Posted on: September 19, 2008 3:16 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2008 12:36 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Today, I need your help. You, you, you, and yes, you.

Everybody and anybody with an opinion, help me. I can't do this on my own. I thought I could Thursday morning, but I awoke Friday morning unable to.

I've lost sleep (not really) and asked everybody from loved ones to hated ones to ones who don't speak human (does rolling over on your back and squirting out a little pee mean "do it"?) what to do.

Here's the situation: I own LaDainian Tomlinson, and Thursday morning I was convinced I needed to get him off my team, ASAP. I was throwing so many trades around, I swear Trung Candidate was on the table at one point. I was reckless, at best. But one trade offer I proposed came back with a counter offer that has me hung up.

I would send LaDainian Tomlinson and Laveranues Leon Coles and in return receive Willie Parker and DeSean Jackson.

TomlinsonThose are the facts. Here's the background. I came into the year convinced this was the beginning of the end for L.T. but got "stuck" with the top overall pick of the draft. I took him.

His first game was promising, as you know, but then came the toe injury. That has me thinking "sell LT futures, sell now!"

But then the day went on, and I developed a fantasy-football induced split personality. This other version of me whispered to me, "Eric, it's just a toe injury and remember last year's slow start. It will all come together, just be patient, the worst is behind you."

But the other side then tells me: "Eric, this is the beginning of the end. You're ahead of the curve here. He's 29, banged up, has a sprightly backup making noise. Plus, the Chargers are evolving into a pass-first team. The guy's being phased out, bail now, look like a genius and get something in return."

Then I tell myself, "Eric, if there's one thing Norv Turner teams do well, it's run the ball."

Then I tell myself, "Yes, that's true, but a hurt LT is a hurt LT."

Other self: "It's just his toe! He says he'll be around 100 percent Monday night and heck, I'll be happy with a 75 percent LT."

Other me, "Yes, but if he's compensating for the toe, he'll risk hurting something more serious, like a knee, or hammy."

Other me, "yes, but IF HE IS HEALTHY, his schedule is tasty from here on out."

Other me, "yes, but he's the lone pitchman for Campbell's Chunky Soup this year."

Other me, "dear lord."

Other me, "make the trade."

Other me, "don't make the trade."

And so it goes. As of 2:50 PM ET Friday, I'm leaning toward not making the trade. I'm all in on LT, despite being a big Willie Parker and DeSean Jackson fan.

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Posted on: September 4, 2008 5:03 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2008 5:59 pm

Campbell picks Cooley over Moss in FantasyFFB

File this under situations I'll never be in.

Chris CooleyRedskins quarterback Jason Campbell, wideout Santana Moss and tight end Chris Cooley are part of Cooley's fantasy footbal league. An all-NFLers fantasy leagues (minus the co-owned team of Cooley's wife and Campbell's GF). That's like playing Clue with Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlett.

So they -- along with the rest of their clique: Colt Brennan, Fred Smoot, Mike Sellers, Shaun "Shizzam" Suisham and Fred Davis -- conducted their draft recently and Jason Campbell selected Chris Cooley before Santana Moss.

Step aside from the notion Cooley picked Campbell first. Step aside from the notion Cooley is likely a more valuable fantasy pick than Moss. Step aside from the notion Campbell only gets the basics of fantasy football.

Santana Moss, your quarterback, felt his tight end was more valuable than his wide receiver.

(Add insult to injury: Antwaan Randle-El was picked, Moss' name was never called in the video clip)

Considering Moss only hauled in five balls for 54 yards this preseason, could Campbell be solidifying some sort of message to the receiver?

Let's just leave it at -- Moss didn't seem too peppy in this video. Or at least not as peppy as Fred Smoot.

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Posted on: August 21, 2008 5:38 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2008 11:30 am

Fantasy in the blanks: How my team came about

Today, I am a Fantasy writer.

I am a Fantasy writer with the mindset nobody likes hearing about another Fantasy writer's draft. It's the whole, "if I wasn't a part of it, why should I care?" mindset I subscribe to. I mean, I take glances at the mock drafts our guys and gals do, but I take glances at lots of things throughout my day -- attractive women, Outlook, the sky, the Sam Horn 1992 Pinnacle card I have on my desk.

So how can this blog, about a Fantasy draft you weren't a part of, be mildly interesting to you? At least, worthy of more than, "just a glance?"

I've combined the ingenuity of Fill in the Blank technology gaming with Fantasy gaming to create the first, "Guess what this Fantasy writer LTdid during his draft selection" blog. The Renaissance, splitting the atom, Police Cops, and now this -- Fantasy in the Blanks.  Mom, dad, I told you taking the MCATS would be a waste of time. 

So what do you need to do? Open a notepad or get a piece of paper and every time you see a blank space, write in the name that should be there. If you do well at this you're either

A. Me
B. A fellow league member
C. Good at playing easy fill-in-the-blank games

Let's set the stage. These are the only real differences between our league -- Charlie Warlick's Cast of Characters and standard CBSSports.com 12-man leagues:

  • 10-man league
  • Defenses and kickers are relatively worthless
  • Quarterbacks collect 4 points per TD (RBs, WRs, collect 6)
  • We start:
  • 1 QB
  • 3 RBs
  • 3 WRs
  • 1 TE
  • 1 K
  • 1 Def
  • Five bench spots

Let's begin Fantasy in the Blanks.

With the first overall pick of the Charlie Warlick's Cast of Character's draft, team Don't Touch the Watch selected _______.  The first round went like this: Brian Westbrook, Adrian Peterson, Steven Jackson, Joseph Addai, my name _______ rhymes with Tank Store,  Larry Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Marion Barber and Clinton Portis.

As you can tell, _______ dominated the first round. Let's see how the second round unfolds. Darren McFadden

The first nine picks of the second round went like this: Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Maurice Jones-Drew, a former No. 2 overall pick named _______, Braylon Edwards, Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, Peyton Manning and then my two picks.

With the last pick of the first round I took _______ of the Cleveland Browns. With the first pick of the second round I took another running back in _______, who signed with a new team this offseason.

Three picks, three running backs. Some call it bizarre, I call it a strategy. _______ are not the new running backs, no matter what people say. If there's one thing the NFL is good at, it's adjusting on the fly. Last year's inflated receiver numbers were simply a fad, not a trend. This league doesn't allow for trends anymore, defenses are too adaptable to what offenses can do. The only reason the West Coast offense was able to take hold in 1980s was because it took place before free agency, before defensive coordinators could build teams however they wanted. Running backs are the lifeblood to any successful team and 2008 will again prove that.

Here's how the rest of the third round shook out: Willis McGahee, Ryan Grant, Andre Johnson, Laurence Maroney, a Bengals wide receiver named _______ (hint: "championship"), Marques Colston, another Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver named _______, a suspended wide receiver named _______ and Torry Holt.

Here is the fourth round: Darren McFadden, Ronnie Brown, Edgerrin James, Brandon Jacobs, a Steelers wide receiver named _______ (think: Oliver Wendell), Drew Brees and Willie _______ Bros.

I'm on the clock. I have no wide receivers, no quarterback, no nothing (as the kids might say) outside of running backs. I'm a buy low sort of guy, so I take this receiver _______ who had an injury-marred 2007, but 12 touchdowns in 2006. I couple that pick with a shocker, another running back in buy-low territory. This running back had an injury-plagued 2007, but tallied 12 touchdowns in 2004, 2005 and 2006. His name is _______.

Four running backs? You bet. This is a game of attrition, and if my theory that running backs are as important as ever holds water, I'm in Calvin Johnsonlike Flynt. Not just that, but I've also helped drain the pool, causing a panic in most of my fellow draftees. Check out what happens as seven of the next 11 picks are running backs.

The rest of round five: Plaxico Burress, Earnest Graham, Thomas Jones, a rookie running back named _______, Anquan Boldin, Roy Williams, LenDale White, Selvin Young and the first tight end _______, a former two-sport star at an Ohio college

Round six went like this: Another rookie running back named _______ (hint: last name rhymes with the last name of Kim Basinger's character in Wayne's World 2 or Judge Harry Stone's favorite crooner), Julius Jones, another suspended wide receiver named _______, the second tight end, who topped 1K yards last season named_______, Kellen Winslow, DeAngelo Williams, Calvin Johnson, Carson Palmer, and a Green Bay Packers wide receiver named _______, who's real first name, I supposed could be Gaylord.

My picks again.

Currently, my team is

QB: Empty
RB: L.T.
RB: Jamal Lewis
RB: Michael Turner

WR: Marvin Harrison
WR: Empty
WR: Empty
TE: Empty
K: Empty
DEF: Empty
Bench: Rudi Johnson

With the last pick of round six, I selected a four-time Pro Bowl receiver coming off an injury-marred 2007 where he had only 732 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His name is _______. With the first pick of round seven, I selected a quarterback from the same team as my second-round pick. His name is _______ and he's a big guy, standing 6-6.

The rest of round seven went like this: Jonathan Stewart, Tony Gonzalez, Kevin Smith, Roddy White, _______ (Lesley Visser wrote about him yesterday), one of Brett Favre's new targets _______, Jeremy Shockey, Lee Evans and another Kansas City Chief named _______.

Round eight went like this: Rashard Mendenhall, Dallas Clark, Felix Jones, Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Chambers, Santana Moss, Justin Fargas, an elderly former Ohio State receiver named _______, and another Redskins offensive weapon named _______, who will have his own Eastern Motors Tony G. commercial soon.

With my pick, I took an NFC North receiver with an alliterative name, _______. I coupled that with my fourth receiver, somebody Brett Favre says reminds him of Donald Driver. His name is _______.

Round nine continued like this: A now-injured Eagles receiver named _______, the Chargers defense, an AFC North handcuff with an alliterative name _______, Vincent Jackson, Kenny Watson, Donald Driver, an injured AFC South receiver named _______ (oops, somebody should have done their homework), Donovan McNabb and Bryant Johnson.

Round 10 goes like this: Bears defense, an NFC North handcuff named _______, who would like another 1K season like he did in 2006, Ricky Williams, a wide receiver named _______, who got punched in the eye in the offseason, Nate Burleson, Anthony Gonzalez, this Houston running back, who I once took No. 1 overall instead of L.T. _______, Deuce McAllister and Matt Hasselbeck.

With the last pick of round 10, I selected a star from the Home Box Office who plays for the Dallas Cowboys. His name is _______, and he's my fifth, and last wide receiver.

With the first pick of round 11, I took this Raiders castoff trying to make a name for himself in the Northeast. That name is _______. The rest of round 11 went like this: Lorenzo Booker, Reggie Brown, Ronald Curry, Super Bowl XLII MVP _______, Jared Allen and the_______ defense, Jason Wright, a diabetic quarterback named _______,Ted Ginn Jr. and Chris Brown.

Round 12 went like this: James Hardy, Brett Favre, a troubled New York Giants running back named _______, Tatum Bell, Derrick Mason, Chris TaylorVernon Davis, Cowboys D and a Falcons running back named _______.

With the last pick of round 12, I took the best available tight end in Matt Schaub's safety valve, otherwise known as _______.

I kicked off round 13 with a backup quarterback who once supplanted Kurt Warner. His name is _______. The rest of the round went like this: Donte Stallworth, the WTF pick of the draft in Chris Taylor (see right), Robert Meachem, Philip Rivers, the other Seattle running back _______, Patriots defense, Tennessee's "most coveted" wideout _______, Packers defense and a quarterback coming off Tommy John surgery, _______.

Round 14 went like this: Nick Folk, Stephen Gostkowski, Seahawks defense, future HOF kicker_______, Shayne Graham, Jaguars defense, Mason Crosby, Nate Kaeding, Rob Bironas and my pick, Josh Brown.

I started off round 15, the final round, with the once legendary, but probably overrated defense from _______. The rest of the round went like this: Bucs D, Todd Heap, Phil Dawson, Nebraska product _______, David Garrard, Neil Rackers, Sidney Rice and Mr. Irrelevant, a Broncos tight end named _______.

 Answer Key:  


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