It’s time for another intelligence report. In this edition I will be B.D.N., finding a fact or two that D.A.U, giving you my D.U.I. ticket, breaking the J.O.T.W., encouraging you to C.T.S., and unveiling H.R.R. I strive to inform, entertain and antagonize.
B.D.N. (Breaking Down News)
We start in Oakland, where Michael Bush and Darren McFadden continue to battle for the number one spot in the runningback rotation. And according to the San Jose Mercury News scouts have mixed feelings on both.
Two scouts believe Bush is too “intriguing” to pass on as the lead back.
“You’re talking about a guy who is built like a fullback, runs like a 220-pound runningback and gets better as the game goes,” an NFC scout said. “I tell you what, that’s not the guy you want to see coming at you in the fourth quarter of a game after three quarters of wearing you down.”
Three others insisted that McFadden’s “game-changing ability” and guaranteed $26 million make him the easy choice.
“Darren is like any great back; he needs the ball a lot,” an AFC scout said. “With his speed and vision, it’s only a matter of time before he breaks a long run. The more times you pull that lever, the greater your chances of hitting the jackpot.”
The current official word per coach Tom Cable is that it’s an “open competiton.” However, I have to wonder how much longer the Raiders will be willing to give McFadden to prove he’s worth that first round chunk of change he’s been stealing from Al Davis, while making Bush play the waiting game, even though Bush is ready to become a premier NFL runningback if given full-time duties.
Currently, the two are separated by just over a point according to their MyFantasyLeague.com ADP with McFadden leading the charge at 104.48.
It’s off to New York, where the latest big fantasy news on the field surrounds wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. According to The Newark Star-Ledger, Nicks hyperextended a knee joint during a late afternoon practice last week. Now, it was thought of to be a serious injury at first, but the receiver himself insisted it just looked worse than it really was.
“I just came down kind of straight-legged and hyperextended it a little bit,” Nicks said. “It was one of those things that just kind of hurt for a second. They just wanted to check it out just to make sure it wasn’t anything serious because it looked a lot worse.”
A loud sigh of relief probably rocked the fantasy world after the final verdict came in and Nicks returned to the practice field, something that Nicks himself was grateful for.
“I feel like I’ve missed enough time missing the spring, so I’m ready to get after it now and I’m all about time now,” Nicks said. “It’s getting to crunch time now. Going into our second week of camp I’m going to try to pick it up a lot more and I just want to continue to do better.”
The second-year wideout is thought of as one of the big sleepers heading in to the 2010 season, as many have him pegged as a possible 1,000-plus yard receiver. His current MyFantasyLeague.com average draft position (ADP) has him coming off the board in the fifth round of 12-team drafts.
“Roddy in a whole lot of ways reminds me of Andre,’’ Robinson said. “They’re the spitting image of each other. One (White) just has longer hair.”
“From the size, the speed, the route running, I told Roddy when I got here in OTAs, you remind me of Andre a whole lot.’’
I’ll be honest and tell you that White has been third overall among receivers on my rankings board since the NFL draft. Robinson’s praise certainly won’t hurt White’s case for being one of the top wideouts taken in any draft format, but his current MyFantasyLeague.com ADP of 21.15 has him ranked eighth, a far cry from where I believe he will finish in 2010.