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The Gut Check No. 411: The Devil's Advocate 100-51

Matt Waldman goes to the dark side to test your faith in the top 100 players on the board. 

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If Footballguys could have a virtual reality draft advisor program (coming in 2042), Sigmund Bloom would be the angel on your right shoulder. He'll be your beatific little-tie-dyed angel uttering catchy sound bytes of praise for players that dwell in his land of bright and shiny toys. Whether or not he coins them, fantasy owners and writers will continue crediting him until it becomes fantasy football cliche. 

Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm lounging on Bloom's Couch on your left shoulder. Yeah, I'm wearing a black cape. Bloom will try to convince you that it's actually a wet blanket, but that's his beams of sunshine and rainbows tickling your hind parts. It's ridiculous garbage that the gullible masses clamor for like ravenous pigs. Do you actually enjoy watching football when his rays of sunlight are blocking your view of the screen?

Let me hang my cape over that annoying Bloo--beam. After all, the dark is so much better to see the details of the game. Isn't that better? I like the dark. I live in those details.

(I hope you guessed my name.)  

Calling me evil is so simplistic. I prefer to describe my role as a necessary test; an advocate for doubt; me at my most cynical. This week, I'm testing your faith in the top 100 players according to early August ADP in PPR leagues. 

If you still like these players after I do my work, then there's no reason that you shouldn't draft them. If not, their name should never cross your lips.

The Devil's Advocate 100, Part I: 100-51

100. Eric Decker:  The Jets couldn't trade Decker so they let him go. The Ravens had first dibs at Decker and chose Jeremy Maclin instead and it wasn't like Maclin's knee injury wasn't a lingering concern for the Chiefs. Even so, the Ravens preferred a receiver coming off a knee injury to Decker, who had surgery on both his hip and shoulder. Do you really want a 30-year-old wide receiver coming off surgeries to body parts that are likely to take a pounding over the middle as a slot and outside option whose best routes are over the middle? 


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