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  • 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.
    11. (More …)

     
    • 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.

  • Brandon 1:31 pm on December 2, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 14, 2008 

    As we head into the playoffs, there’s a pretty good chance that your team is already set and you are not in need of any desperation picks. Just in case though, here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available, but even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants (7.0% owned, Desperation Pickup) – With Plaxico’s accidental gun shot wound, combined with his legal troubles now, I think it’s safe to write him off for at least the fantasy football playoffs. His backups are seeing immediate dividends, including Domenik Hixon, who has caught 11 balls for nearly 130 yards over the past two games.

    Devone Bess, WR, Dolphins (7.1% owned, Desperation Pickup) – With starter Greg Camarillo out for the season, it’s been Bess who is filling in for him and he has done pretty well lately. Over the past two games he, like Hixon above, has 11 catches, with his going for over 170 yards.

    Mark Clayton, WR, Ravens (7.8% owned, Desperation Pickup) – More so than Davone Bess or Domenik Hixon above, Clayton has been a wild man the past two games, turning just seven receptions into 240 yards and two touchdowns. While you shouldn’t expect this kind of production each week, he could be worth a chance if you need some big time luck to win you a playoff game. (More …)

     
  • Brandon 10:20 am on November 25, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available, but even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    J.J. Arrington, RB, Cardinals (11.6% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – Tim Hightower still has a hold on the “starter” designation, as well as the goal-line carries, but with the team passing the ball so much and Hightower running so ineffectively, it’s Arrington who could have the most value heading into the playoffs. If you’re a Hightower owner, you want Arrington on your roster for sure insurance if anything.

    Maurice Morris, RB, Seahawks (15.7% owned, Desperation Pickup) – He had a big game on Sunday, but with a short week ahead it could be Julius Jones that gets the bulk of the carries. You should not be relying on a player like Morris to get you into the playoffs, but maybe you are… (More …)

     
  • Brandon 3:28 pm on November 18, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available, but even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    J.J. Arrington, RB, Cardinals (1.8% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – Rookie Tim Hightower just hasn’t gotten it done the past two weeks and we’re starting to wonder if he’s really starter-material. With Kurt Warner opening the field up dramatically with the passing game, Hightower should have all the room in the world to run the ball, but the numbers just aren’t there. On Sunday, J.J. Arrington was able to weasel some carries from Hightower (including a touchdown) and did fairly well with them. If Hightower continues to struggle, look for Arrington’s carries to increase steadily.

    Deion Branch, WR, Seahawks (9.2% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – Branch finally played another game this season…and survived! He ended up the game with over 50 yards and as he gets more playing time, he should get more comfortable in the offense and put up decent numbers down the home stretch. He’s probably not worth starting right away, but you might pick him up and hide him on your roster to see what he can do. (More …)

     
    • Shirley 10:07 am on November 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Alright so I picked up Warrick Dunn but today I saw that he has a back injury and that he’s questionable for Sunday. If he becomes probable, I may have to grab him again. So in dropping Dunn, I picked up Ryan Grant who’s been doing relatively well lately. In addition to Grant who’s playing the Saints this week, I also have Chris Johnson and Thomas Jones who are playing each other. Which two should I start: Thomas Jones, Chris Johnson, or Ryan Grant?
      I’m leaning towards starting Grant and then one of the other two. Thomas Jones is going up against the strong Titans defense but Chris Johnson and the whole Titans running game has been struggling these past few games. I need help from my FF guru!

  • Brandon 3:28 pm on November 11, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available; even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Mark Bradley, WR, Chiefs (2.4% owned, Desperation Pickup) – Over the past three games Bradley has really developed some good chemistry with quarterback Tyler Thigpen (see below) to the tune of 18 receptions for nearly 190 yards and two scores. While you probably don’t want him starting for your team come playoffs time, he makes a decent injury fill-in until that point.

    Tatum Bell, RB, Broncos (7.0% owned, Desperation Pickup) – With the team running out of options at tailback, the Broncos have signed Bell and with the injury to Selvin Young, he could see touches immediately. I still don’t like the Broncos running game though and wouldn’t recommend you use anyone wearing orange/blue/white in your RB1 or RB2 position at this point, but if you’re REALLY desperate… (More …)

     
    • JQ 8:59 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I must be in a pretty deep league. 13 of these players are already picked from the waiver. 4 of them were even drafted.

    • Shirley 5:16 pm on November 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I picked up Mark Bradley but am wondering whether I should start him over Lance Moore? I’m starting Tyler Thigpen so I’m already going to get some points any Thigpen-Bradley connection.

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