Cool Links for 12/20/10

20 December 2010

I occasionally get e-mail sent to me at contact@lesterslegends.com from people to spread the word about an article or a promotion. I got a couple of such requests today, which I found interesting so I decided to help spread the word.
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First, is an article from Fantazzle that discusses how fantasy sports are not a distraction or hindrance on working or family environments. There are many bosses and wives that may beg to differ, but it’s an interesting read.
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On a lighter note, Ranker has an entertaining look at the five most brutal failures in sports this year. You won’t be surprised to find Mr. Drama himself on the list.

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Did you really think Brett Favre would just ride off into the sunset? Not unless he had a caravan of reporters tracking his every moment. The media hungry Favre just won’t go away. Despite Favre racking up more injuries than the Vikings have wins, the signing of Patrick Ramsey, and a chance to look at potential future quarterback Joe Webb, it appears that Favre stands a chance of playing this week after being upgraded from out to questionable.
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Favre will test his shoulder well before kickoff to see if he can give it a go or not. If he is able to go, I like the chances of Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and even Adrian Peterson in the running game a lot better. However, if you were anticipating using Joe Webb in your WR slot, you may want to have Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Devin Hester, or Johnny Knox on speed dial so you don’t get stuck with a goose egg.
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It is snowing in Minnesota so none of the passing options make great plays, but that’s what happens when you play somebody from the Monday Night Football game. Good luck tonight. Hopefully you survive to fight another day.
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If you’re looking ahead to next week, check out:


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After a dream season with the Vikings last year, this one has been a nightmare with a multitude of injuries and a sexting scandal for Brett Favre. Well, the nightmare just got worse as Brett Favre’s streak of 297 consecutive games will come to an end when the Vikings kick off.
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He is listed as inactive. Tarvaris Jackson will get the start tonight (and possibly for the remainder of the season). Percy Harvin is also inactive so make sure you adjust your lineups accordingly.
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It was most certainly one helluva run. Thanks for the memories Brett.
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If you have an eye on next week, check out:


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There’s no place like home. Vikings fans (and Randy Moss owners) are hoping that is the case. He had a brilliant start to his career with the Vikings catching 17 TD passes as the Vikings took the league by storm going 15-1 until seeing their dreams dashed by the Dirty Birds aka Atlanta Falcons.
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Moss had 574 catches for 9142 yards and 90 TDs in seven years with the Vikings. He had one decent year and one dud with the Raiders before resurrecting his career with the Patriots. He caught 98 passes for 1493 yards and 23 TD in his first season with the Pats as they went 16-0 before being upset by the New York Giants. He followed that historic season with two more 1000+ yard, 10+ TD seasons. Currently he has nine catches for 139 yards and 3 TDs.
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Brett Favre has long expressed his desire to play with Moss and he finally gets his wish. Both Favre and Moss see their values increase. Percy Harvin will draw less attention and should see his numbers spike as well. Visanthe Shiancoe could see less red zone targets, but he remains a solid low-end TE1. Bernard Berrian becomes an afterthought…not that his play didn’t already make him one.
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For the Patriots, Tom Brady’s numbers take a hit. They’ll get by, but I expect them their offense to look more like the pre-Moss years. Wes Welker will draw the shutdown corners now and will also lose some value. Tight Ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski will be used in more two tight end sets and should see an increase in targets, especially in the red zone for Gronkowsi. Brandon Tate will slide into the starting lineup and becomes a borderline WR3. Julian Edelman should get more looks and become a bye week option in PPR leagues.

 

The NFL season kicks off tomorrow tonight and I figured we could do something fun, and in the process I could reward one of my loyal readers with a cool gift. The rules are simple. Whoever comes the closest in predicting Brett Favre and Drew Brees’ combined passing yards in the NFL season opener will win the prize.

 

What is the prize you ask? I won a Le Rustique wine rack in a drawing from Zim Consulting (Join their Facebook page to be eligible for future contests). I am not a wine drinker so I decided to share the bounty with you.

 

Enter your guess below and enjoy the game tomorrow tonight.


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I was a little concerned with Sidney Rice’s hip in July (click to read article). He went from the #5 rank in February to #7 in April as I came to the conclusion that the Vikings would run more in 2010.

 

In mid-July I bounced him down to #14 as the hip injury began to trouble me. In my most recent rankings two weeks ago, he dipped down to #19 as the hip and a possible contract dispute as the cause for the slide.

 

Now there are rumors (via Judd Zulgad’s Twitter) that he may undergo surgery to repair his hip. This procedure could cost him half the season. Until we hear otherwise, it’s time to start preparing for the worst. You can no longer risk taking Rice as one of your top two WRs. Even taking him as a WR3 is risky.

 

Meanwhile, Bernard Berrian should start rapidly climbing the draft board. With Rice’s hip issue and Percy Harvin’s migraine issues, Berrian could easily find himself as the team’s number one receiver. Brett Favre went to Berrian early and often in the NFC title game against the Saints. He would not hesitate to go back to him.

 

The Vikings are taking a look at Javon Walker, but don’t waste your time with him. Greg Lewis, who was on the receiving end of the ESPY Play of the Year, is far more likely to pick up the scraps should Rice and Harvin miss time.

 

****UPDATE****
Star Tribune is reporting that Sidney Rice did have hip surgery. If you already had your draft and picked Rice, try to get Bernard Berrian. Don’t worry about Brett Favre. He will be fine with Harvin, Rice, Shiancoe, Greg Lewis, etc.

So Brett Favre decided to grace the Vikings with his presence. If you were one of the one or two people that fell for his act…shame on you. For the rest of us, who always knew he was coming back, we can get on to the real question at hand. What does Favre’s return mean to us fantasy football players?

 

For starters, you can add Brett Favre in the mix as one of the top eight to twelve fantasy starters. I wouldn’t put him ahead of the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Peyton, Brady, Rivers, Romo, or Schaub, but after last year’s brilliant performance, I can see you rolling the dice and taking him as a low-end fantasy starter. I know he’s never missed a game and has been a top tier QB for the past three seasons, aside from the last few games with the Jets when he blew out his arm, but you should strongly consider adding a quality backup if you’re using Favre. He will turn 41 this year, and after the success the Saints had attacking Favre, you have to imagine other teams will follow suit and try to take down the new grandpa.

 

I am not worried that Favre’s return will hamper Adrian Peterson. He put up big numbers before Favre and put up big numbers with him. I’m more concerned with his fumbling issues, but that’s a different topic for a different day. I still consider AP the number one fantasy running back since teams can’t stuff the box on him.

 

The Viking wide receivers have to be breathing a sigh of relief. It’s not that I don’t think Tarvaris Jackson is not capable of moving the chains and putting up some points, but he is not to be confused with Brett Favre. Favre sweats out more experience every game than T-Jack has accumulated, and it will benefit the Viking wideouts.

 

The player I like the most is Percy Harvin. Of course he is a weekly risk thanks to his recurring migraine issue, but he has so much natural ability. He is strong and shifty and racks up yards after contact like a running back. Favre showed a willingness to deliver the ball to him in the red zone so double-digit touchdowns is not out of the question. Sidney Rice was his favorite target last year, but he is dealing with a hip issue. He has not walked the walk with injuries like the gunslinger so there is cause for concern. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to put up big numbers thanks to his body control and leaping ability. He’ll be gone from fantasy drafts before I’m willing to role the dice on him. Bernard Berrian is an interesting option. He’s too widely know to be considered a sleeper, but he could far exceed his expectations.

 

First, he’ll have to stay healthy, which has been a challenge. If he can do his part, and Percy (migraines) or Sidney’s (hip) issues flare up, he could see a lot of targets. He was almost the forgotten man last year, but was heavily featured (9 catches, 102 yards) in the NFC title game vs. the Saints. Don’t sleep on him despite his 161 ADP (57th WR).

 

Perhaps the player that is happiest to see Favre’s return is Visanthe Shiancoe. Not because they can sort out the great training camp tweet debacle, but because Favre loves throwing to tight ends in the red zone. Shiancoe had 11 TDs last year to back up that claim. He loses some value in PPR leagues because he likely won’t catch more than 55-60 passes, but another double-digit season is a distinct possibility.

 

I know you’re sick of the Favre drama, but the Vikings are a better team with him under center. Their players become better fantasy options as well. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing not to like about Favre’s return.

 

***Update*** 
Percy Harvin collapsed during practice and was taken to a hospital via an ambulance. He vomited prior to collapsing, most likely the symptoms of a migraine. He has been dealing with them for two weeks now. You should probably slide Harvin down a few notches on your draft board. More importantly, my thoughts and prayers are with Harvin. Hopefully they find a way to improve his condition. That is now way to go through life, not knowing when you’ll be knocked on your butt from a crippling migraine.

Favre From Finished

17 August 2010


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OK, he hasn’t come out and said he’s going to play this year. There have been no dramatic helicopter entrances, but there is another sign that Brett Favre is going to play for the Vikings this year. That sign is a visit from a trio of teammates. According to the Star Tribune Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson, and Ryan Longwell headed down to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to convince Favre to play in his 20th season. If Favre says no, I could see Jared Allen hogtying him, strapping him to Steve Hutchinson’s back, and bringing him back to the Twin Cities. If you have an early fantasy draft, feel free to take a gamble on Favre around the 10th round. If he shocks the world and doesn’t come back, you won’t be out too much. If he does return, you get an exceptional value (click to see my 2010 QB rankings).

 

***Breaking Update***

NFL Network’s Scott Hanson tweeted that “Brett Favre took off 2:20pm est. My source says he’s going back to Minnesota. Stay with NFLN for more.” Fox’s Jay Glazer backs up the story tweeting “Brett Favre has told trio of vikings who came to persuade him to return that he is “back in” and is on plane back to minny now”. Be prepared on your drive home to hear all-Favre-all-the-time on sports radios. Favre will also take over ESPN and the rest of the sports outlets for the night.

 

I hope you didn’t fall for the Favre bit yesterday. He’s not going anywhere. For starters, he loves attention. Craves it actually. This has been a quiet offseason dominated by LeBron’s decision and all the baseball trade rumors. Even Lance Armstrong seemed to be in the news more than #4. If he were going to retire, don’t you think he would have been lined up to participate in Dancing with the Stars or become the next American Idol judge? Something to keep him in the spotlight.

 

What this likely came down to, other than the attention, was getting Favre a few more greenbacks after the mega deal unproven Sam Bradford inked. No way was the gunslinger going to play for a measly $12 million when a rookie getting $50 million guaranteed. Throw in the Peyton and Brady contract talks, and old Brett wanted to get his.

 

Like I’ve said before, he had so much fun with this team. They truly looked up to him and respected him. They are young and talented. They are knocking on the door to the Super Bowl. Plus, he gets his chance at revenge in the season opener.

 

I’m sure this saga will take a few more twists and turns along the way, but I am steadfast in my belief that Favre will be under center for the Vikings in 2010. Sorry Tarvaris.

 

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We’ve heard it before, but Favre has once again said that he is retiring. The
Star Tribune is reporting that Favre told Viking officials his intentions last night. Until I hear it from Brett’s mouth, and the Vikings actually open the season without #4, I will refuse to believe he is actually finished. Favre had such a great season with the Viking last year, and seemed to have so much fun. They are also major contenders for the Super Bowl. If this is it, it was a great run. I just don’t buy it now. Brad Childress is set to address the media later today. Stay tuned.

 

***Update***
Brad Childress addressed the media and said that Brett Favre has not informed him that he’s retiring. Shocker. The circus continues.


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