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Join us on Purple Friday for the big Towson caravan with Ogden and Ismail

Posted on 06 January 2011 by WNST Staff

Sometimes it’s a bummer that all of these Ravens playoff games have been on the road so we have antidote and a way to show your purple love this weekend as we team with Miller Lite, Jon Ogden and Qadry Ismail to bring a Purple Friday caravan through the heart of WNST’s listenership in Towson, Timonium and Loch Raven. Our own Thyrl Nelson will be on hand to rock some Miller Lites and talk football with the players and the fans.

The party begins at 6 p.m. at HighTopps on York Road and continues at 8:30 at Casey’s on Joppa Road near Loch Raven. Both of these parties are free and we’d love to see your purple spirit, fun and football conversation as the Ravens jet off to Kansas City for a wild card matchup this Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Chiefs.

If you’re headed to Kansas City, WNST.net and Miller Lite are also teaming up for two big parties on Saturday at The810Zone in Country Club Plaza from 11 til 3 and at Club Monaco for a “We hate New York and Indianapolis” Viewing Party that begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues all night.

Tickets and all details about these events are available here.

Let’s the purple love — and beer — flow, Baltimore!

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MobTown Sports Beat Live Video Chat Friday 10-2

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MobTown Sports Beat Live Video Chat Friday 10-2

Posted on 08 October 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

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Fantasy Flavor Week 4 Final Rankings: All Positions

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Fantasy Flavor Week 4 Final Rankings: All Positions

Posted on 01 October 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the final week 4 formulary rankings. Remember, they’re based on 2 parts player expectations and one part defensive expectations against that player based on match up and position. The formulary numbers are listed in parentheses behind the match ups, the lower the better with a lowest possible number of 3.

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury reports, trust your gut and have fun, otherwise you’re doing it wrong.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning @ JAX (6)

2. Aaron Rodgers vs. DET (10)

3. Drew Brees vs. CAR (17)

4. Matt Ryan vs. SF (22)

5. Michael Vick vs. WAS (27)

6. Phillip Rivers vs. AZ (28)

7. Matt Schaub @ OAK (28)

8. Tom Brady @ MIA (32)

9. Mark Sanchez @ BUF (37)

10. Jay Cutler @ NYG (39)

11. Eli Manning vs. CHI (39)

12. Donavan McNabb vs. WAS (48)

13. Chad Henne vs. NE (48)

14. Vince Young vs. DEN (48)

15. Carson Palmer @ CLE (50)

16. Sam Bradford vs. SEA (51)

17. Matt Hasselbeck @ St.L (55)

18. Joe Flacco @ PIT (55)

19. Kyle Orton @ TEN (57)

20. Bruce Gradkowski vs. HOU (61)

21. David Garrard vs. IND (66)

22. Charlie Batch vs. BAL (66)

23. Jimmy Claussen @ NO (66)

24. Shaun Hill @ GB (73) *Stafford would be about the same here

25. Alex Smith @ ATL (73)

26. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NYJ (74)

27. Derek Anderson @ SD (77)

28. Seneca Wallace vs. CIN (79) *put Delhomme here too if it’s him

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

1. Maurice Jones-Drew @ IND (14)

2. Michael Turner vs. SF (20) *downgrade him a few spots if he’s worse than probable

3. Frank Gore @ ATL (21)

4. Arian Foster @ OAK (23)

5. Matt Forte @ NYG (31)

6. Rashard Mendenhall vs. BAL (33)

7. Chris Johnson vs. DEN (35)

8. Stephen Jackson vs. SEA (36) *watch his health

9. LeSean McCoy vs. WAS (38)

10. Pierre Thomas vs. CAR (38) *watch his health

11. DeAngelo Williams @ NO (38)

12. Ronnie Brown vs. NE (44)

13. Cedric Benson @ CLE (45)

14. Ray Rice @ PIT (46) *watch his health

15. Darren McFadden vs. OAK (51)

16. Ryan Matthews vs. AZ (52) *downgrade him if he’s less than probable

17. Joseph Addai @ JAX (54) *watch his health

18. Jonathan Stewart @ NO (54)

19. Brandon Jackson vs. DET (55)

19a. Ray Rice @ PIT

20. Beanie Wells @ SD (55)

21. Knowshon Moreno @ TEN (57) *assuming he’s probable or better

22. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CHI (58)

23. Clinton Portis @ PHI (64) *watch his health

24. LaDanian Tomlinson @ BUF (67)

25. Mike Tolbert vs. AZ (70) *upgrade substantially if Matthews is questionable or worse

26. Jahvid Best @ GB (71) *put Kevin Smith around 40th if Best doesn’t go

27. Peyton Hillis vs. CIN (76)

28. Tim Hightower @ SD (81)

29. Fred Taylor @ MIA (81)

30. Justin Forsett @ St.L (82)

30a. Willis McGahee @ PIT

30b. Correll Buckhalter @ TEN

31. Darren Sproles vs. AZ (84)

32. John Kuhn vs. DET (85)

33. Shonn Greene @ BUF (85)

34. Ricky Williams vs. NE (90)

35. Jason Snelling vs. SF (98)

36. CJ Spiller vs. NYJ (102)

37. Willis McGahee @ PIT (102) *put him around 20th if Rice can’t go

38. Brandon Jacobs vs. CHI (102)

39. BenJarvis Green-Ellis @ MIA (102) *put him around 25th if Taylor is worse than probable

40. Kenneth Darby vs. SEA (104) *put him around 23rd if Jackson doesn’t go

40a. Ryan Torrain @ PHI

41. Rashad Jennings @ IND (106)

42. Mike Goodson @ NO (116)

43. Donald Brown vs. JAX (110) *watch his health

44. Leon Washington @ St.L (118)

45. Correll Buckhalter @ TEN (123)

45. Lawrence Maroney @ TEN

46. Chester Taylor @ NYG (123)

47. LaRod Stephens-Howling @ SD (125)

48. Marshawn Lynch vs. NYJ (126)

49. Jerome Harrison vs. CIN (126)

50. Steve Slaton @ OAK (133)

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Reggie Wayne @ JAX (13)

2. DeSean Jackson vs. WAS (15)

3. Greg Jennings vs. DET (24)

4. Andre Johnson @ OAK (25) *watch his health

5. Brandon Marshall vs. NE (26)

6. Randy Moss @ MIA (26)

7. Roddy White vs. SF (28)

8. Austin Collie @ JAX (39) *watch his health

9. Jeremy Maclin vs. WAS (39)

10. Chad Ochocinco @ CLE (39)

11. Marques Colston vs. CAR (39)

12. Calvin Johnson @ GB (43)

13. Mike Sims-Walker vs. IND (47)

14. Anquan Boldin @ PIT (49)

15. Hakeem Nicks vs. CHI (50)

16. Wes Welker @ MIA (50)

17. Larry Fitzgerald @ SD (51)

18. Donald Driver vs. DET (56)

19. Santana Moss @ PHI (60)

20. Steve Smith @ NO (61)

21. Malcolm Floyd vs. AZ (63)

22. Mark Clayton vs. SEA (68)

23. Hines Ward vs. BAL (72)

24. Steve Smith vs. CHI (72)

25. Braylon Edwards @ BUF (74)

26. Mike Wallace vs. BAL (78)

27. Louis Murphy vs. HOU (78) *watch his health

28. Michael Crabtree @ ATL (78)

29. Kevin Walter @ OAK (81)

30. Brandon Lloyd @ TEN (82)

31. Nate Washington vs. DEN (84)

32. Johnnie Knox @ NYG (85)

33. Lance Moore vs. CAR (87)

34. Mario Manningham vs. CHI (92)

35. Legedu Naanee vs. AZ (99)

36. Roscoe Parrish vs. NYJ (101)

37. Steve Johnson vs. NYJ (105)

38. Terrell Owens @ CLE (106)

39. Josh Cribbs vs. CIN (107)

40. Devin Hester @ NYG (107)

41. Brian Hartline vs. NE (108)

42. Jabar Gafney @ TEN (112)

43. Derrick Mason @ PIT (112)

44. Eddie Royal @ TEN (114)

45. Devery Henderson vs. CAR (114)

46. Jacoby Jones @ OAK (115)

47. Jordan Shipley @ CLE (115)

48. Josh Morgan @ ATL (116)

49. Dieon Branch @ St.L (117)

50. Danny Amendola vs. SEA (120)

51. Davone Bess vs. NE (120)

52. Kenny Britt vs. DEN (120)

53. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. HOU (122) *watch his health

54. Buster Davis vs. AZ (123)

55. Deon Butler @ St.L (131)

56. Mike Thomas vs. IND (131)

57. Demaryius Thomas @ TEN (132)

58. Justin Gage vs. DEN (136)

59. Jerricho Cotchery @ BUF (138)

60. James Jones vs. DET (140)

61. Brandon Tate @ MIA (148)

62. Mike Williams vs. St.L (149)

63. Ben Obomanu @ St.L (151)

64. Kasim Osgood vs. IND (151)

65. Mohamed Massaquoi vs. CIN (155)

66. Lee Evans vs. NYJ (155)

67. Blair White @ JAX (155)

68. Jason Avant vs. WAS (157)

69. Danny Woodhead @ MIA (158)

70. Brian Finneran vs. SF (158)

71. Golden Tate @ St.L (159)

72. Brad Smith @ BUF (164)

73. Laurent Robinson vs. SEA (168)

74. Joey Galloway @ PHI (170)

75. Devin Aromashadu @ NYG (175)

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark @ JAX (15)

2. Vernon Davis @ ATL (20)

3. Tony Gonzalez vs. SF (22)

4. Antonio Gates vs. AZ (24)

5. Dustin Keller @ BUF (25)

6. Zach Miller vs. HOU (26)

7. Chris Cooley @ PHI (31)

8. Aaron Hernandez @ MIA (34)

9. Jermichael Finley vs. DET (39)

10. Brent Celek vs. WAS (42) *watch his health

11. Greg Olsen @ NYG (46)

12. Owen Daniels @ OAK (46) *watch his health

13. Rob Gronkowski @ MIA (54)

14. Bo Scaife vs. DEN (56)

15. John Carlson @ St.L (61)

16. Kevin Boss vs. CHI (61)

17. Jeremy Shockey vs. CAR (63)

18. Brandon Pettigrew @ GB (63)

19. Anthony Fasano vs. NE (64)

20. Heath Miller vs. BAL (64)

21. Daniel Fells vs. SEA (67)

22. Dante Rosario @ NO (69)

23. Tony Scheffler @ GB (71)

24. Mercedes Lewis vs. IND (72)

25. Todd Heap @ PIT (72)

26. Jermaine Gresham @ CLE (75)

27. Fred Davis @ PHI (77)

28. Benjamin Watson vs. CIN (79)

29. Evan Moore vs. CIN (85)

30. David Thomas vs. CAR (89)

31. Ben Patrick @ SD (89)

32. Jonathan Stupar vs. NYJ (92)

33. Randy McMichael vs. AZ (94)

34. Delanie Walker @ ATL (94)

35. Travis Beckum vs. CHI (95)

36. Joel Dressen @ OAK (98)

37. Jeff King @ NO (101)

38. Daniel Graham @ TEN (102)

39. Justin Peele vs. SF (104)

40. Desmond Clark @ NYG (110)

 

KICKERS

 

1. Nate Kaeding vs. AZ (6)

2. Robbie Gould @ NYG (19)

3. David Akers vs. WAS (22)

4. Jeff Reed vs. BAL (24)

5. Matt Prater @ TEN (27)

6. Rob Bironas vs. DEN (28)

7. Stephen Gostkowski @ MIA (36)

8. Jay Feeley @ SD (31)

9. Mason Crosby vs. DET (33)

10. Matt Bryant vs. SF (34)

11. Nick Folk @ BUF (39)

12. Sebastian Janikowski vs. HOU (40)

13. Dan Carpenter vs. NE (41)

14. Mike Nugent @ CLE (42)

15. Graham Gano @ PHI (43)

16. Neil Rackers @ OAK (47)

17. Lawrence Tynes vs. CHI (48)

18. Adam Vinatieri @ JAX (54)

19. Olindo Mare @ St.L (57)

20. Josh Scobee vs. IND (58)

21. Garrett Hartley John Carney vs. CAR (63)

22. Josh Brown vs. SEA (68)

23. Rian Lindell vs. NYJ (71)

24. Billy Cundiff @ PIT (77)

25. John Kasay @ NO (81)

26. Jason Hanson @ GB (84)

27. Joe Nedney @ ATL (85)

28. Phil Dawson vs. CIN (93)

 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

 

1. Saints vs. CAR (11)

2. Steelers vs. BAL (13)

3. Packers vs. DET (20)

4. Jets @ BUF (20)

5. Chargers vs. AZ (27)

6. Bengals @ CLE (29)

7. Falcons vs. SF (31)

8. Ravens @ PIT (34)

9. Eagles vs. WAS (35)

10. Bears @ NYG (40)

11. Browns vs. CIN (43)

12. Seahawks @ St.L (44)

13. Giants vs. CHI (44)

14. Colts @ JAX (46)

15. Cardinals @ SD (48)

16. Titans vs. DEN (50)

17. 49ers @ ATL (51)

18. Dolphins vs. NE (63)

19. Rams vs. SEA (65)

20. Texans @ OAK (70)

21. Lions @ GB (72)

22. Patriots @ MIA (73)

23. Broncos @ TEN (75)

24. Redskins @ PHI (76)

25. Raiders vs. HOU (76)

26. Panthers @ NO (79)

27. Jaguars vs. IND (92)

28. Bills vs. NYJ (93)

 

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Fantasy Flavor Week 4 Start Rankings: QB, RB, TE & K

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Fantasy Flavor Week 4 Start Rankings: QB, RB, TE & K

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Here is the second installment of the week 4 Fantasy Flavor “Formulary” Start Rankings. We’ll have wide receivers and defenses up tomorrow along with updates when the official game status injury report comes out. Remember the rankings are based on a weighted “formula” that’s 2-parts player expectations and 1-part defensive tendencies for that player’s opponents. The formulary numbers are listed behind each player’s match up, with the lower numbers being best, and a lowest possible score of 3.

 

Running backs and kickers are listed first, along with yesterday’s quarterback and tight end rankings. Make sure to check back tomorrow too. As always, trust your gut, keep and eye on the injury report, good luck and most importantly have fun. If you aren’t doing that, you’re doing it wrong.

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

1. Maurice Jones-Drew @ IND (14)

2. Michael Turner vs. SF (20) *downgrade him a few spots if he’s worse than probable

3. Frank Gore @ ATL (21)

4. Arian Foster @ OAK (23)

5. Matt Forte @ NYG (31)

6. Rashard Mendenhall vs. BAL (33)

7. Chris Johnson vs. DEN (35)

8. Stephen Jackson vs. SEA (36) *watch his health

9. LeSean McCoy vs. WAS (38)

10. Pierre Thomas vs. CAR (38)

11. DeAngelo Williams @ NO (38)

12. Ronnie Brown vs. NE (44)

13. Cedric Benson @ CLE (45)

14. Ray Rice @ PIT (46) *watch his health

15. Darren McFadden vs. OAK (51)

16. Ryan Matthews vs. AZ (52) *downgrade him if he’s less than probable

17. Joseph Addai @ JAX (54)

18. Jonathan Stewart @ NO (54)

19. Brandon Jackson vs. DET (55)

20. Beanie Wells @ SD (55)

21. Knowshon Moreno @ TEN (57) *assuming he’s probable or better

22. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CHI (58)

23. Clinton Portis @ PHI (64) *watch his health

24. LaDanian Tomlinson @ BUF (67)

25. Mike Tolbert vs. AZ (70) *upgrade substantially if Matthews is questionable or worse

26. Jahvid Best @ GB (71) *watch his health

27. Peyton Hillis vs. CIN (76)

28. Tim Hightower @ SD (81)

29. Fred Taylor @ MIA (81)

30. Justin Forsett @ St.L (82)

31. Darren Sproles vs. AZ (84)

32. John Kuhn vs. DET (85)

33. Shonn Greene @ BUF (85)

34. Ricky Williams vs. NE (90)

35. Jason Snelling vs. SF (98)

36. CJ Spiller vs. NYJ (102)

37. Willis McGahee @ PIT (102) *put him around 20th if Rice can’t go

38. Brandon Jacobs vs. CHI (102)

39. BenJarvis Green-Ellis @ MIA (102) *put him around 25th if Taylor is worse than probable

40. Kenneth Darby vs. SEA (104) *put him around 23rd if Jackson doesn’t go

41. Rashad Jennings @ IND (106)

42. Mike Goodson @ NO (116)

43. Donald Brown vs. JAX (110)

44. Leon Washington @ St.L (118)

45. Correll Buckhalter @ TEN (123)

46. Chester Taylor @ NYG (123)

47. LaRod Stephens-Howling @ SD (125)

48. Marshawn Lynch vs. NYJ (126)

49. Jerome Harrison vs. CIN (126)

50. Steve Slaton @ OAK (133)

 

KICKERS

 

1. Nate Kaeding vs. AZ (6)

2. Robbie Gould @ NYG (19)

3. David Akers vs. WAS (22)

4. Jeff Reed vs. BAL (24)

5. Matt Prater @ TEN (27)

6. Rob Bironas vs. DEN (28)

7. Stephen Gostkowski @ MIA (36)

8. Jay Feeley @ SD (31)

9. Mason Crosby vs. DET (33)

10. Matt Bryant vs. SF (34)

11. Nick Folk @ BUF (39)

12. Sebastian Janikowski vs. HOU (40)

13. Dan Carpenter vs. NE (41)

14. Mike Nugent @ CLE (42)

15. Graham Gano @ PHI (43)

16. Neil Rackers @ OAK (47)

17. Lawrence Tynes vs. CHI (48)

18. Adam Vinatieri @ JAX (54)

19. Olindo Mare @ St.L (57)

20. Josh Scobee vs. IND (58)

21. Garrett Hartley John Carney vs. CAR (63)

22. Josh Brown vs. SEA (68)

23. Rian Lindell vs. NYJ (71)

24. Billy Cundiff @ PIT (77)

25. John Kasay @ NO (81)

26. Jason Hanson @ GB (84)

27. Joe Nedney @ ATL (85)

28. Phil Dawson vs. CIN (93)

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning @ JAX (6)

2. Aaron Rodgers vs. DET (10)

3. Drew Brees vs. CAR (17)

4. Matt Ryan vs. SF (22)

5. Michael Vick vs. WAS (27)

6. Phillip Rivers vs. AZ (28)

7. Matt Schaub @ OAK (28)

8. Tom Brady @ MIA (32)

9. Mark Sanchez @ BUF (37)

10. Jay Cutler @ NYG (39)

11. Eli Manning vs. CHI (39)

12. Donavan McNabb vs. WAS (48)

13. Chad Henne vs. NE (48)

14. Vince Young vs. DEN (48)

15. Carson Palmer @ CLE (50)

16. Sam Bradford vs. SEA (51)

17. Matt Hasselbeck @ St.L (55)

18. Joe Flacco @ PIT (55)

19. Kyle Orton @ TEN (57)

20. Bruce Gradkowski vs. HOU (61)

21. David Garrard vs. IND (66)

22. Charlie Batch vs. BAL (66)

23. Jimmy Claussen @ NO (66)

24. Shaun Hill @ GB (73) *Stafford would be about the same here

25. Alex Smith @ ATL (73)

26. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NYJ (74)

27. Derek Anderson @ SD (77)

28. Seneca Wallace vs. CIN (79) *put Delhomme here too if it’s him

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark @ JAX (15)

2. Vernon Davis @ ATL (20)

3. Tony Gonzalez vs. SF (22)

4. Antonio Gates vs. AZ (24)

5. Dustin Keller @ BUF (25)

6. Zach Miller vs. HOU (26)

7. Chris Cooley @ PHI (31)

8. Aaron Hernandez @ MIA (34)

9. Jermichael Finley vs. DET (39)

10. Brent Celek vs. WAS (42) *watch his health

11. Greg Olsen @ NYG (46)

12. Owen Daniels @ OAK (46)

13. Rob Gronkowski @ MIA (54)

14. Bo Scaife vs. DEN (56)

15. John Carlson @ St.L (61)

16. Kevin Boss vs. CHI (61)

17. Jeremy Shockey vs. CAR (63)

18. Brandon Pettigrew @ GB (63)

19. Anthony Fasano vs. NE (64)

20. Heath Miller vs. BAL (64)

21. Daniel Fells vs. SEA (67)

22. Dante Rosario @ NO (69)

23. Tony Scheffler @ GB (71)

24. Mercedes Lewis vs. IND (72)

25. Todd Heap @ PIT (72)

26. Jermaine Gresham @ CLE (75)

27. Fred Davis @ PHI (77)

28. Benjamin Watson vs. CIN (79)

29. Evan Moore vs. CIN (85)

30. David Thomas vs. CAR (89)

31. Ben Patrick @ SD (89)

32. Jonathan Stupar vs. NYJ (92)

33. Randy McMichael vs. AZ (94)

34. Delanie Walker @ ATL (94)

35. Travis Beckum vs. CHI (95)

36. Joel Dressen @ OAK (98)

37. Jeff King @ NO (101)

38. Daniel Graham @ TEN (102)

39. Justin Peele vs. SF (104)

40. Desmond Clark @ NYG (110)

 

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Fantasy Flavor Week 4 Start Rankings: QB & TE

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Posted on 29 September 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Here is the first installment of the week 4 fantasy football start rankings, quarterbacks and tight ends. We’ll have running backs and kickers up tomorrow and finish with wide receivers and defenses, along with updates on the aforementioned positions on Friday. Remember that the rankings are based on 2 parts individual player expectations, and 1 part defensive expectations against that player and his position based on this week’s match up. It’s not an inducement to do anything crazy, just a simple guide to help manage your expectations, find week by week waiver help, and another source to add to your cache.

 

With bye weeks upon us, the need to find adequate one-week replacements becomes much more imperative, and hopefully by this point in the season we’re beginning to understand what to expect in terms of roles, injuries, workloads, skill sets, and defensive strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind, that as the season moves along and the bodies of work begin to grow, the accuracy of the rankings should only improve week by week.

 

So here are this week’s quarterback and tight end rankings, with each player’s formulary number in parentheses behind their match up. The lower the formulary number the better, with 3 being the lowest possible. As always, watch the injury report, trust your gut and have fun. If you aren’t having fun playing fantasy football, you’re doing it wrong.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning @ JAX (6)

2. Aaron Rodgers vs. DET (10)

3. Drew Brees vs. CAR (17)

4. Matt Ryan vs. SF (22)

5. Michael Vick vs. WAS (27)

6. Phillip Rivers vs. AZ (28)

7. Matt Schaub @ OAK (28)

8. Tom Brady @ MIA (32)

9. Mark Sanchez @ BUF (37)

10. Jay Cutler @ NYG (39)

11. Eli Manning vs. CHI (39)

12. Donavan McNabb vs. WAS (48)

13. Chad Henne vs. NE (48)

14. Vince Young vs. DEN (48)

15. Carson Palmer @ CLE (50)

16. Sam Bradford vs. SEA (51)

17. Matt Hasselbeck @ St.L (55)

18. Joe Flacco @ PIT (55)

19. Kyle Orton @ TEN (57)

20. Bruce Gradkowski vs. HOU (61)

21. David Garrard vs. IND (66)

22. Charlie Batch vs. BAL (66)

23. Jimmy Claussen @ NO (66)

24. Shaun Hill @ GB (73) *Stafford would be about the same here

25. Alex Smith @ ATL (73)

26. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NYJ (74)

27. Derek Anderson @ SD (77)

28. Seneca Wallace vs. CIN (79) *put Delhomme here too if it’s him

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark @ JAX (15)

2. Vernon Davis @ ATL (20)

3. Tony Gonzalez vs. SF (22)

4. Antonio Gates vs. AZ (24)

5. Dustin Keller @ BUF (25)

6. Zach Miller vs. HOU (26)

7. Chris Cooley @ PHI (31)

8. Aaron Hernandez @ MIA (34)

9. Jermichael Finley vs. DET (39)

10. Brent Celek vs. WAS (42) *watch his health

11. Greg Olsen @ NYG (46)

12. Owen Daniels @ OAK (46)

13. Rob Gronkowski @ MIA (54)

14. Bo Scaife vs. DEN (56)

15. John Carlson @ St.L (61)

16. Kevin Boss vs. CHI (61)

17. Jeremy Shockey vs. CAR (63)

18. Brandon Pettigrew @ GB (63)

19. Anthony Fasano vs. NE (64)

20. Heath Miller vs. BAL (64)

21. Daniel Fells vs. SEA (67)

22. Dante Rosario @ NO (69)

23. Tony Scheffler @ GB (71)

24. Mercedes Lewis vs. IND (72)

25. Todd Heap @ PIT (72)

26. Jermaine Gresham @ CLE (75)

27. Fred Davis @ PHI (77)

28. Benjamin Watson vs. CIN (79)

29. Evan Moore vs. CIN (85)

30. David Thomas vs. CAR (89)

31. Ben Patrick @ SD (89)

32. Jonathan Stupar vs. NYJ (92)

33. Randy McMichael vs. AZ (94)

34. Delanie Walker @ ATL (94)

35. Travis Beckum vs. CHI (95)

36. Joel Dressen @ OAK (98)

37. Jeff King @ NO (101)

38. Daniel Graham @ TEN (102)

39. Justin Peele vs. SF (104)

40. Desmond Clark @ NYG (110)

 

 

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Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Start Rankings: WR, TE and K

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Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Start Rankings: WR, TE and K

Posted on 18 September 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the rest of the Week 2 Fantasy Flavor Start Rankings. Remember to trust your gut and keep and eye on the injury reports. Have fun and good luck. And click on the link below for the rest of this week’s positional rankings and an explanation of how they were gotten.

 

Fantasy Flavor Week 2 QB, RB and D/ST Rankings

 

Wide Receivers

1. Andre Johnson @ WAS (18)

2. Reggie Wayne vs. NYG (19)

3. Larry Fitzgerald @ ATL (24)

4. Miles Austin vs. CHI (25)

5. Brandon Marshall @ MIN (27)

6. Roddy White vs. AZ (27)

7. DeSean Jackson @ DET (31)

8. Steve Smith vs. TB (31)

9. Hines Ward @ TEN (37)

10. Steve Smith @ IND (38)

11. Randy Moss @ NYJ (40)

12. Calvin Johnson vs. PHI (40)

13. Michael Crabtree vs. NO (42)

14. Marques Colston @ SF (45)

15. Jeremy Maclin @ DET (45)

16. Wes Welker @ NYJ (47)

17. Hakeem Nicks @ IND (47)

18. Mike Wallace @ TEN (49)

19. Mike Sims-Walker @ SD (50)

20. Greg Jennings vs. BUF (52)

21. Chad Ochocinco vs. BAL (55)

22. Anquan Boldin @ CIN (56)

23. Malcolm Floyd vs. JAX (58)

24. Pierre Garcon vs. NYG (59)

25. Bernard Berrian vs. MIA (60)

26. Braylon Edwards vs. NE (62)

27. Percy Harvin vs. MIA (62)

28. DeWayne Bowe @ CLE (65)

29. Donald Driver vs. BUF (70)

30. Santana Moss vs. HOU (73)

31. Dez Bryant vs. CHI (75)

32. Lee Evans @ GB (77)

33. Legedu Naanee vs. JAX (80)

34. Robert Meachem @ SF (81)

35. Terrell Owens vs. BAL (87)

36. Kenny Britt vs. PIT (87)

37. Austin Collie vs. NYG (89)

38. Mike Williams @ DEN (90)

39. Johnnie Knox @ DAL (90)

40. Derrick Mason @ CIN (92)

41. Steve Breaston @ ATL (92)

42. Eddie Royal vs. SEA (92) *watch his health

43. Devery Henderson @ SF (92)

44. Devin Aromashadu @ DAL (93)

45. Mark Clayton @ OAK (94)

46. Mohamed Massaquoi vs. KC (97)

47. Jacoby Jones @ WAS (98)

48. Louis Murphy vs. St.L (98)

49. Josh Morgan vs. NO (99)

50. Mario Manningham @ IND (100)

51. Jabar Gafney vs. SEA (100)

52. Kevin Walter @ WAS (106)

53. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ CIN (107)

54. Nate Washington vs. PIT (110)

55. Nate Burleson vs. PHI (112)

56. Laurent Robinson @ OAK (114)

57. Jerricho Cotchery vs. NE (114)

58. Early Doucet @ ATL (120)

59. Lance Moore @ SF (120)

60. Dexter McCluster @ CLE (122)

61. Chaz Schilens @ St.L (124)

62. Devin Hester @ DAL (124)

63. Roy Williams vs. CHI (125)

64. Julian Edelman @ NYJ (126)

65. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. St.L (126)

66. Greg Camarillo vs. MIN (128)

67. Mike Williams @ CAR (129)

68. Chris Chambers @ CLE (133)

69. Justin Gage vs. PIT (133)

70. James Jones vs. BUF (135)

71. Jason Avant @ DET (135)

72. Golden Tate @ DEN (139)

73. Josh Cribbs vs. CLE (139)

74. Mike Thomas @ SD (142)

75. Deon Butler @ DEN (143)

 

Tight Ends

 

 1. Dallas Clark vs. NYG (3)

2. Brent Celek @ DET (14)

3. Tony Gonzalez vs. AZ (19)

4. Visanthe Shiancoe vs. MIN (23)

5. Jason Witten vs. CHI (24)

6. Antonio Gates vs. JAX (25)

7. Jermichael Finley vs. BUF (26)

8. Zach Miller vs. St.L (33)

9. Heath Miller @ TEN (35)

10. Chris Cooley vs. HOU (36)

11. Vernon Davis vs. NO (37)

12. Greg Olsen @ DAL (39)

13. Benjamin Watson @ NYJ (40)

14. Tony Scheffler vs. PHI (40)

15. Kellen Winslow Jr. @ CAR (42)

16. Mercedes Lewis @ SD (44)

17. Anthony Fasano @ MIN (45)

18. Owen Daniels @ WAS (47)

19. John Carlson @ DEN (47)

20. Brandon Pettigrew vs. PHI (50)

21. Dustin Keller vs. NE (54)

22. Fred Davis vs. HOU (54)

23. Shawn Nelson @ GB (55)

24. Bo Scaife vs. PIT (61)

25. Jeremy Shockey @ SF (62)

26. Martellus Bennett vs. CHI (66)

27. Jared Cook vs. PIT (61)

28. Jermaine Gresham vs. BAL (73)

29. Zach Miller @ SD (75)

30. Aaron Hernandez @ NYJ (77)

31. Leonard Pope @ CLE (79)

32. Todd Heap @ CIN (80) *watch his health

33. Rob Gronkowski @ NYJ (85)

34. Evan Moore vs. KC (86)

35. Ed Dickson @ CIN (88)

36. Daniel Graham vs. SEA (88)

37. David Thomas @ SF (90)

38. Dennis Pitta @ CIN (91)

39. Donald Lee vs. BUF (92)

40. Dante Rosario vs. TB (92)

 

Kickers

1. Ryan Longwell vs. MIA (8)

2. David Akers @ DET (11)

3. Nate Kaeding vs. JAX (15)

4. Garrett Hartley @ SF (24)

5. Lawrence Tynes @ IND (31)

6. Rob Bironas vs. PIT (32)

7. Matt Prater vs. SEA (32)

8. Neil Rackers @ WAS (33)

9. Stephen Gostkowski @ NYJ (34)

10. Mason Crosby vs. BUF (35)

11. Ryan Succop @ CLE (38)

12. Jeff Reed @ TEN (39)

13. Olindo Mare @ DEN (42)

14. Jay Feeley @ ATL (44)

15. Joe Nedney vs. NO (48)

16. John Kasay vs. TB (48)

17. Robbie Gould @ DAL (49)

18. Dan Carpenter @ MIN (53)

19. Josh Brown @ OAK (53)

20. Matt Bryant vs. AZ (55)

21. David Buehler vs. CHI (55)

22. Sebastian Janikowski vs. St.L (59)

23. Phil Dawson vs. KC (59)

24. Billy Cundiff @ CIN (66)

25. Rian Lindell @ GB (66)

26. Adam Vinatieri vs. NYG (71)

27. Jason Hanson vs. PHI (71)

28. Graham Gano vs. HOU (78)

29. Mike Nugent vs. BAL (80)

30. Josh Scobee @ SD (86)

31. Nick Folk vs. NE (86)

32. Connor Barth @ TB (88)

 

 

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Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Start Rankings: QB, RB & D/ST

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Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Start Rankings: QB, RB & D/ST

Posted on 17 September 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Week two is here and with it, hopefully a little more clarity as to what to expect defensively from week to week from the opponents of your fantasy players. Here are the first half of the Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Formulary Start Rankings, with wide receivers, tight ends and kickers to follow tomorrow.

 

Here’s the explanation of the “formula” and how to use the rankings. First, I rank the players at every position, at least 75 RBs, at least 100 WRs, at least 60 TEs, and every projected starter at the other positions based on their performance so far, expectations going forward, workload, health etc. Then I number them by 2′s (2,4,6,8). After that I rank the defenses, mostly using ESPN’s points against rankings, with minor adjustments for injuries, anomalies and my gut.  Those rankins are numbered 1-32. By adding the two numbers together, you come up with the “formulary” #, lowest possible is 3. It’s 2 part player expectations, 1 part defensive expectations against that player’s position, all against my best effort to gauge their projections against what could best be described as the equivalent of the baseball RP.

 

Now the disclaimer, since the body of work is small at this point, a lot of the expectations, especially defensively are based on last year’s performance, again, with adjustments made for injuries, anomalies, changes in workload and my old gut.

 

In shorter terms, it’s not gospel. It is though, and interesting guideline, fairly accurate historically, and one more resource to use when contemplating tough decisions, looking for sleepers or searching for bye week help.

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury reports and make adjustments as you see fit, and most of all have fun. If you aren’t having fun playing fantasy football, you’re doing it wrong.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. P. Manning vs. NYG (10)

2. Rivers vs. JAX (17)

3. Favre vs. MIA (19)

4. Romo vs. CHI (23)

5. Brees @ SF (28)

6. Schaub @ WAS (32)

7. Rodgers vs. BUF (35)

8. Vick @ DET (37)

9. Cutler @ DAL (39)

10. Henne @ MIN (39)

11. Brady @ NYJ (40)

12. Young vs. PIT (40)

13. Ryan vs. AZ (42)

14. Flacco @ CIN (43)

15. E. Manning @ IND (46)

16. Dixon @ TEN (46)

17. Orton vs. SEA (148)

18. Anderson @ ATL (52)

19. McNabb vs. HOU (53)

20. Garrard @ SD (54)

21. Cassel @ CLE (55)

22. Campbell vs. St.L (58)

23. Palmer vs. BAL (59)

24. Hasselbeck @ DEN (69)

25. Sanchez vs. NE (69)

26. Bradford @ OAK (69)

27. A. Smith vs. NO (70)

28. Moore vs. TB (71) *watch his health

29. Delhomme vs. KC (74) *watch his health

30. Hill vs. PHI (76)

31. Edwards @ GB (85)

32. Freeman @ CAR (86)

 

Running Backs

1. Steven Jackson @ OAK (11)

2. Frank Gore vs. NO (22)

3. Maurice Jones-Drew @ SD (23)

4. DeAngelo Williams vs. TB (23)

5. Adrian Peterson vs. MIA (24)

6. Jamaal Charles @ CLE (29)

7. Michael Turner vs. AZ (30)

8. Chris Johnson vs. PIT (31)

9. Rashard Mendenhall @ TEN (31)

10. LeShon McCoy @ DET (32)

11. Ray Rice @ CIN (33)

12. Knowshon Moreno vs. SEA (40)

13. Jonathan Stewart vs. TB (41)

14. Arian Foster @ WAS (44)

15. Darren McFadden vs. St.L (45)

16. Cedric Benson vs. BAL (48)

17. Beanie Wells @ ATL (49) *watch his health

18. Pierre Thomas @ SF (50)

19. Joseph Addai vs. NYG (50)

20. Matt Forte @ DAL (51)

21. Ahmad Bradshaw @ IND (55)

22. Justin Forsett @ DEN (58)

23. Clinton Portis vs. HOU (58)

24. Brandon Jackson vs. BUF (58)

25. Marion Barber vs. CHI (59)

26. Ryan Matthews vs. JAX (66)

27. Brandon Jacobs @ IND (67)

28. Donald Brown vs. NYG (68)

29. Jahvid Best vs. PHI (69)

30. Thomas Jones @ CLE (69)

31. Shonn Green vs. NE (70)

32. Ronnie Brown @ MIN (70)

33. Felix Jones vs. CHI (71)

34. Cadillac Williams @ CAR (71)

35. Ricky Williams @ MIN (72)

36. Fred Taylor @ SD (72)

37. Peyton Hillis vs. KC (72)

38. Reggie Bush @ SF (74)

39. Jerome Harrison vs. KC (77)

40. Tim Hightower @ ATL (77)

41. CJ Spiller @ GB (83)

42. Kareem Huggins @ CAR (83)

43. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. NE (86)

44. John Kuhn vs. BUF (90)

45. Darren Sproles vs. JAX (92)

46. Steve Slaton @ WAS (93)

47. Chester Taylor @ DAL (96)

48. Fred Jackson @ GB (97)

49. Willis McGahee @ CIN (97)

50. Kevin Smith vs. PHI (99)

 

Defense / Special Teams

1. Eagles @ DET (6)

2. Packers vs. BUF (11)

3. Ravens @ CIN (23)

4. Cowboys vs. CHI (26)

5. Jets vs. NE (29)

6. Vikings vs. MIA (33)

7. Broncos vs. SEA (34)

8. Texans @ WAS (34)

9. Browns vs. KC (37)

10. Saints @ SF (38)

11. Steelers @ TEN (39)

12. Patriots @ NYJ (39)

13. Chargers vs. JAX (42)

14. 49ers vs. NO (43)

15. Bengals vs. BAL (44)

16. Falcons vs. AZ (53)

17. Giants @ IND (54)

18. Titans vs. PIT (55)

19. Buccaneers @ CAR (55)

20. Bears @ DAL (58)

21. Chiefs @ CLE (58)

22. Raiders vs. St.L (61)

23. Panthers vs. TB (62)

24. Colts vs. NYG (63)

25. Cardinals @ ATL (66)

26. Dolphins @ MIN (67)

27. Rams @ OAK (67)

28. Bills @ GB (68)

29. Seahawks @ DEN (70)

30. Lions vs. PHI (75)

31. Redskins vs. HOU (80)

32. Jaguars @ SD (94)

 

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Tweet Cred

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Tweet Cred

Posted on 09 July 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

In finishing up the week, I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the guests who helped to make this week’s shows, and direct you to their Twitter pages too, so that you’ll be able to find them and follow them more easily. Thanks again to all for lending some Tweet Cred to the show, and all of their interviews are up and available in the BuyaToyota.com audio vault here on the web site.

 

Tuesday:

MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli – www.twitter.com/britt_ghiroli

Detroit Tigers Broadcaster Rod Allen – www.twitter.com/rodallen12

UFC Announcer Mike Goldberg – www.twitter.com/mfg16

 

Wednesday:

KFFL’s Ryan Bonini – www.twitter.com/rblaptop

Hoopsworld.com’s Steve Kyler – www.twitter.com/hoopsworld

Baltimoresun.com’s Steve Gould – www.twitter.com/stevegould

Pro Boxer Jimmy Lange – www.twitter.com/boxerjimmylange

 

Thursday:

Chicago Bulls reporter and Jordan Rules author Sam Smith – www.twitter.com/samsmithhoops

KFFL’s Nick Minnix – www.twitter.com/nicholasminnix

 

Friday:

 

SportsNetwork.com’s Tony Moss – www.twitter.com/alylemoss

Yahoo.com’s NBA Reporter Marc Spears – www.twitter.com/spearsnbayahoo

Pete Kerzel from Pressbox.com and the AP – www.twitter.com/kerzelpete

Fox Radio’s Stephen A. Smith – www.twitter.com/stephenasmith

 

And last but not least, thanks to Todd Helmick from NationalChamps.net. We have to get him a Twitter page.

 

 

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Are You Ready for More Football? I Wouldn’t Count On It.

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Are You Ready for More Football? I Wouldn’t Count On It.

Posted on 21 June 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

What could be better than NFL football? Well, more NFL football of course. That’s what you can bet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was counting on last week when he once again stoked the fires of the18-game schedule debate, and it should be an easy sell. But before we get too excited about the possibility of expanding our football experience by 12.5%; let’s wait and see just how sincere the Comissioner’s wishes are.

 

There’s no secret that there’s a war going on behind the scenes of the NFL on the labor front. With 2010 already operating as an uncapped season, and no promise of NFL football as we know it beyond that, there’s a significant chance that this is simply a bargaining chip created by the league only for the purpose of conceding it back in collective bargaining.

 

There’s no question that the fans would be behind expanding the schedule, especially the ticket buying fans who have long lamented over having to pay for two full priced tickets for pre-season games. Since Goodell’s proposal simply turns one of the tickets that they’re already buying into one for an actual game, who’d raise an objection to that?

 

The Player’s Union would, that’s who. Certainly more play should equal more pay, and without concessions to the union, expanding the schedule would be a no-go. Which again, begs the mention that as everything is on the table for negotiation going forward, both sides already have a long list of concessions, some real others contrived, that they’ll be seeking in order to come to an agreement with things as they are. Negotiating to increase the schedule, along with the necessary pay and roster changes seems like an awfully sticky issue to bring into the mix with so much else already undecided.

 

If the NFL goes without a cap, it will go without as floor too. That will be the biggest issue seemingly decided in this round of collective bargaining. It’s pretty easy to imagine that there will be a faction of large market owners looking to go with the uncapped model, what remains to be seen however is how many of the small market franchises might be content to take their share of the TV revenue, and pocket money under a model with no floor. If there are enough of those owners, banded together, the competitively balanced NFL we have come to know will be a thing of the past, and the NFL might head down the same path we’ve watched baseball traverse for the last few decades.

 

If there is a cap however, then how do you appease the players for agreeing to two more games? More games would mean more TV revenue, which would increase the cap by some, but percentages are what’s being negotiated here. It would seem that the extra revenue generated by two additional games would be offset in percentages by the increase in player’s current salaries for playing those two extra games. Factor in the propensity for injury, and the Player’s Union will certainly argue that two games piled on to sixteen existing ones have an exponential impact on players’ bodies beyond the simple 12.5% that would be added to the season.

 

More roster spots you say? Adding roster spots, without increasing the percentage of revenue devoted to the salary pool, simply means more players to pay with the same amount of money to spend. Do you believe that the owners would give away a greater percentage of their total haul, just to add two games to the schedule? Let’s not forget that they’re already making some money on the extra games we’re talking about, as they’re selling them now as pre-season.

 

Think Roger Goodell is sincere in his desire to give fans more of what they want? We’ll see if the “players don’t need four pre-season games” argument still stands if and when the 18-game schedule is defeated. I’m betting not.

 

How about if the Comissioner’s office works on making the 16-game schedule that they currently play relevant? If they figure out a way to prevent the annual parade of playoff bound teams from mailing in the last two weeks of the season, then for my money at least, that’d be much better than creating two more chances to add to the pool of playoff teams going through the motions in the season’s final weeks or two more games for them to do it in. And it would certainly sit better with most than two more Lions games, two more Browns games and two more Raiders games every season.

 

And if the NFL wants to add another week of TV revenue to their coffers, let them go back to the two bye week schedule. Anyone else remember 1993?

 

 

 

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Start Rankings

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are this weeks formulary fantasy start rankings. They’re gotten using 2 parts player performance and 1 part defensive expectations. The lower the formulary score, listed in parentheses behind each pick, the better, with a lowest possible score of 3. (Adrian Peterson has the rare 3 score this week)

 

The rankings are a guide to help with tough lineup decisions, or to help find a stopgap for a tough week. They’re not an inducement to do anything crazy. For example, benching Drew Brees for Joe Flacco this week, just because Flacco’s ranking is a little better would be crazy. However, if you’re sitting with Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer, or God forbid, even Donavan McNabb, Flacco might be a nice option.

 

Since the rosters are based on performance and expectations, they will get more accurate as the season progresses, and teams and players begin to establish their tendencies. I’ll have a more detailed Fantasy Focus posted later this week, and will answer questions there too. If you have any questions in the meantime, send them to me at thyrl@wnst.net.

 

Remember, as always, to keep an eye on the injury reports. Good Luck and Have Fun.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Tom Brady @ NYJ (11)

2. Kurt Warner @ JAX (18)

3. Peyton Manning @ MIA (25)

4. Joe Flacco @ SD (28)

5. Drew Brees @ PHI (30)

6. Aaron Rodgers vs. CIN (32)

7. Tony Romo vs. NYG (32)

8. Matt Ryan vs. CAR (34)

9. Matt Cassell vs. OAK (42) *rate Croyle about the same here if he starts

10. Ben Roethlisberger @ CHI (43)

11. Brett Favre @ DET (43)

12. Matt Hasselbeck @ SF (43)

13. David Garrard vs. AZ (47)

14. Kerry Collins vs. HOU (47)

15. Phillip Rivers vs. BAL (48)

16. Kevin Kolb vs. NO (50) *if he starts, McNabb would be a tough choice

17. Shaun Hill vs. SEA (52)

18. Mark Sanchez vs. NE (52)

19. Eli Manning @ DAL (53)

20. Kyle Orton vs. CLE (56)

21. Jason Campbell vs. St.L (56)

22. Trent Edwards vs. TB (57)

23. Matt Schaub @ TEN (59)

24. JaMarcus Russell @ KC (59)

25. Brady Quinn @ DEN (61)

26. Carson Palmer @ GB (62)

27. Byron Leftwich @ BUF (63)

28. Jake Delhomme @ ATL (64)

29. Jay Cutler vs. PIT (66)

30. Matt Stafford vs. MIN (75)

31. Marc Bulger @ WAS (77)

32. Chad Pennington vs. IND (85)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Adrian Peterson @ DET (3)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. AZ (17)

3. DeAngelo Williams @ ATL (22)

4. Michael Turner vs. CAR (28)

5. Chris Johnson vs. HOU (28)

6. Frank Gore vs. SEA (30)

7. Clinton Portis vs. St.L (40)

8. Steven Jackson @ WAS (43)

9. Marion Barber vs. NYG (44)

10. Brian Westbrook vs. NO (44)

11. Derrick Ward @ BUF (44)

12. Ronnie Brown vs. IND (45)

13. Cedric Benson @ GB (48)

14. Matt Forte vs. PIT (49)

15. Fred Jackson vs. TB (49)

16. Brandon Jacobs @ DAL (51)

17. Cadillac Williams @ BUF (52)

18. Ryan Grant vs. CIN (53)

19. Michael Bush @ KC (53)

20. Thomas Jones vs. NE (54)

21. Larry Johnson vs. OAK (55)

22. Steve Slaton @ TEN (56)

23. Darren McFadden @ KC (57)

24. Kevin Smith vs. MIN (58)

25. Jamal Lewis @ DEN (62)

26. Jonathan Stewart @ ATL (64)

27. Darren Sproles vs. BAL (64) *boost him 5 or 6 places if LT is inactive

28. Joseph Addai @ MIA (65)

29. Ray Rice @ SD (67)

30. Julius Jones @ SF (73)

31. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. BAL (74) *assuming he’s probable or better

32. Willis McGahee @ SD (75)

33. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DAL (76)

34. Ricky Williams vs. IND (77)

35. LenDale White vs. HOU (78)

36. Tim Hightower @ JAX (80)

37. Chester Taylor @ DET (87)

38. LeShon McCoy vs. NO (90)

39. Edgerin James @ SF (93)

40. Pierre Thomas @ PHI (94) *assuming probable or better

41. Reggie Bush @ PHI (98)

42. Knowshon Moreno vs. CLE (99)

43. Donald Brown @ MIA (99)

44. Mike Bell @ PHI (100)

45. LeRon McClain @ SD (101)

46. Mewelde Moore @ CHI (105)

47. Felix Jones vs. NYG (106)

48. Jerious Norwood vs. CAR (108)

49. Correll Buckhalter vs. CLE (109)

50. Leon Washington vs. NE (111)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Reggie Wayne @ MIA (11)

2. Greg Jennings vs. CIN (18)

3. Larry Fitzgerald @ JAX (19)

4. Randy Moss @ NYJ (27)

5. Santonio Holmes @ CHI (27)

6. Anquan Boldin @ JAX (33)

7. Calvin Johnson vs. MIN (34)

8. Roddy White vs. CAR (34)

9. Andre Johnson @ TEN (40)

10. Steve Smith @ ATL (41)

11. Roy Williams vs. NYG (43)

12. Terrell Owens vs. TB (44)

13. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ SF (46)

14. Brandon Marshall vs. CLE (51)

15. DeWayne Bowe vs. OAK (52)

16. Bernard Berrian @ DET (52)

17. Wes Welker @ NYJ (53)

18. Marques Colston @ PHI (58)

19. DeShaun Jackson vs. NO (60)

20. Vincent Jackson vs. BAL (61)

21. Jehrico Cotchery vs. NE (61)

22. Hines Ward @ CHI (63)

23. Santana Moss vs. St.L (63)

24. Anthony Gonzalez @ MIA (63)

25. Tory Holt vs. SF (66)

26. Eddie Royal vs. CLE (67)

27. Chad Ochocinco @ GB (70)

28. Braylon Edwards @ DEN (73)

29. Patrick Crayton vs. NYG (73)

30. Lee Evans vs. TB (74)

31. Donald Driver vs. CIN (74)

32. Percy Harvin @ DET (74)

33. Antonio Bryant @ BUF (77)

34. Josh Morgan vs. SEA (81)

35. Derrick Mason @ SD (88)

36. DeVry Henderson @ PHI (88)

37. Kevin Walter @ TEN (90)

38. Laverneus Coles @ GB (92)

39. Devin Hester vs. PIT (92)

40. Justin Gage vs. HOU (92)

41. Lance Moore @ PHI (94)

42. Steve Breaston @ JAX (95) * health is a concern

43. Nate Burleson @ SF (96)

44. Mushin Muhammad @ ATL (103)

45. Kevin Curtis vs. NO (104)

46. Michael Jenkins vs. CAR (108)

47. Issac Bruce vs. SEA (111)

48. Domenik Hixon @ DAL (113)

49. Arnaz Battle vs. SEA (111)

50. Mario Manningham @ DAL (113)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Tony Gonzalez vs. CAR (18)

2. Todd Heap @ SD (21)

3. Zach Miller @ KC (26)

4. Jeremy Shockey @ PHI (27)

5. Owen Daniels @ TEN (29)

6. Dustin Keller vs. NE (32)

7. Antonio Gates vs. BAL (35)

8. Kellen Winslow @ BUF (35) *bump him up a spot or 2 if Bryant is out

9. Chris Cooley vs. St.L (36)

10. Jason Witten vs. NYG (46)

11. Dallas Clark @ MIA (41)

12. Benjamin Watson @ NYJ (43)

13. Bo Scaife vs. HOU (45) *watch the injury report

14. Jon Carlson @ SF (46)

15. Kevin Boss @ DAL (50)

16. Visanthe Schiancoe @ DET (50)

17. Heath Miller @ CHI (50)

18. Greg Olsen vs. PIT (51)

19. Tony Scheffler vs. CLE (56)

20. Brent Celek vs. NO (56)

21. Donald Lee vs. CIN (57)

22. Vernon Davis vs. SEA (57)

23. Brandon Pettigrew vs. MIN (60)

24. Mercedes Lewis vs. SF (60)

25. Jermichael Finley vs. CIN (63)

26. Robert Royal @ DEN (64)

27. Jared Cook vs. HOU (69) * boost him 8-10 spots if Scaife doesn’t go

28. Anthony Fasano vs. IND (71)

29. Billy Miller @ PHI (71)

30. Randy McMichael @ WAS (73)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Ryan Longwell @ DET (11)

2. David Akers vs. NO (15)

3. Stephen Gostkowski @ NYJ (19)

4. Lawrence Tynes @ DAL (23)

5. Rob Bironas vs. HOU (25)

6. Joe Nedney vs. SEA (27)

7. John Carney @ PHI (29)

8. Neil Rackers @ JAX (30)

9. Mason Crosby vs. CIN (32)

10. Jason Elam vs. CAR (36)

11. Nate Kaeding vs. BAL (37)

12. Nick Folk vs. NYG (46)

13. Rian Lindell vs. TB (47)

14. Phil Dawson @ DEN (47)

15. Robbie Gould vs. PIT (48)

16. John Kasay @ ATL (48)

17. Shayne Graham @ GB (52)

18. Josh Brown @ WAS (53)

19. Jeff Reed @ CHI (55)

20. Kris Brown @ TEN (56)

21. Josh Scobee vs. AZ (56)

22. Shaun Suisham vs. St.L (58)

23. Matt Prater vs. CLE (59)

24. Adam Vinatieri @ MIA (60)

25. Mike Nugent @ BUF (60)

26. Olindo Mare @ SF (466)

27. Sebastian Janikowski @ KC (66)

28. Ryan Succop vs. OAK

29. Dan Carpenter vs. IND (68)

30. Jason Hanson vs. MIN (69)

31. Jay Feeley vs. NE (75)

32. Stephen Hauschka @ SD (77)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Giants @ DAL (12)

2. Vikings @ DET (13)

3. Steelers @ CHI (21)

4. Titans vs. HOU (22)

5. Jets vs. NE (22)

6. Eagles vs. NO (26)

7. Packers vs. CIN (26)

8. Redskins vs. St.L (27)

9. Patriots @ NYJ (33)

10. Bears vs. PIT (35)

11. Seahawks @ SF (35)

12. Ravens @ SD (38)

13. Dolphins vs. IND (43)

14. 49ers vs. SEA (46)

15. Chargers vs. BAL (48)

16. Panthers @ ATL (49)

17. Buccaneers @ BUF (49)

18. Raiders @ KC (52)

19. Cowboys vs. NYG (59)

20. Colts @ MIA (59)

21. Cardinals @ JAX (60)

22. Broncos vs. CLE (62)

23. Texans @ TEN (64)

24. Bills vs. TB (65)

25. Rams @ WAS (65)

26. Chiefs vs. OAK (69)

27. Lions vs. MIN (70)

28. Falcons vs. CAR (72)

29. Browns @ DEN (72)

30. Jaguars vs. AZ (74)

31. Saints @ PHI (75)

32. Bengals @ GB (85)

 

 

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