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Fantasy Flavor Week 1 Positional Start Rankings

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Fantasy Flavor Start Rankings for week 1 at long last. For those unfamiliar with the rankings, they are based on standard scoring leagues, and they’re formulary. The rankings are 2 parts individual expectations, and one part defensive expectations against that player or position. Here’s the warning, since defensive expectations are based on last year’s performance, and will be until week 4, teams trending in different directions, as the NFL is prone to produce, will provide hiccups in the formula. As always, keep an eye on the injury report, especially in this the early stage of the game, and make sure to have fun, if you’re not having fun at fantasy football, you’re simply doing it wrong.

 

Below are the rankings for week 1 at each position, with their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the formulary number, the better, with 3 being the lowest possible.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Drew Brees vs. MIN (13)

2. Aaron Rodgers @ PHI (20)

3. Jay Cutler vs. DET (21)

4. Phillip Rivers @ KC (24)

5. Peyton Manning @ HOU (29)

6. Tom Brady vs. CIN (33)

7. Matt Schaub vs. IND (34)

8. Tony Romo @ WAS (36)

9. Matt Ryan @ PIT (42)

10. Matt Stafford (43)

11. Brett Favre @ NO (44)

12. Jason Campbell @ TEN (44)

13. Kevin Kolb vs. GB (45)

14. Donavan McNabb vs. DAL (45)

15. Kyle Orton @ JAX (45)

16. Vince Young vs. OAK (47)

17. Joe Flacco @ NYJ (50)

18. Dennis Dixon vs. ATL (52)

19. Carson Palmer @ NE (53)

20. Eli Manning vs. CAR (55)

21. Matt Moore @ NYG (60)

22. Chad Henne @ BUF (61)

23. Josh Freeman vs. CLE (61)

24. Alex Smith @ SEA (62)

25. David Garrard vs. DEN (64)

26. Matt Cassell vs. SD (66)

27. Derek Anderson @ St.L (66)

28. Trent Edwards vs. MIA (67)

29. Mark Sanchez vs. BAL (71)

30. Jake Delhomme @ TB (75)

31. Matt Hasselbeck vs. SF (76)

32. Sam Bradford vs. AZ (78)

 

Running Backs

 

1. Chris Johnson vs. OAK (3)

2. Adrian Peterson @ NO (14)

3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. DEN (18)

4. Frank Gore @ SEA (20)

5. Steven Jackson vs. AZ (26)

6. Ryan Matthews @ KC (28)

7. DeAngelo Williams @ NYG (30)

8. Beanie Wells @ St.L (32)

9. Ray Rice @ NYJ (35)

10. Ryan Grant @ PHI (39)

11. Rashard Mendenall vs. ATL (41)

12. Michael Turner @ PIT (43)

13. Cedric Benson @ NE (46)

14. Jamal Charles vs. SD (47)

15. Ronnie Brown @ BUF (47)

16. Matt Forte vs. DET (48)

17. Ricky Williams @ BF (51)

18. Jonathan Stewart @ NYG (54)

19. Shonn Green vs. BAL (54)

20. Knowshon Moreno @ JAX (56)

21. Cadillac Williams vs. CLE (57)

22. Joseph Addai @ HOU (58)

23. Arian Foster vs. IND (59)

24. Brandon Jacobs vs. CAR (59)

25. Jerome Harrison @ TB (63)

26. LaSean McCoy vs. GB (65)

27. Darren McFadden @ TEN (65)

28. Pierre Thomas vs. MIN (68)

29. Jahvid Best @ CHI (73)

30. Justin Forsett vs. SF (74)

31. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CAR (75)

32. Felix Jones @ WAS (77)

33. Darren Sproles @ KC (80)

34. CJ Spiller vs. MIA (82)

35. Marion Barber @ WAS (83)

36. Thomas Jones vs. SD (87)

37. Tim Hightower @ St.L (90)

38. Fred Jackson vs. MIA (92)

39. Steve Slaton vs. IND (93)

40. Donald Brown @ HOU (94)

41. Chester Taylor vs. DET (94)

42. Reggie Bush vs. MIN (96)

43. Clinton Portis vs. DAL (96)

44. Kareem Huggins vs. CLE (103)

45. Kevin Smith @ CHI (111)

46. Lawrence Maroney vs. CIN (115)

47. Brian Westbrook @ SEA (116)

48. Correll Buckhalter @ JAX (118)

49. Rashad Jennings vs. DEN (118)

50. Willis McGahee @ NYJ (119)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Roddy White @ PIT (19)

2. Larry Fitzgerald @ St.L (20)

3. Calvin Johnson @ CHI (23)

4. Andre Johnson vs. IND (24)

5. Reggie Wayne @ HOU (31)

6. Randy Moss vs. CIN (32)

7. Miles Austin @ WAS (32)

8. Michael Crabtree @ SEA (36)

9. DeSean Jackson vs. GB (37)

10. Marques Colston @ MIN (37)

11. Chad Ochocinco @ NE (38)

12. Brandon Marshall @ BUF (40)

13. Steve Smith @ NYG (43)

14. Greg Jennings @ PHI (46)

15. Percy Harvin @ NO (50)

16. Bernard Berrian @ NO (53)

17. Malcolm Floyd @ KC (53)

18. Hines Ward vs. ATL (54)

19. Steve Smith vs. CAR (55)

20. DeWayne Bowe vs. SD (56)

21. Anquan Boldin @ NYJ (58)

22. Mike Sims-Walker vs. DEN (59)

23. Lee Evans vs. MIA (60)

24. Jeremy Maclin vs. GB (63)

25. Wes Welker vs. CIN (64)

26. Johnnie Knox vs. DET (65)

27. Donald Driver @ PHI (66)

28. Terrell Owens @ NE (66)

29. Robert Meachem vs. MIN (69)

30. Pierre Garcon @ HOU (71)

31. Braylon Edwards vs. BAL (71)

32. Santana Moss vs. DAL (72)

33. Devin Aromashadu vs. DET (73)

34. Legedu Nanee @ KC (75)

35. Dez Bryant @ WAS (76)

36. Hakeem Nicks vs. CAR (77)

37. Laurent Robinson vs. AZ (78)

38. Steve Breaston @ St.L (80)

39. Nate Burleson @ CHI (83)

40. Louis Murphy @ TEN (83)

41. Mike Wallace vs. ATL (88)

42. Mike Williams vs. SF (89)

43. Derrick Mason @ NYJ (90)

44. Jacoby Jones vs. IND (90)

45. Austin Collie @ HOU (95)

46. Eddie Royal @ JAX (96)

47. Mario Manningham vs. CAR (99)

48. Kenny Britt vs. OAK (100)

49. Kevin Walter vs. IND (100)

50. Mohamed Massaquoi @ TB (101)

51. Devery Henderson vs. MIN (103)

52. Josh Morgan @ SEA (106)

53. Jabar Gafney @ JAX (106)

54. Devin Hester vs. DET (111)

55. Chaz Schilens @ TEN (113)

56. Early Doucet @ St.L (114)

57. Joey Galloway vs. DAL (118)

58. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ TEN (119)

59. Julian Edelman vs. CIN (120)

60. Jerricho Cotchery vs. BAL (120)

61. Brandon Gibson vs. AZ (121)

62. Mike Williams vs. CLE (125)

63. Chris Chambers @ KC (128)

64. Golden Tate vs. SF (129)

65. Dexter McCluster vs. SD (132)

66. Demaryius Thomas vs. CLE (132)

67. Lance Moore vs. MIN (133)

68. Earl Bennett vs. DET (137)

69. Roy Williams @ WAS (140)

70. Devin Thomas vs. DAL (142)

71. Nate Washington vs. OAK (146)

72. Antoine Randle-EL (146)

73. Anthony Gonzalez @ HOU (151)

74. Steve Johnson vs. MIA (152)

75. Josh Cribbs @ TB (155)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. JerMichael Finley @ PHI (8)

2. Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. CLE (19)

3. Dallas Clark @ HOU (20)

4. Antonio Gates @ KC (20)

5. Brent Celek vs. GB (21)

6. Vernon Davis @ SEA (22)

7. Greg Olsen vs. DET (30)

8. Tony Gonzalez @ PIT (31)

9. Zach Miller @ TEN (31)

10. Chris Cooley vs. DAL (33)

11. Heath Miller vs. ATL (34)

12. Jason Witten @ WAS (39)

13. Jeremy Shockey vs. MIN (41)

14. Visanthe Schiancoe @ NO (49)

15. Benjamin Watson @ TB (52)

16. Tony Scheffler @ JAX (54)

17. Owen Daniels vs. IND (56)

18. Dustin Keller vs. BAL (57)

19. Fred Davis vs. DAL (57)

20. Kevin Boss vs. CAR (58)

21. Jon Carlson vs. SF (60)

22. Mercedes Lewis vs. DEN (60)

23. Shawn Nelson vs. MIA (60)

24. Anthony Fasano @ BUF (68)

25. Brandon Pettigrew @ CHI (68)

26. David Thomas vs. MIN (73)

27. Todd Heap @ NYJ (77)

28. Bo Scaife vs. OAK (78)

29. Aaron Hernandez vs. CIN (81)

30. Jimmy Graham vs. MIN (81)

31. Jermaine Grasham @ NE (82)

32. Zach Miller vs. DEN (82)

33. Donald Lee @ PHI (84)

34. Daniel Fells vs. AZ (85)

35. Jared Cook vs. OAK (90)

36. Rob Gronkowski vs. CIN (91)

37. Dante Rosario @ NYG (91)

38. Martellus Bennett @ WAS (91)

39. Evan Moore @ TB (92)

40. Brandon Manumaleuna vs. DET (92)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Nate Kaeding @ KC (5)

2. Rob Bironas vs. OAK (13)

3. Ryan Longwell @ NO (18)

4. Robbie Gould vs. DET (21)

5. Stephen Gostkowski vs. CIN (24)

6. Matt Prater @ JAX (28)

7. Mason Crosby @ PHI (31)

8. Jay Feeley @ St.L (35)

9. Neil Rackers vs. IND (35)

10. Rian Lindell vs. MIA (36)

11. Garrett Hartley vs. MIN (39)

12. David Akers vs. PHI (41)

13. Olindo Mare vs. SF (48)

14. Lawrence Tynes vs. CAR (50)

15. Jeff Reed vs. ATL (50)

16. Ryan Succop vs. SD (50)

17. David Buehler @ WAS (51)

18. Matt Bryant @ PIT (52)

19. Joe Nedney @ SEA (52)

20. Dan Carpenter @ BUF (53)

21. Sebastian Janikowski @ TEN (58)

22. John Kasay @ NYG (61)

23. Jason Hanson @ CHI (63)

24. Adam Vinatieri @ HOU (64)

25. Phil Dawson @ TB (64)

26. Connor Barth vs. CLE (66)

27. Josh Scobee vs. DEN (66)

28. Josh Brown vs. AZ (75)

29. Billy Cundiff @ NYJ (76)

30. Nick Folk vs. BAL (76)

31. Mike Nugent @ NE (90)

32. Graham Gano vs. DAL (93)

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Cowboys @ WAS

2. Ravens @ NYJ

3. 49ers @ SEA

4. Jets vs. BAL

5. Packers @ PHI

6. Eagles vs. GB

7. Broncos @ JAX (32)

8. Giants vs. CAR (32)

9. Browns @ TB (35)

10. Steelers vs. ATL (36)

11. Bears vs. DET (36)

12. Patriots vs. CIN (41)

13. Chargers @ KC (41)

14. Dolphins @ BUF (43)

15. Vikings @ NO (45)

16. Bengals @ NE (45)

17. Falcons @ PIT (47)

18. Titans vs. OAK (47)

19. Cardinals @ St.L (47)

20. Saints vs. MIN (49)

21. Buccaneers vs. CLE (54)

22. Bills vs. MIA (59)

23. Texans vs. IND (60)

24. Colts @ HOU (64)

25. Lions @ CHI (66)

26. Seahawks vs. SF (74)

27. Panthers @ NYG (75)

28. Jaguars vs. DEN (76)

29. Rams vs. AZ (81)

30. Redskins vs. DAL (82)

31. Raiders @ TEN (83)

32. Chiefs vs. SD (84)

 

 

 

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because tonight is my annual Fantasy Football Draft; or as I like to call it-”August Christmas.” Thanks to my buddy Chris Appel for arranging the event at Mountain Branch for our “Full House League”, where I’m assuming these things will be on the menu…

wingsandbeer

I have the 6th pick in this year’s draft. I’m mortified. Clearly Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew will be gone; with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson likely behind them. That will likely put me in an uncomfortable spot where the best options are Frank Gore, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Turner.

I have no idea what I’d do in that situation.

I guess Team “Jesse and the Rippers” probably end up having to take this guy…

BOLLER

And as a quick personal note; my condolences go out to Chris Appel (and former WNST.net blogger BJ Appel-the Commish in our league); whose grandfather “Big” Will Appel passed away last night. Big Will was an amazing dude who will be missed. Thoughts and prayers all around, it certainly weighs heavy on an otherwise glorious day.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Terrence Cody (knee), Demetrius Williams (ankle) missed practice again Thursday ahead of Ravens-Giants game

Neither are major concerns, and neither have ruled themselves out for tomorrow night-although it would surprise me if either were on the field after missing practice for all (Williams) or the majority (Cody) of the week.

The Ravens will almost certainly be without O-Linemen Jared Gaither (back), Oniel Cousins (concussion), David Hale (tailbone) and Daniel Sanders (shoulder) tomorrow night; as well as CB Marcus Paschal (leg).

WR Eron Riley (back) and DT Brandon McKinney (knee) are question marks having missed a few practices this week; and I would be surprised if CB Lardarius Webb played on the turf at “The Bank” after returning from the PUP list just this Monday.

It sorta feels weird to talk about injuries before a game and not mention LJ Smith. I hope he’s doing well…

2. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says ‘ball security’ very important for Cam Cameron, Ravens against New York

And after 8 fumbles in the first two preseason games against the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins, it seems like a pretty logical thing to work on.

You know what else seems pretty logical? Posting this picture of Ninel Conde from Don Chavez….

conde

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to be inducted in Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor

I’m not sure if the Browns are planning on inviting guys to town to be honored the weekend of the induction, and it likely wouldn’t matter; as the Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals that day and I’m sure Ozzie will be in The Queen City, not The Comeback City.

But hypothetically, imagine the Browns holding an event on a day where Newsome had been able to attend. I am certain there would be at least a level of awkwardness at Cleveland Browns Stadium. I don’t think the majority of fans would be foolish enough to-say-boo the man whose Cleveland career made him a Hall of Fame TE. But I do think there would be a handful of fans (especially younger fans who might not remember Newsome on the field) who would be uncomfortable with honoring the GM of the team that abandoned Cleveland and now regular comes back to kick the Browns in the ass.

And there’s also the whole “he works for Art Modell” thing.

They’re doing the right thing. And it is probably best that it will happen on a day where they can avoid any level of awkwardness.

4. New York Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel says G-Men center Shaun O’Hara to miss tomorrow night’s game

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-The Ravens are holding a walkthrough today that is CLOSED to the media out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills. They’ll kickoff against the Giants at 7:30 tomorrow night at M&T Bank Stadium. The game can be seen live on WBAL11.

-Did you miss Ravens LB Jason Phillips with Drew Forrester today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Jason discussed his road to making the 53 man roster after missing last season. You can hear it in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Howard Cross (New York Giants sideline reporter/former TE)-who previewed tomorrow night’s preseason showdown with the Ravens
  • Domonique Foxworth (Ravens CB)-who joined Drew to talk about his recovery and preview the Maryland-Navy get together at M&T Bank Stadium on Labor Day
  • TJ Rives (Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline reporter)-who previewed the Bucs with Drew as we continued to look at all of the Ravens’ 2010 opponents
  • Roger Lodge (Host of “The Sports Lodge” on AM830 in Los Angeles and the former host of “Blind Date”)-who joined Drew to preview the Angels
  • All sorts of audio from Owings Mills Thursday-including Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, Jerry Rosburg and Ray Rice
  • Steve Hauschka (former Ravens, now Detroit Lions kicker)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Thursday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Joe Maese (former Ravens Long Snapper)-who joined Rex Snider Thursday on “The Afternoon Drive” to talk about Matt Katula/Morgan Cox as well as his new career as a Howard County firefighter
  • Len Pasquarelli (CBSSports.com)-who checked in live from the NFL Owners Meetings in Atlanta with Rex Thursday

Plus much much more. It’s all in the Audio Vault, so once again I’ve planned your day completely. I’m getting sick of carrying you like this.

5. The AP’s Jay Cohen says Edwin Jackson masterful as Orioles lost to Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field

Not a whole heck of a lot more that can be said about this.

Jackson was TREMENDOUS last night. The type of tremendous that sorta makes you wonder how he can ever be bad.

I almost said “I’m glad Edwin Jackson doesn’t pitch for my team, because it would be frustrating to watch him.” But I don’t mean that. I’d take Edwin Jackson my team 10 times out of 10. He’s better than anyone we have.

Nights like these happen sometimes. They’re frustrating, but they happen. Hopefully there will be fewer and fewer of them in 2011.

Hopefully.

6. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

Jackson’s line: 8 shutout innings, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts

Jake Arrieta’s line: 4 IP, 4 ER, 7 hits, 3BB, 2K

You REALLY don’t want to look at these numbers.

Instead, look at Olivia Wilde. She’s much more pleasant to look at. Thanks Guyism!

oliviawilde

7. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Armando Gabino optioned to Norfolk after loss, Jim Johnson expected before tonight’s game in Anaheim

And when it comes to Gabino, we’ll always have the memories. Like…

I’m happy for Jim Johnson to finally be getting back. I think there was a real chance of him having his spirits dampened after such a dreadful season thus far.

You know what tends to help me when my spirits are dampened? Robert Randolph…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kABK_CDZal8[/youtube]

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman roughed up, but Norfolk Tides managed to beat Charlotte Knights on farm

And before we move on from the O’s, a couple of things…

-The Birds left the Windy City last night for Anaheim, where they’ll open a weekend series with the Angels tonight. First pitch between Brad Bergesen and Trevor Bell is at 10:05pm, and the game can be seen on MASN2. Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie face Scott Kazmir and Jered Weaver the rest of the weekend.

-Adam Jones missed another game last night, but was available in an emergency situation. Still not considered a longterm issue.

-While Tillman still seems to be a guy who will be headed to Charm City next week, it does not look like Buck Showalter and Andy MacPhail will be giving Zach Britton the call. Might be the right move, but still kinda disappointing.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says LaQuan Williams, Justin Lewis, Matt Furstenburg now listed as starters for Terrapins

And yet somehow Shannon James STILL isn’t starting. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN COLLEGE PARK?!?!?!? (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

shannonjames

10. ESPN.com’s Wayne Drehs says Michael Phelps has rededicated himself to Swimming after visiting this year’s Vancouver Olympics

Thank God, as I can’t take seeing Michael Phelps lose anymore.

I mean, if Phelps is losing-I’m pretty sure THIS man defaults back to being the face of Baltimore sports…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJxkbTYekdY[/youtube]

And finally, I leave you with this.

The Maryland State Fair is underway in Timonium. It means plenty of wonderful things all around. Amongst them? DEEP FRIED POP TARTS! (Thanks Fox 45!)

poptart

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because they have Moosehead on tap at the new Tilted Kilt in White Marsh, which is about 2 minutes from my house…

beer

They are going to get so sick of seeing me there.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo expected to start season on PUP list

Which wouldn’t surprise you at all if you had checked out my “Mocking The 53″ post Tuesday here at WNST.net. I took Brendon Ayanbadejo and Matt Lawrence out of the equation to make the roster, as I expected both to end up either on PUP or off the roster.

I don’t have anything definitive yet on Lawrence, but it remains a safe assumption.

The hope now is that Ayanbadejo can return to play sometime after the first 6 weeks. I’m still not totally convinced of that either, and wouldn’t be stunned if at some point the team was forced to come to an injury settlement with the LB/Special Teams whiz.

Special Teams will be where someone earns a roster spot with Ayanbadejo missing. Jason Phillips’ chances grow significantly; but David Reed, Edgar Jones, Davon Drew, Prescott Burgess, Prince Miller, KJ Gerard and Demetrius Williams could also stand to benefit by separating their special teams abilities.

Defensively, the Ravens will be without a player who had really settled in as a nickel LB and was very good at playing the pass. If you watched Donovan McNabb and Santana Moss Saturday night when the Ravens faced the Washington Redskins; you’d understand why that’s significant.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says rookie DT Terrence Cody dealing with swelling in knee

And as I mentioned during one of our Ravens reports yesterday, there is no question that a man of Mount Cody’s size would be putting a significant amount of pressure on his knees.

The good news is that it isn’t necessarily structural damage (John Harbaugh pointed out there was a small cartilage issue) and Cody already told us he didn’t expect to miss a game because of the injury.

The bad news is that it is totally possible that the swelling and amount of pain COULD continue for Terrence as the season goes on.

It’s a little concerning, but certainly not frightening. You know what’s frightening? The look on Ray Lewis’ face in this ESPN The Magazine “Faces of the Game” photo…

raylewis

3. Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon says back end of Ravens’ defense ‘shaky’

Anyone interested in arguing this point? Didn’t think so.

You know what DOESN’T look shaky? Karissa Gilham. (Thanks Maxim via The Smoking Jacket!)

gilham

4. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Demetrius Williams, Terrence Cody missed practice again Wednesday

And before we move on from the (on field) Ravens, a couple of things:

-The Ravens return to the practice field at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today, with coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg scheduled to meet with the media. We will have coverage throughout the day on Twitter (@WNST), right here at WNST.net and with Ravens Reports at 12:30 (with Thyrl Nelson) and 4:30 (with Rex Snider) on AM1570 WNST.

-Did you miss Tavares Gooden’s OUTSTANDING chat with Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Jason La Canfora (NFL Network)-who went around the league with Drew this morning
  • Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Sports)-who got Drew and I ready for our own Fantasy Football Drafts this morning
  • Our Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers”-as I took a shot at the new Bud Selig statue in Milwaukee and Drew took a shot at the Dave Trembley interview in The Sun this morning
  • Plenty of Audio from Owings Mills Wednesday-including John Harbaugh, Marc Bulger, Terrence Cody, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Cory Redding, Jarret Johnson and Tony Moll.
  • Frankie Piliere (Fanhouse/Former Texas Rangers scout)-who went around MLB with Thyrl Wednesday
  • Howard Balzer (Sports Xchange)-who checked in with Rex Snider Wednesday from the NFL Owners Meetings in Atlanta

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so once again I’ve planned your day for you. You can send Thank You cards right here at 1550 Hart Rd.

5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says team introduces “The Baltimore Fight Song” to the tune of old Baltimore Colts song

Here’s the song-as posted by WBAL on YouTube…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55X44bYiXjI[/youtube]

And here are the lyrics to the song…

Baltimore Ravens Let’s go

And put that ball across the line

So fly on with talons spread wide

Go in and strike with Ravens pride

FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT

Ravens dark wings take to flight

Dive in and show them your might

For Baltimore and Maryland

You will fly on to victory

It doesn’t come off as the type of song that will inspire a new generation of football fans, but it will CERTAINLY appeal to those who care about the legacy of football in Charm City.

There are some folks that would just as well have “I’ve Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas played after the team scored. If it were “I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Beatles, I might not be opposed…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UzZDOBWGro[/youtube]

6. The AP says Matusz tossed gem, Brian Roberts homered as Orioles topped Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field

I’d love to sit here and tell you that I was gripped to MASN2 to watch every pitch from the South Side last night, but I wasn’t.

Of course, during the pitches I was poking my head at on the screen in the corner of my eye-I was impressed. Maybe I should have been gripped to the TV.

Former WNST producer Chris Bonetti once printed out a Tweet from Ken Rosenthal (of FOX Sports fame) that still hangs on our bulletin board. It reads…

“A scout who caught his first look at Orioles LHP Brian Matusz: ‘I would trade virtually any guy on our staff for him. Boy, is he good.”

The guy who pitched last night…he was that guy.

7. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of win

Incredibly, you actually DO want to look at these numbers. Matusz went 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 5.

Besides B-Rob’s homer, Matt Wieters went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored; and Felix Pie went 2-3 with a run scored.

Good things all around.

Of course, I can’t allow my system to be ruined-so go check out the numbers and then come right back to check out Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete, who apparently won the Miss Universe pageant. I say “apparently” because there’s no chance in all hell I actually watched the thing. (Thanks Guyism!)

mexico

8. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mark Buehrle accused Felix Pie of stealing signs during Birds’ win over Pale Hose

And if he is….I DON’T CARE!!!

I just want Felix Pie to keep playing well. If stealing signs is somehow part of that, STEAL AWAY!!!

Obviously I’m just saying that-but in reality I’d take just about anything for Felix Pie to consistently play well. Whether it’s Buck Showalter, sign stealing, steroids or a deal with Rumpelstiltskin like in Shrek Forever After; just do it.

And maybe do it at the beginning of the season when the games still count…if it isn’t asking for too much.

9. Baysox.com says despite Joel Guzman’s 29th home run, Bowie fell to Akron Aeros on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a few things…

-Adam Jones was held out of last night’s game after being hit by a Gavin Floyd pitch Tuesday night. He’s not expected to miss an extended period of time.

-After a rehab stint in Bowie, pitcher Jim Johnson is expected to rejoin the O’s this weekend when they face the Angels in Los Angeles or Anaheim or Rancho Cucamonga or wherever the hell they play.

-He told me he was going to wait until after the season to talk, but Dave Trembley talked to The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec this morning. Nothing earth shattering, but might be worth the read. I’m sure he’ll talk to us soon…

-The O’s and White Sox play the rubber game of their weekday series tonight in The Windy City; Jake Arrieta faces Edwin Jackson. First pitch is at 8:10pm and the game can be seen on MASN2.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland having TE troubles, as Devonte Campbell now hurt as well

With Will Yeatman and Lansford Watson already hurt this preseason, this is troubling news for Ralph Friedgen’s team.

Of course, it ISN’T necessarily troubling news for Perry Hall High School alums like Glenn Clark, as this could very well pave the way for former Gators TE David Stinebaugh to see the field on Labor Day against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium.

Matt Furstenburg remains ahead of him, and Patrick would point out that walk-on Ryan Schlothauer is probably ahead of him as well-but I don’t care. If Stinebaugh somehow manages to catch a TD in Baltimore, I’m going to get kicked out of the press box for yelling GAAAATOOORRRSSSS!!!!! at the top of my lungs.

11. UMTerps.com says Terrapins RB Da’Rel Scott named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

And if I were Da’Rel Scott, the first thing I would do is call Krystal Forscutt and find out if this was the type of thing that impressed her. (Thanks NextRound.net!)

krystal

And finally, I leave you with this.

Deadspin (via Gawker) posted this yesterday, and it was pretty funny. It’s a horse race at Monmouth Park featuring horses named “My Wife Knows Everything” and “My Wife Doesn’t Know.” It’s a pretty good call…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQRlZw4Rad0[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-MLS: DC United @ Chivas USA (Sunday 10pm from Carson, California live on ESPN2); Auto Racing: IndyCar Series Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 (Saturday 7pm from Joliet, Illinois live on VERSUS), NASCAR Nationwide Series Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Sunday 2pm from Montreal live on ESPN2)

10. Rock The Bells feat. Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill (Sunday 12pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Jackson Browne (Tuesday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Trey Songz & Monica (Friday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Blondie & Cheap Trick (Sunday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Tears For Fears (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Nonpoint (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Saving Abel (Tuesday 7pm Bourbon Street); Matisyahu (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), NAS & Damien Marley (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Tony Bennett (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Patrice O’Neal (Friday-Sunday DC Improv)

I like a lot of this! I’ve said before on Facebook that I’ve lost many hours of my life wondering where Lauryn Hill ran off to. Never again…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE6Qcc6VDo8[/youtube]

I once saw Cheap Trick open for Aerosmith. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why Steven Tyler and company even bothered coming to the stage…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th370QmFtk8[/youtube]

I may not love Tears For Fears but I sure as hell love this song…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqgy1mebh8[/youtube]

Matisyahu played the last HFStival I was involved with when I was employed there. He carried his own equipment. And he kicked ass…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2zqAmP0DpM[/youtube]

9. Glenn Clark’s Fantasy Football Draft (Friday 8pm Mountain Branch)

And with the sixth pick in the “Full House Fantasy Draft”, Team Jesse and the Rippers Select…

christurner

No way we can lose now…

8. Baltimore Comic-Con (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Convention Center)

So if I go, do I wear THIS costume…

spiderman

or THIS one…

hogan

I feel like they’re both equally good options…but I’m probably only fat enough for the first one.

7. High School Football: Gilman @ Archbishop Spalding (Friday 7pm), St. John’s (DC) @ Calvert Hall (Saturday 1pm)

I love High School Football. I might not be quite as excited this week because my beloved Perry Hall Gators aren’t in action yet; but I still love the concept of high school football-and just the idea behind “Friday Night Lights” altogether. I posted Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” as “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week” earlier this week, but not because of the song. Instead, I posted it entirely thanks to the EPIC speech from New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the beginning…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlXDo5WhQXI[/youtube]

6. Team USA Basketball: Team USA vs. Greece (Wednesday 12pm from Athens, Greece live on ESPN)

I’ll always be grateful to our Greek friends for giving us things like baklava and Maria Menounos…

mariam

…but this is basketball we’re talking about. Kevin Durant and the boys in the red, white and blue have a simple responsibility. KICK SOME GREEK ASS.

But again, thanks for Maria Menounos. And baklava.

5. Golf: PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs-The Barclays (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS, Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on CBS. All golf from Paramus, New Jersey); Champions Tour Boeing Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30, Sunday 7pm from Snoqualmie, Washington live on Golf Channel); LPGA Tour CN Canadian Women’s Open (Thursday & Friday 11:59pm on Golf Channel, Saturday 3pm Sunday 2pm live on Golf Channel. All golf from Winnipeg, Canada)

Apparently it’s a big deal that Tiger Woods is playing this week in New Jersey. With no offense to a guy who has lost more than the Orioles and Pirates combined this season, but I’d be much more interested if it were J-Woww playing this weekend in anywhere…

jwoww

(Edit from GMC: Seriously…I love the Jersey Shore. I don’t care what you think about that.)

4. Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Open Series Pilot Pen Tennis (Thursday 1pm Friday 12pm & 7pm live on ESPN2, Saturday 1pm live on CBS, 7pm live on ESPN2. All tennis from New Haven, Connecticut); U.S. Open Opening Round (Monday 11am live on Tennis Channel, 1pm live on ESPN2. All U.S. Open tennis from New York)

I know better than to be interested in American tennis players. We all stink right now. My love affair with Andy Roddick is completely pointless, as at some point he’s inevitably going to lose to a player whose future is more suited for the kitchen at PF Chang’s than it is the Wimbledon Champions Ball.

So I’ll go ahead and blame my own stupidity for getting excited when I watched Mardy Fish take the first set from Roger Federer in the final out in Cincinnati. I should have known better. Mardy Fish is Mardy Fish. Roger Federer is Roger Federer.

It’s similar to getting excited about Taka Michinoku when he gets some early offense in a matchup with Triple H. Oh you don’t remember the reference? I’ll remind you the WWF title was on the line…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-iUL2IBn4[/youtube]

3. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 118-Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn (Saturday 10pm from Boston live on Pay-Per-View); Bellator Fighting Championships 26 (Thursday 8pm from Kansas City live on Fox Sports Net)

So this is supposed to be the ultimate showdown between boxing and MMA, right? A boxer who has held titles at four different weight classes in James Toney against a mixed martial artist whose career has landed him in the UFC Hall of Fame in Randy Couture.

Whether or not the fight settles ANYTHING, I really hope that Dana White considers replacing Joe Rogan with Jim Gray for the post-fight interview (Some NSFW language in here…unless of course you work with my grandmom. I hear she’s gotten feisty late in life…)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgecPysuGB4[/youtube]

2. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds)

I can’t explain this enough. Not only will I get beer from the Shriners and collect free swag from crappy radio stations I will never listen to; but I will ABSOLUTELY dine like a king…

turkey

and I will absolutely hang with some of my closest friends…

horse

1. New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens (Saturday 7:30pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on WBAL11)

Giants-Ravens, huh? Okay then….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeY-Nk-GKSY[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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New Ravens kicker Graham: Crossing Enemy Lines but Still Shares a Common Enemy

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New Ravens kicker Graham: Crossing Enemy Lines but Still Shares a Common Enemy

Posted on 11 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Now Ravens fans can cheer for Shayne Graham for being not only their kicker on their fantasy team and scoring a ton of points; they can root for the former Cincinnati Bengals kicker because he could be Baltimore’s kicker this year.

Shayne Graham

The newly signed Ravens kicker joined Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark on “The Morning Reaction” to talk about becoming the newest member of the Baltimore Ravens.

He said that despite hearing nothing but congratulations since he arrived at the Ravens facility last week, Baltimore fans actually started rooting for him years back even when he was a member of the divisional rival Cincinnati Bengals.

“I think that was ’05 when I had a game-winner at a buzzer, and I think it was ’07 or ’08, I had seven in one game,” Graham said. ” Normally fans are pretty hostile and hanging over the railing, but after the fourth or fifth field goal of the game, the Baltimore fans were cheering me on and wishing me well.”

“They were saying I was their fantasy kicker and to get one more field goal, which I thought it was a pretty cool feeling. It’s going to be a different feeling being in that stadium and having that all the time instead of having to kick a bunch of field goals to get guys pulling for you.”

The 10 year veteran out of Virginia Tech, Graham, who spent the last seven season with the Cincinnati Bengals, ended months of speculation and finally signed a 1 year deal to compete with incumbent kicker Billy Cundiff for the starting nod when the Ravens begin the regular season.

With incentives, he could make up to 2.5 million.

A former Pro Bowler and All-Pro selection in 2005, Graham has been one of the most consistent kickers in the business lately, as of 2010 he ranks as the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 85% of his field goals in his career.

Graham said that his good numbers over the years has really been due to his hard work and persistence he has put into kicking in the NFL.

“I feel like I’ve worked hard over the years, and I always felt like Ive been a good kicker,” Graham said.

And now that Graham’s journey has taken him here to Baltimore, he is very excited for a fresh start after his ousting in Cincinnati for missing two field goals in the playoffs last year against the Jets.

And the excitement of being here in Baltimore has grown even more with the fact that over the years he heard a lot of things about the Ravens organization, and to see those good things come to fruition, Graham said he has never been more excited to be part of a new team than he has with the Ravens.

“There has been nothing but positive things to say about this organization. Every office job has had nothing but compliments even before I got here.”

And the other thing that makes Graham special is that he is ready to go out and compete for the job with Cundiff right off the bat.

“Both of us expect to do what we can do to make it so we are the guy. He was the guy at the end here last year. Ive been a starter for seven years, and I don’t expect anything else than that now.”

And the competition is already under way, as in yesterday’s final OTAs, both kickers ran drills where the offense was marching down the field, had to rush for a field goal, and then the kickers had to get iced. Both kickers performed well, including each of them making 60 yard field goals.

This competition could come down to the end of the wire just like last year’s battle between rookie Graham Gano and Steve Hauschka, except with Graham and Cundiff, the decision is based on which good kicker is better rather than which of last year’s kickers struggled the least.

Another special thing about Graham? You dont have to adjust him to the philosophy that is strong around here: beating the Steelers. He followed the same “religion” in Cincinnati.

“Any divisional game has a lot more emotion in it. Those are games you look forward to wining, and it’s a great feeling when you walk off the field with your head held high instead hanging down low.”

Check out the full interview with Shayne Grahm in the BuyaToyota.com Audio Vault and tune into “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark to hear more interviews with Raven players as the season gets under way!

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Fantasy Football Week 16 Start Rankings

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Fantasy Football Week 16 Start Rankings

Posted on 23 December 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

It’s week 16 already, and the palpable excitement created by the approaching playoffs is quelled only by the thought of the season being nearly over. And indeed for most fantasy leagues, week 16 marks the end of the road. The end of the road that is for those fortunate enough to have their hopes still intact at this late stage in the game.

 

Since most leagues are wrapping up this week, there won’t be any rankings next week, but for those with leagues playing through week 17, feel free to email any questions to thyrl@wnst.net or to my Twitter account.

 

With 2 weeks remaining in the season, there are still 2 more opportunities to save your fantasy season, or to add the icing to your fantasy cake in WNST’s fantasy football contest. The money is being paid out to the 3 highest single week scores, so you still have 2 very realistic opportunities to walk away with either $1250, $750 or $500. It’s free to play, so go there now and take your last 2 shots at the money.

 

Congrats to Karensteam, for coming in with the highest score for week 15. Unfortunately, her 169 points weren’t enough to breach the top 3, where Ravenators still reigns with 209 points, followed by Hardballers with 207 points, and Cheesesteak Dave’s Vagabonds with 201. Those are tough scores, but all beatable, so go take your shot.

 

And here are the final rankings of the season, along with your final reminder that the rankings aren’t an inducement to do anything crazy in your drafted leagues, but rather a helpful tool to lean on when looking for help on the waiver wire, or bargains in a salary cap league, like ours here at WNST.

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury report, trust your gut, good luck, and have fun. If fantasy football isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong, regardless of the stakes.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Aaron Rodgers vs. SEA (9)

2. Phillip Rivers @ TEN (13)

3. Matt Schaub @ MIA (14)

4. Tom Brady vs. JAX (16)

5. Drew Brees vs. TB (19)

6. Brett Favre @ CHI (23)

7. Kurt Warner vs. St.L (30)

8. Tony Romo @ WAS (31)

9. Alex Smith vs. DET (39)

10. Donavan McNabb vs. DEN (40)

11. Joe Flacco @ PIT (40)

12. Carson Palmer vs. KC (41)

13. Peyton Manning vs. NYJ (42)

14. Ben Roethlisberger vs. BAL (43)

15. Jason Campbell vs. DAL (44)

16. Jay Cutler vs. MIN (44)

17. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ ATL (44)

18. Eli Manning vs. CAR (47)

19. Vince Young vs. SD (49)

20. David Garrard @ NE (50)

21. Matt Moore @ NYG (51)

22. Matt Hasselbeck @ GB (53)

23. Chad Henne vs. HOU (53)

24. JaMarcus Russell @ CLE (54)

25. Matt Cassel @ CIN (55)

26. Kyle Orton @ PHI (56)

27. Keith Null @ AZ (58)

28. Derek Anderson vs. OAK (60)

29. Matthew Stafford @ SF (63)

30. Matt Ryan vs. BUF (69)

31. Mark Sanchez @ IND (70)

32. Josh Freeman @ NO (74)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Chris Johnson vs. SD (16)

2. Frank Gore vs. DET (21)

3. Adrian Peterson @ CHI (22)

4. Cedric Benson vs. KC (24)

5. Steven Jackson @ AZ (25)

6. Ricky Williams vs. HOU (27)

7. Michael Turner vs. BUF (27)

8. Maurice Jones-Drew @ NE (29)

9. Thomas Jones @ IND (31)

10. Ryan Grant vs. SEA (35)

11. Pierre Thomas vs. TB (35)

12. Ray Rice @ PIT (37)

13. Jonathan Stewart @ NYG (40)

14. Jerome Harrison vs. OAK (43)

15. LaDanian Tomlinson @ TEN (46)

16. Fred Jackson @ ATL (46)

17. Brandon Jacobs vs. CAR (46)

18. DeAngelo Williams @ NYG (52)

19. Beanie Wells vs. St.L (52)

20. Joseph Addai vs. NYJ (54)

21. Rashard Mendenhall vs. BAL (54)

22. Jamal Charles @ CIN (54)

23. Michael Bush @ CLE (55)

24. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CAR (56)

25. Maurice Morris @ SF (57)

26. Tim Hightower vs. St.L (58)

27. Cadillac Williams @ NO (59)

28. Jason Snelling vs. BUF (59)

29. Knowshon Moreno @ PHI (62)

30. Mike Bell vs. TB (63)

31. Matt Forte vs. MIN (64)

32. Darren McFadden @ CLE (65)

33. Lawrence Maroney vs. JAX (66)

34. Darren Sproles @ TEN (66)

35. Marion Barber @ WAS (68)

36. LeSean McCoy vs. DEN (68)

37. Marshawn Lynch @ ATL (76)

38. Larry Johnson vs. KC (78)

39. Correll Buckhalter @ PHI (80)

40. Chester Taylor @ CHI (80)

41. Willis McGahee @ PIT (81)

42. Ryan Moats @ ATL (81)

43. Derrick Ward @ NO (81)

44. Justin Forsett @ GB (83)

45. Quinton Ganther vs. DAL (84)

46. Kevin Faulk vs. JAX (88)

47. Leonard Weaver vs. DEN (88)

48. Danny Woodhead @ IND (91)

49. Felix Jones @ WAS (92)

50. Donald Brown vs. NYJ (95)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Andre Johnson @ MIA (10)

2. Randy Moss vs. JAX (14)

3. Vincent Jackson @ TEN (17)

4. Miles Austin @ WAS (24)

5. Wes Welker vs. JAX (24)

6. Marques Colston vs. TB (27)

7. Larry Fitzgerald vs. St.L (31)

8. DeSean Jackson vs. DEN (33)

9. Chad Ochocinco vs. KC (34)

10. Derrick Mason @ PIT (37)

11. Donald Driver vs. SEA (39)

12. Reggie Wayne vs. NYJ (40)

13. Brandon Marshall @ PHI (41)

14. Sidney Rice @ CHI (41)

15. Greg Jennings vs. SEA (45)

16. Mike Sims-Walker @ NE (52)

17. Steve Smith vs. CAR (53)

18. Percy Harvin @ CHI (53)

19. Robert Meachem vs. TB (53)

20. Roddy White vs. BUF (56)

21. Hines Ward vs. BAL (56)

22. Santonio Holmes vs. BAL (60)

23. Steve Smith @ NYG (62)

24. Michael Crabtree vs. DET (62)

25. Calvin Johnson @ SF (66)

26. Anquan Boldin vs. St.L (67)

27. Terrell Owens @ ATL (70)

28. DeWayne Bowe @ CIN (76)

29. Hakeem Nicks vs. CAR (81)

30. Jerricho Cotchery @ IND (81)

31. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ GB (83)

32. Devery Henderson vs. TB (83)

33. Roy Williams @ WAS (86)

34. Mario Manningham vs. CAR (87)

35. Pierre Garcon vs. NYJ (90)

36. Austin Collie vs. NYJ (92)

37. Chris Chambers @ CIN (92)

38. Braylon Edwards @ IND (93)

39. Lee Evans @ ATL (94)

40. Santana Moss vs. DAL (97)

41. Mike Wallace vs. BAL (98)

42. Patrick Crayton @ WAS (98)

43. Nate Washington vs. SD (105)

44. Kenny Britt vs. SD (107)

45. Devin Hester vs. MIN (108)

46. Donnie Avery @ AZ (108)

47. James Jones vs. SEA (109)

48. Johnnie Knox vs. MIN (110)

49. Antonio Bryant @ NO (111)

50. Steve Breaston vs. St.L (113)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Vernon Davis vs. DET (10)

2. Tony Gonzalez vs. BUF (13)

3. Antonio Gates @ TEN (20)

4. Greg Olsen vs. MIN (24)

5. Visanthe Schiancoe @ CHI (26)

6. Jon Carlson @ GB (31)

7. Zach Miller @ CLE (31)

8. Fred Davis vs. DAL (33)

9. Dallas Clark vs. NYJ (34)

10. Brent Celek vs. DEN (38)

11. Heath Miller vs. BAL (38)

12. Kellen Winslow Jr. @ NO (39)

13. JerMichael Finley vs. SEA (41)

14. Tony Scheffler @ PHI (42)

15. Jeremy Shockey vs. TB (43)

16. Kevin Boss vs. CAR (43)

17. Dante Rosario @ NYG (45)

18. Jason Witten @ WAS (48)

19. David Thomas vs. TB (51)

20. Todd Heap @ PIT (53)

21. Benjamin Watson vs. JAX (56)

22. Daniel Graham @ PHI (58)

23. Randy McMichael @ AZ (59)

24. Jeff King @ NYG (59)

25. Bo Scaife vs. SD (60)

26. Mercedes Lewis @ NE (62)

27. Anthony Fasano vs. HOU (64)

28. Spencer Havner vs. SEA (65)

29. JP Foschi vs. KC (66)

30. Kellen Davis vs. MIN (66)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Nate Kaeding @ TEN (13)

2. David Akers vs. DEN (13)

3. Ryan Longwell @ CHI (22)

4. Rob Bironas vs. SD (24)

5. Jay Feeley @ IND (26)

6. Stephen Gostkowski vs. JAX (27)

7. Daniel Graham vs. KC (30)

8. Matt Prater @ PHI (31)

9. Sebastian Janikowski @ CLE (32)

10. Lawrence Tynes vs. CAR (34)

11. Garrett Hartley vs. TB (35)

12. Mason Crosby vs. SEA (36)

13. Dan Carpenter vs. HOU (37)

14. Kris Brown @ MIA (37)

15. Joe Nedney vs. DET (39)

16. Matt Stover vs. NYJ (44)

17. Rian Lindell @ ATL (45)

18. Shaun Suisham @ WAS (47)

19. Jeff Reed vs. BAL (49)

20. Neil Rackers vs. St.L (50)

21. Phil Dawson vs. OAK (51)

22. Ryan Succop @ CIN (54)

23. Jason Hanson @ SF (58)

24. Olindo Mare @ GB (61)

25. Billy Cundiff @ PIT (63)

26. Robbie Gould vs. MIN (68)

27. Connor Barth @ NO (69)

28. Matt Bryant vs. BUF (70)

29. Josh Brown @ AZ (71)

30. Josh Scobee @ NE (76)

31. John Kasay @ NYG (78)

32. Washington’s undetermined kicker

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. 49ers vs. DET (10)

2. Saints vs. TB (14)

3. Ravens @ PIT (17)

4. Eagles vs. DEN (18)

5. Bengals vs. KC (21)

6. Cardinals vs. St.L (23)

7. Colts vs. NYJ (29)

8. Packers vs. SEA (30)

9. Vikings @ CHI (31)

10. Cowboys @ WAS (32)

11. Giants vs. CAR (38)

12. Broncos @ PHI (39)

13. Patriots vs. JAX (40)

14. Jets @ IND (44)

15. Chargers @ TEN (47)

16. Bills @ ATL (50)

17. Browns vs. OAK (53)

18. Texans @ MIA (54)

19. Panthers @ NYG (57)

20. Falcons vs. BUF (60)

21. Raiders @ CLE (63)

22. Dolphins vs. HOU (65)

23. Steelers vs. BAL (66)

24. Bears vs. MIN (68)

25. Seahawks @ GB (68)

26. Titans vs. SD (70)

27. Chiefs @ CIN (73)

28. Lions @ SF (77)

29. Redskins vs. DAL (78)

30. Buccaneers @ NO (79)

31. Rams @ AZ (83)

32. Jaguars @ NE (87)

 

 

 

 

 

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (12/18/09)

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (12/18/09)

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Jack McManus

9:52-

Drew and Glenn do a very quick Picks and Comment segment. To check out all the picks make sure you go to the Audio Vault.

Ravens Picks:

Glenn- Ravens 27 Bears 17

Drew- Ravens 30 Bears 16

9:46-

Andy Behrens, of Yahoo! Sports is on to help Drew out with his fantasy football playoff game. He tells Drew to stick with Larry Fitzgerald despite the minor injury concerns.

9:33-

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago joins Drew to talk about this weekend’s Ravens-Bears matchup. He talks about how the Bears will continue to compete despite their season being essentially over. He next moves on to how the Bears will improve in the offseason. The Bears do not have a first round pick this year due to the Jay Cutler trade. Speaking of Cutler, Dickerson makes it clear that the quarterback must improve in order for the team to be competitive next season.

9:09-

Tom Chuckas of the Maryland Jockey Club is the next guest. He discusses the upcoming vote on slots in Anne Arundel County with Drew. He talks about how he must make horse racing a viable option along with slot machines. Drew brings up that it is impossible to determine exactly how many people’s lives will be affected if horse racing continues to decline in Maryland. Chuckas calls it a situation where no on will notice the problem until it is gone. He is unable to pinpoint a single event that badly hurt horse racing. Instead, it was a longer process.

9:00-

Randy Monroe comes on with Drew as he does each and every week. His UMBC Retrievers are still looking for their first win of the season. He talks about the difficulty of handling the players who may lose focus during the holiday season. Monroe next mentions how his team is returning some players from injury and hopefully will be able to turn the team around.

monroe

8:36-

Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com now joins Drew. He begins by talking about the tragic death of Chris Henry. He says that the focus must now be placed on his children. He states that it should be made clear that Henry had turned his life around before his death. Florio next moves on to the quick turnover of the Redskins’ GM position. The team clearly had a new plan in place even before the spot was vacant.

8:16-

Merton makes an appearance following the Colts win over the Jaguars last night. He talks about how he almost wishes the Colts would have put in their 3rd stringers and lost. He explains that he can now look forward to the Colts defeating the Ravens in the playoffs.

8:03-

Mark, a first time caller chimes in. He talks about how is a former-season ticket holder. He compares the Orioles’ situation to that of the Phillies. A few years ago the Phillies made the decision to really try and compete. The results have been very successful. Mark points out how the team can go sign some free agents or even trade for a big bat, like Adrian Gonzalez.

adrian

7:57-

Rob calls in to further the discussion about the Orioles. There has been a debate about whether the Orioles have a chance to compete against the Yankees and Red Sox in the American League East. Drew explains that by spending more money and even up the payrolls it will be much closer to competing. The O’s just must be willing to shell out the money for big time players.

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Fantasy Football Week 15 Start Rankings

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Fantasy Football Week 15 Start Rankings

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

 

Week 15 is here, and for those lucky enough to still have something to play for, we’re down to the nitty-gritty. For those who haven’t seen their fantasy seasons pan out as well as they had hoped, there’s still a couple of chances to salvage your football season in general here at wnst.net.

 

You still have weeks 15, 16 and 17 to put in a winning lineup and claim your share of $2500 in cash in our fantasy football game, and now we’ve added a college football pick ‘em contest too.

 

The college bowls begin on Saturday, so make sure to get your picks in by then. And the NFL has both Thursday and Saturday games this week too, so make your lineup adjustments accordingly and on time.

 

For those who needed just one more reason to take a shot at our fantasy football game, look no further than last week’s results. Hard Ballers came up with 207 points in week 14, landing him in second place with just 3 weeks remaining, and Cheesesteak Dave’s Vagabonds came in with 201 points and a spot in 3rd place. And Ravenators, with 209 points, still holds the top spot with just 3 weeks left.

 

So here are the week 15 rankings, with the usual reminder that it’s not an inducement to do anything crazy, to keep and eye on the injury reports, trust your gut and have fun. If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong, regardless of the stakes.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Peyton Manning @ JAX (13)

2. Matt Schaub @ St.L (14)

3. Kurt Warner @ DET (16)

4. Drew Brees vs. DAL (17)

5. Aaron Rodgers @ PIT (26)

6. Donavan McNabb vs. SF (28)

7. Jason Campbell vs. NYG (31)

8. Chad Henne @ TEN (34)

9. Phillip Rivers vs. SD (36)

10. Ben Roethlisberger vs. GB (36)

11. Tom Brady @ BUF (39)

12. Brett Favre @ CAR (39)

13. Tony Romo @ NO (40)

14. Kyle Orton vs. OAK (42)

15. Joe Flacco vs. CHI (42)

16. Mark Sanchez vs. ATL (42) *put Clemens around 24th if it’s him

17. Matt Hasselbeck vs. TB (43)

18. Kerry Collins vs. MIA (43) *put Young 14th if he can go

19. Matt Cassel vs. CLE (44)

20. Josh Freeman @ SEA (44)

21. Eli Manning @ WAS (45)

22. Carson Palmer @ SD (45)

23. Jay Cutler @ BAL (47)

24. Alex Smith @ PHI (51)

25. Brady Quinn @ KC (51)

26. David Garrard vs. IND (52)

27. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NE (52)

28. Matthew Stafford vs. AZ (54) *put Culpepper 30th if it’s him

29. Matt Moore vs. MIN (57) *Delhomme would be about the same here

30. Keith Null vs. HOU (63) *this is a good spot for whoever starts for the Rams

31. Matt Ryan @ NYJ (66) *Redman couldn’t be much worse

32. Charlie Frye @ DEN (78)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Adrian Peterson @ CAR (12)

2. Thomas Jones vs. ATL (19)

3. Ray Rice vs. CHI (21)

4. Chris Johnson vs. MIA (22)

5. Ricky Williams @ TEN (26)

6. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. IND (27)

7. Steven Jackson vs. HOU (34)

8. Cedric Benson @ SD (35)

9. Frank Gore @ PHI (38)

10. Knowshon Moreno vs. OAK (40)

11. Joseph Addai @ JAX (40)

12. Ryan Moats @ St.L (43)

13. Beanie Wells @ DET (44)

14. DeAngelo Williams vs. MIN (48) *watch his health

15. Pierre Thomas vs. DAL (51)

16. Ryan Grant @ PIT (52)

17. Lawrence Maroney @ BUF (53)

18. Chris Brown @ St.L (53)

19. Fred Jackson vs. NE (54)

20. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. CIN (56)

21. Tim Hightower @ DET (56)

22. Jamal Charles vs. CLE (56)

23. Rashard Mendenhall vs. SD (57)

24. Matt Forte @ BAL (59)

25. Brandon Jacobs @ WAS (59)

26. Michael Turner @ NYJ (61) *if he’s probable or better

27. Justin Forsett vs. TB (63)

28 LeSean McCoy vs. SF (63)

29. Marion Barber @ NO (68)

30. Willis McGahee vs. CHI (69)

31. Brian Westbrook vs. SF (73)

32. Jonathan Stewart vs. MIN (75) *watch his health

33. Julius Jones vs. TB (75)

34. Correll Buckhalter vs. OAK (76)

35. Kevin Faulk @ BUF (77)

36. Jerome Harrison @ KC (79)

37. Cadillac Williams @ SEA (81)

38. Reggie Bush vs. DAL (85)

39. Chester Taylor @ CAR (86)

40. Ahmad Bradshaw @ WAS (87)

41. Felix Jones @ NO (88)

42. Quinton Ganther vs. NYG (88)

43. Maurice Morris vs. TB (88)

44. Justin Fargas @ DEN (93)

45. Darren Sproles vs. CIN (94)

46. Jason Snelling @ NYJ (95)

47. Leonard Weaver vs. SF (97)

48. Tashard Choice @ NO (98)

49. Sammy Morris @ BUF (99)

50. Derrick Ward @ SEA (101)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Miles Austin @ NO (12)

2. Larry Fitzgerald @ DET (13)

3. Reggie Wayne @ JAX (16)

4. DeSean Jackson vs. SF (20)

5. Andre Johnson @ St.L (26)

6. Brandon Marshall vs. OAK (31)

7. Randy Moss @ BUF (39)

8. Marques Colston vs. DAL (39)

9. Donald Driver @ PIT (44)

10. Anquan Boldin @ DET (45)

11. Vincent Jackson vs. CIN (46)

12. Chad Ochocinco @ SD (46)

13. Wes Welker @ BUF (47)

14. Steve Smith @ WAS (47)

15. Terrell Owens vs. NE (47)

16. Derrick Mason vs. CHI (51)

17. Mike Sims-Walker vs. IND (52)

18. Calvin Johnson vs. AZ (52)

19. Santonio Holmes vs. GB (53)

20. DeWayne Bowe vs. CLE (53)

21. Roddy White @ NYJ (54)

22. Sidney Rice @ CAR (54)

23. Greg Jennings @ PIT (54)

24. Pierre Garcon @ JAX (54)

25. Nate Burleson vs. TB (54)

26. Robert Meachem vs. DAL (57)

27. Hines Ward vs. GB (59)

28. Percy Harvin @ CAR (62)

29. Steve Smith @ WAS (62)

30. Roy Williams @ NO (64)

31. Austin Collie @ JAX (64)

32. TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. TB (67)

33. Hakeem Nicks @ WAS (69)

34. Mario Manningham @ WAS (75)

35. Patrick Crayton @ NO (76)

36. Devery Henderson vs. DAL (77)

37. Jerricho Cotchery vs. ATL (77)

38. Steve Breaston @ DET (79)

39. Lee Evans vs. NE (81)

40. Michael Crabtree @ PHI (83)

41. Santana Moss vs. NYG (88)

42. Kenny Britt vs. MIA (89)

43. Devin Hester @ BAL (92)

44. Antonio Bryant @ SEA (94)

45. Nate Washington vs. MIA (95)

46. Johnnie Knox @ BAL (96)

47. Braylon Edwards vs. ATL (103)

48. Donnie Avery vs. HOU (104)

49. Chris Chambers vs. CLE (105)

50. Mike Wallace vs. GB (109)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Vernon Davis @ PHI (3)

2. Fred Davis vs. NYG (19)

3. Kellen Winslow Jr. @ SEA (25)

4. Heath Miller vs. GB (27)

5. Antonio Gates vs. CIN (28)

6. Dallas Clark @ JAX (34)

7. Visanthe Schiancoe @ CAR (34)

8. Brent Celek vs. SF (37)

9. Tony Gonzalez @ NYJ (39)

10. Greg Olsen @ BAL (41)

11. Dustin Keller vs. ATL (41)

12. Will Heller vs. AZ (42)

13. Jon Carlson vs. TB (43)

14. Jason Witten @ NO (44)

15. Jeremy Shockey vs. DAL (44)

16. Benjamin Watson @ BUF (46)

17. Zach Miller @ DEN (48)

18. Dante Rosario vs. MIN (48)

19. Kevin Boss @ WAS (50)

20. Todd Heap vs. CHI (53)

21. Bo Scaife vs. MIA (55)

22. Daniel Fells vs. HOU (56)

23. Jermichael Finley @ PIT (61)

24. Randy McMichael vs. HOU (62)

25. Tony Scheffler vs. OAK (65)

26. Mercedes Lewis vs. IND (66)

27. Jeff King vs. MIN (66)

28. Sean Ryan vs. CLE (69)

29. David Thomas vs. DAL (72)

30. Anthony Fasano @ TEN (74)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. David Akers vs. SF (10)

2. Rob Bironas vs. MIA (13)

3. Lawrence Tynes @ WAS (15)

4. Matt Stover @ JAX (18)

5. Matt Prater vs. OAK (24)

6. Neil Rackers @ DET (27)

7. Jay Feeley vs. ATL (28)

8. Olindo Mare vs. TB (28)

9. Ryan Longwell @ CAR (29)

10. Stephen Gostkowski @ BUF (32)

11. Nate Kaeding vs. CIN (33)

12. Dan Carpenter @ TEN (34)

13. Garrett Hartley vs. DAL (35)

14. Mason Crosby @ PIT (38)

15. Sebastian Janikowski @ DEN (42)

16. Ryan Succop vs. CLE (45)

17. Nick Folk @ NO (51)

18. Rian Lindell vs. NE (53)

19. Shayne Graham @ SD (53)

20. Kris Brown @ St.L (57)

21. Billy Cundiff vs. CHI (57)

22. Phil Dawson @ KC (58)

23. Josh Scobee vs. IND (59)

24. Robbie Gould @ BAL (60)

25. Jeff Reed vs. GB (62)

26. Joe Nedney @ PHI (65)

27. Josh Brown vs. HOU (69)

28. Connor Barth @ SEA (71)

29. John Kasay vs. MIN (73)

30. Graham Gano vs. NYG (76)

31. Matt Bryant @ NYJ (79)

32. Jason Hanson vs. AZ (81)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Broncos vs. OAK (12)

2. Packers @ PIT (19)

3. Eagles vs. SF (20)

4. Vikings @ CAR (21)

5. Cardinals @ DET (24)

6. Saints vs. DAL (26)

7. Ravens vs. CHI (28)

8. Jets vs. ATL (31)

9. Colts @ JAX (32)

10. 49ers @ PHI (34)

11. Texans @ St.L (39)

12. Patriots @ BUF (40)

13. Chargers vs. CIN (41)

14. Bengals @ SD (46)

15. Steelers vs. GB (49)

16. Seahawks vs. TB (50)

17. Bills vs. NE (52)

18. Giants @ WAS (56)

19. Broncos @ KC (57)

20. Titans vs. MIA (60)

21. Dolphins @ TEN (61)

22. Chiefs vs. CLE (61)

23. Cowboys @ NO (62)

24. Panthers vs. MIN (63)

25. Buccaneers @ SEA (65)

26. Falcons @ NYJ (65)

27. Bears @ BAL (67)

28. Redskins vs. NYG (71)

29. Raiders @ DEN (73)

30. Lions vs. AZ (82)

31. Rams vs. HOU (86)

32. Jaguars vs. IND (91)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Football Week 14 Start Rankings

Posted on 09 December 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

Week 14 is almost here, and for some that means the start of the playoffs, for others it means that last push to get into the playoffs, and for the rest, there are still just four chances left to salvage your season, and walk away with some money in WNST’s salary cap Fantasy Football game.

 

Congrats to Mikey’s Canes, for coming up with the top score for this week. Unfortunately for him, his 166 points weren’t enough to unseat any of the top 3 spots; currently held by Ravenators with 209 points, and PlayLikeARaven and goobirds who remain tied at 195 points. Since the money is going out to the highest single week scores, there’s still time to unseat the leaders and claim your share of the money. While you’re there, take a shot at WNST’s new College Bowl Pick ‘Em contest too.

 

Remember also, that the Steelers are traveling to the Browns for Thursday night football, in what could be an ugly offensive game; make your lineup adjustments accordingly. And of course, as always, watch the injury report, good luck, and have fun. If Fantasy Football isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.

 

Lastly, and especially important now that the season is winding down and the stakes are going up, remember that the rankings aren’t an inducement to do anything crazy, like sitting Peyton Mannning. They’re a formulary rating, based on the player’s performance so far this season, and the match up before that player this week, with adjustments made for injuries, anomalies and changes in role. The formulary numbers are in parentheses after each player, with the lowest numbers being best.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Drew Brees @ ATL (7)

2. Aaron Rodgers @ CHI (12)

3. Ben Roethlisberger @ CLE (23)

4. Donavan McNabb @ NYG (24)

5. Matt Schaub vs. SEA (25)

6. Phillip Rivers @ DAL (27)

7. Vince Young vs. St.L (29)

8. Brett Favre vs. CIN (32)

9.David Garrard vs. MIA (32)

10. Joe Flacco vs. DET (33)

11. Chad Henne @ JAX (34)

12. Tom Brady vs. CAR (36)

13. Carson Palmer @ MIN (36)

14. Peyton Manning vs. DEN (37)

15. Tony Romo vs. SD (37)

16. Kurt Warner @ SF (37)

17. Alex Smith vs. AZ (39)

18. Kyle Boller @ TEN (44)

19. Eli Manning vs. PHI (46)

20. Jason Campbell @ OAK (46)

21. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ KC (47)

22. Jay Cutler vs. GB (49)

23. Kellen Clemens @ TB (52)

24. Matt Hasselbeck @ HOU (57)

25. Kyle Orton @ IND (61)

26. Matthew Moore @ NE (61)

27. Daunte Culpepper @ BAL (62)

28. Matt Ryan vs. NO (65) *Redman would be a place or 2 lower if it’s him

29. Brady Quinn vs. PIT (67)

30. Josh Freeman vs. NYJ (69)

31. Matt Cassel vs. BUF (70)

32. Bruce Gradkowski vs. WAS (71)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Chris Johnson vs. St.L (6)

2. Ray Rice vs. DET (16)

3. Thomas Jones @ TB (18)

4. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. MIA (24)

5. Steven Jackson @ TEN (25)

6. Rashard Mendenhall @ CLE (29)

7. Frank Gore vs. AZ (33)

8. Joseph Addai vs. DEN (34)

9. Adrian Peterson vs. CIN (35)

10. Ricky Williams @ JAX (36)

11. Ryan Grant @ CHI (38)

12. Pierre Thomas @ ATL (39)

13. Michael Turner vs. NO (41)

14. Jonathan Stewart @ NE (41)

15. Fred Jackson @ KC (43)

16. Tim Hightower @ SF (45)

17. Lawrence Maroney vs. CAR (47)

18. DeAngelo Williams @ NE (51) *if he’s probable or better

19. Jamal Charles vs. BUF (51)

20. Cedric Benson @ MIN (52)

21. Marion Barber vs. SD (52)

22. LaDanian Tomlinson @ DAL (53)

23. Marshawn Lynch @ KC (53)

24. Kevin Smith @ BAL (54)

25. Justin Forsett @ HOU (54)

26. Knowshon Moreno @ IND (55)

27. Brandon Jacobs vs. PHI (56)

28. Chris Brown vs. SEA (58)

29. Matt Forte vs. GB (59)

30. Willis McGahee vs. DET (60)

31. Brian Westbrook @ NYG *if he’s probable or better

32. Mike Bell @ ATL (65)

33. Cadillac Williams vs. NYJ (67)

34. Rock Cartwright @ OAK (68)

35. Julius Jones @ HOU (68)

36. Reggie Bush @ ATL (69)

37. Darren Sproles @ DAL (70)

38. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. PHI (70)

39. Beanie Wells @ SF (71)

40. Jerious Norwood vs. NO (78)

41. LeSean McCoy @ NYG (79) *put him in Westbrook’s spot if Westbrook can’t go

42. Felix Jones vs. DAL (80)

43. Correll Buckhalter @ IND (81)

44. Sammy Morris vs. CAR (81)

45. Shonn Greene @ TB (82)

46. Tashard Choice vs. SD (86)

47. Jerome Harrison vs. PIT (88)

48. Willie Parker @ CLE (90)

49. Justin Fargas vs. WAS (91)

50. Kevin Faulk vs. CAR (91)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Andre Johnson vs. SEA (13)

2. Larry Fitzgerald @ SF (15)

3. Roddy White vs. NO (25)

4. Randy Moss vs. CAR (32)

5. Miles Austin vs. SD (32)

6. Marques Colston @ ATL (33)

7. Reggie Wayne vs. DEN (34)

8. Wes Welker vs. CAR (36)

9. DeSean Jackson @ NYG (37) *if he’s probable or better

10. Vincent Jackson @ DAL (38)

11. Donald Driver @ CHI (42)

12. Derrick Mason vs. DET (44)

13. Mike Sims-Walker vs. MIA (49)

14. Anquan Boldin @ SF (49)

15. Chad Ochocinco @ MIN (50)

16. Steve Smith vs. PHI (51)

17. Sidney Rice vs. CIN (51)

18. Santonio Holmes @ CLE (51)

19. Brandon Marshall @ IND (52)

20. Robert Meachem @ ATL (53)

21. Percy Harvin vs. CIN (55)

22. Terrell Owens @ KC (55)

23. Greg Jennings @ CHI (56)

24. Michael Crabtree vs. AZ (56)

25. Steve Smith @ NE (60)

26. Hines Ward @ CLE (61) *put Wallace here if Ward can’t go

27. Calvin Johnson @ BAL (68)

28. Jerricho Cotchery @ TB (71)

29. Nate Burleson @ HOU (76)

30. Pierre Garcon vs. DEN (78)

31. Devery Henderson @ ATL (79)

32. Jeremy Maclin @ NYG (81)

33. Mario Manningham vs. PHI (83)

34. Lee Evans @ KC (83)

35. Donnie Avery @ TEN (83)

36. Devin Hester vs. GB (88)

37. Santana Moss @ OAK (88)

38. Hakeem Nicks vs. PHI (89)

39. Steve Breaston @ SF (89)

40. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ HOU (91)

41. Roy Williams vs. SD (92)

42. Braylon Edwards @ TB (97)

43. Austin Collie vs. DEN (100)

44. Chris Chambers vs. BUF (101)

45. Kenny Britt vs. St.L (103)

46. Patrick Crayton vs. SD (104)

47. Nate Washington vs. St.L (109)

48. Mike Wallace @ CLE (111)

49. Mark Clayton vs. DET (112)

50. Johnnie Knox vs. GB (114)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Vernon Davis vs. AZ (10)

2. Brent Celek @ NYG (12)

3. Heath Miller @ CLE (22)

4. Antonio Gates @ DAL (25)

5. Jeremy Shockey @ ATL (27)

6. Kevin Boss vs. PHI (27)

7. Greg Olsen vs. GB (28)

8. Visanthe Schiancoe vs. CIN (34)

9. Tony Gonzalez vs. NO (35)

10. Dallas Clark vs. DEN (37)

11. Jason Witten vs. SD (37)

12. Dustin Keller @ TB (37)

13. Kellen Winslow vs. NYJ (41)

14. Jon Carlson @ HOU (41)

15. Todd Heap vs. DET (42)

16. Mercedes Lewis vs. MIA (43)

17. Jermichael Finley @ CHI (46)

18. Zach Miller vs. WAS (48)

19. Will Heller @ BAL (54)

20. Benjamin Watson vs. CAR (55)

21. David Thomas @ ATL (55)

22. Fred Davis @ OAK (60)

23. Bo Scaife vs. St.L (60)

24. Daniel Fells @ TEN (62)

25. Dante Rosario @ NE (64)

26. Spencer Havner @ CHI (64)

27. Kellen Davis vs. GB (68)

28. JP Foschi @ MIN (71)

29. Tony Scheffler @ IND (72)

30. Donald Lee @ CHI (76)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Matt Stover vs. DEN (20)

2. Matt Prater @ IND (21)

3. Mason Crosby @ CHI (23)

4. Jay Feeley @ TB (24)

5. Dan Carpenter @ JAX (27)

6. Garret Hartley @ ATL (27)

7. Rian Lindell @ KC (29)

8. Neil Rackers @ SF (30)

9. David Akers @ NYG (31)

10. Nate Kaeding @ DAL (31)

11. Lawrence Tynes vs. PHI (31)

12. Olindo Mare @ HOU (36)

13. Ryan Longwell vs. CIN (37)

14. Jeff Reed @ CLE (37)

15. Stephen Gostkowski vs. CAR (38)

16. Rob Bironas vs. St.L (46)

17. Sebastian Janikowski vs. WAS (46)

18. Shayne Graham @ MIN (50)

19. Nick Folk vs. SD (50)

20. Graham Gano @ OAK (50)

21. Ryan Succop vs. BUF (51)

22. Josh Scobee vs. MIA (52)

23. Billy Cundiff vs. DET (57)

24. Josh Brown @ TEN (60)

25. Robbie Gould vs. GB (61)

26. Joe Nedney vs. AZ (66)

27. Kris Brown vs. SEA (66)

28. Matt Bryant vs. NO (69)

29. Jason Hanson @ BAL (73)

30. Connor Barth vs. NYJ (74)

31. John Kasay @ NE (76)

32. Phil Dawson vs. PIT

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Ravens @ DET (18)

2. Saints @ ATL (20)

3. Packers @ CHI (23)

4. Vikings vs. CIN (29)

5. Steelers @ CLE (29)

6. Eagles @ NYG (32)

7. Patriots vs. CAR (32)

8. Jets @ TB (33)

9. Colts vs. DEN (34)

10. Broncos @ IND (35)

11. Bengals @ MIN (37)

12. Cardinals @ SF (38)

13. Chargers @ DAL (39)

14. Bills @ KC (42)

15. 49ers vs. AZ (43)

16. Titans vs. St.L (51)

17. Dolphins @ JAX (52)

18. Seahawks @ HOU (54)

19. Buccaneers vs. NYG (56)

20. Redskins @ OAK (57)

21. Cowboys vs. SD (58)

22. Texans vs. SEA (59)

23. Bears vs. GB (60)

24. Chiefs vs. BUF (63)

25. Panthers @ NE (64)

26. Raiders vs. WAS (64)

27. Browns vs. PIT (65)

28. Giants vs. PHI (69)

29. Falcons vs. NO (76)

30. Jaguars vs. MIA (83)

31. Rams @ TEN (83)

32. Lions @ BAL (84)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Start Rankings

Posted on 02 December 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

Week 13 is upon us already, and with it comes the stretch run to the playoffs; and this looks like a good week for offense in general. Don’t forget that the Jets are playing the Bills in Toronto on Thursday night, in a game that you probably don’t want a quarterback in, but where there could be a couple of interesting possibilities at running back.

 

If you’re on the outside looking in when it comes to your own league playoffs, there’s good news for you still. That’s because WNST has a free salary cap league, with $2500 in cash being split 3 ways for the highest single week scores. That means that even if you haven’t entered yet, you still have 5 chances to submit a winning lineup here and possibly win some serious cash.

 

Congrats to Buddy Lee 97, for putting up 163 points this week, and the highest score for week 12. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough to get into the money, where Ravenators still sits in first place with 209 points, followed by PlayLikeARaven and Goobirds, who remain tied for second at 195 points. With 5 more chances at the money, there’s still a chance to save your fantasy season. And did I mention that this should be a good week for offense?

 

So here are this week’s formulary rankings. Remember that they’re 2 parts player performance, and one-part defensive expectations against them, with adjustments made for injuries, anomalies and changes in role. Also remember that they’re not an inducement to do anything crazy, just an aid for tough lineup decisions or when looking for help on the wire.

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury report, have fun and good luck.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Peyton Manning vs. TEN (8)

2. Tom Brady @ MIA (18)

3. Matt Schaub @ JAX (18)

4. Donavan McNabb @ ATL (18)

5. Carson Palmer vs. DET (19)

6. Brett Favre @ AZ (21)

7. Phillip Rivers @ CLE (23)

8. Aaron Rodgers vs. BAL (25)

9. Drew Brees @ WAS (30)

10. Jay Cutler vs. St.L (32)

11. Kyle Orton @ KC (33)

12. Tony Romo @ NYG (37)

13. Ben Roethlisberger vs. OAK (39)

14. Kurt Warner vs. MIN (39) *put Leinhart about 21st if it’s him

15. Joe Flacco @ GB (39)

16. Alex Smith @ SEA (41)

17. Eli Manning vs. DAL (42)

18. David Garrard vs. HOU (45)

19. Matt Moore vs. TB (46) *Delhomme would be about the same here

20. Vince Young @ IND (47)

21. Matthew Stafford @ CIN (51)

22. Matt Hassselbeck vs. SF (54)

23. Kyle Boller @ CHI (55)

24. Josh Freeman @ CAR (56)

25. Chad Henne vs. NE (58)

26. Jason Campbell vs. NO (61)

27. Matt Cassel vs. DEN (61)

28. Chris Redman vs. PHI (64)

29. Brady Quinn vs. SD (65)

30. Bruce Gradkowski @ PIT (66)

31. Mark Sanchez @ BUF (68)

32. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NYJ (72)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Thomas Jones @ BUF (11)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. HOU (14)

3. Adrian Peterson @ AZ (20)

4. Chris Johnson @ IND (22)

5. Rashard Mendenhall vs. OAK (24)

6. DeAngelo Williams vs. TB (26) *if he’s probable or better

7. Steven Jackson @ CHI (29)

8. LaDanian Tomlinson @ CLE (29)

9. Joseph Addai vs. TEN (30)

10. Matt Forte vs. St.L (30)

11. Ricky Williams vs. NE (31)

12. Frank Gore @ SEA (31)

13. Jonathan Stewart vs. TB (32) *swap him with Williams if Williams is worse than probable

14. Cedric Benson vs. DET (36) *watch his health

15. Ray Rice @ GB (39)

16. Darren Sproles @ CLE (39)

17. Justin Forsett vs. SF (44)

18. Ryan Grant vs. BAL (45)

19. Knowshon Moreno @ KC (45)

20. Cadillac Williams @ CAR (45)

21. LeSean McCoy @ ATL (46)

22. Pierre Thomas @ WAS (48)

23. Correll Buckhalter @ KC (49)

24. Michael Turner vs. PHI (51) *if he’s probable or better

25. Jamal Charles vs. DEN (51)

26. Marion Barber @ NYG (52)

27. Larry Johnson vs. DET *put him up about 10 spots if Benson is less than probable

28. Fred Jackson vs. NYJ (53)

29. Brian Westbrook @ ATL (53)

30. Kevin Smith @ CIN (54)

31. Lawrence Maroney @ MIA (55)

32. Rock Cartwright vs. NO (59)

33. Shon Greene @ BUF (59)

34. Jerious Norwood vs. PHI (59) *put him around 27th if Turner can’t go

35. Tim Hightower vs. MIN (60)

36. Chester Taylor @ AZ (60)

37. Derrick Ward @ CAR (61)

38. Brandon Jacobs vs. DAL (62)

39. Felix Jones @ NYG (62)

40. Jamal Lewis vs. SD (63)

41. Willis McGahee @ GB (65)

42. Chris Brown @ JAX (65)

43. Mike Bell @ WAS (66)

44. Julius Jones vs. SF (67) *move him up about 8 spots if he’s better than probable

45. Donald Brown vs. TEN (68)

46. Willie Parker vs. OAK (68)

47. Jason Snelling vs. PHI (71) *move him up 5-7 spots if he’s probable or better and Turner sits

48. Leonard Weaver @ ATL (71)

49. Beanie Wells vs. MIN (72)

50. Tashard Choice @ NYG (72)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Reggie Wayne vs. TEN (3)

2. Andre Johnson @ JAX (12)

3. Randy Moss @ MIA (17)

4. Sidney Rice @ AZ (22)

5. Vincent Jackson @ CLE (25)

6. DeSean Jackson @ ATL (29) *if he’s probable or better

7. Larry Fitzgerald vs. MIN (31)

8. Miles Austin @ NYG (33)

9. Percy Harvin @ AZ (34)

10. Wes Welker @ MIA (35)

11. Marques Colston @ WAS (36)

12. Brandon Marshall @ KC (36)

13. Chad Ochocinco vs. DET (36)

14. Steve Smith vs. DAL (38)

15. Hines Ward vs. OAK (40)

16. Donald Driver vs. BAL (41)

17. Roddy White vs. PHI (45)

18. Mike Sims-Walker vs. HOU (47)

19. Steve Smith vs. TB (51)

20. Santonio Holmes vs. OAK (52)

21. Pierre Garcon vs. TEN (53)

22. Jeremy Maclin @ ATL (53) *put him up about 5 spots if Jackson can’t play

23. Derrick Mason @ GB (54)

24. Nate Burleson vs. SF (57)

25. Greg Jennings vs. BAL (59)

26. Mario Manningham vs. DAL (62)

27. TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. SF (63)

28. Michael Crabtree @ SEA (63)

29. Robert Meachem @ WAS (68)

30. Terrell Owens vs. NYJ (71)

31. Devin Hester vs. St.L (72)

32. Austin Collie vs. TEN (75)

33. Calvin Johnson @ CIN (78)

34. Anquan Boldin vs. MIN (81)

35. Devery Henderson @ WAS (82)

36. Donnie Avery @ CHI (83)

37. Hakeem Nicks vs. DAL (84)

38. Santana Moss vs. NO (86)

39. Chris Chambers vs. DEN (87)

40. Steve Breaston vs. MIN (91)

41. Nate Washington @ IND (91)

42. Jerricho Cotchery @ BUF (92)

43. Bernard Berrian vs. St.L (92)

44. Kenny Britt @ IND (93)

45. Mike Wallace vs. OAK (94)

46. Patrick Crayton @ NYG (96)

47. Johnnie Knox vs. St.L (98)

48. Jacoby Jones vs. BAL (98)

49. Laverneus Coles vs. DET (98)

50. Lee Evans vs. NYJ (99)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Tony Gonzalez vs. PHI (9)

2. Antonio Gates @ CLE (15)

3. Brent Celek @ ATL (15)

4. Dallas Clark vs. TEN (20)

5. Visanthe Schiancoe @ AZ (21)

6. Vernon Davis @ SEA (22)

7. Greg Olsen vs. St.L (28)

8. Jason Witten @ NYG (28)

9. Kellen Winslow @ CAR (35)

10. Benjamin Watson @ MIA (36)

11. Heath Miller vs. OAK (37)

12. Zach Miller @ PIT (44)

13. Kevin Boss vs. DAL (45)

14. Dustin Keller @ BUF (45)

15. Todd Heap @ GB (46)

16. Tony Scheffler @ KC (46)

17. Jon Carlson vs. SF (49)

18. Jeremy Shockey @ WAS (50)

19. Mercedes Lewis vs. HOU (51)

20. Dante Rosario vs. TB (53)

21. Will Heller @ CIN (58)

22. Daniel Fells @ CHI (59)

23. Kellen Davis vs. St.L (60)

24. Fred Davis vs. NO (64)

25. JP Foschi vs. DET (64)

26. Jermichael Finley vs. BAL (66)

27. Jeff King vs. TB (67)

28. Ben Patrick vs. MIN (67)

29. Spencer Havner vs. BAL (72)

30. Randy McMichael @ CHI (75)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Stephen Gostkowski @ MIA (11)

2. Nate Kaeding @ CLE (13)

3. Rob Bironas @ IND (18)

4. David Akers @ ATL (20)

5. Matt Prater @ KC (25)

6. Ryan Longwell @ AZ (27)

7. John Carney @ Was (27)

8. Mason Crosby vs. BAL (28)

9. Olindo Mare vs. SF (28)

10. Lawrence Tynes vs. DAL (37)

11. Matt Stover vs. TEN (37)

12. Jeff Reed vs. OAK (39)

13. Shayne Graham vs. DET (44)

14. Jay Feeley @ BUF (46)

15. Kris Brown @ JAX (46)

16. Ryan Succop vs. DEN (48)

17. Dan Carpenter vs. NE (49)

18. Robbie Gould vs. St.L (50)

19. Rian Lindell vs. NYJ (55)

20. Neil Rackers vs. MIN (55)

21. Joe Nedney @ SEA (55)

22. John Kasay vs. TB (57)

23. Matt Bryant vs. PHI (59)

24. Nick Folk @ NYG (60)

25. Phil Dawson vs. SD (63)

26. Shaun Suisham vs. NO (68)

27. Josh Brown @ CHI (68)

28. Connor Barth @ CAR (68)

29. Billy Cundiff @ GB (72)

30. Josh Scobee vs. HOU (73)

31. Sebastian Janikowski @ PIT (74)

32. Jason Hanson @ CIN (80)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Saints @ WAS (8)

2. Chargers @ CLE (15)

3. Broncos @ KC (18)

4. Bengals vs. DET (21)

5. Vikings @ AZ (21)

6. Steelers vs. OAK (28)

7. Eagles @ ATL (30)

8. Ravens @ GB (35)

9. 49ers @ SEA (36)

10. Packers vs. BAL (37)

11. Colts vs. TEN (37)

12. Jets @ BUF (37)

13. Bills vs. NYJ (39)

14. Bears vs. St.L (43)

15. Patriots @ MIA (48)

16. Cardinals vs. MIN (51)

17. Cowboys @ NYG (51)

18. Seahawks vs. SF (51)

19. Buccaneers @ CAR (54)

20. Texans @ JAX (56)

21. Giants vs. DAL (61)

22. Panthers vs. TB (61)

23. Dolphins vs. NE (62)

24. Falcons vs. PHI (66)

25. Raiders @ PIT (66)

26. Chiefs vs. DEN (69)

27. Titans @ IND (75)

28. Lions @ CIN (77)

29. Rams @ CHI (78)

30. Redskins vs. NO (80)

31. Jaguars vs. HOU (82)

32. Browns vs. SD (84)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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