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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 13 QBs

Posted on 26 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There’s not a lot of shake up in this week’s QB rankings, There are however plenty of quarterbacks among the top twenty who were overlooked on draft day and through much of the season. In fact, there’s a decent chance that you’ll still be able to find one of these top 20 still on your league’s waiver wire. There are 3 games on tap for Thursday this week, so we’ll have all of the rankings out in time to set your lineups well before the first kickoff on Thanksgiving Day.

 

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 Quarterback Power Rankings

 

QB Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 1011 - 12

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Drew Brees (2) – NO – 3574 yds 22 TD 11 int & 1 TD rush

 

2. Kurt Warner (1) – AZ – 3506 yds 21 TD 8 int

 

3. Tony Romo (6) – DAL – 2228 yds 18 TD 7 int & 1 TD rush

 

4. Aaron Rodgers (5) – GB – 2599 yds 17 TD 9 int & 4 TD rush

 

5. Jay Cutler (3) – DEN – 3036 yds 19 TD 12 int

 

6. Phillip Rivers (4) – SD – 2806 yds 23 TD 10 int

 

7. Peyton Manning (7) – IND – 2823 yds 19 TD 10 int & 1 TD rush

 

8. Brett Favre (9) – NYJ – 2461 yds 20 TD 13 int

 

9. Eli Manning (11) – NYG – 2319 yds 18 TD 7 int & 1 TD rush

 

10. Matt Cassel (10) – NE – 2615 yds 13 TD 8 int & 2 TD rush

 

11. Shaun Hill (15) – SF – 906 yds 7 TD 3 int & 1 TD rush

 

12. Tyler Thigpen (16) – KC – 1577 yds 13 TD 7 int & 1 TD rush, 1 TD rec

 

13. Donavan McNabb (8) – PHI – 2770 yds 14 TD 10 int & 1 TD rush

 

14. Chad Pennington (19) – MIA – 2715 yds 11 TD 6 int & 1 TD rush

 

15. David Garrard (13) – JAX – 2461 yds 9 TD 8 int & 1 TD rush

 

16. Joe Flacco (18) – BAL – 1996 yds 10 TD 9 int & 2 TD rush

 

17. Trent Edwards (NR) – BUF – 2266 yds 10 TD 10 int & 3 TD rush

 

18. Matt Ryan (14) – ATL – 2418 yds 11 TD 6 int

 

19. Jason Campbell (20) – WAS – 2328 yds 10 TD 3 int

 

20. Kyle Orton (12) – CHI – 2049 yds 11 TD 4 int & 1 TD rush

 

Dropped From Rankings: Gus Frerotte – MIN

 

QBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 13: Tony Romo vs. SEA; Kyle Orton @ MIN; Jay Cutler @ NYJ; Brett Favre vs. DEN; Donavan McNabb vs. AZ; Matt Ryan @ SD; Chad Pennington @ ST.L

 

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 13 Match Ups: Kerry Collins @ DET; Jeff Garcia vs. NO; Trent Edwards vs. SF

 

QBs With Tough Week 13 Match Ups: Matt Cassel vs. PIT; Aaron Rodgers vs. CAR; Drew Brees @ TB; Kurt Warner @ PHI; Jason Campbell vs. NYG; Eli Manning @ WAS

 

QBs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 13: Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson vs. IND; Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. BAL; Daunte Culpepper or Drew Stanton vs. TEN; Jake Delhomme @ GB

 

And here are the week 13 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 Thursday’s games, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Tony Romo (9)

2. Jay Cutler (17)

3. Phillip Rivers (24)

4. Drew Brees (30)

5. Kurt Warner (30)

6. Donavan McNabb (31)

7. Brett Favre (32)

8. Shaun Hill (33)

9. Chad Pennington (33)

10. Peyton Manning (34)

11. Aaron Rodgers (35)

12. Matt Ryan (37)

13. David Garrard (41)

14. Tyler Thigpen (42)

15. Trent Edwards (44)

16. Jeff Garcia (46)

17. Matt Cassel (47)

18. Joe Flacco (47)

19. Eli Manning (49)

20. Kerry Collins (56)

21. Ben Roethlisberger (57)

22. Kyle Orton (60)

23. Jason Campbell (63)

24. Sage Rosenfels (64)

25. Jake Delhomme (70)

26. Marc Bulger (70)

27. Gus Frerotte (71)

28. JaMarcus Russell (72)

29. Matt Hasselbeck (77)

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (83)

31. Brady Quinn / Derek Anderson (88)

32. Daunte Culpepper / Drew Stanton (92)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

Week 13 RB Rankings & Previews

 

Week 13 WR Rankings & Previews

 

Week 13 TE Rankings & Previews

 

Week 13 K Rankings & Previews

 

Week 13 D/ST Rankings & Previews

 

 

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Week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings – Every Position

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Just for the sake of making everything easier, I’ve decided to post the week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings for all 6 positions in one place. It’s the same start rankings that you can find on the bottoms of each of the Positional Power Rankings for week 12. You can locate those power rankings by using the links at the bottom of this page too.

 

Listed below are the formulary start rankings for each of the 6 positions, with their formulary number listed in parentheses next to them. The formulary rankings are gotten using the “secret fantasy flavor formula”, it’s basically 2 parts player performance, 1 part defensive expectations against them this week, with a few variables thrown in for injuries and anomalies.

 

As news becomes available over the course of the weekend, I’ll make notes here too, so keep checking back. And at the end of the day, trust your gut, and have fun. That’s why we play the games after all anyway. And good luck to you this week as the playoffs approach.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning (15) @SD

2. Aaron Rodgers (21) @ NO

3. Jay Cutler (22) vs. OAK

4. Tony Romo (22) vs. SF

5. Kurt Warner (29) vs. NYG

6. Shaun Hill (31) @ DAL

7. Brady Quinn (31) vs. HOU

8. Drew Brees (35) vs. GB

9. Eli Manning (36) @ AZ

10. Phillip Rivers (40) vs. IND

11. Matt Cassel (40) @ MIA

12. Kyle Orton (42) @ ST.L

13. Tyler Thigpen (43) vs. BUF

14. Gus Frerotte (43) @ JAX

15. Jeff Garcia (44) @ DET

16. Donavan McNabb (45) @ BAL

17. Jason Campbell (48) @ SEA

18. David Garrard (52) vs. MIN

19. Brett Favre (53) @ TEN

20. Chad Pennington (57) vs. NE

21. Sage Rosenfels (61) @ CLE

22. Kerry Collins (61) vs. NYJ

23. Matt Ryan (62) vs. CAR

24. Joe Flacco (64) vs. PHI

25. Jake Delhomme (68) @ ATL

26. Ben Roethlisberger (69) vs. CIN

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

28. Trent Edwards (78) @ KC

29. Marc Bulger (78) vs. CHI

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (81) @ PIT

31. Daunte Culpepper (86) vs. TB

32. Matt Hasselbeck (87) vs. WAS

 

 

RUNNINGBACKS

 

1. Clinton Portis (19) @ SEA

2. Adrian Peterson (22) @ JAX

3. Matt Forte (22) @ ST.L

4. Frank Gore (23) @ DAL

5. Marion Barber (27) vs. SF

6. Thomas Jones (28) @ TEN

7. Reggie Bush (32) vs. GB

8. Brian Westbrook (33) @ BAL

9. Willie Parker (34) vs. CIN

10. Brandon Jacobs (35) @ AZ *watch his injury status

11. Marshawn Lynch (37) @ KC

12. LaDanian Tomlinson (38) vs. IND

13. Michael Turner (43) vs. CAR

14. DeAngelo Williams (43) @ ATL

15. Steve Slaton (45) @ CLE

16. Maurice Jones-Drew (46) vs. MIN

17. Ronnie Brown (48) vs. NE

18. Jamal Lewis (51) vs. HOU

19. Chris Johnson (56) vs. NYJ

20. Larry Johnson (56) vs. BUF

21. Steven Jackson (60) vs. CHI *keep an eye on his status

22. Joseph Addai (65)@ SD

23. LenDale White (66) vs. NYJ

24. Ryan Grant (69) @ NO

25. Darren McFadden (71) @ DEN

26. Jonathan Stewart (73) @ ATL

27. Warrick Dunn (74) @ DET

28. Sammy Morris (76) @ MIA

29. Mewelde Moore (77) vs. CIN

30. Tim Hightower (78) vs. NYG

31. Kevin Smith (79) vs. TB

32. Willis McGahee (83) vs. PHI *keep an eye on his status

33. Deuce McAllister (84) vs. GB

34. Derrick Ward (85) @ AZ

35. Ahman Green (85) @ CLE

36. LeRon McClain (87) vs. PHI *bump 2 or 3 spots if McGahee can’t go

37. Jerome Harrison (87) vs. HOU

38. Peyton Hillis (89) vs. OAK

39. Justin Fargas (95)vs. DEN *bump 15 spots if McFadden can’t go

40. Ray Rice (97) vs. PHI *keep him here regardless of McGahee’s status

41. Dominic Rhodes (97) @ SD

42. Jerious Norwood (99) vs. CAR

43. Julius Jones (99) vs. WAS

44. Leon Washington (100) @ TEN

45. Antonio Pittman (102) vs. CHI *bump 8 to 10 spots if Steven Jackson can’t go

46. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104) @ MIA

47. Ricky Williams (106) vs. NE

48. Chester Taylor (112) @ JAX

49. Kevin Faulk (114) @ MIA

50. Kenneth Darby (114) vs. CHI *bump 3 or 4 spots if Jackson can’t go

 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Santana Moss (11) @ SEA

2. Anquan Boldin (15) vs. NYG

3. Larry Fitzgerald (17) vs. NYG

4. Greg Jennings (20) @ NO

5. Andre Johnson (25) @ CLE

6. Bernard Berrian (27) @ JAX

7. Steve Smith (29) *CAR @ ATL

8. Calvin Johnson (32) vs. TB

9. Roddy White (34) vs. CAR

10. Reggie Wayne (34) @ SD

11. Hines Ward (38) vs. CIN

12. Kevin Walter (41) @ CLE

13. Brandon Marshall (45) vs. OAK

14. Justin Gage (45) vs. NYJ

15. Terrell Owens (48) vs. SF

16. Eddie Royal (49) vs. OAK

17. DeWayne Bowe (49) vs. BUF

18. Randy Moss (50) @ MIA

19. Lee Evans (56) @ KC

20. Antonio Bryant (59) @ DET

21. TJ Houshmandzadeh (60) @ PIT

22. Donnie Avery (63) vs. CHI

23. Lance Moore (67) vs. GB

24. Vincent Jackson (68) vs. IND

25. Wes Welker (68) @ MIA

26. DeSean Jackson (69) @ BAL

27. Plaxico Burress (74) @ AZ

28. Donald Driver (76) @ NO

29. Braylon Edwards (77) vs. HOU

30. Chris Chambers (80) vs. IND

31. Laverneus Coles (81) @ TEN

32. Jehrrico Cotchery (83) @ TEN

33. Matt Jones (84) vs. MIN

34. Mushin Muhammad (91) @ ATL

35. Derrick Mason (92) vs. PHI *watch his injury status

36. DeVery Henderson (95) vs. GB

37. Steve Breaston (95) vs. NYG

38. Issac Bruce (98) @ DAL

39. Brandon Lloyd (98) @ ATL

40. Mark Bradley (101) vs. BUF

41. Nate Washington (104) vs. CIN

42. Kevin Curtis (105) @ BAL

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (109) vs. NE

44. Sinorice Moss (110) @ AZ

45. Michael Jenkins (116) vs. CAR

46. Santonio Holmes (117) vs. CIN

47. Marvin Harrison (118) @ SD

48. Greg Camarillo (121) vs. NE

49. Malcolm Floyd (124) vs. IND

50. Ricky Williams (124) vs. NE

51. Antoine Randle-El (127) @ SEA

52. Anthony Gonzalez (128) @ SD

53. Rasheid Davis (132) @ ST.L

54. Tory Holt (133) vs. CHI

55. Bryant Johnson (134) @ DAL

56. Jabar Gafney (134) @ MIA

57. Hank Baskett (135) vs. BAL

58. Amani Toomer (136) @ AZ

59. Marques Colston (137) vs. GB

60. Chad Johnson (140) @ PIT *out insert Chris Henry here

61. Patrick Crayton (140) vs. SF

62. Devin Hester (144) @ ST.L

63. Koren Robinson (149) vs. WAS

64. Bobby Wade (151) @ JAX

65. Myles Austin (152) vs. SF  out

66. Sidney Rice (153) @ JAX

67. Marty Booker (156) @ ST.L

68. Deion Branch (157) vs. WAS

69. Ike Hilliard (161) @ DET

70. Reggie Brown (163) @ BAL

71. Chansi Stuckey (165) @ TEN

72. John Standeford (170) vs. TB

73. Brandon Stokley (171) vs. OAK

74. Mike Walker (174) @ DET

75. Steve Smith (174)*NYG @ AZ

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark (13) @ SD

2. Kellen Winslow Jr. (15) vs. HOU

3. Tony Scheffler (20) vs. OAK

4. Bo Scaife (24) vs. NYJ

5. Antonio Gates (28) vs. IND

6. Owen Daniels (29) @ CLE

7. Tony Gonzalez (33) vs. BUF

8. Kevin Boss (34) @ AZ

9. Anthony Fasano (34) vs. NE

10. Dustin Keller (34) @ TEN

11. Zach Miller (34) @ DEN

12. Billy Miller (38) vs. GB

13. Jerramy Stevens (39) @ DET

14. Jason Witten (42) vs. SF

15. Visanthe Schiancoe (43) @ JAX

16. Chris Cooley (45) @ SEA

17. Greg Olsen (53) @ ST.L

18. Alex Smith (53) @ DET

19. Mercedes Lewis (55) vs. MIN

20. Todd Heap (55) vs. PHI

21. Tom Santi (61) @ SD

22. John Carlson (63) vs. WAS

23. Daniel Graham (64) @ CLE

24. LJ Smith (66) @ BAL

25. Derek Fine (69) @ KC

26. Steve Heiden (73) vs. HOU

27. Vernon Davis (76) @ DAL

28. Dante Rosario (78) @ ATL

29. Donald Lee (79) @ NO

30. Heath Miller (80) vs. CIN

31. Martellus Bennett (80) vs. SF

32. Brent Celek (80) @ BAL

33. David Martin (80) vs. NE

34. Alge Crumpler (80) vs. NYJ

35. Jeremy Shockey (82) vs. GB

 

 

KICKERS

 

1. Mason Crosby (16) @ NO

2. Garrett Hartley (16) vs. GB

3. Stephen Gostkowski (24) @ MIA

4. Matt Bryant (26) @ DET

5. Phil Dawson (29) vs. HOU

6. David Akers (30) @ BAL

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

8. Rian Lindell (33) @ KC

9. Jason Elam (36) vs. CAR

10. Shaun Suisham (36) @ SEA

11. Nate Kaeding (39) vs. IND

12. Joe Nedney (41) @ DAL

13. Matt Prater (44) vs. CAR

14. Jay Feeley (46) @ TEN

15. Ryan Longwell (46) @ JAX

16. Robbie Gould (46) @ ST.L

17. Rob Bironas (47) vs. NYJ

18. Sebastian Janikowski (48) @ DEN

19. Josh Brown (50) vs. CHI

20. Neil Rackers (54) vs. NYG

21. Josh Scobee (58) vs. MIN

22. John Kasay (61) @ ATL

23. Jeff Reed (61) vs. CIN

24. Nick Folk (65) vs. SF

25. Jason Hanson (69) vs. TB

26. Connor Barth (69) vs. BUF

27. Matt Stover (71) vs. PHI

28. Olindo Mare (75) vs. WAS

29. Kris Brown (77) @ CLE

30. Adam Vinatieri (77) @ SD

31. Shayne Graham (79) @ PIT

32. Dan Carpenter (83) vs. NE

 

 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) @ DET

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (16) vs. CIN

3. Chicago Bears (21) @ ST.L

4. Green Bay Packers (27) @ NO

5. Philadelphia Eagles (27) @ BAL

6. Tennessee Titans (30) vs. NYJ

7. New York Jets (36) @ TEN

8. New York Giants (37) @ AZ

9. Baltimore Ravens (42) vs. PHI

10. Miami Dolphins (42) vs. NE

11. Seattle Seahawks (42) vs. WAS

12. San Francisco 49ers (43) @ DAL

13. Dallas Cowboys (43) vs. SF

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (44) vs. MIN

15. Cleveland Browns (46) vs. HOU

16. Minnesota Vikings (48) @ JAX

17. Oakland Raiders (49) @ DEN

18. Atlanta Falcons (50) vs. CAR

19. Buffalo Bills (50) @ KC

20. Arizona Cardinals (51) vs. NYG

21. Carolina Panthers (52) @ ATL

22. Washington Redskins (58) @ SEA

23. Kansas City Chiefs (63) vs. BUF

24. New England Patriots (65) @ MIA

25. Cincinnati Bengals (67) @ PIT

26. Denver Broncos (67) vs. OAK

27. San Diego Chargers (68) vs. IND

28. New Orleans Saints (72) vs. GB

29. Indianapolis Colts (73) @ SD

30. Houston Texans (80) @ CLE

31. St. Louis Rams (81) vs. CHI

32. Detroit Lions (87) vs. TB

 

 

Week 12 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 QBs

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

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

 

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

 

Week 12 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

QB Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 1011

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1. Peyton Manning (15)

2. Aaron Rodgers (21)

3. Jay Cutler (22)

4. Tony Romo (22)

5. Kurt Warner (29)

6. Shaun Hill (31)

7. Brady Quinn (31)

8. Drew Brees (35)

9. Eli Manning (36)

10. Phillip Rivers (40)

11. Matt Cassel (40)

12. Kyle Orton (42)

13. Tyler Thigpen (43)

14. Gus Frerotte (43)

15. Jeff Garcia (44)

16. Donavan McNabb (45)

17. Jason Campbell (48)

18. David Garrard (52)

19. Brett Favre (53)

20. Chad Pennington (57)

21. Sage Rosenfels (61)

22. Kerry Collins (61)

23. Matt Ryan (62)

24. Joe Flacco (64)

25. Jake Delhomme (68)

26. Ben Roethlisberger (69)

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

28. Trent Edwards (78)

29. Marc Bulger (78)

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (81)

31. Daunte Culpepper (86)

32. Matt Hasselbeck (87)

 

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

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 D/ST Rankings and Previews

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Beating the Giants would make Ravens a legit force in AFC

Posted on 16 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

As I wake this morning the Baltimore Ravens – and, yes, they used the word “Baltimore” before it was “comprehensive branding effort” – are 6-3 and could be in sole possession of first place in the AFC North if a series of positive events transpire later today at the Meadowlands and in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers host a desperate San Diego Chargers club coming east to play with their season in the balance.

No matter what, we’re gonna learn a lot about January today.

In my 13 years of fandom I’ve never seen a purple team this hard to read. Are they this good? Or were THEY that BAD?

I’m not really sure.

Here are the irrefutable facts:

• The Ravens have played nine games and have played eight of them well enough to win. That includes solid, representative efforts in Pittsburgh and here against the undefeated and “unstoppable” Tennessee Titans.
• The Ravens played one of the biggest turds in the history of the franchise in Indianapolis and any horse player might “throw this one out” if they can legitimately run with the New York Football Giants.
• Their only wins have come at the expense of the likes of the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders – the literal dregs of the league and darlings of next April’s NFL Draft.
• The road has been far from a nuisance for rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, who after appearing to have been playing the rope-a-dope in that game against the Colts, has rebounded nicely with huge efforts in Miami, Cleveland and Houston.
• The injuries have mounted – Kelly Gregg, Chris McAlister, Marshal Yanda and Dawan Landry are all done for the season – and the “next man up” has gotten the job done. Winning teams do that!
• The team has a rookie head coach, a rookie quarterback, a rookie left tackle and aging players at a variety of positions from wide receiver to defensive line to middle linebacker and week after week they’ve brought impressive moxie to the field no matter the circumstance. The secondary has been ravaged but is still percolating and when the front seven brings the heat this is a 3-and-out waiting to happen.
• They know how to come back from behind on the road as was witnessed in Cleveland, where they effectively ended their bitter division rival’s playoff aspirations on Halloween weekend.
• And finally, the Giants are 8-1. So let’s just assume they’re pretty good.

These are the facts. But how this game sets up is anyone’s guess.

The Giants are a prohibitive favorite. The weather is slated to be kinda chilly at 49 degrees. And we’re taking 57 purple WNST fans up to the game via the “Miller Lite Roadtrips.”

The rest is why we take the video camera…

Will the Ravens defense shut down the Big Blue running game – Earth, Wind and Fire – which leads the league in rushing?

Will Rex Ryan’s blitz packages get after Eli Manning or will the Giants solid offensive line give him their signal caller a chance to exploit a depleted secondary?

And how will No. 5 fare up the Turnpike from his home in New Jersey as the Giants disguise packages and send the blitz of Justin Tuck and company?

This is why I love football.

Can the Ravens go into the Meadowlands and defeat the reigning World Champions today?

That’s what we’re all wondering…

The bus leaves at 7 a.m.

Casey Willett, Drew Forrester and I will all be at the Meadowlands.

Blogs, stories, videos and hopefully, a victory, will be coming back with us.

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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.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

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

 

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

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1. Drew Brees (18)

2. Brett Favre (20)

3. David Garrard (21)

4. Phillip Rivers (24)

5. Aaron Rodgers (24)

6. Kurt Warner (25)

7. Chad Pennington (25)

8. Tyler Thigpen (28)

9. Jay Cutler (34)

10. Shaun Hill (36)

11. Donavan McNabb (40)

12. Brady Quinn (41)

13. Peyton Manning (43)

14. Jake Delhomme (43)

15. Eli Manning (45)

16. Matt Ryan (45)

17. Joe Flacco (46)

18. Gus Frerotte (49)

19. Sage Rosenfels (52)

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

21. Marc Bulger (59)

22. Trent Edwards (61)

23. Matt Cassel (65)

24. Seneca Wallace (66)

25. Rex Grossman (71)

26. Kerry Collins (75)

27. Ben Roethlisberger (76) *or Byron Leftwich

28. JaMarcus Russell (76)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 RB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 WR Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 TE Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

Week 10 K Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does Life After C-Mac Officially Begin Today?

Posted on 02 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Every game is a battle it seems in today’s NFL, and struggling teams prove week after week that unless the better teams bring their best games, lesser teams will give them all that they can handle. Therefore, to say that the Ravens are in the midst of the easy part of their schedule would clearly be a disservice to the Dolphins, Raiders, Browns and Texans. Never the less, this is the part of the schedule where the Ravens will have to fatten their record if they hope to be a playoff contender in the waning weeks of this season.

It seems to be the popular opinion this season that the Ravens may have the most difficult schedule in their short history to deal with. Surely when most factored in the rookie quarterback, rookie head coach, and the young offensive line, in the face of that intimidating schedule, their expectations were realistically modest.

As daunting as the schedule looked however, it also had the potential, and still does, to be equally as cruel. Cruel in the way, that it has the potential to raise your expectations as a fan and then drop them just as quickly. Opening the season against the Bengals and Browns, and even the Texans if they had to play that one on schedule, provided the Ravens with opponents who could be beaten by the defense, with little pressure on the young and growing offense. Playing with Pittsburgh and Tennessee, and even controlling them for most of those games gave fans additional reasons to be hopeful.

The loss to the Colts, and a passing offense that had struggled to that point, sent expectations crashing right back to earth it seemed. That was after all, their third loss in a row, and outplaying their opponents in two of them could be looked at as a source of pride or a source of frustration. In the wake of the drubbing by the Colts, it felt a lot like frustration from here.

After all of that though, the four game stretch that the team finds themselves in the middle of now, looked like a chance to get back to respectability and become a factor in the AFC North before having to run the gauntlet of the NFC East in addition to Pittsburgh and Jacksonville as the season winds to a close. Thereby bringing about the very real possibility that the hopes of the fans are lifted and crushed once again. Since the Ravens have taken care of business in the first half of that stretch, they appear to be right on course. But the events of the last couple of weeks have changed things dramatically for the Ravens, and this week’s match up suddenly looks a lot more difficult than we may have thought just a few weeks ago.

I have, for a long time held onto the belief that although it has been my distinct pleasure as a Ravens fan to have witnessed a number of superstars, and hall of famers on the field for this team, that maybe the most important of all, and probably the most underrated of all has been Chris McAlister. Shut down corners are probably the most rare and valuable commodity in the entire league, and in McAlister, the Ravens have enjoyed that luxury for most of the last decade.

I remember the early days of the franchise, when they were night and day different from the Ravens that we have grown to know and love. Once upon a time, the Ravens had an offense that could seemingly go up and down the field with anyone. The problem with that team was that seemingly any team could go up and down the field themselves, on the Ravens’ defense.

Don’t get me wrong, Ray Lewis has been worth the price of admission since the day he stepped onto the field at Memorial Stadium, Peter Boulware made a pretty special impact early on too. Another favorite of mine from the early days was Ralph Staten, he never amounted to much and got into some trouble, back when the Ravens just couldn’t tolerate any bad PR, but he was a huge hitter back in the Memorial Stadium days.

With all of that said though, they were just a few guys who were fun to watch, as long as the team has DeRon Jenkins and Antonio Langham patrolling the corners, their defense was nonexistent. The Ravens became a dominant defense when Chris McAlister stepped on the scene, and since that time, as Chris McAlister goes, so go the Baltimore Ravens.

This is not to say that McAlister has been the perfect Raven by any means. Injuries are what they are, and every team and player has to deal with them at one time or another. When McAlister has been injured, the Ravens have suffered from it. We’re talking about a defensive system that has made stars of sixth round draft choices and undrafted free agents. A team that plugged in Ed Hartwell for the greatest linebacker of all time and barely missed a beat and a defense that has now seen four of its former coaches rise to the ranks of head coach. Yet anytime they’ve had to play without McAlister for a prolonged stretch, they’ve gone in the tank. They stunk before he arrived, and have been dominant pretty much ever since.

Injuries haven’t been McAlister’s only problem. He has a reputation for being physical that seems to preceded him at times with officials, he’s always seemed to attract a lot of flags, both during, and after the plays. And perhaps most frustrating to fans, and possibly the reason for the situation that he currently finds himself in, is at times he just seems disinterested in football. Obviously that’s something that you have to deal with if you hope to be successful as a team.

Whatever is going on between McAlister and Harbaugh and Rex Ryan or whoever, we can bet that we only know a small piece of it, and it will likely stay that way. The speculation at this point seems to be whether or not McAlister is done for the season, and possibly, ultimately as a Raven altogether. Whatever happens next, it’s a safe bet that the future of this defense hangs in the balance.

Not knowing enough about what’s gone on up to this point, it’s tough for me to pick a side, or a winner in this battle between coach and player. So far, the team hasn’t seemed to miss a beat in McAlister’s absence. So far though, they’ve faced the mighty Dolphins receiving corps of Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Camarillo and Derek Hagan and the powerful Raiders threats of a shell of JaVon Walker’s old self, and Chaz Schilens, Ronald Curry and Johnnie Lee Higgins. That’s not to mention that Chad Pennington and JaMarcus Russell were the ones throwing the ball. I’d imagine if there was an ideal time to phase in Frank Walker, that two game stretch was it.

Now the second half of the “get fat” stretch of the Ravens schedule suddenly looks a little more daunting. Match ups against seemingly bad teams in Cleveland and Houston suddenly highlight glaring match up problems with the likes of Braylon Edwards, Donte Stallworth and Kellen Winslow, followed by Andre Johnson, Kelly Walter and Owen Daniels. And things won’t get any easier from there.

Whatever the final outcome of the McAlister situation is, it’s likely that Harbaugh will get the benefit of the club’s support. We’ll see if he comes out a winner though. Although McAlister has been out for the last two games, for my money, life without C-Mac officially begins this week. We’ll see if Harbaugh and the Ravens defense are up to the task.

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

Thyrl’s Mobtown Blog Pound 2.0

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Bad apples won’t last long with Harbs…

Posted on 23 October 2008 by Drew Forrester

There’s a great scene from “White Men Can’t Jump” in which the character played by Wesley Snipes is trash-talking after a playground basketball game and one of the guys who just beat him says, “you’re talking a whole lotta yang for somebody that just got busted!”

Kind of reminds me of this week in the world of the Baltimore Ravens.

There are some guys talking a whole lotta yang…for a team that produced 5 wins last year and is 3-3 right now, not to mention a team that’s two weeks removed from a 31-3 visit to the proctologist in Indianapolis.

This week’s two foot-in-mouth sideshows are, of course, Chris McAlister and Terrell Suggs.

McAlister and Coach John Harbaugh are locked in a daily war of words in which each guy tries to say as many nice things as he can about the other while all the time saying it through gritted teeth.  It’s an easy read, because both men obviously don’t like one another and try as they might, they can’t hide it very well.  McAlister thinks it’s funny right now, because he knows in the next six weeks, his play and his effectiveness will go a long way in deciding the fate of the Ravens’ season.

In the end, though, the final chapter will not be pretty for McAlister.

He’s going to lose this battle.  A year ago, players popped off on radio shows, disparaged the coach, the quarterback and other players on the team.  Last year, the issue was: “Fire the coach, he’s lost control of the players…”

A year later, what we’re seeing (again) very clearly is that the coach actually CAN’T control some of the team’s ramblers.  John Harbaugh is finding this fact out firsthand: football players are football players…they are NOT wordsmiths.  They are not guys you want in control of your team’s “message to the fans”.  And, generally, they’d all be better served saying less and playing harder.

Harbaugh stumbled a bit with his public claim that Chris McAlister’s benching in Miami wasn’t tied into discipline, but in the same moment that he’s trying to get #21 under control, he’s also trying to figure out a way to not piss him off enough that McAlister throws in the towel with ten weeks to go.  That’s a tough task.

Last year, when the players said, “we’d prefer a different coach”, the Owner buckled at the last minute and delivered them a late Holiday gift.

This year, the space beneath their tree will be bare.

Harbaugh’s going to sort out the miscreants and the guys who don’t fit in with what he’s trying to do.  And he has that right, because he’s the coach.  And it’s not all Harbaugh, either.  Rex Ryan has no doubt grown tired of McAlister’s schtick.  And I’m sure he’d prefer that Suggs not speak to the media anymore – because on virtually every occasion that he does, issues are created that impact others on his defense.

Speaking of Suggs, here’s a guy who is on TAPE saying he thinks some of the players might have packed it in for the season if they wouldn’t have won in Miami – then rages on about being “misquoted” when, in fact, that’s HIS voice and HIS words.  Yeah, those tape recorders in front of you really DO work, Siz.

This week, not happy enough to brag about his own great performance in Miami, Suggs blathered on about wanting Troy Smith to be the starting quarterback instead of Joe Flacco.  The day after the Indy game would have been the day to launch into “play-Troy-Smith” mode, not the day after Flacco goes 17-for-23 in Miami and helps the team snap a 7-game road losing streak.  Once again, GREAT football player…but not a candidate for a doctorate in rational thinking.

And a few weeks back after that flimsy “blow to the head” call against T-Siz that basically cost the Ravens a win over the Titans, 55 barked about how the league has it out for the Ravens and casts a “bad boy” image on the team when maybe it’s undeserved.  Two days ago, Siz bragged on a national radio show about the team having a “bounty” out for two members of the Steelers when the teams played in Pittsburgh in week #4. Hmmm…I wonder where the refs get this “bad boy” image from?

Some around town are saying it’s time Ray Lewis steps in and gets the locker room in order.  Why?  No one in the locker room ever has to get Ray in order…why is it every time someone steps out of line it’s Ray’s job to get them straightened out?  Why should he try to talk sense into McAlister or Suggs?  Neither one of them would listen anyway.

Football folks are predicting an implosion if these locker room antics continue.  I’m not sure about that.  Losing would cause that, for certain.  But if the team wins the next two games and gets to mid-season at 5-3, these antics will merely be white noise for an unexpected second half playoff run.  Winning is a better distraction than a disgruntled player who is at odds with his coach.

But – and there’s always a but with some of these can’t-stand-prosperity-types – John Harbaugh does have issues on his table that will not go away between now and the first time snow hits the ground in Baltimore.

For better or worse, he’s publicly embarrassed Chris McAlister now.  Saying, “we’re using our best 11 players” is the ultimate kick-in-the-nads to #21.  There’s no apology or man-hug that will make up for that, particularly when you’re dealing with an up-and-down-personality like CMac.

And at some point, probably after a loss, Suggs is a 90% bet to say something dumb about Flacco and throw in an “I told you Smith should be playing” quote that will fill three days worth of talk radio.  All that will do is give Harbaugh another exercise in taming the beast that is your “franchise player”.

I like what John Harbaugh has done so far this year.  Changing the locker room around…practicing harder…preaching the team concept…and winning 3 of his first 6 games doesn’t hurt, either.  What he’s going through now is no different than what a substitute teacher goes through in December when he or she replaces the old teacher who left on maternity leave.  The kids test the new guy.  They see what they can get away with and what they can’t.  Except in this case, some of the stunts being pulled right now are just redundant chapters in “Football in the NFL for Dummies”.
Harbaugh is different than Billick, no doubt.

There will always be players who like it some other way.  That’s their nature, plain and simple.

Last year, the players groaned and bellyached and won the battle.

This year, John Harbaugh’s going to win.

And some players will see that firsthand at season’s end.

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Ravens news and notes and injury report

Posted on 22 October 2008 by caseywillett

Here are some notes from 1 Winning Drive today:

-The Chris McAlister saga will continue to roll on, as McAlister spoke with the media and commented on the situation which you can see in my previous blog. Coach Harbaughreemphasized today that playing time has nothing to do with discipline. It is simply they are putting the best 11 guys on the field against the Raiders. McAlister does in fact appear on the injury report this week, which you can scroll down to see.

- Buddy Ryan the father of Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be at the game on Sunday.

-JaMarcus Russell was a big topic of discussion with several of the defensive players today. Trevor Pryce, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata all talked about how big and strong Russell is and how you have to wrap him up to get him down. Pryce mentioned that the thing you have to do when you get to Russell is ask him to lie down so you can get the sack. Suggs is concerned that he might get shrugged off if he gets to him and goes for a sack. Ngata pointed out that a big thing with Russell is that he will dump off passes to the running backs when you get to him and that is a dangerous thing. All of the guys compared sacking Russell to trying to sack Ben Roethlisberger, very difficult. Suggs compared sacking Russell to trying to sack Trevor Pryce.

- Jonathan Ogden who will be going into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Sunday, will be introduced with the team on Sunday.

- Terrell Suggs said early that he thought Troy Smith should be starting for the Ravens. Now Suggs has said ” I thought the question was about multiple packages. I said both quarterbacks should get a chance to play, like running back Ronnie Brown depending on the package. Joe is 3-3 as the starter and has done a good job. It’s not like we haven’t won any games.”

Suggs also has had controversy come up with his comments about a bounty on Hines Ward. Here is his response to that, ” there wasn’t any bounty. The reporter asked me if there was a bounty and I just said I’m going to keep a watch on the guy. He broke some guy’s jaw last week, and he tried to cheap shot Jarrett Johnson. He also cheap-shotted Ed Reed. We’re just going to be on alert the next time we play him. It’s like the guy in your neighborhood who always pulls your shorts down and your drawers show, well, you always have to be on the lookout. You have to be alert.”

Suggs has always been a media friendly guy, but I can not imagine these type comments set well with the new coaching regime

- Here is the injury report for the Ravens for Wednesday:

OUT: Samari Rolle(neck/shoulder) Dawan Landry(neck) Adam Terry (knee)

Did Not Participate: Yamon Figurs(knee) Ed Reed(thigh) Demetrius Williams(ankle)

Limited Participation: Jared Gaither(neck) Chris McAlister(knee) Willis McGahee(knee)

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Will benching be a wake up call for CMac?

Posted on 22 October 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

The Ravens report back to practice again today in preparation for the Oakland Raiders this Sunday.

The team is 3-3, far ahead of where many thought they’d be before the season began and are even about to go through the “soft spot” on their schedule with Oakland, Cleveland and Houston in the headlights. With a little luck, they could be 6-3 or 5-4 going up to the Meadowlands on Nov. 16th to play the defending World Champs. (BTW: Yes, seats are still available on our Miller Lite bus trip that day!)

So, what the Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh need least in the world right now is a player controversy. But, it appears, as long as Chris McAlister is on the team that won’t happen.

The team has now stated its “official” position on McAlister: he’s not one of the three best cornerbacks on the roster. He’s been demoted based on his “on field” play alone.

Personally, I find that hard to accept. But as one member of the organization said yesterday, “Did you see the Colts game? Did you see Marvin Harrison torch him?”

There are more rumors and opinions on McAlister’s personality, habits, activities and his decisions than I could list here. Most of you know about the marijuana allegations, the drinking allegations, the San Diego sendoff by Brian Billick, etc. And by now the story of three interesting young ladies who pranced out the front door of the team’s Miami hotel last weekend near the team bus is public record. (BTW: McAlister told the team they were just there for breakfast to pick up game tickets and the Ravens actually bring Baltimore police officers to guard each floor and unlike Billick, Harbaugh’s pre-game bed check is military quality.)

But the team’s position is this: “He’s not playing well. This has nothing to do with punishment. He got exposed. Fabian Washington and Frank Walker are playing better so they’ll play. Chris McAlister is No. 3 on the depth chart.”

But there’s obviously more here than meets the eye and the Ravens must believe they’re eliminating a distraction more than causing one. They maintain that they told McAlister last Wednesday that he’d be seeing less of the turf in Miami.

McAlister has had a hard time with authority from the very beginning. And Harbaugh, or “Hard Ass” as many of the players are finding out, knows that the ultimate way to punish a player is to not play him.

The message is clear: “Get better, work harder or you won’t play for me!” So much for bruised pride and strong egos.

When Samari Rolle is on the field, most teams will attack him first. Ditto Frank Walker.

So when Peyton Manning went after McAlister 10 days ago in Indianapolis and torched him, it apparently caused Rex Ryan to rethink the back end of the Ravens defense. Some thought the second TD was “a play a high school player should make.”

Apparently, some of his own teammates have lost their faith in him and don’t trust him on edge. (Players and teammates have had derogatory things to say about McAlister’s attitude and work ethic for years so this isn’t some shocking revelation.)

The Ravens have been very clear and quick to say this is an “on the field” demotion, having nothing to do with his off-the-field antics or decisions.

For the record, I don’t buy that, either.

If McAlister misses meetings or shows up late or chooses not to hit the gym (another rumor is that CMac doesn’t like going into the gym), Harbaugh and the organization can fine him under NFLPA guidelines. The fines could then lead to a suspension that would cost him real money.

But ultimately, Harbaugh’s strongest card is to say: “You’re not playing!”

But the scuttlebutt is that this was more defensive coordinator Rex Ryan’s decision. And, honestly, most coaches care more about winning than they do about the feelings of a mercurial 31-year old cornerback whose teammates question his dedication to football, the team and winning.

Harbaugh’s battle cry from the first press conference has been, “Team, team, team.”

Clearly, he and Ryan think the team is better with CMac on the pine. Right now,
Fabian Washington and Frank Walker are first-teamers.

One more quote from another member of the Ravens organization:

“If he were acting and playing like the Pro Bowler we think he is and we’re paying him to be, he’d be on the field.”

It’s only Week 7 for the Ravens. This will be interesting, seeing if the team can consistently win with Washington and Walker, or whether McAlister is willing to work hard enough and swallow his pride to get back on the field.

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