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  • Brandon 6:39 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink
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    Preseason week 2 leaders 

    Now that we’ve got two weeks of preseason stats, the leaderboard is starting to get a little more interesting and realistic from a fantasy football point of view. Historically, the third week has been where the starters play the longest, but here’s a glimpse (compliments of NFL.com) of the leaders after two games so far…

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  • Brandon 9:18 am on August 24, 2009 Permalink
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    Quick hits from week two of the preseason 

    Just a few notes from the weekend preseason games…

    • Falcons running back Michael Turner continued to look great in the preseason, rushing seven times for 65 yards and a score against the Rams. In non-PPR leagues, he’s a top three running back without a doubt.
    • Bears new quarterback Jay Cutler made a good recovery from his first week struggles, throwing for 121 yards and a touchdown on 8 of 13 attempts. Cutler will be solid for the Bears and is start-able in all league formats.
    • Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel looked a heck of a lot better this weekend than he did in week one of the preseason, completing nine of fourteen passes for 99 yards and a touchdown to receiver Dwayne Bowe. I wouldn’t be comfortable with Cassel as the starter on my fantasy football team until he puts up a few more good performances though and even then, he’s still more likely to be a bye-week/injury fill-in. In terms of Bowe, you can forget all that talk of him being demoted to second string due to poor conditioning, as he’s clearly established himself as the best receiver on the team and makes a decent-WR1/great-WR2 going into the season.
    • Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looked sharp, throwing for 192 yards on 18 of 24 attempts. Although he is still working on his chemistry with receiver Roy Williams, he still has Jason Witten and some other receivers to spread the ball to in the meantime.
    • In just two offensive series, veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown from quarterback Matt Ryan. While there was talk that he was still trying to get the system down, this is a pretty good sign that by the time the season starts, Gonzo will be ready to pick up right where he left off last season…racking up the yards and touchdowns.
  • Brandon 9:00 am on August 18, 2009 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks: What to do with the #2 pick? 

    Atg ButtonIn case you’re not familiar with our site, throughout the year we answer any fantasy football related questions you may have in our weekly (or bi-weekly, depending on how many we get) “Ask the Geeks” feature. Questions can range from who to start, who to pick up off waivers, when will Brett Favre sign with the Vikings, or anything else you can dream up that may help your fantasy team climb to the top of the standings. So without further ado, let’s get into the first question(s) of the season, a question regarding the #2 pick in the draft:

    E-Roc asks: Gentlemen, my 2009 FF season has officially started with the unveiling of my league’s draft order. I have the #2 pick in this year’s draft. Any suggestions? My guess is the #1 will pick AP… then I’m going to chug a beer and throw a dart at a page with 5-10 names on it. We have a very QB-friendly-scoring league which leads me to wanting to draft Drew Brees or Tom Brady (yes, I’m a believer).

    On a side-note, can you guys remember the last time a franchise QB (i.e. Jay Cutler) was traded in the middle of his prime? Sounds like a question for the Stump the Schwab on ESPN. (More …)

    • e-roc 8:23 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great to be back and as always, great analysis guys. I’m leaning toward picking Brady (high risk, high reward) since he’s got all kinds of weapons around him, but there’s a high possibility that AP could fall to #2. I know the guy drafting #1 could end up picking Brees. My current top 3: Brady, Forte or AP (if available).

      Warren Moon!! Good catch. The Vikes could use someone like him this year..

      Thanks for featuring my questions in your Blog!

  • Brandon 11:12 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Running back rankings for 2009 

    Following my wide receiver rankings, here is the list for running backs. Keep in mind that this is primarily for non-PPR leagues, but I’ve mentioned in my comments the tailbacks that will be valued higher in leagues that award points for receptions.

    You can check out the rest of our positional cheat sheets here.

    1. Adrian Peterson, MIN – Unless you’re in a PPR league, A-Pete is top dog and Favre should distract defenses a bit and open more holes.
    2. Michael Turner, ATL – As with Peterson, he is spectacular as long as you’re not in a PPR league, and he’s only slightly less than spectacular then.
    3. DeAngelo Williams, CAR – Jonathan Stewart continues to show durability issues, meaning plenty of carries again this year for D-Williams!
    4. Matt Forte, CHI – I’m digging Forte this season with Cutler in town.
    5. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX – Finally mini-me becomes the feature back…I expect it to pay some dividends
    6. Steven Jackson, STL – UPGRADE! The Rams offense scares me…and S-Jax has trouble staying healthy. He is a beast though.
    7. LaDainian Tomlinson, SD – He didn’t go from the best in the league to Average Joe over night. Expect LT to surprise the quick-to-be-haters this year.
    8. Frank Gore, SF – Taking a leadership role on the team, hopefully it equates to some leader-like stats.
    9. Brian Westbrook, PHI – He’s never played a full 16 game season and there are already injury worries. He’s a monster when he plays (especially in PPR leagues), but he’ll be 30 in a few weeks and this could be the year he starts slowing down, LT-style.
    10. Ryan Grant, GB – UPGRADE! As long as he stays healthy, Grant should put up decent numbers.
    11. Brandon Jacobs, NYG – He’s a beast when not injured, just hope he can stay on his two feet the whole season.
    12. Chris Johnson, TEN – He hasn’t been impressing this preseason, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at this point.
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    • Matt 8:31 am on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with you at least 90% on this list, nice work. My only significant point of contention is MJD at #4. I think Peterson, MJD and Turner are pretty much interchangeable in the top tier.

    • Sean 12:16 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think when you do RB rankings, you need to not only note leagues that award points for receptions, but also leagues that award points for kick return yardage and touchdowns. If you did that, players like Sproles, Leon Washington, and Norwood would have to be top 10 considerations.

      And how does Portis not crack your top ten? Zorn’s 2nd year with the offense and nobody to steal goal line carries (Betts having ONE TD last year)?

      • Sean 12:20 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Forgot to include their catching out of the backfield qualities.

      • Brandon 12:22 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        My rankings are based on standard league formats, with a special mention for those that reward for PPR. If your league awards points for return yards as well, then by all means, rank the players you mention higher. Maybe with my next round of updates I’ll make a note on those guys…thanks for the suggestion!

      • rick 3:12 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        What about jacobs? if he can stay healthy i think he cracks the top then

        • Brandon 9:59 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I like Jacobs a lot this year and there is a great chance that he’ll be in the top 10 by the year’s end. I’d have no problems with him being my RB1, I just like the other guys ahead him a little bit better right now.

        • Trevor 12:59 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree with Jacobs. How come no mention of Gore… is it possibly due to his age/being prone to injury? I’m in a tough spot with my fantasy draft this year having to keep 2 players. I’ve got Brees, Gore and Steve Smith in my debate. This is a ppr league…

        • Brandon 1:34 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In all honesty, I was just too lazy to comment on every player on the cheat sheets, so I left out some of the guys I feel were slightly boring in terms of current news, etc. It looks like he should be ready to go though when the season begins, so don’t hesitate to make him one of your keepers. He catches the ball a fair amount out of the backfield, so that should help in your league.

    • iamjack 4:27 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why Lynch at 24? You have him behind several guys who are splitting time.

      • Brandon 10:02 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You’re probably right about Lynch and when I do my next update of the list you could see him a bit higher. I’m a little worried that the team will go to Fred Jackson a lot to spell Lynch, since Jackson played very well when given the chance last year.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Scratch that whole thought about moving him up the rankings with his three game suspension…that’s 20% of the fantasy season or so.

    • Jeff 11:16 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Even with so many teams having RB’s by committee, I’m not so sure about MJD, he wasn’t a great producer last year. He might have a few great games, but J-ville has no passing game.

      • Brandon 1:28 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Last year the Jacksonville offensive line was in shambles due to injuries (same reason David Garrard struggled), plus Fred Taylor was splitting time with MJD. I expect the O-line to be improved and with no Taylor in the mix, Jones-Drew should be a bigger part of an improved offense. The addition of Torry Holt should boost the reliability of the receiving corps as well.

      • Matt 5:39 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        MJD’s a beast of a RB, he’s featured now, and he’s got a coach who loves running the ball. He’s a good receiver and he’s a goal line monster. I think there’s a case to be made for taking him #1 overall. He’s at least in the discussion.

      • Brandon 11:46 am on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like Yahoo’s Andy Behrens is on the MJD bandwagon, picking him as the #1 overall selection over A-Pete.

    • W Leung 9:33 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Pierre Thomas is going to have a great year. Bush’s knee is already acting up. I think PT has to be a little higher than 17.

      • Brandon 10:06 am on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah I’m starting to get worried as well about Bush’s knee issue, even if they’re claiming that it’s nothing to worry about at this point. Even with a healthy Bush, the PT Cruiser will get the bulk of the carries anyways, so he should put up some good numbers. I’ll consider moving him up next time I update the list. Thanks for the input!

    • MJ 1:49 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great site. Great blog. I have Ryan Grant, Forte & Lynch as possible keepers. Plan to free Lynch because of suspension & Fred factor. Kudos on your analysis.

  • Brandon 7:24 pm on December 22, 2008 Permalink
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    2008 Fantasy Football Playoffs MVPs 

    This season has been one of my best years ever in terms of fantasy football, as I made the championship in three seperate leagues, while playing in the third place game in two others. For that reason, I figured it made sense to create an All Fantasy Football Playoffs MVP team, highlighting the players that either caused me joy or pain over the past few weeks. Interestingly enough, only one of these players even made the Pro Bowl (Wes Welker…as a reserve). Anyways, let’s jump into the MVP awards for the 2008 playoffs…


    Philip Rivers, SD: Rivers was the top quarterback in the league nearly the entire season, so it’s fitting that he would continue his fantasy football dominance of the position through the playoffs. This past Sunday, when some of you may have been playing in the Championship game of your league, Rivers threw for nearly 290 yards and four touchdowns, probably carrying more than one team out there to a league title. Let’s also mention that he’s thrown a combined nine touchdowns over the past three weeks, while averaging around 280 passing yards or so.

    Honorable Mention: Matt Cassel, NE (More …)

    • e-roc 8:41 am on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – somehow I managed to own just two of the names above and still came away with the wins down the stretch.

      Any thoughts/recommendations on teams like Indy who will probably be sitting starters in Week 17?

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 10:44 am on December 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: I’m not generally in favor of starting players on teams that are playing for nothing and it seems that Indy is one of the worst culprits of this (maybe because they are always in the playoffs?) If you have someone like Peyton Manning, you may try to find a suitable replacement, as he’ll probably be benched after a few quarters to keep the MVP healthy for the playoffs. Reggie Wayne might be the same story. Good luck!

    • e-roc 10:56 am on December 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – Go figure I’m in the office and reading blogs… Anyway, I have both Manning & Wayne so my conundrum is this:

      QB – Thigpen @ Cin or Garcia v. Oak?
      RB – PT Cruiser v. CAR , Slaton v. CHI or McClain v. Jax?
      WR – Do you know if Boldin going to play? Otherwise, I might need to pick up a TGII or Hixon….

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 9:15 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Sorry for the delay, but was busy with Christmas. Hope yours is going well too. Anyways, in terms of your questions there…I’d go with Thigpen and Pierre Thomas. It looks like Boldin will be questionable for this weekend, so I’d keep him out of your lineup just in case. If Hixon and Ginn are your best replacements, you have to go with Hixon I guess who’s been a lot more consistent as of late. Good luck!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 8:58 pm on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Just to update the situation, it looks like the PT Cruiser may have a flat tire (i.e. he’s questionable with various injuries) and does not seem to be a good play this weekend. Go with Steve Slaton and hope he can find the endzone.

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