George Michael: Did you know G.O.B. started a banana stand?
Michael: Yeah, that was my idea. I’m trying to get us to be less competitive.
George Michael: That’s gonna be difficult. Plus, they have a very aggressive slogan.
With the offseason quickly careening toward training camp, I wanted to alert all Money in the Banana Stand fanatics to a few articles you might have missed. This is a Top 10 List of MITBS-related content.
Outside of PFF, many of you know I’ve been doing a lot of work for burgeoning fantasy football superpower RotoViz. If you subscribe to RV, you’ll end up with the equivalent of a draft guide – articles on every important player – and the ability to use the apps. Having access to the apps is like having a draft guide that just keeps giving. In-season the apps will include the Buy Low Machine and the best start/sit app in the business. (Subscribing to either PFF Fantasy Gold and/or RotoViz – preferably and - will not only insure that you dominate your fantasy league, it will help me to keep the Banana Stand going.)
The Top 10
1) Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson, and Why RB-RB is Back – I’m an avowed upside-down drafter, but this season may be unique. A handful of elite young players like C.J. Spiller and LeSean McCoy will be available late in the first round, while elite veterans like Steven Jackson and Matt Forte will be available in the second.
2) Why Adrian Peterson Shouldn’t Be a Top 5 Pick – I investigate how Purple Jesus compares to the superstars of the past and conclude he’s not in the same league. More importantly, he doesn’t have as much upside as guys like Ray Rice and Arian Foster, two of the three runners who put up more fantasy ppg in 2011 than he did in 2012.
3) A Look at the PFF Rookie Draft - This episode of The Contrarian featured explanations for why Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, and Cordarrelle Patterson, and Tavon Austin aren’t great targets in rookie drafts. (For a fuller explanation, click on any of the individual names.)
4) Alfred Morris – Fantasy Football Stealth Star – Morris remains underrated even with his late first round ADP. He’s got an excellent chance to be the next Terrell Davis, a man who would not be coming off the board as RB10.
5) Marques Colston and Vincent Jackson Think You Should Go RB in Round 2 – A follow-up to the RB-RB piece, I look at why you should pass on exciting options like Julio Jones and A.J. Green in order to lock down your RB position. This is not your father’s VBD-based argument!
6) Marshawn Lynch is a Strong Sell – I’m an inveterate Lynch basher, so take this with a grain of salt. I was wrong on Lynch last year, but I still think the Skittles bubble is about to burst. Christine Michael looks like the next Matt Forte and could be a huge sleeper, especially in dynasty leagues. The far safer Alfred Morris is available later in the first round.
7) DeMarco Murray – Fantasy Football Stealth Star – A year after making him a late first round pick, Murray is going in the range of Frank Gore and Darren Sproles. The RotoViz RB Similarity Score App is incredibly high on Murray. At his current valuation, he becomes the focal point of the RB-RB strategy I described above. Murray is perhaps the best buy low in the entire league.
8) The Veteran Breakout QBs. I put Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and Matt Schaub under the RotoViz QB Sim Score microscope. Don’t waste your time or your precious mid-round picks on trendy bounceback candidates like Matthew Stafford or Eli Manning. The trio of established playoff QBs projects to put up big numbers this season.
9) Agility Scores, Le’Veon Bell, and Doug Martin - I’m not arrogant or delusional enough to believe my article impacted the Steelers’ decision to take him over players like Eddie Lacy or Montee Ball. But I do think my explanation of his star potential has had a modest effect on his ADP in rookie drafts. He’ll overtake Gio Bernard before the summer’s over.
10) Agility Scores, Zac Stacy, and Ray Rice has had a similar effect. Stacy’s one of the best sleepers to emerge from the draft in years. For a bonanza of 2013 draft information and how it relates to your upcoming fantasy season, you might pop over and check out Draft Grades, Catharsis, and Deeply Flawed Memes.
Shawn Siegele has finished in the Top 10 of the NFFC’s Main Event Classic for two consecutive seasons and is one of only a handful of players to own three or more Main Event league titles. He also contributes to Rotoviz and works as the Lead Redraft Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy.