Tag:Fantasy rankings
Posted on: August 21, 2008 1:36 pm

Latest rankings updated

Lots of changes following our most recent rankings and projections movement. The projections have been updated; here are the highlights from the rankings:


Carson Palmer and Derek Anderson flip flop. Palmer's receiving corps gets better with Chris Henry coming aboard while Derek Anderson's sour play this preseason knocks him down a step. Both are still No. 1 Fantasy QBs, but they obviously have more questions surrounding them than you'd like with your starting passer.

Donovan McNabb, Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck take a dip; Eli Manning benefits. The Eagles lost WR Kevin Curtis, which will undoubtedly hurt McNabb's early-season stats. Marc Bulger's early departure against the Chargers is construed as what's to come for him thanks to a subpar offensive line. Matt Hasselbeck's back is in worse shape than his receiving corps. All this while Eli Manning has played moderately well without Plaxico Burress this offseason, and his receiving crew is awfully deep.

Jon Kitna, Matt Schaub inch up. Based on the strength of their preseason play (especially Kitna's).


Backups on the rise. Just making an adjustment on Maurice Morris, Derrick Ward and Fred Jackson. All three are expected to see some sort of playing time in Fantasy circles this season and should be drafted.


Bengals on the move. Chad Johnson slid past Wes Welker and could slide further depending on the severity of his shoulder injury. We thought nothing of it until they added Chris Henry. Now there's talk he might miss some time. Henry debuts at 58th among WRs, by the way.

One Lion jumps another. Calvin Johnson is flying up draft boards, so we took another look at him and his teammate, Roy Williams. Citing Kitna's tendency to chuck it at Johnson every time he's in single coverage, he's got a shot to put up better numbers than Williams, who should still do well as he's in a contract year. Johnson is 15th, Williams is 16th, and I think even Williams -- a Fantasy buff like you and me -- wouldn't argue for long about that one. Jon Kitna's looking really nice right about now.

Kevin Curtis stumbles, fumbles and crashes. A sports hernia surgery, which is scheduled for Thursday, by the way, is serious stuff, especially for a receiver who relies on speed. Our guess is that he will miss the first three weeks of the season. If that happens, then he'll be away from Fantasy owners for four of the first seven weeks of the season. Not a lot of value left there, especially considering his inconsistent production. DeSean Jackson should get the first chance to step up and be a factor in Philly's passing game. It looks like he's got a solid knowledge of the offense already. Reggie Brown is still saddled low. Anyone else wondering why McNabb's stock is tumbling?

Bears WRs down, Eddie Royal up. Royal is catching on strong with the Broncos and should start the season with the first-team offense. Meanwhile, Kyle Orton's arm isn't so good for Marty Booker and Devin Hester. The deep game is better with Grossman, believe it or not.


Ben Utecht down. Chris Henry will take some catches off of his plate.

Agree with these changes? Disagree with these changes? Sound off on the message board below. I'll check out the responses and jump in the conversation.
Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:14 pm

Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

Some might say we've been late to the party on this one, but after much deliberation, we've moved Marion Barber into No. 1 Fantasy RB territory. And, he's also in the Top 10 overall among all Fantasy players.

Read all about it in our updated rankings. You can find the positional rankings here: cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/football
and the top 200 here: www.sportsline.com/fantasy/football

Here are the changes ... by position.


- Marion Barber moves into the Top 10. The Cowboys' runner was behind the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Larry Johnson and Ryan Grant before the move, and the reality is that even if his touches remain stagnant, he'll out-score all three of them. But the truth is that his touches should go UP, especially after signing a new contract. Figure we were just late to the boat on this -- Barber has been a late first-round pick in many drafts so far this summer.

- Matt Forte moves up a few notches. We're loving what we're hearing about Forte and how quickly he's adjusted to the Bears' offense so far this season. The combination of that news, the Bears waiving Cedric Benson and then subsequently not signing another free agent leads us to believe that Forte will see a nice chunk of the work in Chicago, with Adrian Peterson also getting some touches. Ask anyone in Chicago and they'd take that over Ced Ben falling down every two yards. Forte is still a No. 3 Fantasy RB, but now he's in the Top 30 at the position and Top 70 overall.

- Giants backup RBs swap places. With Ahmad Bradshaw's arrest and subsequent jail time and expected suspension (our hunch, not official news), Ward takes over as the more valuable rusher behind Brandon Jacobs. I have a feeling that the Giants will play merry-go-round at RB again this season anyway because of injuries. I'm steering clear if I can help it.

- Jamaal Charles debuts. With the news from Kansas City that Charles will get work as a rookie, how could we forget about him? His speed and change-of-pace style compared to Larry Johnson should work out nicely for the Chiefs.

- Brandon Jackson re-debuts. Maybe it's just because we didn't have a Packers backup on the rankings, or because we're not completely sold on Ryan Grant averaging 5.0 yards per tote for the entire season, but we felt like Jackson deserves a spot. We're stealing him in the late rounds of drafts.

- Travis Henry, Shaun Alexander almost off the list. Pretty self-explanatory.


- Jay Cutler down a smidge.
Just a small change to put him behind Matt Hasselbeck. If Brandon Marshall falls into a long suspension, then his stock will completely tank.

- Jeff Garcia down. Combination of people staying away from him in drafts, his contract demands and the Bucs' lack of a proven high-stat receiver to go opposite of Joey Galloway. Garcia is a clear-cut backup, not worth platooning at all.


- Vernon Davis up a smidge.
The talk out of San Francisco is that Mike Martz loves the options he'll have at his disposal with Davis, and Davis is encouraged by the progress he's making in Martz's offense. Granted, Martz has never had a tight end that produced big stats under his tutelage in recent history, but Davis is not your average tight end. Moreover, if the third-year receiver theory has anything to do with tight ends, then this will be Davis' breakout year. A LOT depends on his quarterback, though.

- Leonard Pope up a smidge. Just a tweak in our projections that resulted in Pope jumping over Randy McMichael and Donald Lee. I'm sure this news just rocks your world.


- Giants DST down a few spots.
Strahan retired -- you knew this was coming.

What about Brandon Marshall?

Jamey and I have had noisy discussions over where we'd take Brandon Marshall in a Fantasy draft. For the most part, we agree to not take him anytime before Round 4 and bank on someone rolling the dice on him in late Round 3.

Jamey wants a reduction in his projections. I offer Jamey the opportunity to get real. After his arm laceration, we already had him at 14 games with around 80 catches for around 1,060 yards and seven touchdowns. I think that's very realistic for a well-rounded, aggressive receiver in an offense that needs the passing game to win. The only difference is that the two games he'll miss are for a suspension instead of an arm injury.

One thing is for sure: Marshall isn't the safe pick everyone thought he was after last season ended.

Posted on: February 15, 2008 10:41 am

Fantasy rankings update: Minor alterations

While we hadn't posted an update to our rankings in almost a month (don't tell my boss), we had been updating them behind the scenes without publishing them. That changed today as our rankings have been updated.

But there's not much to comment on.


Shaun Hill up, Cleo Lemon re-debuts.
Hill's re-signing with the 49ers makes him on even footing with Alex Smith for the starting job. We even thought about ranking Hill ahead of Smith (we think Hill fits better in Mike Martz's offense), but have to give the former first-round pick the benefit of the doubt (he is making more scratch, after all). As for Lemon, speculation is that he'll wind up with the Ravens at some point this offseason as Cam Cameron installs his offense there. Lemon followed Cameron to Miami from San Diego (actually, it was via trade).


Top RBs' auction values dip.
Brian Westbrook, Steven Jackson and Adrian Peterson each had a buck sliced off their value, Addai dipped to $27 from $29, and Johnson fell from $27 to $23. We're not sure we'd take LJ over Frank Gore and Clinton Portis, and it's a change we might make later on this offseason, particularly if the Chiefs aren't active in free agency. We did not like Johnson's lack of knowledge about his foot injury. We may even try and contact Johnson to talk about it at some point soon.

Ahman Green down. Houston will either draft a RB, sign Michael Turner, or use a platoon in their backfield. Either way, Green's future in Houston doesn't look so bright.

No change for Justin Fargas. We weren't sure where Fargas would wind up this offseason, but with him staying in Oakland and presumably starting the year as their No. 1 RB, he stays as a top-30 Fantasy RB.


Bernard Berrian up.
It looks like Berrian is going to garner a lot of attention on the free-agent market. Berrian is an excellent speed receiver with good hands, and there are always clubs looking for players like him. A team that wants a player will use him prominently. The Bears really should franchise him, but assuming they don't, he's going to get his choice of where he wants to play. My money's on him signing somewhere warm.

D.J. Hackett, Reggie Brown down. Hackett's ankle will cost him big bucks on the free-agent market, and Brown's potential for 2008 seems limited, so we wanted to drop him to a more appropriate place.


Chris Cooley's auction value up.
With Jim Zorn installing the West Coast Offense in Washington, Cooley should see a bit more work go his way. But it's not enough to put him past Dallas Clark ... yet.

Randy McMichael up. Al Saunders has made stars out of tight ends in the past. McMichael is his new project in St. Louis.

Martin Gramatica up.
He'll compete with Olindo Mare for the starting job in New Orleans, but the Saints didn't re-sign him to cut him over the summer. We think he'll get the job.

That's all for now. As always, please post a message if you think we're overrating or underrating anyone.
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