Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Manning down! Manning down!

Yes. I drafted Jared Lorenzen in one of my fantasy leagues. A quick check of his stats just now showed that 0% of fantasy owners own Lorenzen. Which means it's quite possible that I'm the only person in fantasy football with the foresight genius optimism to draft him.

According to the NFL Network, Eli Manning has a separated shoulder. Manning says he has a bruised shoulder. Coach Tom Coughlin claims it's sprained. If you ask the PR staff, it's a bruised acromioclavicular joint. This proves two things. One, that the Giants have no clue what the hell is going on. And two, the Giants PR staff got the Big Book of Medical Terms for Christmas.

What does this mean for the Giants? It means that they're finally forced to see what their QB depth can do and Lorenzen has a shot to prove himself worthy. Unfortunately, it's not under the greatest of circumstances with more than a few starters injured and a Green Bay defense ready to capitalize in week 2. There's no middle ground – either Lorenzen plays a stellar game or he completely shits the bed.

As for Eli, his starting job is safe regardless of Lorenzen's performance. His injury came at the end of a 312 yard, 4 touchdown game, which is a far cry from last year's mediocre stats. The biggest factor will be the number of weeks he is out for and without any definite answers from the Giants on the severity of his injury, it's useless to speculate. Manning is a delicate flower and any extended injury threatens to derail momentum and further damage his girlish psyche.

As for Lorenzen, he gets the game start but should be get the fantasy start? Absolutely not. That doesn't mean that I won't do it, 'cause that's how I roll.