Archive for November 30, 2010

Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

Potential injuries leave this rankings a bit in flux, but there certainly are a lot of unexpected names near the top of the rankings.  Would anyone preseason have predicted Mike Tolbert and Peyton Hillis, among others, to be viable options?

Let’s take a look at how things currently stand, but remember that these rankings will be updated later in the week if necessary:

  1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Buffalo
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Philadelphia
  3. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  4. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  5. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
  6. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  7. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Houston
  8. Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns – at Miami
  9. Mike Tolbert – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
  10. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona Read more

Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Fantasy playoffs are quickly approaching and there are some surprising names you may want to lean on in Week 13.  Would anyone have predicted preseason that Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, Mark Sanchez & Sam Bradford could all be considered potential QB1s?

Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (remember, if necessary, these rankings will be updated later in the week):

  1. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Houston
  2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Dallas
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. San Francisco
  4. Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
  6. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  7. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
  8. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  9. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  10. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets Read more

Waiver Worthy Week 13: Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em

There were some surprising performances from Week 12, but does that mean the players are worth owning?  Let’s take a look:

Brandon Pettigrew/Kevin Boss/Joel Dreesen – Tight Ends – Detroit Lions/New York Giants/Houston Texans
If you read those three names and all you could see was Boring/Uninspiring/Who?, then you obviously haven’t been scrambling all season for a tight end like the rest of us.  Pettigrew, Boss, and Dreesen have all seen an increase in value in the last few weeks with some injuries/opportunities arising on their respective teams.  I’d look to add any of them to my roster in the order they’re listed in this blurbs’ heading.  If you’ve grown bored with a Shiancoe or Winslow type, these ends should be on your radar, unless it’s not allowed in your state.
Verdict – Buy ‘em

Toby Gerhart – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and will probably be fine to play next week, but until we know for sure, it’s a good idea to grab his backup.  Gerhart was the recipient of 22 carries in three quarters. In fact, it’s even more remarkable considering he’s the backup on a Brett Favre led team, which was facing a bottom five pass defense.  The bottom line is that any running back that’s a primary back has value and should be acquired if possible.  If you’re an AP owner, don’t wait for more injury news to attach a rare handcuff to this Stanford grad.
Verdict – Buy ‘em Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Decisions: Week 12

Just hours before the start of Week 12 I know many people have questions running through their heads.  Who should I start?  Who should I sit?

Let’s take a look at a few situations to try and settle things:

Ahmad Bradshaw – Running Back – New York Giants
He may have been moved to a backup role, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have fantasy appeal in Week 12.  The Giants offensive line has been mired by injuries, as has the receiving corps (which has been well publicized).  The one spot they are truly healthy is at running back and it should be expected that both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw see plenty of carries against the Jaguars.

While he certainly falls significantly in our rankings, he should still be considered a low-end RB2.  He’s been far too productive this season to not get a significant load, even if he’s coming off the bench.  With his explosiveness, there’s a good chance he breaks off a play as well. Read more

Sunday Sleepers: Week 12

Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week?  Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less then 50% of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):

Quarterbacks
Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Denver
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford has produced better then anyone could have anticipated, completing 60.6% of his passes with 14 TD and 9 INT.  In his last four games he’s taken things a step further, completing 66.9% of his passes with 7 TD and 1 INT.  In fact, he had gone four straight games without an interception before throwing one against the Falcons in Week 11.

He has attempted 42 passes in each of his last two games, showing that the Rams are more then willing to give him an opportunity.  While they may lack alluring receiving options on the outside, limiting his ability to generate significant yardage (only one game with more then 253 yards), multiple touchdowns in three of his last four games help to offset that. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Debate: Keiland Williams

Fantasy owners want to believe that Keiland Williams is a must use option now that Clinton Portis has been placed on injured reserve and with Ryan Torain still hurting.  As I’ve said before, Williams certainly has an opportunity to emerge as the lead back in Washington.  The problem is, he hasn’t reached up and grabbed it yet.

That’s not to say that he hasn’t looked good:

  • Week 10 vs. Philadelphia – 89 yards & 2 TD (4 receptions for 50 yards & 1 TD)
  • Week 11 at Tennessee – 68 yards & 0 TD (6 receptions for 27 yards)

You can look at the Week 10 production and get excited, but let’s keep it in perspective.  That was the game where Michael Vick erupted, creating garbage time as early as the second quarter.  While it’s nice to see the production, it is impossible to put much stock in it. Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone and their families and very Happy Thanksgiving!

I also want to take this chance to thank you all for visiting the site.  I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you and I really can’t thank you enough.  You are what makes this site special and your continued support really means a lot to me.

I hope everyone enjoys the day.  I will do what I can to answer any questions you have, but no promises today!  If you need help with anything please still post the question and when I get a chance to get to the computer I certainly will respond!

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Decisions: Week 12

Just hours before the start of Week 12 I know many people have questions running through their heads.  Who should I start?  Who should I sit?

Let’s take a look at a few situations to try and settle things:

Jahvid Best – Detroit Lions – Running Back
Lions’ coach Jim Schwartz was quoted on mlive.com (click here for the article) earlier in the week as saying, “Jahvid’s been struggling with his toe since the Minnesota game, and it’s been something that has, rather than progressively get better, it’s progressively hampered him more and more.”  Clearly, that’s not exactly what fantasy owners want to hear.

The injury limited Best to just two yards on three carries in Week 11 against the Cowboys.  Instead it was Maurice Morris leading the way on the ground, with 31 yards on 10 carries.

While Best may dress, with the beat reporters saying that Best did not look good when he actually did practice this week, it is impossible to have faith in him.  The team will likely limit his touches, as well as continue to rely on a passing game led by Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew. Read more

Week 12 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Injuries are currently hanging over many of the top tight ends fantasy owners count on like Antonio Gates, Zach Miller and Vernon Davis.  How does it affect the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jacob Tamme – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Diego
  2. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
  3. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. New England
  4. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Green Bay
  5. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
  6. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  7. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
  8. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Indianapolis
  9. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Baltimore
  10. Todd Heap – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tampa Bay Read more

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