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  • Brandon 4:10 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Cedric Benson vs Matt Forte: What have you done for me lately? 

    Remember when Cedric Benson was the Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears? He was a running back that everyone had given up on and we all chuckled when he was signed by the Bengals. He then proceeded to put up very average numbers over the 2008-09 season for the Bengals, finishing with 747 yards (3.5 ypc) and two scores. That same year, the new kid on the block in Chicago, replacing Benson, rushed for 1,238 yards (3.9 ypc) and eight touchdowns to become the next up-and-coming fantasy football star. That kid was Matt Forte out of Tulane University.

    Fast forward to the 2009-10 season, where the roles were reversed. Forte hit a sophomore slump, finishing with under 1,000 yards and only four touchdowns, while Benson barreled his way to 1,251 yards (with a solid 4.2 ypc) and six scores.

    Now, as we all prepare for the 2010-11 fantasy football season, it seems that no one cares about either of these players beyond one season ago. Just a few notes on the two players…

    • Cedric Benson has never played a full 16 game season.
    • Matt Forte has never NOT played a full 16 game season.

    • Cedric Benson has 37 receptions, 296 receiving yards and 0 receiving touchdowns over the past two years.
    • Matt Forte has 120 receptions, 948 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns over the past two years.

    • Cedric Benson has had four “average” seasons as an NFL running back.
    • Matt Forte has had one “average” season as an NFL running back (sophomore slump?)

    I just find it odd at how these two players are looked at going into this season. Someone feel free to change my mind if you want/can. Until then, I’m hoping to snag Forte as a sneaky, mid-round pick in my league drafts.

    Update: Just found a blog that shares my pseudo-optimism in Matt Forte this year. In his post Don’t Nap on these 10 SLEEPERS!, John Charles of Fantasy-Football-First.com writes about Matt Forte:

    Analysis: This time last year some were making the debate that Forte was worthy of the # 1 pick. He had a disappointing season in which he finished #18 for fantasy running backs. He averaged 10.2 points a game. Would you take 10 points a week out of your RB2 position? I would. I think he improves on that a bit this year and could average 12 points a game which should put him in the top 15.

    Strategy: Fantasy football owners have a short term memory so the thought of Forte being a first round bust last year will be fresh in their minds. Mock Drafts have him going in the 4th-6th round and being the 21st running back selected. I am targeting a 4th round steal and it might be hard to pass him up in the 3rd round.

    • Tommy 12:52 pm on August 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What do you guys think of this mock draft?

      Your Team
      1. Rashard Mendenhall (Pit – RB)
      2. Ryan Mathews (SD – RB)
      3. Tony Romo (Dal – QB)
      4. Chad Ochocinco (Cin – WR)
      5. Hakeem Nicks (NYG – WR)
      6. Vernon Davis (SF – TE)
      7. Jeremy Maclin (Phi – WR)
      8. Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG – RB)
      9. Baltimore (Bal – DEF)
      10. Nate Kaeding (SD – K)
      11. Devin Aromashodu (Chi – WR)
      12. Donovan McNabb (Was – QB)
      13. Braylon Edwards (NYJ – WR)
      14. Clinton Portis (Was – RB)
      15. Donald Brown (Ind – RB)

      • Tommy 12:52 pm on August 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I had the 9th pick out of 10 btw.

      • Brandon 9:53 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmmm, you’re pretty stacked at running back and Romo and V.Davis should hold down the QB and TE positions, but at wide receiver it’s a little scary. Ochocinco is risky as your WR1 and Nicks/Maclin are both a little risky to round out the crew. Braylon Edwards as a backup might make up for it though. I wouldn’t be too disappointed though if this was my team in an actual league. There will always be free agents after the first week or two to pick up to solidify the WR position.

    • Archie 10:59 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello guys, u helped me to great success last year. I am in a keeper league and am approaching the deadline to let some players go. Which two should I keep from Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings, Ochocinco, Jamaal Charles and Deangelo Williams. Thanks

    • Archie 11:03 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Also there is an 8 person draft with reverse order in the second round. Where is the best place to pick in the first round?

      • Brandon 11:49 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        In an 8 person draft, I’d say the best spot is at the front of the draft, probably 1-4. This would ensure you get one of the big names as your RB1, along with a solid 2nd and 3rd pick, which isn’t all that far away. In a 12 team league, the first pick is dangerous because of all the talent gets drafted between your 1st and 2nd pick.

  • Brandon 2:12 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink

    What has Danny Amendola been doing?! 

    As part of my research for the blog, one of the RSS feeds that I subscribe to is Rotoworld.com‘s Fantasy Football Headlines, a resource many of our readers should probably also use. Anyways, today I learned something very interesting about kick-returner extrordinaire Danny Amendola’s off-the-field (or on-the-field?) activities…

    Let be known that this type of behavior has in no way affected the fact that he’s on my Yahoo! public league team, a league that features a scoring system that makes kick returners comparable to the top running backs 🙂

  • Brandon 10:47 am on August 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Another record season for the Patriots? 

    I don’t want to jinx them or anything, but things have already looked great for the Patriots this preseason. With a healthy Wes Welker in the fold, along with a contract-inspired Randy Moss, Julian Edelman, rookie Aaron Hernandez and healthy Brandon Tate, this passing game should be absolutely dominant. Even the rookie tight end touted for his blocking, Rob Gronkowski, racked up 38 yards and a score last night! Will Tom Brady rack up 50 touchdowns like he did in 2007? Maybe not. But he could get 49 🙂

    Obviously you’re drafting Brady, Moss, and Welker, but now I bet you see Edelman and Hernandez taken in the later rounds of most drafts…especially keeper leagues. In the leagues out there that reward for kick return yardage, Brandon Tate makes for an interesting pick as well.

    Even the running game was going on all cylinders, with the old-man-tandem of Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris combining for over 100 yards and two scores on just 17 carries! Where you draft any of their running backs is another story though. This is the ultimate running-back-by-committee situation and one you should probably stay away from unless absolutely necessary.

    • Brandon 2:07 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sooo….this isn’t exactly working out according to plan. There’s still time for the Pats offense to turn it around though!

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