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Bringin' the Noise: Devil's Playground
Heres a fantasy gem
By Brad Evans
September 5, 2007
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The Devil is loose in Denver. And his name is Mike Shanahan.
Beneath his smug looks and perpetual orange-glow exterior is a man so sinister, so vile, that a combined army of financially desperate Travis Henry and Shawn Kemp baby's mammas couldn't stop him from ruining fantasy teams.
Throughout his 13-year tenure as the Broncos sideline boss, "Lucifer" has arrogantly relished in transforming a host of unrenowned underdogs – Terrell Davis, Clinton Portis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns and Mike Bell – into irrefutable fantasy marvels. The only blemish on an otherwise impeccable track-record was the failed Maurice Clarett experiment two seasons ago. If only bottles of Grey Goose and assault rifles could've been dangled as motivation …
The latest chapter in a storied career of Shanahan treachery is Selvin Young. The undrafted rookie out of Texas was declared the No. 2 back behind Henry last Friday, leap-frogging previous Shany man-crush Mike Bell on the Broncos depth chart.
Who the hell is this guy?
Owned in a microscopic 0.31 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Young is a 5-foot-11, 207-pound former backup to Cedric Benson at UT. During his five-year stay in Austin, Young's potential went virtually unnoticed as groin and ankle injuries forced him to work in a time-share.
Scouts have commended Young for his determined work ethic, lateral quickness and sharp vision, noting that he's a "one-cut and go" type of back. In other words, he's an ideal fit for Denver's classic zone-blocking scheme. It's no wonder that after averaging a stout 4.9 YPC in the preseason – primarily against third-string defenses – Young became the apple of Shanahan's eye.
Although unquestioned starter Travis Henry has fully recovered from a sprained knee and is primed to pound a Bills defense that ranked 28th in the league last year against the run, the 29-year-old powder keg has completed only one full-season (2002) in his entire six-year NFL career. This means Young deserves immediate waiver wire consideration in all formats because he could become an impact player at some point this year. With the physical tools to thrive in a system tailored to his strengths, Young could easily become the next dark-horse Denver dynamo if Henry were nicked.
It figures my Mike Bell mid-round selections in three leagues are now completely worthless.
Forget Leona Helmsley, Michael Myers or Freddy Kruger, when I venture to the gates of Hell, only Lucifer Shanahan will be there to greet me.
Man, eternal damnation is going to suck.
Here are this week's flames, lames and stars of video games:
Each week the Noise highlights five somewhat obscure, unobvious names who he believes are destined for flame madness or lame sadness. In honor of waiver wire hero Ron Dayne's legendary three-game dominance late in '06, the "Shocker Special" segment spotlights one player owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues who is poised for instant greatness. The Noise, an accountability advocate, will tally his hits and misses and post the results, whether genius or moronic, each week using the scoring system listed at the end of the lames segment. Yep, his stones are larger than Rodney Harrison's.