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Big week for the NFL

Such a big NFL week! First the 2010 schedule was released last night and now we're just a day away from the NFL Draft...it's like an extended birthday celebration where the fun never seems to end with treats around every corner. Love it.
  • Now if you missed the big NFL schedule party last night, have no fear, I did too (I had book club; I know, I know, I'm still only partially excited about participating each month...it's really just an excuse to hang out with my sister) but I caught up with some of the major schedule news with many thanks to the entertaining Fifth Down post - Live Blogging the N.F.L. Schedule Show with Football Outsiders' Mike Tanier.
  • The NFL has made their Big Ben decision: Roethlisberger is to be suspended for 6 games. Scope out some of the language in Goodell's letter to Roethlisberger as quoted in that link from CBSSports.com - pretty strong words there. Not only will this cost Big Ben nearly $3 million but also some serious fantasy consideration. Do you really want to invest a mid-round pick in a guy who will be out for longer than 1/3 of the fantasy season??
  • On the Roethlisberger note though, I found Advanced NFL Stats' How Badly Would a Roethlisberger Suspension Hurt the Steelers? quite an interesting read. Maybe not so bad after all, Steelers fans?
  • For what the Big Ben suspension means for fantasy owners, take a look at CBSSports.com's Big fallout from Big Ben's banishment. Let the Mendy lovefest begin!
  • Now don't go getting excited about the Torry Holt acquisition, Pats fans. He's just another old receiver with maybe a smidge of potential - but remember that while Brady and the Pats certainly represent an upgrade for Holt, he's not worth considering in fantasyland. 
  • Finally a little IDP focus for you guys - while Matt Schauf of RapidDraft clearly doesn't share my Scheffler love, he does offer up some insightful commentary on the IDP landscape now in both Philly and Detroit in Sims trade raises IDP questions.
  • So one book club attendee was running late last night since she had just been at Niketown where she spotted Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Ndamukong Suh - which reminds me of a great Q&A the NY Times did recently with Suh who seems like a genuinely upstanding dude. He's already giving back to both his Oregon hometown and Nebraska, just truly an impressive guy. 

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