Fantasy football is a phenomenon.
If you're into it, you're typically REALLY into it, but for those of us who are not, fantasy football means imagining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going 12-4 this season, winning the NFC South and venturing deep into the playoffs.
OK, back to the fantasy stuff that folks play, make their own teams and prepare for the upcoming "fantasy drafts" that are typically held at food and drinking establishments across the country.
Seems NFL.com has this fantasy guru named Matt "Money" Smith. Now that's a pretty pompous moniker for anyone without a championship ring of some sort. "Money" has come up with something that should feel like a cool breeze in August to fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith says that running back Doug Martin, the darling of Boise State, will be the most productive rookie in the NFL this season.
Martin's been getting a lot of preseason love and that's got to gnaw a little into the craw of LeGarrette Blount, who is sounding more and more like the potential forgotten man.
It's so very tough to predict the performance of any players in the NFL outside of guys like Drew Brees, Tom Brady and those elite level guys. Rookies? Talk about a crapshoot. Who was jumping all over Cam Newton in the first round of fantasy drafts last season?
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The arrival of Martin is good news for an offense that already added the likes of Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson. That's nothing but good news for quarterback Josh Freeman, who has no excuses to not turn around the dismal performance of last season.
Now if only Martin can stay healthy for 16 games.
That's where the "crap" in crapshoot comes for any rookie in the NFL. It's a really long season compared to college football and the pounding is intensified.
That being said, let's hope Matt Smith is on the "money" with this one.