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

      http://www.fantasyintersection.com/2011/08/30/where-to-target-the-late-risers/

      • 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)

    View Results

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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

  • Brandon 3:03 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink
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    Rate your team with FootballGuys.com 

    Recently a commenter named AJ alerted me to an awesome fantasy football team rating tool on FootballGuys.com (I just added it to our Tools page too), so I had to scope it out and see how my recently drafted teams stacked up. The tool allows you to enter your team, including bench players, along with the league scoring settings. You then enter your e-mail address and they send you a report on your team that includes an overview of your team, a summary of each position, an analysis of the schedule of each of your players (with good/bad starts highlighted per player), a list of potential free agents to consider, yearly projections for each player and the latest news for each player on the team.

    I highly recommend you enter your fantasy teams on the site and see what they have to say. I can’t promise that all the information used in the report is 100% most recent, but I assume it’s pretty good. If anything this is a great tool for entertainment value and to brag to your friends (if necessary.)

    By the way, if you were curious, my teams seem to have at least a 90% chance of making the playoffs, so that’s promising 🙂

     
    • steve 4:34 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      12tm .5PPR- non keeper. 9th overall draft position. Start QB, RB, RB/WR, WR, WR. TE, K, DST– Schaub, CJ2K, Turner, Roddy, B Marshall, Lance Kendricks, Longwell, SD chargers– bench Stafford, Bradshaw, Ringer, Helu, amendola, lance moore, braylon, shaincoe.

      • Brandon 7:07 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Try plugging it into the FootballGuys.com team rater and see what they say 🙂

    • Stefan 7:09 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is quite interesting!

      • Stefan 7:10 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        even though I failed in finding the idp setting, which could be a factor in one league I’m playing in.

        • Brandon 7:10 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          yeah in all my leagues we don’t use IDP, so I couldn’t tell you. It’s a lot of run though anyways

    • Yenool 6:42 pm on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Man I don’t like that thing. Just did my 1st snake draft of the year. 10 team league and I went Megatron, Roddy White back to back then Shonn Greene and Steven Jackson. Regrettably I fell asleep on my QB strategy and ended up with Cassel (to be fair people started taking BU QBs before the likes of Tolbert and Julio Jones were off the board), so working for a trade there. But they only give me a 60% shot at the playoffs.

      • Brandon 8:40 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        At least you’re better than 50/50 to make the playoffs 🙂 It’s all on team management throughout the year. You grab this year’s Peyton Hillis or Arian Foster and things could change dramatically. What other QBs are available still?

        • Yenool 2:28 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Fitzpatrick and then the bottom of the barrel – McNabb, Newton, Sanchez… I figured KC and Buff were playing each other week 1 and would be a decent matchup for either QB but went with Matt since he’s at home.

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