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August 23, 2007

Panthers for your fantasy team

It’s getting down to the time for fantasy football drafts. In past years, I’ve been bombarded with e-mails from family, friends, people I knew but didn’t consider friends and people I didn’t know asking for all sorts of fantasy advice.

I never answered a single one because, first, I’ve got a job that takes up a lot of time and, second, there are lots of available websites and magazines that specialize in answering fantasy advice. Then, there were those questions from people I never heard of, "How’s Stephen Davis’ knee?’’ "Have the Panthers been throwing much to Keyshawn Johnson in practice this week?’’

Those also went unanswered because there are things I see on the practice field that could be relevant, but I have no interest in becoming another Tim Donaghy.

I’m not turning over a new leaf this year, but I recognized the popularity of fantasy football, so I’ll give a little preseason scouting report on Panthers you might want to take in your league:

+ Steve Smith. As soon as the top tier of running backs are gone, grab Smith. He’s the best receiver in the game in fantasy and reality. Since the Panthers are back to not having another receiving option, his numbers will be huge.

+ Keary Colbert and Drew Carter. Don’t touch them. Trust me.

+ Dwayne Jarrett. Worth a late-round flyer. Might not start early on, but it’s only a matter of time before he jumps ahead of Colbert and Carter. Plus, he’s got the size to be a red-zone factor.

+ Jeff King. Here’s a sleeper tight end. He won’t be Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez. But somewhere in the middle of the tight ends, King is worth a shot. He has good hands and size and could be a red-zone weapon.

+ Jake Delhomme. Given the uncertainty created by last year, Delhomme’s not a fantasy starter. But he’s worth a shot as a backup. And, if he gets back to his old form, you could have a starting option.

+ DeShaun Foster. A lot of people drafted Foster way too high last year because he was going to be a starter for the first time in his career. Foster remains a risky pick because of his injury and fumble problems in the past and the fact DeAngelo Williams is waiting in the wings. But Foster has some fantasy value and is worth a shot as a third or fourth back because he just might prosper in the new offense.

+ DeAngelo Williams. Might be a nice move to draft Foster AND Williams, assuming you’ve got a couple quality backs ahead of them. The workload still is being determined and could change dramatically in the season. If you have both Foster and Williams, you can adjust as the Panthers do and you just might end up with a starter later in the year.

+ John Kasay. Never take a kicker early. Wait for Jason Elam and a couple of the big names to go. Then, when the run on the line of average kickers starts, grab Kasay. He’s dependable and durable in recent years. He might not have the biggest leg and he might not be playing with an explosive offense, but he’s never going to hurt you. -- Pat Yasinskas

Posted by Observer Sports on August 23, 2007 at 05:35 PM | Permalink


I just paid for rotoworld's fantasy football coverage when I could've gotten this insightful viewpoint. Ugh, this was the most miserable fantasy football article I've ever read.

Posted by: Franklin Belhampton | Aug 23, 2007 6:21:43 PM

come on not even the big fantasy publications know what theyre talking about. beyond the surefire 1st rounders like tomlinson (and sometimes even them too-they might get hurt) fantasy football is just one big crapshoot. the only way to do well is to be impartial about who u draft, check each week to make sure ur players arent hurt or benched, and check free agency every now and then.

and i know pat and stan get paid to do this and all, but i feel bad for these guys. it seems like every comment they get is a negative one. u dont have to say "oh great job guys" but theres no need for the negative stuff.

Posted by: steve | Aug 23, 2007 7:45:11 PM

Great Job Guys. Woot woot.

Posted by: Doug Heffernan | Aug 23, 2007 7:52:06 PM

Pat and Stan,
I have a job were I take a lot of abuse from the public; It makes me feel better about my life when I read the comments in response to your bogs. Thanks for being there for me.
Of course, I have a tazer.
Keep the information coming.

Posted by: Roger King | Aug 23, 2007 9:06:55 PM

Ditto, just the other day (I man a tollbooth on the NJ parkway) someone paid their toll and as they drove off they yelled, "POOP DOLLAR!" The dollar bill appeared to be stained as well.

So I can certainly attest to the abuse. Hang in there.

Posted by: Spence Olchin | Aug 24, 2007 7:59:06 AM

how come i don't have a tazer?

Posted by: stating the obivious | Aug 24, 2007 4:28:52 PM

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