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  • Brandon 10:56 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Looks like Brett Favre won't be playing… 

    Looks like Brett Favre won’t be playing for the Minnesota Vikings this season, as he’s announced that he’s staying retired (although we’ve heard that before!) I have to downgrade Bernard Berrian and Adrian Peterson slightly if Favre is not the quarterback, as they need someone to take the heat off the running game and Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are not really the ones to do it.

    • Matt 8:47 am on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m just waiting for the inevitable “…but then again, I do miss the camaraderie of the locker room…”

  • Brandon 9:42 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Wide Receiver rankings for 2009 

    Here is our wide receiver cheat sheet for this season:

    1. Randy Moss, NE – With Brady back, expect mucho touchdowns again
    2. Andre Johnson, HOU – He’s a reception machine and racks up the yards as well.
    3. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – The age of his quarterback scares me a bit, but Fitz is a monster and would probably produce even with Matt Leinart in the lineup
    4. Calvin Johnson, DET – The team HAS to do better this year and Megatron should see a boost in his stats
    5. Steve Smith, CAR – Injury scare seems to have passed.
    6. Reggie Wayne, IND – Should be one of the more consistent options on this list.
    7. Roddy White, ATL – He got his money over the weekend and immediately made an impact in the first preseason game. Any scare about White missing practices can be erased now.
    8. Greg Jennings, GB – He’ll be Rodgers top target all season long.
    9. Anquan Boldin, ARI – Saying all the right things and claims to be focused on helping the team win…not on getting more money.
    10. Terrell Owens, BUF – DOWNGRADE! As much as I think he would put up great numbers if healthy all year, I’m wondering if he’ll be able to stay on the field, as he’s already missing practices with a “bum toe.”
    11. Dwayne Bowe, KC – After being demoted to third string recently for attitude/weight issues, he had a huge preseason game and there’s no reason to move him down at this point.
    12. Marques Colston, NO – In this high-flying, pass-friendly offense, Colston should see the most passes.
    13. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA – UPGRADE! Braylon Edwards and Brandon Marshall just keep making the guys right below them on the list look a whole lot more appealing!
    14. Chad Ochocinco, CIN – UPGRADE! He’s healthy this year and Housh is gone. I’m optimistic he can make the best out of the situation. Apparently he can even kick extra points!
    15. Wes Welker, NE – Last time Brady was at QB, Welker was a Pro Bowler with eight TD’s and almost 1,200 yards.
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    • Matt 10:40 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lee Evans is going to surprise the hell out of you. He’s in his prime and finally has a complementary receiver to keep teams from doubling him on every play.

    • Brandon 10:53 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @matt: it’s not Lee Evans I’m worried about…it’s Trent Edwards. The guy averaged under 200 yards passing per game and less than one touchdown. He has to prove he can throw the ball to make me believe that both T.O. and Evans can put up stats this season.

    • Matt 8:36 am on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon: Hard to rack up the yardage when your receiving corps is the laughingstock of the NFL. Check out their receiving stats from last season. Lee Evans at #1, Josh Reed at #2, no surprise there, but then the next three top receivers are two RBs and a TE. The third-best WR had 232 receiving yards. The much-ballyhooed rookie wideout Josh Hardy had 9 total receptions.

      This is why I can’t help but like the TO move, despite how much I loathe him as a personality. If there was ever a team that was held back by a lack of quality WRs, the Bills were it last year.

    • chris 12:39 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t figure out how to reply to the vick to washington comments.

      • Matt 2:30 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        All fixed, Chris. Threaded comments are live.

    • Brian 8:50 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding T.O., let’s not forget that his first two teams after SF were the Eagles and the Cowboys. Two well-developed passing offenses with great quarterbacks. I just don’t see that same situation in Buffalo.

    • Bienio 2:17 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I definitely think Fitz will be #1 and Roddy White will be top 5. Count it!

    • Jeff 10:15 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You have Desean Jackson at 20 and 33! Which is it?

      • Brandon 11:57 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I had that a few days ago, was a copy/paste error…I fixed it though, maybe you need to refresh the page or something.

  • Matt 5:28 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink
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    This running back handcuff sheet which looks at each stud RB’s bye week and the lower-tier RBs who have good matchups that week could definitely come in handy on draft day. (Hat tip to the Hazean.)

  • Matt 11:44 am on July 28, 2009 Permalink
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    I think Funston is spot-on with his top 5. Sportsline is nuts. Forte at #3? Steven Jackson all the way down at #9?! LT at #17?!?!?!!?

    • Marc 9:44 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I like it like this.. AP, Turner, Westbrook, Forte, SJAX, LT

      • Matt 2:31 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I can definitely see making an argument for Turner at #2. I mean really, what’s his downside? Westbrook at #3 scares me… as he always does.

      • Brandon 7:08 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m really liking Matt Forte this year with Cutler behind center in Chicago now, so #4 is probably a pretty good spot for him. I’ll be putting up my first stab at the running back rankings sometime today, so we’ll see if that’s where I have him too.

  • Matt 9:04 am on July 28, 2009 Permalink

    HUGE props to Yahoo for their revamped live draft room, which now allows you to enter keepers for each team in specific rounds (i.e., Mike is keeping Dwayne Bowe and giving up his 4th round pick). Now my keeper league can finally use a real draft system instead of having to do it on Google Docs like we have for the past few years.

    • Brandon 2:11 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      How did you find this out? Where can I take a look at it?

    • Matt 2:17 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I discovered it just by playing around in the Commish Tools section… you might need to actually start a Yahoo league to see it.

    • Kevin Lampone 4:11 am on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That was available last year, too.

    • Matt 8:20 am on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kevin. Wish Yahoo had done a better job of letting people know they could do that; we might have used them. Of course, the real reason we switched this year was that they dropped the league costs from $130 to $30.

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