It happens in almost every draft. It’s the magazine curse. Some league member—let’s call him Pete—is convinced that Ben Tate is going to be the next superstar after they read a profile of him that was written in June. Pete is excited. Pete gets busy with other things until draft day. And then…the unspeakable happens.
It’s kind of like watching a slow-speed accident—like watching two cars back into each other in a parking lot. Nobody wants to see that, but it’s also impossible to stop.
Approaching the draft board, Pete pulls a player sticker and slaps it up on the wall. As he turn around, he’s a little confused that he didn’t hear the gasps and sighs of a thousand voices as he took a “steal” in the mid-rounds. He was sure everyone was waiting for Ben Tate to fall to their next pick, but instead of sighs and complaints, all he gets are a few shocked faces, laughter, and a hand to the forehead.
“Ben Tate is out for the year.” Someone had to say it. Then you just feel bad for Pete. Really bad. It’s hard to watch that happen.
Sometimes in life you can save a buddy from this kind of shame and humiliation. You can take him away from the dance floor when he’s starting to think every girl in the room is attractive. You can warn him not to take that class with the crazy dictator of a professor. You can tell him when he has spinach stuck in his teeth.
That is, you have the option if you so desire, not that you HAVE to take that road. You still have the ability to jump in there and take them out of that situation. But when it’s a missed draft pick? He’s screwed. He just burned a mid-round pick on a guy that won’t play a single down in 2010. With the exception of this being a keeper or dynasty league, he just wasted a pick.
Depending on your league, you may get a chance to make amends. They may let you pick again over that “Ben Tate” you just burned, but in all fairness, you really shouldn’t get another chance. You struck out. Just sit down.
So don’t be that guy. I witnessed it firsthand in my draft this past weekend, and it’s not cool for anyone involved.
Here’s a list of other IR players you don’t want on your team this season unless you’re tucking them away in a dynasty league.
- Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans—Fractured right fibula AND torn right ankle ligaments, which sounds as serious as it is.
- Sinorice Moss, WR, New York Giants—Groin injury
- Jim Sorgi, QB, Indianapolis Colts—Apparently, patting Peyton/Eli Manning as they come off the field can get you a shoulder injury
- Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis Rams—Knee injury, and a general lack of the ability to stay on the field
- Malcolm Kelly, WR, Washington Redskins—Hamstring injury from McNabb’s “Hell Week” will put him on IR, which, on the plus side for him, keeps him on the roster *technically* since he was on the bubble at the beginning of the preseason
- Leigh Bodden, CB, New England Patriots—If you play IDP or if you were considering drafting the Patriots D/ST, which isn’t quite as good without its best corner
And some cautionary warnings…
- Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings—Out for at least half the season with a hip injury. Draft accordingly.
- Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers—Missing at least three games as of now and at least six if he doesn’t show up to sign and play by this Saturday
- Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers—For generally being a creeper and getting himself suspended for four to six games to start 2010
- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos—Some reports have him suiting up; others have him nowhere close. Either way, he’s not going anywhere quick with a hamstring injury.
- New York Jets D/ST—Without Darrelle Revis and without Calvin Pace to start the sesason, this defense may not be the No. 1 unit everyone thinks it’s cracked up to be. I am not on this bandwagon without those two.
- Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings—You probably like him less already with an ankle injury and without Sidney Rice, but hearing that the Vikings are going to “manage the pain” on a bone spur they recently discovered as well makes Favre even less safe as a QB1 this season.
Consider yourself warned. Don’t be that guy.