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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 Ks

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The return of Lawrence Tynes to the Giants this week, forced John Carney from the #1 spot in the rankings to being all the way out of them. From here out, whoever is kicking for the Giants should be a good option, but indications from Tom Coughlin are that he may go back and fourth with them. Garrett Hartley, although not in the rankings, is a worthwhile pickup and should be productive throughout the remaining season. Here are this week’s power rankings and match up previews, along with weekly start rankings at the bottom of the page.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 12. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 12 start rankings; that’s where you should look for help with your week 12 lineup decisions.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Kicker Power Rankings

 

K Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Stephen Gostkowski (5) – NE – FG – 24/26; 1-39 – 16/16; 40-49 – 8/10; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 19/19

 

2. Mason Crosby (9) – GB – FG – 19/23; 1-39 – 12/14; 40-49 – 4/4; 50+ – 3/5; PAT – 31/31

 

3. David Akers (3) – PHI – FG – 22/26; 1-39 – 18/18; 40-49 – 4/5; 50+ – 0/3; PAT – 28/28

 

4. Jason Elam (4) – ATL – FG – 21/23; 1-39 – 11/12; 40-49 – 9/9; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 24/24

 

5. Jay Feeley (2) – NYJ – FG – 18/22; 1-39 – 12/15; 40-49 – 4/5; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 27/27

 

6. Matt Bryant (10) – TB – FG – 24/28; 1-39 – 21/21; 40-49 – 3/5; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 19/19

 

7. Phil Dawson (20) – CLE – FG – 22/24; 1-39 – 16/16; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 3/5; PAT – 17/17

 

8. Ryan Longwell (15) – MIN – FG – 19/23; 1-39 – 11/12; 40-49 – 5/8; 50+ – 3/3; PAT – 22/22

 

9. Matt Prater (6) – DEN – FG – 17/21; 1-39 – 10/12; 40-49 – 2/4; 50+ – 5/5; PAT – 27/27

 

10. Neil Rackers (19) – AZ – FG – 18/20; 1-39 – 13/15; 40-49 – 4/4; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 29/29

 

11. Rob Bironas (8) – TEN – FG – 18/21; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 8/11; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

12. Rian Lindell (12) – BUF – FG – 19/24; 1-39 – 11/11; 40-49 – 7/10; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 22/22

 

13. John Kasay (11) – CAR – FG – 18/19; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 7/7; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 24/24

 

14. Joe Nedney (7) – SF – FG – 18/20; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 7/9; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 24/24

 

15. Shaun Suisham (13) – WAS – FG – 19/25; 1-39 – 9/11; 40-49 – 9/11; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 16/16

 

16. Nate Kaeding (14) – SD – FG – 18/22; 1-39 – 16/16; 40-49 – 2/6; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

17. Josh Brown (NR) – ST.L – FG – 18/21; 1-39 – 7/7; 40-49 – 7/8; 50+ – 4/6; PAT – 12/12

 

18. Robbie Gould (16) – CHI – FG – 16/19; 1-39 – 9/9; 40-49 – 7/10; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

19. Josh Scobee (18) – JAX – FG – 15/17; 1-39 – 8/10; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 4/4; PAT – 23/23

 

20. Sebastian Janikowski (17) – OAK – FG – 18/24; 1-39 – 14/14; 40-49 – 2/4; 50+ – 2/6; PAT – 10/10

 

Dropped from Rankings: John Carney – NYG

 

Ks Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 12: Nick Folk vs. SF; Shaun Suisham @ SEA; Nate Kaeding vs. IND; Robbie Gould @ ST.L; Mason Crosby @ NO; Joe Nedney @ DAL; Matt Bryant @ DET

 

Ks Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 12 Match Ups: Sebastian Janikowski @ DEN; Rian Lindell @ KC; Connor Barth vs. BUF

 

Ks With Tough Week 12 Match Ups: Jay Feeley @ TEN; John Kasay @ ATL; Lawrence Tynes or John Carney @ AZ; Neil Rackers vs. NYG; Ryan Longwell @ JAX; Jason Elam vs. CAR; Olindo Mare vs. WAS

 

Ks You Might Want To Avoid In Week 12: Kris Brown @ CLE; Dan Carpenter vs. NE; Shayne Graham @ PIT

 

And here are the week 12 Fantasy K start rankings; it’s all 32 starting Ks 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. Mason Crosby (16)

2. Garrett Hartley (16)

3. Stephen Gostkowski (24)

4. Matt Bryant (26)

5. Phil Dawson (29)

6. David Akers (30)

7. Lawrence Tynes (32) *no difference if it’s Carney

8. Rian Lindell (33)

9. Jason Elam (36)

10. Shaun Suisham (36)

11. Nate Kaeding (39)

12. Joe Nedney (41)

13. Matt Prater (44)

14. Jay Feeley (46)

15. Ryan Longwell (46)

16. Robbie Gould (46)

17. Rob Bironas (47)

18. Sebastian Janikowski (48)

19. Josh Brown (50)

20. Neil Rackers (54)

21. Josh Scobee (58)

22. John Kasay (61)

23. Jeff Reed (61)

24. Nick Folk (65)

25. Jason Hanson (69)

26. Connor Barth (69)

27. Matt Stover (71)

28. Olindo Mare (75)

29. Kris Brown (77)

30. Adam Vinatieri (77)

31. Shayne Graham (79)

32. Dan Carpenter (83)

 

Use the links below to check out all of the other positional rankings, and I’ll try to consolidate all of this week’s start rankings into one blog, that I’ll update as injury information becomes available too. Remember to trust your gut and have fun, and as always, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 D/ST Rankings and Previews

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 QBs

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are this week’s Fantasy Flavor Quarterback Power Rankings for week 12. There wasn’t a lot of movement within the top ten, and at this point in the season, barring injury, there likely won’t be. The bottom half of the top 20 is full of upstarts, rookies and fill ins. Both Tony Romo and Kyle Orton returned to action, and to the top 20 this week, and Shaun Hill has worked his way in as well, and could prove to be a valuable stretch run addition.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 12. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 12 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 12 lineup decisions.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

QB Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 1011

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Kurt Warner (3) – AZ – 3155 yds 20 TD 7 int

 

2. Drew Brees (2) – NO – 3251 yds 18 TD 11 int

 

3. Jay Cutler (1) – DEN – 2832 yds 19 TD 11 int

 

4. Phillip Rivers (4) – SD – 2513 yds 21 TD 10 int

 

5. Aaron Rodgers (5) – GB – 2351 yds 15 TD 6 int & 3 rush TD

 

6. Tony Romo (NR) – DAL – 1887 yds 15 TD 7 int

 

7. Peyton Manning (6) – IND – 2568 yds 17 TD 9 int & 1 rush TD

 

8. Donavan McNabb (7) – PHI – 2711 yds 14 TD 8 int & 1 rush TD

 

9. Brett Favre (9) – NYJ – 2237 yds 18 TD 12 int

 

10. Matt Cassel (18) – NE – 2200 yds 10 TD 7 int & 1 rush TD

 

11. Eli Manning (8) – NYG – 2079 yds 15 TD 7 int & 1 rush TD

 

12. Kyle Orton (NR) – CHI – 1910 yds 10 TD 4 int & 1 rush TD

 

13. David Garrard (10) – JAX – 2144 yds 8 TD 6 int & 1 rush TD

 

14. Matt Ryan (12) – ATL – 2159 yds 11 TD 6 int

 

15. Shaun Hill (NR) – SF – 1731 yds 5 TD 2 int & 1 rush TD

 

16. Tyler Thigpen (17) – KC – 1337 yds 10 TD 5 int & 1 rush TD

 

17. Gus Frerotte (13) – MIN – 1557 yds 11 TD 11 int

 

18. Joe Flacco (16) – BAL – 1813 yds 8 TD 9 int & 2 rush TD

 

19. Chad Pennington (11) – MIA – 2374 yds 8 TD 5 int

 

20. Jason Campbell (14) – WAS – 2122 yds 9 TD 3 int

 

Dropped from Rankings: Jeff Garcia – TB; Jake Delhomme – CAR; Ben Roethlisberger – PIT

 

QBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual in Week 12: Peyton Manning @ SD; Kyle Orton @ ST.L; Aaron Rodgers @ NO; Eli Manning @ AZ; Gus Frerotte @ JAX

 

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 12 Match Ups: Jeff Garcia @ DET; Brady Quinn vs. HOU; Jason Campbell @ SEA; JaMarcus Russell @ DEN; Kerry Collins vs. NYJ

 

QBs With Tough Week 12 Match Ups: Phillip Rivers vs. IND; Brett Favre @ TEN; Drew Brees vs. GB; Donavan McNabb @ BAL; Kurt Warner vs. NYG; Daunte Culpepper vs. TB; Tyler Thigpen vs. BUF

 

QBs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 12: Ryan Fitzpatrick @ PIT; Matt Ryan vs. CAR; Joe Flacco vs. PHI

 

And here are the week 12 Fantasy QB start rankings; it’s all 32 projected starters in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Peyton Manning (15)

2. Aaron Rodgers (21)

3. Jay Cutler (22)

4. Tony Romo (22)

5. Kurt Warner (29)

6. Shaun Hill (31)

7. Brady Quinn (31)

8. Drew Brees (35)

9. Eli Manning (36)

10. Phillip Rivers (40)

11. Matt Cassel (40)

12. Kyle Orton (42)

13. Tyler Thigpen (43)

14. Gus Frerotte (43)

15. Jeff Garcia (44)

16. Donavan McNabb (45)

17. Jason Campbell (48)

18. David Garrard (52)

19. Brett Favre (53)

20. Chad Pennington (57)

21. Sage Rosenfels (61)

22. Kerry Collins (61)

23. Matt Ryan (62)

24. Joe Flacco (64)

25. Jake Delhomme (68)

26. Ben Roethlisberger (69)

27. JaMarcus Russell (70) *about the same if it’s Walter or Tuisasopo

28. Trent Edwards (78)

29. Marc Bulger (78)

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (81)

31. Daunte Culpepper (86)

32. Matt Hasselbeck (87)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 D/ST Rankings and Previews

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Great Tight Ends

Posted on 15 November 2008 by Brian Billick

Tomorrow we may see a substantial achievement by one of the great tight ends to play this game. With one more TD reception Antonio Gates can get to 50 TD receptions in a career faster than any other tight end in NFL history. Not withstanding injury, Gates may well be on the way to the first of many feats to establish himself as one of the great tight ends of all time.

The year 1963 saw the beginning of a major shift in the NFL with the use of the tight end. The evolution of the tight end position has been constant since Mike Ditka changed the definition of the position as the 5th selection overall in the NFL Draft that year by the Chicago Bears when he caught 56 passes for 1076 yards and a still-record 12 TD’s by a tight end (tied by Todd Christensen twenty years later). Ditka, Baltimore’s John Mackey and St. Louis Cardinals Jackie Smith (all drafted in I963) began to shift the tight end position to one from primarily as a blocker to one who could be a major part of an offensive passing attack. All three would go on to have Hall of Fame careers.

These great players were followed by the likes of Charlie Sanders (Detroit) and Raymond Chester (Oakland) in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Dave Casper (Oakland) followed in 1974, our own Ozzie Newsome then came along in Cleveland in 1978, Kellen Winslow (San Diego) and Todd Christensen (Oakland) in 1979. Christensen was actually drafted as a running back by the Dallas Cowboys, moved on to the New York Giants before settling in Oakland and igniting his career as a tight end.

In the mid-1980’s Mark Bavaro (New York Giants) and Jay Novacek (Dallas) came along to prove invaluable parts of Super Bowl winning teams.

Shannon Sharpe started the 90’s off right with the Denver Broncos followed by Tony Gonzales (Kansas City Chiefs) in the later part of the decade.

Looking at this group one thing become readily apparent. If you want a great one you will probably have to use a high draft choice to do it. The chart below shows that you will probably have to expend a first day pick to get a TE of this caliber.

Mike Ditka

1963

Chi

1961, 1st round (5th overall) by Chicago

Kellen Winslow

1980

SD

1979, 1st Round (13th Pick) by San Diego Chargers

Tony Gonzales

1998

KC

1997, 1st Round (13th Pick) by Kansas City Chiefs

Ozzie Newsome

1979

Cle

1978, 1st Round (23rd Pick) by Cleveland Browns

Raymond Chester

1972

Oak

1970, 1st Round (24th Pick) by Oakland Raiders

John Mackey

1964

Bal

1963, 2nd round (19th pick) Baltimore

Dave Casper

1975

Oak

1974, 2nd Round (19th Pick) by Oakland Raiders

Todd Christensen

1980

Oak

1978, 2nd Round (28th Pick) by Dallas Cowboys

Charlie Sanders

1970

Det

1968, 3rd rond (74th pick) By Detroit

Shannon Sharpe

1991

Den

1990, 7th Round (27th Pick) by Denver Broncos

Jackie Smith

1965

StL

1963, 10th round (129 pick) St. Louis

Antonio Gates

2004

SD

2003, Not drafted

Obviously, Antonio Gates may end up as one of the great-undrafted free agent stories of all time. A basketball player at Kent State in Ohio, Gates, if he can stay healthy may break virtually every TE record.

Having said that it is hard to not recognize the accomplishments of Tony Gonzales: (those in RED are current Hall of Fame players. The only HOF missing from this list is John Mackey whose numbers don’t rate in the top ten).

RK

NAME

Year

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lg

TD

1

Tony Gonzales

12

870

10426

12.1

73t

71

2

Shannon Sharpe

14

815

10060

12.3

82t

62

3

Ozzie Newsome

13

662

7980

12.1

74

47

4

Kellen Winslow

9

541

6741

12.5

67t

45

5

Jackie Smith

16

480

7918

16.5

81

40

6

Todd Christensen

10

461

5872

12.7

50

41

7

Mike Ditka

12

427

5812

13.6

76t

43

8

Jay Novacek

11

422

4630

11

49

30

9

Dave Casper

11

378

5216

13.8

52t

52

10

Antonio Gates

6

378

4831

12.8

72t

49

Kellen Winslow is considered by many to be the best based on the numbers he generated even though he was a part of an offense with such great receivers as Charlie Joiner, Wes Chandler and John Jefferson. With all this talent outside, it is truly amazing that he was able to generate this much offense.

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 Ks

Posted on 13 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

And finally, in plenty of time to get your lineups in for tonight, here are the week 11 fantasy kicker rankings. Like defenses, kickers will frustrate you if you spent too early in the draft. Steady legends can fall off quickly, yet two guys grabbed from the scrap heap find themselves at the top of the yearly power rankings so far. The good news is, there are usually plenty to be found on the waiver wire, and if you play your match ups right, you can be successful rotating kickers weekly.

 

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 Kicker Power Rankings

 

K Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10

 

1. John Carney (1) – NYG – FG – 21/22; 1-39 – 18/19; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 27/27

 

2. Jay Feeley (17) – NYJ – FG – 16/20; 1-39 – 10/13; 40-49 – 4/5; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 23/23

 

3. David Akers (2) – PHI – FG – 20/24; 1-39 – 17/17; 40-49 – 3/4; 50+ – 0/3; PAT – 27/27

 

4. Jason Elam (5) – ATL – FG – 19/21; 1-39 – 10/11; 40-49 – 8/8; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 22/22

 

5. Stephen Gostkowski (3) – NE – FG – 21/23; 1-39 – 15/15; 40-49 – 6/8; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 17/17

 

6. Matt Prater (8) – DEN – FG – 16/19; 1-39 – 9/11; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 5/5; PAT – 24/24

 

7. Joe Nedney (11) – SF – FG – 18/20; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 7/9; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 19/19

 

8. Rob Bironas (4) – TEN – FG – 17/20; 1-39 – 9/9; 40-49 – 8/11; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 23/23

 

9. Mason Crosby (13) – GB – FG – 16/20; 1-39 – 11/13; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 2/4; PAT – 27/27

 

10. Matt Bryant (14) – TB – FG – 20/23; 1-39 – 17/17; 40-49 – 3/4; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 18/18

 

11. John Kasay (9) – CAR – FG – 17/18; 1-39 – 9/9; 40-49 – 7/7; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 20/20

 

12. Rian Lindell (10) – BUF – FG – 17/21; 1-39 – 9/9; 40-49 – 7/9; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 19/19

 

13. Shaun Suisham (16) – WAS – FG – 18/23; 1-39 – 9/11; 40-49 – 8/9; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 15/15

 

14. Nate Kaeding (12) – SD – FG – 17/20; 1-39 – 15/15; 40-49 – 2/5; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 25/25

 

15. Ryan Longwell (6) – MIN – FG – 17/21; 1-39 – 10/11; 40-49 – 4/7; 50+ – 3/3; PAT – 21/21

 

16. Robbie Gould (7) – CHI – FG – 15/18; 1-39 – 8/8; 40-49 – 7/10; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

17. Sebastian Janikowski (20) – OAK – FG – 16/21; 1-39 – 12/12; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 2/6; PAT – 9/9

 

18. Josh Scobee (15) – JAX – FG – 15/17; 1-39 – 8/10; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 4/4; PAT – 21/21

 

19. Neil Rackers (NR) – AZ – FG – 14/16; 1-39 – 11/13; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 27/27

 

20. Phil Dawson (NR) – CLE – FG – 17/19; 1-39 – 14/14; 40-49 – 1/1; 50+ – 2/4; PAT – 15/15

 

Dropped from Rankings: Josh Brown – ST.L; Olindo Mare – SEA

 

Ks Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Josh Brown @ SF; Kris Brown @ IND; Neil Rackers @ SEA; Joe Nedney vs. ST.L; Jason Elam vs. DEN; Robbie Gould @ GB; Shaun Suisham vs. DAL; John Kasay vs. DET

 

Ks Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Connor Barth vs. NO; Garrett Holliday @ KC

 

Ks With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Josh Scobee vs. TEN; Matt Prater @ ATL; Jay Feeley @ NE; Rian Lindell vs. CLE; Rob Bironas @ JAX; Stephen Gostkowski vs. NYJ; Nate Kaeding @ PIT; Olindo Mare vs. AZ

 

Ks You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Jason Hanson @ CAR; Matt Stover @ NYG

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy K start rankings; it’s all 32 kickers 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. That’s all 6 positions, in plenty of time for tonight’s game.

 

1. Jason Elam (15)

2. Joe Nedney (16)

3. John Carney (21)

4. David Akers (21)

5. Garrett Holliday (26)

6. Mason Crosby (32)

7. Jay Feeley (33)

8. John Kasay (33)

9. Stephen Gostkowski (35)

10. Shaun Suisham (36)

11. Matt Bryant (39)

12. Rob Bironas (42)

13. Matt Prater (43)

14. Robbie Gould (44)

15. Neil Rackers (44)

16. Josh Brown (47)

17. Ryan Longwell (52)

18. Sebastian Janikowski (52)

19. Kris Brown (53)

20. Nate Kaeding (54)

21. Phil Dawson (54)

22. Rian Lindell (54)

23. Shayne Graham (65)

24. Jeff Reed (66)

25. Olindo Mare (67)

26. Connor Barth (69)

27. Josh Scobee (70)

28. Dan Carpenter (73)

29. Nick Folk (82)

30. Matt Stover (83)

31. Adam Vinatieri (87)

32. Jason Hanson (88)

 

Use the links at the bottom of the page for all of the rest of this week’s rankings. As always, keep an eye on the injury report and make adjustments accordingly, or call in to the show on Saturday from 4-7. And most importantly, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 11 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 QBs

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Week 11 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

QB Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10

 

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

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dropped from Rankings: Marc Bulger – ST.L

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1. Kurt Warner (9)

2. Jay Cutler (14)

3. Peyton Manning (20)

4. Drew Brees (23)

5. Aaron Rodgers (31)

6. Donavan McNabb (32)

7. Brady Quinn (34)

8. Phillip Rivers (36)

9. Shaun Hill (36)

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

11. Tyler Thigpen (38)

12. Matt Ryan (39)

13. Brett Favre (42)

14. Eli Manning (46)

15. Chad Pennington (48)

16. Jake Delhomme (51)

17. Ben Roethlisberger (54)

18. David Garrard (55)

19. Jason Campbell (57)

20. Gus Frerotte (60)

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

22. Jeff Garcia (63)

23. Matt Cassel (64)

24. Kerry Collins (66)

25. Trent Edwards (67)

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

27. Joe Flacco (69)

28. Marc Bulger (69)

29. Sage Rosenfels (70)

30. Seneca Wallace (71)

31. Ryan Fitzpatrick (75)

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

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

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Another successful Puck Bus and postgame Browns stains

Posted on 07 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Red hats off to our 57 hockey enthusiasts who ventured down to the Verizon Center last night and “Rocked The Red” for the Caps-Hurricanes game. And, wow, what an ending!

Alexander Semin scored on an amazing pass from Alex Ovechkin and the Caps stole a 3-2 win with less than 11 seconds remaining in regulation, beating goalie Cam Ward and turning the rink into a joyous celebration.

We had kids, families, moms, dads and most surprisingly, MANY people who had never been to a hockey game before. We watched “Slap Shot,” gave away autographed pucks, ate Captain Harvey’s yummy sandwiches and brownies and talked “old time” hockey.

I suppose I’m a little spoiled having had hockey here in Baltimore most of my childhood. It’s been almost 15 years since we lost the puck, so I guess there really are a LOT of people who have never experienced the joy of hockey live. It’s kinda cool watching a kid see live hockey for the first time.

Many folks asked me if we’d be doing more “Puck Bus” trips this season. Given the quick sellout of our trip last night, I think we’ll be offering a multi-game “season ticket” for a Baltimore hockey fan club, which we’ll be starting here at WNST.net.

Stay tuned for more details…

But rest assured: After 17 years, I’m not done pimping the puck!

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So, I got home last night just in time to watch the Browns’ most recent meltdown.

There were four minutes left in the game and the Broncos had the ball near midfield and were locked down at 4th and 1. They ran a draw, got a first down and I told my wife: “They’re the Browns. They’ll screw this up,” not realizing they had a 13-point lead earlier in the game.

Of course, the Browns defense caved in, allowing the game-winning score after watching Broncos quarterback Jay Cutlet scamper 20 yards on a draw play.

I don’t know what’s more of an embarrassment: the way the team plays or the way their fans behave.

They’ve now blown two-touchdown leads at home TWICE in the last four days!

I noticed that Phil Savage signed a major extension last year, so I doubt that he’ll be the one going out the door but Romeo Crennel has become public enemy No. 1 in Cleveland and I can’t think of a worse place to be a head coach than in Cleveland, where the fans boo the home team on first down in the first quarter virtually every week.

Sure, the football hasn’t been pretty. But I’ve said it for years – the Browns fans are the worst enemy of their own team, mercilessly booing and crushing their team in their own stadium year after year.

Given their two-game advantage over the Browns and the possibility of an emergence of the Broncos, it might’ve been better for the Ravens if the Browns would’ve won last night. With the 5-3 start for the purple, I’ve officially opened “scoreboard watching” season in my condo.

Heck, if it helps the Ravens, I’ll root for the Steelers or the Redskins or the Colts at this point.

I just want this team to get to the playoffs. A major step is this weekend, locking down a sixth victory and a road win deep in the heart of Texas.

I’m off to Houston on Sunday morning – we’re doing a “same day down and back” trip.

We’ll have the videos and blogs up on Sunday.

We’re striving to be YOUR place for Baltimore sports every day here at WNST.net.

Feel free to feed back with your comments here on my blog.

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 Ks

Posted on 06 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There’s never much to report when it comes to kickers, but this week did see the Saints bring in Garrett Holliday. He’s in for a tough match up this week with the Falcons, but plays for a high scoring team that plays in a dome, all positives for kickers. If you missed the boat on Connor Barth a couple of weeks ago, Holliday will ease that pain. If you’re using Barth currently, Holliday could ease that pain too.

 

It looks like Jay Feeley is still holding down duty for the Jets and John Carney for the Giants. And once again the once reliable Matt Stover and Adam Vinatieri look like shaky options.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Kicker Power Rankings

 

K Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9

 

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

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. John Carney (1) – NYG – FG – 18/19; 1-39 – 15/16; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 24/24

 

2. David Akers (6) – PHI – FG – 19/23; 1-39 – 17/17; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 0/3; PAT – 23/23

 

3. Stephen Gostkowski (3) – NE – FG – 20/23; 1-39 – 17/17; 40-49 – 3/4; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 18/18

 

4. Rob Bironas (9) – TEN – FG – 17/19; 1-39 – 9/9; 40-49 – 8/10; 50+ – 0/0l; PAT – 20/20

 

5. Jason Elam (4) – ATL – FG – 17/19- 1-39 – 8/9; 40-49 – 8/8; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 18/18

 

6. Ryan Longwell (2) – MIN – FG – 16/19 – 1-39 – 10/11; 40-49 – 4/6; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 18/18

 

7. Robbie Gould (8) – CHI – FG – 15/17; 1-39 – 8/8; 40-49 – 7/9; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 24/24

 

8. Matt Prater (5) – DEN – FG – 14/16; 1-39 – 7/8; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 5/5; PAT – 20/20

 

9. John Kasay (10) – CAR – FG – 16/16; 1-39 – 8/8; 40-49 – 7/7; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 18/18

 

10. Rian Lindell (7) – BUF – FG – 16/20; 1-39 – 8/8; 40-49 – 7/9; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 18/18

 

11. Joe Nedney (12) – SF – FG – 17/19; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 6/8; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 16/16

 

12. Nate Kaeding (13) – SD – FG – 15/18; 1-39 – 13/13; 40-49 – 2/5; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 23/23

 

13. Mason Crosby (16) – GB – FG – 14/17; 1-39 – 11/13; 40-49 – 1/1; 50+ – 2/3; PAT – 24/24

 

14. Matt Bryant (14) – TB – FG – 20/23; 1-39 – 17/17; 40-49 – 3/4; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 18/18

 

15. Josh Scobee (18) – JAX – FG – 14/16; 1-39 – 7/9; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 4/4; PAT – 16/16

 

16. Shaun Suisham (15) – WAS – FG – 18/23; 1-39 – 9/11; 40-49 – 8/9; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 15/15

 

17. Jay Feeley (NR) – NYJ – FG – 12/16; 1-39 – 9/12; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 18/18

 

18. Josh Brown (11) – ST.L – FG – 14/16; 1-39 – 5/5; 40-49 – 5/5; 50+ – 4/6; PAT – 11/11

 

19. Olindo Mare (17) – SEA – FG – 13/14; 1-39 – 8/9; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 16/16

 

20. Sebastian Janikowski (19) – OAK – FG – 14/18; 1-39 – 11/11; 40-49 – 1/2; 50+ – 2/5; PAT – 9/9

 

Dropped from Rankings: Nick Folk – DAL

 

Ks Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: Jeff Reed vs. IND; Nate Kaeding vs. KC; Jason Elam vs. NO; Ryan Longwell vs. GB; Josh Scobee @ DET; Jay Feeley vs. ST.L; Rob Bironas @ CHI; Stephen Gostkowski vs. BUF

 

Ks Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: Neil Rackers vs. SF; Phil Dawson vs. DEN; Dan Carpenter vs. SEA

 

Ks With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Robbie Gould vs. TEN; Matt Prater @ CLE; Sebastian Janikowski vs. CAR; David Akers vs. NYG; Rian Lindell @ NE; Joe Nedney @ AZ; Josh Brown @ NYJ; Mason Crosby @ MIN

 

Ks You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Garrett Holliday @ ATL; Jason Hanson vs. JAX

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy K start rankings; it’s all 28 of this week’s starters 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. The D/ST Rankings will be out at 10 am, and you can use the links below to navigate all of this week’s Positional Power Rankings.

 

1. Jason Elam (15)

2. John Carney (17)

3. Stephen Gostkowski (18)

4. Rob Bironas (19)

5. Ryan Longwell (20)

6. Nate Kaeding (28)

7. David Akers (30)

8. John Kasay (36)

9. Josh Scobee (37)

10. Jay Feeley (40)

11. Dan Carpenter (40)

12. Neil Rackers (41)

13. Robbie Gould (46)

14. Matt Prater (46)

15. Ryan Lindell (47)

16. Mason Crosby (47)

17. Joe Nedney (48)

18. Jeff Reed (49)

19. Olindo Mare (51)

20. Josh Brown (56)

21. Phil Dawson (56)

22. Matt Stover (57)

23. Connor Barth (58)

24. Sebastian Janikowski (65)

25. Kris Brown (67)

26. Jason Hanson (75)

27. Adam Vinatieri (81)

28. Garrett Holliday (85)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 QB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 RB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 WR Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 TE Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 QBs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

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

 

Week 10 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1. Drew Brees (18)

2. Brett Favre (20)

3. David Garrard (21)

4. Phillip Rivers (24)

5. Aaron Rodgers (24)

6. Kurt Warner (25)

7. Chad Pennington (25)

8. Tyler Thigpen (28)

9. Jay Cutler (34)

10. Shaun Hill (36)

11. Donavan McNabb (40)

12. Brady Quinn (41)

13. Peyton Manning (43)

14. Jake Delhomme (43)

15. Eli Manning (45)

16. Matt Ryan (45)

17. Joe Flacco (46)

18. Gus Frerotte (49)

19. Sage Rosenfels (52)

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

21. Marc Bulger (59)

22. Trent Edwards (61)

23. Matt Cassel (65)

24. Seneca Wallace (66)

25. Rex Grossman (71)

26. Kerry Collins (75)

27. Ben Roethlisberger (76) *or Byron Leftwich

28. JaMarcus Russell (76)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 RB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 WR Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 TE Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 K Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It Could Happen Again

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Brian Billick

The question everyone seems to be asking is: “Are the Tennessee Titans for real?” and “Can they go to and win the Super Bowl?” The Titans have made an incredible run thus far and have opened what looks to be an insurmountable lead in the division.

Playing great defense, running the ball well and not turning the ball over has long been a formula for success in reaching the playoffs. The Titans are currently ranked 4th in total defense, 4th in rushing offense and 1st in turnover differential. Indeed, their numbers are very comparable to the numbers we generated in our 2000 Super Bowl run.

2000 Baltimore

2008 Tennessee

Points

9.5

12.4

Yards

247

275

Passing

187

185

Rushing

60

90

Take aways

24

16

Give Aways

13

8

Differential

11

8

What is significant is not that these numbers are comparable, but the circumstance in the league is as well.

As workable as the formula is, it rarely equates to a Championship season, particularly of late. At the end of the day this is still a quarterback-driven league, and the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were always awaiting at the end of the playoff trail.

Much like in the 1990’s it was difficult to achieve a championship with the formula because the likes of Troy Aikman, Joe Montana and Steve Young were awaiting those teams that were able to work themselves up to the championship games.

When we worked the formula to reach the 2000 AFC Championship game, no such list of Hall of Fame quarterbacks awaited. At that time the great quarterbacks of the time were transitioning out of the game. There was a void of great quarterback play. As good as Rich Gannon was in 2000, the Oakland Raiders, our opponent in that game, got there by way of the top rushing attack in the NFL and solid play by Gannon who had 28 TD’s to only 11 interceptions. Peyton Manning was just beginning his run as a future Hall of Fame quarterback and had a great year throwing 33 TD’s and only 15 INT’s. However, Indy lost to Miami in the first round of the playoffs, 23-17. In the NFL, Kerry Collins led the Giants to an NFC Championship on a solid, if not spectacular, season with only a 58% completion percentage and 22 TD’s and 13 INT’s. The next year, Jon Gruden used the same formula to lead Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl Championship. It wasn’t until the next year that Tom Brady, and then Payton Manning, began their runs to championships.

This year New Orleans’ Drew Brees, San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, and Denver’s Jay Cutler are the leading quarterbacks in the AFC. However, New Orleans and San Diego rank 27th and 28th in the NFL in rushing offense and Denver has the 29th ranked defense. These are dominate quarterbacks in this league, but they are not having dominant seasons and have little supporting casts.

We have a lot of football left to play, but as we reach the midway point of the season, things are beginning to stack up again in favor of the formula having a chance of gaining a championship.

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 Ks

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

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Week 9 QB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 RB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 WR Rankings and Previews

Week 9 TE Rankings and Previews

Week 9 D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Fantasy Kicker 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. John Carney (2) – NYG – FG – 18/19; 1-39 – 15/16; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 19/19

2. Ryan Longwell (3) – MIN – FG – 16/19; 1-39 – 10/11; 40-49 – 4/6; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 14/14

3. Stephen Gostkowski (7) – NE – FG – 16/17; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 6/7; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 15/15

4. Jason Elam (1) – ATL – FG – 16/17; 1-39 – 8/9; 40-49 – 7/7; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 15/15

5. Matt Prater (4) – DEN – FG – 13/14; 1-39 – 7/8; 40-49 – 2/2; 50+ – 4/4; PAT – 18/18

6. David Akers (5) – PHI – FG – 15/19; 1-39 – 14/14; 40-49 – 1/2; 50+ – 0/3; PAT – 21/21

7. Rian Lindell (11) – BUF – FG – 15/18; 1-39 – 8/8; 40-49 – 7/8; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 16/16

8. Robbie Gould (6) – CHI – FG – 13/15; 1-39 – 7/7; 40-49 – 6/8; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 21/21

9. Rob Bironas (17) – TEN – FG – 13/14; 1-39 – 6/6; 40-49 – 7/8; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 19/19

10. John Kasay (10) – CAR – FG – 16/16; 1-39 – 8/8; 40-49 – 7/7; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 18/18

11. Josh Brown (8) – ST.L – FG – 14/16; 1-39 – 5/5; 40-49 – 5/5; 50+ – 4/6; PAT – 10/10

12. Joe Nedney (9) – SF – FG – 17/19; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 6/8; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 16/16

13. Nate Kaeding (15) – SD – FG – 15/18; 1-39 – 13/13; 40-49 – 2/5; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 23/23

14. Matt Bryant (19) – TB – FG – 17/20; 1-39 – 15/15; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 17/17

15. Shaun Suisham (NR) – WAS – FG – 16/21; 1-39 – 9/11; 40-49 – 6/7; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 15/15   

16. Mason Crosby (16) – FG – 11/14; 1-39 – 8/10; 40-49 – 1/1; 50+ – 2/3; PAT – 23/23

17. Olindo Mare (20) – SEA – FG – 13/14; 1-39 – 8/9; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 15/15

18. Josh Scobee (12) – JAX – FG – 12/14; 1-39 – 6/8; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 3/3; PAT – 15/15

19. Sebastian Janikowski (13) – OAK – FG – 14/18; 1-39 – 11/11; 40-49 – 1/2; 50+ – 2/5; PAT – 9/9

20. Nick Folk (NR) – DAL – FG – 9/11; 1-39 – 5/6; 40-49 – 2/3; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 25/25

Dropped from Rankings: Jeff Reed – PIT; Kris Brown – HOU

 

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

Ks Who Should Enjoy Their Week 9 Match Ups: Stephen Gostkowski @ IND; John Carney vs. DAL; David Akers @ SEA; Matt Bryant @ KC; Olindo Mare vs. PHI; Robbie Gould vs. DET; Neil Rackers @ ST.L; Rob Bironas vs. GB

Ks Who Could Be Sleepers in Week 9: Jason Hanson @ CHI; Dan Carpenter @ DEN

Ks With Tough Week 9 Match Ups: Mason Crosby @ TEN; Sebastian Janikowski vs. OAK; Nick Folk @ NYG; Shaun Suisham vs. PIT; Rian Lindell vs. NYJ; Jeff Reed @ WAS; Josh Brown vs. AZ

D/STs You Might Want to Avoid In Week 9: Matt Stover @ CLE; Adam Vinatieri vs. NE; Phil Dawson vs. BAL; Connor Barth 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. John Carney (6)

2. Stephen Gostkowski (8)

3. David Akers (15)

4. Ryan Longwell (17)

5. Robbie Gould (24)

6. Matt Prater (26)

7. Jason Elam (27)

8. Matt Bryant (27)

9. Rob Bironas (29)

10. Olindo Mare (35)

11. Rian Lindell (37)

12. Josh Brown (41)

13. Josh Scobee (47)

14. Shaun Suisham (50)

15. Jason Hanson (52)

16. Kris Brown (54)

17. Jay Feeley (55)

18. Neil Rackers (55)

19. Mason Crosby (58)

20. Jeff Reed (20)

21. Nick Folk (61)

22. Sebastian Janikowski (61)

23. Dan Carpenter (62)

24. Shayne Graham (62)

25. Phil Dawson (73)

26. Connor Barth (76)

27. Adam Vinatieri (84)

28. Matt Stover (85)

Catch the Fantasy Flavor on Saturday from 4-7 and as always, good luck this week.

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

Thyrl’s Mobtown Blog Pound 2.0

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