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04
Nov
09

Fantasy Football Mid-season Awards Part 1 of 3

We find ourselves here again; 8 weeks into the fantasy football season. You are either ecstatic about your squad or wishing you hadn’t taken Derek Ward in the 4th round and Lendale White in the 5th. You are either in playoff contention or you’re getting blown-out on a regular basis and researching prospects for next season.

I find myself in playoff contention mostly because of week-by-week pick ups from the waiver wire and sheer luck (what’s up Miles Austin in week 5 and the 49ers Defense/ST in week 4!).

But I digress. Here are the top performers for each fantasy position thus far in the season. Pay attention, you may learn a thing or two.

Best Fantasy Quarterback – Aaron RodgersPackers Cowboys Football

Suck it, Brett Favre. You may have more wins, but Rodgers has more yards and less interceptions. Oh yea, and he doesn’t get to hand the ball to Adrien Peterson. You disgust me, Wrangler Jeans-boy.

Personal nonsense aside, Rodgers has cemented himself  in the top tier of fantasy quarterbacks this season. If he had the kind of weapons that Brady, Manning, or Brees have (or even a decent offensive line), he’d be crazy dangerous.

Season stats – 1989 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 1 rushing touchdown

runners-up: Matt Schaub, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees

Best Fantasy Running Back – Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice_Jones-DrewI miss you MoJo! I had to part ways with this fantasy stud in order to secure depth at wide receiver and I just hated watching him break off two 79+ yard touchdown runs in the same game. He can do it all; run between the tackles, sweeps, draws, counters, catch a pass on the flat and even block.

In his first year as the feature back on the Jaguars Jones-Drew has earned his stellar pre-season ranking. It definitely helps to play in a division with some of the poorest run defenses in the league, too.

Season stats – 640 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 27 receptions, 161 receiving yards

runners up – Adrian Peterson, Cedric Benson, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson

Best Fantasy Wide Receiver – Reggie WayneCowboys1

There is no one happier that Peyton is healthy this season than Reggie Wayne.  Wayne is second in receptions, second in receiving yards, and tied for first in receiving touchdowns. Every week he pulls in another catch that makes you say “holy shit, did you see that?”

When Anthony Gonzalez went down, I figured Wayne would not be able to get enough room to roam in the secondary with no other deep threats. Enter Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. With Dallas Clark making moves in the middle of the field and these two rising stars pulling coverage away, Wayne has been given more room than he should to do major damage.

Season stats – 51 receptions, 689 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns

runners up – Andre Johnson, Steve Smith (NYG), Vincent Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald

Best Fantasy Tight End – Dallas Clark72907596CC008_AFC_Wild_Card

What’s that? Two Colts? That’s what a healthy Peyton Manning can do for his team. No need to get into details about how the Colts offense has been able to get these guys open, although I could talk all day about my boy Donnie Brown, but Clark is an integral part of this offense. Without him moving the chains, the Colts would probably just be average.

Season stats – 46 receptions, 584 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

runners up – Owen Daniels, Antonio Gates, Brent Celek, Heath Miller

Best Fantasy Defense/Special  Teams – The Eaglesphiladelphia_eagles

The Phillies are going to lose the World Series, but this Philly team can play defense. They are the only squad with more than 20 sacks and more than 10 interceptions. They may not get into the endzone as much as the Saints do, but they give up less points and pressure the ball more. The Eagles are second in the league in sacks, third in interceptions, and tied for seventh in fumble recoveries.

Season stats – 23 sacks, 14 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, 3 defensive touchdowns, 1 return touchdown

runners up – Saints, Vikings, Bills

27
Apr
09

Immediate Impact Players of the 2009 NFL Draft

 

The 2009 NFL Draft is complete. Teams have made their selections of former college football standouts whom they hope will take their teams to the next level this season.

 

Some players that have been taken will need a couple years in order to become steady players, others will never pan out at all. However, there are some key players taken in this draft that will make an impact starting on Week 1.

 

Here are those players.

maybinAaron Maybin – DE – Buffalo Bills

 

Don’t look now, but there’s a decent football team in upstate New York this year.

 

Anchoring a stingy Penn St. defense in only his sophomore year, Maybin found the quarterback 12 times-then the quarterback found the ground. He brings speed, athleticism, and power to the front line of Buffalo.

 

My choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

 

 

 

Darius Butler – CB – New England Patriots8k70rwf8

 

New England is known for turning out elite cornerbacks: Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, etc. Darius Butler will become the next one.

 

Bringing speed and versatility to both sides of the ball, Butler reminds me a little bit of Troy Brown who also tried to play on almost every down. Butler, however, is actually young enough and athletic enough to do it.

 

Oh yea, he’s one explosive return man, too. The Pats know how to pick ’em.

501443LeSean McCoy – HB – Philadelphia Eagles

 

McCoy has questionable speed and agility, mostly because he did not take part in the 40-yard dash at the combine. However, he is an explosive runner who can find a seam and turn a small gain into a big run.

 

What is going to help him make such an impact with the Eagles this year is his hands. Andy Reid loves backs that can run a flat and catch the ball. Look at Brian Westbrook and all the success he is having.

 

I am not saying McCoy is going to be the next Westbrook, but he has all the potential to get to that level in the Philadelphia system.

Aaron Curry – LB – Seattle Seahawksaaron_curry_300_250

 

Forget that he’s the best linebacker in his class. Forget that he has an uncanny nose for the ball leading to 200 total tackles in his junior and senior year seasons at Wake Forest.

 

Forget that he beat all other outside linebackers at the combine in the 40-yard dash, the vertical, and the broad jump.

 

No, what is going to make Curry a special NFL player from day one is his passion. Did you see this 6’3″, 250 pound young man break down to tears when he was drafted?

 

This has been his dream since he was a little boy. Football, above all else, is played from the heart. Curry’s got more of that than anyone.

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