Articles tagged with: NFL
Is CJ2K or A.P. Ranked At No. 1?
I don’t spend a lot of time projecting exact stats for guys because I think if you spend too much time saying things to yourself like, “Well, I have Adrian Peterson projected for 1,372 yards and Jamaal Charles at only 1,354 yards… so I guess I’ll go with Peterson,” then you are doing yourself a disservice. Pick the guy you want, but pick him for the right reasons.
If you like Peterson more than Charles because you think he has an easier schedule, a longer history of success or will see more goal line touches this season because of the presence of Thomas Jones in Kansas City, then those are good reasons to draft him.
Drafting Peterson because a Web site in August says he’s going to rush for 18 more yards than Charles is not what I would say qualifies as a good reason.
That being said, you should at least have some idea what you expect from each guy. I don’t think you need to go to the extreme of predicting how many carries, yards, touchdowns and illegitimate children each guy is going to have at the end of 2011, but a rough estimate certainly helps. It’s all about putting yourself in the best position to win, and having some idea is better than having no idea.
Where Does Vick Rank Among the NFL's Elite?
Now that the owners and players have agreed how to divide their $9 billion pie it’s time to get down to what really matters— your fantasy football draft.
Who do you target, and where? Who are the sleepers? Who is overrated? Who is going to get hurt, and who will step up in place of them?
We all ask ourselves these questions and we all pretend we know the answers by the time the draft rolls around. You don’t. Neither do I. And neither does the guy at your draft who tells you he’s got it all figured out.
But that’s why we play. We play to win, but also hopefully have fun. It is, after all, a game.
It’s a game that we can’t explain to our girlfriends, wives or mothers. It’s a game that allows us to come close to being the GM that we convince ourselves we rightfully should be. It’s a game that takes up way more of our time than is reasonable—but it’s still fun.
That being said, we always have more fun when we win. If you took a risk on Michael Vick, Arian Foster or Peyton Hillis last year, you probably had more fun than the guy who ended up with Randy Moss, Shonn Greene or DeAngelo Williams.
I can’t predict the future, and I’m assuming you can’t either (but if you can, please e-mail me and tell me if Vick is going to be healthy for all 16 games this season), so, in reality, no one’s “projections” mean more than anyone else’s.
That’s where I come in. If your league is on ESPN.com, I can assure you everyone in your league has read Matthew Berry’s columns and printed out their draft rankings.
I ask you, what good does it do you to use the same rankings as everyone else?
If everyone has Miles Austin projected for 69 catches, 1,041 yards and seven TDs this season then everyone in your league is hoping he falls to them in the middle of Round 3. If you do your homework and compile a list of several Web site’s rankings you are already ahead of the game.
With a little taste of Sports
Sometimes, it is okay to be a follower.
I was two years and 17 days old when The Simpsons premiered on Fox in 1989. To this day I'm not sure I've ever seen the pilot episode for the soon to be 22 year old sitcom (for the record, I'm not the biggest Simpsons fan). All I remember is watching the NFL on Sundays as a child, and The Simpsons following the Fox game. When you're four, five or six, you watch what your parents watched, mine watched The Simpsons.
From Dat Pro Football Player to Dat ESPN Analyst
“Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not ‘Mr. Lebowski.’ I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.” – The Dude, The Big Lebowski (1998)
Much like the quote above from one of the best comedy movies of the 1990s, the subject of this article also goes by a “duderific” nickname. That person, of course, can be no other than former NFL star and ESPN analyst Marcellus Wiley, or as he may explain to you, “Dat Dude.”
Similar to the epic adventure of The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Wiley has been through an equal amount of excitement, highs and lows during a very successful professional football career.