A solution to the Westbrook Dilemma

According to our latest poll, Eagle RB Brian Westbrook concerns our readers more than any other top fantasy RB pick. 44% of over 1000 respondents list Westbrook as the 1st round RB who scares them the most.

However, I do have some good news regarding Westbrook.

For one, there’s a chance you can get him in the 2nd round, which could be fantastic value. Secondly, I do have a feeling that the two procedures (one on his knee and one on his ankle) could potentially clear up the two issues that have been dogging him the last few years. If so, he might be as good as ever.

Of course, we do have to understand that he’s an aging player (but not with a ton of carries for someone his age) who’s dealt with a slew of maladies, so he’s not without risk. The great news now, however, is that there appears to be a high-upside handcuff for Westbrook, and it is rookie LeSean McCoy. Our own Adam Caplan has watched him closely in camp this summer, and he’s really impressed. I just got done recording a podcast with Greg Cosell, and he’s also really high on him. McCoy is very elusive and [...]

Check out a new tool

We’re ready to “unofficially” introduce a new tool, the “Draft Guru” program. It’s very similar to the excel draft tool, although not quite as flexible. We will be adding a few things to it soon. But if you don’t have or like excel, this is something to check out. Basically, it’s a stand-alone draft program that you can use to manage your draft. It will help you pick the best possible players, and it can also be used to track and log any draft. What I like best is the mock draft capability. Using the mock draft feature, you can test out a lot of strategies drafting from your specific draft position and draft against the computer using ADP, VBD, and more (for the computer to make all the other picks). You can export your results when you’re done. I like the simplicity of it. It really should not be very overwhelming for a novice computer user, as the excel-based tool is. If you like the excel tool, just keep using it, as we’ll continue to update it regularly this year.

You can check out more information and download the initial version here:

http://www.fantasyguru.com/football/subscribers/articles/draftguru.php

Very soon, we’ll have this thing ready to go. [...]

First out-of-nowhere-RB to discuss

You’ll notice in the preseason, I’ll check in here with mostly quick-hitters, since I’m busy reviewing and writing content on the site, and I have my first one of the preseason. In Houston, undrafted RB Arian Foster is making some noise, and he needs to be on the radar. It’s clear that starter Steve Slaton wore down late last season, so they really need someone to step up and handle some of the load, preferably a bigger back. Chris Brown is perfect, but he was hurt coming out of the womb. Last year, it was supposed to be Brown and Ahman Green, and since we all know those two have MAJOR durability issues, Slaton needed to be on the radar, and he was on our radar very early.

The same thing applies this year with Foster, who is a bigger back like Brown. Since they need someone to handle some of the load for Slaton, and since Brown is as fragile as they come, Foster is officially on our radar.

Here’s his player profile from the site, courtesy of my buddy Tony Pauline of TFYdraft.com. Keep in mind the guy was undrafted, so it’s not like he deserves a ringing in endorsement. [...]

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