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  • Brandon 10:02 am on August 28, 2007 Permalink  

    Culpepper vs. McCown… where's JaMarcus? 

    Well it looks like the quarterback competition in Oakland is finally winding down. Although at this point this battle should have very little fantasy implications, the winner might be a name to consider during the year when you run into injury problems or the bye week blues. McCown has proven himself to be a completely mediocre quarterback, averaging only 155 yards a game and throwing only 25 touchdowns in 35 games, while also throwing 29 interceptions. I wouldn’t expect much different from him if he takes over as quarterback for the Raiders this season. However, Daunte Culpepper brings a lot more intrigue to the conversation. (More …)

  • Matt 9:15 am on August 28, 2007 Permalink  

    Could Edgerrin James relocate his Edge in 2007? 

    Michael Silver thinks so. His editorial comes off mostly as a fluff piece, and it’s important not to get too excited about a player over one of those, but there’s one thing to consider: Maybe Denny Green was just a terrible coach. This passage in particular makes it seem as if there’s some hope for a resurgence of sorts now that Green’s gone:

    Green’s system didn’t help, either: Effective as a spread offense the previous year, the Cardinals began favoring a two-tight-end formation that brought more defenders into the box to stop James. An injury to Larry Fitzgerald, one of the team’s two stud wideouts (along with the brilliant Anquan Boldin), didn’t help, either.

    “Teams knew what was coming,” James said. “Opponents were calling out plays before we ran them. (Chicago Bears middle linebacker) Brian Urlacher, when we played them, told me, ‘Dude, I feel bad for you. They’re not giving you a chance.'”

    With all the talk over the offseason about how James has “lost his burst” (Matt Pallister recently called him “merely an average back”), maybe we all could use a reminder that just the season before, he had over 1800 total yards and 14 scores. If he had remained in Indy (and Joseph Addai didn’t exist), there’s little reason to think he wouldn’t have had a comparable season in 2006. The setting changed, not the player. With a new coach in the desert, perhaps the setting has changed again, for the better this time.

  • Matt 8:15 am on August 28, 2007 Permalink  

    Joey Harrington: Not too shabby, actually 

    Harrington must feel like he’s on top of the world right now. His evil plot to frame Michael Vick for dogfighting actually worked (wait, what?), he’s got the starting job locked down in Atlanta, and he just finished a preseason game with a 118.0 passer rating.

    Does Harrington have any fantasy relevance? He’s got some quality weapons at his disposal: Both Dunn and Norwood are decent pass-catchers, Crumpler’s one of the best tight ends in the league (and his knee is evidently OK if the coaching staff is letting him play in a preseason game), Joe Horn’s in town now, and it’s really hard to say what they have in Michael Jenkins and Roddy White as the two third-year receivers have never had a pass-first QB throwing them the ball (recall that Peerless Price was a star in Buffalo, stank in Atlanta, then went back and performed well in Buffalo again). (More …)

    • Jeff 12:19 pm on August 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I can think of 30 other QBs I would rather have than Joey Harrington, no matter the circumstances. Lets not forget that he had 1st round WR picks for 4 straight years (good job Detroit) and still couldn’t get the job done.

    • Matt 2:46 pm on August 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Because it’s wide receivers alone who determine whether a quarterback succeeds or fails?

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