Triple F is back again to dissect CBS SportslineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 50. For the most part, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t follow these fantasy football lists as gospel; I just use them as a resource. But for you, Mr. Joe Fantasy; you should read my words as the truth. To add to my annoyance, Sportsline keeps changing their top 50 order, so their rankings may be out-of-date. No worries tho, my analysis is spot-on.
Without any further adieu, here is my deconstruction of picks #45 through #41.
#45 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Chad Ochocinco
Let me get this out of the wayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I like Chad Johnson. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like Chad Ochocinco. Chad Johnson was an extremely promising wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. Chad Ochocinco is an undisciplined nutjob who also plays wide receiver for the Bengals. The 2008 Bengals were remarkable in their ineptitude (I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe that Marvin Lewis is employed). Supposedly, Palmer is 100%; but what about the rest of the offense? The lead RB is Cedric Benson. The WR2 is Levaranues Coles (a step down from TJ). So what does that mean for #85? A make or break season. He posted six straight seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards, but his 2008 campaign was riddled with diva drama. He spent the offseason demanding a new contract or trade. He changed his name. He injured his ankle and shoulder. He badmouthed his teammates. He claimed that he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t physically prepared for the season. Do you notice a pattern? ChadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all talk. While I have no doubt heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll surpass 1,000 receiving yards if he plays at least 13 games; I doubt his commitment to the game. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reach for Chad. Let him fall to you
Conclusion: He needs to redeem himself. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s upside, but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reach for it.
Receiving: 80 receptions. 1,200 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
*** BUY ***
Fantasy Football Fallout… Triple F. FFF. This is the name of my weekly fantasy football column. As the season is approaching, I know most you are sitting there debating which players are going to ultimately stink up your mediocre team. But fear not, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m here to save you with some realistic fantasy football commentary (hmmmÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ realistic fantasy football).
So the way this column works is simpleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ In the five weeks leading up to the NFL season, I will be commenting on 5 players (two columns per week). I will tell you things you may not want to hear, but you may learn something. Last but not least, I will offer my personal projections. To make this column fun, I will be using CBS SportslineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 50 players as a guide, and commenting on them in reverse order. Also, I have included Buy/Sell ratings relative to draft position (Buy = Draft, Sell = DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Draft)
Rankings #50 – #41
#50 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Willie Parker
One of the most intriguing running backs in football is Fast Willie Parker. Coming out of relative obscurity, he has surpassed all expectations. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got himself two Super Bowl rings, three consecutive years of 1,000 yards rushing, and a great O-Line. Of course, everybody will point to Rashard Mendenhall as the heir-apparent. You know, the same Mendenhall who was put on IR halfway through his first start. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t buy him as a legit threat at all, unless Willie suffers a major injury. Regardless, you can count on Parker missing a game or two in 2009; as he has only played one full season in his career. On the flipside, he did play in 3 playoff games last season.
Conclusion: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in a contract year.
Rushing: 280 attempts. 1,176 yards. 9 TDs
Receiving: 17 receptions. 120 yards. 1 TD
*** BUY ***
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Monday Night, 7/20/09, The Bronx.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve spent the last year hearing about how amazing the new Yankee Stadium is, and how I had to get out there to experience the difference. On this site, our resident commentator, Esoteric, referred to it in a tongue-in-cheek fashion as an Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ode to Excess.Ã¢â‚¬Â (AuthorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Note I: I refuse to believe the words of someone who bills themselves as Ã¢â‚¬Å“EsotericÃ¢â‚¬Â). Being that the Orioles were in town, I decided that there wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a better time than right now to sit through nine innings of torture (AuthorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Note II: I am a long-time suffering OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fan).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Thanks to a family friend, my fiancÃƒÂ© (Kelly) was able to score incredible seats 13 rows behind home plate, down in Kate Hudson territory. The face value on my ticket was $325. I only need to ask one questionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ What recession?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We parked at one of the River Street garage lots. $19 for Event Parking. In this horribly dank, musty lot, three fans were pounding down cheap beer and listening to Metallica. Yep, sounds about right.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We walked around the exterior of the stadium, noticing how out-of-place the stadium felt right in the middle of the Bronx. Walking by a sea of cheap-o-marts and dollar stores into this posh, billion-dollar facility was surreal.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Kelly decided to wear her Mariano Rivera jersey to the game, while I decided to sport an Orange-and-Black OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s jersey with no name or jersey number on the back (AuthorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Note III: There is no point in getting an Orioles player’s jersey, as they will be gone from the team once their rookie deal expires).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Yankee fans are heckling me. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been told to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go back to Baltimore!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We meet up with some friends and enter the Stadium. We are not patted down, and security is more relaxed than I expected.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We walk around the interior, and right away, it felt like a cross between Citizens Bank Park and the old Stadium. It also felt smaller, and cleaner.