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Who's NOT in our rankings

Posted on: June 5, 2008 4:21 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2008 5:26 pm
 
Fun exercise for you all to do today ... but first ...

Check out our latest positional rankings, our latest Top 200, and drum roll please ...... tatatatatatatatatatata .... our latest projections release! Interestingly enough, you will find the players in order based on our projections in the positional rankings, but not the Top 200 (if we did that, there would be a lot of QBs at the top).

As you'd expect with any relaunched site, we have a lot going on behind the scenes here, so I'm keeping it short. But here's the exercise for you:

Below, you will find a list of NFL players who at one point earlier this offseason was ON our Top 200 list. Your mission -- if you choose to accept it -- is to find ONE name on the list below who you think belongs on our Top 200 list, and be sure to explain why.

Roydell Williams, WR, Tennessee

Devin Thomas, WR, Washington

Limas Sweed, WR, Pittsburgh

Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis

Antwaan Randle El, WR, Washington

Shaun McDonald, WR, Detroit

Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay

Jason Wright, RB, Cleveland

Steve Slaton, RB, Houston

Aaron Stecker, RB, New Orleans

DeShawn Wynn, RB, Green Bay

Kenton Keith, RB, Indianapolis

Lorenzo Booker, RB, Miami

Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay

Mason Crosby, PK, Green Bay

Neil Rackers, PK, Arizona

Olindo Mare, PK, Seattle

Mewelde Moore, RB, Pittsburgh

Chris Henry, RB, Tennessee

Michael Bush, RB, Oakland

Najeh Davenport, RB, Pittsburgh

Adrian Peterson, RB, Chicago

Nate Washington, WR, Pittsburgh

Dennis Northcutt, WR, Jacksonville

James Jones, WR, Green Bay

Arnaz Battle, WR, San Francisco

Keary Colbert, WR, Denver

Chris Henry, WR, Cincinnati

LaBrandon Toefield, RB, Carolina

Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona

Brian Leonard, RB, St. Louis

Kolby Smith, RB, Kansas City

Correll Buckhalter, RB, Philadelphia

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans

Kenny Irons, RB, Cincinnati

Kris Brown, PK, Houston

Kevin Jones, RB, Detroit

Ron Dayne, RB, Houston

Darius Walker, RB, Houston

LaMont Jordan, RB, Oakland

Musa Smith, RB, Baltimore

David Patten, WR, New Orleans

Eagles DST

Jason Elam, PK, Denver

Andre Hall, RB, Denver

Terry Glenn, WR, New England

Kenny Watson, RB, Cincinnati

A good argument will get your guy on our list in our next release.
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2008 7:49 pm
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

post number 3...  mendenhall is actually not on any of the lists here, including the positional rank list in the link in the blog entry.  Parker, Davenport and Mewelde Moore are on the top 70 RBs, but no Mendenhall.  He is #36 on the rank list on my fantasy homepage though...

anyway, why is everyone drinking the pierre thomas kool-aid?  He has talent, no question, but he is 3rd on the depth chart (maybe 4th) in an offense that isn't particularly RB friendly...  If Deuce went down, Thomas would still split with Bush and Stecker, who played very well last year.

The guy that I would put in the top 200 is Kurt Warner (yeah I said it).  He played in 14 games last year, had only 11 starts, and threw 27 TDs (8th in the NFL) and was 10th best QB in my league's scoring system.  The guys ahead of him?  Brady, Romo, Manning, Roethlisberger, Brees, Anderson, Favre, Hasselbeck, Palmer, in that order.  What would Warner's stats be prorated over 16 games?

Of course, the Cards are saying that Leinart is the starter, due to his draft status and Warner's age.  But do you think that Whisenhunt will put up with Leinart if he craps the bed in preseason and Warner looks like he did last season?  Do you think he will go into the season with platooning QBs as his plan?  If Leinart chokes, and he quite possibly will, it is possible that Warner will be the Week 1 starter, making him a strong QB1.  If you watched him last year, he looked great throwing the ball, and the offense was completely different from when Leinart played.

If the Cardinals were SB contenders, I think that there is no question that Warner would be the starter.  Since they are not contenders, I'd say it's 50/50 as to who will be under center in Week 1.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2008 5:19 pm
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

Why won't Deuce bounce back? I think he's set for a breakthrough season after getting hurt last year. Bush has proven he cannot run at all, so deuce should see many carries.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2008 12:10 pm
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

Pierre Thomas should definately be on the top 200 list.  If duece does not bounce back (which he probably wont) Thomas is going to be the go to guy to take over the power running game.  He beat out the 4th rounder Antonip Pittman last year in pre season and when he did get the start vs. Chicago he set a Franchise record for first player to rush for 100+ yards and 100+ recieving yards in a single game.  That is why I definately think he should be in the top 200.



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2008 10:03 am
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

apparently the find function on my browser missed mendenhall at #36.  I thought you guys were on something, but I guess I am!



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2008 9:49 am
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

Mendenhall does not crack the top 200, doesn't crack the "guys not in the top 200", and doesn't crack the top 70 RBs in CBS's positional rankings?  Strange when you look at the guys CBS has ahead of him on the three lists.  He is in a RB-friendly offense, playing in a backfield with Parker coming off a late-season broken leg, and Davenport who is not a poster boy for healthy players.  Mendenhall is a well-rounded back that I would love to have as a reserve with lots of upside.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2008 5:06 pm
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

Cadillac Williams not in the top 200? WHAT? I mean he has proven he can stay healthy, sure, but still. He is the #1 backup to a guy in Earnest Graham who has done nothing his whole career, and got a nice 200+ carries last year (still, only a 4 YPC.) If I could get his backup, and his backup has already had a 1150+ yard season, I'd get my hands on him. Yea, Warrick Dunn may get 7 carries a game. Sure. Watch it be more like 2. Granted Graham is a TD machine, but being in the top 200 doesn't mean you will be a sure FF starter. I'd slot Williams around 175, with some upside potential



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2008 4:46 pm
 

Who's NOT in our rankings

Dave,

First off it appears that Rob Bironas and the Packers D/ST are indeed on your top 200 list, unless my eyes deceive me.

I would include Pierre Thomas.  I think it is likely that Deuce Mcallister will not be able to play the entire season.  Thomas looked very good last year when he played.  I believe that late in the year he went over 100yards when he got the start.  He is just the power runner that New Orleans needs to complement Reggie Bush.

I would also include the Eagles D/ST.  I think the additon of Asante Samuel and a better pass rush will increase their number of turnovers and interceptions.



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