Thoughts on the first 6 games of the week

Here are some of my initial reactions to the preseason action we have seen so far.

The Raider offense isn’t quite there yet. I spoke with a Raider beat writer on Friday, and he didn’t have a lot of great things to report. It appears they are still prepared to try Darren McFadden a lot at RB, which we know won’t really work. WR Chaz Schilens’ foot issue seems to be in play still, and WR Darius Heyward-Bey’s great offseason has come down to earth a little. The good news is TE Zach Miller’s been great.

Tony Romo’s never going to change. He’ll always be a guy who holds on to the ball at times and breaks plays down on his own when he shouldn’t. He’s always going to have the faults we always point out, but he’ll still put up large fantasy numbers.

The Patriot offense is shaping up to be pretty damn good. It might be changing a little to take advantage of their new toys (like the TEs and WR Brandon Tate), but that can’t be a bad thing. I think they could be potent even without Wes Welker because Julian Edelman looks fantastic. If they have Welker, look out.

Robert [...]

MyGuru redesign is done

First of all, I would like to give big ups to you. That is right, you. It seems you clearly understand we are bringing things up to a new level this year, and by doing so we’re creating some speed bumps along the way. But ultimately, as they say, it’s “all good.”

For example, I know there are a lot of people who took a good amount of time to enter their custom scoring systems into MyGuru. Well, if you did, they have all been wiped out and you have to start again.

While that sounds like a buzzkill, there’s a good reason for it: we’ve completely redesigned the thing. I had a vision of what it should be, and our programmer Jeff Mitchell, who is in fact the man, got it done.

So head over and check it out. Yes, you do have to create your teams again, but you’ll find it’s much easier and faster to do now. I’m really happy with the layout of it all, and it looks so much better. The older version was, admittedly, confusing. This new version is very straightforward and intuitive. Everything is done by team now, but if you don’t want to add your [...]

Exhibition game storylines

It is kind of hard for me to post on the blog when things are really busy because I feel all the stuff that needs to be covered is on the site, but I do have something of note today and that’s the upcoming preseason games, which will start tonight.

Our guy Adam Caplan made a good point on the radio show yesterday when he was talking about all the positions battles (and make sure you read his excellent update from yesterday; while other fantasy sites are rewriting what they read in papers, we’re actually talking to people in the know to get the skinny).

Anyway, speaking of the battles, Caplan basically said that once the games start, the real battles begin, and he’s right. These last two weeks of training camp and have somewhat revealing, but as he said on the show, if a guy like Ben Tate is far behind in the battle but lights it up in the preseason games, it’s on, so there’s a lot to look for in these upcoming games.

Here are a few things I’ll be watching for specifically.

Matt Leinart – It would be nice to see him come out and play well, at least for [...]

Mock ‘N Roll

As I said in a previous post, I am not exactly great in terms of planning site enhancements, but as anyone in this kind of business (or anything tech-wise) can appreciate, when you think something’s going to take a month, it’s probably going to take 2 ½ months. And as I write this, there has yet to be a single preseason game played, so we’re not incredibly late on our 2010 improvements and enhancements (and several of them were rolled out months ago).

I wanted to remind people that very soon we’ll be rolling out a redesign of MyGuru. This is going to be WAY better in terms of ease of use, functionality, and aesthetics. HOWEVER, it will require us to clear out everyone’s pre-set scoring systems, teams, etc. It’s the only way to make it happen. But the good news is you’ll find that adding and removing players (which was cumbersome before) is a breeze. It’ll all be worth it, trust me.

In addition, I hope to introduce our new fantasy game next week. It’s an in-season game, so there’s no huge rush, but I’m really excited about it. We’ve polled people for three years to see if they’d be interested [...]

Favre fallout (ok, maybe there will be fallout)

As many are reporting this morning, QB Brett Favre has informed the team that he will NOT be returning for a 20th season in 2010. According to various sources, Favre has said that his injured ankle simply isn’t responding to treatment.

The concern I have is that it’s only August 3rd, so it’s still early. The shift now goes to whether or not Favre will change his mind. But the reality is the possibility of Tarvaris Jackson starting for the Vikings in ’10 is very real.

We’re going to let this story unfold for at least another day or two before making any dramatic changes in our projections, but the obvious moves involve their receivers; it’s bad news for all of them, and all need to be downgraded. Here’s what we’re thinking:

-      Sidney Rice – Lower-end #2 WR.

-      Percy Harvin – Lower-end #3 (his versatility does help his cause)

-      Bernard Berrian – #4 WR

-      Visanthe Shiancoe – Low-end starter/high-end backup

We have to point out that these receivers could potentially (or will definitely) go from playing with one of the best QBs in the history of the league, and the best red zone QB in the league last year, to a QB who [...]

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