Every fantasy owner has a common goal: they're all looking for the next best thing. The next Adrain Peterson, minus the inconsistency. By the way, want to hear more about Peterson and the players I feel will be the next best thing? Check back Friday when Tosten and I release our....drumroll please.....2008 draft kit! I know you're more excited than John Madden was when he heard Brett Favre may come back. I digress. Anyway, there is a certain player who I feel fantasy owners are jumping the gun on a little too quickly. Matt Forte/RB Chicago: Now, I don't think he'll be garbage this year. However, I think he is being overvalued in draft, especially after fantasy owners saw what then rookie Adrain Peterson did last year. For starters, let's not forget he is a rookie. He's unproven obviously. And he only played well in one year of college, at Tulane nonetheless. The possibility that he is a one year wonder isn't out of the question. Secondly, I question how good of a fit he is for the Bears. Their style of play is one where a back makes one cut and takes off, this made more evident by their drafting of Chris Williams in the draft. Forte is more power than speed and agility. Thomas Jones, a one cut type of guy, succeeded, while Cedric Benson, a power (if you can call him that) type, did not. Thirdly, the addition of Kevin Jones doesn't help Forte's value. When healthy, Jones is more than capable of making an impact. Even if the ex-Lion doesn't come back until week six, the "rookie wall" will be right around the corner for Forte. A back to split time with and the looming possibility of a rookie wall? No thanks.
Monday, July 21
I haven't done one of these since Monday. No I wasn't curing AIDS or financing homeless people. I was doing something better. Working on the Fantasy Football Writers With Hair 2008 Draft Kit. It's coming. This Friday. Get your camping gear ready for those lines; the FFWWHDK (oh man that's catchy, but if you can somehow come up with something better, I'd love to hear it, FFWritersWithHair@gmail.com) is faster than the iPhone 3G and has better graphics than the PS3. Things could get hectic. But alas, I have returned home my friends. And boy I chose a good day to do it. At the moment, there are over 4 pages worth of Rotoworld news reports. I am salivating. Lewis Is A Monster Ray Lewis' offseason workout regimen allowed him to gain five pounds and reduce his body fat to six percent.
He's up to 6'1/255. Lewis remains a top-five middle linebacker when healthy, but barely made it through last season playing with a torn triceps, an ankle sprain, and a broken hand. Don't bet on him making it 16 games this year.
Source: Carroll County TimesHe played through a sprained ankle, a broken hand, and (plural!) torn triceps. That is a dude who PROTECTS THIS HOUSE! I'm so sorry. Lions Don't Want The Other LJ Booth Newspapers' Tom Kowalski confirms that the Lions are not interested in dealing for LaMont Jordan.
Jordan visited the Lions a few weeks ago, but acquiring him was never a high priority. We expect Jordan to be cut by Oakland as soon as Wednesday. Kowalski also calls rumors of Detroit's interest in Chris Simms "baseless."
Source: MLive.comYou know your days are numbered when the Detroit Lions don't want you. Call your consultant Lamont. Get ready for retirement. *Actual Fantasy Analysis* The Giants have agreed to trade Jeremy Shockey to the Saints in exchange for second- and fifth-round picks in 2009. Shockey still must pass a physical.
It's a risky trade for the Saints, but the perfect place for Shockey to improve his fantasy value. New Orleans desperately needs a second receiver to catch passes over the middle, and Shockey can top his career high in receptions (74) if he stays healthy for once. That would make him a top-six TE again, albeit one with huge injury risk. It's unclear if Shockey will even be ready for camp. The Giants turned down the same offer in April, but they got plenty of value to eliminate a distraction. Kevin Boss should take over at tight end.
Source: FOXSports.comI love this move fantasy wise. Shockey has fallen out of favor in fantasy circles, but going to New Orleans that has no receiving threats aside from Marques Colston (and Reggie Bush I guess) helps him enormously. He'll be the second biggest threat in the passing game. He'll have Drew Brees throwing to him, who seriously crushes on good tight ends (look at Gates's numbers with Brees compared to Rivers). The tight end position just got deeper. Slaton Is Signed Texans agreed to terms with third-round RB Steve Slaton on a multi-year contract.
Slaton has Warrick Dunn-like potential in Houston's zone-blocking scheme, but must overcome his ball security woes. He put the ball on the ground a few times during OTAs. Slaton's rookie ceiling is as a third-down back.
Source: Houston ChronicleWarrick Dunn-like potential. Oh boy! Drew Rosenhaus Thinks Holding Out Is Unprincipled Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that his clients Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett will both be at Cardinals training camp on time.
The players want new deals, but are willing to suck it up for now. "Anquan is not the type of guy to hold out," said Rosenhaus. "He’s a very principled guy." The Cards may continue to negotiate with Boldin into the season, but Dockett is signed through 2011 and unlikely to get a raise before next winter.
Source: Arizona RepublicOh yes Drew. Doing what you agreed to do in a contract means you are very principled... Andy Reid Thinks Brian Westbrook Will Report To Camp Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday that he believes Brian Westbrook will not hold out of training camp.
Westbrook is hiring a new agent as he seeks an overdue pay raise. "Brian's obviously one of the leaders of this football team, so I would expect that he would be here," Reid said. Westbrook is due $4.5 million in 2008.Adam Schefter Thinks Terrell Suggs Won't Report NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports that franchise player Terrell Suggs does not plan to report to the Ravens until after their final exhibition game on August 24.
Suggs has hired a personal defensive line technique coach and will stay in shape on his own. While the Ravens would naturally like Suggs around, it's not that big a deal because he's a seasoned veteran. Suggs is doing what he has to do: avoid potential injury.Source: NFL.com Drew Rosenhaus thinks Terrell Suggs is very low...
Posted by Tosten Burks at 7/21/2008 05:32:00 PM