Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fantasy Thoughts: High on Ricky

Fantasy owners hope Ricky Williams blazes more on the field than off.

So by now everyone has their teams, and probably their Week 1 starting lineup penciled in. Now is the time to search the waiver wire for that last minute sleeper, or maybe begin laying some groundwork for an early season swap of a guy you barely missed out on but expect a breakout season from.

A few thoughts to aid you in those, or any other fantasy endeavors:

Ricky Williams could be primed for a 1,000+ yard rushing season, and no, we are not smoking the same stuff

Yes, that's right. Word on the street is that R-Will is having the time of his life in Miami right now, finishing up his college degree and studying holistic medicine. Perpetually cantankerous GM Bill Parcells is even embracing him, and head coach Tony Sparano has all but named Ricky the starter. Not only that, but the team has extended his contract through 2009. Ronnie Brown is certainly a capable and explosive back, but health has been an issue since he came into the league. Expect the 'Phins to rely on Ricky to do all the heavy lifting on the offensive side, as Chad Pennington is still studying the "Jay Feidler's Guide to playing Mediocre Dophins QB" video tape series.

Swoop in on Chris Perry if someone else hasn't already

A familiar face to Michiganders. That's a funny word.

The Bengals' release of both Rudi Johnson and Kenny Irons makes Perry the de facto starter in Cincy. Not bad if you drafted the guy on a flyer in the late rounds or was able to acquire him as a free agent. At Michigan, Perry showed the ability to be a slashing-style runner with good receiving skills out of the backfield. While he may not be your prototypical workhorse back, he's worth being your 3rd or 4th running back, and could post a 1,100 all-purpose yard total with six or seven touchdowns.

Patriots Defense in Turmoil

Currently, the Patriots team defense is ranked number three on Yahoo!, following the Vikings and Chargers. However, there are signs pointing to a decline,and it would be wise to shore up at other positions before drafting/trading for New England, as they are sure to be overvalued by most owners. While the Pats remain solid up front, their linebacking corp is a mixture of aging veterans (Mike Vrabel, Teddi Bruschi) and inexperienced rookies (Jerod Mayo, Shawn Crable) that is cause for concern. However, the biggest hole appears to be in pass coverage, as both cornerback free agent signings Jason Webster and Fernando Bryant were both recently cut, and Pro-Bowler Asante Samuel signed with the Eagles. Starting Ellis Hobbes (who was exposed in the Super Bowl by Plaxico Burress) and Lewis Sanders at conerback will leave them exposed to the outside passing game, and Brandon Merriweather enters his first year starting at safety which could open up the middle. The quick signing and release of John Lynch might leave some to wonder if Belichick and Co. are grasping at straws in order to avoid a post-Super Bowl loss hangover. Don't avoid these guys altogether, just move them down your rankings sheet below the likes of Pittsburg, Jacksonville and the New York Giants.

"The way I left made it difficult. To come back and clear my name is important to me.”

-R-Will on his latest tour of duty in Miami


words words words said...

I actually wanted Chris Perry in my draft, but everyone else seemed to know he was destined to be the starter and bid him up until he wasn't a bargain anymore. And by the time Ricky's name came up, I couldn't afford him. I definitely need another running back. I have LT, but after that is a motley crew that includes Earnest Graham, Leon Washington and Tim Hightower. As you might expect, my team blows.

Dave H said...

Ya dude, I just realized that this fantasy advice is like a week and a half old.

And count me as another lucky winner in the Leon Washington Sweekstakes (went with the handcuff to Thomas Jones).

I like Hightower, although his time may not come for a while. You may want to look at Pierre Thomas if he's available, he'd get carries with Bush if and when Deuce McAllister gets hurt in New Orleans.

But what also sucks in your situation is there's no clear handcuff to LT, it would just be a Sproles/Hester committee.

Liz said...

Cool thanks Dave! I'm doing fantasy football for the first time this year with some people in my office and I need all the help I can get. I've done fantasy baseball for years, but the pigskin's a whole new world.

Dave H said...

Hey, you got it!

Pigskin is a little more intense than baseball week to week since there's only 17 weeks.

Just don't forget to check your lineup in Sunday morning for any last minute injuries.

Oh yeah, and no matter how much your team sucks, keep the trash talk going for the entire season.

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