Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: July 20, 2008 12:32 am

FF Draft strategy - my issues with Clinton Portis

For years I played fantasy football, even back in the UK, playing on some pos by mail system I have studied stats, spreadsheets and mock drafts, read magazines and done a pile of research. The end result has been a complete lack of championships. I've got to the Big Dance at least twice and failed miserably. It's not that I've not been successful, I regularly make the playoffs, have shown a sizeable profit from these ventures but have no trophies.

With this in mind, and having piloted a spectacular train wreck last year (from 7-2 to missing the playoffs), I am changing things up. My strategy was always RB RB, and sometimes a third RB, followed by QB and some WRs. Once I took Tony Gonzalez in the 2nd round, and have been known to trade out of the first round when there was no one of "value" there. Given my lack of success, maybe my values are all wrong - a comment that has been made several times in my life.

So this year, I pick 8th - mainly a TD league with a few yardage and reception bonuses. I figure that the following will go in the top 7 picks:

Brady, Manning, LT, Westbrook, Peterson, Addai and Jackson. If one of those seven is there I would probably take them (depending on Manning's injury status). At eight, I have the following to look at - Portis, Randy Moss, or Marion Barber. I'm sure there are others, but work being what it is, and our little league season just finishing up, I haven't had time to do any real studying yet. Marion Barber would be a nice pick, but I worry about Felix Jones taking carries, which leaves me RB Portis and Randy Moss.

In years past, I would have taken the RB, but I flat out don't rate Clinton Portis. I have no idea why not, he is a good back in a good system, but I just don't like him. Which leaves me Randy Moss who is, well, Randy Moss. Do I dump the RB RB approach to take a stud WR, or am I being unfair to Clinton Portis because of the whole image thing? If I am, why am I considering Randy Moss?

Drafting at 8, 17 and 32, may well leave me no real RBs, particularly as I may end up with a QB in round 2 (Romo/Brees) and another WR in 3, but after last year, things are not as clear cut with the RBs as they once were. A team, with Moss, Romo, Anquan Boldin, maybe Earnest Graham and Brandon Jacobs may still be a decent enough team, with a couple of waiver wire pickups, it could be decent.

The other option I have is to dump the pick, stock up in rounds 3 and 4 and try to get 6 servicable starters. I guess this year I really have no clue as to what to do, but given that I've never won the trophy when I think I know what I'm doing, I don't think that's a problem.

Any thoughts or comments?

Posted on: March 18, 2008 10:44 am

Where's the love for Randy Moss?

Coming up to the Superbowl, having waited all year for the New England Patriots to explode, we were finally treated to an incident involving Randy Moss - arguably the most talented receiver in the game today. Allegedly, he did something in a night club and was slapped with a restraining order. Oh Joy, the message boards lit up, the Evil Empire that is New England were now not only a bunch of cheats but also a bunch of criminals. Surely Goodell should increase the punishment for this team.

About two weeks ago the story appeared that this restraining order was being dropped:


is one place this was reported. Now admittedly the Pats lost and we feasted on their misery and the football season has ended, but there was so little made of this (presumably substanceless) accusation that someone could be excused for thinking he is still in trouble. What I fail to understand is why we are so quick to knock down the very people we try and build up. 

In this case, the facts are fairly straightforward - Randy Moss is a record breaking receiver, he has a history of being a me-first player with some legal issues. He appears to be trying to straighten out his image and we shall see how much further this goes next season now he has the contract he deserves.

We love our sports figures (and for sports, we could mean actors, singers and even politicians) and willing chuck our adoration or our dollars at them watching movies, buying shirts or in many other ways. We embrace them, ignore their flaws if they are on "our" team, but happily push them under a bus when they don't live up to the standards we have set them. I think we feel that as we have created these stars we have every right to tear them down, but there is a huge part that we miss. I have never met Randy Moss, Mel Gibson, Eliot Spitzer or Britney Spears but I am certain that they sacrificed a lot to get themselves into a position where they could achieve (in some eyes) greatness. It's not relevant whether I personally feel they are great, the general public have raised them to heights in their chosen profession. But once there, we are ready to take great delight in their subsequent fall and leap on every perceived flaw that is exposed.

Now don't get me wrong, all four of these people have made mistakes - some repeatedly, some only once (that we know about), and they have been villified in the media quite rightly. However, in the world of instant communication and 24 hour news, every little snippet about these celebrities is thrown into the spotlight and we have the opportunity to comment and from opinions before really getting a hard look at the evidence. Why should we let a few facts cloud us from our opinion? We built the monster, we should be able to destroy it.

In Randy Moss' case, at least this time, we should have waited before assuming his guilt. Hopefully next time I read a report about him doing something "wrong" my first thought will be "Is this true?" rather than "There, I told you so!"

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