Personal Meandering: Maclin vs. Shorts

I’ve been dealing with a conundrum in one of my keeper leagues that is actually a really interesting fantasy question.

Jeremy Maclin or Cecil Shorts?

On paper, both are really similar players. Both are 6’0” and about 200 lbs. Both are 25 years-old. Both posted similar numbers in 2012.

  • Maclin: 69 receptions, 857 yards, 7 TDs, 122 targets
  • Shorts: 55 receptions, 979 yards, 7 TDs, 106 targets

Both have similar question marks in 2013 as well. Who will their quarterback be? How will they operate in a new offense under a new coaching staff?

I am still very much debating these questions, but right now I am leaning towards Shorts. With Justin Blackmon suspended the first four games of the season, Shorts should see the bulk of the targets. I also like Shorts’ ability to stretch the field (17.8 ypc) more than Maclin’s (12.4 ypc).

The only hangup I really have is the quarterback position. The Eagles obviously have more talent at the position than the Jaguars. But if Shorts can post numbers with the same bunch of jokers he had last year throwing him the ball, I find myself oddly calm about his chances to repeat in 2013.


I always like to see new tools being developed for fantasy football. While Zach Bahner is not the first person to develop a trade value chart, the rookie pick slant is a neat variation. I also appreciate that he’s honest about the chart’s limitations, For example, some would try and finesse player values into these charts, which Zach wisely avoids.

I continue to be impressed with how Dynasty League Football continues to evolve and produce content at a mad man’s pace. I rarely pay for fantasy football content as a rule, because generally paid content offered on most sites isn’t terribly great or insightful. But DLF is about to become an exception to that rule of mine.1

  1. Pro Football Focus is the other exception. 


A great, in-depth write up regarding the treatment and rehabilitation of ACL injuries by Dr. Scott Peak, M.D. over at Dynasty League Football. I learned a lot from this article.1 Looks like this will be a semi-regular series on sports injuries, too.

  1. Interesting that he’s a neurologist writing about ligaments. Still, I think we can assume he’s done his homework. 

Tags: injury

Being a bit of a nerd/geek myself, I immediately had an appreciation for Gabriel’s, aka "Crazy Gabe", first article over at The Fake Football. He’s posting a series of three articles on lessons learned from playing competitive Magic: The Gathering and poker that are transferable to fantasy football.

His first article was a nice reminder for me as I continue to rebuild in a couple leagues: play to win and avoid playing to not lose.


I retweeted this article yesterday, but am compelled to post about it, too. While the insights in this Dynasty League Football contest winning article are nothing new, the presentation and prose of rookie writer Corey Mauer are a superb breath of fresh air. Forgiving his stretch of intimating Shakesphere was a fantasy Nostradamus, the illustrative use of some of his more famous quotables is not only smart but also serves to instruct the reader at level rarely seen in the fantasy football prose. This is the epitome to which all fantasy writers should strive.

So congratulations, Corey (and DLF): I eagerly await your next effort!