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  • Brandon 5:06 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Last minute hits and misses heading into your draft 

    If your league hasn’t had it’s draft yet (such as the two Matt and I are in), I felt it necessary to share my last minute thoughts on some key players at each position. I’ve created two teams, The Hits and The Misses, that include players you should target or avoid in your league’s draft. Keep in mind that I’ve intentionally left out some of the most obvious guys and focused on the players that you might not have thought about as much.

    The Hits

    QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Rodgers quietly had one of the best years of any fantasy quarterback last season, throwing for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. The offense returns intact (and a bit healthier overall) and should allow Aaron to put up even better numbers this year. In many leagues, he’s being drafted after Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Kurt Warner, but when all is said and done, he could have better numbers than all three of them. (More …)

    • Ryan 3:42 am on September 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Although I agree with you for most of your pics for hits and misses I think you may be looking a little low for your RB positions. Yeah Ryan Grant was good in 2008…but hamstring problems will seriously hamper him. It takes that bit of an edge of his running. I do expect him to improve….but not that much. You nearly have to include one of the guys in this list of Fantasy Football Halfbacks. Brandon Jacobs would probably have been my pick for someone who is going to have a massive year. The keyword being MASSIVE!!

      • Brandon 11:03 am on September 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ryan, I was looking for the less-obvious guys who will have great years, so while I agree the other running backs on your list will do well, Grant is someone who may be getting overlooked in drafts. His hamstring injury should be behind him at this point and I think he’s primed for a great season…one like the second half of the 2007-08 season.

  • Matt 1:38 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink  

    How many leagues is too many? 

    I literally can’t tell you how many fantasy football leagues I’ve participated in over the past few years. All I know is it was way too many – at least five each year. I was an addict, and I paid the price – it wasn’t as much fun. I missed the excitement of “owning” players in the sense that what they did really mattered to me. When you’re in a lot of leagues, every big play hurts you in some leagues and helps you in others. If it helps you in more leagues than it hurts – hooray? It’s just not the same as hanging on Peyton Manning’s every move because he’s your quarterback.

    For the first time since 2003, I’m in just two leagues – the two core leagues that Brandon and I have been a part of for years. One redraft, one keeper. Both drafts are this weekend. I’m positively giddy for the season to start, and to spend Sunday afternoons the way I did back when I first started playing fantasy football, happily obsessing over what a handful of players – my players – are doing.

    • mj 3:02 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. I did 6 last year — won 1 ring. doing 2 this year.

    • Brandon 3:09 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I also agree, I turned down two invitations to leagues this season because I wanted to keep it a bit simpler…however, I’m still in four! The first league is always a Public Yahoo league because I’m too impatient to wait until late in the preseason to have a team in front of me, but I have very little invested here except to get an idea of how the draft will work out. The second was the annual Blogger League held by The Hazean, so I had to represent for FFGeekBlog. The others are the two Matt and I are in and even with my other leagues, I’m ready to dominate this weekend in the drafts!

    • Brandon 3:29 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like the Fantasy Football Librarian shares your opinion as well, but like me, she still got sucked into a bunch of leagues. It’s a hard addiction to shake I guess…

    • FFLibrarian 9:18 am on September 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You are correct, I would love to narrow down the number of leagues I’m in…but it’s nearly impossible. I suffer from league creep every year. 🙂 I admire you for making it happen, Matt!

      • Kevin C 8:49 am on September 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well, the big addiction is obviously the ESPN public leagues. You can be in a mock draft, or a real league in a matter of less than 5 minutes. I’m in 10 and counting – and I’ve done another dozen or so mock drafts. I’m in only ONE money league, so that’s where I live and die, but I think it makes you a better player to draft and draft and draft some more – against new and different people. I think the real issue is whether or not you have it in you to come up with a lot of creative team names. I think we all know that’s what is important about fantasy football – the team name. The weak of mind only play in one or two leagues because they only have so many children to name their teams after. But it is the true fantasy warrior who can think of 8-10 genitalia-based play on words at the drop of a hat. Some of my better efforts this year include The Sour Bitters (for an auction league – GET IT?!), Fantasy Prose, Hugh G. Rection, I meant the OTHER Johnson (in which I indeed had to choose between Andre and Calvin near the end of round 1), Otto Pickers (in which I experimented with ESPN’s improved auto pick strategy setter upper), and my every-year mainstay….”Super Sexy Jesus” for my money league. I think I’ve got a couple of mostly inappropriate, mildly funny puns in me, so I might enter a few more leagues before Thursday’s kickoff.

      • Matt 10:19 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Of course, if I don’t win in one of these leagues, I’m going to kick myself for not joining more and giving myself a better shot…

    • Squish 8:42 am on September 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah… I think I’m in 14 right now plus all the mini-games like survivor football etc. It’s going to be a rough year. I like drafts WAY too much for my own good. Hopefully being in some money leagues will keep things interesting.

      The good news is that if I’m making a waiver move in one league, I’ll probably be doing something similar in all my other leagues. I hope my situation doesn’t ruin football for me this year… Pray for me guys! I’m going to need it!

      • Brandon 10:04 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, 14 leagues is not recommended, but a draft addiction is hard to cure I guess. Good luck though!

      • Matt 10:18 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeesh. Ya know, they have these things called “mock drafts”… 🙂

        • Squish 7:11 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Don’t even get me started on how many mock drafts I’ve done preparing for the real drafts…

          All is not lost though. If all else fails, I can just root more for the players I have in my money leagues! God I hope Ray Rice lives up to his hype…

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