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Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:14 pm
 
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
/rankings
and the top 200 here: www.sportsline.com/fantasy/football
/rankings/top200
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Here are the changes ... by position.

RUNNING BACK

- 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.

QUARTERBACKS

- 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.

TIGHT ENDS

- 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.

DSTs

- 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.


Comments

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2008 6:40 pm
 

Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

I like Barber in the Top 10. I have him at about 7,8 or 9. I think he is going to take this chance and make a name for himself.

As far as your taking Peterson in the first round. I still like it even though you think you may have lost on another Position. I know if I am picking in the top four or five, I will most probably take a RB. It is such a important position and with the RB by committee thing going if you don't get a top RB in the first round you are going to be hard pressed. My way of thinking right now is (assuming I have a top 5 pick) will be RB, WR, QB, TE(if Witten or Gates is available)I am also looking at those 2 as a possable third round choice, all depends on how the draft is flowing. If I don't get a TE in round 4, I will go after the best player between the available RB's and WR's. If I have a shot at a starting lone RB I will probably go for a RB.

Last year was a piece of cake I went RB, RB, WR, WR, QB, DEF, TE

If I do not pick in the top five I will probably go QB, WR, WR(unless a starting lone RB slips through)

Our league only had 8 starters last year, I am trying to talk them into 9 with either 3 WR's or a flex, since the RB position is up in the air.

Hate to wish for injuries,but if you take a RB that is going to be splitting a lot of touches, try to pick one that has one of them that get's injured a lot.




Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2008 6:02 pm
 

Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

Yep Dave, makes sense to me.  Thanks for the update, and hopefully Matt Forte will provide the Bears a running game.  Goodbye Cedric Benson you won't be missed!




Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2008 5:58 pm
 

Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

Yep Dave, it all makes sense to me.  Thanks for the explanation.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2008 11:10 am
 

Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

I don't know how high I'd take Barber... 6th? That just seems a smidge high to me. The Cowboy line is filled with big guys, so it will help out Barber, and we know what he can do. But I just think taking Brady or Manning, or a RB like Portis may be better. Because during the year Barber had 7 weeks without a TD, and in each of those weeks he didn't compile more than 8 fantasy points. That's almost half the fantasy season you get a par or sub-par week from your first round pick! Brady and Manning, well you know what they did. And I'm not saying Brady will repeat what he did last year - because he won't come close!! And maybe Barber will do better. But I just think RBs can be overvalued, and a guy like Barber who is at the bottom of tier-1 of RBs should not go before a top QB. I can see myself taking Barber with the 9th overall pick, but not much higher.



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 11:11 pm
 

Fantasy rankings update: Barber cuts into Top 10

I am a Cowboys fan, but when it comes to Fantasy Football, I only see black and white. With that being said, I think Barber is definitely a Top 10 Fantasy back. Last year in my league's scoring system, Barber finished as the #7 RB. 3 points behind McGahee and 5pts. behind Portis. You have to figure his carries go up which in turn should mean more points.

I have the 6th pick in this draft, and I'm already figuring L.T., Peterson, Westbrook, Jackson, Addai go Top 5. I will not hesitate to take Barber at 6. Even if someone takes Brady in the top 5, I'll most likely take him ahead of Addai as well.



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