Tag:Jerry Porter
Posted on: July 22, 2008 4:46 pm

Latest Rankings Changes

My first day back from a 12-day vacation and I can barely catch my breath! Here's a look at the changes to our positional and top 200 rankings:

Jerry Porter's torn hamstring makes an impact
Jacksonville's big free-agent acquisition is now even more of an uncertainty for 2008 after tearing his hammy this offseason and having surgery to fix it. Jacksonville expects him back by Week 1 of the regular season, but I doubt he'll make a solid contribution all year. Hamstring injuries can be nagging and annoying, and we're talking about a wide receiver coming back from one with a team he's never played with. You can not count on Porter for big stats this year. And if his numbers slide, so too do David Garrard's, which is why he's now at 14 on our QB rank list. Porter is now 48th among receivers with teammate Dennis Northcutt climbing up to 67th.

Lots of positive movement from Shockey trade
With Jeremy Shockey moving to New Orleans, several Fantasy players take a jump. Shockey is an obvious one, heading to a club that will feature him in the passing game and in the red zone. He's back to being a quality No. 1 Fantasy TE (7th at his position), and he pushes Drew Brees closer to Tony Romo for the third spot overall among QBs. Take note: Fantasy owners should aim for Romo or Brees in their drafts this summer. Robert Meachem and David Patten fall on the WR rank list, but they were both low-end reserves to begin with.

In New York, Kevin Boss climbs to 21st overall at tight end, but that may not be high enough. Jamey Eisenberg loves Boss as a top-12 tight end. Considering his 14 career receptions (including the postseason), I'm not sold. Instead, I think second-year WR Steve Smith will be a better outlet for Eli Manning to connect with on a weekly basis. Smith is now 60th among wideouts and someone who should be drafted in all leagues.

Marvin Harrison cleared for practice
He may not be at 100 percent yet, but with the news that Harrison is OK to practice, he jumps into solid No. 2 Fantasy WR territory (19th overall). Expectations are now up for him, though we're still confident he won't be good for the numbers we're used to seeing from him. As a result, Anthony Gonzalez takes a small hit and falls into low-end No. 3/top-end No. 4 Fantasy WR territory.

Redskins join Top 12 DSTs
Adding Jason Taylor will result in more sacks and fumble stats for the Washington DST. They're now worth a late-round Fantasy pick.
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).
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