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Fantasy News of the Week- 6/30

Alright sharks, it was a tough week for news, but I dug deep
and found some interesting stories.

 
Again, the idea here is not to provide you with just the obvious news,
but to find the news that requires a little more research

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Peterson gives back off the field, and wants to give more on.

 

Minnesota Vikings star running back

Adrian
Peterson
recently went back home to an overwhelming number of supporters as
he held his football camp on campus at Oklahoma this past week.

  According to the

Associated Press Peterson is just looking to give back to his
community, but at the same time feels good to be home, “It feels good to
go back home and to see all the people back home supporting you, and just be
around the kids and just go back home,” Peterson said.

  While this is inspiring news as Peterson
continues to show the type of role model he is off the field, he also talked
about what he plans on doing on the field and has set his expectations pretty
high.

  “I expect a lot from myself and I
really feel like I would be cheating myself if I didn’t set my bar at the 2,000
mark,” Peterson said. “This year and next year and, God willing, until I
retire, that’s going to be my mark.”

 
Yes, most if not all fantasy owners know about Adrian Peterson and his
unbelievable talent, but not all know about his infectious personality and his
drive to be the best, and when evaluating from a fantasy perspective sometimes
you have to look outside the box, or in Peterson’s case, outside the talent to
find true value.

 

Whitner is mentoring
rookie, McKelvin.

Earlier this week some interesting news was reported by

BuffaloNews.com.

  According
to sources Buffalo Bills safety

Donte
Whitner
has taken rookie cornerback

Leodis
McKelvin
under his wing. “It’s no mystery. We didn’t pick him No. 11
overall in the draft to sit on the bench,” Whitner said. “We picked him at No.
11 because he was the best corner available, he’s a unique talent and he can
definitely help this football team. So it’s my job, the coaching staff’s job
and everybody else’s job to help make sure his transition is smooth and make
sure he gets on the field as soon as possible in order to help our team.”

  Whitner even offered for McKelvin to stay
with him at his home in

Hamburg,
something that Troy Vincent did for Whitner himself when he was drafted three
seasons ago.

  “When I came into the NFL
two years ago, I didn’t know what to expect,” Whitner said. “He’s a rookie in a
similar situation that I was in. I know what he’s going through, so I want to
help him get through the process as quick and as painless as possible.”

  For McKelvin it was an offer he couldn’t
refuse, “I’ll get a chance to learn the plays even more and get better in the
system working and learning from a guy who has been through it,” said McKelvin,
who is welcome to stay at Whitner’s home until he finds his own place. “Donte
didn’t have to do this, but it shows what kind of guy he is. It’s a great
feeling to have guys on the team that care about you. He’s trying to help me
learn my plays so I can get on the field faster.”

  Donte Whitner is one of the Bills leaders on
defense and should be able to mold the rookie in to a solid all-around NFL
caliber cornerback.

  McKelvin may need a
year to develop, but there is no doubt that he’ll make progress rather quickly
with a mentor like Whitner.

 

  

Washington

signs four year deal with the Jaguars.

In Jacksonville rookie running back

Chauncey
Washington
, who was the only offensive player the Jaguars selected in the
draft, has signed a four year deal worth a little more than $1.3 million; this
according to the

Jacksonville Times-Union.

  This is actually bigger news than it looks.

 

Washington’s
four year deal all but solidifies his spot on the Jaguars roster.

  The former USC running back has great speed
and could contribute pretty quickly especially if veteran

Fred Taylor can’t stay healthy or decides to hang up the cleats in
the coming years.

 

Washington
is definitely a running back to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues, but remains a non-factor in re-draft leagues for 2008.

 

Number of the week:

5.4.

  It’s the number of yards per carry veteran
running back Fred Taylor averaged last season, which coincidentally was only .2
less than the above mentioned Peterson’s average of 5.6 yards per carry.

  Both ranked in the top five overall.

 

A Harbaugh makeover and a developing
quarterback to headline Ravens training camp.

The Baltimore Ravens have received a team makeover courtesy of

John Harbaugh.

  According to the

Baltimore

Sun and

SI.com Ravens players are buying in to his program and it’s showing
already.

  “Everything has changed,” said
one Ravens source. “Everything. From the actual lockers, to the layout of the
locker room, to the practices, to the weight program and how we lift. Our
players even look physically different. They’re bigger and stronger. That’s
been a huge difference, especially among our younger guys. It’s very, very
impressive.”

  And while the story goes on
to explain how the Ravens players had a hard time admitting they had a problem
at first, things seem to be changing and the players are working hard to become
a cohesive unit.

 

The biggest question mark lingering above the Ravens offense still remains
the quarterback play, and better yet, who will be starting at quarterback.

  While there are no guarantees for rookie

Joe Flacco he has been impressive thus
far and seems to be growing more comfortable with the team as a whole.

  Even his competition, five year veteran Kyle
Boller, had good things to say about the rookie, “If you compared him from the
first week until now, his personality has grown exponentially,” Boller said.
“When you’re a rookie, you got so many different things you’re thinking about.
It’s hard to be yourself. But he’s doing an awesome job” And while Flacco knows
he’ll have to continue to show progression he says he’s ready for the next
step.

  “Everyone knows quarterback is a
position where it takes a while to really start playing well,” said
Flacco.

  “But you want to go out there
and prove you can do it as quick as possible.”

 

Crumpler could excel without a true
quarterback again?

In

Tennessee, according to the

Associated Press, recently acquired TE

Alge Crumpler is looking forward to
playing catch with quarterback Vince Young this season.

 

“I’m definitely excited
about it, and I know he’s excited about it too, especially when we get in
two-minute situations, and he takes command of the offense and is able to move
our team down the field so easily. He does such a good job. I’m able to point
out a couple things here and there … ,” Crumpler said.

  This should come as no surprise as Crumpler
has been working without a true NFL quarterback for most of his NFL career, for
which he’s had his best seasons as a pro.

 
More importantly when it comes down to it all that matters is that the
coach is pleased, and

Jeff Fisher
seems to be happy with his new tight end.

 
“Alge fits in very nicely,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s been a
pro. He’s been here, he’s working and has a good sense and feel for what we’re
doing.”

  I smell a fantasy sleeper
here.

 

 

 

Shark Attack: News Rundown

In

Carolina, Panthers receiver

Dwayne Jarrett pleaded guilty to
driving while impaired……..

Pacman Jones
is making a good impression in

Dallas
on the field, but he still has a boat load of problems off ……….

  Denver Broncos tight end

Tony Scheffler’s foot is back to normal……

Ricky Williams says he wants to play a couple of years more than
originally expected in

Miami……. The
New York Giants signed rookie quarterback

Andre
Woodson
and waived beefy quarterback

Jared
Lorenzen
……… The

San Francisco
49ers signed former Raiders guard

Barry
Sims
, stealing him away from one of their division rivals in the

St
Louis
Rams…… And the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally
flushed

Najeh “Poopy”

Davenport out
of their system, waiving the seven year veteran on Friday.

Outside
the Fantasy World:

  In a recent
article released by the

Associated Press
commissioner

Roger Goodell talked
about how ridiculous the rookie pay scale is and is looking in to fixing
it.

  “There’s something wrong about
the system,” Goodell said Friday. “The money should go to people who
perform.”

  Goodell also rambled on
about the five-year, $57.75 million contract Dolphins tackle

Jake Long recently signed, “He
doesn’t have to play a down in the NFL and he already has his money,” Goodell
said during a question-and-answer period at the end of a weeklong sports
symposium at the Chautauqua Institution. “Now, with the economics where they
are, the consequences if you don’t evaluate that player, you can lose a
significant amount of money.

“And that money is not going to players that are performing. It’s going to a
player that never makes it in the NFL. And I think that’s ridiculous.”

  Overall, after listening to some of the
concerns all 32 owners have the commissioner has decided he wants to revamp the
labor deal this fall. “We just finished a series of one-on-one meetings with
all 32 teams, where I have a better understanding and people have a better
understanding of the economics each team is facing,” Goodell said. “I think we
can identify what it is we need in a negotiation to continue to make the
agreement work for the NFL and for the players.”

 

Kevin Mawae expressed this concern earlier this year after Matt Ryan signed
his big contract, and it caught the commissioner’s eye, leading him to
investigate further, which has ultimately led to his recent comments on the
problem at large.

  While I agree with the
concept that players should have to earn a big contract, I find it very
disturbing that it’s taken the NFL this long to figure it out.

  Or is it because the economy is down, Mr.
Goodell, that you have finally decided to try and fix the problem?

 

“No one can earn one million dollars honestly.

 
– William Jennings

Bryan
(1860-1925)

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