August 2008 Archives

Player rankings - Wide Receivers

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One of the most crucial components of making sure your fantasy football draft is as successful as possible is your player rankings.

They'll help you make those tough decisions from the first few rounds up until the very end. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so it's very unlikely you'll find too many rankings on line that are completely the same.

So with that in mind, to make things easier, we've broken them down for you into tiers. The players are separated into groups based upon their overall fantasy production, potential, past performances, injuries and how we think they'll fare in 2008.

Players are listed in alphabetical order

One of the most crucial components of making sure your fantasy football draft is as successful as possible is your player rankings.

They'll help you make those tough decisions from the first few rounds up until the very end. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so it's very unlikely you'll find too many rankings on line that are completely the same.

So with that in mind, to make things easier, we've broken them down for you into tiers. The players are separated into groups based upon their overall fantasy production, potential, past performances, injuries and how we think they'll fare in 2008.

Based upon that, you can get a sense of where they might be placed in the rankings, however you see fit.

Later on today we'll do the exact same thing for the wide receivers.

One of the most crucial components of making sure your fantasy football draft is as successful as possible is your player rankings.

They'll help you make those tough decisions from the first few rounds up until the very end. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so it's very unlikely you'll find too many rankings online that are completely the same.

So with that in mind, to make things easier, we've broken them down for you into tiers. The players are separated into groups based upon their overall fantasy production, potential, past performances, injuries and how we think they'll fare in 2008.
Based upon that, you can get a sense of where they might be placed in the rankings, however you see fit.

-Matt Olsen

Here are our quarterback rankings.

Player Rankings - Running Backs

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One of the most crucial components of making sure your fantasy football draft is as successful as possible is your player rankings.

They'll help you make those tough decisions from the first few rounds up until the very end. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so it's very unlikely you'll find too many rankings on line that are completely the same.

So with that in mind, to make things easier, we've broken them down for you into tiers. The players are separated into groups based upon their overall fantasy production, potential, past performances, injuries and how we think they'll fare in 2008.

Based upon that, you can get a sense of where they might be placed in the rankings, however you see fit.

Later on today we'll do the exact same thing for the quarterbacks.

The two remaining teams in the NFC West possess some very interesting fantasy options for you this year.

Out in the desert it seems as if they have gone with the old man who used to bag groceries instead of the pretty boy from California.

And the rainy city Seahawks are trying to replace a running back who at one time was considered the best in the game.

In both scenarios it's important you know exactly what's going on because they can have extremely important influence on your fantasy season.

When it comes to fantasy football, it's necessary to separate your head from your heart. I love the Bears, you love the Bears, we all do. But it's abundantly clear to everyone- well, most people- that this won't be a very good football team in 2008. And if they are, it will be because the defense reestablished itself as one of the league's best. Fantasy football is all about scoring touchdowns, and it's a decent bet that Randy Moss will catch more than the Bears entire offense will score this season. We have just one piece of advice regarding Bears players in fantasy terms: stay away.

The Lions, of course, aren't much better, and their offense will certainly take a hit with the departure of pass happy coordinator Mike Martz. But with Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson on the outside, Jon Kitna is still going to chuck the ball all over the field. Still, those two receivers are the only worthwhile fantasy players Detroit has to offer.

The NFC West always seems to look as if it's going to be a dogfight amongst the teams that are apart of it. Yet, the Seahawks have prevailed more often than not as the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers always seem to disappoint.

Lucky for you, a team's overall record doesn't matter in fantasy football and because of it, the 49ers and Rams have a number of guys that will have their names called on draft day.

Here's a breakdown of both teams, side by side:

Lost in the hysteria surrounding Brett Favre this offseason was the Vikings transformation into one of the NFC's elite teams. Their two major offseason additions, receiver Bernard Berrian and defensive end Jared Allen, should pay dividends in Minnesota but also for fantasy teams. Allen, one of the league's most prolific sack artists, makes Minnesota's defense one of the most coveted on draft day, and Berrian's presence could take a few defenders keyed on stopping Adrian Peterson out of the box.

Though the Packers were quiet in free agency, they return several attractive fantasy players. Fantasy owners everywhere are curious to see what Ryan Grant can do with a full season of carries, and Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are still draftable even without Favre.

Patriots and Bills fantasy previews

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This is going to be the first and last time you'll see the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots put on the same page when discussing fantasy football.

The Pats are loaded with fantasy options, while the Bills, well, are just running on fumes with one or two decent players.

In order to save some time, we'll continue with the multiple team previews here to give you only the bottom line when it comes to sizing up these players.

Here we go:

For as much attention as Chase Utley and Dan Uggla get in the National League, Ian Kinsler has been just as impressive in the AL, setting the table for the Rangers' high powered offense all season. Few middle infielders can match his blend of power (.892 OPS) and speed (26 steals in 28 chances), and he's been one of fantasy baseball's biggest surprises in 2008.

But just as fantasy leagues head down to the wire, Kinsler faces an uncertain future. Yesterday, Kinsler was placed on the 15-day DL with a hernia he suffered a day earlier. Rotoworld speculated that Kinsler could have season ending surgery, with the Rangers out of contention in the AL West.

For fantasy teams relying on Kinsler to bring home a title, it's a crushing blow. No second baseman on the waiver wire will be able to match his production.

Well, not yet, but soon he will be. Wainwright,the Cards best starter, has been sidelined since since the beginning of June with a finger injury. He'll make his first rehab start in AA Saturday, and should be recalled soon after.

If healthy, Wainwright can be a solid addition to any fantasy team down the stretch. He was excellent before the injury, posting a WHIP of 1.09, a 6-3 record, and an ERA under 3.2.

Since the trade deadline has passed in most leagues, the only way you'll be able to add a player to your team is via the waiver wire. Since Wainwright's been out so long, that's where he probably is in most leagues, depending on how many DL spots your league allows. Before the injury, he was in the midst of putting together his second solid year in a row. He's worth monitoring from here on out.

Nothing irritates fantasy owners more than an unresolved Mike Shanahan running back derby. Denver can throw anyone behind their flawless zone-blocking offensive line, and they would be able to rush for over 1,300 yards. Well, almost anyone. But too often Shanahan decides on his starter after fantasy leagues draft, or, even worse, splits up carries between multiple backs.

The San Diego Chargers have no such problems deciding who to hand it off to. LaDainian Tomlinson was the NFL's leading rusher last year. Oh yeah, he's also the best player in the history of fantasy football. But don't just grab Tomlinson with the number one overall pick and move onto another team. San Diego is as loaded as any team in the NFL with useful fantasy players.

We got to start getting down to business here, people. The regular season opens in a little more than three weeks and most leagues will start drafting very soon. We'll be bringing you rankings for every position as well, so lets motor through these team previews. Today, we'll focus on two AFC West pushovers, the Chiefs of Kansas City and Raiders of Oakland.

The common thread between both these teams? Their offenses blow hard. KC's Brodie Croyle may be the NFL's worst starting QB- hurray for this guy!-, and after roughly eight kazillion carries the last three seasons, good ole' Larry Johnson doesn't look as awesome as he once did. The Raiders' O will likely be equally anemic, but they at least have potential. With JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden lining up in the backfield, the Raiders should be set for a very long time. It's just unlikely that both will make big contributions in their first full seasons. The real reason fantasy owners may want to avoid these two teams is because both feature poor offensive lines. Also featuring: Al Davis and Herm Edwards. That isn't a good thing.

Trailing Tampa Bay by 5.5 games in the AL East, the Yankees have their work cut out for them if they're going to close Yankee Stadium with a playoff birth. Things got a lot harder earlier this week when starter Joba Chamberlain hit the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis. The Yanks are going to have a tough time surviving the injury, but they have some nice options that your fantasy team should consider.

The Bengals were the laughing stock of the NFL before coach Marvin Lewis arrived. Now, well, they are perfectly average. During Lewis' five-year run, Cincinnati has finished 8-8 three times, and 7-9 once. Though the Bengals have never been able to sustain the success they had in 2005 by finishing 11-5, the talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball, has always been there.

And it still is. In fantasy football terms, few teams are as loaded as the Bengals. Their offense features three fantasy studs, and one fallen running back looking to redeem himself. When Carson Palmer and crew air it out, fantasy owners will reap the benefits.

It's not easy to replace a coaching legend, but Mike Tomlin handled it as well as anyone could have hoped last season. A 10-6 record and a playoff birth was enough to satisfy the Pittsburgh faithful in Year One, but that likely won't be good enough this season. The Steelers will start the season in everyone's top ten in power rankings, and probably in the top five in most.

Like any NFL behemoth, the Steelers are loaded with big time fantasy players on offense. Still, fantasy owners were likely upset to see Pittsburgh use its first round draft pick on running back Rashard Mendenhall, who may take away goal line touches from starter Willie Parker.

About the bloggers

Matt Wood is a web editor for suntimes.com and editor of CenterstageChicago.com. He is also a contributor for satirical sports publication The Heckler. Have a fantasy question? E-mail him.

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