If someone writes about fantasy football or the NFL, they must accept they will have to talk about Chad Ochocinco. Seeing that I actually like Chad, this is not a difficult thing for me to do.
Chad has done some interesting things in his career with the Bengals, from wearing hall of fame jackets to blond mohawks. The rebel has always pushed the envelope, and the buttons of those working in NFL front offices over the years.
In latest news, Chad has vowed to use the new networking sensation called "twitter" to communicate with friends and fans during NFL games.
Since releasing this information to the public, the NFL has told the world any networking during games will be banned. The league pointed out they already forbid phones and hand held devices from being on the field during games.
Of course this news didn't stop Chad, as he has already stated publicly that he is going to "tweet" during games and doesn't care what they say.
Fight the power Chad!
What Are Rules to a Rebel?
rebel (reb′əl; for v. ri bel′)
- one who engages in armed resistance against the established government of one's country
- a person who resists any authority or controls
To give a set of formal rules to a rebel is like telling Terrell Owens to be a good little boy. In the end not only will that person not follow the rules, but they will make a point to defy them even more than they would have originally.
Chad Ochocinco is no different from any other rebel, he tests the water to see how far he can go. What I like about Chad is that he does it all in fun and takes things lightly.
Many argue that Chad's antics are a distraction to the team, and he is not preparing for success in the NFL. There may be something to that, but it is generally overstated in the media.
It's like that old song by Simply Red, "if you don't know me by now". The song includes the lyric; "if you don't know me by now, you will never know me". This definitely holds true for Chad, as he is always going to be what he is—and that is a clown that knows how to get media attention.
Fantasy Football Information for Chad Ochocinco
I've spent a decent amount of time this month scowering through fantasy football draft magazines, as I do every year at this time. I've seen Chad ranked as high as the top 12 receivers for fantasy football, and as low as the mid 20's.
In my opinion drafting Chad as anything close to the No. 12 receiver this year is a horrible value for fantasy owners in 2009. For a player that is coming off his worst season as a pro you should be getting this receiver as a value at fantasy drafts.
If you have Chad ranked as a top 12 overall receiver this year, then in twelve team leagues, that would mean he is someones best receiver. Not that I don't think Chad is a good player, but I will be more then happy to play any team that actually had Ocho as their top receiver for their fantasy football team.
At the end of the day we all need to see Carson Palmer come back and prove that his arm issues are behind him. If Carson can hold up health wise then Chad should move back into the top 15 receivers for fantasy football drafts in 2010.
This year look for Chad as a second or even third receiver in 10 to 12 team leagues. I would not invest in this rebel at a high price this season.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com