Fantasy Advice From Chris Cooley
No, not that kind of fantasy. Cooley's fondness for fantasy football is well-documented (see, for example, LaCanfora's lengthy story last summer), and as previously noted, he became an owner in an NFL Players Association league this summer:
The series has several episodes including one in which, Champ Bailey (Denver Broncos), Tatum Bell (Detroit Lions), Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins), Jerricho Cotchery (New York Jets), Jay Feeley (Miami Dolphins), David Garrard (Jacksonville Jaguars), Anthony Gonzalez (Indianapolis Colts) and and Roy Williams (Detroit Lions) engage in fantasy football.
Engage in fantasy football? Sounds weird. Plus they spelled Feely's name wrong. Anyhow, Cooley apparently got the fifth pick in the eight-team league. He took Frank Gore in the first round, and came back with Clinton Portis in the second. I said that might be a tad early for Portis; "but I wanted him, because I like him," Cooley said. What a teammate.
He also took the Redskins defense. "Interesting," I said.
"Very interesting," he admitted "You never know, though. It's risky, but the two years before [last] we were a great pick, so we'll see."
I have my first of three drafts this weekend, and I asked Cooley to give me a mock first round, but he sort of struggled without seeing a draft board. Actually, I'm guessing NFL players aren't the best sources of fantasy info. For example, Cooley told me he got Rudi Johnson in the last round of the NFL Players draft, and that he (Cooley) was the second tight-end chosen, by Champ Bailey, who evidently didn't want to have to take division rival Tony Gonzalez. (Cooley drafted Antonio Gates.) Anyhow, his partial first-round rankings.
2) Peyton Manning
3) Tom Brady ("You're getting guaranteed points, him and Peyton, pretty much guaranteed points every week.")
4) Steven Jackson
5) Larry Johnson
6) Shaun Alexander
7) Frank Gore
8) Clinton Portis
9) Brian Westbrook ("He gets you a lot of receiving yards.")
That's it. Sorry. His regular league is with his fiance and her family. I asked whether there was intense competition to draft Cooley in that league. He said his fiance would claim it wasn't fair if she didn't wind up with him.
"She always wants me," he said. "It's not even a competition. She drafts me."
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