Blog Entry

So long Shaun

Posted on: April 23, 2008 6:38 am

The Seahawks finally got rid of Shaun Alexander on Tuesday, and this is a good thing for several reasons.

Alexander now has a few days to find a new home before the draft, which means Detroit, Chicago, Carolina or some other team in need of a running back can try to sign him without using a high pick and go for another need.

Alexander still has some mileage -- albeit very little -- in his old legs. He can be part of a tandem as the bigger back, which would make sense with the Panthers (DeAngelo Williams) and Lions (Tatum Bell).

Along with the Bears, these three teams should still draft a running back. But now maybe they can wait until after the first round to draft a running back and go for offensive line or help on defense.

For the Seahawks, the job now officially goes to Julius Jones. He will be the starter with Maurice Morris likely in on third downs and T.J. Duckett the short-yardage guy. Jones is a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB with a lot of upside. He will be better than what you saw in Dallas because he will likely get at least 15 touches a game. There will be no Marion Barber looking over his shoulder.

In other news Tuesday, the Bengals have reportedly turned down one and possibly two first-round draft picks for Chad Johnson from Washington. If that offer was out there, which I doubt, the Bengals should have jumped on it. The Redskins are known to make strange decisions, and giving up two first-round picks for Johnson would have been ludicrous.

I know Johnson is an elite receiver. And I know you likely won't get someone as talented as him in the draft. But look at some of the recent trades for receivers, most notably Randy Moss going for a fourth-round pick. Is Johnson better than Moss? No way.

And I like Marvin Lewis telling Johnson if he wants to sit out, do it.

The Dolphins made it official with Jake Long as the No. 1 pick. It's the right move. If he sticks at left tackle and is any good, you have an anchor on your offensive line for several years. And if he fails, you stick him at right tackle and hope he can block. But he should have more shelf life than a defensive lineman, and the Dolphins need to fill several holes, with offensive line the most important.


Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 4:51 pm

So long Shaun

They are still the most stable position, and have to anchor the team.

Did you see how many RB injuries there were last year? Stable? Think about Tenn., Oakland, Seattle, Minn., N.E., Atlanta, Dallas, GB, the Giants... How do pick which player is going to get the touches? How do you pick who's going to make it through the whole season as the starter? RB is becomming MORE AND MORE volatile year after year... IN FANTASY SCORING. Remember, we're talking about Fantasy scoring. It's only going to get worse.

That's the old school thnking, my friend. You need to look at the future of the NFL offense and the future is more passing and more multi-back offenses. I don't know about you, but I don't want any of my first 3 or 4 picks in the draft splitting time with ANYONE during the season.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 12:10 am

So long Shaun

Don't forget about Westbrook. Everyone else did last year in my league except myself, and he carried me to a league championship (granted, I picked up Welker and Brandon Marshall off the waiver wire too, /snicker). The RB's that are most valuable are the dual threats. Look for MJD to have a huge year. RB by committee means you can't draft Willie Parkers in the first round anymore. That means pure runners (except for AP who is a freak of nature). There are too many vultures waiting in the wings. If Ronnie Brown can rehab fast enough, I see him coming in early to mid-season and putting up some surprising numbers. Why? Dual threat. Same goes for Reggie Bush, though I'm still skeptical of his redzone determination.

But I definitely don't think RB's are dropping down on the list of priorities. They are still the most stable position, and have to anchor the team. WR is still a high-risk/high-reward position, but any receiver can put up a big fat goose egg except for the elite few. This is not the case with RB's. Any starting RB will at least give you 7-10 points each week, which doesn't sound like much, but you'll at least be able to bank on them putting up yards to keep you in the game while you wait and hope your WR or DST blows up on a KR or 50 yard pass for TD. Other than the top 3 QB's (Manning, Romo, and Brady), you are going to get a point spread between 3-6 points in the next 10 or so QB's each week. That means that it doesn't make much of a difference whether you have Eli or Garrard or Palmer. They're going to put in their day's work and give you around 12-15 points, and sometimes surprise you with a big game.or a dud (I'm looking at you, Kitna).

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2008 8:55 pm

So long Shaun

This situation is Seattle just proves my point I've been making since last year...


What does this mean for Fantasy?

You can shoot the Runningback theory down the toilet. QB's and WR's are becoming more and more important. Sure, their are a few stud RB's you should try to get when you can, but your priorities should be getting the high scoring QB's and WR's on your team (league scoring may change things a little). Last year showed that through injuries and multi-back systems, you should be able to grab a guy or two off the Waiver Wire later after the season starts that can really get you some points, but getting a QB like Brady, Manning, or Romo is EXTREMELY important now.

The NFL is a copy-cat league, and through injury concerns and the increasing use of high-powered passing offense, more teams will switch to a Multi-back formula.

Grab your LT, AP, and Portis when you can, but you better have a big QB and a few big WR if you want ANY chance of outscoring your Fantasy opponents week to week. RB's are DEFINITELY losing their spot in your list of priorities.

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2008 12:30 pm

So long Shaun

Shaun Alexander was an exceptional back, but has had a couple injuries that he has never really recovered from. After the injuries he came back to the field with a feew good games. The backups that came in when he was hurt played exceptionally well, and in some points better than he did. I think it was a good decision by the front office. I agree with your point of shaun playing well as a tandem with another back. At this point i think thats the way he will stay in the NFL.

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