For a second consecutive off-season, The Minnesota Vikings are trying to execute a deal to acquire Houston (part-time) quarterback, Sage Rosenfels. If you are a Vikings fan and this trade goes down, celebrate.
Rosenfels expressed interest in playing for the Vikings prior to last season. A deal was not agreed upon when the Texans would not accept the offer of a 3rd round draft pick in return. A current trade proposal is being offered to the Vikings for a, lesser, 4th round pick in the upcoming draft.
The Vikings will be making a TERRIFIC decision to trade a 4th round pick to acquire Rosenfels. In the past two seasons Rosenfels has started in 10 games and participated in 15. The StatDragon notices that he has produced 22 TD’s in this period of time and has achieved a respectable quarterback rating of 81.
Rosenfels has the “perfect stock” to buy into right now if you are Minnesota. Having been a backup for the often injured Matt Schuab, Rosenfels has proved that he can get it done. He’s won 6 of his 10 starts. Yet, not having ever been a “starter” for a team, Rosenfels can’t command the higher deals that QB’s such as Kurt Warner and Jeff Garcia (amongst others looking at an open market) can.
Also, how much are you losing out by parting with a 4th round draft pick? Not a lot in my opinion. In a sport where coveted draft picks have been wasted on the Alex Smiths and Ryan Leafs of the world, the Vikings would be guaranteeing themselves production ability and would avoid the risk of having to count on a rookie draft pick at this position.
Minnesota is knocking on the door of being a very intimidating NFL team. They have proved this by having one of the strongest rush defenses in the league, complimented by the young and sensational Adrian Peterson on offense. By signing Rosenfels, the Vikings would have the opportunity to fill in other holes by drafting young WR’s and DB’s to bring into the system.
It was mentioned that Rosenfels has a career QB Rating of 81. Guess what? 2-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a career rating of 89. The Vikings can find talent to fill the gaps on their team though making wise decisions this upcoming off-season. Sage Rosenfels is a quarterback that has matured into the type that could take a team to a Super Bowl with a strong enough supporting cast.
Lastly, The Vikings were able to become the 3rd seed in the NFC last year with Gus Frerotte and Tavaris Jackson leading the way. You can only assume that they would be bettering your team by letting Rosenfels take the helm.
Don’t be stupid Minnestoa, make this deal happen.
And THAT’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!
You know how the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” The statement could not be more appropo for Deuce McAllister today. McAllister was released from the New Orleans Saints as the organization is trying to cut numbers to get under the $123 M salary cap for 2009. With the emergence of Pierre Thomas who compliments and aides All Star running-back Reggie Bush, The Saints felt it was better to part ways with Deuce who would be owed $5 M in the fall.
In a press conference, Deuce acknowledged that although he has battled injuries recently, he still hopes and expects to find a pivotal role in the backfield for another team. He acknowledged that more than money, he desires to find a new home where his talent can be used more.
However, McAllister can’t begin to think that a 31 year old recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and a history of injury will command tons of attention in the free agent market, let alone find a deal where he will be making much more that $5M/ year.
I like Deuce. I think he’s a cool cat and has done a lot for The Saints. The StatDragon is not about to throw McAllister in the line of blog-bashing. However, I have a hard time believing that he will find a “starting” role ANYWHERE. With the emergence of talented young running backs in the NFL, the pool is full. And with interesting prospects entering the NFL Draft this spring, there is NO reason any team will take a leap of faith on Deuce. At best, I believe he could find a 2 year/ $ 9 M contract in other city backing up a young blue chip. Theoretically, he could stand behind Matt Forte in Chicago taking some 3rd down situations off his hands, filling in as a blocking back during the pass. Of course, now McAllister has to compete with Fred Taylor in the moss-back section of free agency.
Deuce, the StatDragon wishes you a speedy recovery and the best of luck in finding a new home. Please just stay the hell away from San Francisco.
Holler Back. StatDragon
As you all know by now, the StatDragon is a big Super Bowl commercial fan. Although I thought this year’s ads were weaker, on whole, than they have been in previous years, I have provided my favorites from Sunday that I believe to be worth another look:
1. THANK YOU SOBE, FOR TURNING RAY LEWIS INTO A LIZARD:
2. WATCH THE RHINO HERE. THIS IS HOW I USED TO STROM INTO FRAT PARTIES IN COLLEGE:
3. “GIVE DADDY A KISS:”
4. ANYTHING WITH A BOB DYLAN SONG AND I TURN INTO A SENTIMENTAL MESS:
… and for those of you who put down too many PBR’s before the 4th quarter, here’s what it all came down to:
Peace in the Middle East. StatDragon.
After two years of bitter resentment and an epic rivalry of bad blood, Eric Mangini found a way to keep hated rivals, the New England Patriots, out of the playoffs. In doing so he lost to the Miami Dolphins…and consequently his own job. The former 1-15 Dolphins were able to extend their record to 11-5 and inch above New England to take the AFC East title.
This isn’t another one of StatDrgon’s conspiracy theories. I’m not proposing that the Jets “threw” the game to keep New England out of the playoffs, but I’d like to remark on the incredible coincidence that the future of the Patriots’ season fell to the hands of the New York Jets and Eric Mangini. Essentially, all that New England needed on Sunday was a victory from the Jets. Unfortunately (for New England) the Jets were not able to provide a win for their northeast rivals.
The name Eric Mangini makes Patriots fans shutter. To understand fully, one must be familiar with the history of ill will between the two organizations.
After 5 seasons of coaching with Belichick and the Patriots (2000-2005), Mangini left to take head-coaching position with the Jets. The terms and way that Mangini left sparked a rivalry between the two coaches. Over the next year New England filed tampering charges against Mangini for soliciting (then) current players and assistant coaches to abandon their commitment to the Pats organization and join him in New York. The feud came to a culmination in 2007 when, amidst of a perfect season, the Patriots were accused of videotaping other teams defensive signals. New England was reprimanded $750,000 in fines and the forfeiture of a 1st round draft selection for the following year. The incident, known infamously as ‘Spygate,’ sparked the criticism and condemnation of the Patriots organization and brought up questions of illegitimacy regarding three previous Championship seasons. Eric Mangini was the advocate and spokesman for accusations against Belichick in Spygate 2007. The actions taken by Eric Mangini, at this time, exacerbated the discord between himself and the New England Patriots.
When Tom Brady (QB- New England) went down for the season this year, Mangini must have felt like a kid on Christmas day as the window to the AFC East Title was opened. The Jets posted some significant victories throughout the first half of the season, beating the Patriots in overtime as well as handing the (pre)undefeated Titans a first loss. However, the season fell apart and all hopes of a playoff run were demolished as the Jets lost 4 out of the 5 final season games.
By Sunday the Jets were mathematically eliminated from the post season, however, the game against Miami was significant for Mangini in order to prove worth to the Jets organization. He was not able to do so as the Jets faltered 17-24.
This morning the New York Jets announced that they would be letting Coach Mangini go.
Had Mangini nothing to ‘play for’ yesterday, I would have been sold that losing was a tactic to keep the Pats out of the playoffs and prove dominance over hated rival Belichick.
As rivalry proves to be the driving force for creating exciting drama in sports, I can only hope that Eric Mangini finds a new job where he can effectively crawl under Belichick’s skin again, and vice versa. I would be beside myself with grief if I were not able to witness dead fish handshakes for years to come.
And that’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!
The second to last week of December ushers in the Christmas season and prepares us for the New Year, new beginnings, and … the end of Fantasy Football. While most of the world runs around for last minute gifts, stocks up on cartoned nog, or indulges in taboo vices before they make fleeting resolutions, a large segment of the male population closes its doors to Fantasy Football. The 4 month long trudge through two-a-days of Yahoo/Fox updates and second-guessing Steve Slaton’s match-up against Carolina’s run D are over. Ladies, your men are back.
For 15 to 17 weeks, we are fixated on backup tight ends and whether Nate Kaeding will have more field goal attempts than John Carney. That season long digital trance is what I call the Fantasy Football Funk (FF Funk).
This FF Funk has many a symptom:
- It causes guys to root against their home team (if indirectly) — “Man, I hope my Giants beat the Cowboys, but Eli throws 3 picks and fumbles twice, because I’m playing Stu this week.”
- “Hellos” and “What’s ups” are no longer part of exchanges between buds, rather just straight to: “Fool, you’re stupid for starting LT.” or “Hey, you still got a chance on Monday night, IF Seneca Wallace throws for 6 scores against the Steelers.”
- Guys outright avoid meeting up for drinks or pick-up hoop games for fear of said clowning (see above). Note: Poker night attendance suffers during the FF Funk season.
- If exchanges are mutual, then we encounter 4-hour long discussions on gap-schemes and ball-hawking fullbacks. FF Funk guys become astrophysicists in these discussions with the eloquence and fervor of Deepak Chopra at a book signing.
- Scores of bull rushes to nearby laptops and logins (ala those Southwest “ding” commercials) once ESPN News posts a blurb that Darren McFadden has a stinger, and so WE ALL have to get on the Justin Fargas train!! [insert Huggy Bear reference here].
- The de-evolution of Fantasy League Commissioners (and I ran 2 of the 4 leagues I was in myself) into some hate-spewing control freak, reminding managers twice a week to pay their league fee and regurgitating the rules that are clearly posted.
I know there’s a bunch more FF Funk symptoms and irrational behavior, I just don’t have to time to list them since being free.
But there are a few good things that come out of the FF Funk, and that’s if you win your league, you get some straight cash homey. Or in my case, you have to explain to your wife (because Sundays are all booked up), the nuances and rules of football, because she wants to “relate”. This had a great effect though, because of our added “together time” on Sundays, she’s allowed me 20 extra minutes a week of surfing hot sites like this one. But that’s another story.
So we delete those Fantasy bookmarks, wave goodbye to NFL injury lists, say adios to pass defendeds and auf wiedersehen to 3rd string “sleeper” backs. And as we hear the kids sing carols, smell the evergreen wreaths, and wrap the fruitcake for the in-laws, we get back to what’s really important … betting on Bowl Games.
It’s good to have my life back. Peace out FF Funk.
As an avid fantasy football player, I have often found myself baffled on Sundays. It seems that no matter HOW much time and effort I put into studying and crafting my team, eventually dumb-luck will come to bite me in the a$$. How in the world have I lost certain weekly match-ups by the faltering of stars like LT, Tony Gonzalez and Brandon Marshall? How is it possible that random ‘Joe Shmoes’ such as Steve Breaston and Mewelde Moore have been my Achilles Heal?
Then it hit me. It was so obvious. My fantasy heartbreaks this season haven’t been a result of “dumb-luck” but , rather, to something I can’t control. NFL players and coaches play fantasy football, and inevitably they are able to manufacture their own “fantasy wins” thru minor manipulations in “real games”
My theory was proven Saturday nightduring the Baltimore v. Dallas game. All that the Ravens needed to do to secure a victory with 1:33 left in the 4th quarter and a 26-24 lead was get a first down, keep the ball in-bounds and run the clock out. From their own 18 yard line, Le’Ron McClain took the ball up the middle, unscathed, and ran 82 yards for a touchdown. Although this put the Ravens up 9 points, getting into the endzone actually GAVE the Cowboys a chance to win by allowing them to get the ball back . Most coaches will tell their players in a situation like this to take a knee once they have a first down. Watching the replay, you can even see McClain’s teammate Mark Clayton pointing to the ground, telling him not to score. So why did Le’Ron McClain selfishly punch it in for 6 instead of playing it safe? Easy. Le’Ron McClain was starting Le’Ron McClain on his fantasy team and he needed extra points.
This triggered the immediate research for all the other instances this year where the performance of a player or outcome of a real game was the result of someones desire to win in fantasy football.
* When Peyton Manning put up a meager 125 yards and 2 INTs in week 13, he was obviously “throwing” the game because he was playing somebody that had HIM in fantasy.
* When the impotent Patriots third string running back, Lamont Jordan had 2 TD’s and 78 yards this week, it was transparent that Coach Bellicheck was playing God in his own fantasy league.
* Coach Marvin Lewis (Bengals) bolstered this argument by allowing (scrub) Cedric Benson carry the ball 38 times in week 16 (7 carries below all time record). Think Lewis was starting Benson in fantasy? I do!
* Why do you think Tony Romo has recently started neglecting his star receiver T.O. (the topic of much controversy in Dallas)? Isn’t it obvious that Romo traded away Owens in his high-stakes fantasy league?
And the biggest kicker…
* Tom Brady undeniably wanted to vacation with Gisele Bundchen all season instead of playing ball. Thus, Brady drafted Matt Cassel in his fantasy league and faked a season ending ACL/MCL injury. He is now in first place in fantasy football, beating the guy who drafted…Tom Brady.
Think I am crazy and this is a completely discredited theory?? Click here to watch the Washington Redskins host a fantasy football draft.
And that’s what STATDRAGON is breathing fire about…
Santa’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ List Revealed!
Chris Johnson– Really, really, really, NICE. The only person in the Volunteer State not incredibly stoked on you is LenDale White who inevitably saw a reduced role on the team after you put up 1,100 plus yards and 9 TD’s on the Titans’ offense. Santa says you’ll get 100 glazed donuts for Christmas. Just be sure to put them in FatDale’s locker next preseason and you’re sure a shoe- in for 300 carries in 2009.
Clinton Portis– NICE. You’re still a motha f***ing star in Washington, and I’m not sure quite how you do it. Jason Campbell (QB) is pretty basic and so is the rest of the offense. Santana Moss helped spread the D out but, Portis, you got it done this year without a plethora of weapons on your team. Santa says you’ll get a gram of grass and a Napolean Dynamite (Director’s Cut) DVD in your stocking this year so you can perfect your Dolemite Jenkins character in the offseason. Clinton, you are really weird..but good!
Chad Johnson– You’re NAUGHTY, you prick! You are a crybaby, a selfish d-bag, grotesque to look at with your arrogant gold-plated smile and you just plain sucked this season. I can’t believe I traded Donner AND Blitzen for you in my fantasy league at the begining of the year, assuming you’d get it together. I’m not even coming by to drop off a lump of coal in your stocking on Christmas Eve. I’m just going to treat you the way you treat the Bengals in summer camp… ignore your existence.
Roddy White– Hey man, congratulations. You really hushed all the skeptics who doubted you before the year started. I too, thought last year was a fluke for you and highly doubted you were capable of repeating 2007 numbers, especially given a rookie quarterback and an average O-line to work with this year. You get a stocking full of love from Santa, and in turn I’ll be burning my Terrence Mathis jersey since YOU are now the franchise leader in single season yards. I’ll also be burning that jersey because I could care less about the Falcons…
Edgerrin James– You’re nice but you are older than my wife. Come to Hawaii with me after Christmas and just stay there for a really long time. I guess what I mean to say is… retire. Tim Hightower is a stud and your days are numbered in Arizona and probably the NFL. For Christmas: The 2004 Colts Highlight reel, so you don’t forget how badass you used to be.
Jay Cutler– Jay, I used to have an elf up here at the North Pole. His name was Craig. Craig would always walk around my workshop talking about how “good” he was, and how much “better” he was than any of the other elves. I got tired of it. One day after taking a couple Zanex and downing a few Silver Bullets, I took him out back and shot him in the head. That’s kind of the way I feel about you. Your stocking stuffer this year: an ego check.
Aaron Rogers– Kudos, amigo! Mighty fine job this year! Taking the helm in Green Bay after Brett Favre is about as hard of a job as it would be to cruise into Jerusalem after the death of Jesus and humbly tell everyone that you were the new Lord and Savior. You’ve posted better numbers this year than your predecessor has in New York. There’s nothing I can leave you for Christmas this year. You already have what you need: a bright future in Wisconsin.
Well, I’m off to finish a few minor repairs on the sleigh and figure out what I’m getting for John Mayer. More to come from Santa’s Naughty or Nice list next week.
DEAREST FRIENDS AND FAMILY,
It’s the holiday season and while I’ve been busy spreading holiday cheer in Houston, I wanted to update everyone with what’s going on in my life and wish you’ all Happy Holidays on behalf of the Texans. Also, a special shout out to all my Hurricanes out there in Miami…what what!!!
Some people would say that I have played like a stud this year, but I wouldn’t refer to myself that way. I’m way too humble. In a league where my colleagues were embarrassing the wide receiver position with their trouble making antics and selfish attitudes, I just did my thag. We still have half a month left of regular season to play; yet thus far I’ve reeled in 103 receptions for 1400 yards. Competing in an incredible conference this year (AFC) I was able to step my game up and tried hard to keep my boys in the running. We could potentially end the season with a 9-7 record, but we will be hard pressed to make the playoffs. Although I am disappointed, progression as a team is what I strive for the most, and I am thoroughly happy with our advancement. Our team was blessed with the arrival of rookie sensation, Steve Slaton, who added a lot to the offense. His threatening presence in the backfield with 1,100 yards/ 8TDs (through week 15), made opposing defenses respect the run and, furthermore, gave me the opportunity to get open downfield. Also, I must give credit to where credit is due. Kevin Walter, my “brotha from anotha motha,” tormented opposing D’s with 57 receptions and 850 yards. This helped our team tremendously as we posted the 4th most offensive yards in the NFL.
A great honor came, this year, when NFL.com published some very kind words about me:
“While the league has been plagued with selfish personalities of Plaxico ‘have gun will travel’ Burress, Anquan ‘trade me’ Boldin, or the (always) volatile and emotional T.O., Andre Johnson is a giant of a man who takes the blame for his mess ups, but deflects credit for achievements to others.” Wow! Thanks for the kind words, guys!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention, I have some great news! This week my teammate Mario Williams and I booked tickets to Hawaii for February. We are headed to the Aloha State with the intentions of sharpening our skills in body boarding, chowing down on some fresh Mahi Mahi and creating some havoc in the 2008 Pro Bowl.
The Andre Johnson Foundation, which I started in ’03, had two wildly successful events this year, one of which we donated approx. 1,000 bicycles to children from low income, single parent homes in the Houston and Miami areas.
My last two games will be at Oakland and at home vs. Chicago. If you have me on your fantasy team, I think I can produce for you. Their pass defenses are sharp, but have allowed 195 and 233 AYPG respectively. I know that my good friend , and sports blogger, STATDRAGON highly recommends starting me.
It is my great wish that all of you enjoy the best of holidays and have a happy and safe New Year.
The time has come for Jacksonville Fans to bid adieu to their beloved, yet sometimes very absent halfback, Fred Taylor. The Jaguars announced today that Taylor will miss the rest of the season due to torn ligaments in his thumb. Although Fred Taylor has mounted (arguable) Hall of Fame numbers in his 11 year NFL career, the 32 year-old halfback’s job in Jacksonville may have come to an end. Plagued by injuries, Taylor has missed 25 starts in the last eight years, earning him the nickname “Fraglie Fred.” Taylor ranks 16th on the all-time rushing list with 11,271 yards. As there have been talks though out the year that Taylor might not return to the Jags next year, the legitimacy of this rumor may have become bolstered by the recent injury. The injury in and of itself isn’t the straw to break the camel’s back, but it serves as a reminder that small market team such as Jacksonville can’t afford to keep around a 33 year old injury risk.
So what does this have to do with STATDRAGON’s Fantasy Football Advice??
Make way for Maurice Jones-Drew to join the upper eschelon of Fantasy running backs. The resilient, young, sure-handed back has already made quite a name for himself in the NFL. His 211 fantasy points this season (in a yahoo ppr league) better the likes of elite backs such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Ryan Grant and Joseph Addai who’s numbers aren’t affected by a dual-back system. Now (theoretically), give him the opportunity to carry the ball 100 (+) more per year, and you have got an absolute fantasy monster!
MJD Fantasy owners, who are still in the playoffs, have struck gold with Fragile Fred’s seasonal departure. Jones-Drew looks at Green Bay and Indianapolis’ defense in the following two weeks who are ranked 27th and 25th, respectively.
Peeved girlfriends, disgruntled bosses and neglected pets REJOICE… fantasy football season is coming to an end and your loved one will become his normal self again soon.
With the last two weeks on the horizon, Zack the StatDragon lets you in on the best kept secrets in “DO’s & DON’Ts for WEEK 15”
DO: FAULK ME!- Kevin Faulk ( RB- New England) has been a consistent producer this year. Yes, he is the 3rd down back for the Pats, but he has consistently served as the bailout man on the team ( we might as well nickname him the ‘Fed Reserve’ with 48 receptions out of the backfield) and has mounted only 18 less fantasy points than uber-receiver and teammate, Randy Moss. The Pats are at Oakland this week, and though the Raiders, in general, look as pretty as any female fan cheering from the “black-hole,” they are gifted with one incredible defensive back, Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha is a complete SHUT DOWN DB who is talented enough to take Randy Moss out of the game. This means Matt Cassel will be forced to throw a lot to (DO) Wes Welker, and out of the backfield to Faulk when the Raiders play man on man.
DO: Capitalize on NO RUNNING BACK SUPPORT IN DENVER- Jay Cutler (QB-Denver) looks to be primed for fantasy gold this week, much in juxtaposition to the Broncos themselves. Their horrific defense will easily allow Carolina to run the gauntlet all over them putting Denver behind early. Combined with having to start their 5th string running back (this guy) we should expect to see Cutler airing it out ALL DAY to ( other DO’s) wide outs Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall. The Broncos will not win this game, but you will see an impressive aerial attack.
DON’T: START ANY RB in BAL v. PITT MATCHUP- I’m about as into Willie Parker ( RB- Pittsburgh) as I am to paying taxes. It appears that Pittsburgh has abandoned the running game, Willie Parker stinks and, oh yeah… Baltimore has allowed 3 rushing TDs ALL SEASON. Likewise, although I respect LeRon McClain and Willis McGahee, (RBs- Baltimore) touches will be shared out of the backfield and they are facing the best run defense in the NFL ( average: 73 yards per game).
DON’T: GIVE HILL THE NOD- Shaun Hill (QB- San Francisco) has done enough to impress me this year in his past 3 starts. This week, however, he faces the 4th best defense against the pass. The Dolphins are keeping the passing game to an impressive 188 AYPG. If Hill doesn’t get in the end zone, we are looking at meager fantasy numbers here, boys.