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I stumbled onto that gold mine yesterday when Le'Veon Bell told me he wants to play next week, but might not be able to.
That simple and innocuous tweet raked in over 30 new followers.
It took me 8 months of draft talk to reel in my other 30.
So I wanted to extend this into another day, and I turned on Mike Tomlin's press conference for some hot news to tweet around. But I was interrupted by the following text from an angry fantasy football player in Connecticut:
"Will you tell them to get a running back for crying out loud!"
I wanted to text him back to guide his next few drafting steps, but someone at the press conference suddenly asked Tomlin why he cut Jonathan Dwyer. Tomlin said, "It was about what we thought the other guys could give us."
And then Tomlin laid it all out, most likely in order of his preference, just in time for not only my angst-ridden fantasy player, but all of them.
Here are the players he named, in order, and any ensuing (and hopefully significant) comment:
1. Le'Veon Bell "has that (second-round) pedigree."
2. Isaac Redman "has done some nice things for us situationally – short-yardage and goal line."
3. LaRod Stephens-Howling "has some really consistent hands and showed some third-down capability."
4. Felix Jones "has first-round pedigree and quickly proved he could do some positive things in terms of running the football and placing the ball where it's supposed to go."
It's the order that I would have guessed, with the first three having their niche and the last one able to back all of them up. I could've texted that back to Connecticut without Tomlin's help, but the coach added strength and support to my argument.
So this is how I synthesized all of the information and summed it up, fantasy style, in my reply:
"Watch out for Isaac Redman. He's starting this week, and with Dwyer gone he'll get a long look. People think Bell will be back for the second game, but I don't. He may even miss more time. By then Redman could prove self. In GREAT shape and Tomlin just said his specialty is short-yardage and goal line, so he'll at least have that when Bell returns.
"Don't get me wrong. Tomlin LOVES Bell. But he won't kill him like he did Willie Parker. He likes him too much to burn him out."
LOL, ROTFL, heh heh, ha ha, long may Twitter and Fantasy Football live.