2020: Dynasty/Fantasy Offseason News, Observations, Rumors (2/6/2020)
Every few days on FFM, in the offseason, per usual, I’m going to share some observations from the latest football news and share any rumors/interesting conversations I’m coming across. Two or three items every 2-3 days, as I have things of interest to share.
In no particular order…
-- I continue to be annoyed/fascinated with the news that Jason Witten is talking to the NY Giants, and talking to non-Dallas teams in general in his free agency.
What captivates me is the reality that I wish Jerry Jones would get through his head, but he never will – these players that cozy up to him, and that he falls in love with like they’re BFFs, are doing the same as any of us would…conning him for money, bottom line.
We’re not ‘good’ friends with our bosses or bosses’ bosses. We don’t find them that funny or interesting…we’re somewhat intimidated and acting differently than we normally would, kissing up 99% of the time. It’s not a crime. The relationship is not reality…it’s ‘of the moment’ and ‘for my best interest’. Jerry thinks many Dallas players/employees are his buddies and ‘bleed’ Dallas blue for life. They don’t…they bleed green (not talking about the Eagles’ green either, although they would if Philly offered a dollar more).
Jason Garrett was an extraordinarily awful NFL head coach. Everybody knew it (but Jerry, and the new Giants’ head coach). Garrett got the job as an FOJ (friend of Jerry) from being a long-time backup and friend of FOJ-QB Tony Romo. Garrett should’ve never gotten the job or then kept it for 10 seasons. Garrett got paid millions of dollars for being an FOJ mouthpiece for a decade. No crime in that, but the minor offense, to me, is that for all that money paid and all that patience…once Jerry finally let him go, you would think out of some respect Garrett would either take a year off or take an advisory role in-house…or take an O-C job anywhere but in the NFC East.
Garrett got fired and like a few days later he’s working for the Giants…what a slap in the face to Jerry. It’s not a crime that Garrett sought open market employment, but I hope it shows Jerry that none of the football people in his life really like him outside of self-serving, gold-digging relationships. I’m guessing his entire family as VPs of everything isn’t a mutual respect thing either. That’s, sadly, how most NFL teams are run – too involved owners, caught in a bubble of no one who can be honest with them, with their family littering the executive positions with team (with no experience, besides cleaning Jerry’s glasses). How can a team be cutting edge or successful in such a set up? Jerry Jones hasn’t had any real, sustained on-field success since Jerry Johnson left and Johnson’s remnants got Barry Switzer a title.
Jason Witten should have the dignity to retire as a Dallas Cowboy right now. The fact that Jerry paid an aged-out Witten $5M to comeback from his failed stint as a broadcaster, should ingratiate Witten to Jerry for life and he should retire with dignity from the Cowboys and be a Dallas legend, and be an exec or broadcaster for Dallas, or whatever. Nope…the moment Witten is a free agent, from getting dragged back to the field with a too big contract in 2019 -- he’s talking about/rumors are floating of him joining the NY Giants.
Your long-time, favorite players for your favorite NFL team…they don’t care about their current team any further than their paychecks are direct depositing. You care more about your favorite team, times a hundred, than the players do. That’s not to put them down – that’s a feather in the cap for fantasy football. I only care about these players as far as they are producing for me. Undying loyalty to a team or player is a hindrance, not a virtue…in the NFL or fantasy. Jason Garrett and Jason Witten are reminders to Jerry…and to us…football is a business, and all the over-emotions from fans/owners is not healthy or helping the business.
-- I watched the Baker v. Rex Ryan showdown on ESPN.
Not much of a showdown. Both men handled things like adults. My couple takeaways…
-Most people are giving credit to Baker for admitting his errors and wanting to correct his ways, and they should. However, what I’m most impressed with…
Name for me a quarterback in the last decade or two…in the big media era…who purposefully goes onto known hostile talk shows and confronts his biggest accusers? He did it with Rex Ryan and he did it with Colin Cowherd.
Media types can feign all their outrage they want that Baker doesn’t ‘act like he’s supposed to’ (notice Baker does too many commercials without being a ‘winner’, is a criticism in their book, but has any of them slammed Dak Prescott for being in every other commercial…and Andrew Luck before him?). What the detractors don’t get is that in a very tough, physical, violent sport…Baker taking on his accusers and coming off smelling like a rose each time – he shows no fear of confrontation nor is he above admitting he was wrong or needs to improve…in a sport where all the other QBs hide from the media, only doing puff pieces with willing local lemmings or Peter King types. Baker is not afraid to fight and defend himself or his teammates in a way no other QB has since Jim McMahon.
One day, when Baker is a superstar again, the same media will laud his brashness…but today they mock it. Fans the same.
When that day comes, it will probably be Baker on another team because I think he’s setting up his eventual departure from Cleveland. Baker above all guys does not suffer fools and he’s not going to blindly stay someplace with some team/franchise that’s going nowhere. The Browns should start the trade process now, while they’re in the midst of their re-re-re-re-rebuild efforts. They won’t. They’ll wait too long and lose leverage and waste time they could be accelerating the current re-re-re-re-rebuilding.
2020 Dynasty Offseason/Best Ball Subscriptions Now Available
It’s time for season #2 of our last season’s debut subscription…Dynasty Offseason/Best Ball.
I created Dynasty offseason as a way to communicate rankings/valuations on (500+) existing players (and also 400+ IDPs) for Dynasty and Keeper planning purposes (trades, etc.) as well as getting the jump on Best Ball/MFL drafts that begin in February and run all the rest of the year.
The fastest growing success percentage/money earning with FFM scouting/rankings/etc. is in those Best Ball/MFLs – draft a deep roster and forget it until the season begins, and then just watch the results…no lineup settings, no trading. Just pay to compete, out-draft everyone else, and try and cash in on our early/better read on things.
Dynasty Offseason subscriptions will be available when College Football Metrics begins (1/3/20), and you can purchase as a combo or just individually the one you want/need. However, the Dynasty Offseason rankings, etc., will not kickoff until right after the Super Bowl (articles and reports will post in January but player rankings/mock drafts not until past the Super Bowl)…and then we pile in material daily/weekly until opening day of the new NFL season.
If you were not a part of the Dynasty Offseason program last year, I will have more details on it on my playoff game recaps in 2020 and some additional explanation on Best Ball/MFL leagues, how to get started in them, how they work, etc. – if you’re not doing Best Ball/MFLs…you are missing out.
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