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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 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.

  • Brandon 2:29 pm on November 24, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 12 Wrap-Up: King of the Cassel 

    Tom who? It’s amazing the job that Matt Cassel (415 passing yards, 4 TD – one rushing, INT) has done this year to keep the depression in New England over Tom Brady’s injury to a minimum. To his credit, the games are a bit more exciting now and as long as they still make the playoffs, you have to give him props for playing his ass off and earning the big contract that is sure to come his way in the off-season. Anyways, let’s dive into the action that took place this weekend, starting with the big Patriots victory over the Dolphins…

    • New England 48, Miami 28: The second straight 400 passing yard performance from Cassel also paid dividends to the dynamic receiver duo, Randy Moss (8 catches for 125 yards, 3 TD) and Wes Welker (8 catches for 120 yards.) Over-shadowed by his team’s loss and the play of the opposing quarterback though, you can’t forget to mention the great effort from Chad Pennington (341 passing yards, 4 TD – one rushing, INT), who’s numbers were nearly as good. (More …)
  • Brandon 8:19 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 10 Wrap-up: Keepin' up with the Jones' 

    What a week 10, huh? The Jets and Ravens break the 40 point mark, Brady Quinn makes his big debut…and the Bills drop from first to last in the AFC East! The biggest achievements of the week though by far came from some of the league’s running backs, primarily Thomas Jones of the Jets, and Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars, who both had three touchdown games. In addition to the Jones’, I think an honorable mention is also deserving of Adrian “All Day” Peterson, who broke the 200 yards from scrimmage mark in the Vikings exciting, last minute victory over the Packers. (By the way, all three running backs were on the Hit list this week!) Anyways, let’s jump into the action that took place in week 10…

    • New York Jets 47, St. Louis 3: While I predicted a solid game from Thomas Jones, I was not prepared for what transpired Sunday afternoon when he dominated the Rams defense to the tune of 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns. What’s nearly as amazing as T-Jones’ performance was the fact that Brett Favre, Laveranues Coles nor Jericho Cotchery really contributed much of anything to this slaughter. Rookie tight end Dustin Keller had the biggest game of his short career with 107 yards receiving and a score, but the player who paid off the most for fantasy managers (besides Jones) was kicker Jay Feely, who had five extra points and four field goals, which equated to 21+ fantasy points in most leagues.
    • Jacksonville 38, Detroit 14: My question is how many people started Maurice Jones-Drew this week? MJD has been extremely frustrating to own in fantasy football this season and has really only been worth playing three out of nine weeks the Jaguars have had a game so far (week 3, 6, 10…every third game actually…do I sense a big game in week 13 against the Texans?) So when he goes for 91 combined yards and three touchdowns, how many of you were screaming in joy? And how many in regret? In other news, Lions rookie running back Kevin Smith had a solid game with over 90 rushing yards and a score and is becoming a guy you can feel semi-confident starting as a RB2 or flex play against mediocre or worse defenses. Also, what is going on with Detroit’s quarterback situation? Nevermind…I just remembered that I don’t care.   (More …)
  • Brandon 10:21 am on November 7, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 10: "Purple Jesus" ready to roll at home 

    It’s pretty amazing the luck (of the bad variety) that I’ve had so far this season with my feature “hit” picks, the latest victim being my own personal favorite, the man who shares my name and plays receiver for the Denver Broncos, Mr. Brandon Marshall (two catches for 27 yards?!!) However, I did end up the week with a decent 13-7-5* record on the big days of quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Kurt Warner, plus the misfortunes of Bills running back Marshawn Lynch and a few others (even if Marshall, Clinton Portis’ big day receiving, and Kyle Orton’s injury all tried to screw me!)

    Maybe picking the most obvious guy each week that is “supposed” to have a huge game is the wrong approach. If I pick LaDainian Tomlinson to have a big day against the high school players the Chiefs call a defense, is he going to get shut out? This week I’m going to change my approach a bit and go with my gut as to which player will have a big day and not base my pick solely on the numbers. While I’m not going out on a huge limb here, my big play of the week is for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, aka Purple Jesus, to run wild on the Green Bay Packers…


    • Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: While quarterback Gus Frerotte tries his best against the vaunted Packers pass defense (see the “Others” section of my misses list below), this will be a game where the Vikings try to run the ball down Green Bay’s throat with Peterson and Chester Taylor. The Pack is allowing nearly five yards per carry to opposing tailbacks and almost 150 yards a game, but you can expect Minnesota to land on the plus side of that average. The first time these two teams met this season (at Green Bay), Peterson, who is averaging around 120 yards per game at home this season, broke the century mark and also scored a touchdown as the team rushed for over 180 yards…and I’m predicting at least those results this time.  (More …)
    • Tim 2:45 pm on November 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Good post guys. One thing to note though is Willie Parker’s lingering injury will keep him out of Sunday’s great matchup with the Colts. Out of nowhere, Mewelde Moore will end up putting RB1 numbers up this weekend putting up 120 combined yards and a TD.

      Also, where is the love for Colston this weekend? He could certainly end up being a hit this weekend.

    • Brandon 3:18 pm on November 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Tim: Thanks for the update Tim. Just fixed up the post to make it more current! As for your boy Colston, as a team manager that spent a high pick on him this year, I’m not as excited about him these days and until he proves he’s back to being a big factor in the Saints passing game, he most likely won’t make the “hit” list.

    • Matt 3:40 pm on November 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Tim – I have high hopes for Colston this weekend, but something seems weird with him. I’ve always been a little suspicious of him since he came out of left field in 2006… the numbers are hard to argue with, but you gotta wonder if he’ll just drop off a cliff.

    • Brandon 8:24 pm on November 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Colston goes big! Maybe he’s back? Let’s hope…all I know is that that team loves to throw the ball!

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