In years past, we would produce these massive keeper overviews, yet I don’t think people even noticed them or if our work (probably 200 hours worth of it) was truly worth it, especially since our regular player previews for the upcoming season, to be released this year in late May, contained much of the same information and analysis. By the time things got busy in June, July, and August, we’re unable to update these massive overviews, anyway, so I’m trying to streamline things a little.
This year, I’m going to try to approach the off-season keeper coverage in this blog, and I’m going to approach it differently. For one, I’m going to approach each position similar to how I approach the Draft Plan, going over the various tiers of players and cover how I view them for the long-term. In addition, I’ll chime in here at least once a week with a keeper thought or two, typically covering a player who is in the news currently. So instead of us spending time writing about Drew Brees and how he’s a desirable keeper, which is beyond the obvious, we’ll have more time to discuss the merits of, say, Kellen [...]
by Jim Coventry
Things don’t really change in the NFL as the years roll by. John Hansen made a great point when he recently wrote that he spends all that time on preseason stuff and once week one begins, it’s relevance changes immediately. When we look at the past year, it is a nice reference point for many things, but not a whole lot more.
We’ve already had starting players lose their jobs outright, had other players play into and out of timeshares, others have had significant role increases, and of course, many others have not played to our expectations. Add the daily injury mix to these factors and you realize that to be great at fantasy, even keeping up with a website that provides you with news and insights is a full-time job. So, how do you get the edge?
I have a secret weapon that most other fantasy football players do not have at their disposal, which I will gladly share with you: I learned how to be a speed reader. It was actually quite simple- I went to the Barnes and Noble Bookstore and spent $5.99 on the Evelyn Wood program on how to increase your reading speed in 14 [...]
by Jim Coventry
Sometimes when talking about keeper leagues, we neglect the short-term help that helps us win the yearly titles, so I wanted to spend a little time talking about some roster help to help us get to another level of success. The following is a list of players that you can likely pry from someone and in leagues with smaller rosters, maybe you can snag one or two on the waiver wire. QB: Jeff Garcia (QB, TB) is off to a decent start under QB guru Jon Gruden, even though the weaponry is limited to Joey Galloway. Gruden has done wonders with older QB’s in the past (Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson,) so there’s no reason to think that Garcia won’t be able to throw for 2 TDs most weeks. A nice fantasy backup for bye weeks or injuries.
Trent Green (QB, Mia) should find himself playing from behind quite a bit this year, and the running game looks poor, so Green may be forced to throw the ball a lot. Remember the great years he had in KC- he did that with next to nothing at WR. He can be a serviceable backup for you. RBs:
Sammy Morris (RB, [...]
by Jim Coventry
Well, the hype wagon is in full swing, and although everyone knows that it could never happen, that (see the article title) is the pace that Randy Moss (WR, NE) is on right now. If you read my preseason post about Moss, you know that I fully expected him to have a great year (and actually two or three more afterward.) After week one, many of the Moss naysayers are fully parked on his bandwagon, so my advice to you is simple: TRADE HIM RIGHT NOW, because his value will never be higher than it is at this moment! I only recommend trading him of your team is looking to build for the future, but some owner in your league is probably pretty wide-eyed right about now and upset that he did not draft Moss before the season. Get a package of a future star and a few draft picks or whatever you can negotiate, but send out those trade offers now. I suggest you make some fairly ridiculous offers, too, because you have no idea which owner believes that you have the # 1 WR in fantasy right now. So, what’s the worst that happens? Everyone shoots [...]
By Jim Coventry
One game has been played this season and nothing should be determined about this or future seasons based on such a small sample size, but if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ve probably recognized a theme: I try to put the reader into thinking mode about the keeper issues of the day.
So, today will be no exception to my philosophy.
Going into this season, the key Saints players were considered great options for keeper leagues and redraft leagues alike, and most likely, that consideration has been earned. I had my own questions about the Saints as the season went on last year and I think now is as good a time as any to share those concerns. What I hope the reader will do is hear my take on these players and hold it up to your opinions and make a good decision on each of them.
First of all, I have seen many amazing things happen in the course of my life when people had a cause to rally behind. My first significant memory was the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team, which faced insurmountable odds to win the gold medal. If you’re too young to remember that team, you [...]