I’m a Man! I’m 40!

That’s right; today, July 31st is my birthday and Lordy-freaking-Lordy, I am 40.

First of all, I’m happy to be alive, and to be healthy. I’m happy to have four special children, and a fantastic wife, and I’m happy to have my health. I’m very pleased to still have some hair. I destroy Matt Hasselbeck in that area.

And yeah, 40 is just a number, I know. Problem is, so is 87, so that little cliché offers very little relief.

I’m not real good on the aging thing, and I’m not exactly sure why. It may be because I reflect on the various phases of my life more than the average person, who just chugs along without really thinking about what’s going on. I was the guy in High School who said to people, “Man, these are times we’ll never forget.” My friends replied “Yeah, sure,” as they checked my fridge for human heads. Of course, many of those people now live in the past. I don’t live in the past, but I take note of all the phases of my life, and it’s never easy to say goodbye to one of them, as I did last night to my [...]

The choice at DT seems clear

After the results of our site poll, the Minnesota Viking Defense is the DT to get #1.

It’s really hard to argue, too, given what we saw last year, the addition of DE Jared Allen (the best pass rushing DE in the league), and their incredible nose for the endzone. They also have a good schedule.

Now, you may not want to be the first person to take a DT, and I can see why. I haven’t taken them yet, so the question is, who is this year’s sleeper or surprise defense. We have a long history of finding the value defense, and we were on the Vikings and Packers last year pretty good.

This year’ choice is clear: The Dallas Cowboys. Given their talent, their upgrades in the secondary, their second season under Wade Phillips, and the addition of a very dangerous return man in Pacman Jones, we have Dallas’ D #2 behind the Vikings. That means they are a great value, since they are usually the 5th-7th DT off the board. That means they are THE fantasy defense to target this year. The upside is great, and if they don’t pan out (hard to envision), you won’t feel the burn of [...]

Another Expert Draft on 7/28/98

I participated in another “Expert Draft” on 7/28, this one for a fantasy TV show called “Fantasy Huddle” that airs in various markets on Time Warner Cable. I wish I could actually participate in a draft without distractions, but that’s an impossibility around my house if I’m drafting at night, which I did in this one. On this occasion, I was watching my 2 year old twins, as usual, running around the yard and wreaking havoc wherever they went.

I don’t think I had a bad draft because I drafted a lot of good players in good spots; I did have a plan, but I wanted this to be a “perfect” draft, and I fell a little short because I didn’t draft optimally. Due to the duties I had while drafting, I made a few picks in haste and simply took the best player on the board, or the best value on the board, so I didn’t get optimal results. I didn’t even cross guys off my cheat sheet, so I was going completely by the site’s draft list, which is a huge no-no.

I’m starting to think drafting online can do more harm than good – and least it does in [...]

I’ll be avoiding the younger Mr. Jones

As you may have noticed, we had Julius Jones buried in our initial projections. We moved him up a little, since head coach Mike Holmgren spoke positively about him and definitively about his role as the main ball carrier. We certainly knew Maurice Morris would be in the mix, but Holmgren made it pretty clear that Jones was bought in to be their lead back.

He may still be that, but as training camp kicked off in Seattle, Morris’ role is considered larger than anyone expected. We had him at 52, with over 100 carries, but we need to bump him up and project even more love for him.

There are issues with Jones behind what might not be a very good OL. He has an inability to make people miss, and his run instincts and vision leave a lot to be desired. Too often, Jones runs into the pile. He’s basically a one-dimensional back, which flies in the face of what he showcased back in his rookie season, when he was dynamic as hell. So if the offense is sputtering a little, and if the line is shaky as expected, we could see Jones getting stuffed a ton. After all, [...]

Checking in with some quick-hitters

We’re really close to kicking off our daily News & Injury updates, and in fact we’re pushing that up to Monday, as opposed to the 8/1 date that was listed previously. I know people are starving for info and some feel we’re dropping the ball if we’re not completely all over everything, even though all 32 teams *still* aren’t in camp as of today.

In the meantime, we posted a massive team report as of today. There are a ton of tidbits, which should satisfy thirsts. This is our final off-season edition of our team reports. From here on out, it’s daily updates all of which are accessible in the Fantasy News section, or via you Myguru page. Or, you can view any player’s updates via his player page on the site.

Speaking of those player pages, we also added all the player profiles (updated today) to each player’s page, so you can read them there and view subsequent updates on the players for the rest of the year on that page as well. Here’s an example:

Terry Glenn

Real quick, I have some tidbits from our footballinjuries.com insiders, including of course our own Adam Caplan.

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