Ben_Ice wrote:I love these kind of discussions, and I want to say right off how impressed I am with Pat for going against the consensus thought that permeates the fantasy world.
To Rugger, PWBowen and anyone else who thinks him an idiot, you should take a good long look in the mirror to find who you speak of.
When I first broke into the industry, I did so because I got tired of listening to every pundit, expert and wannabe writer stick to last year's stats, extol last year's virtues, and put blinders on to statistical analysis blended with common sense. When Shawn Alexander had his big years, I cautioned against him, right here in the tank. When Marshal Faulk was touted as a top 5 rusher, I looked at his "cleanup procedure" and raised a warning flag. When Peyton Manning had his huge breakout in 2004 and was perceived as a top three pick, I told everyone to run away. In fact I was a finalist that year for the best fantasy football article for that warning article.
Each time I was derided by most in the tank as well as the industry. Each time I was right. At this point I won't tell you about all the times I was wrong; for this discussion it is irrelevant...not to mention somewhat painful
The point is, Mike Vick has been here before. He was the next coming of Superman, and he has let down fantasy owners on more than one occasion. There is an adage; what goes up, must come down. Take a hard look at fantasy statistics over the years. It's damn near impossible for most players to stay at the top year over year. It's black and white...plain as day...clear as the nose on your face...use any euphemism you like.
Thanks, Mr. White, for having a set of balls and the willingness to flop them up onto the table and challenge the herd mentality that pervades fantasy sports. I won't draft Vick this year on any team, unless I seem him hanging around in the third or fourth round. And I honestly don't expect to see him there.
Perhaps you should read the responses before you accuse me of calling him an idiot. I had no problem with the article and my derision was towards the arrogant poster who got the redazz over it. I have very little use for complaining unless you have a better solution.
My feelings on most of the articles written is that whether I agree with them or not I do applaud someone for taking the time to put it out there and the guts to do so. Except Pachy. He sucks and I suspect it's intentionally bad just to get attention.