Then and Now
What a difference seven weeks make. In my performance-heavy keeper league, the top ten fantasy producers to date are Clinton Portis, Drew Brees, Marion Barber, Reggie Bush, Greg Jennings, Frank Gore, Brandon Marshall, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler. Of that list maybe three (Portis, Barber and Gore) were considered first-round picks this season. It just goes to show that nothing stays the same in the wonderful world of fantasy football, and I’ll take it a step further and suggest that one should draft who they want to have on their team. I mean, targeting the top guys early on in the draft makes sense only because you know they won’t last, but after that it makes no difference when the other players are chosen. A person who drafts who they prefer after that won’t be any further off than the hoards of people who religiously drafted the likes of Ladainian Tomlinson, Tom Brady and Randy Moss in the first round.
Bye Bye Bye Weeks
After week eight, there are only two more weeks of bye weeks. The reason I bring this up is to remind everyone to scour their waiver wires for players who may be dropped because of the bye weeks. There’s only two more weeks left so one needs to be especially vigilant to shore up any weaknesses for the stretch run. I will be the first to admit that it will be hard to find any top skill position players (QB/RB/WR) on the waiver wire if the league is any good, but there’s always the possibility that someone drops a good defense or kicker, hoping that no one really notices. This happened last week in the aforementioned league when one team dropped the sixth-ranked Eagles defense early Sunday morning because they were on a bye. Another team noticed and promptly swooped in to pick them up. Smart move. I’m not saying that move alone will win them the title, but when every point counts as it does in this league, every little transaction to strengthen a team helps.
Just Say NO to Suggs
Terrell Suggs, that is. Suggs announced on a radio show that the Baltimore Ravens have a bounty on the head of Hines Ward for his perceived cheap shots to their defensive players (that he is now trying to retract). He goes on to say that despite his hits being legal they are a little cheap shot. In fact, the exact quote was, “It’s legal but it be cheap”. But it be cheap? I know the Ravens aren’t exactly Rhodes scholars but now their defenders are complaining that they don’t like being hit by a wide receiver? I think we need to add the label of “pansies” to the previously earned “numbskull” designation. As for Ward, he brings it every game and given his humble beginnings as a quarterback, it’s quite possible that he likes being able to dish out rather than absorb punishing blows. Never mind that Hines has already won the battle by getting into their heads but he’s not making any excuses for his style of play. “I don’t worry about someone trying to take me out. I don’t even think about it. I know they’re going to try to hit me hard any chance they get. That’s why I always try to hit them hard first.” Ward prefers former Ravens coach Brian Billick’s description of him: “I hate the S.O.B., but I’d love to have him on my team.” It’s called football Terrell and bounties have no place in the game.