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  • Brandon 10:21 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    The Patriots have signed ex-Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter to compete with Kevin O’Connell to backup Tom Brady, so make sure to move him up your cheat sheets! Just kidding…but any backup quarterback in this offense is worth paying some sort of attention to based on last season’s debacle!

  • Brandon 9:00 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Looks like you won't get any production out of Marshawn Lynch until at least we… 

    Looks like you won’t get any production out of Marshawn Lynch until at least week four, as the league has decided to uphold his suspension for gun charges. Fred Jackson makes a good spot start until then in the revamped Bills offense.

    • Jeff 9:18 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jackson would be a pretty good handcuff for Lynch all season, especially if the new offense performs as expected. Handcuffs for Marshawn Lynch may actually be my team name.

  • Brandon 2:14 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Tight end rankings for 2009 

    Here are my tight end rankings for this season. You can check out the other cheat sheets here.

    1. Jason Witten, DAL – With T.O. distractions out of the way, the Romo-to-Witten connection should be better than ever.
    2. Antonio Gates, SD – Looking for Gates to rebound from a season where he was hampered by injuries throughout and regain his spot near the top of this list.
    3. Tony Gonzalez, ATL – It’s hard to tell how Gonzo will do in Hot-lanta, but he gives Ryan a great new target and I can only see things going at least as well as they did in Kansas City for the veteran.
    4. Dallas Clark, IND – With Marvin Harrison leaving town, expect Peyton Manning to look Clark’s way a lot this season.
    5. Greg Olsen, CHI – Jay Cutler likes throwing to the tight end and he might have already found a new best friend in Olsen, especially given the weakness at the wide receiver position in Chicago.
    6. Chris Cooley, WAS – Hopefully they look to him in the end zone a bit more than they did last year when he only had ONE touchdown!
    7. Kellen Winslow, TB – He’s a “soldier” when he IS playing, but he’s got a new team with quarterback questions and there are always injury concerns. I’m optimistic though that the Bucs will make good use of him.
    8. Kevin Boss, NYG – With no Plaxico Burress in the picture, hopefully Eli can make better use out of Boss this year. He did have six touchdowns in only his second season, so that’s promising.
    9. Owen Daniels, HOU – Only two touchdowns last year, but racks up solid yardage.
    10. Zach Miller, OAK – Needs to become more of a red-zone factor.
    11. (More …)

    • Matt 2:38 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I know I said this last season and it didn’t pan out quite how I thought it would, but Greg Olsen’s going to be positively huge. He’s always had the size and talent; now he’s finally got a QB who can get him the ball consistently (just like he did with Scheffler in Denver). He scored in 3 of the final 4 games last year. Barring injury, I don’t see how he doesn’t finish in the top 3 TEs.

      • Randy 1:35 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure why people keep pointing to the Cutler-Scheffler connection in Denver as an argument for Olsen having a huge year. The fact is, Scheffler and Graham together were targeted just 111 times by Cutler – that’s how many targets Cooley had on his own. Olsen and Clark, on the other hand, were targeted 155 times last year. The numbers suggest that the 2 Chicago TE’s will be splitting fewer, not more, targets with Cutler in town. Yes, Olsen will get a greater share this year now that he’s starting and he’s the favorite, plus the WR corps is shaky, but the numbers don’t support Olsen as the #5 overall.

        • Brandon 1:52 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Keep in mind that Scheffler was hurt for about 1/3 of the season, so the fact that he still piled up a lot of targets says something.

          Maybe a better reason to expect big things from Olsen is the “Cutler-to-best receiver connection”, as the Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall connection was pretty huge over the past two years in Denver and now Olsen is arguably the best receiver in the Bears offense.

        • Matt 1:58 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          The Cutler-to-Scheffler connection obviously doesn’t mean much on its own; it’s just one more factor to consider when you’re attempting to predict what the Cutler/Olsen pairing will produce. The number of targets the tight ends get is more dependent upon the offensive coordinator than the QB is, in any case.

  • Matt 9:50 am on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Having trouble picking a draft date for your league? 

    Click for full-size screenshot.

    We were getting frustrated finding a date that worked for everyone, so I set up a quick spreadsheet of all the remaining weekend dates before opening day so that people in my league could indicate in one central place the dates that didn’t work for them. I only used weekend dates, since drafting on a weeknight kind of sucks. Here’s a template if you’d like to do the same.

    I used Google Docs so that everyone in the league could just edit it right online. Definitely easier than e-mailing an Excel file around. Just copy my stuff into a new spreadsheet, and then use the “Share” button in the top-right corner to give everyone in your league editing privileges.

    Click the thumbnail at right for a full-size preview.

    • Brandon 11:37 am on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a great idea that I recommended in one of my leagues!

    • Ross 4:35 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Our commish uses: http://whenisgood.net/

      Works pretty much the same as this, but wouldn’t require everyone to have a google account.

      • Matt 4:42 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        WhenIsGood looks pretty cool. Actually, no Google accounts are required for the method I describe above. Even without an account you can still view and edit the spreadsheet if it’s been shared with you.

        • Ross 4:47 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Ahh, my bad. Didn’t realize that.

          We used a shared google spreadsheet last year as our draft board since someone was drafting remotely. Worked great!

        • Matt 4:52 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Nice! We’ve been doing the same thing for a couple of years in our keeper league, but we’re going to use the Yahoo! draft tool this year since I discovered it could handle our draft rules.

    • Dan 4:22 pm on August 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here is a Google Spreadsheet I created to actually perform the draft. It is great when you have “out-of-towners”. Hope this is helpful.

  • Brandon 9:00 am on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Who's drafting Jackie Danico to fill the QB1 slot on their fantasy football tea… 

    Who’s drafting Jackie Danico to fill the QB1 slot on their fantasy football team this year?

    • Matt 11:28 am on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      “I wouldn’t say mimic, but I would say copying…”

      I’ll draft her #1 overall in my Shut the Hell Up league.

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