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Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:28 pm
 

MJD still a first-round pick?

Thursday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg ...

Do you still trust Maurice Jones-Drew with a first-round pick in 2011?

I have him ranked No. 5 in my first edition of our 2011 rankings, but there are concerns with Jones-Drew for next season. He is coming off knee surgery, and the Jaguars might consider giving more carries to Rashad Jennings to save his wear and tear.

Now, this isn't to suggest passing on Jones-Drew altogether. Far from it. I would gladly take Jones-Drew at No. 5 overall, but some of you would pass on him until Round 2. But keep in mind he's still the featured player on offense, works at the goal line and catches passes. He also plays in one of the worst divisions in the NFL in the AFC South.

Still, here's what you had to say ...

@fantasEJW definitely cause the jags r so committed to the run but I don't think he's top 5 anymore cause of jennings

@oCLAYBOYo Yes, MJD will go into the offseason with a good rehab and be ready to start in September strong.

@crazy4having3 my husband & I were just talking about this. No way is he a #1 and he wouldn't even be in my top 10. My husband disagrees.

@rockhoundlsu His surgery not overly intrusive; will perform better in 2011 w/ more rush & rcving yds, have him ranked #4 RB, 1st rd easy.

@mjk212 Yes, but second-half

@49erVol sure, MJD after pick 8. Vick, Foster, Peterson, Charles, Rodgers, CJ2K, S Jackson, & maybe Andre/Megatron/Gore.

@BrandonEichholz oh yeah, he's been consistent and played well even with a bad knee.

@iMarques82 no. Jennings will continue to emerge and the inj are enough of a concern to pass on him until the 2nd rd.

@IrieDame Absolutely NOT right

@fbrooks324 that's a tough one because the way jennings was running toward the end, just have to wait for preseason to see.

@RossMooring Yes, apart from injury worries, I expect MJD to have top 5 RB numbers in 2011. Very high ceiling if Jags offense improves.

Stay tuned, more to come ...

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 12, 2011 5:45 pm
 

The No. 1 Fantasy Football QB in 2011 is ...

OK, so this is something you're going to see a lot from me over the next few weeks. I'll be asking questions via Twitter @jameyeisenberg and posting the results here.

Today's question: Who should be the No. 1 #fantasyfootball QB drafted in 2011?

The choices, for the most part, included Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. There was one recommendation for Bubby Brister, which I left out. And your responses were ...
 
@MattyLib Vick is obviously very tempting. I like Rodgers as well.

@fantasEJW top qb in fantasy next year is aaron rodgers hands down

@bsmurray06 Aaron Rodgers, if not for loss of Finley and Grant his numbers would be top.

@BrickGrill depending on how things shake out in offseason, I would stick with Brees or Manning.
 
@tonymcqueen It's got to be Brady. I think they'll keep rolling next season.

@redfern7581 Aaron Rodgers.

@5hai3venhaim Arodge followed by my boy Josh Freeman .. 2 QB league.

@wulfy Vick

@LpLipty brees, can't trust Vick, defenses will b better prepared

@DirtDogDay Rodgers. He'll have Finley and Grant back and the emergence of Starks and Nelson, JJones will keep him in Beast mode.

@rockhoundlsu gotta stick with Rodgers

@Jeremykw 1.) Tom Brady 2.) Philip Rivers 3.) Aaron Rodgers 4.) Peyton Manning 5.) Michael Vick

@BrandonEichholz Rodgers.

@oCLAYBOYo Aaron Rodgers

@I_am_AshleyRyan I'd say Brady for consistency. Then Vick and Rodgers.

@mgobluealum94 I'm still a purist & would go with Brady, Brees, or Payton. I just can't draft Vick over these guys.

@jefflanejr Rodgers... Vick is too risky

We also posted a poll on fantasynews.cbssports.com on this topic, and as of Wednesday, Rodgers got 43 percent, Vick got 27 percent, Brady got 20 percent and Brees and Manning each got 5.

The reason I posed this question is because I currently have Vick ranked No. 1 in our first version of our 2011 rankings with Rodgers at No. 2, Manning at No. 3 and Brady at No. 4.  But I am strongly considering switching Vick and Rodgers. The more I think about it, the more I feel like Rodgers is safer. Vick has a great potential to struggle depending on his contract scenario next year, and he has a much higher risk of injury.

But as we all saw in 2010, when Vick is on there aren't many quarterbacks who can produce his overall skills of rushing and passing. For now, Vick stays, but that may change during the offseason.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Where should Reggie Bush go?

Reggie Bush talked about his future Tuesday, and the possibility New Orleans could ask him to restructure his contract. That could lead to Bush leaving the Saints.

I posed this question on Twitter @jameyeisenberg: Where would Reggie Bush have the most #fantasyfootball value in 2011?

Here were some of the responses ...

@streamertyer On someone else's fantasy roster.

@iMarques82 they need each other. Brees is somewhat lost without him.

@ErikRBaughn somewhere else where he can get 10 to 15 carries a game and five catches.

@AgentJR3 Indy to give Manning a returner to give them great field position and that kind of weapon out of the backfield.

@dcChuck I know it won't happen but probably the Eagles or Pats (taking Woodhead's place).

@RJones22 Reggie Bush has the most fantasy value at QB for the Browns.

I'd actually like to see Bush with a team like Miami, which could use his speed and is in need of an upgrade at running back. A pairing of Bush and Ronnie Brown would make sense. I could also see Bush in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Washington, St. Louis or even Seattle in a reunion with Pete Carroll.

No matter where Bush ends up he would only be a No. 3 Fantasy running back. Durability will always be an issue, and no one is going to sign him to be a featured option.
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Catching up with Deuce McAllister

Deuce McAllister is rooting for the Saints to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Saints wish McAllister could help them get there.

New Orleans enters Saturday’s playoff opener at Seattle without its top two running backs in Chris Ivory (foot) and Pierre Thomas (ankle), who were both placed on injured reserve. Reggie Bush is now the featured option in the backfield, but he missed most of the season with a broken leg. The Saints will also rely on Julius Jones, but losing Ivory and Thomas will hurt.

“It’s definitely tough,” said McAllister, who spent 10 seasons with the Saints. “It’s an unfortunate situation. You hate to see that happen.”

McAllister, who is currently an analyst for CBS College Sports, is counting on Bush to play well in the postseason. He said along with Bush and Jones, the Saints could also give increased carries to fullback Heath Evans. But McAllister said this is Bush’s time to shine.

“I expect Reggie to have a big playoffs,” McAllister said. “He has to come out and perform.”

A big performance in the postseason could help Bush’s Fantasy value heading into 2011. Thomas is a free agent and might not return to New Orleans, and Ivory is looking at a lengthy recovery following a Lisfranc injury that will require surgery.

If Bush enters 2011 as the No. 1 running back for the Saints and not just a third-down back then he could be in line for a big year. We currently have Bush ranked as a No. 3 Fantasy running back heading into the season, but that could change based on what happens with Thomas and Ivory’s injury.

McAllister said that no matter where Thomas plays next season he should do well. He was limited in 2010 with an injured ankle, but McAllister said Thomas is a good running back.

“The outlook is bright for him,” McAllister said. “He’s a bright kid. The most important thing for him is to get completely healthy. After that he just has to make the best decision for him and his family where he wants to play, but he should be fine.”

If Thomas returns to the Saints he would remain a potential No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. But if Thomas leaves New Orleans then his destination will determine his value.

As for Ivory, he excelled as an undrafted rookie free agent, and he took advantage of Thomas and Bush being out for an extended period of time. If Ivory is able to return for training camp at 100 percent – and if Thomas is gone – he could be considered a sleeper.  McAllister was impressed with Ivory’s performance in 2010.

“He showed enough, but he still had some growing pains,” McAllister said. “You like what you see from him. Now he just has to grow in the passing game, his blitz protection and dealing with turnovers.”

I’ll talk with McAllister again this offseason about running backs around the league, but he was impressed with Houston’s Arian Foster this season. Foster led the NFL in rushing and should enter 2011 as the potential No. 1 overall pick.

McAllister said the zone-blocking system the Texans use is a key to Foster’s success.

“I don’t know if he can do that again,” McAllister said of Foster. “But he’ll continue to put up numbers.”

McAllister said if the Titans and Vikings can improve their quarterbacks then Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson will challenge Foster for the No. 1 overall spot. McAllister was also impressed with Tampa Bay’s LeGarrette Blount. He said Blount “vindicated himself” after not getting drafted.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Week 17 review

Here is our weekly review from Start 'Em and Sit 'Em from Week 17.

How we did in Week 17 ...

Starts that made us look good

Player - Fantasy Points Projected - Fantasy Points Actual - Start Percentage

Ryan Mathews – 15 – 31 – 25*

Tim Tebow – 17 – 31 – 13

Ben Roethlisberger – 18 – 25 – 44

Sits that made us look good

Player - Fantasy Points Projected - Fantasy Points Actual - Start Percentage

Michael Crabtree – 6 – 4 – 46

Jay Cutler – 15 – 2 – 36

Peyton Hillis – 7 – 1 – 79

Starts that made us look bad

Player - Fantasy Points Projected - Fantasy Points Actual - Start Percentage

Joseph Addai – 12 – 4 – 16

Joe Flacco – 17 – 3 – 68

Jonathan Stewart – 14 – 3 – 45

Sits that made us look bad

Player - Fantasy Points Projected - Fantasy Points Actual - Start Percentage

Josh Freeman – 16 – 21 – 32

Rex Grossman – 13 – 19 – 3

Matt Forte – 5 – 15 – 74

Our favorite sleeper in Week 17 was ... Rashad Jennings, who had 19 Fantasy points when he was projected for nine. He was started in 35 percent of leagues and finished with more Fantasy points than Chris Johnson (14), Michael Turner (10) and Steven Jackson (seven).

* - Start of the Week

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 12:46 am
 

Week 17 extended sleepers

Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.

QUARTERBACK

Kevin Kolb (vs. DAL): Michael Vick (quad) is expected to miss this game, which means Kolb will return as the starter for the Eagles. He should be at his best since he could be auditioning for a job next season. If he plays well, another team in need of a quarterback could entice the Eagles in a trade since it’s clear Vick is the starter in Philadelphia in 2011. He has a favorable matchup against the Cowboys, who are tied with the Texans for the most touchdowns allowed to opposing quarterbacks with 34.

Trent Edwards (at HOU): The Texans just allowed rookie quarterback Tim Tebow, in his second NFL start, to pass for more than 300 yards with multiple touchdowns. Part of it is Tebow played well. But part of it is the Texans are that bad in pass defense. Edwards now takes his turn with David Garrard (finger) out, and he has the chance to produce at a high level. We’re not saying to start Edwards in most formats, but if you’re in need of a passer in deeper leagues then give Edwards a chance.

RUNNING BACK

Jerome Harrison (vs. DAL): The Eagles will likely decide to rest most of their starters, which means Harrison can get the majority of touches with LeSean McCoy on the bench. Harrison came into the season with a lot of promise before the Browns traded him to Philadelphia. The Cowboys have allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past five games, and Harrison can be a useful flex option in deeper formats this week based on his potential to see increased carries.

Michael Bush (at KC): If Darren McFadden (toe) is out for this game then Bush could see the majority of carries against the Chiefs. And there’s a chance the Chiefs could be resting their starters early in the game. Bush has six games this season with double digits in Fantasy points, and he’s done well with increased touches. He’s had five games this year with double digits in carries, and he finished with at least one touchdown in four of those outings.

Jason Snelling (vs. CAR): If the Falcons build a lead this game, which isn’t a stretch given how bad Carolina has played this season, Snelling could see increased carries late in the game once Michael Turner is resting on the bench. The Panthers have allowed 20 touchdowns to opposing running backs this year, including 10 in the past five games. Snelling should be considered a flex option in deeper formats.

Brian Westbrook (vs. ARI): If Anthony Dixon (ankle) was 100 percent healthy then the 49ers would have reason to give him at least 15 carries to find out what he’s capable of heading into 2011. Dixon, not Westbrook, is the future No. 2 running back in San Francisco behind Frank Gore. But with Dixon limited in practice this week, Westbrook will likely remain the featured option for this matchup against the Cardinals, which is favorable. Arizona has allowed 19 touchdowns to opposing running backs, and Westbrook has three touchdowns in his past five games.

WIDE RECEIVER

Davone Bess (at NE): Bess has a good history against the Patriots. He has 18 catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns in his past two meetings with New England with at least eight Fantasy points in his past three outings. The Patriots have allowed 15 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season, and they could be resting defensive starters in the second half with the playoffs approaching. The Dolphins also will likely be passing a lot while they are chasing points, and Bess has at least seven Fantasy points in his past five games.

Jerome Simpson (at BAL): Simpson went from an afterthought to the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals last week against San Diego with Terrell Owens (knee) on injured reserve and Chad Ochocinco (ankle) out. He finished with six catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s looking for a repeat performance this week against the Ravens. Ochocinco is likely out again, but this is a tougher matchup. Still, based on his play last week and the way coach Marvin Lewis is talking him up, we would give Simpson a chance as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver this week in deeper formats.

James Jones (vs. CHI): It’s becoming more evident each week that Jones is the No. 2 wide receiver for the Packers behind Greg Jennings. In his past two games he has nine catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. But the best part is he has 15 targets over that span, which shows Aaron Rodgers continues to look in his direction. The Packers, as usual, will be throwing a lot in this matchup with the Bears, and we consider Jones as a potential No. 2 Fantasy wide receiver in deeper leagues.

Danario Alexander (at SEA): Alexander is the big-play threat for the Rams, and Seattle has proven an inability to defend wide receivers down the field. The Seahawks have allowed 21 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season, including nine in the past five games and six in the past three. Alexander had six catches for 99 yards last week against San Francisco, and he has at least nine Fantasy points in three games this season while dealing with a knee injury. We love his upside, and this is a good week to consider him a sleeper based on the matchup.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Week 16 extended sleepers

Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.

QUARTERBACK

Rex Grossman (at JAC): Grossman had one of the best Fantasy performances of the season last week at Dallas with 322 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions for 34 Fantasy points. He has the chance for another quality outing this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed 26 passing touchdowns on the season, including seven in the past five weeks. There have been nine quarterbacks to throw multiple touchdowns against Jacksonville, and Grossman should make it 10. He has a firm grasp of this offense with his time with Kyle Shanahan last year in Houston, and he’s worth using as a starter in deeper leagues for this week.

Joe Webb (at PHI): Webb isn’t worth starting as a quarterback. He’s worth using in leagues where you can put him in as a flex option as a wide receiver, which is something that’s not possible on CBSSports.com. His combination of passing and rushing should make him a viable Fantasy starter in deeper leagues. From a passing perspective, the Eagles have allowed 30 passing touchdowns with 11 quarterbacks throwing multiple touchdowns, including six in a row. Webb got 10 Fantasy points in a standard league last week against the Bears with a rushing touchdown, and he can easily reach 15 points. He’s worth the risk, but it depends who you are comparing him against. Don’t just force him in your lineup based on potential.

RUNNING BACK

Tim Hightower (vs. DAL): Hightower let a lot of Fantasy owners down last week with his performance at Carolina. He had six carries for 16 yards and three catches for 12 yards in what should have been a great matchup. But this week he should rebound against the Cowboys, who have struggled in run defense recently. Dallas has allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past five games with four reaching double digits in Fantasy points. And Hightower has been great at home with at least eight Fantasy points in three of his past four games. Don’t worry about Beanie Wells, who has been a non-factor all season. Hightower is still worth using as a flex option in this matchup.

Donald Brown (at OAK): The return of Joseph Addai (neck) could hurt Brown’s production, but he played well enough last week to still warrant use based on the matchup. The Raiders have allowed 15 touchdowns to opposing running backs, including six in the past five games. And Brown is coming off a career performance against the Jaguars with 14 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown. Addai, if he’s able to play, won’t get a full workload, so Brown has the chance to be involved in all facets of the game and is worth using as a flex option.

Brian Westbrook (at STL): The Rams were just gashed by the Chiefs with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones combining for 33 carries, 188 yards and two touchdowns. St. Louis has allowed four rushing touchdowns in its past five games, and Westbrook has scored in consecutive games against Seattle and San Diego. Anthony Dixon (ankle) is also banged up, and if he’s out that will mean more carries for Westbrook. Like Hightower and Brown, he remains a good flex option for this matchup, which could decide the NFC West title.

Pierre Thomas (at ATL): The Falcons run defense, which had been stout most of the season, has fallen apart recently. In their past three games they have allowed LeGarrette Blount, Jonathan Stewart and Marshawn Lynch to score and reach double digits in Fantasy points. Thomas played well in the first meeting with the Falcons in Week 3 with 91 total yards. And he has four total touchdowns in his past four meetings with Atlanta, and this could be a game where New Orleans leans on him with Chris Ivory (hamstring) still hurt.  Thomas has disappointed Fantasy owners for most of the season, but he could be used as a flex option in this matchup.

WIDE RECEIVER

David Nelson (vs. NE): He’s worth the risk as a No. 3 wide receiver in deeper leagues based on his recent production. Nelson has three touchdowns in his past three games, and he’s coming off his best performance of the season at Miami with three catches for 61 yards and a score. The Patriots have allowed  15 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, including six in the past five games. Steve Johnson remains the best receiving option for the Bills, but Nelson has done a solid job in replacing Lee Evans (ankle).

Derrick Mason (at CLE): Mason has reached double digits in Fantasy points in every other game since Week 10, and he’s coming off a disappointing performance last week against New Orleans with one catch for 42 yards. If that trend continues then Mason should play well in this matchup. It helps that he has a good history against the Browns. In his past five trips to Cleveland he has 32 catches for 497 yards and one touchdown. The Browns have allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, and Mason has three touchdowns in his past three road games. He’s worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver for this week.

Percy Harvin (at PHI): Harvin was one of the few Vikings players who did well last week against Chicago with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, and he should be Webb’s favorite target in this matchup with the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed 15 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season with eight in the past five games. As long as Harvin is healthy – he missed the two previous games prior to Week 15 with migraines – he remains a quality No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver in the majority of leagues.

Lance Moore (at ATL): We all remember Moore’s performance against the Falcons in Week 3 with six catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He has also scored in each of his past two games against St. Louis and Baltimore and has three touchdowns in his past four outings. Aside from Marques Colston, he has been the most consistent receiving option for the Saints. Moore also has a good history against the Falcons with three touchdowns in his past four meetings, and we like him as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver in this matchup.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Week 15 extended sleepers

Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.

QUARTERBACK

Jason Campbell (vs. DEN): Campbell played great in a favorable matchup in Week 14 at Jacksonville with 324 passing yards and two touchdowns and has at least 19 Fantasy points in his past two games against San Diego and the Jaguars. Campbell also had 21 Fantasy points at Denver in Week 7. The Broncos have shut down Cassel and John Skelton the past two games, but Denver has allowed seven quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns this season. Campbell is doing a great job getting the ball to his playmakers, and Zach Miller (foot) finally looked healthy against the Jaguars, which is a great sign.

Matt Hasselbeck (vs. ATL): The Falcons have allowed seven quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns against them this season, with three coming on the road. Hasselbeck struggled in Week 14 at San Francisco with 285 passing yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a lost fumble, but he was without Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand). He could get one or both back this week, and he does have three games with at least 17 Fantasy points in his past five outings.

RUNNING BACK

Ronnie Brown (vs. BUF): Brown has struggled this season, but this is a good matchup for him. He had 13 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Bills and has three touchdowns in his past two games with Buffalo. The Bills are last in the NFL in run defense , and they have allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing running backs, including five in the past five games. Brown will lose carries and production to Ricky Williams, which is why Brown isn’t an outright start in the majority of leagues. But both running backs can be considered sleepers this week based on the matchup with the Bills.

Jahvid Best (at TB): The Bucs defense is falling apart, and running backs are taking advantage of it. Tampa Bay has allowed a running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points in all but two games this season, and last week Ryan Torain ran all over the Bucs for 172 yards. Best has been a disappointment this season with his lingering toe injury, but he has run hard the past two games against Chicago and Green Bay. He continues to share playing time with Maurice Morris, who is also a good sleeper here, but this could be a good week to trust Best in deeper leagues.

Ryan Mathews (vs. SF): Mathews had a great game in Week 14 against Kansas City with 16 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. It was just his third game with double digits in Fantasy points this year, but he could finish the season strong as long as he’s healthy after not playing in three games with an injured ankle. The 49ers have done well in run defense this year, but they are dealing with hand injuries to linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. That could allow Mathews to run well again while he continues to share carries with Mike Tolbert.

WIDE RECEIVER

Robert Meachem (at BAL): I’m a little stubborn with Meachem this week after he failed to catch a pass in Week 14 in a matchup with the Rams. But the Saints will need all their receivers to step up this week against the Ravens, who struggled last week to stop the Texans. Baltimore has allowed six touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the past five games, and Drew Brees can’t throw every pass to Marques Colston no matter how hard he tries. If you can trust Meachem then put him in your lineup as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver.

Earl Bennett (at MIN): Someone has to catch passes for the Bears this week, and Bennett has been the most consistent option recently. He has double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games with at least 53 receiving yards in each game over that span. The location of this game could determine the value for Bennett and all the Bears, but if it’s played outdoors in Minnesota you might consider another option. However, if they find an indoor venue for this game, then Bennett could be a star since the Vikings secondary remains the weak link of this defense.

Jacoby Jones (at TEN): Jones, a sleeper coming into the season, has been a bust for most of the year. But he does have two touchdowns in his past two games against Philadelphia and Baltimore and played great against the Ravens in the second half last week once he got past a few drops. With Andre Johnson taking away plenty of coverage, Jones has started to excel, and hopefully he can finish the season strong. The Titans have allowed four touchdowns in the past five games to opposing wide receivers, and Matt Schaub should continue to look for Jones this week with the Johnson-Cortland Finnegan battle looming on the other side of the field.

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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