Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fantasy Rankings After Week 3

Here are the Top 5 players at their position:

Quarterback

  • Tom Brady
  • Tony Romo
  • Carson Palmer
  • Jake Delhomme
  • Derek Anderson

As the season progresses I'm sure we will see Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb on this list. Derek Anderson scored more than half of his points in week 2.

Running Backs

  • Brian Westbrook
  • LaMont Jordan
  • Marion Barber
  • Ronnie Brown
  • Joseph Addai

Not the usual suspects on the top 5. I called that Lamont Jordan could be a quality pick in the later rounds and that has proved true. Marion Barber is still spliting carries with Jones, but Barber is running twice as good as him, plus he gets the goal line carries.

Wide Receivers

  • Randy Moss
  • Chad Johnson
  • Plaxico Burress
  • Steve Smith
  • Terrell Owens

After the stuggle last season, the Giants offense has turned around with Eli Manning stepping up. I don't know if he didn't throw to Burress enough last year, but he's getting the ball to him now.

Tight Ends

  • Antonio Gates
  • Jason Witten
  • Kellen Winslow
  • Dallas Clark
  • Benjamin Watson

I was big on Jason Witten for the draft after I saw Tony Romo constantly hit his tight end in preaseason. The usual TE's are on the list with Heap and Crumpler right behind the 5.

Defense

  • Vikings
  • Steelers
  • Texans
  • Patriots
  • Bears

Obviously the Texans are a huge surprise here. As well as the Vikings being #1 so far. They had big weeks against Atlanta and Detriot in week 1 and 2.

These top 5 should be the highest in most standard leagues. Some players won't continue to be hot, it might be time to move them for players who are struggling, but have the talent to do better. I just acquired Steven Jackson myself which would of been a perfect trade if he didn't get injured already.

McCallister Out for Season, Jackson Out for Week

Duece McAllister tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season. No need for fantasy owners to keep him on their roster any longer. This is good for Reggie Bush owners however. He scored two touchdowns but only rushed for 15 yards on 7 attempts.

Running backs have had a tough season so far, this reaches to Steven Jackson as well. Jackson will miss at least one week with a partial tear in his left groin.

If you need a spot start you might want to consider rookie back Brian Leonard. Even though the offense is struggling he may be the fire they need.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Andre Johnson OUT

Houston Texans #1 Wide Receiver Andre Johnson has been ruled out of the next game against Indianapolis. He is recovering from a sprained knee.

When asked if there was a possibility if he would play at all Johnson said "No. I mean as it looks right now, you look at me right now, no I wouldn't be out there on Sunday."

This is tough for Andre Johnson owners (like me) and people who are trying to get value out of Matt Schaub right now.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fantasy Waiver Wire Watch for Week 3

After a couple of week 1 wonders, who came out ready in week 2?

DeShawn Wynn

Wynn has taken two TD's from Green Bay Running Back Brandon Jackson, if you have him you should be worried. If you are thin at RB you might want to take a flier on Wynn who rushed for 50 yards on Sunday and scored 2 TDs. Who knows how long the Packers will continue to win and play well, so get him soon!

Matt Schaub

Dump those scrub QB's you are holding on to like Losman, and get with Schaub. With such a talented receiver like Andre Johnson to throw to, Schaub is becoming a great bet. Not a bad day on sunday with 227 passing and 2 TDs.

Derek Anderson

I'm sure no one had him starting against the Bengals last week and who knows if he will continue to produce points for the Browns. However with 328 passing yards and 5 touchdowns, he may be worth a post on your roster. The next two weeks should be rough for him though, facing Baltimore and New England.

Shaun McDonald

With the Detroit Lions deep receiving core, McDonald has found a place. In week one he had 6 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Last week he had 7 catches for 71 yards. Even though the Lions have plenty of talent at Wide Receiver, McDonald is still getting plenty of looks.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Poets Pickem Week 2

Last week I was 12-4, not bad.

Week 2
Winners in Bold

Houston vs Carolina
Cincinnati vs Cleveland
Indianapolis vs Tennessee
New Orleans vs Tampa Bay
San Francisco vs St. Louis
Buffalo vs Pittsburgh
Green Bay vs New York Giants
Atlanta vs Jacksonville
Seattle vs Arizona
Dallas vs Miami
Minnesota vs Detroit
Oakland vs Denver
Kansas City vs Chicago
New York Jets vs Baltimore
San Diego vs New England
Washington vs Philadelphia

Fined and Penalized for Cheating

I'm sure many of you have seen the penalty handed down by the NFL for the Patriots 'cheating'.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined 500,000 and the team was ordered to pay 250,000 even though the owner apparently was unaware of the cheating. In addition to the money, the Patriots will have to give up their first round pick if they miss the play offs, or their second AND third round if they don't.

No team has ever been penalized a first round draft pick.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Joey Harrington in Atlanta



If Joey Harrington isn't the answer, who is?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Charlie Frye Traded to Seattle

After a terrible start in week one, Frye has been traded. Seattle Seahawks give up a sixth-round draft pick for him.

Frye went 4 for 10 for 34 yards and an interception. Frye was benched before halftime. Derek Anderson didn't do too much better, but he did lead the Browns to score.

I guess this shows that Derek Anderson is the man in Cleveland, at least for now. Until Quinn is thrown to the wolves, or should I say dogs.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Fantasy Player Spotlight on Randy Moss

Many fantasy football players questioned how Randy Moss would fit into the Patriots explosive offense. After week 1 the answer is very apparent. He fits perfectly.

After showing great poise with 9 receptions, 183 yards and a TD, he has silenced his critics. At least for this week.

If Randy Moss can continue to play football this way he will no doubt be a top 5 fantasy receiver this season.

Will Moss be able to open up the Chargers strong defense next week? In the past Randy Moss hasn't been very successful against the Chargers, but that is partly due to the Oakland Raiders bad play.

Regardless of the defense it may be wise to plug Randy Moss into your starting line-up if you haven't already

Friday, September 07, 2007

Poet's Pick'em for Week 1

I'm getting this up a little late, considering one game already played. However, I did pick Indy to win in my 'pick'em' league.

Week 1
Winners in Bold

Denver vs Buffalo
Miami vs Washington
Pittsburgh vs Cleveland
Tennessee vs Jacksonville
Kansas City vs Houston
Philidelphia vs Green Bay
Carolina vs St Louis
Atlanta vs Minnesota
New England vs New York Jets
Tampa Bay vs Seattle
Detriot vs Oakland
Chicago vs San Diego
New York Giants vs Dallas
Baltimore vs Cincinnati
Arizona vs San Francisco

These are straight up picks without the spread. There could definitely be some upsets this week. I think the Baltimore and Cincinnati have the makings for a great and close game. That one could go either way, but I gave it to Cinci because they are at home

Who are your picks?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Indianapolis Colts Look Like Superbowl Champs Week 1

The game turned out to really be what you can expect out of the Colts. Everyone started off a little slower, but as the game went on, you could really tell the Colts owned the game. Joseph Addai had 100 yards by the 3rd quarter, and saw very little of the 4th. Rookie left tackle Ugoh was a great blocker in this game.
Brees didn't manage the game well at all, and no one on the Saints really emerged to have a good game. Peyton Manning was really on point, and felt very little pressure through out the game.

Stats and Fantasy Impact

New Orleans Saints

No one player had a good game. Many people will be disappointed on how Drew Brees played. He threw zero touchdowns with 2 interceptions. The tandem of McAllister and Bush combined for under 80 rushing yards. Colston and Henderson were almost non-existent in this game. It was all around disappointing for the Saints, the only touchdown scored was on a defensive play.

Indianpolis Colts

Peyton Manning

With 288 yards and 3 touchdowns, he should rank among the top three quarterbacks for the week statistically.

Joseph Addai

I was worried about how he would handle the load alone this season, but he did very well finishig with over 100 yards and a touchdown.

Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne

Wayne finished with two touchdowns and 115 yards. Harrison also did very well with 83 yards and a touch.

I hope we will see more of the Saints of last season next week at Tampa Bay. They really played bad, if they can't turn it around the Bears may only be the only contender in the NFC. Indianapolis goes to Tennessee next week. If they play like they did tonight, they won't have a problem with anyone.

The Raiders Aren't Taboo this Season

That's just for one simple reason, their value is so low. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to figure out their quarterback mess, but look at some of the other options.

Lamont Jordan

According to myfantasyleague.com Lamont Jordan's average draft position is after players like Carnell Williams and Tatum Bell. If you are in a deeper league where running backs are slim, you could definitely go ahead and draft him in the 6th round. Some leagues are showing that he isn't being drafted until rounds 7-10. By drafting him so late, taking a flier on him might not be a bad choice.

Ronald Curry

I've selected Curry as one of my sleepers. He should be available to you in the last rounds of your draft. I took him as my last pick in one league. If he doesn't perform I won't have a problem dropping him.

Jerry Porter

He has quietly become a higher pick than Curry. I wouldn't take him for that reason. Some people are however higher on him than I am. He's an excellent receiver but hasn't been utilized in the Raider offense for a long time now. Both Porter and Curry appear to be the starters, so either of them can have potentially good seasons.

If you've already drafted like many have, you could possibly pick these guys up if they are on waivers. Another possibility is if you are trading someone and they have these guys, ask them to throw them into the trade, I'm sure they aren't valued much.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

Last weekend I did my first live draft of the season. My strategy was simple going with picks 12 and 13 of a 12 team league. Draft running backs!

The league starts 1qb, 1rb, 1 flex, 2 wr, 1 te, def, and of course a kicker. Having two strong running backs is particularly important with a flex. Especially if you start 2 rb and 1 flex you most likely want to draft a running back with your first 3 picks.

My draft went as follows:

#1 R. Johnson
#2 L. Maroney
#3 T. Romo
#4 M. Colston
#5 H. Ward
#6 T. Heap
#7 B. Edwards
#8 T. Bell
#9 Calvin Johnson (108 overall)
#10 Big Ben
#11 Pats Defense
#12 R. Curry (133 overall)
#13 L. Washington
#14 Elam

Analyzing my own draft you can see where I went wrong. I didn't take another running back until the 8th round. Who I drafted isn't a strong running back at that. I reached for Todd Heap way to early and could have used that pick to grab someone who was still on the board like Fred Taylor or Adrian Peterson.

Getting into the later rounds you can see when I started to gamble a bit. I took a chance on several wide receivers like Calvin Johnson and Ronald Curry. Taking them so low I can possibly get great value out of them via trade if they blow up. If they bust, it's not much of a loss there.

I have another draft today, we'll see how that one goes.