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  • Brandon 10:47 pm on August 20, 2007 Permalink  

    Draft Analysis: Mystic Fantasy Foozeball 

    Tonight was the third annual Mystic Fantasy Foozeball draft (formerly known as the Pizza Place League). While the league’s manager list has changed drastically over the course of the years, the spirit of the league lives on through the teams of a few guys. Since the league began, the league settings were always a little different, such as having individual defensive players, multiple kickers, etc. As the commissioner of the league this year again, I decided to keep that idea and ended up having 2 QB’s, 2 DEF’s and 1 WR/RB. If you’re in more than 2 or 3 leagues (4 in my case), it helps to have variation in the drafts to keep you on your toes, so that was another reason for the non-standard positions. Anyways, without any more rambling, here is my personal analysis of the draft…

    Positions: 2 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 RB/WR flex, 1 TE, 1 K, 2 DEF (More …)

    • Jeff 1:16 pm on August 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the props on both of my draft teams so far. I hope I can keep it up in the next two leagues and continue to dominate you as your nemesis BMarsh

  • Matt 11:24 am on August 20, 2007 Permalink  

    Looks/touches predictions: Who uses these? 

    I read a ton of stuff about fantasy football. Some of it is useful, some of it is crap, and some of it just makes me wonder how, or why, anyone could possibly use the advice in an actual fantasy football league.

    Exhibit A: Yahoo staff expert Matt Buser’s Looks/Touches predictions. Really, the main question I have is: What nether-region of his ass do these numbers come from? What do I, as a fantasy football manager, get out of his prediction that Rudi Johnson will get 347 touches, while Travis Henry will get 345? Shall I adjust my cheat sheet accordingly? A million different things can and will happen over the course of a season that will affect the final look/touch numbers. There’s absolutely zero point in driving yourself crazy by trying to predict specifics like this (or by listening to those who claim they can).

    What matters most is the player’s role in an offense, their past production, and the overall potency of the offense they’re involved in. Great player with a starring role in a potent offense? LT, Marvin Harrison, and Drew Brees come to mind. Great player with a questionable role in an iffy offense? Sounds like Maurice Jones-Drew and Thomas Jones. And so on. Hard statistical numbers are important – when they’re from the past and therefore have actually happened. Hard numbers in your predictions make you a liar, psychotic, or both.

  • Matt 10:32 am on August 20, 2007 Permalink  

    Brady Quinn will start this season 

    It’s pretty much settled at this point, after Quinn put on a bit of a show against Detroit (albeit in garbage time of a garbage game). Cleveland fans have tolerated a subpar team for too long, and I’d venture a guess that the Cavs reaching the NBA Finals and looking likely to remain a perennial contender makes the Dawg Pound even less willing to put up with a third-rate NFL franchise any longer. They’ll be chanting his name at every home game until he finally gets the start, which is hardly an atmosphere that a guy like Charlie Frye is going to thrive in. He’ll screw up and lose the job to Quinn by mid-season.

    That said, you still shouldn’t draft Brady Quinn. He plays for the friggin’ Browns.

  • Matt 10:20 am on August 20, 2007 Permalink  

    Ronnie Brown might not return kicks in '07 

    Frankly, I had no idea that the Dolphins were planning on continuing to use Brown as their kick returner – seems unnecessarily risky, especially given that his backup is Jesse “Who the hell am I, and why am I here?” Chatman. Now it appears that they may be coming to their senses and letting rookie wideout Ted Ginn Jr. do it. This doesn’t affect Brown’s value much, but it’s a little reassuring if you’ve already drafted him. Ginn becomes a little more interesting if your league awards points for return yardage/TDs.

    • Brandon 1:59 pm on August 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Although he hasn’t played in the preseason games yet, I believe Lorenzo Booker will end up being Brown’s backup…probably not Chatman. If you drafted Brown as one of your main running backs, I would most likely look at Booker for your handcuff and not Chatman.

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