Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fantasy awards for 2007


Let's start with the MVP is ALL leagues worldwide. The funny thing is that Tom Brady wasn’t the No. 1 quarterback on anyone’s preseason draft board. If anyone says they had him rated No. 1, they’re lying to you. Giselle Bundchen didn’t even rank her boyfriend No. 1 on her fantasy draft board. In 2007, Tom Brady has been manna from fantasy football heaven. He’s the personification of the golden ticket to Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. Having Brady on your fantasy team this season has been like having a girlfriend whose appearance rates a 14 on a scale of 1 to 10 — your friends are insane with envy, and you have a hard time fathoming your good fortune. Because, let’s face it: If you have Tom Brady on your fantasy team, you’re almost certainly still participating in your league’s playoffs, and it’s quite possible that you’re the favorite to go all the way. If you have Brady and have somehow been eliminated, the rest of your draft must have been a haze of terrible decisions and too much alcohol.

What follows are the rest of the 2007 honors — and dishonors. It’s not too early to hand out end-of-the-year awards, since almost every fantasy football league in the country has wrapped up its regular season.

All-Fantasy teams:
First team

- QB Tom Brady
- RB Adrian Peterson
- RB LaDainian Tomlinson
- WR Randy Moss
- WR Terrell Owens
- TE Antonio Gates
- PK Shayne Graham

Second team
- QB Tony Romo
- RB Brian Westbrook
- RB Joseph Addai
- WR Braylon Edwards
- WR Reggie Wayne
- TE Jason Witten
- PK Kris Brown

Analysis:
At quarterback, Brady is a no-brainer for the first team, and Romo is an easy choice for the second team. Although he’s 10 TD passes behind Brady, Romo is nevertheless eight TD passes ahead of the next-closest quarterback in that category. It’s hard to believe just how dominant Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson has been as a rookie. He is the only running back in the league averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game, AND he’s 15.5 yards per game ahead of his next-closest pursuer in that category. He’s averaging an incredible 6.1 yards per carry, which is a full yard per carry better than any of the NFL’s top 20 rushers. He leads the league in rushing despite missing two full games with a knee injury and is averaging a TD per game. LaDainian Tomlinson may be having a disappointing season by the standards of his monster seasons of the recent past (especially his 31-TD performance last season), but he still has 14 TDs this season and 1,649 combined rushing-receiving yards. Moss and Owens are easy selections for the first team, as they rank 1-2 in receiving yardage and TD catches. There are so many tight ends having excellent fantasy seasons: Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow, Dallas Clark and Chris Cooley. But Gates still wears the crown. His nine scores tie him with Clark for the lead in TD catches among tight ends, but Gates has 890 receiving yards to Clark’s 542.

Next... All Rookie Team & All Bust Team

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Shot Caller's Report - QBs

Playoffs are here!!! Here's the time where even the slightest edge in picking your players will decide whether you move on or move out from the playoffs. With that in mind, we've started the Shot Caller's Report... a guide to help the needy decide who to start at their positions. This post is all about the QBs... the ones that make the machine run smoothly.

Must Start:

Kurt Warner @ NO: Playing catch with a hobbled Larry Fitzgerald and without the other top flight receiver Anquan Boldin, Warner still managed to toss three touchdowns passes last week in Seattle. Sure, those five interceptions were hideous and made Warner’s numbers much less impressive... but give the man some love. Fitzgerald will once again be a fighter and play in New Orleans while Boldin’s status will be determined in practice this week. Against the Saints 29th ranked pass defense, Warner would be a great start even if his wife was a receiver for the Cards.

Jeff Garcia v. ATL: If Atlanta’s season wasn’t a train wreck before this week it certainly qualifies now. Their franchise-no-mo quarterback get sentenced to 23 months in prison and their new coach throw in the towel. And that's not even the worst part... the Falcons players managed to make their organization look even worse with their “Free Mike Vick” crap... Morons!

Matt Hasselbeck @ CAR: After destroying the Arizona secondary last week, Hasselbeck gets to do the same thing in Carolina. He has multiple touchdown throws in seven of his last eight games and might get D.J. Hackett back. If not, Seattle has enough depth at receiver for Hasselbeck to be successful without one or two of his wide outs.

Jay Cutler @ HOU: OK, I am finally onboard the Cutler bandwagon. Through the first ten weeks, he threw multiple touchdowns only once, not very titillating for fantasy purposes. Over the last four weeks though, he has eight scores and only three interceptions. Toss in a nice match up against Houston and Cutler needs to be in lineups.


Take a seat son:

Ben Roethlisberger v. JAX: Against his last four opponents, including three defensive juggernauts (Jets, Dolphins, and Bungles), Roethlisberger has four passing TDs and was held under 200 yards in each meeting. The Jaguars truly are a “bend but don’t break” defense. They rank in the bottom ten for passing yards allowed yet opposing quarterbacks have only managed to throw 15 touchdown passes on them.

Vince Young @ KC: It looks like Young has avoided the Madden curse, unless chronic underperformance can be classified as an injury. Although you could never tell (unless you look at his production), he has only missed one game this year. The over-hyped star has managed a meager two multi-score games. Those numbers include his scrambling prowess, which has been almost non-existent for most of the season.

Kellen Clemens @ NE: This should be a no-brainer. I am just wondering how bad it could be for the young signal caller. So far he has five touchdowns and ten turnovers even though he is playing with a decent offensive line and some competent weapons. When a quarterback can’t throw a score against the Browns, something is very wrong.

David Garrard @ PIT: Sure, he has thrown only a single interception this year. While that is impressive, his upside is very limited. Garrard hasn’t broken 300 yards passing or thrown more than two scores in a game. His numbers aren’t bad, but he has very little upside and is facing the second best pass defense in the league, the same group who was humiliated on national television by Tom Brady last week. They may have a chip on their shoulder this week, although no guarantees of a win have yet been heard.

Next post... RBs

Friday, November 30, 2007

Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings

Here are our rankings for the top 10 players in the QB, RB, and WR category...

Quarterbacks:
1. Tom Brady @BAL
2. Brett Favre @DAL
3. Matt Hasselbeck @PHI
4. Tony Romo @ GB
5. Peyton Manning @ JAC
6. Matt Schaub @TEN
7. Kurt Warner @ CLE
8. Derek Anderson @ARI
9. Drew Brees @ TB
10. Vince Young @ HOU

Running Backs:

1. Brian Westbrook @ SEA
2. LaDainian Tomlinson @KC
3. Clinton Portis @ BUF
4. Willie Parker @ CIN
5. Earnest Graham @NO
6. Steven Jackson @ ATL
7. Chester Taylor @ DET
8. Adrian Peterson @ NYG
9. Maurice Jones-Drew @IND
10. Justin Fargas @ DEN

Wide Receivers:

1. Randy Moss @BAL
2. Terrell Owens @ GB
3. Braylon Edwards @ARI
4. Reggie Wayne @ JAC
5. Larry Fitzgerald @ CLE
6. Deion Branch @PHI
7. Chad Johnson @PIT
8. Torry Holt @ ATL
9. T.J. Houshmandzadeh @PIT
10. Bobby Engram @PHI


Tell us your opinion...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fall of the Running Backs

There are a lot of ways to measure how disappointing top-shelf running backs have been this season,. Here's one that sticks out to us: Ronnie Browns is still ranked in the top-ten backs of the year.

In most Fantasy circles, he's ninth in standard scoring and seventh in points-per-reception leagues. Since you could use his starting spot in the last five weeks, it's easy to make the case that Ronnie is still among the Fantasy MVPs this season.

Running backs who have been highly inconsistent (Jamal Lewis, Marion Barber, Clinton Portis) are ranked in the top ten at their position. Maurice Jones-Drew isn't far off despite a far-worse season season.

The NFL goes in cycles, and the passing game is on the upswing. That will affect fantasy leaguers next year, but I'm still not sure what wideouts will deserve to sneak into the first round other than Randy Moss if he stays with the Patriots. I do think you'll see a lot more wideouts taken in the second round. They are less consistent weekly, but the top wideouts have been more predictable and healthier recently.

So will you guys start looking at wideouts and quarterbacks in the first round next year?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Week 12 Rankings...

With Week 12 of the NFL season in full swing, here are our top 10 rankings for this week...

QB:
1. Tom Brady vs. PHI
2. Matt Schaub vs. CLE
3. Brett Favre vs DET
4. Matt Hasselbeck vs. STL
5. Tony Romo vs. NYJ
6. Peyton Manning vs. ATL
7. Ben Roethlisberger vs. MIA
8. Drew Brees vs. CAR
9. Carson Palmer vs. TEN
10. Jon Kitna vs. GB


RB:
1. Brian Westbrook vs. NE
2. Joseph Addai vs. ATL
3. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. BAL
4. Chester Taylor vs. NYG
5. Willie Parker vs. MIA
6. LenDale White vs. CIN
7. Willis McGahee vs. SD
8. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. BUF
9. Clinton Portis vs. TB
10. Steven Jackson vs. SEA

WR:
1. Randy Moss vs. PHI
2. Terrell Owens vs. NYJ
3. Reggie Wayne vs. ATL
4. Andre Johnson vs. CLE
5. Marques Colston vs. CAR
6. Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF
7. Hines Ward vs. MIA
8. Brandon Marshall vs. CHI
9. Greg Jennings vs. DET
10. Chad Johnson vs. TEN

Tell us what you think...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Early week top stories...

1. Jacobs Injures Hamstring - Replaced By Droughns Running back Brandon Jacobs was sidelined in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury. Coughlin wasn't sure how serious Jacobs' injury was.
Fantasy take: Reuben Droughns replaced Jacobs and would be in line to start next week if Jacobs can't go. Derrick Ward was inactive Sunday due to an ankle injury.

2. McNabb's Status Uncertain - Donovan McNabb's status for the Eagles' game at New England next Sunday is uncertain because of a sprained ankle and injured thumb. McNabb left Philadelphia's 17-7 win over Miami in the second quarter after he hurt his right ankle on a hit following an incomplete pass. X-rays during the game were negative and McNabb spent the second half standing on the sideline. An MRI exam Monday showed no further damage. He injured his right thumb earlier in the game. X-rays showed it wasn't broken, but it was "quite swollen," according to coach Andy Reid.
Fantasy Take: A.J. Feeley would start against the unbeaten Patriots if McNabb cannot play. Reid also said that McNabb could miss practice this week and still start on Sunday

3. Losman To Start Vs. Jags -Despite Loss To Patriots, J.P. Losman will start at quarterback this Sunday when the Bills travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars, the team announced today. Losman was 15 of 26 passing for 173 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Bills' 56-10 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night. Prior to the debacle against the Patriots, the Bills (5-5) had won four games in a row. (The Buffalo News)
Fantasy Take: Losman is the answer to this week's "Who will start for the Bills?" question. Don't expect much from Losman or any of the Bills' receivers this week against a very good Jags defense.

Friday, November 9, 2007

It's Football Playoff time

As many fantasy football leagues are either in the playoff stretch or start this weekend, your bye week strategy becomes more crucial so here is what you’ll need to know for this week:

The Smacchat Top 5 QB’s:

1. Ben Roethlisberger - Going against the Browns pass D is enough but he has been second best behind Sir Thomas Brady who is taking the week off to court super-models.
2. Drew Brees - The Rams are already playing second-stringers in hope of re-building and testing talent, while the Saints have finally hit their stride and are making a playoff push. We see HUGE numbers for Drew.
3. Farrrvre - Should have a good day at home, and normally plays well in cold weather. Only concern is the Minn. running game typically can control the ball
4. Peyton - Would normally be higher but with the injuries to the receiving core (ie; Harrison, Clark) he could have a slow day in sunny San Diego.
5. Tony (just got paid) Romo - this could be the big question mark for the week as the Giants have publicly said that they would "wipe that smile off his face" and promise to put pressure on T-Rom this week.

Running Backs

1. Adrian Peterson - Keep riding the train! He should do well on the Frozen Tundra and has the record in his sights. The weak passing game does make him a focal point however so he'll need 30 carries.
2. Joseph Addai - If Peterson's performance will be ANY indicator then JA should run well vs. the Charger D this weekend. Also the passing game will not be at full strength so they will need him.
3. LT -The Colts stop the run well but LT could be on a mission, coming off a loss and with all of the talk of AP being the "second coming". We expect a big day from 'the man'.
4. Willy Parker - Once again, going against the Brown D should provide much needed space for Willy P, who should be good for 100 plus some yac's out of the backfield.
5. Westbrook - Philly needs him to come correct in a big way, and he normally does when they need him. The 'combo man' pass and catch will put up big points this weekend.

Wide Receivers

1. Tj "whosyourmama" - With Chad not in the mix, he becomes the #1 guy and one of the basic fundamentals of FFootball is get the main receiver on a team that throws and you'll get out point your opponent's mirror. The Raven's strength is vs. the run and if they get behind the Bengals could be throwing all day.
2. Reggie Wayne - Please see previous, same situation with no Marvin or a .5 Clark, Wayne is now the goto for Peyton.
3. Plexi-Glass Burress - Eli will need to put it up, and although we don't expect a game with a lot of touchdowns, he'll get catches, yards, and probably one score.
4. TO - Typically plays well vs. the G-Men and the Boys will be looking to catch the blitzing Giants deep throughout the game.
5. Braylon Edwards -
One of the most consistent receivers as of late, he'll need to put up numbers, but with that big line, the makers seem to think the Browns will be playing catchup and if that's the case then there will be plenty of pass yards to go around.

Tight Ends

1.
Tony G - Denver can not seem to stop anyone this year (ie-Detroit 41 points)
2.
Antonio Gates - Always and forever. Now the top target
3. Jason Witten - could be big factor vs. the G-Men
4. Kellen Winslow Jr. - "The Soldier" has been playing well and will get ops this Sun.
5. Heath Miller - Makes the top 5 with Dallas Clark not 100%

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