We’re in Magazine Mode

In case you were wondering, we’re in Magazine Mode right now, which is why I haven’t posted here since Tuesday. We’re actually in much better shape than ever this year, and I’ll be back posting here early next week. I have a ton of topics to cover, too, including my thoughts on Jay Cutler and his diabetes, the Lion WRs, my observations in Buffalo at their OTA, and more, plus some music stuff on the new records from Weezer, DCFC, and Coldplay.

See you next week.

FantasyGuru.com Magazine Expert Draft today

Today is the final “Expert Draft” of the spring, and it’s the biggest one of them all for me: FantasyGuru.com Magazine Expert League.

I’ve done well in these expert leagues over the years, winning I believe 16 championships, and although I had a so-so year in 2007, I’ve been pretty dominant in my various leagues the previous 3-4 years. However, I’ve got a mental block in this league or something. The first two years, 2003 and 2004, I was the #1 team heading into the playoffs, but fell in the post-season. In 2005 I finished 5th in the league, but at least 2nd in total points. In 2006, I was middle of the pack, and last year I was once again 5th overall and 3rd in total points.

In short, I haven’t embarrassed myself, but I haven’t dominated, and most important I haven’t won.

That’s going to change this year because this league is mine in 2008.

Today’s draft begins at 1:30 PM eastern, and I’ll be checking in with my selections and some analysis. I drew the #5 pick, which is a pretty good one. Most likely, I’ll be securing the rock solid Joe Addai with that pick, and I’m pretty confident in [...]

This year’s Cover Story Interview revealed

It’s time to reveal this year’s Cover Story interview: it’s Marshawn Lynch.

Look, I don’t want to be accused of creating too much “hype” on Lynch. I know he’s not the most dynamic back in the league. But neither was Emmitt Smith when he played.

I wanted Lynch for a few reasons. For one, he’s going to be a high pick, likely a top-10 pick, yet I don’t think people know much about him. It’s gotta be a little odd using a #1 pick on a player you’re not that familiar with. People don’t know a lot about Lynch because he doesn’t really seek out publicity, something I talk a lot to him about in the interview.

I also wanted him on the cover because, if healthy, he has no downside and ample upside. He’s a “football player” who “brings it” on every carry, and he’s not afraid to “bang it up in there,” something that cannot be said for several young backs.  

I’m still working on the article, but I’ll throw up a rough draft of the introduction because it’s interesting in how I kicked things off with Lynch after meeting him. I definitely hit it off VERY well with [...]

FantasyGuru.com Company Annoucement

I’m pleased today to post the following company release. We’ll have more information forthcoming, but please note:

- We have not been bought out (as many sites have been recently in this industry).
- We will not be raising our subscription prices from what they have always been.
- We will not doing anything less than what we have done in the past.
- We in fact will be doing even more than ever.

Guru Fantasy Reports, Inc.

News release
For immediate release
Monday, May 19, 2008

FantasyGuru.com and Footballinjuries.com merge to create the most comprehensive fantasy football information service on the Internet.

Absecon, NJ and Cortland Manor, NY – May 19, 2008

Guru Fantasy Reports, Inc., parent company of FantasyGuru.com, and Pigskin Productions, Inc., owners of footballinjuries.com, today announced a merger of the two veteran fantasy football entities.

FantasyGuru.com, established in 1995, is one of the oldest and leading fantasy football information sites on the Internet and also publishes FantasyGuru.com Magazine, a leading print publication that is released annually. Footballinjuries.com, also online since 1995, has been the premier news and injury information service – The Pro Football News & Injury Report – for the last 14 years. [...]

It’s time to play guess this year’s Cover Boy

Next week I’ll be heading up to an NFL minicamp to interview this year’s Cover Boy for FantasyGuru.com Magazine, our 6th edition. This year’s pick is an interesting one on a few levels, and the thought process really goes back to why we started doing player interviews in the first place (BTW, we were the first fantasy magazine to ever feature a player interview, now they seemingly all do). That’s one hint right there. Basically, I see no reason to interview Peyton Manning, since we all know about him and since we all think he’s great.

I don’t think fantasy players know much about this year’s guy, yet he’ll be a high pick in fantasy this year. That’s exactly why I really wanted to get him, and he has agreed to the interview (something his team’s PR people didn’t think he would do).

So let’s hear your guesses on this year’s subject.

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