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  • Brandon 1:47 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink
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    Dallas Clark done for the year 

    Apparently the injury to Dallas Clark was bad enough to warrant season-ending surgery/recovery. Obviously he’s safe to drop in all the re-draft leagues out there. Popular replacements include Benjamin Watson, Heath Miller, Owen Daniels and Kellen Winslow.

     
    • TJ 5:51 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding Collie –
      Latest rumour is that he’s out for 2-6 weeks. Yesterday I dropped Collie for Garcon – hate to let him go but worried about bench depth with byes coming up and the threat of injuries. I don’t think anyone in my league will rush to stash Collie right now, but I’d really like him for the end of season & fantasy playoffs, assuming he gets healthy. Other WRs are White, Lloyd, Roy Williams, and Floyd. Flirting with dropping either Williams or Floyd for now to stash Collie…….. dumb move?

      • Brandon 10:25 am on October 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t rush to grab Collie. Williams has been solid lately and Floyd should be back in a week or so. Who knows how long it’ll take for Collie to return to full effectiveness.

    • Matt 10:39 am on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Z.Miller or H.Miller? Ppr league.

      • Brandon 12:33 pm on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This week I’d say Heath Miller based on the QB issues in Oakland, but in the long term, Zach is probably the better play.

  • Brandon 3:00 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink
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    Dallas Clark and Austin Collie sidelined for a bit 

    Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark makes a catch against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver.    UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via NewscomIn case you hadn’t heard yet (and not that it matters that much this week with the team on a bye) it appears that both TE Dallas Clark and WR Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts will miss at least a few games. Both of them are nursing hand injuries that could require surgery. I’ve even heard some minor grumblings that Clark could be out for the year! I’m not yet buying into that rumor, but it shows that it could be more than just a minor injury. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with any updates we come across, but for now it appears that the stock of Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon will go up a few notches when the team returns in week 8.

     
    • Duncan 8:14 am on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Given these injuries and the rising stock (at least temporarily) of P. Garcon, what do you think of the following trade:
      I get A. Foster and P. Garcon and give H. Nicks and M. Austin. Here’s my current roster:

      RB Peyton Hillis
      RB Ryan Torain
      RB Deangelo WIlliams
      RB Joseph Addai

      WR Brandon Lloyd
      WR Greg Jennings
      WR H. Nicks
      WR M. Austin

      TE Tony Gonzalez
      TE Aaron Hernandez

      WR’s Steve Johnson, Patrick Crayton, Danario Alexander and Mike Williams (SEA) are FA’s in my league as well so I could pick them up to give me some cushion at WR. My main hesitation is that neither Lloyd or Jennings have had their bye week yet.

      What do you think?

      • Brandon 8:24 am on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        How many wide receivers do you start? 3?

        • Duncan 7:28 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Start 2 and 1 flex wr/rb

      • Brandon 10:52 am on October 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I know you need some help at running back, but this is a tough one. Right now you can easily put a WR in your flex spot each week. If you trade away Austin and Nicks, you’ll have to debate starting Garcon and one of your running backs at that spot. I’d pass on this trade and try to find a situation where you can trade one of your top WR’s straight up for a decent RB or something. You don’t want to give up your awesome depth at WR and end up with a situation where you’re mediocre at both positions. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Eric 1:00 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Grumblings about Clark out for a year = confirmed.

  • Brandon 4:50 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 5: Pierre Garcon makes the list 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week five, listing players you want to make sure are in your lineup, as well as those you might consider shelving for the week (or at least lowering your expectations!) As always, I’ve tried to leave the most obvious picks off the list, such as Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne’s scheduled abuse of the Titans secondary on Sunday night, so that I can save space for players that might have you scratching your head a little more. Anyways, here is your hits and misses for the week… (More …)

     
    • Troub. 9:23 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I actually disagree with you concerning the Matt Ryan advice, for one major reason: Atlanta had a bye week. Matt Ryan has already proven himself to be a master student in the film room, and he’s had plenty of time to study up on the SF defense. Add this to the fact that 60% of teams coming off a bye week win, regardless of home-field advantage, and I’m comfortable putting Ryan in at QB.

      • Brandon 9:40 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll see, but he’s still averaging only 216 yards per game and unless he gets a couple of touchdowns, his numbers might not be quite what you’re expecting. I’m not saying to bench him (see the introduction), but there’s no reason to automatically put him in your lineup if you have a better alternative.

      • Brandon 10:05 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like you were right in a big way! Not sure anyone would have predicted the complete dominance of the 49ers defense though.

    • Wolf 10:16 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Seeing as how Randy Moss is up against a wall in this next game, I have an interesting choice to make. Do I keep him in assuming he’ll get a big play or two and come out with decent points or do I put in Mike Sims-Walker who is looking quite consistent so far?

      • Brandon 8:36 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one there. Who are your other receivers?

        • Wolf 1:51 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Steve Smith (NYG), Wes Welker, Hines Ward (all starting along side Moss) – Sims-Walker is on the bench.

        • southwick 2:05 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Wow Wolf, thats crazy. I have the exact same WR core, and the exact same debate – Welker (only 3 WR). I am as of now starting Moss/Smith/Walker, w/ H. Ward on the Bench. Personally my big question is whether to start Ward or Moss.

        • Wolf 8:28 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I benched Ward last week and played Vincent Jackson.. and of course Ward had a great game over 100 yards.. and Jackson was a bit of a flop. I’ve played Ward every other game and love his consistency. I’ll probably go with Moss knowing that he can definitely find the endzone on big plays and even though most of the balls will go to the others.. there will definitely be a few getting through to him. (I just can’t let there be a chance that Moss has a great game on my bench!)

        • DMANSTER 8:58 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Is Steve Smith (NYG) still a solid start assuming he be covered by one of the best DB’s in the league ( Namdi Asumgha) and with Manning nursing his foot?

      • Brandon 9:00 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Moss, Ward, Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker. No need to play both New England receivers when they’re taking on one of the top defenses in the NFL…plus Sims-Walker has been great so far.

    • Mal 1:59 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, I have posed this question to you Brandon earlier to which you gave a great answer, but now with Marshall on your Miss list and his potentnial replacement changing from Gage to Britt, still start Marshall ahead of Kenny Britt.

      Starting Jacobs+Burner this week (as usual). Although falcons facing tough 49ers running D, no need to replace him with Hightower? Too risky i believe? Cheers! Mal.

      • Brandon 9:18 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although Marshall has a tough matchup, I still like him more than Kenny Britt this week, as he’s more likely to find the endzone.

        As for your running backs, stick with Jacobs and Turner, who has WAY more upside than Hightower does on any given week, even if the matchup isn’t quite as good.

        • jay 7:30 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          miamis on bye why would you start marshall?

          • Brandon 9:14 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            You might if it was 2009…which is when this post was written 🙂

    • Matt 7:15 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      do people not realize that garcon is mannings number 3 guy……i agree about holmes and jackson but what about T.O vs. cleveland he has had a rough start but cleveland isn’t necessarily the strongest team out there

      • Brandon 8:29 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think people realize Garcon is Manning’s number three guy…in fact he shares that role with Austin Collie. As I mention in the introduction of the post, I try to list some names of players who might be causing people to debate whether to play them or not, not list guys who they’re going to start no matter if I list them or not (Reggie Wayne, etc.)

    • J.J. 9:48 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in hot water when it comes to RB’s this week. While I do have Adrian Peterson (must start against the Rams), I have Bradshaw, Kevin Smith, Ricky Williams, and Donald Brown and don’t know which 2 out of that crew to start. Am I just going to have a rough week?

      • Brandon 11:36 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        While he was nursing a foot/ankle injury all week, I think Ahmad Bradshaw should be a safe play with a solid matchup (just check up on him on game day to ensure he plays.) As for the other spot, they all have tough match-ups (Smith – PIT, Brown – TEN, and Williams – NYJ.) I’d go with Ricky Williams and hope he can find the endzone.

        • J.J. 7:22 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, Brandon! Keep up the good work!

    • Rick Gershman 10:31 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Brandon. Thanks for the great work. I have Brady and Big Ben, and I’ve keep starting Brady while Ben edges him every week, so I’m definitely going with Ben this time. If you don’t mind, tell me what you think of this: I have to start three WRs this week, and I have Boldin, Santonio, Sims-Walker and Garcon (and that’s not even considering Sidney Rice on my bench). Am I totally crazy for considering starting Garcon over one of the other three? S-W has been money every week, and Boldin and Santonio have great matchups, but… I just get the feeling Garcon will have a day that will far exceed one of those guys. :-0

      • Brandon 11:40 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would stick to your starters there, with Boldin, Holmes and Sims-Walker. While Garcon and the rest of the Indy has a great match-up with Tennessee, the only guy I would consider sitting for him would be Santonio Holmes, but he also has a great match-up this week and is also on the “hit” list. If Garcon blows up this week, you will have a tougher decision to make in the future, but I think for now you’re save with your big 3.

        As for the QB position, this would be a great week to start Big Ben over Brady, but I think going forward you’re going to still want Brady in there in most cases and his numbers should continue to improve all season.

    • David 2:40 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have forte + rodgers on byes, Im starting big ben for rodgers and mendenhall for forte pick 1 rb westbrook,benson, or lynch. Also is playing s. holmes risky already starting 2 steelers. I also have sims-walker b. marshall thanks for your input

      • Matt 4:07 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Westbrook is healthy and will likely have his way with the terrible TB run defense, so I’d start him over almost anyone this week. I wouldn’t worry about starting three Steelers, since you picked the right three. 🙂

    • Rob 8:19 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can only start 2 receivers and one receiver or running back. I am currently starting Moss and Sims-Walker and Coffee in the receiver/running back position. I’ve got Crotchery and Garcon on the bench. Thoughts on Crotchery? He’s been solid every week but the rookie QB and the new receiver makes me nervous.

      • DMANSTER 9:03 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Cotchery has been solid for me and it seems he and Sanchez have that “chemistry”. Success with edwards remains to be seen but I think it could open up the doors further for Cotchery since many pass defenses may key on Edwards.

      • Brandon 8:57 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re feeling a bit risky, you might actually start Pierre Garcon, who has a great match-up against the Titans. Cotchery should do alright, but with Braylon Edwards coming to town, it’ll be interesting to see the impact on Cotchery. Either way though, Cotchery or Garcon should put up solid stats for your team. Do you need to bench Moss (Randy or Santana?) or Sims-Walker to play Cotchery or Garcon though?

    • DMANSTER 8:59 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Is Steve Smith (NYG) still a solid start assuming he be covered by one of the best DB’s in the league ( Namdi Asumgha) and with Manning nursing his foot?

      • DFonz 10:31 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes Smith is a definate start no questions about it.

      • Brandon 8:53 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Unless you have Reggie Wayne, Chad Ochocinco and Andre Johnson as your other receivers, you most likely want to keep Steve Smith in there.

    • DFonz 10:28 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Randy Moss and Brandon Marshall I am having trouble figuring out who to start. Can yall give me and advice to help me out?

      • Brandon 8:52 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, great receivers…just with bad matchups this week. I’d go with Randy Moss as he’s more likely to be used in redzone situations. Marshall has to score on long passing plays as the team goes to the running backs near the goal-line, however, the Patriots are great at preventing long scoring plays by receivers this year.

        • DFonz 8:53 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the advice and yeah this is a pretty bad match up.

    • Andrew 11:27 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m kind of in a bind at running backs this week but i have AP in first spot but im in a fit on who to put second Fred Jackson or Bradshaw. Also should i start Santana Moss or put Cotchery in for him?

      • DFonz 1:40 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going with Fred Jackson myself hes been reliable and I do not care if Lynch is back it’s going to be Jackson all the way

      • Brandon 8:49 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Bradshaw is a bit risky given that he’s recovering from a foot/ankle injury, so go with Fred Jackson.

        In terms of your receiver question, go with Santana Moss until you know how the Braylon Edwards experiment goes down in New York (and how it affects Cotchery.)

    • Chainmover 11:37 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! Need 2 – Harrison, Rice, Portis
      – SSmith(NYG), Megatron, Sims-Walker

      • DFonz 1:44 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        To easy Smith and walker

      • Brandon 8:47 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You can only play two of those guys? I agree with DFonz, go with Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker.

    • TIm Foley 1:26 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking of starting steve breaston over slaton. i think he will be large aspect of the cardinals offense this week, but what do you think? will slaton put up more points against a stingy cardinals run-d. or will breaston rack up the catch yard points in a leauge with a point per ten yards

      • DFonz 1:42 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Slayton no brainer. A lot of people think Arizona is going to do great but Warner is hurt and so is breaston. Warner is going to get about 250 yds, 2 TD’s if he stays in the game. I dont see him going past the half

      • Brandon 8:44 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with DFonz, go with Slaton. I think he’ll have a good game this week as he tries to make up for his performance last week (before he was benched, not the touchdowns afterwards.)

    • Amir 2:00 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Start Tim Hightower or Jerome Harrison? Standard scoring no ppr

    • Jim 7:15 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Santana Moss or Cotchery?

      • Brandon 8:42 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Santana Moss this week and see how Cotchery does with Braylon Edwards in town now to determine future weeks.

    • SFonz 11:31 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help. Can start 2RB’s, 2WR’s and 1 Flex from:

      RB’s: DWill, Mendenhall, Rice, Choice, Moreno
      WR’s: R Wayne, S Smith, M Sims-Walker, Nate Burleson, A Bryant

      Thinking DWill and Mendenhall, Wayne and Walker…who for flex?

      • Brandon 8:22 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the guys you mentioned, plus Steve Smith (no matter which version it is…NYG or CAR)

    • John 1:32 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Which two out of the following should I play (atleast one WR)?
      Santana Moss, Mike Sims Walker, Tashard Choice, and Cadillac Williams

      • Brandon 8:21 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Mike Sims-Walker and Santana Moss.

      • Brandon 10:19 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully you heard the news on Sims-Walker early enough to get him out of your lineup!

    • Dee M 10:53 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Help….Steven or Fred Jackson this week. Steven (tough Run D), Fred (how many touches?)

    • SFonz 11:04 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      John – Sims-Walker over S Moss, Choice or Williams…easy choice.

    • Jeff 11:17 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      starting schaub over big ben this week….3rd wr/te spot up in the air….Roddy White vs SF or plug in Owen Daniels vs Ariz?

      • Brandon 10:18 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully you went with Roddy White…what a game!

    • Jack 11:48 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jerome Harrison or Glen Coffee? Nate Burleson or Pierre Garcon?

    • Paul 3:14 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yo… your hit Desean Jackson has a goose egg late in the third quarter… not so much trusting the blog now!

      • Brandon 4:14 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, somehow Jeremy Maclin is stealing all of the thunder! Great game for McNabb though, returning from his injury.

    • Brandon 10:18 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Come on Pierre, you’re making me look bad! However, don’t score too many points, as you’re the only player left on a team that I’m playing this week (where I’m currently up by 15 points or so.)

  • Matt 10:56 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink
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    Top Five WR and TE for Week 2, 2009 

    Here’s the second half of my top-five series for this week – the first half was on the QB and RB positions. Normally it would all be one post, but it’s hard to predict when I’ll have free time to write a post with this two-month-old around. Parenthood – you gotta get you some of this!

    Wide Receiver

    1. Andre Johnson (@TEN): Call his week 1 performance (4 catches, 35 yards, no scores) what you will – a blip, early-season rust – just don’t call it a sign of things to come for Andre Johnson and the potent Texans offense. The Titans gave up a whopping 363 yards through the air last week to the Steelers, and Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward both hit the 100-yard mark. With Kevin Walter back in the lineup, the Texans are back in their comfort zone and ready to pounce.
    2. Steve Smith (@ATL): The Eagles utterly shut the Panthers down in week 1, intercepting three of the 13 passes thrown Smith’s way. If he’s targeted 13 times again this week, he’s in for a monster game in Atlanta. An angry Steve Smith is a dangerous Steve Smith. Let’s just hope he doesn’t punch anybody. Again.
    3. Calvin Johnson (vs. MIN): The Vikings offense is a force of nature and its run defense is arguably the stoutest in the league. The only way to stay in the game against them (not that the Lions have a snowball’s chance in hell) is to pass the ball, so pass it they will, and Johnson will probably more or less singlehandedly make the score at least somewhat respectable.
    4. Randy Moss (@ NYJ): Are the Jets really that good? They sure looked it last week, but if I had to bet their track record against that of the Brady-Moss connection, I’ll take the one that set all those records not long ago.
    5. Larry Fitzgerald (@ JAC): With Boldin’s hammy better but still not quite healed, the Cards offense should start slowly rounding into shape this week. Until Boldin and Breaston are back to full health, though, defenses will still be able to key on Fitz like they did last week. I can’t list him any higher than #5, but there’s also no way he doesn’t get a spot on this list.

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    • Wolf 11:33 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I played Greg Olsen last week, but with no luck I decided to grab up a backup TE just in case.. John Carlson. Now here’s the question… Will Greg Olsen come alive vs Pit at home? or should I be tossing in John Carlson to see a repeat of last weeks performance?

    • Ken 12:19 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I would stay with Carlson and try to conjur up a trade with Olsen. Carlson is huge and was all last year. You have to love him with Hasselback healthy.

      • Wolf 12:30 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yah, I may just do that. I have Hasselback on my bench as well (with Peyton Manning playing).. we’ll see how it all pans out.

      • Matt 1:27 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t think about trading Olsen now. His value has nowhere to go but up, and I still think he’s going to have a good season.

        • Wolf 2:07 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Ah yes, I meant that I would play Carlson this week… Definitely not going to trade Olsen (I have a feeling he’s going to be big still and I can’t let that slip away)

        • Matt 2:39 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Me too. Got him on one of my teams and still plan on starting him weekly.

    • Trevor 3:13 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I got a tough decision at my WR2 spot i need to decide between Brandon Marshall, Lance Moore, or Steve Smith(NYG)???

      • Brandon 3:20 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Brandon Marshall. He’s declared that he’s 100% healthy, the team has stated that they want to get him (and Eddie Royal) the ball more this week, plus they’re playing the Browns.

    • Wolf 4:27 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got Wes Welker as one of my WRs (this is a league with a few more points towards WR, so I actually play 4 WRs), but I’m hearing he is not doing well again (knee). How are you liking Roy Williams for this week? Or I could put in a 3rd running back in his place – Steve Slaton – but I don’t believe he is up for a good match this weekend.

    • Will 4:37 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      New to FFootball, luckily drafted LT first, and this is what I’m working with this week. VERY bottom of the barrel for RB’s in our league FA so went heavy with WR’s. Any thoughts as to this line up, or suggestions?

      QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER
      WR TERRELL OWENS
      WR HINES WARD
      WR MARK CLAYTON (BAL)
      RB MIKE BELL (NO)
      RB LE’RON MCCLAIN (BAL)
      TE ZACH MILLER (OAK)
      W/R ISAAC BRUCE (SF)

      BN LADAINIAN TOMLINSON
      BN GLEN COFFEE (SF)
      BN STEVE BREASTON (ARI)
      BN KENNY BRITT (TEN)
      BN BRETT FAVRE
      BN ROBERT MEACHEM (NO)

      Thanks

    • Mike 5:34 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I, also, am starting John Carlson over Greg Olsen this week.
      QB Matt Ryan
      RB Darren McFadden
      RB Cadillac Williams
      RB Larry Johnson
      WR Roddy White
      WR Anquan Boldin
      TE John Carlson
      DST Titans
      K Stephen Gostkowski

      Notable bench players:
      QB Eli Manning
      RB Jamal Lewis
      WR Donald Driver
      TE Greg Olsen

    • pyite9 7:10 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering who to start as a flex. Starting QB Hasselback, RB Jones-Drew and R. Brown, WR C. Johnson, R. White, TE J Witten, K N. Folk, D Vikings. This is a ppr league and more points are awarded for length of a TD. Flex spot do I go with RB T. Hightower, WR D. Driver, or TE V. Shiancoe. Don’t know if Hightower will produce again like last week, Shiancoe is bound to go off cause Fauvre loves his TE’s, and Driver always has the ability to have a huge game.

    • lou 7:36 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I played Carlson last week and he had an awesome day. But I don’t know who I should start this week, Gonzalez or Carlson?

  • 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.
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    • 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.

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