2014-Jun-19 - Fitzgerald would
All Your Football Fantasies
Unlike in real life, in fantasy football you get to choose your name. No more relying on your parents to make sure they make the right decision, and no one to blame if your name sucks. Therefore, to avoid ridicule and the embarrassment of having a lame fantasy name, I will give u a list of my top 20 favorite names for this year.
Yet, before I do so I will give you a tips as to how you should go about picking, selecting, or even creating your own team name.
Make your name relevant. Everyone appreciate a good, thoughtful name, but if it's not relevant it's not worth it. For example the team name Favre Dollar Foot long use to be funny, but Favre is no longer in the league. Also the name Jersey Leshoure (Mikel Leshoure the suspended Lions running back) is no good because nobody really knows who he is, unless you are an avid Lions fan. On the other hand, Rice Rice Baby does work even though Vanilla Ice's song Ice Ice Baby came out over 15 years ago; it's a song everyone knows.
Don't Be Lazy, Be Clever. Nobody likes having that person in their leagues with their last name as their team name because that person was too lazy to come up with even the most simplistic fantasy team name. Yet, an easy way to be clever is to rip off song titles, TV show names or anything else you can pun. For example : ABC, easy as RGIII (2 overall pick Robert Griffin III and the hit song by the Jackson 5 ABC) or Scobee Snacks (Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and the old school hit TV Women's Bradley Roby Jersey show Scooby Doo). For a brief time Moss remained unsigned. Then earlier today the Tennessee Titans picked him up, making Randy Moss the newest member to their roster. So now that he is on the Titans, what does that mean for your fantasy line up? If you have Vince Young, Kenny Britt, Brett Favre, Percy Harvin, or Moss himself you might want to listen up.
Young may have more reasons to jump for joy as Moss is now a Titan (AP photo)
Vince YoungYou in luck. Tennesseehas something that makes any pass game that much better, a strong run game. Also,Young has been known to fall in love with certain receivers and ride them, and Moss is the perfect candidate. With Young strong arm and Moss speedthis duo should be a hit. Expect great things from Young. If got you him, keep him, even start him.
Kenny Britt Sorry, the ride is over. Just when it seemed that Britt was going to hit his stride his was stricken with a hamstring injury. Even before the arrival of Moss, Britt was expected to miss a great deal of time. Even if he does come back before season end, with Moss the new 1 things do not look good for Britt. I'd drop him.
Brett Favre It has been a rollercoaster of a season to this point for Favre and things look as if they're going down again. Although the pair of Moss and Favre didn't work out as many had hoped, he at least gave them that threat. With Rice still out and Berrian nowhere to be found, Favre's fantasy future looks grim. Don't drop him just yet, but defiantly sit him. Before Moss came to Minnesota, Harvin has not done much at all. Then the games in which Moss was there, Harvin had his best games from a fantasy standpoint. Now that he is the only threat again, expect his numbers to decline. Do not drop or trade him, but you might be best off sitting him on your bench.
Randy Moss Well they say that 3rdtime is the charm, and that might be the case here. As all the reasons stated above as to why Young will be successful, those reasons can be applied to Moss as well. On top of that, Moss has nobody to compete with for the main role with Britt out and Gage still out. If you are worried about chemistry, it is the Titans bye week so it gives Moss and Young that much more time to get acclimated to each other. Third team this season, so what! As long as his name is Randy Moss, he will continue to be Randy Moss. Keep him, start him, and expect great things.
From a fantasy standpoint I will be honest and say that I was not too sure how the whole Moss, Favre connection would work in their first week together. It also didn't help that they were playing arguably the best pass defense, with two of the top corners in the league.
However ,I was confident it the fact that eventually the two future hall of famers would eventually start to click, I just didn't think it would have happened as early as it did. Now I am not talking from a win lose situation, or the Vikings as a team. I am talking strictly from a fantasy stand point, and from that point, they worked.
With the addition of Moss, Favre had by far his best statistical game of the year. He threw for 264 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. On the other end of those passes, 10 were targeted to Moss, he caught 4 of them for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Although Favre continues to make late mistakes that wind up in interceptions, the addition of Moss has had an immediate impact. Expect good things to continue to come from this combo, as both Moss and Favre's fantasy points/game should continue to rise.
Now I am well aware of the fact that no more than 48 hours ago I blogged that Brett Favre fantasy stock was on the decline. However I am telling you now that I am knowingly contradicting myself and saying he stock could start to rise again, possibly even back to where people expected it to be this year, or even exceed that.
Before blogging that Favre stock was going down, never in my wildest dreams did I think that, A. The Pats would trade Moss, and B. He would go back to the team he started off his Hall Of Fame career with. However, typical Bellicheck showed us once again that no veteran, no matter how good, is safe on the Pats.
The trade, although it may seem stupid to some, actually makes sense for both parties. The Vikings of course get Moss, and only give up a 3rd round pick. On the other hand that Pat get the pick, some compensation and now have 5 picks within the first 3 rounds (2 in the 1st and 2nd round). So what does this mean for all you fantasy owners out there?
Favre now has a new reason to celebrate (Ny Daily)
If you have Favre, keep him. If he a free agent in your league, pick him up. If he is on your bench, keep him there for another week or so, unless you have no real back up. Reason being is that Moss will not have a lot of time to get acclimated to this new offense, even though he will obviously be the 1 receiver. So give it about a week or so and then start both Moss and Favre with extreme confidence.
If you have Moss, keep him, duh! Now in Minnesota, he has absolutely no competition for the 1 spot. Yes, Harvin is a great receiver, but with his constant migraines, and just not being as good as Moss, he will go back to being a 2 receiver. What about when Rice comes back? So what, in plain words, he not Randy Moss. On top of that, the Vikings have one key thing that the Pats don have thatwill really help Moss, Adrian Day Peterson. With such a talented and feared run game, it will clear up more than enough room for Moss to go down field, and we all know no matter how old he is, Favre loves to throw it deep. Look for Moss who has been somewhat of a fantasydisappointment to this point, improve immensely.
Don think I forgot about you other owners out there who have Patriot receivers and are now wondering what to do with them. With Moss gone, players like Welker, Hernandez, and Gronkowski who have already had pretty good success this year will continue to do well, if not better for you owners. Also be on the look out for Brandon Tate as he could now play an even bigger role than just a special teams specialist.
For all you fantasy owners out there who are staring at your computer screen wondering what to do with some of these players, I here to help. Most likely some of you used an early pick to grab a Favre, or a Fitzgerald hoping they would reciprocate their previous seasons. Your eyes might have even lit up a little when if came to be your pick and you still saw their names on the board. Others might have seen Collie or Orton name during the draft and overlooked them. Collie could have been overlooked due to the fact that he has arguably one of the best WR and TE in the game ahead of him, and Orton, well he has no one really to throw to.
However with 4 weeks in the book, the tide has seemed to turn. Favre has turned out to be a fantasy bust, and Fitzgerald would be better off with a High SChool QB throwing to him. While on the other hand, Kyle Orton and Austin Collie have been lighting up the scoreboards and are both atop the league at their respected positions.
In 3 games this season Brett Favre has managed just 17 fantasy points, including 597 passing yards, 6 interceptions and only 2 TDs. With Harvinstill battling with migraines and Rice still out, things aren looking up for this grandfather who is starting to show his age.
Even though Larry Fitzgerald is not the problem, his stock is still on the decline. Fitzgerald is still one of, if not the most talented WR with the greatest hands, however they can to get him the ball. With no real QB and the lack of a dominant running attack to take somepressureoff ofFitzgerald, things may not get better for him this season.