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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 QBs

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

We’re really starting to see where the power lies now when it comes to quarterbacks. All of last week’s top 9 remained there, with a slight bit of scrambling within the ranks. Injuries have kept the waiver wire hot for owners not fortunate enough to have one of the top 5 or 6, or not willing to part with the talent necessary to trade for one.

 

There’ll be more of the same this week, with at least 3 quarterbacks likely to be available on your waiver wire worthy of consideration. That’s good news too, if you’ve been getting by with those in the bottom half of this week’s power rankings.

 

Remember that we’re listing 3 separate areas of evaluation in each Positional Power Rankings blog. The power rankings, listed first, are a year to date assessment of the top 20 at each position. Under those, are listings advising who should be a little bit better or worse than usual, based on their match up this week. And finally, at the bottom of each blog is the formulary start rankings, which is gotten using the “Secret Fantasy Flavor Formula”. It’s two parts year to date performance, one part opponents’ defensive performance, with adjustments for injuries, anomalies, and playing time changes.

 

Remember, none of this is gospel. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be fun to play the games. With that said, we’re very proud of our track record so far, and suggest that you use these and as many other resources as you can find, in order to formulate your own opinions. After all, it’s you who has to live with your lineup decisions.

 

Week 11 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

QB Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Jay Cutler (5) – DEN – 2616 yds 18 TD 11 int

 

2. Drew Brees (2) – SD – 2985 yds 17 TD 10 int

 

3. Kurt Warner (4) – AZ – 2760 yds 19 TD 6 int

 

4. Phillip Rivers (1) – SD – 2354 yds 21 TD 8 int

 

5. Aaron Rodgers (3) – GB – 2124 yds 13 TD 5 int

 

6. Peyton Manning (7) – IND – 2248 yds 15 TD 9 int

 

7. Donavan McNabb (6) – PHI – 2372 yds 13 TD 5 int

 

8. Eli Manning (8) – NYG – 1926 yds 14 TD 6 int

 

9. Brett Favre (9) – NYJ – 1979 yds 16 TD 12 int

 

10. David Garrard (11) – JAX – 2009 yds 8 TD 5 int

 

11. Chad Pennington (12) – MIA – 2200 yds 8 TD 5 int

 

12. Matt Ryan (16) – ATL – 1909 yds 11 TD 5 int

 

13. Gus Frerotte (13) – MIN – 1619 yds 10 TD 11 int

 

14. Jason Campbell (14) – WAS – 1960 yds 8 TD 2 int

 

15. Jeff Garcia (15) – TB – 1363 yds 5 TD 3 int

 

16. Joe Flacco (17) – BAL – 1649 yds 7 TD 7 int

 

17. Tyler Thigpen (NR) – KC – 1102 yds 8 TD 4 int

 

18. Matt Cassel (18) – NE – 1800 yds 7 TD 7 int

 

19. Jake Delhomme (10) – 1853 yds 10 TD 9 int

 

20. Ben Roethlisberger (19) – 1686 yds 10 TD 11 int

 

Dropped from Rankings: Marc Bulger – ST.L

 

QBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Jake Delhomme vs. DET; Ben Roethlisberger vs. SD; Kurt Warner @ SEA; Peyton Manning vs. HOU; Matt Ryan vs. DEN; Marc Bulger @ SF

 

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Shaun Hill vs. ST.L; Seneca Wallace vs. AZ; Kerry Collins @ JAX; Tyler Thigpen vs. NO

 

QBs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Daunte Culpepper or Drew Stanton @ CAR; Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman @ GB; Phillip Rivers @ PIT; Eli Manning vs. BAL; Jeff Garcia vs. MIN; David Garrard vs. TEN

 

QBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Sage Rosenfels @ IND; Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. PHI; Gus Frerotte @ TB; Joe Flacco @ NYG

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy QB start rankings; it’s all 32 projected starters in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Kurt Warner (9)

2. Jay Cutler (14)

3. Peyton Manning (20)

4. Drew Brees (23)

5. Aaron Rodgers (31)

6. Donavan McNabb (32)

7. Brady Quinn (34)

8. Phillip Rivers (36)

9. Shaun Hill (36)

10. Tony Romo (37) *drop to 25 or lower if it’s not Romo

11. Tyler Thigpen (38)

12. Matt Ryan (39)

13. Brett Favre (42)

14. Eli Manning (46)

15. Chad Pennington (48)

16. Jake Delhomme (51)

17. Ben Roethlisberger (54)

18. David Garrard (55)

19. Jason Campbell (57)

20. Gus Frerotte (60)

21. Kyle Orton (61) *about the same if it’s Rex Grossman

22. Jeff Garcia (63)

23. Matt Cassel (64)

24. Kerry Collins (66)

25. Trent Edwards (67)

26. JaMarcus Russell (67) *drop a spot or two if it’s Andrew Walter

27. Joe Flacco (69)

28. Marc Bulger (69)

29. Sage Rosenfels (70)

30. Seneca Wallace (71)

31. Ryan Fitzpatrick (75)

32. Daunte Culpepper (92) * no difference if it’s Drew Stanton or Dan Orlovsky

 

I’ll make sure to get all of the Positional Rankings out in time to help with your Thursday night lineup decisions. Use the links below for the other positions. If they’re not active yet, keep checking back.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 WRs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings are pretty static this week too, meaning that it’s getting more and more difficult to find good sleepers at the wide receiver position. We’ve ranked out the top 75 options for this week to give you plenty to choose from.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

WR Power Rankings Archive – 34567 - 8 - 9

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 514 yds 8 TD

 

2. Calvin Johnson (7) – DET – 682 yds 6 TD

 

3. Steve Smith (3) – CAR – 613 yds 4 TD

 

4. Santana Moss (2) – WAS – 672 yds 5 TD

 

5. Larry Fitzgerald (5) – AZ – 742 yds 5 TD

 

6. Roddy White (4) – ATL – 733 yds 5 TD

 

7. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 834 yds 3 TD

 

8. Greg Jennings (6) – GB – 764 yds 4 TD

 

9. Bernard Berrian (11) – MIN – 621 yds 4 TD

 

10. Lee Evans (10) – BUF – 678 yds 3 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (9) – DEN – 625 yds 3 TD

 

12. Reggie Wayne (12) – IND – 586 yds 4 TD

 

13. Vincent Jackson (15) – SD – 538 yds 4 TD

 

14. Laverneus Coles (13) – NYJ – 473 yds 5 TD

 

15. Terrell Owens (18) – DAL – 467 yds 6 TD

 

16. Chris Chambers (20) – MIA – 273 yds 5 TD

 

17. Isaac Bruce (19) – SF – 399 yds 4 TD

 

18. Hines Ward (16) – PIT – 445 yds 5 TD

 

19. DeWayne Bowe (NR) – KC – 541 yds 3 TD

 

20. Eddie Royal (NR) – DEN – 461 yds 3 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Randy Moss – NE; Kevin Walter – HOU

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: Isaac Bruce @ AZ; Laverneus Coles & Jerricho Cotchery vs. ST.L; Lee Evans @ NE; Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal @ CLE; Roddy White vs. NO; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver @ MIN

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: Matt Jones, Jerry Porter, Dennis Northcutt & Reggie Williams @ DET; Laurent Robinson & Michael Jenkins vs. NO; Koren Robinson & Bobby Engram @ MIA; Ted Ginn Jr. & Greg Camarillo vs. SEA; Justin Gage & Brandon Jones @ CHI; Roscoe Parrish & Jake Reed @ NE

 

WRs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes vs. IND; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez @ PIT; Bernard Berrian vs. GB; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter vs. BAL; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer @ PHI; Donnie Avery & Tory Holt @ NYJ; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton @ HOU; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad @ OAK; Marques Colston & Lance Moore @ ATL

 

WRs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Brandon Lloyd & Marty Booker vs. TEN; JaVon Walker, Chaz Schillens & Johnnie Lee Higgins vs. CAR; Sidney Rice vs. GB

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s this week’s top 75 wide receivers in the order that you should consider them. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (18)

2. Roddy White (19)

3. Calvin Johnson (20)

4. Larry Fitzgerald (24)

5. Steve Smith (25)

6. Lee Evans (25)

7. Greg Jennings (27)

8. Brandon Marshall (28)

9. Laverneus Coles (31)

10. Isaac Bruce (34)

11. Andre Johnson (39)

12. Eddie Royal (40)

13. Bernard Berrian (44)

14. Vincent Jackson (44)

15. Chris Chambers (48)

16. DeWayne Bowe (48)

17. Jerricho Cotchery (51)

18. Reggie Wayne (52)

19. Matt Jones (53)

20. Randy Moss (56)

21. Hines Ward (66)

22. DeVery Handerson (67)

23. Donald Driver (67)

24. Kevin Walter (69)

25. Nate Washington (72)

26. Braylon Edwards (73)

27. DeSean Jackson (73)

28. Derrick Mason (74)

29. Reggie Brown (75)

30. Brandon Lloyd (79)

31. Michael Jenkins (80)

32. Donnie Avery (81)

33. Mushin Muhammad (83)

34. Greg Camarillo (83)

35. Lance Moore (89)

36. Plaxico Burress (90)

37. Malcolm Floyd (90)

38. Justin Gage (94)

39. Wes Welker (96)

40. Derek Stanley (99)

41. Santonio Holmes (100)

42. Kevin Curtis (101)

43. Steve Breaston (104)

44. Koren Robinson (104)

45. Anthony Gonzalez (106)

46. Sinorice Moss (110)

47. Rasheid Davis (113)

48. Mark Bradley (113)

49. Ted Ginn Jr. (113)

50. Brandon Stokley (118)

51. Mike Walker (121)

52. Chansi Stuckey (123)

53. Marques Colston (123)

54. Bryant Johnson (126)

55. Hank Baskett (129)

56. Tory Holt (131)

57. Derek Hagan (131)

58. Marvin Harrison (134)

59. Amani Toomer (134)

60. James Jones (142)

61. Sidney Rice (143)

62. Darrell Jackson (146)

63. Arnaz Battle (146)

64. Roscoe Parish (147)

65. Mark Clayton (148)

66. Jehereme Urban (152)

67. Bobby Wade (153)

68. Devin Hester (155)

69. Josh Reed (155)

70. Steve Smith (160)

71. Justin McCairens (160)

72. Marty Booker (163)

73. James Hardy (165)

74. Deion Branch (170)

75. Brandon Jones (172)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 QB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 RB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 TE Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 K Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 RBs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There’s not a lot of shake up in the Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings this week. That’s not good news if you’re looking for help on the waiver wire this week though, unless you had the foresight to grab Ray Rice early, it’s likely you’ll have to look pretty far down on the start rankings to find some value on the waiver wire for week 10.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

RB Power Rankings Archive – 34567 - 89

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Clinton Portis (1) – WAS – 955 yds 7 TD

 

2. Brian Westbrook (2) – PHI – 422 yds 6 TD & 174 yds 2 TD rec

 

3. Matt Forte (5) – CHI – 641 yds 4 TD & 228 yds 2 TD rec

 

4. Marion Barber (3) – DAL – 665 yds 5 TD & 264 yds 2 TD

 

5. Frank Gore (6) – SF – 629 yds 4 TD & 311 yds 1 TD

 

6. Chris Johnson (10) – TEN – 715 yds 5 TD & 164 yds 1 TD rec

 

7. Adrian Peterson (7) – MIN – 823 yds 6 TD

 

8. Michael Turner (9) – ATL – 794 yds 6 TD

 

9. Steven Jackson (8) – ST.L – 525 yds 4 TD & 259 yds 0 TD rec

 

10. Brandon Jacobs (14) – NYG – 680 yds 7 TD

 

11. LaDanian Tomlinson (11) – SD – 551 yds 4 TD

 

12. Ronnie Brown (13) – MIA – 465 yds 8 TD & 19 yds 1 TD passing

 

13. Steve Slaton (15) – HOU – 538 yds 5 TD & 181 yds 1 TD rec

 

14. LenDale White (4) – TEN – 404 yds 10 TD

 

15. Marshawn Lynch (12) – BUF – 466 yds 6 TD & 199 yds 0 TD rec

 

16. Thomas Jones (16) – NYJ – 601 yds 5 TD & 104 yds 1 TD rec

 

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (18) – JAX – 363 yds 6 TD & 232 yds 0 TD rec

 

18. Earnest Graham (17) – TB – 560 yds 4 TD & 174 yds 0 TD rec

 

19. Jamal Lewis (NR) – CLE – 533 yds 3 TD

 

20. Tim Hightower (NR) – AZ – 242 yds 7 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Jonathan Stewart – CAR; Mewelde Moore – PIT

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: LaDanian Tomlinson vs. KC; Thomas Jones vs. ST.L; Jamal Lewis vs. DEN; Jonathan Stewart @ OAK; Tim Hightower vs. SF; Willie Parker vs. IND; Maurice Jones-Drew @ DET; Adrian Peterson vs. GB

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: DeAngelo Williams @ OAK; Edgerin James vs. SF; Mewelde Moore vs. IND; Ray Rice & LeRon McClain @ HOU; Kevin Smith vs. JAX; Selvin Young, Ryan Torrian or Peyton Hillis @ CLE (good luck figuring out Shanahan’s rotation this season)

 

RBs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Brian Westbrook vs. NYG; Ryan Grant @ MIN; Brandon Jacobs @ PHI; Marshawn Lynch @ NE; Frank Gore @ AZ; Matt Forte vs. TEN; Steven Jackson @ NYJ

 

RBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Steve Slaton vs. BAL; Joseph Addai & Dominic Rhodes @ PIT; Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden & Michael Bush vs. CAR

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s this week’s top 50 running backs in the order that you should consider them. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

*Note on Ryan Torrian – I’d insert him at about 12a based on the proclaimation that he’ll get a big chance this week. It could boost his value going forward based on Andre Hall and Michael Pittman on the IR, but Shanahan may continue to frustrate you down the line with Peyton Hillis and a healthier Selvin Young.

 

1. LaDanian Tomlinson (16)

2. Adrian Peterson (20)

3. Willie Parker (22)

4. Matt Forte (26)

5. Chris Johnson (27)

6. Frank Gore (29)

7. Michael Turner (29)

8. Brian Westbrook (32)

9. Thomas Jones (33)

10. Tim Hightower (33)

11. Ronnie Brown (34)

12. Steven Jackson (35)

13. Jamal Lewis (38)

14. DeAngelo Williams (38)

15. Maurice Jones-Drew (40)

16. Brandon Jacobs (43)

17. Ray Rice (43)

18. LenDale White (47)

19. Marshawn Lynch (50)

20. LeRon McClain (53)

21. Steve Slaton (54)

22. Kevin Smith (56)

23. Kevin Faulk (56)

24. Edgerin James (57)

25. Selvin Young (59)

26. Julius Jones (60)

27. Jonathan Stewart (60)

28. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (66)

29. Mewelde Moore (66)

30. Leon Washington (69)

31. Joseph Addai (73)

32. Jerious Norwood (75)

33. Deuce McAllister (75)

34. JJ Arrington (75)

35. Derrick Ward (79)

36. Darren Sproles (81)

37. Ricky Williams (82)

38. Ryan Grant (90)

39. Patrick Cobbs (90)

40. Chester Taylor (92)

41. Justin Fargas (92)

42. Correll Buckhalter (100)

43. Michael Bush (100)

44. Jamal Charles (101)

45. Fred Jackson (102)

46. Dominic Rhodes (103)

47. Peyton Hillis (105)

48. Ahman Green (106)

49. TJ Duckett (106)

50. Leonard Weaver (108)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 QB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 WR Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 TE Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 K Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 QBs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

It’s certainly an interesting week for fantasy quarterbacks here in week 10. As we enter the second half of the season and the beginning of Thursday games, it’s important to remember to temper your offensive expectations when players are coming back on the very short week. This is especially true when your players are the ones traveling for the Thursday games too, so watch out this week, Cutler owners.

 

Good news and bad news if you are dealing with a quarterback bye this week. The bad news is, if your QB is on bye it means that you’ve tied your hopes to Jeff Garcia, Jason Campbell, Brad Johnson or Ryan Fitzpatrick, for that I am truly sorry. The good news is there should be plenty of options to choose from on the waiver wire this week, as 12 of 28 starters this week (43%) weren’t starters to begin the season, and several of the remaining entrenched starters who weren’t considered viable on draft day could line up nicely as sleeper picks too.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

QB Power Rankings Archive – 34567 - 8 - 9

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Phillip Rivers (1) – SD – 2038 yds 19 TD 6 int

 

2. Drew Brees (2) – NO – 2563 yds 15 TD 7 int

 

3. Aaron Rodgers (6) – GB – 1982 yds 13 TD 5 int & 3 rushing TD

 

4. Kurt Warner (3) – AZ – 2431 yds 16 TD 6 int

 

5. Jay Cutler (5) – DEN – 2169 yds 15 TD 10 int

 

6. Donavan McNabb (10) – PHI – 2178 yds 10 TD 4 int & 1 rushing TD

 

7. Peyton Manning (9) – IND – 2008 yds 12 TD 9 int & 1 rushing TD

 

8. Eli Manning (11) – NYG – 1735 yds 12 TD 5 int & 1 rushing TD

 

9. Brett Favre (4) – GB – 1812 yds 15 TD 12 int

 

10. Jake Delhomme (12) – CAR – 1781 yds 9 TD 5 int

 

11. David Garrard (20) – JAX – 1771 yds 6 TD 5 int & 1 rushing TD

 

12. Chad Pennington (15) – MIA – 1991 yds 7 TD 4 int

 

13. Gus Frerotte (16) – MIN – 1468 yds 8 TD 8 int

 

14. Jason Campbell (13) – WAS – 1960 yds 8 TD 2 int

 

15. Jeff Garcia (NR) – TB – 1363 yds 5 TD 3 int

 

16. Matt Ryan (17) – ATL – 1661 yds 9 TD 5 int

 

17. Joe Flacco (NR) – BAL – 1464 yds 5 TD 7 int & 2 rushing TD

 

18. Matt Cassel (18) – NE – 1566 yds 7 TD 7 int

 

19. Ben Roethlisberger (14) – PIT – 1402 yds 10 TD 8 int & 1 rushing TD

 

20. Marc Bulger (NR) – ST.L – 1308 yds 6 TD 5 int

 

Dropped from Rankings: Matt Schaub – HOU; Kyle Orton – CHI; Derek Anderson – CLE

 

QBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: Brett Favre vs. ST.L; Jake Delhomme @ OAK; Chad Pennington vs. SEA; David Garrard @ DET; Marc Bulger @ NYJ

 

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: Tyler Thigpen @ SD; Brady Quinn vs. DEN; Shaun Hill @ AZ; Daunte Culpepper vs. JAX; Joe Flacco @ HOU; Seneca Wallace @ MIA

 

QBs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Ben Roethlisberger (or Byron Leftwich) vs. IND; Peyton Manning @ PIT; Donavan McNabb vs. NYG; Eli Manning @ PHI; Phillip Rivers vs. KC; Rex Grossman vs. TEN; Gus Frerotte vs. GB; Safe Rosenfels vs. BAL; Matt Cassel vs. BUF

 

QBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: JaMarcus Russell vs. CAR; Kerry Collins @ CHI

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy QB start rankings; it’s all 28 projected starters in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Drew Brees (18)

2. Brett Favre (20)

3. David Garrard (21)

4. Phillip Rivers (24)

5. Aaron Rodgers (24)

6. Kurt Warner (25)

7. Chad Pennington (25)

8. Tyler Thigpen (28)

9. Jay Cutler (34)

10. Shaun Hill (36)

11. Donavan McNabb (40)

12. Brady Quinn (41)

13. Peyton Manning (43)

14. Jake Delhomme (43)

15. Eli Manning (45)

16. Matt Ryan (45)

17. Joe Flacco (46)

18. Gus Frerotte (49)

19. Sage Rosenfels (52)

20. Daunte Culpepper (54) *drop a spot or 2 if it’s Orlovsky

21. Marc Bulger (59)

22. Trent Edwards (61)

23. Matt Cassel (65)

24. Seneca Wallace (66)

25. Rex Grossman (71)

26. Kerry Collins (75)

27. Ben Roethlisberger (76) *or Byron Leftwich

28. JaMarcus Russell (76)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 RB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 WR Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 TE Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 K Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My weekend 15-7-0

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Its this simple. 15 who deserve props; 7 who got lucky; and one absolute “zero”. Don’t forget; no Ravens on this list; they get their own list Tuesday.

Props to……

1. The New York Giants
I am really struggling to figure out how this team is this good. They were 35-14 winners over the Cowboys Sunday; and it frankly wasn’t even that close. They made it look easy, too. No receiver had more than 34 yards on the day; and Eli Manning threw for just 147 yards. They absolutely overwhelmed Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger; and are in a very good place in the league’s best division.

2. Pat White
This guy was destined to be a Heisman Trophy winner at some point in his career; but it is not going to happen. He was destined to take West Virginia back to a national championship game; but that is not going to happen either. But trailing Uconn in Hartford and seeing Big East power shifting to the Huskies; White manned up; threw for a TD and ran for another in helping the Mountaineers move to 3-0 in the Big East. And in the process, he just so happened to reach 4,000 career rushing yards and 5,000 career passing yards.

3. Anthony Gonzalez
It wasn’t a sparkling performance for the Colts Sunday night; but when they needed it; Anthony Gonzalez made two big TD catches to help the Colts beat the Patriots 18-15. The Colts were desperate for the win; as they are just about out of the race for the AFC South title (Tennessee is running away with that particular crown), and a loss would have left them 2 games out in the AFC Wild Card race.

4. Tim Tebow
Think about this: in just his junior season; Tim Tebow has now rushed for more touchdowns in his career than Emmitt Smith did when he was at Florida (Tebow has 39, Smith had 36). He had 5 total touchdowns Saturday in Florida’s 49-10 pasting of Georgia; which successfully washed away the taste of their ‘07 loss to the Bulldogs. And just as a note; he also has 51 career passing touchdowns.

5. Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls
Apparently Bear Grylls is the youngest Brit to have ever climbed Mt. Everest (he was 23 at the time). He is also the only man I have ever seen remove a sheep’s heart from its body and then eat it raw. I guess there was some controversy with this show because his “survival” situations may have been staged; but I don’t much care. The guy is an absolute maniac; and his show on Discovery is EXTREMELY entertaining on those nights when Appalachian State-Wofford just isn’t cutting it.

6. Devan James
His 99 yards and a touchdown aren’t the most overwhelming stats the Morgan State running back has piled up this season. But his running was crucial for the Bears; who had to kick a late field goal to hold off a pesky Florida A&M team 13-10 in Tallahassee to remain just a game off the pace in the MEAC. And with the 99 yards; James has now gone over 1,000 for the season. Do you think he might have been inspired by seeing Chad Simpson play on Monday night football last week? Or maybe the fact that Vinsanthe Shiancoe has caught multiple touchdowns this season? He could join them on Sundays in the future.

7. Girls who dressed up as Sarah Palin and ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE Sarah Palin
Every girl who made the decision to go as Sarah Palin for Halloween knew that they were being a bit less than creative; as the VP candidate was easily the most popular costume choice of the year. I’m not normally a fan of the already popular Halloween costumes; but Governor Palin is sexy; so I was in favor of seeing girls dress up as her this year. For those girls who went with the Palin costume and pulled it off; thank you! You made Halloween more enjoyable for all of us.

8. The Jets’ secondary
There’s a logjam at the top of the AFC East, and it is because the defensive backfield of the Jets prevented the Bills from getting things going. The Bills were driving at the end of the first quarter with a 7-6 lead when Trent Edwards was intercepted by Abram Elam and returned 92 yards for a touchdown. And when the Bills were trying to put together a last ditch effort at the end of the 4th quarter; it was Darrelle Revis who intercepted Edwards in the endzone to finish things off. Revis also added a sack on the day.

9. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree
If you want to snap a 5 game losing streak against a school that often treats you as their little brother; having your quarterback throw for 474 yards might be a help. It might be even more helpful if those last 28 yards come on a TD pass to your All-American wide receiver with just :01 to play to give your team a 39-33 victory. I looked at a friend of mine with 1:30 to play and said; “Texas gave them too much time.” He bet me a Chinese lunch the ‘Horns would hang on. Needless to say; I’ll be enjoying some orange chicken in the future. Texas Tech isn’t just a gimmick offense anymore; they’re a national championship contender……but they have a tough schedule ahead of them.

10. Chris Paul
I believe David Steele said Friday that his NBA Championship series pick was Cleveland-New Orleans. We can only hope for such an entertaining series; and the chance to watch Chris Paul work in the national spotlight. His crossover is the best in the game right now; and he was back at Saturday night against LeBron’s Cavs; going for 24 points and 15 assists as the Hornets won 104-92. Since acquiring James Posey; the Hornets have not lost a game…..3-0 in the regular season after an undefeated preseason.

11. Matt Ryan
If it weren’t for this guy, Joe Flacco might be a frontrunner for rookie of the year. Ryan continues to lead the Falcons to wins, and to contention in the NFC South. Ryan threw for another 220 yards and 2 TD’s Sunday as Atlanta beat Oakland 24-0; and Ryan has the Falcons just a game out of first place in the division.

12. Kurt Warner and Tim Hightower
Warner added another 342 yards and 2 TD’s Sunday as the Arizona Cardinals improved to 5-3 for the first time since……well…….ever (technically, the Cardinals have been above .500 at the season’s halfway point before; but not since they moved to the Valley of the Sun). Warner is a legitimate MVP candidate for a team in a division that is so bad that they might well clinch the title with their 5 wins. Hightower; the rookie RB from Richmond, was inserted into the starting lineup for injured Edgerrin James, and he responded with 109 yards and a TD to beat the Rams 34-13.

13. Dogfish “Punkin” Ale at Ethel & Ramone’s
When my girlfriend told me that her friend was coming to town from the Midwest and we were going to dinner on Halloween, I would be lying if I said I didn’t sigh. But when we picked up another of her friends who was joining us for dinner; I was pleased to find out that we would be dining with the former food critic at The Sun. She found this hipster Cajun spot in Mt. Washington (whose NOLA chicken was sublime); and dinner was topped off by a few Dogfish Pumpkin Ales. Much like Drew likes to enjoy his wine; I happen to enjoy my beer and try to match it up with food. I did not know for sure that a pumpkin spice brew word work so well with a Cajun dish; but it was a perfect fit.

14. David Stinebaugh
Is a bit of a homer pick for me to put a Perry Hall Gator on the list for a 2nd straight week? Absolutely! But it’s my list; and I’ll put my favorite future Terrapin on the list if I choose to! The standout not only caught a TD pass; but he also returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns as the Gators cruised to a 35-6 win over Catonsville. Stinebaugh now has 9 overall TD’s this season and the Gators appear poised to clinch a playoff spot.

15. Candy Corn and Sweet Potato Pie
After all these years; this is still my go-to. We only had one trick-or-treater here at the “Casa de Glenn”; but I gave him a few Mr. Goodbars and Krackels; as I decided to save the candy corn for myself. When I realized that I could still eat breakfast Sunday morning because it was an hour earlier than I had thought (thank you Daylight Savings Time!), I was grateful for little bit of Sweet Potato Pie and Candy Corn that survived Saturday night’s Halloween Party. As I have said before; I would be willing to work physical labor for Rodney at Dangerously Delicious Pies if he would pay me in Sweet Potato goodness.

Getting lucky were……

1. The Navy Midshipmen
Look, it wasn’t luck that helped them shave Temple’s lead to 7 with less than 3 minutes to play. And to be fair; they were downright unlucky when officials gave Temple a first down with 1:45 to play on a pass that probably should have been ruled incomplete. But with a 40 second play clock and Navy having just one timeout; Temple coach Al Golden COULD have told his QB to take 5-6 seconds off the clock when taking a knee. Had he done that; the Owls could have run all but about 12 seconds off the clock. Golden certainly couldn’t have expected a fumble late; but the 40 second play clock HAS to be your friend in the final 2 minutes. If you haven’t seen the highlights, take a look.

2. Rob Bironas
If the Titans had lost to the Packers in overtime; Rob Bironas would be kicking himself for missing a 47 yard FG at the end of regulation. Instead, the Titans’ pursuit of perfection (are we allowed to talk about that?) is still alive; as Bironas nailed a 41 yarder in the extra frame to make Tennessee 8-0.

3. Dave Wannstedt
With his seat staying nice and warm week in and week out in Pittsburgh; Wannstedt needed a statement win over an improving Notre Dame team to help some Panther fans forget about the underperforming nature the team has had in the Wannstedt era. Wannstedt got his win; but it wasn’t because they did anything particularly right. The Panthers and Irish finished regulation locked in a 24-24 tie; and then both teams sat back and allowed the other to lose the game instead of doing anything to win. Notre Dame finally missed a FG in the 4th overtime; and Pitt converted theirs for the 36-33 win.

4. The Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Both teams were EXTREMELY fortunate to avoid embarrassing losses to terrible football teams. The Bears trailed the winless, hapless, and sometimes gutless Lions by ten points in the 2nd half before rallying to get a 27-23 win. The Bucs trailed by as many as 21 points before Jeff Garcia found Antonio Bryant for a TD and Alex Smith for a 2 point conversion to tie things up at the end of regulation; then Matt Bryant hit the game winning field goal in OT to put away the now 1-7 Chiefs 30-27.

5. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Jackets hadn’t beat Florida State since 1975; and it almost didn’t happen again Saturday. Florida State RB Marcus Mims was marching towards the end zone with less than a minute to play; but he was unable to hold on to the football; and Tech’s Rashaad Reid covered it to finish up a 31-28 win. Georgia Tech had lost its last 12 games against the ‘Noles; and were lucky to avoid unlucky number 13. The Maryland Terrapins were also lucky; as they are now alone in first place thanks to FSU’s loss.

6. The Purdue Boilermakers
It was the kind of finish that my friend Jared Zabransky would have been proud of. Tied 42-42; Purdue backup QB Justin Siller found Greg Orton; who pitched to Desmond Tardy for a hook and lateral TD with just  :30 to play. The Boilers won 48-42; ending Michigan’s streak of making 33 consecutive bowl games. If you haven’t seen the play; you can see the highlights here.

7. Carl Edwards
I don’t know much about NASCAR: but I remember trying to get to school with my car running on fumes when I was in 11th grade. If I had known then that gas wouldn’t always be $1.09 a gallon; I might have thought it a better investment to use the little money I did have on gas. When Carl Edwards’ team decided not to refuel late; it could have cost him his chance at a Sprint Cup title. Instead, Edwards had enough gas to get home for his 8th win; and he’s still alive in the Chase; just 106 points behind Jimmie Johnson with 2 races to go.

And this week’s absolute zero is……

Those of us who picked Jacksonville to win the Super Bowl
The Jags have officially hit rock bottom. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bengals won’t have to worry about finishing the season winless, as the Jaguars couldn’t finish their furious 4th quarter comeback in a 21-19 loss. How could I have thought that this team would win the Super Bowl???????

Talk to you in the morning.

-G

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 WRs

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 9 Fantasy Flavor Wide Receiver Power Rankings. It’s the top 20 WRs based on what we’ve seen so far, and a look ahead at this week’s match ups. In addition to the power rankings, we’ve identified the best and worst match ups for week 9 and ranked the top 75 WRs in the order you should consider them this week.

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Week 9 QB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 RB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 TE Rankings and Previews

Week 9 D/ST Rankings and Previews

Week 9 K Rankings and Previews

 

Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings Week 9

 

The power rankings are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of who to start this week, match up information for week 9 is listed below the rankings. Last weeks rankings are in parentheses.

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 429 yds 7 TD

2. Santana Moss (7) – WAS – 658 yds 5 TD

3. Steve Smith (9) – CAR – 613 yds 4 TD

4. Roddy White (10) – ATL – 679 yds 5 TD

5. Larry Fitzgerald (2) – AZ – 661 yds 5 TD

6. Greg Jennings (3) – GB – 685 yds 4 TD

7. Calvin Johnson (4) – DET – 588 yds 5 TD

8. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 772 yds 2 TD

9. Brandon Marshall (5) – DEN – 598 yds 3 TD

10. Lee Evans (11) – BUF – 637 yds 3 TD

11. Bernard Berrian (12) – MIN – 517 yds 3 TD

12. Reggie Wayne (6) – IND – 521 yds 4 TD

13. Laverneus Coles (15) – NYJ – 433 yds 5 TD

14. Randy Moss (16) – NE – 471 yds 4 TD

15. Vincent Jackson (19) – SD – 538 yds 4 TD

16. Hines Ward (13) – PIT – 406 yds 5 TD

17. Kevin Walter (NR) – HOU – 363 yds 5 TD

18. Terrell Owens (14) – DAL – 431 yds 5 TD

19. Issac Bruce (17) – SF – 399 yds 4 TD

20. Chris Chambers – SD – 273 yds 5 TD

Dropped from Rankings: Plaxico Burress – NYG

 

Here’s a look at who should be a little bit better or worse than normal based on this week’s match ups.

WRs Who Should Enjoy Their Week 9 Match Ups: Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal vs. MIA; Devin Hester vs. DET; DeSean Jackson @ SEA; Donnie Avery & Tory Holt vs. AZ; Matt Jones @ CIN; Calvin Johnson @ CHI; Anquan Boldin & Larry Fitzgerald @ ST.L; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez vs. NE; Plaxico Burress vs. DAL; Terrell Owens & Roy Williams @ NYG

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers in Week 9: Rasheid Davis vs. DET; Kevin Curtis & Reggie Brown @ SEA; Reggie Williams @ CIN; Mike Furrey & Sean MacDonald @ CHI; Steve Smith & Amani Toomer vs. DAL; Chaz Schilens & Javon Walker vs. ATL

WRs With Tough Week 9 Match Ups: Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ IND; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver @ TEN; Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El vs. PIT; Braylon Edwards & Donte Stallworth vs. BAL; Antonio Bryant & Ike Hilliard @ KC; Bernard Berrian vs. HOU; Roddy White @ OAK; DeWayne Bowe vs. TB; Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes @ WAS

WRs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 9: Bobby Engram & Billy McMullen vs. PHI; Justin Gage & Brandon Jones vs. GB; Bobby Wade vs. HOU; Laurent Robinson & Michael Jenkins @ OAK; Devard Darling vs. TB

 

And finally our “Formulary Start Rankings” for week 9. They’re gotten using the secret Fantasy Flavor Formula, which is basically 2 parts players performance, one part defensive expectations against them and a fraction of my gut thrown in to account for injuries and anomallies. The formulary number is in parenthesis behind the player’s name, the lower the number, the better your player’s chances at a big day.

1. Anquan Boldin (9)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (15)

3. Calvin Johnson (18)

4. Brandon Marshall (18)

5. Roddy White (29)

6. Reggie Wayne (31)

7. Andre Johnson (32)

8. Santana Moss (34)

9. Donnie Avery (36)

10. Laverneus Coles (38)

11. Lee Evans (38)

12. Greg Jennings (41)

13. DeSean Jackson (43)

14. Bernard Berrian (44)

15. Terrell Owens (46)

16. Plaxico Burress (48)

17. TJ Houshmandzadeh (48)

18. Eddie Royal (48)

19. Kevin Walter (48)

20. Hines Ward (49)

21. Matt Jones (55)

22. Brandon Lloyd (55)

23. Randy Moss (58)

24. DeWayne Bowe (58)

25. Roy Williams (61)

26. Nate Washington (61)

27. Jehrico Cotchery (62)

28. Reggie Brown (63)

29. Sinorice Moss (64)

30. Hank Baskett (73)

31. Kevin Curtis (75)

32. Santonio Holmes (75)

33. Derrick Mason (77)

34. Marvin Harrison (77)

35. Braylon Edwards (80)

36. Antonio Bryant (83)

37. Chad “Lost His” Johnson (84)

38. Amani Toomer (84)

39. Devin Hester (85)

40. Steve Breaston (85)

41. Patrick Crayton (88)

42. Brandon Stokley (88)

43. Wes Welker (88)

44. Greg Camarillo (89)

45. Justin Gage (90)

46. Donald Driver (91)

47. Chansi Stuckey (94)

48. Tory Holt (96)

49. Antoine Randle-El (96)

50. Anthony Gonzalez (97)

51. Ted Ginn Jr. (99)

52. Bobby Wade (100)

53. Rasheid Davis (103)

54. Michael Jenkins (105)

55. Mike Walker (109)

56. Reggie Williams (109)

57. Marty Booker (109)

58. Billy McMullen (113)

59. Derek Hagan (117)

60. Darrell Jackson (118)

61. Chaz Schilens (125)

62. Javon Walker (125)

63. Dane Looker (128)

64. Steve Smith (128) *NYG

65. Ike Hilliard (129)

66. Joey Galloway (131)

67. Domenik Hixon (132)

68. James Jones (137)

69. Josh Reed (140)

70. Mike Furrey (144)

71. Jabar Gafney (144)

72. Ashley Lelie (145)

73. Jeherme Urban (145)

74. Johnnie Lee Higgins (147)

75. Roscoe Parish (148)

Look Back later today for this week’s tight end rankings, and the defense and kicker rankings tomorrow. And as always, good luck this week.

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

Thyrl’s Mobtown Blog Pound 2.0

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 RBs

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 9 Fantasy Flavor Running Back Power Rankings. It’s the top 20 RBs based on what we’ve seen so far, and a look ahead at this week’s match ups. In addition to the power rankings, we’ve identified the best and worst match ups for week 9 and ranked this week’s top 50 running backs in the order you should consider them. Continue Reading

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Glenn Clark

Should the junk plays stay?Maybe.

I mentioned Monday and Tuesday that I REALLY don’t know if the “Wildcat” or “Suggs Package” plays would work against good teams. But I ALSO don’t know if this offense is capable of beating anyone without using such tactics.

The hope is that simply by introducing the plays as an option; the Ravens have forced opposing defenses to respect what they are capable of; and that defenses will have to remain honest and not just stack against the run.

And truth be told; I’m not sure that the Browns have a defense that is disciplined enough to not be fooled by such plays. But the Browns are just one more game. Teams like the Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Steelers, and Jaguars will CERTAINLY not be fooled-regularly-by such plays.

The Ravens have to at least have a threat of going back to the junkyard; but they CANNOT use those plays as much as they did against the Raiders. Maybe something as simple as lining up Troy Smith at WR a few times would work to keep teams honest.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Brian Billick

says his former LB Coach Singletary learning ropes of being head man in San Fran

Drew Forrester says new O’s jerseys will recognize Maryland

Bob Haynie expects Browns to throw a lot vs. Ravens

Nestor Aparicio invites everyone onto Caps bandwagon

RAVENS:The Official Site

 

says Ravens think Hale has best facial hair on team

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy reports Harbaugh thinks Figurs’ return ‘iffy’

Browns Official Site’s Steve King says winning games building Browns’ ‘confidence’

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Ravens serving ‘plenty of rice’The Examiner’s Steve Declue

gives highest praise to D-Line

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata ‘wants to make Tongan culture proud’

The Sun’s Mike Preston too excited about play calling to worry about injuries to Flacco

The Sun says former Ravens Woodson, Sharpe amongst first year nominees for Hall

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens at average ranking of 16.8

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says opening offense vs. Raiders will force Browns to think

The Sun’s Don Markus prefers Jamal, Bill Ordine likes Ravens’ running attack as is

Aaron Wilson says Rice using ‘shiftiness’ to make impact

Carroll County Times’ Haruki Nakamura says ‘time management’ important part of transition to life in NFL

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says T. Smith helping to ‘revive’ Ravens’ previously ‘dormant’ offense

Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Storm says Crennel thinks Ravens ‘evolving’ team

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Ravens game key for Browns’ playoff hopes

ESPN.com lifts Ravens to 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Browns to ‘match Ravens’ physicality’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says if Ravens keep scoring, they’ll be ‘extremely difficult to beat’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Harbaugh maintains high approval rating

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Ravens 17th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens C+ grade at midseason

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 19th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Jeff Barker

 

says if Terps finish in tie; head to head and divisional record will be tiebreakers

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carolina’s Yates might not be ready for Maryland game

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps thinking Orange Bowl, not any Bowl

Washington Post’s Josh Barr thinks Hawkins will commit to Terps

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says DHB still viewed as top prospect

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jamarr Robinson 4-15 with long TD to McCree in JV game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says JV game involved BIZARRE safety

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have never had 1,000 and 500 yard rushers in same season

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley recaps JV win (must subscribe)TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says today’s scrimmage open to public at 3:45

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says if Kim rejected, he will have to go JuCo route

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in on ’11 prospects (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Terps kick off season with Media Day

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver, Coleman must replace leadership provided by Harper, Langhorne

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps playing with ‘chip on shoulder’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Frese expects Terps to ‘spread floor more’

NAVY FOOTBALL:Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner

 

says KNKE’s return adds ‘intrigue’ to Navy practice

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner enjoyed looking back at ’78 Holiday Bowl team

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says when not playing Notre Dame, Navy normally good at getting win number 6

Go Mids checks in with FB Ballard (must subscribe)Go Mids

updates results for Navy opponents this season

Go Mids’ David Ausiello checks in with “awesome” fans

MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Examiner’s Dave Carey

 

says Bears alive in race for MEAC title

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews contest with Juniata

The Official Site offers complete Jays-Eagles release (pdf)LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Rudolph, Sullivan honored by MAAC

ORIOLES:The Sun’s Peter Schmuck

 

says jersey unveiling might feature new bird

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Salazar hot in Venezuela

BALTIMORE COLTS:The Sun’s David Steele

 

thinks Chester belongs in Hall

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-Here are your updates……

TERPS IN THE NFL WEEK 8……

-LB Eric Barton had 5 tackles (4 solo) in the Jets’ 28-24 win over the Chiefs
-TE Vernon Davis had 4 catches for 29 yards (before being kicked off the bench by Mike Singletary) in the 49ers’ 34-13 loss to the Seahawks
-CB Dominique Foxworth had 3 tackles and defended 1 pass in the Falcons’ 27-14 loss to the Eagles
-QB Shaun Hill was 15-23 for 173 yards and a TD in the 49ers’ 34-13 loss to the Seahawks
-LB D’Qwell Jackson had 9 tackles (8 solo) and 1 sack in the Browns’ 23-17 win over the Jaguars
-DT Kris Jenkins had 3 tackles (1 solo) in the Jets’ 28-24 win over the Chiefs
-P Adam Podlesh punted 3 times for 140 yards (46.7 avg) in the Jaguars’ 23-17 loss to the Browns
-DT Randy Starks had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Dolphins’ 25-16 win over the Bills
-CB Josh Wilson had 6 tackles (3 solo); forced a fumble, and returned an interception 75 yards for a TD in the Seahawks’ 34-13 win over the 49ers

MORGAN BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 8…….

-RB Chad Simpson rushed 4 times for 23 yards and had 2 catches for 24 yards in the Colts’ 31-21 loss to the Titans

-The Maryland state flag patch on the Orioles’ jerseys is pretty cool. Maybe even cool enough for me to buy one. Maybe.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 QBs

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 9 Fantasy Flavor Quarterback Power Rankings. It’s the top 20 QBs based on what we’ve seen so far, and a look ahead at this week’s match ups. In addition to the power rankings, we’ve identified the best and worst match ups for week 9 and ranked all 28 starting QBs in the order you should consider them this week.

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Week 9 RB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 WR Rankings and Previews

Week 9 TE Rankings and Previews

Week 9 D/ST Rankings and Previews

Week 9 K Rankings and Previews

 

Fantasy Quarterback Rankings Week 9

 

The power rankings are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of who to start this week, match up information for week 9 is listed below the rankings. Last weeks rankings are in parentheses.

1. Phillip Rivers (2) – SD – 2038 yds 19 TD 6 int

2. Drew Brees (1) – NO – 2563 yds 15 TD 7 int

3. Kurt Warner (4) – AZ – 2089 yds 14 TD 6 int

4. Brett Favre (5) – NYJ – 1611 yds 15 TD 11 int

5. Jay Cutler (3) – DEN – 1862 yds 13 TD 7 int

6. Aaron Rodgers (6) – GB – 1668 yds 12 TD 4 int

7. Matt Schaub (9) – HOU – 1623 yds 10 TD 7 int

8. Kyle Orton (7) – CHI – 1669 yds 10 TD 4 int

9. Peyton Manning (10) – IND – 1754 yds 10 TD 9 int

10. Donavan McNabb (8) – PHI – 1829 yds 8 TD 3 int

11. Eli Manning (11) – NYG – 1588 yds 9 TD 4 int

12. Jake Delhomme (16) – CAR – 1781 yds 9 TD 5 int

13. Jason Campbell (15) – WAS – 1754 yds 8 TD 0 int

14. Ben Roethlisberger (12) – PIT – 1352 yds 10 TD 7 int

15. Chad Pennington (14) – MIA – 1710 yds 7 TD 3 int

16. Gus Frerotte (17) – MIN – 1286 yds 5 TD 7 int

17. Matt Ryan (20) – ATL – 1441 yds 7 TD 5 int

18. Matt Cassel (NR) – NE – 1362 yds 7 TD 6 int

19. Derek Anderson (NR) – CLE – 1235 yds 7 TD 6 int

20. David Garrard (NR) – JAX – 1542 yds 6 TD 4 int

Dropped from Rankings: JT O’Sullivan – SF; Jeff Garcia – TB; Trent Edwards – BUF

 

Here’s a look at who should be a little bit better or worse than normal based on this week’s match ups.

QBs Who Should Enjoy Their Week 9 Match Ups: Kurt Warner @ ST.L; Donavan McNabb @ SEA; Kyle Orton vs. DET; David Garrard @ CIN; Marc Bulger vs. AZ; Trent Edwards vs. NYJ

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers in Week 9: Chad Pennington @ DEN; JaMarcus Russell vs. ATL; Matt Ryan @ OAK; Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. JAX

QBs With Tough Week 9 Match Ups: Aaron Rodgers @ TEN; Jason Campbell vs. PIT; Derek Anderson vs. BAL; Jeff Garcia @ KC; Matt Cassel @ IND

QBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 9: Seneca Wallace vs. PHI; Tyler Thigpen vs. TB; Brad Johnson @ NYG; Kerry Collins vs. GB; Joe Flacco @ CLE; Dan Orlovsky @ CHI

 

And finally our “Formulary Start Rankings” for week 9. They’re gotten using the secret Fantasy Flavor Formula, which is basically 2 parts players performance, one part defensive expectations against them and a fraction of my gut thrown in to account for injuries and anomallies. The formulary number is in parenthesis behind the player’s name, the lower the number, the better your player’s chances at a big day.

1. Kurt Warner (17)

2. Donavan McNabb (17)

3. Kyle Orton (17)

4. Jay Cutler (19)

5. Matt Schaub (23)

6. Chad Pennington (26)

7. Brett Favre (28)

8. Peyton Manning (29)

9. Eli Manning (32)

10. David Garrard (32)

11. Aaron Rodgers (33)

12. Matt Ryan (36)

13. Gus Frerotte (37)

14. Trent Edwards (48)

15. Ben Roethlisberger (50)

16. JaMarcus Russell (51)

17. Jason Campbell (54)

18. Marc Bulger (55)

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick (56)

20. Jeff Garcia (57)

21. Joe Flacco (62)

22. Matt Cassel (64)

23. Derek Anderson (64)

24. Tyler Thigpen (64)

25. Brad Johnson (73)

26. Dan Orlovsky (75)

27. Kerry Collins (76)

28. Seneca Wallace (85)

Look Back later today for this week’s running back rankings, as well as the wide receiver, tight end, defense and kicker rankings throughout the week. And as always, good luck this week.

Peace,

T

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Harbaugh’s handling of C-Mac situation is suspect

Posted on 23 October 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

So this is where new head coach John Harbaugh is learning the pain, instead of the joy, of being an NFL head coach.

There are only 32 of these jobs in world – captains of America’s favorite sports teams – and each of them brings a unique management structure and issues way beyond football. It’s about a LOT more than just drawing up the X’s and O’s and having a whistle on a string and being a gameday strategist.

It’s truly a VERY-high profile corporate C.E.O. (and babysitting) position and when this week’s “off the field” activity of Chris McAlister and Terrell Suggs has led to the “on the field” benching of the team’s highest-paid player and resident passive-aggressive cornerback, unlike at Legg Mason or Aerotek, the media asks the questions the fans (customers) want answers to and they expect a straight answer.

Or, like the other night on WBAL, some big-monied sponsor can call in directly to the coach to try to get an honest answer.

And, honestly, as much as we realize the Ravens do have some rights to the privacy of their employees and how it’s handled, we don’t want to be lied to either. I get that discipline should be a private matter, but don’t pass off the disciplining of a player as an injury, a lack of talent or a dress code issue.

Sure, if you’re Harbaugh or Joe Six Pack Ravens Fan, you’d like to think that guys who are making millions of dollars as players and have all of the talent in the world would just show up and graciously do their jobs. Especially for the amount of dough and the lifestyle they get to live. Forgive us for thinking that they’d actually consider 100% effort and winning football games the REAL priority in their lives. But, as my 24 years of doing this professionally as a media member has taught me, that’s not always the case.

Unfortunately, Harbaugh didn’t inherit a room full of professionals and choir boys when Brian Billick was fired. He inherited every problem Billick had and is doing the job for a third of the price and without nine years of experience dealing with it and trying to overcome it.

And Harbaugh is doing it pretty well if the only thing matters is the record: they’re 3-3, which is plenty good enough for me.

But the same problems that Billick dealt with differently or privately are now – as predicted here months ago –squarely onto the new rookie coach’s shoulders to address. The radio shows, the mudslinging, the “X” factor of off-the-field shenanigans along with Ray Lewis in his walk year thinking money, a rookie quarterback who’s learning as he goes, the various injuries, personnel issues, egos, etc. All the same crap that goes on in YOUR office, except that these guys aren’t as smart as they think they are, all are making a lot of money and are famous and every week a three-hour soap opera plays out on Sundays and you either win or lose.

And the city all talks about it (which is why they make the big bucks) and asks lots of questions, some of them a little “uncomfortable” for private matters such as human resources and employee behavioral issues.

And, as the coach, you have to answer for EVERYTHING. That’s the deal.

The NFL’s pretty straightforward like that. Win, and all is well. Lose, and well you’re where Mike Nolan or Brian Billick or Scott Linehan or Lane Kiffin are and where Marvin Lewis and some others might soon be.

Oh, and the owner is ALWAYS right. Just ask Al Davis or Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones.

The Ravens are 3-3 and playing decently for the most part, especially considering the injuries, rookie quarterback and lack of depth combined with aging players in key spots. I’m a HUGE Ravens fan. I’m perfectly pleased with where the team sits at this point. As a matter of fact, I’m more than mildly shocked that it’s gone this well.

Harbaugh has done a nice job by any measurement. The team is fun to watch, like a box of chocolates, Flacco is likeable, Ray Lewis is playing his ass off…it’s been a fun year so far!

So far, they’ve played five very good games and laid one turd. The turd just happened to be a road game in Indianapolis (and if you’re from Baltimore just the word “Indianapolis” has its own connotation) against the best player in the league in Peyton Manning. It happens. Many of the “good” teams in the league have gotten walloped already.

The team could easily be 5-1. But they’re not. They’re 3-3 and in decent shape to make a surprising playoff run over the next few weeks if they can beat some turd teams (Oakland, Cleveland and Houston). These are winnable games against current 2-4 teams. If they are going to go 10-6 and be a wild card, they’ll need to win at least two of these three. With the pending matchups against stronger NFC East teams at the end (not to mention Steelers and Jaguars), the wins must come now for any hope. The colder it gets the harder the schedule gets.

So it’s here where Harbaugh’s leadership is going to make or break the season. It’s not even Halloween but the cat’s out of the bag and the malcontents and loose-lipped rabble rousers are coming back to the forefront by saying and doing stupid things. Billick, essentially, was fired for this stuff happening (and the offensive woes, of course).

Chris McAlister not wanting to work out and/or practice and have the ability to run loose in Baltimore or miss meetings on road trips.

Terrell Suggs going on radio shows and throwing the starting quarterback under the bus.

Ray Lewis screaming for money. (We’re about 10 weeks away from that…trust me!)

It’s Harbaugh’s baby to deal with now, and despite the relative prosperity of 3-3, the baby is crying so to speak.

I think we’re all hard-pressed to believe that with Frank Walker and Fabian Washington as starters in the secondary for the remainder of the season, the Ravens will finish 10-6 and be a playoff team.  And we’re not at all hard-pressed to think that they’re not “outworking” or “outhustling” or “outstructuring” McAlister from Monday through Saturday.

McAlister is a pain in the ass to manage for them, no doubt, but he’s one of the most significant players in the organization. How do I know? Well, they’re paying him $8 million so I’m assuming they think he’s significant, too.

In my opinion, thus far Harbaugh has really botched this McAlister situation and continues to show his “green” side with every answer to the media. He seems as though answering these questions is a field of mines. And perhaps, if you keep changing your story every other day, it is.

Either Harbaugh’s getting bad advice or isn’t taking the good advice he’s been given. On Sunday after the game, it seemed like he didn’t even consider that the question was coming about McAlister when by the organization’s own admittance, he knew this was coming last Wednesday.

So, now four days later, we in the media have heard more conflicting stories, excuses, doubletalk and curious explanations to fill any reporter’s notebook (or fans’ water cooler) with head-scratchers.

If the Orioles gave answers like these – and they have before and apparently will continue to do so as well – I’d be laughing. Or writing these blogs of criticism/straightforwardness.

I don’t understand why there wasn’t just one story: the truth. And that is that McAlister is acting like a turd and isn’t doing what he’s supposed to be doing so he isn’t playing. Oh, and it’s a PRIVATE matter. He’s been bending team rules and we’re spanking him until he gets his act together.

There? Is that so hard? Some old-fashioned, “Hard Ass” love for the baller from Pasadena!

They didn’t fine him. Or suspend him. And they certainly didn’t want the NFLPA breathing down their necks like what’s happening in Cleveland with their resident talented malcontent, Kellen Winslow. (The league seems full of them, with PacMan Jones, Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, etc…I guess if they “shut up and played” perhaps we’d have less interest?)

But I certainly can’t ignore what I’m hearing and seeing this week.

So far, we know:

* McAlister didn’t like Harbaugh’s practices in Westminster and there were reports of some words
* McAlister had a knee injury – or not – during training camp
* McAlister played pretty decently the first four weeks of the season (certainly nothing to think he was benched solely on “merit” for the first five games)
* McAlister allegedly missed a meeting in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 11
* McAlister played “below par” in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 12 (but so did the whole team)
* McAlister was told on he wouldn’t start in Miami on Wednesday, Oct. 15
* McAlister was inappropriately dressed (among other things) before the game in Miami on Sunday, Oct. 19
* McAlister played sparingly against the Dolphins on Sunday, Oct. 19

There are various other factors, rumors and pretty-well substantiated issues regarding McAlister’s off the field activities and work ethic. And the show he put on in the lobby of the team hotel with those three girls in front of $18 million dollars worth of corporate sponsors was biblical. Only a fool could be around the team a significant amount of time and not notice people’s whispers and gossip. It’s just a fact of life. His teammates have gone to media members (and each other) at various points for years with negative comments about him, his work ethic and chicanery.

He’s a super smart guy but a bit of a Lone Wolf. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with him (I actually kinda like him for the most part although I wouldn’t hire him to work for me) but I’ve known better than to ever count on him. I’ve enjoyed our conversations over the years because I think he’s so intelligent. And I’ve clearly known how other people feel about him. Most would just say he’s “unreliable” or “inconsistent.” But I wouldn’t say he’s a “bad person” at all. But some have questioned his character, for sure.

But the answers and the list of reasons the team has given to the media for him not being on the field on Sunday – not just me or WNST but the entire media position on this – has smelled like four-day old fish.

It’s more weird and kinda paranoid than anything I’ve seen recently and I’m kinda shocked that Harbaugh hasn’t been more transparent.

Geez, if they’re actually disciplining Chris McAlister for his off the field behavior there are many in the organization would say: “It’s about time!”

On Sunday, the question was: “Is Chris being disciplined?”

Harbaugh said:

“No (he was not being disciplined). Not at all. Chris has played well. I’ll tell you what, Chris has really worked hard this year to work through the knee. We’ve talked about the knee a lot. It hasn’t been a situation where it’s an injury but it is a knee that has had some wear and tear on it. And we think if we can manage the packages from here on out…It’s not a matter of starting or not starting it’s what packages we put him in where he can be most effective for us. Which helps his practice reps a little bit which keeps him as effective as he can be on Sunday because you’ve got to practice all week to be effective on Sunday. But we can’t overload that knee. Whatever package we’re in next week, he could be out there starting next week. And that’s what it really comes down to. We’re always going to put our best package on the field.”

Later, when pressed ever-so-gently by Brent Harris:

“Chris is a professional. Chris is always going to want his role to be expanded and there’s no reason to think that next week his role won’t be expanded. It’s going to be whatever Rex determines it’s gonna be as far as what’s best for our football team…Chris is a good example of what happened to our football team (after Indy loss)…Chris came back and had a great week of practice last week and there’s no reason he’s not going to have a good season this year.”

On Monday, he told WBAL this:

“I can’t speak to stuff in the past. I’ve had a chance to get to know Chris over these months that I’ve been here. Chris is a good person. We’ve got a really good relationship and I respect him a lot. As far as the dress for the bus it was wrong. It was a mistake. It’s been addressed.”

Being asked about playing vs. the Dolphins:

“He WAS playing last week. The term ‘benching’ I’m not sure exactly what that means. He was in our packages last week. We talked about it yesterday and it’s obvious and clear cut. You put the best 11 players out there for the package. We put the best players out there in the coverages . That’s what a football decision is.”

So, McAlister isn’t one of the best 11 players on the defense? C’mon, Harbs?

I just wish that Harbaugh would give me and you and everyone one story: the truth.

He’ll learn that the truth ALWAYS comes out and making the media “guess” or thinking we’re not going to ask questions (or that the fans won’t ask questions) about his $8 million a year franchise starting cornerback being on the field for eight plays in a pivotal road game is just foolish.

So, it’s kind of a “pick three” message from Harbs:

1.    (Miami Sunday) McAlister is injured, but he’s not really injured.  But it’s not a discipline issue. And he’s practiced and played really well. But he’s not one of our best 11 players.
2.    (WBAL Tuesday) He should’ve dressed better in Miami but I like him a lot. Rex Ryan made the decision. He wasn’t “benched” after starting for nine years in the league, but he only played eight plays.

Or, perhaps the truth:

3.    He’s not doing the stuff that we need him to do or living his life in a fashion that we agree with and it’s contributing to hurting our team overall even though he’s one of the most important guys on the team. We can’t have him acting like a jack ass any more. It’s hurting the team. And sitting his ass out ought to be a message to him – and the rest of the team — to shape up or ship out. The team comes first and we can (and will) win without him!

Or at least they’ll try to if they can’t get him to fall in line. Which is, I guess, where they are now. They’re going to try to win without him. Or not. But maybe that will change before Sunday, who knows?

This is Coach “Hard Ass” – and I say that as a compliment, in some respect — doing it HIS way. And, apparently, Rex Ryan is also at the heart of this decision.

Let’s see if it works.

Because, in the end, what he tells the media and the fans doesn’t have anything to do with whether they’re going to win football games over the next 10 weeks.

Or does it?

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