Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sean Taylor Dies at Age 24


Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died after being shot in the leg. Taylor was shot Monday, the bullet piercing an artery causing massive blood loss. It's sad to think how much life he had to live and how much more football he had to play.

Many don't know but this was the second time that Sean Taylor's house was broken into, in the last 2 weeks.

Not only will Sean Taylor be missed as a person, his presence in the Redskins defense will also be missed. Taylor was tied for the NFC lead for interceptions with 5, and was known to be a hard hitting defensive back.

Taylor's No. 21 will be painted in a grass parking area leading into Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. No. 21 will also be painted in front of the Redskins Hall of Fame store.

"I am devastated over the loss of Sean Taylor," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "When he was a student at the University of Miami, I got to know him as a person and as a football player. He was passionate about everything he did and was a great friend to his teammates. My thoughts are with his family."

He will be missed by former coaches, football players, and the fans. RIP No 21.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fantasy Football Rankings after Week 11

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady
Tony Romo
Derek Anderson
Ben Roethlisberger
Brett Favre

Who would of expected Anderson, Big Ben, and Favre on this list instead of Palmer, Manning and Brees

Running Backs

Brian Westbrook
LaDainian Tomlinson
Adrian Peterson
Joseph Addai
Willis McGahee

The running back category is definitely lacking, Peterson and Addai top this list and have each missed at least one game. Ronnie Brown ranks 6th and he's been out since week 8.

Wide Receivers

Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
T.J Houshmandzadeh
Braylon Edwards
Reggie Wayne

Moss and Owens are on pace for record breaking seasons. How much I don't want to see Jerry Rice lose a record, these guys are making it look easy and fun to watch.

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates
Jason Witten
Kellen Winslow
Tony Gonzalez
Heath Miller


To play a tightend has been hit and miss for some. I was big on Witten after watching the Cowboys go to their TE time and time again in preaseason. Even though San Diego is struggling, Gates is easily the best TE in the game.

Defense

Patriots
Lions
Chargers
Packers
Giants


It's good to look at lists like this. Two weeks ago I was able to pick up the Lions. They are leading the league in turnovers. If your regretting the Ravens defense, the Lions are a great substitute at this point.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Dwight Freeney Lost for the Season



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Hot Fantasy Pickup For Week 11

This week the obvious #1 waiver wire pick-up of the week is Chester Taylor. No one knows when or if Adrian Peterson will be able to come back from injury. He is already ruled out for next weeks game against Oakland.

Luckily I didn't think Peterson would last an entire season after watching him take hits and leaving his feet quite often against the game against San Diego.

Minnesota are playing do or die with their running backs, Chester Taylor was already becoming a decent flex play. It seemed 90% of the Vikings plays were to the running backs whether it was a run or screen. Adrian Peterson couldn't get the ball the entire time.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Philip Rivers Getting Worse Each Week?

Peyton Manning struggled last night particularly against Antonio Cromartie (who had 3 int's). Manning finished the game 34 of 56 with 328 yards 2 TDs and 6 interceptions. His passer rating was only 49.4. Not typical Manning numbers.

However, Manning wasn't the worst quarterback in the Colts vs Chargers game Sunday night. Rivers also had a very poor performance. He completed 13 of 24 for only 104 yards with 2 interceptions. Rivers committed his league leading 10th fumble in this game, worse yet, it was when his team was backed up on their own 2 yard line. His low 30.6 passer rating, which is the second lowest of his career, basically sums up the game for Rivers. All he had to do in the second half was really keep the lead and not mess up. Instead he fumbled in his own endzone and the Colts easily scored. That put the game a lot closer than it needed to be, it almost cost the Chargers the game.

Rivers was a key to the loss against Minnesota as well last week (his passer rating in that game only 49.4). Rivers couldn't keep the Chargers in the game. The Minnesota pass rush proved to be too much for him. The plays he could get off without too much of a rush were very poorly thrown. The three fumbles he committed didn't help either.

San Diego fans and residents are calling for Rivers to be benched.

"The defense played its heart out while Rivers' plays were awful. Please bench Rivers. Let's take a chance with Billy Volek." Lam Nguyen of San Marcos

"A win is a win, but this was pathetic! Norv, Rivers and the offense don't have a clue. I'm surprised Norv didn't challenge the final score!" Steve Wantoch of Lakeside

Not only are fans upset with the poor play of Philip Rivers, but ultimately of the Chargers.

"This was not a win! It was a Colts loss." Chris Dennis of Ramona

Can the Chargers answer the call of the fans and wakeup? They've got another tough game against Jacksonville coming up to get prepared for. Jacksonville has a strong defensive team, so the Chargers may end up relying on Cromartie once again.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Start Em Sit Em Week 10

Start 'Em

QB Kitna- After a huge performance against Denver, I would expect much of the same against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are ranked 7th against the pass allowing 194 yards per game. However, Detriot should have a lot of opportunities to score.

RB McGahee- Probably one of the most consistent backs in the NFL right now, he is a strong play the next two weeks. I traded to get him in another league. He was held to only 50 yards against a strong Pittsburgh D. This week at home against the 28th ranked rushing defense, Cincinnati, he is going to go over 100 yards and a touchdown.

WR Stokley- By now you should have your strong starters, but in leagues where you start several wide receivers, it can be a matchup or bye week battle. With Welker, Cotchery and the Texans wideouts on bye, it could leave you with an open spot. This week I am plugging in Brandon Stokley. Since Walkers injury he has been a decent option getting a lot of looks in the passing game. He scored the only touchdown for Denver last week.

Defense- Detriot Lions- As I mentioned in Hot Pick-up For Week 10, the Lions could be a huge start for you this week. The other leading fantasy defense is on bye, so the Lions is a great fill-in against a struggling Arizona offense. The only TD came for them last week in the 4th quarter, with the game pretty sealed.

The Lions lead the NFL in turnovers and it should be more of the same this week.

Sit Em

Rudi Johnson / Kenny Watson- The running back tandem didn't do too great against the Bills. The only way Watson saved face in fantasy points was his catching out of the backfield. Against Baltimore I'd expect much of the same.

Steven Jackson- Jackson was my start when he came back and he was looking great. After suffering ANOTHER injury he's back, but not in full force. Leave him on the bench another week.

Marques Colston- He's been hot, but it can't last, he's looked terrible the first half of the season. I want to sell high on this guy while he still has value.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Hot Pick-up of the Week

The hot pickup of the week award isn't going to a certain player. This week it has to be the Detriot Lions. Their defense is leading the league in interceptions along with 2 defensive TDs. They also lead the league in forced fumbles.

This strong defensive play has come out of nowhere. In my leagues the Patriots defense has the most points, followed by the Lions defense. Against the blowout in Denver they got 31 total points for the defense.

Against the Cardinals this week I hope for more of the same. With the Patriots defense on bye, if you can snag the Detriot Lions defense, they should be a great play for you this week.

Ryan Grant Proves to be 3rd String

When the season began I don't even know where Ryan Grant started on the depth chart, but I am assuming it was behind Jackson, Wynn, and Morency.

After rushing for 104 yards against Denver, he was a hot pick-up for the week. I wasn't too impressed by his performance, he was remember, facing the worst rushing defense in the league.

On Sunday Ryan Grant couldn't do anything against Kansas City only rushing for 55 yards on 19 carries (2.9 avg).

Next week they play Minnesota, so don't even think about starting him!