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F.I.R. – Fantasy Intelligence Report

It’s time to roll out the Fantasy Intelligence Report. Within this weekly report (once the season begins) will be player news and the impact on fantasy, hilarious thoughts and quotes from around the NFL, and anything to do with fantasy. In this edition I will be B.D.N., L.O.L., finding a P.O.H., telling you to D.D.I., and S.O.V.! Make sense?

Let’s get to the intelligence. 

B.D.N. (Breaking Down News)

Aaron Rodgers owners who were worried about the future of the Packers offensive tackle situation can breathe easy. According to the
Green Bay Press Gazette, first-round pick Bryan Bulaga is already making a strong impression in camp. 

“The thing you like about him is the kid doesn’t just want to be good, he wants to be great,” Packers offensive line coach James Campen said. “He’s a mature 21-year-old kid. He’s very driven and has a tremendous work ethic.”

The plan seems to be for Bulaga to eventually take over the left tackle spot currently occupied by Chad Clifton, for which everyone who follows football knows is perhaps the most important spot on the offensive line.  There will be no competition between

Clifton
and Bulaga, but as a Rodgers fantasy owner it’s nice to know that the Packers have a good back-up plan. 


Hey, speaking of backup plans, I hope the Minnesota Vikings have one. Even if old man Brett Favre does come back I’m not sure I would trust that he’s going to stay 100 percent healthy and produce the same kind of numbers he did last season.

I guess the good news is that he’s been working out with Jason Campbell in the offseason, and has gone on record to tell the
Biloxi Sun Herald, “I would love to go beat the Saints. I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a great year, but it could have been better.’’

He also told the
Sun Herald, “When (Vikings head coach Brad) Childress came to my home a few weeks ago, he told me to take my time.”  Translation – he doesn’t want to partake in training camp. Instead, he would just rather throw to high-schoolers all summer.


If you think you’ve seen Brandon Marshall’s best foot forward, think again!  According to the
Miami Herald,

Marshall
expects his “best season” in 2010. Why?  Two words:

Chad
Henne, whom the Dolphins new star wideout has been raving about in recent interviews.

“I’ve worked out with a lot of guys, not just played, and his arm is up there with the best,”

Marshall
said. And he’s “very smart.”

Marshall also raved about head coach Tony Sparano, calling him a passionate leader, and insisted that because he was always facing Champ Bailey as a member of the Broncos he believes he can beat anyone, including division foe Darrelle Revis

“I’m grateful to have played with Champ the past four years [in

Denver
] and I honestly think he’s still the best corner in the league. I’ve gotten a lot of work with the best. To me, I’ll be OK anywhere I go on Sunday.”

It’s nice to hear

Marshall
express a great deal of confidence in both himself and his quarterback. However, when I look at the Dolphins’ fantasy strength of schedule (thank you
FFToolbox.com) I see a big 29 for both the quarterback and wide receiver, as in 29th easiest.

Don’t get me wrong, I like both Henne and Marshall to have solid seasons, but I don’t know if I’m buying in to the “best season” notion, nor do I believe that

Marshall
is worth an early second round pick, as his
MyFantasyLeague.com average draft position is currently suggesting.


L.O.L. (Laughing Out Loud)

I almost fell over my chair when I saw the following text on a streaming video while visiting the
Green Bay Press Gazette’s official web site. 

“Come back, Brett Favre!

Minnesota
’s great for grandpas!” It is indeed, especially considering that there are three Walgreens encompassing the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome that carry Just For Men. 

P.O.H. (Player Over-Hyped)

A lot of fantasy diehards are all aboard the Felix Jones train. Not me. And after seeing a report via
The Dallas Morning News, I’m now thoroughly convinced that Jones will be a 2010 bust. His current average draft position data per
MyFantasyLeague.com has him going off the board between rounds four and five, but that’s probably assuming he will start. As
The Dallas Morning News points out, Marion Barber will remain the starter, but Jones will probably see his carries increase. Let’s also not forget that a more-rounded runner in Tashard Choice is patiently creeping behind Jones as well.

The bottom line for me is that I’ve always believed that for the Cowboys’ sake Jones is best suited to be a return and playmaking specialist, and that’s it. This way he’ll always be fresh, and he won’t have to worry about taking a beating. He’s a playmaker, not an every down runner. 

D.D.I. (Don’t Do It)

The latest news out of San Diego regarding wide receiver Vincent Jackson probably has dynasty owners, and those who have drafted for the 2010 season already in a thither like a knitter who has lost their knitting needle. Don’t hit the panic trade button yet, though. 



Jackson

’s current value is minimal right now, so trading him is not going to get you as much value in return. I suggest waiting until he has been shipped out of San Diego, and you know he’s going to play after that initial three-game suspension.  Plus, who knows, he could land on a team with a top end quarterback and become a superstar all over again. It’s either that or he could just finally give in and continue to be Philip Rivers’ top wide receiver. 

S.O.V. (Speaking Out Violently)

Here’s an interesting take: I’m more sick of Michael Vick than I am of that grey-haired buffoon on his John Deere that continues to play cat and mouse with both his head coach and the media.

No, it’s not because of his continual attempts at being nothing but a NFL misfit. No, it’s not because that Roger Goodell doesn’t have the cohunes to completely ban his ass from the NFL period. And no, it’s not because he hates dogs. 

What has me sick to my stomach is the fact that Tony Dungy, the All-Pro head coach and NFL hero, continues to put his reputation on the line to defend the criminal in Vick.

I want to hurl my spaghetti dinner every time I hear about how Dungy continues to try and make him out to be some kind of troubled kid who has lost his way, and he’s the one who is going to lead him back to NFL stardom.    

Most of all I feel like I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome every time I see the headlined quote, “The only thing Vick is guilty of is using bad judgment.” 

Really? Is that all? 

Let’s see, he shed a terrible light upon the NFL a few years back when he was convicted of arranging fights between Droopy and Pluto. And now, he’s possibly lying about being present at a restaurant during a shooting of a former co-defendant in the case that pretty much ruined him.

Do you know what I think? 

I think Dungy wants to be the only person to defend Vick, so that at the end of all it he can either say “I told you so” or “at least I tried.”

And for such a high class former coach, these are classless reasons to want to change anyone’s life, especially an athlete and bad person like Vick.

Thanks for reading!

Eric Huber is a staff writer for Fantasysharks.com

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