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Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:55 pm

Rebound running backs

Thursday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Who has the better chance for a rebound year out of Shonn Greene, Beanie Wells, DeAngelo Williams and Ryan Grant?

In my 2011 rankings, I have them ranked in this order: Grant at No. 21, Williams at No. 24, Greene at No. 25 and Wells at No. 36. Grant likely won't move up much with the emergence of James Starks, but Williams and Greene could pass him depending on their situation. Wells also could improve his value, but he will remain a No. 3 Fantasy running back.

For Williams, if he signs with a team as a starter (Miami is a possibility if Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams leave) his value could improve. But if he returns to Carolina or follows John Fox to Denver then his value is limited, and you also have to worry about injury concerns following the past two years. As for Greene, hopefully his latest playoff run can help him in 2011 where he failed in 2010. LaDainian Tomlinson is likely to remain a factor with the Jets, but Greene should take control of the No. 1 job and play well behind that offensive line.

Here are your thoughts ...

@bsmurray06 Grant, but Greene is due to shed the LT backpack.

@RossMooring If he stays healthy, DeAngelo can be top 5. And it depends where he lands too. Big ifs.

@CdotNICHOLAS Ryan Grant. I don't see much competition for playing time when he returns. Starks did ok, Brandon Jackson not so much.

@rockhoundlsu CBA makes this one difficult, where will D.Williams be playing? Regardless I think it is Williams, Grant right on his heels

@chosyen1 depends if D Will can be feature back somewhere. Rest will be split backs Grant/Starks, Greene/LT, Wells/Hightower. Toss up

@FantasyF Ryan Grant doesn't belong on that list. He went down Week 1.

@oCLAYBOYo Cross between Shonn Greene and DeAngelo Williams if he leaves Carolina!

@jouvernile wells

@gingerdad1 I'm going w/ Grant. No real time share on a great offense. Williams, unsure where he'll b; Greene- LDT split; wells QB issue

@qcebel in order: DeAngelo Shonn Grant Wells

@Ross_Spargur deangelo or grant. I'll say deangelo cuz he will probably have a lead role with a new team. Grant has to worry about starks

@jtsoria I would say Greene- great o-line. D-will, where will he end up? Grant-never a great RB. And Wells, overrated.

@bigjon559 Greene b/c of his o-line but if Williams lands somewhere good then he has more of a chance

@phildreis DeAngelo. Assuming he stays healthy (BIG IF), he's by far the most elite of this 4some.

@iMarques82 D. Williams! In the right situation he could lead the league in rushing and none of the other guys have that upside.

@cblockd Gotta go with Grant then Greene

@guylindvall Can't believe i'm saying this but Shonn Greene again. And I got torched on him last year!

@ninocapo I say DeAngelo Williams, but that depends where he ends up. Do you see Carolina resigning?

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:30 pm

Round 6 and 7 of our mock draft

Wednesday's Twitter post @jameyeisenberg: Grade these #fantasyfootball picks. In Round 6 and 7 I selected Jimmy Graham and Steve Johnson.

In our first 2011 mock draft, I went with Graham in Round 6 and Johnson in Round 7. My draft thus far is Round 1-Arian Foster, Round 2-Tom Brady, Round 3-LeGarrette Blount, Round 4-Wes Welker and Round 5-Vincent Jackson. Graham is my starting tight end, and Johnson, for now, is my flex option.

There were a handful of running backs I considered here: Pierre Thomas, Fred Jackson, Brandon Jacobs, Mike Tolbert and Beanie Wells. And I also looked at some other receivers in Sidney Rice, James Jones and Deion Branch. I passed on Branch because I didn't want to load up on all Patriots.

As we discussed in the previous blog entry, I see plenty of upside in Graham and consider him a great Fantasy tight end in 2011. As for Johnson, he did score 10 touchdowns this past season with 82 catches for 1,073 yards. Can he do that again? Probably not, but he's still worth drafting as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver.

Keep following along with our draft because I'll get the players I want in the later rounds. Now for your thoughts on Graham and Johnson ...

@oCLAYBOYo B+ / Looks good Jamey

@rockhoundlsu Stevie Johnson has great upside as a WR3, Graham has upside but I have him ranked below Winslow/Daniels who are still avail.

@gingerdad1 I love the value of getting Stevie Johnson in rd 7, but I think Graham in the 6th is a reach. You can wait for similar value

@carlgetsmoked Graham will pay off in the 6th and johnson is kinda a risk

@iMarques82 I hate the Graham pick! 6th round for a TE project is a reach. I would have taken F-Jax. SJ is a strong pick.

@ErikRBaughn I like graham a lot and even if shockey is there. I see upside of 1000yd&12td --Johnson good breakout yr but still wr#3 imo

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:27 pm

When is a good time to draft a tight end?

Tuesday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: What round will draft a tight end and give me your Top 5 list?

As you can see by my rankings, the Top 5 is Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark, Jason Witten, Jermichael Finley and Vernon Davis. You probably won't find many differences in the Top 5 elsewhere, but after that is where it gets interesting.

I expect Owen Daniels to bounce back strong as long as he returns to Houston as a free agent, and Rob Gronkowski should play well again in his second year with the Patriots. I also like Jimmy Graham as a huge sleeper, and Zach Miller and Brandon Pettigrew also have plenty of upside.

After that, we're talking about the veteran guys of Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow and Chris Cooley. I'd stay away from Marcedes Lewis because 2010 was a fluke with all the touchdowns. And don't be surprised if Brent Celek has a rebound year with the Eagles after getting a full offseason with Michael Vick.

As for when to draft a tight end, if you want one of the Top 5 guys you have to pull the trigger in Round 4 in most leagues. But if you're like me and tend to wait, which I'll do this year for someone like Graham in Round 6 or 7, then practice patience when drafting tight ends.

Here are your thoughts ...

@bsmurray06 Gates, Finley, or Clark round 4. Witten, Gonzalez round 5.

@rockhoundlsu Taking in Rd.6, top 5: Gates, Clark, Witten, Davis, and Lewis...yes Marcedes Lewis, pushing Finley to 6th, Gronk to 7th.

@TheRotoCop 1.Gates 2.Finley (if healthy) 3.Witten 4.Z.Miller 5.Gronkowski/Celek toss-up.
@AP_Manning I'm going to wait til at least round 5, but: 1. Gates, 2. Clark, 3. Finley, 4. Davis, 5. Witten
@oCLAYBOYo 6th or later / 1)Finley 2)Gates 3)Clark 4)Witten 5)Davis
@carlgetsmoked in a ppr id take gates in late 4th, clark and finley in early 6
@AgentJR3 late rd, keeping Gates. Gates, witten, Clark, Davis, Finley.
@qcebel Rd 4 late...Finley Gates Clark Rd 5 Davis Cooley
@DirtDogDay 1 Gates 2 Clark 3 Finley 4 Witten 5 Keller/VDavis. Depending on league scoring I'd look around 4 if there is run on WRs.
@chinch77 round 14 out of 16. Wont waste a top pick on TE. If they get hurt, there is no viable replacement.

@gingerdad1 I don't draft TE's b4 the 6-7th rds. Too much volatility in the pos. Gates,Witten,Clark,V Davis, finley r my tops for 2011
@BrandonEichholz Rd.7. 1. Gates 2. Clark 3. Witten 4. Davis 5. Finley
@AntTheSportsGuy I would draft a TE in the 3rd round (standard scoring league). Top 5: Gates, Clark, Finley, Vernon Davis, and Witten

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:28 pm

Did Cutler ruin the Bears?

Monday's #fantasyfootball question @jameyeisenberg: Are there any #Bears you would draft in 2011 besides Matt Forte?

Here's my weekly playoff column looking at Jay Cutler, which you can read by clicking here. I consider him a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback, and there's no format where I would want him as a starter. And this has nothing to do with knee-gate.

After Cutler, I would only take the current guys with a late-round pick, and that includes Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, Devin Hester and Greg Olsen. They should all be considered reserves and are not worth drafting as starters in the majority of leagues.

Robbie Gould is OK, and the DST still has value as a starting option. But the Bears, aside from Forte as a starter in all leagues, don't have much Fantasy appeal in 2011.

Here are your thoughts ...
@AlexCannata Cutler should be ok. Knox will probably get drafted but i'm not touching him, and Olsen should be good based on his finish
@naptime555 cutler and knox and def
@rockhoundlsu DST is always a good bet

@oCLAYBOYo Knox and Bears Defense
@ninocapo I thought that Bennett was starting to emerge in the slot. I think he's draftable in ppr

@kcopen probably Knox...late
@gingerdad1 I would be ok drafting Knox in the mid rounds (9-13) and the Defense and kicker at the end. But that is all.
@sjohnson1019 bears DST, deep league maybe handcuff chester
@jouvernile maybe defense
@iMarques82 Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox could be good sleepers at no. 4 or 5 receivers. Another yr in this offense will help.
@RossMooring The handcuff to Matt Forte, as long as it's not Chester Taylor!
@NYLivinCAMind Only other Bear may be Earl Bennett. The bears shoukd start utilizing him more. When used, he's done a lot of damage.
@daverichard Cutler. Stock falls, upside improves.

@AP_Manning definitely Gould and the D if that counts, possibly Knox as a WR3 or Olesen as a late round TE. I want no part of Cutler
@chinch77 Cutler is still draftable. As is the bears d and maybe Olsen

@wulfy Bears DST

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 5:39 pm

Four options as backup quarterbacks

Here was Wednesday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Which of these quarterbacks has the most upside in 2011? Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel or Sam Bradford

In our 2011 rankings, my order is Stafford, Tebow, Cassel and Bradford. Based on your responses, many of you think Bradford should be drafted first with the addition of Josh McDaniels as the new offensive coordinator.

@tattsnscars13 Stafford if he can stay healthy, then Bradford

@mattcassel44 Matt Cassel

@phildreis Definitely Tebow. If I knew he'd play 16 games, he'd be top 5-10.

@CraiginSuwanee QB upside: Cassel, Bradford, Stafford, Tebow. TT has to show more. MS has to stay on field.

@collinjc775 Bradford with the addition of McDaniels and 1 year under his belt. If the WR's stay healthy he's a top 10 QB.

@HaitianKid79 Bradford. The Josh McDaniels factor.

@iMarques82 Stafford! If healthy, he has the best weapons. Could have a Schaub like season

@Jonbrony I like tebow because of his receiving core as a whole.

@RJones22 Stafford cuz he'll play a full season, then Tebow. I think Bradford will do the exact same next yr. Cassel :(
@rockhoundlsu wow tougher than first thought, may have to lean toward Bradford but must get Clayton back and Julio Jones in draft.

@gingerdad1 wow, great question! I would go Cassel (bowe/Charles), tebow(orton?), stafford(inj),& Bradford(mcd could be huge boost)

@oCLAYBOYo 1) Bradford 2) Stafford 3) Cassel 4) Tebow / that is my ranking and I see the Rams taking the NFC West next season!
@AP_Manning Stafford, he has top 5 upside, but he's also the biggest risk.

@fantasytips Stafford with all those weapons.

@FantasyJedi I'm guessing StL goes WR early in the draft. Bradford has the highest ceiling going forward. McDaniels should help.

@BenStandig Stafford by far. Look at what the #Lions qbs did this year collectively, plus gets a "healthy" Best for pass game

I like Stafford the best of this group for a couple of reasons: Calvin Johnson and the Lions production at quarterback in 2010. Whether it was Stafford, Shaun Hill or Drew Stanton, each quarterback had quality Fantasy production. The downside for Stafford is obviously health.

Tebow is next because of what he showed in his three starts to end the year. Like Michael Vick, his rushing and passing totals should lead to quality stats, and he had at least 24 Fantasy points in each outing. He also has a solid receiving corps with Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. But Tebow first has to win over new coach John Fox and prove he deserves the job.

Cassel was tremendous this season and has an elite wide receiver in Dwayne Bowe. But we'll find out how the loss of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will impact the passing game.

And Bradford, as many of you pointed out, has a high ceiling with McDaniels now calling plays, but the receiving corps needs to be addressed. Keeping Mark Clayton will help, but they need a proven No. 1 option to help Bradford take the next step in his career.

These are four quarterbacks many Fantasy owners should consider on Draft Day. You won't count on them as starters, but they could end up as a bye week or injury replacement. And if they develop or play as expected, then they can turn into trade bait.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:07 pm

Do you still trust Brandon Marshall?

Here was Tuesday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Where do you rank Brandon Marshall in 2011 given the lack of a quality QB and a new OC in Miami?

In our 2011 rankings, I have Marshall ranked No. 12. He might move up a couple of spots if the Dolphins upgrade over quarterback Chad Henne, but the hiring of Brian Daboll as the offensive coordinator did little to help Marshall's value. Daboll's last job was as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, and we know the Browns didn't exactly have a dynamic passing attack.

I view Marshall as a safe No. 2 Fantasy wide receiver. You can make a case that Marques Colston and Wes Welker are better veterans given their situation and quarterbacks, and Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin and Kenny Britt have more upside. And if Vincent Jackson stays in San Diego or signs somewhere with a premier quarterback, he would also be better than Marshall. Those are just a few comparisons.

Marshall is still good, especially in PPR leagues, and he finished 2010 with 86 catches for 1,014 yards and three touchdowns in a down year. The problem is those were his fewest stats in each category since his rookie season.

But we'll find out what the Dolphins do at quarterback (Kyle Orton and Vince Young are possibilities or they can draft a rookie like Cam Newton), which will ultimately impact Marshall the most. As of now, plan on drafting Marshall at the earliest in Round 3.

Here's what you had to say about Marshall ...

@oCLAYBOYo Marshall will be out some way in Miami!
@gingerdad1 I think Marshall will end up next yr similar to this yr in that 15-20 range. Good upside, but QB issues
@BrandonEichholz Based on his talent, I rank him at 25.

@ErikRBaughn low #1 or high #2. If ppr then solid # 1

@Ross_Spargur 3rd or 4th round, no lock to do anything

@sjohnson1019 won't draft marshall, let him be someone elses problem or steal. 5th round WR2
@DirtDogDay Wherever Larry Fitzgerald ended this season is where I'd expect Marshall next season. Very similar situations in Mia and AZ.

@FollowThisSmell deciding between him, vjax and dez in ppr kpr lg - thoughts?

@stcrawford Probably a #2. He'll blow up some weeks, but give you 4-40-0 more often than that.
@AFeingold PPR league? He still finished with 86 catches while being hurt and missing two games
@johnrbarringer Top 14-19 RT @JameyEisenberg: Where do you rank Brandon Marshall in 2011 given the lack of a quality QB and a new OC in Miami?

@desides01 Low end WR2 with mega upside. Can't get any worse with Dan Henning gone. Brian Daboll being introduced now at

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:44 pm

What is Tony Romo's Fantasy value for 2011?

Here was Monday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Do you still trust Tony Romo as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback?

In our 2011 rankings, I have Romo ranked No. 8 behind Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub. And in our first mock draft for 2011, Romo went in Round 3, ahead of Schaub.

He'll be considered somewhat of a risk for Fantasy owners since he only appeared in six games before suffering a broken left clavicle this past season, and before he got hurt he had 1,605 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. But if you project his stats over a full season he would have finished with 4,280 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

The upside for Romo is great. You can probably draft him later than Round 3, and last year he didn't have a lot of time to work with rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant, who finally got healthy from nagging ankle, hip and hamstring injuries right when Romo went down. With Miles Austin and Jason Witten still playing well, and Jason Garrett now the full-time head coach, Romo should shine this year. He is a definite No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues.

Here's what you guys had to say about Romo for 2011 ...

@iMarques82 I think Romo will have a HUGE year.

@BennysDad916 because of an injury, he's not a #1 anymore? All he does is put up numbers!

@bigjon559 yes, but I'd only get him with a 4th or 5th round pick

@RossMooring Romo could EASILY end up with top 5 QB numbers. Was on pace for 5,000 yards thru first 5 games! Has Austin-Bryant-Witten.

@CdotNICHOLAS if he's still throwing to Miles, Dez, and Witten then I do.
@oCLAYBOYo Yes, offensive line still looks good and wide receiver corps looks good as well. The Cowboys will make some noise with Romo

@ONN8 absolutely

@AP_Manning I think I'd trust you as a #1 QB with Bryant, Austin, and Witten to throw to.

@marciaherold Romo? In the immortal words of The Who: We won't get fooled again.

@rockhoundlsu I have to put him in my top 10 probably around the same area as Freeman, so yes starter but not top 5.
@j2_whittington never did in the first place

@thecliffadams Absolutely still trust Romo, and probably even more now that he has Dez as a weapon

@ErikRBaughn he's a number 1

@AgentJR3 with the way the offense performed under Garrett and the junk qbs he was using, romo could have his best season yet.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:20 pm

LeGarrette Blount's Fantasy value in 2011 is ...

We're in the middle of our first 2011 Fantasy Football mock draft, and I like the way my team has started. Some of you, however, disagree with my third-round pick.

I went Arian Foster at No. 1 overall, and in the second round I took Tom Brady. In Round 3, I was hoping Calvin Johnson or Roddy White would fall to me, but both went in Round 2 after Andre Johnson as the top three receivers. That left me looking at a second running back.

On my draft list, the best player was Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount. He proved his worth in half a season in 2010, and he should run well again in 2011 as the featured running back for the Bucs. He has a good offensive line, plenty of talent around him with Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow and a favorable schedule next year.

But some of you think that was too early for Blount. Here are the running backs who went after him: Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Mathews and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Still on the board who could be comparable value are Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Grant, Ryan Torain, Cedric Benson, DeAngelo Williams and Shonn Greene.

I don't know about you, but I like Blount better than most, if not all, of those guys. But I posed the question on Twitter @jameyeisenberg if you trust Blount as a starting Fantasy option in 2011. Here are your responses ...

@BrycePrunty Let's see if Blount hits anyone in the off season first...

@commishpjn think he can be a decent #2 back.

@stevethelawyer Yes.

@mikem57 great question, I DO! What"s your take??

@bsmurray06 Yes, I think he realizes what a great second chance he got with Tampa.

@oCLAYBOYo worried about timeshare Jamey, do you see that happening?

@ErikRBaughn upside is Brandon Jacobs circa 2008. So late 2nd early 3rd

@live2trade next year should be a tougher schedule

@dcChuck As of right now I do but I don't think you can tell until after the draft

@Lhiob given the full reps in training camp as the 1st team back, yes.

@MoonSetGallery had him this year. Solid #2 in my eyes for 2011

@gingerdad1 I trust Blount in the 2nd-3rd tier for RB's. I may be crazy but I am going all in on the Bucs next year!

@RJones22 I'd trust LeGarrette as my #2 starting RB, not putting all my eggs in that basket yet as #1

@AgentJR3 nope, he can't run like that for a full season and not get hurt.

@Ross_Spargur yes! he did great and really played hard. He would have been a high draft choice if he didnt punch that guy...

@DarrellDawson I sure as hell hope I do. Lot riding on him. Just need him to not punch anybody out during offseason.

@jigbim LeGarrette Blount is a RB3, at best a RB2 during the bye weeks

@Twerley62 no

Blount will likely be one of those running backs that either falls far enough where he's great value, or someone might reach for him too soon. I think Round 3 is where he should be drafted, and I would gladly take him as my No. 2 running back in any standard league.

Category: NFL
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