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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


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(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.






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NFL Power Rankings – Week 12

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There were no big surprises this week, unless you’re Donavan McNabb that is, especially at the top of the rankings. With every team now at 10 games into the season, we seem to be getting a pretty good idea of what the playoff picture will likely look like. The Giants and Titans are both certainly well on their way toward locking up home field advantage, while a handful of teams look to be staking their claims to the first overall draft pick as well. The AFC East, NFC North and NFC South all have bunches of good teams grouped together and fighting it out tooth and nail as the home stretch approaches, while teams like the Broncos and Cardinals are enjoying an inordinate amount of relative power based on the control that they have in their divisions.


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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings (last week’s rankings in parentheses)


1. Tennessee Titans (1) – 10-0 – The Titans are all but assured of their place in the postseason, and are starting to make teams respect their offense as at least somewhat multi-dimensional. An undefeated regular season is quietly becoming a possibility for this team. Next Week: vs. NYJ


2. New York Giants (2) – 9-1 – They may well be the best team in football, and they proved it again against the vaunted Ravens’ run defense on Sunday. Things are a little less certain for the Giants in comparison to Tennessee when it comes to controlling their division, but it will be of little consequence if the Giants keep playing like they have been. Next Week: @ AZ


3. Carolina Panthers (3) – 8-2 – Their win on Sunday against an overmatched Lions team was no thing of beauty, and Jake Delhomme continues to turn in bad passing performances against bad pass defenses. But the Panthers keep rolling along nonetheless. With two legitimate running threats, plus Steve Smith and that defense, these Panthers may be able to wait on Delhomme to shake off his funk. Next Week: @ ATL


4. Arizona Cardinals (4) – 7-3 – Lots of people still seem to be down on these Cardinals, and I’m not completely sure why. Their front 7 is as physical as any in football, Tim Hightower is breathing new life into the running game, and we all know what Kurt Warner and those receivers are capable of. They’re the best of a bad lot in the NFC West, but shouldn’t have to apologize for it. If anything they don’t travel well, all three of their losses came on east coast trips. They have 2 more trips East before the playoffs, and probably need to start thinking about playing into position for home field advantage. Next Week: vs. NYG


5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5) – The Steelers just keep taking shot after shot from the toughest teams in the league, and continue to find ways to eek out wins. They appear to be in good shape to get into the playoffs, and will likely be one of the most battle tested squads once the playoffs arrive. Next Week: vs. CIN


6. New York Jets (6) – 7-3 – The Jets find themselves in good position despite a couple of losses that they’d like to have back. The AFC East is a logjam, and while no team seems to possess talent that’s head and shoulders above the rest, with Favre at the helm in comparison to Pennington, Edwards and Cassel, the Jets have to like their chances. Next Week: @ TEN


7. Denver Broncos (10) – 6-4 – I’ve been apologizing for the Broncos’ high position in the rankings despite their modest success for weeks. A come from behind rally in the 4th quarter against Cleveland, followed up by a win against a quality Falcons team on the road have solidified Denver’s position. They also enjoy the relative power of residing in the AFC West, and have a pretty clear path to the playoffs at this point. Next Week: vs. OAK


8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11) – 7-3 – The Bucs find themselves in this enviable position despite their revolving door at QB. The road to success will get just a little bit tougher from here without the services of Earnest Graham. The return of Cadillac Williams appears to have happened just in time for Tampa, but we’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to shoulder the load. Next Week: @ DET


9. Indianapolis Colts (17) – 6-4 – Writing the Colts off in week 6 just seemed to be premature. Since the Titans seem to have run away with the division already, the Colts can focus clearly on the wildcard for their playoff hopes. Recent editions of the Colts, who clinched early and used subs to play out the regular season string, have failed in the playoffs. It was only when the Colts had to play down to the wire to get into the playoffs that they went on to win the Superbowl. Watch out for the Colts. Next Week: @ SD


10. Baltimore Ravens (8) – 6-4 – Although a loss to the Giants shouldn’t have been surprising to anyone, the manner in which the Ravens were dismantled by those Giants, and particular their running game, was shocking. The Ravens have clearly seen what it is that they aspire to be, as the Giants beat them soundly, while playing Baltimore’s brand of football. They’re still in good position for a playoff run, but the schedule will absolutely make it an uphill battle. Next Week: vs. PHI


11. Green Bay Packers (12) – 5-5 – They exorcised their demons against the Bears, who had been in the driver’s seat in the NFC North, and who gave the Packers 2 of their 3 losses last season. In doing so they created a logjam atop the division, and just in time, as the Packers may be hitting their stride right now as well. Next Week: @ NO


12. Washington Redskins (12) – 6-4 – The efficient offensive machine that Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell looked to have built just a few weeks ago, is in drastic need of a tune up. Talent-wise, the Redskins may be undermanned in comparison to the rest of their division, they had better get back to taking care of the ball, and playing good defense if they hope to make a run in the AFC East. Next Week: @ SEA


13. Chicago Bears (7) – 5-5 – Unless Kyle Orton can return to the form he had before his injury, the Bears will likely find themselves out of the running pretty quickly. The loss to the Packers was the first in which the Bears were beaten really soundly, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time, or against a worse opponent. Next Week: @ ST.L


14. Miami Dolphins (18) – 6-4 – There is absolutely no resemblance between this team and the one that won just a single game a year ago. In addition to breathing new life into the league, Miami’s “Wildcat Offense” has been widely regarded as their “gimmick” all season. Meanwhile the Dolphins are putting together a more than respectable attack in many other aspects of the game, but their overall improvements as a team seem to be somewhat overlooked in the shadow of the “Wildcat”.  Next Week: vs. NE


15. New England Patriots (9) – 6-4 – New England let an important one get away against the Jets, and now may have their backs against the wall against a Dolphins team that has had their number for years. I’m sure that there’s fight left in these Patriots, but the road to a division title just got a whole lot bumpier. Next Week: @ MIA


16. Dallas Cowboys (20) – 6-4 – While they didn’t look good in doing it on Sunday, the Cowboys picked up a much needed win. Panic may have done to the locker room what no person had been able to figure out how to. Panic may have put the egos in check on this team and rallied them, if that’s the case, expect them to climb back up the rankings pretty quickly. Next Week: vs. SF


17. Minnesota Vikings (15) – 5-5 – The schedule may have been too much for Minnesota to overcome this season. While they aren’t out of it yet, their schedule won’t get any easier from here. With 6 games left, the NFC North is a three team dogfight, Minnesota seems to be the least likely to climb over the rest to get to the finish. Next Week: @ JAX


18. Atlanta Falcons (13) – 6-4 – It’s been a magical season so far for Mike Smith, Matt Ryan and the Falcons, but playing behind Tampa and Carolina in the AFC South may be the spoiler that ruins it. The Falcons will have their work cut out for them if they want to have a chance in the NFC. They’ve been up to the challenge so far, we’ll see if they can sustain it. Next Week: vs. CAR


19. San Diego Chargers (14) – 4-6 – As bad as they’ve been, the Chargers, if they were able to get things together, could still wrestle the division away from the Denver Broncos. With that said, the odds of them getting it together are getting longer by the week. Travel, injuries, tough breaks and coaching may be too much for even the most talented teams to overcome. Next Week: vs. IND


20. Philadelphia Eagles (16) – 5-4-1 – Based on their record, they could still be a factor in the playoff hunt, but based on their 0-3 record in the division, they’ll have a tough time pulling it off. They’ve been relatively healthy so far, but haven’t been able to take advantage as yet. Next Week: @ BAL


21. New Orleans Saints (23) – 5-5 – There’s no quit in these Saints, but unfortunately, there isn’t much defense either. The Return of Reggie Bush should breathe some life back into these Saints, but looking up at 3 teams in the division probably means that their fate is already sealed. Next Week: vs. GB


22. Cleveland Browns (22) – 4-6 – The Browns didn’t look like a team that had quit on Monday night, but they didn’t look like a team with much to be hopeful about either. The Brady Quinn era is underway in Cleveland, and that may have to be enough to keep the fans interested and Romeo Crennel employed. Next Week: vs. HOU


23. Jacksonville Jaguars (24) – 4-6 – The Jags put up a valiant effort in trying to end the Titans undefeated streak on Sunday, but in the end came up short. I’m not sure what it is that’s changed so much in Jacksonville from last season to this one, but I’m sure that a shake up is in order. How they finish the string in this disappointing season will likely be a good gauge of their character as a team. Next Week: vs. MIN


24. Houston Texans (25) – 3-7 – Another big effort from the Texans on Sunday, and another disappointing loss to show for it. It seemed that this season got off on a bad note for the Texans, and they were never able to recover from it. They do seem to be steadily improving week by week, and if they could ever get healthy they could be dangerous. Next Week: @ CLE


25. Buffalo Bills (21) – 5-5 – At 5-5 in the AFC East, the Bills are far from done mathematically. But as losers of 4 straight and 5 of their last 6 games, the Bills are in freefall, and could be lucky to salvage an 8-win season. Next Week: @ KC


26. San Francisco 49ers (26) – 3-7 – It was a long time coming, but the Niners got back into the win column on Sunday, and looked pretty good doing it. The jury’s still out on Mike Singletary as leader of a franchise, but Vernon Davis appears to have found his comfort zone after a rough start with the rookie coach. Next Week: @ DAL


27. Seattle Seahawks (27) – 2-8 – The return of Matt Hasselbeck didn’t necessarily mean the return of the Seahawks offense last week, but it should certainly make things a little bit better going forward at least. Now if they can just get some others healthy on offense, they might pick up a couple of wins. Next Week: vs. WAS


28. Cincinnati Bengals (30) – 1-8-1 – It wasn’t a loss, and holding the Eagles offense scoreless in overtime on Sunday is a big step for this Bengals defense. They’ve got some momentum now, we’ll see if it carries into Pittsburgh with them. Next Week: @ PIT


29. Kansas City Chiefs (28) – 1-9 – Tyler Thigpen is quietly becoming a real NFL quarterback. Given the limited receiving options that he has to choose from, that’s big news. If Larry Johnson is able to bring back an effective running game for the Chiefs they could give some teams some trouble. Next Week: vs. BUF


30. St. Louis Rams (29) – 2-8 – The Rams resurgence now appears to have been nothing more than a glimmer. Depending on how quickly Steven Jackson is able to get back on the field for these Rams, they could be simply left going through the motions from here out. Next Week: vs. CHI


31. Oakland Raiders (31) – 2-8 – The big news out of Oakland this week isn’t another firing, tirade or shakeup, it’s that Jim Fassel wants in as the head coach of the Raiders. Actually, the big news is that anybody wants to be the coach of the Raiders. Next Week: @ DEN


32. Detroit Lions (32) – 0-10 – I’m not sure why, but I wouldn’t bet against these Lions if they went into the Thanksgiving game with Tennessee winless, and the Titans undefeated. It’s probably because the spread will be off the charts. Good luck with the first pick overall Detroit. Next Week: vs. TB






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Need For A Quality Win Still Defines Ravens Season

Posted on 17 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Even if you’re someone who believes in good losses or moral victories, which I’m not by the way, you wouldn’t make an argument that the Ravens’ 30-10 undressing at the hands of the Giants on Sunday was either. The offensive juggernaut that was the “New Look” Baltimore Ravens for the past few weeks came crashing back to earth in a most humiliating fashion, in what was likely the Ravens final visit ever to the Meadowlands.


If you’re looking for a bright side, well then you’d have to look pretty deep. But I’d say that if there’s a positive spin to be put on the season as a whole at this point, it’s that championship teams are usually dealing with adversity and working out their issues at this time of year. As close as the Patriots came last season, you just don’t see teams dominate a season in today’s NFL from start to finish.


Look no further than the team that dismantled the Ravens on Sunday. At this time last season, the Giants were floundering. Eli Manning was struggling to get his team into the end zone, Brandon Jacobs was unable to stay healthy for a prolonged stretch, and the Giants couldn’t seem to beat anyone at home. Those Giants did just enough to be in position for the playoffs, and then took matters into their own hands from there. Outside of the Giants locker room, few believed that their week 17 showdown with the Patriots was a Superbowl preview.


If having struggles to overcome midseason is the precursor to postseason success, then the Ravens have a lot to be happy about. Because as good as they’ve been at times during this season, the Ravens have demons to overcome and questions to be answered on every side of the ball. Ready or not, the Ravens have positioned themselves right into the middle of the AFC playoff picture, and injuries and inexperience will not be an excuse, should they play themselves back out of contention.


On offense, the line has been makeshift, yet remains one of the pleasant surprises and true bright spots of this young team. They’ve done a much better than expected job of protecting Joe Flacco, and opening lanes for their three-headed running attack. Flacco, the rookie QB, is progressing much more quickly than almost anyone would have expected. And the creativity in the running and passing games has brought new life to the Ravens offense and their downfield potential.


Todd Heap however, has been surprisingly all but non-existent in the passing game this season. And in a match up this week, that seemed to set the table for Heap to find his role in the passing game, the Ravens elected to lean on a one-armed Derrick Mason as their primary passing target, over an able-bodied Heap and Mark Clayton. And while Mason, the unsung hero Flacco’s rapid development, deserves to be commended for gutting it out through his shoulder injury, clearly his one-armed status was a hindrance, and probably cost his young QB an interception too. The single wing offense has been dangerous this season, but a single winged wide receiver is probably best left to heal on the sideline.


Speaking of healing on the sideline, it appears that Willis McGahee could benefit from a little bit of Derrick Mason’s heart. Whether McGahee’s inability to stay in the lineup is a result of rushing him back too quickly, or his body simply breaking down, or an inability for him to stay interested in playing for prolonged stretches, it has to be of major concern to the Ravens going forward. Even last season, McGahee was unavailable at the ends of close crucial losses to Buffalo and New England. LeRon McClain and Ray Rice have definitely been pleasant surprises to this point, but without a reliable McGahee down the stretch, Flacco will have his hands full with the defensive pressure that he’ll likely be seeing.


On defense, the numbers are there, although the numbers took a little hit on Sunday too. But the Ravens have allowed crucial drives to allow points at the ends of halves and games that raise doubts about their status as an elite defense, like others that we’ve seen here in the past. And that was before Brandon Jacobs and his band of merry men ran all over the Ravens on Sunday. The secondary has held together remarkably in the face of numerous injuries, but maybe Sunday gave a glimpse as to why. Maybe the defense’s need to lend help to the secondary in coverage is taking away from the pass rush, and now maybe the ability to stop the run as well.


Bart Scott and Trevor Pryce have been all but invisible at times so far and Ed Reed is clearly just a shell of the player that we’ve come to expect prowling this secondary. At this point in the season, Reed has just 2 games with more than 2 tackles; he has just one interception on the season and just 6 pass deflections through ten games. Say what you want about teams throwing away from him, but if that were the case, defending half the field would be easy for the rest of the secondary. Teams are throwing at the Ravens all over the field, even at Ed Reed, plus he’s been thrown off of tackle attempts by ball carriers more than I can ever recall seeing from Reed in the past.


The fact that players aren’t even looking to pitch their interceptions to him this season may be a subtle indication of where Reed is health-wise. His reputation may be all that is sustaining him at this point. I’m sure that offensive coordinators are still preparing as if this is the Ed Reed of old, but clearly he isn’t. For a while, I wanted to believe that Harbaugh was just being prudent with Reed, guarding him from injury. But if Ed Reed isn’t making big plays, then he’s not Ed Reed. And if he’s not healthy enough to be put into a position to make those plays, then he certainly doesn’t belong returning kicks.


Perhaps the biggest reasons of all for concern, and also the ones least likely to change anytime soon, have been some questionable coaching decisions by our rookie head coach. Believe me, I’m not on the “Fire Harbaugh” Bandwagon, or even a basher at this point. Clearly Harbaugh has taken control of the attitude of this locker room, and brought back a winning mentality that may not have been possible this quickly under the old regime. But if you thought that Brain Billick was a curious manager of the clock, then like me, you must have been scratching your head at a number of timeouts, punts on short fields, missed challenge opportunities and curious end game clock usage by Harbaugh so far.


Some of this could likely be chalked up to the learning curve of a rookie head coach. Some of it can also probably be linked to the lack of depth and/or talent provided to him at certain key positions. But like it or not, Harbaugh’s learning curve, like that of his young QB, is happening right in the middle of the playoff chase. And the fans are going to be no more forgiving to Harbaugh, or Flacco for that matter than they were to Boller once upon a time in similar circumstances. So far, Flacco seems to be handling it much better than his young coach.


We all looked at the schedule with dread before the season began, and we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this team has performed well beyond reasonable expectations already. But the bar doesn’t go back down, and it’s been set pretty high at this point. Most expected the Ravens to win one game that it looked like they shouldn’t, and lose one the same way too. So far they’ve beaten what you’d call the “bad teams” that they’ve played, and came up short against the “good ones”. Close losses to Pittsburgh and Tennessee led most to believe that the Ravens could beat those types of teams, but so far, no luck.


The remaining schedule will provide them with lots more opportunities to pick up that elusive “quality win”. But if they want to contend for the playoffs, they’ll probably need to pick up a few. Quality wins would likely provide the confidence that this team needs to go into the playoffs with a head of steam. If the team is able to get back on track they’ll likely be better for having had to suffer this embarrassing defeat, but if they’re not, this will likely mark the beginning of the end for this season.


Next week provides Harbaugh and the Raven a fresh opportunity, back in a friendly environment to pick up that elusive quality win that would define the Ravens as true contenders. Given the decade of service that Harbaugh has in Andy Reid’s system, and his intricate knowledge of their strengths and tendencies, I’m looking at this week’s match up with the Eagles as a big test and a big opportunity for Harbaugh. With two teams of seemingly similar talent on the field, playing here in Baltimore next week, Harbaugh has a chance to coach his team to a win in this one. Doing it would go a long way toward burying the memory of yesterday’s massacre at the Meadowlands right where it belongs, right next to Jimmy Hoffa.





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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


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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. 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.






Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews


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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 QBs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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


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


Week 10 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings


QB Power Rankings Archive – 34567 – 8 – 9


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


(last week’s rankings in parentheses)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


1. Drew Brees (18)

2. Brett Favre (20)

3. David Garrard (21)

4. Phillip Rivers (24)

5. Aaron Rodgers (24)

6. Kurt Warner (25)

7. Chad Pennington (25)

8. Tyler Thigpen (28)

9. Jay Cutler (34)

10. Shaun Hill (36)

11. Donavan McNabb (40)

12. Brady Quinn (41)

13. Peyton Manning (43)

14. Jake Delhomme (43)

15. Eli Manning (45)

16. Matt Ryan (45)

17. Joe Flacco (46)

18. Gus Frerotte (49)

19. Sage Rosenfels (52)

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

21. Marc Bulger (59)

22. Trent Edwards (61)

23. Matt Cassel (65)

24. Seneca Wallace (66)

25. Rex Grossman (71)

26. Kerry Collins (75)

27. Ben Roethlisberger (76) *or Byron Leftwich

28. JaMarcus Russell (76)






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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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 QBs

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

QB Power Rankings Archive34567 – 8

Week 9 RB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 WR Rankings and Previews

Week 9 TE Rankings and Previews

Week 9 D/ST Rankings and Previews

Week 9 K Rankings and Previews


Fantasy Quarterback Rankings Week 9


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

1. Kurt Warner (17)

2. Donavan McNabb (17)

3. Kyle Orton (17)

4. Jay Cutler (19)

5. Matt Schaub (23)

6. Chad Pennington (26)

7. Brett Favre (28)

8. Peyton Manning (29)

9. Eli Manning (32)

10. David Garrard (32)

11. Aaron Rodgers (33)

12. Matt Ryan (36)

13. Gus Frerotte (37)

14. Trent Edwards (48)

15. Ben Roethlisberger (50)

16. JaMarcus Russell (51)

17. Jason Campbell (54)

18. Marc Bulger (55)

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick (56)

20. Jeff Garcia (57)

21. Joe Flacco (62)

22. Matt Cassel (64)

23. Derek Anderson (64)

24. Tyler Thigpen (64)

25. Brad Johnson (73)

26. Dan Orlovsky (75)

27. Kerry Collins (76)

28. Seneca Wallace (85)

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




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Today we continue out education about the 2008 Ravens

Posted on 05 October 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

The undefeated Tennessee Titans roll into town believing (as they should) that they are a Super Bowl contender. Sure, the Ravens are 2-1 and are one play, one red flag, one fumble, one whistle away from being 3-0.

But today the Ravens will have the chance to show us whether they’ll be a very good team this year, or simply one of the many who will be playing “win one, lose one” style in the NFL.

They’ll either sport a pedestrian 2-2 by the end of the day or they’ll be 3-1 at the quarter pole. And either one of them is perfectly acceptable to me.

A month ago many us of believed they’d stink. A win today here against the Titans would make them 3-1 and they would be getting the kind of attention playoff teams will get from the national media.

But let’s be honest: beating the Clevelands and Cincinnatis at home doesn’t earn you honors in the AFC in 2008. We’re pretty sure they both stink.

But beat a 4-0 team and you’ve showed the entire NFL something.

Concerns for the Ravens today:

How will the offensive line and a max protect serve quarterback Joe Flacco against a defense as tenacious and talented as Jim Schwartz’s bunch in blue?

Where’s Willis McGahee? We all like Le’Ron McClain but I’m not sure the Ravens can win if he’s the feature back for the entire season. Unless the offensive line becomes more seasoned and dominant at the point of attack more consistently.

Will Todd Heap become more involved in the offense? Most of us thought Cam Cameron’s offense would use Heap in the same role as Antonio Gates in the San Diego scheme. That hasn’t happened yet.

When the Titans have the ball it will be interesting to see if the Ravens’ defense can goad Kerry Collins into some of the problems he had back on Jan. 28, 2001 when he was leading the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Collins is now playing the “Trent Dilfer role” for the Titans. He protects the ball. He manages the game. And he’s been undefeated doing it for a team that wants to smack you in the mouth and get turnovers on defense.

Theoretically, this is a good match up for the Ravens because the Titans don’t have the long-ball arsenal and quick attack style that teams like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati like to employ. This is one day when you’d think the gambling style Rex Ryan’s defense likes to utilize won’t be as susceptible to big plays or big breakdowns, especially in the secondary.

But the Ravens are going to have to keep Flacco and the offense on the field and they’ll need to run more effectively than they have so far this season. (Or at least in the way that they controlled the ball in the fourth quarter of the Cincinnati and Cleveland wins.)

Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vandenbosch, Keith Bullock and company are stingy. They stuff the run. They sack the quarterback. They ball hawk. And they take the ball away.

The Titans have manhandled all four of their opponents. Pound for pound, they have been the best team in the NFL so far this season.

Today’s task is a tall one for the men in purple.

But it’s a day to figure out whether that 2-0 start was an aberration or whether the Ravens have arrived in 2008 as a legitimate playoff contender. Today is a reality check for the whole city.

Win today and we can start discussing the possibility of the “p” word and being a legitimate contender.

A loss today and staring the down the barrel of a trip to visit Peyton Manning and the Colts in Indianapolis next week, and all of a sudden the Ravens’ prospects aren’t looking so rosy.

Get’s your “Let’s Go Flacco!” signs and enjoy the game!

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A Different Perspective on Sunday’s Win

Posted on 10 September 2008 by marcbouchard

Now that we’ve all sobered up after the “surprising” win over the Bengals, let’s take a moment to put things into perspective. The Ravens offense definitely had a new look – the overall pace was much improved and it was great to see rookie quarterback Joe Flacco directing the no-huddle offense.

But at the end of the day, the results of those new offensive schemes were not much of a departure from the past. Consider…

  • The Ravens turned the ball over (a fumble by Todd Heap) on their second play from scrimmage, and punted on four of their first seven possessions.
  • They committed two false start penalties in the first half of the game.
  • They failed to score a touchdown in their only trip inside the “red zone,” settling for a Matt Stover field goal after a first down on the Bengals 10-yard-line.
  • They took possession of the ball with 2:37 left in the first half and only ran 54 seconds off the clock before Stover’s field goal. This allowed the Bengals to get the ball back with 1:43 left and get a field goal before halftime. I seem to remember the subject of clock management coming up around here a lot in the past.
  • On their first possession in the third quarter, the Ravens faced third-and-3 and fourth-and-3 on the Bengals 34-yard-line. Even though they were seemingly running at will, they attempted passes on both downs, turning the ball back over to the Bengals on downs.
  • In the fourth quarter, LeRon McLain rushed for a total of 20 yards on three consecutive plays, with all three runs going through the left side of the Ravens offensive line. On the next play, the Ravens tried a misdirection pitch-out to Ray Rice, who fumbled the ball and allowed Cincinnati to pull within one score of tying the game with 10 minutes left.
  • Though Flacco managed the game well, at the end of the day, he had just 129 yards passing and completed 51% of his passes. His average completion went for 8.6 yards. Is it me, or do those numbers look awfully familiar?
I’m not trying to be a killjoy. I was right there with everyone else chanting “Let’s-go, Flac-co” and will always remember his 50-yard scamper (I realize it’s only 38 yards officially) for his first NFL TD. I am also happy that Cam Cameron is here because the Ravens offense definitely needed an infusion of new concepts. Plus, I think John Harbaugh’s demeanor is the perfect contrast to that of his predecessor, and he has obviously refreshed an organizational atmosphere that had grown stale.
But I can’t help think that we were all a little blinded by a seven-point win over what could be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. (And if they’re not one of the worst, they certainly played like it on Sunday.) Sure, there were subtle differences with some of the offensive formations – and seeing those gives us optimism for the future – but the results (with the exception of the nice clock-killing drive at the end of the game) were virtually the same. No yards after the catch; no touchdowns in the red zone; no deep completions (Flacco’s longest successful pass netted 15 yards); no blow-out win over a team that looked like they would rather be somewhere else. And, as funny as it sounds, the Ravens have won a lot of games over the years in much the same fashion.
I’d call the euphoria surrounding Sunday’s win simply a matter of low expectations. We had all given the Ravens a pass this year, allowing the franchise to rebuild after the off-season regime change. But should our expectations really be so low? After all, this is basically the same nicked-up team that came as close as anyone to knocking off the undefeated Patriots during the ’07 regular season — and that was with Kyle Boller at quarterback! Maybe team owner Steve Bisciotti is right; maybe there is the nucleus of a Super Bowl team here. Throw in a guy like Flacco with a young and hungry offensive line, and who knows?
If you ask me, what we saw on Sunday – just like we saw in 2006 – is a guy behind center who can lead an NFL offense. Despite the aforementioned shortcomings, the Ravens offense possessed the ball for over 36 minutes and had 21 first downs to Cincy’s eight. Flacco also threw 29 passes without an interception, and even some of his incompletions were great throws. It was very much the modus operandi that the Ravens have tried to employ for over a decade now: take care of the ball and play good defense.
So if you’re looking to draw significant conclusions from Sunday’s game, forget about the play-calling and new offensive schemes. The story in Baltimore is the Joe Flacco story, and Chapter 1 perhaps doesn’t have to be about growing pains after all.

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Ravens Talk…

Posted on 08 September 2008 by roblong

I’ve never been one for Gatorade baths during the regular season, but John Harbaugh deserved it yesterday, picking up his first career win as a Head Coach.

Another person who deserved it was Joe Flacco. For all of the bad luck the Ravens have had at the quarterback position, it’s good to see signs of some good fortune on the horizon.

Flacco showed attributes that Kyle Boller hasn’t shown in over five years and Troy Smith hasn’t shown in his brief stay with the Ravens.

The Bengals, on the other hand, showed why I have a difficult time believing the Ravens will only win three or four games like many have predicted.

Marvin Lewis’ bunch is not a good football team. They are proof that talent alone doesn’t win games in the NFL.

The Bengals looked confused and showed a lack of harmony as a unit.

My pre-season prediction was that the Ravens could start the season with a 2-1 start. Most laughed at that idea.

While it’s no more of a lock now than it was two weeks ago, the Texans and the Browns outing yesterday makes it look pretty good. The thing you have to use caution about is the Cowboys are an excellent team and I think the Steelers are good as well. The Bengals are a bad football team and the Ravens showed that they’re better.

That means that if this is a crossroads season, then the starting point for this football team isn’t as bad as many of us thought.

As the fans chanted yesterday, “Let’s Go Flacco!!!” Looks like Baltimore finally has a quarterback. Regardless what the record will be this season, looks like we could have some fun.

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Injury Report, Willie Anderson, and other Ravens notes

Posted on 05 September 2008 by caseywillett

Here is the Ravens injury report for Friday:
Out: Troy Smith
Doubtful: Kelly Gregg
Questionable: Ed Reed
Probable: Oneil Cousins (back), Todd Heap (knee), Willis McGahee(knee),Marshal Yanda(thumb)

2:25 Former Ravens offensive lineman Mike Flynn is here today and back from his time in New England. Mike will be doing some work with the Ravens this year. Friday’s are interesting as usually you see Brad Jackson,Qadry Ismail, Kyle Richardson, and other former Ravens around the building.

Here are some other notes from the media session this afternoon:
Coach Harbaugh is excited to add Willie Anderson to his roster and would not comment on whether he will play on Sunday or not.
Coach Harbaugh gave no new news as it relates to the players who have been nursing injuries. The basic comment was “we will wait and see” as it relates to injuries.
Willie Anderson said he is excited to join the Ravens and has always looked at the Ravens and respected the way that they do things. You can listen to Willie talk about leaving Cincinnati, joining the Ravens, and his health during the Rob Long Show today.
For the second year in a row, the Ravens will not make anyone the team captain. The NFL started allowing teams to designate captains on their team with a patch last season and Brian Billick decided not to do it. Coach Harbaugh has also decided that he will not be doing it either, but said they will have captains during the coin toss.

News from the morning practice:

All of the walking wounded was present and accounted for out on the field this morning except for Troy Smith. Ed Reed, Kelly Gregg, Chris McAlister, and Willis McGahee, were all on the field. This morning’s practice was in soft shells, so there will not be a lot of contact at the practice.
Willie Anderson is on the practice field this morning wearing #79 and doing some reps with the offensive lineman as they were warming up. From what we could account for, Edgar Jones did not appear to be on the field and was possibly victim to the roster move for Anders. There is nothing official from the Ravens on Anderson as of yet.
Todd Bouman looked like odd man out with the quarterbacks this morning when all of the other quarterbacks came out on the field in red jerseys and he walked out in a purple jersey.
More updates later this afternoon after the media meets with Coach Harbaugh.

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