So, after seeing the list of the Seven Deadly Sins on draft day, it is time for everything that is good and holy in fantasy drafting. The seven must have players whom you should be targeting during the 2008 fantasy draft. These players that are the cornerstone of every good fantasy team.
Seven Holy Virtues are:
Chastity (Latin, Castitas) (purity, opposes Lust, Latin Luxuria):
Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of body and thought through education and betterment.
Peyton Manning– This guy studies film like George Lucas. He finds weakness and exploits it like shoe companies do child labor. Manning is the top fantasy QB in every league, not Tom Brady. Tom had a miserable superbowl because the Giants found ways to get in his face and disrupt his timing. Look for opposing coaches to use the Giants superbowl triumph as a blueprint to return Tom and his band of superbowl warm up videographers to the #4 ranking despite the talent that surrounds him. Peyton prepares for every game like John Gruden minus the scowl on his face, First one to arrive at the facility and the last one to leave.
His surrounding cast is solid with Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, and Joseph Addai. The line is solid and Manning reads the exotic
blitzes better than anyone in the game.
Temperance (Latin, Temperantia) (self-control, opposes Gluttony, Latin Gula):
Practicing self-control, abstention, and moderation.
Marques Colston– Talk about self control, This guys body control is amazing. He makes the spectacular catch look easy. Former 7th round pick who is a big time star. The Saints love the skill set he brings to the table. It’s like having an extra tight end for blocking with his size. He also has great hands. Drew Brees finds himself with mediocrity at tight end again this year. The result is more red zone action for Colston. Look for 2nd year man Robert Meachem to establish himself immediately and Colston will reap the benefits.
Charity (Latin, Liberalitas) (will, generosity, opposes Greed, Latin Avaritia):
Generosity. Willingness to give. A nobility of thought or actions.
Phillip Rivers– This guy will give you everything he’s got. He should enjoy a nice year this year. He finally got some playoff experience and his supporting cast is excellent with Chris Chambers, Antonio Gates, and Tomlinson at the skill positions. Look for Rivers to throw 22-25 Td’s and have a manageable int total at 10. He will be inexpensive in your draft. I have him at 5th to 6th round currently, and he is a great value at that spot. He has value alone in that he flips it to LT. I expect to see him in the draft magazines as high as #5 in QB rankings next year.
Diligence (Latin, Industria) (ethics, opposes Sloth, Latin Acedia):
A zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work. Decisive work ethic. Budgeting one’s time; monitoring one’s own activities to guard against laziness. Putting forth full concentration in one’s work.
Brian Westbrook– He’s the ultimate journeyman. He works hard every down. He accounts for a huge percentage of the receiving yards as well.
I see him scoring 13 Td’s this year and having close to 1700 yards from scrimmage. He wants to get better with every season and his team mates all speak to that. He’s working on becoming a better route runner as a receiver right now, while I am at home wondering what to grill up for dinner. Eagles have not had a premier receiver in some time. With the addition of Deshaun Jackson to compliment Reggie Brown, teams will stop putting eight in the box against Westy, which translates into very solid production again this season. Mcnabb is ailing, and if he struggles to get back from the tendonitius, the games will be predominantly in Westbrook’s hands.
Kindness (Latin, Humanitas) (peace, opposes Wrath, Latin Ira):
Forbearance and endurance through moderation. Resolving conflicts peacefully, as opposed to resorting to violence. The ability to forgive; to show mercy to sinners.
Steven Jackson forgives you for all the crap you talked about the Rams last year. He isn’t mad at you. He was disappointed with the number of injuries that the Ram’s sustained last season. This guy won’t go down with simple arm tackles and his straight arm is second only to HOF Jim Brown. Jackson will make a run at 1800 yards this year. I expect to see a real grind it out offense this year featuring Jackson who is on the field every down unless he breaks a long one. Jackson heads up a more conservative Ram offense this year.
Patience (Latin, Patientia) (satisfaction, opposes Envy, Latin Invidia):
Charity, compassion, friendship, and sympathy without prejudice and for its own sake.
Ladainian Tomlinson– Full speed patience. He sees the hole opening, waits patiently for it to open and he’s gone. The most dynamic player on the field today. You can’t blame writers for the hype on Peterson as the #1 overall.
You don’t need to agree with them. LT you are #1 overall in my book. Great vision allows him to find cutback opportunities when defenses over pursue.
If you have the first pick grab him. If not, once again he’s gone. look for 1500 yards rushing, 350 yards receiving and 18 td’s. Tomlinson’s supporting cast includes Chris Chambers, who will finally break out after learning the offense.
Humility (Latin, Humilitas) (modesty, opposes Pride, Latin Superbia): Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect. Giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one’s own self.
Terrell Owens– He defended his quarterback when they lost the big game last year. I think this may be the turn around for Owens. He has become a good teammate. Look for Romo to get him the ball when the game is on the line. I see 1300 yards and 12-15 td’s this season. The threat of the running game will leave teams little option to go to the dime packages where Owens sees the majority of double teams. Ok so T.O. is a stretch for humility, but he has been coming to the field with a different energy. His numbers don’t lie. He’s a stud.
Instead of repenting for your draft day sins, I encourage you to get one of these “Virtues” and make a good foundation or cornerstone. Then you can afford to take a chance on some risky rookie RB that will fail to live up to billing.
If I recall, The only rookie receivers to make a splash were Randy Moss, and Roy Williams. Rookie RB’s who made a splash were Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, and Adrian Peterson. Remember, for every Moss there are fifty Yatil Greens. For Every Faulk there are one hundred Curtis Enis’es. I never draft rookie QB’s, as the position is too complex. Tell that to Peyton Manning.
I’m sure most of you think I should have included Moss, or Peterson as one of the virtues, but I only had seven and I talked about them in the same article.