Tag:DeShaun Foster
Posted on: February 29, 2008 4:15 pm

1/2 First Day of free agency rankings changes

As of about 4 p.m. ET on the first day of free agency (Happy NFL New Year, by the way), here is my usual guide to our most recent rankings changes.

You can find the positional rankings here: cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/football
and the top 200 here: www.sportsline.com/fantasy/football

Jerry Porter, you're the big winner so far. Porter's move from Oakland (a.k.a. The Place Where NFL Talent Goes To Die) to Jacksonville has drawn rave reviews from our staff (read: Me and Jamey). Porter has always had great potential but played in the Oakland talent sinkhole and hasn't ever had a shot at a stable gig with a disciplined team. Jacksonville delivers exactly that. I like to think of this as a signing of "Randy Moss lite" -- they got a tall receiver with good hands and the desire to play good football without breaking the bank (though $10M guaranteed is a lot). Anyway, he's already ranking high and is a member of the top 50 Fantasy WRs with the move. A legit mid-round sleeper.

P.S. There is now an inter-office debate between me and Jamey over who's the better Fantasy QB: Matt Schaub or David Garrard. I'm on Schaub's side, but I can see why Jamey likes Garrard better. Who's got the better No. 1 receiver? Schaub. Who's got the better everything else? Garrard. Does that matter? Almost. You can chime in below in the message boards or by emailing us at dmfantasyfootball@cbs.com

DeShaun Foster in Cali.
Backing up Frank Gore -- and I don't think he'll see much playing time -- won't help Foster be anything more than an insurance policy. I'm thinking five touches per game.

Ernest Wilford's chance is here. The Dolphins swiped Wilford, who has decent hands and lots of above-average ability. With the only other WRs in Miami being Ted Ginn, Derek Hagan and Greg Camarillo, Wilford has a solid shot to be a high-reception guy for the lagging Fins in 2008. Put him on the sleeper board.

Shockey slips a smidge. The whole trade rumor and broken leg thing. Gonna be hard to trust him.

Chris Redman back on the map.
The Falcons re-signed him. Don't worry, no one's drafting him. The guy has "Official Groomer for Matt Ryan" written all over him.

Brady Quinn is worthless.
With Derek Anderson re-signing with the Browns for three years, Brady Quinn isn't worth a pick or even an auction dollar.

Does anyone care about kickers? Martin Gramatica on the rise, Jason Elam on the fall, Jeff Wilkins retired.

No DST changes. Yet.

Players in a freefall: Kevin Jones, DET (Lions looking at Michael Turner means bad things for K. Jones' future); Derrick Ward, NYG (When will he play with Jacobs and Bradshaw in front of him?); Ted Ginn, MIA (Ernest Wilford is a teammate now)

General adjustments: Fred Jackson, BUF (UP now that he's Marshawn Lynch's backup); Justin Gage, TEN (UP, never moved him up from the re-signing); Muhsin Muhammad, CAR (see Gage); Andre Davis, HOU (see Gage).
Posted on: February 21, 2008 2:20 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2008 9:26 am

More Fantasy Rankings Changes

We just put out our newest player rankings. You can find the positional rankings here: cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/football
and the top 200 here: www.sportsline.com/fantasy/football

Here's what's changed:

Travis Henry restructures to stay with the Broncos. He shoots up, Selvin Young and Andre Hall plummet. When the 2007 season ended, we felt that Selvin Young would be the best man to run the ball for the Broncos. We also thought Henry would get cut after the drug test fiasco that messed with his head, as well as his sprained knee. The 2008 draft is deep at running back; we figured Denver would pounce on a big man via the draft and pair him with Young. Oops. Instead, Henry agreed to a new deal (terms not disclosed but probably not flattering). The Broncos would be fools to restructure his deal and then not use him, so now the expectation is that Henry will get in the neighborhood of 15 touches per game including goal-line work. That's not bad at all, providing he can stay healthy. In turn, Selvin Young slips bigtime, and Andre Hall is barely on the radar, especially after getting arrested on a driving charge (not a DUI).

Late-round WRs on the move. We had Justin Gage too low to begin with, so we bumped him up. He's going to get some nibbles in free agency. Demetrius Williams and Drew Carter also made the top-80 Fantasy WR list, bumping a currently unemployed Muhsin Muhammad, who will likely find a spot on the list again soon. Terry Glenn was also taken off, also possibly temporarily.

Tony Gonzalez gains a buck in auction value.
No big news here. Just wanted to get him some separation from the rest of the second tier of tight ends.

Alge Crumpler still down, but should rebound. The cutting of 'Crump' will likely be a good thing for his Fantasy value as he'll land with a contending team that will intend to use him. Might mean 700 yards and five touchdowns. A lot of teams are interested in him. The NFL draft is very weak at tight end this year ... I think.

What about DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams? Frankly, we were expecting Foster to either take a backseat role in Carolina or find himself elsewhere. He has since been cut and will play for a new team in 2008. As for Williams, we still expect him to share the ball with someone next season even though he's a former first-round pick with tons of upside. That's why neither player moved in our rankings. If the Panthers go all offseason without bringing in an additional runner to assist Williams, then he'll be moved into No. 2 Fantasy RB category.

We had some great banter on my last rankings changes blog. Looking forward to getting into more fights this time. If you see something in the rankings that look odd, or have a Fantasy Football comment in general, bang it in the message board.

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