Aug 22, 2009
I have to give credit where credit is due with the subject title: my boy Caplan came up with the term “Internet Icon” when talking about players who become over-hyped on the Net in the month of August.
Hey, I’ve been guilty of over-hyping some players in the past, and I’ll likely do it again, but one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t talk yourself into a player just because you like his talent and you’re looking to catch lightening in a bottle. Sometimes, people get overly enamored with players, and they ignore some facts, and, quite frankly, reality.
I see that happening again this summer, so I thought covering some of them would make for a good post.
Here are the guys I see emerging this year as Internet Icons, and are getting too much love in fantasy drafts.
Matt Schaub – I’ve been on the bandwagon since day one, and he’s definitely shown flashes. I’m thinking this could be the year, too, but that doesn’t mean he’s worth taking in the 7th round, which is where he’s going. The guy is still very injury-prone, so after calling him a value for the last two years, I think he’s kind of overvalued.
Ray Rice – This is going to be fascinating to watch develop when the season starts because he remains atop the depth chart and is getting more and more love. But you know what? When the season begins and everything is for real, I expect the Ravens to emphasize a power running game, which is not conducive to Rice’s skills, He’s not very big, and he’s not very fast or explosive, so this guy to me has limitations. If veteran Willis McGahee is healthy, McGahee will play plenty, plus LeRon McClain is also there. Rice’s role is definitely increasing, but I would be careful not to overrate him. He’s not a guy I’m avoiding, but since his draft stock is too high for my tastes, I don’t expect to be taking him.
LeSean McCoy – The kid’s the real deal, but if Brian Westbrook is healthy for 85% of the season, those who took him in the 7th round are going to feel pretty dumb because McCoy’s not going to get a lot of touches – maybe 5-6 a game if he’s lucky. Now, if Westbrook goes down, he’s a stud, so if people are taking him just for that reason, I’m down with that thinking. But 7th round is a little early for a guy who could easily do very little for you for most of the season.
Darren McFadden – I am warming up to him a little, but I still don’t think I’ll be taking him because he’s going too high. He looks good this summer, and he’s healthy, but it’s still an RBBC, and it’s still a bad OL and a poor team.
Ronnie Brown – I’ve covered this before, and we do have him somewhat high because I do value the solid RBs a lot this year. Brown’s a good player, and he should get more touches than last year. But some people still seem to expect Brown to get like 300 carries this year, and it’s not going to happen. He’s never truly carried the load, and he won’t this year. I do think he’s a solid enough #2, but I don’t think he’s a really good #2, like Ryan Grant, who will be “the guy.” I remember someone posting on this blog that Ricky Williams is done, and that dude needs to make an appointment to see the eye doctor because Ricky still looks like Ricky. He looked great from what I saw Monday night.