I fully admit that I am sometimes a little bit of a slow starter when it comes to the fantasy drafts each year. It seems I need a few to warm up, and this year I didn’t do as many drafts in May as usual, so my warm-ups have come in July.
But I think I got it going on now, as evidenced by a great draft I had last night for Time Warner Cable’s Fantasy Huddle TV Show. I’ve done this PPR league for a few years now (won it in 2007), and it’s a pretty good league with some pretty good owners and big names in the industry. I had a damn good team last year, but didn’t even make the playoffs, missing out on 1 of the 4 playoff spots by I believe total points or a head-to-head record the final week of the preseason. Apparently, I drafted Miles Austin but cut him in September and didn’t get him back on the WW.
I will also admit that my draft spot may have been the catalyst strong draft. I picked 4th, and I have to say I think drafting near the top of Round One is ideal this year. [...]
We are getting really close to all hell breaking loose, and while I am talking about the upcoming season and the start of the preseason, let me mention that we have a lot of really cool things coming down the pike very soon in terms of our offerings. I wish we were rolling with them all now, but at least we are poised to roll out some cool stuff.
Anyway, I felt the need to whip up a quick little blog post today on some under-the-radar players. I’ve done a few drafts lately, and hosting the radio show I’m seeing some guys who are TOTALLY off the radar, and I think they’re worth mentioning.
I have to say, the fantasy landscape right now is pretty precarious in that there are a ton of guys who could make major impacts, yet they could also do nothing. That complicates matters for this year, but it also means these under-the-radar players need to be on the radar. Of course, I’m only listing the players who are in fact under the radar but have a legit chance to do something this year.
Matt Cassel (QB, KC) – I know we ripped him pretty hard last year and [...]
I have been meaning to get to the poll results on the site from earlier this month on Charger QB Philip Rivers, and before I forget, let me chime in on the findings.
First up, here’s the question, in case you forgot:
Would you still draft Rivers in the 4th or 5th round right now given the Vincent Jackson situation?
And from over 2000 votes, here are the responses:
Yes, he’s an excellent player 49% (1073)
No, the situation is too scary 28% (618)
I might consider it 23% (511)
So basically, 50% of the voters would not draft him or would only consider drafting him. I guess “consider” is a broad word, but 50% of the respondents having serious concerns is quite a precipitous fall for Rivers, who would have likely commanded a 95% positive vote had he not had this issue with WR Vincent Jackson and LT Marcus McNeil.
I asked Greg Cosell for his opinion about the Rivers situation on the radio yesterday and he expressed some serious concerns over the potential loss of Jackson. Not only does Rivers lose a major playmaker and security blanket in Jackson – who is both a downfield threat and a huge, physical target – it could [...]
There are those who think mock drafting is a waste of time, but not me. There is no question I need a few drafts to warm up and get used to the flow and possible directions a draft will be going in, so I highly recommend mock drafting at least 2-3 times before doing the real thing.
Yesterday, I was in New York City for the 1st annual Sirius/XM Fantasy Celebrity league, and I actually went away from my core strategy for 2010, which is not to reach for too many players. I didn’t exactly reach for guys, but I really didn’t get a lot of value with most of my picks. Ultimately, I drafted a ton of really good players, and if things go well I could destroy this league, but I could have done better. Most likely, I would have if I had logged in a few more drafts before yesterday (I have to report this was only my second draft of the year).
I’m not going to list my final eight picks because I didn’t make them (I left the event and the final 8 rounds were done online by someone else to fill out the roster), but here’s [...]
In case you did not know, I am hosting a daily show on the new Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports channel (XM 147 and Sirius 211) from 2-5 PM ET, and Senior Writers Matt Camp and Joe Dolan are doing weekend shows from 11am-2pm ET. It’s a little different than the Friday night and Tuesday night shows on Sirius NFL Radio channel 124 (which are no more) in that we have so much more time to delve deeper into the world on fantasy football. One of the ways we’re doing that is to offer up our “Stat of the Day,” which is supposed to be a random but interesting fantasy-related stat or series of stats. BTW, if you are a Sirius subscriber you have to add on “The Best of XM” package to get the show. Obviously, that’s not my call.
As you would expect, I have retained the services of resident stat head Mike Horn to help with these, and he’s been feeding them to me daily.
The show’s in its third week (I’m actually on vacation this week), so we have a decent number of Stat of the Day’s on file, so I figured I’d share them here on the blog in [...]