Cornbread Maxwell wrote:Thanks for posting that Matthias - good stuff!
Wow - so Matt Birk, the allpro center and leader of that great OLine in MIN wont play and may require surgery. Wasnt he seriously contemplating retirement anyway?
Whos the backup C again? Is it Cory Withrow? How has he looked so far this summer?
Id imagine with a return to running gameplan, this could end up a pretty big deal.
Last year Birk was also hurt for most of the year, so we got a good look at Withrow. He's decent at best, nothing more. You can chalk him down for a holding and a sack given up almost every game.
I expect the rushing game to be worse this year than it was last year, purely because Moss is gone. Our line is mostly the same, possibly worst. For the past few years announcers and fans have always said the Vikes have one of the best offensive lines in the game, which at one point was true, but recently due to all the All-Pros getting old, leaving due to free agency, and just deterioration, our line isn't anything special any more.
In the preseason game against the Jets the line looked terrible. None of our plethora of RBs could find any room to run, they were stuffed every time at the line, or for a very minimal gain. So personally, I'm staying away from Minnesota RBs, because of the line and loss of Moss, not because of the competition.
Last year when a RB was healthy, and was named the starter; he started the entire game. When Moe was the starter, he had great games, and was a great fantasy back. When Mewelde was given the start for those three games, he was awesome, and was a hot pickup in FF leagues. Bennett was slow once he got back, but during the FF playoffs anybody who played him was very happy, he had a few good games. The league champion in my league took the gutsy move and benched Jamal for Bennett in the Super Bowl week 16. He ended up winning the championship because of it.
Basically, any RB that starts for the Vikes should put up a good amount of points. Now that Mewelde is looking like he's going to start, he's much more draftable for me. I just worry about Tice benching him week 3 when Bennett comes back. One thing about Tice, is that he doesn't have a problem benching a back that's running well. Last year Mewelde had three awesome games then was benched.
I guess I typed all that to say, Mewelde will be good if he's truly the starter, and with Bennett not being able to stay healthy for more than two days, I wouldn't hesitate taking a flyer on Mewelde in a late round, as long as you're willing to watch him sit for a few weeks before being able to start him when Bennett actually plays.