Ricky O'Donnell: December 2008 Archives

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:

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.

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...

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.

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.

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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