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October 10, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Random thoughts from the 2012 season

It’s been a crazy start to the 2012 fantasy season, with a ton of storylines going on. Since my mind has been so scattered on all of these things, let’s touch on as many as we can, as we delve into another Random Thoughts column. … Here goes. ...

• #ChuckStrong.

• Seriously, that was a great, inspiring performance by the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. The whole sad situation with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano being diagnosed with leukemia was enough to turn my usual Colt-hating heart to mush as Indy came back to beat the Packers. Phenomenal moment.

• Sneaky subplot to that Colts win is how good Andrew Luck has been this season. He’s the 12th best fantasy QB in an ESPN standard scoring league, throwing for 1,208 yards with seven TDs and five INTs. In a strictly passing sense, he’s been better than Cam Newton. Of course, Newton provides more impact on the ground that Luck has.

• As good as Luck has been, RGIII has outpaced him fantasy-wise this season, ranking as the third-best fantasy QB through five weeks. His possible concussion obviously complicates things, but in a small sample size, he’s shown the ability to make plays both in the passing game and with his feet. Are there many more exciting red zone threats than RGIII right now?

• As Bob Griffin has been on the ascendancy, Cam Newton has fallen on hard times. Newton is being criticized on all sides, seems to have lost his way with star receiver Steve Smith and has come up short in some clutch game situations. Newton, however, is doing enough running the ball to make up for it.

He’s still the eighth-best fantasy QB, ahead of the likes of Matt Schaub, Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Vick, but it has to be a disappointing start to the season for Newton owners

• Is there anything more embarrassing than losing to your wife in fantasy football? A friend of mine had that happen earlier this season. He recently put his wife into a spot in one of his long-time leagues and helped her in the draft, since she is a first-time player. So, he lost to a team he felt he had kind of, sort of drafted himself.

But, since it’s his wife, he faces all sorts of martial problems if he brings that up. Which brings up the question: is playing your wife in fantasy football a lose-lose situation? Since I’m facing that prospect this weekend, I’ll let you know.

• Thursday night marks the return of a great TV show for fantasy football fans. The League will be airing its fourth season on FX starting at 9:30 p.m. How does a show about fantasy football run for four seasons? By being very, very funny, if you like off-beat comedy and jokes about ghost-monkeys. It may not be for everyone, but The League is a great addition to your fantasy football week.

• I’m still on the fence about this Thursday night NFL game, though. While I like extending the NFL week and having an extra game to watch those nights, it does pose some problems for fantasy owners. For instance, this week Rashard Mendenhall is going up against a bad Tennessee defense. It’s just his second week back from that knee injury, so we have less time to see how he’ll bounce back from playing Sunday.

He’s clearly the feature back in Pittsburgh, but they seemed to be easing him in to the role last week. Should you play him or stay cautious? Wouldn’t you like a couple more days of info on practice before making that call? It’s just a fantasy quagmire.

• Had an interesting conversation with another friend this week. He said he threw out Matt Schaub as a great fantasy option before the season. There’s no doubt Schaub has been an elite NFL QB so far, piloting the Texans to a perfect 5-0 record. However, he’s somewhat limited as a fantasy player. The Texans emphasize the run so much, especially when they have a lead, that Schaub doesn’t always have the opportunities to rack up big yardage and scoring plays.

On the other hand, Drew Brees is playing for a bad Saints team but is putting up huge fantasy numbers, because that offense is structured around throwing a lot, especially when the Saints are losing. That may be why some people have a problem with fantasy sports. In that way, fantasy doesn’t match up to reality.

• You have to feel bad for Jamaal Charles owners. The talented Memorial grad has shown flashes of being an impact fantasy running back this season, but he’s mired in a bad offense that just got worse with Matt Cassel getting knocked out. Any time the announcer says, “Now entering the game, Brady Quinn,” things are not going to be pretty.

While Charles has proven to be an explosive runner, as always, he’s been sort of an untapped gem in the passing game. Charles can catch the ball ably out of the backfield and could give that offense another dimension, like Darren McFadden did in Week 1 for the Raiders. Alas, the Chiefs may not realize that until it’s too late.

• Kudos to a pair of beleaguered fantasy receivers this season. KC’s Dwayne Bowe and NO’s Marquis Colston came into the season with some bad vibes. Bowe had held out after the Chiefs slapped him with a franchise tag while Colston had some injury concerns along with the rise of Jimmy Graham as the team’s top receiving option.

Both have proven those doubters wrong. Colston is the fourth-best receiver in ESPN standard scoring leagues, catching 28 passes for 444 yards with four TDs while Bowe has been No. 7 with 31 catches for 402 yards and three TDs.

• Are there any good waiver wire options at this point in the season? One intriguing name that may still be out there is Kyle Rudolph, tight end for the surprising Minnesota Vikings. The giant Rudolph not only has a huge catching radius, but also is a favorite target of QB Christian Ponder and is seeing serious red zone looks.

At a position that seems deep but lacks impact, Rudolph is a much better option than the more highly-touted Antonio Gates at this point.

David Coleman writes about fantasy football once a week. He can be reached at dcoleman@panews.com or on Twitter at @MDavidColeman.

 

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)

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  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

    July 22, 2014

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    July 22, 2014

  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

    July 21, 2014

  • MC Babe Ruth goes 2-0

    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

    July 19, 2014

  • Up the odds for solid bank fishing

    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

    July 19, 2014

  • Derek Williams, Summer Money League light up the lanes at Max Bowl

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

    July 19, 2014

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  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

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  • West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

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