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Andrew Luck has more upside in 2012 fantasy football

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What we are talking about:

  • Jay Cutler

    Doing pretty well for himself

  • Luck or RG3

    Who do you pick in 2012?

  • Punk vs. Bryan

    Matchup for the ages

The 2012 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror and it's time to start looking forward to the upcoming season. Seriously, it will be here before Albert Pujols hits his first home run.

But for right now, let's take a look at some of what I liked and disliked about the draft and who were the biggest winners and losers. I really like what the Chicago Bears have been doing. Jay Cutler has had one of the best offseasons in recent memory. And some of it even has to do with what happened on the field.

Intrigued? Seriously ... not even a little bit? Come on, you've already clicked on this story, at least give it a look.

If you're new to this column, a couple of quick rules. The players and things I like are on the left, and things that I dislike are on the right, with names highlighted for your convenience, if you just want to skim. And if you're still confused, I don't know what to tell you.

And without further ado ...

By now you should know my feelings on Redskins, so I'm going to pass on Robert Griffin, III this year. He's talented. He's super smart. He's amazing. But unfortunately for him, his coach is bat-crap crazy. Seriously, they drafted Kirk Cousins later in the draft. I guarantee you RG3 gets pulled at some point this season for Rex Grossman or Cousins. Believe it. …

Fred Davis is the only Redskins player I remotely like. And by "remotely like," I mean that if I was in some sort of "Saw" maze that forced me to pick one Redskins player, it would be him. …

And if you didn't like Redskins running backs previously, guys like Roy Helu will suffer at the goal line because RG3 will call his own number enough to decrease their value. This is not going to be a fun year in D.C., but on the bright side, Jon Gruden will be there in 2013. …

Frank Gore's value continues to fall, thanks to the signing of Brandon Jacobs and now the drafting of LaMichael James. It's one of those great football moves, but bad for fantasy. I would keep an eye on how the 49ers handle the touches in the red zone. …

I feel a little bad for Blackmon. I was ready to take a chance on him if he went to the St. Louis FC, but his situation in Jacksonville scares me. Mainly because the Jaguars like him so much. Seriously, I feel like Jerry dating one of Newman's ex-girlfriends when I like the same players the Jags like. …

I'm also disappointed Lamar Miller tumbled in the draft to the Dolphins. I thought we were looking at a possible sleeper, and he still is. But he's going to be fighting Reggie Bush and Danny Thomas for time. At least Bush is bound to get hurt soon. …

ImageSpeaking of Reggie Bush, Kim Kardashian was on the live version of "30 Rock." Well, at least on the West Coast. So why does "30 Rock" have to hate on us? I love this show for being smart and funny. And I want to write off a Kardashian appearance as some subtle humor I'm not getting, but I can't do it. I haven't removed you from the automatic record list, "30 Rock," but don't push your luck with this (expletive). …

ImageHaving a Kardashian on your show is the TV version of starting a Redskins running back. As long as you condone it, you're part of the problem. …

The Raiders didn't add a rookie running back of note to go with Darren McFadden, which tells me one of two things. Either the Raiders are down with Taiwan Jones as a backup, or they have no idea how the draft works. The latter option no longer seems plausible, considering the new regime. …

Congratulations to Jimmy Starks, who remains the top running back for the Packers. Though that seems to carry about as much credence as being the top setup man for the Los Angeles Angels. …

ImageThe Angels' start has been ugly, but Pujols has been struggling. If Pujols were killing it and the Angels were falling behind, I would be worried. But I've given up on the division. Take one of the wild-card spots. Weaver pitches that game, we win, Haren, Wilson and Weaver in Game 3 of the divisional round ... I like our chances. …

ImageMickey Hatcher got caught talking about a players-only meeting, which apparently upset Pujols. My only hope is this is the thing that gets Hatcher "future endeavored" soon. I don’t mean to scapegoat, but it's frustrating. …

The revamped Bears look like they can move on without Matt Forte, and that's not good news for his fantasy owners. The Bears already have Mike Bush, and have the receivers now to make the passing game really sing. Forte is moving down my boards, and quickly. And it's going to be worse if he misses any camp. …

LeGarrette Blount is not worthy of much outside of touchdown-only leagues, because he's going to be the guy who gets the majority of the goal-line work for the Buccaneers. But he's clearly lost his luster after showing some flashes at times. I know I was burned by him big-time last year, so I'm personally kind of excited. …

Byron Hout is also probably excited because Martin is going to take his job. Hout, of course, was the guy who Blount made famous by rocking him in the jaw after Boise State's win over Oregon a few years back. Seriously, Hout is always going to be "that guy." …

Sam Bradford didn't get much help in the draft, which is really a shame, because he has a lot of upside. Bradford would have benefitted with Fleener at tight end, and you have to believe the St. Louis FC still could have picked Brian Quick just a few spots later. …

St. Louis might have made a mistake with Quick. The team had a chance to grab Fleener at the top of the second round, and could have had a chance to nab Quick a few picks later. ...

The Titans' Nate Washington and Damian Williams both took a value hit because of Kendall Wright. Washington had career highs as he filled in nicely for Kenny Britt last season, but he's not going to have much value this year and likely gets lost in the shuffle. …

ImageI hate when casual fans start advocating rules changes, but not enough for me to not suggest this rule change. A penalty in hockey should be killed off when a team scores a short-handed goal. I know I'm only advocating this because the Kings are killing it on the PK, but still, it makes too much sense.


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