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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 RBs

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The returns of Reggie Bush, and possibly Cadillac Williams and maybe even Tatum Bell could be a few of the highlights of this week’s running back rankings. The good thing about having Tatum Bell on your fantasy team is that you don’t have to worry about him stealing from the lockers of the rest of your team. With the majority of teams now using two or even three back schemes now, there’s pretty much always going to be value on the waiver wire. The key is finding it. We’ll do our best to help your prospecting efforts, or just to sort out those lineup decisions for week 11.

 

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

 

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

 

Week 11 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Clinton Portis (1) – WAS – 995 yds 7 TD

 

2. Adrian Peterson (7) – MIN – 1015 yds 7 TD

 

3. Brian Westbrook (2) – PHI – 448 yds 6 TD & 207 yds 2 TD rec

 

4. Thomas Jones (16) – NYJ – 750 yds 8 TD & 104 yds 1 TD rec

 

5. Matt Forte (3) – CHI – 713 yds 4 TD & 282 yds 3 TD

 

6. Brandon Jacobs (10) – NYG – 806 yds 9 TD

 

7. Michael Turner (8) – ATL – 890 yds 7 TD

 

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

 

9. Frank Gore (5) – SF – 728 yds 4 TD & 317 yds 1 TD

 

10. Chris Johnson (6) – TEN – 723 yds 5 TD & 179 yds 1 TD rec

 

11. Steven Jackson (9) – ST.L – 525 yds 4 TD

 

12. Ronnie Brown (12) – MIA – 504 yds 9 TD & 19 yds 1 TD passing

 

13. Maurice Jones-Drew (17) – JAX – 433 yds 9 TD & 253 yds 0 TD rec

 

14. LaDanian Tomlinson (11) – SD – 629 yds 4 TD & 254 yds 1 TD rec

 

15. Steve Slaton (13) – HOU – 545 yds 5 TD & 198 yds 1 TD rec

 

16. Marshawn Lynch (15) – BUF – 512 yds 6 TD & 199 yds 0 TD rec

 

17. LenDale White (14) – TEN – 418 yds 11 TD

 

18. DeAngelo Williams (NR) – CAR – 662 yds 4 TD & 79 yds 2 TD rec.

 

19. Willis McGahee (NR) – BAL – 463 yds 5 TD

 

20. Jamal Lewis (19) – CLE – 593 yds 4 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Ernest Graham – TB; Tim Hightower – AZ

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Reggie Bush & Deuce McAllister @ KC; Frank Gore vs. ST.L; Michael Turner vs. DEN; Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams vs. OAK; DeAngelo Williams vs. DET; Joseph Addai vs. HOU; Steve Slaton @ IND; Steven Jackson @ SF; Brian Westbrook @ CIN

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Dominic Rhodes vs. HOU; Ahman Green @ IND; Correll Buckhalter @ CIN; Antoino Pittman @ SF

 

RBs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Brandon Jacobs vs. BAL; Willis McGahee & LeRon McClain @ NYG; LaDanian Tomlinson @ PIT; Adrian Peterson @ TB; Marion Barber @ WAS; Thomas Jones @ NE; BenJarvis Green-Ellis vs. AZ; Ernest Graham vs. MIN

 

RBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Julius Jones vs. AZ; Kevin Smith @ CAR

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s the top 50 projected running backs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Brian Westbrook (16)

2. Reggie Bush (17)

3. Michael Turner (19)

4. Matt Forte (20)

5. Frank Gore (22)

6. Clinton Portis (23)

7. Ronnie Brown (32)

8. Adrian Peterson (33)

9. DeAngelo Williams (35)

10. Thomas Jones (36)

11. Chris Johnson (39)

12. Steven Jackson (41)

13. Marion Barber (45)

14. Brandon Jacobs (46)

15. Steve Slaton (47)

16. Marshawn Lynch (47)

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (50)

18. LenDale White (51)

19. Tim Hightower (52)

20. Willie Parker (53) *keep an eye on his injury status

21. Joseph Addai (60)

22. LaDanian Tomlinson (62)

23. Jamal Lewis (62)

24. Mewelde Moore (67) *put him in Parker’s spot if Parker can’t play

25. Ernest Graham (69)

26. Jerious Norwood (69)

27. Deuce McAllister (71)

28. Willis McGahee (73)

29. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (77)

30. Kevin Smith (78)

31. Dominic Rhodes (78)

32. Ricky Williams (78)

33. Ahman Green (79)

34. Julius Jones (80)

35. Kevin Faulk (83)

36. Cedric Benson (83)

37. Ryan Grant (89)

38. LeRon McClain (91)

39. Correll Buckhalter (92)

40. Derrick Ward (94)

41. Jonathan Stewart (95) *injury risk, watch his status

42. Edgerin James (97)

43. Tatum Bell (101) * bump him 5 spots or so if they name him the starter

44. Antonio Pittman (101)

45. Selvin Young (102) * injury risk, watch his status

47. Justin Fargas (102)

47. Patrick Cobbs (102)

48. Chester Taylor (107)

49. Leon Washington (110)

50. Ray Rice (111)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 11 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews

 

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 11

Posted on 11 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

With each passing week, we seem to get more and more clarity as to the likely playoff picture. When it comes to power, sitting atop a mediocre division at this point in the season is probably a much better place to be than to have just one or two losses in a tightly packed division full of playoff proven talent. Once the playoffs arrive however, power shifts again, based on match ups, home field advantages and fist round byes. But the first key is getting there.

 

The Titans and Cardinals both enjoy the biggest divisional leads, while the Giants, as impressive as anyone only sit 2 games in front of their ultra competitive division. The Chargers, Broncos and Cardinals all owe a lot of their high rankings to a still very good chance at making the playoffs. While the Bucs, Falcons, Eagles, Redskins, Bills, Dolphins and others find themselves a bit lower than they would have been if not for the competitive landscapes of their divisions.

 

There wasn’t a great deal of shake up in the rankings this week, but there are many divisional races still very much in the balance. As I said, more and more clarity seems to come to the playoff picture with each passing week, and teams seemingly trending in opposite directions are starting to find themselves getting closer and closer together in the rankings.

 

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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings (last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Tennessee Titans (1) – 9-0 – They’ve certainly found themselves a home at the top of the rankings, and at 9-0 who’s going to argue? There hasn’t been a lot of talk of another challenger to the Dolphins perfect season, but with 7 games left, and the Jags, Lions, Browns and Texans in 4 of them, it could be up to the Steelers, Colts or Jets to try and end their chance before the playoffs begin. Next Week: @ JAX

 

2. New York Giants (2) – 8-1 – The Giants are proving that last year’s playoffs weren’t lightning in a bottle, but rather a glimpse of the machine that they were to become. They survived a tough one last week, but it looks like they’ll have mostly punishing physical defenses to face on the remaining schedule. Next Week: vs. BAL

 

3. Carolina Panthers (4) – 7-2 – They in themselves in control of one of the most competitive divisions in the league, and still look like they’re capable of playing much better football. The Panthers are taking winning ugly to another level, but winning is winning. They’ll get a chance to get rolling against Detroit this week before a big divisional rematch with the Falcons. Next Week: vs. DET

 

4. Arizona Cardinals (3) – 6-3 – The Cards dodged a bullet on Monday night, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. With a 4 game division lead with 7 games to go, the Cards are sitting even prettier than Tennessee when it comes to controlling their division. Once the playoffs start, anything can happen, the Cards look all but assured to be there. Next Week: @ SEA

 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5) – 6-3 – Injuries, a brutal schedule and a short week all appear to be wearing on Pittsburgh just a bit, and let’s give the Colts a little credit too. Although the Ravens are too close for the Steelers comfort, they are in still in the driver’s seat, at least for now. Next Week: vs. SD

 

6. New York Jets (10) – The AFC East may not wind up being quite as competitive as it looked just a couple of weeks ago. The Jets have a schedule that could work to their favor down the stretch, and a win this week could put them squarely in the front of the division. Next Week: @ NE

 

7. Chicago Bears (6) – 5-4 – There’s no such thing as a good loss, but you could call their performance against the Titans a respectable loss none the less, especially without their starting QB. If the Bears can stay the course, they’ll be in good shape, consistency seems to be sorely lacking throughout the NFC North. Next Week: @ GB

 

8. Baltimore Ravens (11) – 6-3 – You can’t call them rookies anymore. Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh have started the second half of their shared rookie season, looking savvier than many of their counterparts around the league. The schedule provided Flacco and this offense a chance to get themselves on track before getting into the make or break part of the string. The coming weeks will tell us all a lot about what type of team this is going to be when the going gets tough. Next Week: @ NYG

 

9. New England Patriots (12) – 6-3 – It may be a new cast of characters, but it’s the same old story for Bill Bellichick and the “no-name” Patriots. The rest of the AFC has to be holding their breath and hoping that the Pats simply fade away before the playoffs roll around. Next Week: vs. NYJ

 

10. Denver Broncos (9) – 5-4 – Let’s face it, they’re not that good, but at times, at least on offense they can be deadly. In any other division in the AFC, the Broncos would likely be looking ahead to next year already, but in the AFC West they are in firm control. If they can find a spark through either the defense or the running game, they could be dangerous once the playoffs roll around. Next Week: @ ATL

 

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) – 6-3 – The Bucs dropped 4 spots in a bye week? It’s mostly because all of a sudden, this division looks like the most dangerous in football from top to bottom. And although the Saints may have played themselves out of contention already, picking a winner in this division could be impossible as we head down the stretch. Next Week: vs. MIN

 

12. Washington Redskins (8) – 6-3 – They’ve been efficient but not flashy in their wins, and have looked really bad in their losses. Just when it looked like this team had finally figured out that they needed more substance and less flash, they go out and grab DeAngelo Hall. The NFC East is looking more and more like the AL East these days. Next Week: vs. DAL

 

13. Atlanta Falcons (17) – 6-3 – Okay, I’ve been down on them all year, and they continue to simply go out and execute. At this point, in 6 of the other 7 divisions in football, I’d be ready to count them in the playoffs, but things are still pretty scrambled up in the NFC South, and the Falcons just keep rolling along. Next Week: vs. DEN

 

14. San Diego Chargers (16) – 4-5 – Injuries and more likely Norv Turner will probably be too much for this team to overcome this season, but they’ve played with their backs to the wall before, and gotten into the playoffs. Since the Broncos haven’t been able to build any distance in the race, the Chargers are still in the hunt. Next Week: @ PIT

 

15. Minnesota Vikings (20) – 5-4 – They picked up a big divisional win last week, and evened their season series with the Packers in the process. They’ll have a chance to do the same against the Bears in a couple of weeks. The schedule sends lots of run oriented teams their way down the stretch, this could play right into the Vikings’ hands. Next Week: @ TB

 

16. Philadelphia Eagles (13) – 5-4 – They may be better than their record indicates, but they still don’t seem to be able to keep it together consistently. This is a team that has to win games when everyone is healthy if they hope to have a shot at the playoffs. Next Week: @ CIN

 

17. Indianapolis Colts (19) – 5-4 – I’m finished predicting that the Colts finally look like they’ve rounded into form, They can’t consistently run the ball or stop the run on defense. Occasionally they’ll be able to throw enough to beat teams and look good doing it. Without a consistent running game though, Peyton Manning looks surprisingly human. Next Week: vs. HOU

 

18. Miami Dolphins (18) – 5-4 – With their wildcat offense, Sparano and these Dolphins have injected a new brand of excitement into the league this year. They’ve also quietly inserted themselves into the AFC East race in the process. Next Week: vs. OAK

 

19. Green Bay Packers (14) – 4-5 – The Packers have had opportunities to beat good teams, and they simply haven’t been able to do it. They have enough talent to be a factor in the race, but they’d better get rolling pretty quickly. Next Week: vs. CHI

 

20. Dallas Cowboys (21) – 5-4 – Maybe a week of rest, and the likely return of Tony Romo can rescue this team from their freefall. If not the soap opera that is the Dallas Cowboys will certainly get a lot more interesting. Next Week: @ WAS

 

21. Buffalo Bills (15) – 5-4 – Three straight losses can bring to light a lot of the issues that were already there, but overlooked because of the Bills’ success. Not only are the Bills in crash and burn mode at this point, but they’re being dominated in their division too. That will make it tough to be a factor in an already tight divisional race. Next Week: vs. CLE

 

22. Cleveland Browns (24) – 3-6 – Perhaps we are finding out that it’s more than just a deficiency of talent that’s holding the Browns back. We all remember the offense from last season, and the defense is clearly improved this season. So why can’t the Browns seem to win? Perhaps a heart transplant is in order, or possibly an enema. Next Week: @ BUF

 

23. New Orleans Saints (22) – 4-5 – There may be no bigger disappointment in all of football than this year’s Saints. Injuries seemingly have a lot to do with it, but there’s more to it than that. The Saints just haven’t seemed to be able to figure out how to win. They’re running out of time to do it this year. Next Week: @ KC

 

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (26) – 4-5 – A win against the Lions is hardly a good reason to declare this team back. But the talent that they showcased in that win should serve as a reminder of why the Jags can be dangerous. Spoiler is likely all they can hope to be at this point. Next Week: vs. TEN

 

25. Houston Texans (23) – 3-6 – Regardless of how these Texans wind up in the win column, the job that they’ve done under the circumstances that they’ve been dealt has been admirable. There wasn’t an abundance of talent on this team to begin with; the fact that they’ve kept fighting when seemingly more talented teams look like they’ve packed it in is refreshing. Next Week: @ IND

 

26. San Francisco 49ers (27) – 2-7- They put up a valiant effort on the road on Monday when the chips were way down and they appeared greatly overmatched. Although Mike Singletary is entertaining, and clearly passionate, what type of effect he’ll actually have on this team is yet a mystery. Next Week: vs. ST.L

 

27. Seattle Seahawks (29) – 2-7- They performed well after a daunting cross-country trip last week, but still came up short. The Seahawks look like they’re phoning it in after the frustration of a slow start, and a number of injuries. They’ll get up to play a few more games this season, the ones that hey believe they can win, but an overhaul is in order in Seattle. Next Week: vs. AZ

 

28. Kansas City Chiefs (28) – 1-8 – They’re beaten up and battered, undermanned and may have lost confidence in their ability to win. But the Chiefs just keep on trying, and growing and fighting. They’ll be overmatched in most weeks, but the Chiefs are no easy draw, by any means. Next Week: vs. NO

 

29. St. Louis Rams (25) – 2-7 – A few weeks ago it looked like Jim Haslett was the answer to what was troubling the Rams. Now, it looks more like Scott Linnehan was offered as a scapegoat, and the Rams did their best to make it look like he had been the problem. Obviously there are a number of problems to be dealt with in St. Louis. Next Week: @ SF

 

30. Cincinnati Bengals (30) – If the bye week didn’t kill their momentum, then they’ll have something to build on this week. The Bengals have too much individual pride to just mail it in, but until they put their individuality on the back burner, they’ll likely have a lot more challenges ahead. Next Week: vs. PHI

 

31. Oakland Raiders (31) – 2-7 – A rebuilding effort appears to be in order in Oakland, but it appears it will have to happen from the top down, and not the other way around. That won’t likely happen until Al Davis becomes too old to be such a nuisance. Next Week: @ MIA

 

32. Detroit Lions (32) – 0-9 – The Lions are running out of chances to pick up their first win. Even the Thanksgiving Day Game, which is usually a good show for Detroit will be against the Titans this year. If things get really bleak after that, maybe they’ll forfeit their week 15 match up with Indy and put everything they have into getting ready for the Saints in Week 16. Next Week: @ CAR

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 WRs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

Week 10 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

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

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1. Anquan Boldin (18)

2. Roddy White (19)

3. Calvin Johnson (20)

4. Larry Fitzgerald (24)

5. Steve Smith (25)

6. Lee Evans (25)

7. Greg Jennings (27)

8. Brandon Marshall (28)

9. Laverneus Coles (31)

10. Isaac Bruce (34)

11. Andre Johnson (39)

12. Eddie Royal (40)

13. Bernard Berrian (44)

14. Vincent Jackson (44)

15. Chris Chambers (48)

16. DeWayne Bowe (48)

17. Jerricho Cotchery (51)

18. Reggie Wayne (52)

19. Matt Jones (53)

20. Randy Moss (56)

21. Hines Ward (66)

22. DeVery Handerson (67)

23. Donald Driver (67)

24. Kevin Walter (69)

25. Nate Washington (72)

26. Braylon Edwards (73)

27. DeSean Jackson (73)

28. Derrick Mason (74)

29. Reggie Brown (75)

30. Brandon Lloyd (79)

31. Michael Jenkins (80)

32. Donnie Avery (81)

33. Mushin Muhammad (83)

34. Greg Camarillo (83)

35. Lance Moore (89)

36. Plaxico Burress (90)

37. Malcolm Floyd (90)

38. Justin Gage (94)

39. Wes Welker (96)

40. Derek Stanley (99)

41. Santonio Holmes (100)

42. Kevin Curtis (101)

43. Steve Breaston (104)

44. Koren Robinson (104)

45. Anthony Gonzalez (106)

46. Sinorice Moss (110)

47. Rasheid Davis (113)

48. Mark Bradley (113)

49. Ted Ginn Jr. (113)

50. Brandon Stokley (118)

51. Mike Walker (121)

52. Chansi Stuckey (123)

53. Marques Colston (123)

54. Bryant Johnson (126)

55. Hank Baskett (129)

56. Tory Holt (131)

57. Derek Hagan (131)

58. Marvin Harrison (134)

59. Amani Toomer (134)

60. James Jones (142)

61. Sidney Rice (143)

62. Darrell Jackson (146)

63. Arnaz Battle (146)

64. Roscoe Parish (147)

65. Mark Clayton (148)

66. Jehereme Urban (152)

67. Bobby Wade (153)

68. Devin Hester (155)

69. Josh Reed (155)

70. Steve Smith (160)

71. Justin McCairens (160)

72. Marty Booker (163)

73. James Hardy (165)

74. Deion Branch (170)

75. Brandon Jones (172)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 RBs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

Week 10 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1. LaDanian Tomlinson (16)

2. Adrian Peterson (20)

3. Willie Parker (22)

4. Matt Forte (26)

5. Chris Johnson (27)

6. Frank Gore (29)

7. Michael Turner (29)

8. Brian Westbrook (32)

9. Thomas Jones (33)

10. Tim Hightower (33)

11. Ronnie Brown (34)

12. Steven Jackson (35)

13. Jamal Lewis (38)

14. DeAngelo Williams (38)

15. Maurice Jones-Drew (40)

16. Brandon Jacobs (43)

17. Ray Rice (43)

18. LenDale White (47)

19. Marshawn Lynch (50)

20. LeRon McClain (53)

21. Steve Slaton (54)

22. Kevin Smith (56)

23. Kevin Faulk (56)

24. Edgerin James (57)

25. Selvin Young (59)

26. Julius Jones (60)

27. Jonathan Stewart (60)

28. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (66)

29. Mewelde Moore (66)

30. Leon Washington (69)

31. Joseph Addai (73)

32. Jerious Norwood (75)

33. Deuce McAllister (75)

34. JJ Arrington (75)

35. Derrick Ward (79)

36. Darren Sproles (81)

37. Ricky Williams (82)

38. Ryan Grant (90)

39. Patrick Cobbs (90)

40. Chester Taylor (92)

41. Justin Fargas (92)

42. Correll Buckhalter (100)

43. Michael Bush (100)

44. Jamal Charles (101)

45. Fred Jackson (102)

46. Dominic Rhodes (103)

47. Peyton Hillis (105)

48. Ahman Green (106)

49. TJ Duckett (106)

50. Leonard Weaver (108)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 WRs

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

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Week 9 D/ST Rankings and Previews

Week 9 K Rankings and Previews

 

Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings Week 9

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20. Chris Chambers – SD – 273 yds 5 TD

Dropped from Rankings: Plaxico Burress – NYG

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

1. Anquan Boldin (9)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (15)

3. Calvin Johnson (18)

4. Brandon Marshall (18)

5. Roddy White (29)

6. Reggie Wayne (31)

7. Andre Johnson (32)

8. Santana Moss (34)

9. Donnie Avery (36)

10. Laverneus Coles (38)

11. Lee Evans (38)

12. Greg Jennings (41)

13. DeSean Jackson (43)

14. Bernard Berrian (44)

15. Terrell Owens (46)

16. Plaxico Burress (48)

17. TJ Houshmandzadeh (48)

18. Eddie Royal (48)

19. Kevin Walter (48)

20. Hines Ward (49)

21. Matt Jones (55)

22. Brandon Lloyd (55)

23. Randy Moss (58)

24. DeWayne Bowe (58)

25. Roy Williams (61)

26. Nate Washington (61)

27. Jehrico Cotchery (62)

28. Reggie Brown (63)

29. Sinorice Moss (64)

30. Hank Baskett (73)

31. Kevin Curtis (75)

32. Santonio Holmes (75)

33. Derrick Mason (77)

34. Marvin Harrison (77)

35. Braylon Edwards (80)

36. Antonio Bryant (83)

37. Chad “Lost His” Johnson (84)

38. Amani Toomer (84)

39. Devin Hester (85)

40. Steve Breaston (85)

41. Patrick Crayton (88)

42. Brandon Stokley (88)

43. Wes Welker (88)

44. Greg Camarillo (89)

45. Justin Gage (90)

46. Donald Driver (91)

47. Chansi Stuckey (94)

48. Tory Holt (96)

49. Antoine Randle-El (96)

50. Anthony Gonzalez (97)

51. Ted Ginn Jr. (99)

52. Bobby Wade (100)

53. Rasheid Davis (103)

54. Michael Jenkins (105)

55. Mike Walker (109)

56. Reggie Williams (109)

57. Marty Booker (109)

58. Billy McMullen (113)

59. Derek Hagan (117)

60. Darrell Jackson (118)

61. Chaz Schilens (125)

62. Javon Walker (125)

63. Dane Looker (128)

64. Steve Smith (128) *NYG

65. Ike Hilliard (129)

66. Joey Galloway (131)

67. Domenik Hixon (132)

68. James Jones (137)

69. Josh Reed (140)

70. Mike Furrey (144)

71. Jabar Gafney (144)

72. Ashley Lelie (145)

73. Jeherme Urban (145)

74. Johnnie Lee Higgins (147)

75. Roscoe Parish (148)

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

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

Thyrl’s Mobtown Blog Pound 2.0

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 RBs

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

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Ravens crush woeful Raiders, 29-10

Posted on 26 October 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

The Raiders have played an interesting foil in the annals of Baltimore football history.

There was the “Ghost To The Post” thriller on Christmas Eve in 1977. The Raiders were the first team to come to Baltimore to play the Ravens in 1996. And, of course, it was a trip to Oakland and a win in the AFC Championship Game in 2001 that took the Ravens to Tampa and a Super Bowl title.

Today, however, the Raiders look to be a shadow of their famed black and silver pirate crest, a hapless franchise with second-rate talent and an owner that makes Peter Angelos seem sensible.

What the hell happened to the “commitment to excellence”?

We’ve seen some bad football teams roll into Baltimore since the Ravens came to town 13 years ago challenging the great Billy Jo Hobert, but today’s effort by the Raiders might’ve been one of the worst we’ve ever seen in the Charm City. That’s about as bad of a football team you’re gonna find with the red, white and blue NFL crest on it.

Their offense was hopeless, the special teams were poor – making Jim Leonhard look like Dante Hall in his prime – and the defense was good enough to allow a slow, 6-foot-6 quarterback to spread wide and catch bombs from the backup quarterback. And who Tom Cable and where is Lane Kiffin?

If Al Davis were in his right mind, he’d be ashamed of what a cruel hoax this is on the Raider Nation and the Black Hole. Next week, they might want to try to show up against the Falcons.

Sure, the Ravens looked great today and we’ll all gladly take this 29-10 win. At 4-3 on Halloween, this 2008 season has some real life and some real promise as the purple heads to Cleveland next week where a win puts them on a fast track for a potential playoff berth. It would be time to bust out the “P” word (or is it still Festivus?). No one could argue with 5-3 at the turn, even if the second half appears to be helluva challenge with so many potential playoff teams on the slate in November and December, including the entire firing squad of the NFC East.

But I can’t fathom how the Raiders are going to win another game with that band of ragamuffins.

Let’s take it around the victorious purple locker room:

Joe Flacco wasn’t brilliant today (12 of 124 for 140 years) but he threw a TD, ran for one and damn-near CAUGHT one. The maturation of Flacco as a rookie is going swimmingly well for the team, with him getting all sorts of initiations to victories, defeats, road and home games and all sorts of looks from defenses around the NFL. I’m glad we bought the stock months ago.

Terrell Suggs, for all of his stupid bluster and idiotic pronouncements, certainly showed up to play today and made his presence felt anywhere around JaMarcus Russell, who looks like the next No. 1 QB bust of this decade.

Ray Lewis continues to dazzle in his contract walk season, making play after play and I’m still not sure that Justin Griffith made it anywhere near the goal line on that lone touchdown, but he’ll no doubt still be feeling that hit on Wednesday.

Let’s hear it for Jim Leonhard, who has become a fan favorite with these “little guy” efforts on defense and special teams. He’s MY SIZE for crying out loud, but he plays like a giant on the field.

The running game was effective all day, racking up 192 yards on 46 carries as the Ravens controlled the clock and exhausted the Raiders’ defense. The three-headed monster of Ray Rice (8-64), Willis McGahee (23-58) and Le’Ron McClain (7-32) has been more effective than any of us realized back in training camp. And let’s give the offensive line some props as well — even with Adam Terry and Marshal Yanda out, they’re still protecting Flacco pretty well and allowing the backs to move the ball.

Even Matt Stover had a perfect day, which we’ll need more of as the weather turns and the games become tight enough that his foot will surely play a major role in deciding the season.

But the biggest game ball goes to John Harbaugh and the coaching staff, who have held the team together through several crises this season, not the least of which was the notion that the team didn’t have enough talent to compete:

•    The quarterback carousel during training camp and prepping and winning with a rookie signal caller in the NFL.

•    The horrendous injury/age situation on the defensive side of the ball, with Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle, Kelly Gregg and Dawan Landry all out of the lineup. And that’s not to mention various dings to Willis McGahee, Terry and the loss of Yanda on offense.

•    The bad, ugly, brutal loss in Indianapolis and a three-game losing streak and the bounce back in Miami and again today. Good teams rebound. The Ravens have nicely. That’s good coaching and a lot of heart.

•    The difficulty of navigating and covering for the stupid comments and actions by some of his childish players (this was essentially what got Brian Billick fired). Not only did Chris McAlister not play today, no one even bothered asking where the hell he was. (Disciplined? Absolutely. But will they say it was his leg? Absolutely. They should just come clean and tell the truth, instead of this silly gameplaying that went on last week.)

One more game ball might go to the Ravens’ still-stellar front office acumen in picking talent. Jameel McClain, Willie Anderson, Evan Oglesby and Brandon McKinney all made plays today and none of them were on the team in August. Hats off to George Kokinis and Ozzie Newsome, who have improved this team coming out of Westminster.

The real test, of course, comes in January when the team’s 2008 record is public.

But so far, at 4-3 with winnable games on the horizon in Cleveland and Houston, the Ravens are far more interesting, entertaining and enjoyable than any of us thought possible eight weeks ago.

And if crappy teams like the Raiders are on the schedule (and there’s at least one left with Cincinnati) we’ll take them every week.

As long as the Ravens show up and beats them in the fashion they did today, it’s fun for all of us.

I’ve never been more excited about a trip to Cleveland…

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Fantasy Football…review of Week 3 & Week4 thoughts

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Fantasy Football…review of Week 3 & Week4 thoughts

Posted on 25 September 2008 by KZ

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Some Notes from week 3:

TRADE BAIT(s): the sell high RB edition: Ronnie Brown, Willie Parker and Julius Jones

STAR(S) OF WEEK (officially renamed the LT of the Week): RONNIE BROWN

DUD(S) of the Week: Lets do a WR roundup Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards and Plaxico Burress

Hot Pick up(s) of the week: Billy Miller, Brady Quinn, Matt Ryan (bye week fill in), C. Buchhalter, Warrick Dunn (may still be out there), Justin McCareins, Antonio Bryant and Brandon Lloyd.

TEAM(s) of the WEEK: San Diego, Minnesots and Jacksonville all had must win games…and WON!!

Ut Oh of the week: CHICAGO BEARS…what happened to the Defense???

Fantasy Football Start Them This Week…

Check back weekly. We will never say start LT or AP that is too obvious and We will never tell you to sit someone, but here are some people we really like ….you can make the sit calls or email us for our view…track how accurate we are…..we have been as good as everyone else so check us out.

PLEASE READ THIS WEEKS COLUMS ON STARTS: CLICK HERE

QB’s: MUST STARTS: ROMO, BREES, CUTLER, WARNER, MCNABB, ROETHLISBERGER, RODGERS, P. MANNING

Other to consider this week: Palmer, Anderson, Farve, O’Sullivan, Delhomme and Rivers

RB’s: MUST STARTS: LT, Adrian Peterson, Westbrook (hurt), Parker (hurt), Lynch, Portis, Barber, Gore, Steve Jackson, Addai, Jacobs and Thomas Jones

Others to consider this week: Perry, Jamal Lewis, Maurice Jones Drew, J. Stewart, F. Taylor and Forte

WR’s/TE’s: MUST STARTS: TO, Greg Jennings, Randy Moss (still have to), Wes Welker (ppr), Fitzgerald, Boldin, Andre Johnson, Burress, Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson, Marshall, Holmes, Wayne, Gates, Witten, Gonzales, Winslow

Other to consider this week: Bowe, TJ Housh, McCareins, Patten, Bruce and Evans

Top 10 to 15 or so starts for IDP’s:

DL: Jared Allen, Mario Williams, Aaron Kampman, Will Smith, Julius Peppers, Patrick Kearney, Aaron Schobel, Trent Cole, Terrell Suggs, Gaines Adams, Aaron Carter, Bernard Berry, Justin Tuck and Justin Smith.

LB: D. Ryans, P. Willis, R. Lewis, N. Barnett, D. Harris, M. Peterson, K. Morrison, J. Beason, W. Witherspoon, K. Rivers, L. Fletcher, B. Urlacher, D. Edwards, AJ Hawk, James Harrison, J. Beason, J. Vilma and F. Keiaho

DB: G. Wilson, A. Wilson. C. Tillman, A. Bigby, C. Finnegan, A. Winfield, T. Polamalu, C. Tillman, B. Sanders, L. Landry, M. Trufant, B. Pollard, Q. Jammer,A. Cromartie, E. Coleman and Mike Adams.

Some Other Guys We Like This Week…

SLEEPER(s) OF THE WEEK….what DUD will become a STUD…at least for one week….we will try to give a QB, RB and WR/TE each week…

QB: Trent Green…250 yards and a TD or 2.
RB: Andre Hall…everyone runs on Kansas City, so why not him as a sleeper.
WR/TE: Demetrious Williams….call it a gut feeling.
Kicker and Defense: Carolina Panthers on D…and Janokowski for Oakland gets 3 FG’s

Locks Of The Week…

In a suicide pool? We can help. Once again track our success. We will give you three a week.

After two years we are 118 – 51 (69.8%)…not bad!! TRULY pretty damn good…we have checked others out and we are just as good as they are! 2007 record: 48 – 21.

2008 RECCORD: 7 – 2

WEEK OF 09/28/08:

  1. Denver over Kansas City
  2. Carolina over Atlanta
  3. Jacksonville over Houston

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AFC after 3 pre-season games Fantasy notes

Posted on 27 August 2008 by KZ

After three weeks of the pre-season….AFC Fantasy Football notes:

Buffalo Bills: Edwards beats out Losman! Is this the year the Bills take a step forward? Team still needs to find a TE. Lanston Walker injury could create issues.

Man of the Year: If it’s anyone besides Marshawn Lynch, this team is in a heap of trouble.

Bust of the Year: Josh Reed, the bills drafted James Hardy to finally take some pressure off Lee Evans.

Sleeper: Trent Edwards…teams will try and stop the run, which will give Edwards lots of opportunities to open things up.

Miami Dolphins: New coach…check….new QB…new General Manger…lots of things are new in Miami.

Man of the Year: Chad Pennington has a chance to make a huge difference.

Bust of the Year: Ricky Williams…can’t handle a full load…be careful in drafting him.

Sleeper: Ted Gin Jr…has the speed and moves to be a dynamic WR…but can he handle the pounding on his smallish frame.

New England Patriots: 18 and 1…does that 1 linger or is it a rallying point? Have teams figured out how to slow down Brady and Moss, like was done in the playoffs?

Man of the Year: Laurence Maroney will have to play a larger role in the offense this year.

Bust of the Year: Brady and Moss…both will be top 10 in their respective positions but just do not expect record setting years…I’d guess 35 to 40 TD’s for Brady and 15 TD’s for Moss.

Sleeper: I keep waiting for Ben Watson to have a breakout year…I think this is it.

New York Jets: It was actually a ho-hum camp for the Jets. Nothing really happened…well until a hall of fame to be QB came along and pushed expectations through the roof.

Man of the Year: How many wins is Brett Farve worth? I’d say to the Jets 4…so 8 – 8 would be a true miracle.

Bust of the Year: Brett Farve…yes he is the man also, but this is not Green Bay…28 TD’s would amaze me. He is still the gun slinger, so 24 TD’s and 20 INT’s is a possibility.

Sleeper: Jesse Chatman…with T. Jones now 30 and injury to him would open the door for a pretty decent Chatman.

 

 

Denver Broncos: Shanny’s back, back again, Shanny’s back, tell a friend. Everyone’s favorite Fantasy coach is back again to torment us all.

Man of the Year: Jay Cutler will be a top 8 QB this year.

Bust of the year: Selvin Young…3 or 4 RB’s will start for Denver this year…and usually the first guy up is the last guy in total yards.

Sleeper: Andre Hall and Anthony Alridge…they will start at some point this year…worth a flyer.

Kansas City Chiefs: Something tells me this team may be Fantasy friendly this year…Croyle starts at QB, LJ is back and healthy, Gonzo is well Gonzo…what’s not to like? Revamped OLINE! Dwayne Bowe is a legit WR…oh now I see it…Davard Darling is the other WR and Herm Edwards is still the coach.

Man of the year: It does not seem to matter who the QB is Tony Gonzales gets his catches, but will TD’s be a problem this year?

Bust of the Year: With Croyle at QB, LARRY JOHNSON, healthy or not, is going to see a lot of 8 and 9 man fronts.

Sleeper: Jackie Battle…he is a big 6’3, 238 bruising back who can get into the hole quickly…If LJ goes down…keep an eye on him.

Oakland Raiders: This is a young team with a ton of untapped talent on the offensive side of the ball and a defense that is better than people think.

Man of the Year: JaMarcus Russell is essentially a rookie but the Raiders will go as far as he can take them.

Bust of the Year: Darren Mcfadden is not Adrian Peterson, he simply is not.

Sleeper: Ronald Curry could have 70 catches and 8 TD’s this year.

San Diego Chargers: Injured players return to lead the Bolts! Rivers, Gates and LT all back after disappointing end to 2007.

Man of the Year: LT is still the best player in the NFL

Bust of the Year: Vincent Jackson has untapped potential at WR…it remains untapped.

Sleeper: Legedu Naanee I can see him replacing Jackson in the lineup by mid-season.

 

 

 

Baltimore Ravens: A pre-season that leaves the team with more questions than answers. Who is the QB, RB, CB, TE…and so on and so forth.

Man of the Year: JOE FLACCO will be the starter by week 5 at the latest.

Bust of the Year: Willis McGahee…I said early on something worried me about him.

Sleeper: Yamon Figures will have a huge impact in the return game and will be given a shot at WR.

Cincinnati Bengals: Rudi is not ready, Chad is hurting and did I read that Chris Henry was resigned? WOW!

Man of the Year: Carson Palmer is a top 5 QB. He will have to throw a lot with the RB situation unsettled.

Bust of the Year: Chad Johnson is hurting…and it’s not going to get better.

Sleeper: Jerome Simpson WR…with Johnson and TJ banged up Simpson should get a chance this season and I think he is special.

Cleveland Browns: Huge expectations for the Browns this year. Can Anderson duplicate the first 10 games from 2007 for an entire year? Can Jamal continue his revival?

Man of the Year: Braylon Edwards is a top 5 WR and getting better!

Bust of the Year: Derek Anderson is being drafted like a top 6 QB, he will be lucky to be a top 12 guy.

Sleeper: Brady Quinn will start at some point this year.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Why is this team being overlooked again this year? Best balance of any team in the division.

Man of the Year: Ben Roethlisberger…did you know Big Ben threw 32 TD’s last year? Well, he throws 35 this year.

Bust of the Year: Rashard Mendenhall is going to be a solid if not great NFL RB, but just not this year…Willie Parker is still the man in Pittsburgh.

Sleeper: Limas Sweed..Ben wanted a big receiver and he got a really good one.

Houston Texans: Can they find a RB? Can Andre Johnson stay healthy, can the defense continue to improve.

Man of the Year: Andre Johnson will lead the league in receptions and yards if he plays 16 games this year.

Bust of the Year: Kevin Walter is currently number two on the depth chart, he finishes 4th.

Sleeper: Jacoby Jones for the second year in a row…

Indianapolis Colts: The only question is…Manning’s knee and how healthy will it be. Jeff Saturday the leader of the OLINE may be out a long period of time as well.

Man of the Year: Joseph Addai has to be the man and take pressure of Manning early in the season.

Bust of the Year: Anthony Gonzales has lots of potential but a healthy Marvin Harrison will curtail his production this year.

Sleeper: Roy Hall…if Harrison get hurt this year..Hall will get some time.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Can they finally win the division? They appear to have all the pieces in place.

Man of the Year: David Garrard has to continue to be efficient and effective in 2008.

Bust of the Year: Troy Williamson is simply not that good.

Sleeper: Matt Jones had a great camp…and has earned his chance to play.

Tennessee Titans: Can Vince Young reduce the turnovers? That is the question for this team. They have a solid defense a good running game, but need VY to take care of the ball better…9 -17 TD to INT ratio will not get it done.

Man of the Year: Vince Young…it is his team and he has to be a better on field leader.

Bust of the Year: LenDale White? I think he will have a good year, but all this Chris Johnson talk has me worried a bit.

Sleeper: Justin McCariens has the size and speed to be exactly what VY needs.

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Some Sleepers and Busts for your viewing!!!

Posted on 07 August 2008 by KZ

2008 Fans Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts

Sleepers:

Now this list is long…but it’s complete

QUARTERBACKS:

Kurt Warner – he has to start at some point doesn’t he?
Jason Campbell – I am not a big fan, but can’t argue with his completion percentage
Alex Smith – 4000 yard QB’s seem to follow Martz around

RUNNING BACKS:

Reggie Bush – He can’t be that bad can he?
Thomas Jones – good line, good WR’s…a better TE will all help
Jesse Chatman – seems to always have a good run for a few games…handcuff to Jones?
Tim Hightower – everyone’s buzzing about him…Edge has to slow down at some point…
Andre Hall – RB’s that play in Denver…enough said!
Pierre Thomas – If Deuce is not healthy he could surprise.
Lamont Jordan – vulture supreme?
The rookies: Ray Rice, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Slaton all could get a chance to shine this year!

WIDE RECEIVERS:

Calvin Johnson – he is going to be a stud in the NFL…is this the year?
Chris Chambers – With Gates not 100% someone has to catch the ball.
Rashied Davis – Devin Hester is not a starting WR in the NFL…sorry!
Bryant Johnson – If Alex Smith throws for 4000 yards…someone has to catch the ball
Eddie Royal – could surprise if he gets a chance.

TIGHT ENDS:

Greg Olsen – fast, smart…just a matter of time
Alge Crumpler – in a TE oriented system now…will be VY’s best friend if stays healthy
LJ Smith – Health is the only thing holding him back
Ben Patrick – Size, hands, speed…has the tools…
Will Heller – again has the tools…in a passing system.

BUSTS:

John Kitna – Martz is gone…so are 4000 yards
Eli Manning – 23 td’s and 20 ints…Super Bowl winning QB, which stats help you in fantasy more?
Derek Anderson – He may be OK, but he is not a top 5 QB!
Willis McGahee – Something scares me about him in 2008
Jamal Lewis – There is no such thing as a fountain of youth..I see a drop off
Julius Jones – I just don’t see stud RB..plus will his TD’s be vulture?
Bobby Engram – no way he duplicates 2007
Roddy White – may have a ROOKIE QB throwing to him for a long part of the year.
Desmond Clark – They drafted Mr. Olsen for a reason
Randy McMichael – never could count on him, why start now

KICKERS:

Rob Bironas – He can’t duplicate 2007…no way…good kicker, but do not overvalue him

MARQUES COLSTON AWARD NOMINEES

MARCUS MONK (WR) – 6’4” 212 ran a 4.41 in his pro-day…plays in CHICAGO…
JACOB TAMME (TE) – If Dallas Clark goes down…watch out for this guy!

JOSH MORGAN (WR) – If he makes the team in SF…could surprise!

COULD GO EITHER WAY…could be a sleeper…could be a bust…flip a coin:

RONNIE BROWN – coming off of ACL surgery, had a great start to 2007…has RICKY WILLIAMS looming…???

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