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Memo to bucked up Showalter: Please just shut up!

Posted on 24 March 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

While many of the few hearty souls left in the exuberant Orioles Nation will find great joy in Buck Showalter’s verbal tirade in Men’s Journal against the Derek Jeter and the Yankees and Theo Epstein and the Red Sox, I’m going to take an alternative approach today to a war of words with franchises that have been kicking our civic asses and taking over our city for the past 14 years.

Buck, shut up!

Please, just shut up! You’re embarrassing yourself and this fan base!

In case you missed it, here’s his gem regarding No. 2:

“The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout,” Showalter told the magazine. “Our guys are thinking, ‘Wow, he’s screaming at Derek Jeter.’ Well, he’s always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets – and yes, he [ticks] me off.”

And this is what he had to say about a general manager who has won two more World Championships than he has:

“I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll,” he said. “You got Carl Crawford ’cause you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt. It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?’ ”

All of this Rex Ryan-esque bravado comes with NOTHING to back it up. At least he’s been 10 minutes away from going to a Super Bowl three years in a row.

I could recite the Orioles statistics and track record here but quite frankly I don’t have the time to bother with it. I’ve spent hundreds of hours watching the Red Sox and Yankees and their fans kicking our asses every year. I’ve shot tomes of video. I’ve taken a zillion emails and phone calls. I don’t need to relive any evidence.

In case YOU do, here’s New York…

And here’s Boston…

This just goes to show that Showalter’s bravado comes with very little knowledge of how badly the fan base here has been abused since 1997.

The Yankees, despite firing Showalter 15 years ago and going on to become the model franchise in all of sports for profit, branding and winning, will certainly be unfazed. That is, until they get to town in three weeks and Showalter’s words will be all over tabloids in Gotham.

The Red Sox are the No. 2 franchise in baseball — and perhaps in all of sports if you consider their massive, loyal fanbase — and this is no time to anger their gods or talk badly about them spending money.

Hey Buck, YOUR owner REFUSES

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Maybe now Cleveland will leave Art Modell alone?

Posted on 09 July 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I’m not an expert about much but Cleveland is something I know a lot about. As much as I like to have some fun with our cousins to the Midwest – it’s been a healthy rivalry ever since Art Modell stepped foot into Parking Lot D in Nov. 1995 – today a little piece of me is angry for them.

It’s true – anger is to Cleveland what fake breasts and sunshine are to California. People in Cleveland are perennially angry. They hate the Browns. They hate Art Modell. They hate losing. They hate whoever is the quarterback of the Browns. They hate that they haven’t won a championship.

They hate me.

And this morning, for the first time since Modell brought us the Ravens, they have a right to be burning 23 jerseys and “M-F-ing” Lebron James into perpetuity.

Sure, “King James” had the freedom to play wherever he wanted to play. Sure, Miami has prettier girls (although I always had a good time in Cleveland, wink, wink) and more sunshine and Chris Bosh and Dewayne Wade and Pat Riley.

But Cleveland held something intrinsic and legitimate that Lebron James sold away in one sentence last night, something that can’t be bought with a check from South Florida (even if it’s just with the tax money saved and put back into his deep, Ocean Drive pockets).

It’s called authenticity.

Lebron had it the way Cal Ripken had it and Tony Gwynn had it. The way Derek Jeter, despite being an outsider, will always have it in New York and Kobe Bryant will have it in Los Angeles, just like Magic Johnson before him.

But even more so, Lebron James was “one of them.” He was an Akron kid who never left home and created a basketball craze in Cleveland that you’d have to see to believe. There’s a whole city of commerce and bars and jerseys and enthusiasm in a forever depressed and decaying community.

It gave people in Cleveland the most precious commodity that sports provides and one this is sorely lacking in Baltimore regarding baseball: hope.

In my private times with Art Modell, it’s the one thing he always talked about that was essential for any fan of a sport or a franchise. If you have hope, you have something that gets people interested.

I don’t need to tell you that Cleveland has been the armpit of America for years and hope is a wonderful thing for depressed communities.

This is where I should tell you that I really love Cleveland. I’ve gone there religiously for almost 20 years and despite having some of the worst sports fan in country (only contested by Philadelphia, in real terms) I pull for Cleveland to at least not be a doormat.

Cleveland and Baltimore are a lot alike. And it wouldn’t take you a few hours there chatting with the people to see it and feel it.

In my humble opinion, “Cleveland rocks!” (Just don’t tell anybody I said that…)

Cleveland was spurned last night. And they’re angry. And they’re burning jerseys. And they should. Hell, it’s what I’d be doing if I gave my soul to Lebron James and the Cavaliers over the last five years.

For the same reasons we collectively booed Mark Teixeira last Opening Day at Camden Yards, the people of Cleveland will forever hold a special place in their hearts for the anger and outrage of what Lebron James has chosen to do.

Like any other self-interested mega-star who is treated like a “King,” Lebron James eschewed any civic responsibility and chose to abandon his community.

Tsk, tsk…

Most of you know, I used to be a pretty huge NBA fan. The last 10 years I’ve chosen to ignore it and it’s been a fine decade for me. I think the players come off as a bunch of collective douche bags, the games are awful to watch and I have zero interest in the personalities or the standings.

But, this isn’t about Lebron James or basketball or the NBA. This is about doing the right thing. The thing that’s bigger than you. The thing that REALLY makes you “special.”

Lebron James chose selfish. And any 25-year old is allowed that privilege.

But Cal Ripken didn’t run off to the Dodgers. And Tony Gwynn didn’t run off to the Mets.

And they will forever reap the rewards of their “sacrifice.”

Lebron James, the man, will forever be remembered for an absurd evening of a July “Lebronathon” on ESPN where he took every negative stereotype consistent with “Rod Tidwell-ish” behavior and displayed it on worldwide TV and chose THE WRONG PLACE!

There was no Jerry Maguire, no happy landing for this imbecile. Wait’ll that first Christmas Day when the Miami Heat come to Cleveland to play a lunch time game. Just wait…

There will be a price to pay for the rest of eternity for Lebron James, even if he wins seven rings and surpasses Michael Jordan — and only time will tell how that script will be written.

But last night was memorable – for all of the wrong reasons. The NBA jumped the shark for a lot of people last night with that display.

I know I’ll always cheer against him. The Miami Heat are interesting to me because they’ll be my least favorite team in my least favorite sport.

The ultimate price for Lebron James will be that he can never go home again.

Somewhere in Northern Baltimore County Art Modell has felt the weight lifted from him.

Lebron James will be the guy they burn in effigy in Cleveland for the next 20 years.

Maybe Lebron should give Art a call for some advice.

Last night, Cleveland – the city that hates — was given a fresh, new gaping wound that will probably never be healed unless the next Lebron James is on some playground in Parma Heights right now.

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Bergesen goes distance, emerging as a true ‘Ace’ for Orioles

Posted on 15 June 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s still a bit too early to put Brad Bergesen on the Mike Mussina track as the franchise’s first potential “ace” in a decade but yesterday’s effort at Camden Yards has started some buzz about the lanky righthander’s recent work.

The complete game, five-hit, 11-2 victory over the Braves yesterday should come as no surprise. The word on Bergesen’s command began in Florida at spring training and has become evident with his work since his call-up from Norfolk. He pitches quickly. He throws strikes. He mixes speeds. And, with much more consistency than most young pitchers of this generation, he finishes games. He’s what the throwbacks would call a “bulldog” or a “gamer.”

In an era of starting pitchers who generally feel “victorious” about six decent innings of work and turning the keys over to the bullpen, Bergesen is indeed a Jim Palmer-esque throwback with his psyche and longevity. He won’t be throwing double-digit complete games every year in the bigs like ‘Cakes, but yesterday was an impressive afternoon of pitching.

Bergesen, who threw 112 pitches and appeared to be laboring a bit in the 9th inning, has taken a few of his own lumps during his first six weeks in The Show, but he is now 4-2 with a 3.79 ERA and emerging as the closest thing this franchise has to a “sure thing.”

After the years of empty promise of the likes of organizational minor-league rock stars like Rocky Coppinger and Adam Loewen and Matt Riley, along comes Bergesen who now looks like he belongs and is proving it every five days.

Bergesen feels more real than any of them for a reason: he throws strikes and he wants to go the distance.

For one day (or is it two now?) even the offense awakened from its slumber with the unlikely likes of Ty Wigginton (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 3RBIs) and Robert Andino (2-for-4, 3RBIs) bringing the lumber to Derek Lowe and the Braves. Lowe was chased earlier yesterday than in any of his 269 starts in the big leagues.

The Orioles ended yesterday’s game with 15 hits and managed 19 runs in the final pair against Atlanta, breaking out of a hideous offensive slump that begin on June 1.

The Birds have the day off and will begin a three-game set with the incoming New York Mets tomorrow night at Camden Yards.

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Wigginton’s signing is a good one for the O’s

Posted on 03 February 2009 by Drew Forrester

It might have jammed up the team’s “utility-man-infrastracture” but today’s signing of Ty Wigginton is a good addition by the Orioles. 

He’s better than Kevin Millar.  He’s better than Chris Gomez. And, he’s better than Ryan Freel.

Personally, I think, he’ll be the O’s everyday third baseman in lieu of Melvin Mora by July 4th.

Look, he’s not A-Rod.  Ty Wigginton is a journeyman.  But he’s a good journeyman.  

That’s been my debate about their pitching additions this off-season.  They passed on GOOD pitchers like Jon Garland, A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe and, likely, Ben Sheets, who is still out there for the taking but evidently not better than, say, Rich Hill, Mark Hendrickson or a Japanese pitcher who has the same major league ERA as I do.

However, as unnecessary as the Hendrickson signing was, the Wigginton signing is beneficial.

He’s a GOOD journeyman.  You need one or two of those along the way to patch up the holes and give you some consistency in the dog days of August when, in the O’s case, you’re 25 games out of first place and the games don’t matter anymore.  “Someone” has to play in those games.  

The Wigginton addition also potentially paves the way for a spring training trade of either Brian Roberts, Luke Scott, or both.  They’ve tried to sign Roberts over the winter but he’s heard “the story” one too many times from the O’s – “we’re gettin’ better, hang in there with us” – and is begging for a transfer, as Private Santiago did in “A Few Good Men”.  Scott is a decent-enough-hitter but not a gold glove candidate…and with Pie’s arrival from Chicago – and Freel and Wigginton both able to play left field – the O’s could also part company with Luuuukkkke if they could pull off a reasonable deal.

On the whole, It’s been an off-season filled with low-budget, “take a chance on me” type of player signings and acquisitions and Wigginton probably fits that criteria…but he’s a career .270 hitter and a capable defensive player and he’s only 31.  He can still play.  His history shows that.  He’s not a gamble, unlike a Rich Hill, Brad Hennessey or David Pauley.  Best of all, he’s actually coming to the O’s on the heels of a decent season in Houston, unlike some of their other off-season reaches like Hill, who, for example, pitched in 5 games a year ago before he was shut-down by the Cubs.  

It does create a possible logjam in the part-time player category, as Freel, Gomez and Wigginton are nearly identical images of each other.  Freel plays more outfield than the other two.  Gomez is the only one who can play shortstop – or has in the past – and Wigginton’s best position is probably third base.  But, in general, all three are fill-in types and that might be one more part-timer than the O’s really need.  Make no mistake about it, though, if you’re ranking the three, Wigginton is the best of the trio.

I like this signing.

It feels good to say (write) that.  

I must be getting soft.

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Off-season O’s summary: “We saved a bunch of money”

Posted on 02 February 2009 by Drew Forrester

One thing for sure, the economy didn’t affect the Orioles and their off-season efforts.

They kept almost all of their money.  It’s hard to feel the pinch when you don’t spend any of it.

The Birds acquired Rich Hill today and he’s likely to battle Jeremy Guthrie and Koji Uehra for the right to lose to the Yankees on either day one, two or three of the regular season in April.

At least Hill has more career wins (18) than Guthrie (17) and Uehara (0).

Granted, the Cubs got one good year out of Hill, who made 32 starts in 2007 and was 3rd in the national league with 183 strikeouts.  Last year, they got five starts out of him before he was shut down in early May.

Sounds like he’ll fit right in with all the other question-marks the O’s signed this winter.

Did I mention he made $445,000 last year?   

Like I said, he’s a perfect fit.

Here’s a list of the pitchers the Orioles COULD have had this winter:

Jon Garland, Derek Lowe, A.J. Burnett, Ben Sheets, John Smoltz and C.C. Sabathia

Those pitchers each have TWO things in common:  1) They’re expensive and, 2) They have a history of success.

Here’s the pitchers Baltimore wound up acquiring this winter:

Brad Hennessey, David Pauley, Mark Hendrickson, Koji Uehara and Rich Hill.

All of those pitchers have TWO things in common:  1) They’re all relatively inexpensive, except Uehara, who will make $1.25 million LESS than Jon Garland despite the fact Garland is younger and has 106 more major league wins than Uehara…and 2) no one else in the league wanted them…

I said at the beginning of the off-season that I would wait until February rolled around to determine the success level of the O’s winter efforts.

February is here.  I’m unimpressed.

Naturally, the O’s apologists will prattle on about how much “upside” all of these n’er do wells like Hennessey, Pauley and Hill have…”upside” is code word for: “at one point people thought they were going to be good and then they turned out to be not-so-good but maybe there’s still hope…”  

Bottom line:  The O’s could have spent money on pitchers. 

Bottom line:  They didn’t.

The only reasonable off-season move the team made was re-signing Nick Markakis and even that $66 million contract is backloaded to pay him nearly $16 million six years from now.  In 2009, Nick The Stick will perform his services for $3 million as part of his staggered payment schedule.  They also added slick-fielding shortstop Cesar Izturis, but I would have used that money to bring Garland in and would have given the no-hit, good-field shortstop position to Juan Castro.  What do I know? 

I can’t figure out for the life of me why the Orioles are afraid to spend money on quality players.  They have the money at their disposal.  They just don’t want to spend it.  Why not?  If only I could ask Andy MacPhail that question without having him scurry off to the soda table.

It’s obvious the team’s star-studded minor league pitching roster isn’t yet ready for prime time.  Had the likes of Arietta and Tillman been thought of as “opening day ready” the Birds wouldn’t have gone out in search of a journeyman like Hendrickson and a throw-away like Hill.  

With Arietta and Tillman NOT ready, why wouldn’t the O’s have invested some money on Garland, Lowe, Sheets, et al?

Is losing just so acceptable these days that we’ll take the lesser-of-two-evils (inexpensive) and be satisfied with that no matter what the results might be?

I don’t get it.

It’s clearly been an off-season of save and purge for the O’s…

There’s only one way we’ll all be able to determine if the fans buy into the team’s off-season efforts.

Butts in seats.

The green seats at Camden Yards will have the loudest voice in 2009.

If it’s anything like last year, or worse, the silence will be deafening as the customers give a dismissive wave and say, “no thanks”.

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More mystery from the Orioles: Why not sign Garland?

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Drew Forrester

OK, so I can’t wait to hear why Jon Garland wouldn’t have been a good fit in Baltimore.

The big excuse this year – relative to spending money on free agents – has been “age”.

That’s why the Orioles passed on Derek Lowe.  Evidently, a 12-year veteran pitcher who has made 32 or more starts in seven consecutive seasons is “too old”.  Lowe’s career ERA is a half-run lower than the league average for his career – but who cares about when you’re – ahem – too old?

So, $60 million for Lowe (he eventually signed in Atlanta two weeks ago) was out of the O’s age range price range, right?  Fair enough, $60 million is a lot of money for a team that claims “we’re not going to win anyway”.

But what about Jon Garland?  Here’s the story about his move to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Anyone else find it interesting that he signed for roughly $6.25 million for ONE season?

How could the Orioles not throw him a 3-year/$20 million bone?

Is Baltimore really that far off the radar screen that Garland wouldn’t take a guaranteed sum of $20 million from them?  

Or, as I’m now starting sniff out, did the O’s just not want Jon Garland because, well, because trying to get him would perhaps show winning DOES matter to them?

Here are Jon Garland’s numbers (notice the age: 29).  You’ll note that he’s NEVER been on the disabled list as a starter.  If you’re trying to be fair (even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool O’s fan), it’s probably worth noting that Garland is actually YOUNGER than Jeremy Guthrie.  You’ve heard of Guthrie, right?  He’s the team’s incumbent #1 starter for 2009.  Guthrie has 17 career wins.  Garland won 18 games in a season twice in his career.  

I don’t get this.  Then again, I’m obviously not allowed to ask Andy MacPhail a legitimate question about his player personnel decisions.  I tried to do that last week at the press conference for Nick Markakis and when I brought up Derek Lowe, MacPhail scooted off and fired a “let’s just say he’s out of our preferred age demographic” comment as he headed to the refreshment table.

I can’t figure out – after seeing Garland sign for one year at the bargain-price of $6.25 million – how the Orioles passed on him.

Maybe baseball has changed since last September.  Don’t teams still need 5 starters?  Right now, we have two for sure in Baltimore.  Our #1 starter is a guy who has 17 career wins and would fight for the #4 spot in New York or Boston.  Our #2 starter is a Japanese pitcher who has as many career major league strikeouts as me, little Ethan and Bruce Springsteen – combined.  

Why not sign Jon Garland?

If he gets 3-years/$34 million from the Diamondbacks, I’d say, “OK, I realize why the O’s didn’t get him…we’re afraid of paying any free agents decent money for fear that we might actually get production out of them and – God forbid – give the fans reason to think the team might be trying to win.”

I can’t come to grips with the fact that we have no starting pitching, pitchers have been available, and arguably one of the three best free agent hurlers out there commanded $6.25 million for one year and we didn’t land him in Baltimore.

Oddly, the name Braden Looper keeps popping up in rumor circles.  Forgive me for a second:  Are they talking about THIS Braden Looper?

Math wasn’t my best subject at dear old Glen Burnie High School, but isn’t Looper 34 years old?  He’s a two-year starter and 34 years old.  Lowe is 35 years old and has produced four straight years of a below-the-league-average-ERA and we won’t take him?  And, on top of all of that, the O’s will take Braden Looper but WON’T take Jon Garland.

I know the old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, but I’m really hoping the Braden Looper rumors are just that…and nothing more.

If Looper signs in Baltimore – and Garland and Lowe didn’t – I’ll have to really start to wonder if the team is HONESTLY interested in winning.

I already wonder that…

But I’d have to SERIOUSLY wonder about it if they wind up signing Looper because it would appear they’re almost trying to lose on purpose with this string of puzzling no-signings and (potentially) signings.

“Too old”…”too expensive”…”too risky”…that’s the O’s notepad list of excuses when it comes to signing quality free agents.

Here’s what I’m writing on my notepad:  “too many games lost”…”too many unsold tickets”…”too many excuses”.

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The O’s must think the fans are stupid…

Posted on 29 December 2008 by Drew Forrester

Leave it to the Orioles and their foolish ways to force me to write a baseball blog the day after the Ravens make the playoffs. 

Last year, the O’s had a theme:  “Welcome to Birdland”.

This year, it must be: “Watch us – we’re TRYING to lose!”

How else can you explain the signing of Mark Hendrickson?  Hendrickson will be in for a physical later this week and, at some point in the middle of the night when the fans aren’t paying attention, the O’s will announce his addition to the team.  Of course, he fits in perfectly with the financial structure of the club, having made $1.5 million last year with Florida. 

THIS is what they’re spending the MASN money on…a guy with a 50-63 career record and a 5.07 ERA?

They won’t sign Derek Lowe because he’s, A) going to be 36 in ’09 – and B) expensive

But they’ll sign Mark Hendrickson because he’s, A) going to be 35 in ’09 – and B) cheap

I can’t believe it.  I mean, I know they’ve done some whacky stuff and all over the last few years and it’s painfully obvious that ’09 is setting up to be a 60-something-win-season-again – but signing Mark Hendrickson to a contract is a shock – and almost nothing they do anymore shocks me. 

Mark Hendrickson is how they’re going to improve their starting pitching?

Times must be tough at The Warehouse.

They’re fighting with Nick Markakis over roughly $12 million and knowing the O’s, they’re not budging. My source tells me Andy MacPhail tossed a 6-year, $57.5 million offer at Markakis.  Nick’s looking for $68 million over that same 6-year period.  

They’re fighting with their best player over about $12 million when they (supposedly) just offered a guy $150 million for 7 years. 

Anyone else understand why Markakis is brooding?

Talk about a kick in the family jewels.

“We’re going to take this kid who’s never played one game for us and offer him $150 million but we’ll fight with our best player over $12 million in six years.”

And they wonder why the players all want out of Baltimore?

Or, don’t want to come in the first place.

Unless you’re Mark Hendrickson.

Have you seen this guy’s numbers over his last three seasons?  Here’s some quick math on what he’s done as a starter in ’06 through ’08.  He started 59 games in that span.  Hope you’re sitting down.

5.2 innings per start 
5.4 strikeouts (p.s.)
3.17 walks (p.s.)
1.14 home runs (p.s.)
5.38 ERA (league average of 4.39 in that span)

Keep in mind that 46 of those starts came in Los Angeles and Florida, both known to be favorable to pitchers.

And part of the O’s “rebuilding plan” is to take him and and…and…what???  Lose?  

Fighting with their best player.

Signing a 35-year old pitcher who can’t get guys out. 

Not spending any money on quality free agents.

I just can’t believe it.

NOTE:  Stay tuned – the day AFTER the Hendrickson signing is officially announced, I’m going to add one hour of programming (5am-6am) and do a 60-minute “session” devoted solely to hammering the Orioles for this silly, bizarre, foolish signing.  Feel free to listen in as I lose my mind.

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Yankees: Salary Tidbits

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Jason Jubb

They currently have the four highest contracts by total value in the game:

Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000

Derek Jeter, $189,000,000

Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000

CC Sabathia, $161,000,000


They Yankees awarded the single biggest annual salary in history for one year when they gave Roger Clemens a $28,000,022 deal in 2007. (He only collected around $18 million of that since he did not play until partially into the season.) A-Rod has the second biggest annual salary at $27,500,000.


At $23,000,000 annually CC Sabathia is the highest paid pitcher in the game.


At $15,000,000 annually Mariano Rivera is the highest paid relief pitcher in the game.


At $17,142,857 annually Jason Giambi was the highest paid DH in history.


At $13,100,000 annually Jorge Posada is the highest paid catcher in the game.


At $22,500,000 annually Mark Teixeira is the highest paid first baseman in the game.


At $7,500,000 annually Robinson Cano is the third highest paid second baseman, but he has not hit free agency yet.


At $18,900,000 annually Derek Jeter is the highest paid shortstop in the game.


At $27,500,000 annually A Rod is the highest paid third baseman in the game.


At $13,000,000 annually Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are tied for 12th amongst outfielders.


Starting in 2003 the Yankees have spent $1.138 billion in team payroll.


In 2008 Forbes Magazine estimated the value of the Orioles to be $398 million; the Yankees were at $1.3 billion.


In 2008 the Yankees offered only a 1 year deal to Joe Torre for $5 million with a vesting option. They went cheap on their manager and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1994.


I used multiple sources for the salary figures. Feel free to add more…

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 WRs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Despite a rough patch for the Cardinals, their vaunted receivers remain ranked #1 and #2 in the power rankings, as well as this week’s start rankings. The veterans have started to reclaim the receiver rankings over the last few weeks, as many of the rookies appear to be hitting that proverbial wall. We’ll be back tomorrow with your tight end, kicker and defense rankings, so check back then too.


Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 14. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 14 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 14 lineup decisions.


Week 14 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings


WR Power Rankings Archive34567 – 8 – 9 – 1011 – 12 – 13


(last week’s rankings in parentheses)


1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 942 yds 11 TD


2. Larry Fitzgerald (3) – AZ – 1075 yds 8 TD


3. Greg Jennings (5) – GB – 1057 yds 7 TD


4. Calvin Johnson (2) – DET – 971 yds 8 TD


5. Steve Smith (4) – CAR – 958 yds 4 TD


6. Roddy White (6) – ATL – 1085 yds 6 TD


7. Bernard Berrian (13) – MIN – 795 yds 5 TD


8. Santana Moss (7) – WAS – 828 yds 5 TD


9. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 1146 yds 4 TD


10. Terrell Owens (12) – DAL – 816 yds 8 TD


11. Brandon Marshall (9) – DEN – 942 yds 4 TD


12. Randy Moss (11) – NE – 785 yds 8 TD


13. Lance Moore (14) – NO – 739 yds 8 TD


14. Eddie Royal (20) – DEN – 757 yds 5 TD


15. Reggie Wayne (10) – IND – 870 yds 5 TD


16. Vincent Jackson (16) – SD – 703 yds 5 TD


17. Kevin Walter (15) – HOU – 705 yds 7 TD


18. Lee Evans (NR) – BUF – 890 yds 3 TD


19. Hines Ward (18) – PIT – 755 yds 6 TD


20. DeSean Jackson (NR) – PHI – 775 yds 2 TD & 1 TYD rush


Dropped From Rankings: DeWayne Bowe – KC; Justin Gage – TEN


WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Lee Evans vs. MIA; Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ SEA; Laverneus Coles & Jehrrico Cotchery @ SF; Tory Holt & Donnie Avery @ AZ; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez vs. CIN; Roddy White @ NO; DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis & Hank Baskett @ NYG


WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: Roscoe Parrish & Josh Reed vs. MIA; Jabar Gaffney @ SEA; Chansi Stuckey @ SF; Derrick Stanley & Dane Looker @ AZ; Koren Robinson, Deion Branch & Bobby Engram vs. NE; Harry Douglass & Michael Jenkins @ NO; Matt Jones, Reggie Williams & Jerry Porter @ CHI; Justin Gage, Justin McCairens & Brandon Jones vs. CLE


WRs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh @ IND; Braylon Edwards @ TEN; Terrell Owens & Roy Williams @ PIT; Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El @ BAL; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ GB; Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson vs. OAK; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton vs. WAS; Antonio Bryant & Ike Hilliard @ CAR; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad vs. TB; DeWayne Bowe & Mark Bradley @ DEN



And here are the week 14 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s my top 75 WRs 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 Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.


1. Anquan Boldin (15)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (17)

3. Roddy White (19)

4. Greg Jennings (25)

5. Bernard Berrian (25)

6. Randy Moss (26)

7. Calvin Johnson (28)

8. Steve Smith (34)

9. Reggie Wayne (35)

10. Lee Evans (37)

11. Brandon Marshall (44)

12. Lance Moore (44)

13. Santana Moss (45)

14. Andre Johnson (46)

15. Terrell Owens (50)

16. Eddie Royal (50)

17. DeSean Jackson (50)

18. Hines Ward (52)

19. Justin Gage (55)

20. Vincent Jackson (59)

21. Laverneus Coles (59)

22. Kevin Walter (62)

23. Wes Welker (62)

24. DeWayne Bowe (65)

25. Issac Bruce (67)

26. Antonio Bryant (69)

27. Marques Colston (72)

28. Matt Jones (74)

29. Steve Breaston (75)

30. Jehrrico Cotchery (75)

31. Derrick Mason (78)

32. TJ Houshmandzadeh (80)

33. Mark Clayton (81)

34. Donald Driver (83)

35. Braylon Edwards (89)

36. Santonio Holmes (90)

37. Donnie Avery (90)

38. Chris Chambers (95)

39. Anthony Gonzalez (95)

40. Mark Bradley (97)

41. DeVery Henderson (98)

42. Michael Jenkins (99)

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (100)

44. Malcolm Floyd (105)

45. Mushin Muhammad (106)

46. Nate Washington (108)

47. Kevin Curtis (108)

48. Amani Toomer (109)

49. Marvin Harrison (109)

50. Tory Holt (110)

51. Devin Hester (115)

52. Koren Robinson (118)

53. Hank Baskett (120)

54. Chad Johnson (128)

55. Jabar Gaffney (128)

56. Brandon Stokley (130)

57. Reggie Brown (130)

58. Antoine Randle-El (131)

59. Josh Reed (131)

60. Rasheid Davis (133)

61. Ashley Lelie (136)

62. Bryant Johnson (139)

63. Dane Looker (144)

64. Roy Williams (146)

65. Reggie Williams (146)

66. Brandon Lloyd (147)

67. Chansi Stuckey (147)

68. Mary Booker (149)

69. Ike Hilliard (153)

70. Bobby Wade (157)

71. Brandon Jones (159)

72. Harry Douglass (159)

73. Josh Morgan (159)

74. James Hardy (159)

75. Miles Austin (166)


All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday lineups in, so check back tomorrow for the rest. And use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.







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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 RBs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

If this week’s running back rankings prove anything, it’s that everyone had pretty much an equal shot on draft day at putting together a winner. In fact, it’s probably those who drafted in the top 5 in most leagues who are the ones disappointed. Regardless, the running back rankings are littered with guys who would have been available in the 5th round and beyond, even in the deepest of leagues. Furthermore, the top 20 has been changing up dramatically from week to week, so every week is a chance to catch lightning in a bottle.


Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 14. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 14 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 14 lineup decisions.


Week 14 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings


RB Power Rankings Archive34567 – 891011 – 12 – 13


(last week’s rankings in parentheses)


1. Thomas Jones (4) – NYJ – 1088 yds 11 TD & 161 yds 2 TD rec


2. Michael Turner (1) – ATL – 1208 yds 13 TD


3. Brian Westbrook (11) – PHI – 657 yds 8 TD & 233 yds 4 TD rec


4. Matt Forte (3) – CHI – 1012 yds 6 TD & 358 yds 4 TD rec


5. Adrian Peterson (6) – MIN – 1311 yds 9 TD


6. DeAngelo Williams (10) – CAR – 955 yds 11 TD & 112 yds 2 TD rec


7. Brandon Jacobs (5) – NYG – 950 yds 12 TD


8. Clinton Portis (2) – WAS – 1228 yds 7 TD


9. Marion Barber (7) – DAL – 870 yds 7 TD & 366 yds 2 TD rec


10. Steve Slaton (16) – HOU – 904 yds 8 TD & 250 yds 1 TD rec


11. Reggie Bush (NR) – NO – 294 yds 2 TD & 298 yds 3 TD rec


12. Steven Jackson (NR) – ST.L – 619 yds 4 TD & 275 yds 0 TD rec


13. Chris Johnson (15) – TEN – 958 yds 7 TD & 227 yds 1 TD rec


14. Frank Gore (8) – SF – 926 yds 6 TD & 354 yds 1 TD rec


15. Marshawn Lynch (13) – BUF – 844 yds 7 TD & 283 yds 1 TD rec


16. LaDanian Tomlinson (12) – SD – 794 yds 6 TD & 371 yds 1 TD rec


17. Maurice Jones-Drew (9) – JAX – 552 yds 11 TD & 415 yds 0 TD rec


18. Ronnie Brown (14) – MIA – 690 yds 10 TD & 19 yds 1 TD pass


19. LenDale White (20) – TEN – 575 yds 13 TD


20. Larry Johnson (18) – KC – 657 yds 4 TD


Dropped From Rankings: Joseph Addai – IND; Willie Parker – PIT


RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Adrian Peterson @ DET; Larry Johnson @ DEN; Steve Slaton @ GB; LaDanian Tomlinson vs. OAK; Ryan Grant vs. HOU; Thomas Jones @ SF; Matt Forte vs. JAX


RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: Peyton Hillis vs. KC; Chester Taylor @ DET; Tim Hightower vs. ST.L; Ryan Moats @ GB; Cedric Benson @ IND; Leon Washington @ SF


RBs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Clinton Portis @ BAL; Brian Westbrook @ NYG; DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart vs. TB; Marion Barber @ PIT; Frank Gore vs. NYJ; Kevin Smith vs. MIN; Marshawn Lynch vs. MIA; Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward & Ahmad Bradshaw vs. PHI; Willie Parker & Mewelde Moore vs. DAL; Warrick Dunn & Cadillac Williams @ CAR


And here are the week 14 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s my top 50 RBs 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 Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.


1. Thomas Jones (11)

2. Adrian Peterson (12)

3. Matt Forte (18)

4. Michael Turner (20)

5. Steve Slaton (27)

6. Reggie Bush (33)

7. Brian Westbrook (37)

8. LaDanian Tomlinson (38)

9. Brandon Jacobs (39) *keep an eye on his injury status

10. Steven Jackson (39)

11. Chris Johnson (40)

12. DeAngelo Williams (42)

13. Larry Johnson (44)

14. Peyton Hillis (45)

15. Marion Barber (47) *keep an eye on his injury status

16. Clinton Portis (48) *drop him 5 or 6 spots if he’s worse than probable

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (53)

18. Ronnie Brown (54)

19. Frank Gore (56)

20. Marshawn Lynch (56)

21. LenDale White (56)

22. Joseph Addai (57)

23. Tim Hightower (61)

24. Willie Parker (62) *keep an eye on his injury status

25. Jamal Lewis (67)

26. Kevin Faulk (70)

27. Ryan Grant (72)

28. Sammy Morris (74)

29. Darren McFadden (76) *switch him with Fargas if he’s worse then probable

30. Derrick Ward (77)

31. Leon Washington (77)

32. Mewelde Moore (80) *bump him to Parker’s spot if Parker can’t go

33. Kevin Smith (81)

34. Jerome Harrison (82)

35. Warrick Dunn (83)

36. Pierre Thomas (83)

37. Dominic Rhodes (83)

38. Willis McGahee (86) *if he’s playing

39. Chester Taylor (86)

40. LeRon McClain (88) *bump him 5 spots if McGahee doesn’t go

41. Ricky Williams (98)

42. Jerious Norwood (102)

43. Mike Tolbert (102)

44. Deuce McAllister (103)

45. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104)

46. Jonathan Stewart (108)

47. Justin Fargas (108)

48. Tatum Bell (109)

49. Mike Karney (111)

50. Julius Jones (113)


All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday lineups in, so check back tomorrow for the rest. And use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.







Week 14 QB Rankings & Previews


Week 14 WR Rankings & Previews


Week 14 TE Rankings & Previews


Week 14 K Rankings & Previews


Week 14 D/ST Rankings & Previews



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