Archive for September 30, 2011

Week 4 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s continue our Week 4 rankings by taking a look at the Top 15 Defenses for the week:

  1. Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. New York Jets
  3. Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina
  4. Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  5. Detroit Lions – at Dallas
  6. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Francisco
  7. New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
  8. New York Jets – at Baltimore
  9. Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
  11. Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
  12. New York Giants – at Arizona Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 4

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week?  Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Quarterbacks
Start – Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Arizona
He did a lot to silence his critics in Week 3, throwing for 254 yards and 4 TD.  Many of the questions with Manning continue to linger due a depleted receiving corps, however.  If Mario Manningham can return from a concussion (as expected) and Victor Cruz can build on his Week 3 breakout, those concerns may be eliminated.  He draws a Cardinals’ passing defense that is in the bottom ten in the league, allowing 275.0 passing/yards per game.  Look for Manning to build on last week’s success.

Sit – Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Chicago
Newton had an amazing first two weeks of his NFL career, though things were put back into perspective in Week 3.  Taking on the Jaguars he managed just 158 yards and, for the first time, did not rush for a TD.  Use it as a wakeup call that as a rookie QB, Newton has the potential to be erratic and unpredictable.  While the Bears are struggling defensively, the numbers are skewed due to facing impact passing games like the Packers and Saints over the first two weeks.  Consider Newton a risk for the coming week. Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Let’s keep our Week 4 rankings rolling with a look at the Top 20 tight ends for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
  3. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
  4. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
  5. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Baltimore
  6. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  7. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Philadelphia
  8. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Pittsburgh
  9. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  10. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
  11. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Dallas
  12. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – at Tampa Bay Read more

Rankings Professor Looks At The MLB Playoff Teams

Last week I spoke about our new site, www.rankingsprofessor.com.  Today, the first “real” article for the site has been posted and should help to give you just a small taste of what you should expect from the site moving forward.

The first article looks at the MLB playoffs and ranks them according to chances of winning the World Series this season.  Who has the best chance?  Our answer may surprise you!  Make sure to check out the rankings by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy the new site and I appreciate any feedback you have!

Week 4 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

There have been some impressive performances in the first few weeks of the NFL season, especially in the passing game.  Should we expect things to change for the coming week?  Do we ride the hot hand or look for the next shining star?  Let’s take a look at how things look for the coming week:

  1. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  2. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Dallas
  3. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – vs. Miami
  4. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New York Giants
  5. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Arizona
  6. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  7. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  8. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
  9. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Pittsburgh
  10. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at San Diego
  11. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
  12. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati Read more

Target Trends For Week 3: Who’s Moving Up (Sidney Rice) & Who Lacked Looks (Deion Branch)

Let’s take a look at some of the target trends from the third week of the season.  Who was targeted most?  Which teams targeted their tight end most?  Who threw the ball to their wide receiver least?  Here’s all the information you need:

Top Targets – Week 3
1) Wes Welker – New England Patriots – 20
2) Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – 17
3) Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – 14
4t) Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – 13
4t) Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – 13
6t) Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – 12
6t) Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – 12
6t) Michael Jenkins – Minnesota Vikings – 12
6t) Andre Caldewell – Cincinnati Bengals – 12
9) Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – 11

While some of the totals are impressive (Wes Welker & Roddy White), there are also a few surprising names this week.  The Detroit Lions threw the ball 46 times in order to come back from the early hole they dug for themselves, which helps explain why Brandon Pettigrew was targeted so often.  Remember, he had just 9 targets (5 receptions for 64 yards) in the first two weeks combined.  He’s a nice option, but I wouldn’t anticipate him getting this many looks too often, especially with Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson & Jahvid Best also needing touches….. Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

Which running backs benefit from a favorable schedule in Week 4?  Whose injuries should cause fantasy owners to be concerned about their ability to produce?  Let’s take a look at how our running back rankings shake out for the coming week:

  1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
  2. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
  3. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Francisco
  4. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New York Jets
  5. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New Orleans
  6. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina
  7. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
  8. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  9. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
  10. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – vs. Miami
  11. Tim Hightower – Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  12. LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Onside Observations: Week Three Fantasy Fallout

by Matthew Gordan

I have been as big a Lance Moore proponent as you’ll find for a few years now. He reminds me of a faster Wes Welker, albeit with more injury concerns; it seems as if he’s been on the injury report every week for the past couple seasons. Well, he got his first extended time of the year and responded with 9 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. If he’s available in your leagues, grab him right now. There should be no doubt about investing in a Drew Brees target, especially one who capitalized on all 9 targets thrown his way (no surer way to your QB’s heart than that). And it was another week of Darren Sproles out-producing his RB teammates by a landslide. How do I not have him on any of my teams? I saw it coming from a mile away and still didn’t land him. It will haunt me for the rest of the season.

Terrible news for Kenny Britt. After commenting last week on how he’s on the verge of a monster season, Britt tore his knee trying to elude defenders on Sunday. Nate Washington is the obvious pick-up in this situation, as he is now the number one WR in Tennessee. Washington already played his way onto fantasy radars due to his early season success. The unfortunate injury solidifies this. Don’t expect fantastic numbers, but he will contribute solidly for many fantasy teams thanks to the precision passing of Matt Hasselbeck. Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

The impressive quarterback play continues throughout the league.  Who could have imagined some of the gaudy numbers, and it’s not just coming from the elite in the league.  Ryan Fitzpatrick?  Cam Newton?  Let’s take a look at how it all shakes out for Week 4:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  2. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Miami
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
  5. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Francisco
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Dallas
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Arizona
  11. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
  12. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at Green Bay Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 3 Fallout: Steve Smith, Kendall Hunter, Mike Kafka & More

There is plenty to talk about stemming from Sunday’s action.  Who’s big game makes him worth adding?  Which injuries have sent someone else’s fantasy value soaring?  Let’s take a look at who owners should be targeting, and who they should be ignoring, this week:

Kendall Hunter – San Francisco 49ers – Running Back
According to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea..com (click here for the article), “When asked if he’d be able to play next week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Gore answered, ‘I can’t tell until tomorrow. See how I’m feeling.’”  In other words, Gore is now a major question mark for fantasy owners as he suffered an ankle injury.  Hunter wasn’t tremendous in Week 3, totaling 38 yards, though he did score a TD.  He hasn’t been given much of an opportunity yet, but if Gore is unable to go he will almost certainly be a major cog in the 49ers offense.  That alone makes him worth grabbing if you are in need of a RB2/FLEX option for the coming week.  He’ll be a low-end option, but a viable one.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em

Steve Smith – Philadelphia Eagles – Wide Receiver
It appears like he’s healthy, and his role with the Eagles is slowly growing with each passing week.  He was not targeted in Week 1, but has seen three and five targets the subsequent two weeks.  Now comes word, according to Jeff McLane (via Twitter), that, “This is why you sign a Steve Smith: With Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper unlikely for next week, the WR will see his most time with”.  With Michael Vick’s status also in question, you have to wonder how often the Eagles with throw the ball (or if they will go to a ground and pound attack).  Regardless, Smith immediately becomes an intriguing option.  We all know the potential he brings, so those desperate for a receiver will want to grab him immediately.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em Read more