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  • Brandon 5:54 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink
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    Top 25 fantasy football players after nine weeks 

    It’s been nine weeks since the season started, and three since my last posting of the top 25 fantasy football players in the game. As I mentioned last time, this list is based on a non-PPR league that Matt and I are in, which follows pretty standard scoring rules. At this point, most teams have had their bye, so the stats paint a pretty accurate picture of the players effectiveness this season.

    Note: The number in parenthesis is the ranking of the player after week 6. 

    1 (1). Philip Rivers, QB, SD: It’s pretty amazing, but at the three, six and now the nine week mark, Rivers is STILL the top fantasy football player in the league. 
    (7). Clinton Portis, RB, WAS: Portis has been solid all season long and now that all the aberations are starting to fall off the list, the greats are shining through.
    (6). Kurt Warner, QB, ARI: Warner keeps getting it done and now that receiver Anquan Boldin is back and in action, Warner shouldn’t stray too far from the top of this list.
    (2). Drew Brees, QB, NO: The bye week dropped him down a few spots, but he’ll stay at the top of the list for the duration.
    (3). Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB: Rodgers continues to prove that Green Bay made the right decision in letting Favre go. (More …)

    • Rushi 11:27 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have four players from the list 😀 Rivers, Portis, Gore and Andre Johnson. However, where is Steve Smith (CAR) he’s been excellent after missing the first two games.

    • Scott 8:06 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have Kurt Warner, Donovan McNabb, Matt Forte, Andre Johnson.

      You rated McNabb, Favre, and Eli way too high

    • Brandon 9:45 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Rushi: I agree, Steve Smith has been great…in the games he’s played. Those two games he missed cost him some valuable points to start the season and he’s going to have to work to climb up into the top 25.

    • Brandon 9:50 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Scott: These aren’t my personal rankings of how I think the players will finish the season, these are the actual rankings of the players through 9 weeks. I like to show who the top 25 players have been every few weeks and comment on which of those has staying power and such.

    • Scott 10:27 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      oh, right.

      That’s funny, in my league manning doesn’t break into the top 25 – and I don’t think he should. He’s about 8th in TDs and 14th or so in passing yards. Overall he’s rated the 9th best quarter back in my league… that it translates to 17th in your league seem funny to me.

    • Brandon 10:37 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Scott: Our league is actually slightly different in it’s scoring in that it gives QB’s a point per 30 yards…so Peyton Manning’s 6th best yardage in the league boosts him up the ranks a bit. We try to make out leagues slightly less touchdown heavy than the standard Yahoo scoring system.

    • Brandon 9:44 pm on November 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Rushi: Steve Smith’s not going to make his way onto the list with a game like he put up today! Lucky for him, I had some other guys on my fantasy team that could carry the load this week, because if I had to rely on his one catch for 9 yards, I woulda been screwed!

    • advisor 2:08 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Steve Smith is a top 5 wide receiver in the NFL (period)

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  • Brandon 10:20 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available; even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Sage Rosenfels, QB, Texans (1.3% owned, Instant Starter) – It looks like starter Matt Schaub will be out for at least a month, so if you were counting on him to lead you to the fantasy football playoffs, you might want to rethink your strategy. Rosenfels will fill in for Schaub in the meantime and while he’s prone to turn the ball over every once in a while, he’ll still put up decent fantasy stats for your team in this pass-happy offense.

    Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs (8.6% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – With Larry Johnson already out, the Chiefs also lost backup Kolby Smith for the season with a knee injury. This means that Mr. Charles and his 106 yard effort on Sunday will be the starter for the rest of the season (or until he also gets hurt.) He still plays for the Chiefs though, so I wouldn’t be too eager to jam him into your lineup right away! (More …)

    • kj 12:05 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      How about Culpepper for owners hard up for a QB? He may start this week with Orlovsky getting hurt and his big arm and Calvin Johnson could create some big plays.


    • Brandon 12:08 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I thought about putting Culpepper on this list, but he’s been out of the game for a while and we’re not even sure he’s starting at this point. If you’re in a deep league, you could consider him, but otherwise I’d let him play a game or two first…

    • Michael 4:53 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Do you see any value in Brandon Lloyd?

    • Shirley 6:43 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Flacco and Edwards are still available in my league. I already have Flacco lined up on my waiver list. Should I go with one of the QBs listed above instead? I also have Romo sitting on my team so I pretty much just need a QB for a week or two. I had Orton who was doing splendidly until his injury on Sunday.

    • Brandon 10:09 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Michael: Brandon Lloyd makes an worth-while pick up if you have room to spare on your bench. You’re going to want to see what form he is in when he returns to the field before plugging him into your lineup, especially with Rex Grossman at the helm. At best, he’ll become a decent WR3 play towards the end of the season and into the fantasy playoffs.

    • Brandon 10:16 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Shirley: Because of the fact that you just need a quarterback for a week or two, I don’t think it makes sense to pick up a “project” like Brady Quinn. However, I’d go for Sage Rosenfels before Joe Flacco or Trent Edwards. Rosenfels picks up a pretty solid passing game and should be the quarterback long enough (Shaub will be out for about a month most likely) to pick up the slack until Romo returns to form.

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