I never thought I’d have to do two of these in one year.
Thoughts and prayers.
There’s an opinion piece in today’s NYT that blames the “overgentrification” of West Chelsea — specifically the influx of high-end retail, exorbitant residential towers, and vapid tourists — on the High Line Park, which if you haven’t heard of it is the elevated railway that’s being transformed…
I’ve decided to blog football this year, as I really don’t have much else to do and I’m more knowledgeable of Football than I’d like to admit. I’ll intersperse my thoughts with fantasy tips throughout, take em or leave as you will.
The past two years, I’ve been first in my fantasy league in the regular season, as a result of study, good drafting and keeping up with the waiver wire, so I’ve got a decent amount of knowledge when it comes to fantasy football. I’m not necessarily proud of that, but I might as well put it to use, no?
Let’s start with the NFL Network. I completely understand why the NFL wants to run as many games as they can, but if you’re really going to do this to fans, you need to start making sure that every cable provider has the option. With Cablevision, I don’t have the option to get the Network and so I’ve had to go about obtaining…. other means in order to watch a PRESEASON GAME. Give me a break here. In the immortal words of Ditka, Come on, Man.
And speaking of their coverage, as far as I’ve seen so far, it’s not that great. Let’s start with the gushing over the Saints. No harm, no foul — The entirety of NFL media does this for the Saints. But let’s stop with Drew Brees already. That interview was nauseating. Of course Brees disagrees with the penalties and doesn’t ‘trust’ Roger Goodell. Enough already. You got caught, you got penalized, and it’s over and done with. Take your medicine and play the game.
Now, onto the field. Not too much to say about the Saints first drive, other than to say that they should be fine without Sean Payton. Yes, it’s only a preseason game, and it’s against the Cardinals, so everything is taken with a grain of salt, but still.
A vanilla offense, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles tearing it up, Brees in midseason form, and they didn’t even need to incorporate Jimmy Graham? Scary Team. My early opinion, before I actually take the time to analyze everything, is that they once again win the division.
I want to come up with a catchy fantasy football word of reference, but I’m not sure what I’ll use yet. I’ll test things out, and I’d love feedback on how corny I’m being? Thanks!
Flex Thought # 1: Mark Ingram was not the first or second RB to come into the game for the Saints. From everything I had read, I was really expecting him to get an increased workload and be a good sleeper candidate. Again, this was just the first couple of drives in the first preseason game against a… questionable team, but it’s something to consider. Ingram will come in for goal line carries, but he’ll also have to share that use with Jimmy Graham, who is frankly a beast. The saints will score a lot, but I don’t know if Ingram’s worth much of a look.
The Cardinals first couple drives on offense didn’t go quite as well. So they’re also in midseason form!
Ok, full disclosure here: I’m a Giants fan and I have certain biases. I’m sure you’ll pick up on them, though I’ll try and keep them to a minimum. But I’m not such a big supporter of the Eagles. But if you need to give them props for just one thing, it absolutely needs to be their front office and the trades they can pull off. Kevin Kolb? Man, the Cardinals got hosed on that one.
Kolb came out, couple nice runs for Howling and then, wouldn’t you know it, Kolb promptly throws an interception. Part of this may be that the Saints D should be much improved with Spags running them (yay, a bias!), but frankly, I just don’t think this guy has much to him. And of course, then he got hurt, which with him is always something to keep in mind.
Flex Thought # 2: Larry Fitzgerald is always a great draft pick, but I’d stay away from him in the first two rounds. Yeah, he’ll probably be gone by the third but wide receiver is just so deep this year, and Fitz’s QB situation is just so terrible, I wouldn’t even take the shot.
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know much of the rest of these players on the teams. Skelton’s looked alright, and the Cardinals don’t have many expectations, so you can only exceed them. But I’m not going to try to analyze all these players who may not even be on the team in four weeks.
If you have any fantasy or analysis questions for me, please send me a line, I’d love to answer them!
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