Random Late-Week Thoughts

  • I have my second “exert” draft tonight for Lindy’s Football Magazine, and I’m glad to find out today I pick 4th because I did only “okay” picking 12th in my first draft of the year last week. I like 4th because I don’t have to make the tough call on a QB or WR in the first round, which I like. I do think Tom Brady merits a #1 pick, but I’d still rather take my QB a little later. Picking 4th, I’m guaranteed a true stud back, likely either Brian Westbrook or Steven Jackson (or maybe Joe Addai), and I like my options for my next two picks somewhat close together in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Picking 4th, I’ll likely look to grab a stud wideout or two, or a stud wideout and another back. I can envision holding off until the 4th or 5th round on a QB drafting 4th, and I think I’m going to do well tonight.
  • I guess people are still watching American Idol, but I’m done with that lame deal. I watched the very early shows this year, by far the most entertaining, but even two months ago I was embarrassed to even TIVO it and fly through it in 10 minutes. Now, I would be embarrassed to pause for 1 second to look at the TV while walking by the show. I cannot put into words how low I think of that show now. I should have known it would fall off the map for me because this year’s most famous freak, the guy who sang “No Sex Allowed” in one of the first episodes, is from my home town. Way to represent, ass-face.
  • I’ve learned the lesson over the years that, just because you think something should happen in the NFL and/or for fantasy, it doesn’t mean it will. Another good example this year is the Patriot offense. I was leaning toward predicting the offense to have more balance this year, what with their issues in pass-protection in the playoffs, the play of Laurence Maroney in the post-season, and the leveling off of their offense overall in the second half of the season. But after thinking about it more, and especially after talking to some NFL scouts and Patriot insiders, I am now of the opinion that the Pats won’t change what they did on offense last year. After all, they were 2 minutes away from going 19-0, so why change? This all said I feel Tom Brady is worth a #1 pick, and Maroney is falling out of my top-12 at RB.
  • I’ve been working in our initial batch of projections, and after careful consideration, Diabetes diagnosis and all, Jay Cutler has to be in the top-10. Cutler in what can be classified as a shaky season last year, finished 12th in a typical scoring system, just 5 points away from being a top-10 guy. He’s durable as hell, and his situation at receiver is better than last year. His running game can’t get any worse. And his schedule looks more than decent. The offensive line is an issue still, and Cutler has to pull back a little and play with a little more poise and composure, but I love the guy’s toughness, big arm, and willingness to throw the rock no matter what. If healthy, he’s going to be a top-10 guy, making him a nice option if you hold off until very late before taking your starter.
  • Speaking of the QBs, as mentioned before, there is complete skanktitude after the top 12-16 guys. I mean, it’s dreadful, so I would ideally make sure I got a quality starter, and also a quality backup.
  • On the music front, not good news. I’ve been excited about the new records being released this year by Weezer, Coldplay, and Death Cab for Cutie. I like Weezer’s first track “Pork and Beans” but I’m not feeling the other tracks I’ve heard a sneak preview of, and I’m not that into Coldplay’s new song, and the new one from DC for C. Uh, oh.    

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6 Responses

  1. jbeau says:

    I am a little troubled that you mentioned American Idol here. But I won’t hold it against you haha. So if you think Pats will be high flying again, how do you feel about Gaffney since Donte is gone? do you think Chad Jackson will emerge?

  2. John Hansen says:

    That’s the only real battle to watch here. Right now I don’t have much faith in Jackson, and Gaffney is legit PPR option. He was really their starter late last year over Stallworth, so he could snag 50+ passes.

  3. FFRich says:

    I believe your “revised” thoughts on the Patriots are spot on. Although I do not believe Brady will throw 50 TD’s again; I do believe they will toss it around again and he’ll probably end up with 40+. Why alter a system that was one desperation pass, and a catch by a 4th or 5th WR with his helmet, away from a super bowl victory and perfect season. Maroney will be marginally better this year (can’t be much worse) from a FF perspective, and if healthy Morris will once again be the TD vulture and Faulk the RB reception vulture.

  4. John Hansen says:

    Yeah, I got Brady for 40 TD passes this year, more than fair.

  5. PackFan says:

    I don’t know guys, New England opens with the Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins, and 49ers. Brady might have 16 by October 5th.

  6. NYBrewCrew says:

    John Good stuff as always.

    American Idol is nothing with out the people making themselves look like a fool in the beginning.

    Is it possible to post the entire draft? or do they not want to show it because of the magazine. Curious to see where people are falling.

    QB rankings are hard this year.

    Here’s what I’, leaning towards.

    1. Tom Brady
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Drew Brees
    4. Tony Romo
    5. Carson Palmer
    6. Derek Anderson
    7. Ben Rethlisberger
    8. Donovan McNabb
    9. Matt Hasselbeck
    10. Marc Bulger
    11. David Garrard
    12. Eli Manning
    13. Jay Cutler
    14. Philip Rivers
    15. Jake Delhomme
    16. Aaron Rodgers
    17. Matt Schaub
    18. Jon Kitna
    19. Jason Campbell
    20. Vince Young

    Haven’t heard many new albums except Moby’s. It’s ok but he hasn’t been great since he released “18”.

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