Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12
It's a fantasy world
Had my Lone Star Football League fantasy football draft on Saturday and I must admit I think I did pretty well. It's a five-player keeper league, and I protected the maximum. I picked 32nd overall and got Detroit WR Calvin Johnson, Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams and Washington RB LaDell Betts with my first three picks. I picked up QB Jon Kitna in the ninth round to pair up with Eli Manning, and got a couple of nice players late in WR D.J. Hackett and RB Tatum Bell. Not bad for a sixth wide receiver and a fifth running back. I'm optimistic — which is always a bad sign.
At least I wasn't the owner that took BOTH Brady Quinn AND JaMarcus Russell in the same draft! Those were two of the whopping five rookies he drafted — Adrian Peterson, Chris Henry and Brandon Jackson were the others. And this from an owner who usually knows what he's doing.
|Marc Bulger. (Getty images)|
And big props to FJ Fantasy Sports, which managed to get me a big draft board by Thursday (ordered on Monday) when CBS Sportsline let me down by not getting me my free board on time. That's one of the few complaints I've ever had about CBS's service. I'll be going back to FJ every year from now on.
Thanks to said fantasy draft, the Rangers-Devil Rays game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (one of my faves, Rusty Greer, was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame) and a night of staying up with my fiancée while she purged what we can only assume was a bout of food poisoning, the Bucs-Pats Observation Deck is finally up. The OD will be our weekly wrapup of each game, complete with analysis and opinion on the preview game. With me being out of town, an old colleague, Eric McKinney, helped me out. I'll be your author the rest of the way in. Here's the link.
Without seeing the game, it seems Kenneth Darby made quite the splash on Friday night. I don't think he's a threat to the No. 3 job, held by Earnest Graham, because I think Mike Alstott's move to the IR, plus B.J. Askew's limited ability as a fullback, is going to open up opportunities for many players. Here's a link to my story about life without Mike.
Looking ahead to 2008
You're going to notice some new content on Bucsblitz.com beginning today.
Scout.com hired Chris Steuber to manage our NFL Draft content. If you haven't read or seen Chris' work at NFLDraftPro.com, he does some things that are really ahead of the curve in terms of draft coverage. He's already put together two articles on the 2008 NFL Draft. The first is on the top five rookies and sophomores. in the NFL this season. One is a wide receiver who was recently named Tampa Bay's starter opposite Joey Galloway. Also, there's Steuber's weekly interview series with Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, a Heisman Trophy candidate and a possible first-round pick in 2008. Quarterback is particular interest to Buccaneers fans, unless you think the current young quarterbacks are the future at the position. The series just kicked off.
Also, give this article a look. Our Scout.com personnel guru, Tom Marino, has more than 30 years experience evaluating talent for the NFL, most recently the St. Louis Rams. He recently ranked the quarterbacks in the NFC South and, while he likes starter Jeff Garcia, he has some concerns. Here's the link. I'll be talking to both during the season about Bucs-related issues such as personnel and the 2008 Draft. You can get their top-rated analysis, plus that of our NFL senior writer and analyst, Adam Caplan, only at Scout.com and Bucsblitz.com.
Also note that our 2008 NFL Draft rankings should be live this week.
That's all for today. I have a fiancée to tend to. Until Monday. MP