published Friday, August 26th, 2011

5 at 10: Friday mailbag (fantasy football edition)

It's Friday and that means mailbag. We were overwhelmed with questions about fantasy football this week. We grouped three questions about fantasy football and grouped them together. But with so much going around of the world of sports, we had to add two more questions. Plus, we added a never-before-seen mailbag question back at you. (Would that be a returned mailbag questions? We think so.)

And all of this, and we still won't be able to discuss Fred Couples picking Tiger Woods for the President's Cup team, which is not unlike Coach K picking Michael Jordan for the U.S, Olympic basketball team.

From the "Shapiro Stinks Studios," here we go...



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    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball during an NFL football game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

From BIspy4,

5er,

A little sump’in for los mailbag-os ….

As I sat on the pavement of our parking lot at work last week, tire tool in hand, drenched in sweat, removing a tire from the truck after hitting another nail, I got to thinking …

What measures of a man are left? We don’t have to hunt or fish or tend crops for our own food. So I thought, maybe the ability of changing a tire is one of the last true measures. You don’t have to know how to rebuild an alternator (though it might help), but the changing of a tire is just a basic guy thing, you know?

Oh, and I’m in two fantasy football leagues this year (ended the fantasy drought last year, a drought that began after a draft in someone’s house in Smyrna 10 years ago).

Who would 5 at 10 pick first or see go in the first five selections? Thanks for the vine, and I enjoy the show very much.

(Quick answer on the measures of a man: There is no doubt that the sissification of guys everywhere has reached near pandemic levels. It's gross. Don't get us started about frappuccino lattes and waxings and everything else. And gang, if you order a liquor drink with Red Bull, we need to know what sorority you pledged. Sorry, that's just how we feel. As for changing a tire, yeah, that's a good guy thing. Want another one? Cutting the grass. Anything that can generate a good sweat that is not considered exercise is a good man activity. Let's move on to something really manly, like more questions about fantasy football.)

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    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) looks to throw a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh .(AP Photo/Don Wright)

From Celtic Vol

Hello 5@10,

We’re a little over 2 weeks away from the NFL season kicking off and that means it’s time for fantasy football. I know, being a sports editor, that you’ve got a team. So who’s on your team and what draft suggestions (I know how you love drafts) do you have for me?

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From P-Davi,

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    Miami Dolphins safety Tyrone Culver, left, and Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, right, combine to tackle Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

5-at-10,

How much stock do you put into preseason games? Is Julio Jones' lack of production something to be concerned about?

We need some help, the fantasy football draft is this weekend.

OK, gang, relax. Let's break this down from the beginning.

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.

And the 5-at-10 loves fantasy football drafts — in fact draft is the highlight of the fantasy season.

BIspy asked about the No. 1 overall pick and the top-five in general. Unless the scoring systems of your league is extremely quarterback-friendly, we have always been of the belief of taking a running back first. If you draw the No. 1 pick, it's hard not to take Adrian Peterson, the Vikings running back who has ranked in the top five in fantasy points in every year he's been in the league. Plus, with Donovan McNabb now in Minnesota, the Vikings' passing game has to be at least a little bit better than the debacle it was a season ago.

As for the top-five picks, here are our top 5 overall: Peterson, Mike Vick, Ray Rice, Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster. We have Foster ranked lower than most and he was a monster last year, but was that a flash of one season (it's hard for a lot of folks who watched Foster's career at UT to trust him as your fantasy bell cow)? As for Vick, the injury risk is there, but if he stays healthy, he has such a high ceiling.

Almost as importantly as making a good first-round pick is avoiding a first-round disaster. We're a little leery of LeSean McCoy, who like Foster was a stud last year, since the Eagles have added Ronnie Brown and will count on Vick for some their rushing totals.

Another thing to try to do in the fantasy draft is maximize value. In the middle rounds (say like four though six), don't be afraid to start the position run. By that, we mean, if your league requires a tight end, go get a Jason Witten or JaMichael Finley or Antonio Gates rather than getting a third wide out. Plus, once the run starts, everyone generally follows so, more times than not you'll still have options the next round and you added the best tight end on your board. (Please note, this rule does not apply to kickers. Kickers are picked last. Period.)

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    Atlanta Falcons' Michael Turner (33) runs for yardage against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

As for sleepers, well, we think Michael Turner will have a huge year in Atlanta a the feature back in arguably the NFL's most balanced offense. We would love to have the Arkansas Razobacks backfield of 2007 — we think Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis are each in line for a big year. As for receiver sleepers, we like Giants wideout Mario Manningham, we expect Anquan Boldin to bounce back and we think both Dez Bryant and Roy Williams will benefit from Williams going from Dallas to Chicago. (Sidenote: If you're in a league with Oso you can draft Stafford, Moreno and A.J. Green and he'll trade you any of his players for those guys.)

As for preseason results, P-Davi, that's an interesting questions both for fantasy football and for the gambling world. (Sidenote: Here's saying Vegas is dreading the opening weekend of the NFL. How do you accurately handicap these teams? There will be a lot of blowouts, and veteran teams are going to be at a huge advantage after the offseason that wasn't.)

The limited amount of offseason time for all the teams means rookies and players in their first year in a system (Kevin Kolb in Arizona, for example) are question marks at best. That said, the two rookies we'd consider taking are Julio Jones and Mark Ingram because they figure to get their fair share of opportunities.



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    UT coach Bruce Pearl yells in the student section before the Lady Vols college basketball game against Duke in Knoxville on Jan. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

From UTSupporter

Where on the irony scale would you rank Bruce Pearl having the media over to his house for a bar-b-q to discuss the NCAA's ruling on him for lying to the NCAA about the people at his house for a bar-b-q?

UTSupporter,

Thanks for the question and feel free to come back again.

Pearl's get-together was pretty high on the irony scale. Real high in fact. HERE is our UT ace Patrick Brown's report from the shindig.

The Pearl ruling from the NCAA has kind of set the stage for the rest of the rulings that are on the horizon. This will be the baseline for penalties for coaches and administrators that lie to the NCAA, unless the NCAA reforms its rules and sets different guidelines with specific penalties.

It would be even more ironic for the NCAA to announce those changes at a bar-b-q.



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    Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin (22) salutes the crowd Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, after Oklahoma clinched the Big 12 south division title in Norman, Okla. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma routed number 23 Texas Tech, 60-15. Griffin finished the game with 207 yards rushing. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

From McPell

My two cents as far as overrated teams — nationally it's Oklahoma or Oklahoma St.

In the SEC it's got to be South Carolina. LSWho is a close second, especially with all the unknowns about the big bar brawl. No one really knows what goes on in one of those, not that I am speaking from personal knowledge or anything...cough, cough.

McPell,

I agree about OSU whole heartedly, especially after losing offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.

South Carolina and LSU lead the overrated charge in the SEC, and with new developments from the bar brawl coming out daily — the latest is an eye witness told police that quarterback Jordan Jefferson did kick the victim — plus the NCAA trouble with Russell Shepard, the Tigers appear to be, shall we say, unsettled.

McPell's response leads us to our return mailbag question:

Who is the most underrated college football team in the country? What about the SEC?

Discuss — and have a great weekend.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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bigbearzzz said...

I always go with LSU as the most overrated SEC team....every year..cause i hate them. As far as manly chores goes, ive got to replace the alternator in my WIFE'S mini van this weekend then i dont know...i may construct a four story fort for my boys with my bear hands....see what i did there with the bear...nice. did we mention that football season is so close im practically shaking with anticipation??!

Girly Drinks not to order at a bar with your buddy's around:

Fuzzy Navel Tom Collins Mimosa Pretty in Pink A fruit smoothie

August 26, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
patrickd said...

Great mailbag. I don't wanna sound like a homer here so I'll keep this lukewarm. The most underrated team in the country is the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide is ranked #2 nationally, and let me take my crimson shades off while I say that's an atrocity. To be the most underrated team you don't have to be ranked in the 20's when actually being a top 10 team. Sometimes the most underrated team is the No.1 team on the globe who is for reasons only known to the other seven wonders of the world, ranked No.2.

Now I don't wanna sound biased here so let me keep this neutral. The only competition the Crimson Tide will face all year will be on Nov. 5 against the LSU Tigers. LSU will bring a flurry of the most talented defensive players the country has to offer. Their offense will be among the most athletically gifted individuals the Tide will see all year. The battle will be bloody and it will be 4 quarters of pure hell and when it's over, both team's players will come off the field almost unrecognizable. My prediction, final score Alabama 48 - LSU 6.

I would end this with something like -- Roll Tide -- but again, I'm going to keep it homerism-free this year, all year.

August 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Nice job capitalizing the WIFE in describing the mini-van. Because if you are replacing your alternator, that's manly. If you are replacing your alternator in YOUR mini-van or YOUR moped, then we need to talk.

Yes, football is close. So close. Like the sands in the hour class, so go the next 7 days until GameDay.

PDavi —

We're going to go out on a limb and say you're a Texas fan? No, maybe Arkansas?

It will come to us soon.

As for the predicted score, is that 48-6 win because LSU got two field goals or did the Tigers score a TD and Alabama blocked the PAT?

— 5-at-10

August 26, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.
Blueoval said...

Wow, patrickd...spoken like a true Bama fan. Yes Alabama is good and should be the clearcut favorite to win the title this year but remember they do play in the SEC and on most Saturday's in the SEC anything can happen (unless you're playing Vandy and I probably just jinked my team). I've seen it so many times...but Bama is stacked unfortunately. I think Oso is trying out to be Jay's assistant coach with the little word association thing but maybe Jay will let you carry his headset cord instead. Underrated in the SEC, maybe Tennessee since no one is talking about them or picking them to do anything this year (and righfully so)and I say that because surely they will be better than last year or no worse. Looking forward to football though!!!!

August 26, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
patrickd said...

Alright, so you make a valid point, Blueoval. Anything can happen in the SEC on any given week. I better be careful talking so big or I might find myself on the 28 yard line with :04 to go, up by 2 with the Vols about to kick a game winning field goal.

That would be pretty rough, but out of curiosity, lets take a look at what that might look like. http://bit.ly/dh9wlV

August 26, 2011 at 12:15 p.m.
Blueoval said...

You are true Bama....but you got me there PD, blocking two in once game, wow!

I forgot to talk about President's Cup. Come on Freddy, you might as well pick Shooter McGavin, Ty Webb or Danny Noonan or any of the actors that played those characters. I'm sure all of them are playing better golf than Tiger.

August 26, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
patrickd said...

Just playing, Blueoval. There's not a coach in the country I want to see succeed more than Derrick Dooley and given the past week's events with Pat Summitt, it's hard to not stand behind the University right now. Just getting my jabs in before the ball goes in the air.

August 26, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
Blueoval said...

I can't wait for kickoff PD........

August 26, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

oh yeah! i didnt say anything about Freddie!!! Drop dead fred has lost his mind! That's a pathetic pick and one based only on the name...Eldrick couldnt hit the side of a VW parked on the green right now if he wanted too!

August 26, 2011 at 12:48 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Only in the South do we get two-year-old smack talk more roughly two months before the Alabama-Tennessee showdown.

Thank the great Maker that football season is here.

And BlueOval, we have not forgotten that we owe you a couple of tickets. How about two tickets to the Mocs opener for your prize?

As for Couples, dude is cracked. Here's hoping Eldrick politely declines. But that would be the classy move and we've gotten to the point where we can't expect the classy move from Tiger Woods.

— 5-at-10

August 26, 2011 at 1:43 p.m.
chas9 said...

Durtbag Dykstra--Have you ever seen anybody like him?

August 26, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.
Blueoval said...

Mocs opener sounds good 5/10.....thanks

August 26, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er

That story on Dykstra is nuts. NUTS. Somewhere EC is smiling and saying something along the lines of "Typical Phillies dirtbag."

Dude apparently put out an ad of craigslist for an assistant/housekeeper and then exposed himself to the applicants. What a nut job.

— 5-at-10

August 26, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
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