Chris Cooley's Redskins fantasy football preview
I had my first fantasy football draft of the season on Sunday night. It was with a lot of Redskins blogger types. Redskins were overvalued.
So I wanted to ask noted fantasy geek Chris Cooley for a fair assessment of where the Redskins' viable fantasy prospects -- Cooley, Clinton Portis, Donovan McNabb and Santana Moss -- should be taken.
Turns out, he had his own first fantasy draft of the season on Sunday night, and he wound up with a heap of Redskins.
"I picked Clinton in the fourth round as my second back," Cooley told me. "He's low on everybody's lists, but he's a 1 in a renowned running offense, and he's in shape, and clearly he's ready to play football. I think Clinton's a steal in the fourth round, in my opinion, but I got some sneers."
("I would say somewhere in the fourth to sixth [round] range," agreed backup tackle Clint Oldenburg, whose draft is this weekend. "I think he's primed to have a big year. He's in shape, running real well, and he looks real good in our offensive zone scheme. I can't see him going any later than sixth.")
I told Cooley some national observers still aren't sold on Portis being the clear No. 1 here.
"Well, he is now, going into the first week of the season," Cooley said. "That's what I'm going off of. It might be a reach [in the fourth]. It might be a reach. But I wanted him."
Speaking of reaches, Cooley drafted himself, early in the sixth round.
"Two tight ends had already been taken and I figured I wasn't gonna cycle 18 more picks back to myself, and I wanted to be able to talk trash to everybody in the league about myself," he said. "If you're in a league with Redskins fans, I'm maybe a sixth-round guy. If you're in a league somewhere else, I might fall to 8th, 9th. It just depends when the tight ends go off the board."
"The hard thing with Tana is over his career, he's had big games, thus producing a lot of points in the overall end-of-the-year category, but he hasn't been the guy that's had 70, 80 yards and a touchdown every week," Cooley said, accurately. "He's had 180 yards and three touchdowns, and then the next week he'll have two catches. At least for your first two receivers, you try to get a guy that's gonna get seven or eight catches a week, I think."
"If you can get McNabb in the 5th or 6th, I think that's a good pick," Cooley said. "He's always gotten a lot of fantasy points. He's a great fantasy quarterback."
Cooley labeled Larry Johnson the team's fantasy sleeper, but Oldenburg had a more creative answer:
"Double A, Anthony Armstrong," Oldenburg said. "In a late round, he could be really good. In fact, if he's available in my draft, I'm gonna take him late, like a fourth receiver. I would take Double A [over Joey Galloway] just because he's got so much speed, and you can't teach speed. I think he's gonna be a great player."
"A lot of people have been telling me they've been drafting me," Armstrong said. "I haven't looked at any rankings, but I just know some of my friends keep texting me saying, 'Hey I drafted you in my fantasy football so I need you to put up some numbers.' I'm like, I appreciate it, I'll do my best. Shoot, if I played, I'd draft me, too."
But Cooley and Oldenburg both said they'll willingly overvalue teammates, so maybe this isn't the most objective advice in the world.
"I get guys that I like, guys that I want to succeed," Cooley said. "So it's not like the guys that I actually care about do poorly, but yesssss, my fantasy team balled out! I want them to both do well."
"I don't want to go out there cheering for any other team," Oldenburg said. "If we're playing the Jaguars, you don't want to be like 'Aw man, I need Maurice Jones-Drew to score a couple touchdowns.' Nah. As many teammates as you can get."
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