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This is no way for a Super Bowl contender, changing its starting quarterback after only two games. But when you've lost those two games and your quarterback has a rating of 64.8, well, the writing is jumping off the wall. So Gus Frerotte now takes over the huddle for the Vikings for the underwheling Tarvaris Jackson, and as long as he doesn't ram his head into that wall, as he did in 1997, he can't help but be better than Jackson. Still, we're not expecting fireworks, more a game in the low 200s for passing and a lot of Adrian Peterson. That's no way to win a fantasy game this weekend.
Gilbert Arenas had surgery on his left knee Wednesday to "clean out some debris," reports the Washington Post's Ivan Carter. The procedure will keep Arenas out until early December. But it's cool, says Arenas, he didn't plan to play in training camp or in the preseason. Um, no, it's not cool. Not for the Wizards, who just inked Arenas to a six year, $111 million contract, or for fantasy owners, who would be taking a big risk in selecting you. Arenas hasn't played a full season in three years. Beginning this one with yet another knee surgery will extend the dubious streak. And that's a record we want no part of.
Mr. X knows what lies in the hearts of fantasy players. Or, at least that's what this masked fantasy expert on SportsGrumblings.com He also knows why Matt Prater is a kicker, yes, a kicker, you would be wise to add given the apparent explosiveness of the Broncos' offense this season.
With the fantasy baseball season over for all but the precious few fighting for a league title or in the playoffs, it's time to start taking a peek at next season. And for those in keeper leagues, knowing who tomorrow's closers will be today could save you a bundle next March in an auction. Rotowire takes a look at the National League bullpens and who is in line to close for each next season. Look closely, because there figures to be a lot of changes coming, and not just for the Mets.
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We're only two weeks into the season, but the rookie class of 2008 is shaping up as potentially one of the best ever, notes the Finding Paydirt blog at Pro Football Weekly. With the likes of Darren McFadden, DeSean Jackson and John Carlson running about and making vital plays for each of their teams, we can't disagree.
They aren't sexy, but big men are essential, but often overlooked, pieces to any fantasy team puzzle. Kobe and LeBron may be superstars, but you still have to accumulate those rebounds and blocks from somewhere. With the likes of Yao Ming and Dwight Howard rare, many an owner -- no names, please -- will be left scrambling for bigs who haven't quite established themselves. RotoExperts.com has a few names for us, courtesy of their latest basketball roundtable.
The Colts' defense was already a little sketchy after two games, having given up an average of more than 181 yards on the ground to the Bears and the Vikings. Now, with safety Bob Sanders out for the next 4-6 weeks with a badly sprained ankle and possible arthroscopic knee surgery, the unit is, well, droppable. With Sanders, a key element to the Colts' air and ground defenses, Indy sported the 28th-ranked run defense in the league. Without him, why bother finding out hiw bad this unit will be. Cut bait now and pick them up on the wire in a few months when Sanders returns if you've really got a thing for Indy defense.
After playing an average of more than 40 minutes a game over the past four seasons, and two-plus weeks of Olympic baseketball (and preparatory games) this summer, LeBron James may finally be getting a break. Scott Sargent at Dropping Dimes finds an article by the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto that suggests LeBron may finally get the rest the Cavs have been promising for years. Nothing dramatic, mind you, but with as integral as james is to the Cleveland offense, even two fewer minutes may nick his stats a bit this season.
At long last, SI.com has a fantasy football game, complete with all of the drafts, waiver wires, stats and analysis you need. Take the grand tour here and sign up a league. Heck, sign up two leagues if you want. We'll be waiting.