Just looking for some opinions on the Dynasty values of 5 guys in a Zealots league:
1) Lavar Arrington - Classic underperformer. Will he be there next year? Can a new team utilize him more?
2) DJ Williams - A great LB in a bad fantasy situation. I assume he's worth keeping, but is there hope for next year? What is Gold's status for next year?
3) Kenechi Udeze - Is he losing his spot by the good play of Scott? Will his injury continue to hamper him next year?
4) Bradie James - Has he lost his chance to be as good as his talent suggests? Is Parcells going to give up on him? What is the Cowboy's LB situation for next year?
5) Bryan Scott - What has happened to him this year? Is Heard a better player and likely to keep the job next year?
Lavar ArringtonDisappointing that he hasn't performed better since getting the starting WLB gig back. Has shown glimpses of stud play but still disappears for long stretches in the boxscore. The interior of the Redskin DL has been a mess of injury, but you'd still have expected Arrington to make some big plays. He's not had a sack all year. He's still cheap for the Skins in 2006, but his contract spikes in 2007. It's probably less likely that he goes elsewhere since he bought into the Greg Robinson's program during the second half of the year. If he stays in this system he could produce LB2 type numbers consistently, but he'll have to show flashes of that big play ability to be a true stud.
Ian Gold is signed cheaply through 2006, though Al Wilson's contract takes a decent sized bump next year. The Broncos LBs have done exactly what's asked of them this year, although Al Wilson has been much less productive statistically then in 2004. So it's likely that DJ remains stuck in fantasy purgatory next season. Sucks, because his last 6 games of 2004 at the WLB spot were amazing. You may have to hold him an extra year and risk that he becomes entrenched as a SLB long term.
Can't remember what surgical procedure he had, but most players with an injury to the chondral knee cartilage have been having microfracture surgery. Ordinarily, that injury to a player (lineman) who relies on speed and leverage to succeed would make me nervous. But more and more lineman are successfully recovering from that procedure - Willie Anderson a prime example for 2005. Udeze showed very little the few weeks he'd been completely healthy and James and Scott have been productive. I wouldn't count on him unless and until he proves something.
This kid really could have been a top 5 fantasy LB and it's maddening that he's not. To watch him play, you see flashes of blinding speed and sure tackling and think the guy could make a play every snap. Then he just disappears for series after series. 2 solos against the Broncos, 3 solos against LJ and the Chiefs. I waited on this dude for two years, then finally got fed up and dumped him. Cringed midseason when he got a shot a the full time RILB gig but really haven't been burned. Next season will be his 4th year. I suppose the light could go on, but...you can't hardly count on it.
Ronnie Heard ain't no great shakes, but either he or Keion Carpenter has played in Atlanta's SS slot of 2004, where Scott was most productive from a fantasy perspective. Scott played a lot of CB at Penn State, so he may have been a better defensive fit at FS, but his fantasy numbers will stay mediocre as long as he stays there.
Hope that helps.