December 2008 Archives

With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

Since we've got some time before fantasy baseball starts up - for which we plan on finally starting our own league that all of you fine readers can join, if you'd like - Matt and I are going to spend a little time recapping the year that was in fantasy football. It was a good year for both of us, I won my title and Matt went to his championship game, and we had a great time writing the blog. I just hope our advice didn't screw anyone over too bad. Thanks for reading.

Here's a look at Yahoo!'s top ten overall scorers for fantasy football in 2008:

2008 in Review: Preseason QB and RB Rankings

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With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

We'll start with quarterbacks and running backs today, and finish up with wide receivers and tight ends on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

From Behrens...

1) Adrian Peterson, 2) Maurice Jones-Drew, 3) Michael Turner, 4) DeAngelo Williams, 5) Brian Westbrook, 6) Frank Gore, 7) Matt Forte, 8) Drew Brees, 9) Marion Barber, 10) Chris Johnson, 11) Steve Slaton, 12) LaDainian Tomlinson.

A few quick thoughts:

a) Peterson is fo sho' #1, and no one else is even close.

b) I would still have LDT higher than 12.

c) MJD is a beast, but two is a tad high. Still, he had 14 total touchdowns this year behind a banged up line, so I think he's a top five selection next year. Expect him to get more touches as Fred Taylor continues to age.

d) Four is too high for DeAngelo too, just because of the presence of Jonathon Stewart. I'm sure the Panthers aren't going to let their 2008 first round pick just sit on the bench all year. That has to hurt Williams' numbers. Plus Stewart is the bigger dude, so John Fox could ticket him for the goal line touches next year.

e) Rashan Salamn and Anthony Thomas be damned....I think this Forte kid is the real deal. Top five pick in 09, for sure.

f) Brees ahead of Brady? Yeah, ok.

g) I've been given Full Court Press this week, so check that out.

h) Happy Holidays, kids.

The Best

Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning - Colts
364 yards, 3 TD

Matt Cassel - Patriots
345 yards, 3 TD

WR Anquan Boldin - Cardinals
Injury: Shoulder
Status: Questionable

While this week may be the Super Bowl for fantasy players, it isn't for the Cardinals. For that reason, don't be surprised if Arizona, who has the NFC West all wrapped up, sits its stud receiver this week, to the chagrin of fantasy owners everywhere. That is, of course, unless you're scheduled to go up against him.

Start or Sit - Super Bowl Edition

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Super Bears, Super Bowl!

Whoops, okay, not so much.

The most important weekend of the year. To those of you playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, we wish you luck and to help, here's this week start or sit list.

Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.

Send your questions to: molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

and between Ricky and myself, we'll do the best we can to help you out.

Or, leave a comment. We'll answer EVERY one of your questions.

Also, check out our Top Ten Most Despised Green Bay Packers list over at Top Ten Chicago Sports if you're looking for something else to occupy your time at work.

We won't tell your boss.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

Since Matt asked for your stories from fantasy football this season, I thought I'd share mine as well. I'm a little worried though - my season isn't over yet, I'm in the championship game this week, so I don't want to jinx anything. But my trip there has been pretty wild, and I've never believed in jinxing anyway (as far as I see it, you can believe in jinxing or VORP. Can't have it both ways.). Here goes...

Fantasy Football Playoffs - Tell us your story

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My name is Matthew Olsen and I am addicted to fantasy football.

Sorry, just had to get that off of my chest.

Of the eight or so leagues that I am apart of each season, just like most of you there is one in particular that I pay the most attention to. Taking the crown in any of the others is still cause for celebration, but, the premier league is cause for something much greater.

Heading into the Sunday night game, I led my semifinal opponent by a mere nine points thanks primarily to Adrian Peterson. But he had Eli Manning ready to go against the Cowboys in what everyone expected to be a shootout, while I was left helpless because my lineup was done.

I spent the next four quarters talking to myself, the t.v., the wall, my dog or anyone or anything else that I could unleash my neurotic ramblings upon.

But I emerged victorious as Manning was beaten to a pulp by Demarcus Ware and the 'Boys down in 'Big D', scoring a measly 3.8 points.

Life is good and I'm ON MY WAY TO THE SUPER BOWL!

Nothing entertains me more than hearing about bad beats or improbable wins so if you've got any stories to share from this past weekend, LET'S HEAR THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION!

Why am I using so many exclamation points?!?

The Best

Quarterbacks

Phillip Rivers - Chargers
346 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

For as big of a disappointment as San Diego has been this season, Rivers has established himself as one of the best signal callers in the conference. He has a QB rating over 100, has already set a career high for touchdown passes (26), and is completing over 63 percent of his passes.

Matt Cassel - Patriots
218 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Cassel has been a revelation for New England all season, but he was never more impressive than yesterday. Dealing with the death of his father, Cassel set a new career high for touchdown passes in one game.

RB Brandon Jacobs - Giants
Injury: Knee
Status: "His MRI came back negative but his status for Sunday has not yet been determined."

After missing Week 12, Jacobs has played through a knee injury the last two weeks with little success. It seems unlikely that he would play this week in Dallas. The Giants have already clinched the division and have two pretty good backups in Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Start or Sit - Playoffs Edition

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Congratulations to those of you who survived the first round of the playoffs and also to those of you who just qualified.

Here we're going to try and help you decide who to start this weekend and who you should avoid at all costs.

Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.

Send your questions to: molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

and between Ricky and myself, we'll do the best we can to help you out.

Or, leave a comment. We'll answer EVERY one of your questions.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

Waiver Wire Pickups & Playoff Advice

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The vast majority of leagues set a predetermined roster freeze date just before the playoffs begin. It's a time when you must strategize, prioritize and scrutinize every aspect of your lineup. Have only one tight end? Probably want to grab another just in case you're not caught without one if your starter goes down with an injury.

The Best and worst of Week 14

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The Best

Quarterbacks

Matt Schaub - Texans
414 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Who knew? Schaub comes back after missing four games due to injury and absolutely torches the Packers secondary. What's even scarier is that his day could have been even better if not for Owen Daniels costly fumble in the end zone. Next week he gets the Titans and the Texans should immediately return to being the team that can't get out of its own way.

WR Wes Welker - Patriots
Injury: concussion
Status: day-to-day

Welker has been reliable for Matt Cassel's Patriots all season, but he hasn't been of much help to fantasy owners. Welker has caught a ton of passes - 84, good for second in the NFL - but he's only found the end zone once. This week could be the game he breaks out.

Welker suffered a concussion last week against the Steelers, but it looks like he'll be fine. The ultimate medicine for a receiver? Playing the woeful Seahawks, who Welker takes on this on Sunday. If he's in the lineup, and he should be, Welker could be a good start.

Start or Sit - Week 14

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My friends, the playoffs are here.

One wrong decision can bring your season to a crashing halt.

One right decision and your championship ring will be awaiting you.

That's where we come in with our weekly start or sit column.

Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.

Send your questions to: molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

and between Ricky and myself, we'll do the best we can to help you out.

And while we're at it, over at Top Ten Chicago Sports we've unveiled our Top Ten Fantasy Football Busts of 2008 list. Nothing wrong with a shameless plug every once in awhile right?

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

For most of you, the playoffs are about to kick into gear and for others the season has officially come to a disappointing end.

But for those of you who remain in the chase, do not rest on your laurels and leave your team as is. There are always ways to improve and that one last addition may make all the difference in the world.

By this point, all the good guys are gone and the only quarterbacks floating around out there are either injured or buried on the depth chart.

But my friends, please, do not worry.

Because here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.

Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.

It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

The Best

Quarterbacks

Tony Romo - Cowboys
331 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Though none of the Holiday games were competitive, several offensive players put up huge numbers for fantasy owners. Romo led the bunch, which is good news for fantasy owners as the playoffs near. If you own Romo, you have at least a puncher's chance against any team. It feels like he could throw a bunch of touchdowns these next four weeks.

Jay Cutler - Broncos
357 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Maybe we should have seen that coming. The Jets are a solid team, but they've been receiving way too much hype ever since defeating the Patriots. Cutler and Denver certainly humbled New York on Sunday.

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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