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UConn Not UNanimous…Are UKidding?

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UConn Not UNanimous…Are UKidding?

Posted on 07 April 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

So now we know who Mike Adras and Northern Arizona University are, and maybe that was the point all along. For those still playing catch up, Adras is the rogue head coach who cast a great deal of attention upon himself by casting votes for both Ohio State (#1) and Kansas (#2) ahead of the actual National Champion UConn Huskies in the final USA Today Coaches Men’s Basketball Poll. To his credit, at least Adras had the guts to stand up and identify himself, or as stated already, maybe that was the point all along. Otherwise, it would seem to stand to reason that Adras would have had some lengthier and better thought out explanation than that which he offered; essentially saying that in comparing their bodies of work he felt both Ohio State and Kansas had proven themselves better than Connecticut. That alone though is a semi-worthy argument at least.

All too often, both sets of weekly rankings seemingly adapt to the “power rankings” mindset, attempting to quantify who’s best right now as opposed to who has the best body of work overall. Whether or not that’s correct is certainly fodder for a discussion unto itself. Look back at the week 14 rankings, the first published polls after Ohio State’s loss at Wisconsin. That week the Buckeyes dropped their first contest of the season, in a building in Wisconsin where no one seemingly goes away with a win, on the back of an out of this world shooting performance by Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor fueling a comeback from 15 points down.

 

The Badgers went into that match-up ranked 13th by the AP and 14th by USA Today and wound up 10th in both polls in week 14 as a result. The Buckeyes, as a result of their loss, went from unanimous #1 in both polls in week 13, to 2nd in the AP and 3rd in the USA Today polls in week 14. In both polls, Kansas and Texas each received more first place votes than the Ohio State. Kansas lone loss at the time was to an unranked (then) Kansas State, and the Longhorns had losses to Pitt, UConn and USC yet received more first place votes (23-14 in the AP & 13-3 in the USA Today) than Ohio State in both polls.

 

Maybe the real point the Adras was trying to make (yet failed to disclose) was that there is no point to a post-season poll. The beauty contests that decide football seasons and give us fodder for debate during the season are really of little if any significance in sports where true championship tournaments are staged. Perhaps the simple fact that the pollsters have asked for a final take on the field, and left 1st place open to interpretation indicates that they were inviting this debate all along.

 

Wouldn’t it be much smarter to take #1 off the table for the voters? Maybe #2 as well should be preordained to the tourney’s runner up. If that were the case, and coaches and writers were asked to assess the rest of the field, tallying for us the 2nd and/or 3rd place votes would provide real fodder for discussion and debate. How much credit does VCU get for playing as many tournament games as both Butler and UConn and for winning as many as the Bulldogs and more than anyone else but the Huskies? How does that compare with the bodies of work compiled by Ohio State and Kansas?

 

This year, seemingly more than any other, there were teams that had good regular seasons, and there are teams that had good tournament seasons. There didn’t seem to be many (or any) teams that can say they had great runs in both. That would be a fun debate. Instead we are left to debate exactly what point Adras was trying to make in the first place…if indeed there was a point to be made at all.

 

Should voters from week to week and/or at season’s end attempt to reward the best overall body of work, or attempt to assess which team is playing best right now? Was BYU graded on their body of work or their prowess minus Brandon Davies’ services? How should they have been graded? Is there a point to a post-season poll in the first place?

 

One question we certainly found out the answer to was: Who the hell is Mike Adras? Now we’re left to contemplate what point, if any, he was trying to make. Maybe he’s just a hater, or maybe the point was just to get his name out there…that it did. And last but not least…Are there really Lumberjacks in Arizona?

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Fantasy Flavor Week 1 Positional Start Rankings

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Fantasy Flavor Week 1 Positional Start Rankings

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

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

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Drew Brees vs. MIN (13)

2. Aaron Rodgers @ PHI (20)

3. Jay Cutler vs. DET (21)

4. Phillip Rivers @ KC (24)

5. Peyton Manning @ HOU (29)

6. Tom Brady vs. CIN (33)

7. Matt Schaub vs. IND (34)

8. Tony Romo @ WAS (36)

9. Matt Ryan @ PIT (42)

10. Matt Stafford (43)

11. Brett Favre @ NO (44)

12. Jason Campbell @ TEN (44)

13. Kevin Kolb vs. GB (45)

14. Donavan McNabb vs. DAL (45)

15. Kyle Orton @ JAX (45)

16. Vince Young vs. OAK (47)

17. Joe Flacco @ NYJ (50)

18. Dennis Dixon vs. ATL (52)

19. Carson Palmer @ NE (53)

20. Eli Manning vs. CAR (55)

21. Matt Moore @ NYG (60)

22. Chad Henne @ BUF (61)

23. Josh Freeman vs. CLE (61)

24. Alex Smith @ SEA (62)

25. David Garrard vs. DEN (64)

26. Matt Cassell vs. SD (66)

27. Derek Anderson @ St.L (66)

28. Trent Edwards vs. MIA (67)

29. Mark Sanchez vs. BAL (71)

30. Jake Delhomme @ TB (75)

31. Matt Hasselbeck vs. SF (76)

32. Sam Bradford vs. AZ (78)

 

Running Backs

 

1. Chris Johnson vs. OAK (3)

2. Adrian Peterson @ NO (14)

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

4. Frank Gore @ SEA (20)

5. Steven Jackson vs. AZ (26)

6. Ryan Matthews @ KC (28)

7. DeAngelo Williams @ NYG (30)

8. Beanie Wells @ St.L (32)

9. Ray Rice @ NYJ (35)

10. Ryan Grant @ PHI (39)

11. Rashard Mendenall vs. ATL (41)

12. Michael Turner @ PIT (43)

13. Cedric Benson @ NE (46)

14. Jamal Charles vs. SD (47)

15. Ronnie Brown @ BUF (47)

16. Matt Forte vs. DET (48)

17. Ricky Williams @ BF (51)

18. Jonathan Stewart @ NYG (54)

19. Shonn Green vs. BAL (54)

20. Knowshon Moreno @ JAX (56)

21. Cadillac Williams vs. CLE (57)

22. Joseph Addai @ HOU (58)

23. Arian Foster vs. IND (59)

24. Brandon Jacobs vs. CAR (59)

25. Jerome Harrison @ TB (63)

26. LaSean McCoy vs. GB (65)

27. Darren McFadden @ TEN (65)

28. Pierre Thomas vs. MIN (68)

29. Jahvid Best @ CHI (73)

30. Justin Forsett vs. SF (74)

31. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CAR (75)

32. Felix Jones @ WAS (77)

33. Darren Sproles @ KC (80)

34. CJ Spiller vs. MIA (82)

35. Marion Barber @ WAS (83)

36. Thomas Jones vs. SD (87)

37. Tim Hightower @ St.L (90)

38. Fred Jackson vs. MIA (92)

39. Steve Slaton vs. IND (93)

40. Donald Brown @ HOU (94)

41. Chester Taylor vs. DET (94)

42. Reggie Bush vs. MIN (96)

43. Clinton Portis vs. DAL (96)

44. Kareem Huggins vs. CLE (103)

45. Kevin Smith @ CHI (111)

46. Lawrence Maroney vs. CIN (115)

47. Brian Westbrook @ SEA (116)

48. Correll Buckhalter @ JAX (118)

49. Rashad Jennings vs. DEN (118)

50. Willis McGahee @ NYJ (119)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Roddy White @ PIT (19)

2. Larry Fitzgerald @ St.L (20)

3. Calvin Johnson @ CHI (23)

4. Andre Johnson vs. IND (24)

5. Reggie Wayne @ HOU (31)

6. Randy Moss vs. CIN (32)

7. Miles Austin @ WAS (32)

8. Michael Crabtree @ SEA (36)

9. DeSean Jackson vs. GB (37)

10. Marques Colston @ MIN (37)

11. Chad Ochocinco @ NE (38)

12. Brandon Marshall @ BUF (40)

13. Steve Smith @ NYG (43)

14. Greg Jennings @ PHI (46)

15. Percy Harvin @ NO (50)

16. Bernard Berrian @ NO (53)

17. Malcolm Floyd @ KC (53)

18. Hines Ward vs. ATL (54)

19. Steve Smith vs. CAR (55)

20. DeWayne Bowe vs. SD (56)

21. Anquan Boldin @ NYJ (58)

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

23. Lee Evans vs. MIA (60)

24. Jeremy Maclin vs. GB (63)

25. Wes Welker vs. CIN (64)

26. Johnnie Knox vs. DET (65)

27. Donald Driver @ PHI (66)

28. Terrell Owens @ NE (66)

29. Robert Meachem vs. MIN (69)

30. Pierre Garcon @ HOU (71)

31. Braylon Edwards vs. BAL (71)

32. Santana Moss vs. DAL (72)

33. Devin Aromashadu vs. DET (73)

34. Legedu Nanee @ KC (75)

35. Dez Bryant @ WAS (76)

36. Hakeem Nicks vs. CAR (77)

37. Laurent Robinson vs. AZ (78)

38. Steve Breaston @ St.L (80)

39. Nate Burleson @ CHI (83)

40. Louis Murphy @ TEN (83)

41. Mike Wallace vs. ATL (88)

42. Mike Williams vs. SF (89)

43. Derrick Mason @ NYJ (90)

44. Jacoby Jones vs. IND (90)

45. Austin Collie @ HOU (95)

46. Eddie Royal @ JAX (96)

47. Mario Manningham vs. CAR (99)

48. Kenny Britt vs. OAK (100)

49. Kevin Walter vs. IND (100)

50. Mohamed Massaquoi @ TB (101)

51. Devery Henderson vs. MIN (103)

52. Josh Morgan @ SEA (106)

53. Jabar Gafney @ JAX (106)

54. Devin Hester vs. DET (111)

55. Chaz Schilens @ TEN (113)

56. Early Doucet @ St.L (114)

57. Joey Galloway vs. DAL (118)

58. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ TEN (119)

59. Julian Edelman vs. CIN (120)

60. Jerricho Cotchery vs. BAL (120)

61. Brandon Gibson vs. AZ (121)

62. Mike Williams vs. CLE (125)

63. Chris Chambers @ KC (128)

64. Golden Tate vs. SF (129)

65. Dexter McCluster vs. SD (132)

66. Demaryius Thomas vs. CLE (132)

67. Lance Moore vs. MIN (133)

68. Earl Bennett vs. DET (137)

69. Roy Williams @ WAS (140)

70. Devin Thomas vs. DAL (142)

71. Nate Washington vs. OAK (146)

72. Antoine Randle-EL (146)

73. Anthony Gonzalez @ HOU (151)

74. Steve Johnson vs. MIA (152)

75. Josh Cribbs @ TB (155)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. JerMichael Finley @ PHI (8)

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

3. Dallas Clark @ HOU (20)

4. Antonio Gates @ KC (20)

5. Brent Celek vs. GB (21)

6. Vernon Davis @ SEA (22)

7. Greg Olsen vs. DET (30)

8. Tony Gonzalez @ PIT (31)

9. Zach Miller @ TEN (31)

10. Chris Cooley vs. DAL (33)

11. Heath Miller vs. ATL (34)

12. Jason Witten @ WAS (39)

13. Jeremy Shockey vs. MIN (41)

14. Visanthe Schiancoe @ NO (49)

15. Benjamin Watson @ TB (52)

16. Tony Scheffler @ JAX (54)

17. Owen Daniels vs. IND (56)

18. Dustin Keller vs. BAL (57)

19. Fred Davis vs. DAL (57)

20. Kevin Boss vs. CAR (58)

21. Jon Carlson vs. SF (60)

22. Mercedes Lewis vs. DEN (60)

23. Shawn Nelson vs. MIA (60)

24. Anthony Fasano @ BUF (68)

25. Brandon Pettigrew @ CHI (68)

26. David Thomas vs. MIN (73)

27. Todd Heap @ NYJ (77)

28. Bo Scaife vs. OAK (78)

29. Aaron Hernandez vs. CIN (81)

30. Jimmy Graham vs. MIN (81)

31. Jermaine Grasham @ NE (82)

32. Zach Miller vs. DEN (82)

33. Donald Lee @ PHI (84)

34. Daniel Fells vs. AZ (85)

35. Jared Cook vs. OAK (90)

36. Rob Gronkowski vs. CIN (91)

37. Dante Rosario @ NYG (91)

38. Martellus Bennett @ WAS (91)

39. Evan Moore @ TB (92)

40. Brandon Manumaleuna vs. DET (92)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Nate Kaeding @ KC (5)

2. Rob Bironas vs. OAK (13)

3. Ryan Longwell @ NO (18)

4. Robbie Gould vs. DET (21)

5. Stephen Gostkowski vs. CIN (24)

6. Matt Prater @ JAX (28)

7. Mason Crosby @ PHI (31)

8. Jay Feeley @ St.L (35)

9. Neil Rackers vs. IND (35)

10. Rian Lindell vs. MIA (36)

11. Garrett Hartley vs. MIN (39)

12. David Akers vs. PHI (41)

13. Olindo Mare vs. SF (48)

14. Lawrence Tynes vs. CAR (50)

15. Jeff Reed vs. ATL (50)

16. Ryan Succop vs. SD (50)

17. David Buehler @ WAS (51)

18. Matt Bryant @ PIT (52)

19. Joe Nedney @ SEA (52)

20. Dan Carpenter @ BUF (53)

21. Sebastian Janikowski @ TEN (58)

22. John Kasay @ NYG (61)

23. Jason Hanson @ CHI (63)

24. Adam Vinatieri @ HOU (64)

25. Phil Dawson @ TB (64)

26. Connor Barth vs. CLE (66)

27. Josh Scobee vs. DEN (66)

28. Josh Brown vs. AZ (75)

29. Billy Cundiff @ NYJ (76)

30. Nick Folk vs. BAL (76)

31. Mike Nugent @ NE (90)

32. Graham Gano vs. DAL (93)

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Cowboys @ WAS

2. Ravens @ NYJ

3. 49ers @ SEA

4. Jets vs. BAL

5. Packers @ PHI

6. Eagles vs. GB

7. Broncos @ JAX (32)

8. Giants vs. CAR (32)

9. Browns @ TB (35)

10. Steelers vs. ATL (36)

11. Bears vs. DET (36)

12. Patriots vs. CIN (41)

13. Chargers @ KC (41)

14. Dolphins @ BUF (43)

15. Vikings @ NO (45)

16. Bengals @ NE (45)

17. Falcons @ PIT (47)

18. Titans vs. OAK (47)

19. Cardinals @ St.L (47)

20. Saints vs. MIN (49)

21. Buccaneers vs. CLE (54)

22. Bills vs. MIA (59)

23. Texans vs. IND (60)

24. Colts @ HOU (64)

25. Lions @ CHI (66)

26. Seahawks vs. SF (74)

27. Panthers @ NYG (75)

28. Jaguars vs. DEN (76)

29. Rams vs. AZ (81)

30. Redskins vs. DAL (82)

31. Raiders @ TEN (83)

32. Chiefs vs. SD (84)

 

 

 

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The Best Super Bowls Part 3: 11-20

Posted on 03 February 2010 by Dwayne Showalter

We blew through some pretty cruddy games over the last two days.  Now we can get to my Top 20. 

Without further adieu:

20.  Super Bowl XVI  49ers 26, Bengals 21.  Both teams played classic conference title games before meeting in the Silverdome.  The Bengals beat the Chargers in a biting -37 degree wind chill while San Fransisco advanced with “The Catch” over Dallas.  The 49ers sprinted to a 20-0 halftime lead.  At 20-7 late in the 3rd, the game’s signature series took place, a 4-down goal line stand from the Niner 3-yard line to keep the Bengals at bay. Cincy scored after getting the ball back around midfield to make it 20-14, but the missed opportunity left too little time once the 49ers added 2 field goals.

19.  Super Bowl IX  Steelers 16, Vikings 6.  Fans of today’s up and down games probably wouldn’t appreciate this game much.  It was 2-0 Pittsburgh at the half, 9-0 after three quarters.  With 10:23 left in the game, the Vikings blocked a punt and recovered it in the endzone.  Missing the extra point left them down 9-6.  Amazingly, in a game where the Vikes mustered only 119 total yards, they were alive…until Bradshaw led the Steelers on an 11 play, 66-yard drive to put it away.

18.  Super Bowl XXXI  Packers 35, Patriots 21.  The Patriots, a two touchdown underdog, led after one quarter 14-10 but Brett Favre and Packers ruled the second.  The Pack led at the break 27-14.  New England cut it to 27-21 in the 3rd before Desmond Howard returned the ensuing kickoff for the final points of the game.  Four Drew Bledsoe interceptions killed New England.  Green Bay never turned it over.  It is Brett Favre’s only championship to date (what a shame).

17.  Super Bowl XLI  Colts 29, Bears 17.  The game was played in drenching rain in SouthFlorida.  It started with a bang.  Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a Bears score.  The underdog Bears were only down 17-14 at the half and 23-17 in the fourth.  Again, the turnover battle went in favor of the victors, this time 5-3.  The biggest was the final nail in the Bears’ coffin.  With just 3:16 left, Kelvin Hayden picked off Rex Grossman and tip-toed down the sideline for the final margin.  It is Peyton Manning’s only Super Bowl title (to date…check back Monday).

16.  Super Bowl VII  Dolphins 14, Redskins 7.  Part of the reason this game ranks relatively high is the fact that the Dolphins won with the pressure of going 17-0.  How many teams have we seen since wilt with it.  Miami didn’t.  They suffocated the Redskins for 57 minutes, leading 14-0.  Then, trying to kick a somewhat meaningless field goal just before the 2-minute warning, disaster struck.  Washington blocked it and returned it for a score.  Opting to kickoff instead of an onside try, the Redskins defense held and gave the offense one last chance.   64 yards.  1:14 left.  No timeouts.  Billy Kilmer at QB.  Four and out.  Perfect season complete.

15.  Super Bowl XVII  Redskins 27, Dolphins 17.   Miami did most of their damage in this one with the long ball…a 76-yard TD pass to Jimmy Cefalo and 98-yard kick return by Fulton Walker had them in front 17-13 into the 4th quarter.  The Dolphins Killer Bee defense missed an opportunity to add another score when they batted a pass near the ‘Skins own goal line.  Theismann was alert enough to knock the airborn ball from Kim Bokamper’s hands.  Later in the same drive, facing a fourth-and-one in Dolphins territory with just over 10 minutes left, John Riggins blasted off left tackle and rambled 43 yards for the go ahead score.

 14.  Super Bowl XXXIX  Patriots 24, Eagles 21.  The Patriots were trying to solidify their dynasty status by winning for the third time in four seasons.  They did.  But not before the game was tied 0-0 after one quarter, 7-7 after two and 14-14 after three.  It was the first Super Bowl to go into the 4th quarter knotted up.  The Patriots scored 10 straight points.  Philly scored again but wasted too much time as McNabb puked all over the place, getting the ball back with too much green to cover in too little time.  96 yards, 46 seconds, and McNabb was desperate.  An interception ended the game.

13.  Super Bowl XIII  Steelers 35, Cowboys 31.  This game gets a lot of play as one of the greatest ever.  But the Steelers led 35-17 late in the game and Dallas managed a pair of late scores to tighten it up.  It certainly had its share of big plays: Stallworth scored on catches of 28 and 75 yards, Tony Hill had a 39-yarder, Mike Hegman ran a Bradshaw fumble back 37 yards for a score.  But leading 21-17 early in the fourth quarter, Franco and Lynn Swann put the Steelers in control with two highlight reel touchdowns.

12.  Super Bowl XXX  Cowboys 27, Steelers 17.  The Cowboys were big favorites but struggled to shake the Steelers.  Neil O’Donnell, who I ogled at like a school girl back  in Ellicott Dining Hall in college , threw two perfect strikes…to Dallas’ Larry Brown… to shoot down any chance the Steelers had in the second half.   And they had a chance.  Down only 20-17 and with ball late in game, Dallas was feeling the heat.  But the interceptions were too much to overcome.  It was a game that featured Bill Cowher at his best, motivating the underdogs and playing aggressively.  I was tempted to rate this game No.1 seeing as it’s the Steelers only Super Bowl loss.

11.  Super Bowl V   Colts 16, Cowboys 13.  A little bias here but I think this game gets a bad rap.  It was the only game of the first 22 to be won with a score in the last seconds of the game, Jim O’Brien’s 32-yard FG.  The Colts, still smarting from the loss to the Jets two years prior, overcame SEVEN turnovers to win.  To me, that shows some fortitude.  Yeah, the Cowboys committed four, including a Duane Thomas fumble at the Colts 1-yard line.  But Tom Landry said after the game, “I haven’t been around many games where the players hit harder…The mistakes in that game weren’t invented, at least not by the people who made them. Most were forced.”  Agreed.  Here’s to the Baltimore Colts.

Games 6-10 are next!

Click the links below to see the rest of the list
Games ranked 31-43
Games ranked 21-30
Games ranked 11-20
Games ranked 6-10

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Early Terps Hoops – Still Missing Center

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Tom Federline

The University of Maryland Mens Basketball team comes out of the gates in the first poll with a #25 ranking in the country. Yeah, right. They could be #10, #20, #35, #60….some people are getting paid good money to assign numbers to college basketball programs, not necessarily teams. It’s all about early pub, TV ratings, and of course the almighty dollar. Why not? It works. Heck, #1 Kansas almost went down and should have, against a Memphis team with a 32 year old coach. I heard that guy, Josh McDaniel and their moms carpool. Kansas looks tough though, out there in Dorothy Land.

Terps – three games in, I’ve listened, I’ve watched, I’ve witnessed and they are middle of the pack. I know it’s early. I know I am supposed to be M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D, Maryland will win. And they will, just not enough…………Unless Jordan Williams transforms into Buck Williams, real fast.

Positives: Three (3) seniors, two of them running the show, Vasquez – voistrous leader, Hayes – steady Eddie and Milbourne – quiet leader. Sean Mosely reminds me of Byron Mouton (but smaller). All of them have put on some bulk. They have matured. Now that’s either credit to the off-season work outs or they’ve discovered how to mask the orange “juice”. And there’s always – Garys Passion.

Negatives: No big boy. No experienced large presence. No Center. Vasquez – is way to unpredictable. Jordan Williams needs to grow up quickly. He could surprise, just doesn’t look like it at the moment. He’s no Joe Smith, either. This Padgett guy has some hops and is aggressive, just not big enough. Bowie still thinks he’s in high school or on the playground. Dino Gregory – what the heck is with that? Bad enough to be suspended from the team with no explanation, but not bad enough to be reportedly back on the team in three weeks. And there’s always – Garys Passion.

It’s early. Let’s stay positive. Just Beat Duke! It’s Terp basketball, it’s Red & White, it’s Garys tantrums, it’s Aiiiiirball, Aiiiiirball, it’s Hayes breaking a Maryland record for free throw percentage, It’s M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D, Maryland will win……..the majority of them.

Quick Ravens hit: Positives – How-shank-a gone, Lardarious Webb, Paul Krueger. Negatives – coaching (all of ‘em), Stover coming back as a Dolt, What Ravens team is going to show up? And man, Indy Horseshoes in town – always reminds me of one ugly moment – Mayflower trucks in a March snow. “Truckin” – (Grateful Dead).

WNSTV: Props to Nestor. Check out his video on inducting Art Modell into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, when he was out in Canton. Nice background setting. That Bronze Bust Gallery is a cool room.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 15 WRs

Posted on 11 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are this week’s fantasy wide receiver power rankings. There hasn’t been a lot of movement in the rankings over the past several weeks, and it’s the same story again this week too. At this point in the season, there’s no real mystery left at wide out, but it never hurts to consider the match ups too.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 15. 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 15 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 15 lineup decisions.

 

Week 15 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

WR Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10- 11 - 12 - 13 - 14

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 1004 yds 11 TD

 

2. Larry Fitzgerald (2) – AZ – 1148 yds 9 TD

 

3. Steve Smith (5) – CAR – 1075 yds 5 TD

 

4. Roddy White (6) – ATL – 1249 yds 6 TD

 

5. Calvin Johnson (4) – DET – 1055 yds 9 TD

 

6. Greg Jennings (3) – GB – 1131 yds 7 TD

 

7. Andre Johnson (9) – HOU – 1201 yds 5 TD

 

8. Brandon Marshall (11) – DEN – 1033 yds 6 TD

 

9. Terrell Owens (10) – DAL – 848 yds 9 TD

 

10. Bernard Berrian (7) – MIN – 824 yds 5 TD

 

11. Antonio Bryant (NR) – TB – 936 yds 5 TD

 

12. Vincent Jackson (16) – SD – 851 yds 6 TD

 

13. Santana Moss (8) – WAS – 876 yds 5 TD

 

14. Kevin Walter (17) – HOU – 851 yds 8 TD

 

15. Randy Moss (12) – NE – 841 yds 8 TD

 

16. Reggie Wayne (15) – IND – 918 yds 5 TD

 

17. DeWayne Bowe (NR) – KC – 847 yds 6 TD

 

18. Lance Moore (13) – NO – 774 yds 8 TD

 

19. Eddie Royal (14) – DEN – 799 yds 5 TD

 

20. Hines Ward (19) – PIT – 757 yds 6 TD

 

Dropped From Rankings: Lee Evans – BUF; DeShaun Jackson – PHI

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 15: Issac Bruce @ MIA; Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El @ CIN; Bernard Berrian @ AZ; Marques Colston & Lance Moore @ CHI; DeShaun Jackson, Kevin Curtis & Hank Baskett vs. CLE

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 15 Match Ups: Tory Holt & Donnie Avery vs. SEA; Devin Hester & Rasheid Davis vs. NO; Bryant Johnson & Jason Hill @ MIA; Ashley Lelie & Johnnie Lee Higgins vs. NE; Ted Ginn Jr. & Davonne Bess vs. SF; Sidney Rice & Bobby Wade @ AZ; Deion Branch & Bobby Engram @ ST.L

 

WRs With Tough Week 15 Match Ups: Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter vs. TEN; Calvin Johnson @ IND; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton vs. PIT; Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes @ BAL; Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. WAS; Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ OAK; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad vs. DEN; Braylon Edwards @ PHI; Roddy White & Harry Douglass vs. TB

 

WRs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 15: Jerry Porter & Reggie Williams vs. GB; Donte Stallworth @ PHI

 

And here are the week 15 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s my top 75 WRs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (24)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (26)

3. Bernard Berrian (27)

4. Terrell Owens (29)

5. Santana Moss (30)

6. Steve Smith (31) *CAR

7. Roddy White (31)

8. Greg Jennings (31)

9. Brandon Marshall (33)

10. Calvin Johnson (41)

11. Antonio Bryant (42)

12. Mewelde Moore (44)

13. Reggie Wayne (45)

14. Andre Johnson (46)

15. Vincent Jackson (46)

16. Issac Bruce (47)

17. DeWayne Bowe (49)

18. Eddie Royal (55)

19. Justin Gage (56)

20. Randy Moss (57)

21. DeShaun Jackson (57)

22. Kevin Walter (60)

23. Lee Evans (66)

24. Hines Ward (69)

25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (74)

26. Wes Welker (77)

27. Steve Breaston (78)

28. Laverneus Coles (79)

29. Donald Driver (79)

30. Chris Chambers (80)

31. Deion Branch (80)

32. Marques Colston (80)

33. Mark Bradley (81) *keep an eye on his injury status

34. Derrick Mason (82)

35. Donnie Avery (87)

36. Ted Ginn Jr. (90)

37. Braylon Edwards (92)

38. Santonio Holmes (93)

39. Jehricco Cotchery (95)

40. Marvin Harrison (95)

41. DeVery Henderson (96)

42. Mushin Muhammad (101)

43. Michael Jenkins (101)

44. Devin Hester (106)

45. Mark Clayton (110)

47. Anthony Gonzalez (115)

48. Antoine Randle-El (116)

49. Bryant Johnson (117)

50. Tory Holt (117)

51. Malcolm Floyd (124)

52. Koren Robinson (128)

53. Nate Washington (129)

54. Hank Baskett (131)

55. Kevin Curtis (133)

56. Chad Johnson (136)

57. Brandon Stokley (137)

58. Patrick Crayton (137)

59. Rasheid Davis (138)

60. Reggie Brown (139)

61. Ashley Lelie (139)

62. Brandon Lloyd (142)

63. Josh Reed (144)

64. Marty Booker (144)

65. Roy Williams (149)

66. Josh Morgan (151)

67. Jabar Gafney (155)

68. Myles Austin (155)

69. Bobby Wade (163)

70. Steve Smith (164) *NYG

71. Chansi Stuckey (167)

72. Dane Looker (167)

73. Sidney Rice (171)

74. James Hardy (172)

75. Ike Hilliard (174)

 

Use the links at the bottom of the page for the rest of this week’s rankings and good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 WRs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

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

 

Week 14 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s my top 75 WRs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (15)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (17)

3. Roddy White (19)

4. Greg Jennings (25)

5. Bernard Berrian (25)

6. Randy Moss (26)

7. Calvin Johnson (28)

8. Steve Smith (34)

9. Reggie Wayne (35)

10. Lee Evans (37)

11. Brandon Marshall (44)

12. Lance Moore (44)

13. Santana Moss (45)

14. Andre Johnson (46)

15. Terrell Owens (50)

16. Eddie Royal (50)

17. DeSean Jackson (50)

18. Hines Ward (52)

19. Justin Gage (55)

20. Vincent Jackson (59)

21. Laverneus Coles (59)

22. Kevin Walter (62)

23. Wes Welker (62)

24. DeWayne Bowe (65)

25. Issac Bruce (67)

26. Antonio Bryant (69)

27. Marques Colston (72)

28. Matt Jones (74)

29. Steve Breaston (75)

30. Jehrrico Cotchery (75)

31. Derrick Mason (78)

32. TJ Houshmandzadeh (80)

33. Mark Clayton (81)

34. Donald Driver (83)

35. Braylon Edwards (89)

36. Santonio Holmes (90)

37. Donnie Avery (90)

38. Chris Chambers (95)

39. Anthony Gonzalez (95)

40. Mark Bradley (97)

41. DeVery Henderson (98)

42. Michael Jenkins (99)

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (100)

44. Malcolm Floyd (105)

45. Mushin Muhammad (106)

46. Nate Washington (108)

47. Kevin Curtis (108)

48. Amani Toomer (109)

49. Marvin Harrison (109)

50. Tory Holt (110)

51. Devin Hester (115)

52. Koren Robinson (118)

53. Hank Baskett (120)

54. Chad Johnson (128)

55. Jabar Gaffney (128)

56. Brandon Stokley (130)

57. Reggie Brown (130)

58. Antoine Randle-El (131)

59. Josh Reed (131)

60. Rasheid Davis (133)

61. Ashley Lelie (136)

62. Bryant Johnson (139)

63. Dane Looker (144)

64. Roy Williams (146)

65. Reggie Williams (146)

66. Brandon Lloyd (147)

67. Chansi Stuckey (147)

68. Mary Booker (149)

69. Ike Hilliard (153)

70. Bobby Wade (157)

71. Brandon Jones (159)

72. Harry Douglass (159)

73. Josh Morgan (159)

74. James Hardy (159)

75. Miles Austin (166)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 RBs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

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

 

Week 14 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s my top 50 RBs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Thomas Jones (11)

2. Adrian Peterson (12)

3. Matt Forte (18)

4. Michael Turner (20)

5. Steve Slaton (27)

6. Reggie Bush (33)

7. Brian Westbrook (37)

8. LaDanian Tomlinson (38)

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

10. Steven Jackson (39)

11. Chris Johnson (40)

12. DeAngelo Williams (42)

13. Larry Johnson (44)

14. Peyton Hillis (45)

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

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

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (53)

18. Ronnie Brown (54)

19. Frank Gore (56)

20. Marshawn Lynch (56)

21. LenDale White (56)

22. Joseph Addai (57)

23. Tim Hightower (61)

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

25. Jamal Lewis (67)

26. Kevin Faulk (70)

27. Ryan Grant (72)

28. Sammy Morris (74)

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

30. Derrick Ward (77)

31. Leon Washington (77)

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

33. Kevin Smith (81)

34. Jerome Harrison (82)

35. Warrick Dunn (83)

36. Pierre Thomas (83)

37. Dominic Rhodes (83)

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

39. Chester Taylor (86)

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

41. Ricky Williams (98)

42. Jerious Norwood (102)

43. Mike Tolbert (102)

44. Deuce McAllister (103)

45. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104)

46. Jonathan Stewart (108)

47. Justin Fargas (108)

48. Tatum Bell (109)

49. Mike Karney (111)

50. Julius Jones (113)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 QBs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Again, there wasn’t much shake up in the quarterback rankings this week. On the bright side, close to half of the top 20 weren’t very highly regarded at draft time, so there could still be a few good options on the waiver wire. The playoffs are here for a lot of us, so make sure to take a look at all of the rankings, as every decision is magnified at this time of the season.

 

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

 

Week 14 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

 

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Drew Brees (1) – NO – 3870 yds 24 TD 14 int & 1 TD rush

 

2. Tony Romo (3) – DAL – 2559 yds 21 TD 8 int

 

3. Aaron Rodgers (4) – GB – 2897 yds 20 TD 10 int & 4 TD rush

 

4. Kurt Warner (2) – AZ – 3741 yds 24 TD 11 int

 

5. Jay Cutler (5) – DEN – 3393 yds 21 TD 13 int

 

6. Phillip Rivers (6) – SD – 2955 yds 23 TD 10 int

 

7. Donavan McNabb (13) – PHI – 3030 yds 18 TD 10 int & 1 TD rush

 

8. Peyton Manning (7) – IND – 2948 yds 19 TD 12 int & 1 TD rush

 

9. Matt Cassel (10) – NE – 2784 yds 13 TD 10 int & 2 TD rush

 

10. Tyler Thigpen (12) – KC – 1739 yds 13 TD 8 int & 1 TD rush & 1 TD rec

 

11. Shaun Hill (11) – SF – 1067 yds 8 TD 3 int & 1 TD rush

 

12. Eli Manning (9) – NYG – 2624 yds 19 TD 8 int & 1 TD rush

 

13. Brett Favre (8) – GB – 2708 yds 20 TD 14 int

 

14. Chad Pennington (14) – MIA – 2881 yds 11 TD 6 int & 1 TD rush

 

15. Joe Flacco (16) – BAL – 2276 yds 12 TD 9 int & 2 TD rush

 

16. David Garrard (15) – JAX – 2748 yds 10 TD 9 int & 1 TD rush

 

17. Matt Ryan (18) – ATL – 2625 yds 13 TD 6 int

 

18. Kyle Orton (20) – CHI – 2195 yds 13 TD 7 int & 1 TD rush

 

19. Jason Campbell (19) – WAS – 2560 yds 10 TD 4 int

 

20. Jeff Garcia (NR) – TB – 1902 yds 8 TD 3 int

 

Dropped From Rankings: Trent Edwards – BUF

 

QBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Matt Cassel @ SEA; Shaun Hill vs. NYJ; Matt Ryan @ NO; Kurt Warner vs. ST.L; Peyton Manning vs. CIN; Aaron Rodgers vs. HOU

 

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: JaMarcus Russell @ SD; Marc Bulger @ AZ; Gus Frerotte @ DET; Matt Hasselbeck vs. NE

 

QBs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Tony Romo @ PIT; Jake Delhomme vs. TB; Donavan McNabb @ NYG; Eli Manning vs. PHI; Jeff Garcia @ CAR; Phillip Rivers vs. OAK; Sage Rosenfels @ GB

 

QBs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 14: Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jordan Palmer @ IND; Jason Campbell @ BAL; Ken Dorsey @ TEN

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy QB start rankings; it’s all 32 projected starting QBs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Drew Brees (15)

2. Kurt Warner (15)

3. Aaron Rodgers (16)

4. Shaun Hill (23)

5. Jay Cutler (24)

6. Peyton Manning (24)

7. Matt Cassel (24)

8. Tyler Thigpen (31)

9. Tony Romo (35)

10. Phillip Rivers (36)

11. Brett Favre (38)

12. Matt Ryan (40)

13. Donavan McNabb (41)

14. Chad Pennington (46)

15. Eli Manning (49)

16. Gus Frerotte (50)

17. Joe Flacco (51)

18. David Garrard (52)

19. Kyle Orton (52)

20. Trent Edwards (57)

21. JaMarcus Russell (59)

22. Ben Roethlisberger (61)

23. Matt Hasselbeck (65)

24. Marc Bulger (65)

25. Jeff Garcia (66)

26. Jason Campbell (68)

27. Sage Rosenfels (73) *I’d move him between McNabb & Pennington if it’s Schaub

28. Kerry Collins (73)

29. Jake Delhomme (76)

30. Daunte Culpepper (82)

31. Ryan Fitzpatrick (84) *no difference for Jordan Palmer

32. Ken Dorsey (93)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 14

Posted on 02 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The top eleven teams in last week’s power rankings all remained in the top 11 this week, as all still seem to be pretty clearly in control of their own playoff destinies. The 12th spot, for now, goes to the Vikings who are on an impressive run, and now find themselves in the driver’s seat for the NFC North.

 

There may be a few noteworthy suspensions handed down in the next week or so, which could have a dramatic impact on the playoff races as the final quarter of the season unfolds. Also, because of the relative assuredness of the playoff picture at this early stage in the season, how teams are able to manage staying focused and staying healthy in the teams’ final meaningless games should have a lot of impact of the playoff picture, even after the pairings are locked in early.

 

Admittedly, Atlanta should probably be at 12 in this week’s rankings instead of 10, with both Denver and Minnesota holding on to stronger playoff hopes at this time. For Atlanta, it seems that the division is out of the question, and it’s wildcard or bust, with the Cowboys still very much on their heels. I just didn’t have the heart to drop Atlanta 2 spots after an impressive road win on the left coast. They’ve definitely been the toughest team to grade out over the course of the season so far. They deserve their respect, there’s no questioning that, but their playoff hopes are still very fragile at this point.

 

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Week 14 NFL Power Rankings (last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. New York Giants (1) – 11-1 – The Giants have easily been the most impressive team in the league so far, and appear to be without weakness. Even with the uncertain future of Plaxico Burress in New York, experts seem reluctant to concede that this will even be an issue for the Giants. Their schedule is full of tough teams from here out, but the Giants already enjoy a 2 game lead for the #1 seed in the NFC, a 3 game lead in their division, and a four game lead over Minnesota and Arizona for a first round bye. Next Week: vs. PHI

 

2. Tennessee Titans (2) – 11-1 – A Thanksgiving Day chance to feast on the Lions was probably the perfect remedy for Tennessee team that had lost it’s first game of the season the week before, and who had struggled to run for the last 3 weeks. The Browns and Texans in the next 2 games will probably either wrap up home field for the Titans, or make their week 16 match up with Pittsburgh for potential home field advantage. Also depending on what the rest of the AFC does in the meantime, Tennessee could have a chance to ruin Indy’s playoff hopes before they get started in week 17. Next Week: vs. CLE

 

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – 9-3 – At 9-3, the Steelers have been a tough draw for everyone that they’ve played. You may not be able to say that about any other team in the league this season. The Steelers have positioned themselves for a chance at a bye in the playoffs, and with a game remaining against the Titans, they’re still in striking distance for the #1 seed, if the Titans should stumble, or let up down the stretch. Next Week: vs. DAL

 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5) – 9-3 – They’ve had a revolving door at quarterback and running back, and they’re playing a first place schedule, in the toughest division in the NFC, possibly the toughest in the NFL. The Bucs though, still find themselves in the driver’s seat for not only the NFC South title, but also a first round bye. They may not enjoy the cushion in the standings that they probably should at 9-3, and still have 2 tough divisional games on the road. But for now at least, the road to the NFC South title goes through Tampa. Next Week: @ CAR

 

5. Carolina Panthers (7) – 9-3 – If the Buccaneers are feeling salty about their relatively unsecured playoff hopes, despite their 9-3 record, than the Panthers have to feel outright frustrated with their standing in the playoff hunt, despite their strong performance thus far. A chance to beat Tampa head to head this week still leaves the Panthers somewhat in control of their own playoff destiny, but they’ll likely have to win out to have a chance at staying home for a playoff game. Next Week: vs. TB

 

6. Arizona Cardinals (6) – 8-4 – I’ve been feeling the need to justify ranking these Cards so highly all season, but even as the losers of 2 straight, the Cardinals are not a team that you want to sleep on. They’re still just an eyelash away from clinching the NFC West and at least one home playoff game. They’re also just one game behind Tampa and Carolina for a first round bye. In the playoffs, the Cards at home could be dangerous, especially if an east coast team has to travel to Arizona. Keep in mind that 3 of the Cards’ 4 losses came on trips to the east coast, the other was at home to the Giants. They’re front 7 is grossly underrated by most, and their running game still has a chance to get in gear. They’re unlikely to go across the country and beat anyone, but traveling to Arizona for a playoff game could be a lot tougher than it sounds. Next Week: vs. ST.L

 

7. New York Jets (4) – 8-4 – Success appeared to get to the Jets’ heads a bit last week, and they looked about as bad as they possibly could, just a week after dismantling the undefeated Titans. Brett Favre has been a rousing success for the Jets this season; clearly their playoff hopes would have been slim without him. But once the playoffs get here, I think that the Jets will have trouble finding their identity, a game manager would probably fit their formula a little better than a game breaker. Still, when the playoffs come around, there are few who can bring more experience to the table than Favre. The AFC East is still a dogfight, and with 2 west coast trips remaining, the Jets still have their work cut out for them in just getting to the playoffs. Next Week: @ SF

 

8. Indianapolis Colts (8) – 8-4 – If you took a poll among the AFC contenders and asked which team they’d most like to eliminate before the playoffs begin, my guess is that the Colts would be the team that’d be out. With that said, it appears that the rest of the AFC has missed their chance to bury these Colts when they were on the ropes early on. It’s still tough to imagine the Colts making a long run in this year’s playoffs, primarily because of their inability to stop the run. They can however, stop the run with their offense, in a manner of speaking, by jumping on opponents early in games and forcing them to play catch-up. The schedule looks like it could be pretty easy for the Colts from here, but don’t overlook their week 17 match up against Tennessee just yet. If Tennessee slips up and Pittsburgh keeps rolling, the Titans may need that one for the top seed. And if the Colts slip, just a bit in the meantime, the Titans may have a chance to send them home before the playoffs begin. I’m not so sure the Titans take that one off like everyone seems to think. Next Week: vs. CIN

 

9. Baltimore Ravens (9) – 8-4 – They’ve certainly been a great story so far, and the Ravens are starting to look more and more dangerous with each passing week. Their defense has adjusted to a lack of star power in the secondary, and despite the dominance of the run defense, the Ravens aren’t letting much go through the air either. Losses to Indianapolis and the Giants have shown that this team isn’t built for playing catch up, but with new wrinkles and guys stepping up every week, this team still appears to be growing into their prowess. The playoffs are by no means assured just yet, but they’re in sight. And the AFC North title could still be in the fold too. Next Week: vs. WAS

 

10. Atlanta Falcons (10) – 8-4 – The Falcons have taken the NFL by storm, but when it comes to their own division, not so much. There’s no shortage of storylines surrounding the Falcons this season. From moving forward without their jailed franchise quarterback, to finding a diamond in the rough in Matt Ryan; from being stepped out on by Bobby Petrino, to the meteoric rise of rookie head coach Mike Smith; this team is full of great stories. If they aren’t able to hold serve in their final four games however, the story will be about this miraculous rebound falling short of the post season. Someone with 10 or even 11 wins is likely to be left home in the NFC this season; Falcons fans are hoping that it’s not them. Next Week: @ NO

 

11. Denver Broncos (11) – 7-5 – The Broncos went a long way to locking up a playoff berth in week 13, and are quietly building a little head of steam too. If things keep going the way that they are, the Broncos could be looking at a first round match up with Indianapolis. They’ve had a couple of embarrassing post season blowouts at the hands of the Colts in recent years, but may be better equipped to go up and down the field with them this time around. Unless they can figure out how to play consistent defense, the Broncos will likely be short for the playoffs, but as long as their offense remains explosive, they should make it exciting while they’re in there. Next Week: vs. KC

 

12. Minnesota Vikings (16) – 7-5 – In yet another division where no one seems to be able to step up and grab hold of a playoff spot, the Vikings may be peaking at just the right time. Their two-headed backfield and stout defense could prove to be a formula for success once the post season rolls around too. The Vikings still have a very deep interest in pending suspensions of a number of key players, but are in good position for the playoffs despite a number of early season mishaps. Next Week: @ DET

 

13. New England Patriots (14) – 7-5 – The Patriots playoff hopes took a major shot on Sunday with their loss to the Steelers. They’re still very much in the hunt, and because of their experience and coaching have to be considered dangerous, but the Patriots have their work cut out for them too. Next up for the Pats are 2 straight games on the west coast, which has confounded a number of teams. The Jets did them a favor though by not taking advantage of a chance to bury them a little further in the AFC East last week too. Next Week: @ SEA

 

14. Dallas Cowboys (15) – 8-4 – The Cowboys look like they’re back in stride, the question now is, whether they’ll have enough time to make themselves a factor in the race for the playoffs. Their midseason stumble allowed a number of teams to pick up positions on them, but they’re not out of it quite yet. Games against playoff contenders in 3 of their remaining 4 will make the road bumpy, and the fact that two of them are from the AFC means that winning them doesn’t necessarily guarantee the reward of moving up in the standings. Next Week: @ PIT

 

15. Miami Dolphins (17) – 7-5 – I’m still not sure that people have started taking the Dolphins seriously just yet, and with the difficulty that they had in dealing with St. Louis on Sunday, I can understand why. One thing’s for sure though, opponents who’ve gone against Miami and given less than their best have paid the price this season. The Dolphins are more than flash and gimmick, they’re a pretty good football team, and they’re getting better too. They’ll need some help to get into the playoff hunt, but they still look like a factor at this point. Next Week: @ BUF *in Toronto

 

16. Washington Redskins (12) – 7-5 – It looks like the Redskins may have taken a couple of teams by surprise, especially with their improved offense early in the season. In recent weeks however, teams look less apt to let down for Washington, and they also appear to have adjusted to the Redskins new look on offense. Losing 3 of their last 4 has given a serious blow to the Redskins playoff hopes, and the schedule won’t make it any easier finishing up. They’re still in the hunt it seems, but fading fast. Next Week: @ BAL

 

17. Chicago Bears (13) – 6-6 – On one hand, you could say that the Bears let a golden opportunity pass them by against the Vikings in week 13. On the other hand however, you could say that the Bears never really looked like they belonged in the game in the first place. After playing everyone tough through the first 9 weeks of the season, the Bears have been blown out twice by divisional foes in recent weeks. Matt Forte has probably been too much of the offense this season, and looks to be hitting the rookie wall. Next Week: vs. JAX

 

18. New Orleans Saints (20) – 6-6 – Given the number of injuries that the Saints have been forced to deal with, and the tough games that they allowed to get away in weeks 2 and 3, they could consider themselves lucky to be at .500 with 4 games to go. When you look at the rest of the division staring squarely down at them in the rankings however, these Saints look like they’ll be playing for Dan Marino’s passing record, and something positive to carry into next season. The playoffs are pretty much out of the question for this bunch, but they could still affect the race. Next Week: vs. ATL

 

19. San Diego Chargers (19) – 4-8 – The Chargers playoff hopes are alive by the slimmest of margins, and fading quickly. It seems that week after week we look at the Chargers as a team with the potential of getting on a roll. The luxury of playing in the AFC West has kept them in the hunt for much longer than they probably deserve, and technically they could still get in. But the Broncos appear to be on somewhat of a roll lately, and the Chargers still haven’t been able to get things going. Next Week: vs. OAK

 

20. Buffalo Bills (18) – 6-6 – This season for the Bills will be one for the history books for sure. In addition to breaking new ground with a regular season game in Toronto, the Bills have gone from cruising to control of the AFC East early on, to a tail spinning mess of a team that has fallen into last place in the division that they controlled just a few weeks ago. It’ll take a miracle to rescue the Bills season, and  their playoff hopes with just 4 games remaining. Based on the way that they’ve played lately, simply holding up their own end of the bargain and winning out would be a minor miracle. Next Week: vs. MIA *in Toronto

 

21. Philadelphia Eagles (22) – 6-5-1 – Donavan McNabb responded to his benching in a big way with a Thanksgiving Day rally last week. Or maybe he just responded to a chance to play against a pretty bad Cardinals pass defense, traveling across the country in a short week. The Eagles are doing what they can to salvage a respectable record this season, but aside from a one-week infusion of confidence from beating the Steelers, the Eagles have never really presented themselves as a team that could be a factor in the playoff race. Next Week: @ NYG

 

22. Green Bay Packers (21) – 5-7 – Much like the Dow-Jones, the Packers have been either alarmingly good, or alarmingly bad from game to game, without any real warning. You truly never know which Packers team is going to show up from game to game, or as they proved last week, from quarter to quarter or even drive to drive. If the Jets make a sustained run into the playoffs, while the Packers are sitting home this post season, Ted Thompson may need to hire private security. (That is if he hasn’t already.) Next Week: vs. HOU

 

23. Houston Texans (23) – 5-7 – Media and PR types will try to come up with lots of reasons to make you believe that a lot of teams have the potential to be good really soon. When it comes to the Texans, they might be right. They’ve dealt with a considerable amount of adversity this season off of the field, and have had to struggle with injuries and a difficult schedule on the field too. Still, this week showcased a number of teams who look like they’ve already mailed in their seasons, and the Texans aren’t one of them. In fact they exposed one on Monday night against the Jags. Next Week: @ GB

 

24. San Francisco 49ers (27) – 4-8 – Mike Singletary has certainly made his impression on the Niners’ locker room, they’ve won 2 of their last 4, and showed well in a Monday night loss to Arizona. Clearly this team needs a pretty drastic overhaul in order to be competitive, but they’ve got some of the pieces in place already, Singletary looks like he may be one of them. Let’s not forget that they’re in the NFC West too, they could be closer than it seems to making a run at that division. Next Week: vs. NYJ

 

25. Cleveland Browns (26) – 4-8 – The Browns’ season may have been over before it began. Braylon Edwards was never able to establish a rhythm in the offense, Kellen Winslow Jr. has struggled to stay in the lineup, and Donte Stallworth was probably never really a good fit for this team, especially without Joe Jureviscius. The monumental letdown that the Browns have been overall, will probably steal some attention from the fact that their defense is vastly improved over last season. Their season is over now, but don’t sleep on these Browns for next year, they look like they have something that they can build on. Next Week: @ TEN

 

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (24) – 4-8 – The Jags are easily the most disappointing story of the season so far. There have been other teams that have failed to live up to high expectations, but few seem to have been as relatively healthy as Jacksonville. It looks like a slow start to the season derailed the Jags playoff hopes, and their hearts as well. They’re much too talented to be playing the way that they are, this team and its coaches should be outright embarrassed, on Monday night, they were. Next Week: @ CHI

 

27. Kansas City Chiefs (30) – 2-10 – Despite their 2-10 record, it’s not like these Chiefs are wasting a ton of young talent. To their credit, they have proven to be a handful for most opponents, but are simply overmatched on most Sundays. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they don’t appear to have a lot of pieces in place to build around at this point either. At least they continue to play determined football. That at least, is a testament to Herm Edwards and the veterans on this team. Next Week: @ DEN

 

28. Oakland Raiders (25) – 3-9 – Fresh off of a stunning victory against Denver in week 12, the Raiders appeared to be set up for a mini win streak with the Chiefs on tap last week. Things didn’t work out that way however, and despite the flashes of talent that the Raiders youngsters have shown, they can’t seem to keep it together consistently at this point. Given the coaching carousel in Oakland in recent years, it’s no wonder consistency is an issue. Next Week: @ SD

 

29. Seattle Seahawks (28) – 2-10 – It seems that Mike Holmgren’s decision to take a year away from football may have inspired the Seahawks in an unexpected way. The team it seems has decided to take this season off, and Jim Mora may be wondering just what it is that he signed on for. Next week: vs. NE

 

30. St. Louis Rams (31) – 2-10 – Without their once vaunted offensive attack, the Rams leave a lot to be desired all the way around. They have some offensive talent, but can’t seem to keep them healthy, or to find a rhythm when they are healthy. It appears that the head coach wasn’t all that was wrong with the Rams this season, but it is the NFC West; so next year is still bright. Next Week: @ AZ

 

31. Cincinnati Bengals (29) – 1-9-1 – They found a pulse momentarily this season, but the Bengals look like another team that simply cashed it in when the odds stacked up against them early on. The Bengals, at this point appear to be in need of a major overhaul, both on and off of the field. Whether they’ll finally figure that out or not is another question altogether though. Unfortunately for the fans in Cincinnati, much like those in Oakland, you can’t fire the owner. Next Week: @ IND

 

32. Detroit Lions (32) – 0-12 – Even if they wind up winless, the Lions may be better off for the future than a lot of teams in the bottom third of this list. They have Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith to build around on offense. Their defense is actually much better than it’s been in recent years, which still leaves lots of room to grow, but is progress none the less. They’re poised to walk away with the number one pick in the draft, and could trade that back for more picks if they’d like. The boatload of picks that they got from the Cowboys, plus whatever they do with their own picks could make the rebuilding effort a lot quicker than you’d expect. And these are no longer Matt Millen’s Lions. Next Week: vs. MIN

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 13 D/STs

Posted on 27 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the week 13 fantasy defense / special teams power rankings and weekly start rankings too. There are 3 games on the slate for today, so don’t forget to get your lineup changes in before you get locked out of the early games.

 

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 13. 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 13 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 13 lineup decisions.

 

Week 13 Fantasy Defense / Special Teams Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3) – 7 TD, 24 sacks, 14 int, 7 fum rec, 168 pts allowed

 

2. Baltimore Ravens (8) – 4 TD, 22 sacks, 19 int, 3 fum rec, 3 safeties, 169 pts allowed

 

3. New York Jets (2) – 5 TD, 35 sacks, 9 int, 11 fum rec, 210 pts allowed

 

4. Chicago Bears (9) – 5 TD, 22 sacks, 17 int, 8 fum rec, 1 safety, 222 pts allowed

 

5. Philadelphia Eagles (6) – 4 TD, 39 sacks, 9 int, 9 fum rec, 1 safety, 215 pts allowed

 

6. New York Giants (4) – 2 TD, 32 sacks, 15 int, 4 fum rec, 2 safeties, 181 pts allowed

 

7. Green Bay Packers (1) – 9 TD, 18 sacks, 17 int, 2 fum rec, 248 pts allowed

 

8. Tennessee Titans (5) – 2 TD, 30 sacks, 16 int, 6 fum rec, 165 pts allowed

 

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (7) – 1 TD, 37 sacks, 11 int, 4 fum rec, 1 safety, 150 pts allowed

 

10. Minnesota Vikings (12) – 3 TD, 30 sacks, 8 int, 12 fum rec, 3 safeties, 232 pts allowed

 

11. Arizona Cardinals (10) – 3 TD, 24 sacks, 10 int, 12 fum rec, 259 pts allowed

 

12. Carolina Panthers (11) – 1 TD, 22 sacks, 9 int, 10 fum rec, 194 pts allowed

 

13. Oakland Raiders (14) – 2 TD, 24 sacks, 12 int, 7 fum rec, 2 safeties, 243 pts allowed

 

14. Buffalo Bills (NR) – 5 TD, 18 sacks, 7 int, 10 fum rec, 241 pts allowed

 

15. Dallas Cowboys (19) – 2 TD, 33 sacks, 5 int, 9 fum rec, 1 safety, 245 pts allowed

 

16. Cleveland Browns (17) – 2 TD, 15 sacks, 15 int, 5 fum rec, 225 pts allowed

 

17. Miami Dolphins (13) – 1 TD, 28 sacks, 8 int, 9 fum rec, 1 safety, 231 pts allowed

 

18. Atlanta Falcons (18) – 3 TD, 21 sacks, 9 int, 4 fum rec, 226 pts allowed

 

19. Seattle Seahawks (16) – 2 TD, 26 sacks, 5 int, 8 fum rec, 271 pts allowed

 

20. San Francisco 49ers (15) – 4 TD, 19 sacks, 10 int, 4 fum rec, 288 pts allowed

 

Dropped From Rankings: Jacksonville Jaguars

 

D/STs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 13: Tennessee Titans @ DET; Baltimore Ravens @ CIN; Chicago Bears @ MIN; Buffalo Bills vs. SF; New York Giants @ WAS; Jacksonville Jaguars @ HOU

 

D/STs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 13 Match Ups: Miami Dolphins @ ST.L; Dallas Cowboys vs. SEA; Oakland Raiders vs. KC; Kansas City Chiefs @ OAK

 

D/STs With Tough Week 13 Match Ups: Washington Redskins vs. NYG; Carolina Panthers @ GB; Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NO; Philadelphia Eagles vs. AZ; Atlanta Falcons @ SD; Minnesota Vikings vs. CHI

 

D/STs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 13: San Diego Chargers vs. ATL; Denver Broncos @ NYJ; New Orleans Saints @ TB

 

And here are the week 13 Fantasy D/ST start rankings; it’s all 32 defenses 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.

 

1. Baltimore Ravens (7)

2. Chicago Bears (12)

3. Tennessee Titans (17)

4. New York Giants (21)

5. New York Jets (26)

6. Green Bay Packers (26)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30)

8. Oakland Raiders (33)

9. Buffalo Bills (33)

10. Arizona Cardinals (36)

11. Dallas Cowboys (36)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (39)

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (40)

14. Minnesota Vikings (44)

15. Cleveland Browns (50)

16. Carolina Panthers (51)

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (52)

18. Miami Dolphins (55)

19. San Francisco 49ers (56)

20. Seattle Seahawks (57)

21. Houston Texans (61)

22. New England Patriots (61)

23. Atlanta Falcons (62)

24. Indianapolis Colts (63)

25. New Orleans Saints (67)

26. Kansas City Chiefs (68)

27. Cincinnati Bengals (71)

28. San Diego Chargers (82)

29. St. Louis Rams (85)

30. Washington Redskins (86)

31. Denver Broncos (87)

32. Detroit Lions (89)

 

You can use the links at the bottom of the page to check out the rest of this week’s positional rankings. Have a great holiday, and good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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