The Steelers have to start Dennis Dixon in Big Ben's absence, don't they? There is talk of Byron Leftwich, but I don't see how they can give him the nod. Dixon played well enough against a tough Ravens squad, he's younger and has more upside. If Ben rapes again, they may have their successor at QB already on the squad. If he gets his act together, Dixon becomes trade bait. What could you fetch for a 25 year old mobile QB, with game experience? Certainly more than the 5th rounder they used to draft Dixon. But don't let me help the Steelers out. By all means, give Leftwich or Chaz Batch another go round.
I know, I know. I swore off fantasy football many times last season, but I'm back in. Joined a 20 team league and had my draft yesterday. Don't ever join a 20 team league. Slim pickings is an understatement. I think I came out of it with a decent squad, but I had my heart ripped out when Aaron Rodgers went two picks before my selection. Tragic. I'm going to try to talk myself into my team over the next few sentences. Just feign interest for my sake, please and thank you.
QB- Tony Romo- He has too many weapons. Not even Wade Phillips can screw this up...can he?
RB- CJ Spiller- Buffalo has to rely on Fitzy/Edwards at QB yet again. I'd run the ball too. Plus he has value on special teams and catching the ball.
RB- Fred Jackson- Again, I think Buffalo will be down so early and often they will just run the ball to get the game over. Enter Fred Jackson and Spiller.
RB/WR- Devin Aromashodu- When Cutler isn't throwing to the other team, he sometimes completes passes to his own receivers.
WR- Randy Moss- I think Brady has a dynamite year in his second year after the injury. With no Welker for at least a couple of games, I think Moss has another great year.
WR- Johnny Knox- Again, Cutler has to throw to somebody and Knox/Aromashodu are slated to be his starters.
TE- Brent Celek- Almost went with your boy Finley, but I figure a good TE will be a new QB's best friend.
D/ST- Bears- Um... Urlacher, Tommie Harris and Julius Peppers? Hester returning kicks again?
Kicker- Sebastian Janikowski-Has quietly had a couple of decent seasons.
QB- Matt Moore- Hopefully all I'll need out of him is one start this season, and I think he has a nice year.
RB- Tashard Choice- See why I said don't get into 20 team leagues? He could get some touches though because Felix Jones and Marion Barber are injury prone.
WR- Julian Edelman- Somebody is getting Welker's touches until he gets back.
WR- Legedu Naanee- Somebody is getting Vincent Jackson's touches until he gets back. If he does come back.
WR- Jacoby Jones- There were no RB's left.
WR- Brian Hartline- See Jones, Jacoby.
TE- Shawn Nelson- Could be a sleeper. Scheduled to start for Bills but got busted for substance abuse, meaning he's out for the first 4 games. Meaning I got him for a song and hopefully he produces when he gets back.
I just saw that Manny Ramirez could be getting waived by the Dodgers. NL teams would have first chance to claim him and you'd have to pay the 4 million left on his salary, or work out a deal with LA. It won't happen but I'd love to see Manny in Cincy. Gomes and Manny are a wash defensively in left field. At bat, it's no comparison though. Gomes hasn't hit over .245 in a month since May. Imagine a 3-4-5 of Votto-Rolen-Ramirez. Egad! He wouldn't even have to play everyday with our surplus of outfielders. This Reds team is set up to compete for a while, but you never know. If the opportunity comes up, I'd hope Cincy would at least consider it.
Back to reality....well, not really. With Josh Hamilton's success, I can't help but wonder how we do if we had kept him. Defensively, a Stubbs-Hamilton-Bruce trio would be excellent. On offense, Votto-Rolen-Hamilton would be lethal. The first year of the trade seemed like a great deal for both teams. Edinson Volquez went 17-6, 3.21 ERA and topped 200 K's. Hamilton went .304-32 homers and 130 RBI's. The second year hit both with the injury bug. This year Volquez has been up and down but Hamilton has been lights out. Imagine the possible 2010 MVP's of both leagues on the same team in Hamilton and Votto. To be fair to Volquez, good pitching almost always trumps good hitting so I can't fault the Reds. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Volquez has been up and down this year. He got shelled a couple times early, but has bounced back nicely. He has a 3-1 record and the Reds have won 6 of the 7 start he has made since his return. It took Chris Carpenter two years to come back from the surgery. Josh Johnson and Tim Hudson took around two years. It took Francisco Liriano about 3 years to get back into form. Hopefully Volquez regains 2008 form sooner than later, but what a trade for both squads.
Let me close with this: I'm coming around on Twitter. I don't have an account and don't know if I ever will, but eliminating the filter of the media between athletes and fans/other athletes can result in hilarity. For example, the other day our old pal LeBron James tweeted this to his fans,
"Quick ? yall. If u miss Entourage 1st time it comes on, then what time does it come back on?"Here are a couple of my favorite responses, straight from the fans.
@KingJames It's never on again. Once the episode is on once, you can't ever watch it again. ******. Mental list that fairy.Killed me. Absolutely killed me. Just hearing that Roger Clemens got a twitter account got me excited.
@KingJames ask delonte
@KingJames the amount of rings that you have...plus twelve.
@KingJames at ***k you o clock
@KingJames you're an asshat. Instead of looking it up you are just going to treat twitter like your own tv guide. I hope you get Leprosy.
@KingJames You like shows where people follow other people and ride coattails, huh? that's a ***king #shocker! #makeamentalnote