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  • Brandon 8:39 am on August 31, 2007 Permalink  

    To all the LJ owners… 

    Larry Johnson finally took part in a preseason game last night against the St. Louis Rams, although he still saw only limited playing time. Johnson carried the ball three times for 12 yards, a healthy average of 4.0 yards per carry (although the sample size is a little too small to read into this all that much). It appears that LJ is ready to begin the season, but it seems that in his first game he might not see 100% of the load that he would generally see. Feel safe starting him in your leagues however, as he is still LJ and with 75% of his normal carries, he will still perform better than 75% of the other running backs in the league.

  • Matt 8:31 am on August 31, 2007 Permalink  

    Marques Colston: Plays briefly in preseason game 

    It was good to see last year’s surprise rookie standout out on the field last night against Miami, even if it was only for two offensive series with backup QB Jamie Martin (Drew Brees sat the game out due to being Drew Brees).

    Overall, Colston’s a very solid #2 fantasy WR and will quickly qualify as a #1 WR if he can return to last year’s level of production and avoid injuries. However, while it may be too early to label him as “injury-prone,” it’s hard not to worry about a guy who missed some games in his rookie season and is starting this year with an ambiguous knee problem.

    People who own him in Yahoo! leagues will sorely miss the TE eligibility he had for all of 2006, which made him an absolutely priceless commodity.

  • Brandon 4:32 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink  

    Running back platoons to avoid (and some to embrace) 

    Last updated: 9/05/07

    In the world of fantasy football, the phrase “running back platoon” or “running back by committee” usually sends managers running for the hills, with good reason. While NFL coaches love to use platoons (if they have two quality running backs), keeping their backs fresh and changing the pace for opposing defenses, it can become a nightmare for fantasy managers trying to decide who to start on a week to week basis. (More …)

    • Shaw 6:09 pm on August 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      A category like “Non-Platoons (No worries about someone taking these guys carries)” and Denver listed in it seems to make Cheerios come flying out my nose. I think T. Henry will be awesome this year but I don’t think I could say there are no worries based on Mr. Shanahan’s track record over the past few years. I would downgrade Denver to the “Almost/Semi-Platoons (could turn into a platoon situation at any moment):”…

      Also, this site is awesome and updated with new postings almost daily. Keep up the good work

    • Matt 8:20 am on August 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      True. Hey Brandon – c’mon, Denver in the no-worries category? With the Devil Incarnate running the show?

    • Brandon 8:30 am on August 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Due to my concern for our readers (and their nostrils), I have relocated the Denver running back situation to the Semi-Platoon category. The funny part with Denver is that it never really seems like a platoon…more of a situation where Shanahan picks a name out of a hat and that guy gets the start and all the carries that game. Very strange, but I still stand by my initial beliefs that T.Henry should get the bulk of the carries unless an injury prevents it.

  • Matt 3:34 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink  

    Do not go to AOL for fantasy football advice 

    AOL loses all credibility when they post this joke of a mock draft on the front page of their fantasy football site, as if there’s something we can all learn from it. A few highlights from the draft:

    Frank Gore with the #2 overall pick: You have got to be kidding me. Gore’s a great player, but he’s a huge injury risk, and even at his best it’s hard to see him having a bigger season than Steven Jackson. Larry Johnson should also always go before Gore.

    Marc Bulger with the #8 overall pick: This is a team-crippling pick. I didn’t even comment on Peyton going at #6 because this pick made that look damn near sensible. Bulger belongs in the 3rd round at the very earliest, and that would be a reach.

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    • Jobez 10:18 am on August 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      why am I not surprised that a girl picked Gore because he went to the same school as she did, or at least that she’s a fan of. WTF. You guys should comment on people who pick up players from their fav. teams or fav. colleges, its universally stupid, in my opinion. As a long time Ravens fan, I shoot to pick up their Defense, only because its #1, but other than that they don’t have any players I look to consistently pick up.

      Nothing makes more sick, or more happy if I’m against them in a league, than the kid who’s wearing that cut-off black and silver shirt who picks up Raider after Raider in the fantasy draft!

    • Brandon 9:05 pm on August 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      What about the guy that drafts players because they share the same name as him? Hah…I feel that I draft my boy at a fair value though. If I took him in the first round, that’d be another story.

  • Matt 8:30 am on August 29, 2007 Permalink  

    Yikes – downgrade Torry Holt if you're drafting this weekend 

    Sounds like Holt’s knee could be a major source of frustration for his fantasy owners this season:

    “It’s just one of those deals where I’m not recovering as quick as I used to,” Holt said. “It feels good some days and some days it doesn’t feel so good.”

    “I’m getting somewhat used to that, and I’m getting to the point where I can manage it pretty well.”

    That’s just about the last thing you wanted to hear if you used a high draft pick on Holt (which, if he’s on your team, you did). He seems to be acknowledging that he’ll no longer be as dominant, and that’s… OK with him. Come on Torry, where’s the fire? Where are the pushups in the driveway in front of a few dozen TV cameras? We better see you riding an exercise bike in a Lance Armstrong costume on the sidelines for the rest of the preseason.

    We’re bumping Holt down a few notches on our WR cheat sheet based on this news, and you should do the same.

    • Brandon 9:04 am on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Keep in mind that Torry Holt had knee issues last season and still was able to compile almost 1200 yards and 10 TD’s. It sounds like the kind of injury that won’t keep him from starting from week-to-week, but one that will force him to sit out a few extra plays a game. Drew Bennett should reap the rewards when Holt is not on the field.

    • Matt 9:08 am on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      True, but that was before he had surgery. I’m a little more worried now that he’s gone under the knife and is still in pain heading into the season.

    • Jobez 2:21 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      How does this fare on the value of Brandon’s fav: Bulger?

    • Matt 2:32 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Not too well considering that the #2 receiver is the Brucasaurus.

    • Brandon 2:56 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s a little too early to rule on Bulger. They do have McMichael now, who should prove to be a nice target at WR. If Bennett and McMichael develop a good chemistry with Bulger, and Steven Jackson continues catching loads of passes out of the backfield, Bulger will be just fine…especially if Holt plays regularly.

    • Matt 2:59 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah overall I like Bulger this season. I just like to bust on Oldy McOlderson.

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