jacobs, Ward, Droughns, and of course Ahmad Bradshaw. [...]