Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Week 16

You don't get much time off between articles at this point in the season.

The Thursday night game is already two days away and we just had the Monday game.

This Thursday's game is a fantasy footballers dream. The Pittsburgh Steelers against the St. Louis Rams. My reasoning behind this is that they each have very reliable starting players. With the Steelers you have Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, Hines Ward, the entire defense and even Santonio Holmes. For the Rams you have Torry Holt, Issac Bruce, Steven Jackson, possibly Marc Bulger and even their defense at times.

The Rams enter the game with a record of 3-11. Very poor for this team. Over the past year or so they've begun a fast decline down the standings while the Steelers quickly rose past peoples expectations. The Rams' O-Line has allowed 44 sacks this season, all but 11 being placed on starting quarterback Marc Bulger.

Bulger is up to a rousing total of 2,008 passing yards with 7 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bench him. Steven Jackson doesn't even have 1,000 yards on the ground yet. In the offseason he was way overrated as he was ranked the highest of one in the league in the running backs subcategory.

Flipping over to the Steelers.

They've gotten big games out of Big Ben this year. His five touchdown game against Baltimore in week 9 was truly impressive. Since 2004 when he took over he's shown quite an array of passing skills. He can maneuver the ball over the heads of defensive backs and linebackers and in to the hands of his receivers.

Fast Willie (Parker) is the teams leading rusher, no surprise, with 1,317 yards but only 2 touchdowns. He is quick but gets pounded easily by defensive backs equally as fast.

Fantasy Notes

  1. Roethlisberger is a definite start every week. Like I mentioned earlier he had a five touchdown performance. Luckily he's been able to refrain injuries so far this year.
  2. Steven Jackson, Mr. Overrated, is now a bench in my mind.
  3. Torry Holt and Issac Bruce are starts depending on who else you have on your roster.
My pick: Steelers

- Rex

Monday, December 17, 2007

Bears @ Vikings

Tonight is the clash of the Peterson's.

Adrian versus Adrian, that is.

The Minnesota version of AP is a highly touted rookie and has a clear shot at the Rookie of the Year award in the NFL. He has exactly 1,200 yards in only 11 games at the running back position. Where as the Bears' has only 291 yards.

If I were a betting kind of fellow I would put my money on the Bears and I'll tell you why.

The Minnesota Vikings team as a whole have only complied 14 interceptions in their 14 games thus far. The Bears are mainly a passing team due to the unreliability in their running backs. The Chicago wide receivers have a total of 3,214 yards which is great for Chicago. The main threat for the Bears is speedy Bernard Berrian and Devin Hester (who can flat-out out run anyone in the league in my opinion). If quarterback Kyle Orton can get his passes over the defensive backs I can see Chicago pulling away quickly.

Speaking of Orton, he'll be out to prove himself as a legitimate NFL quarterback. Like I said, if his passes are what they could be he may get the nod for next week as well. I've seen him play quite a lot, what with living near Chicago, so I know when he's on top and when he's hit rock bottom.

But heres what I think about Minnesota.

The Vikings offensive attack is mainly based around running back Adrian Peterson, whom I mentioned earlier. The Chicago defensive line has been banged up to this point and have allowed 1,601 rushing yards, 224 of which came from Peterson on October 14th.

The wide receiving core of the Vikings has been over shadowed by the terrific running ability of Adrian Peterson so I'll spend a little time on them.

Former Bear Bobby Wade is the team leader in the yards category with 451 and is averaging 11.3 yards per reception. Sidney Rice, however, is the leader in touchdown catches with 4 and 386 yards. Quaterback Tarvaris Jackson, in my mind, has yet to show his true throwing ability and tonight is probably not the night to start that. The Bears' defensive backing has been quite impressive so far and they can keep pace with speedy receivers.

My pick: Bears, due to their spectacular line backing core and their defensive backs.

Fantasy Notes - Most fantasy leagues are winding down, but oh well...

  1. Adrian Peterson is still nursing his leg from his injury. I'm not taking anything away from his ability but he may not be on-par with what hes capable of. I don't have him on my roster but if I did I'd be a little wary when starting him.
  2. If you have the Chicago Bears as a team you may want to look into starting them. I'm posting this real, real late but I'll say it anyway: start 'em. You'll get a boat load of points from Devin Hester's kick returns if they dare kick/punt to The Windy City Flier.
  3. Kyle Orton may not be a bad start tonight. If you have him benched or if you see him on the wire go ahead and slot him in a backup position. This all depends on how many quarterback slots your roster allows you to maintain. If it's only one then I'd let him rot on your bench.
  4. Sidney Rice doesn't look so bad right about now. If he's on your bench go ahead and slot him in.
Congratulations to all who have won their championship games. My current championship is down to a thread as I need Chester Taylor of the Vikings to score 7 points and I win my first ever.

Until next article,

- Rex

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Bears and Redskins

I will slowly start to climb out of my hole and begin to peek at whats going on in the NFL, then actually post on this blog I have been so kindly invited to write on.

As we all know, the Bears play the Skins tonight. This would be Thursday.

The thought of the Bears playing on Thursday night is a very big thing here in Chicago and all the offensive problems have been set squarely on the shoulders of Rex Grossman. Not all the problems have come from the quaterbacks.

Cedric Benson is out for the remainder of the season so the lesser of the two Adrian Peterson's in the NFL is now at the running back position for the Bears. Last year in 16 games Peterson had only 41 yards on 10 carries. This year in twelve games he's rushed for 256 yards on 74 attempts and through the air has 335 yards with 40 receptions. 591 all purpose yards.

Now, switching over to the Redskins.

They're coming off the tragic and unfortunate death of Sean Taylor, so the team will want to play well.

Antwan Randle El and Santana Moss have combined for 1,094 yards and 82 receptions. Not too shabby for the Redskins.

Middle linebacker London Fletcher has 100 tackles exactly and no sacks. The Bears have allowed 38 sacks this year so maybe tonight will be Fletcher's chance to get his first sack of the '07-'08 season.

Defensive end Andre Carter, however, leads the team in sacks with 8. Against the Bears' somewhat weak O-line I'd say he gets 2 tonight.

Fantasy Notes

  1. Tonight would be a good game to start the Redskins' defense. I'd say they get 4 sacks as a team which can be a plus in most point leagues.
  2. Des Clark may be a good start for tonights game. He caught a TD from Grossman against the Giants so he may be looked to for a few touches tonight.
  3. Start Brian Griese. Depending on who else you have I'd go with him.
Oh right. My pick: Redskins, but barely.

Final thing here; I was digging through my football cards and I found a Devin Hester rookie card in almost perfect condition. Thats why you save the rookies.