Daily Haze: Best League Sites, QB Battles, Rookie Receivers and Twitter Mailbag
Been posting all week from the sunny beach in Pensacola, Florida, hoping the NFL lockout would end this week so I could celebrate in style.
As I write this story though (Thursday evening), they are still just “close” to ending the lockout.
Here’s the problem, in my eyes: Players want to miss a few preseason games. Owners do not. So the players are gumming it up just a little bit to force the NFL’s hand and try to get out of a game or two. So far, it looks like that might happen.
But at least they are “close” enough to believe there will be football.
A look back at some of the highlights from this week:
- The five best fantasy football league hosting websites
- Quarterback battles worth watching once training camps actually open
- Rookie wide receivers and tight ends to follow heading into fantasy drafts
- Still a few days to submit your best fantasy football team name!
Twitter & Facebook Mailbag
Wrote a series of stories over the course of the last few weeks outlining some of the bigger names in free agency to watch from a fantasy perspective (read more: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers). Of these, I would say DeAngelo Williams has the biggest fantasy implications this season. Funny thing too, I did not even mention him in the above linked story (oops!).
Not yet. Manning is expected to miss the start of training camp after having surgery on his neck this offseason. At this point, it is not a big deal. So as long as you are not drafting in the next few weeks, I would not bump him down the rankings just yet.
When Peyton Hillis got starts in 08 he ran nuts before getting hurt. He got the opportunity again last year and you saw the results. Granted he began to wear down at seasons end are you buying into him as a feature back or just a flash in the pan?
Here’s the best way I can answer this question: I won’t own Hillis in any league this year. He is being drafted as a RB1 and he had that type of season last year, but I just do not see it happening again this season. I like Hillis and all, but I think Montario Hardesty is going to eat into his playing time and he might not hold up quite so well this season.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Update on the lockout: Owners voted in favor the the proposed CBA, players did not vote last night. It does not sound great this morning. The players claim the owners threw in a bunch of things last minute, but I really am not buying it. There has been too much progress for that type of shady business. [The Big Lead]
- Rob Gronkowski may have emerged as the best fantasy rookie tight end on the Patriots team last season, but I would not expect him to replicate those 10 touchdown catches again. If Aaron Hernandez can get out of the dog house and stay healthy, he seems like the better play-maker of the two. [Fantasy Douche]
- Hard to rank Tim Tebow without knowing whether or not he actually is the starting quarterback in Denver yet. I think he will win the job though, strangely enough. Perhaps the Broncos can trade Kyle Orton to a QB-needy team. [Roto Arcade]
- If you needed more evidence that Kevin Kolb is most likely going to end up in Arizona after the lockout, here it is: Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald already practiced together this summer in anticipation of such a deal. [ProFootballTalk]
- A few obvious targets for fantasy owners in dynasty leagues. Read up on the two rookies on this list, Mikel LeShoure and Julio Jones. [Hatty Waiver Wire Guru]
- The 10 Commandments of fantasy football drafting. Please, if you follow any of this advice, heed No. 1 — never rely on fantasy football magazines, those things are terrible. [National Football Post]
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