Archive for August 31, 2008

The Rotoprofessor Challenge Fantasy Draft: A Look at Rounds 4-7

Let’s kick things up where we left off, starting with the fourth round and moving forward:

Fourth Round:

  1. Cobra Laaaaaaaaaa – Chad Johnson – WR
  2. The Rotoprofessor – Carson Palmer – QB 
  3. The Red Horseman – Steve Smith – WR
  4. Cool Runnings – Roy Williams – WR
  5. Megatron – Earnest Graham – RB 
  6. Philly Phunters – Jonathan Stewart – RB 
  7. Geckos – Selvin Young – RB
  8. Barry – Torry Holt – WR 
  9. Dawg House – Darren McFadden – RB 
  10. El Guapo – Michael Turner – RB 

Thoughts:
Wow, there were some interesting picks in this round, to say the least.  With McFadden & Turner on the board, the picks of Graham, Stewart & especially Young surprised me.  I could at least understand the gambles of Graham & Stewart, but Young is a terrible pick in the fourth round.  The owner claimed to have hit the wrong button, but it doesn’t really matter.  The pick was a bad one, flat out.
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Ask the Expert: Pittsburgh Steelers

by Eric Stashin

I recently had the opportunity to pose 5 Questions to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (click here for some of his coverage).  I asked him about Santonio Holmes, the rookies the Steelers brought in, the loss of Alan Faneca and much more.  Let’s see what he had to say about the upcoming season:

1.  Santonio Holmes seemed to take a step forward last season, coming just shy of a 1,000-yard season and scoring 8 TD’s.  How has he looked in training camp and does it look like he could take that next step forward?
Scott Brown: Holmes appears poised for stardom this season. He and Ben Roethlisberger spent a lot of time working together during the offseason, and there is no denying that the Steelers QB has a tremendous amount of trust in Holmes. If he stays healthy Holmes should eclipse the 1,000-yard mark and post double digits as far as TD receptions.  Read more

The Rotoprofessor Challenge Fantasy Draft: A Look at Rounds 1-3

Last night, we held a fantasy football draft for a league, which we shall call The Rotoprofessor Challenge, that we will be covered here on the site throughout the season.  We’ll be analyzing the draft, best transactions of the week and much more throughout the season to help you try to find the moves that you should make.

Before I start with the first few rounds of the draft, let’s breakdown the roster, which is a little bit different from the norm.  The starting roster is: 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 WR/RB, 1 K and 1 Defense.  Each team also has 6 bench spots.

Also, I should note that three team’s had issues and were unable to attend the draft, so they were autodrafted.  It’s not ideal, but none of them could be helped.  Keep that in mind when looking at the results for Barry, Cool Runnings and The Red Horseman

With that said, let’s take a look at the draft results:

First Round:

  1. El Guapo – LaDanian Tomlinson – RB
  2. Dawg House – Adrian Peterson – RB
  3. Barry – Steven Jackson – RB
  4. Geckos – Joseph Addai – RB
  5. Philly Phunters – Clinton Portis – RB
  6. Megatron – Brian Westbrook – RB
  7. Cool Runnings – Marion Barber – RB
  8. The Red Horseman – Randy Moss – WR
  9. The Rotoprofessor – Tom Brady – QB
  10. Cobra Laaaaaaaaaa – Peyton Manning – QB Read more

Quick Hit: Lee Evans

Heading into last season a lot of people fell in love with the allure of the Buffalo Bills Lee Evans, and why not?  He has shown signs of brilliance in his first two seasons in the league (a total of 96 catches for 1,586 yards and 16 TD’s) before bursting onto the scene in 2006.

In that season he went for 82 catches and 1,292 yards.  He found his way to the end zone 8 times.  Those are extremely solid numbers, causing many people to think that he may have finally come into his own.  I mean, he was the thirteenth overall draft pick back in 2004, so owners had every reason to believe that this was the type of player he was capable of being.

Unfortunately, he regressed back to his first few year’s in the league in 2007.  He caught just 55 passes for 849 yards and 5 TD’s, the fewest scores he’s had in a season.
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What to do at the end of the First Round

Here’s an interesting question for everyone to think about.  You are in a 12-team league and you are sitting there with the #8 pick in the draft.  The top 6 RB’s have already come off the board, as well as the top QB, Tom Brady, so you are left with a dilemma.  You can take one of the next RB’s, someone like Marion Barber, Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis or Marshawn Lynch or you can take the top WR on the board, Randy Moss.  Which direction do you go?

Those RB’s all have plenty of upside, but let’s use Clinton Portis for this discussion, since he was the RB ranked #7 on our Top 20 rankings (which you can view by clicking here). 

Last season Portis rushed for 1,262 yards and 11 TD’s, definitely solid numbers but there is plenty of room for improvement.  He has rushed for over 1,500 yards on three separate occasions and definitely should improve on what he did last season.  Maybe not the 11 TD’s, but certainly on the yards.
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Defensive struggles. Teams losing key players.

by Felipe Dominguez

Now, I know that a lot of Fantasy Leagues do not have drafting a defense, but I know a lot who do.  So here is a quick change of pace from us talking about quaterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.  There are a couple of key injuries that could very well change the face of the team defense.

 

The New York Giants have lost defensive end Osi Umenyiora with a knee injury for the rest of the year, tearing his lateral meniscus in Saturday nights game against the New York Jets.  This leaves the Giants with big questions including the possible return of Michael Strahan whose help will be sorely needed.   Read more

49ers tab J.T. O’Sullivan as opening day starter.

News from www.sfgate.com is that J.T. O’Sullivan came, he saw, he got moved ahead and named the starter.  O’Sullivan, who is with his 7th team since he came into the NFL back in 2000, was picked by coach Mike Nolan to start the season against the Arizona Cardinals in week 1.  Read more

Quick Hit: Javon Walker

In 2004, Javon Walker emerged as a tremendous fantasy option as a member of the Green Bay Packers, catching 89 passes from Brett Favre for 1,382 yards and 12 TD.  The following season, after a bitter standoff with management, Walker finally reported to the team after holding out looking for a new contract.  His season, however, was over after just one game, as he tore his ACL

His career with the Packers came to an end after that, as the team traded him to the Denver Broncos prior to the start of the 2006 season.  Walker recovered from his injury and started all 16 games for the Broncos that season, catching 69 balls for 1,084 yards and 8 TD, the second time in his career that he eclipsed 1,000 yards.

In 2007, Walker again had his problems, playing in just 8 games catching 26 passes.  The Broncos then released him from his contract allowing him to sign with the Oakland Raiders this off-season, where he figures to be a major threat on the outside, especially with the news that Drew Carter has been lost for the season.  That doesn’t leave many dependable options for youngster JaMarcus Russell, outside of Walker and Ronald Curry.
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Site Design

I again want to thank everyone for their patience as I try to fix the problems with the site’s design.  I’m hoping to have a resolution by tomorrow evening in getting rid of that ugly brown box at the top of the screen.  I know it’s a pain, but we will have it straightened out.

Thanks again to everyone for their understanding & support!

Matt Ryan tabbed starter

by Eric Stashin

According to cnnsi.com (click here for the article), the Falcons have decided to make rookie QB Matt Ryan the team’s starter.  The #3 draft pick certainly has the potential to succeed, the question for fantasy owners is if he will be able to or not.

The team doesn’t have much for him to throw to, with the recent release of Joe Horn.  Roddy White & Michael Jenkins are good backs receivers, but I wish Ryan had a steady, veteran presence to use.  I would not touch the rookie as my starter, as he has the potential to go through some growing pains throughout the season.  As a reserve and a flyer late in your draft, I wouldn’t mind him, but don’t look to him as an every week option.