Unconventional wisdom: Best, worst opinions of fantasy experts
While we know you love the fantasy news and advice you get here at Sports Illustrated and we're sure that we're the first site you check in the morning and the last one you check before you go to sleep (right?), we're not vain enough to think you don't consult our counterparts at Yahoo!, ESPN, NFL.com, or any of the other roughly 7,263 fantasy sites on the web. We fantasy experts may think alike in many ways (don't pay for saves!), but if you're checking out multiple sites, you're undoubtedly exposed to plenty differences of opinion. And that brings us to the point.
Every week in this space, we'll take an audit on the opinions offered by fantasy experts around the Internet. We'll cosign on some ideas while pointing out the holes in others, all in the name of helping you decide which opinions you want to follow and which you'll wish you never read. Think of me as the inspector general of fantasy sports writer.
One important note: Agree or disagree, I have the utmost respect for all the fantasy writers on the web. It isn't an easy job to produce quality fantasy content every single day of the week, especially given the level of competition, and everyone mentioned in this column and those to come does a great job.
Now it's time to rip a few of them.
At NFL.com, Michael Fabiano has Matt
Maybe I'm being stubborn, but I don't see how you can give up on Chris Johnson, especially with the Titans winning and with them having just lost their No. 1 receiver. However, that's exactly what
Remember last year, when, in all of our wisdom, we unanimously tapped Ryan Mathews as a breakout candidate before he ever stepped foot on an NFL field? Remember how we told you to stick with him? Yeah, we meant stick with him for 2011. One year after making a splash and a thud in the same season, Mathews is fulfilling the hype that surrounded him as a rookie. Over at RotoWire, Chris Liss says
Speaking of the Dolphins, they, too, have had interesting developments with their running backs. Namely, Daniel Thomas is who we thought he was back in July, not who we were scared he might be in August. Oh, and Reggie Bush is still a terrible NFL back. Bush has never been capable of running between the tackles in the NFL, and now that Thomas has proved himself over the last two weeks, Bush returns to the dustbin of the waiver wire. Thomas even caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown last week, giving him 239 yards from scrimmage in his first two games in the league. Bush's short run of fantasy relevance is over.
In 2011, it's just as hard to find someone who isn't in love with the Lions offense as it was to find someone who could name five players on the Lions offense just a few years ago. Having said that, rookie receiver Titus Young, a Boise State product, has yet to garner a ton of attention or register gaudy stats. Still, Yahoo!'s Andy Behrens has been