Michael Cox - Fantasy Football Sleeper (?!?!?)

Submitted by Lordfoul on August 21st, 2013 at 9:19 PM

So I got sucked into fantasy football yet again, and I am too much of a stats geek to just pick my team blindly, so I am scanning the ESPN free advice columns.  Then I see this:

Michael Cox, RB, New York Giants: An unheralded kid from UMass goes to the Giants. How can it not work, eh, Victor Cruz fans? Listen, Cox still has time to get himself cut from New York's roster. He's a rookie compensatory seventh-rounder on a squad with two clear starters, David Wilson and Andre Brown. Plus Cox's collegiate numbers frankly stunk; he transferred from Michigan and played at UMass only in his senior year, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. But realize that UMass was severely overmatched in its first season in FBS. Cox was a terrific schoolboy runner in Massachusetts and runs a 4.5 40 at 220 pounds. I put Andre Brown on this list three years ago, and I see a lot of Brown in Cox. Even if Da'Rel Scott beats out Cox, I think the kid has an NFL future.

At least this guy put Cox first in the list of rediculous bullshit "sleeper" picks so I could move on to more worthy columns.  I wish Michael all the best, but wow.


Edit: Sorry, meant to insert this link earlier - http://espn.go.com/fantasy/football/story/_/page/nfldk2k13_superdeepsleepers/super-deep-sleepers-watch-include-kenjon-barner-patrick-edwards-jermaine-kearse



August 21st, 2013 at 10:07 PM ^

I would not be surprised to see Mike Cox blow up and be huge this season.  RR jumped all over him in recruiting but then never let him be seen again other than that Del State game.  


August 22nd, 2013 at 1:23 PM ^

After the new staff came in (though Fred Jackson has been the one constant) Cox was at least 5th string in 2011 behind Fitz, Shaw, Hopkins, and Smith.  If recent Michigan coaches missed the boat on him, they all did. 

Seems more likely that he has issues with all the parts of the game where the ball isn't in his hands.  That doesn't seem like a recipe for success in the current NFL.


August 21st, 2013 at 10:18 PM ^

Mike Cox probably is flash in the pan since it's preseason.  You can put up gaudy stats in preseason and never see time on the field in regular season.

Mike Cox's inability to pick things up mentally is what kept him on the bench. Physical talent was never a question since it's obvious that he's the most physically talented back on the roster but could never see time on the field because he makes too many stupid mistakes like missing blocking assignment or didn't do the play correctly, etc.


August 21st, 2013 at 10:31 PM ^

I've recently mentioned that there was a mgoblue video of Roy Roundtree saying Mike Cox had "rocks in his head." Well, that quote wasn't exact, but I did finally pinpoint what it was from:


Mike Cox, I call Mike Cox slow a lot 'cause man, I just don't know what's goin' on in his head sometimes...


Maybe he got better at thinking about football things?