Tag:Shaun Alexander
Posted on: May 5, 2008 5:14 pm

Shaun Alexander visits the Saints. What?

Former Seattle RB Shaun Alexander is scheduled to visit New Orleans on Wednesday as his free agent tour continues. That's the last place any Fantasy owner wants to see Alexander end up.

The first thing Alexander looking at the Saints should tell you is Deuce McAllister must still be recovering from his knee injury and isn't close to 100 percent. Alexander and McAllister would play the same role in this offense as the lead back on first and second down. So you might want to avoid Deuce even if Alexander passes on New Orleans.

Alexander has looked at Cincinnati also, and that's another bad place. He would be a bad fit for the Bengals, who are loaded at running back with Rudi Johnson, Kenny Watson and eventually Kenny Irons. Alexander may be washed up as a feature back, but he can still do some damage with the right amount of carries in the right offense.

The best place for Alexander right now is Chicago. With Cedric Benson's recent boating escapade, the Bears are unhappy with their starting situation. They should throw a boatload of money at Alexander to make him their starter, keep Benson as a reserve and slowly bring along Matt Forte. That scenario would make Alexander still a No. 3 Fantasy option.

Another good place for Alexander would be Detroit, where the Lions have Tatum Bell and Kevin Smith. Alexander would still get plenty of touches with the Lions and could have limited Fantasy value there.

So now the choice is yours. Where do you want to see Alexander end up? Send us an email at dmfantasyfootball@cbs.com and put Alexander in the subject line. I'll post the results later this week.

Posted on: April 23, 2008 6:38 am

So long Shaun

The Seahawks finally got rid of Shaun Alexander on Tuesday, and this is a good thing for several reasons.

Alexander now has a few days to find a new home before the draft, which means Detroit, Chicago, Carolina or some other team in need of a running back can try to sign him without using a high pick and go for another need.

Alexander still has some mileage -- albeit very little -- in his old legs. He can be part of a tandem as the bigger back, which would make sense with the Panthers (DeAngelo Williams) and Lions (Tatum Bell).

Along with the Bears, these three teams should still draft a running back. But now maybe they can wait until after the first round to draft a running back and go for offensive line or help on defense.

For the Seahawks, the job now officially goes to Julius Jones. He will be the starter with Maurice Morris likely in on third downs and T.J. Duckett the short-yardage guy. Jones is a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB with a lot of upside. He will be better than what you saw in Dallas because he will likely get at least 15 touches a game. There will be no Marion Barber looking over his shoulder.

In other news Tuesday, the Bengals have reportedly turned down one and possibly two first-round draft picks for Chad Johnson from Washington. If that offer was out there, which I doubt, the Bengals should have jumped on it. The Redskins are known to make strange decisions, and giving up two first-round picks for Johnson would have been ludicrous.

I know Johnson is an elite receiver. And I know you likely won't get someone as talented as him in the draft. But look at some of the recent trades for receivers, most notably Randy Moss going for a fourth-round pick. Is Johnson better than Moss? No way.

And I like Marvin Lewis telling Johnson if he wants to sit out, do it.

The Dolphins made it official with Jake Long as the No. 1 pick. It's the right move. If he sticks at left tackle and is any good, you have an anchor on your offensive line for several years. And if he fails, you stick him at right tackle and hope he can block. But he should have more shelf life than a defensive lineman, and the Dolphins need to fill several holes, with offensive line the most important.

Posted on: March 10, 2008 2:29 pm

What now for Shaun Alexander?

In NFL news ...

Seattle went from a combination of Shaun Alexander and Maurice Morris at running back to Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett. I'm not sure if the latter is that much of an upgrade.

Alexander is going to be released by the Seahawks. He is due a roster bonus on June 1, so don't expect him to be in Seattle much longer. What happens to Alexander now remains to be seen. Teams in need of a running back, much less a starter, are slim. Some possible destinations could be Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas. He could still start for the Lions, Panthers or Bears, but he won't be very good.

For now, consider Alexander a No. 3 Fantasy running back. His best days are well behind him, and he is not worth holding onto in keeper leagues at this point. I'll be curous to see where he goes in our latest mock draft (www.sportsline.com/nfl/fantasy/stor
), but my guess is somewhere after the sixth round is safe.

As for Jones, he will become the starter for the Seahawks. He remains a No. 3 Fantasy option also, but he will be better with the Seahawks than he was with the Cowboys. Consider him a deep sleeper at this time.

Jesse Chatman also signed with the Jets. That gives the Jets a nice trio of running backs in Thomas Jones, Leon Washington and Chatman.

New York must believe the Raiders are going to select Darren McFadden in the draft because otherwise they wouldn't have brought in another tailback. It will be interesting to see what the Jets do if McFadden is still there when they draft.

In NBA news ...

Dwyane Wade is done for the season. According to the Heat, Wade will undergo OssaTron treatment on his left knee. What? It's being described as shock wave therapy, but come on, who are they kidding. The Heat is tanking the season to guarantee themselves no worse than the No. 4 spot in the draft and the most ping-pong balls in the lottery.

Pat Riley has quit on the season to go scout the NCAA conference tournaments and NCAA Tournament. I guess he doesn't have TiVo. For the Heat, hopefully they end up getting the No. 1 or 2 pick and can turn things around. This year has been brutal.

If you have Shawn Marion, expect more shots, and go pick up Ricky Davis now in your Fantasy leagues because as we all know, he's going to start chucking up shots.

I'll be headed down to the Heat game tonight to talk to Clippers forward Elton Brand and find out when he's coming back this year. Hopefully he'll be in a talkative mood.

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