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  • Brandon 3:41 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink

    2011 Preseason fantasy football rankings (in spreadsheet format!) 

    I realize that there are people who have already had their league’s fantasy drafts, but for those who haven’t, here are our preseason rankings for the quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end positions. Feel free to make any comments you feel necessary and maybe they’ll even convince me to change things around!

    2011 Preseason fantasy football rankings

    The great thing about our rankings here at FFGeekBlog.com is that they always come conveniently formatted in a spreadsheet for easy draft day use and easy updating to make your own custom cheat sheet (there aren’t a lot of other sites out there that can that!) Anyways, I’ve added them to our Rankings page in case you are looking for them in the future.

    Preview the list after the jump… (More …)

    • TJ 5:45 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting!

    • Brett 8:43 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nice rankings. I like your courage in putting Matt Stafford well above Josh Freeman, and I very much agree. But I’m shocked that Aaron Rodgers is ranked 3rd.

      • Brandon 9:30 am on September 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Write it off as a little Tom Brady/Patriots homer-ism. It could easily be almost any order between those top 3. And in the long run, the top 5-6 could end up in any order to finish the year.

    • jmac 11:01 am on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Big Ben @ 11!?? I like him ahead of the Matt’s.

      • Brandon 1:51 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        You convinced me to do a little reorganization…but still couldn’t put Big Ben over the Matt’s. I did move him ahead of Stafford and Romo though. In the end, I see Ryan, Schaub, Roethlisberger, Romo and Eli Manning pretty close to eachother anyways.

    • michael 12:18 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      question please….every year usa today prints a fantasy newspaper edition and while i really don’t care about their projections, i loved the 12 team mock draft they had directly in the middle in grid/snake form, but this year they ditched it for something stupid. anybody know anywhere i can find one online, preferably not ppr? i just liked the convenience of having it color coded by position and being able to see how teams built out. thanks guys!

      • Matt 2:49 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, I’ve never seen something quite like what you described. As far as formatting goes, I think ESPN’s cheat sheets are the nicest-looking and easiest on the eyes during the draft.

      • Brandon 3:14 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Would you like to see the draft results from Matt and my draft? If so, I just put them up here:


        Not sure it’s exactly what you’re looking for (and it’s not the easiest to read unless you zoom a little) but maybe it helps?

  • Brandon 10:20 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink
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    Late round flyers 

    Just mentioned it in a tweet, but here are a couple names to consider towards the end of the draft when it seems everyone is doing their own thing and there isn’t as much competition for players:

    QB Sam Bradford – not getting as much love as I would expect at this point, could end up with numbers similar to guys going five rounds or so ahead of him
    RB Thomas Jones – solid backup numbers, doesn’t get hurt very often and is one injury from starting
    WR Nate Burleson – if Stafford improves, Burleson will be benefactor
    TE Aaron Hernandez – almost feel confident using him as his your starting TE, but you can snag him late as a great backup
    WR Jacoby Ford – should be top receiving option on Raiders, but kickoff rule change hurts his value in return yard leagues
    WR Steve Smith (both of them) – just seem to be available deep in the draft where their upside is worth the low risk
    DEF Detroit – maybe I’m giving them too much credit based on their dominance of the Patriots in preseason game, but they should get plenty of sacks and pressure on QB, which could mean interceptions and fumbles too

    • Brandon 10:24 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon Gibson was on the list previously, but he’s been hurt recently and I’m not sure what is going on with the Rams receiving corps at this point!

  • Brandon 9:04 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink

    I know it’s a little late, but in case there were still a lot of drafts scheduled, I’m working on a preseason player ranking that should be unveiled later today (hopefully!)

    • Yenool 2:32 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m doing my auction tonight. Any thing that will cause some last minute second guessing is always appreciated.

      • Brandon 2:59 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure if you’re hearing the news on Arian Foster, but he tweeted a photo of the MRI of his hamstring and the whole fantasy football world is turning upside down. I don’t like him as the top pick to begin with, but at pick 4 or 5, don’t let it scare you too much

  • Matt 4:13 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink

    The Tim Hightower Bandwagon 

    Everyone and their dog seems to be in love with the idea of Tim Hightower emerging as a sleeper this season with a little help from the Shanahan Touch. He’s become downright trendy. Brad Evans gushes:

    Two years ago Ray Rice was that player. Last season, it was Arian Foster. This time around, a former committee back with average talent appears to be the next draft day steal tinkering on the brink of stardom.

    Mark the Noise’s words, Tim Hightower will be the biggest mid-round difference-maker in fantasy football this season.

    I’m not buying it. Hightower hasn’t done anything in his career to show that he can be a game-changing type of player, which is exactly what he’d have to be to succeed on an offense as bad as this one. When was the last time a team went into the preseason with a quarterback competition as lame as Grossman v. Beck? Do you really want to use a mid-round pick on a player who will be competing for carries with not one but two well-regarded running backs?

    It’s the preseason, Tim Hightower’s playing great… and the Lions are 3-0. Enough said.

    • Brandon 4:21 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Amen to that! He’s a decent RB3 and good RB4, but counting on him for any more than that could end up being a BIG mistake.

    • Squish 7:57 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like Hightower this year but that backfield makes me weary. That being said he’s currently being taken as an RB3 in most drafts and I do think he’ll have a similar year to Fred Jackson and Reggie Bush who are being drafted around the same spot. I would be much more happy with Benson or Addai instead though. I plan on taking him as a good RB4 in standard and high end RB3 in PPR leagues. That team will be check-down city I bet.

      Not sure if you guys saw but you were featured on fantasy intersection which is one of the better article collection sites on the internet.


      • Matt 9:31 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        He’s definitely got some fantasy value, but I wouldn’t trust him as your RB3 at this point, even in PPR. Just too many question marks. I don’t know what Evans was smoking when he decided to publicly anoint him “the next draft day steal tinkering on the brink of freedom.” (Hate to break it to you, Evans, but I don’t think “tinkering” means what you think it means. Were you going for “teetering”?)

    • Drew 10:50 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have owned TH every season since he has been in the league. He isnt always awesome, but he has had some surprising stretches where he does keep up with low end rb1’s. He catches a lot, he is a talented runner, he blocke good enough. He does fumble, it is the Shanny’s and WASH, but I took the leap and grabe him as a flex rb3. I admit, Im nervous about it, but Timmy never really had full support in AZ. I WANT TO BELIVE.

  • Brandon 3:51 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink
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    FFGeekBlog League of Champions draft results 

    As with the keeper league that Matt and I are in, I figured we should show off our newly drafted teams and let everyone vote on who ended up with the better squad (hopefully the results are better this time!)

    Note: This league is NOT a PPR league, in case that affects your vote.

    league of champions draft results

    Who had the better draft? (League #2)

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    • Yenool 4:46 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, looks like I’m in the minority here, but Matt won by default. A BU TE AND Def Brandon? Really?

      • Brandon 8:36 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What’s a “BU TE and Def”? Boston University? 🙂

      • Brandon 8:38 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Or “big upside”?

      • Brandon 8:39 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ohhh….backup. hah, my bad! I’m high on Owen Daniels and Aaron Hernandez this year, so had to grab both. As for the backup defense, I might drop one, but there wasn’t a lot of better options when it came to the last pick of the draft.

      • Yenool 2:29 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Didn’t mean for a decoder ring to be required on that one.

    • Matt 9:34 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon – can you explain Vincent Jackson in the 2nd round? That one really baffled me.

    • Mike 8:58 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Its a tuff decision actually and I would have picked a tie I think if that was an option. How Ryan Mathews went in the 7th round is beyond me. Good teams guys.

      • Brandon 9:06 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        My thought was that Mike Tolbert was scaring people away from drafting Mathews, but he went even later, hah. I was about to draft Tolbert in round 7 if I remember correctly, but he went just before my pick so I grabbed Owen Daniels. The Chargers offense should be solid this year, so I assume everyone that can stay healthy should have a good year.

    • Matt 2:09 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think the main point I based my vote on is that it’s keeper… that makes Brandon my choice

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