2QB Dynasty: The issue with issues

Ray Lewis

2QB Dynasty: The issue with issues

Looking back at 2014, many would wish they had more draft picks for a class loaded with wide receiver talent.  Somewhere near the beginning of the second round someone could pick up Odell Beckham Jr. just in case he wound up turning himself into something.  The big debates were over the differences in value between Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins and Brandin Cooks, while everyone knew that Bishop Sankey was the can’t-miss top running back.  For my own folly, I spent a little extra to pick up Marqise Lee where I could and might have paid to move up a little for Tre Mason.  To my credit, I didn’t believe for a minute that Andre Williams would be the savior in New York, nor did I think that Eric Ebron would be the next superstar tight end as many others sought to have everyone believe.

Unquestionably the biggest nose dive of the 2014 NFL draft class was Johnny Manziel, who is currently off doing something decidedly not NFL-related with his new found signing money, and that’s probably not the best thing for him.

Today brings us new appraisals of players who have started to make their place in the NFL framework and trade offers based on this new data.  Earlier today I was offered a 2017 first-round pick plus some baggage for Isiah Crowell (who was sitting on my bench) and a linebacker.  I took it pretty quickly.  Not because I think that Crowell hasn’t got the talent to be a good running back, but because I’ve been looking for a reason to offload him for a long time.  Earlier this year he posted a graphic anti-law enforcement image on his Instagram account and also, let’s be honest, it’s Cleveland.  This is a guy that was suspended from his college team twice before he got arrested for driving a marijuana smoke-filled car while being in possession of a handgun.  Does this sound like the next Jamaal Charles to you?  Or someone on their way to being the next Titus Young?

Character issues do matter to me, for all NFL players.  These were probably the school bullies.  Oh I’m sure there are exceptions but these are most likely the kids who pushed anyone around because they could.  They desperately needed a job where they could out-physical others because that was all they knew.  And as Aaron Hernandez provided a great example of, these “I can do what I want” attitudes follow a person long past their high school days.

So what happens if you get stuck with a player with character issues?  Obviously it happened to me, inheriting an orphaned team with Crowell on it.  I guess I could use him while he’s useful and dump him when he goes completely Michael Vick on everyone.  But yesterday a blurb ran on Rotoworld suggesting that Crowell might be treated like a feature back against a team weaker versus the run than they were versus the pass in week 1.  Boom, trade interest.  As soon as things like that happen, put them on the trade block and wave a flag.  You don’t even need to mention their name directly.  Just say “looking for a wide receiver and offering running backs” if you want to offload that particular running back.  Then bring him up as soon as you get a nibble.

I’m saving up picks for next year and making trades to get more picks.  I think the 2017 class will be a great one for quarterbacks and running backs.  Take a moment now and look over your rosters for character issue players.  Trading away players with past character issues like Josh Gordon, Dez Bryant and Isiah Crowell should net you valuable capital for your future league domination while getting you out of a potential suspension future situation dragging your team underwater as if it had cinderblocks tied to it.

Now, who’s interested in my leftover shares of Cam Newton and Jameis Winston?

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